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Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, August 26, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Friday, August 26, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Taste of Greek Town

Festivals To-Do!: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago's happening West Loop returns for its 27th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city's acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture. Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eater… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 26-28, 2016. Friday, August 26, 2016, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 400 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL.

Rebuild Knights: Youth Chess

Family/Children To-Do!: Join the Rebuild Knights, our new youth chess club – learn basic chess rules and strategies and how to have fun. Free and open to youth in grades 3 – 8. Price: Free! Friday, August 26, 2016, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E 70th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Nabori with Yoko (Salsa)

Festivals To-Do!: Since 2006 Maldito Tango Duo has remained true to its original mission; to create and perform original salsa in the tradition of the Salsa explosion of the 1970's. Naborí’s first production, released late 2008, titled “Historias Del Barrio” kick started a revival of original salsa recordings in the Milwaukee/Chicago area. This album captured the essence of classic salsa with eight original compositions drawn from the powerful stories found in the Latin American experience. "Historias Del Barrio" was well re… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, August 26, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Intimate Words: Happy Hour & Art

Poetry To-Do!: Intimate words is an artist forum founded by four women of color of various creative backgrounds aspiring to give other artist in the community a platform to perform, exhibit their artwork and collaborate with other artist and discuss issues affecting the community. Intimate Words welcomes creatives of various backgrounds, anywhere from poets, storytellers, singer/song writers, musicians and visual/performing artist. This event will feature live performances and photography. Drinks will be available for… Price: Free! Friday, August 26, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Black Harvest IFF: How to Tell You're a Douchebag

Film To-Do!: Ray (Brice), 100% player and lightly employed writer of the blog “Occasionally Dating Black Women,” is begging for comeuppance in this snappy romantic comedy with a knack for just desserts. Ray meets his match in Rochelle (Wise), a fellow writer with a high-powered career and a healthy disdain for his bed-hopping ways. Heartlessness and thoughtlessness make for a lethal cocktail when this cocky would-be suitor, one foot in mouth, lets his finger do the talking by hitting “send” too soon, for a viral reactio… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Friday, August 26, 2016, 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels - "Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide"

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: “Remarkably candid, very hip, and genuinely soulful, McDaniel's star-studded memoir of depression and hopelessness ultimately transitions into a reflective, inspirational mediation of rebirth and renewal.” - Publishers Weekly Starred Review The Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the DuSable Museum of African American History are pleased to present Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, who will discuss his new book, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide. At the DuSable Museum of African American History About the book: In t… Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Friday, August 26, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit www.semcoop.com.

Eric Roberson

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding… Price: $36-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 25-28, 2016. Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Black Harvest IFF: Sunshine Day

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! Filmmakers in person! Based on Chicago author April Tylon-Warren’s novel, this complex and passionate coming-of-age story is set entirely on Chicago’s South Side in the Seventies, where the changing fortunes of families and friendships impact the tumultuous life of a young woman. Attractions, jealousies, breakups, and bonding mark the relationships of a close-knit group of neighborhood teens, until Sunshine (Washington) settles down with Josh (Green), but marriage and motherhood bring… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Finding Black Joy Scavenger Hunt

Community Development To-Do!: Grab some friends and start your journey! There is a lot of beauty on the South Side of Chicago and we intend to spotlight Black Culture, Black Businesses, Connections to Nature and Cultural Gems. One group will walk away with a trophy and bragging rights but we will all find joy along the way. This car-less point-based scavenger hunt will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the sights that you zoom by. Linger on the sidewalks a little longer and explore Black Chicago. Board, bike,… Miscellaneous Info: What to bring: • Water • Walking Shoes • Snacks • Wifi or Data enable device What will be provided: • Scavenger Clues • Answer listing at the end • Trophy for Winning Team • Post Event Refreshments (not including alcohol). Price: $6-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Taste of Greek Town

Festivals To-Do!: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago's happening West Loop returns for its 27th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city's acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture. Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eater… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 26-28, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 400 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL.

Open Dances: Honey Pot Performance

Dance To-Do!: Come explore dance with Abra Johnson of Honey Pot Performance: An Afro-diasporic creative feminist-centered collaborative. Open Dances is a year long dance forum, curated by Rebuild’s choreographer-inresidence Barak adé Soleil; offering opportunities to build community and explore movement with all ages. Abra Johnson is a founding member of Honey Pot Performance. Based in Chicago, this collaborative draws upon a central notion found both in performance studies and black feminist discourse: non-Western… Price: Free! Saturday, August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E 70th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Black Harvest IFF: Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film From UCLA

