Toy Drive + Visit with Santa!
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

Toy Drive + Visit with Santa!

We are excited to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the cafe for the second year in a row. This year, we are adding a toy drive! Please bring an unwrapped toy for a child aged 3 to 12. Toys will be distributed to two sites in our community: Chicago Youth Programs and Future Ties, NFP.  Richard Pack will be here taking photos. Prints available for $10. Milk and cookies will be served. Bring your holiday spirit. We can't wait to get festive with you! Facebook link.

 

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First Monday Jazz: avery r. young & de deacon board
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

First Monday Jazz: avery r. young & de deacon board

Join us for a special First Monday Jazz event featuring avery r. young & de deacon board. This event is FREE. First Monday Jazz happens every first Monday at 7pm and is presented in partnership with Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago. Complimentary drink and refreshments are served.

Multidisciplinary artist avery r. young is a Cave Canem alum & 3Arts Awardee whose written work has appeared in The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change and other anthologies. His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid is a combines his poetry and sound design to discuss matters of race and identity in America during the Obama Era. His vocal talents are featured on world renowned flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell’s newest release Mandorla Awakening || Emerging Worlds (FPE records). He currently works as a teaching artist and performs with his band de deacon board.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in these events should contact Arts + Public Life for assistance at 773.702.9724 or artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu.

Questions? Contact Nikki Patin at npatin@uchicago.edu or 773.263.7003

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South Side Story Time: Hip-Hop!
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

South Side Story Time: Hip-Hop!

In honor of Small Business Saturday, join us for a special Saturday edition of South Side Story Time. This month's theme will be hip-hop. We'll be joined by Currency Exchange Café barista and DJ Crissy Collins. Get to know the people behind the small business: café kitchen and service staff will be our hosts and readers!  Facebook link.

We'll have kid's apparel shopping from Kido and books available for purchase from 57th Street Books. Come meet other parents and caretakers in the neighborhood. Currency Exchange Café will keep you caffeinated with coffee on the house and water or juice for your little one. Excited to see you there!

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Sound Currency: Activist In You
Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Sound Currency: Activist In You

Sound Currency is a platform for makers and community organizations to connect with new audiences while selling or promoting their goods and ideas. Every Friday, the Café presents Sounds Currency during lunch, 12-2pm, featuring one maker or organization.

Sound Currency for Friday, November 17 spotlights Activist in You, an up and coming non-profit organization rooted in activism. Activist in You’s goal is, “to educate and inspire society to recognize the benefits of establishing humanity before race, sexuality, gender, age, educational and criminal background.” The organization achieves this through, “art, apparel, action and advice to advance societal change.”

 

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Green Line Goblins' Halloween Jam
Oct
31
5:00 PM17:00

Green Line Goblins' Halloween Jam

Celebrate Halloween at two community anchors in the Washington Park & Grand Boulevard neighborhoods of Bronzeville. Festivities kick off near the Green Line stations on both 51st Street and 55th Street (Garfield) at 5pm.  Facebook event here.

Boxville (332 E 51st)
Currency Exchange Café + Arts and Public Life (305 E Garfield)

Both sites will have snacks and tons of activities for children and adults of all ages. Pick a spooky spot to start, and at 6 o’clock line up at the Green Line for a train parade to the other site. Roundtrip CTA passes are provided. 

Boxville
Haunted box with a fortune teller
Thriller dance-off and costume competition
Face painting
Pumpkin Decorating
S’Mores bar
Boxville cider

Currency Exchange Café + Arts and Public Life
Photo booth with spooky props
Monster hunt
Calavera (sugar skulls) coloring
Scary movie
Hot Chocolate
Adult beverages

This event is free and open to the public.

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Jun
25
10:00 AM10:00

Story Hour With Denene Miller

Story Hour is back at its regular time this month and we have Denene Miller, celebrating the release of her new book Early Sunday Morning, as our special guest author.

