Coquito Tasting at Mariscos La Diabla

4222 W. 63rd St., 4222 W. 63rd St. Sunday, November 20, 11am–5pm. Free. bit.ly/coquitotasting

Join West Lawn seafood restaurant Mariscos La Diabla for their third annual Coquito tasting, and for some holiday shopping. The event will take place both indoors and outdoors and will feature many vendors. (Zoe Pharo)


Hoops for the Hungry Free Youth Basketball Camp

Monday, November 21 at the South Side location, Foster Park, 1440 W. 84th St. Tuesday, November 22 at the West Side location, Columbus Park, 550 S. Central Ave. Monday, November 21–Tuesday, November 22, 12pm–3pm. Free. bit.ly/hoopsforthehungry

Hoops for the Hungry, presented by Operation Basketball, Sonny Parker Youth Foundation and The Jabari Parker Foundation, debuts their camp series, teaching boys and girls new basketball skills from expert trainers, while assisting the community by collecting food and clothing donations. Their camps, taking place across the Chicago, will have a South and West Side location. Campers will have access to pro athlete guests and mentorship opportunities from community leaders during the camps. Free with a donation of food or winter clothing. Ages 12-18. (Zoe Pharo)

Science! Discover Chemical Reactions

Richard J. Daley Library Branch, 3400 S. Halsted St. Tuesday, November 22, 6pm–7pm. Free. www.chipublib.org

This engaging hour involves magic drawing, weather-predicting flowers and slime. The group will see volunteers safely mix varied reagents in order to demonstrate a spectrum of chemical reactions. The students will leave understanding the difference between a physical change and a chemical change. This program is for kids. 

Science Tuesdays: Tornadoes and Clouds

Richard J. Daley Library Branch, 3400 S. Halsted St. Tuesday, December 6, 3:30pm–4:30pm. Free. www.chipublib.org

Attendees can make tornadoes and clouds in jars! Come experiment and learn about science. Make slime and other messy and fun things. Suggested for kids ages 7+. 

Mesmerica 360 at MSI

Museum of Science and Industry, 700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Friday, November 18–Sunday, November 20, various times. Tickets from $12. bit.ly/MesmericaMSI

Mesmerica, a family-friendly projection experience designed to relieve stress, returns to the Museum of Science and Industry. The experience takes viewers on a fantastic journey into awe-inspiring imaginary landscapes. James Hood, the artist, is known for being a versatile musical pioneer and for his work on PanART hang, a unique mesmeric melodic instrument, and for his collaborations with international animation artists. His musical resume includes playing drums in “The Pretenders,” an ongoing two-decades long run of the ambient/electronica act “Moodswings,” and an array of other production and soundtrack projects. (Zoe Pharo)

G-to-G Coaching Session: How to Balance Creative Work and Multiple Projects

South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave. Saturday, November 19, 12pm–1:30pm. Free. bit.ly/GtoGcoachingsession

SSCAC is partnering with ILA Creative Studio for their G-to-G Coaching Sessions in a 3-part series of artist development resource workshops that intend to close the gap of limited, sustainable business resources, specific to the needs of Black artists. This second session, “How to Balance Creative Work and Multiple Projects,” will be led by Chicago arts organizer and curator Adia Sykes and Ph.D. candidate and South Sider Tiffany Johnson, and they’ll cover all things project management, artist development strategies and self-care advocacy within the arts. Snacks and sponsored coffee will be provided by Sip & Savor. Limited spots available. (Zoe Pharo)


“REWIND & PLAY” at Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Sunday, November 20, 12:30pm–2:30pm. Free. bit.ly/rewindandplay

