AUGUST 2014    Bookmark and Share
This month, don't miss the 56th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, a special Creatives at Work Music Forum, new exhibitions opening at the Chicago Cultural Center - and music, films and more presented as part of the Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration - all FREE. Stay up-to-date on upcoming DCASE festivals, events and opportunities by joining the conversation on social media.
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Tracie Hall We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tracie Hall, who joined the DCASE team on July 1 as Deputy Commissioner of Creative Arts and Industries (formerly Arts Programming). She will provide oversight of our Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Creative Industries divisions.

Tracie most recently served as the Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at the Queens Library in New York. Her prior posts include working as Chicago Community Investor and prior to that, Strategy Integration Specialist for Global Corporate Citizenship at the Boeing Company in Chicago; Assistant Dean at Dominican University in River Forest; Director of the Office of Diversity at the American Library Association; and numerous positions with other leading universities and libraries across the country.

Please join us in welcoming Tracie Hall!

Chicago Air & Water Show presented by Shell
The 56th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell and the City of Chicago, will return August 16 and 17 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am-3pm daily.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity-defying flying, commanding presence and supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. The brave men and women of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will inspire spectators as they jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the Earth's surface, racing to North Avenue Beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph, making a perfect landing.
  U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey
Other military demonstration teams joining the Blue Angels, Golden Knights and the Leap Frogs are the U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey and the U.S. Air Force F-22.

All of your favorite civilian acts and daredevil pilots are also back! Highlights include: AeroShell Aerobatic Team, All Veterans Parachute Team, Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle, Firebirds Delta Team, Chuck Aaron and the Red Bull Helicopter, Matt Chapman Airshows, Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70, Warbird Heritage Foundation: A-4 Skyhawk Jet Tac Demo, Aerostars, Team AeroDynamix (NEW 12-plane team), Bill Stein Airshows and the P-51 Mustang.

The show lineup for 2014 can be found at
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or up-to-date performer information join the Chicago Air and Water Show on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE,#ChiAirandWater. Admission is FREE.

Public transporation is the best way to get the show, but if you're driving, take advantage of all-day parking with free shuttle service to and from North Avenue Beach at Millennium Garages
Spend your Labor Day Weekend in Millennium Park at the Chicago Jazz Festival
Terence Blanchard, Photo by: Jenny Bagert
This Labor Day Weekend, celebrate the mainstream of the national jazz scene as well as Chicago's unique contributions to the art form at the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28-31 at Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.).  

This year's headliners include trumpeter and noted film music composer Terence Blanchard; vibraphonist and jazz education pioneer Gary Burton; Miles Davis alumnus bassist Dave Holland and his all-star fusion band Prism featuring three of modern jazz's leading lights: Craig Taborn, guitarist Kevin Eubanks (formerly of The Tonight Show Band) and drummer Eric Harland. Jazz's most celebrated new straight-ahead singer in years (and rightly so), Cecile McLorin Salvant, will headline the festival as will Chicago-affiliated bassist Rufus Reid. Trumpeter and now elder statesman and noted mentor Tom Harrell leads a new band Colors of a Dream featuring jazz's biggest breakout crossover star of the last decade, Esperanza Spalding. Finally, the Sun Ra Arkestra celebrates the centennial of Ra's "arrival" on planet Earth from Saturn.  

Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Ernest Dawkins
Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the FREE admission Chicago Jazz Festival will officially open with a Tribute to Nelson Mandela by Chicago composer Ernest Dawkins. The Millennium Park performance of Dawkins' Afro Jazz Opera will also be the final concert in this year's Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series. The Sun Ra Arkestra, celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder, a Chicago legend, will close this year's festival, which also marks the 45th anniversary of the Jazz Institute.  

For a complete lineup and schedule, visit
or join us on Facebook (Chicago Jazz Festival) and Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE #ChiJazzFest. We recommend public transportation, but if you drive, you can park right below the fest at Millennium Garages, preferred parking partner for Chicago Jazz Festival 2014!  

