JUICEBOX OFFERS FREE FAMILY FUN IN 2017 AT THE CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER AND GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY
The performance series for the stroller set features dancing, music, marionettes and more!
The popular Juicebox family music and performance series presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will entertain and educate young children and their families this Winter and Spring at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) beginning Friday, January 6, 2017, at 11 a.m.
With its engaging music, dance and theater performances in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the “stroller set” and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and otherwise interact with performers.
Except where otherwise noted, the series is scheduled for 11–11:45 a.m. on the first and third Friday of the month at the Chicago Cultural Center and first and third Saturday of each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory through May. Below is the complete list of dates, times, locations and performing talent from January through May.
Juicebox Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule
Four Star Brass Band
January 6, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
January 7, Garfield Park Conservatory
There ain’t no party like a Four Star Party. Experience the excitement and share in the deep and joyous traditions of Louisiana as this professional Chicago-based, New Orleans-style brass band presents a sizzling show that will inform and delight all ages.
January 20, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
January 20, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
As part of the International Chicago Puppet Theater Festival, the Chicago-based Jabberwocky Marionettes will perform with original and expertly-crafted marionettes and puppets.
Chinese Folk and Classical Dance
January 21, Garfield Park Conservatory
Families are invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year and discover the beauty of Chinese culture with the artistry of dancers Olinda Chang and Mei Xu. Experience China’s rich heritage through the elegance and grace of the Tang Dynasty ribbon dance, the aggressive martial art style of dance and the Mongolian style of dance celebrating the outdoors.
Cha Cha Cha
February 3, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
February 4, Garfield Park Conservatory
Take a trip through Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean to the beats and rhythms of Latin
music and dance. Kids will play instruments and practice the basic dance steps of Cumbia, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata and Polka, all while learning about the countries that inspire the music and movements.
Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats
February 17, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
February 18, Garfield Park Conservatory
A Chicago favorite in the family music scene, Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats will rock your kid's world with original folk-pop tunes that will get even the shyest wallflower to wiggle across the dance floor. Doherty’s "El Train" and "Hot Dog" song have become highly-requested kid classics!
History of Dance from Ballet to Breakdancing
March 3, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
March 4, Garfield Park Conservatory
Do you know why ballet dancers turn their feet out or why it’s called “break”dancing? Chicago Dance Crash’s “History of Dance from Ballet to Breakdancing” is a high-energy performance dedicated to the growth of art, society and self through cultural respect and understanding.
Trinity Academy of Irish Dance
March 17, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
March 18, Garfield Park Conservatory
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Trinity Irish dancers. The acclaimed Trinity Academy elevates children, the community and the world through the power and grace of Irish dance.
Celebration Dances of West Africa
April 7, Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square
April 8, Garfield Park Conservatory
Celebrate the indigenous cultures of Africa with dancing, drumming and proverbs that have guided Africans for many years. Authentic attire and native instruments highlight the Soli Performing Arts Company’s exciting performance and interactive demonstration.
May 5, Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
May 6, Garfield Park Conservatory
Described as “Death Cab for Kindergarten,” Future Hits is a dynamic educational rock band whose songs build important language skills while cultivating children's love for learning. Their catchy tunes correspond with innovative and differentiated learning activities, effectively igniting the hearts and minds of all.
Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band
May 19, Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Hall
May 20, Garfield Park Conservatory
Swing your partner with the Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band as they play a raucous set of square dances, polkas, waltzes, contra and swing in the tradition of an old time barn dance. Third generation caller Annie Coleman will teach you and your kids in no time how to swing like thunder and dip the oyster.
Juicebox is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Admission is FREE. For more information on FREE arts programming presented year-round at the Chicago Cultural
Center and other venues, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org and cityofchicago.org/dcase, call 312.744.3316 or join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and on Twitter and Instagram, @ChiCulturCenter @ChicagoDCASE (#Juicebox).
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural asses to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.