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By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation's financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management's cost-saving demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?
Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 
Jan 25 - Mar 3
Tues - Thur 7:30 PM, Fri 8:00 PM, Sat 2:30 & 8:00 PM, Sun 2:30 PM
Tickets: $30 - $76

Insurrection: Holding History
Ron, a young, gay African-American graduate student, trying to complete his thesis on Nat Turner's slave rebellion, is feeling lost in his life and alienated from his family. When his 189-year-old great, great grandfather TJ takes him back in time to meet Turner in the flesh, both men find answers they never expected. The play deals with themes of racial identity and sexuality, as Ron comes to face his ancestors' history, and his own personal identity. A raucous, wrenching story, part Roots, part The Wizard of Oz, part In Living Color, and all Robert O'Hara, Insurrection: Holding History will change how you see the past, and just maybe yourself as well.
Athenaeum Theater Studio Three
2936 N Southport Ave

Now - Feb 11
Thurs - Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 3:00 PM
Tickets: $22-32

By Antoinette Nwandu
Directed by Lisa Portes
In Antoinette Nwandu's "love letter to black women,"Margaret uproots her life, including her dead-end job and fizzling relationship, after finding out that she is unexpectedly expecting. She finds support and humor from her sassy and sharp Aunt Sylvia and her new friendship with Carolina, a pregnant cleaning lady at her office. BREACH is a smart comedy about friendship, motherhood, and family, and tackles the mother of all challenges: learning to love yourself.
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 North Lincoln Ave.
Feb 9 - March 11
Tickets: Previews: $15 - $45, Regular run: $15 - $56

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

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

By James Ijames       
Directed by Tyla Abercrumbie
Monarch must return to Philadelphia following the sudden death of his mother. On the journey back to his boyhood home to plan for her funeral, Monarch mourns, falls in love, and discovers that sometimes, the truth lies someplace between the surface of the moon and wherever you are. Moon Man Walk is a moving and enthralling new play exploring the enduring connection between a mother and her son, and the space required to recognize a past that is becoming ever more present.
Victory Gardens Theater
Richard Christiansen Theater
2433 North Lincoln Ave.
Now until Feb 25
Thurs - Sat 8:00 PM
Sun - 2:30 PM
Tickets: Thurs & Fri $25, Sat & Sun $30, Students $15

Mother of the Dark Water
Devised and Directed by Lauren Wells
Inspired by original images of the Black Madonna, five black women decide to reclaim their truth and voice in the normative feminist movement.   Based on personal stories, original poetry and movement, Mother of the Dark Waters celebrates the power of speaking out, resistance and self-love.
Greenhouse Theatre Center
2257 N Lincoln Ave
Now until Mar 4
Thur - Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 3:00 PM
Tickets: $28-$32

The Light
By Loy A. Webb
Directed by Toma Langston
A surprise proposal takes an unexpected turn that upends the world of Genesis and Rashad, forcing them to confront a devastating secret from the past and putting the future of their relationship at risk. Featuring two of Chicago's most dynamic actors, THE LIGHT is a 70-minute, real-time rollercoaster journey of laughter, romance and despair that uncovers how the power of radical love can be a healing beacon of light.
The Den Theatre
1331 N Milwaukee Ave
Now until Feb 25
Thurs - Sat, 7:30 PM, Sun 3:00 PM
Tickets: $30 - 35

By Samm-Art Williams
Directed by Aaron Mays
The Dance on Widow's Row is a comedy about four widows who, despite the odds, are determined to find love. Set in a coastal community in eastern North Carolina, Magnolia, Annie, Simone, and Lois invite the area's most eligible bachelors to an intimate soiree. Having already buried nine husbands altogether, the women are willing to defy small-town mores and endure vicious gossip if there's a chance to meet Mr. Right tonight. Court's Spotlight Reading Series aims to rediscover plays by writers of color largely missing from the American stage and absent from the traditional canon.
Court Theatre at
NEIU's Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
700 E. Oakwood Blvd.
Mon Feb 26, 6:30pm
Admission: Free. Limited seating, reserve your attendance

