Culture Club


Black History Month Luncheon: The Evolution of Black Dance

The Joel Hall Dancers express contemporary urban life through dance while educating, entertaining, and inspiring their audiences.  The signature dance style of JHD incorporates ballet, jazz, modern, funk, and “street dance” using contemporary jazz and house music to create an innovative and continuously evolving dance style that is appealing, relevant, and approachable for those frequently underserved by the arts. This special presentation identifies African-American dance through the decades using acclaimed founder Joel Hall's work and experiences. Menu includes: Popeye’s fried chicken, sides, beverage, and dessert. 
Friday, Feb 22 • 12:00-2:00pm • $15M/$20NM

joel hall dancer

BHM Movie Presentation:  13th (100 minutes)

13th is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy award winning documentary by acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the intersection of race, justice, slavery and mass incarceration in the United States. It takes a critical look at the economic history of slavery and post-Civil War legislation and practices that replaced it as “systems of racial control” from the years after the abolition of slavery to the present. 13th was created to provoke thoughts and open dialogue regarding critical matters in American history and present day society. Meal 
includes: Smoked pulled pork on brioche bun, sides, beverage and dessert.
Thursday, Feb 28 • 12:00pm • $7M/$10.50NM


Women's History Month Movie Presentation
Feminists: What Were They Thinking

(MA, 96 min)
Revisiting 1970s photos of women that captured a feminist awakening, this film explores those women's lives and examines the continued need for change.- Netflix
Menu includes: chicken pot pie empanada, salad, dessert, and beverage. 
Wednesday, Mar 13 • 12:00pm • $7M/$10.50NM 

Women's History Month Movie Presentation
First Match

(MA, 102 min)
A tenacious high school girl raised in foster homes in the inner city tries to reconnect with her ex-con father by joining a boys wrestling team.-Netflix Menu includes: Philly cheesesteak empanada, salad, dessert, and beverage.
Tuesday, Mar 26 • 12:00pm • $7M/$10.50NM 
first match

Immigrant Heritage Month Feature Presentation: Ugly Prey

Presented by: Emilie Lucchesi, PhD
In 1922, Sabella Nitti was a poor immigrant from Bari living on a small Stickney farm with her husband and children. When her husband went missing, the Cook County deputy sheriff wrongly suspected Sabella.  He pounced when a decayed corpse was found in a nearby catch basin, and prosecutors gladly pursued the case. They were looking for a win and Sabella was an easy target -- she didn’t speak English, she was foreign, and the jurymen saw her as haggard and dangerous.  Could anyone save her? Ugly Prey is a piece of lost history.  Ugly Prey is a timeless story of judgment, deception, and redemption.  The themes regarding media bias and fear of others are relevant to today's cultural climate. Author Emilie Lucchesi, PhD will be here to share her research in an interactive presentation.  
Menu includes: Italian muffuletta sandwich, sides, and dessert.   
Tuesday, June 11 • 11:00am-1:00pm • $11M/$16NM