Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy Kwanzaa! 2011 from the Bronzeville Arts Blog!

Celebration of the First Fruits - KWANZAA

Hartzell Church Harvest Festival in Bronzeville

The Nguzu Saba - The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa National Stamp issued 2011 USPO


Places to celebrate KWANZAA in Bronzeville and in Chicago

Take your family and friends! All are welcome to:

Celebrate...Lighting of the KWANZAA KINARA at the Du Sable Museum

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Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, in the partnership with the Bolozi Wazee/Shule Ya Watoto (Council of Elders)

are hosting the 17th Annual Kwanzaa Observance,

December 26, 2011 to January 1, 2012,

the largest seven‐day celebration of Kwanzaa held at an institution of higher learning in the country.

The week‐long event is free and open to the public and features live entertainment, cultural activities and an African Market.

(Merchandise – 1st Floor and Food court – 2nd Floor).

Doors open 10:00 a.m. daily; program begins at 12:00 p.m.

The 2011 Kwanzaa Observance calendar is the following:

Monday, December 26 ‐ Umoja (Unity)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Najwa Dance Corps

Kwame Steve Cobb and Chavunduka

Charles “Rick” Heath

Tuesday, December 27 – Kujichagulia (Self‐determination)

program begins at Noon

special tribute day to Baba Hannibal Tirus Afrik and Mzee Koumba; followed by cultural lineup

Kaotic Drumline

Walter King Jr. “Spellbinder

Julia Huff

Wednesday, December 28 – Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

program begins at Noon; Enstoolment of Elders day; followed by cultural lineup

Armen Rah;

Joan Collaso

Thursday, December 29 - Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Darrell Wilson “Sax Preacher"

Ayrie King III "Mr. Taps;"

Ugochi Nwangwugwu

Friday, December 30 – Nia (Purpose)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Fred Baker’s West Indian Folk Dance Company

Prince Ravanna Bey/Kerry Wills and the “Thunder Sky Drummers”

Corey Wilkes

Saturday, December 31 – Kuumba (Creativity)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup

Maggie Brown

Bill McFarland: Ayogele

the Chicago Horns

Sunday, January 1 – Imani (Faith)

program begins at Noon; followed by cultural lineup:

African Fashion Show

(Coordinated by the Monarch Awards Foundation of Xi Nu Omega

Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.);

Dee Alexander

M.A.D.D. Rhythms; Ari Brown Quartet;

Minianka African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Spiritual Art from Bronzeville - The Visonary Charts of Rev Samuel David Phillips

Reverend Samuel David Phillips (l) uses his unique charts to express his visions of the scriptures.
Scrolls by Reverend Samuel David Phillips on display at a Gallery Art Exhibit.

In Bronzeville, the visuals arts are expressed in many ways including museum art, art exhibits, murals, public art sculptures and structural monuments. We see the architectural beauty in the design of our churches but what about the art expressed in our spiritual realm such as scripture?

One man who expressed his work of his ministry and the scriptures of the Bible was the late Reverend Samuel David Phillips, co-pastor and artist of The Progressive Pentecostal Mission, which was located at 43rd and State Street from the 1940's through the 1960's.

The late Reverend Samuel David Phillips presented his visionary Biblical based sermons to his church members and students of the Pentecostal vision. Rev. Phillips viewed the charts as the work of God flowing through him in an effort to reach and teach more people during the period of the Great Migration.

His art is presented on huge life size scrolls which vividly bring the stories of scriptures to life in the form of colorful, expressive and powerful drawings. These charts reveal Reverend Phillips' intense artistic vision of the Bible's apocalyptic revelations. His works have been presented in major art exhibits in the nation and one of his charts is part of the the permanent collection of The Intuit Center for Intuitive Art in Chicago.

The Lindsay Gallery will be showcasing a selection of important charts by the late Rev. Samuel David Phillips at the Outsider Art Fair in January, 2012 in NYC.

To learn more about this unique spiritual and visual legacy and its ties to Bronzeville visit:

Monday, December 5, 2011

CHINA: Jungle Film Premiere - A Hip Hop ChicaGO Project

The China Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International,
in collaboration with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture,
is proud to present the Chicago premiere of Jungle - A Hip Hop ChicaGO Project.

Sengvilay Aphay, aka "Kid Jungle", began a new life when his family moved from Laos to Rockford, Illinois.
Against his parents' will, he started break dancing. Kid Jungle soon realized that he had the skills to pursue a career as a dancer. Achieving fame at an early age had it consequences. Kid Jungle fathered a child at a young age. Lost and confused, Kid Jungle could only think of one way to escape - to run away and leave everything behind.
A life changing opportunity came. Kid Jungle was cast as the dance director for a group of Chicago Hip Hop dancers that would perform at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Would this be the big break that he was looking for?

Tuesday, December 6
Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 East Randolph Street
6 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quai Branly Museum in Paris exhibition displays the disturbing history of human zoos

Source: Newspaper on the net Pop the link!
Global Bronzevillian news: Quai Branly Museum in Paris exhibition displays the disturbing history of human zoos
Former French international football player Lilian Thuram, answers reporter during an interview with the Associated Press, on the eve of the opening of a a new exhibition at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. Until less than a century ago, white people regularly put Africans, native Americans or Pacific islanders on display in circuses, expositions and shows. A new Paris exhibit, curated by former football star and anti-racism advocate Lilian Thuram, examines how this demeaning colonial-era tradition shaped attitudes that still linger today. AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere.
By: Angela Charlton, Associated Press.... For more pop the link!