By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Chika Ike
Philadelphia, 1752. Growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin -- the greatest scientific mind in the world; inventor of the lightning rod, the odometer, the glass harmonica, bifocal glasses, and, in his spare time, The United States of America -- is not all it's cracked up to be. In the world premiere of this moving new play, Franklinland asks what it's like to make your way in life knowing your father's greatest invention wasn't you.
The Jackalope Theatre Co. at
Broadway Armory Park
5917 N Broadway
Now until Feb 24
Thurs - Sat 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30, Students/seniors $20


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Auditorium Theatre, the company's Chicago home for nearly half a century, with six breathtaking performances. This year's annual engagement features three different programs of relevant, inspiring new works, including the Chicago premiere of company member Jamar Roberts' Members Don't Get Weary, called "striking" and "virtuosic" by the New York Times, and Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano's Victoria, a tribute to the triumph of good over evil. The company also brings new productions of Twyla Tharp's The Golden Section and Chicago-raised choreographer Talley Beatty's Stack-Up to Chicago. Each performance ends with Alvin Ailey's masterpiece Revelations, a "modern classic" that has been seen by more people than any other contemporary dance work.
Auditorium Theatre
50 E Congress Pkwy
March 7 - 11
Wed Mar 7, 7:30 PM
Thurs Mar 8, 7:30 PM
Fri Mar 9, 7:30 PM
Sat Mar 10,  2 PM
Sat Mar 10, 8 PM
Sun Mar 11, 3 PM


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

Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education
Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education presents a suite of new and existing works by the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist Mike Cloud. Born in Chicago in 1974 and having earned his training as an arts educator at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's degree from Yale University School of Art, this marks the artist's first solo exhibition in the city. Evolving a unique painterly language over the last two decades, Cloud's work often comprises a mash-up of thick paint and patchworks of collaged material and language culled from photo books, newspapers and other ephemera from daily life.
Logan Center, Gallery 107
915 E 60th St.
Now until Mar 11
Admission: Free

Rewriting History: paper gowns and photographs
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.

Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition
Since 1970, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) has hosted the Juried Art Exhibition, the nation's longest-running exhibition of African-American art. The exhibition is part of the Museum's Black Creativity program, which showcases African-American achievement in a variety of scientific, artistic and technological fields. Each year, the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition presents more than 100 works of art from emerging and professional African-American artists.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Now until Feb 21
Admission: General $19.95, children $10.95

Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen
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. The exhibition of 100-plus works also includes Pindell's most recent works from the last two years, which draw on the beauty and innovation of her approach to abstraction to build upon contemporary conversations around equity and diversity.

Howardena Pindell will be in conversation with Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sat, Feb 24, 3 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave
Feb 24 - May 20
Admission: $8 -15 (Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays)


African American History Movie Night: Selma
Joins us for a screening of Selma, the 2015 award-winning film depicting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.
West Englewood Library
1745 W. 63rd Street
Wed Feb 7, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Admission: Free

Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey
An idealistic social worker initiates an ambitious project to take a group of street musicians to West Africa. Fascinated by the sounds of bucket drummers she meets on Chicago's south side, Elilta Tewelde aspires to connect the young men to their African heritage through music. A native of Africa herself, she crowd funds a trip to Senegal where the teens will participate in traditional drumming workshops under a master percussionist and his family. But the cultural divide proves wide and problems surface along the way challenging the project leaders and bucket drummers to unexpected limits and discoveries about themselves.
The screening will be followed by optional 30-minute bucket drumming workshop with Damonte Williams, one of the musicians featured in the film.
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 North Lincoln
Thurs Feb 15, 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10, $10 Members

