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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.

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.

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Live Music To-Do!: In the Olympic tradition, when the torch is passed, the flame transfers from one sure hand to the next – keeping it burning, while at the same time moving forward. It’s a fitting image for the career of Ronnie Baker Brooks, the exciting Chicago musician whose fiery guitar playing and soulful singing make him today’s premier torchbearer of the urban blues tradition. As the son of blues great Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie came of age as a witness to the Chicago blues scene in all its glory and struggle. “I grew up… 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: $22-28. 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 28, 2014, 7:00 PM – Saturday, November 29, 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 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.

DakhaBrakha

Live Music To-Do!: DakhaBrakha – is world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” band DakhaBrakha, create a world of unexpected new music. The name DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding and authentic at the same time. It means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director – Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band perfo… Soleil's Take: Here they are!!! Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $22-28. 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 30, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, February 5, 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, February 6, 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.