Chicago Sinfonietta and DuPage Children’s Museum Present Swing Set Drum Kit

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March 4th-6th, 2016

Chicago Sinfonietta and DuPage Children’s Museum are joining forces to bring West Suburban families a full weekend of rhythms, beats, art and fun! Visit the museum March 4-6 to take a spin on Chicago artist Dave Ford’s amazing Swing Set Drum Kit and make your own percussion instrument to bring to our concert on March 12th at Wentz Hall. At BYOB: Bring Your Own Beat, everyone will become a member of the Sinfonietta when the whole audience is invited to play on our big finale.

Also, don’t miss a special performance by our West-African Drumming trio featuring Chicago Sinfonietta’s principal percussionist and Education/Outreach Program Director Jeff Handley who will get you dancing, singing and playing along!

DuPage Children’s Museum

301 N Washington St

Naperville, IL 60540

This programming is free with purchase of admission to the museum. Learn more on the DuPage Children’s Museum website.

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Escalator Instruments / Swing Set Drum Kit on July 10 at Packer Schopf Gallery

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This series of work will have a showing for one night for Packer Schopf’s final closing and one night event, Friday , July 10 from 6 – 9 PM
Propelled by the rolling handrail, The Escalator Instruments spin small drumsticks, striking cymbals, jars, tin cans and other found objects. The sonic sculptural graffiti intends to pleasingly distract the unsuspecting viewer, shifting their attention for a moment, to a sphere of harmless, whimsical hijinks.
Swing Set Drum Kit will also be active and on view.

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Swing Set Drum Kit in June

See Swing Set Drum Kit at the following dates and times in June;

June 6, 5 – 9 p.m., Alley Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

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Swing Set Drum Kit Performances in May

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You literally swing and play the drums, at the same time.

Swing Set Drum Kit will be at two great events this May;

May 9th at MCA Chicago for Family Tinker Day, 11a-3p

May 16th at the YEA! Festival at Raymond Park, 10a-4p

Stop by and make some music!

Click here to watch a video of the swing set in action.

Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging people to build rhythmic sounds through their swinging. Three swings activate large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments.From the snare drum to sleigh bells, the visual and auditory layers to the piece are endless.

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Linear/Circular Opening Nov. 23 at Noyes

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“Linear/Circular” features three artists, Robert Agne, Linda Emmerman and Dave Ford, whose intentions and techniques are quite dissimilar, but whose works find a commonality in the use of straight and circular patterns of line.
 The exhibit at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, runs from November 19 to December 30, with a reception for the artists on Sunday, November 23, from 3 – 5 pm.
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From the City of Evanston:

The Noyes Cultural Arts Center Gallery’s next exhibition, LINEAR/CIRCULAR, featuring the art of Robert Agne, Linda Emmerman, and Dave Ford, opens on Wednesday, November 19. An artists’ reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Sunday, November 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gallery. The Gallery is located in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. in Evanston.

“LINEAR/CIRCULAR” features three artists whose intentions and techniques are quite dissimilar, but whose works find a commonality in the use of straight and circular patterns of line.

Robert Agne’s painting on board builds a logical, mathematical approach to the urban landscape. He grasps the essence of anonymity of city life. He creates personal map-like documents of impressive scale filled with luminous structural networks. LEFT_Emmerman_image001.jpg

Linda Emmerman uses the indelibleness of india ink on paper with untraditional drawing tools such as string, screws and paper clips. She employs layering, multiplicity, varied repetitions and concentric designs to finally resemble complex structures in nature.

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Dave Ford creates Truck Drawing on large scale paper. He drives a 12′ truck with 100 graphite-tipped water bottle pendulums dancing above the paper lined truck bed. The burst patterns flow with the rhythm of travel. He also uses imaginative line and mixed media to create unique smaller artwork.

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The exhibition will be on display through December 30, 2014 and was curated by Chie Curley and Barbara Goldsmith. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit cityofevanston.org/noyesgallery or call/text the City of Evanston at 847-448-4311.

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My studio doors are open this Saturday during Open Studios Evanston

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Come visit my art studio at 325 Dempster Street in Evanston this Saturday during Open Studios Evanston, 1-5 p.m. I’m prepping work for an upcoming show at Noyes Cultural Center which opens early November.

Event website http://openstudiosevanston.blogspot.com/

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Aug. 23 Swing Set Drum Kit at Bucktown Arts Festival

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This Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Swing Set Drum Kit will be at the Bucktown Arts Festival for everyone to enjoy!

Senior Citizens Memorial Park
2300 N. Oakley/2300 W. Lyndale

Visit bucktownartsfest.com for more info and be sure to stop by this fun, interactive swing set and play the drums while swinging.

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