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Faheem Majeed

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Fiesta del Sol

Festivals To-Do!: Fiesta del Sol is an annual fundraising event organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC), a non-profit organization located in the heart of Pilsen in Chicago, IL. The family-friendly festival draws over 1 million visitors during the four day event, every year. Fiesta del Sol is the largest festival in the Midwest, bringing: live entertainment, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, a children’s area, educational resources for parents and youth, soccer games and much more. Fiesta del Sol i… Miscellaneous Info: What’s at the Fiesta? • Live Music • Art and Culture Pavilion • Children’s Area • College Fair • Pilsen Schools Expo • Civic Engagement (CRI) • Health screenings. Price: Free! Sunday, August 2, 2015, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Chicago, IL 60608. For more info visit fiestadelsol.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

35th Annual Belize Day In the Park

Festivals To-Do!: Dedicated to Bringing Belizeans Together! Come and enjoy great Belizean food and Belizean music at the 35th Annual Belize Day In the Park! This event featured music, traditional Caribbean, Belizean, Latin and American Food. Also, the most anticipated performance by local and award winning recording musicians. Price: Free! Sunday, August 2, 2015, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Hawthorne Race Course 3501 S. Laramie Ave. Cicero IL 60804. For more info visit www.chicagobelizedayinthepark.org.

Taste of Latin America

Festivals To-Do!: This culinary happening, now in its third year and supported by Chicago Alderman Roberto Maldonado, is a gala weekend celebration of all things Central and South American. Eclectic (and exotic) cuisine& live music& arts & crafts& cooking demonstrations and much more are part of this festival's mix that showcases a rich multi-country heritage and Latin culture. Foodies and non-foodies alike will have the unique opportunity to discover and sample eclectic delights from the Southern Hemisphere. From fish p… Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Featured Restaurants • Cemitas Puebla: Mexico (817 West Fulton Market): Formerly on North Avenue and now at its new location in River West, this family-owned restaurant is known for some of the best Mexican sandwiches (cemitas) in town. Selling chalupas and their signature milanesa plate (shredded pork with chipotle sauce). • La Bomba: Mexico (3221 W Armitage Ave): This casual neighborhood restaurant is popular with food lovers for its authentic Puerto Rican dishes. Selling tamales, roast pork a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 1-2, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 3600 to 3828 W Armitage, from Central Park Ave to Avers St. Chicago. For more info visit www.chicagoevents.com.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Soul Healing Yoga™

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: Soul Healing Yoga with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse... Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers, adventurers, and inspired souls who could use a juicy healing moment for themselves. Stacy Patrice created and began teaching Soul… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E. 70th St. Chicago, Il. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

MPAACT Summer Jams: The Tofu Chitlin' Circuit Youth Ensemble - Black Girls (can) Fly!

Theater To-Do!: MPAACT Summer Jams - 7 Days 17 Acts Bessie Mae is afraid of heights. In order for Bessie Mae to overcome her fears she must do the unthinkable and step outside of her comfort zone. But will she do it? Bessie Mae is a 10 year-old Black girl from the South Side of Chicago. Bessie Mae likes her city, her neighborhood, and her block. She doesn't understand why anyone would want to leave their neighborhood and see anything new. She's content on being where she is...on the ground. Can her eccentric and… Miscellaneous Info: MPAACT consistently produces a season of outstanding world premiere productions. Through these productions, it exposes audiences to stories seldom told on America's stages. From the story of three immigrant sisters from Ethiopia, to a fifty-somethings musings on life, to the portrait of a young African American man on his first trip to Africa, MPAACT strives to be a company where artists can express and audiences can experience a myriad of realities of Black life. Price: $12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 27-August 2, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago Il. For more info visit www.mpaact.org.

Bronzeville Bikes - Bronzeville Gallery Tour

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Led by arts, culture, and sustainability advocate Mecca Brooks, this tour celebrates Bronzeville as home to some of Chicago's most interesting collections of art across the Diaspora. The legacy of displaying art in Bronzeville includes not only the inherited collections of DuSable Museum and the South Side Community Arts Center but also smaller champions such as Faie Afrikan Art . Riders will tour several galleries through the Bronzeville area including the recently created Bronzeville Artists Lofts… Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; August 2 - Septmeber 27, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 343 E. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

MPAACT Summer Jams: Kellye Howard - Unmarried:The Naked Truth

Theater To-Do!: MPAACT Summer Jams - 7 Days 17 Acts Kellye Howard - Unmarried:The Naked Truth. Miscellaneous Info: MPAACT consistently produces a season of outstanding world premiere productions. Through these productions, it exposes audiences to stories seldom told on America's stages. From the story of three immigrant sisters from Ethiopia, to a fifty-somethings musings on life, to the portrait of a young African American man on his first trip to Africa, MPAACT strives to be a company where artists can express and audiences can experience a myriad of realities of Black life. Price: $17. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 27-August 2, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago Il. For more info visit www.mpaact.org.

