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Thursday, 20 June 2019 - 7:00pm

The Box Factory for the Arts

1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI

269.983.3688

Box Factory for the Arts Readers Theater Presents “Life In Your Lane” June 20, 22, 23

 

LIFE IN YOUR LANE

A Box Factory for the Arts Readers Theater Production

Written by Linda LaRocque

Directed by Phil Sturdevant

 

Join us for the Box Factory's Readers Theater production of "Life in Your Lane." Humorous yet often poignant, "Life in Your Lane" is a production of six short plays that focus on life and its continuing surprises.

 

General admission seating

$12 adv // $15 at the door

Tickets available at boxfactoryforthearts.org or call 269.983.3688.

 

Thursday, June 20th - 7pm

Saturday, June 22nd - 7pm

Sunday, June 23rd - 2 pm

 

There will be a "Talk Back" with the cast following each show.

 

Kristen Patzer serves as emcee for “Life in Your Lane.” The cast (in order of appearance) consists of Susan Plee, Sherry Saenz, Steve Hamel, Lizbeth Benjamin, Meredith Frank, Bill Growden, Mary Czarnecki, Scooter DiMaggio, Elaine Harju and Mary B. Reck.


 

For additional information about this project, please contact Linda LaRocque (linda.l.larocque@gmail.com) and Phil Sturdevant (1chiefdinker@gmail.com).

 

The Box Factory for the Artsis located at1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

 

For more information, contact the Box Factory for the Arts at 269.983.3688 or visithttps://boxfactoryforthearts.org/

 

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 - 5:15pm

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

513 Ship St.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

269-982-4030

 

This year the Gene Harris Coming Home Coming Together Concert will celebrate its 21st and final concert on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in City Center Park, Benton Harbor. The event will be hosted by Niki Haris.  The CHCT concert has been an annual community event to celebrate the importance of people from all communities and walks of life coming together in downtown Benton Harbor to appreciate the arts.  The event is named in honor of Gene Harris, a hometown talent who went on to become a shining star.  Gene was pleased to return and give back to the community. The community he truly loved. A city he was proud to call home.

The CHCT committee is excited to see the vitality of the Benton Harbor Arts District and feels it is time to focus on the other dynamic events that are happening.  Beth Haire-Lewis, daughter of Gene Haire, states, “This event supports the desire to create a life of inclusion, not exclusion, through music.  Till the launching of the concert 21 years ago, few major arts activities occurred in Benton Harbor.”  The Arts District continues to grow with new opportunities embracing the community.  This event is free for the entire community.

The CHCT committee is very proud of successfully accomplishing the goals for this “FREE” event over the past 20 years:

  • To bring arts and cultural activities to all of our communities, with special emphasis on the residents of Benton Harbor.
  • To promote the revitalization of the Benton Harbor Main Street corridor.
  • To invite a diverse population to come together in fellowship to create new friendships and strengthen existing relationships.

 

The CHCT committee, comprised of community volunteers, is requesting your support of this farewell event through either a sponsorship  or donation. The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra is acting as administrator and fiduciary agent for this final concert.

 

 

Free Concert June 23, 2019

WHAT:Coming Home Coming Together Farewell Concert
WHEN: June 23, 2019, 5:15PM

WHO:

  • SANKOFA (local band)
  • Work in Progress (local band)
  • Ivan Akansiima Trio
  • Charlene Jones
  • Benton Harbor Drumline
  • Bonita Mitchell

WHERE: Dwight “Pete” Mitchell City Center Park (Corner of Main and Pipestone)

FREE CONCERT

 

 

 

Gene Harris Bio: Gene Harris is an American jazz pianist celebrated for his warm sound and blues/gospel infused style known as “soul jazz,” a hometown talent who went on to become a shining star.  Gene was pleased and thrilled to return and give back to the community and city he truly loved; a place he was proud to call home.

One of the most accessible of all jazz pianists, Gene Harris' soulful style (influenced by Oscar Peterson and containing the blues-iness of a Junior Mance) was immediately likable and predictably excellent. After playing in an Army band (1951-1954), he formed a trio with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Bill Dowdy which was, by 1956, known as the Three Sounds. The group was quite popular, and recorded regularly during 1956-1970 for Blue Note and Verve. Although the personnel changed and the music became more R&B-oriented in the early '70s, Harris retained the Three Sounds name for his later Blue Note sets. He retired to Boise, ID, in 1977, and was largely forgotten when Ray Brown persuaded him to return to the spotlight in the early '80s. Harris worked for a time with the Ray Brown Trio and led his own quartets in the years to follow, recording regularly for Concord and even heading the Phillip Morris Superband on a few tours. His 1998's Tribute to Count Basie earned a Grammy nomination.  He died on January 16, 2000, at the age of 66, while awaiting a kidney transplant..

Monday, 24 June 2019 - 7:00pm

The Box Factory for the Arts

1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI

269.983.3688

 

Box Factory for the Arts hosts Poetry Night on June 24

 

We invite you to join us for our next Poetry Night at the Box! Think of it as an Open Mic Night for Spoken Word!

 

Our host for the evening will beMeredith Frankand theFun DumpsterImprov Troupe.

 

MONDAY, June 24

7:00 pm // sign ups begin at 6:30 pm

Performers free (time slots are five minutes each)

$5 cover charge (helps support our nonprofit organization)

 

Please note this is an adult only event. Due to the possibility of mature content and/or language, discretion is recommended.

