WHAT IS BLACKBIRD?

See our ABOUT page

 

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

While we are not taking new collective members at this time, there are usually lots of ways to volunteer or get involved. Let us know who you are and what your interests are and we can share what projects we have that might be looking for folks to help. You can send an email to hello@blackbirdchico.com or better yet, come by and introduce yourself we would like to meet you (we are nice, really, even if a couple of us might seem grouchy sometimes). 

 

CAN I BOOK A MUSIC SHOW OR EVENT HERE?

Let us know what your event or show is about. Is it community minded with something to share (art, skills or information)? Does it fit in with the stated values of this space (see our ‘About’ page)? 

 

If it is/does, keep in mind that this is an intimate space, so not everything is necessarily a good fit. Hopefully you have spent time here and maybe seen a show or event so you have an idea of what might work. We have a projector, screen for screenings and presentations and additional folding chairs (we can accommodate about 30 for seated events). Live music/performance should be size/sound appropriate to the space. We have a small PA that you can use (and if you need more than that it’s not a good fit). We also ask no outside food or drink, we will have the cafe open during the event.

 

Send a description of your proposed event with as much detail about what/how/why as you can and email it to us at hello@blackbirdchico.com 

 

Please note that BLACKBIRD does not host events or benefits around electoral candidates or parties. Instead, we hope to foster DIY solutions towards community empowerment to see what we can do for ourselves and each other.

 

All proposals are discussed and decided on by collective consensus, and you will hear back from with an answer (or possibly a question) as timely as possible. Please understand that due to time, space, and other considerations we cannot accommodate every request. If we feel unable to facilitate your request that should not be taken as a negative reflection of your particular project.

 

HOW CAN I GET MY ART SHOWN? 

We display (mostly) local art on the walls of the space and change shows around the first of each month. We display both solo and group, so if you don’t have enough work for your own show we can often find a space in a group show.

 

You are welcome to offer your art for sale and it is up to you to price your work. We do not take a commission on art sales (but anything you want to donate from sales is appreciated and goes to helping us keep the space open). 

 

Send artwork samples and artist info/statement to us at hello@blackbirdchico.com 

 

All proposals are discussed and decided on by collective consensus, and you will hear back from with an answer (or possibly a question) as timely as possible.

 

CAN I SELL MY ART / CRAFT / ZINE / ETC. HERE?

Maybe! We have a small space set aside for local crafts such as jewelry, buttons and patches, herbal remedies and salves, t-shirts, zines, etc. If we decide to sell your goods, we do it on a consignment basis (60% maker/40% Blackbird).

 

Send description/samples/pricing and any other info to us at hello@blackbirdchico.com 

 

All proposals are discussed and decided on by collective consensus, and you will hear back from with an answer (or possibly a question) as timely as possible.

 

DO YOU RENT THE SPACE?

Not usually, but what do you have in mind?

 

Send a description of your proposal with as much detail about what/how/why as you can and email it to us at hello@blackbirdchico.com 

 

All proposals are discussed and decided on by collective consensus, and you will hear back from with an answer (or possibly a question) as timely as possible.

 

ARE YOU WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes! There is a ramp at the rear entrance. If you need assistance with books on high shelves, etc. just ask and we will be happy to help.

 

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

If they are well behaved and on a leash, bring ‘em in.

 

CAN I SMOKE IN THE PATIO AREA?

Please don’t smoke in the common patio area. If you must smoke, there is a smokers table with ashtrays in the back.

 

CAN YOU SPECIAL ORDER A BOOK FOR ME?

Probably. Let us know what you are looking for. Not everything is in print or available, but we can get most requests within a few days. Please note that we can’t offer discounts on list price, but also remember that Amazon treats their employees and the Earth like shit. Buying books from BLACKBIRD helps sustain this community space!

 

Please send book requests to hello@blackbirdchico.com and we will let you know it is available and the cost.

 

DO YOU BUY USED BOOKS?

We don’t buy books, but we will be happy look at books for donation. Bring ‘em by. Our used/bargain section is small so we are looking for specific types of books, but if we can’t use them we can find a good home for anything you want to donate.

 

DO YOU HAVE A CAFE MENU?

We don’t have a menu because we get fresh treats from Near and Dear Baked Goods everyday and they are always different! Most days we will have a selection of fresh pastries, savory treats, sandwiches and more. We also have regular food cart pop-ups happening out back. Check the CALENDAR for dates.

 

Our drink menu is pretty consistent; organic fair trade coffee and teas, local chai, home made elixirs, local kombucha and beer on tap (as well as a variety of beer and cider in cans). And you can add mushroom elixirs to any drink (or CBD on the side). Always, no espresso machine!

 

IS IT ALL VEGAN?

Everything in the cafe or at any of the food pop-ups is always vegan (if there might be honey in anything it will be clearly labeled). The only exception is the drink option of adding half and half (and we will charge you $.50 to be donated to Animal Place farm sanctuary). Plant based milks always free!

 

WHAT DOES ‘SAFER SPACE’ MEAN?

Please read our SAFER SPACE POLICY​​​

ARE YOU A NON PROFIT?

The ownership structure we need to operate precludes us from applying for 501(c)3 nonprofit status. However, we are not driven by profits or competition. Our collective aims to build and support alternative ways of living, based on cooperative, libertatory principles that aren’t rooted in capitalism or exploitative of the Earth, humans, and more-than-human animals.


 

HOW CAN YOU SELL STUFF IF YOU ARE ANTI-CAPITALISTS?

As stated above, we are not driven by profits or competition. Using currency for exchange is not the same as participating in a market system for material accumulation or to advance our social standing in this world. But this is the world we live in (for now) and the currency system is what we have to use to pay our rent and keep the doors open. We always have lots of free literature and goodies to offer and most events are free or no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

ARE YOU ANARCHISTS?

Some of us are, some of us aren’t. But we do provide a space for anarchist thought and culture. Additionally, our organizing methods are largely influenced by anarchist practices; anti-authoritarian, non-hierarchical, consensus decision making, mutual-aid, direct action, and a  DIY ethic.

 

CAN I MAKE A DONATION?

Yes! BLACKBIRD is a mostly volunteer run collective. Please consider BECOMING A PATRON to help keep this community resource sustainable.

 

I READ ON FACEBOOK THAT YOU WORSHIP SATAN AND GIVE DRUGS TO CHILDREN!

Curses! Our secret plan has been revealed!