Past Events

You'll find some of our most recently archived events listed below.

African and Caribbean Students Association Annual Culture Show

April 19, 2014

Join ACSA for our biggest event of the year, “Culture Shock!”  Our annual culture show will challenge your preconceived notions of the African and Caribbean experience.  Come join us as we use music, dance, fashion, comedy, and most importantly, FOOD to explore African and Caribbean traditions from the diaspora.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday April 8th at Cobb and Reynolds club from 11:30am-2:30pm!
$10 with UCID
$15 General Admission
Open to the public.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai Documentary

March 26, 2014

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai tells the inspiring story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The U.S.-educated Professor Maathai discovered her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. Their lives had become intolerable: they were walking longer distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was disappearing, and their children were suffering from malnutrition. Maathai thought to herself, ‘Well, why not plant trees?’ Maathai soon discovered that tree planting had a ripple effect of empowering change.

This event will take place at 6:30pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place. For more info or to buy tickets, please visit

Shadow into Light: Exploring Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande

March 23, 2014

Renowned baritone Richard Stilwell presents a lecture recital reflecting on his storied career with this oft-revered, seldom-heard operatic masterwork.

Not seen in Chicago since the early 1990s, the dreamlike atmosphere and mythic setting of Debussy’s opera can seem esoteric or maddening.  Hazy harmonies, symbolic language: where does one even begin to understand the action, much less the music?  Guided by Stilwell, with musical performances provided by members of VOX 3 Collective, this not-to-miss event unlocks one of the first major modern works in style and substance.

Advance tickets are $10 and available on Eventbrite.

Rang-Rangili Holi Cultural Celebration of Music and Dance

March 15, 2014

2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Anila Sinha Foundation.  Join us as we begin our year-long celebration of this milestone with a colorful dance show followed by a reception.

This event will take place from 4-6pm at International House of the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount.

WHPK Jazz Film: “Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz”

March 15, 2014

“It must schwing!” was the motto of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two German Jewish immigrants who in 1939 set up Blue Note Records, the jazz label that was home to such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. Blue Note, the most successful movie ever made about jazz, is a testimony to the passion and vision of these two men and certainly swings like the propulsive sounds that made their label so famous.

This event will take place from 3:30pm – 6pm at International House of the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St. Presented by the Global Voices Series and WHPK.  Free and open to the public.

Author Lecture with T.V. Paul on “The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World”

March 11, 2014

In The Warrior State, noted international relations and South Asia scholar T.V. Paul tackles what may be the world’s most dangerous powder keg and untangles a fascinating riddle. In many states across the developing world, military-led regimes have experienced impressive economic growth and have evolved into at least partially democratic states. Yet Pakistan, a heavily militarized nation, has been a conspicuous failure. Its economy is in shambles, propped up by international aid, and its political system is notoriously corrupt and unresponsive. Despite the regime’s emphasis on security, the country is beset by violence and terrorism. What explains Pakistan’s unique inability to progress? Paul argues that the “geostrategic curse” is the main cause.

This event will take place from 6:00 – 7:30pm at International House of the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.

Gingarte Capoeira Women’s Performance

March 8, 2014

In celebration of Women’s History Month, and on the heels of Black History Month, Gingarte Capoeira Chicago presents Mulheres da Capoeira, an interactive performance and workshop which will feature acts by Gingarte Capoeira cultural dance company and featured female capoeiristas Treinel Huu (FICA Chicago) and Formanda Colibri (Capoeira Brasil) and other special guests. Audience members will be invited to participate.

This event will take place from 6-9pm at International House of the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th Street. $5 General Admission; free for I-House residents. Presented by the Global Voices Performing Arts Series and Gingarte Capoeira.

Golden Ages Senior Talent Showcase

March 27, 2013

Join us for a senior talent showcase like no other! Enjoy top-rate singing, dancing, comedy, etc. while enjoying a delectable luncheon.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm, South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., fee: $15

Fables of the Future: Animations by Adebukola Bodunrin

March 24, 2013

Chicago-based film, video, and installation artist Adebukola Bodunrin explores language, culture, and media in her collage animations, manipulating images using unorthodox manual and digital techniques in order to produce unexpected cinematic experiences. We’re proud to welcome her to the Black Cinema House for Fables of the Future, a selection of four films that find her exploring and combining past and future fantasy worlds and folktales as they morph and adapt across time.

This screening features the world premiere of a new work, The Golden Chain, as well as a screening of Doing Good but Behaving Badly with live accompaniment by Tatsu Aoki and Alex Inglizian.

6:30 pm, Black Cinema House, 6901 S. Dorchester Ave. Because of limited seating, we ask that all attendees RSVP to blackcinemahouse [at]


Chicago Chorale – J.S. Bach: Passion According to St. John

March 24, 2013

Bach’s St. John Passion presents the Baroque master in his most urgent, most streamlined, most theatrical mode. This presentation features Steven Soph as the Evangelist and Gerard Sundberg as Jesus, with soloists Ellen Hargis, Susan Druck, William Bennett, and Paul Tipton, and an orchestra of period instrument specialists led by concertmaster Elizabeth Blumenstock, conducted by Bruce Tammen.

The concert begins at 3:00 pm at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. A pre-concert lecture by Professor Martin Marty begins at 2 pm in Ida Noyes Hall (free).

Advance tickets $35 reserved, $25 general, $20 student at  Tickets are $5 extra if purchased at the door.