Maxwell Street film fest 5/24

Barrelhouse Bonni
Tue May 20 12:58:28 EDT 2008

On Saturday May 24, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs with the
Maxwell Street Foundation and the Mayor's Office of Special Events is
presenting a free Blues Season Maxwell Street Film Series.  Films included
And This Is Free, introduced by filmmaker Gordon Quinn; At Maxwell Street,
introduced by filmmaker Tom Palazzolo and friends; The Church on Maxwell
Street, introduced by filmmaker Marvin Newman; and Maxwell Street Blues,
introduced by filmmaker Raul Zaritsky. The film series will be from 1-5 pm
on Sat. May 24 in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater,
78 E. Washington St.

For the first time, the Chicago Blues Fest will have a Maxwell Street
Stage,graced by such Maxwell Street veterans as Piano C Red and Dancin
Perkins, plus other acoustic stars like Otis Taylor.Nearby, the Maxwell
Street Foundation will have a booth to exhibit photos and sell books. The
Foundation's Maxwell Street Collection, which is offered for sale to
private collectors, offers photos by Marc PoKempner, Tom Arndt, Patty
Carroll, Ron Gordon, James Iska, Jack Jaffe, Kenneth Josephson, Nathan
Lerner, Tom Palazzolo,  Bob Thall, and Jay Wolke.

At the Festival’s Route 66  tent, Ira Berkow  will conduct a history
discussion about blues music on Maxwell Street in the 1960s-80s, Saturday
June 7, 3:30-5 p.m with John Johnson (whose first Blues Bus will be on
display near the Maxwell Street Stage), festival director Barry Dolins,
and  photographer Marc PoKempner.

The Foundation is co-sponsoring acoustic blues brunches at Junior's Sports
Lounge, 724 W. Maxwell Street, Sundays from noon-2 p.m. through June 8.

For more information on the Maxwell Street Foundation, visit
and for latest events click on the ACTION page.

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