The New 411: Summer Fun!

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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.

Members, friends and families are invited to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets, to experience the 2018 “Movies In The Park” series or the 2018 “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 service available for a nominal cost at each of the events.

In addition, The DuSable will continue the summer fun by presenting a classic film during the 2018 “Films On The Lake Festival” which will take place at the Museum on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM. “Films on the Lake” is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in Chicago parks by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago as part of the Chicago Park District’s “Movies In The Park.”

“We are pleased to once again present three of Chicago’s favorite summertime activities: the DuSable Museum ‘Sounds of History’ Jazz Festival and ‘Movies In The Park,’ in addition to being a part of the ‘Films On The Lake Festival’ said Perri Irmer, DuSable Museum President and CEO. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy some of the best in music and film with family and friends, and also visit the museum to see our exciting new exhibit Clearing a Path for Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Fighting Eighth in World War I, in addition to the powerful Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality,” the beautiful Masterworks Collection Series I: Paintings and the ever popular A Slow Walk To Greatness: The Harold Washington Story.”

The 2018 “Movies In The Park” schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman is the story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. The film also features Emmy Award winner, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson and Jussie Smolett.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM

In Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, four teenagers are stuck in a magical video game and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

Saturday, August 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Black Panther. T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake. This record-breaking film was directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, and features Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Sterling K. Brown.

The 2018 “Movies On The Lake” schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’echafaud) Film in French with English subtitles

Taking place over the course of one restless Paris night, Louis Malle’s richly atmospheric 1958 crime thriller stars Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as lovers whose plan to murder her husband (his boss) goes awry, setting off a chain of events that seals their fate. Miles Davis’ pioneering jazz score is rightly famous, capturing the film’s exhilarating, recklessness and mournful moods of this early entry to the French New Wave movement.

Movies On The Lake will begin with a special concert by LoLo Irving – “The Woman with the Horn” at 7:00 p.m. followed by the film screening at 8:00 p.m.. No alcohol allowed. In case of rain, this film will be rescheduled.

Admission to “Movies in the Parks” and “Movies On The Lake” is FREE.

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

The 2018 “Sounds of History” Jazz Series schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

A Tribute to Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rachelle Ferrell, and Dianne Reeves featuring Zemrah.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

A Tribute to Grover Washington, Art Porter, Stanley Turrentine, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderly featuring “The Saxy Brothers” – Ray Silkman, Audley Reid and Isaiah Collier

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 2018

A Tribute to the Ladies of Jazz & Blues featuring: Lynne Jordan, Bobbi Wilsyn, Yvonne Gage, Greta Pope, Tammy McCann, Joan Collaso and Chicago’s “Rising Star Diva’s.”

The 2018 “Sounds of History” Jazz Series is sponsored by MillerCoors, Gift of Hope, Walgreens, and Edible Passports. Admission is FREE.

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