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Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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

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

Nat King Cole Photo Mural Dedication

Community Development To-Do!: Bronzeville is one of the premiere ethnic neighbors in Chicago and indeed the world. Join the League of Extraordinary Planners and the Bronzeville Alliance for the dedication of our first Bronzeville Legend Photo Mural "'King' Nat at Home, 2014" one of several state of the art identity markers to be placed throughout the neighborhood commemorating Bronzeville's unparalleled historical legacy. Awards will be presented to 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell and others who helped fund the project. According to… Price: Free! Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Centers for New Horizons 4301 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60553. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

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

Chicago Food Social

Festivals To-Do!: The re-concepted version of 2011 and 2012’s popular Food Truck Social still includes a vast selection of Chicago’s most popular food trucks, but now also features a curated group of notable chef-driven local restaurant vendors and chef demonstrations with prominent guest celebrity chefs. Miscellaneous Info: Chicago Food Social will bring together food aficionados in an affordable, accessible, and entertaining manner. The best local food trucks and vendors, plus chef demonstrations, live music by Empty Bottle Presents and more! Chef Demonstrations, Cocktail Mixing Demos and Culinary Activities Chef Carlos Gaytan from Mexique Chef Brian Jupiter from Frontier Chef Stephen Dunne from Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar / Paramount Room Punch House expert punch making demonstration by Will Duncan. The making of 'Sa… Price: Suggested Donation, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Kendall College (parking lot) 900 N. North Branch St. Chicago, IL 60642. For more info visit www.chicagofoodsocial.com.

Pearl Fest at the Beach

Festivals To-Do!: Pearl Fest at the Beach is brought to you by MINI of Chicago. LBP’s lake front festival is FREE to the public and incorporates live musical entertainment, celebrity volleyball game, food and fun activities for Chicago’s elite and trendy. Pearl Fest at the Beach will feature an eclectic mix of nationally acclaimed Jazz, Funk and R&B artists: Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway, Leela James and Rahsaan Patterson. Get your Pearl Fest VIP Pass today and join us for a celebration like no other. 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. Ticket Link: Purchase VIP Tickets! 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 23, 2014, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Oakwood/39th Street Beach 1199 E Oakwood Blvd. Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit blackpearl.org.

Bash on Wabash

Festivals To-Do!: This year marks the Eleventh Year Anniversary for the “Bash On Wabash” with the goal of bringing neighbors and businesses alike, from near and far, to a festival that showcases the beauty, creativity, history and culture of the South Loop. Located in the heart of the neighborhood on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Place, this years’ “Bash on Wabash” promises to be an experience to remember! Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) and a portion of proceeds to the South Loop Food… Price: Suggested Donation, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 S. Wabash Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bashonwabash.org.

Chicago Fashion Fest f/ New Orleans Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago Fashion Fest invites you to two days of non-stop fashionista action celebrating Chicago’s top designers, boutiques and latest looks. The fashion-forward street fest features a bleachered-in runway stage where bands and DJs will set the tone as models tout “What’s in” for end of summer and fall 2014. Over 20 unique fashion runway shows (15-20 minutes each) will be included over the two days, including segments like: vintage, kids, teen, back-to-school, curvaceous, bridal, ‘Do-Fashion’ (with only Divi… Price: Suggested Donation, $5; VIP, $35-70. Other Times To-Do It: Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Division St. and Wolcott Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.chicagofashionfest.com.

Taste of Greece

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 25th 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… Soleil's Take: Greek food + Greek libations + live party people = Opa! This festive To-Do includes most of the area restaurants and the party keeps going and going and going . . . Miscellaneous Info: 2014 Participating Restaurants * Artopolis: This bakery and café opened more than 13 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. Artopolis' fellow culinary sibling at Taste of Greektown is their up-the-street sister, Pegasus Restaurant & Taverna. * Athena Greek Restaurant: Since it was established in 1997, Athena has strived to provide customers with… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago's happening West Loop returns for its 25th 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 eaterie… Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 400 South Halsted Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.tasteofgreektown.com.

