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

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

The Promontory Social Club f DJ Sean Alvarez

Party To-Do!: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5pm your friends here at The Promontory are proud to present The Promontory Social Club. We will be offering you a place to relax and start off your evening in style. Join us for this non-exclusive club where our second floor lounge becomes a place for you to “let your hair down,” as they say. Chicago's top deejays will be playing great music, we’ll be serving delicious drink and we’d love it if you came by to relax and enjoy the company of friends, if only for a bit.… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:00 PM – Friday, October 3, 2014, 12:00 AM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

Black World Cinema: From Above

Film To-Do!: Director: Norry Niven Cast: Danny Glover, Graham Greene, Chelsea Ricketts Told in flashback from his wife’s deathbed, From Above protagonist William Ward (Danny Glover) dives under the gloomy waters of his memory to recall the love story of his life with Venus, a girl belonging to the Lighting Clan, a peculiar Native American family living in Arkansas with a strange communion with electricity. Their love is a difficult scenario to play: in a very Greek-Shakespearean tragedy manner, both of them belong… Soleil's Take: View more Black World Cinema dates! Also check out the Black World Cinema blog site and FaceBook Page, both of which have frequently updated content! Miscellaneous Info: Black World Cinema, a showcase of seldom seen classic features and new films from around the world. Black World Cinema presents films by filmmakers that bring us story with compelling content and human dimension seldom presented in mainstream cinema. All screenings are followed by lively discussions moderated by program director Floyd Webb or local filmmakers, writers and directors. Price: $6. Other Times To-Do It: First Thursdays. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Studio Movie Grill Chatham 14 Theaters 210 W 87th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit blackworldcinema.net.

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

The Fauntleroys

Live Music To-Do!: THE FAUNTLEROYS RIDE THE “PINK PONY” Beloved alt-rock vets Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian, Nicholas Tremulis and Linda Pitmon explore rocking new territory with visionary new outfit. Album out September 16 on Plowboy Records. NEW YORK, New York — Forget everything you thought you knew about supergroups, because The Fauntleroys aren’t that. The new combo features four seasoned, idiosyncratic talents — beloved troubadour Alejandro Escovedo, fabled axe hero Ivan Julian, eclectic tunesmith Nicholas Tremu… Soleil's Take: Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $28-36. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:00 PM – Friday, October 3, 2014, 12:00 AM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

Let Me Down Easy

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

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

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

The Promontory Social Club f/ DJ Sean Alvarez

Party To-Do!: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5pm your friends here at The Promontory are proud to present The Promontory Social Club. We will be offering you a place to relax and start off your evening in style. Join us for this non-exclusive club where our second floor lounge becomes a place for you to “let your hair down,” as they say. Chicago's top deejays will be playing great music, we’ll be serving delicious drink and we’d love it if you came by to relax and enjoy the company of friends, if only for a bit.… Soleil's Take: View more Promontory To-Dos! Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights. Friday, October 3, 2014, 5:00 PM – Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 AM. The Promontory 5311 South Lake Park Ave Chicago, IL 60615. For more info visit promontorychicago.com.

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.

Two Twenty-Seven

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

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Previews)

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

Let Me Down Easy

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

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

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

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

Let Me Down Easy

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

Two Twenty-Seven

Theater To-Do!: Set in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community during the 1950s, Two Twenty-Seven is Christine Houston's humorous and sometimes painfully honest look into the lives of neighbors attempting to maintain family and friendships while chasing their American dreams. Price: $35. Discounts: Please call 708-926-4641 for Senior Citizen, Student, and Group Discounts. Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, October 3-24, 2014. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation at Kennedy-King College Kennedy-King College Theater 740 W 63rd St Chicago, IL 60621. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Previews)

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

Native Son

Theater 3pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

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

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Night)

