There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week.
1. ACTION LIVE ART SERIES: WHAT’S LOVE GOTTA DO WITH IT?
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join the Action Live team for the last installment of their Art Series featuring local artists of various mediums. For Valentine’s Day, come experience live body painting with Paradigm CreatVe Group. I’ll be modeling for this event as well, so I look forward to seeing you guys there! A portion of the bar sales benefits Que4 Radio, a 501c non-profit independent art and music organization committed to connecting the community with the underground art and music scene. Learn more HERE.
2. ETC. PRESENTS: SLOW JAMS (+LOVE POTIONS) WINE WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
No Vday Plans or No Vdate? No problem! Come through, sip, chill and vibe to some slow jams! Etc. Chicago has a smooth night planned for both couples and singles that are trying to mingle! Pull up for Bae Day. Learn more HERE.
3. VALENTINE’S DAY 808S & HEARTBREAK RAP KARAOKE NIGHT
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Is this your coldest winter? Join The Treblemonsters on Valentine’s Day for a special 808s & Heartbreak themed Anti Valentine’s party. Sing your “Heartless” heart out about your love as you indulge in food and drink specials all night long. Because everyone needs love, not just the bae’d up ones. Learn more HERE.
4. BLACK PANTHER VIP SCREENING
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month by supporting the opening night of Marvel’s “Black Panther” at Harper Theater. There will be raffles and a cocktail hour with music prior to the screening as well as a Black Panther look-a-like for photo ops. So grab your popcorn and your libations and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, food, and festivities. Learn more HERE.
5. BLACK PANTHER MOVIE CELEBRATION @ THE PROMONTORY
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Remy Martin and the Promontory are excited to host the after party for Remy’s screening of Marvel’s THE BLACK PANTHER. This Black Panther-themed party will have special guests, rare video, drink specials, and best in hip-hop and afrobeat music by DJ JAY ILLA. Come show off your fresh new threads like a celeb. There will be a mandatory Coat Check for this event. Learn more HERE.
6. SIGMA CHRIS X KYLE SANTILLIAN PRESENT: BLACK PANTHER PARTY AND VIEWING
Friday, February 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
If you can’t hang Thursday night, Sigma Chris and Kyle Santillian are hosting a Black Panther viewing party and screening. Same time, same places, just a different day, so there’s no excuse as to why you couldn’t see it (Just in case, I have a more family-friendly option for Sunday evening @ Betty Shabazz). Don’t miss out on the premier Black America has been waiting for. Learn more HERE.
7. INTRODUCING RYAN ALEXANDER: INSPIRED BY YOU
Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Join performing artist Ryan Alexander at AMFM Gallery for the introduction of his newest album, Inspired By You. Alongside friends Red Bella, Calez, Schenay Mosely, Chai Tulani, and LA Van Gogh, enjoy Ryan Alexander up close and personal for an intimate musical experience. Learn more HERE.
8. BUY ART NOT VICES
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
BUY ART, NOT VICES is a panel discussion and silent art auction that aims to celebrate Black history and culture. This is an opportunity to have a real discussion with industry influencers about the importance and value of buying art as opposed to materialistic vices. The work will be exhibited at NYCH gallery through March 1st and will be sold via silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Gray Matter Experience, a local nonprofit organization exposing Black youth to entrepreneurship and providing access to tools and resources to help them build businesses that impact their communities. Learn more HERE.
9. BETTY SHABAZZ INT’L CHARTER SCHOOL PRESENTS SCREENING OF BLACK PANTHER
Sunday, February 18, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join your friends at the Betty Shabazz International Charter School as they transform Chatham’s Studio Movie Grill into the Kingdom of Wakanda for a cultural celebration and private showing of Marve’s Black Panther. This fundraising screening is a highly anticipated event where we can all come together to appreciate a good movie, but also to raise money for the charter school’s S.T.E.A.M (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math) programmatic initiatives. Come in your flyest African attire or costume and enjoy music by Khari B and DJ B-Man. There will also be various presentations and a procession with African drummers and dancers. Learn more HERE.
10. THE BLACK WAKANDA PANTHER PARTY
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
iO Improv Theater is back with another celebration of Black Blickity Blackness Black Girl Magic. This month’s lineup includes performances by Nev, Estefany Guzman, Tee Munoz, and Correy Bell. Marvel and Black history costumes are highly encouraged and welcomed. Learn more HERE.
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