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Donnetta Jackson @ Krackin’ Kwanzaa Dance Class



Zawadi: Official 50th Anniversary Kwanzaa Open Mic


On December 26th, SuperGroup, Party Noire, Harold Washington Cultural Center, M.A.D.D. Rhythms and Church on the 9 will be collaborating to bring y’all ZAWADI, the annual and official #Kwanzaa2016 Open Mic.

Now. Because this is the 50th Anniversary, and because 2016 has been a year pulled straight from the depths of a white american horror story, we decided to do something special for you folks.

Featuring spoken word legends Adam Ness and Ayinde Cartman, as well as the ear-gasmic, party rockin’, beat knockin sounds of DJ Rae Chardonnay, and hosted by Chicago’s very own Lawrence Binkey Tolefree (deported from Thailand for one night only!), this is a night going down in Chi’celand History.

Take a second to appreciate the sheer audacity of that BOMB A**, BLACK A** LINE-UP. Honestly, I don’t know where else you’ll be on a random Monday evening besides here. From 6 to 9 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. Come get this work.

– blckprvlg


HWCC Arts Partner Showcase & Ujamaa Marketplace – $10



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Bril Barrett, Star Dixon & Donnetta Jackson @ Motor City Tap Fest


4 Days of Master Classes
with Leading Tap Artists in the Industry

Motor City Soles
featuring the All-Star Faculty
& Special Guest Performers!

Participant’s Showcase

Tap Jam

Young Choreographers Competition

Faculty Chat


SUPREME LOVE @ Museum of Contemporary Art

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms @ Bronzeville Summer Nights – Art District Trolley Tour

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Join us for Part 2 of BSNADT!

Meet us on 47th Street – King Drive to Cottage Grove – to explore the rich artistic culture and entertainment of Bronzeville and surrounding neighborhoods!

Food, drinks, live music and more! ADMISSION is FREE!!!

Here’s what’s happening on Friday, July 15th, 6-9pm:
Family Fun at McDonalds featuring performances by the King High School Jazz Band, games, Hawaiian Punch samplings, giveaways and more!

For Kids: Meet & Greet with the one and only Ronald McDonald, jumping jack fun, and the McDonalds Basketball Toss.

Plus FREE Ronald McDonald House Charities Mobile Children’s health examinations.

Sam Trump will bring his innovative, down home soul to the streets of Bronzeville. He’s been traveling across the country, creating quite a buzz and we are excited to have this next generation trumpeter join the BSNADT line up.

M.A.D.D. Rhythms TAPdance collective joins us once again to spread the love and joy of TAP, bringing poise, versatility and big energy.

Chicago Blues Museum presents Bronzeville Dance thru the Decades featuring non-stop archival musical footage with highlights of performances of legendary entertainers related to Bronzeville and Chicago. Featured entertainers include Jackie Wilson, James Brown, B.B. King and many more.

Sponsored in part by Martell.

Trolley Tours
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Rotating trolley stops at each gallery every 30 minutes

The downtown trolley will transport patrons from the corner of Randolph Street and Columbus Drive (near the AON center) to Little Black Pearl approximately every 30 minutes. The downtown trolley begins service at 5:30pm and concludes service at 9:00pm.

Participating Art Establishments:

Blanc Gallery
4445 South King Drive
The Path is Not Linear (negotiating humanity)
Featured Artists: Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Vidura Jang Bahadur, Andrew Bearnot, Jan Brugger, Evan Carter, Kyle Hossli, Ben Nicholson and Shanna Zentner

Bronzeville Artist Lofts
436 East 47th Street
Open Studios:
1. Mario Uomo Showroom
2. Nikki Bruce, “GreyMatter Photography”
3. Roger Carter
4. Raymond Anthony Thomas
5. Phantom Gallery Chicago Network presents,
“Black Experimentalism” curated by Alpha Bruton, Alan Emerson Hicks

Renee Baker is the composer of four operas. Currently she is working as a film score composer, having composed and released a new score for Oscar Michaeux’s “race film” masterpiece BODY AND SOUL (1925) with the music performed by her Chicago Modern Orchestra Project ensemble.
Collected Voices Film Fest
A Collection of Films on Life in Chicago by Danielle Echols and Ife Olatunji

Faie African Art
1005 East 43rd Street

Gallery Guichard
436 East 47th Street
Echoes of Our Journey
6 artists using the original doors from the Bronzeville Artist Lofts to create art! Alpha Bruton, Marlene Campbell, Roger Carter, Andre Guichard, Alan Emerson Hicks and Raymond A. Thomas

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center
1060 East 47th Street

South Side Community Art Center
3831 South Michigan Avenue
The Great Migration: The Journey and New Beginnings; Featuring the art of Gerald Griffin and many other contemporary prominent Chicago artists.