SSCAC and Black Harvest Film Festival, in partnership with the Gene Siskel Film Center present a complimentary screening of “REWIND & PLAY,” a film by nonfiction director Alain Gomis, who examines the raw archival footage of a 1969 interview famed jazz pianist Theolonious Monk does with the French television show, “Jazz Portrait,” hosted by pianist Henri Renaud. The interview is held before Monk performed at the 3,000-seat Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris, and it becomes clear that the host and producer are only interested in Monk as a voiceless musician, as long as he doesn’t speak about his experiences as a Black artist during a time of social and political unrest. The film is preceded by “SHUT UP AND PAINT,” about contemporary painter Titus Kaphar and the ways in which he uses film as a medium to explore and challenge how the art market seeks to silence his activism. (Zoe Pharo)

House Music Workout Party

Track and Field Center at Gately Park, 10201 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Sunday, November 20, 3pm–4pm. Free. bit.ly/housemusicworkout

Get in shape and have fun while listening to all your favorite house music, a genre of electronic music created by club DJs and music producers that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. Live music, celebrity trainers, actors and kid stars will all be onstage to help motivate everyone. This class combines cardio exercises, dance, aerobic, kickboxing and more. Exercises are suited for beginners and people looking to improve their regular routines. (Zoe Pharo)

Sandra Cisneros and “Woman Without Shame”

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Tuesday, November 22, 6:30pm–8:30pm. $20-25. bit.ly/cisnerosatfield

The Field Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art present award-winning Chicago poet Sandra Cisneros and her new book of poems, “Woman Without Shame.” Her first book of poetry in twenty eight years, and the first published by her in Spanish, “Woman Without Shame” is a moving collection of songs, elegies and declarations that chronicle her journey toward rebirth and the recognition of her prerogative as a woman artist. Cisneros will read some of these poems accompanied by Cicero native Erika L. Sánchez, author of “Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir.” Afterwards, the event will feature a conversation between Cisneros and Carlos Cumpián, another Chicago poet. Recommended for ages 18 and older. (Zoe Pharo)

In the Belly of the Blues

Richard J. Daley Library Branch, 3400 S. Halsted St. Tuesday, December 6, 1pm–2:30pm. Free. www.chipublib.org

Muddy Waters’ Grammy-winning lyricist shares his tales of our hometown music and its roots as America’s first voice of protest. Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf, the Stones and the Gods of Rock & Roll come alive through Chicago native Terry Abrahamson’s rare photos, videos, stories and books, in a fun-filled celebration of the music that changed the world, and of art as a tool for survival.

South Side Season 3 Premiere: Screening and Conversation

DuSable Black History Museum, 740 E. 56th St. Tuesday, December 6, 7:30pm–9pm. Free. bit.ly/SouthSidepremiere

The DuSable Museum will be holding an advance screening of the season three premiere episodes of HBO Max’s South Side, followed by an intimated conversations with the series’ co-creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, moderates by WBEZ’s Reset’s host Sasha-Ann Simons. The new season premieres this December, and its characters and scenes focus on life on the South Side. (Zoe Pharo)

Family Holiday Community Musical

The Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd. Monday, December 12, 6pm–9pm. Free. bit.ly/xmasfamilymusical

This Christmas-centric Chicago West Side family musical and dinner will showcase the talents of local youth and adults through skits, dancing, singing, videos and music. Special performing guests include the Chicago Multi-Cultural Center for the Arts and the Hiplet Ballerinas. (Zoe Pharo)

Holiday Rhythms 2022

Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court. Monday, December 12, 7pm–9pm. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP seats. bit.ly/holidayrhythms2022

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates the season at the historic Jazz Showcase, with Holiday Rhythms and the highly anticipated premier of The Jazz Hoofing Quintet featuring Isaiah Spencer on drums, Marlene Rosenberg on bass, Brent Griffin Jr. on alto saxophone, Justin Dillard on piano and Jumaane Taylor on taps. Special guests include vocalist Amyna Love, Stone Soup Rhythms and more. This joyful performance will marry tap dance with live jazz music at the best jazz venue in the South Loop, with all proceeds benefiting CHRP’s Mayfair Arts Center, a new South Side arts incubator-educator space. (Zoe Pharo)

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