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CIFF (Black Perspectives): The Evolution of Bert

Film Shows on 10/12, 14 and 21. To-Do!: USA Director: Jeffrey Wray Bert, an African-American first-generation college student, struggles to define himself. Diving headfirst into a world of campus poetry readings, jazzy beats, and unavailable women, Bert tries to avoid the stereotyped social roles that so often pigeonhole black men. Employing a free essayistic style, bold new director Jeffrey Wray offers a witty and poignant meditation on the cultural factors that shape African-American identity. 77 min. Soleil's Take: View more of our picks from Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas and World Cinema! Be sure to buy your tix in advance to avoid long lines and sold out screenings. I am disgusted by the $4.40 surcharge (that's over THIRTY PERCENT)! :=| Just to save a little time, HERE'S A FORM you can complete, print and take with you to the festival office - 30 East Adams, 8th Floor; also consider one of the Festival Packages. (Details on all that are here.) Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time… Miscellaneous Info: Because Everybody Loves Movies 50 Years! Since 1965, the Chicago International Film Festival has brought you thousands of groundbreaking, highly acclaimed and thought-provoking films from around the globe. In 2014, our mission remains the same: to bring Chicago the unique opportunity to see world-class cinema, from new discoveries to international prizewinners, and hear directly from the talented people who’ve brought them to us. This year is no different, with filmmakers from Scandinavia to Mexico a… Price: $7. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 9-23, 2014. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. AMC River East 21 322 E Illinois St. Chicago, IL 60610. For more info visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

CIFF (World Cinema, Cinema of the Americas): Tierra en la lengua (Dust on the Tongue)

Film Director Ruben Mendonza scheduled to attend. Shows on October 17, 20 and 21, 2014. To-Do!: Colombia Director: Ruben Mendoza A dying family patriarch, the cruel, miserly don Silvio Vega, offers to bequeath all of his holdings to two of his grandchildren, but only if they agree to accompany him on a mountainous road trip—and then kill him. But the young progenies have other plans. A dark, wry examination of one family’s tattered relationship, Dust On The Tongue is part road trip, part oral history, and part bacchanal. Spanish with subtitles, 89 min. Soleil's Take: View the trailer! View more of our picks from Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas and World Cinema! Be sure to buy your tix in advance to avoid long lines and sold out screenings. I am disgusted by the $4.40 surcharge (that's over THIRTY PERCENT)! :=| Just to save a little time, HERE'S A FORM you can complete, print and take with you to the festival office - 30 East Adams, 8th Floor; also consider one of the Festival Packages. (Details on all that are here.) Arrive at least 15 minutes… Miscellaneous Info: Because Everybody Loves Movies 50 Years! Since 1965, the Chicago International Film Festival has brought you thousands of groundbreaking, highly acclaimed and thought-provoking films from around the globe. In 2014, our mission remains the same: to bring Chicago the unique opportunity to see world-class cinema, from new discoveries to international prizewinners, and hear directly from the talented people who’ve brought them to us. This year is no different, with filmmakers from Scandinavia to Mexico a… Price: $11-14. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 9-23, 2014. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. AMC River East 21 322 E Illinois St. Chicago, IL 60610. For more info visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

Chicago Artists Month: PechaKucha

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, creativity and passions -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. PechaKucha Night Chicago was started in Chicago by architect and educator Peter Exley in 2007. It is respected worldwide as one… Soleil's Take: This is a City-wide event and there's stuff happnin' everywhere! I'll include a few specific To-Dos, but, stop on by www.ChicagoArtistsMonth.org for some more ideas! Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Daily through October 31st. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Martyrs' 3855 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL (773) 404-9494. For more info visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

Roberto Fonseca

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: When Roberto Fonseca plays, the music seeps from every pore in his body, at times on stage he stands and hammers the piano as if it were a percussion instrument or he grabs a drum and transforms his group into a comparsa – the Cuban carnival groups that parade the streets once a year – and gets the audiences dancing euphorically . . . YO, Fonseca’s new album, continues this party like never before. Recognized as a major influence on modern Cuban jazz, and jazz in general, he proves that his horizons are… Soleil's Take: Shame on me for not making this a Soleil's Pick 'til I saw his photo . . . Lol! But, this Cuban brother is not just another pretty face - this concert will be off the hook! Here's what you need to know about Roberto Fonseca. This To-Do is presented by Sound Culture - and they've established quite a reputation for presenting excellent culturally-diverse music programs that are very reminiscent of Chicago's beloved HotHouse! In fact, the "musical curator" David Chavez was the HotHouse's programmer.… Price: $35-40. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: Mayne Stage Website. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM. Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit soundculturechicago.com.