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

Car Wash

Film To-Do!: Michael Schultz, 1976, 97 min. Michael Schultz directed this kinetic, hyperventilating comedy (scripted by Joel Schumacher) concerning the crazed events that go on within a single 10-hour period at a Los Angeles car wash. The cast of colorful car-wash employees includes Lonnie (Ivan Dixon), an ex-con; Duane (Bill Duke), a militant black activist; and Lindy (Antonio Fargas), an obnoxious homosexual. Sully Boyar plays Mr. B, the frazzled car-wash owner who has to deal with his screwball employees along wi… Miscellaneous Info: Seating is limited, so we ask that attendees RSVP in advance. Please note that we cannot guarantee seats for attendees who do not RSVP. Price: Free! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, October 5, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Black Cinema House Kimbark Studios 7200 S. Kimbark Avenue Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.blackcinemahouse.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ Bill McFarland & The Chicago Horns

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

Native Son

Theater 2:30pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

Ana Tijoux ‘Vengo’ Album Release Show

Live Music Doors open at 7pm. To-Do!: Multi-Grammy Nominee Returns to Chicago! Spin, Billboard, Slate, OkayPlayer and Wax Poetics Celebrate Ana Tijoux’s ‘Vengo’ With Rave Reviews “Rapping with precise enunciation, unerring rhythm, and tremendous flow, with a melodic sense that connects her rapping to her singing, Ana Tijoux is nothing less than a Latin American Lauryn Hill.” - Rolling Stone One of the most respected MCs in any language, Ana Tijoux has been winning over fans around the world since her debut ‘1977’ bubbled up from an… Miscellaneous Info: This To-Do is presented by Sound Culture - and they've established quite a reputation for presenting excellent culturally-diverse music programs that are very reminiscent of Chicago's beloved HotHouse! In fact, the "musical curator" David Chavez was the HotHouse's programmer. View more Sound Culture To-Dos! Price: $20. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Sunday, October 5, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60647. For more info visit cimmfest2014.sched.org.

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

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

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

Let Me Down Easy

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

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

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

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

World Music Wednesdays: Sultans of String

Live Music To-Do!: Raucous roots string wizards and Canadian Folk Music Award winners, are serving up their spicy stew of Global roots, Gypsy jazz, Spanish flamenco, and Cuban rhythms at the Old Town School. "Sultans of String seem to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed - a joyful melting pot of folk, jazz, flamenco, and indeed anything else that takes their fancy.. energetic and exciting world music fest from a band with talent to burn. This is the sort of band and music that would rip up… 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, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Let Me Down Easy (Closing Week)

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

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

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

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

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

Let Me Down Easy (Closing Week)

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

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

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

Two Twenty-Seven

Theater To-Do!: Set in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community during the 1950s, Two Twenty-Seven is Christine Houston's humorous and sometimes painfully honest look into the lives of neighbors attempting to maintain family and friendships while chasing their American dreams. Price: $35. Discounts: Please call 708-926-4641 for Senior Citizen, Student, and Group Discounts. Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, October 3-24, 2014. Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation at Kennedy-King College Kennedy-King College Theater 740 W 63rd St Chicago, IL 60621. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

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

Let Me Down Easy (Closing Week)

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

Native Son

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ Samuel Del Real with Sureya

Live Music To-Do!: Salsa night! The Salsa Legend Piano King, <a href="http://www.samueldelrealmusic.org/ ">Samuel del Real, and Sureya, la Dama de La Salsa, team up for a night of explosive salsa at Old Town School of Folk Music! Samuel del Real is a well known Latin pianist, bandleader, arranger and educator born in Barranquilla, Colombia and residing for more than a decade in Chicago. He was pianist of Dimension Latina and Trabuco Venezolano and participated in an array of recording productions in Caracas, Venezuela. In… 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.

Two Twenty-Seven

Theater To-Do!: Set in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community during the 1950s, Two Twenty-Seven is Christine Houston's humorous and sometimes painfully honest look into the lives of neighbors attempting to maintain family and friendships while chasing their American dreams. Price: $35. Discounts: Please call 708-926-4641 for Senior Citizen, Student, and Group Discounts. Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, October 3-24, 2014. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation at Kennedy-King College Kennedy-King College Theater 740 W 63rd St Chicago, IL 60621. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

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

Native Son

Theater 3pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

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

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Opening Week)

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Native Son

Theater 2:30pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus

Family & Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.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.

