There’s always something to do in The Chi! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Chicago this week.
1. TRIIBE TUESDAYS: BLACK CHICAGO REPRESENTATION IN MEDIA
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Join the TRiiBE at Refuge Live on February 6 for their next installment of TRiiBE Tuesdays featuring some of Chicago’s leading Black media voices. Watch as Brittany Julious (Chicago Tribune, Esquire), Erica Watson (The Chi, Windy City Live), Ashley Ray-Harris (The A.V. Club), Vincent Martell (VAM Studio), Adrienne Samuels Gibbs (Forbes) and Odinaka Od Ezeokoli (Easy, Brown Girls) lead us in a deep panel discussion about the portrayals of Black Chicago in film, TV and the news. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and entry is free with RSVP. Learn more HERE.
2. ILLANOIZE PRESENTS THE BOY ILLINOIS WINDY LIVE
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
With the success of his latest project “Windy,” The Boy Illinois will be hitting the stage for his first headliner of 2018. He’ll be joined on stage with guest performers Adam Ness, London Lo, Tynece Allen, and Vo. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more HERE.
3. FREDDIE OLD SOUL / JADE THE IVY / SUNBLVD
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Venture up to The Empty Bottle to witness three femcees Freddie Old Soul, Jade the Ivy, and SunBLVD as they each shut the club down with raps and vibes! Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show will begin shortly after. It only costs $7 to support your local femcee. Learn more HERE.
4. THE BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The 2018 Black Arts Festival at Columbia College Chicago (February 8-10th, 2018) is an affirming, community space for Columbia students and faculty who identify within the African Diaspora to share work (film, music, dance, design, fine art, spoken word, academic papers, etc.), and critically engage with each other through roundtable discussions, audience interaction and collaboration. The Festival is the first event of it’s kind at Columbia since 1968 and is curated entirely by Black students and alumni. Come support young Black artists on the rise to fame. You never know which Chicago greats will be in attendance (a lot of them went to Columbia College). Learn more HERE.
5. BLANC AT BLANC: A WHITE PARTY FOR AWARENESS
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Join amfm and Paradigm CreatVe Group at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville for a white party for awareness in honor of National Black HIV Awareness Day in Support of Austin PrEP Connect! This free event is intended to encourage people to Get Taught, Get Tested, and Get #Treated and bring awareness to this epidemic through art and music. Check out Blanc’s “Series 1” art exhibition from Michael Reiner, performances from Eshé & The Chromotherapists and Pierce Lanvin English, and sounds provided by DJ Andre Rene. White attire is encouraged. Learn more HERE.
6. DO NOT RESIST? CLOSING RECEPTION AND MIXTAPE RELEASE
Friday, February 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Come out to the Hairpin Arts Center for the closing of Do Not Resist? 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence, a community-based, artist-led, visual project and exhibition, curated by a team of artists within For the People Artists Collective. This final exhibition allows audience members to engage with Chicago’s history of police violence in order to better understand the actions that led to our present circumstances. Enjoy musical performances by radical Chicago artists and experience the release of “Do Not Resist?” the mixtape. Learn more HERE.
7. J DILLA’S DONUTS FEAT. CHANTAE CANN, CHRIS TURNER & MORE
Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.
Released in 2006, J Dilla’s “Donuts” changed the way we hear hip-hop and left a permanent mark on the new era of jazz. Charlie Coffeen (of Sidewalk Chalk) leads a 15-piece orchestra in recreating the album in its entirety, top-to-bottom. This performance also features special guests Chante Cann, Chris Turner, and Robert “Sput” Searight. Learn more HERE.
8. RED LIGHT SPECIAL
Friday, February 9, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Kick off Valentine’s Day weekend at Untitled with the return of Red Light Special. Inspired by the crazy sexy cool vibes of this TLC classic, your R&B soundtrack will be orchestrated by The Franchiise, King Marie, Commando and DJ Dibiase. Treat yourself to fine signature cocktails while mingling, singing and dancing throughout the night. This event has no cover. Learn more HERE.
9. CHI LOVES DILLA
Friday, February 9, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
It’s been over 10 years since the passing of the legendary producer, James Dewitt Yancey, also affectionately known as Jay Dee or J Dilla. The genius has worked with artists such as Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, The Roots and Bilal and his legacy still lives on. J Dilla was also a founder and member of the Hip-Hop group, Slum Village. Join Chicago’s very own, DJs Joe Kollege, Kwest_on and the J Dilla Foundation as they celebrate his amazing life and legacy with a musical tribute. Learn more HERE.
10. THE FEMME FATALES: A PLUS-SIZE BURLESQUE SHOW, BEYONCE EDITION
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Femme FATales (pronounced “FAT-ahls”) is a burlesque troupe made up of a diverse group of plus-sized performers. Based upon the ideas that fat and feminine people shouldn’t have to apologize for their size or sexuality, they came together in 2015 to create a fat-positive safe space for both plus size burlesque performers in the Chicago industry and those looking to break in. Join them at the Center of Halsted for an extraordinary performance inspired by the Queen Mother, Beyonce. Learn more HERE.
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