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Black Arts Chicago is the first media outlet dedicated to audience development and marketing communications for African-American artists and cultural institutions. Our mission is to better inform the public about Black theatre, dance, film, art, music and literary events and grow the attendance, patronage and support for these artists and institutions.

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More than 100 Black Arts and Culture events listed every month highlighting the works of African-American artists in Chicago!


By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by William Brown
In 1920s rural Connecticut, Phil Hogan cobbles together a living on rented farmland that he hopes to someday own outright, when his landlord Jim Tyrone comes into his inheritance. Hogan has driven away his three sons, but his towering daughter Josie understands her father and can hold her own. When the two learn that the land may be sold out from under them, they concoct a plan to save it that ultimately reveals the secret desires that two lonely souls have kept hidden for years. This bittersweet elegy from four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Nobel laureate Eugene O'Neill offers a moving and powerful exploration of humanity at its basest and most beautiful. 
Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Ct, Glencoe
Feb 7 - Mar 18
Tues - Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3:00 & 7:30 PM, Sun 2:00 & 6:00 PM
Tickets: $35 - $70

Presented by Shade: An Actually Diverse Comedy Show. Just in time for women's history month, join Chicago's best women and LGBTQIA comedians  for a fun night celebrating the impending dismantling of the patriarchy. #TimesUp #DrinkUp. Let's be frank: Comedy has a ways to go when it comes to making space for diverse voices and bodies. Across the country, there are strong, vibrant, and hilarious stand-up comics striving to break into the conversation. SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show is a showcase of standups of color and LGBTQI comedians. All are welcome, Shade is mandatory. Featuring Sonal Aggarwal, Whitney Wasson, and Collier Free. Hosted and Produced By Colette Gregory. 75 minutes without intermission. 
Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 North Halsted
Fri Mar 23
General Admission: $15

By Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour
Directed by Jess McLeod
The community of a backwoods Southern town grapples with the murder of a Black man who is found hanging in a tree. As events unfold, the hanging mystifies the people of the community, forcing them to confront their complicity in this man's horrific demise. Osei-Kuffour's darkly comical, heartbreaking play, which recently made the prestigious 2017 Kilroy's List, uses absurdity to explore racism, sexuality, and the parts of American history we would all like to forget.
The Gift Theater Company
4802 N Milwaukee Ave
March 2 - April 29
Thurs - Sat 7:30 PM, Matinees Sat 3:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM
Tickets: $20-40

Written by Ensemble Member Kevin Douglas
Directed by Ensemble Member David Schwimmer
A Texas matriarch, bless her heart, discovers that the history of the ancestral home is, well...complicated. When she reveals the news to her Southern Belle daughters, tempers rage hotter than the devil's armpit and pandemonium runs amok on the pristine plantation...and that's before the other set of sisters arrive. 
Lookingglass Theatre
Water Tower Water Works
821 N Michigan Ave
Feb 21 - April 22
Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sat & Sun at 2:00 PM (Check with box office for exceptions)
Tickets: $40-60

By Todd Kreidler
Directed by Marti Lyons
Matt and Christina Drayton live a modern, white upper-class life in 1960s San Francisco, but their comfortable life is muddled when daughter Joey returns home with John Prentice, a black physician whom she has known for ten days and intends to marry. Suddenly, their longtime progressive values are challenged; Matt and Christina find themselves facing difficult personal questions about the future of their daughter and their family. And unfortunately for the Draytons, Joey and John aren't their only surprise guests coming to dinner.
Court Theatre
5535 S Ellis Ave
March 15 - April 15
Wed - Thurs 7:30 PM. Fri & Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 2:30 & 7:30 PM
Tickets: $38-48

Written by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Hallie Gordon
Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals - a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race - search for love, success and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit.
Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court Ct, Glencoe
March 21 - June 10
Tues - Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3:00 & 7:30 PM, Sun 2:00 PM.
Tickets: $50-60


The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the first major survey of the work of groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist Howardena Pindell. The exhibition spans the New York-based artist's five-decades-long career, featuring early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works, and personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. The exhibition traces themes and visual experiments that run throughout Pindell's work up to the present. The exhibition also highlights Pindell's work with photography, film, and performance, mediums she has used to explore her place in the world. Her chance-based experiments include photographing her drawings juxtaposed over a television screen, as well as creating Free, White, and 21 (1980), a performance for film based on her personal experiences of racism. 
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave
Feb 24 - May 20
Opening Sat Feb 24, 10 AM - 5 PM
Admission: $8 -15 (Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays)


Chicago-native artist Barbara Jones-Hogu was a leader of the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) who was a contributor to the infamous South Side mural, the Wall of Respect. "Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975" is her first museum exhibition, showcasing prints, lithographs and woodcuts that celebrate African American culture.
DePaul Art Museum
935 W Fullerton Ave 
Until Sunday March 25
Opening hours: Wed, Thu 1pm - 7pm; Fri 11am - 5pm; 
Sat, Sun 12pm - 5pm

Admission: Free

Hyde Park Art Center brings renewed attention to the masterful drawings and paintings by one of the forefathers of Chicago's mural movement in Bill Walker: Urban Griot, curated by Juarez Hawkins. The exhibition will present rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s in the Kanter McCormick Gallery from November 5, 2017 to April 8, 2018 and includes a extensive series of public programs. Highlighting the deeply passionate and often biting social commentary of this influential artist, Bill Walker: Urban Griot is the first of many programs included in Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago's art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Hyde Park Arts Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave
Now until April 8, 2018