The Boulevard

Festivals To-Do!: Get ready for Chicago’s version of Carnival as The Boulevard returns, bringing along Brazil Fest for the ride! Now in its third year The Boulevard will be the party of the summer with parades, beads, Brazilian food, dancers, and entertainers. The RedEye dubs this the annual festival that “aims to share a bit of Brazil with the Midwest through food, music, dance and art” and is truly a ‘can’t miss’ event. Join fest-goers and experience the city’s most eclectic and engaging street festivals. Attendees, be… Miscellaneous Info: Admission to The Boulevard is a suggested $10 donation, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the mission and outreach of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, active community member for over 100 years. Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Other Times To-Do It: August 22, 23, & 24, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 3100 W. Logan Boulevard Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit boulevardfestival.com.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, August 23, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

SummerDance: Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Salsa)

Festivals To-Do!: Dance Lessons, 6-7pm: May I Have This Dance (Salsa) Live Music, 7:30-9:30pm: Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Salsa) Carpacho y su Super started in 1986 with the main idea of integrating the band with musicians from various countries. The objective was to demonstrate the typical sound of music of each Latin American country. The band is succeeding to this end currently with musicians from the United States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and the leader, from Medellin Colombia. 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 63rd Street Beach, Navy Pier, Athletic Field 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: Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE! Friday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led by professional instructors 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Live music and danci… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays-Sundays, June 27 - September 14, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit t.co.

Intimate Apparel (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: The 2014 Lynn Nottage season continues with her award-winning play Intimate Apparel. The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains,… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 17 - August 24, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

Black Harvest IFF: Grand Gesture

Film To-Do!: 2014, Dana Verde, USA, 65 min. With Alfred E. Rutherford, Serena Reeder This romantic comedy plays out as a rousing shaggy-dog story when recently dumped Craig camps out for a day in a Harlem diner awaiting a reunion with the ex-girlfriend who may or may not show up. A nosy waitress, a clutch of know-it-all male customers, and a psychic are among those dispensing conflicting advice, accompanied by flashbacks of the highlights and low-points in this star-crossed relationship, including a romantic hotel r… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 20th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 1 through 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 20th anniversary edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. It’s been an incredible twenty years and counting. Many of our early discoveries have gone on to become established career filmmakers, while new, emerging filmmakers are just now making their mark. This anniversary festival is… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 1 - August 28, 2014. Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:15 PM – 9:45 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois (312) 846-2600. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Chicago Food Social

Festivals To-Do!: The re-concepted version of 2011 and 2012’s popular Food Truck Social still includes a vast selection of Chicago’s most popular food trucks, but now also features a curated group of notable chef-driven local restaurant vendors and chef demonstrations with prominent guest celebrity chefs. Miscellaneous Info: Chicago Food Social will bring together food aficionados in an affordable, accessible, and entertaining manner. The best local food trucks and vendors, plus chef demonstrations, live music by Empty Bottle Presents and more! Chef Demonstrations, Cocktail Mixing Demos and Culinary Activities Chef Carlos Gaytan from Mexique Chef Brian Jupiter from Frontier Chef Stephen Dunne from Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar / Paramount Room Punch House expert punch making demonstration by Will Duncan. The making of 'Sa… Price: Suggested Donation, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Kendall College (parking lot) 900 N. North Branch St. Chicago, IL 60642. For more info visit www.chicagofoodsocial.com.

Bash on Wabash

Festivals To-Do!: This year marks the Eleventh Year Anniversary for the “Bash On Wabash” with the goal of bringing neighbors and businesses alike, from near and far, to a festival that showcases the beauty, creativity, history and culture of the South Loop. Located in the heart of the neighborhood on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Place, this years’ “Bash on Wabash” promises to be an experience to remember! Benefiting the Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) and a portion of proceeds to the South Loop Food… Price: Suggested Donation, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1300 S. Wabash Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bashonwabash.org.

Chicago Fashion Fest f/ New Orleans Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Chicago Fashion Fest invites you to two days of non-stop fashionista action celebrating Chicago’s top designers, boutiques and latest looks. The fashion-forward street fest features a bleachered-in runway stage where bands and DJs will set the tone as models tout “What’s in” for end of summer and fall 2014. Over 20 unique fashion runway shows (15-20 minutes each) will be included over the two days, including segments like: vintage, kids, teen, back-to-school, curvaceous, bridal, ‘Do-Fashion’ (with only Divi… Price: Suggested Donation, $5; VIP, $35-70. Other Times To-Do It: Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Division St. and Wolcott Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.chicagofashionfest.com.

