Calendar 10/12/16


Doing Harm? When Health Care Providers Report Mothers to the Authorities

Billings Hospital, 860 E. 59th St. Wednesday, October 12, noon–1:30pm. Free. Register here. (773) 702-1453.

Should doctors be held responsible for the consequences of sending new and expecting mothers into legal custody? Jeanne Flavin, professor of sociology at Fordham University and current board president for the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, presents a lecture about a contentious area of crossover for criminal and reproductive justice. (Sara Cohen)

Latinos and the 2016 Elections

UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Cardinal Room. Wednesday, October 12, 2pm–4pm. Free. Register here. (312) 996-2445.

Sylvia Puente of the Latino Policy Forum, 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Oscar Chacón of Alianza Americas, and a host of experts from UIC and Northwestern engage in a conference on the projected role of the Latino vote in forthcoming congressional, state, and presidential elections. The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at UIC presents this forum of professors, politicians, and activists. (Sara Cohen)

Día de los Muertos

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. Wednesday, October 12, 6pm–7pm. Free. Register here. (312) 738-1503.

Immerse yourself in the Mexican traditions of the upcoming Day of the Dead at this presentation by staff from the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA). Learn the stories behind flowers and skulls. Then go check out the NMMA’s Día de los Muertos exhibition! (Anne Li)

Housing Co-op Workshop and Potluck

Urban Juncture, 300 E. 51st St. Saturday, October 15, 10am–2pm. Free. Register here. (312) 252-0442.

Share ideas and contacts at this workshop on how to get started with cooperative living. And in the spirit of cooperation, bring a dish to share! Workshops will cover fair housing compliance, marketing tools, financial statements, conflict resolution, and whatever topics you bring to the table. (Anne Li)

Englewood Art Fair

Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St. Saturday, October 15, noon–5pm.

Celebrate, admire, and support the artists of Englewood at this local extravaganza. Find a pretty print for your home, or grab some artisanal soap for your sink. Pick up an idea and a business card! (Anne Li)

Count Me In: Screening

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Saturday, October 15, 2pm–4:30pm. Free. (773) 509-5330.

A local documentary about participatory budgeting, screened for free and followed by an interactive panel with the filmmaker herself? Count me in! Chicago Tonight correspondent Paris Schutz moderates conversation between documentarian Ines Sommer and other experts and officials involved with the process. (Sara Cohen)


11th Annual Folk Art Festival

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. Friday, October 14, 10am–8pm; Saturday–Thursday, October 15–20, 10am–4pm; Friday, October 21, 10am–8pm; Saturday and Sunday, October 22–23, 10am–4pm. Free. (312) 758-1503.

Artists from all corners of Mexico come to the NMMA to occupy its own corners for a week-long celebration of their folk traditions and artistic craft. A range of materials and techniques are featured, from Talavera pottery from Puebla to foot-pedal loom weaving from Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca. (Corinne Butta)

The Election

Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted St. Opening reception Friday, October 14, 6pm–10pm. Saturday, October 22, noon–10pm; Sunday, October 23, noon–6pm. Through November 4, by appointment. Free. (312) 852-7717.

Several artists’ monoprints reflecting on the 2016 election will hang in Uri-Eichen’s Pilsen gallery. Their focus ranges from gender issues surrounding Clinton to the implications of Trump’s popularity. Rick Perlstein, a historian of the conservative movement, will give a talk and Q&A on opening night. (Juan Caicedo)

The Red Art: Propaganda Posters from the Cultural Revolution

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. and The Research House for Asian Art, 3217 S. Morgan St. Opening reception at Co-Prosperity Sphere on Friday, October 14, 6pm–9pm. Through October 30. Free. (312) 361-3208.

Workers of the world, unite: the Co-Prosperity Sphere and Research House for Asian Art have joined forces to curate a collection of little-seen posters from China’s Cultural Revolution. Zhang Pingjie, one of the artists responsible for the agitprop, will be in attendance at the opening reception. (Christopher Good)

The Water Lily Pond of Life

Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St. October 16, 2016–September 16, 2017. Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm. Free. (773) 523-0200.

Forty-two years after their first series, Water Lily, the Zhou Brothers’ latest work aims to reflect on their lives. This new series brings viewers back to the years when the artists were shaping their styles, and walks them through the development of the brothers’ skills and philosophy towards art and life. (Sicely Li)

Annual Cardboard Show

Project Onward, 1200 W. 35th St., 4th floor. Opening reception Friday, October 21, 6pm–9:30pm. Gallery open Wednesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm. Free. (773) 940-2992.

Up and coming talents from around Chicago are swapping out canvas for corrugated paper products—the Cardboard Show is back. It’s both a great time and a fundraiser for Bridgeport’s Project Onward, a nonprofit studio and gallery that supports artists with mental and developmental disabilities.  (Christopher Good)


Rhye with Cigarettes After Sex

Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. Thursday, October 13, 8pm. $30 advance, $36 at the door. 17+. (312) 526-3851.

The duo of Milosh and Robin Hannibal made their name producing intimate, satin-sheeted jams on their first album as Rhye, Woman, and now they’re aiming to replicate that bedroom privacy onstage at Thalia Hall. Cigarettes After Sex, a similarly romantic (if a little janglier) alt-pop group with their share of online buzz behind them, opens. (Isabelle Lim)

Jóhann Jóhannson

Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St. Sunday, October 16, doors 7pm, show 8pm. $24. All ages. (312) 526-3851.

It’s not often that a musician fits comfortably on both indie royalty 4AD and German classical label Deutsche Grammophon—but Jóhann Jóhannson, a post-classicalist with modern sensibilities, isn’t your average composer. In recent years, he’s scored films like Sicario and The Theory of Everything—but his newest project, a score for a reboot of sci-fi classic Blade Runner, is building real hype. (Christopher Good)

The Dojo & ESO Theater Present: The Badazz Sounds of Saints

ESO Theater, 5401-5403 W. Madison St. Saturday, October 15, 9pm–1am. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 21+. (312) 487-6861.

Electric-funk-soul-afrobeat explosion Tamarie T. and the Elektra Kumpany (whose performances are notable for their shirtless antics and back-up dancers, in addition to the groovy beats) headlines a night of psychedelic rhythms. They’ll be joined by psychedelic blues rockers After Hours Radio and Forgotten Tropics. (Kylie Zane)

Greg Hill’s The Delfonics Revue

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Thursday, October 13, doors 7pm, show 8pm. $15-$35. (312) 801-2100.

Beloved sixties and seventies R&B/soul stars The Delfonics are well known for their crooner hits “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time).” Sing along as they perform their greatest songs at the Promontory, led by former front man Greg Hill. (Kylie Zane)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements

Dorchester Arts + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Thursday, October 13. 7:30pm. Free. (312) 857-5561.

Alto saxophone virtuoso Steve Coleman and his band return to the South Side for a two-week residency. Unchained from traditional time signatures and structures of Western music, Coleman composes through the lens of M-base, a mode of creating music focused on conceptual growth and improvisation. Expect unreal tempos and tight grooves. (Kylie Zane)


Presenting Princess Shaw

Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm. $7.50 for members, $9.50 for non-members. (773) 445-3838.

New Orleans songwriter-by-night Samantha Montgomery (“Princess Shaw”) attempts to rise up out of musical obscurity by harnessing the power of the internet in a feel-good documentary for the digital age. If you’re aspiring YouTube royalty or if you just have a thing for soulful belting, don’t miss this story of a big break in the twenty-first century. (Emma Boczek)


High Concept Labs, 2233 S Throop St. Friday, October 14, 7:30 pm. $10. (312) 850-0555.

Prepare for your conceptions of art and gender identity to be challenged during ALEXA GRÆ’s SEEN, a multidisciplinary song cycle that synthesizes opera, electronic orchestrations, video projections, and movement. SEEN explores how vulnerability can become empowering and asks whether you are seen in society as you would like to be. (Theo Grant-Funck)

The Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens

The Muffler Shop, 359 E. Garfield Blvd. Friday, October 14, 6pm–7pm. Free. (773) 702-9724.

Inspired by a coalition of immigrants and citizens in Crete, Illinois that blocked the construction of a local private detention center, artist Jenny Polak’s dual podium—resembling both a prison fence and a suburban house—will support a series of diverse speakers as they address issues concerning immigrant detention, prison, and citizenship. (Juan Caicedo)

Black Lives Matter and The Power of Media

Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. Sunday, October 16, 4pm–6pm. (312) 857-5561.

What role does the media play in interpreting the message of Black Lives Matter? The Arts Bank, along with the Chicago International Film Festival and the Chicago Media Project, is hosting a panel of activists and filmmakers to shed light on how they intend and attempt to capture this generation-defining social movement. (Marielle Ingram)

Moving Images, Making Cities Film Series: Lord Thing

Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Tuesday, October 18, 7pm–9pm. (773) 702-9724.

Black Cinema House, Place Lab, and Chicago Film Archives team up to present the 1971 documentary Lord Thing for the Ethical Redevelopment film series. After the screening, there will be a conversation between UofC professor Jacqueline Stewart, the co-founder of National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated—Benny Lee, and representatives from Place Lab and the Rebuild Foundation. (Yarra Elmasry)

Alternative Histories of Labor: El Teatro Campesino

La Catrina Cafe, 1011 W. 18th St. Wednesday, October 19, 7pm. Free. (312) 473-0038.

Part of the Alternative History of Labor series, the documentary tells the story of El Teatro Campesino, the United Farm Workers’ theater troupe, through its first five years. A discussion will be held after the screening with Jacqueline Lazú of DePaul University, Marcopolo Soto of Aguijón Theater and Contratiempo, and Martin Unzueta of Chicago Community & Workers’ Rights. (Michelle Yang)

Drive-In Happening

University of Chicago Campus North Parking Garage, 5525 S. Ellis Ave. Friday, October 14, 6pm. Free. (773) 702-2787.

To celebrate the return of Wolf Vostell’s 1970 artwork “Concrete Traffic” to Chicago, the Fluxus mainstay artist’s films will be projected upon the walls of a parking garage. Even if you’re unimpressed by car culture (or Cadillacs encased in cement), the German food and Vostell-inspired brews should stave off gridlock. (Christopher Good)

Man in the Ring

Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Through October 16, 8pm. $38; discounts available for students, seniors, and groups. (773) 753-4472.

The true story of legendary boxer Emile Griffith, brought to life through the writing of Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer and the direction of Charles Newell, is a story about fighting, both for boxing titles and the ability to define oneself. (CJ Fraley)

The Colored Museum

eta creative arts, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave. Through Sunday, October 23. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm. $35; $25 seniors; $15 students. (773) 752-3955.

In eleven “exhibits,” George C. Wolfe’s satirical play, staged by Pulse Theatre Company, examines stereotypes and identity in the black experience from a “celebrity slave-ship” to an imagined dinner party where “Aunt Jemima and Angela Davis was in the kitchen sharing a plate of greens and just goin’ off about South Africa.” (Adam Thorp)

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