McAninch Arts Center 2018 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series Begins July 12
By Ann Fink
The McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage is pleased to announce the 2018 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series. Programming runs July 12 to Aug.10 and includes a Thursday evening Family Movie Series, a Friday evening Pop Music Series, and the Thursday evening WDCB Live Jazz Concert Series. Seating for films and evening concerts begins at 6 p.m. Parking is always free.
The 2018 Thursday Evening Family Movie Series will feature the delightful family film “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971), starring Gene Wilder (July 12) and Disney’s Academy Award-winner, “The Lion King” (1994), featuring original songs composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice (July 19). Admission is free and showings begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.)
For the fifth consecutive year the Friday evening Pop Music Series opens with a concert by the internationally acclaimed Chicago-based Beatles tribute band, American English (July 13), and New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, presents an evening of pops, marches and movie scores July 20. The tribute band “Unraveling The Wilburys” celebrates the catalogues of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne July 27; and Broadway veterans Craig Meyer and Donnie Kehr return to Glen Ellyn to channel two of the most critically acclaimed musicians of a generationin “The Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel”Aug. 3. MAC favorite Rick Michel completes the series Aug.10 with “My Sinatra,”his homage to one of the greatest singers of all time, Frank Sinatra. All Pop Music Series concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
New for 2018, all Friday evening concerts will feature an opening performance at 7:15 p.m. by this year’s winners of the Apollo Live COD Student Talent competition.
WDCB 90.9 FM, Chicago’s station for jazz, located on the campus of College of DuPage, returns with its Thursday Evening WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series beginning July 26 with a performance by the acclaimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra with a special guest to be announced. Frank Russell & The Chicago Power All-Star Band follows with “A Tribute to Bass Guitar in Jazz,” featuring special guests Corey Wilkes, Henry Johnson, Robert Irving III and Dee Alexander Aug. 2; and a performance by the Joe Louis Walker Band completes the series on Aug. 9. Admission to WDCB LIVE Jazz Concerts is free and all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
All concert and movie events take place rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to the Belushi Performance Hall and notice will be posted on the MAC’s website, AtTheMAC.org.
Attendees are encouraged bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the event. Seating begins at 6 p.m. prior to any evening event. Holding of space for latecomers or groups is not permitted. To host a special event or reserve space for a group, contact Melissa Mercado at 630.942.3026. Concessions available for purchase on site include burgers, Chicago style hot dogs, desserts, coffee, soda, popcorn, ice cream, wine, beer and soda. Outside alcohol is not permitted onto the property. Neither are coolers, kegs, umbrellas, tents and skateboards. Vendors for the 2018 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series include Weber Grill, Heavenly Hot Dogs, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more. (Dining Partners and menu items may vary and are subject to change. Visit AtTheMAC.org for updates.)
Also at the Lakeside Pavilion this summer, COD College Theater presents its production of “Goldilocks and the Next Big Adventure”Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. COD Professor of Theater Amelia Barrett directs this free, hour-long, interactive family-friendly show.
In addition, throughout the summer, the MAC continues to offer programming inside the venue. Events taking place in the Playhouse Theatre will include COD College Theater’s production of “The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy,” directed by COD Professor of Theater Connie Canaday Howard, Thursday-Sunday at 7 p.m. (no performance Friday, July 13) and 2 p.m. (July 15 only) and The College of DuPageDance Department’s 4th Annual Choreography Showcase Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. The Cleve Carney Art Gallery will present two exhibitions: “One,” the Gallery’s annual emerging artist exhibition June 1-July 28; and “On Anxiety,” curated by Gwendolyn Zabicki and featuring work by Matt Bollinger, Alexander Bradley Cohen, Jenn Dierdorf, Ethan Gill, Justin John Greene, Mika Horibuchi, Hai-Hsin Huang, Ben Murray, Veronika Pausova, Celeste Rapone and Brandi Twilley (Aug. 31-Oct. 14).
For more information about these and additional MAC summer 2018 events call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
(630) 942-2800 (Main)
(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)
2018 College of DuPage