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August Art Picks

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This is a growing list, so check back often for new additions.

August 2017
Black Harvest Film Festival
Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N State St)
Ticket Prices Vary. See complete schedule here

Tues, August 1, 5:30-8pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace: Dee Alexander
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave)
Free

Wed, August 2, 12-1:30pm
Artist Roundtable: Remain To Be Seen
Arts Incubator (301 East Garfield Blvd)
Free

Wed, August 2, 6-8pm
Southeast: Song Circle with Avery R. Young and De Deacon Board
The Floating Museum at SkyART (3026 E 91st St)
Free

Wed, August 2, 6-7:30pm
Visiting Artist Talk: Gabriel Martinez
Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S Cornell Ave)
Free

Thurs, August 3, 4-6pm
Youth Power = Stronger Identities, Stronger Social and Emotional Learning Skills
Weinberg/Newton Gallery (300 W. Superior St)
Free

Thurs, August 3, 6-8pm
Public Newsroom #29: Investigative Reporting in Spanish Language
Yollocalli Arts Reach (2801 S Ridgeway Av)
Free

Thurs, August 3, 4-6pm
Breaking Bread: Southeast Session
The Floating Museum at SkyArt (3026 E 91st St)
Free

Thurs, August 3, 6-7:30pm
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter
Gallery 400 (400 S Peoria St)
Free

Thurs, August 3, 6-8pm
Lance Grande: Curators
American Writers Museum (180 N. Michigan Ave)
$5

Fri, August 4, 5-7pm
Arts XIII
AMFM Gallery (2151 W 21st St)
Free

Fri, August 4, 6-9pm
An Elsewhere Within Here
ACRE (1345 W 19th St)
Free

Fri, August 4, 6-9pm
Domestic Disturbances
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (2320 W Chicago Ave)
Free

Fri, August 4, 6-9pm
Yhelena Hall and Michael Hall: Wilderness and Household
Roman Susan (1224 W Loyola Ave)
Free

Fri, August 4, 6-9pm
Janice Bond: Be Careful with Mother, Notes from Beyond the Binary
Filter Photo (1821 W Hubbard St)
Free

Fri, August 4, 6-9pm
The S +hings
Plus Gallery Chicago (1800 W 18th St)
Free

Fri, August 4, 6-10pm
Community Celebration with Black and Pink
Chicago Teachers Union Center (1901 W. Carroll)
Free

Fri, August 4, 6:30-8pm
Domestic Disturbances
Heaven Gallery (1550 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Fri, August 4, 7-9pm
We All We Got: Carlos Javier Ortiz + South Side Home Movies
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Ave)
Free

August 4-5, 9pm
WE HERE: Thank You For Noticing
Growing Concerns Poetry Collective Album Release
Steppenwolf Theatre Company (1650 N Halsted St)
$20

August 5-6
Perform/Transform: A two-day citywide festival
Various locations
Free

Sat, August 5, 12-4pm
Closed Casket, Day 2: The Complete, Final and Absolutely Last Baudelaire in a Box
Links Hall (3111 N Western Ave)
$30-50

Sat, August 5, 12-4pm
Sadie Woods: Closing Reception and Performance
The Mission (1431 W Chicago Ave)
Free

Sat, August 5, 2-3pm
Mocrep
DePaul Art Museum (935 W Fullerton Ave)
Free

Sat, August 5, 2-5pm
Cathy Hsiao and Kaveri Raina: Material Significance, the Density of Flowers
Comfort Station Logan Square (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Sat, August 5, 3:30-4:30pm
Archiving Workshop III: The Reckoning
Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 S Stony Island Ave)
Free

Sat, August 5, 12:30-6pm
Black Light and Make Room: Closing Event
Gallery 400 (400 S Peoria St)
Free

Sat, August 5, 5-7pm
Regin Igloria / Rory Scott
Ignition Garage (3839 W. Grand Ave)
Free

Sat, August 5, 3-5pm
Artist Talk: Chris Uphues / David Reninger
Linda Warren Projects (327 N Aberdeen St)
Free

Sat, August 5, 4-5pm
Many Sounds: Listening to Washington Park
Meet at the DuSable Museum Sculpture Garden
Free

