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Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

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

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

We Come as Friends

Film Show times: Friday, August 28 at 6:30 & 8:45pm Saturday, August 29 at 2, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45pm Sunday, August 30 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45pm Monday–Thursday, August 31–September 3 at 6:30 & 8:45pm. To-Do!: We Come As Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges, that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody wars over land and resources. Having liberated themselves from the devil they knew (Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was charged with genocide in Darfur), these embattled people now find themselves confronte… Price: $10; Facets members, $5. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 28–September 3, 2015. Saturday, August 29, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Facets Multimedia 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL 60614. For more info visit www.facets.org.

The Body Image Project

Theater To-Do!: Danielle Pinnock’s one-woman show The Body Image Project: a documentary play brings you 7 new characters. Recommended by the Chicago Reader as a “tremendous feat in acting,” this must-see workshop production explores what it means to grow up in an “unpopular” body, how disability impacts self-image, and how the mirror does not reflect our inner truth. Plus size actor Danielle Pinnock, morphs into these real life stories with ease and challenges perceptions on what it means to beautiful. Price: $15. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 29,30 and 31, 2015. Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Gift Theatre (Jefferson Park) 4802 North Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60630. For more info visit bodycourage.com.

Twisted Melodies (Opening Week)

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

Kina Zoré

Live Music To-Do!: Kina Zoré is an invitation to dance. The project was brought about to share the music of Mozambique with the world and also, celebrate happiness with the world because life is too short and we need to live it and make the most of it while we can. I am originally from Maputo Mozambique and I moved to Boston in 2007, while in Boston I wanted to share my cultural heritage with the world and music was the perfect channel for me to do it. The music that I write comes from experiences lived growing up and also as… Price: $8. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Tonic Room 2447 N Halstead St. Chicago, Il 60614. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Black Harvest IFF: The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution

Film To-Do!: Special advance screening August 29! First Chicago Run September 25 – October 1! “We had a swagger,” recalls a former member of the most confrontational and controversial political organization of its era. Founded in Oakland in 1966 in response to police harassment, the Panthers openly carried weapons, dressed sharply in black berets and leather jackets, implemented important social initiatives such as the Free Breakfast for School Children program, and boasted a majority of women members. Using rare… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Saturday, August 29, 2015, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

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

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

Black Harvest IFF: Workshop - The Realities of Screenwriting

Prof. Dev./Networking To-Do!: Festival workshop - Free Admission! Thinking about writing a screenplay? Get the real scoop on screenwriting in this free workshop conducted by our “Black Harvest” consultant, critic Sergio Mims, who’s been there, done that. In this informative session, circa 90 minutes, Mims reveals what screenwriting books don’t tell you, and why hiring those self-proclaimed writing coaches and gurus is a waste of your time and money. (BS) Tickets available at the box office only. Seats available on a first come… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: Free! Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Soul Healing Yoga™

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

Black Harvest IFF: 70 Acres in Chicago - Cabrini Green

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! Ronit Bezalel in person! The filmmakers call it “Chicago’s most hotly contested 70 acres of land.” With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster. Beginning in 1995, it was demolished, bit and bit, then repackaged as a “mixed income” development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away. Bezalel, who first covered the subject in her celebrated 1999 short… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Black Harvest IFF: College Week

Film To-Do!: Derek Grace in person! Derek Grace has contributed to previous Black Harvest festivals with his community-oriented documentaries, including (as producer) the 2010 Audience Award-winner, ON THE FRONTLINE: TAKING BACK OUR STREETS. The lively, urgent COLLEGE WEEK explores a remarkable tradition at Spencer Technology Academy in Chicago’s crime-ridden Austin neighborhood. Every May, in defiance of the low expectations held for them, the teachers and students of each homeroom “adopt” a college--learning its co… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

KINOSONIK #3: Industry, Design & Experimentation

Film Doors open at 3:30pm. Seating is limited, so we ask that attendees RSVP in advance. Please note that we cannot guarantee seats for attendees who do not RSVP. To-Do!: Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with Experimental Sound Studio, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Tonight’s films include: Black White and Gray (Laszlo Moho… Price: Free! Ticket Link: a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WuPE7bxiNjg7ns4n1lqFN1g79Cd_o19iBO9y7eq3VTo/viewform?edit_requested=true">RSVP Today! Sunday, August 30, 2015, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Black Cinema House 7200 S. Kimbark Chicago, IL. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