Taste of Greece

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 25th 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… Soleil's Take: Greek food + Greek libations + live party people = Opa! This festive To-Do includes most of the area restaurants and the party keeps going and going and going . . . Miscellaneous Info: 2014 Participating Restaurants * Artopolis: This bakery and café opened more than 13 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. Artopolis' fellow culinary sibling at Taste of Greektown is their up-the-street sister, Pegasus Restaurant & Taverna. * Athena Greek Restaurant: Since it was established in 1997, Athena has strived to provide customers with… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago's happening West Loop returns for its 25th 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 eaterie… Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 400 South Halsted Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.tasteofgreektown.com.

The Boulevard

Festivals To-Do!: Get ready for Chicago’s version of Carnival as The Boulevard returns, bringing along Brazil Fest for the ride! Now in its third year The Boulevard will be the party of the summer with parades, beads, Brazilian food, dancers, and entertainers. The RedEye dubs this the annual festival that “aims to share a bit of Brazil with the Midwest through food, music, dance and art” and is truly a ‘can’t miss’ event. Join fest-goers and experience the city’s most eclectic and engaging street festivals. Attendees, be… Miscellaneous Info: Admission to The Boulevard is a suggested $10 donation, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the mission and outreach of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, active community member for over 100 years. Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Other Times To-Do It: August 22, 23, & 24, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 3100 W. Logan Boulevard Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit boulevardfestival.com.

Intimate Apparel (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: The 2014 Lynn Nottage season continues with her award-winning play Intimate Apparel. The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains,… Price: $28. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: July 17 - August 24, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.eclipsetheatre.com.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 24, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 24, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

United We Drum Family Day

Live Music To-Do!: United We Drum Family Day is not only a fun filled day of singing, dancing, and drumming, but it is also a celebration! The event marks the culmination of our 'United We Drum' summer percussion program. Program participants will showcase what they have learned beside drummers of all levels and expertise. This will be a wonderful outdoor event, so feel free to pack up the family and bring a blanket or chair! As a special part of this year's United We Drum, the Logan Center and Muntu Dance Theatre Chicago… Miscellaneous Info: Why is this event so important? There has been an increasing onslaught of detriment that seems to permeate our Urban Communities. The image of Urban Youth, particularly that of the African American teenage male, has been synonymously linked to drugs, violence & death! This image has caused devastation to all members of our Urban communities as a collective but none more so than our Elders. Urban Chicago needs a facelift and that new face is: Beynji Marsh and UDÉ YAH! Beynji honors the idea tha… Price: Free! Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

SummerDance: The Kaia String Quartet (Tango and Milonga)

Festivals To-Do!: Dance Lessons, 6-7pm: American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango) Live Music, 7:30-9:30pm: Tangata Ensemble & The Kaia String Quartet (Tango and Milonga) “Kaia,” deriving from Greek, Gaia for Earth/Goddess of the Earth, represents the ensemble’s mission to promote music of cultures from around the world, with their current focus on Latin American music, in addition to being active performers of the traditional canon of quartet music. With their current focus on exploring the music of Latin… 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 63rd Street Beach, Navy Pier, Athletic Field 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: Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE! Friday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led by professional instructors 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Live music and danci… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays-Sundays, June 27 - September 14, 2014. Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit t.co.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

Live Music To-Do!: As a drummer, Mike Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. Reed leads the widely acclaimed group People, Places & Things—a vehicle to explore the undersung repertoire from Chicago’s jazz, blues, and improvised music scene between 1954 and 1960. Featuring bassist Jason Roebke, tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman, and alto saxophonist Greg Ward, Mike Reed’s People Places & Things has been recording, touring internationally, and wracking up critical acclaim since 20… 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, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. 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 26, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Summer Film Series: Wizard of Oz

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (1939; G-102 mins) Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. -IMDb Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of this family classic. *Rated R for language and sexual references. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Frozen

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (PG) Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: Detour JazFunk is the sound of Chicago’s new urban jazz scene. Its music is built on a foundation of old school R&B’s soulful and funky grooves blended with the melodic improvisations of classic and contemporary jazz. Detour JazFunk includes guitarist Phil Seed, drummer Ben “Jammin’” Johnson, electric bassist Kenery Kent Smith and keyboard wizard Tim Gant. In the Main Foyer or Aqua Lounge The Tim Fitzgerald Trio presents an entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul music. The band features… 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! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! 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. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 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.