Film To-Do!: “LA Rebellion” is the name given to the important movement that arose in the Ethno-communications Program at UCLA in the late 1960s and that sought to forge an alternative to Hollywood for filmmakers of color. Director Davis, herself a graduate of the program, provides a lively inside look at the diverse group of filmmakers, teachers, and social-historical factors behind the movement, with illuminating excerpts and interviews from such groundbreaking directors as Charles Burnett, Larry Clark, Julie Dash, Ja… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Beauty Breaks

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public. Price: Free! Saturday, August 27, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Black Harvest IFF: Compensation

Film To-Do!: LA Rebellion classics! Zeinabu irene Davis in person! Two unique African American love stories, each involving a deaf woman and a hearing man, play out in this moving drama. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability and discrimination. This important film on African American deaf culture innovatively incorporates silent film techniques such as title cards and vintage photos to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Regional Mexican Folk Dance Music)

Festivals To-Do!: Sones de Mexico Ensemble is Chicago’s premier folk music ensemble specializing in Mexican ‘son’ including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. The group formed in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive in its many regional forms. As performers and recording artists, the ensemble has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes through touring the United States and internationally, including such prestigious venues as the… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz Festival f/ Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Nick Colionne and Rick Braun

Festivals To-Do!: Norman Brown Guitarist Norman Brown splashed into the soul-jazz scene in 1992 as a recording artist for Mo Jazz and quickly went on to win substantial acclaim, beginning with his award-winning second album, After the Storm. Both Gavin and Soul Train named it Jazz Album of the Year, and After the Storm remained on the charts for over two years. Suddenly critics drew comparisons to other astonishing jazz guitarists from the past such as George Benson and Wes Montgomery, and Brown became the toast of the soul… Price: $40. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Sundays. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Country Club Hills Amphitheater 4116 W 183rd Street Country Club Hills, Il 60478. For more info visit countryclubhills.org.

Eric Roberson

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding… Price: $36-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 25-28, 2016. Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Black Harvest IFF: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! Filmmakers in person! The remarkable, daring, and iconic life of poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou unfolds in this in-depth portrait, which includes a substantial element of storytelling by the artist herself. Angelou brings the resonant cadences of poetry to narrating an entrancing chronicle of a youth shaped by family upheaval, the racism of a small Arkansas town, and early motherhood, as eventually detailed in her first book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Rare footage… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. To-Do!: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that their friendship, coupled with a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography… Price: $14-22. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Now Through August 28, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603. For more info visit www.artic.edu.

Taste of Greek Town

Festivals To-Do!: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago's happening West Loop returns for its 27th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city's acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture. Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eater… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 26-28, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 400 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL.

Black Harvest IFF: Saving Barbara Sizemore

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! David J. Steiner in person! The Betty Shabazz-Barbara A. Sizemore Academy has been called "an urban village, an oasis in the heart of Englewood." In 2015, it was one of four charter schools put on the chopping block by Chicago Public Schools. The school fought back, and teacher/filmmaker Steiner captured the struggle in this engaging, persuasive film, which conveys the school's unique family atmosphere and emphasis on African culture, while documenting its enlistment of high-profile… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: <a href=""http://genesiskelfilmcenter.pfestore.com/capacity/events/d94577d2-9f0f-48ee-8f77-8a86495d8e83.aspx>Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Black Harvest IFF: To Sleep With Anger

Film To-Do!: LA Rebellion classics! Newly restored! Featured in SPRITS OF REBELLION (playing August 27), Charles Burnett was one of the major figures associated with the UCLA-based "LA Rebellion" group. This dark, semi-mystical comedy was too offbeat and unpredictable to succeed at the box office, but its reputation has soared over the years. Danny Glover delivers a sensational performance as Harry Mention, a folkloric Trickster who insinuates himself into a middle-class South Central household and proceeds to spread… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)

Festivals To-Do!: For the past 50 years, the legendary Teddy Lee Orchestra has entertained tens of thousands in over 5000 performances. In the great tradition of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and Benny Goodman the band provides listening and dancing enjoyment through its inimitable style and vast library of custom waltzes, Latin styles, society numbers, classic tunes, jazz, and Dixieland hits. Hit tunes of the Big Band era, show tunes and popular pieces from the great American song writers are all a… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Chrisette Michele

Live Music Doors open at 7PM. To-Do!: As an entertainer and singer songwriter, the incomparable Chrisette Michele uses her powerhouse vocals on the new Milestone record to leave her audience blown away while redefining what it means to be a diva. Her newest music, laced with leather and diamonds, celebrates the sensuality of women who still believe in love. This recently engaged romantic is ready to dance and turn up the volume on what it means to be an entertainer. Price: $37.75 - 57.75. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, August 28, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. House of Blues Chicago 329 North Dearborn Street Chicago, Illinois 60654. For more info visit www.houseofblues.com.

