The Blues is center stage at eta during the 2012-2013 season. Featuring Mainstage productions infused with the blues, an exhibition highlighting blues images by four distinguished photographers, scholarly panel and post-performance discussions and live blues performances, eta's got the blues.
In a season of "Resurrected Works and Reclaimed Music" focusing on great African American writers and Blues music the current Mainstage show is "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," the powerful 60s drama by Lonne Elder III. Directed by Vaun Monroe, the play is often compared to A Raisin in the Sun for its then contemporary examination of the disintegration of a Black family in the midst of the great social revolution in America. Shows run at 8 pm Friday and Saturday; 3pm Sunday through December 23, 2012. General admission is $30 with student, senior and group rates.
Two of Chicago's leading blues artists perform during the monthly "Music Mondays" series. Soul Man Otis Clay brings his powerful brand of blues to the stage during the December 10th "Music Mondays" showcase. One of the premier deep soul, blues and gospel singers working today, Clay celebrates the release of his new CD "TRUTH IS." On January 14, 2012 Chicago's own Ambassador of Chicago Blues, Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues perform. Show time is 7-10 pm on the second Monday of each month. Admission is $10.
On display in the eta gallery is an exhibition presented in conjunction with iRock Jazz. The "All Blues Photography Exhibit" features photos of blues entertainers by Farrard Ali, John Broughton, Foster Garvin and Javet Kimble. The show is up through December 23, 2012 during regular weekday business hours and during Mainstage performances.
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