MPAACT Summer Jams: Colored Girls are Cover Girls- Speak Love Speak Life

Theater To-Do!: MPAACT Summer Jams - 7 Days 17 Acts Speak Love, Speak Life gives young women a voice to speak to their own generation while growing in leadership. Learning to embrace who they are and becoming the women they aspire to be. Sharing stories and testimonies of their personal life through spoken word. Speak Love, Speak Life is an expression of the world they see around them today and the change they want to inspire for tomorrow. Miscellaneous Info: MPAACT consistently produces a season of outstanding world premiere productions. Through these productions, it exposes audiences to stories seldom told on America's stages. From the story of three immigrant sisters from Ethiopia, to a fifty-somethings musings on life, to the portrait of a young African American man on his first trip to Africa, MPAACT strives to be a company where artists can express and audiences can experience a myriad of realities of Black life. Price: $12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 27-August 2, 2015. Sunday, August 2, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago Il. For more info visit www.mpaact.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Monday, August 3, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Ari Brown Quintet

Festivals To-Do!: Multi-reedist and pianist Ari Brown is a dynamic and important member of the Chicago avant-garde jazz scene and his technique and traditional jazz chops are highly expressive across his instruments. Brown has performed all over the world, touring with Elvin Jones, and working with musicians ranging from McCoy Tyner and Don Patterson to Sonny Stitt, Lester Bowie, Bobby Watson, and Anthony Braxton. He has been part of Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio and is the go-to saxophonist for Orbert Davis’s Chicago Jazz Ph… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Thursday, August 6, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Thursday, August 6, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Chicago Rhythms: DI MASCHINE Reggae Band

Live Music First set 6:45pm. To-Do!: Chicago based Reggae, Top 40 band DI MASCHINE. This band consists of former members of the Award winning band INDIKA. DI MASCHINE features, frontmen Big Bunny Jackson, and Mushla. Providing the heartbeat of DI MASCHINE are Drum and Bass duo of Yoab & the Ghost (Yoab Israh and Casper “the freaky ghost” Walker)together have over 30 years of experience on the live music scene in Chicago. Flanked always by keyboardists Ryan Starr. DI MASCHINE on some nights have the added support crew of keyboardist Mike… Miscellaneous Info: Chicago Rhythms is coming back and it's the only place to be on Thursdays!! We're bringing you FREE Live Music in a Fun yet Sophisticated Atmosphere with Great People, Delicious Food & Beverages, Outdoor Patio, DJ After Set and Raffle Drawing. You will want to be there for a different genre of music EVERY THURSDAY!! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursday's. Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Norman's Bistro 1001 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Black World Cinema: Belle

Film To-Do!: Yeah, we know it’s on DVD and online at Netflix. But this is the kind of film you want to see on the big screen for the beautiful production design and costuming. A wonderful historic romance and history leading up to the British abolishing and outlawing slavery. Come out and see Belle with us, participate and engage in compelling conversation. Guest Host to be announced. This is going to be really good! Since BlueRays of the film are available we might just give one or two away. You have to show up to f… 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, August 6, 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.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Friday, August 7, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Najwa Dance Corps Presents "Three Evenings of African Dance and Drum"

Dance To-Do!: Featuring the dynamic Najwa Dance Corps who will thrill and delight you! Presenting the skilled and energetic Najwa Junior Corps who will dazzle you! NDC and NAJWA Junior Corps will present a one hour interactive program entitled; "Dances from West Africa" which includes dances from Sene-Gambia Region, Guinea and Liberia. All performances will include audience participation! Miscellaneous Info: "A living archive of dance history" Najwa Dance Corps presents an exciting repertoire that spans the eras of the African-American heritage. Always entertaining, the company's performances showcase a breathtaking diversity of dance styles in a historical context. From the rituals of traditional Africa to the glamorous chorus girls of the swing era, Najwa Dance Corps brings joyous, fascinating life to the different cultures that have contributed to contemporary American dance. The Artistic Director and sp… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 and August 12, 1015. Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. LeClaire Park 5120 w. 44th Street Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.najwadance.org.

SummerDance: Sons of Susan (Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum)

Festivals To-Do!: The Sons of Susan are a band based in Chicago who play Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum. Dance Lessons by Big City Swing (‘20s Charleston). Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

They Die by Dawn

Film Doors Open at 6pm. To-Do!: A film based on the lives of historic Black cowboys of the old west. Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout, with the last one standing claiming the rewards. Starring: Erykah Badu, Nate Parker, Rosario Dawson, Michael K. Williams Special Guest Lecturer Art Turk Burton: “The Black Gunslingers” Film Source: The Image Nation Collection, www.imagenation.us. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: September 1, 2015. Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Dusable Museum 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Anja: The Unexpected

Dance To-Do!: In celebration of his dance company’s 40th anniversary, renowned choreographer Joel Hall presents the Joel Hall Dancers in the world premiere of “Anja: The Unexpected”. “Anja” invites audiences to experience the graceful, inexhaustible eye of the unexpected, as live music and dance become one in a seamless performance that will awaken spectators visually, aurally, and spiritually. Joel Hall’s “Anja” is an ambitious collaboration with three Chicago jazz musicians: Charles Heath (percussion), Ray Silkman (… Price: $25-80. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, August 7-15, 2015. Friday, August 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit joelhall.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Bud Billiken Parade

Festivals To-Do!: The Bud Billiken Parade celebrates out community and our children. This annual parade – held on the second Saturday every August – is the second largest parade in the country, and the largest African-American parade in the US. It was started by Robert S. Abbott – founder of the Chicago Defender – to give underprivileged children a day to be in the spotlight. oday, it is still run by the Chicago Defender Charities and crowns a boy and a girl king and queen of the parade. Price: Free! Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 39th Street and King Drive south to 51st Street, continuing south on Ellsworth Drive to 55th Street. For more info visit www.budbillikenparade.org.

Faheem Majeed

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Northalsted Market Days f/ En Vogue

Festivals To-Do!: The North Halsted area of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood is one of the city's most popular year-round dining and nightlife destinations for both city residents and visitors. This popularity gets magnified during Northalsted Market Days® -- the Midwest's largest two-day street festival. With more than 150,000 visitors from Chicagoland and far beyond, it's also one of the largest outdoor events in the country and draws a vibrant mix of gays and lesbians of all ages and backgrounds. Market Days spans… Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Other Times To-Do It: August 8-9, 2015. Saturday, August 8, 2015, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. North Halsted Street, between Belmont and Addison Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.chicagoevents.com.