Black Harvest IFF: To Sleep With Anger

Film To-Do!: LA Rebellion classics! Newly restored! Featured in SPRITS OF REBELLION (playing August 27), Charles Burnett was one of the major figures associated with the UCLA-based "LA Rebellion" group. This dark, semi-mystical comedy was too offbeat and unpredictable to succeed at the box office, but its reputation has soared over the years. Danny Glover delivers a sensational performance as Harry Mention, a folkloric Trickster who insinuates himself into a middle-class South Central household and proceeds to spread… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets!">Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Monday, August 29, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Black Harvest IFF: How to Tell You're a Douchebag

Film To-Do!: Ray (Brice), 100% player and lightly employed writer of the blog “Occasionally Dating Black Women,” is begging for comeuppance in this snappy romantic comedy with a knack for just desserts. Ray meets his match in Rochelle (Wise), a fellow writer with a high-powered career and a healthy disdain for his bed-hopping ways. Heartlessness and thoughtlessness make for a lethal cocktail when this cocky would-be suitor, one foot in mouth, lets his finger do the talking by hitting “send” too soon, for a viral reactio… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets!">Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Monday, August 29, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Fred Anderson Legacy Band

Festivals To-Do!: The iconic saxophonist Fred Anderson is once again celebrated at the MCA with an annual tribute by the artists who helped create the legacy of sound at the Velvet Lounge. Featuring Anderson's long-standing bassist Tatsu Aoki, renowned reedists Mwata Bowden and Edward Wilkerson, illustrious drummer Avreeayl Ra, with Ari Brown and special guest Tim O'Dell. This performance is accompanied by a brand new Fred Anderson Archival Quartet CD release. Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Ode to the City

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Ode to the City is a grassroots art initiative targeting communities with stories to tell and art to create. This project will bring a team of talented teaching artists into Chicago near south side communities to conduct FREE public workshops for community residents. No experience required, no age limit. Our aim is to empower multigenerational artists from city neighborhoods to tap into the power of color to challenge dominant narratives, and to imagine alternatives for their communities and for themsel… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Millennium Park Summer Film Series: Favorite Chicago Film

Film Seating at the pavilion is first-come, first-served. Schedule is subject to change. To-Do!: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (Audience Choice) Favorite Chicago Film Audience members will vote on their favorite Chicago film to be shown; details of voting to be announced at a later date. Miscellaneous Info: Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to enjoy outdoor movies downtown as the popular Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 21 – August 30, at 6:30pm. Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 21-August 30, 2016. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Black Harvest IFF: Sunshine Day

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! Filmmakers in person! Based on Chicago author April Tylon-Warren’s novel, this complex and passionate coming-of-age story is set entirely on Chicago’s South Side in the Seventies, where the changing fortunes of families and friendships impact the tumultuous life of a young woman. Attractions, jealousies, breakups, and bonding mark the relationships of a close-knit group of neighborhood teens, until Sunshine (Washington) settles down with Josh (Green), but marriage and motherhood bring… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets!">Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Beg Borrow Steal

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit themoth.org.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Rio Bamba

Festivals To-Do!: Rio Bamba The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor! Bob Davis Trio Guitarist Bob Davis and keyboardist Neil Artwick have been playing together with their larger group, Lake Effect, for 20 years. Over the course of their careers, they have released two CDs on Amazon, Pandora and CD Baby.… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Harper Court Summer Music Series f/ DJ Ron Trent and Sonia Hassan

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago resident Ron Trent became a DJ in his early teens in the mid eighties, releasing his first record ‘Altered States’ in 1990 to much acclaim. In the early nineties, Trent collaborated with house/R&B team Hula & Fingers, producers for Jive records, before going on to set up Prescription Records together with Chez Damier. Together with its sister label Balance, Presciption is widely regarded as one of the most influential deep house imprints, introducing the likes of Anthony Nicholson, Abacus, Moody… Miscellaneous Info: The University of Chicago, in collaboration with Eric Williams, owner of The Silver Room, will kick off the second year of free, open-air summer concerts, with the Harper Court Summer Music Series The series begins with Blues & Steppers Night on Wednesday, May 25, with the legendary Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings and DJ Eric “ET” Taylor, a member of the V103 elite mix team. Dance instructor Swan will help you brush up on your dancing skills, so bring a partner and your dancing shoes! Jazz Night will be… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Last Wednesdays; May - August 31, 2016. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Harper Courtyard 5235 S. Harper Court Chicago, Il. For more info visit harpercourtmusic.com.

