The Great Black Music Ensemble led by Ernest Dawkins

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special performance in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, featuring guest jazz guitarist George Freemen. As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s… Learn More

A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy

A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy is a 2008 independent film written, directed, produced and edited by Dennis Dortch. In six vignettes, the movie explores relationships within the black community, set in Los Angeles, unpacking and breaking stereotypes of Black sexuality. Join us for the screening and stay after for a discussion about… Learn More

Saturday Soul at CEx

Spinning 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—Chicago based DJ, blogger, promoter and tastemaker Duane Powell kicks off his Saturday DJ series at the Currency Exchange Cafe located at 305 E. Garfield Blvd.

Angela Dugan + Justin Casselle

A double – feature of web-series from native Chicagoans Angela Dugan and Justin Casselle. Written, produced and directed by Angela Dugan under her production company, Dugalicious Entertainment, “The Cat Lady Chronicles” is a light-hearted four-episode webseries. Twenty-something year old cat lady, Catherine, navigates life and love in LA with the help, or rather distraction, of… Learn More

The Jiā 家 Project: South Side – Family Portraits by Nancy Wong

Come have a FREE family portrait taken by Chicago photographer Nancy Wong ( This photo project is in collaboration with Gorman House Publishing and the Rebuild Foundation. The Jiā Project celebrates families on the south side by visually documenting their beauty, diversity, and emotional strength. “Jiā” means “family” in Mandarin Chinese. To schedule a photo session, please email us… Learn More

Fitness Bootcamp

Join us for a fitness series, aimed to encourage folks to conquer their body goals while also educating about healthy eating habits. This event is open to the public; especially those interested in improving their fitness and healthy lifestyles. There will be 60 minutes of fitness, 5 minute water break, then a healthy lunch and… Learn More

BCH Mixtape: Vol. 5

This triple feature highlights filmmakers Joshua Jackson, Chris Jon Conti and Montel Williams! From State Prisoner to State Professor is a short documentary about Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, a former state prisoner, as he transitioned to a professor for Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Chosen Foe Life is based on a true story, a young man named Dashawn… Learn More


Directed by Lance Hammer, this haunting independent film was praised by critics and was nominated for Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards. Set in the cold winter of a rural Mississippi Delta township, newly widowed and recovering addict Marlee, struggles to raise her young son, James, alone. Inconsolable over the death and unequipped to… Learn More