 

The Box Factory for the Artsis located at1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

 

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Friday, 28 June 2019 - 7:00pm

The Box Factory for the Arts

1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI

269.983.3688

 

Lake Effect Jazz Big Band at the BOX on June 28

 

We are happy to welcomeLake Effect Jazz Big Bandback to theBox Factory for the Arts!

 

Friday, June 28th

7:00 pm

General Admission $10

 

The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is in its 19th year of bringing a unique blend of traditional and contemporary jazz big band music to the summer venues of beautiful southwest Michigan. The band performs new compositions for contemporary big bands as well as new arrangements of classic standards and golden oldies.  It performs music from the libraries of Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Duke Ellington and others. The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band is committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of big band jazz in concert and jazz festival settings across Southwest Michigan.

 

The band is led by Steven L. Reed, retired instrumental music teacher for the St. Joseph Public Schools, where he taught jazz ensemble, orchestra, and band for 35 years.  Several members of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are current or retired music educators and jazz education is a priority for the LEJBB.

 

The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band will once again feature soloistBecky Derbas Selvidgefor two concerts at the Box this summer - June 28th and August 23rd.

 

The band performs between twelve and fifteen concerts each summer including Jazz Festivals, full length concerts at the Box Factory in St. Joseph, and outdoor venues in Southwest Michigan cities and townships.  Featured artists that have performed with the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band include vocalists Michelle Bythrow, Paul Mow, Katie Rohrer, Lisa Dabrowski, and Chicago jazz vocalist Tammy McCann. Instrumental soloists have included local trombonist Ed Bagatini, Chicago vibraphonist Jim Cooper, and Ann Arbor alto saxophonist Doug Horn.

 

The Box Factory for the Artsis located at1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

 

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019 - 5:00pm

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

513 Ship St.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

269-982-4030

 

What better way to show our love for America than by continuing the tradition of our holiday celebration featuring the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra? Don’t miss patriotic favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, with a thunderous fireworks display overhead. The evening will include food for purchase from Lark’s BBQ, Louie’s Red Hots Chicago Style Hot Dogs, and The Icehouse New Orleans style shaved ice. A selection of beer, wine, and pop will also be available for purchase.  Stretch out on a blanket, relax in your lawn chair or gather around a picnic table and enjoy the perfect way to kick off your Independence Day! Please note - park rules will not allow food or drink to be brought in. 

 

Come early to enjoy music fromTthe Van Dyke Revue.  Starting at 6:00pm, this four piece band from Niles will knock your socks off with a playlist including classic rock, folk, blues and country.  Members include John Van Dyke (vocals, piano, guitar, violin), Dave Van Dyke (guitar, vocals, Mississippi Saxophone), Wayne Kuritz (bass, vocals), and Bo Martin (percussion, mandolin, vocals).  

 

The featured performance of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra starts at 8:30pm.  Listen as the orchestra celebrates the birthday of our nation with patriotic favorites.  The grand finale to this wondrous night is Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture timed to the booming fireworks overhead.

 

Tickets are $30 for reserved seating, $20 for lawn seating, and $10 for children 12 and under (lawn seating only).  Ticket prices will be $5.00 higher day of show.  Information is available at SMSO.org or by calling the Symphony office at 269-982-4030.

 

 

Independence Day Celebration

WHAT:Independence Day Celebration with the SMSO
WHEN: Wednesday July 3

WHO: Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

  • Gates Open 5:00PM
  • Van Dyke Revue at 6:00PM
  • SMSO Concert 8:30PM
  • Fireworks 10:00PM

WHERE: Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach County Park, St. Joseph, MI 49085

TICKETSavailable day of, or order online

$30.00 Reserved Seating

$20.00 Lawn Seating

$10.00 Children 12 and under (lawn seating only)

$350.00 Reserved table for 10 and 2 parking passes

Tickets are $5.00 more expensive day of show

No coolers or carry-ins allowed!

 

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PROGRAM:

The Star-Spangled Banner - Smith, arr. Tyzik

Liberty Fanfare - Williams

God Bless America - Berlin, arr Healy

America the Beautiful - arr. Carmen Dragon

Variations on a Shaker Melody - Copland

Hoedown from Rodeo

American Salute - Gould

Colonel Bogey March - Alford

Victory at Sea - Rodgers

Thunderer March - Sousa

1812 Overture -Tchaikovsky

Thunderer March - Sousa

Liberty Bell March - Sousa

 

Our Generous Sponsors

The Symphony is only able to perform these concerts with support from our community.  While that support takes many forms, we are particularly grateful to our underwriter Edward J. Todd  and to our  sponsors for this concert: The Hanson Family Foundation, The Tiscornia Foundation, 94.9 WSJM and Bud Distributing.

 

 

 

VAN DYKE REVUE:

The Van Dyke Revue was formed in 1999 by father and son John and Dave Van Dyke. Starting out, the band played for tips at coffee houses and any gig they could book. Since then, they have performed more than 2,000 times including in the Florida Keys. This four-piece variety band from Niles, Michigan, has a playlist of over 200 songs that includes classic rock, folk, blues, soul and a little bit of country!

Sunday, 14 July 2019 (All day)

Berrien County Riders

Michigan - USA

Eighteenth Annual MDA Poker Run 

To benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Scenic ride through beautiful berrien and cass counties! 

When:

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Where:

Mark III Grill

4179 M-139

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Cost: 

$20 per rider ($30 with a passenger) donation to MDA, MDA Harley Commemorative Ride Pin, and Lunch & Dinner Included.

 

Sign up at 10:30-11:45 AM

Ride Leaves at noon! 



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