Jazz in the Grazz: CSU Band

Festivals 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: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Bronzevillle Nights

Festivals To-Do!: Come join us at the kick off to Bronzeville Nights, August 13. There will be great food as well as premiere performances by new artist. Join QCDC as we pair some of the hottest in arts, culture and entertainment in our local businesses. There will be an interactive mural design, lead by artist Paul Branton. Tasting menu provided by local area businesses. Stop by H-Dogs, Jokes and Notes and Blanc Gallery for an evening of fun. More details to be announced. Price: Suggested Donation $5. Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: August 13, August 27, September 10 and September 24. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. E. 43rd Street and S. Ellis Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Chicago Jazz Club Tour

Live Music To-Do!: The Jazz Institute’s 22nd Jazz Club Tour on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight is an annual kick off for the Chicago Jazz Festival sponsored with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. In what could not have been a better match, the Chicago Trolley Company is partnering with the Jazz Institute to present our Annual Jazz Club Tour. Already the city’s premier sight seeing tour guides, the Chicago Trolley Company adds both charm and class to one of jazz fans’ favorite events of the… Miscellaneous Info: This year's clubs are: Andy's - 11 E. Hubbard - Corey Wilkes, Mike Smith Backroom - 1007 N. Rush - Bobby Lewis Bernice's Twilight Zone - 2914 E. 79th St - Band Mindset featuring Teela Buddy Guy's Legends - 754 S. Wabash - Dave Specter Close Up 2 - 416 S. Clark - Audley Reid and Alan Burroughs Cuatro - 2030 S. Wabash - Jose Valdes Group Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway - Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan Green Dolphin St - 2200 N Ashland Ave - Bill Porter Orchestra Jazz Showcase - 806 S. Plymouth… Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:00 PM – Thursday, August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM. Various. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

Summer Film Series: Avatar

Festivals (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: (2009; PG-13, 162 min A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. -IMDb. Soleil's Take: With this new LED screen, you can see the movie even if it isn't dark outside!! View more ofSummer Film Series! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Tuesdays; June 24 - August 26, 2014. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

Live From the Archives of David Boykin

Film To-Do!: This series of screenings will feature a series of white label live in concert recordings from the archives of Artist-in-Residence David Boykin. These screenings will include compositions seldom performed by David Boykin, such as Space Garden Mission and Chicago as well as different lineups that showcase musicians like saxophonist Matana Roberts and guitarist Jeff Parker. David Boykin is one of the most original and dynamic artists in the Chicago music scene. He is a composer, bandleader, and a… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays in August 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Hot Summer Nights: Aloha Lives! Hawaiian Music

Festivals To-Do!: Aloha Lives! is our newest production by Pacific Soundz. Lanialoha combines the influences of her musical paths and passions to revive the old and new cultural traditions of the Pacific. She performs a seamless and memorable concert of melodies, harmonies and rhythmic sounds, that will inspire you. Soleil's Take: Check out the SunSpots blog post for our look at the Botanic Garden experience! View the complete Hot Summer Nights schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Beverages and light fare will complement the specific music genre of the evening. Price: Free! (Parking, $20 per car). Other Times To-Do It: Thursday Evenings, June 12 – August 28, 2014. Venue Info: Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe, IL 60022. For more info visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

SummerDance In the Parks: El Caobo (Latin DJ - Salsa, Mambo and Bachata set)

Festivals To-Do!: Dance Lessons, 6-7pm: Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa, Mambo, Bachata) Live Music, 7-9pm: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SoyElCaobo" (Latin DJ - Salsa, Mambo and Bachata set). Miscellaneous Info: Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led by professional instructors 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Live music and dan… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 27 - September 14, 2014. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Ping Tom Park 300 W. 19th St. Chicago, IL. For more info visit t.co.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Made in Chicago: Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera

Festivals To-Do!: The sounds and images of American jazz musicians from the U.S. were an important influence on the development of political discourse of resistance in apartheid South Africa. As American jazz continually refreshes ties to its African American roots by its ever-present spirit of the blues, so South African jazz draws strength from its roots. This Ernest Dawkins' project reflects the determination and spirit that energized the South African freedom movement led by Nelson Mandela by foregrounding the… Soleil's Take: View more Made in Chicago: World Class JazzTo-Dos. Miscellaneous Info: Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz celebrates its 10th year at Millennium Park with a six-concert series featuring Chicago’s leading jazz artists. The diverse program includes concerts that explore jazz connections to Africa, the Middle East and the rhythm and roots of the South. The 2014 series includes tribute concerts and retrospectives, along with opening night of the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with Jazz I… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays through August 28th. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Millennium Park (Jay Pritzker Pavilion) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

Black Harvest IFF (Closing Reception): From Above (aka Chasing Shakespeare)

