In 1967, a news and sports reporter emceed a local talent showcase in Chicago that quickly gained popularity and became a long-running television show. That reporter was Don Cornelius and, you guessed it, the show was Soul Train. In honor of the show’s 40th anniversary, celebrate this revolutionary program that put African-American culture on the main stage, highlighting the best music, dance moves, and fashions, at the premiere screening of the documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America. The film takes you down memory lane with appearances by stars such as Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie, and Chaka Khan. The evening also includes a panel made up of ?uestlove, dancer-choreographer Tyrone Proctor, and music journalist Danyel Smith. I’ve often imagined the dance I’d do during the “Soul Train Line”—perhaps tonight I’ll get the chance to show off my moves!
Wed., Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2010