2:00 pm14:00

Chicago Poetry Block Party

Chicagoans of all ages and levels of experience with poetry, come have fun with us! Enjoy performances from poets and musicians, poetry workshops, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more… all FREE! 2PM to 9PM, on 19th Street between Wolcott and Wood. Brought to you by Crescendo Literary in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the National Museum of Mexican Art. More info here.

3:00 pm15:00

Pass Over Post-Show Discussion

  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner—talking shit, passing the time and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out. 

Following every Sunday performance, stick around for a deep dive into Pass Over. Join scholars, artists, journalists, activists and community members for robust conversations about the world of the play. The series is moderated by Erick Deshaun Dorris.

Pass Over takes Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, a work that majority culture has deemed valuable, and uses that cultural value as a theatrical tool to also assert the value of Black lives. In this panel we welcome artists across disciplines who are also asking their audiences and viewers to reflect on the Black experience. How do they think about form and audience as they craft and deliver their message, and how do they respond to Pass Over? Panelists include Eve L. Ewing and Anna Martine Whitehead. 

Tickets and more info here.

2:00 pm14:00

Pitchfork Music Festival

  • Union Park

Join poets from The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop at a special Pitchfork appearance at the Bookfort tent. Fatimah Asghar, Kevin Coval, Safia Elhillo, Eve L. Ewing, Raych Jackson, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez will read. (Pitchfork tickets required.)

7:00 pm19:00

Another Round LIVE

  • Thalia Hall

WBEZ’s Podcast Passport in partnership with BuzzFeed presents the award winning podcast Another Round as the next event in the Podcast Passport series!

Another Round, is co-hosted by Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu and features interviews with guests like Queen Latifah, rapper Remy Ma, Get Out director Jordan Peele, Hillary Clinton, Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as segments on topics ranging from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and jokes. Another Round has a distinctly youthful and bourbon-based sound (usually Woodford Reserve – the ladies’ drink of choice), which captures and speaks directly to a wide audience.

Join them for a round – or three – as Tracy and Heben make their Chicago debut at Thalia Hall on June 21st. Featuring special guests Eve L. Ewing, Jamila Woods, and Kuumba Lynx!

Get tickets here.

7:00 pm19:00

Raising Bertie Screening & Discussion

  • Studio Movie Grill Chatham

Raising Bertie is an intimate six year portrait of three African American boys growing into adulthood in rural North Carolina, exploring complex relationships between generational poverty, educational inequity, and race. Following this advanced screening, there will be a Q&A with director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, and journalist Evan F. Moore, moderated by Eve Ewing. 

7:00 pm19:00

Fashion Your Fit Dialogue Series

Join our panel of powerhouse women to hear the stories that shaped them, how they express themselves, and the paths they forged to find their fit in life. Pull up a front row seat as four influential changemakers share how they each discovered their one-of-a-kind passion, purpose, and place in the world: Eve L. Ewing, Jessica Hopper, Kaede Matsumoto, and Alexis Jones.

The first 20 people who register for the event are invited to an exclusive Fit Workshop with Levi’s®Brand Style Director, Kaede Matsumoto, following the panel discussion. Everyone who participates in the Fit Workshop will walk away with a perfect-for-YOU pair of Levi’s jeans. And don’t worry if you can’t stay for the workshop – all other attendees will get a VIP ticket good for one fit session in June. 

More info here.

6:30 pm18:30

We Real Cool: A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks’s 100th Birthday

  • National Museum of Mexican Art

Join us for the premiere of Manual Cinema's video honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, who was born one hundred years ago on June 7, 1917. Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Brooks to write her landmark poem, “We Real Cool.” Created by Manual Cinema in association with Crescendo Literary with story by Eve Ewing and Nate Marshall and music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.

Join the Facebook event here.

8:30 am08:30

Transcending Boundaries Conference

  • University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Please join us for an inaugural interdisciplinary research symposium for underrepresented minority graduate students to be held on Friday, May 19, 2017. This conference is designed to highlight the work of underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars including all intersectional identities within the URM community at the University of Chicago. The theme of the symposium, “Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era,” encourages scholars to reflect on our current political and social climate and how that might affect our research and scholarship in the present as well as the years to come. The symposium will feature a lunchtime keynote address given by Eve Ewing.

Learn more here.

