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. . . And I Am Not Afraid Recommended Free The Short List (Theater)

Available anytime through Prop Thtr website


Prop Thtr presents a free streaming version of this production from fall of 2019, presented then under the title I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid. Devised by the ensemble and directed by Anna Gelman, with music by Alec Phan, the play uses the Holocaust and its legacy as a lens for exploring bravery and tenacity in the face of violence and oppression. Reader critic Dmitry Samarov wrote "In a time when so many societal forces are hell-bent on dividing us along tribal lines, this powerful piece of theater shows how sharing the tribulations of one people must give all people pause."

“This Bucket Ain't For Ice!” All Ages

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.

An exhibition of blues music photography by Eric Kriesant. 312-808-1286

Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen Recommended Member Picks Free All Ages Agenda



ore than 40 works of art from the most well-known outsider artists will be exhibited from the collection of Victor F. Keen. These works operate outside of the mainstream art world. Opening reception 2/5, 5-8pm. 312-243-9088

Soul Healing Satsang with Stacy Patrice Recommended All Ages

Sundays, 1 p.m.

Healing artist and soul healer Stacy Patrice offers a weekly online satsang (a convening in the yogic tradition where participants consciously gather to align with goodness). Hosted by the Rebuild Foundation and aired Sundays on their Instagram Live.

730 Recommended Free Agenda

Through 8/15: Wed-Sat noon-6 PM
M. LeBlanc 3514 WEST FULLERTON AVENUE, Chicago Logan Square

Cameron Spratley's exhibition "730" includes ten new works focused on personal narratives that reflect being young and Black in America. The title, "730" is a rap term that references the current times we are living in and the mechanism of racism. Following COVID-19 guidelines, there will be limited occupancy in the gallery at any given time and all visitors will be asked to wear a mask.

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors Recommended All Ages

Through 4/4/2021: Thu-Mon, 9 AM-5 PM
Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Museum Campus

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The Apsáalooke people of the Northern Plains were beaders, artists, mothers, two-spirited people, and warriors. This exhibition features contemporary beadwork and fashion of the Apsáalooke as well as 100-year-old war shields. The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, with select sections also in Apsáalooke. 312-922-9410

The Barriers That Create Us: Sage Smith Recommended Free All Ages

Sunday 8/2 through Sunday 8/9
Connect Gallery 1520 E. Harper, Chicago Hyde Park

Connect Gallery will be presenting the work of Chicago artist Sage Smith in Barriers That Create Us. The show kicks off with an artist talk on Sunday 8/2 from 4pm-5pm. 773-466-4421

A Quarantine Daydream Recommended Free Agenda

Through 8/22: by appointment
Elephant Room Gallery 704 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago South Loop

"A Quarantine Daydream," presents the work of Joe Nelson, (also known as Cujo Dah) which ranges from Afro-futuristic to dreamscapes. Elephant Room Gallery is taking appointments for in-person viewing. The full exhibition is also on view online until 8/22. 312-361-0281

Fantastic Stranger Free Agenda

Through 8/31

An online exhibition of portraiture hosted by Arts of Life. Guest curator Sophia Cosmadopoulos includes work by artists Guy Conners, Daniel Green, Vincent Jackson, Aaron Kleeblatt, Alysha Kostelny, Lawrence M., Mark Williams, and Jean Wilson.

Chicago Architecture Center Online Exhibits Free Agenda


The CAC offers three online exhibitions, viewable for free on its website: "Between States: 50 Designers Transform Chicago's Neighborhoods" (a showcase of community-based design solutions to transform underappreciated and underperforming spaces in Chicago), "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" (design proposals for rebuilding Chicago from 50 local architecture and design firms), and "Chidesign: Designing a Center for Architecture, Design, and Education" (an international competition to imagine a new Center for Architecture, Design, and Education in Chicago).

Lina Bo Bardi: Habitat Recommended All Ages Canceled


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Update: This exhibition has been canceled to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Habitat" features drawings, photographs, furniture, and projects from Brazilian artist Bo Bardi. 312-280-2660

Christina Quarles


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Christina Quarles is an LA artist who paints bodies: limbs, torsos, faces all collide with one another and create experimental pieces of gesture. This is her largest exhibition of work to date. 312-280-2660

"The Future of Our Plans" Virtual SAIC Exhibition Recommended Free

Wednesday 8/5 online only

SAIC is launching their exhibition, "The Future of Our Plans," an online-only look at the graduate class of 2020. The exhibition features current projects, thesis work, and other reflections from 150 artists. The website will also have a series of events and programming throughout the month of August like conversation series with faculty like Hamza Walker and Robyn Farrell.

Storytelling in the Past, Present and Future Recommended Free

Thursday 8/6, 6pm on Zoom

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The IntuiTeens have been hosting Zoom workshops at the art center and this week they will be looking at the work of outsider artists Lee Godie and Joseph Yoakum. Expect a Zoom link two hours before the workshops after you RSVP.The museum will open to the public Friday, 8/7. Their visiting guidelines and procedures are posted on their website. 312-243-9088

A Virtual Exquisite Crawl featuring Nandini Khaund/Kristin Lueke/Tselanie Townsend, Sam Lewis/Jennifer Ligaya/Maya Odim, Carla Gruby/Deidre Huckabay/Jasmine Henri Jordan All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.

A live broadcast of three short multimedia and video pieces created exquisite corpse-style, organized by MAKE Literary Productions and Homeroom Chicago. Viewable at Elastic Arts's Twitch channel.

Box Box Box Sun Sun Sun Recommended Free Agenda

Through 8/31: Sun 1-4 PM and by appointment
Arts of Life 2010 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square

Arts of Life's Circle Contemporary gallery presents a group show guest-curated by the organizers of LVL3, featuring Chicago artists Renata Berdes, Aria Carter, Billie Carter-Rankin, Ted Hamel, Stefan Harhaj, Debra Johnson, Jacob Mattingly, Elaine Catherine Miller, Yae Jee Min, Hubert Posey, and Carina Yepez.

Limited occupancy rules will be in effect for gallery viewers, and masks must be worn to enter. 312-829-2787

Second Friday Member Picks Free All Ages

Second Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.

More than 30 art spaces in the Chicago Arts District around 18th and Halsted host receptions, open houses, and artists' talks. Maps available at 1821 S. Halsted. 312-738-8000, ext. 112

Artists Run Chicago 2.0 Recommended Free

Wednesday 9/2 through Sunday 11/1
Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago Hyde Park

The Hyde Park Art Center will celebrate their reopening with the long-awaited exhibition, Artists Run Chicago 2.0 with an exhibition featuring 52 artist-run spaces and organizations. Projects like ACRE, Compound Yellow, Prairie, Roman Susan, and Roots & Culture, will be featured in the exhibition. On view until 11/1. 773-324-5520


Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

This major solo exhibition of Barbara Kruger’s work will look at the last four decades of the artist’s practice. Kruger is one of the most significant artists of our time, commenting on consumerism and pop culture through text, stereotypes, humor, and empathy. 312-443-3600