By Michael Glover
Three Chicago couples at various stages of their relationships -- veteran marrieds Jack and Golda, recently hooked-up Peggy and Wyatt, and longer-term but still uncommitted Isabelle and Richard -- come together for a weekend at a woodsy Michigan cabin. The group soon teams up along gender lines, with the men and the women engaging in separate activities, most tellingly on the final evening when, loosened by booze and rain, the women repair to a local bar while the men smokescreen their anxieties behind a discussion of Dashiell Hammett's mystery novel "The Glass Key." The temporary separation from their respective partners shakes each of the sextet out of their familiar perspectives, accelerating below-the-surface shifts that will have a lasting impact on all of their lives. Chicago-based film critic Smith (White City Cinema) improves upon his impressive first film COOL APOCALYPSE with more polished camerawork and acting (including Alana Arenas of Steppenwolf and French star Roxane Mesquida of FAT GIRL), sharpening his already formidable skills for supremely observant relationship drama. DCP digital widescreen. 105 minutes.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St
Fri Feb 16, 8:15 PM
Mon Feb 19, 7:45 PM
Wed Feb 21, 7:45 PM
Tickets: $11, Members $6

It Is No Secret: The Life and Inspiration of Rev. Clay Evans
See the premiere public screening of the documentary film, It Is No Secret: The Life and Inspiration of Rev. Clay Evans. Founder of Chicago's influential Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and award-winning gospel artist, Rev. Evans was an active leader in the civil rights movement and in the establishment of Operation PUSH. A panel discussion, introduced by producer Patty Nolan-Fitzgerald, follows. Dr. Charlie Dates, pastor of Progressive Baptist Church, will moderate. Panel participants include Dr. Lou Della Evans-Reid, founding Fellowship member and retired minister of music; Elder DeAndre Patterson, pastor of Destiny Worship Center; and Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor of the St. Sabina Faith Community.
The film was directed by Ines Sommer, Sommer Filmworks, LLC, and supported by the generosity of the Elzie Higginbottom Family.Harold Washington Library Center
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Thurs Feb 15, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Admission: Free. Seating is first come, first served.

Italy's official submission for Oscar consideration, A Ciambra incorporates the gritty authenticity of neorealism, the kinetic energy of early Scorsese (who exec-produced the film), and the moral urgency of the Dardenne brothers into a distinctively personal vision of modern, volatilely multicultural Europe. Like director Carpignano's acclaimed first feature MEDITERRANEA, the film set in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro, this time shifting the ethnic focus from recent African immigrants to similarly marginalized Romani, and centering the story on the Roma boy Pio Amato, who had a scene-stealing supporting role as a precocious hustler in MEDITERRANEA. Now fourteen and growing up too fast, Pio is eager to follow his older brother Cosimo in the manly arts of burglary and car theft.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St
Feb 16 - 22
Fri, Feb 16, 6:00pm
Sat, Feb 17, 4:45pm
Sun, Feb 18, 3:00pm
Tue, Feb 20, 6:00pm
Wed, Feb 21, 7:45pm
Thu, Feb 22, 6:00pm
Tickets: $11, Members $6

Directed by Kyle Henry
In the emotional rollercoaster of a third feature by Chicago-based director Henry (FOURPLAY), two urban couples, both middle-aged, come to a relationship crisis exacerbated by infidelity, concealed career downturns, and the fact that two of the people are siblings. A tenth anniversary party for real estate broker Zeke (Antoine McKay) and his preschool teacher wife Grace (Sevigny) begins as a hearty tribute to a seemingly strong and happy marriage, until the unexpected arrival of Grace's troubled younger brother Chris (Mars) and his increasingly restless girlfriend Deena (Christine Horn). Daring no-holds-barred performances push this story into dangerous territory over a period of weeks, as secrets and longtime grudges surface with devastating consequences.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St
Fri, Feb 23, 8:00 PM
Sat, Feb 24, 3:00 PM
Mon, Feb 26, 7:45 PM
Wed, Feb 28, 8:00 PM
Tickets: 11.00. Members $6.00


Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South Africa's Cultural Ambassadors to the World, celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within their singing are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. In those fifty plus years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual message that has touched a worldwide audience. Their singing efforts have garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people, organizations and countries.
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 North Lincoln
Sat Feb 17, 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Tickets: $45, $43 Members

