Chicago Dancing Festival Starts August 20 through 24

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As we approach summer’s end, let’s celebrate and have a great family time at the 7th annual Chicago Dancing Festival!  This is an event that you do not want to miss, so mark your calendars today!  Create memories, bring the digital camera, family and friends for a fantastic event!

Highlights this year include two Chicago Dancing Festival Commissions, the Chicago Premiere of Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 performed by The Joffrey Ballet and the Premiere of Lane Alexander’s and Bril Barrett’s In the beginning… performed by Chicago Human Rhythm Project.

This year also sees more live music throughout the Festival, as Victoria Jaiani of The Joffrey Ballet, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and festival newcomer Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (contemporary Flamenco) all perform to live accompaniment. Philadelphia-based company Philadanco and Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre (contemporary Bharata Natyam) will also be seen for the first time in the 2013 Chicago Dancing Festival.

Chicago Dancing Festival Schedule 2013 – August 20 – 24, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 pm – “The Harris at 10! Anniversary Special”

Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive

Brian Brooks of Brian Brooks Moving Company, I’m Going to Explode by Brian Brooks

Chicago Human Rhythm Project, In the beginning…^ by Lane Alexander and Bril Barrett (Premiere)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Little mortal jump by Alejandro Cerrudo

The Joffrey Ballet, Son of Chamber Symphony by Stanton Welch

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Crisis Variations by Lar Lubovitch with live accompaniment by ensemble Le Train Bleu

Brooklyn Mack  from the Washington Ballet and Tamako Miyazaki* from Columbia Classical Ballet, pas de deux from Diana and Actaeon by Agrippina Vaganova

Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 pm – “Solitaire – A Game of Dance” (Gala Performance & Benefit)

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

The Chicago Dancing Festival celebrates seven years with its annual Gala, an evening celebrating solo artists from the world of classical, contemporary, Bharata Natyam and Flamenco dance. This fundraising benefit includes a performance and benefit with an opportunity to mingle with many of this year’s participating artists. This is the only paid ticket event during the 2013 Festival. Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased by emailing info@chicagodancingfestival.com. Space is limited.

Thursday, August 22, 7:30 pm – “Dancing in Chicago”

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater* in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Bolero by Dame Libby Komaiko

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacopepepluto by Alejandro Cerrudo

The Joffrey Ballet, Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman (Chicago Premiere)

The Joffrey Ballet, Tarantella by George Balanchine

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Transparent Things by Lar Lubovitch with live accompaniment by the Bryant Park Quartet

Friday, August 23, 6 pm and 8 pm – “Solitaire – A Game of Dance” (The Art of the Solo)

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

Samuel Lee Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, In/Side by Robert Battle

Brian Brooks of Brian Brooks Moving Company, I’m Going to Explode by Brian Brooks

Camille A. Brown of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, The Real Cool (a solo excerpt from Mr. Tol E. Rance) by Camille A. Brown

Julia Hinojosa of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater*, Ensueños de mi Caribe by Julia Hinojosa with live accompaniment by flamenco singer and guitarist Paco Fonta and percussionist Javier Saume Mazzei

Johnny McMillan, David Schultz and Jonathan Fredrickson of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacopepepluto by Alejandro Cerrudo

Victoria Jaiani of The Joffrey Ballet, The Dying Swan by Mikhail Fokine with live accompaniment by cellist Barbara Haffner

Krithika Rajagopalan of Natya Dance Theatre*, Sthithihi by Krithika Rajagopalan

Saturday, August 24, 7:30 pm – “Celebration of Dance”

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street

Samuel Lee Roberts of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, In/Side by Robert Battle

Chicago Human Rhythm Project, In the beginning…^ by Lane Alexander and Bril Barrett

Giordano Dance Chicago, Two Become Three by Alexander Ekman (2012 CDF Commission)

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater*, Bolero by Dame Libby Komaiko

The Joffrey Ballet, Interplay by Jerome Robbins

Philadanco*, Wake Up by Rennie Harris

Brooklyn Mack* from the Washington Ballet and Tamako Miyazaki* from Columbia Classical Ballet, pas de deux from Diana and Actaeon by Agrippina Vaganova

All programs are subject to change.

TICKET INFORMATION:

All events are free but tickets for the indoor performance showcases (Harris Theater, Auditorium Theatre and two MCA shows) are reserved in advance. Tickets for these shows became available starting July 16 and “sold out” within hours. All tickets will be held at Will-Call.