Film To-Do!: Closing night film! Filmmakers in person! 2013, Norry Niven, USA, 112 min. With Danny Glover, Mike Wade, Chelsea Ricketts, Clarence Gilyard, Jr. “A unique take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ blended with some crazy Native American folklore…a wild and heartfelt story.” –Jory Carroll, Slug Magazine The love of a lifetime strikes with the force of lightning in this magic realist tale steeped in Native American myth and the poetic power of Shakespeare. The story unreels in flashback as William Ward (Glover in… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 20th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 1 through 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 20th anniversary edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world. It’s been an incredible twenty years and counting. Many of our early discoveries have gone on to become established career filmmakers, while new, emerging filmmakers are just now making their mark. This anniversary festival is… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets!http://genesiskelfilmcenter.pfestore.com/capacity/events/Default.aspx. Other Times To-Do It: August 1 - August 28, 2014. Thursday, August 28, 2014, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois (312) 846-2600. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Friday, August 29, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

SummerDance: Funkadesi (Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae and Funk)

Festivals To-Do!: Dance Lessons, 6-7pm: Bollywood Groove (Bollywood, Bhangra) Live Music, 7:30-9:30pm: Funkadesi (Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae and Funk) Chicago’s own Funkadesi represents the diverse multi-ethnic communities within the city. What distinguishes Funkadesi as a group is each band member’s unique and uncompromised cultural/musical contribution merging to create one unifying sound and vision. Funkadesi’s one-world sound, roots-watering vision, and positive vibe make the band a unique and compelling musical… 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 63rd Street Beach, Navy Pier, Athletic Field 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: Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE! Friday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led by professional instructors 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Live music and danci… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Fridays-Sundays, June 27 - September 14, 2014. Friday, August 29, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit t.co.

Tecora Rogers

Live Music To-Do!: Mo Better Jazz is proud to present as its premiere event at the Promontory the versatile vocal stylings of Tecora Rogers. A lifelong gospel singer, Rogers has become a true Chicago success story after putting her successful corporate career on the backburner to follow her dream of being a fulltime jazz musician. Rogers has since become a successful international touring artist, and of the city's most inspiring voices. Performing with Ms. Rogers: Junius Paul (bass), Malcolm Banks Sr. (drums), Theodis… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos</ii>! Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, August 29, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, August 30, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Sunday, August 31, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Sunday, August 31, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 31, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 1, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Robert "Baabe" Irving III Quintet

Live Music To-Do!: Robert Irving III is best known for his five-year tenure as musical director, producer, and keyboardist for the legendary Miles Davis. He has produced three Grammy Award–nominated albums—two for Miles Davis, Decoy and You’re Under Arrest; and Real Life Story, the Polygram debut from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. The Robert Irving III Quintet, which introduces Barrett Harmon on trumpet, explores new, original music and expansive arrangements of more obscure standards. 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, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. 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 2, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (PG-13) A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Rio Bamba

Festivals Get your Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission! To-Do!: The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba and American and Latin jazz, played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal or instrumental, to Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with its irresistible rhythms. Maggie Vagle, Joel Martinez, Craig Linenberger and John Garvey make up the Rio Bamba sound. In the Main Foyer or Aqua Lounge The Tim Fitzgerald Trio presents an entertaining mix of straight-ahead jazz, pop and soul… 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! Buy the Groupon by June 6th for discounted admission and a shorter wait! Miscellaneous Info: Jazz. Cocktails. The lake. Fireworks. And 32,000 animals. That’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, celebrating its 20th anniversary! 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. Take advantage of our extended hours to visit with your favorit… Price: $16-18. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays, June 18 - September 3, 2014. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 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.

Jazz in the Grazz: Billy Gray and Blues Band; Margaret Murphy

Festivals 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. Billy Gray and Blues Band Margaret Murphy, affectionately known as "M & M" to her musical family, has been singing professionally throughout the United States and Europe for over twenty-five years. She developed her unique vocal style and showmanship under the tutelage of world renown tenor saxophonist Von Freeman with whom she shared the stage at the Taste of Chicago,… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative

Community Development To-Do!: This organization does not replace or compete with any existing organization BUT it is a place where we can: * See a problem and find many others who have the same problem and find a solution together * Amplify our voices to solve problems and support great efforts * Express a great idea and see it take shape * Meet our neighbors * Find out what is going on in our community * Celebrate the good that we have in common Please send the word out to everyone willing to Collaborate to make Bron… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: 1st Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Chicago Bee Library 3647 South State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