John Moulder
Throughout the month of August, enjoy FREE jazz performances in Millennium Park, on Thursdays beginning at 6:30pm. The Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series lineup includes:  

John Moulder's Earthborne Tales of Soul and Spirit * August 7  
Moulder powerfully summons heavenly spirits. That's not only because he's the best jazz guitarist who happens to be a practicing priest - "varying dimensions of one vocation," he says - but also because his sheets of electric sound unleash such a positive force.  

Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile * August 14  
Chicago composer, alto saxophonist and sound artist Roberts plays in her hometown for the first time in years, performing the second chapter of her ambitious American-history-focused epic, Coin Coin. Although Roberts played earlier versions of Mississippi Moonchile here, this will be the first performance since releasing a recording of the piece for Montreal's  Constellation Records last year.  

Fareed Haque - Chicago: Fareed Haque
Crossroads of the World * August 21  
Few jazz musicians embody the polyglot nature of Chicago's populace like guitarist Haque, himself the son of parents from Pakistan and Chile. Haque's multifarious interests have often obscured just how deep and accomplished he is as a hard-charging jazz musician.  

Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins' Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera * August 28 (Opening Night of Chicago Jazz Festival)  
The sounds and images of American jazz musicians from the U.S. were an important influence on the development of political discourse of resistance in apartheid South Africa. American jazz continually refreshes its ties to its African American roots by its ever-present spirit of the blues as does South African jazz draws strength from its roots. This project reflects the determination and spirit that energized the South African freedom movement led by Nelson Mandela by foregrounding the influential women in Mandela's life - Winnie Mandela and Graça Machel - through the powerful voice of Dee Alexander. Bringing together musicians from Chicago, South Africa and London, the ensemble will represent their interconnected histories and mutual influences.  

For more information, visit
or join us on Facebook (Millennium Park) and Twitter, @Millennium_Park #MP10th.

Creatives at Work Music Forums
On Tuesday, August 5 from 6:30-8:30pm, our next Creatives at Work Music Forum will discuss "Music Merchandising and Branding: Revenue and What Merchandise Should Mean To You" at the Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave). The FREE admission Creatives at Work Music Forums bring together experts from the music industry to talk about the most current and pressing issues relative to working musicians and music business owners. It's a chance to hear from leaders in the field directly and provides a space for dialogue and exchange of ideas among industry peers to stimulate professional growth.  

Panelists this evening will discuss the importance of branding for solo artists and bands, merchandising as an investment in the health and wealth of their brand.  

The event is produced by the DCASE Creative Industries - Music office in collaboration with Chicago Artist Resource, Chicago Music Commission, Dynasty Podcasts and
. For details, visit

Don't Miss:

Individual Artist Grant Workshop for Musicians
  • August 14, 2014 | 6:30-8:30pm | Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
  • August 26, 2014 | 6:30-8:30pm | National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608
The DCASE Cultural Grants Team will offer a workshop for music specific program applicants of our Individual Artists Program grants. This workshop will review updates to grant guidelines and review criteria, and provide tips and guidance to help applicants prepare the strongest, most competitive applications possible. For more information, visit

Exhibitions opening, closing at the Chicago Cultural Center this month
Sabina Ott: there and where and pink melon joy
A new exhibition, Sabina Ott: there and where and pink melon joy, is opening August 30 in the Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor, at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). A preview event is scheduled for September 12, 5:30-7:30pm and the exhibit runs through January 4, 2015.

Sabina Ott's site-specific installation of new works is a transformative psychic journey, turning the Chicago Rooms, three enormous windowed spaces overlooking Millennium Park, into a mysterious and mystical hybrid environment. Suffering, fear, pleasure and transformation is evoked via the interaction with objects, sound and video play with material interpretations of text that describe transformational journeys, such as The World is Round, by Gertrude Stein and Dante's The Divine Comedy.

