Calendar 3/28/18


The Big Idea Show

BOP Biz Chatham Suites, 644 E. 79th St. Friday, March 30, 9am–11am. Free. (773) 891-5939.

Every Friday, the Big Idea Show provides a platform for business owners, activists, and entrepreneurs alike to discuss their big ideas. Hosts Linda Perez and Toure Muhammad—business owners in their own right—will discuss the secret to succeeding in Chicago with their guests. Find out that secret for yourself by attending this Friday. (Michael Wasney)

Mental Wellness: Supporting the Whole Black Woman

Greenline Coffee, 501 E. 61st St. Saturday, March 31, 11am–2pm. $12. (312) 880-9739. register at

Sista Afya’s founder Camesha Jones will lead this workshop on Black women trailblazers in mental wellness field. You will learn how a holistic approach to mental wellness can help you break down barriers in your life. (Adia Robinson)

Women’s History Night

Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom, 2101 S. Carpenter St. Saturday, March 31, 5pm–10pm. $5 suggested donation. RSVP online. (888) 404-2262.

Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom will celebrate National Women’s Month with a night of live music, stand-up comedy, and improv. Come hungry and thirsty, too—performances will be accompanied with craft beer and food from Yvolina’s Tamales and El Cucuy tacos. Donations will benefit Mujeres Latinas en Acción. (Michael Wasney)

South Shore – March Madness Round Tables

ABJ Center for the Art, 1818 E. 71st St. Saturday, March 31, 9:30am–noon. Free. (773) 644-1347.

The Southeast Side Block Club Alliance and the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago will host a series of discussions to interrogate the reinvestment, redevelopment, and gentrification currently occurring on the Southeast Side of Chicago. They want landlords, renters, homeowners, and business owners on the Southeast Side to take part. At the first of these discussions, learn more about the changes taking place in your community and to share your unique perspective on the issue. (Michael Wasney)

Rocket Men Book Launch

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Thursday, April 5. 7pm–9pm. $35 (includes a copy of the book).

Author Robert Kurson penned a new book, Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 about America’s second manned voyage to the moon. Apollo 8 crew members Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders will participate in a panel discussion at the Hyde Park museum, where visitors also can see the Apollo 8 capsule and mingle at a cash bar. (Joseph S. Pete)

Jackson Rising: An Evening Book Talk with Kali Akuno

Student Service Building, 1200 W. Harrison St. Monday, April 9, 6pm–9pm. Free. RSVP required. (312) 355-5922.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Social Justice Initiative will be hosting Kali Akuno, author of the recently published Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi. Akuno also founded Cooperation Jackson, which connects worker cooperatives in Jackson with each other. Come hear him discuss the contents of his book—specifically the history of radical social experimentation and institution building in Jackson, Mississippi—as well as the work that his organization does. (Michael Wasney)

Visual Arts

Monthly Arts Block Tour

Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Wednesday, March 28, 12pm–1pm. Free, but registration is required. (773) 702-9724.

Tour the Washington Park’s Arts Incubator gallery and the Currency Exchange Cafe at the corner of Prairie and Garfield Boulevard. Meet at BING at 307 E. Garfield Blvd. on the last Wednesday of every month to learn about how the spaces are being used for arts programs and community engagement. (Joseph S. Pete)

Weaving Patterns and Perceptions: Art Workshop

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, 5733 S. University Ave. Wednesday, April 4, 5:30pm–7:30pm. Free, but RSVP is required.

Victoria Martinez is an educator and transdisciplinary artist from Pilsen who explores textiles, printmaking, site-specific experiments, and more. As Artist-in-Residence both for the UofC’s Arts and Public Life initiative and its Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Martinez is hosting this workshop, which aims to highlight the history and importance of African and Mexican textiles. Come by and learn about weaving imagery as a hands-on experience. (Roderick Sawyer)

Poesía en Abril 2018

Contratiempo, 1011 W. 18th St. Wednesday, April 4, 7pm–9pm, and Sunday April 15, 4pm–6pm. Free.

Partnering with Spanish At DePaul, Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine, Open Books, and the Cultura in Pilsen—to name a few organizations—Contratiempo is hosting their tenth annual Poesía en Abril event. Come by for readings, workshops, performances, and much more. (Roderick Sawyer)

Cecilia Vicuña: PALABRARmas

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, 5701 S. Woodlawn Ave. Opening reception Thursday, March 29, 6pm–8pm. Free. 773-795-2329.

