Charlotte’s Web celebrates 40 years June 1-2

Staff Report

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts invites you to its 40th Anniversary Celebration, which will take place over two days at two downtown locations.

It all begins 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 1, with an art opening at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St. Charlotte’s Web wants to provide a total component with live music and arts. The art opening at Kryptonite will honor and celebrate the graphic artists of the past four decades including John Berry, H. Ward Sterret, Frank Houtcamp, Leslie Dahlgren, Bill Bruning, Andy Whorehall, Graham Spencer, Jack Pine, Matthew Myhre and J. Richardson.

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, encompassing 415-420 N. Main St., will be the setting for celebration Saturday, June 2. Hours for this event are 1 to 9:15 p.m.

Two stages June 2 will offer eight hours of music and dance featuring about 45 artists to honor and celebrate the performing arts of 40 years of Charlotte’s Web. Live concert recordings from the vast collection from the Charlotte’s Web archive vault will be playing in the air-conditioned comfort of the second floor of Emerson House. A parent-staffed supervised kid area, complete with crafts, games and nap zone, will be available from 2 to 6 p.m.

A silent auction June 2 will feature items and services donated by local “Webbies,” including a rack of lamb from Open Range Products, museum membership package from Discovery Center, gift certificates from J.R. Kortman Center for Design, Rapunzel’s Hair Company, Family Video and more, concert and season tickets from Mendelssohn PAC and more, a book by

A Charlotte’s Web music calendar from March 1978.

local author Nancy Hanewall Stacy, a CD titled Open Book, released on the Columbia label in 1991 by Fred Simon & Bard, download cards from Old Town School of Folk Music, and more.

Following is the musical lineup for the June 2 event:

1:30 p.m. — Outside stage kicks off with Piper Road Spring Band

2 p.m. — Inside stage kicks off with Jim Post

2:30 p.m. — Outside stage: Miles Nielsen

2:40 p.m. — Inside stage: Pete Johnsson

3 p.m. — Inside stage: Bonnie Koloc/James Lee Stanley

3:30 p.m. — Outside stage: Ernie Hendrickson

3:40 p.m. — Inside stage: Tom Kastle

4 p.m. — Inside stage: Peter Lang

4:30 p.m. — Outside stage: Escape

4:40 p.m. — Inside stage: Mr. Taps

5 p.m. — Inside stage: Emily Hurd

5:30 p.m. — Outside stage: Beat Merchants

5:40 p.m. — Inside stage: Andy & Ron Holm

6 p.m. — Inside stage: Dan Pincus & Jim McElhaney

The Dean Moriarty Jazz Band will play on the inside stage from 7:45 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 2. (Photo provided)

6:30-7:15 p.m. — Outside stage: Too Deep

6:40 p.m. — Inside stage: Ron Rawhoof

7:15 p.m. — Everybody moves inside Mendelssohn for the announcing of the winners of the silent auction items/services.

7:45-9 p.m. — Inside stage: Dean Moriarty Jazz Band

9:15 p.m. — Good night, everybody!

Celebrate with Charlotte’s Web, rain or shine. Wristbands for admission are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Some seating is provided, and chairs are encouraged. Absolutely no coolers are permitted.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; or by mail: send a check and SASE to 420 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. A $2 ticket processing fee is included. Print your receipt. Info: Call (815) 964-2238.

From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue

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