Oscar-winning actor, singer, civil rights activist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte will deliver the keynote address commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. at 6:00 pm on January 28 at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston.
The evening concludes the school’s MLK celebration of free events including Reflections on the Legacy of Dr. King on Wednesday, January 16 at the Ryan Family Atrium, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center on 303 East Superior Street. The 6:30 pm program features performances of original poetry and music by Chicago high school and college-age students who are part of Young Chicago Authors and the G3 Youth Choir, and the 2013 MLK Art Contest awards presentation.
Northwestern is also hosting a staged reading of David Mamet’s critically-acclaimed drama Race at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 21, at the Josephine Louis Theater on 20 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. To reserve tickets, visit www.tic.northwestern.edu or call 847-491-7282. The reading is followed by a Candlelight Vigil featuring keynote speaker Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris at 7:00 pm at Evanston’s Alice Millar Chapel on 1870 Sheridan Road.
20% Theatre Company Chicago presents The Dark Room: A Play Workshop Event featuring two new plays: Girlfriend by Keely Flynn, directed by Amy Buckler and Residue by Stacey Lane, directed by Jamie Bragg. The production opens on January 24 and runs through January 26. This annual event introduces audience members with the cast, director, and playwright. Each will be read each night with discussion following each play. There will be two readings each night. For more information, write email@example.com.
The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers star in CLLAW XV on Saturday, February 16, at Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium on 2539 North Kedzie Avenue. All proceeds will benefit Sideshow Theatre and its partner charity, Girl's Rock! Chicago. Tickets are $25 and include access to a three-hour open bar from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am. Admittance without open bar is $10 with a cash bar option. The first match is 10:30 pm; doors open at 10:00 pm. To reserve a spot, visit www.cllaw.org.
Concern Worldwide hosts its annual Women of Concern Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 22 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park on 200 North Columbus Drive. Now in its 15th year, the event honors women who have demonstrated the qualities of justice, generosity and compassion in their work and daily lives. This year Mari Gallagher, Principal of Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting, and Shirley Welsh Ryan, Co-Founder of Pathways Center, will be honored. Luncheon proceeds will support Concern’s most needed programs in 25 developing countries. For tickets, call 312-431-8400 or visit www.concernusa.org.