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PUSH Excel 24th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast

January 20, 2014

8:00 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Grand Ballroom
151 East Wacker Drive

Price:  $125 per ticket

Contact Michelle Chambers at 773-256-2762 for additional information and sponsorship opportunities.

Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah 2014

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago, 60605 | directions |312-431-2389

Guaranteed to have you singing in the aisles, Too Hot to Handel returns to the Auditorium’s Landmark Stage by popular demand for the ninth year in a row!

$25-$68   Saturday, Jan 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Sunday, Jan 19, at 3 p.m.

Official parking for the Auditorium Theatre: Grant Park South Garage, 325 S. Michigan Avenue. Evening rate (after 4pm): $14 (with $3 discount validation). Matinee Rate (before 4pm): $21 (with $3 discount validation).

Celebration at DuSable Museum of African-American History

Home to hundreds of artifacts from the Civil Rights Movement, Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day dedicated to his life and lasting impact. This year’s theme is Dr. King’s final manuscript, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community.” Hear powerful Civil Rights passages read by community leaders and citizens, create make-and-take art projects and see actor Marcus Gentry perform as Dr. King. Don’t miss the museum’s “Walking with Heroes” exhibition at which historic figures like Jean Baptiste Point DuSable and Ida B. Wells come to life to discuss their connections to the Civil Rights Movement.

740 E. 56th Pl.
South Side
773-947-0600
January 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
$10 per person.

Crafts & Chants at Evanston Public Library
Let your creativity flow at Evanston Public Library as you celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Peace Tree craft and a chance to add to the library’s “I Have a Dream Wall.” Reverend Eddie Reeves presents Dr. King’s moving “I Have a Dream” speech followed by Evanston teens performing a choral chant inspired by Dr. King’s historic speeches.

Main Library Branch Children’s Room
1703 Orrington Ave.
Evanston
847-448-8600
January 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Free

Musical Drama at Chicago Children’s Museum
We all know Navy Pier’s kiddie wonderland has a ton to do on a cold January day, but if you stop by on MLK Day, they can learn about Civil Rights, too. The museum’s program called “What Does It Mean, Dr. King?” whisks you back in time to learn about freedom and Civil Rights through interactive musical drama. Space is limited and we recommend touring the entire museum before or after the show.

Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
312-527-1000
January 20, 11 a.m., 1, 2 & 3 p.m.
$14; children under one are free

Day of Service in Highland Park
Did you know that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially called the National Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service? President Clinton signed the legislation in 1994 encouraging a day of service to honor Dr. King. One of the biggest celebrations around happens in Highland Park, where there is an array of service projects that you and your family can do, from assembling toiletry bags for the area’s homeless to making valentines for soldiers overseas. It’s not all work, though: The Jesse White Tumblers strut their stuff, the mobile Freedom Express Museum is onsite, and music performances abound.

Highland Park Recreation Center
1207 Park Avenue West
Highland Park
January 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free
For more info, call 847-903-9523 or email Cheryl@yahoo.com

Choral Performance & Crafts at Brookfield Zoo
Three musical groups converge at the zoo for a performance your kids will go wild for. The Mt. Carmel Parish of Darien adult choir performs in both English and Swahili, the Eisenhower High School Show Choir sings Dr. King’s praises, and the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project plays a selection honoring Dr. King. Kids can also watch the “I Have a Dream” speech and create a freedom-inspired craft.

Discovery Center Savannah Room
8400 31st St.
Brookfield
708-688-8000
January 20, noon-1 p.m.
Adults, $15; children 3-11, $10.50; kids under 3 free

Black Creativity Family Day at Museum of Science and Industry
Introduce your little one to the contributions African Americans have made to science at this annual program. This year focuses on innovation. In 30-minute sessions, kids will meet real scientists and find out more about a science career. Afterwards, test out your new knowledge in the Wanger Family Fab Lab, where you can imagine, design and make almost anything using cutting-edge software and equipment.