More information available at Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @BSNADT!


Bril Barrett, Jumaane Taylor, Star Dixon & Donnetta Jackson On Faculty @ Rhythm World 26 – 50% Off New Registrations!


Rhythm WorldJuly 5-24, 2016

26th Annual Festival of American Tap and Contemporary Percussive Arts featuring an acclaimed roster of leading teaching and performance artists.

RHYTHM WORLD is America’s longest running and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts.

Register Now:

Join Us for 6 Great Performances:

Rhythm World 26 Main Festival Week:
Adult Program – July 18- 21
Courses – July 18 – 21
Kids Program – July 19 – 22
Workshops – July 22
Masterclasses – July 23 – 24

Lane Alexander, Maud Arnold, Bril Barrett, Martin Bronson, Ayodele Casel, Zada Cheeks, Star Dixon, Michelle Dorrance, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Linda Sohl Ellison, Monti Ellison, Donnetta Jackson, Glenn Leslie, Yukiko Misumi, Monternez Rezell, Nico Rubio, Jumaane Taylor, Nicholas Young, Sam Weber, Cartier Williams

Opening Night- July 18th, 7:30pm at the Jazz Showcase

Student Showcase and Cutting Contest- July 19th, 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts Building, 10th Floor

15th Anniversary YTEC Benefit Concert with very special guest Maurice Hines- July 20th, 7:00 at the MCA, Chicago –              Performance by M.A.D.D. Rhythms West: The BBF Crew

JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance-
July 21st: Jumaane Taylor’s Supreme Love, plus BAM! and Festival Faculty at the MCA, Chicago
July 22nd:Groundhog plus Linda Sohl Ellison and Monti Ellison at the MCA, Chicago
July 23rd: IFTRA Premiere, BAM! and Jumaane Taylor’s Supreme Love at the MCA, Chicago

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M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy Open House, Student Showcase & #3rdSaturdays #TapJam

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HWCC Summer Arts Intensive 2016

Summer Intensive


Register today for the HWCC Summer Arts Intensive.

Harold Washington Cultural Center
4701 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60615


Register Before June 15 And Get The Earliest Bird Discount. Pay Just $500

Register Before June 30 And Get The Earlier Bird Discount. Pay Just $600

Register Before July 5 And Get The Early Bird Discount. Pay Just $700

Group, Family Discounts Available….

Summer Arts Intensive runs July 5-August 12, 2016

HWCC Summer Arts Intensive Daily Schedule

9am – 10am Drop Off
10am – 11am Warm Up
11am – 5pm Various Dance Break Out Sessions
5pm – 6pm Pick Up

Fast Beginners/Slow Intermediate dancers Only

This Youth Summer Arts Intensive is for Children under the age of  18.


Star Dixon World Premieres New Choreography @ Take Five



For 5 years, Audible Odyssey has commissioned and presented original, diverse, and thrilling choreographic works from Chicago’s best and brightest tap dancers. TAKE FIVE celebrates this milestone, presenting the restaging of three crowd-favorite works from past seasons including Zada Cheeks’ critically-acclaimed Diabolus, alongside three world premieres from this year’s Artists in Resonance incubator artists, Starinah Dixon, Rich Ashworth and Matt Pospeshil.

AO is the place to see the future of tap dance.
Six choreographers, more than a dozen performers and always something unexpected….all with a single ticket.

Adult – $25 in advance/$30 at the door
Student/Senior/Artist – $15 or pay what you can at the door


May 27 & 28 @ 8pm

Presented at:

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago


Choreography by:
Rich Ashworth
Martin Bronson
Zada Cheeks
Starinah Dixon
Matt Pospeshil
Melissa Reh
With appearances by:
Bril Barrett
Tyler Booker
Phil Brooks
Tristan Bruns
Andrew Carr
Jessica Chapuis
Tanzania Covington
Megan Davis
Jenna Deidel
Molly Favreau
Alexandrya Fryson
Helen Grdina
Donnetta Jackson
Sioned Papparotto
Lindsay Shepherd

Price: Adults – $25 in advance ($30 at the door), Students/Seniors/Artists – $15 or pay what you can at the door | Click here to buy a ticket

Artists Involved: