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August 19, 2014

Juicebox and Wired Fridays Return to the Chicago Cultural Center on October 3

These free Friday series offer family-friendly music, dance, theater and a mid-day dance party

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will welcome back two mid-day entertainment series this fall, Juicebox and Wired Fridays. Both events start Friday, October 3 in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and will continue on the first and third Friday of each month through May 2015. A full line-up of performances and DJs will be announced at a later date.

Juicebox is a kid-friendly chance for children to experience Chicago’s best music, dance and theater. The FREE series, held at 11am in Preston Bradley Hall, is aimed towards toddlers but holds something for the whole family. Children are encouraged to move, meet the artists and sometimes even dance and partake in the performances. Juicebox is also presented on select Saturdays in the Horticulture Hall at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) beginning at 11am.

On Friday, October 3 at 11am, join beloved Chicago children’s musician Ella Jenkins in celebrating her 90th birthday! With her ukulele, usually a harmonica, sometimes a guitar, occasionally a piano and many small percussion instruments (a kaluba drum, keyboard imitating steel drums, guiro, maracas, a tambourine...) she takes listeners on a multilingual, multicultural journey—teaching the art of communication through music. Ella epitomizes the principle that learning and funare interrelated by using a unique call-and-response technique in songs, chants, poems, recitations and games in Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Swahili and other languages. Ella’s playful and captivating songs help children appreciate themselves and understand others.

Wired Fridays is a popular, FREE dance party held at noon typically in Randolph Square (first floor north) at the Chicago Cultural Center. This series offers a mid-day break to let loose with some of Chicago’s best house music and electronic DJs. Kicking off this fall’s series is on Friday, October 3 at noon is DJ Gene Hunt, a true Chicago house music virtuoso. Hunt has been involved with the genre since its Chicago inception in the 1980s. Please note: For this special series kickoff, Wired Fridays is moving across the street to Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square (northwest corner of the park).

Juicebox and Wired Fridays are 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 or call 312.744.3316. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, @ChiCulturCenter @ChicagoDCASE.

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.

 

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