Before block parties, neighbors would lure each other out of their houses by hiding in the bushes and mimicking the natural call of the ice-cream truck. Engage in communal camaraderie sans trickery with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one ticket to BAC Yard Music Fest on Saturday, July 16 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a $10 value) at the Beverly Arts Center.
Beverly Arts Center hosts the annual BAC Yard Music Fest, showcasing an overflowing cornucopia of local bands and vendors to enlighten audiences to Chicago's talent. Ten local bands, including jam sessions by Beverly Arts Center faculty and students, provide the day's soundtrack. Tap toes to the bluesy bravado of The Smiley Tillmon Band, bob heads to the steady rhythms of Railroad Gin, or witness The Organ Crushers as they cajole air particles into gyrating eardrums. Vendors will be on hand to sate hungers and thirsts with sumptuous snacks and sudsy cold ones or replace wardrobes of spandex jumpsuits with something more fashion forward with wares by Celeste Vintage.
Beverly Arts Center
Art. Education. Community. Non-Profit. These four words succinctly sum up the mission of Beverly Art Center, a cultural hub in the historic Beverly Hills, Morgan Park neighborhood. The heart of the member-supported center is the 400-seat Main Stage theater, which hosts plays, dance recitals, and concerts. But the venue is equally dedicated to education, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in ceramics and film classes at the School of the Arts or attend literary events with actual authors instead of just their dust jacket photos. A spacious art gallery hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary works by both national and regional artists.