An Intimate Conversation with Isaiah Washington

An Intimate Conversation with Isaiah Washington
WHO: The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) WHAT: The South Side Community Art Center presents actor, author and film producer Isaiah Washington in an intimate conversation about his work and upcoming projects. He will discuss his most recent portrayal as Lance Rousseau in the movie Blackbird (RLI Entertainment/Urban Movie Channel) co-starring with Mo’Nique as... Read more »

SSCAC founder Eldzier Cortor makes historic return to the institution he helped establish

Cortor with the current Board Members of the SSCAC
The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) presents “An Afternoon with Eldzier Cortor” had many unforgettable moments.  Nigel Freeman of New York’s Swan Gallery interviewed Cortor in front of a packed house at the Center he and his fellow artists founded 75 years ago.  He recounted details about the Center, his contemporaries like Gwendolyn Brooks,... Read more »

SSCAC founder Eldzier Cortor returns for once in a lifetime conversation on Saturday, February 21

SSCAC founder Eldzier Cortor returns for once in a lifetime conversation on Saturday, February 21
CHICAGO – The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) presents “An Afternoon with Eldzier Cortor” on Saturday, February 21 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  At age 99, Cortor is the last surviving founder of the SSCAC and is still a practicing artist.  Nigel Freeman, curator of African American Art at Swann Gallery New York, will... Read more »
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Despite setbacks, the legacy MLK set in motion cannot be stopped

“One day when the glory comes it’ll be ours, it will be ours;   One day when the war is one we will be sure, we will be here sure.”  Lyrics from Glory by John Legend and Common  Something about these lyrics have captured my heart, something about the movie Selma speaks to me as a... Read more »

A most uncommon Christmas

The Tradition endures
It is a most uncommon Christmas for me this year.  I’m living among boxes because of a recent move so cooking a Christmas dinner was not an option.  I’m a lot further away from the friends where I usually spend Christmas, yet I need to spend part of the day with my Mom who is... Read more »

New Orleans is so much more than Mardi Gras

St. Louis Cathedral
“While you stroll in New Orleans You ought to go see the Mardi Gras; If you go to New Orleans You ought to go see the Mardi Gras; When you see the Mardi Gras Somebody’ll tell you what’s Carnival for”. Professor Longhair New Orleans carries a great pull for me. I was born there at... Read more »
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A day after Ferguson, "All Get Along Day" is just what the doctor ordered

The possibilities for a new holiday are endless.  The day could focus on shopping, although I think we have lots of holidays committed to that already; or perhaps to cooking and entertaining, since those are among my favorite things. Maybe we could have a national ‘do nothing day’, although I’d surmise there is a lot... Read more »

The real sporting life of Porgy and Bess' Jermaine Smith

The real sporting life of Porgy and Bess' Jermaine Smith
Porgy and Bess began as a novel by DuBose Heyward that depicted life in Charleston’s fictional Catfish Row.  The life of hard work, triumph and folly in the cotton fields and on the shrimping boats was amazingly brought to life by George and Ira Gershwin, and the returning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago does... Read more »

A Hair Raising November Supporting Cancer Awareness

On the heels of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes “No Shave November” where men demonstrate their camaraderie with cancer patients who loose their hair by growing their own.  They let their hair grow wild and free donating the money they usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer... Read more »
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Harlem Fine Arts Show hits the Chi

Harlem Fine Arts Show hits the Chi
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) will be at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago from October 30 to November 2, 2014 showcasing the works of dozens of established and emerging African-American artists, including artists from Chicago. The HFAS, held annually in New York City since 2010, has attracted more than 50,000 visitors and accounted for millions... Read more »