Don’t let the cold temps and early snowfall get you down. There are still great opportunities to get out and enjoy all the city has to offer.  Great concerts, comedy and dance performances are just a few fun events to look forward to. 

Get into these November events:

South Side Soul- November 1– South Shore Cultural Center

While Chicago is often heralded for its influence on blues and gospel music  (it is the birthplace), Chicago’s contributions to soul music is nothing to sneeze at.  Superstars Sam Cooke, Earth, Wind and Fire and yes, Kels, are just a few notables to put Chicago firmly on the map.

On November 1, soul music experts Ayana Contreras (Reclaimed Soul with Ayana Contreras), Ruben Molina (Chicano Rock, Chicano Soul), DJ Tone B. Nimble, and Mario Smith (News From the Service Entrance, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop) will discuss the history and influence of soul music of Chicago’s South Side.

Afterwards, get your groove on at the 8:00 pm Afterparty.  Free food and cash bar is on deck. 

Tickets available on the Chicago Humanities Festival website.

Power to the People: Black Panther Party 10 Point Film Program– November 2-  Stony Island Arts Bank – 4 pm- 7pm 

From Rebuild Foundation:

Arts Bank Cinema is proud to present the BPP Ten Point Program Film Series, hosted the first Saturday of each month in partnership with members of the IL Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Each month’s program will use cinema and dialogue to explore one point of the Black Panther Party’s ten point platform. Facilitated community discussions centering activism, resistance, and the ongoing struggle will be held following the films. 

This program will culminate in December with a screening of The Murder of Fred Hampton.

RSVP for FREE tickets at Eventbrite.          

South Chicago Dance Festival– November 2- 7:00pm – 10:00 pm

This annual dance festival will feature a plethora of the South side’s leading dance companies.  South Chicago Dance Theatre, Ground Rhythm Dance Project, Praize Productions Inc., Hyde Park School of Dance,Ground Rhythm Dance Project, Praize Productions Inc., and Hyde Park School of Dance are just a few of the artists that will be performing.  If you love dance, there’s something for you. 

Tickets and more information available at Eventbrite.

Amazing Grace Film Screening and Conversation– November 8- Rockefeller Chapel- 5850 S. Woodlawn Chapel – 7:00-9:30 pm

If you missed the limited screenings when Amazing Grace came to Chicago this summer, you have another chance to catch soul legend at work.  Amazing Grace features the 1972 live concert taping of her best selling album of the same name.  It’s a rare film display as Franklin’s live concert taping doesn’t take place in a concert hall, but at the New Temple Baptist Church in Watts.  Backed by the legendary Southern California Community Choir, its Aretha Franklin at her best.  Event is FREE.  Register here.

Fantasia with Robin Thicke, Tank and Bonfyre- November 9- Wintrust Arena

Is there really an explanation needed for a ‘Tasia concert?  In short, expect a good squall and some shoe flying.  As for the supporting cast- dope.  Thicke, Tank and the newbie Bonfyre all have hits.  Should be a good time.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

Angela Yee’s Lip Service Live– November 13- 7:00 PM – Thalia Hall

Well, if you hadn’t heard of Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast before last week, R&B singer Tank probably changed that. (Google it for the lowdown). Lip Service is the unabashed podcast by Breakfast Club co-host Angela Yee which covers all things sex and relationships.  Ms. Yee and crew are bringing their spice to Thalia Hall for a live taping.  And trust, Yee and the ladies will definitely go there.  

Get your tickets at Eventbrite

Surround Sound of Fashion – November 10- DuSable Museum 

One of the Midwest’s largest fashion show is back in the Windy City.  In its 11th year, the Surround Sound of Fashion comes to DuSable Museum for a night of fashion, live music and more.   Also, this year’s SSOF Trendsetter Award will be awarded to none other than Chicago’s own Alonzo Jackson, CEO of the popular brand Fashion Geek.   Live performance by recording artist Kash Doll. 

More information and tickets available at www.surroundsoundoffashion.com.

Muntu and Nunufatima in Concert “Elevate” – Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts- November 15- $30- adults; $20- children

It’s always a blast experiencing the brilliance of the Muntu Dance Company; and its new show ‘Elevate’ is primed to continue that tradition. This go around, the veteran dance crew will be joined by the Nunufatima Dance Company and will feature a world premiere of new choreographic work ‘Kumbaca’.  This will undoubtedly be a joyful, good time. 

Tickets are available at Muntu.com.

R & B Rewind Fest- Jagged Edge, 112, Tevin Campbell, Toni, Tone Toni and Silk- November 16- Arie Crown Theatre

Listen.  You had us at Tevin Campbell.  It’s a rare moment that the beloved 90s star blesses the people with a live performance, but we are sooo here for it!   Adding Jagged Edge, 112, Tevin Campbell, Toni, Tone Toni and Silk to the mix- FIRE!

Get your tickets at ariecrown.com.

Deon Cole- November 27- Chicago Improv Comedy Club

Fresh off of the debut of his hilarious Netflix special Cole Hearted, Deon Cole comes home for a live performance at the Improv.  The Black-ish and Grown-ish star has bringing the pain, and we know his hometown appearance will not disappoint.

Tickets available at http://www.ticketweb.com.

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