Calendar 1/15/18

A week’s worth of developing stories, events, and signs of the times, culled from the desks, inboxes, and wandering eyes of the editors


McKinley Park Development Council Inaugural Meeting

National Latino Education Institute, 2011 W. Pershing Rd. Wednesday, January 17, 7pm–8:30pm. Free.

Sit in on the McKinley Park Development Council’s inaugural monthly meeting. The community will learn how to get involved, get updates on council projects, and hear a brief presentation from Great Rivers Chicago about their upcoming projects. (Maple Joy)

#EveryWoman Project Chicago 

Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave. Saturday, January 20, 10am–12pm.

#EveryWoman Project Chicago needs your help reaching their goal of creating 1,000 feminine care packages for women on the streets and in shelters around the West and South Sides. Participants are asked to bring hygiene items, toiletries, and a joyful spirit. There is free parking in the area. All ages welcome. (Maple Joy)

Do Not Resist? Reporting Resistance Opening Reception

Art In These Times, 2040 N Milwaukee, Saturday, January 20, 6pm-9pm.

For the People Artists will be curating Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence, a multi-site, community-based exhibition with a focus on Chicago’s history of police violence. At this site, the art installations will be augmented with a conversation between organizers, artists, and journalists, which will be led by City Bureau fellow Charles Preston. (Michael Wasney)

Cooperation for Liberation: Community Convening

Sacred Keeps Sustainability Lab, 4445 S. King Dr. Sunday, January 21, 3pm–5:30pm.

This event will discuss the history of how Black communities created cooperatives (co-ops) with the hope that they would provide a solution to their economic challenges and will also work to determine whether or not co-ops are still relevant today. (Samantha Smylie)


Office Hours: Portfolio Review

Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St. Wednesday, January 17. 5:30pm–8pm. $30. (312) 491-8888.
Artists can meet with directors of independent galleries like the Roman Susan Art Foundation, Goldfinch, 6108North, and LVL3 for thirty-minute-long portfolio reviews that include feedback, exhibit preparation, professional opportunities, and more. Like so much in life, it’s first come, first served, and you should get there ten minutes early. (Joseph S. Pete)

The Stoop—Storytelling Workshops

Casa Calle 20, 1538 W. Cullerton St. Friday, January 19, 6:45pm–10pm; Tuesday, January 23, 7pm–9pm.

The weekly Stoop storytelling workshops in Pilsen teach people how to tell stories through a rigorous process of audience critique. You can bring your own craft cervacas and listen if you’re not early enough to land a place on stage. (Joseph S. Pete)

Cultura in Pilsen Presents: Fuse

Cultura in Pilsen, 1011 W 18th St. Friday, January 19. Sign up starts at 8:15pm, open mic runs from 8:30pm–10:30pm.

Check out Fuse, an open mic and show at Pilsen’s own, Cultura in Pilsen. Hosted by Khalil Wilson and Estephany Guzman, enjoy stand-up from Tribble Tribble, music from Aasia LaShay Bullock, and more. There will be vendors, and all sales from beverages will be donations for a local volunteer-run organization. (Roderick Sawyer)

Hoodoisie 2018 – Age of Aquarius

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. Saturday, January 20, 7:30pm–11pm.

The Hoodoisie, a live and live-streamed news show, will dedicate this episode to exploring the Age of Aquarius and a special birthday celebration for Hoodoisie creator Ricardo Gamboa. Featured guests include Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa; Kaina; Hoodoisie members Steven Beaudion, Kristiana Rae Colón, Gabriela Ibarra; and more. Also featured will be The Breakdown on What to Expect in 2018. (Roderick Sawyer)

Unapologetic Black Pop Up

Some Like It Black, 4259 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Saturday, January 20, 8pm. (773) 891-4866

Come out for a great evening of vendors and music at the Some Like It Black creative arts bar. A guest DJ will be providing the tunes and there will be a limited supply of “Some like it Black” shirts. Make sure you get in and buy yours! (Roderick Sawyer)


Winter Blue: Featuring Sam Trump

Some Like It Black, 4259 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Unit D. Thursday, January 18, 6pm. $5. (773) 891-4866.

Though a leading member of Sidewalk Chalk, trumpeter and singer Sam Trump is a virtuoso performer in his own right. His solo set at Some Like It Black follows last year’s “Purple Skies,” a R&B album in the vein of Donnie Trumpet and Robert Glasper’s respective “experiments.”
(Christopher Good)

The Nick Mazzarella Trio – 10 Year Anniversary Show

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan St. Friday, January 19, 8pm. $10. (773) 837-0145.

