Avery and Train Wednesdays
Aug
31
7:00 pm19:00

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency.

Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others.

Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment.

Every week will be a unique experience, so drop by as often as you can. The first set generally begins at 7, with the second starting between 8 and 8:30.

Ode to the City Workshop
Aug
30
6:00 pm18:00

Ode to the City Workshop

Ode to the City is a grassroots art initiative targeting communities with stories to tell and art to create. Starting July 1 and running until August 31st, the project will bring a team of talented teaching artists into Chicago near south side communities to conduct FREE public workshops for community residents. No experience required, no age limit. 

Our aim is to empower multigenerational artists from city neighborhoods to tap into the power of color to challenge dominant narratives, and to imagine alternatives for their communities and for themselves through a variety of artistic medium. 

Interested in viewing our complete calendar of events, signing up for workshops, joining our mailing list, or signing up to be a volunteer? Head to our website

More ways to stay up to date on all things #OTC: like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @odetothecity, and on instagram @odetothecity_chi.  

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages
Aug
30
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages

Come for family-friendly, kid-friendly art workshops designed to help kids and youth engage in art and creative work, and how it ties in with issues of social justice, in a stress-free environment.

Offered twice a week, all summer long. All you have to do is come!

  • Free
  • Open to all ages (kids and teens encouraged)
  • Art supplies provided 
Finding Black Joy Scavenger Hunt
Aug
27
11:00 am11:00

Finding Black Joy Scavenger Hunt

Purchase Tickets&Register: www.kedu.life/findingblackjoy

Grab some friends and start your journey! There is a lot of beauty on the South Side of Chicago and we intend to spotlight Black Culture, Black Businesses, Connections to Nature and Cultural Gems. One group will walk away with a trophy and bragging rights but we will all find joy along the way.

This car-less point-based scavenger hunt will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the sights that you zoom by. Linger on the sidewalks a little longer and explore Black Chicago. Board, bike, CTA or walk your way to a greater understanding of the influence black culture has had on Chicago. When all is said and done join us for food, drinks and fun.

Cost:
Individuals: $6
Groups of Two: $10
Groups up to 5: $20

Purchase Tickets&Register: www.kedu.life/findingblackjoy

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When

Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT) - Add to Calendar

Where

Bing Art Books - 307 East Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60637 - View Map

Intimate Words: Happy Hour & Art
Aug
26
6:00 pm18:00

Intimate Words: Happy Hour & Art

Intimate words is an artist forum founded by four women of color of various creative backgrounds aspiring to give other artist in the community a platform to perform, exhibit their artwork and collaborate with other artist and discuss issues affecting the community. Intimate Words welcomes creatives of various backgrounds, anywhere from poets, storytellers, singer/song writers, musicians and visual/performing artist.

This event will feature live performances and photography. Drinks will be available for purchase.

BCH @ BING featured artist: Diana Ross: Boss
Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

BCH @ BING featured artist: Diana Ross: Boss

 

*JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL, SING-ALONG, OUTDOOR FILM THIS WEEK! SEE BELOW*

Each month, BING will feature one or more artists selected by Black Cinema House for our BCH @ BING film series. Screenings will begin every Thursday at 7pm and will often be followed by a discussion. Feature-length films will be shown once while shorter works will be played on a loop.

As we sip our Lemonade this summer, let’s not forget Queen D. Supreme Diva Diana Ross evolved from her ground-breaking 1960s girl group to a solo superstardom that surpassed all expectations of what Black women could achieve in the entertainment industry. Cinema was central to the vision that Ross and Svengali Berry Gordy developed for her career, and for Motown. This month BCH@BING takes a look at the films of Diana Ross, all cult classics beloved for the outrageous alchemy of Ross’ fabulousness combined with eclectic production design, unforgettable music, and a host of co-starring Black luminaries.

August 25 - The Wiz (Sidney Lumet, 1978, 134 min

For many of us, this is the original. Diana, Michael, Nipsey, Ted and Toto ease down a Congoleum yellow brick road through the Blackest fantasy space ever rendered on film.