World Music Wednesdays: Los Crema Paraiso

Live Music To-Do!: Los Crema Paraiso is the new sensational and powerful trio from Neil Ochoa (Si Se), José Luis Pardo (Los Amigos Invisibles) and Alvaro Benavides that brings Venezuelan traditional music into jazz, rock, funk, Latin grooves, electronica and exotic sounds from all over the world. Influences from the likes of Aldemaro Romero, Noel Petro, Tom Jobim, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Pink Floyd, Freddy Reyna, Ali Aguero, and The Police among others make this trio a unique outfit packed full of energy and filled with ele… Soleil's Take: I'm diggin' the sound - check 'em out here! 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, 8:00 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 Retrieval & The Way of the Jegna: Film & Lecture

Film To-Do!: “It’s going to take a different kind of thinking style, a different system of values, and a different approach to human relations to get us [Black people] out of this quandary that we are in today.” — Dr. Amos N. Wilson The Retrieval is a riveting and teachable feature film set in the crucial time between the struggles over emancipation and the war’s end in the spring of 1865, the drama brings the atmospheric tensions to the story of three black males swept up in the confusion and violence of a war and… Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Amel Larrieux

Live Music Shows at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) and 9:30 (doors open at 9pm). To-Do!: “Ice Cream Everyday” (Blisslife Records), Amel’s upcoming fourth solo album, is slated for release in 2012. An urban chanteuse by birth, Amel Larrieux grew up in a West Village "artists building" in New York City, her parents exposing her early to a community of artists and artistic experiences that would mold her eclectic sensibilities. At the age of 18, sure that she wanted to express herself musically, Amel wrote and demoed a song, which led to her pairing with Bryce Wilson to form the duo Groove… Soleil's Take: I saw her in November last year - wonderful!!! Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $32-42. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St Chicago , IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Amel Larrieux

Live Music Shows at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) and 9:30 (doors open at 9pm). To-Do!: “Ice Cream Everyday” (Blisslife Records), Amel’s upcoming fourth solo album, was released in 2013. An urban chanteuse by birth, Amel Larrieux grew up in a West Village "artists building" in New York City, her parents exposing her early to a community of artists and artistic experiences that would mold her eclectic sensibilities. At the age of 18, sure that she wanted to express herself musically, Amel wrote and demoed a song, which led to her pairing with Bryce Wilson to form the duo Groove Theory. As… Soleil's Take: I saw her in November 2012 - wonderful!!! Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: Reserved, $32; Premier, $36; VIP, $42. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets for 7pm Performance or the 9:30pm Performance! Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St Chicago , IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Listening Session: Regina Carter Quintet

Live Music To-Do!: Headliners play, discuss, and interpret recordings of their own choosing in intimate settings, brought to you in partnership with Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Hosted by Monica Hairston, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Center for Black Music Research. “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring… taking the listener into the future of jazz.” —Time Magazine Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her… Soleil's Take: View more Jazz at the Logan To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: The University of Chicago Presents brings a complete jazz series to the Logan Center in celebration of David Logan. Explore the boundaries and cross borders with sensational artists performing a range of styles and forms, unified by the essence unique to jazz. Price: Free! Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Image Credit: David Katzenstein. Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.

The Inside (Previews)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $16.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

Lord Thing; The Corner

Film To-Do!: Lord Thing 1970, DeWitt Beall, USA, 52 min. The Corner 1963, Robert Ford, USA, 26 min. Chicago Film Archives has restored two remarkable “lost” films that shed new light on an overlooked chapter of Chicago history: the role of gangs in West Side neighborhoods in the 1950s and 1960s, especially the organization known as the Vice Lords and, later, the Conservative Vice Lords. Lord Thing in particular qualifies as a major rediscovery, not only for its eye-opening subject matter, but also for its… Price: $11. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 and 23, 2014. Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:15 PM – 9:45 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois (312) 846-2600. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Lord Thing; The Corner

