By Elaine Hedwood Bowen, M.S.J. The 54th Chicago International Film Festival offers films for all interests from around the world during its run from October 10 through October 21, 2018, at the AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St. Here is a snapshot of a couple of selected films, two of...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ Academy-Award winner Jamie Foxx should be polishing up his mantle in anticipation of another Oscar for his spectacular role as Walter McMillian in “Just Mercy.” He and Michael B. Jordan, who portrays attorney Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in 1989, are...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. I have been able to virtually screen a few films that are available for moviegoers during the 56th Chicago International Film Festival, which is running until Sunday, October 25, 2020. With the 2020 tagline “Film Can Take You There” the 2020 Festival, created by award-winning...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader On Saturday, August 27, 2016, the Englewood community will celebrate the 54th anniversary of the “Englewood Back To School Parade,” with Education Is The Key To The Future as the theme. Each year the parade continues to set the bar for a family fun, peaceful...
MCG Jazz is pleased to announce a special engagement featuring The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), the 19-piece big band orchestra in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Chicago on Thursday, March 14, 2019. In partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the performance will take place at...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader A documentary based on the unfinished work by the iconic civil rights activist and author James Baldwin will hit theatres soon, and I say it is right on time—given the political climate in America. “I am Not Your Negro” is a documentary about Baldwin,...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Jazz on a Summer’s Day is a film by Bert Stern and Aram Avakian. It stars Jazz greats for a bygone era that include Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry and a bonus ending by the great Mahalia Jackson Filmed at the...
Three-dozen performances and programs on 11 stages are planned across the neighborhood on September 24th-25th to celebrate the Hyde Park Jazz Festival’s 10th anniversary. The Festival will continue its Story Share and commissioning initiatives, as well as a new partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center that commissions visual...
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), the largest traveling African Diasporic art show and sale in the United States, will return to Chicago Dec. 9–11 at a new venue, Life Creative, 1655 W. Walnut, in the city’s trendy West Loop. Since its inception in New York in 2009, HFAS...
Griffin Theatre Company recently launched its 2016-17 Season as an exploration of the American Dream with a rare revival of Maxwell Anderson’s 1930s drama “Winterset,” directed by Ensemble Member Jonathan Berry (Pocatello, Balm in Gilead). The production is playing now through December 23, 2016 at The Den Theatre’s Upstairs...