Featuring works by artists Roger Carter, Maxwell Emcays, and Raymond Thomas
Gallery Guichard
440 E 47th St
March 29 - May 13
Opening reception Thurs March 29, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Fabiola Jean-Louis' Rewriting History: paper gowns and photographs, is an inquiry into social change. How much has society really changed since the beginning of slavery? Do Black lives matter even in the 21st century? The exhibition interrogates these questions and more through a haunting photographic essay and paper sculptures styled to mimic garments worn by female European nobility between the 15th - 19th centuries. Jean-Louis is a Haitian born, Brooklyn, NY based mixed media artist. Her work is informed by her Afro-Caribbean heritage, Black culture, and the dialogue of mysticism.
 DuSable Museum of African-American History
740 East 56th Pl
Open Tues thru Sat 10AM - 5 PM, Sun Noon - 5 PM
Admission: $8,00, Students $5.00. Free on Tuesdays.

Original art work by African American Women Artists
Featuring Rose Blouin, Arlene Crawford, Makaba Kedem-DuBose, Juarez Hawkins, Candace Hunter, Renee Wiliams Jefferson, Joyce Owens, Felicia Grant Preston, Patricia Stewart, Shirley J. Sullivan, Dorian Sylvain, Pearle Taylor, Shahar Caren Waever, Shyvette Williams,
Southside Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave


Directed by Jeneen Talbott
Presented by Black World Cinema
Winner of the BWC 2018 Afrofuturism FIl Competition. 

The films will be followed by a panel discussion with WVON Talk Radio Host Salim Muwakkil and Pop Culture Content Creator Paco Taylor. SIGHT (2017, 15 min) is set in a parallel earth, and is about a nonbeliever named Naji who must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her tribe when supernatural forces bring a dark truth to light.

Janeen Talbott is an ambivalent, artist, naturalista and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. In Ethiopia, the Florida A&M alumna served for two years, mentoring, teaching and evolving. While abroad she was able to peer at the worldand deeper into herself from a different vantage point. It is from that perspective that she intends to develop and tell stories.

Studio Movie Grill
210 W 87th Street 
Near the Dan Ryan
Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 PM
Admission for adults is $9.50 ($7.75 age 65+ or students) and $7.25 for children (ages 2 to 12).

See all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Live Action Short. Program includes the winner The Silent Child(UK), centering around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication; Dekalb Elementary (USA), inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia; My Nephew Emmett (USA), set in 1955 and based on the true story of a Mississippi preacher who tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, from two racist killers out for blood; The Eleven O'Clock (Australia), in which the delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist, causing each to treat the other as the session gets out of control; and Watu Wote - All of Us (Germany/Kenya). For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.
Century Cinema Center
2828 N. Clark St
March 7 - 15, 4:40 PM & 9:15 PM
Tickets: $12.50, Seniors $10.00

In the words of writer/ director Chanel James, "The Things We Do When We're Alone" is about "crestfallen punk fan, Cassidy who lives and breathes by the songs of her favorite band Slim Hitter. When a rare opportunity arises to see them play in her hometown, she plans an impromptu weekend back down to reconnect with her best friend, Elena. On a mission, Elena plans a few surprises in hopes to cure her friend's depression. "The Things We Do When We're Alone" is a refreshingly subtle coming-of-age anthem that celebrates the relationship between music and mental health, and the lifeline of friendship. "
Black Cinema House
1456 E 70th St
Fri, March 30, 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


With over 40 albums, four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke has attained "living legend" status. Born in Philadelphia, Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of jazz fusion group Return to Forever. During his 45+ year career, he has collaborated with the likes of Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, The Police, Herbie Hancock and many others. Doubling on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity, Clarke was the first jazz fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. Known for his intense dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke is a true pioneer in jazz and jazz fusion.
City Winery
1200 W Randolph St
Wed March 21, 6:30 PM (Doors open 5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30)
Tickets: VIP $65, Front Premier $55.00, Premier $45, Reserved $35

The 2nd Annual Celebration of the '70s Tour returns to The Chicago Theatre featuring performances by The Dramatics feat. L.J. Reynolds, Carl Carlton, The Del Fonics, The Chi-Lites/Marshal Thompson, and The Sytlistics!
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State 
Sat Mar 17, 8:00 PM


This exhibit invites visitors to walk through a winding gallery that features over 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King's work and the Civil Rights movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago. Chicago, like other U.S. cities, erupted in the wake of King's assassination on April 4, 1968. While the center of his activism was focused on dismantling southern Jim Crow, the systems that kept African Americans oppressed in the American South, he spent time in Chicago and often spoke out on the realities of northern discrimination, particularly around the issues of poverty, education and housing.
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark St


An Evening With A King Of Comedy
The Chicago Theatre
75 N. State
Sat March 24, 8:00 PM
Tickets: $63.50 - $93.50


Louder Than A Bomb is the largest youth poetry festival in the world! Team Finals features the top four scoring teams from over 120 competing Chicagoland high schools. Join the 20,000+ movement for a night of poetry, community, and a special headlining celebrity musical guest.
Auditorium Theater
50 E Congress Pkwy
Sun March 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20, Students $10




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