Art di Gras

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Gallery Guichard celebrates its anniversary with 12-hour fine art exhibition and party. 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: Don't forget that the Bud Billiken Parade marches through early Saturday afternoon. While the route begins at 39th & King, there's bound to be traffic around 35th & King, so plan your route accordingly! Price: Free! Saturday, August 8, 2015, 2:00 PM – Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:00 AM. Gallery Guichard 3521 South King Drive Chicago, Illinois (773) 373-8000. For more info visit www.galleryguichard.com.

SummerDance: Afinca’o (Salsa, Mambo)

Festivals To-Do!: Afinca'o is an emerging group of passionate and experienced musicians from the Chicagoland area. Staying true to their roots, the Spanish meaning of their name, Afinca'o was created to bring together some of Chicago's most musically sound and talented musicians. Though diverse in their musical repertoire, Afinca'o is most noted for their Salsa, Cha-Cha, Latin Jazz, and even some Merengue performances. Adding to the group's appeal, each of the members have played with world-renowned Latin recording artists,… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Saturday, August 8, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Anja: The Unexpected

Dance To-Do!: In celebration of his dance company’s 40th anniversary, renowned choreographer Joel Hall presents the Joel Hall Dancers in the world premiere of “Anja: The Unexpected”. “Anja” invites audiences to experience the graceful, inexhaustible eye of the unexpected, as live music and dance become one in a seamless performance that will awaken spectators visually, aurally, and spiritually. Joel Hall’s “Anja” is an ambitious collaboration with three Chicago jazz musicians: Charles Heath (percussion), Ray Silkman (… Price: $25-80. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, August 7-15, 2015. Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit joelhall.org.

Faheem Majeed

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Northalsted Market Days f/ Salt-N-Pepa

Festivals To-Do!: The North Halsted area of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood is one of the city's most popular year-round dining and nightlife destinations for both city residents and visitors. This popularity gets magnified during Northalsted Market Days® -- the Midwest's largest two-day street festival. With more than 150,000 visitors from Chicagoland and far beyond, it's also one of the largest outdoor events in the country and draws a vibrant mix of gays and lesbians of all ages and backgrounds. Market Days spans… Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Other Times To-Do It: August 8-9, 2015. Sunday, August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. North Halsted Street, between Belmont and Addison Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.chicagoevents.com.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Sunday, August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Sunday, August 9, 2015, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Soul Healing Yoga™

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: Soul Healing Yoga with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse... Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers, adventurers, and inspired souls who could use a juicy healing moment for themselves. Stacy Patrice created and began teaching Soul… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays. Sunday, August 9, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E. 70th St. Chicago, Il. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

Bronzeville Bikes - TBD

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; August 2 - Septmeber 27, 2015. Sunday, August 9, 2015, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 343 E. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

SummerDance: Megitza (Polish and Carpathian Folk Music)

Festivals To-Do!: Intercultural sound of Megitza is deeply rooted in her Highlander-Roma heritage. Born in Zakopane (Poland), at the age of 16 Megitza emigrated to USA (Chicago) on her own where her dream of making music came true. Critics describe her music as "music for the new millennium" seeking in it influences of the Balkan, Roma, Highlander, Latin, ethno - jazz, reggae, rock music - and it is not the music genres but human life, and feelings, that invariably remain as the compositional compass of Megitza. Double ba… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Sunday, August 9, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Douglas R. Ewart, Quasar

Festivals To-Do!: Perhaps best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor, and maker of masks and instruments, Douglas R. Ewart is also an educator, lecturer, arts organization consultant, and all around visionary. Using a diverse range of media, Ewart weaves his remarkably broad talents into a single sensibility that encourages and celebrates the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities. Each performance or production by Ewart reflects time-tested structures while also incorporating his most immediate experi… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Marqueal Jordan

Festivals Performances begin at 6pm. To-Do!: A Los Angeles native now based in Chicago, Marqueal Jordan is one of the rare musicians blessed with the gift of being equally proficient as an instrumentalist and a vocalist. His distinctive saxophone tone and style, combined with his soulful vocals, place him in the tradition of legendary dual talents Donny Hathaway and George Benson. Described by fellow saxophonist Mike Phillips as “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the game today,” Jordan earned his reputation as an electrifying live performer… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: About Jazz in the Grazz The weekly “Jazz in the Grazz” series showcases local talent in the Midwest region. Since 2010, Jazz in the Grazz has been a Chicago tradition, an event where local residents escape midweek to unwind, meet friends and listen to great music. The summer jazz series features talent from around the world. Jazz in the Grazz has become more than a jazz concert series. For many, it’s about the experience. An experience that includes lawn seating, brown bag dining and street food options… Price: $5. Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 2, 2015. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals To-Do!: Jazz Funk: Detour JazFunk Chicago-based Detour JazFunkroster boasts some of the nation’s premier musicians including guitarist/vocalist Phil Seed, percussionist/vocalist Ben Johnson, bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboardist Tim Gant. From smooth jazz to funky old and new school R&B and neo soul, Detour JazFunk delivers. Bill Boris Guitarist Bill Boris has performed at the Chicago Jazz Fest and at festivals throughout Europe. The group plays a blend of original tunes and straight ahead jazz… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 17 - September 9, 2015. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Najwa Dance Corps Presents "Three Evenings of African Dance and Drum"

