February 3, 2014

Rediscover and Explore the Chicago Cultural Center at the Winter Open House on Friday, February 21

All-day FREE event offers new exhibitions, music, theater, a building tour and more

Mary May    312.744.0576 mmay@cityofchicago.org

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events cordially invites all Chicago residents and visitors to attend the Chicago Cultural Center Winter Open House on Friday, February 21. Live entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with the Juicebox performance series and continues with a Wired Fridays mid-day DJ dance party at noon. The Open House concludes with opening receptions for two new exhibitions, Mecca Flat Blues and Thirty-Five Years of Public Art, and LiveWire Chicago’s premiere of Assistance by Leslye Headland across the street at the Storefront Theater at 7:30pm. All events are FREE unless noted.

The day kicks off with the Juicebox series at 11am featuring a performance by the free-funk-jazz trio, The Regulators, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater (second floor). The FREE series of cutting-edge, parent-friendly, kid-approved music and performance takes place on the first and third Fridays of each month at the Chicago Cultural Center and will also take place in the Horticulture Hall at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Avenue) at 11am on the first and third Saturday of each month.

Throughout the afternoon, the Chicago Cultural Center will offer a building tour at 1:15pm, departing from Randolph Lobby (first floor); and current exhibitions including Wright Before the “Lloyd” in the Landmark Chicago Gallery (first floor) and Jan Tichy: aroundcenter in Chicago Rooms (second floor) and building-wide, which leads visitors to a more integrated experience of the Chicago Cultural Center, including access to unrevealed areas and resources of the building.

At noon, Wired Fridays will transform Randolph Square (first floor) into a mid-day dance party with footwork producer, DJ Earl, who will be spinning the tracks as guests show off their moves on the dance floor. In the short time that DJ Earl has been on the foot-working scene, he has earned his place within a formidable clique of footwork producers, including famed producers DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn.

In the evening, opening receptions from 5:30-7:30pm will offer a preview of two new art exhibitions in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery (fourth floor) and the Exhibit Hall (fourth floor).

It’s been more than 60 years since the Mecca Flats building stood at 34th and State Street, yet it remains a prominent story in both architectural and sociological discussions. Mecca Flat Blues is an exhibition that clearly demonstrates the two distinct identities of that building. The opening reception will be held in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery on the fourth floor.

The Exhibit Hall located on the fourth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center will celebrate Thirty-Five Years of Public Art, an exhibition that includes a selection of artwork from various satellite locations including libraries, police stations and other public buildings. Highlights of the installation include many maquettes (models) including Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Jacob Lawrence’s mosaic, Events in the Life of Harold Washington and Mary Brogger’s Haymarket Memorial.

Across the street from the Chicago Cultural Center at the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.), LiveWire Chicago Theatre presents Assistance by Leslye Headland on February 21 at 7:30pm. The decidedly 21st-century comedy poses the question, “if your job is so mind-numbing, why do you keep coming back?” When Nora, an awkward young woman, takes a job as one of Daniel Weisinger's assistants, she and her fellow co-workers quickly learn that there is a heavy cost to being successful in the business. Tickets are $15. Visit nickandnora.brownpapertickets.com to purchase. The production will run at the Storefront Theater from February 14–March 16, 2014, Thursday–Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm.

Throughout the day, beginning at 11am, various Food Trucks will provide treats for lunch, dinner and “in-between” on the Washington Street side of the Chicago Cultural Center.


Chicago Cultural Center Winter Open House - Schedule

The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) offers free entertainment and cultural experiences for visitors year-round. For more information on arts programming at the Chicago Cultural Center presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, @ChiCulturCenter.

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 assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.


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