What’s Going on at Bezazian? Films, documentaries, small business seminars, author talks, and story tellers! The Bezazian Library presents its monthly programs, with a special focus in February on Black History Month.
- Elaine Hegwood Bowen—Old School Adventures from Englewood, Saturday, February 21, 2pm. In Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago, author Elaine Hegwood Bowen shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood when her parents migrated to Chicago in the early 1950s and purchased a home in 1959. She grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural happenings of the time, discussing such issues as Dr. Martin Luther King, race riots, and integration. She provides a glimpse into what the infamous neighborhood was once like. Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She writes a regular blog for Film Monthly.
- Show Me the Money! Small Business Financing Alternatives, Monday, February 23, 6:30pm. An introduction to financing for small businesses and startups, covering costs of financing, financing options and criteria lenders consider. With Carlos Peña, loan officer at Accion Chicago. Accion Chicago is a non-profit company that provides loans and access to resources to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Chicago and IL. This program is part of our Shift Collaboration Space series of workshops aimed at those starting and running small businesses.
- Reel Black Love: Documentary Screening, Wednesday, February 25, 6pm. Reel Black Love is a documentary about Black romance in movies and how those images have impacted the culture. It features interviews with an all-start cast of over 60 actors, directors and producers. This poignant, sometimes funny film is a social critique of the images of African-Americans and film and how those images have impacted the culture. Followed by a Q&A with the director and producer Darryl Pitts. 70 minutes. http://www.reelblacklove.com/
- Listen: Voices Still Lingering from the Harlem Renaissance, Friday, February 27, 10am. The Harlem Renaissance was a period of cultural revival for many African Americans. Storyteller Velma Gladney takes participants back, through poetry and classic folklore, to that period in time to learn and identify the great sense of pride African Americans felt during the Harlem Renaissance.
- James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, Saturday, February 28, 2pm. James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket captures on film the passionate intellect and courageous writing of one of the major writers of the twentieth century. The author of novels including Go Tell It on the Mountain and nonfiction works such as The Fire Next Time, Baldwin was also a civil rights activist—a prophetic voice calling for Americans, black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy. Run time: 87 minutes.
- Teacher in the Library with Ms. Trista, every Monday from 3:30-6:30pm. Get help with your homework for K-12 students.