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Film Mon Feb 03 2014

Chicago Urban League: Celebrating Black History Through Cinema


To celebrate black culture, the Chicago Urban League is holding its third annual Black History Month Film Festival throughout the month of February. Starting tomorrow evening, four feature-length documentaries that feature various aspects of the black experience will be screened for Chicago's film fans.

Tues., Feb. 4 - American Promise: Directed by parents Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster, this award-winning documentary, 13 years in the making, details the sociology surrounding the life of two middle-class black boys (the directors' son Idris and his friend Seun) and their academic and emotional journey at a private school in New York.

Tues., Feb. 11 - The Central Park Five: The Ken Burns-directed documentary about the intersection of race and media in the highly controversial 1989 Central Park jogger case.

Tues., Feb. 18 - Dark Girls: Directors Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry explore classism, racism and self-esteem issues about skin complexion, within and outside of the black community.

Tues., Feb. 25 - Welcome to Chiraq: Released via, this documentary, directed by Mandon Lovett, spotlights the "drill scene" and violence among Chicago's black youth. Features interviews with Father Michael Pfleger, rapper Chief Keef and others.

Held at the Chicago Urban League's headquarters, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., all screenings run at 6pm and are free and open to the public; reserve seats at For more information, call 773-285-5800.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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