5:00 pm17:00

Poetry Prom 2017, Presented by MassLEAP

  • The Strand Theatre

Join us for this special pre-slam party featuring music, drinks, special performances, a raffle, and more. Your ticket supports MassLEAP, dedicated to uplifting social justice through youth poetry and performance across the state--and your ticket includes admission to the Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Slam Festival Finals Showcase immediately following this VIP reception.

Tonight, the poets are running the prom. Consider this a chance to relive the prom you had, imagine the prom you wish you had, or just wear that gold sequined top hat you have in the closet. Suggested attire: formal wear, informal wear, vintage, your favorite t-shirt with a blazer over it, your actual prom dress, whatever you want.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Apr 19

Auditions for No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Manual Cinema is seeking non-equity Black/African-American performers for NO BLUE MEMORIES: THE LIFE OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS, a new work by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall and with music by Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods.

NO BLUE MEMORIES brings to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures, Gwendolyn Brooks. She was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner—but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.” Weaving together poetry, storytelling, and striking visuals, NO BLUE MEMORIES is an exploration of Brooks’s beloved city and a story of how she navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history.

Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the Brooks Centenary, NO BLUE MEMORIES will receive two weeks of performances in November 2017 for both the general public and Chicago Public School students, to be followed by a TBD extended Chicago run and the prospect of out-of-town touring.

Manual Cinema is casting non-equity, Black/African-American actors, dancers, spoken word artists, and puppeteers of all genders who will act, puppeteer, and play multiple characters throughout the show. Experience with puppetry, movement, or poetry is a plus but not required.

Character Descriptions
(All characters are black unless otherwise specified.)

(20s, 30s, 40s) A black woman with a slow lilting voice. A poet born and raised in Bronzeville.

(20s, 30s) A fiery young Black Arts Movement poet.

(20s, 30s) Gwendolyn’s daughter.

(30s, 40s) Gwendolyn’s husband.

(30s, 40s) Gwendolyn’s mother.

Audition Dates:
Monday, April 17 from 2-6pm
Tuesday, April 18 from 1-5pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, April 19 from 2-6pm

Auditions will take place at the Manual Cinema studio in the Kimball Art Center (1757 N Kimball Ave).

Time Commitment: 
Rehearsal: October 1 – November 5, 2017
Tech and School Performances: November 6-10, 2017
Public Performances: November 16-19, 2017
Extended Run: TBD

Material To Prepare: 
The audition will consist of two parts. In the first part, actors will prepare a side provided in advance. The second part will involve movement and puppetry work (no preparation necessary).

To schedule an audition time, please submit a headshot and resume to casting director Sarah Fornace at sfornace@manualcinema.com. Must be based in Chicago. Learn more and see Manual Cinema's other work at manualcinema.com.

1:30 pm13:30

CUPSI Ice Cream Social

  • UIC Student Center East - Art Gallery

Join Eve L. Ewing, Nate Marshall, José Olivarez, and Hanif Abdurraqib for a poetry reading as part of the College Unions Poetry Slam International (CUPSI). Free, UIC Student Center East art gallery. 

7:00 pm19:00

Being Black at School - Doing the Work Awards

Being Black at School is a national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system. The mission is to utilize data and policy analysis to foster a movement for schools that are safer and more equitable for Black students. Join founder Kelly Hurst, the Being Black at School Team, and her special guests at the Currency Exchange Cafe to celebrate the launch and help us raise funds to dismantle systemic racism across the country. This year's award recipients are Monica Haslip and Eve L. Ewing. [Tickets and info here.]

7:00 pm19:00

Annual Black Feminism/Womanism Forum

  • Wabash College - Korb Classroom

Come join us as we hear from three black feminist/womanist scholars and activists in this evening of critical thinking, reflection and learning. Panel includes Eve Ewing, Kimberly Foster, and Kristiana Rae Colón. 

6:00 pm18:00

The View from Room 205: A Public Discussion w/ Linda Lutton and Eve Ewing

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

This event is free, but an RSVP is required-- click here to reserve your space.

Join WBEZ for an open, community discussion about the station’s recent documentary, The View from Room 205. WBEZ reporter Linda Lutton spent a year in a fourth grade classroom on Chicago’s West Side to examine the intersection of poverty, the American Dream and education. The story is told from the perspective of 9-year-olds and their school.

