The Alliance Offers Art and Performance Events 

  As the community wakes up from a long winter filled with snow and pandemic-enforced isolation, the Beverly Area Arts Alliance (The Alliance) is ready to welcome neighbors for a full schedule of visual and performance arts.   “We have an amazing line-up of art and music events,” said Alliance co-founder Monica Wilczak. New this year is a reenergized mission of supporting local artists […]

Free Film Classes and Festival 

By Tina Jenkins Bell  BAPA and 19th Ward Mutual Aid are sponsoring a free, virtual afterschool film course for youth in grades 5-12. For a little over an hour, starting at 5 p.m., Tues., May 4 through May 18, participants will learn the nuts and bolts of producing a polished, short film. They will also have the opportunity to chronicle their pandemic experiences, […]

BAPA Porch Concerts Return May 7 

  BAPA’s popular Porch Concert series of live and live-streamed performances returns as a monthly event on Fri., May 7, 6 to 8 p.m. The first concert showcases Blues artist Tom Holland performing with Matt Rezetko and Tom Rezetko on a beautiful porch on 109th and Bell.  Concerts are free.  Born and raised in Beverly/Morgan Park, Tom Holland has […]

Find Joy in Music at The Music Scene 

  By Kristin Boza  When Anisha McFarland Hill, an accomplished vocalist and musician, founded The Music Scene in 2016, she wanted to give the gift of music to anyone over the age of 40. Since music education classes typically cater to the younger generation, Hill sought to help older people discover the beauty and joy of learning piano, English handbells, or voice.   Located in a space […]

Performance Benefits Area Theatre Groups 

  The pandemic forced live theatre venues to go dark for a year, resulting in serious loss of revenue.  The Lauryn family is producing online performances of “Chapatti” to benefit Beverly Theatre Guild, Stray Dog Theatre, Gaelic Park Players, and Curtain Call Theatre.  The show will be recorded and available for at, an internet streaming platform, Fri., Apr. 9 and Sat., Apr. 17, 7 p.m., and Sun., Apr. […]

Chicago Irish Film Festival: Films from the Land of Storytelling 

The Chicago Irish Film Festival (CIFF) has been presenting the works of Irish filmmakers since 1999, opening a window into the color and complexity of Irish life. Screening a broad representation of current Irish cinema in both English and Irish language, the CIFF highlights the extraordinary diversity and creativity that is the mark of Irish […]

Elements of Imagination at BAC 

  Elements of the Imagination, an exhibit of sculptural costumes and paintings by Sandra Leonard, continues in the Simmerling Gallery at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.   A Beverly/Morgan Park neighbor, Sandra Leonard received her BFA in sculpture at University of North Texas State and MFA from Northern Illinois University. She was greatly intrigued […]

Boundary Art Space Receives Grant 

  Boundary is a unique art space located in a converted Beverly/Morgan Park garage, and owned and directed by artist Susannah Papish. It is one of 50 independent galleries recently awarded a grant of $8,000 each from the Hyde Park Art Center‘s Artists Run Chicago Fund.  The fund is a new regranting initiative providing $560,000 provided by an […]

Winter Pandemograms 

  The Beverly Area Art Alliance (The Alliance) hosts. Winter Pandemograms, a new series of public art projects displayed at local businesses. Fostering the connection between artists and community members, the Pandemograms also support small businesses.  Look for these new Pandemograms, now in the process of being installed:    Western Avenue: “Stay Active,” a yarn bomb by fiber artist Linda Beierle Bullen, Sports & Ortho; “Psychedelic Solstice” window painting by […]

New Neighbors Enter the Art Scene

By Kristin Boza  Dance and art are passions of new neighbors Megan Wright and Nate Otto.   Wright grew up in Beverly/Morgan Park and built a dance and art career on the foundation she learned at the Beverly Arts Center.   Otto, who grew up between Deerfield and Michigan, is a talented artist seeking to leave his mark in Beverly/Morgan Park. Along with their toddler […]