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January/February 2008


Chicago Auto Show "First Look for Charities" February 7, 2008, 6:30 to 10:30 pm
Get the first look at this year's new car models and raise money for deserving charities. Gala event includes food, cocktails and entertainment.  Visit the Chicago Auto Show website at for information and tickets.

Entertainment & Nightlife

All Star Def Jam, Comic View, comedy night hosted by Clear Channel's Tony Sculfield (WGCI) and Tornado (V103). Laughing on the Lakefront comedy series will present a hilarious two-hour night of comedy featuring irreverent, witty, in-your-face comedy from veteran comedians including Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens, Arnez J, Tony Sculfield, and Tornado.
Doors Open: 7:00 p.m.; Showtime: 8:00 p.m. South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago.


DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL, Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Sundays Noon - 5:00 PM. Adults $3.00, Students and Seniors $2.00 Children ages 6 to 13 $1.00, Children under 6, are FREE, Sundays are FREE to all.

100 Plus One...Celebrating America's Music Before Motown and Beyond
The exhibition, produced and curated by the nationally renowned Attorney, Gregory J. Reed, focuses on the music, legendary artists, art forms, culture, politics and economics that have formed the industry of music. It connects the social history conditions of each decade with the recording artists and their music while blending and including the moods and tones of America. The exhibition is comprehensive and original covering everything from Negro spirituals, ragtime, blues and jazz, to the Motown era, disco, rap, hip-hop and even techno music.

Bold Improvations: 120 Years of African American Quilts
Spanning a period from the 1880s to contemporary times, these quilts reveal the bold improvisation employed by generations of African American quilt makers who drew upon African traditions for inspiration in their choices of color, pattern, design. The names of most of these quilt makers have been lost. However their work stands as a testimony to their creativity, their boldness and exuberance. 

Field Museum of Chicago
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605

Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption
One of nature’s most violent cataclysms was vividly described by Pliny the Younger, who survived the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.  But untold numbers were buried in its volcanic debris, and a vibrant, cosmopolitan society vanished overnight, while other societies sprang up in its place.  Now the exhibition Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption brings this lost world to life.


ETA Creative Arts Mainstage Season '08 presents "Louie & Ophelia: A Real-Life Love Story" ETA Square, 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue.  Various times.  Tickets: $25.  Call 773/752-3955.

Lonnie Carter's Contemporary Rhymes Tell The Tale of America's First African American Poet: Phillis Wheatley, Times and performances vary.  Through November 13th. Tickets: $20-28.  Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.Call: 773-871-3000.


Classical Tapestry: A Mosaic of Music "Billy and Me"
 November 11, 8:00 p.m.  Join your host Richard Steele and theChicago Symphony Orchestra for Classical Tapestry.  Niki Haris, Rita Coolidge, Joan Osborne, Dianne Reeves, Rokia Traore:vocals, Terri Lyne Carrington, musical director.  Enjoy free drinks and munchies as you mingle with friends and enjoy your love for music.  Prices: $60-75 (includes 3 receptions and 3 concerts). Receptions start at 6:30 p.m.  For more information:


Chicago Humanities Festival

Book Signings

Carrie Carr: Single Black Female, Cost is free.  For more information: 708-868-2755. Waldenbooks, River Oaks Shopping Mall, Calumet City, Illinois.


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