It’s Black History Month and there’s plenty to do in the city of Chicago. Want to get out despite the cold temps? Here are just a few events to look for:
Black Film Festival- Tuesdays- Feb 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th- The Chicago Urban League
The Chicago Urban League is presenting its annual Black Film Festival during the month of February. The festival’s theme- Race and Equity. Film selections include The Story of Jackie Robinson and 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green. Free admission
The Scottsboro Boys- Feb 3 -March 12 – Porchlight Theater
The Scottsboro Boys is the true-life story of nine African American teenagers accused and put on trial in Memphis for a crime they did not commit. The Scottsboro Boys musical has been nominated for multiple Tony awards. The Scottsboro Boys is playing at Porchlight Theater
NuSoul Revival Tour- February 11- Arie Crown Theater
Just in time for Valentine’s Day- Musiq Soulchild, Lyfe Jennings, Kindred Family Soul, and Avery Sunshine. ‘Nuf said.
My Brother’s Keeper- The Story of the Nicholas Brothers – February 11- March 26- Black Ensemble Theatre
Most of us were born after the heyday of the world-renowned Nicholas Brothers, but you’ve seen their work. More importantly, you’ve seen their impact. The high-flying tap duo has influenced dancers from Fred Astaire to Debbie Allen. They also broke the color barrier in the ‘30s and ‘40s, becoming international celebrities of film and theatre.
The Black Ensemble Theatre will open its 41st season with My Brother’s Keeper- The Story of the Nicholas Brothers. To learn more, visit www.blackensembletheater.com.
Blues for an Alabama Sky- through February 12 – Court Theatre
As part of the Harlem Renaissance in Hyde Park Celebration, the Court Theatre is featuring Blues for an Alabama Sky- a play by author and playwright Pearl Cleage. And based on early reviews, it looks like a winner. The Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones has given it 3 ½ stars. Synopsis- “In the midst of the Great Depression, the creative spirit of New York’s Harlem Renaissance struggles with harsher realities.”- Court Theater
If you want to experience Blues, you better act quickly. Blues for an Alabama Sky runs through February 12. More information available at www.courttheatre.org.
Valentine’s Love Jam with Tyrese, Eric Benet and Dru Hill w/Special Guest- Major February 10 at Star Plaza Theatre
Calling all lovers! Tyrese has assembled an impressive lineup of brothers to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way. (Albeit a few days early). Personal feelings about Tyrese the philosopher aside, (insert sideeye), the R&B crooner did produce one of the more solid R&B albums of 2015. And if you’ve ever seen Eric Benet in concert, you know one thing- brother can SANG. Benet is one of the most consistent live artists around. Add that to the enduring catalogue of R&B’s beloved Dru Hill, and it should be a pretty good night. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Tank- The Bionce Foxx Experience Live- February 12- House of Blues
Not to be outdone, R&B singer Tank is also making his way to the Chi for a pre-Valentine’s Day concert. When the singer isn’t busy acting, (Shout out for that great turn as Jheryl Busby in the New Edition movie), he’s bringing heat behind the microphone. A Valentine’s weekend show is right up tank’s alley. Check him out at the House of Blues. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.