Additionally, several exhibits are closing this month - so don't miss your chance to see:  
  • Matthew Girson: The Painter's Other Library (Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor), through August 10
  • 100 100s on the One and a Half: Shane Huffman (Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor), through August 24
  • Adelheid Mers: Enter the Matrix (Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor), through August 24
  • AGAIN GONE ~ Miller & Shellabarger (Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor), through August 24

Admission is FREE. For details and hours, visit
or join us on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center) and Twitter, @ChiCulturCenter.

World Music Festival Chicago returns next month with 11 days of music, 262 musicians from 34 countries, performing in 20 venues citywide
Pablo Mendez
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago is September 11-21 in various locations throughout the city including Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The 11-day, 20-venue festival features artists and groups representing 34 countries from around the world. For the complete schedule of performances, visit

This year's striking lineup includes a four-night concert series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park featuring latin jazz from Pablo Mendez & Mezcla and the boisterous Quebecois fold group, La Bottine Souriante, appearance supported by the Québec Government Office and Tourisme Québec, Chicago. Experience an all-night series of concerts at Ragamala: A Celebration of Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar
Indian Classical Music at the Chicago Cultural Center. Other highlights include the best musical act out of the Balkans, Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar, and former Official Harpist for the Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch along with Seckou Keita.  

All performances are FREE at venues throughout the city. They include: Beverly Arts Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chop Shop, Constellation Chicago, City Winery, DePaul University Concert Hall, Humboldt Park Boathouse, Indian Boundary Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, Martyrs', Mayne Stage, National Museum of Mexican Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Old Town School of Folk Music, Reva and Logan Arts Center at University of Chicago, Schubas, Chicago SummerDance - Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, Thalia Hall, The Hideout and Willye White Park.  

Join the conversation and get up-to-the-minute festival information on Facebook
(World Music Festival Chicago) and Twitter, @WMFChicago #WMFChi.

Fifth Star Awards
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced plans recently to honor Chicago artists and arts institutions who have made significant contributions in arts and culture, at a free public celebration at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The inaugural Fifth Star Awards will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm, featuring a diverse lineup of performances in tribute to the honorees.  

"This is a celebration of Chicago, for Chicago," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "The Fifth Star Awards honors artists whose work has forever changed and enhanced our city; artists who have made Chicago their muse, their stage and their canvas; artists who have been our ambassadors, bringing Chicago to the rest of the world, and the world to Chicago; and artists who have inspired and mentored new generations of artists who call Chicago home."  
Recipients of the inaugural Fifth Star Awards will be announced soon, as will the full lineup of performances. For details, visit

Red Tape Theatre Mnemonic Red Tape Theatre opens the fall/winter season of DCASE Theater & Dance with the Chicago premiere of Mnemonic by Complicite at Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.). Crossing continents and centuries, Mnemonic weaves together the discovery of Ötzi the iceman, a search for an absent father and the longing for love lost in an exploration that questions our reliance on memory, the most subjective of storytellers. Drawing parallels between these stories, this fragmented narrative focuses on the theme of the role of the imagination in recapturing the past. The original production received awards in the UK, France, New York and Sarajevo, including the 2001 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience." For ticket information, please visit Performance dates and times are September 5 - October 5, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. Previews are scheduled for September 2-4 at 7:30pm.

TUTA Theatre Chicago The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret)
TUTA Theatre Chicago returns this fall to Storefront Theater with The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret). A hauntingly funny new play with original music, TUTA's world premiere collaboration is written and composed by Slovenian artist Martin Marion, and directed by TUTA Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone. The comedy takes us to a small cabaret stage in an undisclosed location, where animals perform with their band against all odds night after night, exploring the universal struggles of power, identity and what it takes to be a human. For ticket information, please visit Performance dates and times are October 17 - November 16, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. Previews are scheduled for October 14-16 at 7:30pm.

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