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The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Common presents AAAH Fest!

Festivals To-Do!: Created by Common and hosted by Dave Chapelle, AAAH Fest lineup includes Common, De La Soul, Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco, MC Lyte, Lil Herb, and "a special surprise guest". There will also be a community showcase curated by Rhymefest, which will feature Diggy Simmons and young talent from Chicago. Price: $20-250. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Union Park 1501 W. Randolph Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit aahhfest.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jambalaya: "Dream in Color": A Variety Show Celebrating African -American Art and History

Theater September 16 and 21, 2014. No late seating. To-Do!: Created by Cape Coast Dreams This diverse performance showcase highlights acting scenes from the finest of African-American theater: original poetry that speaks to this generation, original dance numbers, and music performances. Take this theatrical journey with CCDT as we learn what it means to realize our full potential, honor our history, and "Dream in Color.". Soleil's Take: View more of the Jambalaya Series! They have some great programming lined up for you - theater performances, staged readings and classes! Miscellaneous Info: Jambalaya Series In the tradition of the Creole dish and the essence of New Orleans culture, join us for another edition of the Jambalaya Series - a spicy mixed bag of treats; some free, some paid - and all limited engagement. Join us at the Square as we put the seasoning on this mix of play readings, music, poetry, solo performances and more! Price: $15. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays - Sundays, September 12 - 21, 2014. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

World Music Fest: One World Under One Roof - WMF Closing Night

Festivals To-Do!: Preston Bradley Hall - 2:30-8:45pm 2:30-3:45pm - Wanees Zarour Ensemble (Middle East| Chicago, USA) 5:15-6:30pm - Nicolae Feraru & His Gypsy Band (Romania| Chicago, USA) 7:15-8:45pm - Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales & Senegal) Claudia Cassidy Theater - 4-9pm 4-5pm - Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ (Vietnam| USA) 5:30-7pm - Mames Babegenush (Denmark) 7:30-9pm - Soñes de México Ensemble (México| Chicago, USA) Randolph Square - 3:45-6:15pm 3:45-4:45pm - Joe Filisko & Eric Noden (Chicago, USA) 5:15-6… Soleil's Take: Indoors and outdoors - this To-Do is a fabulous way to end the summer (which happens, by the way on September 22nd!)! This fest has turned me on to some really cool international artists and could do the same for you, so be sure to check out more of Soleil's Picks from the World Music Festival! Miscellaneous Info: The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 – September 21, 2014. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development 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! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Jambalaya: Tales from the Black Side

Theater No late seating. Not recommended for all ages, due to strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. To-Do!: Featuring Ensemble Members Ronald Conner, Ann Joseph-Douglas, Ericka Ratcliff along with Seth Williams. An original sketch comedy revue written and performed by Congo Square Theatre ensemble members. What happens when Chicago’s premier African-American acting ensemble jumps into the irreverent world of sketch comedy? You get an evening of serious laughs. Politics, relationship taboos, pop culture are all in the crosshairs of this hot, new show from Congo Square Theater. Soleil's Take: View more of the Jambalaya Series! They have some great programming lined up for you - theater performances, staged readings and classes! Miscellaneous Info: Jambalaya Series In the tradition of the Creole dish and the essence of New Orleans culture, join us for another edition of the Jambalaya Series - a spicy mixed bag of treats; some free, some paid - and all limited engagement. Join us at the Square as we put the seasoning on this mix of play readings, music, poetry, solo performances and more! Price: $17. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays - Sundays, September 12 - 21, 2014. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ Art Hoyle

Live Music To-Do!: Art Hoyle received his first trumpet at the age of eight and was playing clubs and ballrooms by fifteen. After leaving the military, he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra, later toured North America and Europe with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and then joined the CBS Staff Orchestra. Art has been a featured soloist with Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Gene Ammons, and so many more. He also performed on radio, TV commercials, movie soundtracks, and has done voice-overs. Art cur… Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Native Son (Opening Weekend)

Theater 2:30pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

B Love Short Film Wrap Party and Donors Mixer

Film To-Do!: This is a great community event! Often times we support film upon completion. Here's an opportunity for you to observe and support during the secondary phase of a project. Join Shahari Moore and Christine List to celebrate the wrap of their second film. B Love is a playful experimental love story that explores the comedy and the tragedy that ensues on the journey to finding love. Price: Free! Donations are encouraged. Sunday, September 21, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Gallery Guichard 436 E 47th St Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit www.galleryguichard.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Bronzevillle Nights

