There’s always something happening in Chi-town! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals this week.
1. NIGHT OF HIP-HOP STARS, MIDWAY DOCUMENTARY FUNDRAISER
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Come out to Sub-T to support a project that tells the story of how Chicago’s hip-hop culture came to be. Hosted by Urbanized Music, this event will feature guest performances and appearances from Chicago’s most esteemed hip-hop artists who’ll be gathering for a night of community, arts and entertainment. Proceeds from this event will go towards production costs. Learn more here.
2. INDUSTRY NIGHT W/ MARTY MARS AND SHMOO
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
This Tuesday is industry night at Celeste. Break out that new fit and enjoy the best house, disco and techno hits spun by Marty Mars & Shmoo. There is no cover to enjoy the vinyl sets. For those who work in the nightlife or service industry, enjoy an additional 30% off your tab. Learn more here.
3. IGNITE: ENTREPRENEUR NIGHT WITH GENTLEMEN JACK
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
If you’re looking to spark great conversations with amazing people, look no further than Fame Events’ Ignite series, a mixer for entrepreneurs and professionals to spark conversations, power ideas, and fuel your passions. Join Chicago’s leading entrepreneurs and industry professionals for a unique after work experience along with complimentary Gentleman Jack cocktails. Learn more here.
4. MOONLIGHT: ADVANCE SCREENING WITH TARELL MCCRANEY
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Are you obsessing over “Moonlight,” the acclaimed new movie by Barry Jenkins, and haven’t found a screening near you? Come down to Hyde Park’s Harper Theatre for an advance screening this Thursday. Meet author Tarell McCraney whose autobiographical story “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” inspired the movie, alongside Black Cinema House curator Jacqueline Stewart and Northwestern University’s E. Patrick Johnson. Learn more here.
5. THE ART OF BLACKNESS 2016 EXHIBITION
Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For five years, The Art of Blackness exhibition has showcased the best of African-American art and design. To celebrate, they are proud to present the 2016 Art of Blackness Exhibition which will feature their first pop-up store located at Block37. Curated by LaShun Tines and Marcus Sterling Alleyne, experience works from Phillips Scott, Martha A. Wade, Gravillis Inc. and so much more. Register early for complimentary admission. Learn more here.
6. SCARE YOU VERY MUCH
Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Dave Helem joins forces with AMFM Magazine to bring you a 90s themed Halloween party and variety show featuring some of Chicago’s best comedians in the game. Laugh, dance and drink alongside Taneshia Rice (Comedy Central’s Hart of the City), Calvin Evans (Comedy Central’s Hart of the City, Shameless) and Drew Frees (The Second City, UP Comedy Club). Learn more here.
7. GIRLS ENTREPRENEUR EXPO
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ladies, it is highly encouraged for you to drop your plans Saturday monring to support some amazing young women during the first ever Girls Entrepreneur Expo! This is a great time to make sure your Black dollar is spent with the right people. There will be raffles, giveaways and entertainment. Plus, admissions is free. Learn more here.
8. PARTY NOIRE PRESENTS AVANT BLACK
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This is the official Party Noire Halloween Weekend Party! Come dressed to impress in Avant Black, whatever your interpretation of that is. According to the hosts, “we’re here for #BlackJoy always and in all ways.” Enjoy spooky and spirited jams from the fabulous DJ Rae Chardonnay alongside DJ Lisa Decibel with more musical talents to be annouced. You never know what surprises those ladies have up their sleeves so be sure to get your tickets early. Learn more here.
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dr. Mad Black is taking his creepy concoctions and tonics to Gallery Guichard to a festival style experince including tarot cards, African themed face painting, screen printing and good drinks. Boozed, presented by Bronze Love, is a no hate zone where folks can get turned up from Boozed signature cocktails, get their life in order and vibe out to some cool tunes. Plus, a portion of ticket sales will go to support The Urban Juncture Foundation; an organization dedicated to investing in the inclusive redevelopment of Bronzeville. Learn more here.
10. READING THE BLACK LIBRARY WITH MARCUS SAMUELSSON: RED ROOSTER CO.
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson stops by the Currency Exchange Cafe to share highlights from his new Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. Joining him will be artist and architect Amanda Wiliams to discuss how Red Rooster became a gathering place for art, music and the soul to feed off of. Learn more here.
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