Upcoming Events at Columbia College Chicago

PhotoProduced and choreographed by students Raynner Garcia (L) and Aurora Boe, alongside stage manager Whitney Ratliff and faculty Wilfredo Rivera, the Inaugural Musical Theatre Concert on Feb. 15 and 16 showcases diverse styles from "Chicago" to "Kinky Boots."
A summary of upcoming public events at Columbia College Chicago.

The Columbia College Chicago calendar is filled with exciting cultural and educational experiences. We invite the campus community and the public to explore our wide range of musical performances, art exhibitions, lectures, and shopping events - all designed to inspire and engage the Chicago community. 

February 2024

Black Souls Welcome Art Showcase 
Opening reception: February 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  
On display until February 23 
Columbia College Chicago Student Center, 754 S. Wabash, 5th floor 
Cost: Free
This arts showcase is dedicated to highlighting the diverse talents and artistic expressions of Columbia students across various mediums and backgrounds, portraying the multifaceted aspects of Black life.

Rhonda Wheatley: "There Are Universes..." Closing Reception and Catalog Release Party 
February 15, 5-7 p.m. 
Glass Curtain Gallery,
1104 S Wabash Ave., first floor 
Cost: Free 
“There Are Universes...” is created on the premise that humans can only perceive .0035% of the light/energy spectrum, a concept that intrigues Wheatley as both an artist and energy healer. The exhibition, through a combination of visual artworks, interactive installations, workshops, and hybrid performances, excavates how we might tap into that other 99.9965% of reality, even if only for a glimpse of its potential.  

ART NOW! Niki Nolin: "Not a Straight Line"
February 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor 
Niki Nolin’s art practice is a continuous exploration of the spaces created between intuition and information in analog and digital spaces. Her ongoing work reveals a joy in collaboration and the synergy she finds between her studio practice and teaching. All of which produces singular works in video and painting, as well as collaborative partnerships concerning women, agency, and change.

Museum of Contemporary Photography, DARKROOM 2024 
February 29, 5:30-9 p.m. 
Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave.  
Cost: $500 VIP (includes reception and conversation with Dawoud Bey) $250 public; $100 artists and educators 
This annual benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) includes their renowned photography auction featuring important works by contemporary artists from around the world and one-of-a-kind art experiences. Proceeds from the event support essential MoCP exhibitions, education, and community engagement programs.  

Inaugural Musical Theatre Concert
February 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m. 
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S Michigan Ave., Room 101 
Cost: Free 
Produced and choreographed by students Raynner Garcia and Aurora Boe, alongside stage manager Whitney Ratliff and faculty Wilfredo Rivera, this first-of-its-kind production showcases diverse styles from "Chicago" to "Kinky Boots." Open to all levels and styles, the inclusive space fosters creativity and teamwork, creating a unique and unforgettable show that transcends traditional boundaries of musical theatre and dance. 

Black Excellence: African Americans in the Arts and Media 
February 22, 8 p.m. CST 
Cost: Free 
This virtual alumni panel takes a look at how African Americans have served as change agents through their crafts and continue to fuse the rhythmic cadence of creative expression with the pulsating beats of progress. The panel will be moderated bt moderated by Evrod Cassimy ‘06, Anchor/reporter at NBC Chicago. Registration is required.  

March 2024

Meet the Artist with Morris Hayes 
March 4, noon-1 p.m. 
The Music Center at Columbia College Chicago, 1014 S. Michigan Ave. 
Cost: Free
Morris Hayes is a renowned producer, programmer, keyboardist, and musical director who is best known for his work as Prince’s Musical Director and touring keyboardist. In addition, Hayes has performed live with musicians ranging from Whitney Houston to Elton John. Columbia's Music Department brings nationally and internationally recognized professional musicians to Columbia for a 
week-long residency every semester. The artists lead workshops, master classes, and rehearsals with student ensembles in preparation for recording sessions and public performances. 

Morris Hayes Residency Concert 
March 8, 7-8:30 p.m.  
The Music Center at Columbia College Chicago, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.  
Cost: Free
Artist in Residence Morris Hayes is a musician, producer, and band leader who has worked with superstars such as Prince, George Clinton, Elton John, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder.

LaTasha Barnes’s The Jazz Continuum 
March 7-9 
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S Michigan Ave., Room 101  
Cost: Free 
LaTasha Barnes’s choreography merges improvised personal expressions with nearly 100 years of Black American dance forms, including Jazz, Lindy Hop, Hip-Hop, House, and other social dances. A former Army Sargeant first class, Barnes experienced rehabilitation through dance after breaking her back, hip, and wrist in a car accident.  

ART NOW! William Estrada: “Chicago Neighborhoods Are Full of Brilliance”
March 13, 6-7:30 p.m. 
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor 
William Estrada, an arts educator and multidisciplinary artist in Chicago, collaboratively creates culturally responsive public art, emphasizing community-based education. He champions the importance of honoring legacies and daily practices, promoting radical imagination through play, social justice, and culturally responsive education. Currently a faculty member at UIC and a teaching artist, Estrada engages in collaborative projects, researching community-based initiatives addressing race, economy, and cultural access. 

The History of Video Games   
March 14, 7 p.m.   
Batavia Public Library, Newton Room, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL  
Cost: Free  
David Gerding, associate professor of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago, will lead a talk about the history of video games. Registration is required. Visit bataviapubliclibrary.org and view the events calendar. 

La Femme Dance Festival  
March 14-16 
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St. 
Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario St. 
Cost: $25-$225 
Red Clay Dance Company is hosting its La Femme Dance Festival as part of its 15th Season, celebrating women in dance from the Black/African Diaspora. The festival includes a VIP Opening Reception with a fireside chat featuring choreographer Fatima Robinson, a masterclass, and Q&A. The event concludes with performances at the Harris Theater, showcasing works such as the Chicago premiere of "Portraits in Red" by Wanjiru Kamuyu and two world premieres, "Unconditional Conditions" by Vershawn Sanders-Ward and "HER WOMB: Crucified, Conceived, Crescent, Congo...The Gathering" by Michelle Gibson, with a live original score by Adonis Rose.