A new exhibit at the American Writers Museum featres prominent and lesser-known Black authors, poets, and journalists.
Tag: Octavia Butler
Torchy Brown lights way for Litany
Jenn Freeman (aka Po’Chop) probes femininity, gender, rage, and history in a five-part dance film.
Nicole Mitchell and Lisa E. Harris explore soulful Afrofuturist visions on EarthSeed
A friend in Houston recently described multidisciplinary artist and space goddess Lisa E. Harris as a “force of nature” in the Texas scene and beyond. Upon investigation, I had to concur. Harris channels the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra, the transcendent devotionals of Alice Coltrane, and the deep-listening experiments of Pauline Oliveros—all while maintaining her own […]
Jamila Woods builds on legacies that shook the world
On the new Legacy! Legacy!, Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods lovingly details how art can learn from the past as it shapes the future.
Flutist Nicole Mitchell uses music to map a possible paradise
Flutist Nicole Mitchell brings her Afrofuturist epic Mandorla Awakening back to Chicago for the Jazz Festival.
Former Chicagoan Nicole Mitchell digs deeper into Afrofuturism with her new album, Mandorla Awakening II
The suite, recorded live at the MCA in 2015, imagines a reconciliation between a destructive dystopia and cooperative utopia.
Nicole Mitchell performs suites dedicated to Octavia Butler and Alice Coltrane
I almost spaced on this, but flutist Nicole Mitchell is presenting two of her suites Saturday at the Velvet Lounge. Given their scope and ambition she’s only performed her homages to Afro-Futurist writer Octavia Butler (“Xenogenesis Suite”) and Alice Coltrane (“Many Paths to the Sea”) a handful of times total in Chicago. She’s joined by […]
Get in on Nicole Mitchell’s next recording
An update on flutist Nicole Mitchell.