Saturday, November 18, 2017

SNL Watch Party at SMG-Chatham


You may have seen this from Worlee Glover on Nextdoor and on Concerned Citizens of Chatham.
Saturday, November 18th. Come join SMG Chatham as we host a free LIVE watch party of Saturday Night Live to support our friend and community partner, Chance the Rapper. He’s done so much for our community, so let's rally around him and celebrate his successes. Doors open at 9:00 pm with DJ performance in the lobby from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
SMG Chatham is located at 210 W. 87th Street.
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

9th ward job fair & hiring event

9th ward job fair & hiring fair at Tuley Park - 501 E. 90th Place tomorrow Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Refer to flyer below if you seek more information!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Veteran's Day

Via RAGE ig
Today is Veteran's Day for all of our Veterans and current military. Today we honor you all and thank you for your current or past service.

Also today I will share this ig post featuring Black servicemen from Official Black Wall Street
A post shared by Official Black Wall Street (@officialblackwallstreet) on

Friday, November 10, 2017

5Loaves on WGN's "Chicago's Best" next Thursday

Actually what I'm taking from this recent Instagram post from the eatery located on 405 E. 75th Street, they want a packed restaurant when the crew from Chicago's Best arrives on Nov. 16, 2017. The show itself airs on Sundays at 10 PM on WGN. Hopefully we can share the program itself if it's available online.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Avalon Regal Thater offering investment bonds

Location: 1645 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60649, USA

Jerald Gary, the new owner of the Regal Theater on 79th at Stony Island, is offering an investment opportunity for those who want to help resurrect the theater.


This investment includes 10 free tickets (annually) and other perks.


Here is the text from their webpage (located at http://www.regaltheater.org/seatbonds ) which describes the program. The redevelopment also includes the goal of becoming the first theater in the United States with holographic projection technology  in addition to entertainment from everyone's favorite artists in R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Rap, as well as theater, dance, film, comedy and more

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Seat Bond Program

The Avalon Regal Theater offers a unique opportunity for the community to invest in its success through the Seat Bond program.

The purpose of this program is to promote self-investment and reduce reliance on government subsidies and other non-market based financing for community development in our neighborhood.

The Seat Bond program includes 10 tickets to performances at the Avalon Regal Theater per year, in addition to invitations to exclusive investor events, VIP access to select shows, the ability to buy tickets to hot shows before they go on sell to the general public, and a named seat in the auditorium. The first class of bond holders will be recognized at the 2017 Grand Opening.

The most important aspect of a Seat Bond is the fact that it is an investment, which means Seat Bond owners are not just patrons of, but investors in this integral part of the community.

 

Each Seat Bond is a $1,000 investment and includes:

  • 10 tickets to performances per year (does not include private events)

  • 8% return on each $1,000 investment

  • Return of initial investment after 1 year, with the ability to re-invest

  • Embossed name plaque positioned on an auditorium seat

  • Framed Seat Bond Certificate and duplicate name plaque

  • Annual 1099-INT form for reporting taxable interest income

Individuals or organizations can purchase multiple Seat Bonds. Seats Bonds in the first three rows on the main floor are reserved for VIP members of Singularity and have a $10,000 minimum. 

The Avalon Regal will feature entertainment from everyone's favorite artists in R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Rap, as well as theater, dance, film, comedy and more. The theater will also be the first in the United States to have holographic technology. This is truly an exciting and historic opportunity for the community.

See the video below for a tour and interview with Avalon Regal Theater owner, Jerald Gary.

Interview: rollingout.com/2017/09/23/avalon-regal-theater-owner-desires-the-communitys-help/

The Seat Bond program is only accessible through this websiteSeat Bonds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You cannot choose specific seats for your name plaque and Seat Bonds do not represent seating assignments for events. Seat Bonds are non-transferable.

 

E-mail info@regaltheater.org for more information.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blogging here 10 years...

Today is the day. The first post for this blog was on this day back in November 2007. JP Paulus and myself - Levois J. - started posting to this blog 10 years ago. Perhaps we'll take some time to relive some of those important stories that we've kept an eye on over the past decade.

Do you have any favorites stories from the past 10 years?

Monday, October 30, 2017

#BoomboxChatham open house/harvest fest on Saturday

79th/Rhodes during nicer weather in early October
I intended to post this on Saturday and not sure what happened with that. However you can visit the Boombox ig page and the Greater Chatham Initiative page to see some images of of the now past event at 79th & Rhodes. You will see the Jesse White Tumblers made an appearance for the Open House on this past Saturday. A tweet shared below from Boombox.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Boombox at 79th & Rhodes is installed

79th/Rhodes in Spring 2017
The Boombox coming to the site of the former Rhodes Theater was installed, however, halted by some rain on the date indicated in the video you will see below - on October 10, 2017.

Hopefully worked continued as indicated on Wednesday although it also rained on that day, so who knows of the Boombox crew was able to finish the job on that day. Perhaps it's time to see if they did do more work on this site now that the weather has finally cleared up.

