Wednesday, January 30, 2019


WHAT:                  Macy's welcomes Grace Lee, owner of Chicagoland dessert company Love, Sugar & Grace, for a Valentine’s Day dessert decorating class at Macy’s on State Street. During the interactive class, Grace will teach attendees how to make and design their own edible bouquet of chocolate covered strawberry roses. Guests will be able to take their own delicious creations home and can gift the treats to their significant others. To register for the class and for more information, please visit
Event subject to change or cancellation. Seating is first come, first served for those who have registered.
WHO:                    Grace Lee is the owner and baker of Love, Sugar & Grace. While pursuing her career as an attorney, Grace realized that baking was her true passion. Grace began searching for ways to increase her pastry skills and through the help of her culinary friends, Grace was offered opportunities to stage with the best pastry chefs at Dominique Ansel Bakery and a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago. As Grace's clientele continued to grow, she realized she could no longer double as an attorney and a baker.  In 2016, she quit her job to pursue her love for baking full-time and Love, Sugar, & Grace was born.
WHEN:                  Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE:               Macy’s State Street – 111 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60602
7th Floor, Culinary Studio

Chicago Int'l Film Festival >> ✨ Come to Our Spring Fundraiser at Lagunitas!

Movie Trivia! | Prizes! | Food! | BEER!
Join us and the Cinema/Chicago Associate Board for our Spring Fundraiser #BeersForBuses at the Lagunitas Chicago Taproom!

Bring your friends and team up to play movie trivia, enjoy tasty Lagunitas brews, and win prizes in our raffle including VIP Opening Night tickets to the 55th Chicago International Film Festival!

All tickets include movie trivia, complimentary food, and one raffle ticket. Lagunitas beers are $6 each, and all net proceeds from ticket and beer sales will support our education initiatives including providing free bus transportation to Chicago Public Schools students as part of our Education Screening Program.

March 12, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Lagunitas Chicago Taproom
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About Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. In addition to the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinema/Chicago's programs include: the International Screenings ProgramCineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 55th edition in 2019, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.

Chicago International Film Festival | 212 W. Van Buren St, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60607

Get out of the COLD and visit the Chicago Cultural Center! (Chicago, IL.)



Highlights include African American Designers in Chicago, Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Black, Bronzeville Echoes, goat island archive and Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical...The Murders

Admission to the Chicago Cultural Center and Exhibitions is FREE

African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race
Through March 3, 2019
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
Featuring work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in this major hub of American advertising/consumer culture. African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.
Thursday, January 3, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Historian Chris Dingwall
Saturday, January 5, 1:30–3pm: Panel Discussion, "The Archive, the Gallery and the Practices of Public History" 
Thursday, January 17, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Curator Daniel Schulman
Thursday, February 21, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Curator Daniel Schulman

Year of Chicago Theatre - OFFICIAL Kick Off Event
Monday, February 11
Throughout the Chicago Cultural Center, 68 p.m.
Coinciding with Chicago Theatre Week, the free admission, building-wide celebration invites everyone – from the curious to seasoned theatre-goers – for an inspiring and surprising look at the “fearless soul” of our city – Chicago’s theatre community. Participating artists and theatre companies include: The Second City, Walkabout Theater Company, Free Street Theater, Chicago Youth TheatreFest and many others presenting interactive performances, live music, youth project showcases and more. The Year of Chicago Theatre is a citywide, year-long focus on theatre and is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical...The Murders
Opening January 12 – ongoing
Randolph Square, 1st Floor North
The theater stage can be a powerful reminder of human frailties, foibles and folly. For over ninety years, the 1926 play “Chicago” has provided these reminders in periodic reinventions as three major motion pictures and a musical that is a long-running mainstay of the New York Broadway stage. In conjunction with Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theater, Roxie! explores the story’s origins as a cynical portrayal of Jazz Age Chicago written by former Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Watkins. While fictional leads Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly have risen to almost folkloric icons of that era in this city, the story, through all its adaptations, provides a poignant warning of the dangers resulting from inequity, injustice, sexism and media abuses. In conjunction with the city's Year of Chicago Theatre.

Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black
January 19–April 14, 2019
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
Over the course of seven years, artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr. photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” As the artist explains, “When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country." The photographs of In the Company of Black live in the space between, including tender moments with McDonald's daughters, informal portraits of his friends and collaborators and references to music, art, history and popular culture.
Thursday, February 7, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Curator Greg Lunceford
Sunday, April 14, 2–5 p.m.: Closing with House Music DJ

February 2–April 7, 2019
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
Curated by Filter Photo, Furtive is a photography-based exhibition that explores the complexity of memory, both personal and collective.  Through an examination of place, archive and the intersection of perception and knowing, artists Daniel Hojnacki, Karolis Usonis, and Krista Wortendyke ask us to reconsider what we think we know based on our past experiences, communal knowledge and memory.  By using photography as a conceptual tool rather than an objective medium for documentation these artists are able to examine and question our collective use of photography in the making of both memories and histories. For more information, visit
Saturday, February 2, 1–3 p.m.: Opening
Furtive is a DCASE ArtsSpace collaboration, providing exhibition space and support to Chicago arts organizations through an application process.

In Good Company
February 2–April 7, 2019
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
In Good Company is a group exhibition presented by Arts of Life. This exhibition seeks to highlight the mutually beneficial relationships and connections that develop within the Arts of Life studios. In Good Company features seven Arts of Life studio artists and four community volunteers, and includes work that has been developed both independently and collaboratively. The ongoing collaborations between studio artists and community volunteers are fundamental to the success of both individual practices and the overall health of the organization. This exhibition showcases the way in which these partnerships develop and thrive around a person-centric model. Arts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. For more information, visit
Saturday, February 2, 1–3 p.m.: Opening
Thursday February 21, 5:30–6:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk
In Good Company is a DCASE ArtsSpace collaboration, providing exhibition space and support to Chicago arts organizations through an application process.

Forgotten Forms
February 2–April 7, 2019
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
Forgotten Forms is a collaborative exhibition between members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Investigating seemingly everyday objects to reveal a much greater story about neighborhood identity, placemaking and city life, the exhibition highlights the work of two emerging artists, both of whom explore structural elements of urban landscapes. Edra Soto revisits Puerto Rico’s vernacular architecture through her GRAFT installations and architectural interventions, and Yhelena Hall touches on the history of Chicago and explores a marginal state of detritus becoming artifacts through her series Polished Remnants. For more information, visit
Saturday, February 2, 1–3 p.m.: Opening
Forgotten Forms is a DCASE ArtsSpace collaboration, providing exhibition space and support to Chicago arts organizations through an application process.

goat island archive–we have discovered the performance by making it
Performance Space and Activations
February 1–June 23, 2019
Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
March 30–June 23, 2019
Exhibition Hall, 4th Floor North
Throughout the 23 years of its existence (1986–2009), the Chicago-based Goat Island contributed to the conception of nine major performance works, accompanied by publications, film and video projects, workshops, summer schools, lectures and symposia, inventing a complex institution bigger than the individual works. Freed from prescribed narrative and dialog, the work of Goat Island is built slowly in a creative process informed by repetition, chance and individual perception. Their democratic, shared activations continue to influence generations of artists, theatre makers, cultural theorists and social philosophers.

In conjunction with the city's Year of Chicago Theatre, nine national and international performance groups and artists have been commissioned to develop and present new work, each inspired by one of Goat Island's original performances. The works-in-progress will be presented at partner cultural venues throughout Chicago as part of the IN>TIME Festival, and “final” works will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center's Sidney R. Yates Gallery, which will be transformed into a scale re-imagining of the church gymnasium where the collective rehearsed. A tenth performance, created as a composite of “Missing Scenes” from the prior nine works, will be presented in June during a week of concluding events. The accompanying exhibition in the Chicago Cultural Center's Exhibition Hall will present archival materials that reflect Goat Island's generative and pedagogic processes and still invite consideration and reinterpretation.
Friday, March 29, 6–9 p.m.: Opening Preview

Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago’s African American Music
Garland Gallery, 1st Floor South
Explore Chicago’s music legacy through ragtime, jazz and blues in an exhibition that highlights the contributions of important places and people that shaped the music scene. Seldom-seen original artifacts will be on display including sheet-music, rare 1920s records with quirky period graphics–and even the original 1932 telephone booth from the old Sunset/Grand Terrace CafĂ© from which the actual music can be heard. The scope is broad and surprising–Ragtime morphs into jazz, Blues transforms into modern gospel, and it all echoes throughout the contemporary genres of House and Hip Hop.