Chicago Jazz Club Tour

Live Music To-Do!: The Jazz Institute’s 22nd Jazz Club Tour on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight is an annual kick off for the Chicago Jazz Festival sponsored with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. In what could not have been a better match, the Chicago Trolley Company is partnering with the Jazz Institute to present our Annual Jazz Club Tour. Already the city’s premier sight seeing tour guides, the Chicago Trolley Company adds both charm and class to one of jazz fans’ favorite events of the… Miscellaneous Info: This year's clubs are: Andy's - 11 E. Hubbard - Corey Wilkes, Mike Smith Backroom - 1007 N. Rush - Bobby Lewis Bernice's Twilight Zone - 2914 E. 79th St - Band Mindset featuring Teela Buddy Guy's Legends - 754 S. Wabash - Dave Specter Close Up 2 - 416 S. Clark - Audley Reid and Alan Burroughs Cuatro - 2030 S. Wabash - Jose Valdes Group Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway - Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan Green Dolphin St - 2200 N Ashland Ave - Bill Porter Orchestra Jazz Showcase - 806 S. Plymouth… Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:00 PM – Thursday, September 1, 2016, 12:00 AM. Various. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

Black Harvest IFF: Saving Barbara Sizemore

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! David J. Steiner in person! The Betty Shabazz-Barbara A. Sizemore Academy has been called "an urban village, an oasis in the heart of Englewood." In 2015, it was one of four charter schools put on the chopping block by Chicago Public Schools. The school fought back, and teacher/filmmaker Steiner captured the struggle in this engaging, persuasive film, which conveys the school's unique family atmosphere and emphasis on African culture, while documenting its enlistment of high-profile… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets!" target="_blank">Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Live Music To-Do!: Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency. Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others. Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment. Every wee… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesday's. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 1, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Live Music To-Do!: Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Black Harvest IFF: Agents of Change: Black Students and the Transformation of the American University

Film To-Do!: Closing night film! Filmmakers in person! The little-known story of the late-Sixties grassroots struggle that led to the creation of departments of black and ethnic studies at American colleges and universities is told in this documentary focusing on the seminal student revolts at San Francisco State and Cornell. Black students recruited by institutions of higher learning in unprecedented numbers soon found their history and culture reflected nowhere on all-white campuses. Protests and sit-ins evolved… Miscellaneous Info: 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 5 through September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press. Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. A $92 value for $55! Black Harvest Fest 2016 Passes. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 5 - September 1, 2016. Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Collected Voices Film Fest : Love Songs

Film To-Do!: Theme: Black Love Contesting popular images in music videos, this pre-screening of Chicago made videos goes beyond stereotypes to the real roots of local culture. Our feature presentation, Saving Dreams, delves into one woman's journey to leave an abusive relationship, and follow her dreams in music. Pre-Screening at 6:30pm Spread the Love A music video/montage showing what makes Chicago a haven of musical talent. The director attended several different concert venues and festivals over a year… Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd St Chicago, Il 60615. For more info visit thesilverroom.com.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Live Music Gates open at 5pm. **Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. To-Do!: Ms. Lauryn Hill is well known for being the lone female member of the hip-hop trio Fugees, and shot to fame with the group’s hip-hop remake of “Killing Me Softly” on what remains the best-selling rap album of all time before launching an acclaimed solo career with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which debuted at number one on the charts. She has also appeared in such films as Hav Plenty and Sister Act II in addition to videos for Wyclef Jean and Nas, as well as Aretha Franklin’s “A Rose Is Still a Rose,” w… Soleil's Take: Visit Sun Spots: Simply Social w/ the Buena Vista Social Club and SunSpots: Anita Baker at Ravinia Festival for my take on the Ravinia Park experience! View our select Ravinia schedule! Price: $38-70. Venue Info: Ravinia is a spot that must be visited at least once each season. The park grounds are absolutely beautiful and nothing beats a lazy summer afternoon, turned to balmy evening under the stars, sprawled out on a blanket. (Or lawn chair for those of you who prefer to remain off the ground.) Purchase lawn seats or get reserve seats and start your evening on the lawn. Wine and a reasonable variety of tasty treats, meals and sweets are available for purchase and lawn chairs available for rent. But, it's so much f… Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Ravinia 200 Ravinia Park Rd Highland Park, IL 60035. For more info visit www.ravinia.org.

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts: Steppin Under the Stars

Festivals To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: Festival Pavilions Festival Villages Festival Stages. Price: $5-35. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 2-5, 2016. Friday, September 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.africainternationalhouse.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, September 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Wired Fridays - Paul Johnson

Festivals To-Do!: Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, the birthplace of house music, Paul Johnson, started making waves in the music community at the early age of thirteen. In the summer of 1984, Paul Johnson taught himself how to spin after watching his cousin Marc spin and scratch in his bedroom. As a self taught artist, Paul's pulsating energy and passion are apparent in all his work. In high school while his peers were holding down after school jobs, Paul was a popular radio DJ. Raw talent, dedication and a… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, September 2, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Festivals To-Do!: Millennium Park will once again offer FREE Summer Workouts on the Great Lawn funded by McDonald’s. These free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba®. On Wednesdays, June 3–September 2, Wednesday Yoga is offered 7:30–8:15am. View the full schedule! Classes are 45 minutes long. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays & Wednesdays June 1 - September 3, 2016. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park Great Lawn 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts f/ Angel d' Cuba

