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THE STONES EXHIBITIONISM IS FANTASTIC!

The Rolling Stones brilliant new exhibit Exhibitionism kicks off its four-month engagement at Chicago's Navy Pier beginning April 15th - July 30th!

 

Exhibitionism tells the story of The Rolling Stones, the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in history and allows visitors to experience first-hand their incredible journey from early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world.


This highly immersive and interactive exhibition explores the Stones’ extraordinary career featuring over 500 rare and original items from their archive. You'll see their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio that all culminate in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience. 


The UltimateTV would like you and your friends to experience The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism!  For program information or to purchase tickets, visit the website http://stonesexhibitionism.com/

SUMMERTIME IS BEACHTIME IN THE CITY


And now, the moment Chicagoans have been waiting for all Winter.  The 2017 Chicago Beach Season officially begins Friday, May 26  and runs through Monday, September, 4th. 


With 26 miles of sandy lakefront – 27 beaches, in total – there’s a special spot out there just waiting for blankets, beach balls, and you and your loved ones.


Here's a listing of Chicago Area Beaches: 

12th Street Beach

57th Street Beach

Calumet Beach

Fargo Beach

Foster Beach

Hartigan Beach

Helen Doria Beach

Howard Beach

Humboldt Beach

Fargo Beach

Juneway Beach

Lane Beach

Leone Beach

Loyala Beach

Margaret T Burroughs Beach

Montrose Beach

North Avenue Beach

North Shore Beach

Oak Street Beach

Oakwood Beach

Ohio Street Beach

Osterman Beach

Rainbow Beach

Rogers Beach

South Shore Beach

Tobey Beach


And as always, there’s a full lineup of great activities to enjoy on Chicago’s lakefront as well, from the Wednesday and Saturday night firework shows from Navy Pier to the 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show in August, and so much more.

photo courtesy of Destination 360

2017: THE YEAR OF CHICAGO PUBLIC ART

2017 is designated as Chicago's "Year of Public Art" with a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more -- representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.


The Chicago Public Art Collection managed by DCASE includes 500+ works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries and CTA stations. DCASE also administers the City’s Percent-for-Art Ordinance established in 1978, which stipulates that 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating public buildings will be used for public art.


Additionally, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority and community organizations manage their own public art programs—bringing even more public art to neighborhoods and shining a spotlight on talented local artists.


Managed by DCASE, the 50x50 initiative will provide up to $1 million for new public art projects. The initiative was inspired by Chicago's 50 wards and the 50th anniversary of two of our most seminal public artworks (the Picasso in Daley Plaza and the Wall of Respect which once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue on the South Side).

Experience Chicago's Good Music on PBS

WTTW will present the music and conversation series, THE EXPERIENCE WITH DEDRY JONES, a co-production of WTTW Chicago and The Music Experience, beginning Thursday, July 13 10pm, with rebroadcasts the following Sundays at 12:00 am. 

The programs, recorded in WTTW’s Grainger Studio over the past year, will also air on WTTW Prime 11.2/Comcast 370/RCN 37 on the following Saturdays at 11:00 pm. THE EXPERIENCE WITH DEDRY JONES has been a live stage show in Chicago for 15 years; this marks the series’s television premiere.

The Experience has always been, at heart, a celebration of music. Captured live before a studio audience in the same beautiful and intimate venue as WTTW’s national music series SOUNDSTAGE, audiences will enjoy a personal conversation with a world class musician, interspersed with a live music performance backed by a full band. Each episode takes audiences on a unique and compelling journey through the artist's life, through their own words, experience, and song. 

Each one-hour program is hosted by Dedry Jones, who has interviewed numerous top music artists across the genres, including Natalie Cole, Maxwell, Earth Wind and Fire, Ledisi, Chaka Khan (who stated it was the best interview of her 25-year career), and many others.
Upcoming Episodes

Featuring Brian Culbertson

Dedry Jones talks with Brian Culbertson, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer who crosses the genres of contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.


Thu, Jul 13 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Jul 14 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Jul 15 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jul 16 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jul 17 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD


Featuring Avery*Sunshine

Dedry Jones talks with AVERY*Sunshine, known for her invigorating and combustible live performances, compelling and revealingly honest songwriting, and impeccable voice. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.

Thu, Jul 20 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Jul 21 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Jul 22 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jul 23 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jul 24 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD


Featuring Will Downing

Dedry Jones talks with Grammy-nominated Will Downing, one of the most distinctive, loved and instantly recognizable voices in R&B. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.

Thu, Jul 27 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Jul 28 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Jul 29 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jul 30 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jul 31 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD


Featuring Roberto Fonseca

Dedry Jones talks with Roberto Fonseca, the dynamic Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban jazz pianist, composer, and producer. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.

Thu, Aug 3 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Sat, Aug 5 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Aug 6 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Aug 7 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD

CHICAGO LOVES IDRIS ELBA AS LUTHER!

Luther (starring The Talented British Actor, Idris Elba (The Wire) is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop. 

