Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tour
Aug
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tour

The 2017 Bronzeville Art District Trolley tour is the perfect backdrop for the opening of Carver 47 Café at Little Black Pearl! Carver 47 Café is a homage to Dr. George Washington Carver.  Little Black Pearl students are your baristas at this community café serving Intelligentsia Coffee, fresh juices and smoothies! Stop by for a quick bite from our menu of sandwiches and pastries, or better yet bring your laptop and stay awhile!  Experience our pop-up art classes, DJs, live music, spoken word and so much more!  We welcome you to Carver 47 Café Bronzeville/ Kenwood’s newest respite for some much needed alone time, or a fun-time networking with your friends and neighbors!This is a free event!

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Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Tour
Aug
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Tour

This concert is an introduction into Lizz Wright’s new album, The GRACE Project, set to be released on September 15th, 2017. It is a southern themed musical reflection that reveals the interconnectedness of Americans of all walks through the land and their stories of sharing it. The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Tour (TRHT Tour) will provide an exciting platform to promote and advance the work of Little Black Pearl and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation by engaging communities in racial healing and narrative change.

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Blues & Greens
Aug
19
9:30pm 9:30pm

Blues & Greens

Please join the renowned singer, artist, and humanitarian Lizz Wright and Monica Haslip, Executive Director and Founder of Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, along with esteemed fellows from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the University of Chicago for an intimate post-concert “long-table” dinner and discussion.  

Our discussion will center on solutions to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism and sustainable solutions that can be implemented to heal our communities.

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 Little Black Pearl Presents… A Jazzy Pearl Day Party
Aug
27
2:30pm 2:30pm

Little Black Pearl Presents… A Jazzy Pearl Day Party

Tired of the same Sunday brunch?  We have the remedy to your dilemma!  Jump start your week at our Jazzy Pearl Day Party featuring live music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, mimosas, and dancing!  Located at the crossroads of the historic Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park neighborhoods Little Black Pearl is the perfect place to network with old friends and meet new ones!  This is sure to be the chicest day party in the city!   

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Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tour
Sep
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tour

  • Greater Bronzeville Area Bronzeville, IL (map)
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The 2017 Bronzeville Art District Trolley tour is the perfect backdrop for the opening of Carver 47 Café at Little Black Pearl! Carver 47 Café is a homage to Dr. George Washington Carver.  Little Black Pearl students are your baristas at this community café serving Intelligentsia Coffee, fresh juices and smoothies! Stop by for a quick bite from our menu of sandwiches and pastries, or better yet bring your laptop and stay awhile!  Experience our pop-up art classes, DJs, live music, spoken word and so much more!  We welcome you to Carver 47 Café Bronzeville/ Kenwood’s newest respite for some much needed alone time, or a fun-time networking with your friends and neighbors! This is a free event!

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 Little Black Pearl Presents… A Jazzy Pearl Day Party
Oct
29
2:30pm 2:30pm

Little Black Pearl Presents… A Jazzy Pearl Day Party

Tired of the same Sunday brunch?  We have the remedy to your dilemma!  Jump start your week at our Jazzy Pearl Day Party featuring live music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, mimosas, and dancing!  Located at the crossroads of the historic Bronzeville, Kenwood, Hyde Park neighborhoods Little Black Pearl is the perfect place to network with old friends and meet new ones!  This is sure to be the chicest day party in the city!   

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The Art of Glass Blowing “A Workshop For Adults”
Nov
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Art of Glass Blowing “A Workshop For Adults”

Create your own glass masterpiece!  Participants will learn the intricate art of glass blowing during this 4 hour workshop.  Our resident artist will guide you through the entire process of creating your own glass art piece.  (Designs include bowls, ornaments, & paperweights.) All supplies and equipment will be provided.  Light refreshments will be served after the workshop has concluded. BTW, this event is BYOB! You must be 21 or older to participate. 