Dance To-Do!: Featuring the dynamic Najwa Dance Corps who will thrill and delight you! Presenting the skilled and energetic Najwa Junior Corps who will dazzle you! NDC and NAJWA Junior Corps will present a one hour interactive program entitled; "Dances from West Africa" which includes dances from Sene-Gambia Region, Guinea and Liberia. All performances will include audience participation! Miscellaneous Info: "A living archive of dance history" Najwa Dance Corps presents an exciting repertoire that spans the eras of the African-American heritage. Always entertaining, the company's performances showcase a breathtaking diversity of dance styles in a historical context. From the rituals of traditional Africa to the glamorous chorus girls of the swing era, Najwa Dance Corps brings joyous, fascinating life to the different cultures that have contributed to contemporary American dance. The Artistic Director and sp… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 and August 12, 1015. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 s. South Shore Dr. Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.najwadance.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Thursday, August 13, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Thursday, August 13, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Friday, August 14, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Friday, August 14, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

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

Festivals To-Do!: The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), Jake Sanders (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums). Dance Lessons by Big City Swing (East Coast Swing). Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Friday, August 14, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Chicago Film Archives Summer Screenings

Film To-Do!: Chicago Film Archives and the Black Cinema House join forces again to bring family friendly film screenings to Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. Join us on August 14 for the final night of extraordinary and rarely seen films from CFA’s vault. Goin’ On (1981, 40 min.) J. Mason Brewer was the most important Black folklorist in United States history. Born in Texas in 1896, he worked throughout the U.S. for over 60 years as a collector, interpreter and teller of Black folklore. When he died at the age o… Price: Free! Friday, August 14, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Black Cinema House 7200 S. Kimbark Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

Anja: The Unexpected

Dance To-Do!: In celebration of his dance company’s 40th anniversary, renowned choreographer Joel Hall presents the Joel Hall Dancers in the world premiere of “Anja: The Unexpected”. “Anja” invites audiences to experience the graceful, inexhaustible eye of the unexpected, as live music and dance become one in a seamless performance that will awaken spectators visually, aurally, and spiritually. Joel Hall’s “Anja” is an ambitious collaboration with three Chicago jazz musicians: Charles Heath (percussion), Ray Silkman (… Price: $25-80. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, August 7-15, 2015. Friday, August 14, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit joelhall.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Saturday, August 15, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Faheem Majeed (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Westside Music Festival f/ Bell Biv DeVoe

Festivals To-Do!: The Chicago Westside Music Festival is back! This musical mash-up features '90s R&B throwback sounds from Bell Biv DeVoe (B.B.D.),Also taking the stage is R&B singer Case, known for his smash hit “Touch Me, Please Me”. In addition to bringing top national talent to the Westside community, a key function of the festival is to provide an opportunity for local artists to share the stage with globally touted artists. It's going down in Douglas Park! Food vendors, MillerCoors Beer Garden, great giveaways and mo… Miscellaneous Info: Schedule of events: • 12pm Alderman Scott’s Back to School Festival • DJ Senior Tent • Book Bag giveaways • Act of Love – Free Book giveaways • Game Truck • Bouncy Houses (Inflatable jumping jack) • 3pm – 6pm Book Bag raffles – Every hour, all book bag receipts have a chance to win a $100 gift card • 5pm – 7pm DJ and dancing • 7pm – 8pm Local talent • 8pm Case and BBD. Price: Free! Saturday, August 15, 2015, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Douglas Park Corner of Ogden (1500 South) and Sacramento (3000 West). For more info visit chicagowestsidemusicfestival.com.

SummerDance: Orquesta Charangueo (Afro-Cuban Jazz, Chachachá, Cuban Son and Mambo)

Festivals To-Do!: Orquesta Charangueo, led by local bass player Rene Avila, which specializes in charanga, the Cuban dance music popular in the 1940s, and Jose Valdes and his Big Latin Jazz Band, featuring vocalist Sonia Perez. Dance Lessons by Orquesta Charangueo (Afro-Cuban Jazz, Chachachá Cuban Son and Mambo). Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Saturday, August 15, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Anja: The Unexpected

Dance To-Do!: In celebration of his dance company’s 40th anniversary, renowned choreographer Joel Hall presents the Joel Hall Dancers in the world premiere of “Anja: The Unexpected”. “Anja” invites audiences to experience the graceful, inexhaustible eye of the unexpected, as live music and dance become one in a seamless performance that will awaken spectators visually, aurally, and spiritually. Joel Hall’s “Anja” is an ambitious collaboration with three Chicago jazz musicians: Charles Heath (percussion), Ray Silkman (… Price: $25-80. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, August 7-15, 2015. Saturday, August 15, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit joelhall.org.

Faheem Majeed (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Artist Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. For his first solo museum exhibition, he questions how space becomes place, and, further, how places can foster a sense of home and belonging. The MCA—a public institution and, by extension, a type of public space—becomes the armature for the artist’s investigation. A resident of South Shore Chicago, Majeed draws upon the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into questions around civ… Price: $12 Suggested Admission; $7 Students and Senior Citizens. Other Times To-Do It: June 10 – August 16, 2015. Sunday, August 16, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Three the Hard Way

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Sunday, August 16, 2015, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Sunday, August 16, 2015, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Soul Healing Yoga™

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: Soul Healing Yoga with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse... Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers, adventurers, and inspired souls who could use a juicy healing moment for themselves. Stacy Patrice created and began teaching Soul… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays. Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E. 70th St. Chicago, Il. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

Bronzeville Bikes - Bronzeville Urban Agriculture (small scale)