Friday, November 18, 2011

ONLI STUDIOS welcomes Art Starz & Collectors! Friday, November 18th

If you are in Chicago this Friday you are invited to the

Open Studios event this Friday, Nov. 18th at ONLI STUDIOS, 4th floor, 5pm to 10 pm.

Positive visual vibes,

Rhythmistic wearable fine art

and graphic novels to experience, collect and gift.

This happens the 3rd Friday of each month at the

Bridgeport Arts Center

34th & South Racine in Chicago.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Brother Zakee Memorial today at 12 noon November 5, 2011

Brother Zakee has joined the Ancestors....
Peter Blue and Zakee at the 2008 Bud Biliken Parade
Zakee enjoyed attending festivals , concerts, cultural events, Bud Biliken and more.
I've spent many a day.. mostly in summers...talking and laughing with him at events.
What a interesting spirit!
We've never had a boring conversation! I've seen him at concerts including the African Fests, the Chicago Jazz Fests, Miles Davis Concerts, art fairs and all over Hyde Park ...or Grant Park....
One would find Zakee... everywhere! If I were to describe Zakee, the words would have to include, ubiquitous, lively, spiritual and with a quick and intelligent sense of humor.
He had traveled the world including countries ... Peru, Brazil and more.
My last moments with him were at the 2011 Hyde Park Jazz Fest in September 2011.
Zakee , you will be missed. Ase'

Note from one of Zakee's oldest friends from his kindergarden circle.

Hotep! Family:

This is to inform you that our brother, Zakee has joined the Ancestors.

He will be funeralized today Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2011 from 12 noon til 1:30 pm on the grounds of Oakwoods Cemetary.

The entrance is at 67th and Maryland. We will be in the Chapel building.

Please inform others who knew and interacted with Zakee. May he R.I.P. -- Mansong

Friday, October 21, 2011

ONLI features a historic BLACK AGE exhibit at Artists of East Bank at Bridgeport Art Center

During Chicago Artist's Month 2011, Artists of East Bank will host Open Studios at the Bridgeport Art Center.

OPENING RECEPTION THIS WEEKEND: Friday, October 21 through Sunday October 23rd.

The Art theme for this year is to show how "Visual Artists Network to Form Productive Communities".

Meet a body of exciting artists and enjoy the works of the Artists of East Bank!

One of the Artists of East Bank at the Bridgeport Art Center, ONLI of Onli Studios

will feature a group art exhibition which captures a look into the Afro-futuristisic statements of the visual art collective of the BLACK AGE.

The exhibit features artists, Arie Monroe, John Jennings, Afua Richardson, Corey Greene, Rebeckah Younger, Eric Battle, N. Steven Harris, Turtel Onli and more.

The landmark "Black Comix" coffee table resource book and a variety of Black Age graphic

novels will also be available for researchers or collectors.

For Chicago Artists Month you are warmly invited to

Visit ONLI STUDIOS located on the 4th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

Friday October 21st: Group Exhibition & reception.

4E Gallery 4th Floor and Open Studios: 5pm to 10 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 22nd: Open Studios 1pm to 6 pm

"Creating a community Through the Arts"

Panel discussion 5th floor 3:30pm to 5:30 pm

Sunday, Oct. 23rd: Open Studios 1pm to 6pm.

Artful Brunch 3rd Floor Noon .

Call 773-726-1610 for appointments.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Global:Bronzevillian:Black Perspectives at the Chicago International Film Festival

2 More Global Films from the Black Perspectives category at the Chicago International Film Festival to be shown Monday Oct 17th, 2011..
Director: Isaki Lacuesta
Prepare to be taken over by this delightfully enigmatic storyline that traverses centuries, continents and cultures. The “double steps” in question refer to advice left by French artist François Augiéras, who claimed the best way to escape one’s enemies is to walk backwards over your own footprints. Using one of Augiéras’ lost works as the catalyst for the story, filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta and painter Miquel Barceló weave together the structure and iconography of the road movie with African griot storytelling.
Spanish with subtitles, 86 min
Show times : Monday Oct 17, 8:30 pm Tuesday Oct 18, 6:30 pm

AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street, Chicago IL 60611


Director: Stephen Lloyd Jackson
The thin veneer of youth, money, good looks and love are shattered when David is diagnosed with HIV. With his pregnant fiancée kept in the dark, David confronts the realization that he may have infected them as well. Sessions with a therapist become a narrative device that filmmaker Stephen Lloyd Jackson uses to document David’s descent into hedonistic despair. 90 min
Mon Oct 17, 9:00 pm
Director Stephen Lloyd Jackson will be in attendance.

All Me -The Life and Times of Winferd Rembert Film-Oct 17 and 18th

CHICAGO ARTISTS MONTH....At the Chicago International Film Festival, Monday, October 17 at 4:30 pm and Tuesday, October 18 at 5:50 pm!!

ALL Me: The Life and Times of Winferd Rembert
"With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history.
Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work.
In “ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert,” the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful.
A glowing portrait of how an artist—and his art—is made, “ALL ME” is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America." -Source-All Me website
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The film will be shown at the Chicago International Film Festival

Monday Oct. 17, 4:30pm and Tuesday Oct. 18, 5:50pm.

AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street, Chicago IL 60611

Director Vivian Ducat will be in attendance at both showings.