Events – Chicago Labor & Arts Festival Calendar 2011

April 27th 6:00pm. Haymarket Brewery and Pub at Randolph and Halsted . Film Screening of Sacco and Vanzetti (Complete list of events under auspices of the Illinois Labor History Society can be found here.)

April 28th 5:30 pm Newberry library. “Can the State Stop Collective Bargaining?” Forum and debate and reception with labor movement lawyers the American Constitution Society and others discussing Haymarket to the present. (ILHS event)

April 29th 5:30 pm Gage Gallery Reception for International Trade unionists and public and release of new publication of The Day Will Come by Mark Rogovin and viewing of his fathers photos, Milton Rogovin.  (ILHS event)

April 30th, 2pm. Plaque dedication at Haymarket Square at Randolph and DesPlaines by Illinois Labor History Society and re enactment of the Haymarket Tragedy at the site followed by gathering of all who wish to come to Haymarket Brewery at Halsted and Randolph.  (ILHS event)

Sunday, May 1, 9 AM to 12 Noon at Haymarket Square, Randolph & DesPlaines;  Poetry for  Labor:  A free, public participatory reading to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Haymarket Square Affair, bring your own poetry or prose, or poetry or prose that you love, that brings to life in celebration, in reflection, in commemoration work and those who do it!

Sunday, May 1, noon rally sponsored by Jobs With Justice to protest Walmart international worker exploitation. March from Walmart in Forest Park (DesPlaines and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park) to Haymarket Monument in Forest Home Cemetery (see next entry).

May 1, 1 pm, World wide gathering to celebrate 125th anniversary of the Haymarket and the restoration of the Monument in Forest Park featuring AFL-CIO secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler  (ILHS event)

May 1, Marcha -May Day March and Rally — for Workers and Immigrants Rights:

2:00PM Reunion at Union Park, Corners of Lake St and Ashland Ave.
3:00PM March Begins heading to Pilsen Neighborhood
4:00PM March Ends and Rally Starts at Plaza Tenochtitlan in Pilsen (18th St and Blue Island Ave)


2:00PM Reunion en el Parque Union, Esquinas de las calles Lake y Ashland
3:00PM La Marcha Comienza rumbo a los barrios de Pilsen y La Villita
4:00PM La Marcha termina con in Mitin en la Plaza Tenochtitlan en Pilsen. (Esquinas de la calle 18 y la Blue Island)

May 1,  Sunday, 6-10 pm The Amoreys return with their open mic Jam May 1st, 2011  Jam/Open Mic at Lunar – 6 PM to 10 PM at the Lunar Brewery 54 E. St.Charles Road Villa Park, IL  (630) 530-2077

May 1, 7PM  Old Town School of Folk Music concert titled Music and Rebellion with Bucky Halker, his band, and some international groups. Tickets are 15 dollars. (ILHS event)

May 3, 6-8 PM Necessary: An Exhibit Exploring the Life & Legacy of Malcolm X, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall 800 S. Halsted Street Chicago, IL ( presented by Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Black History 101 Mobile Museum)

May 5th, Thursday,6:00 – 7:30 pm Conversation about the difficult and surprisingly dangerous life of laundry workers in Chicago at Workers United 333 S. Ashland Ave.  Have a conversation with Daisy Sewell who has both worked in a commercial laundry and worked to unionize laundry workers. Light refreshments, soda and wine will be served.

Friday, May 6   7 PM JAZZ for Gaza with saxophonist Gilad Atzmon at Columbia College Chicago Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan Ave, 1st Floor.  Chicago, Il. JAZZA Festival is a mobile music and arts venture, hosting international activist educational music in conjunction with various humanitarian bodies aimed at raising funds and awareness for the people of Palestine.


Saturday, May 7 Traveling Down Freedom’s Main Line: The Freedom Rides at 50  DuSable Museum of African American History – Saturday May 7, 2011
Three public events will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides and honor the amazing riders through original commissioned performance pieces by Neighborhood Writing Alliance, Congo Square Theatre, and Young Chicago Authors. These new works are inspired by the documentary film “Freedom Riders” by Stanley Nelson.  Based on the award-winning book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, the film focuses on the campaign that went on to inspire a movement.

Sunday, May 8,  5 – 7 PM Book Release Party for Elizabeth Marino‘s poetry collection, Debris (click here for review): Senem’s Coffee and Tea House, 3508 N Broadway, Chicago

Tuesday, May 10 7-10 PM  Night of social justice poetry featuring Kevin Coval, who will sign his new book, What Will I Tell My Jewish Kids, a collection of poems on Palestine. DePaul University Student Center, Brownstones Cafe Annex 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL

Friday, May 13, 6 PM, Dinner at 7 PM In Praise of Public Service :  53rd Annual Eugene V. Debs – Norman Thomas – Michael Harrington Dinner. As always, we are at a union hotel. The Dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro hotel at Madison and Halsted in Chicago, beginning with a cash bar at 6 PM. The Dinner is at 7 PM.  Honorees:  John Cameron, the Director of Political and Community Relations for AFSCME Council 31, and Jeremy Schroeder, the Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

May 14,  Freedom Rides at 50. Traveling Down Freedom’s Main Line: The Freedom Rides at 50  Woodson Regional Library Auditorium – Saturday May 14, 2011

May 21,  Freedom Rides at 50, Traveling Down Freedom’s Main Line: The Freedom Rides at 50 The PowerHouse/Foundation for Homan Square – Saturday May 21, 2011

May 30, 10 PM Mike Felten plays an on-line Memorial Day show at this URL, so you don’t even have to leave your couch to hear Mike, who is a real spiritual descendant of Woody Guthrie!

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