Work on the Sabbath

Live Music To-Do!: Join us for our monthly Sunday service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist in residence, Yaw Agyeman, and his musical accompaniment. Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing. Through these collaborative moments a new kind of music is born, one where the voice is tantamount, where it can be celebrated and exploited. Price: Free! Sunday, August 30, 2015, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 1456 E. 70th St. Chicago, Il. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

The Body Image Project

Theater To-Do!: Danielle Pinnock’s one-woman show The Body Image Project: a documentary play brings you 7 new characters. Recommended by the Chicago Reader as a “tremendous feat in acting,” this must-see workshop production explores what it means to grow up in an “unpopular” body, how disability impacts self-image, and how the mirror does not reflect our inner truth. Plus size actor Danielle Pinnock, morphs into these real life stories with ease and challenges perceptions on what it means to beautiful. Price: $15. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 29,30 and 31, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Gift Theatre (Jefferson Park) 4802 North Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60630. For more info visit bodycourage.com.

We Come as Friends

Film Show times: Friday, August 28 at 6:30 & 8:45pm Saturday, August 29 at 2, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45pm Sunday, August 30 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45pm Monday–Thursday, August 31–September 3 at 6:30 & 8:45pm. To-Do!: We Come As Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges, that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody wars over land and resources. Having liberated themselves from the devil they knew (Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was charged with genocide in Darfur), these embattled people now find themselves confronte… Price: $10; Facets members, $5. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 28–September 3, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Facets Multimedia 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL 60614. For more info visit www.facets.org.

SummerDance: Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)

Festivals To-Do!: For the past 50 years, the legendary Teddy Lee Orchestra has entertained tens of thousands in over 5000 performances. In the great tradition of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Wayne King, and Benny Goodman the band provides listening and dancing enjoyment through its inimitable style and vast library of custom waltzes, Latin styles, society numbers, classic tunes, jazz, and Dixieland hits. Hit tunes of the Big Band era, show tunes and popular pieces from the great American song writers are all a… Soleil's Take: The dance floor has gotten a little tight as this To-Do has grown in popularity, even with the newly constructed 5,000 square foot dance floor! SummerDance has expanded to Washington Park Refectory, Austin Town Hall Park, Ping Tom Memorial Park, Portage Park and Humboldt Park Boathouse. The view is beautiful at each of the locations, so get out there - and don't be afraid to try a new style of music and dance! More SummerDance Dates! Miscellaneous Info: The largest annual outdoor live music and dance series in the United States Chicago SummerDance invites fanciful feet to flock to the Spirit of Music Garden as it blossoms into a unique, urban dance space all summer long. With interactive dance lessons spanning diverse genres of dance, a dynamic DJ series celebrating house music, and the kick-off of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015, the line-up includes something for everybody to enjoy. All FREE! Thursday - Saturday, 6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons led… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: June 26 –September 13, 2015. Sunday, August 30, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Spirit of Music Garden 601 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Sunday Jazz, f/ HPJS 5th Sunday Jazz Jam with Joan Collaso

Live Music To-Do!: Emmy award winner and international vocalist, Joan Collaso was born, raised and is living in Chicago. Joan’s flowing sensual melodies, colorful improvisations and soulful stylings capture your ear, and her spirit will capture your heart. She blends the textures of jazz, RandB, blues and gospel in a way that gives her a distinct sound. Soleil's Take: Sunday Jazz is quite popular with a decidedly older demographic - 55-70. There is ample seating, but it gets kinda crowded, so early arrival is suggested. A limited menu of tasty food is available and drinks are reasonably priced. Be on the lookout for the proprietor, Norm Bolden - an excellent host! Miscellaneous Info: Founded by James W. Wagner, the Hyde Park Jazz Society is committed to the encouragement, promotion, and expansion of jazz performance in the greater Hyde Park community and mid-south side, as well as to the education of young jazz musicians and expansion of the jazz listening audience. Price: $10; Students, $5. Other Times To-Do It: Sundays - View the entire schedule! Sunday, August 30, 2015, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Room 43 1043 E 43rd St Chicago, IL 60653-3034. For more info visit www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com.