*This is a sing-along, outdoor film! Grab your lawn chair and warm up your singing voice. At 8:30pm we'll be heading down to the Muffler Shop (359 E Garfield) for the screening. Come by BING at 7pm for a drink, snacks, and some Diana Ross pregame activities!*

Performer, musical theater director and arts educator Shakila Grigler will guest host this week's event and lead the sing-along.
 

Admission is free. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase prior to the film.

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages
Aug
25
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages

Come for family-friendly, kid-friendly art workshops designed to help kids and youth engage in art and creative work, and how it ties in with issues of social justice, in a stress-free environment.

Offered twice a week, all summer long. All you have to do is come!

  • Free
  • Open to all ages (kids and teens encouraged)
  • Art supplies provided 
Avery and Train Wednesdays
Aug
24
7:00 pm19:00

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency.

Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others.

Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment.

Every week will be a unique experience, so drop by as often as you can. The first set generally begins at 7, with the second starting between 8 and 8:30.

Ode to the City Workshop
Aug
23
6:00 pm18:00

Ode to the City Workshop

Ode to the City is a grassroots art initiative targeting communities with stories to tell and art to create. Starting July 1 and running until August 31st, the project will bring a team of talented teaching artists into Chicago near south side communities to conduct FREE public workshops for community residents. No experience required, no age limit. 

Our aim is to empower multigenerational artists from city neighborhoods to tap into the power of color to challenge dominant narratives, and to imagine alternatives for their communities and for themselves through a variety of artistic medium. 

Interested in viewing our complete calendar of events, signing up for workshops, joining our mailing list, or signing up to be a volunteer? Head to our website

More ways to stay up to date on all things #OTC: like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @odetothecity, and on instagram @odetothecity_chi.  

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages
Aug
23
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages

Come for family-friendly, kid-friendly art workshops designed to help kids and youth engage in art and creative work, and how it ties in with issues of social justice, in a stress-free environment.

Offered twice a week, all summer long. All you have to do is come!

  • Free
  • Open to all ages (kids and teens encouraged)
  • Art supplies provided 
Private Reading Series **CANCELLED**
Aug
20
7:00 pm19:00

Private Reading Series **CANCELLED**

**CANCELLED**

Don't let the name fool you, this series is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

The Private Series is a special reading series where writers of all stripes, poets and other language artists may read more sensitive material not ready for the public, test-flight work, work that is too experimental for a publisher or that simply could benefit from an environment of other artists and writer.

Please join our “Private Reading Series“ Facebook group for updates and information. All readings are recorded for broadcast, and entered into the Private Archive.

You don't need to be a writer to come!

Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

Here's this month's lineup:

Victoria Bradford

Brian Hieggelke

Sharae Rimpsey

A.J. Outzs Melenon

BCH @ BING featured artist: Diana Ross: Boss
Aug
18
7:00 pm19:00

BCH @ BING featured artist: Diana Ross: Boss

Each month, BING will feature one or more artists selected by Black Cinema House for our BCH @ BING film series. Screenings will begin every Thursday at 7pm and will often be followed by a discussion. Feature-length films will be shown once while shorter works will be played on a loop.

As we sip our Lemonade this summer, let’s not forget Queen D. Supreme Diva Diana Ross evolved from her ground-breaking 1960s girl group to a solo superstardom that surpassed all expectations of what Black women could achieve in the entertainment industry. Cinema was central to the vision that Ross and Svengali Berry Gordy developed for her career, and for Motown. This month BCH@BING takes a look at the films of Diana Ross, all cult classics beloved for the outrageous alchemy of Ross’ fabulousness combined with eclectic production design, unforgettable music, and a host of co-starring Black luminaries.

August 18 - Mahogany (Berry Gordy, 1975, 109 min)

Aspiring fashion designer Tracy -- wearing a ridiculous array of jaw-dropping fashions, some designed by the Boss herself -- makes a perilous global journey from her South Side home, leaving behind smooth, proto-Barack activist Billy Dee Williams for psycho fashion photographer Anthony Perkins. Post-film conversation with guest host Krista Franklin, Chicago poet and visual artist.