SummerDance In the Parks: DJ Mellow Khris (Chicago Steppin’)

Festivals To-Do!: Dance Lessons, 6-7pm: Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Steppin’) Live Music, 7-9pm: DJ Mellow Khris (Chicago Steppin’) DJ Mellow Khris has been one of the if not the most popular Steppers DJ in Chicago and Nationwide. If there is a major party or major event happening anywhere, Mellow Khris is usually the first DJ the promoters contact. Khris has played steppers venues from Atlanta to Oakland and just about everywhere in between. His musical selection ranges from old skool to new skool, and just about… Miscellaneous Info: Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led by professional instructors 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Live music and dan… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 27 - September 14, 2014. Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Austin Town Hall 5610 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL. For more info visit t.co.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Black World Cinema: TBD

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

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Friday, September 5, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Millennium Park Morning Workouts

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting (schedule is subject to change). To-Do!: Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 am to 11 am. Each week, instructors will lead classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m Yoga at 8 a.m. Pilates sessions at 9 a.m. and Zumba a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party beginning at 10 a.m. Returning this year, there will be live music played over Millennium Park’s state-of-the-art sound system. Workouts are free and are open to people with… Soleil's Take: This is such a cool way to start a Saturday morning! At 7am, the city is very still and peaceful - it's a very tranquil experience. Grab your mats and go! Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park Morning Workouts Instructed By: Tai Chi: East Bank Club Yoga: Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga Pilates: At the Core Zumba®: Iris T. London - ITL Fitness Music during yoga and pilates by: Carlo Basile of Las Guitarras de España and Friends Drumming during Zumba by: The Rhythm Revolution Drummers. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays, June 7 - September 6, 2014. Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Millennium Park (Great Lawn) 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

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

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 6, 2014, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00 AM. eta Square 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

TheWayWeWere Presents Let Chicago Sing

Live Music To-Do!: TheWayWeWere presents Let Chicago Sing - a live music infusion starring Chicago's finest volcalists, delivering classic house, R&B, and soul sounds with live bands. Carla Prather and Company is fronted by one of Chicago's most talented singers and songwriters, the prolific dance music veteran known for his thrilling solo work and her rich collaborations with Poi Dog Pondering. Jon Pierce & Energy showcases native South Sider Pierce's soulful, jazzy take on house music. Making this night a true event DJ Terr… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos</ii>! Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9:00 PM – Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00 AM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

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

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Music Mondays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: I haven't been able To-Do this one yet, so I'd love to have Your Take! Please e-mail me at YourTake@SoleilsToDos.com. Miscellaneous Info: Great Black Music in an intimate cabaret setting Hosted by Joan Collaso and WVON Radio personality Cliff Kelley. Light fare available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Second Monday of each month. Monday, September 8, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation 7558 South South Chicago Avenue Chicago, Illinois (773) 752-3955. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Xavier Breaker Coalition

Live Music To-Do!: Born and raised in South Carolina, drummer, composer, and arranger, Xavier Breaker, had been playing the drums since the age of five, playing for various groups and venues. But when he moved to Illinois to study Jazz at Northern Illinois University in 2009, he then discovered that writing music would be another avenue of expression for him. Shortly after graduating in 2011, Xavier began writing numerous tunes in hopes of one day to play them in front of people. That hope would be realized in January of 2013… 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! Here's a video clip of Xavier Breaker!! 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, $25. Other Times To-Do It: June 3 - September 9, 2014. 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 9, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www2.mcachicago.org.

Movies in the the Grazz: Out of the Furnace

Festivals To-Do!: 2013 (R) When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice. Soleil's Take: CSU's Movie's in the Grazz presents a really nice range of relatively new releases and classics - view the complete schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Chicago State University presents: Movies in the the Grazz! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled. Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 17 - September 9, 2014. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

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

Jazz in the Grazz: Terisa Griffin

Festivals 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. 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… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 10, 2014. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Bronzevillle Nights

Festivals To-Do!: Come join us at the kick off to Bronzeville Nights, August 13. There will be great food as well as premiere performances by new artist. Join QCDC as we pair some of the hottest in arts, culture and entertainment in our local businesses. There will be an interactive mural design, lead by artist Paul Branton. Tasting menu provided by local area businesses. Stop by H-Dogs, Jokes and Notes and Blanc Gallery for an evening of fun. More details to be announced. Price: Suggested Donation, $5. Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: August 13, August 27, September 10 and September 24. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. E. 47th Street and S. Champlain Avenue Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Syl Johnson

