It's Back at Chicago State University: Jazz N the Grazz/Movies N the Grazz

It's Back at Chicago State University: Jazz N the Grazz/Movies N the Grazz

Chicago State University kicks off its free summer culture series that includes Tuesday night Movies in the Grazz, starting June 19 through Sept. 11 at sunset and Wednesday night Jazz in the Grazz, which runs from 5:30 p.m. till 8 p.m., starting June 20 through Sept.12.

Cozy up with a picnic meal under the starry skies as Chicago State University screens classic and contemporary African-American cinema. The opening night film is "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner” with Sidney Poitier, Kathryn Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Stay tuned for screenings of Tyler Perry’s "Good Deeds," "Soul Food" and the award-winning, much-discussed "The Help," starring Viola Davis, among others.

Jazz stylist Joan Collaso is the featured singer on the opening night of Jazz 'N' the Grazz. Collaso has traveled the world performing with music greats, including Von Freeman, Ramsey Lewis and India.Arie. Collaso has been featured at the Centro Jazz Tour in Torino, Italy, and Japan's Sister Cities Festival in Osaka, Japan, just to name two of the many world-class cities in which she's performed.

Following is a partial list of featured movies and acts, including theme days that celebrate the efforts of people who make Chicago such as great place to live, such as educators, police and firefighters. Visit CSU.edu weekly for an updated list of featured movies and guests, as variables are subject to change.


Jazz 'N' the Grazz Line-Up
June 20 Joan Collaso (Educators Day)
June 27 Syd Brown and Zemrah (Community Service Day)
July 11 Delivery Point (Civil Service Day)
July 18 Avain Hightower and Full Circle (CSU Alumni Night)
July 25 Carlos Cannon (Classic Car Nights and Public Service Employees)
Aug. 1 Ray Silkman and Tracye Smith (Old School Greeks)


Movies 'N' the Grazz Line-Up
June 19 "Guess Whose Coming to Dinner"
June 26 "Good Deeds"
July 10 "Soul Food"
July 17 "The Help"
July 24 "Red Tails" (Classic Cars and Public Service Employees)
July 30 "Cabin in the Sky"
Aug. 14 "Think Like a Man"
Aug. 21 "Love and Basketball"
Aug. 28 "Stomp the Yard"
Aug. 4 "The Princess and the Frog"

For more information, please call CSU's Office of Meetings & Events at 773.821.2183.

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  • Joan Collaso is an extraordinary talent, but some of those movies are excrement...(stomp the yard?!, please...).

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