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Monday, August 04, 2014
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events August 2014
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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 ChicagoMusic.org
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,
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
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 worldmusicfestivalchicago.org
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
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.
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 fifthstarawards.org
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 redtapetheatre.org. 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 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 tutato.com. 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.