Throughout the series we see Luther face a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, predator and prey.

We encounter his capacity for violence as well as his kindness; his sudden vulnerability and dizzying, visionary mind; why his wife left him for another man, and why his colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe.  As the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation. Will his personal demons prove to be as dangerous as any of the criminals he pursues?

LUTHER: PBS/WTTW Chicago Program Schedule:

Luther's personal and professional life spirals out of control as he tries to cover up Toby's death.

Sat, Jun 24 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, Jun 26 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD

Episode #111

A fetish killer is on the hunt and Luther's worst enemies may be his own colleagues.

Sat, Jul 1 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Episode #112

Luther discovers the fetish killer is re-enacting the past. Can he stop him before he kills again?

Sat, Jul 8 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Episode #113

Luther must confront his demons when a killer embarks on a crusade to punish past offenders.

Sat, Jul 15 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Episode #114

Accused of crimes he didn't commit, Luther must work quickly to clear his name and stop a killer.

Sat, Jul 22 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

SUMMER MOVIES IN MILLENNIUM PARK

The Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. This years line-up kicks off with the 1980 Chicago classic The Blues Brothers, the second place finisher in last years audience choice vote. 


Highlights include: 

Caddyshack; a 30th Anniversary screening of The Princess Bride; 

a Full Moon Double Feature with Ghost and The Shining; 

a 25th Anniversary screening of Wayne’s World; 

and a special showing of the 1937 classic Snow White. 

The series also includes Millennium Park’s first Spanish-language film 

with the presentation of El Norte.


Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 


The Full Summer Film Series Schedule Includes:


The Blues Brothers – June 13 - (1980, rated R, 132 minutes)


Caddyshack:  June 20 - (1980, rated R, 98 minutes)


Julie and Julia – June 27 (2009, rated PG-13, 123 minutes)


El Norte – July 11 (1983, rated R 141 minutes)Screened in Spanish W/English subtitles


La La Land – July 18 (2016, rated PG-13, 128 minutes)


Network – July 25 (1976, rated R, 121 minutes)


Bend it Like Beckham – August 1 (2002, rated PG-13, 112 minutes)

 

FULL MOON DOUBLE FEATURE: 

GHOST AND THE SHINING 

August 8 


*Ghost (1990, rated PG-13, 127 minutes)


*The Shining (1980, rated R, 144 minutes)


Hidden Figures August 15 (2016, rated PG, 127 minutes)


Five Heartbeats – August 22 (1991, rated R, 122 minutes)


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Screening


Thursday, August 24 at 11am (1937, rated G, 83 minutes)


The Princess Bride – August 29 (1987, rated PG, 98 minutes)


Wayne’s World – September 5 (1992, rated PG-13, 95 minutes)

 

The FREE admission Summer Film Series is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is provided by the Millennium Park Foundation. All films will be screened with English subtitles or captioning.

EVERYBODY IS DANCIN' IN THE PARKS

Dance to the sounds of 48 different live bands + DJs and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman.


2017 CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE SCHEDULE:

Includes Chicago SummerDance, SummerDance in the Parks, SummerDance-Offs, Taste of Chicago Dates and World Music Festival Chicago Dates

Schedule is Subject to Change


June

Friday, June 3, 10am–9pm

SummerDance Preview at The 606 Block Party

Humboldt Boulevard and other locations

  • 12:30pm  The Volo Bogtrotters (Contra + Square Dance)
  • 2:30pm  Sons of Susan (Swing)
  • 5:30pm  Mr. Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies (Zydeco)
  • 7:15pm  Cumbanchero: A Big Band Tribute to Rafael Hernandez (Salsa + Cumbia)

Friday, June 23, 6–9:30pm

Swing

The Outcast Jazz Band (Big Band Swing)

Margot Toppen and Riley Wimes, Jr. (East Coast Swing)


Saturday, June 24, 6–9:30pm

Motown + R&B

Lynne Jordan + The Shivers (Motown + R&B)

Dawud + Lura Shareef (Chicago Bop)


Sunday, June 25, 4–7pm

Afrobeat

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble (Afrobeat)

Idy Ciss (Traditional West African Dance)


Friday, June 30, 6–9:30pm

Marching Band Music + Dances

Mucca Pazza (A Little Marching Band)

Mucca Pazza will perform + teach creative marching, freestyle cheerleading and Chicago Dweebstep


July

Saturday, July 1, 6–9:30pm

Salsa + Mambo

Luis Palermo + Brasa All Stars (Salsa)

Dance Academy of Salsa (Mambo)


Sunday, July 2, 4–7pm

Zydeco

Terrance Simien + The Zydeco Experience (Zydeco Two-Step)

Buddy Bates + Monica Vachlon (Zydeco Two-Step)


Wednesday, July 5, 6–9pm

Irish Folk Music + Dancing

Bua (Irish Folk Music)

Trinity Irish Dance (Irish Folk Dancing)

Part of Taste of Chicago at the regular location in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden


Thursday, July 6, 6–9pm

Steppin’ – Tribute to Herb Kent

DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Chicago Steppin’)

Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin’)

Part of Taste of Chicago at the regular location in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden


Friday, July 7, 6–9pm

House

Steve ‘Miggedy’ Maestro

Part of Taste of Chicago at the regular location in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden


Saturday, July 8, 2–5pm

Footwork SummerDance-Off

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Garfield Park Golden Dome, 100 N. Central Park Ave.


