Game Night with Kenyatta Forbes
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Game Night with Kenyatta Forbes

Join us on Friday, April 6 for First Friday Game Night with host Kenyatta Forbes, creator of Trading Races and Trading Rappers. Take your pick from an array of easy-to-learn party games including Cards Against Humanity, Hip Hop Charades, Black Card Revoked, Exploding Kittens, Taboo, Jenga, Scrabble, Sorry, Battleship, Trouble, and, of course Kenyatta’s games! We'll be staying open an hour later and light bites + beer, wine, and cocktails will be available from the Currency Exchange Café. Space and games are first come, first serve. Can’t make it this time? Game Night will take place every First Friday!

RSVP on Facebook here.

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First Monday Jazz: Gregory Carmouche
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

First Monday Jazz: Gregory Carmouche

Join us at the Currency Exchange Café for a special First Monday Jazz event featuring Gregory Carmouche. This event is FREE!

Greg Carmouche and the PA-TI Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band has been a union of creative musicians since 2003 and has steadily entertained audiences at venues throughout the Chicago area. The band plays arrangements of jazz flavored with the Caribbean, funk, and traditional elements that have people dancing in the aisles.

PA-TI Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band consists of Justin Dillard on Keyboards, Jerome Croswell on Trumpet/Timbales, Fred Jackson on Alto Saxophone, Jeff Harris on Bass, Samuel Jewell on Drums, and Gregory Carmouche on Congas/Percussions.

RSVP on Facebook here.
 

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South Side Story Time with Mama Fresh
Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

South Side Story Time with Mama Fresh

Join us for South Side Story Time, WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EDITION! We will be hosted by community builder and Mama Fresh Chi founder Jenn LeFlore. 

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! RSVP on Facebook here.

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First Monday Jazz: Sam Trump
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

First Monday Jazz: Sam Trump

Join us at the Currency Exchange Café for a special First Monday Jazz event featuring Sam Trump.

Sam Trump is a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music from first picking up the trumpet at age 7. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 to obtain his fine arts degree in music, he has become heavily involved in Chicago's live music scene as a band leader, sideman, and show curator. Wherever he is, Sam Trump is known for creating an experience that is best described as sophisticated & soulful. 

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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.

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

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Work on the Sabbath with Ernest Dawkins
Jan
7
4:00 PM16:00

Work on the Sabbath with Ernest Dawkins

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist, composer, and Rebuild Foundation artist-in-residence Ernest Dawkins kicks off Work on the Sabbath in its new location at Currency Exchange Café. Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing and is hosted by Yaw Agyeman every Sunday. This event is free and open to the public. Drinks and light bites will be available for purchase.

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Saturday Soul at CEx
Jan
6
1:00 PM13:00

Saturday Soul at CEx

SATURDAY SOUL AT CEx with Rebuild Foundation resident DJ Duane Powell kicks off this Saturday at 1pm. Come hear Duane spin cuts from his origins —spanning the 1970s soul music scene, 80s house, 90s acid jazz era, and the neo-soul and electrosoul movements of recent years. Start or end your visit to the Arts Block with a stop at the Arts Incubator for the B-Side Vinyl Shop + Swap, happening from 11AM-4PM with DJs Ayana Contreras, Jesse De La Peña, and Mr. Jaytoo.

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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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