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Chicago Weekend Guide: August 8 – 10, 2014

August stormed in and Chicago summer events are still in full force! Here’s a look at a few things going on across the city.

(Photo credit: www.siskelfimcenter.org)

(Photo credit: www.siskelfimcenter.org)


The 20th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival may have already begun, but there’s still time to check out some films and this weekend is a great time to head down to the Gene Siskel Film Center and enjoy this month long celebration. Audiences will discover independent filmmaking depicting and honoring the diverse storytelling of the black experience in America and abroad.

Titles of note running this weekend includes: Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till (Director Rob Underhill will be present for audience discussion moderated by NBC 5 Chicago Special Contributor Art Norman on Sunday, August 10); That Daughter’s Crazy featuring Rain Pryor, daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor ( producers Sam Adelman and Daryl Sledge will be present for audience discussion at both screenings); and, Little White Lie (Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz will be available for audience discussion via Skype following both screenings.).

The Black Harvest Festival runs through August 28 with the closing night premiere of Norry Niven’s From Above, starring Academy Award nominee, Danny Glover.

Visit http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/calendar for movie listings and show times.

WHEN: Now through August 28, 2014

Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Ph. 312-846-2800

General admission: $11
Children (ages 6 – 17) and Students: $7
Gene Siskel Film Center Members: $6
School of the Art Institute students and faculty, and staff of the Art Institute of Chicago: $5




(Photo credit: www.ginzachicago.org)

(Photo credit: www.ginzachicago.org)


The 59th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple August 8-10, 2014 in Chicago’s historic Old Town.

Handmade, artisan crafts; taiko drummers; self-defense and Kendo (Japanese fencing) demonstrations; plant, flower, and art exhibitions; Japanese cuisine, and more is what visitors can expect at this annual celebration of culture.

Art collectors will be excited to have the opportunity to shop and add to their collections with the Waza –a federation of Japanese artisans dedicated to the continuation of traditional crafts from the Edo period over 300 years ago – stopping through for the festival.

Saturday evening, Yoko Noge’s Japanesque Band returns to Ginza and will perform at 8 p.m. Described as a combination of Japanese ‘Minyo folk music with Chicago blues, attendees will hear a combination of sounds—including an electric piano, shamisen, horn section, taiko, along with Noge’s vocals. The admission fee to Ginza will be $12 starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

For more details about the Ginza Festival, visit www.ginzachicago.com.

Friday, August 8 from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Ph. 312-943-7801

Donations upon arrival at the gate are requested; $7 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.

Children under 12 years of age are admitted for free with adult accompaniment.

Three day passes are available for $15.

(Photo credit: www.lpzoo.org)

(Photo credit: www.lpzoo.org)


Ever wonder what it’s like to be in the zoo at night? Well here’s your chance! Lincoln Park Zoo Adults Night Out lets the grown folks enjoy and explore Lincoln Park Zoo after-hours. The inaugural event was held back in June.In addition to food, open bars, and animal expert chats, guests can expect a plethora of activities — such as a Polar Bear Food Toss and White Stork Insect Toss. Click here for a complete schedule!

WHEN: Friday, August 8, 2014 from 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Ph. 312-742-2000

Zoo members: $8 online, $12 at gate on day of event
Non-members: $10 online, $15 at gate on day of event

This event is for adults, ages 18 and older.


(Photo credit: roscoevillage.org)

(Photo credit: roscoevillage.org)


Roscoe Village Neighbors (RVN) presents Retro on Roscoe on August 9 and 10. The 19th annual event that aims to take attendees back to an era long gone will feature musical entertainment rocking three stages with oldies and classic hits; shopping from artisans and unique merchants; and, local restaurant samplings. A family area with activities and crafts will also be onsite.

A major attraction at Retro on Roscoe is the antique car show. Car enthusiasts and the like will get a chance to view fifty antique, classic and muscle cars this weekend.

Retro On Roscoe is the primary fund raising event for the RVN association. Proceeds will go to major community projects, including the installation of garbage cans, improvement of local support (i.e. teaching resources and reading materials), and other RVN events and operations throughout the year.

Visit http://roscoevillage.org for more information.

WHEN: Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 12 – 10 p.m.

2000 W. Roscoe St. (at Damen Avenue)
Chicago, IL 60618
Ph. 773-6654682

$10 suggested donation





Chicago, get to know your Ecuadorian neighbors and celebrate Ecuador’s Independence Day! The annual Equador Parade will take place on Sunday, August 10 in Albany Park. There will of course be parade floats, but also come for the Andean music and  folkloric dance troupes.

Hosted by the Asociación Social del Azuay, a Chicago organization that preserves and showcases Ecuadorian customs and traditions to the community.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10,2014 at 12 p.m.

On Montrose Avenue, between California and Kimball
Chicago, IL 60618

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