Juicebox

First and Third Fridays & Saturdays • 11-11:45am

Chicago Cultural Center & Garfield Park Conservatory

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Juicebox at the Chicago Cultural Center

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With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox presented by Lifeway Foods 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 interact with performers.

Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Lifeway Foods, the Juicebox series runs on alternating Fridays at the Chicago Cultural Center and Saturdays at the Garfield Park Conservatory, with occasional special events at other venues. Except where noted, performances are 11-11:45am.

Upcoming Schedule

Mariachi Tradición Juvenil

11-11:45amMariachi Tradición Juvenil

Friday, December 15

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, December 16

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

The Mariachi Arts and Culture Academy, Inc. was established to cultivate and instill the art and culture of Mariachi music in the future generations. MACA aims to provide opportunities for the youth to carry on the Art and Culture of Mexico's richness by reaching out to different cultural and socioeconomic communities in the Chicago area.

     

Q Brothers

11-11:45amQ Brothers

Friday, January 5

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, January 6

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

The Q Brothers–GQ and JQ–are musicians, actors, writers, educators and DJ’s, as well as two guys who rap with the kiddies and rewrite Shakespeare plays into hip hop musicals. They conduct hip hop workshops for children of all ages, and have worked at Connecticut College, Lehigh University, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Latin School of Chicago, London, England and throughout Australia.

 

 

Jodi Koplin's Jigglejam

11-11:45amJodi Koplin

Friday, January 19

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, January 20

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Get ready to Jigglejam and rock on! The Jigglejam Band is guaranteed to get the whole audience on their feet, singing and dancing along with engaging and imaginative tunes. Named by Orman Music & Media Group and WNUR as the “Hottest Kid’s Band to Hit Chicago,” Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam brings a unique flair to music that covers a wide range of styles.  

     

Yin He Dance

11-11:45am

Friday, February 2

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, Februray 3

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Yin He Dance is dedicated to exploring, preserving and celebrating Chinese culture through dance. The performances will show how dance has transcended linguistic and cultural boundaries of the various regions of China with beautiful props like ribbons, fans and handkerchiefs. 

 

 

 

Ayodele Drum & Dance

11-11:45amAyodele Drum & Dance

Friday, February 16

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, Februray 17

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Ayodele Drum and Dance fosters a community from a feminine perspective through the study and performance of diasporic African drum and dance. The dance of these confident and motivted young women reflects they “ayodele”–a Yoruba word meaning “Joy in the home.” Ayodele Drum and Dance teaches about dance, while captivating with its high-speed rhythm, brilliant face paint, and booming drums.

     

Shalizar Ensemble

11-11:45amShalizar Ensemble

Friday, March 2

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, March 3

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Sing, dance and clap along as Shalizar Ensemble performs traditional music from several regions and ethnic groups of Iran and surrounding countries. The family-friendly performances feature songs in various languages accompanied by traditional instruments. Several songs feature folkloric dancers from the Harmony Dance and Music Collective.

 

Trinity Irish Dancers

11-11:45amTrinity Irish Dancers

Friday, March 16

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, March 17

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

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.
     

Gingerate Capoeira

11-11:45amGingerate Capoeira

Friday, April 6

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, April 7

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Gingerate Capoeira is a dance group reflecting the national sport of Brazil–capoeira. Originating in Brazil as a way to disguise self-defense movements within dance, music and instruments, the rich martial art form combines dance, acrobatics, culture, and community. Join Gingerate Capoeira in the global community of wisdom and experience with capoeira.

 

Meher Dance Company

11-11:45amMeher Dance Company

Friday, April 20

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, April 21

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

 
     

Ida y Vuelta

11-11:45amIda y Vuelta

Friday, May 4

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, May 5

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Ida y Vuelta brings to life traditional Mexican folk music that is a fusion of African, Spanish and Indigenous music and poetry from over 300 year ago to new original tunes. Their instrumentation is native to the Veracruz region and includes jaranas (8 string small guitars), requinto (lead 4 string guitar), leona (acoustic bass), zapateado (percussive foot tapping) and the cajon (wood peruvian box).

 

Little Miss Ann

11-11:45amLittle Miss Ann

Friday, May 18

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

Saturday, May 19

Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

Ann Torralba, best known as Little Miss Ann, has been teaching Wiggleworms at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 2004. With her husband, she has created two children’s CDs, Music for Tots and Clap for Love–both named in the Top 10 on About.com’s Children’s Music Guide. She has been featured in many publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent,and WXRT Little Rockers.

 

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Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
78 E. Washington St.

Chicago, IL 60602

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624


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