Incantations with the Sunset Society

Join our secret society every Friday evening for dancing, lounging and sun valedictions. Leave your woes at the door and let your week melt away to a ceremonious drumbeat lead by Coultrain. Begin the weekend cleansed by local DJs and artists inspired by the Frankie Knuckles record collection. Curated by our musician-in-residence, Coultrain, Incantations with… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery: PARADE

Interdisciplinary musician and Rebuild artist-in-resident Mikel Patrick Avery presents PARADE, a short film documenting “this crazy parade” he led at the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Based on a new composition written in response to stories from the neighborhood around the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative on Chicago’s south side, Avery created a piece that… Learn More

AMFM Presents: The Jazz Series

AMFM supports emerging and established artists by offering a platform for them to showcase their talents and their passions on a larger scale. They also feature in-depth Q&A’s and content with artists and creatives from all over the globe. AMFM curates and hosts monthly events combining the arts to cultivate community, and good vibes. The… Learn More

LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music

In honor of African American History Month, distinguished Chicago singer and Rebuild Musician-in-Residence  Maggie Brown will perform  1-woman-show “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music,” which teaches about the history and evolution of African American music. It’s an interactive history lesson and concert during which Brown will get to flex her feelings for field hollers and work… Learn More

Youth Documentary & News Production

Participants will analyze contemporary non-fiction media ranging from short form documentaries to news stories. Engaging media literacy via content creation, students will develop PSAs, news packages and document their communities. Students will develop visualization and research strategies in conjunction with story creation and journalistic ethics.

Class: Cinema Scene Study

Cinema Scene Study, a free weekly course offered by Black Cinema House this winter, places an emphasis on the collaboration process within a studio style video production model. Introducing the functions of key department heads that shape directorial visions, each student will inhabit these roles as they collaborate on their peers’ projects. Each participant will… Learn More

Hour Flow Yoga

Get in your body, get out of your mind and get on with your life. Release tension, deepen your personal practice, and embrace the rhythm of life, one breath at a time. Taught by Stacy Patrice and open to all skill levels, yoga mats and tea are available at each session.

Coultrain

Coultrain is as much a storyteller as he is 
a story, himself, still unfolding; 
the man takes many forms: Aaron Michael Frison; Coultrain; and Seymour Liberty (poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist). Train is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Flower Girl with Mary Adekoya

The top-grossing Nollywood film of 2013, Flower Girl is director Michelle Bello’s “love letter to Lagos,” presenting sites from the city never before captured on film. Following a long line of Nigerian “makeover films,”  Flower Girl tells the story of frumpy florist Kemi, whose wedding day dreams eventually lead her to question her quest for… Learn More

Developing Visual Literacy

Explore themes of love, community and family and learn how to read a visual language. Storyteller Oba Williams King will lead this all-ages family-friendly workshop that teaches strategies to observe, describe and interpret art.

Choir Rehearsal

Explore new ways of constructing music and performing for live audiences at Choir Rehearsal. Choir members will be asked to do things that are slightly unorthodox relative to other gospel or community choirs. Under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Yaw Agyeman and Mikel Patrick Avery, this Choir promises to create new ways of considering black… Learn More

Youth Documentary & News Production

Participants will analyze contemporary non-fiction media ranging from short form documentaries to news stories. Engaging media literacy via content creation, students will develop PSAs, news packages and document their communities. Students will develop visualization and research strategies in conjunction with story creation and journalistic ethics.

Class: Cinema Scene Study

Cinema Scene Study, a free weekly course offered by Black Cinema House this winter, places an emphasis on the collaboration process within a studio style video production model. Introducing the functions of key department heads that shape directorial visions, each student will inhabit these roles as they collaborate on their peers’ projects. Each participant will… Learn More

Looking for Langston: Poetry + Film

As part of the Harlem Renaissance Celebration in Hyde Park, Black Cinema House presents Looking for Langston, a lyrical reimagining of the cultural legacy of revered African American poet Langston Hughes, hosted by Emily Lansana (UChicago associate director of Community Arts Engagement) and Jacqueline Stewart (Black Cinema House curator/UChicago professor of Cinema + Media Studies)…. Learn More

LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music

In honor of African American History Month, distinguished Chicago singer and Rebuild Musician-in-Residence  Maggie Brown will perform  1-woman-show “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music,” which teaches about the history and evolution of African American music. It’s an interactive history lesson and concert during which Brown will get to flex her feelings for field hollers and work… Learn More

Civic Chamber Music Series

Since 1997, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago has been committed to providing access to free, high-quality chamber music performances in schools and community venues throughout the city of Chicago. Join these outstanding young musicians and experience amazing music in your community   Join us for this FREE concert series by chamber groups from the Civic… Learn More

Perle Noir: Meditations for Josephine

Perle Noire: Meditations on Joséphine is a tour-de-force featuring soprano Julia Bullock, with original music and arrangements by Tyshawn Sorey. Texts by Claudia Rankine frame a portrait of the historic singer, played and sung by Bullock, in which several of Baker’s classic songs are reimagined and given new expressive depth. The New York Times calls… Learn More

Class: Cinema Scene Study

Cinema Scene Study, a free weekly course offered by Black Cinema House this winter, places an emphasis on the collaboration process within a studio style video production model. Introducing the functions of key department heads that shape directorial visions, each student will inhabit these roles as they collaborate on their peers’ projects. Each participant will… Learn More

Bottle Tree at Stony Island Arts Bank

“The sound that the trio — composer/cornetist/synth player Ben Lamar Gay, vocalist/percussionist/scholar A.M. Frison, and Italian drummer Tommaso Moretti — evoke is what one imagines the great Art Ensemble of Chicago would have sounded like if asked to write a ‘hit.’” – AFROPUNK International Anthem presents BOTTLE TREE w/ special guest JAMIRE WILLIAMS DJ sets… Learn More

365Black

” I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me”  -Ralph Ellison Observe the sounds of artist Yaw Agyeman Tuesday at the Stony Island Arts Bank as the artist reflects on Black History all day long through mourning, meditation and prayer.