Learning Lab, February–March, 2019
Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
1st Floor South (Across from the Garland Gallery)
The Learning Lab is a place to engage and experiment with all aspects of DCASE cultural programming. Meet and engage with artists! Watch archival footage of guests at past DCASE events on a vintage TV set. Hear the sounds of upcoming DCASE music festivals. Feel the artifacts and sumptuous materials used to create this golden age building and more!
Meet an Artist Activities
Engage with artists connected to various exhibitions, programs and initiatives presented by DCASE.
Select Fridays, Noon–2 p.m.
  • Friday, February 1: Design Museum of Chicago
  • Friday, February 15: Arts of Life
  • Friday, March 15: Chicago Cultural Alliance
Select Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Now through March 2: Project Osmosis
  • Saturday, March 16: Filter Photo
  • Saturday, March 23: Arts of Life

All exhibitions and performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Building hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit

Women & Children First >> Feel the Love this February at Your Feminist Bookstore!

February 2019

Save the Date!
Friday, March 1
at 7 p.m.
Jacinda Bulle &  
Jaquanda Villegas  
Put Some Respect on It
A Prose Coloring Book Presentation
Wednesday, March 6
Am I Man Enough?
Storytelling Show & Podcast Examining the Culture of Toxic Masculinity

Thursday, March 7
at 7 p.m.
Jeffreen M. Hayes 
Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Author Reading

Friday, March 8
at 7 p.m.
Medicare for All

Wednesday, March 13
at 7 p.m.
Samantha Allen 
 Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
Author Reading

Thursday, March 14
at 7 p.m.
T. Kira Madden in conversation with Lindsay Hunter
Author Conversation

Friday, March 15
at 7 p.m.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Author Reading
Please note: this event will be held at Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.) Purchase tickets HERE

Friday, March 15
at 7 p.m.
Chris Cander in conversation with Rebecca Makkai
The Weight of a Piano
Author Conversation

Thursday, March 21
at 7 p.m.
Halle Butler in conversation with Kathleen Rooney
Book Launch Party

Family of Women
Book Group 
Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
The Empathy Exams
by Leslie Jamison
Feminist Book Group  

Sunday, Feb. 10
at 4 p.m.
by Elisabeth Eaves
Teens First
Book Group
Sunday, Feb. 10
at 5 p.m.
by Frank Herbert

Sunday, Feb. 17
at 2:30 p.m.
Stamped from the Beginning
by Ibram X. Kendi
Monday, Feb. 18
at 7:15 p.m.
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Women's Book Group
Tuesday, Feb. 19
at 7:30 p.m.
Ghosts in the Schoolyard  by Eve Ewing 
Sunday, March 10
10 a.m. to Noon
Suggested Reading: the first half of This Is the Place, ed. by Margot Kahn 
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,
After surviving the freezing temperatures and blizzard-like conditions of January, we could all use some love! 
With Love From Andersonville is back! On February 14 through 17, we'll be joining other neighborhood businesses and donating 14% of profits to charity. Our designated cause this year is Chicago Books to Women In Prison. This effort will be combined with our book drive (see details below).

Also, if you feel like getting cozy, check out Hygge Fest, which will be taking over Andersonville this weekend!