UniverSoul Circus (Closing Week)

Family/Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

Federico Aubele – 10th Anniversary Celebration of ‘Gran Hotel Buenos Aires’

Live Music To-Do!: Argentine Federico Aubele is first and foremost a guitar player. But inspired by artists as diverse as avant-garde tango composer Astor Piazzolla, Wes Montgomery, and Thievery Corporation, he set out to create a solo record that crossed electronica, dub, and Latin guitar music while capturing the sound and feeling of Buenos Aires. The resulting album, Gran Hotel Buenos Aires — actually produced by Thievery Corporation and released on their label, ESL — is like the reverse image of trip-hop. Aubele’s songs a… Soleil's Take: This To-Do is presented by Sound Culture - and they've established quite a reputation for presenting excellent culturally-diverse music programs that are very reminiscent of Chicago's beloved HotHouse! In fact, the "musical curator" David Chavez was the HotHouse's programmer. View more Sound Culture To-Dos! Price: $20-30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:30 PM. Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.maynestage.com.

Native Son (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus (Closing Week)

Family/Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.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, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

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.

Native Son (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus (Closing Week)

Family/Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

Rosy Simas Danse - We Wait In The Darkness

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

The Talisman Project

Live Music To-Do!: Talisman means good luck charm, amulet, a symbol with magical powers. We chose Nicolas Roerich's Banner of Peace symbol as our talisman because, among other things, it symbolizes the three of us, Sammy, Glaucia and Rachel, who had the good luck to come together to make magic in the recording studio. This album has a simple concept: a balance of Latin percussion (Sammy) and Brazilian song (Glaucia). Sammy is an incredibly inventive and skilled musician. Many years of playing all genres from bebop to Latin… Soleil's Take: Find out what to expect from City Winery in SunSpots: Alex Cuba at City Winery! View more of our select City Winery dates! Price: $26-30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Venue Info: City Winery strives to deliver the highest-end combined culinary and cultural experience to our customers who are passionate in sharing wine, music, and culinary arts. We are a unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. We have created a compelling mix for our sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons—bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city. Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:00 PM – Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:00 AM. City Winery Chicago 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607. For more info visit www.citywinery.com.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Black Ensemble Theater Gala f/ Jeffrey Osbourne

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

Two Twenty-Seven

Theater To-Do!: Set in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community during the 1950s, Two Twenty-Seven is Christine Houston's humorous and sometimes painfully honest look into the lives of neighbors attempting to maintain family and friendships while chasing their American dreams. Price: $35. Discounts: Please call 708-926-4641 for Senior Citizen, Student, and Group Discounts. Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, October 3-24, 2014. Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation at Kennedy-King College Kennedy-King College Theater 740 W 63rd St Chicago, IL 60621. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

UniverSoul Circus (Closing Week)

Family/Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Friday, October 17, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

Rosy Simas Danse - We Wait In The Darkness

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

Native Son (Closing Week)

Theater To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ Kalapriya Presents Dandiya Raas Dance Party

Party To-Do!: Dandiya Raas is an ancient, traditional dance form of India. It is performed by the community during Navratri, a nine-day celebration of music and dance to observe the triumph of good over evil in the fall season. The basic dance steps will be taught in a 30-minute lesson at 8:30 PM. The dancing and music continues until 10:30 PM. Music will be provided by guest DJ Warp. About Kalapriya: Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts was founded in Chicago in 1994 by critically acclaimed dancer and… 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.

Two Twenty-Seven

Theater To-Do!: Set in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community during the 1950s, Two Twenty-Seven is Christine Houston's humorous and sometimes painfully honest look into the lives of neighbors attempting to maintain family and friendships while chasing their American dreams. Price: $35. Discounts: Please call 708-926-4641 for Senior Citizen, Student, and Group Discounts. Other Times To-Do It: Fridays & Saturdays, October 3-24, 2014. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. eta Creative Arts Foundation at Kennedy-King College Kennedy-King College Theater 740 W 63rd St Chicago, IL 60621. For more info visit www.etacreativearts.org.

