Friday 2/2 – Thursday 2/8
By Cara Jepsen
2 FRIDAY This weekend’s Around the Coyote Winter Arts Festival promises to cram so much art and performance into the staircases and landings of the ten-story Northwest Tower that it’ll seem like the Guggenheim–sort of. “It’s a little more scrunched up and improvised and raw, but it’ll be really overwhelming,” says ATC director Olga Stefan. The massive indoor festival takes place tonight from 6 to 10 and runs from 11 to 10 Saturday and 11 to 6 Sunday in the Northwest Tower Building, 1608 N. Milwaukee, and across the intersection at the Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee. Admission is $5 each day; call 773-342-6777 or see the Section Two listings for more.
3 SATURDAY Today Ernest Dawkins and his Englewood Jazz Band will play at a free forum on Englewood’s cultural history as part of a three-year initiative to raise community awareness of neighborhood artists. Historian and author Timuel Black will start the program by discussing the neighborhood’s most famous residents, including Nat King Cole, Henry Threadgill, Eddie Johnson, Joe Williams, and Roscoe Mitchell. Audience participation is encouraged. It’s from 3 to 5 at the Hamilton Park Cultural Center (formerly the Hamilton Park field house), 513 W. 72nd; call 773-602-1135.
Ellen Rothenberg’s decade-in-the-making Anne Frank Project consists of three installations, A Probability Bordering on Certainty, Conditions for Growth, and Partial Index, the last of which evokes the hiding place behind a swinging bookcase where the Frank family and four others lived from July 1942 to August 1944. The three installations will be mounted together for the first time at Gallery 312, 312 N. May. The free opening reception is tonight from 6 to 9, and the exhibit runs through March 24. Call 312-942-2500 for more information.
4 SUNDAY For the past 30 years Quality Behavioral Care has provided mental health services in low-income African-American neighborhoods. Now it’s planning to open charter schools here and in East Saint Louis; money raised from this weekend’s Music and the Spoken Word in Historical Perspective festival will benefit these two Learning Success Academies for Special Education. Today’s 4 PM performance features headliner Oscar Brown Jr. and the John Work Chorale; it’ll be emceed by Last Poets founders Dahveed Nelson and Gylan Kain. (The Poets headline Saturday night at 8, while Brown emcees; Friday’s 8 PM show stars Fertile Ground.) All performances are at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th. Ticket prices range from $20 to $30; call 773-731-1733 for reservations.
5 MONDAY Daniel Ramos’s photos of Franklin Park’s Sloan Valve Company contradict notions of student work as highfalutin and self-absorbed–Ramos snapped his shots of several generations of Sloan employees during 15-minute breaks taken while he was working there, a job he got through his father, who still works at Sloan. Some of Ramos’s portraits, as well as work in a variety of media from roughly 30 other Columbia College Weisman Scholars, will be on display through March 7 at Columbia College’s Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash, first floor. The free exhibit is open today from 10 to 5, and there’ll be a public reception Thursday, February 8, from 5 to 8. Call 312-344-6652.
6 TUESDAY “The challenge of black feminism is to connect black theories of gender oppression with a renewed grassroots activism that resurrects black cultural power to rebuild black communities,” writes feminist educator Sheila Radford-Hill in her new book, Further to Fly: Black Women and the Politics of Empowerment. Radford-Hill argues that the women’s movement only made things worse for poor black women and that a new, “authentic feminism” that considers race and class is needed to truly empower them and bring about positive change. She’ll discuss her ideas tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299). It’s free.
7 WEDNESDAY Alan Greenspan may get all the props, but on a local level Michael Moskow is the suit with the scoop on interest rates. As president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Moskow is in charge of policy and supervision of the midwest’s financial institutions. Plus he sits on Greenspan’s Federal Open Market Committee, where he votes on interest rates. Tonight he’ll give a lecture and answer questions at a dinner sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. It’s from 5:30 to 8 at the Mid-Day Club on the 56th floor of the Bank One Building, 10 S. Dearborn. It’s $60, which includes the food; call 312-322-0990 for reservations.
Before he died of cancer in 1987, James Baldwin made an appearance at an early incarnation of the Guild Complex. Tonight the complex will host a discussion on the author, who wrote in 1955’s Notes of a Native Son, “Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.” Reflections on James Baldwin will be moderated by Eileen Cherry and will feature poet and educator Ronne Hartfield (who knew Baldwin), performance poet Avery R. Young, and writer and activist Jewelle Gomez, who penned the play Waiting for Giovanni, based on Baldwin’s life. It’s at 7 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Admission is $7, $5 for students and seniors. Call the Guild Complex at 773-227-6117 for more information.
8 THURSDAY Slavery, segregation, and generations of illiteracy are just some of the roadblocks African-Americans must overcome when trying to trace their family history. In his new book, Black Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree, Chicago State University professor Tony Burroughs summarizes his search for his own family tree and explains what records to look for, where to find them, and how to decipher what they mean. He’ll discuss his book Wednesday at noon at Afrocentric Bookstore, 333 S. State (312-939-1956). It’s free. Tonight at 6 Burroughs will explain how to navigate and understand plantation records at a free seminar held at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, which boasts a large African-American genealogy collection. Call 312-943-9000 for more.