Film To-Do!: Lord Thing 1970, DeWitt Beall, USA, 52 min. The Corner 1963, Robert Ford, USA, 26 min. Chicago Film Archives has restored two remarkable “lost” films that shed new light on an overlooked chapter of Chicago history: the role of gangs in West Side neighborhoods in the 1950s and 1960s, especially the organization known as the Vice Lords and, later, the Conservative Vice Lords. Lord Thing in particular qualifies as a major rediscovery, not only for its eye-opening subject matter, but also for its… Price: $11. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 and 23, 2014. Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8:15 PM – 9:45 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois (312) 846-2600. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

PLAT | FORMS: Conversations in Place

Community Development To-Do!: This kickoff event for Arts + Public Life’s Place Lab project presents an exhibition, "Platforms," that openly grapples with the complicated politics of transformation in black space and neighborhoods. Join a discussion about placemaking and the future of Washington Park as artists, residents, and creative thinkers re-imagine place. Price: Free! Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Arts Incubator 301 East Garfield Boulevard Chicago, IL. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Two Twenty-Seven

Theater To-Do!: Set in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community during the 1950s, Two Twenty-Seven is Christine Houston's humorous and sometimes painfully honest look into the lives of neighbors attempting to maintain family and friendships while chasing their American dreams. Price: $35. Discounts: Please call 708-926-4641 for Senior Citizen, Student, and Group Discounts. Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, October 3-24, 2014. Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation at Kennedy-King College Kennedy-King College Theater 740 W 63rd St Chicago, IL 60621. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Jazz at the Logan: Regina Carter Quintet

Live Music To-Do!: With Special Guest Edmar Castaneda Violin virtuoso Regina Carter is joined by Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda (“an enormous talent” with “enchanting charisma” – Paquito D’Rivera). “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring… taking the listener into the future of jazz.” —Time Magazine Regina Carter Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation – a designation which doesn’t quite… Soleil's Take: View more Jazz at the Logan To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: The University of Chicago Presents brings a complete jazz series to the Logan Center in celebration of David Logan. Explore the boundaries and cross borders with sensational artists performing a range of styles and forms, unified by the essence unique to jazz. Price: $35. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.

The Inside (Previews)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $16.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside (Previews)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $16.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside (Opening Night)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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, 8:00 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.

Moving Forward: The Renaissance Collaborative Annual Gala

Benefit/Charitable To-Do!: Last year, The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. (TRC) asked its sponsors to help us pay tribute to the historic former Wabash Y building that has provided 100 years of services to the community. It is 1 of the 9 anchoring structures making up Bronzeville Historic District. TRC redeveloped this historic place returning it to the community in 2000. It now serves as TRC’s headquarters offering permanent supportive housing, educational and employment services to over 200 participants a year. This year 2014,… 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: $150. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: Parking is included. Thursday, October 30, 2014, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM. BIN 36 339 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60654. For more info visit www.trcwabash.org.

Harlem Fine Art Show - Opening Reception

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Harlem Fine Arts Show continues with its 5th Year Anniversary nationwide tour in Chicago, Illinois. The Harlem Fine Arts Show will salute African Americans in Finance at our opening night reception. This is an opportunity to highlight individuals of multi-cultural descent who have excelled in finance and the progressive institutions that recognized their talent as well as assisted in their advancement. Financial institution participants will not only be recognized for their advancement of multi-c… Miscellaneous Info: Passed hors doeuvres; Live Music; Open bar. Proceeds from this event will benefit two historic Chicago African American Institutions: DuSable Museum of African American History and South Side Community Arts Center. Dress Code: Business Chic. Price: $150. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 30 - November 2, 2014. Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Merchandise Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, Illinois 60654. For more info visit www.hfas.org.

The Inside (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

Harlem Fine Art Show

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Harlem Fine Arts Show continues with its 5th Year Anniversary nationwide tour in Chicago, Illinois scheduled. HFAS 2014, is one of the largest and most prestigious collections of works featuring African-American emerging and established artists from around the world. Our Chicago show will include many artists from around the world. Artists from past shows have included Leroy Campbell, Corinthia Peoples, Elizabeth Baez, Woodrow Nash, True African Art, and more. Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 30 - November 2, 2014. Friday, October 31, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The Merchandise Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, Illinois 60654. For more info visit www.hfas.org.