However, any tickets unclaimed 15 minutes prior to curtain time each night will be released to those in a Stand-by line. Stand-by lines begin one hour before the performance, in person only. All seating for all venues is general admission.

No tickets are needed for the outdoor “Celebration of Dance” Grand Finale performance at the Pritzker Pavilion, Saturday, August 24.

Chicago Dancing Festival Remains Nation’s Largest Free Festival of Dance

 

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About the Chicago Dancing Festival Established in 2007

The Chicago Dancing Festival was founded to elevate awareness of dance in Chicago, to increase accessibility to the art form and to provide inspiration for local artists. Its mission is to present a wide variety of excellent dance, enrich the lives of the people of Chicago and provide increased accessibility to the art form, thereby helping create a new audience. Its vision is to raise the national and international profile of dance in the city, furthering Chicago as the “dance capital of the world” (as Mayor Rahm Emanuel put it at the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival).

Lar Lubovitch (Founder, Artistic Director) is one of America’s most versatile and highly acclaimed choreographers and founded the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company 45 years ago. In the years since, he has choreographed more than 100 dances for his New York-based company, which has performed in nearly all 50 American states as well as in more than 30 foreign countries. Born in Chicago, Mr. Lubovitch was educated at the University of Iowa and the Juilliard School in New York.   Jay Franke (Founder, Artistic Director) began his formal training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. In 1993, he was selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts and accepted into the Juilliard School. Upon receiving his BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School, Mr. Franke went to work with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, “THARP!” Mr. Franke has since danced with The 58 Group, Lyric Opera Ballet Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and was a leading dancer in the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company from 2005 to 2010.   The Chicago Dancing Festival is grateful for its 2013 supporters including: InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Official Hotel Partner; Chicago Sun-Times, Print Media Sponsor; Museum of Contemporary Art; Harris Theater for Music and Dance; City of Chicago, Millennium Park; The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University; The Robert and Jamie Taylor Foundation; David Herro and Jay Franke; Illinois Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development; The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; and the Irving Harris Foundation.

For more information on the Chicago Dancing Festival, its history and 2013 offerings, check out the newly redesigned www.chicagodancingfestival.com.

Chicago Park District Fall Registration Begins!

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Parents, fall online registration begins Mon., Aug. 5 for parks west of California Ave. and Tues., Aug. 6 for parks east of California Ave. at 9 a.m. In-person registration begins either Sat., Aug. 10 or Mon. Aug. 12 depending upon the park. View this list to confirm a particular park’s registration dates.  Most fall programs run Sept. 16 through Dec. 2.

Enjoy Family Sunday’s at Arlington Park through Labor Day

 Enjoy Family Sundays at Arlington Park through Labor DayParents, are you looking for a great family outing?  Look, no further!  Bring your family to the Arlington Park Race Track on any Sunday through Labor Day for a fun-filled and affordable family day excursion from 1:00 p.m until 5:00 p.m.  Each week, there are different activities to include, but not limited to:  hands-on activities, face painting, magicians, jugglers, science experiments, family spa, petting zoo, caricaturists and live entertainment!

Check the calendar on the Arlington Park website at Family Day at Arlington International to view the highlights of each Sunday.  Admission rates are reasonable at:  $8/adults and $2/children (ages 4 – 17).  Arlington Park International is located at 2200 West Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights, IL.  For additional information, please call the park at (847) 385-7500.  Enjoy!

Bud Billiken Parade – August 10

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Mark your calendar for the annual Bud Billiken Parade, Picnic & Festival on Saturday, August 10, 2013!  The Back-to-School traditional parade will kick off at 10:00 a.m. at 39th Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and proceed south to 51st Street.  Bring your lawn chairs to watch a parade complete with celebrities, colorful floats, drill teams, military service men & women, powerful bands and dance groups!  For additional information visit the Chicago Defender Charities website at www.budbillikenparade.com.

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Family Movie in the Park – August 1

Despicable Me Movie Logo Family Movie in the Park   August 1Alderman Matt O’Shea, the19th Ward Youth Foundation and Beverly Ridge Homeowners Association will host an outdoor screening of Despicable Me at Ridge Park located at 9625 S. Longwood Drive on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  The movie is schedule to begin at dusk and is open to the public.  Bring your blanket, bug spray and enjoy a great family summer evening outdoors with your neighbors.