With Trunino Lowe - Trumpet, Michael King - Piano, Keyboards, Junius Paul - Basses, Michael Piolet - Drums and Cymbals.
Rajiv Halim is a saxophonist and composer from Chicago, IL, born to immigrant parents from Belize on September 15, 1990, incidentally the same birth day as saxophonist, Cannonball Adderley. The music of the late, great Charlie Parker became the beacon that sparked Rajiv's love for improvisation and creative music.
Jazz Showcase
806 S. Plymouth Ct.
Thurs Feb 22, 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20 - $35

Kindred the Family Soul
Kindred the Family Soul is Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler; artists, songwriters, lovers, family. Both got their start as teenagers. Fatin producing his first released material with Bell Biv Devoe at 17 and Aja recieving her first recording contract from Delicious Vinyl at 14, these two "grew up" in the record business. This Fall Kindred will be releasing their 6th studio album titled Legacy of Love. The lead single has already hit number 1 on soul charts in the UK and top 40 on AC charts here in the States. Considered timely and needed the single titled "All my People" paints a vision of equality, peace and unity.
The Promontory
5311 S Lake Park Ave
Sat Feb 17 7:00 PM

Syleena Johnson - Rebirth of Soul Tour
Syleena Johnson is one of those undeniable talents whose unfaltering truth shines through every note she sings. Undoubtedly one of the best singers of her generation, Johnson has collaborated with everyone from Kanye West and Common to Anthony Hamilton and R. Kelly. In recent years she has enjoyed mainstream exposure appearing on such television shows as TV One's "R&B Divas: Atlanta" and WE TV's "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" and as of last month, Syleena is featured on the new TEGNA Media/ TV One daily live talk show "Sister Circle."
City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph St
Fri Feb 23, 7:00 PM (doors open at 5:00) and 10:00 PM (doors open 9:00 PM)
Tickets: VIP $55.00 Front Premier $45.00 Premier $35.00 Reserved $25.00


Howardena Pindell in conversation
With co-curators Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver.
On the opening weekend of Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen, join the artist and curators, Naomi Beckwith and Valerie Cassel Oliver, for an in-depth discussion of Pindell's work and life. Trained as a painter, Pindell has challenged the staid traditions of the art world and asserted her place in its history as a woman and one of African descent. Since the 1960s, she has used materials such as glitter, talcum powder, and perfume to stretch the boundaries of the rigid tradition of rectangular, canvas painting. Following the talk, from 4 until 4:45 pm, Howardena Pindell is available to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave

Sat, Feb 24, 3 - 5 pm
Free with museum admission

Civic Talks | Race in Chicago: Politics, power, and hierarchy
Natalie Moore (above), WBEZ South Side reporter and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, moderates this two-part series inspired by Race: Are We So Different? Explore the exhibition and attend the 60-minute discussion followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Part 2: Join panelists Alden Loury, director of research and evaluation at the Metropolitan Planning Council, Coya Paz, assistant professor at DePaul University and the artistic director of the Free Street Theater and UIC professor Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, author of Citizens But Not Americans: Race & Belonging Among Latino Millennials as they discuss politics, power, and the hierarchy of race in Chicago. Continue the conversation at the post-program reception in the North & Clark Cafe. Cash bar available.
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark St
Tues, Feb 27, 6:30 PM
Tickets: $10, $5 members & students

Letters From Langston
One of the greatest American writers, Langston Hughes was an innovator of jazz poetry and a leader of the Harlem Renaissance whose poems and plays resonate widely today. Accessible, personal, and inspirational, Hughes's poems portray the African American community in struggle in the context of a turbulent modern United States and a rising black freedom movement. This invaluable collection of newly published letters between Hughes and four confidantes sheds light on his life and politics. Celebrate African American History Month at this important presentation of letters and artifacts and book discussion of Letters From Langston by co-authors, Evelyn Crawford and Dr. MaryLouise Patterson, whose parents were close friends with world renowned poet, Langston Hughes. A book singing follows.
South Chicago Library
9055 S. Houston Avenue
Wed Feb 7, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Admission: Free

