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Culture Thu Feb 14 2013
In celebration of Black History Month, and in conjunction with The Gordon Parks Foundation and the American Black Film Festival, Macy's will host special events at its stores across the country. Here in Chicago, Macy's on State Street will feature several free exhibits and events that cover film, dance, art and more.
Tonight, at 5:30pm, it's all about the love of cinema for film fans with "In Conversation," a discussion on the cultural impact and legacy of late, legendary director and photojournalist, Gordon Parks, who is credited with helping to shape and popularize the "blaxpoitation" movie genre, having directed cult classics such as Shaft and Shaft's Big Score. Held on the store's 7th floor and led by Emmy Award-winning actor Eriq LaSalle ("ER") and Lamman Rucker ("Meet the Browns"), the conversation will center on Parks' influence on black film and filmmakers as well as the current state and future of African-American cinema. In addition, photo installations of Parks iconic Life magazine images will be a featured exhibit.
On Saturday, February 16 in the store's Junior Department, Macy's pays tribute to Shaft with "Soul Jam," a 70s-themed dance party with funk and soul music featured in the movie.
For a full schedule of events and more information, visit the website or call 800-329-8667.
Note: All seats for "In Conversation" have been filled; however, standing room is allowed.