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Paint & Sip at Little Black Pearl “A Workshop For Adults”
Dec
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Paint & Sip at Little Black Pearl “A Workshop For Adults”

There may be numerous paint & sip events around town.  However, none of them will feed your artistic energy like Little Black Pearl!  Our unique boutique venue at the crossroad of Chicago’s Bronzeville, Hyde Park, & Kenwood neighborhoods provides the perfect atmosphere for a fun evening with friends, family, co-workers, or even a special date night!  During this 4 hour workshop.  Our resident artists will guide you with step by step instruction to create your own personal masterpiece!  All painting supplies and an 11 x 14 canvass will be provided.  Light refreshments will be served.  BTW, this event is BYOB! You must be 21 or older to participate. 

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Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tour
Jul
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bronzeville Arts District Trolley Tour

  • Greater Bronzeville Area Bronzeville, IL (map)
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The 2017 Bronzeville Art District Trolley tour is the perfect backdrop for the opening of Carver 47 Café at Little Black Pearl! Carver 47 Café is a homage to Dr. George Washington Carver.  Little Black Pearl students are your baristas at this community café serving Intelligentsia Coffee, fresh juices and smoothies! Stop by for a quick bite from our menu of sandwiches and pastries, or better yet bring your laptop and stay awhile!  Experience our pop-up art classes, DJs, live music, spoken word and so much more!  We welcome you to Carver 47 Café Bronzeville/ Kenwood’s newest respite for some much needed alone time, or a fun-time networking with your friends and neighbors!This is a free event!

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Bronzeville Goes to the Symphony
Jul
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

Bronzeville Goes to the Symphony

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with Dima Slobodeniouk—Tchaikovsky spectacular: 1812 Overture with cannons; Romeo and Juliet; Simon Trpčeski plays Concerto 1


Free bus transportation will be provided to/ from Ravinia.  Buses will leave Little Black Pearl promptly at 4:00 PM CST.   Buses will depart Ravinia immediately following the concert.  You will be provided boarding instructions upon arrival. EACH INDIVIDUAL MUST RSVP IN ORDER TO RECEIVE COMPLEMENTARY TICKETS AND/ OR TO RIDE THE FREE BUS TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM RAVINIA. YOU MUST RSVP BY JULY 12, 2017.

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Carver 47 Café Launch Party
Jul
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Carver 47 Café Launch Party

Carver 47 Café Launch Party
Join us as we celebrate the opening of Carver 47 Café!  Carver 47 is the newest and most exciting attraction on Chicago’s Southside. Located in the historic Bronzeville/North Kenwood neighborhood, Carver 47 will serve the community as a true social lab experiment where we can come together to learn, nourish our spirits and commune under the guise/greatness of Dr. George Washington Carver.  Music, food, poetry, & fun!!!  

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Paint & Sip at Little Black Pearl “A workshop for adults”
Jun
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Paint & Sip at Little Black Pearl “A workshop for adults”

Every King or Queen deserves their personal sipping glass!  In this Adults only Paint and Sip you will paint and decorate your own wine or champagne glass.  You bring the glass & our resident artist will guide you in making it uniquely yours!  You will never have to question “is that my glass” again!  We supply everything that you will need to create your glass masterpiece!  This is a BYOB event!  You must be 21 years or older.  Finished glasses will be hand washable. 

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Common at Ravinia
Jun
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Common at Ravinia

Little Black Pearl is pleased to announce our newest collaborator, Ravinia!  This new partnership will allow us to extend our reach as we provide our community exposure to cultural experiences from around the world. Our goal is to show that music and culture transcends geographic boundaries.  We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership as we collectively serve our community.  Little Black Pearl is the business of art.

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Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour
Jun
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour

  • Greater Bronzeville Area Bronzeville, IL (map)
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The 2017 Bronzeville Art District Trolley tour is the perfect backdrop for the opening of Carver 47 Café at Little Black Pearl! Carver 47 Café is a homage to Dr. George Washington Carver.  Little Black Pearl students are your baristas at this community café serving Intelligentsia Coffee, fresh juices and smoothies! Stop by for a quick bite from our menu of sandwiches and pastries, or better yet bring your laptop and stay awhile!  Experience our pop-up art classes, DJs, live music, spoken word and so much more!  We welcome you to Carver 47 Café Bronzeville/ Kenwood’s newest respite for some much needed alone time, or a fun-time networking with your friends and neighbors! This is a free event!

