Calendar

Sep
2
Sat
Storytime with Franny! @ 57th Street Books
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Storytime with Franny! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free. Free. 773-684-1300. Join 57th Street Books’ Children’s Manager Franny Billingsley every Saturday at storytime! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6.

Free Tours Of Sites From The Columbian Exposition In Jackson Park @ 1766 Columbia Drive, on the east side of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Free Tours Of Sites From The Columbian Exposition In Jackson Park. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays from May through October by registration only. 1766 Columbia Drive, on the east side of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge in the Chicago Park District Parking Lot on Science Drive immediately south of the Museum of Science and Industry. Free. Friends of The White City in cooperation with the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) are again conducting our popular FREE tours of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition right where it all happened! For more information visit www.friendsofthewhitecity.org.

Sep
3
Sun
African Festival of the Arts @ Washington Park
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

African Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. $15 for general admission (ages 13-64), $10 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5. Family passes and 4 day ticket options available. 773-955-2787. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace. Runs through Sept. 4. For more information visit www.aihusa.org.

Lakeside Lawn Bowling @ Near Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park at Science Drive and South Lake Shore Drive
Sep 3 @ 12:30 pm

Lakeside Lawn Bowling. 12:30 p.m. Near Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park at Science Drive and South Lake Shore Drive, the first stoplight south of 57th Street and north of 63rd Street. Open play and instruction is free, equipment is loaned while learning. Lawn bowls is not a strenuous activity. Both men and women can play it. Although the basics can be learned in an afternoon and it seems innocently simple, it can be challenging. It can be played at any level of skill. For more information visit www.lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.

Soul Healing Yoga @ Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Soul Healing Yoga. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Free. Stacy Patrice leads intimate, soul-centered yoga sessions, blending an educational lifestyle practice with experiential discovery and community play for adults who often handle life with few breathing spaces. Each Soul Healing Yoga™ session is a mind, body, and soul experience for yoga newbies, dreamers, adventurers, and inspired souls who could use a juicy healing moment for themselves. We have mats! For more information visit www.rebuild-foundation.org

Summer Sunday Concert Series: Billy Flynn @ Nichols Park
Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Summer Sunday Concert Series: Billy Flynn. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Free. Nichols Park Advisory Council & the Chicago Park District proudly present the 2017 George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series. This concert will feature blues artist Billy Flynn . Open lawn seating, bring your own chairs. For more information visit www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org.

Hyde Park Jazz Society “Jazz at 43” @ Room 43
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Hyde Park Jazz Society “Jazz at 43”. 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. $5 students with ID or children, $10 adults. The Hyde Park Jazz society presents Sunday evening jazz at Room 43 Featuring Bernard Scavella. Room 43 offers a tasty selection of “Jazz Bites.” For more information email hydeparkjazzsociety@gmail.com.

Sep
4
Mon
African Festival of the Arts @ Washington Park
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

African Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave. $15 for general admission (ages 13-64), $10 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5. Family passes and 4 day ticket options available. 773-955-2787. Attendees are transported across the Diaspora with interactive engagements, vibrant drumming, museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich handwoven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace. Runs through Sept. 4. For more information visit www.aihusa.org.

Sep
5
Tue
Lakeside Lawn Bowling @ Near Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park at Science Drive and South Lake Shore Drive, the first stoplight south of 57th Street and north of 63rd Street
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm

Lakeside Lawn Bowling. 6 p.m. Near Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park at Science Drive and South Lake Shore Drive, the first stoplight south of 57th Street and north of 63rd Street. Open play and instruction is free, equipment is loaned while learning. Lawn bowls is not a strenuous activity. Both men and women can play it. Although the basics can be learned in an afternoon and it seems innocently simple, it can be challenging. It can be played at any level of skill. For more information visit www.lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.