BTW, earlier this month I dropped by the site to take some pics of 79th & Rhodes. How many of you think there is potential here? Here's hoping this boombox which has a nearby located near 63rd & Halsted will prove to be a benefit to this area. The collage of pics of this area I posted to instagram.

RELATED: Boombox Chicago is coming to 79th & Rhodes

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mayor Emanuel is running again in '19

Well at least if you believe Greg Hinz who writes about the mayor's meeting with Crain's editorial board:
In case you had any doubt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there's none in his mind. He's running for a new term in the February 2019 election, with the goal of spreading the prosperity and new jobs that have blossomed in the central area of the city throughout Chicago.

In a meeting with Crain's editorial board yesterday evening, Emanuel had an instant reply when asked if he intends to seek a new term: "The answer is yes." He later repeated the sentiment—"I am (running)"—and said he's doing so because "I want to make sure that every part of the city is participating in the quality of life."

So far, there's no sign that Emanuel will face a major opponent despite some very rough patches after the shooting of Laquan McDonald. Insiders say that his popularity numbers, which had dipped very low, are back about 50 percent in the latest polling.

"My goal is to make sure people feel they have a stake in the future," Emanuel said, saying he's tried do that by luring new employers to town and expanding the schools model from K-12 to pre-college. But "there's more work to be done" he said, referring to widespread variance in crime rates, educational levels, income and other measures from one part of town to another.
Also mentioned are his relationship with Governor Bruce Rauner and the attempt of the mayor and governor to attract Amazon to Chicago.

Friday, October 13, 2017

#NEXTGEN Youth Summit at Simeon Career Academy

 Just got this in via e-mail today.
  • 21st Ward Alderman Howard B. Brookins, Jr. to Host 
    2017 #NEXTGEN Youth Summit in the South Side of Chicago

    2017 Youth Summit at Simeon Career Academy

    Chicago – On October 14, Alderman Howard B. Brookins, Jr. teams up with various organizations, schools, and community leaders to host the 2017 #NEXTGEN Youth Summit. The Youth Summit will take place at Simeon Career Academy located at 8147 S. Vincennes starting at 9:00am and ending at 4:00pm.

    This is the first year that Alderman Brookins will be hosting a Youth Summit in the 21st Ward. “I think it is extremely important that we as leaders and adults develop opportunities for young people to learn and get inspired to become positive productive citizens of our ward and the city,” stated 21st Ward Alderman Howard B. Brookins, Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Education and Child Development.

    The Youth Summit will be filled with keynote speakers, live entertainment, and workshops on career development, college readiness, health and nutrition, STEM, entrepreneurship, public speaking and art. In addition, the Youth Summit will have two panel discussions – one will focus on Government and Politics and its Effect on Young People and the other will focus on Violence in Chicago. Lastly, there will be an area where various organizations will disseminate information to all of the participants. 

    For additional information please contact the 21st Ward Office at 773-881-9300.
Flyer posted to our ig page.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Applying for a CPS school

There is a streamlined process for parents & students to apply for Chicago Public Schools and programs. Whether for elementary or high school students or non-selective enrollment programs or selective enrollment programs.
  • Visit go.cps.edu
  • Also watch the video below regarding usage of this site [VIDEO

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Annual summit: State of education in our community


My apologies if this is entirely last minute as this event occurs today! Not sure why I didn't allow myself an opportunity to post this when I first got the email for it, but here we are.
  • Let's Talk About What's Happening at the Schools in Our Communities!

    THE WEST CHESTERFIELD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PRESENTS

    An Annual Summit on  "THE STATE OF EDUCATION  IN OUR COMMUNITY"

    Invited Guests:

    Dr. Michelle Willis, Principal
    Gillespie Technology Magnet Cluster Elementary School

    Mrs. Ramona Fannings-Outlaw, Principal
    Harlan Community Academy High School
    Mr. Jeffery Dase, Network Chief
    Network 12 (confirmed)

    Mrs. LaTanya McDade
    Chief of Teaching and Learning

    Dr. Janice Jackson
    Chief Educational Officer

    Dr. Rachel Lindsey (confirmed)
    Interim President, Chicago State University

    Guest Speaker

    Mr. Troy LaRaviere, President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association will be our guest speaker. Mr. LaRaviere has been a regular critic of CPS, however, he provides very illuminating facts as to the state of education throughout the city of Chicago and the comparison with the charter schools, as well as the State of Illinois.

    What?

    Prepare for the conversation with CPS officials regarding the continuing tenuous status of the Harlan H.S. Local School Council.

    Where?

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Community Center on Saturday, 9351 S. Michigan,Chicago, IL. Remember, Michigan Ave. has permit parking; please park on the east-west streets.
Also: 
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sharon Banks-Pincham, WCCA Education Chair at [redacted] (cell) or respond to this email address sherry8750 @ yahoo.com.