Twisted Melodies (Opening Week)

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

The Body Image Project

Theater To-Do!: Danielle Pinnock’s one-woman show The Body Image Project: a documentary play brings you 7 new characters. Recommended by the Chicago Reader as a “tremendous feat in acting,” this must-see workshop production explores what it means to grow up in an “unpopular” body, how disability impacts self-image, and how the mirror does not reflect our inner truth. Plus size actor Danielle Pinnock, morphs into these real life stories with ease and challenges perceptions on what it means to beautiful. Price: $15. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 29,30 and 31, 2015. Monday, August 31, 2015, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Gift Theatre (Jefferson Park) 4802 North Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60630. For more info visit bodycourage.com.

We Come as Friends

Film Show times: Friday, August 28 at 6:30 & 8:45pm Saturday, August 29 at 2, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45pm Sunday, August 30 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45pm Monday–Thursday, August 31–September 3 at 6:30 & 8:45pm. To-Do!: We Come As Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges, that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody wars over land and resources. Having liberated themselves from the devil they knew (Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was charged with genocide in Darfur), these embattled people now find themselves confronte… Price: $10; Facets members, $5. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 28–September 3, 2015. Monday, August 31, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Facets Multimedia 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL 60614. For more info visit www.facets.org.

Black Harvest IFF: Shorts Program - Black Noir

Film To-Do!: Six films take a walk on the dark side 2014-15, Various directors, USA, 76 min. • First Date, Last Date 2015, Derege Harding, 7 min. A coffee-shop date takes an unexpected turn in this single-take tour de force. • Little Man 2015, Princeton Holt, 5 min. A young Brooklyn boy has to grow up all too quickly. • South Arcadia St. 2014, Melanie D’Andrea, 9 min. In Melanie D'Andrea's wrenching SOUTH ARCADIA ST. a young teacher has a lot to learn on her first day at an inner-city school. •… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

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

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

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Corey Wilkes

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

Black Harvest IFF: College Week

Film To-Do!: Derek Grace in person! Derek Grace has contributed to previous Black Harvest festivals with his community-oriented documentaries, including (as producer) the 2010 Audience Award-winner, ON THE FRONTLINE: TAKING BACK OUR STREETS. The lively, urgent COLLEGE WEEK explores a remarkable tradition at Spencer Technology Academy in Chicago’s crime-ridden Austin neighborhood. Every May, in defiance of the low expectations held for them, the teachers and students of each homeroom “adopt” a college--learning its co… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

We Come as Friends

Film Show times: Friday, August 28 at 6:30 & 8:45pm Saturday, August 29 at 2, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45pm Sunday, August 30 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45pm Monday–Thursday, August 31–September 3 at 6:30 & 8:45pm. To-Do!: We Come As Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges, that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody wars over land and resources. Having liberated themselves from the devil they knew (Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was charged with genocide in Darfur), these embattled people now find themselves confronte… Price: $10; Facets members, $5. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 28–September 3, 2015. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Facets Multimedia 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL 60614. For more info visit www.facets.org.

They Die by Dawn

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

Black Harvest IFF: Shorts Program - We Are Family

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! Filmmakers in person! Family matters deeply, with love, tears, and laughter in these five shorts 2013-15, Various directors, USA/Haiti, 85 min. • Mister Mom Mark Howard, USA, 14 min. A toddler’s harried dad multi-tasks as the warrior on the home front. • Across the Tracks 2015, Michael Cooke, USA, 15 min. The relationship of two sisters is fraught with shades of meaning. • Son Shine 2013, Katrelle Kindred, USA, 20 min. The Rodney King riots bring a young honor student… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

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

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

The Chosen Few

Party To-Do!: Lunchtime dance party featuring Chicago’s Chosen Few DJ’s. Price: Free! Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Daley Civic Center 50 W. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Jazz in the Grazz: Terisa Griffin

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

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Chris Greene Quartet

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

Jazz Club Tour 2015

Live Music To-Do!: What is the intersection of tradition and innovation? Jazz, of course! Find that intersection and many interesting side streets between 6:00 p.m. and midnight at our Annual Jazz Club Tour. Patrons explore and enjoy diverse jazz styles in clubs and cultural locations throughout Chicago. In what could not have been a better match, the Chicago Trolley Company is partnering with the Jazz Institute to present our Annual Jazz Club Tour. Already the city’s premier sight seeing tour guides, the Chicago Trolley C… Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Participating Clubs: Check out Chicago’s fab jazz club scene. Start anywhere. Visit all clubs for one low price. • Andy’s 11 E. Hubbard • Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway • Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Ct • Reggie’s 2109 S. State • M Lounge 1520 S. Wabash • City Life 712 E. 83rd • 50 Yard Line 69 E. 75th St • The Drake hotel 140 E. Walton • Norman’s Bistro 1001 E. 43rd • The Promontory 5311 S. Lake Park Ave * List is subject to change. Price: $30. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6:00 PM – Thursday, September 3, 2015, 12:00 AM. Various. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

