Advancing Diversity in Classical Music

The Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation’s most dynamic chamber orchestras – it annually sells out Carnegie Hall – comes to the Harris Theater on Wednesday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. This wonderful Detroit, Michigan-based group, founded by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Aaron Dworkin and whose special artistic director is the esteemed Yo-Yo Ma, is Read More …

Ruby Dee: Legends Live Forever … “The Somebodiness of Me”

  Her work, her spirit and her authentic love for the arts and humanity, sparked an interest in Ruby Dee that became infectious. The flash of her smile and the depths of the characters she transformed into acknowledged a woman set forth with purpose and a mission. Her spoken word poetry elicits a sense of Read More …

Willie Winters, Jr.: The Fourth “Blue Man”

Willie Winters Knows The Blues, Man! By Matthew Keeshin Troupe carpenter has to maintain banana shooters and drumbones Many famous characters have walked between the skyscrapers and neighborhoods in the diverse communities that make up Chicago. Perhaps some of the most innovative are the spectacle that is Blue Man Group. Performances around the world by Read More …

Museum of Science and Industry Keeps The Creativity and Black in Annual Gala

$360,000 raised for Black Creativity programming It was that time of the year again in late January when the Museum of Science and Industry played host to what has long been an affair to see and be seen in Chicago – namely, the 31st Black Creativity Black-Tie Gala. Co-chaired by Cheri Chappelle, director of diversity Read More …

DuSable Museum presents Fifty Years Forward: Birmingham to Atlanta to Selma

The DuSable Museum of African American History is honored to present a new exhibit entitled, Fifty Years Forward: Birmingham to Atlanta to Selma. Reception Friday, January 10, 2014 6:00PM-8:00PM Special Guest – Mayor William Bell, City of Birmingham, Alabama In January, of 2012, the Mayors of seven southern cities agreed to a joint initiative marking Read More …

Arts Incubator: Off the Record Pt. 2: booker t. soultreyne rekkid release

Performers: avery r. young, Leroy Bach, and Coolout Chris Off the Record Pt. 2 is the second installment of performances celebrating the release of music/sound design created during avery r. young’s 2012-13 Arts and Public Life residency. “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid” is a collection of songs that speak to relations in race, gender, Read More …

Art Synergy: The Emerging of A New Visual Art Renaissance on Chicago’s Southside

                                  [dropcap]N[/dropcap]EVER had I seen art like this. Backdrops of lime green with “coolade” colored art did more than adorn the walls and present a new exhibit. This was something refreshing. The visuals were vibrant. The artwork shouted freedom, Read More …

Red Clay Dance presents “Transcending”

[dropcap]TRANSCEND [/dropcap]   We’ve all witnessed pictures, seen sculptures and heard stories detailing, to the best of knowledge, the Middle Passage and the inhumane conditions Africans were forced to endure. Each time, there’s a startling feeling that shutters to the pit of my stomach. And the more we learn and have to pass down this Read More …

AfriCOBRA Chicago Closing Reception | Sept. 29th

In honor of the artists of AfriCOBRA, and to commemorate the closing of the joint exhibition, AFRICOBRA in Chicago, The South Side Community Arts Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and The DuSable Museum invite you to a special reception with passed hors d’ouevres, electrifying performances Read More …