Kizomba Class @ The Silver Room
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kizomba Class. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. $10 donation. 773-947-0024. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. Kizomba lesson with Shafeeha Monae. For more information visit www.thesilverroom.com

Margaret Burroughs Centennial Film Series: Portraits of Nikki Giovanni @ DuSable Museum of African-American History, Ames Auditorium
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Margaret Burroughs Centennial Film Series: Portraits of Nikki Giovanni. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. DuSable Museum of African-American History, Ames Auditorium, 740 E. 56th Pl. Free. 773-947-0600. The Margaret Burroughs Centennial Film Series, presented by South Side Projections and the DuSable Museum of African American History, continues with a tribute to one of America’s most important poets, Nikki Giovanni. The Black Woman (Stan Lathan, 1970, 52 min., 16mm), a 1970 episode of the public television series Black Journal, focuses on the relationship of Black women to Black men, white society, and the struggle for Black liberation. Nikki Giovanni is joined by poet/activists Bibi Amina Baraka and Sonia Sanchez, anthropologist Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, singer Lena Horne, and other Black women who discuss their role in contemporary society and the problems they confront. For more information visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

Sep
6
Wed
Coffee Tea + Chat @ Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Coffee Tea + Chat. 10 a.m. – noon. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E. 70th St. Free. 312-857-5561. Please join us for a weekly discussion over coffee and tea. This group is comprised of neighborhood residents and artists who are invested in revitalizing the community. For more information visit www. rebuild-foundation.org.

Storytime with Colin! @ 57th Street Books
Sep 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Storytime with Colin! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free. Free. 773-684-1300. Join Colin McDonald for stories and songs each Wednesday at 10:30am at 57th Street Books! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6. For more information visit www.semcoop.com.

Committed Knitters @ Arts Incubator
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Committed Knitters. Noon – 3 p.m. Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Free. Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting or make an experienced project and share ideas. All supplies provided. For more information contact artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu.

“Office Hours” with Nikki Patin @ Currency Exchange Café
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Office Hours” with Nikki Patin. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Currency Exchange Café, 305 E. Garfield Blvd. Free. 773-855-9163. As the Community Arts Engagement Manager at Arts + Public Life, part of what I do is listen to people and their thoughts about a lot of things: art, community, Washington Park, organizing, activism and so much more. Anyone can come and join me at my table. You can ask me questions about what’s going on at APL, tell me about what you’re working on or chat with me about your current fascinations/curiosities/interests. All ages and identities welcome. For more information visit www.chpv.clubexpress.com.

Drawing in the Dark, Part I @ Smart Museum of Art
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Drawing in the Dark, Part I. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Free, but limited space. Join the Smart Museum and the Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a two-part drawing workshop that explores memory, landscape, mapping, and interconnections between works by Tim Nickodemus and Joseph Yoakum. Part I includes a excursion through landscape paintings and internal landscapes of our memories at the Smart Museum of Art, and drawing workshop taught by Nickodemus. Part II will take place on Sept. 20. Participants are asked to attend both sessions. Please register in advance. For more information visit www.smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.

Sep
7
Thu
Spanish Storytime For Kids @ 57th Street Books
Sep 7 @ 10:30 am

Spanish Storytime For Kids. 10:30 a.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free. 773-684-1300. Children ages 5 and under will be able to explore the Spanish language through books, songs, and games. For more information visit www.semcoop.com.

Visiting Artist Arrival: Ronit Porat @ Hyde Park Art Center
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Visiting Artist Arrival: Ronit Porat. Noon – 1 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. Ronit Porat works with photography, and also uses archival materials and biographical texts to create photo-based installations. Porat holds an MFA from the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, and a B.A. in Photography and Digital Media from the Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Her work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows, and can be found in private collections. For more information visit www.hydeparkart.org

Lunchtime Gallery Talk: Barley, Beer, and Bread: Food & Drink in Ancient Mesopotamia @ Oriental Institute Museum
Sep 7 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Gallery Talk: Barley, Beer, and Bread: Food & Drink in Ancient Mesopotamia. 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St. Free. 773-702-9507. Sam Harris, PhD candidate in Mesopotamian archaeology, will guide visitors to look at some of the ways people in Mesopotamia grew, prepared, and consumed food and drink — from praying to keep the mouse god away from the grain to enjoying unfiltered beer through a straw. Explore the ancient world with a 45-minute gallery talk in the Oriental Institute Museum. Travel to a time and place beyond the University to learn about archaeological discoveries, unlock the secrets of civilization, and gain a greater appreciation of our ancestors. Registration is not required. For more information visit www.oi.uchicago.edu.

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce First Thursday Chamber Check-in @ Hyde Park Property Management
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce First Thursday Chamber Check-in. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hyde Park Property Management, 5107 S. Blackstone Avenue. Free. 773-288-0124. Join us for Hyde Park’s premier networking gathering of movers and shakers in the community! It is open to all! Don’t forget to bring your business cards! For more information visit www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org.