Charlotte’s Web offers bilingual storyteller, Woodstock concert

Marcia Guitierrez, Dean Moriarty Jazz Band set for Saturday, April 29 events

Charlotte’s Web has something for both kids and adults this weekend.

Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m., bilingual storyteller Marcia Guitierrez will be at the Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St.

Let Guitierrez’s voice carry your imagination away to lands both far and near as you experience the sounds, colors, textures and emotions of her tales.

Folk tales from the Americas and around the world will be shared in both English and Spanish.

The program is free, and is co-sponsored by Rockford Public Library Youth Services and “One Book, One Rockford.”

At 8 p.m., Saturday, adult jazz fans can hear the Dean Moriarty Jazz Band commemorating “Woodstock: Long Time Gone” at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St.

The concert features instrumental arrangements of music from the iconic 1969 festival and original compositions inspired by the event. Fresh takes on “Freedom,” “Fortunate Son,” “Purple Haze” and others will be mixed with premieres of new music composed by the band.

The quintet will incorporate staging and lighting effects, ambient sound and guest artists into a unique experience.

The Dean Moriarty Jazz Band was awarded Platinum Best of Rockford at the 2005 On the Waterfront Festival and includes RAMI Hall of Fame members. Members are Chris Hyatt, keyboard; Dan Kasten, drums; Jeff Layng, trumpet; Phil Pilcher, saxophone; and Tim Shafer, bass.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The program is co-sponsored by Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee, The Peace Store and WNIJ-FM. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, 484-0940; and Pinnon’s IGA Foods, 2324 N. Court St., 962-0131; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the April 26-May 2, 2006, issue

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