Community Development To-Do!: Led by Latrice Williams, Director of Garden Initiatives for Urban Juncture, this ride explores small-scale alternative agriculture through Bronzeville. Riders will also learn tips for their own gardening for each season. Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; August 2 - Septmeber 27, 2015. Sunday, August 16, 2015, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 343 E. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

The Matter of City Life: Archibald Motley Film Series

Film To-Do!: A film series complementing the Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, organized by Black Cinema House advisor Romi Crawford. The films explore the formal and thematic concerns of filmmakers from the 1920s-1940s; including uses of light and color; images of city life; and portraits of race, align with the formal and thematic endeavors of the painter Archibald Motley. The screening will be followed by discussion with a local filmmaker, artist, or scholar. Manhatta… Price: Free! Sunday, August 16, 2015, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Black Cinema House 7200 S. Kimbark Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

SummerDance: Weepin’ Willows (Patsy Cline Cover Band)

Festivals To-Do!: The Weepin' Willows are Chicago's own Patsy Cline cover band. Led by singer Natalie Jose, the band formed in late 2009 and has been entertaining audiences with Patsy's extensive and varied songbook ever since. With instrumentation featuring lead guitar, pedal steel, piano, drums, and upright bass, the Weepin' Willows perform it all — from familiar ballads such as "Crazy" and "She's Got You" to the upbeat honky tonk and rockabilly stomps of "Seven Lonely Days" and "Stupid Cupid." Dance Lessons by… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Sunday, August 16, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Three the Hard Way (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Monday, August 17, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Three the Hard Way (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Jason Stein Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: The Jason Stein Quartet brings together acclaimed Chicago bass clarinetist Jason Stein with three of his favorite improvisers: Joshua Abrams on bass, Frank Rosaly on drums, and Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone and contrabass clarinet. Stein’s Chicago quartet seamlessly integrates rigorous written material with fierce and imaginative improvisational flights. The band focuses on a combination of Stein’s original compositions as well as under-explored compositions by jazz luminaries such as Lee Konitz, Warne M… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Three the Hard Way (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Agnieszka Iwanska

Festivals To-Do!: International Jazz Agnieszka Iwanska UroSouleplays an infectious and original jazz/soul enriched by vocalist and songwriter Agnieszka Iwanska. Her CD “All That I Am” hit No. 38 on the Top 50 national chart. Agnieszka has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field and performed at festivals in Naperville and Milwaukee. Tim Fitzgerald This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features Tim Fitzgerald's original compositions along with the… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 17 - September 9, 2015. Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Sounds of History: Tribute to ​ Jimmy McGriff, ​Richard “Groove” Holmes​, Jack McDuff​​, Jimmy Smith and Charles Earland

Festivals To-Do!: Featuring: Chris Foreman Jazz Table Cost: $25 for a table of 6; The Du Jazzy Series Cost: $70.00 Jazz Table Cost: $50 for a table of 10; The Du Jazzy Series Cost: $140. Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Third Wednesdays June - August, 2015. Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. DuSable Museum 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Three the Hard Way (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Thursday, August 20, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Three the Hard Way (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Friday, August 21, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Friday, August 21, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

SummerDance: Salonathon - Smooth Moves with Jyldo

Festivals To-Do!: Jyldo leads a series of easy-to-follow smooth moves and soft grooves for all ages - featuring line dances, bodyrolls and her signature Slow Jammercize. DJ Danny LeRoy provides a creamy soundtrack of soft rock, smooth jamz, hip-hop and R&B classics. Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Friday, August 21, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Summer Nights + Bronzeville Trolley Tour

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: It is with great pleasure that we present the new Bronzeville Artist District - Bronzeville Summer Nights collaboration. This collaborative builds on the momentum of previous years by combining Bronzeville Nights & Bronzeville Trolley Tour. Our goal is to ignite & stimulate the community with art, music, food, local performances and so much more. Join us & bring your friends to the evolution of Bronzeville. Admission is FREE. Continuous rotating trollies at each gallery in 15 minute intervals wi… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Every 3rd Friday through September. Friday, August 21, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bronzeville Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillenights.com.

Three the Hard Way (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Saturday, August 22, 2015, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Taste of Greektown

Festivals To-Do!: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago's happening West Loop returns for its 26th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city's acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture. Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eater… Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Participating Restaurants: • Artopolis: This bakery and café opened more than 15 years ago to bring a true Eurpoean-style café to Chicago. They bring today's technologies together with passion and experience to produce a variety of fresh-baked offerings to be savored. • Athena Greek Restaurant: Since it was established in 1997, Athena has provided customers with excellent quality Greek cuisine. In an effort to guide patrons through a journey full of flavors, Athena has become the medium between… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 22-23, 2015. Saturday, August 22, 2015, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 400 S. Halsted St. @ Van Buren Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.chicagoevents.com.

Pearl Fest

Festivals To-Do!: Little Black Pearl has partnered with the Chicago Park District to participate in their “Night Out In The Parks” series; providing world-class cultural programming throughout the City of Chicago. As a partner, LBP will launch Pearl Fest “World Class Jazz Festival” at Chicago’s newest beach, Oakwood/ 39th Street Beach. LBP’s lake front “World Class Jazz Festival” is open to the general public and incorporates a mixture of live musical entertainment, celebrity sports event, food, fun and activities for Chi… Soleil's Take: Ride. Your. Bike. Not only will you save the parking fees, you'll also save your sanity by avoiding the traffic. Try parking near 39th Street and either ride your bike or take the #39 bus over to the lakefront (you can also catch the #39 at the 35th Street Red Line station. View the full schedule! Miscellaneous Info: For the VIP treatment, get your VIP Pass today ● VIP Seating ● VIP Tent Access ● Swag Bag ● Meet & Greet with the artists ● Raffle tickets for a chance to win a round trip ticket on Southwest Airlines or a MINI car lease. Price: Free! VIP Access, $100. Venue Info: PARKING Limited: available at 39th and 47th Street parking lots 10:45am - 10:45pm $20 ALL DAY PARKING NO RE-ENTRY. Saturday, August 22, 2015, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Oakwood/39th Street Beach 1199 E Oakwood Blvd. Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit blackpearl.org.