We Come as Friends

Film Show times: Friday, August 28 at 6:30 & 8:45pm Saturday, August 29 at 2, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45pm Sunday, August 30 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45pm Monday–Thursday, August 31–September 3 at 6:30 & 8:45pm. To-Do!: We Come As Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges, that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody wars over land and resources. Having liberated themselves from the devil they knew (Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was charged with genocide in Darfur), these embattled people now find themselves confronte… Price: $10; Facets members, $5. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 28–September 3, 2015. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Facets Multimedia 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL 60614. For more info visit www.facets.org.

Black Harvest IFF: Shorts Program - Made in Chicago II

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! Filmmakers in person! Four more films featuring Chicago talent! 2015, Various directors, USA, 82 min. • Disconnected 2015, Francis Polo, 10 min. A phone-addicted philanderer unwisely accepts a challenge from his fed-up wife. • Away From the Mountain 2015, D’Tura Hale, 10 min A father faces an unwelcome truth about his star-athlete son in D’Tura Hale’s intense AWAY FROM THE MOUNTAIN. • Sideline 2015, Kirby Ashley, 32 min. The history of chess is given a fascinating black… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Thursday, September 3, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

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

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

Chicago Jazz Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages. Miscellaneous Info: Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St. Claudia Cassidy Theater • 12:15–1:15pm - Andrew Trim’s Hanami Quartet • 1:45–2:45pm - Lucy Smith • 3:15-4:30pm - What’s This Thing Called Jazz?: From Mainstream to AACM and Beyond with Dee Alexander and Ann Ward Preston Bradley HallJames Davis • 12:30–1:30pm - Ben Waltzer • 2–3pm - James Davis' Beveled Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion 201 E. Randolph St. • 6:30pm - Marquis Hill Blacktet • 8-9pm - Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 (sc… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: September 3 - 6, 2015. Thursday, September 3, 2015, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Chicago Cultural Center / Millennium Park 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

Haji Yoga Wellness Thursdays

Fitness/Athletic/Sporting To-Do!: Join Rebuild Foundation every Thursday evening for a free session of yoga with practitioner-in-residence, Aya-Nikole Cook. For the past five years, Aya has taught practitioners at all levels in both Chicago and Oakland, and will continue her practice on the South Side of Chicago until this November. Students are inspired to reach beyond their own perceived limitation to access strength, endurance and flexibility. Aya believes “yoga is a powerful tool for self-study that can lead the committed yogi to comple… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: Thursdays. Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Rebuild Foundation 6916 S. Dorchester Ave Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit rebuild-foundation.squarespace.com.

Black Harvest IFF (Closing Reception): Christmas Wedding Baby

Film To-Do!: Chicago connection! Ronit Bezalel in person! This romantic comedy takes an endearingly bittersweet approach to bridal jitters, single parenthood, and the joys of sisterhood. Bride-to-be Andrea looks to shine as her family’s princess on her special day, but an upstage may be in the offing due to the ongoing personal drama of sister Lori, soon to give birth; the extracurricular shenanigans of sister Charlotte, a rising star news anchor; and the machinations of momzilla Miranda. When the wedding… Soleil's Take: Wanna skip the ticket surcharge? Go directly to the Film Center's box office instead. View more Black Harvest Films! Miscellaneous Info: 21st Annual Black Harvest Film Festival From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the Black Harvest Film Festival, exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing Black Harvest: an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. Black Harvest most especially… Price: $6-11. Discounts: Black Harvest Film Festival passes are available for purchase now! 6 films and 6 small popcorns for only $50! A $35 savings! Available in person at the box office only. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 8 – September 3, 2015. Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

We Come as Friends

Film Show times: Friday, August 28 at 6:30 & 8:45pm Saturday, August 29 at 2, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45pm Sunday, August 30 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45pm Monday–Thursday, August 31–September 3 at 6:30 & 8:45pm. To-Do!: We Come As Friends is a modern odyssey, a science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges, that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody wars over land and resources. Having liberated themselves from the devil they knew (Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was charged with genocide in Darfur), these embattled people now find themselves confronte… Price: $10; Facets members, $5. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: August 28–September 3, 2015. Thursday, September 3, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Facets Multimedia 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL 60614. For more info visit www.facets.org.