A big thank you is extended to generous sponsors:  Peoples Energy, Saint Xavier University, Beverly Bank & Trust Company, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Senator Bill Cunningham and Representative Fran Hurley for making these events possible!

Chicago Bears Family Fest – August 3

Chicago Bears Logo Chicago Bears Family Fest   August 3Join the Chicago Bears football team on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Soldier Field for Family Fest!  Meet new Bears coach Marc Trestman and the entire team suiting up for the first time! At Bears Family Fest, fans will visit the stadium and watch the Bears practice under the lights on our home field.

There are also promotional booths, a pre-practice concert, fireworks after the practice, access to the Bears Pro Shop, and outdoor activities.

Staley Da Bear is turning 10 years old and will be hosting a birthday party during Family Fest. The first 400 kids ages 4-12 to attend Staley’s birthday party will receive a wristband, which will allow access to a post practice kid’s only autograph session on the field!

Staley’s birthday party will begin at 3:00 pm on the Southwest Lawn, located outside of Gate 5 at Soldier Field. Eligible kids must have a Family Fest ticket and may be accompanied on field by one (1) adult. Subject to weather, field, and other conditions as determined by the Bears.

In recognition of Staley’s birthday celebration, fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toy to the party. These toys will support the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation’s annual Holiday Giving Program. Volunteers from WCPF will be on-site to collect toys from generous fans as they enter Staley’s birthday party. WCPF is asking everyone attending this event to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child ages newborn – 17 years old.

Chicago Bears Balloon Logo Chicago Bears Family Fest   August 3Ticket prices for the Bears Family Fest are:

  • Ticket Price: $12 (100 Level & Media Deck)
  • Tickets: $8 (200 & 300 Level endzone)
  • Group Tickets (20+): $6 (200/300 Level Endzones). Contact Bears Ticket Office at 847.615.BEAR (847.615.2327)
  • Tickets maybe purchased online by clicking Bears Family Fest.

Outside activities start at 3:00 p.m., Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and Bears practice game starts at 6:45 p.m.

Korean War 60th Anniversary Commemoration – July 26

 

Korean War 60th Anniversary Korean War 60th Anniversary Commemoration   July 26At Kennedy Park this week, Korean War veterans, including Smith Village and Smith Crossing residents, will join Chicago and suburban dignitaries to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the close of the Korean War during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, at the Korean War memorial located in the northeast corner of Kennedy Park at 11320 S. Western Ave.

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For more information on the ceremony and instructions on how to register for the complimentary luncheon following the event, please click here 60th Anniversary Korean War Commemoration.

19th Ward Hosts Star Wars Screening – July 25

Star Wars 19th Ward Hosts Star Wars Screening   July 25Alderman Matt O’Shea, the19th Ward Youth Foundation and Mount Greenwood Park Advisory Council will host an outdoor screening of Star Wars at Mount Greenwood Park located at 3721 West 111th Street on Thursday, July 25, 2013.  The movie is schedule to begin at dusk and is open to the public.  Bring your blanket, bug spray and enjoy a great family summer evening outdoors with your neighbors.

A big thank you is extended to generous sponsors:  Peoples Energy, Saint Xavier University, Beverly Bank & Trust Company, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Senator Bill Cunningham and Representative Fran Hurley for making these events possible!

Music Under the Stars!

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Mark your calendar for a super spectacular family event on Sunday, August 4, 2013 on the beautiful campus of Morgan Park Academy located at 2153 West 111th Street on the far Southwest side of Chicago in the historic Beverly neighborhood.

There will be live music by Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra and picnic foods from Calabria, Elllie’s Cafe and Original Rainbow Cone.  Come join us for awesome fireworks bursting among the stars.  Enjoy all these summer delights at the Beverly Area Planning Association’s, Music Under the Stars outdoor family concert.  Gates open at 6:00 p.m.  Admission $15/person, $30/family and $10/seniors.  Tickets may be purchased in advance.  Please visit Beverly Area Planning Association at BAPA.org or call 773-233-3100.

Bring your family, friends, water bottles, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and your enthusiasm for a wonderful, laid-back and relaxing family outing!  If you have never visited the tree-lined streets of the beautiful Beverly neighborhood, this is your chance to experience the Village in the City!