Education sociologist (and former CPS middle school teacher) Eve Ewing of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will be the classroom teacher for the evening. Documentary producer Linda Lutton will discuss the making ofThe View from Room 205 and answer questions. Audience members are invited to ask questions and share their point of view regarding the documentary and the broader issues it raises.

Don’t come to class without doing your homework! Listen to the 57-minute audio documentary ahead of time! Download or stream it here: wbez.org/room205, or on iTunes (Episode 1).

Doors Open: 6:00 PM**
Program: 6:30-8:00 PM
Reception in the Rotunda: 8:00-9:00 PM

** This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP. Please note your RSVP does NOT guarantee admission. We anticipate a large crowd and strongly recommend that you arrive early to claim your seat.

6:30 pm18:30

The Interview Show

  • Lagunitas Brewing Co

The Interview Show features guests from every walk of life — musicians, authors, comedians, community activists, chefs, CEOs, etc., both local and passing through town — sharing their world views and talents in a laid-back, intimate setting. This will be a special edition of the show. Ticket sales will support the nonpartisan Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's work to eliminate barriers to voting and improve civic participation, especially in communities of color and low-income communities to ensure that each eligible citizen is able to cast a ballot and make her voice heard. For tickets and more info, click here.

3:00 pm15:00

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

A very special presentation of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Join us for an online screening and discussion featuring co-directors Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules, and poets E. Ethelbert Miller and Eve L. Ewing. 3pm-5pm CST. RSVP and participate in the screening here.

6:00 pm18:00

SSA Social Justice Talk

  • University of Chicago School of Social Service Admininistration

The SSA African American Alumni Committee is excited to host its first annual Social Justice Talks in honor of Black History Month. The broad theme of the Social Justice Talks was created to give voice to the unique and scholarly perspectives of some of Chicago’s most prominent leaders, educators, and researchers presenting their ideas and solutions around areas such as violence, race, education, and politics. Register here.

2:00 pm14:00

An Afternoon with Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, and Mahogany L. Browne

  • Eddie's Attic

Join us for a very special performance by Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, and Mahogany L. Browne. Eve is 2017's recipient of the SWACC! Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe. This award residency supports a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration. Sarah, an alumni of AIR Serenbe and now a member of our National Advisory Council, will collaborate with Eve for a week of this residency.

Mahogany, recipient of the 2016 SWACC! Focus Fellowship, returns to join Eve and Sarah on the stage for a remarkable afternoon of poems performed live.

$18. Doors at 1pm, show at 2pm. Book signing after the show. Buy tickets here.

6:00 pm18:00

Beyond Ourselves: Reading and Launch Party

  • MoCADA Museum

Join the Seven Scribes team and friends as we celebrate the launch of our new fiction anthology, Beyond Ourselves! The book features stories from emerging writers of color imagining a world beyond the obvious. Featuring readings by Daniel José Older, Morgan Parker, Ashley Ford, Eve L. Ewing, Justin Smith, Hari Ziyad, and Tochi Onyebuchi. Free, 21+. 

6:00 pm18:00

CSRPC Artists-in-Residence: Panel Discussion + Reception

  • Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

A panel discussion featuring recently selected Arts + Public Life / Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) Artists-in-Residence Lauren Ash, Stephen Flemister, and Yaw Agyeman (YAW). The discussion will create an opportunity for each artist to introduce themselves and their practices, while also creating space for each to amplify their ambition for their time in residence at the University of Chicago, on the Arts Block, and in Chicago’s Washington Park community. The conversation will be moderated by Eve Ewing. More info here.

7:30 pm19:30

Break the Habit Book Release

  • Women & Children First Bookstore

Join us as we celebrate Tara Betts' new poetry collection, BREAK THE HABIT. For this event, Tara will be joined by special guests Erika Sanchez and Eve Ewing. Of Tara Betts’s new poetry collection, Break the Habit, author Maria Gillan says, “these are poems that make the reader weep in the same way a great jazz singer does by touching the very core of what it means to be human.”

More info here.

1:00 pm13:00

Chicago Book Expo (Poetry & Protest Panel)

  • Columbia College Chicago

We’re gearing up for the fifth annual Chicago Book Expo on Sunday, November 13, 2016, from noon to 5pm. This celebration of Chicago small presses and publications will, as always, feature a book fair and expo floor where you can buy books from local presses, as well as programs, readings, and workshops. Learn more here.