South Shore Summer Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago's palatial and landmark South Shore Cultural Center will, for the fifth year, play host to the cozy Southside neighborhood's annual South Shore Summer Festival. The popular one-day community happening on the Lake Michigan lakefront is truly an event for area residents of all ages. In addition to great food, local merchants and activities for kids, there's a diverse entertainment lineup designed to appeal to both young and old. Performers run the gamut: from up-and-coming local artists and silky-… Soleil's Take: I definitely want to get out there by 4:15 for Terisa Griffin! Miscellaneous Info: Entertainment: • Noon - Yemi Marie • 12:45pm - South Shore Drill Team • 1:30pm - T.L. Williams • 4:15pm - Terisa Griffin • 6:00pm - Slick Rick • 7:00pm - Doug E. Fresh. Price: Free! Sunday, August 23, 2015, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. South Shore Cultural Center 7059 S South Shore Drive Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.chicagoevents.com.

Three the Hard Way (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This exhibition takes its title from a 1974 blaxploitation classic in which three action heroes, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, and Jim Brown must save the race from a neo-Nazi organization bent on black genocide. The exhibition features the 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett, all squarely post-Civil Rights children born after Williamson, Kelly, and Brown saved the world. Although we may breathe a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: July 10-August 23, 2015. Sunday, August 23, 2015, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Taste of Greektown

Festivals To-Do!: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago's happening West Loop returns for its 26th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city's acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture. Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eater… Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Participating Restaurants: • Artopolis: This bakery and café opened more than 15 years ago to bring a true Eurpoean-style café to Chicago. They bring today's technologies together with passion and experience to produce a variety of fresh-baked offerings to be savored. • Athena Greek Restaurant: Since it was established in 1997, Athena has provided customers with excellent quality Greek cuisine. In an effort to guide patrons through a journey full of flavors, Athena has become the medium between… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 22-23, 2015. Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 400 S. Halsted St. @ Van Buren Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.chicagoevents.com.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Soul Healing Yoga™

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: Soul Healing Yoga with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse... Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers, adventurers, and inspired souls who could use a juicy healing moment for themselves. Stacy Patrice created and began teaching Soul… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays. Sunday, August 23, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E. 70th St. Chicago, Il. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

Bronzeville Bikes - Celebrating 50 Years of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Author/Artist Event To-Do!: Discopoet Khari B. grew up surrounded by the sounds and stories of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. For this ride, he shares the narrative of AACM as it connects to the history of Bronzeville, Chicago, and the world. Miscellaneous Info: Internationally renowned for unparalleled contributions to modern music, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM) has been an inspirational leader within the cultural community since 1965. A non-profit organization chartered by the State of Illinois , the AACM is a collective of musicians and composers dedicated to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music. This collective of dynamic and visionary artists formed the AACM to meet their emergent needs to expose… Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; August 2 - Septmeber 27, 2015. Sunday, August 23, 2015, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 343 E. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project

Festivals To-Do!: Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, and educator, as well as a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki is one of the most recorded artists in the Chicago music scene, working in a wide range of musical genres—from jazz to traditional Japanese music. He has produced and appears in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films, and performs both nationally and internationally. The Miyumi Project—now in its twentieth year—is one of the longest st… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: CSU Jazz Band

Festivals Performances begin at 6pm. To-Do!: Chicago State University presents: Jazz in the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be held in the Douglas Hall Breakey Theatre. CSU Band performs. Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: About Jazz in the Grazz The weekly “Jazz in the Grazz” series showcases local talent in the Midwest region. Since 2010, Jazz in the Grazz has been a Chicago tradition, an event where local residents escape midweek to unwind, meet friends and listen to great music. The summer jazz series features talent from around the world. Jazz in the Grazz has become more than a jazz concert series. For many, it’s about the experience. An experience that includes lawn seating, brown bag dining and street food options… Price: $5. Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 2, 2015. Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Rio Bamba

Festivals To-Do!: Latin Jazz: Rio Bamba The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, American and Latin jazz played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor! Tim Fitzgerald This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features Tim Fitzgerald's original compositions along with the music of jazz great Wes Montgomery, the… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 17 - September 9, 2015. Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Chicago Jazz Club Tour

Live Music To-Do!: The Jazz Institute’s 22nd Jazz Club Tour on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight is an annual kick off for the Chicago Jazz Festival sponsored with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. In what could not have been a better match, the Chicago Trolley Company is partnering with the Jazz Institute to present our Annual Jazz Club Tour. Already the city’s premier sight seeing tour guides, the Chicago Trolley Company adds both charm and class to one of jazz fans’ favorite events of the… Miscellaneous Info: This year's clubs are: Andy's - 11 E. Hubbard - Corey Wilkes, Mike Smith Backroom - 1007 N. Rush - Bobby Lewis Bernice's Twilight Zone - 2914 E. 79th St - Band Mindset featuring Teela Buddy Guy's Legends - 754 S. Wabash - Dave Specter Close Up 2 - 416 S. Clark - Audley Reid and Alan Burroughs Cuatro - 2030 S. Wabash - Jose Valdes Group Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway - Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan Green Dolphin St - 2200 N Ashland Ave - Bill Porter Orchestra Jazz Showcase - 806 S. Plymouth… Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 6:00 PM – Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 AM. Various. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Thursday, August 27, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Twisted Melodies (Opening Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Thursday, August 27, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Twisted Melodies (Opening Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Twisted Melodies (Opening Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Soul Healing Yoga™