Festivals To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: Festival Pavilions Festival Villages Festival Stages. Price: $5-35. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 2-5, 2016. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.africainternationalhouse.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Beauty Breaks

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public. Price: Free! Saturday, September 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Chicago SummerDance: The Fat Babies ('20s and '30s Jazz and Swing)

Festivals To-Do!: The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), Jake Sanders (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums). Dance Lessons byBig City Swing (East Coast Swing). Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

eta Annual Benefit Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: Held annually on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the festive gala features a silent and live auction, live entertainment, a scrumptious soulful buffet catered by Fanfares by Faye, an open bar, dancing to live and recorded music and carriage rides. The centerpiece of the evening is the presentation of awards to outstanding individuals whose lives and work illustrate the theme. The 2008 honorees are TV personality Merri Dee, publisher Dorothy Leavell, author/actor Hill Harper, corporate executive Greg H… Price: $125. Saturday, September 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 4, 2016, 12:00 AM. eta Square 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts f/ Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble

Festivals To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: Festival Pavilions Festival Villages Festival Stages. Price: $5-35. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 2-5, 2016. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.africainternationalhouse.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Chicago SummerDance: Golden Horse Ranch Band (Country and Square Dance)

Festivals To-Do!: The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band was formed in 2002. The band plays a raucous set of square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra, and swing dances in the tradition of old time barn dances. 3rd generation caller Annie Coleman will teach you in no time how to swing like thunder and dip the oyster. Everyone has a real good time when they spend some time with The Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band. So y’all come to see us when you can! Dance Lessons byAnnie Coleman (Square and Contra Dancing, Line… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, September 4, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

27th Annual African Festival of the Arts f/ Rose Royce & Howard Hewett

Festivals To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: Festival Pavilions Festival Villages Festival Stages. Price: $5-35. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 2-5, 2016. Monday, September 5, 2016, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.africainternationalhouse.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Corey Wilkes

Festivals To-Do!: Corey Wilkes has established himself as one of the best improvising trumpeters in the modern era. Having the skill and maturity to approach mainstream repertoire of jazz standards with his own unique sensibilities, he combines them with his deep appreciation of hip-hop. Corey continues to bring his brand of musicianship and talent to the forefront of the genre. Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Chosen Few Daley Plaza

Party To-Do!: Hot Lunch Mix with the Chosen Few DJs in Daley Plaza Chicago ALL SUMMER LONG. Last year saw record crowds gathered in Daley Plaza at noon for the old school, soulful and funk House Music of the Chosen Few, Chicago’s legendary DJ crew featuring Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. For 2016, the Chosen Few DJs are back under the Picasso for House Music in Daleythe following dates: June 1, 2016 June 29, 2016 August 3, 2016 September 7, 2… Miscellaneous Info: The Hot Lunch Mix is held noon to 1pm, rain or shine, free to the public. Price: Free! Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington Chicago. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Renditions ft. Pamela Fernandez

Festivals To-Do!: Rendition f/ Pamela Fernandez The style, experience and musical persona of each musician in Rendition contribute to a unique collaboration in everything they play, from jazz standards to contemporary to rhythm and blues. Pamela Fernandez music reflects many different styles and genre fused together to great soulful grooves, fresh harmonies, unexpected arrangements, and exciting improvised sections. Bob Davis Trio Guitarist Bob Davis and keyboardist Neil Artwick have been playing together with their… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Live Music To-Do!: Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency. Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others. Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment. Every wee… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesday's. Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 8, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Live Music To-Do!: Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, September 8, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, September 9, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuban Son and Salsa)

Festivals To-Do!: Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra was destined to be a music star. Sabor a Café nominated as World Music Album Of The Year at 2014 Canadian Juno Awards, his latest CD and first collection of all self-composed original songs, fulfills the Cuban-Canadian singer’s destiny. Adonis and his fraternal twin Alexis, now better known as Alex Cuba, were born in 1974 in Artemisa, Cuba. Their father, Valentin Puentes is a well-respected musician and teacher, and at six the twins were playing in a… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Friday, September 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Beauty Breaks

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public. Price: Free! Saturday, September 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Chicago SummerDance: Ola Fresca (Cuban Son, Salsa, Timba and Funk)