UniverSoul Circus (Closing Week)

Family/Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

Rosy Simas Danse - We Wait In The Darkness

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

Native Son (Closing Week)

Theater 3pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Native Son (Closing Week)

Theater 2:30pm Matinee. To-Do!: adapted by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright directed by Seret Scott Chicago. The South Side. The 1930s. A world where opportunity is elusive for people like Bigger Thomas. After landing a job in the home of a wealthy family, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago’s own Nambi E. Kelley and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son illuminates Bigger’s tormented inner… Price: $45-65. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 11 - October 19, 2014. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 753-4472. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

UniverSoul Circus (Closing Week)

Family/Children To-Do!: “The Awesomest Show Ever” to take place under the big top is heading to Chicago as UniverSoul Circus brings the most electrifying and interactive single ring extravaganza to Washington Park! There’s no doubt about it – the 243 year history of the modern circus has finally been reborn in the form of UniverSoul Circus, nationally recognized for its unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry. Whether you’re dancing in the aisles with the Ringmaster; rapping to The Sugarh… Soleil's Take: I've got a great UniverSoul Circus Story, but it's so long I had to include it in a separate page - see SunSpots: UniverSoul Circus Story for another one of my magical adventures . . . Miscellaneous Info: Tuesdays through Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays @ 12 noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays @ 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Price: Varied. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 24 - October 19, 2014. Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Washington Park 51st & Cottage Grove (West of the Armory) Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.universoulcircus.com.

World Music Wednesdays: Los Crema Paraiso

Live Music To-Do!: Los Crema Paraiso is the new sensational and powerful trio from Neil Ochoa (Si Se), José Luis Pardo (Los Amigos Invisibles) and Alvaro Benavides that brings Venezuelan traditional music into jazz, rock, funk, Latin grooves, electronica and exotic sounds from all over the world. Influences from the likes of Aldemaro Romero, Noel Petro, Tom Jobim, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Pink Floyd, Freddy Reyna, Ali Aguero, and The Police among others make this trio a unique outfit packed full of energy and filled with ele… Soleil's Take: I'm diggin' the sound - check 'em out here! View more World Music Wednesdays To-Dos! Miscellaneous Info: World Music Wednesdays is a free community series that explores the rich diversity that exists in the Chicago community and runs year round (47 Wednesdays). World Music Wednesdays will present music, dance and culture of Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Americas. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (773) 728-6000 to secure your seats! Price: Suggested Donation, $10. Ticket Link: Reserve Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: Wednesdays. Venue Info: What a stimulating facility this is! The energy is palpable before you even reach the door. Old Town School offers a very diverse range of performances in a family-friendly environment. Seating in the main theater (the Concert Hall) manages intimacy, despite its large capacity. First floor seating offers both cabaret- and auditorium-style seating. Even in the second floor balcony, you’ll be right in the thick of the action. Food and beverages are available for sale – and can be taken into the theater!… Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Amel Larrieux

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Two Twenty-Seven

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards

Theater Advanced sales only. No tickets can be purchased the night of the event. To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! 7pm to 8pm - BTA Awards Reception in the IIT Tower Lobby 8pm to 10pm - BTA Awards Presentation in Schultz Auditorium Please contact Vincent Williams at (773) 624-5729 with questions. Mail payments for delivery no later than October 5th to: The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. 412 East 43rd… Miscellaneous Info: The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. (BTAA) was founded in 1995, by Vincent Williams who serves as president of the organization. BTAA is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit entity, founded to honor African Americans who achieve excellence in theater, dance and all areas of the performing and technical arts in the Chicagoland area. Dress Code: Business Attire. Price: $50. Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. IIT Schultz Auditorium 10 West 35th Street (35th and State) Chicago, Illinois 60616. For more info visit www.btaawards.org.

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

The Renaissance Collaborative Annual Gala

Benefit/Charitable 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, October 30, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. BIN 36 339 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60654. For more info visit www.trcwabash.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Eric Roberson Presents the Box Tour