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: Soul Healing Yoga with Stacy Patrice is a superpowered yoga dose with a pulse... Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga session is a mind.body.soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers, adventurers, and inspired souls who could use a juicy healing moment for themselves. Stacy Patrice created and began teaching Soul… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E. 70th St. Chicago, Il. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

Twisted Melodies (Opening Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Corey Wilkes

Festivals To-Do!: Corey Wilkes, one of the best creative improvising trumpeters today who easily moves from jazz standard to bebop to hip-hop to funk, makes his second appearance at the MCA. Hosted by Al Carter-Bey, WHPK 88.5 FM, University of Chicago. Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

They Die by Dawn

Film Doors Open at 6:30pm. To-Do!: A film based on the lives of historic Black cowboys of the old west. Four outlaws with a bounty on each head, set a date for a shootout, with the last one standing claiming the rewards. Starring: Erykah Badu, Nate Parker, Rosario Dawson, Michael K. Williams Special Guest Lecturer Art Turk Burton: “The Black Gunslingers” Film Source: The Image Nation Collection, www.imagenation.us. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 7, 2015. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Dusable Museum 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Terisa Griffin

Festivals Performances begin at 6pm. To-Do!: Terisa Griffin When you think of the true essence of timeless soul, jazz and other forms of adult music, music icons come to mind such as the beautiful velvet voices of Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Sarah Vaughn and Luther Vandross. Rarely does one talent capture the epitome of various influences in their style and grace. Terisa Griffin has re-designed an authentic blueprint of musical blends of modern soul, jazz, house and inspirational music into her repertoire. A native of… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: About Jazz in the Grazz The weekly “Jazz in the Grazz” series showcases local talent in the Midwest region. Since 2010, Jazz in the Grazz has been a Chicago tradition, an event where local residents escape midweek to unwind, meet friends and listen to great music. The summer jazz series features talent from around the world. Jazz in the Grazz has become more than a jazz concert series. For many, it’s about the experience. An experience that includes lawn seating, brown bag dining and street food options… Price: $5. Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 2, 2015. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Chris Greene Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: Smooth Jazz: Chris Greene Quartet Just as classical composers have used native folk elements as the basis for their art, the Chris Greene Quartet uses familiar modern materials — the funk and hip-hop Chris heard growing up — as a bridge between jazz and other genres, making CGQ something different on the modern jazz scene. Tim Fitzgerald This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features Tim Fitzgerald's original compositions along with… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 17 - September 9, 2015. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Thursday, September 3, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

The Experience w/ Lizz Wright

Live Music Doors open at 6:30pm. To-Do!: The Experience with Lizz Wright Freedom & Surrender Interview / Mini-Performance / CD Signing Vocalist Lizz Wright delivers a sultry R&B performance that's divinely layered in gospel and jazz, and keenly similar to the work of Oleta Adams and Jill Scott. Wright was born in 1980 in the Georgia town of Hahira, and her musical tastes blossomed early on. Her father served as the pianist and musical director at the local church, and he encouraged his daughter to absorb the soulful dispositions of classic… Miscellaneous Info: Use ticket coupon to redeem "Freedom & Surrender" CD at The Music Experience at 1959 1/2 E 73rd St, Chicago, IL 60649 TIXS purchased online will held at the door for pick night of event. Please bring photo ID. Price: $25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. DuSable Museum 740 East 56th Place Chicago IL. For more info visit www.amusicexperience.com.

Twisted Melodies

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Friday, September 4, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Robert Glasper Trio

Live Music Doors open at 6pm! Two sets: 7:00 & 9:30pm. To-Do!: “Jazz musicians are becoming more comfortable with music that speaks to them personally,” he muses. “I think it’s very important that musicians feed off the fruit of the music that actually is the soundtrack of their lives. The only way to keep something relevant is to renew it from history and let it grow and change. When that happens, you start getting stuff like Black Radio 2. Black music is the house that has many rooms. Black people have invented so many dope genres that everyone loves: Jazz, blues,… Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 4, 2015, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Twisted Melodies

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Friday, September 4, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Saturday, September 5, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

eta Annual Benefit Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: Held annually on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the festive gala features a silent and live auction, live entertainment, a scrumptious soulful buffet catered by Fanfares by Faye, an open bar, dancing to live and recorded music and carriage rides. The centerpiece of the evening is the presentation of awards to outstanding individuals whose lives and work illustrate the theme. The 2008 honorees are TV personality Merri Dee, publisher Dorothy Leavell, author/actor Hill Harper, corporate executive Greg H… Price: $125. Saturday, September 5, 2015, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 6, 2015, 12:00 AM. eta Square 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

Twisted Melodies

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Saturday, September 5, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather… Miscellaneous Info: Organized by DuSable Museum of African American History; Curated by Dr. Carol L. Adams and Janis Lane-Ewart. Exhibition Designer: Dorian Sylvain. “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians” is sponsored by: The Chicago Community Trust, The DuSable Museum of African American History, and United Airlines, the Official Airline of the DuSable Museum.The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous… Price: $2-10; Sundays, Free! Other Times To-Do It: January 19 - September 6, 2015. Sunday, September 6, 2015, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. DuSable Museum of African American History 740 East 56th Place Chicago, Illinois 60637. For more info visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Twisted Melodies