Festivals To-Do!: There will be everything from live music to sip and paint and, the evening will be full of fun and entertainment. As the momentum continues from last year's series, we are looking forward to the grand finale Bronzeville Nights event! Price: Suggested Donation, $5. Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: August 13, August 27, September 10 and September 24. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. E. 43rd Street and S. Forrestville Avenue Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

World Music Wednesdays: Matuto

Live Music To-Do!: In Brazil, Matuto is slang for Country Boy, but this NYC based group of urbanized virtuosos is emerging as one of the world's hottest international touring acts. Recently awarded the title of “American Musical Ambassadors” by the U.S. State Department, Matuto has been hailed as "seductively cross cultural" by the Chicago Tribune, and praised by the Sun Times as "the height of world music sophistication.” As another critic recently admired, "there is without a doubt nothing else out there like it."… Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

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 25, 2014, 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.

The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo)

Theater To-Do!: South Africa's Isango Ensemble has mesmerized audiences worldwide, unearthing fresh, new context from Western classics. This acclaimed production effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary township, encompassing various African languages. With a score faithfully transposed for an orchestra of marimbas, drums and percussion, thirty actors and musicians fill the stage with sheer exuberance, celebrating the spirit of contemporary Africa. London's The Times declared it "leaves… Price: $20-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 25-28, 2014. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Chicago Shakespeare Courtyard Theater 800 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 595-5600. For more info visit www.chicagoshakes.com.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Chicago Gourmet

Festivals To-Do!: Showcasing more than 150 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. Guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers, and winemakers. Additionally, the fun—and tasty—Hamburger Hop® kicks off the weekend, an exclusive Grand Cru wine tasting is featured on Saturday and Sunday, and the Bon Appétit and… Price: $220. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-28, 2014. Friday, September 26, 2014. Harris Theater Rooftop 205 E Randolph St Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.chicagogourmet.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Friday, September 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo)

Theater To-Do!: South Africa's Isango Ensemble has mesmerized audiences worldwide, unearthing fresh, new context from Western classics. This acclaimed production effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary township, encompassing various African languages. With a score faithfully transposed for an orchestra of marimbas, drums and percussion, thirty actors and musicians fill the stage with sheer exuberance, celebrating the spirit of contemporary Africa. London's The Times declared it "leaves… Price: $20-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 25-28, 2014. Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Chicago Shakespeare Courtyard Theater 800 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 595-5600. For more info visit www.chicagoshakes.com.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Late Nite Gourmet

Party To-Do!: CS Magazine will host Late Night Gourmet, the official after-party of Friday’s Hamburger Hop. This fun and festive event will cap off the evening with music from one of Chicago’s hottest DJs, latenight bites, tasty libations, and revelry with Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers, and other tastemakers. Whether you're keeping the party going after the Hamburger Hop or just attending Late Night Gourmet, you will not want to miss this new event hosted by CS Magazine. Price: $50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-28, 2014. Friday, September 26, 2014, 9:00 PM – Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:00 PM. The Underground 56 W Illinois St Chicago, IL 60654. For more info visit http.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Standing alone in a class of its own is the one and only Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene will be prominently featured for two days during the 8th annual festival dedicated to Chicago’s most critically acclaimed artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized talents. Described as a “near-perfect marriage of music and setting” by Chicago Magazine the Hyde Park Jazz Festival is the epitome of a first class festival. Presented on 14 stages across Hyde Park, this outstandin… Soleil's Take: Download the full schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Kenwood Academy Jazz Band “Jazz at the Wood” SATURDAY, 1:00-2:00PM | KENWOOD ACADEMY AUDITORIUM Tito Carrillo Quintet SATURDAY, 1:00-2:00PM | SMART MUSEUM Ari Brown Quintet SATURDAY, 1:30-2:30PM | WAGNER STAGE AT THE MIDWAY Jazz Links: Isaiah Collier Quartet SATURDAY, 2:00-2:30 & 3:30-4:00PM | SMART MUSEUM GALLERY Black Cinema House Film Screening SATURDAY, 2:00-4:00PM | LOGAN CENTER SCREENING ROOM 201 Eric Schneider Quartet SATURDAY, 2:30-3:30PM | SMART MUSEUM Chicago Human Rhythm P… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-28, 2014. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 PM – Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 AM. Hyde Park - Varied. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Previews)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $45. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo)

Theater 3pm Matinee. To-Do!: South Africa's Isango Ensemble has mesmerized audiences worldwide, unearthing fresh, new context from Western classics. This acclaimed production effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary township, encompassing various African languages. With a score faithfully transposed for an orchestra of marimbas, drums and percussion, thirty actors and musicians fill the stage with sheer exuberance, celebrating the spirit of contemporary Africa. London's The Times declared it "leaves… Price: $20-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 25-28, 2014. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago Shakespeare Courtyard Theater 800 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 595-5600. For more info visit www.chicagoshakes.com.