Cecilia Vicuña’s “Palabrarmas” are described as “visual anagrams” that were created in exile in London and Bogotá after the Pinochet-led coup of 1973. This monographic exhibition is dedicated to showcasing the different mediums that Vicuña used to bridge his work with poetry and visual arts. Mediums such as banner-like works, drawing, and more will be on display. (Roderick Sawyer)


Lil Wop with Chxpo

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Friday, March 30, doors 6pm, show 7pm. $17 advance, $20 at door. All ages. (312) 801-2100.

With a cosign from Gucci Mane and the most elastic voice this side of Future, Lil Wop is making waves. The Chicago-raised rock star will have a perfect partner in Chxpo, whose bangers split the difference between web kitsch and horrorcore. (Christopher Good)

Chicago ’90s Block Party

Wintrust Arena, 200 E. Cermark. Friday, March 30, doors 6:30pm, show 7:30pm. $39–$89. (312) 791-6900.

Catch new jack swing pioneers Guy with Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, 112, Faith Evans, and SWV at a concert that promises to have you dancing all night long. (Adia Robinson)

The Artists Space Networking Event

Some Like It Black, 4259 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Unit D. Friday, March 30, 8pm–11pm. (773) 891-4866.

Calling all artists: 101Classic is hosting a free networking event for all Chicago singers, rappers, photographers, videographers, poets, writers, producers, DJs, painters, and any other kind of artist. Connect with other creatives, find your next project partner, share your ideas, and promote your work. (Adia Robinson)

NightStop with Pixel Grip, Spaces of Disappearance

Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan Ave. Friday, March 30, doors 8pm. $7. 18+. (773) 837-0145.

Finnish synth-pop musician NightStop—whose tunes are “specifically intended for your hi-fi stereo cassette player as you drive your Ferrari F40 into Miami nights”—will debut his new LP, “Dancing Killer,” at the Co-Pro. He’ll be joined by local acts Pixel Grip and Spaces of Disappearance. (Adia Robinson)

Sip & Paint Open Mic

KaLab Bronzeville, 501 1/2 E. 47th St. Saturday, April 7, 4pm–11pm. $7–$32, RSVP at 21+. (773) 675-4415.

KaLab will kick off April with a full evening of creation and expression. There’ll be “Sip & Paint”––drinking and painting, with all supplies included––plus an open mic and free time to vent. Ticket includes a drink! (Christopher Good)

Workshop: Carving Out Your Own Place in the Music Industry

Arts + Public Life, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Monday, April 9, 6pm–7:30pm. (773) 702-9724. RSVP at

Grammy-winning drummer and Juilliard School instructor Ulysses Owens Jr. will chair a conversation on the music industry next Monday. Whether you’re trying to get signed, or just want to play more gigs, come through and learn to hone the business side of your craft. (Christopher Good)

Stage & Screen

Songs of the Chicago Freedom Movement: A Concert Remix

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park West. Wednesday, April 4, 7pm–9pm. $25. (312) 719-3740.

The Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training presents this all-ages concert commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination. With a call to action looking at the years from 1968 to now, this concert features jazz, gospel, folk, and choral ensembles. (Nicole Bond)

Mother George

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Friday, April 6, 7pm–10pm. Free. (312) 857-5561.

Nigerian photographer and filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu directs this story of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, managing a small restaurant and defying cultural expectations. Starring Danai Gurrira, now most popular for her role as Okoye in Black Panther. As usual with Black Cinema House, there will be a discussion following the screening. (Nicole Bond)

No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1450 W. Cermak Ave. Tuesday, April 3–Friday, April 6,10 am. Free, but tickets must be requested, first-come first-serve. (312) 799-8008.

Teachers from Chicago Public Schools and suburban districts are invited to bring their sixth through twelfth grade students to four special performances of the biographical puppet play by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall about the Pulitzer winner who remains one of Chicago’s most iconic literary figures. It includes music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods inspired by the author of “A Street in Bronzeville” and “We Real Cool.” (Joseph S. Pete)

Jackie Taylor Drama Series

DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. April 7–22; Saturdays, 3pm and 8pm; Sundays, 3pm. $35. (773) 769-4451.