Festivals To-Do!: Weaving the musical bridges connecting Cuban son, salsa, timba, and funk, Ola Fresca (Formerly Jose Conde y Ola Fresca), in it’s first 10 years and two world acclaimed, award winning, original albums under the direction and creative energy of Jose Conde, has evolved a swinging, fearless tropical Latin sound directly from Brooklyn, New York. From their rustic Cuban roots tinged 2004 debut Ay! Que Rico, to the funky, eclectic Best Latin Album in the 2008 Independent Music Awards, (R)Evolucion, the band… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Saturday, September 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, September 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Chicago SummerDance: Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ and live Dhol (Bhangra)

Festivals To-Do!: One of the foremost Indian arts organizations in Chicago, Kalapriya perpetuates the rich classical and folk traditions of the subcontinent, along with the current, contemporary, and hybrid innovations of our time. Kalapriya embraces multiple genres of the Indian performing arts and works through artistic processes to engage audiences, empower students, and build community. Amid a constantly evolving global environment, Kalapriya participates in cultural and social programming and advocates for dance… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Fridays & Saturdays, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 24 - September 11, 2016. Sunday, September 11, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Juli Wood Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: With three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a side musician, and countless worldwide performances, saxophonist, vocalist, and composer Juli Wood Quartet has established herself as a solid, swinging, lyrical, and entertaining performer on Chicago's music scene. Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Colson Whitehead -"The Underground Railroad"- with Natalie Moore

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Award-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead will discuss his new book, The Underground Railroad, with WBEZ reporter and The South Side author Natalie Moore. A MacArthur “Genius” and Pulitzer finalist, Mr. Whitehead’s latest novel is a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Co-sponsored by UChicago Arts and the University of Chicago Committee on Creative Writing. Miscellaneous Info: $30 General Admission for one includes one copy of The Underground Railroad. Price: $5-30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit www.semcoop.com.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Doubt

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit themoth.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals To-Do!: Detour JazFunk Chicago-based Detour JazFunkroster boasts some of the nation’s premier musicians including guitarist/vocalist Phil Seed, percussionist/vocalist Ben Johnson, bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboardist Tim Gant. From smooth jazz to funky old and new school R&B and neo soul, Detour JazFunk delivers. Gina Gibson Trio Gina Gibson sings jazz classics, pop standards, blues, country and Broadway show tunes. For almost a decade she has been featured with J.J. and the JazzMasters at the Ramada… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 22 - September 14, 2016. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Live Music To-Do!: Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency. Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others. Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment. Every wee… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesday's. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Live Music To-Do!: Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Grown Folks Stories

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: You know that story... that good, a little too truthful, story. Here's where you tell it. Grown Folks Stories is exactly the place to share and listen to those stories, by grown people. The third Thursday of every month, Cara Brigandi orchestrates two hours of five minute stories that range from the hilarious to the absolutely somber. Come join this ever-popular gathering of nonprofessional, unrehearsed storytellers, who give us the real stories we live everyday. There is no theme, no judging, no poetr… Miscellaneous Info: Seats are limited, get there early or bring a chair. Price: $5 Donation. Other Times To-Do It: Third Thursday of the month. Thursday, September 15, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd St Chicago, IL. For more info visit thesilverroom.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, September 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Summer Nights

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: It is with great pleasure that we present the new Bronzeville Artist District - Bronzeville Summer Nights collaboration. This collaborative builds on the momentum of previous years by combining Bronzeville Nights & Bronzeville Trolley Tour. Our goal is to ignite & stimulate the community with art, music, food, local performances and so much more. Join us & bring your friends to the evolution of Bronzeville. Admission is FREE. Continuous rotating trollies at each gallery in 15 minute intervals wi… Price: Free! Ticket Link: Register Today! Other Times To-Do It: Every 3rd Friday through September. Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Greater Bronzeville Area Chicago, IL. For more info visit bronzevillenights.com.

Zhou B Art Center 3rd Fridays

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Zhou B Art Center opens Exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-r… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Friday of the month. Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Zhou B Art Center 1029 West 35th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.zhoubartcenter.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Beauty Breaks

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public. Price: Free! Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Soul Brunch Cafe Day Party

Party To-Do!: Join WE Love Soul DJ Sean Alvarez for his monthly day party in the Promontory lounge parallel to the Hyde Park Handmande artisans baaar. The delicious drinks are flowing, the dance floor is open, and the jazzy, soulful sounds are abundant. Have brunch in the restaurant and then head upstairs for your favorite afternoon of the month. Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Third Sunday's of the month. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, September 18, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - The Miyumi Project

Festivals To-Do!: The Miyumi Project —now in its twentieth year—is one of the longest standing amalgams of Chicago avant-garde jazz and Japanese traditional music. A collaboration between African American and Asian American jazz artists, the project explores a nexus of past and present cultures. The Miyumi Project features Tatsu Aoiki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempers, Kioto, and Coco Elysses. Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Live Music To-Do!: Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency. Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others. Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment. Every wee… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesday's. Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Live Music To-Do!: Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Dona Onete & Bossa Tres

