Past Events

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

Mother to Son: A Frank Discussion and Letters of Love

May 1, 2014

There is a saying, “A mother will raise her daughters and love her sons.” Why do mothers hold their sons so close? Is this strong love a hindrance to their growth into men? Or is it a blessing that makes them stronger? Join us at the DuSable Museum for a round table discussion surrounding
the relationship between black mothers and their sons.

Admission: DuSable Members: FREE  (Must show membership card upon entry) General Admission $5.00
For more information: 773 947-0600 Ext 255 or

This event will take place at 6:30 pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place.

The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet

April 26-27, 2014

Hyde Park Community Players celebrates its 5th anniversary of bringing great theater to our community, tackling the Bard for the first time in our brief but illustrious history.  “Romeo & Juliet” gives us a chance to work on every scale from our opening street brawl to the intimacy of a first stolen kiss, and with every emotion from the heady joy of first love to murderous rage for revenge.  In  Shakespeare’s Verona, the lazy stubborn pride of its adults plays itself out in the bloody deaths of their children.  Looking past the glamor the centuries have bestowed on an oft-repeated classic, we find ourselves faced with a situation all too familiar.

April 26-27 @ Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th

Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm; Sundays 3:00 matinee.

Advance tickets (available on our website): $10; At the Door: $12

QuestionBridge: Black Males – A Dialogue Amongst Men

April 24, 2014

The DuSable Museum’s QuestionBridge: A Dialogue Amongst Men aims to represent and redefine the black male’s identity in America.  We invite established and emerging black males in the community to discuss concepts of understanding Black Masculinity, Marginalization, Provide & Protect: The role of Black Men in today’s World, and the Powers of Communication. This is a challenge to dismantle communication boundaries between the generations while exploring the identity and socio-economic issues as a model for understanding the complexity of being a Man.

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

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.