Sat, August 5, 6-7pm
Field/Work Residency Info Session
Chicago Artists Coalition (217 N Carpenter St)
Free

Sat, August 5, 6-10pm
Brotha
The Overlook Place (3323 W Armitage Ave)
Free

Sat, August 5, 6-10pm
Caroline Kent and Dan Rizzo-Orr: Midnight Sun
Triumph (2055 W Cermak Rd)
Free

Sat, August 5, 7:30-10:30pm
A Black Harvest Feast
164 N State St (164 N State St)
$6-11

Sun, August 6, 11am-8pm
Slow and Low Community Lowrider Festival
2200 South Loomis St
Free

Sun, August 6, 3pm
Black Harvest Film Festival Family Program
164 N State St (164 N State St)
$15-25

Sun, August 6, 6:30-7:30pm
Ben Lamar Gay, Katherine Young, Ryan Packard
Comfort Station Logan Square (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)
Free

Mon, August 7, 7-10pm
Orale ! It’s a Pilsen Open Studios Meeting! Part 2
Pilsen Outpost (1958 W 21st St)
Free

Tues, August 8, 12-1pm
MCA Talk: Grace Deveney on Amanda Williams
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago St)
Free

Wed, August 9, 6-8:15pm
Shorts Program: Women of Color
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (164 N State St)
$6-11

Thurs, August 10, 5:30-7:30pm
Together We Can Dream
Smart Museum of Art (5550 S Greenwood Ave)
Free

Thurs, August 10, 6-8pm
Public Newsroom #30: Make No Small Plans
Build Coffee (6100 S Blackstone Ave)
Free

Thurs, August 10, 10:30pm-2am
The Fly Honey Show 8
The Den Theatre (1331 N Milwaukee Ave)
$20-80

Fri, August 11, 5-8pm
Savior
VGA Gallery (2418 W Bloomingdale Ave)
Free

Fri, August 11, 6-10pm
RJ Eldridge: Subterranean Politics
Chicago Art Department (1932 S. Halsted)
Free

*Regional
Fri, August 11, 6-8:30pm
Dominus / Exchange Between / Failed Flag
DEMO Project (732 N 4th St, Springfield, Il)
Free

Fri, August 11, 5-11pm
Night at the DuSable
DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E 56th Pl)
$2

Fri, August 11, 6-9pm
Cassie Tompkins: A Revision of Everyday Life
Spudnik Press Cooperative (1821 W Hubbard St)
Free

Fri, August 11, 6:30-10pm
Shoot yr Shot: Chronicling the Evolution of Chicago’s Street Art
Rootwork Gallery (645 W 18th St)
Free

Fri, August 11, 7-10pm
Cecilia Kim: Home, Where My Heart Rests
Hume (3242 W Armitage Ave)
Free

August 12-13
The Ballot And the Bullet: BIBC National Conference
Chicago State University (9501 S King Dr)
Free

Sat, August 12, 6-10pm
Beauty Breaks | 1 Year Anniversary
Rootwork Gallery (645 W 18th St)
$10 Suggested Donation

Sat, August 12, 10-2pm
The Bud Billiken Parade
South King Drive
Free

Sat, August 12, 10am-5pm
Trans Beach Party: 2017 South Side with Pride
Rainbow Park Beach (7520 S Exchange Ave)
Free

Sat, August 12, 7-11pm
Sucias
Hoofprint Workshop (2433 S Oakley Ave)
Free

Fri, August 18, 6-11pm
Punk Rock & Donuts Benefit for Pilsen Alliance
Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St)
Free

Sun, August 20, 11-6pm
ZINEmercado – the Logan Square Independent Zine Fest
Comfort Station Logan Square (2579 N Milwaukee Av)
Free

August 19-20
Pilsen Fest 2017
18th St and Blue Island Ave
Free

Fri, August 25, 10pm-4am
Ladies’ Choice
Late Bar (3534 W Belmont Ave)
Free

August 26-27
Villapalooza
26th St & Central Park
Free

August 27, 12-5pm
5th Annual Queer Clothing Swap
Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted St)
Free

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Featured Image: Work by Preetika Rajgariah in Between the Sky and the Earth at Roots & Culture. Exhibition runs through August 5.