A self-proclaimed devotee of greats like Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman, alto saxophonist (and concert curator) Nick Mazzarella can be found in almost every other experimental group in the city. On Friday, he’ll join his eponymous trio for their first performance in Chicago since 2015. (Christopher Good)

Buck Gooter with Toupee, Mayor Daley, CB Radio Gorgeous

Archer Ballroom, 3012 S. Archer Ave #3. Friday, January 19, 9pm. $8. (312) 972-5691.

Buck Gooter––whose faintly onomatopoeic name has to do with a mouth full of food or Buck Dharma, depending on who you ask––has come from Virginia with “primal industrial blues” in tow. Support from local drone metal outfit Toupee and co.
(Christopher Good)

Dream in Your New Year: Sound Meditation with Gonglab

South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. Sunday, January 21, 3pm–7pm. (312) 742-4781.

Come to the South Shore Cultural Center to explore yourself through the power of sound-guided meditation. By attending this fundraiser, you’ll be supporting the wellness of our city’s parks and your own spiritual wellness at the same time. (Michael Wasney)

Solace Souls 3rd Year Party

The Quarry Event Center, 2423 E. 75th St. Sunday, January 21, 7pm. $20 (dinner included). (312) 259-1143.

Open mic and concert series Solace Souls will celebrate three years with Ohio’s Anitra Chery and two Chicago veterans: spoken word artist M’Reld Green and underground rapper Gemstones, a frequent collaborator with Lupe Fiasco. (Christopher Good)


Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence

Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted St. Friday, January 19, 6pm–9pm. (312) 852-7717.

Artistry and activism combine when For the People Artists Collective presents Larry Redmond’s solo photography works, as part of their curated citywide visual art project about Chicago’s history of police violence. The photo exhibit opens at 6pm, and a conversation and Q&A with Redmond and Frank Chapman, veteran of the Black liberation movement, begins at 7pm. (Nicole Bond)

People Say…Open Mic Series

Trap House Chicago, 7955 S. Ashland Ave. Friday, January 19, 6:30pm–10pm. Free. (773) 952-4765.

Trap House Chicago’s Mashaun Ali and poet resi.sTAnce are hosting their first of what will be a free monthly open mic series on the third Friday of each month. Expect talented rappers, poets, storytellers, and any other medium you can bring to the mix. If you’re interested in performing, the sign-up starts at 6:30pm. (Michael Wasney)

32 Verses: A One-Man Show

The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St. Friday, January 19. Doors 9pm, show 9:30pm. $20–$100.

West Side native Brandon “Real T@lk” Williams, who’s been called a “lyrical scientist” by André 3000 and “unsigned hype” by The Source Magazine, will do an hour-long set of spoken word material, storytelling, and rap with vocal instrumentation. He has toured the Midwest, put out The Mo’ Better Mixtape, and wrote the hip-hop musical The Yard. (Joseph S. Pete)

“Whose Streets?” Screening

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Friday, January 19, 7pm–10pm. Free.

Black Cinema House presents the 2017 documentary about the killing of Michael Brown, begun by directors Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, and cinematographer Lucas Alvarado Farrar in Ferguson in 2014 with the intention to share stories of residents, activists, and the events surrounding the murder. As the national news media outlets bend the truth, watch as this trio uncovers fact versus fiction—and discuss the results after the screening. (Maple Joy)


Collaboraction Studios, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Through January 20. Show times and ticket prices vary.

Anthony Mosley’s Collaboraction Theater, creator of last year’s PeaceBook festival, has curated a new activism-based theater festival to inspire racial healing in Chicago. Film, staged readings, music, dance, poetry and storytelling are presented in conversation with each other, around the themes of history, identity, and resistance. The presentations are as varied as the presenters. Among the offerings are: Our Chicago Project, curated by Black Lives, Black Words International Project—a continuing dialogue examining the segregation and gentrification plaguing so many Chicago neighborhoods, and Diana Quinones Rivera’s short film D on the South Side, which tells the story of a Puerto Rican woman’s experiences living in a predominately Black Chicago neighborhood. (Nicole Bond)

Neighbors Night

Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Friday, January 26, 6pm–9pm. Free.

Mingle with your Hyde Park neighbors for a fun-filled evening. Join in on the art-making activities, have a beverage while listening to some great music, or enjoy watching one of the presented films. (Maple Joy)

All My Sons

Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Thursday, January 11–Sunday, February 11. $20–$68. (773) 753-4472.

Charles Newell directs Arthur Miller’s 1947 Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning play–All My Sons. Featuring Timothy Edward Kane, John Judd, and Kate Collins, this dramatic tale, based on true events, weaves business, love, and tragedy and established Miller as an American theater icon. (Nicole Bond)

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