On July 22, Tatsu Aoki will present an exhibition of Japanese music and dance. On August 12, Carlos Mejia, a master marimba player from Guatemala, will perform.
These 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.
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.
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