The Experience w/ Lizz Wright

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

Twisted Melodies

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Friday, September 4, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

26th Annual African Festival of the Arts

Festivals Parking is available at nearby University of Chicago lots. To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich hand-woven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Artist of the Year - Nii Oti Nii Oti was a gifted artist who has specialized in combining African and African American Art through his paintings and customized jewelry for over forty years. Nii Oti was born Timothy Williams on the Southside of Chicago in the 1940s. He first became interested in African Art while attending the University of Illinois in the 1960s. In spite of commercial success, Nii Oti felt a strong desire to live in the Motherland. In the mid 1970’s he packed up his family… Price: $15; $40, weekend pass; $10, seniors; $5, childred under 12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 4-7, 2015. Image Credit: Nii Oti. Friday, September 4, 2015, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.aihusa.org.

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

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

Chicago Jazz Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages. Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park201 E. Randolph St. Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade) • 12 Noon–12:55pm - Rajiv Halim Quintet • 1:10–2:05pm - Jeremy Cunningham Quartet • 2:20-3:15pm - Neusa Sauer • 3:30–4:30pm - Craig Taborn Trio Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade) • 12:30–1:30pm - Spin Quartet • 2-3pm - Art Hoyle Sextet: Clark Terry Tribute • 3:30–4:30pm - Bobby Lewis Sextet Jay Pritzker Pavilion • 5–5:50pm - Chico Freeman: Chicago project featuring George Fre… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: September 3 - 6, 2015. Friday, September 4, 2015, 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

Robert Glasper Trio

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

Twisted Melodies

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Saturday, September 5, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

26th Annual African Festival of the Arts

Festivals Parking is available at nearby University of Chicago lots. To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich hand-woven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Artist of the Year - Nii Oti Nii Oti was a gifted artist who has specialized in combining African and African American Art through his paintings and customized jewelry for over forty years. Nii Oti was born Timothy Williams on the Southside of Chicago in the 1940s. He first became interested in African Art while attending the University of Illinois in the 1960s. In spite of commercial success, Nii Oti felt a strong desire to live in the Motherland. In the mid 1970’s he packed up his family… Price: $15; $40, weekend pass; $10, seniors; $5, childred under 12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 4-7, 2015. Image Credit: Nii Oti. Saturday, September 5, 2015, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.aihusa.org.

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

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

Chicago Jazz Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages. Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade) • 12 Noon–12:55pm - Trio WAZ featuring Edward Wilkerson, Tatsu Aoki and Michael Zerang • 1:10–2:05pm - Mike Schlick Trio • 2:20–3:15pm - Brian Gephart Sextet • 3:30–4:30pm - Ryan Cohen Quartet featuring Joe Locke Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade) • 12:30–1:30pm - Makaya McCraven Quartet • 2–3pm - Juan Pastor's Chinchano • 3:30–4:30pm - Jason Robeke Octet Jay Pritzker Pavilion • 5 –5:50pm - Do… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: September 3 - 6, 2015. Saturday, September 5, 2015, 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

eta Annual Benefit Gala

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

Twisted Melodies

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Sunday, September 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

26th Annual African Festival of the Arts

Festivals Parking is available at nearby University of Chicago lots. To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich hand-woven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Artist of the Year - Nii Oti Nii Oti was a gifted artist who has specialized in combining African and African American Art through his paintings and customized jewelry for over forty years. Nii Oti was born Timothy Williams on the Southside of Chicago in the 1940s. He first became interested in African Art while attending the University of Illinois in the 1960s. In spite of commercial success, Nii Oti felt a strong desire to live in the Motherland. In the mid 1970’s he packed up his family… Price: $15; $40, weekend pass; $10, seniors; $5, childred under 12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 4-7, 2015. Image Credit: Nii Oti. Sunday, September 6, 2015, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.aihusa.org.

Chicago Jazz Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages. Miscellaneous Info: Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade) • 12 Noon–12:55pm - Jordan Baskin Trio • 1:10–2:05pm - Elaine Dame • 2:20–3:15pm - Ryan Shultz Quintet • 3:30–4:30pm - Robert Irving III Generations Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade) • 12:30–1:30pm - Bob Dogan Quintet • 2–3pm - Bill McFarland and the Chicago Horns • 3:30–4:30pm - Steve and Iqua Colson - "40 Years in the Moment" featuring Reggie Workman, Marlene Rice and Dush… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: September 3 - 6, 2015. Sunday, September 6, 2015, 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph St. between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.jazzinchicago.org.