Admission is free. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages
Aug
18
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages

Come for family-friendly, kid-friendly art workshops designed to help kids and youth engage in art and creative work, and how it ties in with issues of social justice, in a stress-free environment.

Offered twice a week, all summer long. All you have to do is come!

Attendees will be guided through specific projects on Tuesdays, while Thursdays will be an open, free-form session.

  • Free
  • Open to all ages (kids and teens encouraged)
  • Art supplies provided 

This week, we'll be decorating t-shirts using paint and glitter glue. All supplies will be provided!

Avery and Train Wednesdays
Aug
17
7:00 pm19:00

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency.

Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others.

Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment.

Every week will be a unique experience, so drop by as often as you can. The first set generally begins at 7, with the second starting between 8 and 8:30.

Ode to the City Workshop
Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

Ode to the City Workshop

Ode to the City is a grassroots art initiative targeting communities with stories to tell and art to create. Starting July 1 and running until August 31st, the project will bring a team of talented teaching artists into Chicago near south side communities to conduct FREE public workshops for community residents. No experience required, no age limit. 

Our aim is to empower multigenerational artists from city neighborhoods to tap into the power of color to challenge dominant narratives, and to imagine alternatives for their communities and for themselves through a variety of artistic medium. 

Interested in viewing our complete calendar of events, signing up for workshops, joining our mailing list, or signing up to be a volunteer? Head to our website

More ways to stay up to date on all things #OTC: like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @odetothecity, and on instagram @odetothecity_chi.  

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages
Aug
16
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages

Come for family-friendly, kid-friendly art workshops designed to help kids and youth engage in art and creative work, and how it ties in with issues of social justice, in a stress-free environment.

Offered twice a week, all summer long. All you have to do is come!

  • Free
  • Open to all ages (kids and teens encouraged)
  • Art supplies provided 

This week, we'll be decorating t-shirts using paint and glitter glue. All supplies will be provided!

Black + Brown Concert Series featuring Urban Pilón and Freedom Effect
Aug
13
7:00 pm19:00

Black + Brown Concert Series featuring Urban Pilón and Freedom Effect

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

In the United Kingdom, the term off-license is used for shops that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed off premises. However, in the United States the term off-licence is used in Cameroonian communities (and other former British colonies) to indicate small, privately owned restaurants located in a family home. Of course, this idea is not limited to the Anglophone African diaspora; for example, in Cuba it is called paladar. Because these informal businesses are mostly frequented by diasporic citizens there is considerable effort made to produce ‘comfort experiences’ that remind patrons of home and/or childhood, including traditional food, beverages, and artistic production (e.g. music, video, and fashion). 

This month, Urban Pilón and Freedom Effect will explore this notion of the off-licence. Please join us for a unique, multi-sensory installation that will center on cuisine, music, and visual arts from the Caribbean and West Africa.

Urban Pilón
Established in 2012 by longtime friends and cultural workers Roberto Pérez and Angel Fuentes, Urban Pilón is a culinary brand committed to sharing knowledge about the great cuisine of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. From cooking demonstrations and classes to catering and blogging, Urban Pilón aims to offer healthy, unique, and innovative food alternatives. 

Freedom Effect
Founded in 2011, Freedom Effect began as an effort to support undocumented students from Humboldt Park interested in pursuing careers in the arts. Inspired by the calavera (sugar skull) aesthetic and experiences of struggle, which is symbolized by the gas mask, Freedom Effect seeks to remind the public that we must live in the ‘free-est’ and fullest of ways, beyond mere survival.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

BCH @ BING featured artist: Diana Ross: Boss
Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

BCH @ BING featured artist: Diana Ross: Boss

Each month, BING will feature one or more artists selected by Black Cinema House for our BCH @ BING film series. Screenings will begin every Thursday at 7pm and will often be followed by a discussion. Feature-length films will be shown once while shorter works will be played on a loop.