Live Music Doors Open at 6:00pm. To-Do!: Dona Onete The remarkable Brazilian singer Dona Onete (nee Ionete da Silveira Gama) is 78 years old, and she makes her Chicago debut behind the release of her second album Banzeiro. She’s credited with creating the hybrid style called “carimbó chamegado.” Bossa Tres One of the most committed and popular exponents of traditional Brazilian music working in Chicago,The group was formed by percussionist Marcos Oliveira and singer Dill Costa, both natives of Rio de Janeiro who met in Chicago,… Miscellaneous Info: RSVPs are not neccesary and do not guarantee seating, but will enable us to provide you with updates. Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Friday, September 23, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Beauty Breaks

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public. Price: Free! Saturday, September 24, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been… Miscellaneous Info: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and cocurated by former Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete; Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at LAMOCA; and Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator at The Met; with the assistance of Karsten Lund, former Curatorial Assistant, and Abigail Winograd, former Research Associate at the MCA. It travels to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017, and the Museum of… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: April 23 – September 25, 2016. Image Credit: Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Painter), 2009. Sunday, September 25, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes

Community Development To-Do!: BRONZEVILLE BIKES envisions a Bronzeville in which bicycles are a key tool for fun, transport, and commerce, where every household has a bike and a trike, where business runs on bikes, and where residents and visitors alike use bikes to commute and connect. In 2013, we launched our popular "Celebrate Bronzeville" Rides, focusing on the themes of Art & Architecture, History, and Sustainability. In 2014, we launched the Bronzeville Bike Box, a 20-foot shipping container repurposed to fill a need for ac… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; June 19 - Septmeber 25, 2016. Sunday, September 25, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Bike Box 320 East 51st Street Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Tuesdays on the Terrace - Joshua Abrams and Jeff Parker

Festivals To-Do!: Composer and multi-­instrumentalist Joshua Abrams has recorded nine albums as a leader, collaborated on over a hundred recordings, and composed soundtracks for Life Itself, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and Almost There. The New York Times describes his record, Natural Information as “one of the rough gems of the post­ everything era.” In the past year his ensemble Natural Information Society has performed at international festivals in Victoriaville and Ghent and toured Europe and the United… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Anne and John Kern Terrace and sculpture garden lawn with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Ca… Price: Free! Buffet, $27. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 7, 2016 - September 27, 2016. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit mcachicago.org.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Authority Figures

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit themoth.org.

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Live Music To-Do!: Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency. Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others. Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment. Every wee… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesday's. Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Bing Art Books 305 E. Garfield Blvd Chicago, IL 60619. For more info visit bingartbooks.com.

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Live Music To-Do!: Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances. Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

The Renaissance Collaborative Annual Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: This is an organization that I've been involved with since 1997, when I served as its counsel in the financing of the historic Wabash YMCA. I later went on to serve as Board Chair for several years, during which time I learned a lot of the history of Bronzeville and the Wabash Y. One of the things I appreciate most about the organization is its commitment to provide holistic housing solutions that do more than warehouse people. TRC's first project addressed the needs of formerly homeless adults and helps… Miscellaneous Info: TRC is a 501(c)(3) that was incorporated by four ecumenical churches in the community to assist in the revitalization of Bronzeville. TRC provides life skills, education, employment, health & wellness services to promote self sufficiency for the tenants of TRC. The Fitness Center for Life offers a variety of health education and fitness programming to the residents of the Renaissance Apartments as well as the community at large. TRC has broken ground on its next exciting, comprehensive housing venture: the… Dress Code: Business. Price: $125; Advance, $100. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. TRC Grand Ballroom 3763 South Wabash - 2nd Floor Chicago, Illinois (773) 924-9270. For more info visit www.trcwabash.org.

Beauty Breaks

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public. Price: Free! Saturday, October 1, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Stony Island Arts Bank 6760 S Stony Island Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.org.

Chosen Few Daley Plaza

Party To-Do!: Hot Lunch Mix with the Chosen Few DJs in Daley Plaza Chicago ALL SUMMER LONG. Last year saw record crowds gathered in Daley Plaza at noon for the old school, soulful and funk House Music of the Chosen Few, Chicago’s legendary DJ crew featuring Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. For 2016, the Chosen Few DJs are back under the Picasso for House Music in Daleythe following dates: June 1, 2016 June 29, 2016 August 3, 2016 September 7, 2… Miscellaneous Info: The Hot Lunch Mix is held noon to 1pm, rain or shine, free to the public. Price: Free! Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Daley Plaza 50 W. Washington Chicago. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Music Box of Horrors

Holiday/Seasonal Preshow starts at 2pm! To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Saturday, October 8, 2016, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 773-871-6604. For more info visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Hot Mess

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit themoth.org.

