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‘Summer Celebration’ outdoors at the DuSable

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By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader

The DuSable Museum of African American History continues its crowd-pleasing schedule of programs and activities with a very special “summer celebration,” of movies and music under the stars. The entertainment begins on June 17, 2017 and continues through August 16, 2017…and best of all, admission is FREE!

Members, friends and families are invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets, to experience the 2017 “Movies In The Park” series or the 2017 “Sounds of History” Jazz Series. All of the films and musical performances are presented under the stars in the beautiful outdoor gardens of the DuSable Museum. (In the event of rain or inclement weather all activities and programs will be moved inside the Museum). In addition, for those unable to prepare a picnic basket or bring their own refreshments, there will be food and beverage available for a nominal cost at each of the events.

The 2017 “Movies In The Park” schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM

“The Queen of Katwe” starring Academy Award-winner, Lupita Nyong’o is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM

“Madea’s Tough Love” is an animated tale in which Madea is sentenced to community service and decides to try and save the Moms Mabley Youth Center and keep it from being shut down. This comic adventure features the voice talents of Tyler Perry, Rolonda Watts, Cree Summer and William “Bootsy” Collins.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

“Southside With You” recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama tries to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson during a daylong date. This 2016 biographical romantic drama was written and directed by Richard Tanne and stars Parker Sawyers as Barack and Tika Sumpter as Michelle.

“Movies in the Parks” is presented by Bank of America and admission is FREE.

Refreshments and popcorn provided by: Gobble Doggs, Heavenly Popped and Food Slam/Dining Like A Queen.

The 2017 “Sounds of History” Jazz Series schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM

A Tribute to Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Eartha Kitt, and Dinah Washington featuring Terisa Griffin.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM

The Centennial Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald featuring Dee Alexander and Denise Thimes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

A Jazzy Jam @ The DuSable Museum featuring Chicago’s Jazz All Stars including: Chuck Webb, Ari Brown, Thaddeus Tukes, Ben ‘Jamming’ Johnson, Miquel De La Cerna, Charles Heath, Tony Carpenter, Pharez Whitted, Isaiah Collier, Michael Ross, Alexis Lombre and Micah Collier. Plus, vocalists Bobbi Wilsyn, Freida Lee, Bruce Henry, Lucius Bell, Jr., Maggie Brown, Margaret Murphy-Webb, Lynne Jordan and Joan Collaso.

The 2017 “Sounds of History” Jazz Series is sponsored by Wintrust, Miller Coors, Walgreens, and Drinks On Me Catering. Admission is FREE.

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