Monday July 23 9:03 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Five new sculptures in Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods for Chicago Sculpture Exhibit 2018

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Five new public art installations are popping up in Wicker Park and Bucktown as part of this year’s Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. Sponsored and funded by Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33, the neighborhood’s business improvement district, the sculptures will be located at major public intersections and were created by local artists Andrew Aravantes, Jacob Burmood, Nathan Pierce and Richard Taylor. Installation of the sculptures will be completed by the first week of June.

Wiggleworms returns to Gallagher Way Tuesday mornings

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The legendary Old Town School of Folk Music returns for the second summer to Gallagher Way with its popular Wiggleworms® early childhood music program, Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. through September 25, 2018. The 45-minute performances, which are free and open to the public, welcomes young children and their families and caregivers to wiggle along with friends and neighbors in the heart of Lakeview, right outside of Wrigley Field. Wiggleworms brings live music, shakers, bubbles, singing and dancing for children of all ages to enjoy, but designed for children ages one to six.

STATUE STORIES CHICAGO EXTENDS THROUGH 2020

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Thirty of Chicago’s statues will continue to chat with visitors and Chicagoans alike through 2020. Statue Stories Chicago, the free, city-wide arts initiative, was funded by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and produced by UK-based Sing London. Since the project’s launch in 2015, over 135,000 users have listened to the statues. A full list of statues, walking tours, and information is at www.StatueStoriesChicago.com

MUNSTER PARKS SUMMER CAMP runs May 30th-August 3rd at Eads School

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Kids Camp Original and All About Sports Camp for ages 6-12. Counselors-in-training for ages 12-14. Full day, Half Day and Two-Day (Tues/Thur) available.

MUSIC THEATER WORKS Musical Theater Summer Workshops give youth a chance to sing, dance and act this summer

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Music Theater Works continues to accept enrollments for the 2018 Musical Theater Summer Workshop. Young people ages 8 to 13 will learn singing, dancing and acting in preparation for a free public performance, where family and friends are invited to watch them perform a mini-musical. No experience or audition required, and everyone gets a part.

FOLKS OPERETTA ANNOUNCES ITS 2018 SEASON AND MAJOR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR AN AMERICAN PREMIERE IN 2019

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Folks Operetta is proud to announce its 2018 season and a new fundraising campaign, The Korngold Initiative. All of these projects are part of their new Reclaimed Voices Series, which focuses on recovering and reviving the lost music of the Jewish composers of the Second World War. The series grew out of their research on operetta and the disproportionate numbers of Jewish composers who were silenced both before and after the Second World War. Jewish composers of opera suffered a similar fate. In a world where old prejudices resurface and where a new generation demagogues seeks to draw new lines of division and enmity, the stories of these composers take on a new urgency. Their works need to be heard, their stories told, and their memories restored.

Joffrey Ballet’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is Magnificent

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**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is magnificent. If you’re a ballet traditionalist, it might not be the ballet for you. It’s abstract, avant-garde and maybe a bit confusing, but it fascinated me from start to finish. 4 Spotlights

"Il Pigmalione and Rita" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham

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****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** Chicago Opera Theater has devised a brilliant concept for its third and final production of the 2017/2018 season. They have chosen to present two works of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. The first is "Il Pigmalione" which was the first opera that Donizetti composed followed by "Rita" which was one of the very last. Both are one act operas that are being performed in Chicago for the very first time. In the course of two hours you get to hear how advanced Donizetti's sound became over the course of his career. It is truly remarkable that Donizetti composed nearly 70 operas in his lifetime, considering that he perished at the age of 51. 4 BIG SPOTLIGHTS

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