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

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

Bronzeville Bikes - Bronzeville Artists at Home and Work

Community Development To-Do!: Led by esteemed collector and avid cyclist, Patric McCoy (Diasporal Rhythms), this interactive ride will tour the studios of several artists for whom Bronzeville is both home and a source of inspiration. Patric McCoy has recently retired from a 28 year career as an environmental scientist in the Air and Radiation Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Office in Chicago. He has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an MA in Environmental Science from Governors State… Price: Free! Ticket Link: RSVP Today! Other Times To-Do It: Sundays; August 2 - Septmeber 27, 2015. Sunday, September 6, 2015, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Bronzeville Community Garden 343 E. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60625. For more info visit www.bronzevillebikes.com.

Twisted Melodies

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Monday, September 7, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

26th Annual African Festival of the Arts

Festivals Parking is available at nearby University of Chicago lots. To-Do!: Annually during Labor Day Weekend, the Festival grounds in Chicago’s Washington Park come alive in a simulated African village. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich hand-woven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art,… Soleil's Take: This is the last major festival of the year - get out there and revel in the sunshine! Miscellaneous Info: 2015 Artist of the Year - Nii Oti Nii Oti was a gifted artist who has specialized in combining African and African American Art through his paintings and customized jewelry for over forty years. Nii Oti was born Timothy Williams on the Southside of Chicago in the 1940s. He first became interested in African Art while attending the University of Illinois in the 1960s. In spite of commercial success, Nii Oti felt a strong desire to live in the Motherland. In the mid 1970’s he packed up his family… Price: $15; $40, weekend pass; $10, seniors; $5, childred under 12. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 4-7, 2015. Image Credit: Nii Oti. Monday, September 7, 2015, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Washington Park 5100 South Cottage Grove Chicago, Illinois. For more info visit www.aihusa.org.

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Chris Greene Quartet

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Jazzin' at the Shedd: Detour JazFunk

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

Jamaica Farewell (Opening Night)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Thursday, September 10, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Ethiopian Day

Festivals To-Do!: The Ethiopian Community Association Chicago celebrates Ethiopian Day with the raising of the flag, a display of artifacts and a musical performance by the Ethiopian Community Children’s Group. Price: Free! Thursday, September 10, 2015, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Daley Civic Center 50 W. Washington St. Chicago, IL 60602. For more info visit www.cityofchicago.org.

Gem of the Ocean (Previews)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell (Opening Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Friday, September 11, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Gem of the Ocean (Previews)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell (Opening Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Southside Soul Festival f/ Kindred the Family Soul

Festivals To-Do!: This FREE, soul-filled experience will be hosted by Radio Personality Ramonski Luv with performances from Kindred the Family Soul! Taking place on 4 blocks of 87th Street, Jeffrey Ave. to Paxton Ave. this marks the first time in many years that vehicular traffic on 87th Street will be re-routed to allow residents of all ages to come together to experience music, free health screenings, dancing, workout classes and a kids zone. This neo-soul celebration will also include sounds from Chicago artists i… Price: Free! Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. 87th Street between Jeffrey and Paxton 8700 S Jeffery Blvd Chicago, IL 60617. For more info visit southeastchgochamber.org.

Gem of the Ocean (Previews)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell (Opening Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Saturday, September 12, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

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

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Mama's Dream (Closing Week)

Art/Exhibit To-Do!: For Blacks fleeing the south during the Great Migration, economic and racial exploitation were inextricably linked. Black Americans in search of some semblance of freedom from racial terror also longed for the opportunity to provide for their families outside the racial plunder of the Southern plantation system. The purported racial openness of the north was believed to translate into more economic opportunity for Black migrants, their families, and future generations. However, as is the case with much of t… Price: Free! Other Times To-Do It: August 7 - September 13, 2015. Sunday, September 13, 2015, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Logan Center (Great Hall 200D) 915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For more info visit arts.uchicago.edu.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

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

Gem of the Ocean (Previews)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Sunday, September 13, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell (Opening Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Sunday, September 13, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Jazz Links, Ryan Nyther Quartet

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

Gem of the Ocean (Previews)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Twisted Melodies (Closing Week)

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

Gem of the Ocean (Previews)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Bronzeville Summer Nights + Bronzeville Trolley Tour