Soul Brunch Cafe Day Party

Party To-Do!: Join WE Love Soul DJ Sean Alvarez for his monthly day party in the Promontory lounge parallel to the Hyde Park Handmande artisans baaar. The delicious drinks are flowing, the dance floor is open, and the jazzy, soulful sounds are abundant. Have brunch in the restaurant and then head upstairs for your favorite afternoon of the month. Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Third Sunday's of the month. Sunday, October 16, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Grown Folks Stories

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: You know that story... that good, a little too truthful, story. Here's where you tell it. Grown Folks Stories is exactly the place to share and listen to those stories, by grown people. The third Thursday of every month, Cara Brigandi orchestrates two hours of five minute stories that range from the hilarious to the absolutely somber. Come join this ever-popular gathering of nonprofessional, unrehearsed storytellers, who give us the real stories we live everyday. There is no theme, no judging, no poetr… Miscellaneous Info: Seats are limited, get there early or bring a chair. Price: $5 Donation. Other Times To-Do It: Third Thursday of the month. Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd St Chicago, IL. For more info visit thesilverroom.com.

Zhou B Art Center 3rd Fridays

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Zhou B Art Center opens Exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-r… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Friday of the month. Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Zhou B Art Center 1029 West 35th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.zhoubartcenter.com.

Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards

Theater Advanced sales only. No tickets can be purchased the night of the event. To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! 7pm to 8pm - BTA Awards Reception in the IIT Tower Lobby 8pm to 10pm - BTA Awards Presentation in Schultz Auditorium Please contact Vincent Williams at (773) 624-5729 with questions. Mail payments for delivery no later than October 5th to: The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. 412 East 43rd… Miscellaneous Info: The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. (BTAA) was founded in 1995, by Vincent Williams who serves as president of the organization. BTAA is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit entity, founded to honor African Americans who achieve excellence in theater, dance and all areas of the performing and technical arts in the Chicagoland area. Dress Code: Business Attire. Price: $50. Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. IIT Schultz Auditorium 10 West 35th Street (35th and State) Chicago, Illinois 60616. For more info visit www.btaawards.org.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Haunted

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Monday, October 24, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit themoth.org.

The Moth: Chicago StorySLAM - Rise and Shine

Author/Artist Event Doors open at 7pm. 17 and Older (younger guests are welcome with an adult). To-Do!: Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Miscellaneous Info: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school st… Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Mondays and second Tuesdays of the month. Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit themoth.org.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: Nobody does the holidays like MSI. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration by joining us for Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, a Chicago tradition which began in 1942 with a single tree dedicated to the Allies of World War II. As always, the Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their vario… Price: $15; Chicago Residents, $13; Children 3-11, $9. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Museum of Science and Industry 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit www.msichicago.org.

Santa in the Sky/Winter Wonderland

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: The red carpet is being rolled out. The decorations are going up. Santa’s coming to town. What better place to meet him than 1,000 feet up Chicago’s tallest chimney – John Hancock Center. Price: $17.50; Children 3-11, $11.50; Children under 3, Free! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: EVERY Weekend November 16 to December 24, 2013. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. John Hancock Observatory 875 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www.hancockobservatory.com.

ZooLights

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: Don’t miss all the fun things to see and do including: • Visits with Santa in the wildest spot in town • Animals from around the world • Live ice carving • Holiday crafts • Delicious food, hot spiced wine and unique holiday shopping. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Weekends through January 5, 2014. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.lpzoo.org.

Grown Folks Stories

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: You know that story... that good, a little too truthful, story. Here's where you tell it. Grown Folks Stories is exactly the place to share and listen to those stories, by grown people. The third Thursday of every month, Cara Brigandi orchestrates two hours of five minute stories that range from the hilarious to the absolutely somber. Come join this ever-popular gathering of nonprofessional, unrehearsed storytellers, who give us the real stories we live everyday. There is no theme, no judging, no poetr… Miscellaneous Info: Seats are limited, get there early or bring a chair. Price: $5 Donation. Other Times To-Do It: Third Thursday of the month. Thursday, November 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Silver Room 1506 E 53rd St Chicago, IL. For more info visit thesilverroom.com.

Zhou B Art Center 3rd Fridays

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Zhou B Art Center opens Exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-r… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Every third Friday of the month. Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Zhou B Art Center 1029 West 35th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.zhoubartcenter.com.

Soul Brunch Cafe Day Party

Party To-Do!: Join WE Love Soul DJ Sean Alvarez for his monthly day party in the Promontory lounge parallel to the Hyde Park Handmande artisans baaar. The delicious drinks are flowing, the dance floor is open, and the jazzy, soulful sounds are abundant. Have brunch in the restaurant and then head upstairs for your favorite afternoon of the month. Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Third Sunday's of the month. Sunday, November 20, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.