Live Music To-Do!: Since moving to Chicago from Mississippi in the 1950s, Syl Johnson’s combination of musical prowess, eccentric creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit have made him one of the most memorable characters in the city’s musical landscape. The guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer started his career as a blues sideman, but in the late 60s and early seventies with his recordings on the local Twinight label and for Memphis-based Hi Records, he re-defined himself as a sly, conscious, funky soul man. Johnson himself… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos</ii>! Price: $15-25. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Maceo Parker

Live Music Sets at 7pm and 10pm. To-Do!: “Maceo!” Those three syllables are more than the distinct name of the saxophonist, Maceo Parker who has proven over a sixty-year career to be a true architect of funk. When shouted by James Brown during his band’s most dynamic years it became a mantra, an affirmation, and a promise that something profoundly funky was about to conquer anyone is earshot. Adding power and groove to the groundwork laid by the sax honkers in earlier R&B eras, Parker helped Brown, and later George Clinton, and Prince, bring… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos</ii>! Price: $20-60. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 14, 2014, 12:00 AM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Sunday, September 14, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

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

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Phil's tenacity gave him the opportunity to tour with Bernie Mac as a key member of Bernie's "Mac Men". Rarely satified with complacency, Phil went on to tour with Alfonzo Hunter and Dave Hollister while the lead guitarist for the band Detour JazFunk. Flexibility in all musical situations, Phil flows seamlessly through any genre of music, and that has lead to his performance with keyboard pioneers Stevie Wonder and George Duke; soulful R & B singers Chaka Khan and Will Downing; neo-soul artists Erykah B… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Hector Silveira

Festivals 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. Representing the new generation of Cuban musicians, Hector Silveira embodies a compositional style that’s an extension of his multi-instrumentalist abilities and strong knowledge of orchestration. Incredibly versatile, he is equally at home performing numerous styles of popular dance music, including salsa, jazz, and Afro-Cuban. Silveira and his orchestra present a reperto… Soleil's Take: View the entire schedule! Miscellaneous Info: Concessions stands will be open. Parking is $5. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 18 - September 17, 2014. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Chicago State University Outside Amphitheatre (behind Douglas Hall) 9501 S King Drive Chicago, IL 60628. For more info visit www.csu.edu.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

Meshell Ndegeocello

Live Music Doors open at 6pm. To-Do!: Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual… Price: $28-66. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport St. Chicago , IL 60608. For more info visit thaliahallchicago.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

MoFitz at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: The MoFitz Project presents Smooth Jazz Featuring Maurice Fitzgerald "The Bass" on bass. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays 'til it's no longer warm! Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Friday, September 19, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Historic Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: The Bronzeville Art District Third Friday Trolley Tour is to introduce, increase awareness, and appreciation of African American, African and Caribbean art and artists to a diverse audience, while preserving the legacy of the rich visual arts and culture of Bronzeville. The tour includes the following galleries: Faié African Art in Bronzeville 1005 E. 43rd Street Chicago, Il (773) 268-2889 View works of art and sculpture from the Western, Eastern, Central, and Southern Regions of Africa. … Miscellaneous Info: Three trolleys will run continuously between each of the gallery locations, allowing riders to board and get off at any of the above locations! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: 3rd Fridays through September. Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Varied Bronzeville Galleries.

Maceo Parker

Live Music To-Do!: Robert Baabe Irving III is best known as the longest collaborating pianist, keyboardist, producer and musical director for the legendary Miles Davis. But as the vetran musician explains, “I actually wanted to be a saxophone player in school. The band teacher pushed me towards brass instruments because of my prior background-playing bugle in the Robert Taylor Park District marching band at age 10. However, I always loved the sound of woodwinds playing ensemble but never explored this in my own groups. Thi… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos</ii>! Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This Labor Day weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the African Festival of the Arts, an annual event that celebrates the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa and the African diaspora in the City of Chicago. The Chicago-based Ghanaian-born artist Samuel Akainyah, examining the ways in which art serves as an expression of black culture, declared: “The pulse of Africa still beats in spite of its dispersion.” The pulse that Akainyah identifies is anything but uniform — it is always changing, multiple, provocati… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 15 – October 12, 2014. Venue Info: Free parking in the lot at Drexel and 60th St. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago 915 E 60th St Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: Hebru Brantley explores the human experience of emotion through the story of Parade Day Rain. Looking at optimism and pessimism and their place in the journey from Light to Dark through a narrative of his flyboys and girls and a parade. This exhibition of a “float” and multimedia murals and overhead “ceiling” paintings will create an immersive environment for the viewer. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 14-September 23, 2014. Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center - Sidney R. Yates Gallery 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

