By William S. Bike
AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The 33rd annual African Festival of the Arts will be held Friday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 5, at Washington Park under the theme of Back to Culture, Back to Tradition. Enjoy entertainment, food, art, a replica African village, and family fun. Advance general admission is $30, and admission at the gate is $40. Weekend passes and senior and youth discounts are available. Log on to www.africanfestivalchicago.com or visit www.AIHUSA.org for additional performance and ticket information.
The Antique Taco Kid Market, with child vendors ages five through 12 selling crafts and other items, will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Antique Taco Bridgeport, 1000 W. 35th St. For more information, call (773) 823-9410.
Auditorium Theatre will host Too Hot To Handel auditions for its Handel’s Messiah Choir on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St. Parking is free at 625 W. Adams St. Singers selected during auditions will perform Messiah at the theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. To audition, register at https://tinyurl.com/2p83zpmv.
The theatre, at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., will host the British rock band Porcupine Tree on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Call (312) 341-2300.
A Safe Haven will host a global virtual run/walk to raise funds to end homelessness from Saturday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 18. The organization is at 2750 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (773) 435-8300.
BIKE THE DRIVE
Celebrate biking during Bike the Drive on Sunday, Sept. 4. Grab your bike and ride the car-free 30-mile course on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Log on to https://bikethedrive.org for more information or to register.
Bright Star Church and Community Outreach will host the Greater Bronzeville Family Fest on Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 6 p.m. at Armstrong Park, 4433 S. St. Lawrence Ave. Enjoy free food, live music, and giveaways. RSVP required. Go to brightstarcommunityoutreach.com or text familyfest to 55469.
The Chicago Bulls announced the inaugural Bulls Fest, which will take place outside the United Center on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, during Labor Day weekend. Admission is free. The fest will feature a three-on-three basketball tournament for youth, teen, adult, and wheelchair basketball teams as well as a Bulls-themed art exhibit, food, drink, live music, and the Luvabulls. Log on to www.nba.com/bulls/bullsfest for more information.
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The Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk and Fun Run will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, in Lincoln Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with step-off at 10 a.m. The Lupus Society of Illinois is at 411 S. Wells St. Call (312) 542-0002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN’S PARK NEWS
The Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens advisory council meets at 6:45 p.m. on the Tuesdays of Oct. 11 and Dec. 6 at the field house at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. The public is invited.
For more information, log on to www.chicagowomenspark.com, email email@example.com, or call (312) 328-0821.
The Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s 11th annual Collaborative Works Festival, Song of Chicago, will offer three concerts featuring Chicago composers, poets, and performers. Hear the opening concert Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., featuring works by Chicago composers. The second concert showcases Chicago’s Black composers on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., also at Ganz Hall. The third concert, on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave., will explore Carl Sandburg’s anthology of folk songs. Visit https://www.caichicago.org/2022-Festival.html for more information.
RACIAL EQUITY WEEK
Cook County’s fourth annual Racial Equity Week will be held with virtual and in-person events scheduled from Monday through Friday, Sept. 12 through 16, with the theme, Many People, One Goal. Organizers will post updates and registration links for Racial Equity Week events at www.engagecookcounty.com/racialequity.
DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute has named Rich Barnotes, a 2010 alumnus, as varsity lacrosse head coach.
De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.
FREE DENTAL EXAM
Delta Dental of Illinois will offer free dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and X rays to children age five and younger on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Malcolm X College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd. Log on to https://dentistby1.com/illinois/events/parentregistration/ to register.
CHANGING FACE OF SCIENCE
The Field Museum has launched an exhibition series, the Changing Face of Science, to highlight work by scientists and science educators who are women or people of color, along with these scientists’ passion for advancing knowledge of life on Earth. The first exhibit highlights the late Lynika Strozier, a scientist who worked in the Field Museum’s DNA lab. The museum is at 1400 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Call (312) 922-9410 or log on to www.fieldmuseum.org.
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GLESSNER HOUSE NEWS
Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., offers 75-minute docent led tours on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Glessner also will present two courtyard concerts this month. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m., Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal cellist John Sharp and friends will perform; tickets are $50. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m., the jazz series sponsored by Lakeside Bank will conclude with Second City Jazz; tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.glessnerhouse.org.
