Nicole Mitchell explores the story of her mother-- through music

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Nicole Mitchell's 'JBM: Images Beyond'

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Studio 914 at 914 N. California Ave.

Suggested donation: $10; 773-340-9140 studio914.wordpress.com

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