Carver 47 Café @ LBP is pleased to feature the neo-soul sounds of “The Jones Collective” during the Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour. Friday June 16, 2017 6PM – 9PM.  Admission is free to join the trolley tour & enjoy Carver 47 Café.

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The Art of Glass Blowing “A Workshop For Adults”
Jun
10
2:30pm 2:30pm

The Art of Glass Blowing “A Workshop For Adults”

Create your own glass masterpiece!  Participants will learn the intricate art of glass blowing during this 4 hour workshop.  Our resident artist will guide you through the entire process of creating your own glass art piece.  (Designs include bowls, ornaments, & paperweights.) All supplies and equipment will be provided.  Light refreshments will be served after the workshop has concluded. BTW, this event is BYOB! You must be 21 or older to participate. 

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57th Street Art Fair
Jun
4
10:00am10:00am

57th Street Art Fair

  • East 57th Street Chicago, IL United States (map)
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Join Little Black Pearl and our newest partner “Ravinia” at the 57th Street Art Fair! We are pleased to have an opportunity to share with you the great work being done by our students and faculty during this annual kick-off the summer event!  Enjoy face-painting and henna tattoos then take a spin on the Ravinia prize wheel for fun and exciting prizes! The 57th Street Art Fair is a two-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts held in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, adjacent to the University of Chicago campus and the home of President Barack Obama. Artists and art lovers reunite at Chicago's oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, featuring the work of 200 exhibitors. Most are returning artists, but each year between 50 and 75 new exhibitors are invited to participate by a jury made up of collectors, critics, curators and artists.

This is a free event!

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57th Street Art Fair
Jun
3
10:00am10:00am

57th Street Art Fair

  • East 57th Street Chicago, IL United States (map)
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Join Little Black Pearl and our newest partner “Ravinia” at the 57th Street Art Fair! We are pleased to have an opportunity to share with you the great work being done by our students and faculty during this annual kick-off the summer event!  Enjoy face-painting and henna tattoos then take a spin on the Ravinia prize wheel for fun and exciting prizes! The 57th Street Art Fair is a two-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts held in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, adjacent to the University of Chicago campus and the home of President Barack Obama. Artists and art lovers reunite at Chicago's oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, featuring the work of 200 exhibitors. Most are returning artists, but each year between 50 and 75 new exhibitors are invited to participate by a jury made up of collectors, critics, curators and artists.

This is a free event!

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Craig Rex Perry "The Soul of Harmony" Book Signing
May
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

Craig Rex Perry "The Soul of Harmony" Book Signing

Former Southside Chicago resident, Craig "Rex" Perry (www.rexstudios.net) returns to Chicago during the first week in May to promote the first book in his new children's series, The Soul of Harmony, during Children's Book Week, May 1-7, 2017.

The Soul of Harmony was inspired by the life of Robert Johnson, a 1920s blues singer and guitarist who is considered one of the greatest blues performers of all time. His songs, including hits "Sweet Home Chicago", "Hellhound on My Trail", and, "Crossroad Blues" have been recorded by Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Johnson died unexpectedly at the age of 27. He claims to have taken his guitar to a crossroads and made a 'deal with the devil' for his musical gifts.

During his time at Disney, Perry thought this would make a great animated cartoon. "I realized that Walt Disney's success was built largely on folktales or stories that are considered public domain. These include Snow White, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. I had listened to a few of Robert Johnson's early recordings, read up on his tragic and mysterious life and knew this would be a great place to create my own original animated concept," says Perry.