Native Son

Theater 3pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Standing alone in a class of its own is the one and only Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene will be prominently featured for two days during the 8th annual festival dedicated to Chicago’s most critically acclaimed artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized talents. Described as a “near-perfect marriage of music and setting” by Chicago Magazine the Hyde Park Jazz Festival is the epitome of a first class festival. Presented on 14 stages across Hyde Park, this outstandin… Soleil's Take: Download the full schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Kenwood Academy Jazz Band “Jazz at the Wood” SATURDAY, 1:00-2:00PM | KENWOOD ACADEMY AUDITORIUM Tito Carrillo Quintet SATURDAY, 1:00-2:00PM | SMART MUSEUM Ari Brown Quintet SATURDAY, 1:30-2:30PM | WAGNER STAGE AT THE MIDWAY Jazz Links: Isaiah Collier Quartet SATURDAY, 2:00-2:30 & 3:30-4:00PM | SMART MUSEUM GALLERY Black Cinema House Film Screening SATURDAY, 2:00-4:00PM | LOGAN CENTER SCREENING ROOM 201 Eric Schneider Quartet SATURDAY, 2:30-3:30PM | SMART MUSEUM Chicago Human Rhythm P… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-28, 2014. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Hyde Park - Varied. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Live Music To-Do!: An annual favorite at Symphony Center, the infectiously energetic Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán never disappoints. The band says: “Mariachi taps into man’s raw, naked, powerful, hidden emotions; mariachi songs will take you back to your first love and to your first heartbreak. AT our concerts, one minute you can be in your seat, crying as you mourn a lost love while listening to Me Canse de Rogerle, and another minute you’ll be out of your seat, dancing to Mariachi Loco, reminded of a joyous occasion.” Expe… Price: $35-75. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Chicago Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL (312) 294-3000. For more info visit cso.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Previews)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $45. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo)

Theater To-Do!: South Africa's Isango Ensemble has mesmerized audiences worldwide, unearthing fresh, new context from Western classics. This acclaimed production effortlessly relocates Mozart's magical, mysterious kingdom to a contemporary township, encompassing various African languages. With a score faithfully transposed for an orchestra of marimbas, drums and percussion, thirty actors and musicians fill the stage with sheer exuberance, celebrating the spirit of contemporary Africa. London's The Times declared it "leaves… Price: $20-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 25-28, 2014. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Chicago Shakespeare Courtyard Theater 800 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 595-5600. For more info visit www.chicagoshakes.com.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development 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! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, September 28, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Native Son

Theater 2:30pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Sunday, September 28, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

MSI Spooky Science

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: Frightful Fun from October 13 to October 31! Never fear! The Museum offers a host of hair-raising activities, events and exhibits that will help our guests ring in the Halloween season in style. Haunted Coal Mine Tours! The Coal Mine will be transformed into a ghoulish haunted experience for those who want to participate in a Halloween treat. Timed tickets for both haunted (hourly at :15 and :30) and normal (2-3 times an hour) tours will be available at the exhibit entrance. Recommended for ages 1… Miscellaneous Info: Haunted Zephyr Tours! Odd haunting and happenings are said to occur on the Zephyr every October. Join our facilitators on a haunted tour to explore this spooky scene. Regular Zephyr tours will run until noon daily. Timed tickets for the Haunted Zephyr will be available at the Zephyr entrance. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; tours depart every 30 minutes. Get Slimed! Learn how to become a spooky scientist and create your own ghoulish fun green slime. Join us… Price: $9-$15. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Daily through October 31st. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Museum of Science and Industry 5700 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois (773) 684-1414. For more info visit www.msichicago.org.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Black World Cinema: TBD

Film To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more Black World Cinema dates! Also check out the Black World Cinema blog site and FaceBook Page, both of which have frequently updated content! Miscellaneous Info: Black World Cinema, a showcase of seldom seen classic features and new films from around the world. Black World Cinema presents films by filmmakers that bring us story with compelling content and human dimension seldom presented in mainstream cinema. All screenings are followed by lively discussions moderated by program director Floyd Webb or local filmmakers, writers and directors. Price: $6. Other Times To-Do It: First Thursdays. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Studio Movie Grill Chatham 14 Theaters 210 W 87th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit blackworldcinema.net.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Friday, October 3, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit 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! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. 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). Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Previews)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $45. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit www.blackensembletheater.org.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Previews)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $45. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Native Son

