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A.R.O.M.A. of Summer

street lady Looking for some way to take full advantage of this amazing (if fleeting) weather? Anika Ellison of A.R.O.M.A. says: “Tonight’s the night, lovely people! Fashion, art, tasty global rhythms and YOU. It’s only $5, so ladies breakout those short shorts you’ve been dying to wear, fellas take some time to stretch, ’cause we’re DANCING TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A.R.O.M.A. @ Sonotheque  (1444 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago)

“A Rhythmic Organic Musical Affair” Hosted by Anika Tene

DJ’s: Shannon Harris & Joe Bryl

Live percussion by Jim Bruno

Fashion show directed by Agnieszka Kulon featuring STRUT CHICAGO’s men’s collection

Digital photography exhibit featuring Robin Rios and Seth Kammueller

Video DJ performance by MFChicago

Doors open 9pm – 2am $5 Cover (Free before 11PM with RSVP) EARLY ARRIVAL IS SUGGESTED Call: (312)409-2657 or email: aroma2009@gmail.com for RSVP.

NOTE: The folks at A.R.O.M.A. want you to know…. In Cameroon, the National Day is May 20th, and it indicates honor and pride. Complete Independence was not granted to a largely colonized Cameroon till 1972. The wonderful sounds of Makossa are most popular in the urban areas of Cameroon. It’s origins are from a type of Duala dance called kossa, with significant influences from jazz, ambasse bey, Latin music, highlife and rumba. While the makossa style began in the 1950’s, the first recordings were not seen until a decade later. Artists such as Eboa Lotin, Misse Ngoh and especially Manu Dibango popularized the style outside of Cameroon in the later 1960s. This month we will celebrate Cameroon Independence Day with Makossa and its other worldly influences. ctc_01_img0204 Cameroonian dancers from the Mabeas tribe


Mingus Awareness Project TONIGHT!

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Tonight, a group of musicians will gather at The Hideout to celebrate the life and music of Charles Mingus, and to benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Mingus, an American musical hero who died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), is one of the greatest figures in jazz history. His bass playing, compositions and philosophy have transcended his genre and left indelible marks on music history.

Justin Dillard — solo piano

Sue Mingus talks about the Jazz Workshop, Inc., and she reads an excerpt from her memoir “Tonight at Noon” (via Skype).

MAPtet performs music by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Eric Dolphy
Rich Corpolongo — saxophones
Saalik Ziyad — vocals
Paul Hartsaw — tenor saxophone
Dan Godston — trumpet
Nick Moran — baritone saxophone and bass clarinet
Norman Palm — trombone
Jon Godston — soprano saxophone
Jerry Coleman — drums
Alex Wing — upright bass
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at The Hideout website, and you can make a donation to MAP3 by clicking on http://www.lesturnerals.org/communityevents.htm. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle to win items donated by The Jazz Institute of Chicago, The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Jazz Workshop Inc., Myopic Books, Dusty Groove, Chicago Independent Radio Pr
oject, Reckless Records, and others.

http://www.mingusawarenessproject.org
http://www.myspace.com/mingusawarenessproject

Mingus Awareness Project 3

Date:
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Time:
9:00pm – 11:30pm
Location:
The Hideout
Street:
1354 W Wabansia Ave
City/Town:
Chicago, IL

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Art Comes Alive Tonight in Chicago

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First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art

(Tonight,  Fri. May 1st)

Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Cash bar featuring specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, creation stations, and more. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition.

First Fridays tickets, which include museum admission, live entertainment, and complimentary Wolfgang Puck hors d’oeuvres, are $15 ($7 for MCA members). Advance tickets are available for $10 ($7 MCA members). Order your tickets online, or call the MCA box office at 312.397.4010. Doors are open from 6 to 10 pm with a cash bar until 9:30 pm. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.280.2660

for the after-set:

twilite80’S BABIES PRESENT FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE W/SPECIAL GUEST DJ THE TWILITE TONE
LIVE PERFORMANCE BY PETER HADAR
@ THE FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE TONITE

9PM-2AM (at 728 W. GRAND IN CHICAGO)