White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon discusses "Chasing Light"
Amanda Lucidon, former official White House photographer for former First Lady Michelle Obama, discusses her photography book Chasing Light. A book signing follows. A selection of Lucidon's photos are on display February 1 - March 3, on the third floor at HWLC.
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Thurs Feb 15, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Admission: Free

The Saint Sabina African American Speakers Series presents journalist and author April Ryan. Ryan is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, and has covered the White House since 1997. She is also a political analyst and contributor for CNN and has appeared on panels on ABC News.
Saint Sabina Church Sanctuary
1210 W. 78th Place
Fri Feb 23, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Admission: Free

Dr. Cornel West

Sunday Worship Service with Dr. Cornel West
Saint Sabina Church Sanctuary
1210 W. 78 Pl
Sun, Feb 25, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Admission: Free
Live streaming webcast of the entire service at

"Black Chicago's First Century: 1833-1900"
A Discussion with Author Christopher Robert Reed
In Black Chicago's First Century, local author Christopher Robert Reed provides the first comprehensive study of an African American population in a nineteenth-century northern city beyond the eastern seaboard. The author takes us from a time when black Chicago provided both workers and soldiers for the Union cause to the ensuing decades that saw the rise and development of a stratified class structure and growth in employment, politics, and culture. Just as the city was transformed in its first century of existence, so were its black inhabitants. Reed is Professor Emeritus of History at Roosevelt University, a Roosevelt alumnus, and a native Chicagoan who has matched scholarly interest and civic commitment. He is the nation's leading expert and author of six books on the early history of African Americans in Chicago.
Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Tues, Feb 20, 6:00PM - 7:15PM. Doors to the Reception Hall open at 5 p.m.
Admission: Free. Seating is first come, first served. (80 max.).


Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968
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


African American LitFest: Writing & Getting Published
In partnership with the Soulful Chicago Book Fair, participants will meet local African American authors such as Cherron Byrd-Smith, Patience Kirkland, and Nichelle Joi, publishers, and enjoy programs, storytelling, panel discussions, crafts and more! The schedule for Writing & Getting Published day is as follows:
11:00 AM - P. Arthur Townsend (Local author) will discuss his novel, House Devoid of Love.
1:00 PM - Kujichagulia Press (This family-based publishing company uses Kuumba (creativity) to uplift and celebrate African and African American culture and heritage.) will discuss their company's books and talk about the importance of delivering positive messages for Black children.
2:30 PM - Books Ink Literary Services (A local independent bookseller and literary arts company.) will talk about some of their company's books, the publishing industry, and how to get a book published.
4:30 PM - Jeri L. Wright (Author of Preacher's Daughter: A Journey Through the Pit in the Presence of God is also the daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.) will discuss her new book.
6:30 PM - Dr. Dennis Woods (President and CEO of Life to Legacy, LLC, a local book publishing company that has published over 40 titles.) will talk about some of his company's books, the publishing industry, and how to get a book published.
Author booths, games, crafts and activity stations available throughout the day.
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St.
Tues Feb 6, 4:00PM - 8:00PM
Admission: Free

Black History Live -
The DuSable Museum of African American History
All performances start at 9:30 am unless stated otherwise in the description. All shows are $5.00/person for groups of 10 or more.)

West Indian Dance Theater Company
The West Indian Dance Theater Company shares with audiences traditional and contemporary Afro-Caribbean folk and Island dance, music and song. We are comprised of musicians, singers and dancers. Our musicians come together with Conga drums and other handheld percussion along with folk singers to produce a vibrant section of lively and spiritual music which accompanies the dancers throughout a typical performance.  All Ages.
Thursday, February 1, 9:30 AM

Lady Moses: The Life & Times of Harriet Tubman
Through dramatic monologue, poetry, and song, Ms. Cynthia Maddox provides a powerful glimpse into the charismatic life of Ms. Tubman whose undaunted dedication to a better society has emphatically impacted the course of history.  Grades 4th-12th  **For an additional $1, your students can receive a supplemental book related to Harriet Tubman.
Friday, February 2, 9:30 AM