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Sunday, September 6, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Chris Greene Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: Saxophonist Chris Greene’s musical appetites are voracious and that comes across in his performances and recordings. Greene knows that everything he experiences can become a resource, but the roots of his singular blend of jazz improvisational skills, heavy funk beats and pop music concision go back to his teenage years hearing his parents’ records in Evanston, Illinois. In much the way that classical composers have historically used native folk elements as the basis for their art, the Chris Greene Quartet… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals To-Do!: Jazz Funk: Detour JazFunk Chicago-based Detour JazFunkroster boasts some of the nation’s premier musicians including guitarist/vocalist Phil Seed, percussionist/vocalist Ben Johnson, bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboardist Tim Gant. From smooth jazz to funky old and new school R&B and neo soul, Detour JazFunk delivers. Tim Fitzgerald This group presents a fun and entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features Tim Fitzgerald's original compositions along with… Soleil's Take: Jazzin' at the Shedd can get really crowded really because you're competing for space with Chicagoans and tourists. Check out SunSpots: Jazzin' at the Shedd for Soleil's Take and tips on this summer series! View the entire Jazzin' at the Shedd schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier. Jazzin admission includes: • Abbott Oceanarium, Polar Play Zone, Amphibians special exhibit (op… Price: $18-20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 17 - September 9, 2015. Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. John G. Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605. For more info visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Sunday, September 13, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Jazz Links, Ryan Nyther Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: The Jazz Institute has nurtured many of Chicago’s rising jazz stars through its Jazz Links Education programs. These programs provide a real-life training ground where an emphasis on leadership, performance, and mentorship help musicians develop the professional skills needed to launch their careers. The Ryan Nyther Quartet features Pete Benson on piano, Junius Paul on bass, Marcus Evans on drums, and Ryan Nyther on trumpet. Hosted by Al Carter-Bey, WHPK 88.5 FM, University of Chicago. Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

Theater 2pm Matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. To-Do!: Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness. Price: $17.50-37.50. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 27 - September 12, 2015. Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two 2936 N Southport Ave 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60657. For more info visit www.congosquaretheatre.org.

Bronzeville Summer Nights + Bronzeville Trolley Tour

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: It is with great pleasure that we present the new Bronzeville Artist District - Bronzeville Summer Nights collaboration. This collaborative builds on the momentum of previous years by combining Bronzeville Nights & Bronzeville Trolley Tour. Our goal is to ignite & stimulate the community with art, music, food, local performances and so much more. Join us & bring your friends to the evolution of Bronzeville. Admission is FREE. Continuous rotating trollies at each gallery in 15 minute intervals wi… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Every 3rd Friday through September. Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Bronzeville Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillenights.com.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Joshua Abrams Quartet

Festivals To-Do!: Composer and multi-­instrumentalist Joshua Abrams has recorded nine albums as a leader, collaborated on over a hundred recordings, and composed soundtracks for Life Itself, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and Almost There. The New York Times describes his record, Natural Information as “one of the rough gems of the post­ everything era.” In the past year his ensemble Natural Information Society has performed at international festivals in Victoriaville and Ghent and toured Europe and the United… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

The Renaissance Collaborative Annual Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: This is an organization that I've been involved with since 1997, when I served as its counsel in the financing of the historic Wabash YMCA. I later went on to serve as Board Chair for several years, during which time I learned a lot of the history of Bronzeville and the Wabash Y. One of the things I appreciate most about the organization is its commitment to provide holistic housing solutions that do more than warehouse people. TRC's first project addressed the needs of formerly homeless adults and helps… Miscellaneous Info: TRC is a 501(c)(3) that was incorporated by four ecumenical churches in the community to assist in the revitalization of Bronzeville. TRC provides life skills, education, employment, health & wellness services to promote self sufficiency for the tenants of TRC. The Fitness Center for Life offers a variety of health education and fitness programming to the residents of the Renaissance Apartments as well as the community at large. TRC has broken ground on its next exciting, comprehensive housing venture: the… Dress Code: Business. Price: $125; Advance, $100. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. TRC Grand Ballroom 3763 South Wabash - 2nd Floor Chicago, Illinois (773) 924-9270. For more info visit www.trcwabash.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Tomeka Reid’s Hear in Now

Festivals To-Do!: Hear in Now is a collaborative string trio that performs original jazz compositions. With members from Chicago, Italy, and New York, the group brings together elements from their individual backgrounds and regions for a unique sound experience that explores improvisation through composed pieces. Having been exposed to and mentored by luminaries such as Anthony Braxton, Nicole Mitchell, George Lewis, Butch Morris, William Parker, Sabir Mateen, and organizations such as the Association for the Advancement of… Soleil's Take: MCA returns with this summer fave! Can you take chairs? Blankets? Bring food? Check out our blog post - SunSpots: Tuesdays On the Terrace and the accompanying SunSpots vlog for a preview of the experience! View our Tuesdays On the Terrace picks! Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago's quintessential jazz musicians, including the Fred Anderson Legacy Band, acclaimed cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and saxophone and clarinetist Mwata Bowden on the MCA's terrace and sculpture garden. The performances take are hosted by are hosted by Al Carter-Bey, Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall, and Leslie Keros, from WHPK 88.5 FM. At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors may enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Puck's Café featuring fresh, locally-grown produce from the MC… Price: Free! Buffet, $26. Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays, June 2–September 29, 2015. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Music Box of Horrors

Holiday/Seasonal Preshow starts at 2pm! To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Saturday, October 10, 2015, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 773-871-6604. For more info visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.

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 26, 2015, 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.