"Monet's Palate: A Gastronomic View from the Gardens of Giverny," a film by Aileen Bordman will be shown at 7 pm on May 3rd. A $5 donation will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Box Factory's capital campaign -- "Concrete and Creativity: Building a Better Box Factory for the Arts"
Audience members will embark on a culinary tour of Claude Monet's beloved Normandy with an introduction by Meryl Streep and special appearances in the film by Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud, Helen Rappel Bordman, Michel Richard, Steve Wynn and Roger Vergé.
Monet's palate and palette met at his home in Giverny surrounded by his beautiful gardens. He knew how to draw beauty from all the best in life and to bring them together -- whether on his dining room table or on his canvas. "Monet's Palate® follows in the footsteps of Monet; his gardens, his art, and his love of food and drink.
For additional information or to purchase copies of the DVD, Aileen Bordman, creator and president of Monet's Palate, invites the public to visit Monet's Palate online at www.monetspalate.com or www.Facebook.com/Monets.Palate.ClaudeMonet.
Chicago jazz vocalist Gina McLaughlin returns to the Box Factory for the Arts, on Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 pm. Accompanying Gina will be Dale Prasco, guitar, and Darrel Tidaback, bass.
Gina's heartfelt rendering of ballads, and her great ability to swing through the great American songbook creates a beautiful evening not to missed! "When you see Gina perform for the first time, you'll be forgiven for experiencing the brief but exhilarating sensation of time travel. Is that a little Ella? An echo of Nina Simone? Does any vocalist swing and sway so effortlessly, so innately, so delicately anymore?"
"Sophisticated" is an adjective one is tempted to hang on Gina's brand of jazz. But listen close and, like her formidable influences, she reveals herself to be more subversive fun than that label implies. It has been said that Gina is Chicago's best kept secret. Be sure to make reservations!!!! Gina's last performance was full to capacity!!!!
Riversong Music Society presents the annual WOMEN OF RIVERSONG concert at 7:30 pm on May 11. The concert will feature individual and ensemble performances by Mary Czarnecki, Pamela Chappell, Sandy Feldman, Marnie Heyn, Beverly Smith, and Kristine Widerquist.
These musicians will perform a wide array of tunes, some old and some new, from a variety of musical traditions. There will be opportunities to sing along, to be deeply moved, and to laugh out loud. This concert is always a big hit, enjoyed by women and men of all ages.
The newly-recuperated Ed Bagatini returns to the Box Factory for the Arts stage on May 18 at 7:30 pm with his New Swing Orchestra. Bagatini's concert on March 4th was cancelled due his unplanned surgery and this is his makeup concert.
The small band with the sounds of a big band consists of Leader/Writer/Arranger Ed Bagatini on trombone; Eric Oliphant, Guitar; Jay Crouch, Trumpet; Tim King, Bass; Christopher Keech, Alto Sax; Jim Allen, Drums; Andy Kolosowsky, Tenor Sax; and Rob Funk, Baritone Sax. The emphasis is on updated swing arrangements of the 40's, 50's and 60's, plus renditions of great standards of jazz and big band musicians.
"The Dynamiter" is the final Friday film on May 31 at 7 pm. The Film Movement independent films, sponsored by the Box Factory and the St. Joseph Library, are for mature audiences. This is the final film in the series before the summer hiatus.
In the film, all 14-year-old Robbie Hendrick wanted was a family. His wayward mother has run off fearing a breakdown and left Robbie to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. With social services looming over them, Robbie may even lose Fess and face the fact that his dreams of a family may never come true.
Lomax Big House returns to the Box Factory for the Arts on Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 pm. The band plays a variety of musical styles including blues, jazz, bluegrass, and folk.
Except for some contemporary material, the band plays songs you may find in the Library of Congress thanks to music historian Alan Lomax. The band's name is a nod to Lomax, who was responsible for recording many folk and blues music legends in the 30's and 40's.
All band members hail from the West Michigan area and include St. Joseph native Bob Willey on banjo, mandolin and harmonica; Mike Oonk, guitar; Jeff Ashby, lead guitar and ukulele; John Ozinga, bass, and Jack Oonk, the band's fearless leader, on main vocals. John Vrieling replaces Jack Meyer on drums and bass for this return engagement. He brings the same swinging talents he contributed to local groups Cabbage Crik, Iowa Rose, The Hill People, the Fabulous Eastones, and the Hula Dogs for the past 30 years. Jack Oonk will be familiar to local audiences from his starring role in the Box Factory's theater presentation of "Revival at Possum Kingdom Community Church."
On Saturday, June 8th, 7:30 pm, Riversong Music Society will present the annual Men of Riversong concert at the Box Factory for the Arts. This year's ensemble will include Ed Bennett, Joe Foster, Greg Ladewski, Tom Meldrim, and Gary Tope.
Performing individually and together, these talented musicians will present a warm and inviting evening of traditional and contemporary folk music. There will be joyful songs, humorous songs, poignant songs, and inspirational songs. There will be enriching musical accompaniment on a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, concertina, bones, cello, and keyboard. Audiences have responded with great enthusiasm to previous Men of Riversong performances. This one promises to be another outstanding "evening to remember".
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