Theater 3pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Night)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ Bill McFarland & The Chicago Horns

Live Music To-Do!: Bill McFarland's Chicago Horns. Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Native Son

Theater 2:30pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Let Me Down Easy

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Let Me Down Easy (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Let Me Down Easy (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Friday, October 10, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Let Me Down Easy (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: Written by Anna Deavere Smith Directed by Bonnie Metzgar Featuring ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally Anna Deavere Smith’s latest one-woman production, Let Me Down Easy, [has been] called “the most exciting individual in American theater” by Newsweek magazine, Smith (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles) turns on this occasion to matters of the human body: the healthcare system, and the resilience of the spirit. In her signature style of interviewing an eclectic range of people (for Let Me Down… Price: $38-48. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 13 – October 10, 2014. Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. American Theater Company 1909 West Byron Street Chicago, Illinois 60613. For more info visit www.atcweb.org.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

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 11, 2014, 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.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Native Son

Theater 3pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

The Pulse of Africa: Celebrating 25 Years of the African Festival of the Arts (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Native Son

Theater 2:30pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 12, 2014. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Music Mondays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: I haven't been able To-Do this one yet, so I'd love to have Your Take! Please e-mail me at YourTake@SoleilsToDos.com. Miscellaneous Info: Great Black Music in an intimate cabaret setting Hosted by Joan Collaso and WVON Radio personality Cliff Kelley. Light fare available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Second Monday of each month. Monday, October 13, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation 7558 South South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois (773) 752-3955. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Gregory Porter

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Liquid Spirit marks Gregory Porter’s Blue Note Records debut, which arrives on the heels of two critically acclaimed indie label albums that quickly propelled Porter to the upper echelon of contemporary male jazz singers and earned him two GRAMMY nominations. Don Was, President of Blue Note, encouraged Porter to stay true to his artistic vision. “I firmly consider myself a jazz singer but I enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel,” Porter says, “Those elements make their way inside my music. And I’ve always… Price: $35-75. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport St. Chicago , IL 60608. For more info visit thaliahallchicago.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Sue Duncan Children's Center Fall Fête

Benefit/Charitable To-Do!: An evening of wines and eclectic hors d'oeuvres to please your palate. An evening to participate in live and silent auctions to support children's education. A relaxing evening after work to support a resource that has helped kids and their parents for over 45 years. Join the Sue Duncan Children's Center Foundation Board and the Sue Duncan Children's Center Auxiliary Board at The University Club of Chicago for our annual fundraiser. It's all for the kids! Sue Duncan has been teaching kids at her South S… Dress Code: Business Casual (no denim). Price: $100. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. University Club of Chicago 76 East Monroe Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.sueduncanchildrenscenter.org.

Rosy Simas Danse - We Wait In The Darkness

Dance To-Do!: Choreographer Rosy Simas examines her matrilineal Seneca heritage in a mixed-media solo dance work, We Wait In The Darkness. Simas explores how ancestry, homeland, culture and history are stored in the body and expressed in movement. In collaboration with French composer François Richomme, Simas creates an otherworldly environment through sound, photography, video imagery and movement. Using personal metaphor and story, this new dance work engages past and future, DNA memory, and invisible presences, to cre… Price: $30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 16-18, 2014. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Dance Theater of Columbia College 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.colum.edu.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Black Ensemble Theater Gala f/ Jeffrey Osbourne

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: Join BE friends and supporters at the Chicago Hilton for cocktails, dinner, a live auction, dancing and performances from the Black Ensemble Theater and the legendary Jeffrey Osbourne to benefit BE's Educational Outreach Programs. Miscellaneous Info: Tickets can be purchased by calling (773) 769-4451. Dress Code: Black Tie Optiional. Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Chicago Hilton Hotel & Towers 720 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.blackensembletheater.org.

Rosy Simas Danse - We Wait In The Darkness

Dance To-Do!: Choreographer Rosy Simas examines her matrilineal Seneca heritage in a mixed-media solo dance work, We Wait In The Darkness. Simas explores how ancestry, homeland, culture and history are stored in the body and expressed in movement. In collaboration with French composer François Richomme, Simas creates an otherworldly environment through sound, photography, video imagery and movement. Using personal metaphor and story, this new dance work engages past and future, DNA memory, and invisible presences, to cre… Price: $30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 16-18, 2014. Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Dance Theater of Columbia College 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.colum.edu.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Rosy Simas Danse - We Wait In The Darkness

