This month, get dressed and hit a Derby day party, catch a film festival featuring us, enjoy multicultural dance, or take it back to the 90s with the 90s Kickback concert. There’s lots to do.
Get into these 10 Events You Should Look for in May.
Robert Pruitt, Art and Afrofuturism- May 1- DePaul Art Museum and Center for the Black Disapora- 2320 N. Kenmore Ave. 5:30- 7:00 p.m.
DePaul welcomes award-winning Houston artist Robert Pruitt to the Center for the Black Diaspora to discuss and showcase his work ART & AFROFUTURISM. As stated by “Pruitt works in a variety of materials, but his practice is chiefly centered on rendering portraits of the human body, specifically the black body. He uses Hip hop, Science and Sci-Fi, technology comic books, Black political struggles and traditional cultures to
create visual narratives.”- DePaul Art Museum.
Groove Lounge with Keke Wyatt- May 2- The Promontory
Anyone whose heard Keke Wyatt’s live performance game knows she is NOT to be trifled with. Her multi-octave range and vocal technique is matched by few. Mrs. Wyatt is bringing her talents to Hyde Park’s Promontory.
Afro Film Series- Harper Theatre – Every Thursday in May
The Harper Theatre is hosting Afro Film Series where films directed and led by African and Caribbean directors and actors will be showcased. Tickets are FREE.
May 2- Black Girl
May 9- Lumumba- directed by Raoul Peck
May 16- Yaaba
May 23- Yeelen
May 30- Osufio in London- Part 2
Derby Day Party- Sundresses, Sandals and Suits- May 4- Bureau Bar UIC- 724 W Maxwell
Long before day parties became a “thing”, there was the Kentucky Derby day celebration- the hautest of them all. Bureau Bar UIC will continue tradition with its Derby Day Party. Hosted buffet. Special guest DJs. So ladies, get your fascinators. Fellas, grab your fedoras and head over to the new Bureau Bar UIC. Free admission with RSVP.
A WONDER-ful Sunday Service- May 12- Stony Island Arts Bank- 2pm-6pm
In celebration of Stevie Wonder’s 69th birthday, DJ Duane Powell is spinning a 4-hour set featuring music from the catalog of the icon’s vast catalogue. It’s the perfect day party. FREE
India Arie: The Worthy Tour – May 24- Horseshoe Hammond
When India Arie dropped “That Magic” on us earlier this year, she gave us a reminder that even though she’s been a quiet for a while, she’s still THAT CHICK. Since her 2001 debut, Arie has been bringing music that’s good to our ears and souls. And now she’s back on tour for her new album Worthy. Should be a good night.
Love and Laugh Hour- May 24- Hosted by KevOnStage and Tony Baker Comedy- House of Hope -752 E. 114th
Comedian KevOnStage is proof that becoming “Internet Famous” isn’t always a bad thing. KevOnStage aka Kevin Fredericks is the latest talent to break through the innawebs and parlay his skills into real-life commerce. (Think Issa Raye, Chescaleigh,etc). His massive social media following (over 2 million FB followers) has landed him a nationwide tour where he’ll bring his unique brand of Christian comedy. Get your laugh on with KevOnStage with Tony Baker Comedy at the House of Hope.
V103 90s Kick Back Concert Part 2- May 25- The Chicago Theatre
With so many 90’s throwback concerts, it’s like the era never ended. We get it though. 90’s R&B never gets old. And with Chante Moore, Michel’le and Dru Hill – this lineup represents.
House Music at the Historical Maxwell Street Market- May 26- Maxwell Street Market – 800 S. Desplaines
We love our street markets in Chicago, and Maxwell Street market is one of the most famous. Combine a spring day and Chicago house music – how can you lose?
The market runs from 9am to 2 pm. House sounds from noon- 2pm.
Stomping Grounds Finale – May 31- Harris Theater
The annual two-month, city-wide festival featuring some of the city’s finest percussive dance companies comes to an exciting close. The finale will feature all of the Stomping Grounds companies – Muntu Dance Theatre, Natya Dance Theatre, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Mexican Folk Dance Company, Stone Soup Rhythms and the Trinity Irish Dance Company.