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Hyde Park Art Center's Spring Gala

citizen | 4/10/2012, 6:19 p.m.
Hyde Park Art Center's Annual Spring Gala is an opportunity for the Art Center to...
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Rajiv Halim

Hyde Park Art Center's Annual Spring Gala is an opportunity for the Art Center to celebrate its mission to stimulate and sustain the visual arts in Chicago while recognizing exemplary people who have made significant contributions to Chicagos cultural community. Honoring Dawoud Bey & Anita Blanchard and Martin H. Nesbitt. Dinner with menu designed by Chef Michael Kornick.

Curated Live Auction conducted by Helyn Goldenberg of Sotheby's and featuring exclusive artist experiences with:

* Dawoud Bey, Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall

* Theaster Gates

* Ben Gest

* Laura Letinsky and Chef Micahel Kornick

* Jessica Stockholder

Dancing with Furious Stiles: DJ Shon Dervis and Drummer Ernie Adams

Date: April 14, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.

Location: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago

Cost: $350

Contact: (773) 324-5520

Info:hydeparkart.org

Dinner and a Show - red, black and GREEN: a blues

Join us for Dinner and a Show, a tapas dinner reception provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering prior to the opening night of red, black, and GREEN: a blues. This is a wonderful opportunity to dine, celebrate and meet the artists and MCA colleagues. Before the performance, Peter Taub, Director of Performance Programs will offer some insights about the performance.

Oakland-based spoken word and dance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Chicago visual artist and activist Theaster Gates collaborate to create a multimedia performance and visual installation addressing environmental issues from the perspective of communities of color.

Date: April 12, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago

Cost: $50

Contact:(312) 280-2660Info:mcachicago.org

Rajiv Halim TrioRajiv Halim is a young, up and coming saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. Rajiv performs regularly around the Chicagoland area with many musical groups such as The Rajiv Halim Sextet; this group features trumpeter, Marquis Hill, tenor saxophonist, Zachary Lipton, pianist Michael King, bassist, Andrew Vogt, and drummer, Michael Piolet.

Rajiv performs around the United States and Canada with the eclectic band Kids These Days, headlining many venues and festivals, as well as, opening up for or sharing the stage with acts from Raphael Saadiq to Snoop Dogg.

Add discounted parking and drink specials to a world-class jazz performance with no cover and no drink minimum, and you've found the best Thursday night plans in the city!

Date: April 12, 2012

Time: 8:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.

Location: Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton, ChicagoCost: Free

Info: thedrakehotel.com

Cuban Film Festival: Races de mi Corazon (Roots of My Heart)

"Races de mi corazon" ("Roots of my heart"), an independently produced short feature film, deals for the first time in Cuban media with the 1912 massacre of thousands of members of the Independents of Color, the hemisphere's first Black political party outside Haiti.

Date: April 15, 2012

Time: 3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Location: La Casa de Arte y Cultura, 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago

Cost: Free

Contact: (773) 208-0553

Info:chicagocubacoalition.orgUnityUnity, the Band, is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Appleton, Wis. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove. They treat fans to old roots Reggae favs, along with original music blending influences of rock, roots, blues and reggae into their own unique sound.

Date: April 15, 2012

Time: 8:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.

Location: Mayne Stage. 1328 W. Morse Ave, Chicago

Cost: $10

Contact: (773)381.4551

Info:maynestage.com