About Early Sunday Morning: Early Sunday Morning follows June, Mommy, Daddy, and brother Troy through their weekend routine as June prepares for a special performance leading the children's choir at church on Sunday morning. Readers spend the weekend with June as she collects helpful pieces of advice on how to be less nervous about her big solo. Along the way, she visits the barbershop with Mommy and Troy, gets her hair done by Mommy, receives a special dress from her aunt, and shares her family ritual of getting ready for Sunday morning service. As her special moment approaches, June leans on the support of her whole family, as well as advice from her father, to conquer her fear of singing in front of the congregation. Early Sunday Morning is a heartwarming celebration of the special time a young girl and her family share together as she learns how to lift her mighty voice.

 

About My Brown Baby: For almost a decade, national parenting expert and bestselling author Denene Millner has published thought-provoking, insightful, sometimes wickedly funny commentary about motherhood on her critically acclaimed website MyBrownBaby.com. The site, hailed as a “must-read” by the New York Times, speaks to the experiences, joys, fears, sorrows, and triumphs of African American motherhood, from pregnancy and child-rearing to relationships and the politics of parenting black children.

After publishing almost 2,000 posts aimed at lifting the voices of moms and dads of color, Millner has now curated My Brown Baby, a collection of the website’s most important and insightful essays. This one-of-a-kind parenting book offers perspectives on the issues moms of color and mothers of children of color face as they raise their kids—from birthing while black to negotiating discipline to preparing children for racism.

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Jun
11
2:00 PM14:00

Songs and Stories: Folktales and Fun with Shanta

Join us for a special story hour in BING Reading Room co-hosted by Kidoand 57th Street Books. We will have the amazing Shanta Nurullah as our storyteller! Shanta plays piano, guitar, djembe, mbira, bass, and sitar. She performs with the AACM and her own band, Sitarsys. Shanta travels the country telling stories and playing cool instruments from India, Africa, and China. She presents storytelling programs at festivals, colleges, museums, schools, and libraries. Shanta is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award and a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award. Raising her own four children, she delighted in making up songs for just about everything--the names, riding in the car, taking a bath and more! She’s excited to sing and play with you!

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First Monday Jazz
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

First Monday Jazz

Join Arts + Public life in the café for a special First Monday Jazz event featuring Marvin Tate.

Marvin Tate is a multidisciplinary artist and a staple in the Chicago poetry/performance-art and indie music (Rock and Jazz) scene. 

In recent years Tate, has been the voice of silent screen actor Bert Williams in a collaboration with artist, Theaster Gates Jr and his Black Monks of Mississippi. He has collaborated with performance artist, Jefferson Pinder, and participated in the Chicago- documentary, “147 Pianos” with the filmmaker, Dolores Wilber.

Tate presently records and performs with Chicago sound artist, Joseph C. Mills. He has been commissioned by the Jazz Institute, to reinterpret the poem, “Ask Yo Mama” by the Poet, Langston Hughes, which makes its Chicago debut December 2017.

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This event is FREE.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in these events should contact Arts + Public Life for assistance at 773.702.9724 or artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu.

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Urban Macrame Workshop in BING
Apr
30
1:00 PM13:00

Urban Macrame Workshop in BING

Macrame Workshop // Large Wall-Hanging
Urban Macrame Fibers designs can be found everywhere from Modern Cooperative boutique in Pilsen to the living spaces of Bangtel. Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting.   Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder using cotton rope, braid, beads, and other decorative materials.

What will be provided: Macrame rope, Rings, Dowels, Beads, and S-Hooks.

Location:
BING Reading Room
307 E. Garfield Blvd.,
Chicago, IL, 60637

Click here for workshop tickets!

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Story Time with Kido and Seminary Co-Op Bookstores
Apr
30
10:00 AM10:00

Story Time with Kido and Seminary Co-Op Bookstores

"Very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words." - Miss Gwendolyn Brooks

We will definitely read from Bronzeville Boys and Girls at this month's story hour and The Seminary Co-op Bookstores will have copies of it and other children's poetry books for sale.  Join Currency Exchange Cafe, Kido, and Peabody award winning poet Nikki Patin for this month's story time as we celebrate National Poetry Month! 

Story Time is on the last Sunday of the month from 10am-11am. We provide coffee for caretakers and juice for their little ones. 

 

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BING Reading Room: Chicago on My Mind After Party
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

BING Reading Room: Chicago on My Mind After Party

Join us in BING Reading Room for a Closing Night After Party for the exhibition, Chicago on My Mind: Selections from Private Chicago Collections presented by the Curatorial Collective: Arts + Public Life’s inaugural Resident Curatorial Collective present Chicago On My Mind, an exhibition which shares a story of many Chicagos. Expanding on the intended curatorial vision of the 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago on My Mind explores cultural values driven by Chicago-based social and civic-minded collection practices. 

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Table Talk: Chicago on my Mind
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Table Talk: Chicago on my Mind

Join us in the Currency Exchange Café for a Table Talk on Chicago on My Mind, an exhibition which shares a story of many Chicagos. Expanding on the intended curatorial vision of the 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago on My Mind explores cultural values driven by Chicago-based social and civic-minded collection practices. Presented by Art and Public Life’s inaugural Resident Curatorial Collective residents LaKeisha Leek and Sadie Woods. 

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RELATED PROGRAMMING

Opening Reception
Friday, January 20, 6:00–8:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

Collector's Talk + Closing Reception
Friday, February 24, 6:00–8:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

Closing Night After Party
Friday, February 24, 8:00–10:00pm
BING Reading Room, 307 East Garfield Boulevard

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Cupid's Brunch
Feb
12
11:00 AM11:00

Cupid's Brunch

Featuring DJ and tastemaker Duane Powell and a mini Vends + Vibes pop-up shop in BING Reading Room next door: accessories by Geosuff Geere, vegan sweets by Mindful Indulgences: Organic Vegan Artisan Chocolate Truffles, and floral arrangements by AVents by August. Our brunch menu will include brunch classics such as mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and future favorites like our Breakfast Soul Bowl and Shrimp & Grits. Whether you’re beautifully coupled up or blissfully living the single life, this Cupid’s Day Brunch will allow you to show love, shop local and indulge every sense at your favorite spot in Washington Park.

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BING Reading Room Presents: Urban Macrame
Jan
16
12:00 PM12:00

BING Reading Room Presents: Urban Macrame

Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting. This is the first of a monthly partnership!

Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder or wall hanging using cotton rope, braid, beads, and other decorative materials.

All supplies included:

- 100% Cotton Rope or Jersey Yarn

- Wood Ring or wood dowel

- Beginners Knot Guide - A 'how to' of knots, images included, as well as FAQ and an intro to basic terms

- Live Instruction

You'll leave with a finished piece for your home or to gift to a loved one as well as enough knowledge to continue your macrame journey. Tasty bites and beverages included!

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Pictures with Santa
Dec
18
9:00 AM09:00

Pictures with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town! 

Join us in welcoming a special visitor to the Arts Block on December 18. Bring your wish list and your biggest smiles. Complimentary hot chocolate for the little ones. 

Photos will be available to purchase. Food and drink specials all day.

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Black + Brown Presents The Dessert Shoppe
Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

Black + Brown Presents The Dessert Shoppe

This month, Amara Betty Martin, Jennifer Ligaya, Viktor le. Givens, and Sherwin Ovid will explore the mythos of sweetness. Please join us for an unforgettable immersive experience. 

Amara Betty Martin is a visual artist and independent arts organizer working across the city of Chicago with a focus on highlighting emerging artists, providing a platform for expression and economic exchange and raising funds as well as awareness for grassroots causes and organizations. Her visual art focuses on urban surrealism through photography, drawings, video, collage, music, and writings, combining the artist’s own work in the community and photography with paint and mixed media, as well as with vintage and found materials.http://amarabetty.wix.com/rebelbettyarte

Jennifer Ligaya is a performance composer born and raised in Chicago. A thinker, a healer, and a lifelong performer, Ligaya has an interdisciplinary background including visual art (Gallery 37), vocal performance (Hard Rock Cafe), spoken word (Lit X), dance (Field Museum with Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company), and theater (Pinting Theater Company). Aside from her community work as an occupational therapist and teaching artist with Urban Gateways, she continues to write and perform original music. Her most recent work aims to weave mediums and utilize contemporary performance practices to examine and explore the intersections of race, gender, decolonization, indigeneity, activism, and healing. Ligaya is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College. https://jenniferligaya.com/

Viktor le. Givens is an installation and performance artist whose practice centers around the gathering of ancestral objects to activate spaces for site-specific rituals. His materials frequently include forgotten and discarded household items and personal effects. Through the accumulation of these cultural artifacts, le. Givens seeks to create spaces that inspire the activation of cultural memory and support African-American spiritual continuities. His work was been presented at a range of spaces, including Glass Curtain Gallery, South Side Community Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently as part of Fo Wilson’s Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities at Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Givens is currently an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. 