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

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Friday, September 18, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean (Previews)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Friday, September 18, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

16th Annual Englewood Jazz Festival

Festivals To-Do!: Live the Spirit Residency and the Englewood Jazz Festival are deeply rooted in and reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Englewood community. Our mission is to increase the musical resources of the community and connect the past to the present through programs and partnerships with artists and arts organizations committed to music, mentoring, and inter-generational knowledge exchange. This program is supported by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust In the event of rain, the Festival will take p… Price: Free! Saturday, September 19, 2015, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Hamilton Park Cultural Center 513 W. 72nd Street Chicago, Il. For more info visit englewoodjazzfest.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean (Opening Night)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Gem of the Ocean (Opening Weekend)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Joshua Abrams Quartet

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

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

The Renaissance Collaborative Annual Gala

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

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Rachelle Ferrell

Live Music Doors Open at 7pm. To-Do!: Rachelle Ferrell is an composer, lyricist, arranger, musician, and vocalist . Although she has had some success in the mainstream R&B, pop, gospel, and classical music scene, she is noted for her talents as a contemporary jazz singer. Price: $45-75. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Saturday, September 26, 2015, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.theportagetheater.com.

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Saturday, September 26, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Sunday, September 27, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Sunday, September 27, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

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

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

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Friday, October 2, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Saturday, October 3, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Gem of the Ocean

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Sunday, October 4, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Sunday, October 4, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Jamaica Farewell (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Friday, October 9, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Friday, October 9, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Music Box of Horrors

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

Jamaica Farewell (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Gem of the Ocean (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Gem of the Ocean (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 3pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. To-Do!: by August Wilson Directed by Ron OJ Parson The story: A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery’s legacy looms large across the country. In the city of Pittsburgh, tensions flare into riots in the African American community after a steel mill worker drowns himself rather than confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of the only peaceful haven in town—the home of Ester Tyler. Known as a cleanser o… Price: $38-58. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 10 - October 11, 2015. Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave Chicago, IL. For more info visit www.courttheatre.org.

Jamaica Farewell (Closing Week)

Theater Matinee: Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 3:00pm. To-Do!: Hershey Felder presents JAMAICA FAREWELL starring Debra Ehrhardt. When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era that she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl… Price: $27.50-50.00. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Other Times To-Do It: September 9 – October 11, 2015. Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:10 PM. Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.

Raheem Devaughn & Leela James

Live Music Doors Open at 7pm. To-Do!: Raheem Devaughn: Every year the critics are ready to proclaim the death of soul music. Moaning to one another about the days when Curtis Mayfield, Barry White and Marvin Gaye once walked the earth like musical giants, sometimes they sleep when something fresh does come along. Having perfected his craft as a young artist by releasing numerous mix tapes and performing throughout his hometown of Washington, D.C. Raheem Devaughn was determined from the beginning to be the best. Leela James: Leela… Price: $27.50-55. Ticket Link: Purchase Tickets! Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:00 PM – Friday, October 16, 2015, 1:00 AM. Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Il. For more info visit www.theportagetheater.com.

Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards

Theater Advanced sales only. No tickets can be purchased the night of the event. To-Do!: This To-Do will be updated as information becomes available. Choose "Notify me of changes" on the Other Event Action toolbar menu to receive automatic e-mail or mobile text updates about this To-Do! 7pm to 8pm - BTA Awards Reception in the IIT Tower Lobby 8pm to 10pm - BTA Awards Presentation in Schultz Auditorium Please contact Vincent Williams at (773) 624-5729 with questions. Mail payments for delivery no later than October 5th to: The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. 412 East 43rd… Miscellaneous Info: The Black Theater Alliance Awards, Inc. (BTAA) was founded in 1995, by Vincent Williams who serves as president of the organization. BTAA is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit entity, founded to honor African Americans who achieve excellence in theater, dance and all areas of the performing and technical arts in the Chicagoland area. Dress Code: Business Attire. Price: $50. Monday, October 26, 2015, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. IIT Schultz Auditorium 10 West 35th Street (35th and State) Chicago, Illinois 60616. For more info visit www.btaawards.org.

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. Sunday, November 15, 2015, 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.

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. Monday, November 16, 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. John Hancock Observatory 875 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611. For more info visit www.hancockobservatory.com.

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. Monday, November 16, 2015, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614. For more info visit www.lpzoo.org.