Stephanie S. Green, NBC Chicago Street Team
Well – I’ve got some great ideas for ya! From the incredibly expensive to the unbelievably free, there’s always something To-Do in Chicago!
For those of you who have managed to remain recession-proof, celebrate your accomplishment at the fabulous Night of 100 Stars! This red carpet gala takes place at the DuSable Museum and honors Chicago’s African-American Historymakers. Unlike some black tie galas, guests at the Night of 100 Stars honor “the code” and dress in their finest! At $300 per ticket, you can mingle throughout the museum while sipping cocktails, enjoying lavish hors d’ouevres and being entertained by live music. A brief program will honor the Historymaker Award recipients, yet provide ample opportunity for you to soak in the ambiance as you begin to realize that you, too, are one of the beautiful people!
John Francis Ficara
If that price tag is a little too steep for you, for only the $3 cost of DuSable Museum admission, you can take a tour of “Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: Black Farmers Since Reconstruction.”
Black family farms, formerly a way of life and source of pride for many, are fast disappearing. Explore the changes through the eyes of award-winning photographer John Francis Ficara.
In five distinct sections, Distant Echoes follows Black farmers through their daily struggles and triumphs. In Legacy of the Land, family farms are brought to life through images of husbands, wives, and children at work on the farm. African Americans have come to equate land ownership to independence, wealth, and full citizenship. Believing that owning and working the land makes them masters of their own economic fate, Black farmers have frequently sacrificed everything to keep their land and remain independent farmers.
Real Men Charities is hosting a Recruitment Breakfast on Saturday morning to recruit a few good (real) men for its annual Father’s Day Real Men Cook event. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and find out how you can be a participant in this year’s 20 year anniversary for Real Men Cook. They’ll also be offering a three-hour sanitation training session, which, I believe, is a prerequisite for participation in the event.
The African Festival of the Arts is also celebrating the big 2-0 this year! The African Festival of the Arts is one of the most highly anticipated and widely attended neighborhood festivals. Full of good food, good vibes and – oh yeah – great art, the festival energy is contagious! The 2oth Anniversary Celebration begins this Friday with a free exhibition of the African Festival of the Arts Featured Fine Art Collection: 1993-2008. How many posters have you collected over the years? Come and check out what you’ve missed!
We’ve got a lot of culturally-themed theater productions in town at the moment and they cover a broad range of topics, which raises the issue of “traditional” versus “urban” Black Theater. The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit takes this discussion head on with A la Carte: The Candied Yams Edition. Think that August Wilson is more of a cultural icon than Tyler Perry? Then come and “duke it out” with another fiery discussion that will sure to keep you coming back for more! Our panel consists of Adrian Dunn and Byron Johns from Hopera World Music Inc.’s Chronicles of a Fallen Hero and Rashida Shaw, a Performance Study PHD Candidate from Northwestern University, among other notable panelist and participants.
Looking for more To-Do? Visit www.so-LAZE.com and make it a fabulous weekend!
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