Cornel West lecture Feb. 1 at Rockefeller
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Annual Public Lecture will present Dr. Cornel West discussing his new book, The Radical King, on Sunday, Feb. 1, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.
West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He has written 19 books and edited 13 works. He is best known for his book Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and the memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
The Office of Civic Engagement's UChicago Engages series, Seminary Co-op Bookstore and Beacon Press are co-sponsoring to this event that is free and open to the public.
See "Cornel West: "The Radical King"-CSRPC Annual Public Lecture" on Facebook.Her HRC event Feb. 15
"Chicago Her HRC Presents: 4th Annual Va ~ Va ~ Vaudeville!" will take place Sunday, Feb. 15, at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., 7-10 p.m.
Past events have featured burlesque dancers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, musicians, sword swallowers, painted ladies and belly dancers. Gwen La Roka will host this year's event, with Lady Gia, Aerin Tedesco, Cruel Valentine and Shana Vaughn-Gabor among the slated performers.
VIP admission ( 50-person capacity ) is at 6 p.m., with general admission ( 150-person capacity ) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $35; see www.hrc.org/events .
'State of AIDS in Black Chicago' Feb. 17-19
The Black Treatment Advocacy Network ( BTAN ) Chicago will host "The State of AIDS in Black Chicago: From the Bench to the Bedside" Feb. 17-19 at the University Center, 525 S. State St., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The event, among other things, will commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( NBHAAD ). Feb. 7 marks the 15th year for the day, a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora.
Among the topics that are slated to be covered are the origins of HIV, immune responses, major scientific discoveries, biomedical HIV prevention and testing.
Register and find more information at events.aidschicago.org/site/Calendar .
Web series premieres
The online series McTucky Fried High debuted Jan. 26.
The seriesthe brainchild of local filmmaker-illustrator-activist Robert-Carniliususes LGBTQ characters, and focuses on issues teens face, including coming out, going on extreme diets, being genderqueer, bullying and sexting.
Each episode will be released biweekly starting Jan. 26 on www.McTuckyFriedHigh.com, where people can sign up for the McTucky Bites newsletter for exclusive content and sneak peek privileges.
A trailer is at www.youtube.com/watch .
Or Chadash series Feb. 8-March 22
Congregation Or Chadash will host a series, "Journey to Freedom: Pesach and the LGBTQ Experience" that will run Feb. 8-March 22. ( It culminates with a communal Seder on May 3 at Anshe Emet, 3751 N. Broadway. )
In each of the eight professionally facilitated workshop sessionswhich will take place in various Chicago and suburban locationsattendees will engage in a process of reflection and discovery to create written and artistic works, some of which will be incorporated into the Haggadah used during the May 3 Seder.
The series is open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation, who is interested in exploring the intersection of Jewish and LGBTQ narrative, identity, history and liberation.
For more information, visit www.orchadash.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org .