Johnny Rodgers Rocks Chicago's Piano Bar Scene

Winter Solstice is here. The shortest day of the year means the longest night of the year. So leave the stress of holiday preparations behind by unwinding with the phenomenal singer/pianist Johnny Rodgers at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret. Rodgers will perform in Davenport’s front room (the bar) tonight, December 21, from 7:30 p.m. to... Read more »

Last chance to catch John White photo exhibit is Saturday

‘Faith, Focus, Flight: A John H. White Retrospective” at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago ends Saturday, December 20, 2014. The legendary White, a Chicago photojournalist since 1969, spent most of his career at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. He has won hundreds of professional awards including a 1982 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. The above... Read more »

Rapper Common’s recent Chicago activities

Iconic Chicago rapper, film and TV star Common began his career with the moniker “Common Sense.” His philosophical and intuitive style has always been a beacon for anyone seeking thought provoking rap. As it turns out, rhyme and reason run in his family. Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, is the son of legendary DuSable High... Read more »

Dinah Washington Now Has A Street in Chicago, Part 2

The following photos illustrate the festive quality of the Dinah Washington street sign naming in Chicago, which I wrote about in Part 1 here:

Dinah Washington Way is Now a Street in Chicago, Part 1

A Chicago street was named in honor of Dinah Washington on August 29th, which would have been her 90th birthday. The signing celebration was held at the northeast corner of Phillips High School, her alma mater. Right there at 38th and Prairie Ave. The event, hosted by Al Carter Bey and emceed by vocalist Senabella,... Read more »

NBA Inductee Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton’s alma mater, Chicago’s DuSable High School, to Honor Him

Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton will be honored by his alma mater, Chicago’s DuSable High School, on Friday June 6, from 3pm to 7pm. The event is called “Honoring the Past Present and Future.” The DuSable High School Alumni Coalition is proud to host the event and very proud of Clifton, who will be inducted into America’s... Read more »

Massachusettes Governor Deval Patrick Honors MLK Today at U of C

The University of Chicago’s annual Martin Luther King Celebration being held today will feature keynote speaker Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Since 1990 the University of Chicago has had many powerful speakers... Read more »

May the Fourth Be With You!

Before Star Wars became a cultural icon, there was another grass roots cultural icon and space expert from Saturn. His name was Sun Ra. Click below to see and hear this expert give a musical tutorial on the cosmos as we don’t know it. Oh, and May the 4th be with you. CLICK HERE:

DuSable High School's Landmark Status Celebration on May 3 Will Honor the Late Fraser Robinson III (Michelle Obama's dad) And Other Alumni

The DuSable High School Alumni Coalition for Action will celebrate DuSable’s landmark status at the school’s campus at 4934 S. Wabash Ave. on Friday May 3, 2013, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. DuSable High School opened in 1935. DuSable High was built to serve the Bronzeville community that surrounds it. The school was designed... Read more »


As April unfolds, here’s a cute little video in honor of jazz appreciation month.