Holy Cross Ladies Aid will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church assembly hall at 3116 S. Racine Ave. Get deals on kitchenware, books, DVDs, hardware and tools, home decor, seasonal decor, toys, and many other items. Free admission. For information or questions, call the church office at (773) 523-3838.
LANGUAGE BETWEEN WORLDS
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., presents Language Between Worlds, featuring five artists whose works examine racial inequality. The show runs through Saturday, Oct. 29. Participating artists are Nyame Brown, Nicole Marroquin, Jessica Vaughn, and the Art Center’s former resident artists Chris Pappan and Bethany Collins. For more information, log on to www.hydeparkart.org.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is expanding the Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults program to provide healthcare coverage to undocumented immigrant adults and certain legal permanent residents. Apply at www.ABE.illinois.gov or call (800) 843-6154.
The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold its business expo on Thursday, Oct. 20. Mingle with exhibitors and enjoy networking, procurement opportunities, and workshops. Log on to https://ihccbusiness.net/.
Millennium Park,in conjunction with the National Mexican Museum of Art, will host a Selena tribute concert on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or chair. See https://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/events/the-selena-tribute-concert.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Lyric Opera,20 N. Wacker Dr., will perform Fiddler on the Roof Saturday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Oct. 7. Call (312) 827-5600 or log on to www.lyricopera.org.
The National Hellenic Museum will celebrate its grand reopening with the world premiere of Resilience, a photo and art exhibition of 19 new works by Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Friday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Dec. 30, that explores Greece’s relationship with nature and environmental preservation. The museum is at 333 S. Halsted St. For more information, visit www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/resilience or call (312) 655-1234.
OUR LADY OF THE HOLY FAMILY NEWS
Our Lady of the Holy Family,1334 W. Flournoy St., holds Sunday Masses at 9 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish, as well as a 6 p.m. outdoor Mass in the parish garden through the end of September.
Saturday evening Mass is at 5 p.m.; Monday and Friday evening Mass is at 6 p.m.
On Mondays, the Holy Rosary follows Mass at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday Masses are at 8 a.m. in the chapel at 1335 W. Harrison St. On Fridays, Adoration and Confessions follow the 6 p.m. Mass.
OLHF offers a Friday Food Pantry for area residents facing food shortages. Contact the parish office or just come to the pantry, located behind the church at 1334 W. Flournoy St., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.
Call (312) 243-7400, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.olhfchi.org.
The 37th Printers Row Lit Festival runsSaturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in historic Printers Row on South Dearborn Street, between Ida B. Wells Drive and Polk Street. Over the decades, the event has grown into the Midwest’s largest book festival. For a list of 2022 authors, artists, and performers, see https://printersrowlitfest.org.
SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
Saint Ignatius College Prep will hold a freshman/sophomore family Mass at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Tully Hall, followed by dinner.
The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Log on to www.ignatius.org or call (312) 421-5900.
ST. JAMES ON WABASH NEWS
St. James Catholic Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the church at 21 E. 29th St. and daily Mass Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the Tolton Chapel at the rectory at 2942 S. Wabash Ave. All Masses are available both in person and on Zoom. Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation are offered on the first Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the church. The parish office, 2907 S. Wabash Ave., is open Monday through Thursday until 4 p.m. Log on to www.stjameswabash.org.
Shedd Aquarium has two new southern rockhopper penguins in the Polar Play Zone, Tussock and Pinguino. The aquarium is at 1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr. Log on to www.sheddaquarium.org.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is open for visitation Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to ourldayofpompeii.org.
TASTE OF FULTON MARKET
The second annual Taste of Fulton Market will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 10 p.m. at 952 W. Fulton Market. Log on to www.TasteofFultonMarket.com or call (312) 374-3686.
The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce will present the Madison Row Fest on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Madison Street between Morgan Street and Racine Avenue. Enjoy family activities, beverages, shopping, and live music.
WCA will host a networking event on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Tabu Rooftop Pop-Up, 401 N. Morgan St., from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Log on to www.wcachicago.org.