Dance To-Do!: Choreographer Rosy Simas examines her matrilineal Seneca heritage in a mixed-media solo dance work, We Wait In The Darkness. Simas explores how ancestry, homeland, culture and history are stored in the body and expressed in movement. In collaboration with French composer François Richomme, Simas creates an otherworldly environment through sound, photography, video imagery and movement. Using personal metaphor and story, this new dance work engages past and future, DNA memory, and invisible presences, to cre… Price: $30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 16-18, 2014. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Dance Theater of Columbia College 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.colum.edu.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.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 27, 2014, 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.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, November 2, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Black World Cinema: TBD

Film To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more Black World Cinema dates! Also check out the Black World Cinema blog site and FaceBook Page, both of which have frequently updated content! Miscellaneous Info: Black World Cinema, a showcase of seldom seen classic features and new films from around the world. Black World Cinema presents films by filmmakers that bring us story with compelling content and human dimension seldom presented in mainstream cinema. All screenings are followed by lively discussions moderated by program director Floyd Webb or local filmmakers, writers and directors. Price: $6. Other Times To-Do It: First Thursdays. Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Studio Movie Grill Chatham 14 Theaters 210 W 87th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit blackworldcinema.net.

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit 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! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. 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). Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, November 7, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 7, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, November 9, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Music Mondays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: I haven't been able To-Do this one yet, so I'd love to have Your Take! Please e-mail me at YourTake@SoleilsToDos.com. Miscellaneous Info: Great Black Music in an intimate cabaret setting Hosted by Joan Collaso and WVON Radio personality Cliff Kelley. Light fare available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Second Monday of each month. Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation 7558 South South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois (773) 752-3955. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Night)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.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. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 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.

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.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. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. John Hancock Observatory 875 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www.hancockobservatory.com.

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

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. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.lpzoo.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, November 21, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 21, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Winter WonderFest

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: ‘Tis the season to have too much fun! The 12th annual Winter WonderFest presented by Bank of America returns to Navy Pier. Bring the family to experience indoor ice skating, huge inflatable slides, rides, holiday décor, music, entertainment and more - all inside an enchanted 170,000-square-foot winter playground. Your family memories are even more cherished at this beloved Chicago holiday tradition. Price: $19-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Navy Pier 600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www.navypier.com.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, November 30, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Black World Cinema: TBD

Film To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more Black World Cinema dates! Also check out the Black World Cinema blog site and FaceBook Page, both of which have frequently updated content! Miscellaneous Info: Black World Cinema, a showcase of seldom seen classic features and new films from around the world. Black World Cinema presents films by filmmakers that bring us story with compelling content and human dimension seldom presented in mainstream cinema. All screenings are followed by lively discussions moderated by program director Floyd Webb or local filmmakers, writers and directors. Price: $6. Other Times To-Do It: First Thursdays. Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Studio Movie Grill Chatham 14 Theaters 210 W 87th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit blackworldcinema.net.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit 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! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. 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). Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Friday, December 5, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

DuSable Museums Annual Holiday Glitz Benefit Gala

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: The Women's Board of the DuSable Museum of African American History cordially invites you to the Annual Holiday Glitz Benefit Gala. • Cocktail Reception: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Dinner: 5:30 PM • Raffle/Auction/Dinner & Dancing • Entertainment provided by (TBD). Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Monday, December 8, 2014, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Regency Ballroom) 2332 South King Drive Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Thursday, December 11, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party 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! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Annual Music Box Christmas Show

Film To-Do!: One of the most popular and beloved Christmas traditions in Chicago is celebrating its 29th anniversary this year. Come celebrate the holidays with the Music Box! Who could have predicted on that snowy Christmas Eve in 1983, when the operator of a vintage movie theater in Chicago decided to show two old holiday movies and sing a few Christmas carols during the intermission, that 29 years later the Music Box Christmas Show would become an 8-day extravaganza that grows more popular with each passing year?… Soleil's Take: The time span includes the sing-along and two films, though you can opt for only one film. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, December 13, 2014, 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613. For more info visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Saturday, December 13, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Polar Adventure Days

Holiday/Seasonal Limited parking is available for $3, cash only, during Polar Adventure Days. To-Do!: Polar Adventure Days offer families the opportunity to explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center. The following features and activities will be available at Polar Adventure Days: • Various live animals will be on site to discover, such as wolves and birds of prey, from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabil… Miscellaneous Info: Please call to confirm scheduled activities for Polar Adventure Days as activities are subject to change. For more information, call 312-742-PLAY (7529). Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: December 14, 2013, January 18 and Febuary 15, 2014. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Northerly Island 1400 S. Linn White Dr. Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: Directed by Andrea J. Dymond The 2014 Lynn Nottage season concludes with her rarely seen play Mud, River, Stone. An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 6 - December 14, 2014. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.