As we sip our Lemonade this summer, let’s not forget Queen D. Supreme Diva Diana Ross evolved from her ground-breaking 1960s girl group to a solo superstardom that surpassed all expectations of what Black women could achieve in the entertainment industry. Cinema was central to the vision that Ross and Svengali Berry Gordy developed for her career, and for Motown. This month BCH@BING takes a look at the films of Diana Ross, all cult classics beloved for the outrageous alchemy of Ross’ fabulousness combined with eclectic production design, unforgettable music, and a host of co-starring Black luminaries.

✔ August 11 - Lady Sings the Blues (Sidney J Furie, 1972, 144 min)

While some criticized  Ross heavily for her inability to capture Billie Holiday’s tragic genius in voice and physical stature, she delivers (alongside  Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor) a gut-wrenching portrait of the treachery of show business, and frailties of Black artists.

Post-film conversation with Chicago jazz musician Maggie Brown and Black Cinema House curator and UChicago film scholar Jacqueline Stewart.
 

Admission is free. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages
Aug
11
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Justice: A workshop for kids of all ages

Express, engage, and explore through art!

Come for family-friendly, kid-friendly art workshops designed to help kids and youth engage in art and creative work, and how it ties in with issues of social justice, in a stress-free environment.

Offered twice a week, all summer long. All you have to do is come!

  • Free
  • Open to all ages (kids and teens encouraged)
  • Art supplies provided
Avery and Train Wednesdays
Aug
10
7:00 pm19:00

Avery and Train Wednesdays

Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency.

Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others.

Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment.

Every week will be a unique experience, so drop by as often as you can. The first set generally begins at 7, with the second starting between 8 and 8:30.

Painting Justice: An arts workshop for kids of all ages
Aug
9
3:00 pm15:00

Painting Justice: An arts workshop for kids of all ages

Express, engage, and explore through art!

Come for family-friendly, kid-friendly art workshops designed to help kids and youth engage in art and creative work, and how it ties in with issues of social justice, in a stress-free environment.

Offered twice a week, all summer long. All you have to do is come!

  • Free
  • Open to all ages (kids and teens encouraged)
  • Art supplies provided
Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain
Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain

**Aaron Shapiro will be filling in for Mikel tonight with his electric sitar!**

Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency.

Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others.

Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment.

Every week will be a unique experience, so drop by as often as you can. The first set generally begins at 7, with the second starting between 8 and 8:30.

Ode to the City Workshop
Aug
2
6:00 pm18:00

Ode to the City Workshop

Writing a city is no easy task, but poet/unofficial Laureatte of Chicago Kevin Coval has dedicated his career to capturing our city with words, and is here to show us how.

All welcome.
No experience required.
For da FREE.
Bring folks!
 

Rossi Cole Book Release and Discussion
Jul
30
6:00 pm18:00

Rossi Cole Book Release and Discussion

Join us for the momentous re-release of book “love,” a collection of poems that reflect love and life. Reminiscing, as Rossi revisits some of the original poems, while adding a new perspective of thoughts turned into poems on what life’s experiences and challenges have been in the dating world. Unwind to the sounds and words of this authors poetic confessions as he reads some of his favorite poems from the books of “Love,” “Beautifully Flawed,” & “World Outside My Window.” All books will be available for purchase.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Beer & Wine Cash Bar ($5)

Special raffle prizes will be drawn.

Admission is free.

BCH @ BING: Featured Artist: Spike Lee
Jul
28
7:00 pm19:00

BCH @ BING: Featured Artist: Spike Lee

This month Black Cinema House @ BING presents Summer of Spike: Four feverish films by unrivaled cineaste Spike Lee.

Spike Lee consistently presents the most incendiary of subjects, and in this month’s mini-retrospective we look at films that carry particular heat. Summertime – in Brooklyn and beyond – is the backdrop for extreme states of joy and pain, for decadence and racial and gender violence. Enclosed spaces and insular communities push bodies and values to their breaking points, as characters are forced into uncomfortable introspection. The series ends with Lee’s anti-interracial romance film Jungle Fever, marking the film’s release 25 years ago in the summer of 1991, the so-called “Year of Black Film.”