6:00 pm18:00

Public Newsroom Workshop

  • Experimental Station

City Bureau and the South Side Weekly host the Public Newsroom every Thursday from 2-8p at the Experimental Station in Woodlawn. Every week the shared newsroom becomes an open workspace. The first Public Newsroom workshop, hosted by Eve Ewing, will be a hands-on gathering focused on media, reporting and narrative, and you're invited. Come prepared to learn from your neighbors and local journalists at the event, share your own story ideas and engage with the newsmaking process from the ground up.

There will be a separate spillover room for attendees who do not get a seat in the workshop. We'll also be Facebook Live(streaming) the event for those who can't attend in person.

Learn more at the Facebook event here.

5:30 pm17:30

Freedom Dreams Closing Reception + Chapbook Release

Join the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP) and Social Justice Initiative for the closing reception and chapbook release party for Freedom Dreams in an age of mass incarceration, an exhibition making connections between artists in and outside of prison. [See the Facebook event here.]

Chicago-area artists were commissioned to respond to writing developed by men in PNAP's Freedom Dreams cultural studies class at Stateville Prison. Their writings and art works – ranging from print and sculpture to photography and collage – urge the public to reconsider, rethink, and reimagine what freedom means, especially in the context of an ever-growing prison nation. 

Freedom Dreams chapbooks -- hot off the press -- featuring the writings alongside images of the artwork will be available for all!

Assata's Daughters------------------Eric Blackmon
Dorothy Burge-------------------------Gerald Reed
Cairá Lee Conner---------------------Ricky Patterson
Eve Ewing-------------------------------P. Hartsfield
Krista Franklin--------------------------Demetrius Cunningham
Aaron Hughes--------------------------Dustin Sherwood Clay
Damon Locks---------------------------Abdul Malik Muhammad
Victoria Martinez-----------------------Markus Buchannan
Sherwin Ovid---------------------------Derrick "Ricky" Echols
Fereshteh Toosi-----------------------William Buck
Monica Trinidad------------------------Rodney Clemons
Mirtes Zwierzynski--------------------Kiar Brown

Co-curated by Alice Kim, Ivan Arenas and Sarah Ross.

Special thanks to UIC Social Justice Initiative and the Propeller Fund for supporting this project.

6:00 pm18:00

The Crown Ain't Worth Much - Chicago Release

  • The Silver Room

Presenting the Chicago release of The Crown Ain't Worth Much, the much-anticipated collection from poet and cultural critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. Critics have called the book "an ode to living," full of poems that are "honed, polished, and presented with utter rawness and defiance." The evening will feature a reading and signing from Willis-Abdurraqib as well as special guests Jessica Hopper, Nate Marshall, José Olivarez, and Eve L. Ewing. Join the Facebook event here.

3:00 pm15:00

The B-Sides of History

  • The Den Theatre

Post-show panel for How We Got On:
In this remixed coming-of-age, an all-knowing DJ loops us through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices, Hank, Julian, and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family disfunction, and ruthless rivalries as this B-Side of 1980’s hip-hop history is spun. Plug in your open mind and join Haven Theatre’s Chicago premiere of a throwback mixtape that goes to prove, we’re all just a work-in-progress.

Post-show discussion featuring Eve Ewing, Nate Marshall, Kevin Coval, Bill Ayers, and Lisa Lee. Get tickets here.

6:15 pm18:15

Conversation with Alicia Garza: Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will discuss the national movement’s past, present and future in a wide-ranging discussion about activism and organizing, supporting the voices of black cisgender, transgender and immigrant women, and the totality of black lives. Moderated by Eve Ewing. This event is free and open to UChicago students, faculty, staff and the public. [More information here.]

7:30 pm19:30

The Frunchroom

  • Beverly Woods

A live storytelling series focusing on stories of, by and about the South Side. Check out the Facebook page here.

6:30 pm18:30

Pop-Up Reading at the Art Institute

  • Art Institute of Chicago

Part of a series of 30-minute poetry readings marking the reopening of the new Contemporary Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Free for Art Institute of Chicago members or with museum admission. Visit poetryfoundation.org for additional listings.