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Jimmy Keane

Award-winning Celtic musician Jimmy Keane performs at Pullman State Historic Site on June 10, the first in a series of concerts celebrating Chicago.s workers and their artistic contributions to the city.

Keane will be followed on July 22 by Tatsu Aoki with an exhibition of Japanese music and dance and on Aug. 12 by Carlos Mejia, a master marimba player from Guatemala.

All three performances are free and take place at 2 p.m. on Saturdays.They are part of The Art of Work, a year-long program highlighting the cultural contributions of Chicago workers, from day laborers to ornamentaliron workers.

It features 12 events at four sites chosen because of their histories and locations: Pullman, McKinley Branch Library, Back of the Yards and the Illinois Labor History Society.Keane, a piano accordion player, was declared .Male Musician of the Decade. by Live Ireland and the Irish American News in 2011. He was raised in Chicago.s Southside Irish Community by Irish-speaking parents from Connemara and Kerry. He has recorded and produced numerous albums, and he co-wrote the soundtrack for the PBS documentary Irish Chicago. At Pullman, Keane will first discuss his Irish family, settling in Chicago and working as an ironworker. He then does a concert of Irish music, with some songs related to Irish history in the United States.

The July performer, bassist Tatsu Aoki, teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. Aoki and a group of 6-8 performers will perform both shamisen (music and dance) and taiko drumming. He will discuss growing up in a geisha house in Japan and the history of both shamisen and taiko. Carlos Mejia, who performs in August, began learning marimba from a player who lived across the valley from his village.

As a prominent musician, he was considered a threat to Guatemala's ruling military junta, which jailed and tortured him. He was granted refugee status in the United States in 1987. The Art of Work is presented by the Company of Folk with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Midsummer Night's Dream

June 24 and 25, 2017
7:00 p.m.
11057 S. Cottage Grove Avenue

We begin the season with William Shakespeare's most magical love story, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Set in the woods around Athens, the play is perfect for our hiking format and we are pleased to offer our performances at different times. As a family-friendly company we strive to reach a varied audience and this production is great for all ages. The faeries, lead by the sprite, Puck, take us on a tale of a mid-summer night and its dreams. Light up faeries make this production fun at 7:00 p.m.

First and Third Sunday Tours

Join us as we begin our annual program of Factory site tours for walk-in visitors. Meet at the interpretive panels near the factory gates on 111th St. (610 E. 111th St.). Parking is available on the streets around the Hotel Florence (across the street) or take the Metra Electric from Millenium Station (10.35 a.m.) to 111th St. (11:01 a.m.).

Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and last approximately 1 hour. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking along a fine gravel path. Your tour will include an interior and exterior interpretation of the Factory Site and grounds.

This is a free tour; donations welcomed. Join us on:

  • May 7 & 21
  • June 4 & 18
  • July 2 & 16
  • August 6 & 20
  • September 3 & 17
  • October 1 & 15


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