Ziggy: N’DIGO Gala, No Budget No School, Roots Remake. . .

The N’DIGO Gala


The N’DIGO Gala is June 12, 2016. New ticket price $250. First 100 people to purchase tickets receive NEW Just released CD by Kurt Elling with Brandon Marsalis

Get your tickets at ndigo.bpt.me



A law-enforcement official revealed to The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.

Investigators have been reviewing whether Prince died of an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before his death.

The Marvin Gaye Story

marvin-gaye-ndigo-chicagoMarvin Pentz Gay, Jr, otherwise known as Marvin Gaye, was known for his deeply soulful music and his phenomenal success in the music industry. The Marvin Gaye Story brings back the spirit of the “Prince of Soul” with songs like “Let’s Get It On” and “What’s Goin’ On.” This production serves as a musical journey of the legendary man behind the music.

Written by Jackie Taylor

June 4 – July 10, 2016
Previews: June 4, 5, 10, and 11, 2016

Opening: Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3pm
Schedule: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm

Location: Black Ensemble Theater

No Budget No Schools

2bdf442Illinois still has no budget. First colleges are closing, now no school in the fall? That seems to be where we are heading according to CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. DNA Info says: Angry at the prospects of city schools not opening in the fall, the Chicago Teachers Union slammed Gov. Bruce Rauner and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool over their use of schoolchildren as a negotiating tactic in the state’s budget battle.

The union’s comments came in response to Claypool telling media that CPS won’t open in the fall without a state budget, or at least an education spending plan. The state has been without a budget for over a year, and legislators failed to ink a deal this spring.
A day after Claypool called on legislators to stay in session in the General Assembly to reach an education funding deal with Rauner, he told media outlets that Chicago schools and many districts statewide would not be able to begin the fall term without it.

The Chicago Teachers Union blasted CPS CEO Forrest Claypool for suggesting schools will not open without a state budget deal.

The union is planning a June 22 rally Downtown to put pressure on the state and city to find new revenue for schools.

Claypool has previously said CPS was scraping every last dollar to put together a mandatory pension payment this summer and that the district would be hard-pressed to open without additional funding ahead of the fall term.

Caribbean Film Festival

ccffThe Chicago Caribbean Film Festival is June 5, 2016 through June 18, 2016 at the historical Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois in the Veteran’s Room.

Festival Founder, Marlin Kirby, wanted to provide a platform for films with a connection to the Caribbean. All of the movies selected for screening will have at least one of the following: Caribbean Subject; Caribbean Actors; Caribbean Producers; or Caribbean Filmmakers. The Caribbean includes English, Spanish, French, and Dutch speaking countries.
The following films are scheduled for a free screening along with light refreshments and a Q&A to follow at the Oak Park Public Library:
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm—Dreadlocks Story (Jamaica/Israel)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm—The Story of Lover’s Rock (Jamaica/Great Britain)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm—Jamaican Mafia Movie (Jamaica)
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm—Diary of a Badman(Jamaica/USA)
Sunday, June 18, 2016, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm—Tormented (Saint Lucia)and Chrissy (Barbados)

Women Of The Blues

blues poster4The first ever ‘Women Of The Blues – Coast To Coast Collection’ featuring 60 photographs of ‘Women Of The Blues’ performing, in portrait and screaming the Blues.

Thirteen photographers from around the world will share their very poignant and powerful images of the Women Of The Blues. From the photo pit at Chicago Blues Festival to the intimate stage at the Maui Sugar Mill in LA and the Blues Cruise on the Caribbean.

You will be behind the lens that captures superstars like Mavis Staples and Susan Tedeschi to beloved West Coast, Candye Kane & Karen Lovely to east coasts, Alexis P. Sutter & Grace Potter, Chicago West Side Blues legend, Mary Lane, Chicago’s Southern Soul Blues Diva, Nellie Tiger Travis, the Legendary Holle THEE Maxwell, international touring Blues singer, Deitra Farr and rising star the newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland and many more beautiful images of women sing & play the Blues. This sisterhood of the Blues is a tribute to the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor hailing from Memphis and rising to fame in the Capital of the Blues, Chicago.

The opening of Firecat Projects – Art Gallery Show
2424 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Now through June 18th

Opening Night Kick Off & Reception for Chicago Blues Festival, Wednesday, June 8th

Roots Remake


Did you watch The ‘Roots’ remake? The show premiered to 5.3 million total viewers.

The Wrap said this about the debut:

The combination was strong enough to make the Memorial Day debut the best cable miniseries opener since 2013.

In the 25-54 demographic, this “Roots” debut landed 2.1 million viewers. Among those 18-49, the count was 1.8 million.

Over the course of three telecasts on the night, 8.5 million watched the episode. That total will grow in three- and seven-day delayed viewing totals, obviously, and probably quite significantly.

“‘Roots’ represents what television can do when it’s at its best,” Nancy Dubuc, president & CEO of A+E Networks, said. “This project has helped shape the discourse around race and identity at a time when it is needed more than ever. We are looking forward to audiences continuing to experience this powerful and important event over the next three nights.”

Part 2 of the new ‘Roots’ airs Tuesday at 9/8c on History. Another encore of Night 1 will precede that airing. There are four episodes total.

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