5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Hyde Park
773-684-1414
January 20, sessions at 11 a.m., noon & 1 p.m.
Free (the Museum is free for all Illinois residents on January 20)
Note: This program is for children ages 8 & up, but the museum has exhibits for kids of all ages.

Chicago Sinfonietta Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Mei-Ann Chen leads her third Wentz Concert Hall tribute to the civil rights leader with help from Nicole Cash, an associate principal horn of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and soprano Elizabeth Norman. Destiny inspires Chen’s dynamic direction of symphonic masterworks, before paying tribute to Dr. King with avant pop composer JacobTV’s thought-provoking multimedia work, “Mountaintop.” The inspiring and uplifting show ends with the powerful voices of a massive Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir connecting heaven and Earth in the spirit of fellowship. The program for the evening includes Verdi’s “Overture” from “La Forza del Destino,” Strauss’s “R. Horn Concerto No. 1″ and arrangements of gospel and spiritual songs. Part of our Classical Series.

Venue:  Wentz Concert Hall

Pricing:  $50, $40, students $10.

A $2.00 Online Processing Fee is included for all tickets purchased online. Tickets order less than 10 days in advance will be held in Will Call. All purchases are final. No Refunds, No Exchanges.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm | Monday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Chicago Symphony Center

Common to give MLK Week keynote at North Central College: North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common Jan. 21 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker. Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.  Common, called the “King of Conscious Hip-Hop,” will deliver the College’s keynote address titled “Greatness!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $10/person and available for purchase after Jan. 6; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469). A Q&A will follow his talk.

Chicago History Museum Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this family-friendly event. Enjoy storytelling, performances, and activities for all ages that reflect Dr. King’s messages of peace and justice.  The museum is located at 1601 North Clark Street.

Cost: Free with Museum admission. Museum admission is free for Illinois Residents on this day.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kids’ crafts with artist Sue Romanelli
Crown Room, 1st floor

10:00 a.m.
The MLK Project: Fight for Civil Rights
Produced by Writers Theatre
Chicago Room South, 2nd floor

11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.
Warriors for Peace
Presented by storyteller Gwen Hilary and musician Enoch Williamson
Interactive storytelling designed for children ages 4 to 8, 30-minute performances
Bank of America Gallery, Chicago: Crossroads of America, 2nd floor

12:30 p.m.
Precious Lord: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir
Chicago Room North, 2nd floor

2:00 p.m.
“I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
Reenactment by Oba William King
Chicago Room South, 2nd floor

2:30 p.m.
Nobel Prize acceptance speech by Martin Luther King Jr. | Reenactment by Oba William King, Q&A to follow, Chicago Room South 2nd floor

MLK Cantata at Rockefeller Chapel

“A Dream in the Air,” a program of spirituals, original music, and the premiere of Marie Hunt’s cantata “From Glory to Glory: The Life, Death and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” will be presented on Sunday, January 19th, 2014, 3 PM at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637. (773) 702-2100. Admission is free. http://arts.uchicago.edu/content/dream-air
http://rockefeller.uchicago.edu/

BabyFace at The Horseshoe Venue

R&B musician, singer-songwriter and record producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds brings his hit-making sound to The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond for a concert on Saturday, January 18, 2014.  The show is at 8 p.m. and you must be 21 to enter.

If you were to closely examine the annals of modern pop music history, few creative forces have been more seminal or have impacted the contemporary pop and urban genres as much as Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. In a relatively short time, he has reached icon status as a poignant tunesmith, prolific hit maker/producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label owner. He is a statistical juggernaut who keeps adding milestone after milestone to a legacy that seems to have no threshold or peak in sight.

A 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, Edmonds’ impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance and relationships have made an indelible imprint on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world: over 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 42 #1 R&B hits, and 51 Top-10 Pop hits (including 16 #1 hits).

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds’ recent production with other artists includes Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande & Aretha Franklin. Next up is his forthcoming duets album with Toni Braxton titled Love, Marriage & Divorce (February 4, 2014 on Motown Records). The album’s lead single, “Hurt You,” is garnering critical raves and has made it to Top 5 on the Billboard charts.



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