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Party Noire celebrates two years of sharing black joy

Plus: Pilsen gallery AMFM brings its jazz series to Dvorak Park, Young Chicago Authors showcases Latinx poets and musicians, and more.

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Party Noire organizers Nick Alder, Lauren Ash, and Rae Chardonnay - RJ ELDRIDGE
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  • Party Noire organizers Nick Alder, Lauren Ash, and Rae Chardonnay

Gossip Wolf wishes a happy second anniversary to the women of Party Noire, whose monthly daytime bash at the Promontory was voted the Reader's Best Dance Party last year. Organizers Nick Alder, Lauren Ash, and Rae Chardonnay have also produced a short film and hosted other events, among them parties in New York and a Jamila Woods record release at Double Door. On Saturday, September 9, they celebrate two years of Party Noire with an evening at the Promontory whose slate of killer DJs includes Chardonnay, Lisa Decibel, and Twelve45.

Multimedia outlet and Pilsen art gallery AMFM is a crucial voice in Chicago's creative community, and it was voted Best New Gallery in the Reader's 2017 Best of Chicago issue. This summer, AMFM's music programming has included contributing to the lineup for the Silver Room Block Party and bringing its jazz series to venues such as Subterranean, Blanc Gallery, and Schubas. On Friday, September 8, AMFM partners with the Park District's Night Out in the Parks to present the series in Dvorak Park. The lineup includes rapper Elton Aura, jazz singer Lili K., R&B-leaning vocalist Drea the Vibe Dealer, progressive rockers the Avantist, and DJ Bonita Appleblunt. The free show also features live art, and runs from 5 to 9 PM.

On Thursday, September 7, Young Chicago Authors heads to Rootwork Gallery in Pilsen to present LatinXchicago, a free showcase of local Latinx poets and musicians. The lineup includes two Gossip Wolf faves—singer Kaina and rapper Navarro—plus Vicky Peralta, Ken Muñoz, Jose Olivarez, Ari Franco, and DJ sets by Kane One. The event starts at 7 PM.

On Sunday, September 10, at LiveWire Lounge, Chicago death-doom crew Cokegoat play their last local show of 2017—but they aren't breaking up. Guitarist Jeff Wojtysiak says they're hitting the studio later this year to record a collaborative 12-inch with fellow creepy-crawlers Barren Heir!  v

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