Artsy-ass electro-soulster (in the BEST way) Peter Hadar ends his epic invasion of Chicago with a BANG!  And bless my man Twilite Tone.  Good time to be had, but I bet they’re both tired…

and don’t forget:

Art Chicago 2009 is ongoing (till May 4th) at the Merchandise Mart

Art Chicago® 2009, the annual international fair of contemporary and modern art, brings together the world’s leading emerging and established galleries. Art Chicago offers curators, collectors, artists and art enthusiasts a comprehensive survey of current and historic work, from cutting-edge to modern masters in a wide variety of media including: painting, photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and special installations.  There’s also a panel discussion series called Art Chicago Speaks, featuring curators and artists alike.

General Ticket Information
Tickets may be purchased onsite and and will be available online.
Adults:  $20 daily or $25 multi-day pass
Seniors, Students or Groups: $15 multi-day pass
Children 12 and under are free

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Projection For Chicago, 2008 / Merchandise Mart
© 2008Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.
Text (pictured): “The Joy of Writing” from View with a Grain of Sand, copyright © 1993 by Wisława Szymborska
Photo: John Faier

Peter Hadar Invades Chicago….

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Peter Hadar is in town, folk.  His dusky voice oozes soul and charisma.  The edginess of his productions promises freshness in an oft stale musical landscape.   Catch the Jersey native at Lava Wednesday Nite with The Twilite Tone (whom I love and have missed in the Chi) and the Primeridian.  He’s doing an in-store at The Silver Room on Thursday.  You can also catch Peter at Twilite Tone’s “Great Weekend” at Sonotheque this Thursday (featuring Yaw, as well).  If that’s not enough, you can see him at an in-store at SoleMates and at the Funky Buddah Lounge on Friday.  See you there…

For a full list of dates & times, click here.

for more on Peter Hadar, click here.


Tofu Chitlin Circuit presents The A La Carte: Carrot Cake Edition

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From The Tofu Chitlin Circuit (a theater conservatory located in the Bronzeville District of Chicago):

TONIGHT’s A La Carte (panel discussion) is sure to ruffle some feathers! We’re talking about the newest trend to hit the stage: White directors staging Black plays. Is this valid? Is this fair? Who cares? Let’s talk about it!

Featuring Panel Members:

Director of Outreach & Research for Second City Dionna Griffin-Irons


Elizabeth Margolius, Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of DirectorsLabChicago

Vaun Monroe, Assistant Professor of Film/Video at Columbia College

Derrick Sanders, Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre

Adam Thurman, Director of Marketing for Court Theater

Harvey Young, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University

and delicious Carrot Cake….

Need I say more?
Join us today:
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Digital Youth Network (Directly next to Little Black Pearl)

6:30pm – 9:30pm
1050 E 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
$3 suggested donation
photo by sydney chatman


Representations: A Letter, An Essay, and Five Questions

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from the Experimental Station:

On Friday, April 10 at 6 pm, at the Experimental Station, Lee Ann Norman and Theaster Gates (below) will be presenting the next happening in their year-long series entitled “Representations: A series on Culture, Politics and Aesthetics.” Please join Lee Ann and Theaster at the Experimental Station for “A Letter, an Essay, and Five Questions” featuring Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Curator at the Renaissance Society.

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The Experimental Station is located at:

6100 S. Blackstone Ave.

Chicago, Il 60637

About the Experimental Station: Taking its name from a speech given by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1901 (“The Art and Craft of the Machine”), the Experimental Station exceeds even Wright’s dream of a place where art and technology would embrace one another under the same roof, where such an encounter would lead to new ideas and innovative designs and practices.  Please click on the book at left for more information.

webfarm-14NOTE: the Experimental Station’s 61st Street Farmers Market Opens SATURDAY, MAY 16!  More info to come.