Saturday, July 8, 6–9pm

Salsa

Orquesta El Macabeo (Salsa)

Latin Rhythms (Salsa)


Sunday, July 9, 4–7pm

Country

Lawrence Peters Outfit (Honky-Tonk Country)

Jeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz)


Thursday, July 13, 6–9pm

Bomba

Bomba con Buya (Bomba)

Ivelisse Diaz with La Escuelita Bombera de Corazon (Bomba)

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.


Friday, July 14, 6–9:30pm

Footwork

The ERA (Footwork)

Following a lesson covering basic moves from 6 to 7 p.m., the ERA Footwork Crew will perform as a crew to their mixtape “In the Wurkz”


Saturday, July 15, 2–5pm

Steppin’ SummerDance-Off

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr.


Saturday, July 15, 6–9:30pm

Salsa

Timba Brava (Timba Salsa)

Chicago Dance (Salsa)


Sunday, July 16, 4–7pm

Italian Folk Music + Dancing

Newpoli (Italian Folk Music + Dance)

Newpoli will teach Pizzica, a traditional tarantella from Apulia called “Salento”


Thursday, July 20, 6–9pm

Salsa + Bachata

El Caobo (Salsa, Mambo, Bachata)

Denita Inez & Desueño (Salsa + Bachata)

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.


Friday, July 21, 6–9:30pm

Swing

The Fat Babies (‘20s and ‘30s Jazz and Swing)

Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)


Saturday, July 22, 2–5pm

Footwork SummerDance-Off

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.


Saturday, July 22, 6–9:30pm

Salsa, Mambo + Cha-Cha

Charanga Tropical (Salsa with Strings)

Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-cha)


Sunday, July 23, 4–7pm

Ballroom

May I Have this Dance Presents Ballroom + more!

Nino DiGiulio (Cha-cha + Waltz)


Thursday, July 27, 6–9pm

Salsa

Aguzate (Vintage Salsa DJ set)

Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa, Cha-cha)

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.


Friday, July 28, 6–9:30pm

Blues + West Coast Swing

The Cash Box Kings (Chicago Blues)

May I Have This Dance (West Coast Swing)


Saturday, July 29, 2–5pm

Steppin’ SummerDance-Off

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.


Saturday, July 29, 6–9:30pm

Salsa

Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros (Cuban Son, Salsa)

Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa)


Sunday, July 30, 4–7pm

Ballroom

Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)

Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentine Tango)

American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)

Part of World Music Festival Chicago


Swing, waltz, cha-cha...or simply enjoy the music at the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in introductory, one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing. Enjoy the music all summer long. All FREE!

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: ROMEO & JULIET

The Nights in The Parks: Shakespeare in the Parks series begins its annual citywide tour to 18 neighborhood parks Wednesday, July 26th and runs thru Sunday, August 27th!  

Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons, this 75-minute abridged production or Romeo and Juliet brings the most tragic, beautiful love story in Shakespeare's canon to life.

The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour of the classic love story "Romeo and Juliet" kicks off as one of the inaugural events of the new performance lawns at Polk Bros Park on Navy Pier with three performances: Wednesday, July 26; Thursday, July 27; and Friday, July 28—all at 7:00pm. 


July 26, 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) 
July 27, 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) 
July 28, 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) 

July 30, 4:00pm – Ellis Park (3520 S. Cottage Grove) 
August 02, 6:30pm – Gage Park (2411 W. 55th St.) 
August 03, 6:30pm – Kelvyn Park (4438 W. Wrightwood)
August 04, 6:30pm – Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago)
August 05, 6:30pm – Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside)
August 06 at 4:00pm – Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside)
August 08 at 6:30pm – Columbus Park (500 S. Central)
August 09, 6:30pm – Tuley Park (501 E. 90th Pl.) 

August 10 at 6:30pm – Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento)
August 11, 6:30pm – Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento)
August 12, 6:30pm – Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee)
August 13, 4:00pm – Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee)
August 16 at 6:30pm – Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park)
August 17, 6:30pm – Dvorak Park (1119 W. Cullerton St.)
August 18 at 6:30pm – Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)
August 19, 6:30pm – Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)

August 20, 4pm – Steelworkers Park(E. 87th St. @Lake Michigan)
August 23, 6:30pm – Hamilton Park (513 W. 72nd St.)
August 24 at 6:30pm – Piotrowski Park (4247 W. 31st St.)
August 25 at 6:30pm - Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf)
August 26 at 6:30pm – Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf)
August 27 at 4:00pm – Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S. Wentworth)

The Nights Out in The Parks Presents Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet performances are FREE to the public in neighborhood parks around Chicago! For program information, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/parks

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