Live Music To-Do!: Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage. Ifficial has taken the Chicago Reggae scene by storm! They have already been rocking shows all over the Midwest for years now while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience to create this extremely energetic and uplifting sound. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Saturdays 'til it's no longer warm! Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Pier 31 Restaurant 3101 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Roy Ayers

Live Music Sets at 7pm and 10pm. To-Do!: Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70's/80's. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music industry heavyweights… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos</ii>! Price: $45-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:00 PM – Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 AM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

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

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Actions pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

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

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

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

Hebru Brantley - Parade Day Rain (Closing Soon!)

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

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

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

Bronzevillle Nights

Festivals To-Do!: Come join us at the kick off to Bronzeville Nights, August 13. There will be great food as well as premiere performances by new artist. Join QCDC as we pair some of the hottest in arts, culture and entertainment in our local businesses. There will be an interactive mural design, lead by artist Paul Branton. Tasting menu provided by local area businesses. Stop by H-Dogs, Jokes and Notes and Blanc Gallery for an evening of fun. More details to be announced. Price: Suggested Donation, $5. Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: August 13, August 27, September 10 and September 24. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. E. 43rd Street and S. Forrestville Avenue Chicago, IL 60653. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action pulldown menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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

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

MoFitz at Pier 31

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

The Renaissance Collaborative Annual Gala

Semi-Formal/Black Tie/Gala To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: This is an organization that I've been involved with since 1997, when I served as its counsel in the financing of the historic Wabash YMCA. I later went on to serve as Board Chair for several years, during which time I learned a lot of the history of Bronzeville and the Wabash Y. One of the things I appreciate most about the organization is its commitment to provide holistic housing solutions that do more than warehouse people. TRC's first project addressed the needs of formerly homeless adults and helps… Miscellaneous Info: TRC is a 501(c)(3) that was incorporated by four ecumenical churches in the community to assist in the revitalization of Bronzeville. TRC provides life skills, education, employment, health & wellness services to promote self sufficiency for the tenants of TRC. The Fitness Center for Life offers a variety of health education and fitness programming to the residents of the Renaissance Apartments as well as the community at large. TRC has broken ground on its next exciting, comprehensive housing venture: the… Dress Code: Business. Price: $125; Advance, $100. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. TRC Grand Ballroom 3763 South Wabash - 2nd Floor Chicago, Illinois (773) 924-9270. For more info visit www.trcwabash.org.

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

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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

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

Ifficial Reggae Movement at Pier 31

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

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

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

Bronzeville Bikes Sunday Ride

Community Development To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: Sunday Ride Schedule: Every Sunday throughout the summer, 3-6pm 1st Sunday- Art in Public & Private Spaces 2nd Sunday- Pop-Up Bike Repair Shop 3rd Sunday- Sustainability in Bronzeville 4th Sunday- Celebrating Bronzeville History Meets at the Bronzeville Community Garden™ (51st and Calumet) BikeBox Summer Schedule: Wed. Thurs. Fri. open from 3-7pm Sat. and Sun. open from 2-7pm The BikeBox is a 20ft shipping container located at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line that we are repurposing… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays 'til it's no longer warm! Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 51st Street & Calumet Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit bronzevillebikes.com.

Phil Seed & Friends at Pier 31

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

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

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

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

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

MSI Spooky Science

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

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

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

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

Black World Cinema: TBD

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

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

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

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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

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

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

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

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

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

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

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

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

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

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

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

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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

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

Music Box of Horrors

Holiday/Seasonal Preshow starts at 2pm! To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 773-871-6604. For more info visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.

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

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Music Mondays: TBD

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

Gregory Porter

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

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

Sue Duncan Children's Center Fall Fête

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Jazz'n On the South Side - TBD

Live Music To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Miscellaneous Info: What is Jazz on the South Side? It is not just another set by another promoter. Charles Heath presents Jazz on the South Side, brings the best and puts it right in your backyard! Why travel far from home and spend more than you have to when you can get some of Chicago's best jazz right around the corner? Food and cash bar available. Price: $10. Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Global Girls 8151 S. South Chicago Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit www.charlesheathpresents.com.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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