Alvin Ailey American Dance: back in chicago

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the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is back in Chicago (at the gorgeous Auditorium Theatre). Those loyal darkjive readers among you, I warned you weeks ago that it was time to save up….

highlights of this year’s program include:

Night Creature – One of Ailey’s most classically choreographed ballets juxtaposed within Ellington’s jazz idiom – the dance capitvates with Ailey’s sexy nocturnal rituals that propel the movement into a fast paced climatic catharsis. (I really enjoyed this, and look forward to seeing it one mo’ gin)

Revelations – This enduring classic is a tribute to African American heritage and to Ailey’s genius. Using African-American religous music – spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues – this suite fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. (the classic Pièce de résistance of not only the Company, but of Judith Jamison, as well.  Must See.)

Suite Otis – Otis Redding’s sassy, sizzling music sets the stage for George Faison’s playful battle of the sexes. The yearning sensuality of such timeless songs as “Satisfaction,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and other favorites bursts through this sexy, charming and witty suite. George W. Faison danced with the AAADT from 1967 through 1970. He was the first African American choreographer to win a Tony Award for his choreography in The Wiz (1975). In the early 1970’s, he created two modern American dance classics, Suite Otis and Slaves for the George Faison Universal Dance Experience. (I’m excited to see this one.  “The Wiz”??  Are you kidding me?)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

50th Anniversary Celebration

Dates: April 1 – 5, 2009
Times: Wed – Fri at 7:30 p.m, Sat at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m, Sun at 3 p.m.
Price: $82, $69, $59, $45, $30
Thurs 4/2 7:30pm                                   ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS (includes REVELATIONS)
Fri 4/3 7:30pm                                         FESTA BAROCCA** / TREADING, REVELATIONS
Sat 4/4 matinee 2:00pm                       BLUES SUITE* / SUITE OTIS / REVELATIONS
Sat 4/4 evening  8:00pm                       FESTA BAROCCA** / TREADING, REVELATIONS
Sun 4/5 matinee 3:00pm                       NIGHT CREATURE, UNFOLD / SUITE OTIS / REVELATIONS

*  New Production
**  Chicago Premiere


pARTy like an art star….

10102007-chicago-mcaFirst Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art

(Tomorrow,  Fri. April 3rd)

Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the MCA. Cash bar featuring specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, the world’s only iMac G5 digital dating bar, creation stations, and more. Each month features an up-and-coming Chicago artist in a preview of the latest UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition.

First Fridays tickets, which include museum admission, live entertainment, and complimentary Wolfgang Puck hors d’oeuvres, are $15 ($7 for MCA members). Advance tickets are available for $10 ($7 MCA members). Order your tickets online, or call the MCA box office at 312.397.4010. Doors are open from 6 to 10 pm with a cash bar until 9:30 pm. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.280.2660


the Twinight Revue is Coming

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The Chicago-based record label Numero Group has brought together several veteran local soul acts from the short-lived (local) Twinight Record label (circa late 60s- early 70s).   Among them will be: Renaldo Domino, Syl Johnson, and the Notations.  They’ll perform Saturday at the Park West on Armitage Avenue in Chicago. Tomorrow on Chicago Public Radio’s morning show, 848, Richard Steele (great guy, by the way) will interview Syl in anticipation…. good golly.  Here’s some clips of revue practice…courtesy of The Chicagoist….  Chicago Soul rides again!!!

from Numero Group’s blog:

twinight128While Syl Johnson, the Notations, and Nate Evans perform regularly around the world, Renaldo Domino, the Kaldirons, and the Final Solution haven’t been on stage in over 30 years. In true revue fashion, we’ve hired Chicago’s stalwart Uptown Sound to back the entire performance and expanded their tight rhythm section to include horns, backing vocalists, and strings. The show will be preceded by an interactive slideshow of Chicago soul memorabilia and a DJ set from The Numero Group, followed by an autograph and photo line.



Africa Hi-Fi (back and in full effect!)

africahifi91606mark your calendars for Ron and Sonia’s ongoing afro-funk-highlife-house-shindig…. Saturday, April 11th at Sonotheque…

AFRICA HI-FI SUPPORTS
NEXTAID , an LA based non-profit that uses music events to raise money for children in South Africa o
rphaned by the horrendous AIDS EPIDEMIC, and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, working diligently to raise awareness and action against Human Rights Violations all over the world.