Art, Wine and Entertainment - The Masquerade

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: Come as you aren’t! In the spirit of Carnival and Mardi Gras the DuSable Museum presents “A.W.E. The Masquerade!” Prepare yourself for a night of interactive art demonstrations, magic, costume revelry, wine and musical entertainment in a way you’ve never imagined. Enjoy art with a dark twist featuring some of Chicago’s talented visual and performing artists. Bring a mask of your own or create one while here. On ‘Hallow’s Eve’ Join DuSable for a night of mystery and awe inspiring entertainment. Price: $15-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 31, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

The Inside (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

Harlem Fine Art Show

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Harlem Fine Arts Show continues with its 5th Year Anniversary nationwide tour in Chicago, Illinois scheduled. HFAS 2014, is one of the largest and most prestigious collections of works featuring African-American emerging and established artists from around the world. Our Chicago show will include many artists from around the world. Artists from past shows have included Leroy Campbell, Corinthia Peoples, Elizabeth Baez, Woodrow Nash, True African Art, and more. Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 30 - November 2, 2014. Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. The Merchandise Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, Illinois 60654. For more info visit www.hfas.org.

The Inside (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Saturday, November 1, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

Harlem Fine Art Show

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Harlem Fine Arts Show continues with its 5th Year Anniversary nationwide tour in Chicago, Illinois scheduled. HFAS 2014, is one of the largest and most prestigious collections of works featuring African-American emerging and established artists from around the world. Our Chicago show will include many artists from around the world. Artists from past shows have included Leroy Campbell, Corinthia Peoples, Elizabeth Baez, Woodrow Nash, True African Art, and more. Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 30 - November 2, 2014. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The Merchandise Mart 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, Illinois 60654. For more info visit www.hfas.org.

The Inside (Opening Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

Eric Roberson Presents the Box Tour

Live Music To-Do!: Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding… Soleil's Take: The November 1st show is already sold out, so don't snooze on tickets to the added dates on November 2nd and 3rd! Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $30-40. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:00 AM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Eric Roberson Presents the Box Tour

Live Music To-Do!: Singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson (affectionately known as “Erro” by friends and fans) continues to break boundaries in an industry predominantly influenced by major record labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. His countless achievements as an independent artist has established him as a leader in which he has been able to reach levels of great success once never imaginable by an unsigned artist. Eric has truly created a path of success of his own to follow. An outstanding… Soleil's Take: The November 1st show is already sold out, so don't snooze on tickets to the added dates on November 2nd and 3rd! Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $30-40. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12:00 AM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: When Cécile Mclorin Salvant arrived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to compete in the finals of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, she was not only the youngest finalist, but also a mystery woman with the most unusual background of any of the participants. When she walked away with first place in the jazz world’s most prestigious contest, the buzz began almost immediately. If anything, it has intensified in the months leading up to the launch of her Mack Avenue Records debut, … Soleil's Take: Here's why she's Soleil's Pick: check out this video! Price: $25-35. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Tuesday, November 4, 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, November 5, 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.

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.

Booker T. Jones

Live Music To-Do!: It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Sound the Alarm, the new album from… Soleil's Take: Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $40-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 PM – Friday, November 7, 2014, 12:00 AM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Friday, November 7, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

Stevie Wonder - Songs In the Key of Life

Live Music To-Do!: This doesn't need a description - right?!?! Price: $40-150. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. United Center 1901 West Madison Chicago, Illinois 60612. For more info visit www.livenation.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.org.

La Santa Cecilia

Live Music To-Do!: GRAMMY Award Winners Encore Presentation!! La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the… Soleil's Take: This To-Do is presented by Sound Culture - and they've established quite a reputation for presenting excellent culturally-diverse music programs that are very reminiscent of Chicago's beloved HotHouse! In fact, the "musical curator" David Chavez was the HotHouse's programmer. View more Sound Culture To-Dos! Price: $22-30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00 PM – Sunday, November 9, 2014, 12:30 AM. Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit soundculturechicago.com.

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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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, 8:00 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.

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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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, 8:00 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.

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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Thursday, November 20, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.org.

