Calendar 1/4/17


Winter Break Back-to-School Celebration

Mandrake Park Fieldhouse, 3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Thursday, January 5, 1pm–6pm. Free. (312) 747-9938.

Suitable for students of all ages, this back-to-school event invites attendees to jump in a bouncy house, receive a free haircut, get study tips, and learn about job opportunities. (Michelle Yang)

Two DOPE Chicks: Women Working in the Cannabis Industry

Avalon Public Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Ave. Thursday, January 5, 6pm–8pm. Free. RSVP

It stands for Developing Opportunities for Personal Empowerment, of course. The cannabis education organization will provide opportunities for all, even just the “canna-curious,” to learn and network. Industry businesswomen Shaleen Title and Edie Moore are guest speakers.  (Juan Caicedo)

Bronzeville Youth 360 Summit

Phillips Academy High School, 244 E. Pershing Rd. Friday, January 6, 9am–2pm. Free. RSVP online. (312) 577-5555.

A resource fair with youth-led workshops, this summit for high schoolers covers topics including social justice and advocacy, relationships between youth and law enforcement, and art and self-image. Enjoy a raffle, some live performances, and the meals provided. (Elaine Chen)

Housing, Poverty, and the Divided City

School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St. Friday, January 6, 1pm–3pm. Free. (773) 753-4483.

The First Friday Social Change Forum series is a new monthly social justice program hosted by the UofC’s University Community Service Center. The first event will discuss housing and economic development in Chicago through a Q&A and a panel consisting of Charlie Barlow, Wendell Harris, and Marisa Novara. (Michelle Yang)

Social Media Etiquette for Small Businesses

CBQ Beauty Bar, 4532 S. Cottage Grove. Saturday, January 7, 7pm–10pm. $40. RSVP online. (773) 413-8348.

Small business owners interested in constructing or developing their business’s online presence may benefit from this class hosted by 29Eleven Consulting. Attendees will discuss how tools like analytics and content development can help them convey a positive impression online. (Juan Caicedo)


Riot Grrrls

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Thursday, December 15, 2016 through Sunday, June 18, 2017. Tuesday, 10am–8pm; Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm. $12 adults, $7 students; free Tuesdays. (312) 280-2660.

As one would expect judging by the name “Riot Grrrls”, this exhibit is a refreshingly direct challenge to the sexism that has long permeated the art world. This stunning collection features a series of abstract works by eight prolific, pioneering female painters including Mary Heilmann and Charline von Heyl, as well as works from the generation of female artists that followed. (Bridget Newsham)

Spencer Rogers: Modern Abstractions

S. Rog Gallery, 739 S. Clark St., 2nd floor. Opening reception Friday, January 13, 6pm–9pm. Through March 10. Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am–5pm, and by appointment. Free. (312) 884-1457.

It takes a painter’s imagination to curate an exhibition as dazzling as “Modern Abstractions”, comprised of mind-blowing macro photographs selected for interesting detail and exploded in vibrant, dripping acrylic paint. 125 copies will be made of each of these images, which will be on sale to all attendees. Snacks also provided. (Neal Jochmann)

Onward! Movements, Activists, Politics and Politicians

Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2101 S. Halsted St. Opening reception Friday, January 13, 6pm–10pm.Through Friday, February 3 by appointment only. Free. (312) 852-7717.

Photographer Michael Gaylord James’s exhibit spans fifty-four years of politics, from the Berkeley Free Speech Movement to Black Lives Matter, from JFK in Mexico to Obama at Chicago State. He hopes to show that there’s reason for hope in the long march toward progress. (Joseph S. Pete)


Basement Boogie at Punch House

Punch House, 1807 S. Allport St. Thursday, January 5, 9pm. (312) 526-3851.

DJ Communicator (Jerry Reyes) and his friends will provide a selection of “Disco / 80s / boogie” tracks as part of Punch House’s ongoing Song Selector series of nightly DJ sets. Communicator, a self-described “vinyl junkie” with a pedigree at venues across the city, DJs at Punch House on the first Thursday of every month. (Jake Bittle)

Screamin’ End

Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave. Tuesday, January 10, 9:30pm.  $10. 21+.(312) 427-1190.

Screamin’ End, aka “Krazy Eddie & Friends,” is a Chicago band playing a mixture of classic rock, rockabilly, and blues, stage presence augmented by a double bass covered in skulls. Come check out their performance of their latest album Juke Joint, recorded in a Memphis studio containing Elvis’s microphone and Jerry Lee Lewis’s piano (according to the band’s own website; could not be independently verified). (Christian Belanger)


Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

Studio Movie Grill Chatham, 210 W. 87th St. Thursday, January 5, 7pm. $6. (773) 322-1450.

Nat Turner was “troublesome property” when he led the slave rebellion now named for him, and he continues to be troublesome for those discussing him today. South Side Projections and Black World Cinema team up to present a film that intertwines documentary and dramatization, with each dramatization featuring a different actor as Turner. (Cynthia Mao)

Plato’s Phaedrus

Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Friday, January 6, 7pm. Free. (773) 702-8596.

The worry that the comic strip Calvin once voiced to the comic strip Hobbes—“What if somebody calls us a pair of pathetic peripatetics?”—evidently isn’t shared by UofC film professor d. n. rodowick, who will be screening the second film in his experimental series about philosopher walks (from the ancient Greek peripatetikos). This one is loosely based on the Phaedrus, Plato’s dialogue about love, poetry, and rhetoric. (Christian Belanger)

“Karl Wirsum” Screening

Hyde Park Art Center, Muller Meeting Room, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Sunday, January 8, 1pm–4pm. Free. (773) 324-5520.

Any Hairy Who devotees who happen to be in the neighborhood would be well advised to stop by while this fourteen-minute film, about one of the art movement’s earliest members, is looped at the art center where the Hairy Who had its first exhibition. Said devotees might also be well advised to bring the whole family—a companion workshop will teach participants to make Wirsum-inspired puppets. (Julia Aizuss)

Group 312 Films

Chicago Art Department, 1932 S. Halsted St. Sunday, January 8, 8pm–10pm. (312) 725-4223.

After an absence last month, the filmmaking collective returns to welcome in the new year. The monthly topic for the group’s film short screenings hasn’t been announced yet, so the only way to find out for yourself is to stop by. (Julia Aizuss)

Open Mic Mondays

Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Monday, January 9, 7pm; 6:30 artist signup. Select Mondays through April 17. Free. 18+. (773) 445-3838.

To an amateur artist who craves feedback, an open mic is a godsend, and as such events go, the Beverly Arts Center’s offering is top-notch. You simply must come have a drink, perform your songs and stories in verse and prose, and delight in other offerings during your time offstage. (Neal Jochmann)

38 Women Movement Workshop

Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Wednesday, January 11, 5pm–8pm. Free. RSVP at Suggested ages 18-70+. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. (773) 324-5520.

Dance, chat, and improvise to share your lived experiences with other women as a part of HPAC’s (Re)Public. Choreographer Philippa Donnellan, who choreographed the original 38 Women performance in Ireland, will guide participants through collaboratively inventing and performing “new narratives of your own choosing.” (Emily Lipstein)

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