November Artist Newspublished: Oct. 20, 2021
Damon, Ben, and Arif are new recipients of a Jazz Road Creative Residency, funded by South Arts, a program aimed to advance Southern vitality through the arts. The trio will work with communities in two sites located in East Tennessee: the Children's Defense Fund's Alex Haley Farm and the Highlander Research and Education Center. They plan to visit Black artist groups and youth organizations, lead workshops, and develop a final performance by the Black Monument Ensemble that will be presented during the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville.
Now through December 12, "The Last Pair of Earlies” at Raven Theatre will feature scenic design by Sydney. The drama follows a Black couple during their migration from the South to Chicago, and the dreams they hope to see come to pass in the big city.
Available now through the Performance Response Journal, Benji reflected in poetry form on a rehearsal of Contra la Corriente, an in-progress performance by fellow awardee Ivelisse Diaz at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.
Now through November 13, AJ is exhibiting new work in “New Witnesses,” an exhibition by the 2021 cohort of the Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Artists in Residence program. RSVP through Eventbrite for a viewing time.
Available now, Santiago X met with WBEZ’S Reset to discuss his plans to heal Chicago through sustainable urbanism and speak on his latest project, The Coiled Serpent. Listen to the artist speak on the significance of burial and effigy mounds on WBEZ’s website.
On November 3, Dee will be performing with the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective live and in-person at the Jazz Showcase. Proof of vaccination is required.
On November 4, Illville Vanguard and Sam will explore the work of D’Angelo through an in-person performance at the Promontory. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.
On November 12, Norman will be performing in “Earthwork: A Record Release Show” in-person at the Elastic Arts Foundation. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.
MIRTES ZWIERZYNSKI (2011 3Arts Awardee)
From November 12 to December 10, Mirtes’ exhibition “Series, Folds, and Sutures” will be on view at the Chicago Public Art Group (3314 S Morgan Chicago, IL 60608). The opening reception for the mixed media show is on Friday, November 12 from 5-8pm.
On November 13, the school and organization founded by Ivelisse, La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón, celebrates its 12th anniversary through a panel discussion on Bomba in Chicago, followed by a concert by Paracumbé and Bomba con Buya in-person at Roberto Clemente Community Academy.
Shanta’s band, Shanta Nurullah's Sitarsys, will be performing on November 13 at Constellation. Proof of vaccination is required for in-person attendance and the concert will also be livestreamed.
On November 17, Tatsu and his featured ensemble will present The Miyumi Project at Hey Nonny. The performance offers a fusion of Avant-garde jazz interwoven with traditional taiko drumming. Tickets are selling for in-person attendance.
On November 18, in conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects at the DePaul Art Museum (DPAM), Regin will discuss his drawings, artist books, sculptures, and performances that portray the human condition as it relates to the natural environment and inhabited spaces. Regin will be in conversation with Rachel L. S. Harper, artist, educator, researcher, and curator of Learned Objects in-person at the DPAM.
On November 19, Ben will be releasing his new album Open Arms to Open Us on International Anthem and Nonesuch. Gay refers to the album as dealing with “rhythm as an inheritance of information...coping with the present-day bombardment of data and recycled ideologies."