Joshua Redman Trio

Live Music Sets at 7:30 and 10pm. To-Do!: Joshua Redman's new album, Trios Live, was released earlier this month on Nonesuch Records. In a new review, the Guardian calls it a "sax fan's dream of a live set," giving it four stars. Trios Live was recorded during stands with two different trios: Redman and drummer Gregory Hutchinson with bassists Matt Penman (at Jazz Standard in NYC) and Reuben Rogers (at Blues Alley in Washington, DC). Trios Live features four original tunes by Redman and interpretations of three additional songs. Joshua Redman… Soleil's Take: Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $25-35. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:00 AM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.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. 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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Friday, November 21, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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 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, 8:00 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 Inside (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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.

The Inside (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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, 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.

The Inside (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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 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.

The Inside (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: by Lydia R. Diamond Directed by Deidre Searcy The Inside presents us with a piercing take on race, academia, art, and sexuality, through the eyes of a young woman named Emma. Amusingly ironic and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Emma serves up her interior life with astonishing honesty as she takes us through a night of being a Black college student at a party given by, and populated with her white peers. Challenging the distinctions separating performance art and traditional narrative, The Inside utilizes… Price: $21-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: October 17 - November 30, 2014. Venue Info: Late seating at this Greenhouse Theater stage is awkward - so arrive on time! Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 1st Floor Studio 2257 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.mpaact.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 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, 8:00 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.

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.

Lisa Fischer from 20 Feet from Stardom

Live Music Sets at 6:30 and 9pm. To-Do!: Lisa Fischer is a singer who really gets around. Her life is an endless round of planes, trains, and automobiles, rehearsals and fittings. On tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti or Nine Inch Nails, her name may not be on the marquee, but she doesn’t care. She’s busy loving every minute of it. It’s easy to see why she works all the time: her astonishing range, her spot-on intonation, her mastery of the stage, the way her tone wraps itself around your heart and won’t let go, the infectious qualit… Soleil's Take: It's funny to me how they identify Lisa as "from 20 Feet from Freedom" because she will, for me, be Lisa Fischer of How Can I Ease the Pain"! Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $40-50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.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 10, 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.

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, 8:00 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.

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 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. Friday, December 19, 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. Saturday, December 20, 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, December 21, 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 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.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Closing 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, December 26, 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 (Closing 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, December 27, 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 (Closing 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, December 28, 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 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.

New Year's Day Pajama Brunch!

Food & Wine To-Do!: Come to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba! in your pajamas and receive a certificate for a future meal equal to the price of your meal excluding tax and gratuity! Brunch includes complimentary churros con chocolate & fresh squeezed orange juice. Soleil's Take: Now you know you can't beat that! Here's the real deal - however much you spend (on food, liquor or anything else on the menu), you receive gift cards equal to the pre-tax total of your bill. So, while you'll pay on the front end, you'll have a perfect excuse to visit Cafe Ba Ba Reeba within the next 11 months! The food is delicious, the sangrias - refreshing and the vibe is lively and the waitstaff - hilarious in their robes, slippers or footie pajamas. Miscellaneous Info: Call for Reservations 773-935-5000. Price: Free (ultimately)! Venue Info: Featuring tapas – like “dim sum” except Cuban food. Not “dimisum” as in “dimisumadat (I’d like to try a little bit of that, please)”; rather, a meal comprised of appetizer-sized dishes. ;) Full of vibrant energy and warm decor, this place is always lively and festive! Thursday, January 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Café Ba Ba Reeba 2024 N. Halsted Street Chicago, Illinois (773) 935-5000. For more info visit www.cafebabareeba.com.

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, January 1, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Studio Movie Grill Chatham 14 Theaters 210 W 87th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit blackworldcinema.net.

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, January 2, 2015, 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.

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: Honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through Handel’s classical Messiah, the Auditorium Theatre welcomes back Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah for its 7th year. This year, Too Hot packs that stage with more than 200 musicians, including a few famous Chicago favorites. Saxophonists Jim Gailloreto, Pat Mallinger and Greg Ward team up with Trumpet player Dave Spencer, along with Tracy Kirk and Steve Berry on Trombone to form a powerhouse jazz combo. They are joined by soloists,… Price: $30-74. Monday, January 19, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Auditorium Theatre 50 East Congress Parkway Chicago, Illinois (312) 922-2110. For more info visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org.