July 28 – Jungle Fever (1991, 132 min)

Stevie Wonder’s peppy theme song amplifies Lee’s absurdist treatment of interracial love and effects of crack on Black urban families and communities.

Ode to the City
Jul
26
6:00 pm18:00

Ode to the City

Ode to the City is a grassroots art initiative targeting communities with stories to tell and art to create. Starting July 1 and running until August 31st, the project will bring a team of talented teaching artists into Chicago near south side communities to conduct FREE public workshops for community residents. No experience required, no age limit. 

Our aim is to empower multigenerational artists from city neighborhoods to tap into the power of color to challenge dominant narratives, and to imagine alternatives for their communities and for themselves through a variety of artistic medium. 

 

Interested in viewing our complete calendar of events, signing up for workshops, joining our mailing list, or signing up to be a volunteer? Head to our website

More ways to stay up to date on all things #OTC: like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @odetothecity, and on instagram @odetothecity_chi.  

Runwayaddicts.com Presents: Out of Pocket
Jul
23
6:00 pm18:00

Runwayaddicts.com Presents: Out of Pocket

A Discussion on Gun Violence in America

The only cocktail party that encourages you to discuss hot button topics. We've created events like these in an effort to bring people of various backgrounds together and get an understanding of what people really think about the current affairs of the world. We will be discussing Gun Violence in America: the influence of film and the media, current gun laws in Illinois, and what the real statistics are on gun violence in America.

WEAR DENIM!

Admission is free. Donations for drinks and snacks will be encouraged.

BCH @ BING: Featured Artist: Spike Lee
Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

BCH @ BING: Featured Artist: Spike Lee

This month Black Cinema House @ BING presents Summer of Spike: Four feverish films by unrivaled cineaste Spike Lee.

Spike Lee consistently presents the most incendiary of subjects, and in this month’s mini-retrospective we look at films that carry particular heat. Summertime – in Brooklyn and beyond – is the backdrop for extreme states of joy and pain, for decadence and racial and gender violence. Enclosed spaces and insular communities push bodies and values to their breaking points, as characters are forced into uncomfortable introspection. The series ends with Lee’s anti-interracial romance film Jungle Fever, marking the film’s release 25 years ago in the summer of 1991, the so-called “Year of Black Film.”

July 21 – Get on the Bus (1996, 120 min)

Impressive ensemble cast of Black men (in a film funded by an ensemble of impressive Black men) takes an intense journey by bus from Los Angeles to the Million Man March in Washington, DC.

Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain
Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain

Each Wednesday evening, BING is proud to present hour long sets from both Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain as part of their residency.

Mikel offers an eclectic mix of percussion, piano, and performance art. He changes it up each week by focusing on different instrumentation and presentation, sometimes performing solo and sometimes collaborating with others.

Coultrain is a renowned composer and vocalist who offers soulful renditions of original material with a wide range of accompaniment.

Every week will be a unique experience, so drop by as often as you can. The first set generally begins at 7, with the second starting between 8 and 8:30.

Ode to the City
Jul
19
6:00 pm18:00

Ode to the City

Ode to the City is a grassroots art initiative targeting communities with stories to tell and art to create. Starting July 1 and running until August 31st, the project will bring a team of talented teaching artists into Chicago near south side communities to conduct FREE public workshops for community residents. No experience required, no age limit. 

Our aim is to empower multigenerational artists from city neighborhoods to tap into the power of color to challenge dominant narratives, and to imagine alternatives for their communities and for themselves through a variety of artistic medium. 

 

Interested in viewing our complete calendar of events, signing up for workshops, joining our mailing list, or signing up to be a volunteer? Head to our website

More ways to stay up to date on all things #OTC: like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @odetothecity, and on instagram @odetothecity_chi.  

Hours: Tues and Fri, 12–7pm • Wed, Thur,  Sat, 12–10pm