Sherwin Ovid is a Trinidadian multimedia artist and DJ with a creative background rooted in filmmaking, painting, and drawing. His work explores the limits of social boundaries and their perpetual transformation. He strives to use his work as a means of creative intervention to incite social awareness. https://ssovidblog.com/

Admission is free!

BLACK + BROWN is a monthly programming series that explores how Afro-diasporic traditions and experimental ideas engender conviviality, multidisciplinary learning, and transcommunal engagement.

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Vends + Vibes
Dec
10
to Dec 11

Vends + Vibes

Vends + Vibes is a family-friendly event that will feature:

- Curated, block-long marketplace of artists and makers offering unique, one-of-a-kind wares
- Live sets by Chicago Rae Chardonnay and Jo de Presser
- Artist-led activities for kids, families, and the young at heart
- Winter-friendly drink and menu specials at the Currency Exchange Café and BING
- Open studios of the Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Artists-in-Residence
- A visit from Brother Nick, Santa's younger brother, on Saturday from 1-4pm
- A Kids Korner makerspace in the Holiday Woodshop on Sunday from 1-4pm
- Customized poetry by Rebirth Poetry Ensemble
- Live caroling on the Arts Block, with The Non-Denominational Caroling Project

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South Side Home Movie Project
Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

South Side Home Movie Project

Join the South Side Home Movie Project as we Celebrate 11 years of collecting and documenting these historic South Side neighborhoods. Our donors will be joining us and showing selections from their collections. We invite the public to join us and bring your home movies in to be inspected and screened!

About the South Side Home Movie Project:

The South Side Home Movie Project is an archival and research initiative to collect, preserve and exhibit amateur films from Chicago’s South Side neighborhood. This project grew from the notable absence home movies (especially from minorities) in the canon of film scholarship which is only now beginning to change. The project also seeks to provide context and history for these historic neighborhoods.

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Black + Brown Series Presents Salsa con Soul
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Black + Brown Series Presents Salsa con Soul

Salsa con Soul is a Chicago-based band that formed in 2005. Since then, the ensemble has been a staple in the Chicago salsa scene, providing fresh intepretations of classic salsa from Ray Baretto to Mongo Santamaria. 

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Also, please join us for a salsa dance workshop at 7:00p. Not to be missed!! 

BLACK + BROWN is a monthly programming series that explores how Afro-diasporic traditions and experimental ideas engender conviviality, multidisciplinary learning, and transcommunal engagement.

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First Monday Jazz: the Vent Fort [The Bridge #7] ensemble
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

First Monday Jazz: the Vent Fort [The Bridge #7] ensemble

Join us for a special First Monday Jazz event, featuring the Vent Fort [The Bridge #7] ensemble.

Jazz was the original “world music,” long before this label became widespread.

In recent years, many French and American musicians have expressed a renewed interest in experiencing the musical and sociomusical realities of their transatlantic counterparts. Unfortunately, these collaborations usually do not extend beyond a few concerts, a tour, or a recording, due to the lack of adequate networks and resources.

The Bridge creates transatlantic opportunities for deep exchange, production, and diffusion between French and American musicians via collaborative projects.

Tonight's Vent Fort [The Bridge #7] ensemble features:

Magic Malik ~ flute, voice
Guillaume Orti ~ saxophones
Jeb Bishop ~ trombone
Fredéric Bargeon Briet ~ double bass
Tyshawn Sorey ~ drums, trombone

This performance is part of the 2016/17 Logan Center for the Arts Jazz Residency.
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ABOUT THE JAZZ RESIDENCY
This residency is a collaboration of M-Base Concepts, Inc., the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago, Rebuild Foundation, and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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This event is FREE.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in these events should contact Arts + Public Life for assistance at 773.702.9724 or artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu.

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