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OBOC 17-18 Continues Through April OBOC 17-18 Continues Through April

Celebrate the theme Music: The Beat of Our City through Greg Kot's book "I'll Take You There" with films, concerts, discussions and more!
Celebrate the theme Music: The Beat of Our City through Greg Kot's book "I'll Take You There" with films, concerts, discussions and more!
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#TBT: Janis Joplin, Queen of… #TBT: Janis Joplin, Queen of…

By Joanna
Did you know Mavis Staples considered Janis Joplin one of her best friends? Learn more about the musician with Joanna's recommendations.
Did you know Mavis Staples considered Janis Joplin one of her best friends? Learn more about the musician with Joanna's recommendations.
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A Celebration of American Roots &… A Celebration of American Roots &…

Jan 24th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Warm yourself up with a celebration of American roots music with the Ron and Rachel Show, featuring jazz, country, blues, swing, and rock.
Warm yourself up with a celebration of American roots music with the Ron and Rachel Show, featuring jazz, country, blues, swing, and rock.
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Songs of Protest Songs of Protest

By Kelly
In our country's rich history of protest music, songs have carried social movements and inspired change.
In our country's rich history of protest music, songs have carried social movements and inspired change.
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A Tale of Chicago Told in Ten Songs A Tale of Chicago Told in Ten Songs

Jan 25th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Chicago historian and author Max Grinnell will weave a tale that tells of ten key musical moments in the city's history and a few surprises.
Chicago historian and author Max Grinnell will weave a tale that tells of ten key musical moments in the city's history and a few surprises.
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Listening Together: How Chicagoans… Listening Together: How Chicagoans…

Jan 27th | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Chicago historian and author Max Grinnell will talk about the history of celebrated Chicago music venues along with recent trends.
Chicago historian and author Max Grinnell will talk about the history of celebrated Chicago music venues along with recent trends.
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Rev. Clay Evans Exhibit at HWLC Rev. Clay Evans Exhibit at HWLC

Explore the life and work of the Chicago pastor through church documents, photos, artifacts and more. On display through March 5.
Explore the life and work of the Chicago pastor through church documents, photos, artifacts and more. On display through March 5.
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Quiz: Musical Families Quiz: Musical Families

By Jennifer
We've learned a lot about the Staples family through this season of OBOC. How well do you know these famous musical families?
We've learned a lot about the Staples family through this season of OBOC. How well do you know these famous musical families?
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Film Screening: Mavis! Film Screening: Mavis!

Jan 27th | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Join us for Mavis!, the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers.
Join us for Mavis!, the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers.
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Book Discussions: I'll Take You There Book Discussions: I'll Take You There

various locations and dates
Discuss this season's #OBOC pick, I'll Take You There, with other readers at your library. All are welcome!
Discuss this season's #OBOC pick, I'll Take You There, with other readers at your library. All are welcome!
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Sing-A-Long: Voice of the People… Sing-A-Long: Voice of the People…

Jan 27th | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a spirited sing-a-long featuring songs from the folk, soul and freedom song traditions as inspired by this year's #OBOC.
Join us for a spirited sing-a-long featuring songs from the folk, soul and freedom song traditions as inspired by this year's #OBOC.
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Heaven Can Wait: Open Mic Featuring… Heaven Can Wait: Open Mic Featuring…

Feb 1st | 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Rap artist Pete Sayke performs his new album, Heaven Can Wait, to kick off African American History Month. Bring a poem/song to share!
Rap artist Pete Sayke performs his new album, Heaven Can Wait, to kick off African American History Month. Bring a poem/song to share!
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Author Robert Marovich on Chicago and… Author Robert Marovich on Chicago and…

Feb 3rd | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Robert Marovich, gospel music historian and author of A City Called Heaven, shares his take on the city's rich gospel music heritage.
Robert Marovich, gospel music historian and author of A City Called Heaven, shares his take on the city's rich gospel music heritage.
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Sing-A-Long: Voice of the People… Sing-A-Long: Voice of the People…

Feb 10th | 11:00am - 12:00pm
Join Old Town School of Folk Music artists for a spirited sing-a-long featuring songs from the folk, soul and freedom song traditions.
Join Old Town School of Folk Music artists for a spirited sing-a-long featuring songs from the folk, soul and freedom song traditions.
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Bryant Young, Singer Bryant Young, Singer

Feb 16th | 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lyric baritone and concert artist Bryant Young performs "Unsounded Melodies," a recital of classical music by African-American composers.
Lyric baritone and concert artist Bryant Young performs "Unsounded Melodies," a recital of classical music by African-American composers.
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