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

Eric Roberson Presents the Box Tour

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

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

Black World Cinema: TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: MCA's First Fridays usually offers up some pretty interesting visuals, and a lively crowd. I wouldn't even call this crowd diverse, though, as it will be predominately white. Of course, you can't go wrong when Wolfgang Puck is catering! Miscellaneous Info: Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Relax after a long workweek with a cash bar featuring Absolut Vodka specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, and creation stations right within our open galleries. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition. Keep the festivities going at our after-parties at Chicago’s newest and h… Price: $18; Advance, $14; Members, $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets. Venue Info: Parking? In the Gold Coast?!?! $4 discounted parking is available, but 4 bucks off of $34 is like taking a tablespoon of sand of the beach. Okay, it's not that expensive, but you ought to consider public transportation, cab or jitney (pack a bunch of folks in your car and charge them $1 each). Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Chicago, Illinois (312) 280-2660. For more info visit www.mcachicago.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 7, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

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

Stevie Wonder - Songs In the Key of Life

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

La Santa Cecilia

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

Mud, River, Stone (Preview)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

Music Mondays: TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Night)

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

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: Nobody does the holidays like MSI. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration by joining us for Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, a Chicago tradition which began in 1942 with a single tree dedicated to the Allies of World War II. As always, the Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their vario… Price: $15; Chicago Residents, $13; Children 3-11, $9. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: November 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Museum of Science and Industry 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit www.msichicago.org.

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Santa in the Sky/Winter Wonderland

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: The red carpet is being rolled out. The decorations are going up. Santa’s coming to town. What better place to meet him than 1,000 feet up Chicago’s tallest chimney – John Hancock Center. Price: $17.50; Children 3-11, $11.50; Children under 3, Free! Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: EVERY Weekend November 16 to December 24, 2013. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. John Hancock Observatory 875 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www.hancockobservatory.com.

Mud, River, Stone (Opening Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

ZooLights

Holiday/Seasonal To-Do!: Don’t miss all the fun things to see and do including: • Visits with Santa in the wildest spot in town • Animals from around the world • Live ice carving • Holiday crafts • Delicious food, hot spiced wine and unique holiday shopping. Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Weekends through January 5, 2014. Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.lpzoo.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 21, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

Party To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: See more Milonga dates! Miscellaneous Info: The Global Dance Party is a new Friday series that offers an exciting opportunity for the Old Town School community to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each night will feature a dance class at 8:30 PM followed by two hours of dance music by dance bands and DJs. Price: $10. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Old Town School of Folk Music Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 4545 North Lincoln Chicago, Illinois (773) 728-6000. For more info visit www.oldtownschool.org.

Winter WonderFest

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

Black World Cinema: TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

MCA's First Fridays: TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Mud, River, Stone

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

DuSable Museums Annual Holiday Glitz Benefit Gala

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

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Milonga (Global Dance Party): f/ TBD

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

Annual Music Box Christmas Show

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

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Polar Adventure Days

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

Mud, River, Stone (Closing Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

World Music Wednesdays: TBD

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Closing Week)

Theater Matinees: Saturdays & Sundays 3pm. To-Do!: Written by: Jackie Taylor Co-directed by: Jackie Taylor and Daryl D. Brooks Musical Director: Robert Reddrick First successfully produced to critical acclaim in 2005, At Last: A Tribute to Etta James has been updated to reflect the last ten exciting years in the phenomenal career of Etta James. In this jubilant celebration of Etta James’ musical career, we span the decades from her early years with Chess in the 50’s and 60’s, her reign as a leader in rhythm and blues in the 70’s, her fight to get back… Price: $55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 27-December 28, 2014. Friday, December 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Black Ensemble Theater 4450 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640. For more info visit blackensembletheater.org.

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Closing Week)

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

At Last A Tribute To Etta James (Closing Week)

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

Sunday Jazz, f/ TBD

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

New Year's Day Pajama Brunch!

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

Black World Cinema: TBD

Film To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu below to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! Soleil's Take: View more Black World Cinema dates! Also check out the Black World Cinema blog site and FaceBook Page, both of which have frequently updated content! Miscellaneous Info: Black World Cinema, a showcase of seldom seen classic features and new films from around the world. Black World Cinema presents films by filmmakers that bring us story with compelling content and human dimension seldom presented in mainstream cinema. All screenings are followed by lively discussions moderated by program director Floyd Webb or local filmmakers, writers and directors. Price: $6. Other Times To-Do It: First Thursdays. Thursday, January 1, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Studio Movie Grill Chatham 14 Theaters 210 W 87th Street Chicago, IL. For more info visit blackworldcinema.net.