Colorful and charming, the book offers a unique story set in 1932 New Orleans that flows through the Mississippi Delta and makes its way to the speakeasies and nightclubs of Chicago. The story revolves around seven year old, Harmony Walker, her father, unemployed jazz/bluesman John "Eazy" Walker and his wife, Howard University graduate, Sarah Walker. Harmony makes a deal with a pawnshop owner to acquire a new mouthpiece for her dad; but unbeknownst to the little girl, the mouthpiece has magic powers that bestow fame and fortune on the Walker family. The pawnshop owner (an evil demon in disguise named Demonica Shadows) wants their souls in exchange for the mouthpiece.

"I pitched the story as a feature length animated cartoon all over Hollywood, but while everyone liked the concept; finding the financing was difficult. I knew that if I wanted it done, I'd have to do it myself. So I took the individual storyboards I used in my pitches, rewrote and illustrated them as a children's book, got a book deal and the rest is history," says Perry.

The Soul of Harmony, a three book series published by Cedar Grove Publishing (www.cedargrovebooks.com), is an action-adventure, good versus evil plot that hinges on the love of family and redemption. The first book is entitled The Soul of Harmony: The Promise.

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Event Showcase & Tasting
Apr
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Event Showcase & Tasting

Are you planning a special event? Are you in the events business, or do you just want to keep up with the latest trends in special events?  If so, you should attend this showcase featuring many of Chicago’s best caterers and event specialists.   Come to sample the cuisine, view the latest in floral and event design, including table setup, network with event specialists!  If you want to experience the services offered by Chicago’s best in the business you have to attend this event!  You will even have an opportunity to rate the vendors to determine the best of the best!  

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BRUNCH X BURN: JORDAN EDITION
Mar
19
12:00pm12:00pm

BRUNCH X BURN: JORDAN EDITION

Join us for Brunch X Burn: Jordan Edition, a backlit glow-in-the-dark workout held on Sunday, March 19th. This experience will be held at the Jordan brand space "Station 23" located in Chicago's Loop. Get ready to "sweat for a cause" with a high intensity workout led by Co-Owner of the Ultimate Healthy Living Experience (UHLE), Jordan Brand and Nike Trainer Bryan "B Jack" Jackson and join us for brunch catered by Kitchfix after. Relax your muscles in our Hyperice Stretch + Recovery Lab, find your natural calm with essential oils at our Saje Wellness Lounge, get your fitness braid game right at the Blowout JunkieBraid Bar, check out the raffle table with giveaways from your favorite gyms and companies & so much more. 100% of your ticket purchase benefits The Little Black Pearl.

This workout is open to people of all fitness levels and we welcome men and women to participate.

Learn more about Brunch X Burn on brunchxburn.com. Stay up-to-date and learn about our sponsors by following us onFacebook and Instagram (@brunchxburn).

Questions? brunchxburn@gmail.com.

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Throwback and Cocktails Party & Concert Series
Mar
4
to Mar 5

Throwback and Cocktails Party & Concert Series

Welcome to THROWBACKS & COCKTAILS ® where the party is always on point and where your favorite Hip-Hop & R&B Throwback artists reside every month at Little Black Pearl. Yes… Finally something for a mature audience in Chicago. No adolescent behavior…No drama filled evening…Simply good people, music, live performances, great cocktails, and tasty food. Let the good times roll…

This event series caters to the forward thinking music aficionados who enjoy and appreciate music when it was at its best and meaningful. THROWBACKS & COCKTAILS ® is nostalgic, taking you on a musical journey and back to a time that’s relatable and fun.

THROWBACKS & COCKTAILS ® features seasoned Chicago DJ’s who understand and know how to build up the event through great song selections and skill-set while displaying a wide range of genres to include reputable mainstream recording artist performances live on stage. This concert series is designed to be small in attendance, intimate and exclusive. No large crowds to get lost in and every seat in the house is a good one.

Book your ticket today and tell a friend that something just for us is finally here.

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Barriers To Wellness
Feb
11
9:00am 9:00am

Barriers To Wellness

On Saturday, February 11, 2017 the students of Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy will host a powerful three-part researched based presentation covering the reported experiences that lead to physical and mental health barriers that impact youth wellness.

Come join us and share in a collaborative discussion as we continue our search for solutions towards positive youth development.

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