With love & thanks, 

W&CF ❤️ Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Donation Drive
January 2 through Friday, February 14   
We're kicking off the new year by partnering with one of our favorite non-profits, Chicago Books to Women in Prison. This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) sends paperback books free of charge to incarcerated women nationwide. Women mail in their book requests, then CBWP volunteers match try to fulfill each request from their stock of donated books. The group is dedicated to offering women who otherwise would have little or no access to books the opportunities for the self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides. Now through Valentine's Day, stop by Women & Children First and buy a gift card of any denomination that will go to CBWP so that they can provide women in prison the books they actually want to read and request the most.   
E. Patrick Johnson &   
Jennifer Nash
Black. Queer. Southern.Women. 
 Black Feminism Reimagined
Joint Book Launch Party
Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. 
E. Patrick Johnson's Black. Queer. Southern. Women. is drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer Southern women. Black Feminism Reimagined by Jennifer C. Nash outlines how women's studies has elevated intersectionality to the discipline's primary program-building initiative and casts intersectionality as a threat to feminism's coherence. E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Jennifer C. Nash is associate professor of African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. READ MORE
Daisy Johnson in conversation with Laura Adamczyk
Everything Under
Author Reading
Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m. 
Gretel grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when Gretel was a teen, but one phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back. Daisy Johnson is the author of the short story collection Fen. Laura Adamczyk's fiction has appeared in Hobartthe Chicago Reader, and PANK. READ MORE
Chloe Benjamin in conversation with
Rebecca Makkai
The Immortalists
Paperback Tour
Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. 
It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and a traveling psychic claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. Four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness sneak out to hear their fortunes. The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice. Chloe Benjamin is the author of The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award. Rebecca Makkai is the author of numerous books, including The Great BelieversREAD MORE
Ann Russo
Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power
Book Launch Party
Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m. 
In Feminist Accountability noted feminist scholar and activist Ann Russo offers an intersectional analysis of three areas of feminism in practice: anti-racist work, community accountability, and transformative justice. Ann Russo shows us how we might contribute to the feminist work of transforming oppression and violence. Ann Russo is associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies and director of the Women's Center at DePaul University. READ MORE
Corbi A. Cabrera 
My Hair Is a Garden
Kids' Story Time
Saturday, February 9 at 11 a.m. 
After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can't take any more, so she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie, who shows Mackenzie that natural black hair is beautiful. Cozbi A. Cabrera is the illustrator of several acclaimed children's picture books. READ MORE 
One Book One Northwestern:
The Handmaid's Tale Fan Fiction Reading
Sunday, February 10 at 6 p.m. 
The School of Professional Studies' MA in Writing and MFA in Prose and Poetry Programs Present: The Handmaid's Tale Fan Fiction Reading featuring current students and alum Sara Connell, Allison Epstein, Audrey Fierberg, Salwa Halloway, Devin O'Shea, and Jameka Williams.  
Sappho's Salon
Valentine's Day Show & Open Mic 
Monday, February 11 - Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.  
Sappho's Salon will once again be hosting a Valentine's Day show & open mic! Our featured performers will be Elizabeth Swanson and Ada Cheng. The open mic sign-up list will be available at the front door starting at 7, first-come, first-serve. Spots are 5 minutes apiece so we can accommodate everyone. READ MORE  
Anne Elizabeth Moore
Sweet Little Cunt 
Valentine's Day Reading & Party 
Thursday, February 14 at 7 p.m. 
Anne Elizabeth Moore's latest book, Sweet Little Cunt, offers a critical overview of one of the most influential women in independent comics, addressing longstanding questions about Julie Doucet's role as a feminist figure. Anne Elizabeth Moore is the former editor of Punk Planet and the Best American Comics series, as well as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. READ MORE   
Jay Rehak  
Sideline Ink: Book 2 
Book Launch Party
Sunday, February 17 at 5 p.m. 
The second in the Sideline series continues the adventure of Emma "Sideline" Rockland as she begins 6th grade. Her successful businesses are making her a fortune, but how long can she keep her secret from her irresponsible parents? Jay Rehak is the author of 27 short plays that have been produced around the world. READ MORE  
Dave Cullen in conversation with Heidi Stevens 
Parkland: Birth of a Movement   
Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. 
Author Conversation and Book Signing
Please note: This event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Attendees must register for this free event HERE.
Nineteen years ago, Dave Cullen was among the first to arrive at Columbine High after the mass shooting there. Now Cullen unfolds the story of the Parkland shooting through the voices of key participants. Dave Cullen is the author of New York Times bestseller ColumbineHeidi Stevens is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked as a writer and editor since 1998.  READ MORE & TO REGISTER
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Author Reading & Book Signing  
Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to build  sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist, and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. READ MORE  
Lucy Knisley 
Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos
Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m.
Author Reading & Book Signing with Kids' Activities
Lucy Knisley always wanted to be a mother. She didn't expect to experience fertility problems and miscarriages, and ultimately her successful pregnancy was plagued by health issues. This moving, hilarious, memoir follows Lucy's personal journey to motherhood and  illustrates the history and science of reproductive health. Lucy Knisley is the author and illustrator of Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, and French Milk. READ MORE 
Anissa Gray
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
Author Reading & Book Signing  

Althea, the eldest sister, is a force to be reckoned with, and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of their small community when Althea and her husband, Proctor, are arrested. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family. Anissa Gray is an Emmy and duPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist.  READ MORE 
Am I Man Enough? 
A Storytelling Show & Podcast 
Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Am I Man Enough? is a storytelling show and podcast featuring folks from all backgrounds sharing personal stories that critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of manhood. January's lineup includes Maya Haughton, LeVan D. Hawkins, Himabindu Poroori, Anne Purky, Tony Ho Tran, and Wil WhedbeeREAD MORE 
**Special Ticket Alert***
Laurie Halse Anderson
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. 
Please note: This event will be held at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Purchase tickets HERE.
We're honored host New York Times bestselling, award-wining author Laurie Halse Anderson in celebration of her searing poetic memoir and call to action, Shout. Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in the searing, poetic memoir Shout.
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