Three dramatic plays—each written during Black Ensemble Theater’s Black Playwrights Initiative, an educational incubator for aspiring playwrights— all relevant to current events, will be presented at the DuSable throughout April. A discussion led by the actors about the topics explored in each play will follow each performance. The series opens with National Anthem by Ervin Gardner the first weekend,  followed by Reginald Williams’s The Plea, and closes the third weekend with In The Shadow of Justice, by L. Maceo Ferris. (Nicole Bond)

Blood Mural

The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Friday, April 13–Sunday, May 27. Thursdays–Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 3pm. $22-$40. (773) 609-4714.

Lauren “LL” Lundy’s play follows Dr. E.J. Lockhart as she works on a mural about gun violence in a Chicago neighborhood suffering from gentrification. She confronts personal demons, a rival, and the institutional foundation that funds her work in a play that examines identity politics, art, and history. (Joseph S. Pete)

Comfort Stew

eta Creative Arts, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave. Friday, April 13–Sunday, May 13, Friday through Sunday, 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm Sundays. $15–$35. (773) 752-3955.

Playwright and poet Angela Jackson weaves a tale of a missing child ripped straight from the headlines. Her play, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, concerns how parents love their children in an evening of “memory and hope” and the “actions of the spirit.” (Joseph S. Pete)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Through April 15. $38–$71. (773) 753-4472.

The classic 1967 film about the latent racism that surfaces when an upper-class San Francisco couple hosts their daughter and her Black doctor fiancé has been adapted for the stage by playwright Todd Kreidler. The acclaimed Marti Lyons, who’s directed for several theaters in Chicago, makes her Court directorial debut with this still-topical adaptation. (Joseph S. Pete)


Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Sunday, April 22, 1:30pm reception, 3pm show.. $60–$500. (312) 780-3192.

All proceeds of this performance of the world premiere play Lettie, about a formerly incarcerated woman reentering society and struggling to make a fresh start, benefit Grace House, St. Leonard’s Ministries’ women’s residential program. There’s a reception before and a panel discussion (featuring the women of Grace House and the play’s production team) after playwright Boo Killebrew’s debut at Victory Gardens. (Joseph S. Pete)

Food & Land

Chicago Food Encyclopedia

Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St. Thursday, April 5, 6pm–7:30pm. Free with online registration. (312) 943-9090.

A former Tribune food editor, a professor emeritus of Roosevelt University, and a food journalist and historian have assembled an encyclopedia of Chicago food. Its entries are ordered A-Z, and include Alinea, Rick Bayless, and, of course, hot dogs. Come to hear co-editors and contributor Bill Daley discuss their “ultimate reference on Chicago and its food,” and stick around after to get a copy signed by them. (Joseph S. Pete)

Spring Seed Swap

Jane Addams—Hull House Museum Residents Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Sunday, April 8, 1pm–3pm. Free. (312) 996-3`095.

Swap seeds, share stories of growth and failure, and celebrate the beginning of the growing season at UIC’s Heritage Garden with your favorite artists, gardeners, organizers, and University of Illinois Extension educators. Seeds or no seeds, all are welcome; complimentary refreshments will be served. (Emeline Posner)

Play Garden Planting Day

McKinley Park Play Garden, 3518-28 S. Wolcott Ave. Sunday, April 15, 9am–1pm. Free.

It’s time for the first planting phase at McKinley Park Play Garden, just south of the McKinley Park Library, and the organizers are eager for volunteers—especially high-schoolers who need community service hours. Bring gloves if you have them! The organizers will have necessary tools and a free lunch on hand, as well as more information about the garden’s official opening in June. (Emeline Posner)

Planting the Seeds of Curiosity: A STEM Make-a-thon on Botany

The Blue Lacuna, 2150 S. Canalport Ave. Saturday, April 21, 10am–12pm. For kids ages 3 through 7. $25, parents free. (312) 778-6374.

A workshop dedicated to growing young green thumbs, this STEM Make-a-thon will teach the essentials of “how plants work.” Kids will go home with a signed storybook, Paige & Paxton Go Green, about kids who get their hands dirty, and their very own seedling. (Emeline Posner)

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