BAC Opens Doors to the Arts This Summer 

 

Let’s Get Funky: Celebrating Chicago’s Blues History
During The Great Migration, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Hound Dog Taylor, and other seminal Delta Blues musicians made their way north to settle on Chicago’s south and west sides, forever changing the musical and cultural fabric of Chicago and America, and planting the seeds for Rock n Roll.  Let’s Get Funky celebrates the people and places in Chicago that pulsed with The Blues. Organized by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, it’s a show in three parts at three locations: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Alliance Contemporary pop-up art space, 105th and Western, and Two Mile Coffee Bar, 99th and Walden Pkwy.  

The exhibit continues through July 6 and features works by artists Tim Anderson, Paul Branton, Dalton Brown, Roger Carter, Edo, Jon Langford, Blake Lenoir, Paul Natkin, Dana Todd Pope, Dorothy Straughter, Raymond Thomas and Martha Wade. Details at www.beverlyarts.org. 

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre On Stage  

The multicultural Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre fuses dance, music, and visual art to explore and celebrate contemporary society and explore the intersection of heritage, culture, and identity. The company will perform new work Sat., June 12, 7:30 p.m. at the BAC. The show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $24 or $22 for BAC members. 

On the bill is “Root,” an African Diaspora Suite featuring “Identity City,” exploring the evolution, acceptance and conflict of gender and identity and how tradition is questioned by a new generation; and “Mood Swing,” a response to the pandemic and racial injustice movement 

“The Comedy of Errors” 

The BAC Theatre Series Presents William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” two weekends in the BAC Courtyard. Shakespeare’s tale of mistaken identity centers on two sets of twins with no knowledge of each other but bearing the same names, and a hilarious series of ensuing. Incidents. Performances Fri., June 18 and 25, and Sat., June 19 and 26, 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., June 20and 27, 3 p.m. Tickets are $24 or $22 for BAC members. 

Music Mondays 

The BAC’s popular outdoor summer concert series returns to the BAC Courtyard June 21 and continues on Mondays through August, 7 to 9 p.m.  Admission is limited to 100 people. No coolers or outside beverages, $5 suggested donation.  

The line-up: June 21, Joe Rian & The A.M. Drinkers, roots, country and folk; June 28,  Return2Soul, soul and R&B; July 5, Holden & Co., jazz and R&B; July 12, Caliente Old School, Latin jazz, rock, Motown, dusties and more; July 19, Matt, Zach and Tom, originals, modern and classic rock; July 26, The Blend, classic rock; Aug. 2, McGinnis Brothers, classic and modern rock; Aug. 9, TBD; Aug. 16, Steve Haberichter & Friends, bluegrass, folk and classic rock; Aug. 23, Ginger Road, Celtic; and Aug. 30, The Larkin Brothers, Celtic.  

 

Summer Camps 

BAC Summer Arts Camps return to a fun-filled summer of art and learning. Scholarships are available. 

Day camps for children ages 5-12 have a curriculum in dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Broken into six two-week sessions, each cam has a different engaging theme.  

This month sessions are Get Your Brick On!, a Lego-themed Camp, June 7-18; and A Pirate’s Life for Me! Theatre Camp, June 21-July 2. 

Tots Camps for children ages 3-5 offer a curriculum in letter recognition, dance, numeracy, music, social-emotional learning, theatre and Visual Arts. Camp is offered half-day, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or extended day, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon. through Fri., in a series of sessions.  

This month, I am Me! Camp celebrates the child while learning about friends and family, June 7-18; and Everything Suess! Camp opens up the vibrant world of Dr. Seuss, June 21-July 2.  

For information, tickets and registration, visit www.beverlyartcenter.org 

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