Chalk Howard Street, Reclamation, school supplies, etc.

Rogers Park Hosts Howard Street Chalk today, the annual chalk art festival where the neighborhood is the canvas. Renowned 2D and 3D chalk artists will share the streets with children, hobbyists, emerging artists and admirers to transform the surface of the city east of Howard el Station between Paulina and Ashland. This free festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and features all-day music from DJ Slacky J, Urban Rhythm Band, and more, as well as local merchants and food vendors. For a full lineup of programming, see the Chalk Howard Street website. (MC)

Books & Backpacks takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at Little Cubs Field in Humboldt Park (1440 N. Humboldt Dr.; the field is on the west side of the park, near the Hirsch and Kedzie entrance). This is an opportunity for anyone who needs school supplies to get them for free, while supplies last. Everyone is welcome, but families who register in advance will be entered into a raffle. Prizes include computers, gift cards and books. Everything is on a first come, first served basis. Want to support children’s learning? Buy something from Books & Backpacks’ Amazon wishlist or even donate. (MC)

To celebrate the influence of the Chicago house music scene on artist Nick Cave, the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center (740 E. 56th Pl.) is hosting Power of the Party: Chicago House and Nick Cave from 1-5 p.m. . The event begins with a conversation in the DuSable Theater between Management DJ Lori and interpreter, historian and writer Meida Teresa McNeal on how elements of the house party scene come to life in Cave’s “Forothermore” exhibition (on view at the MCA through October 2). They will also be joined by DJ Wayne Williams. The day is also an opening event for “The Color Is,” an exhibition at DuSable showcasing the work of Nick and his brother, fashion designer and artist Jack Cave (on view through November). Branch will close the day with a two-hour musical set beginning at 3 p.m. in the plaza outside the museum rotunda. The whole day is free and open to all ages; registration is encouraged on Eventbrite. (MC)

Circles & Ciphers, a hip-hop-inspired, youth-focused restorative justice organization, is hosting the free block party CC on block today. There will be food, dancing, wellness information, activities and . . . hip-hop! The festival begins at 2:00 p.m. at 1615 W. Morse and performances start at 5:00 p.m. Some of the participating artists include the Stick and Move Crew, DJ Savvylo, Kira Janel, Nathaniel Viets-VanLear, and more. For more information, check out the Circles & Ciphers Instagram. (MC)

The Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project unites its eight Chicago member companies in a concert with Reclamation: The Spirit of Black Dance in Chicago at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. (Read Irene Hsiao’s article here.) The CBDLP grew out of a 2019 study, Mapping the Dance Landscape in Chicagoland, which found that three predominantly white dance institutions received 56% of grants awarded in the city; despite making up 31% of the dance community, black performers struggle to achieve sustainable levels of support and visibility. Through a partnership with the Logan Center for the Arts and the Joyce Foundation, CBDLP provides institutional support in a number of critical areas, including training, marketing, and collaborative programming. Tonight’s performance is the first time these eight companies (who will also be joined by MADD Rhythms) share the same stage. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free, but reservations are requested through eventbrite.com. (KR)

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