Voices of Chicago
Building on Chicago's unique heritage as the stomping grounds of many great writers and the birthplace of modern performance ("Slam") poetry, Chicago Slam Works presents a guided tour of the city's poetic landscape. Some of Chicago's best poets bring poetry to life through their own original work and inspire students to create their own version of Chicago through writing. Grades 7th-12th.
Tuesday, February 6, 9:30 AM

Finding the Light Inside
In this performance, audiences will be inspired by a variety of uplifting stories which emphasize the unique and important role each person plays. This collection of captivating tales and musical elements comes together to encourage audience members to celebrate their individuality and to champion the right we all have to let our light shine. Grades PreK-4th
Wednesday, February 7, 9:30 AM

The Birthplace of Rhythm
Three drummers from the Pulse Beat Music Chicago collective serve as musical tour guides as they journey with audiences around the world to study the history, language, and geography of rhythm. The group performs rhythms and songs from the Middle East, Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, Europe and other regions of the world. The drummers are accomplished musicians from Chicago who have traveled the globe to study a wide variety of music and cultures firsthand. Students are invited to join in the rhythm-making as the show builds towards its festive finale. All ages.
Thursday, February 8, 9:30 AM

Amazing Africa
Are you ready to be amazed with the dances, music, and culture of West Africa? This program is an educational experience, featuring the rhythms and dances of the Manding Empire, the largest in African history. This high-energy show features acrobatics, authentic African attire, and native instrumentation. The narration and storytelling centered around the mystical city of Timbuktu provides an in-depth view of the rich West African heritage, languages and traditions. All Ages
Friday, February 9, & Tuesday, February 13, both 9:30 AM

The Revenge of Emmett Till
"The Revenge of Emmett Till," is a visual collaboration produced by entrepreneur and urban historian Dwamina K. Drew, and world-renowned visual artist/painter, Hebru Brantley. The documentary film chronicles Emmett's story through the eyewitness account of his cousin (Simeon Wright), it highlights the impact of Emmett's story/impact through interviews with Brantley and illustrious musician Lupe Fiasco, and it identifies, explores, and promotes working solutions in addressing race relations.  Grades: HIGH SCHOOL ONLY.
Mon, February 12, 9:30 AM

Circle of Song
Hear the stories behind the songs and experience the power of communal singing in the African-American tradition in this highly-interactive show. All audiences will connect to the universal themes in the featured songs, which include African chants, coded-language Spirituals, Freedom Songs from the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary music with messages of peace and empowerment. Grades: PreK-4th
Wednesday, February 14, 9:30 AM

Legacy of Black Magicians
Experience the legend of magical heroes from Africa, through the days of slavery, the Harlem Renaissance, the 60's & 70's, to the new millennium. The Legacy of Black Magicians is an interactive vivid look at the history and careers of African American performers of magical entertainment. All Ages
Thursday, February 15, 9:30 AM

A Legacy for America's Children
Emmy Award Winning International Vocalist, Joan Collaso's musical narrative centers on the education and determination of Dr. martin Luther King Jr. Young people will be unable to resist singing and clapping along as they discover lesser known facts about this legendary leader. Grades 2nd-12th
Friday, February 16

Evolution of African American Music
The Evolution of African-American Music (From Africa to Hip Hop) is an interactive and multimedia concert for all ages that explores the history of African American Music. This entertaining and educational concert will help participants understand and appreciate how the many styles of African American Music - from Field Hollers to Jazz to R&B - are connected. All Ages. Two  showtimes: 9:30 am  & 11:30 am on both dates.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 & Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Breakin' It Down: Hip Hop History
This highly-interactive performance focuses on the history of various hip hop dance styles, including popping, waving, funk, breakdancing, and more. Students will learn about the development of this now iconic dance style, from its early start in freestyle back in the 1960s to the choreography seen in today popular culture. Grades 4-12
Fri Feb 23  & Tues Feb 27
Showtimes: 9:30 AM  & 11:30 AM on both dates.
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place






228 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, Il 60604
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