Museum of Modern Ice Festival

January 25, 2008 2:54:22 PM PST
It's winter and it's cold outside, but that's no excuse to say indoors. Grab your coat and gloves and head over to the Museum of Modern Ice, a month-long winter celebration in Millennium Park in Chicago. The festival will offer free ice-themed programs and family activities from February 1 through February 29. The centerpiece of Museum of Modern Ice will be Paintings Below Zero, a 95 feet long by 12 feet tall wall made of boldly colored, abstract paintings in ice by Canadian artist Gordon Halloran. It will be located at Chase Promenade behind Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. Construction of colossal ice wall is already underway. The artist will also embed an abstract ice painting within the Park's McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, allowing visitors to skate on its multicolored surface.

Free weekend family activities will be offered at the American Express Heated Tent, adjacent to the ice wall. Interactive programs such as ice games, hands-on art projects, and dancing will encourage the public to celebrate the winter season. Ice sculptor Jim Nadeau will carve ice portraits every Saturday.

The Chicago Cultural Center across from Millennium Park will become the hot spot for residents and visitors to warm up and enjoy weekend cooking demonstrations, knitting and crafting activities, music concerts, film screenings, and cabaret performances. To complete the ice theme, the Café at the Cultural Center will offer a special menu of ice-inspired snacks and hot drinks.

For more information about Museum of Modern Ice, visit www.museumofmodernice.com or call 312.742.1168

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES at MOMI

These weekend activities are at the American Express Heated Tent, adjacent to the ice installation, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive at Washington Street All programs are FREE, and reservations are not required, unless otherwise noted.

SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 2 ? 23
Guided Tours of Paintings Below Zero
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Departing from tent entrance

Family Activities

Noon ? 4 p.m.

Ice Games (outside the tent; weather permitting) including Ice Portraits by a professional ice sculptor, Burrr Blocks with various shapes of ice, and "frozen" versions of your favorite games. Activities and crafts at the American Express Heated Tent are provided by the Art Institute of Chicago, the

Chicago Children's Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Purple Asparagus. Check back weekly as these hands-on projects will change and will be joined by the following guests on the dance floor:

February 2 ? HoopDance with HooperPower Heather Crosby and crew
February 9 ? Radio Disney Party Patrol and High School Musical Dance Clinic
February 16 ? Drum Circle and Instrument Petting Zoo with Rhythm Revolution
February 23 ? Circus Arts with the Actors Gymnasium

Chill Out at MOMI (except February 16)

6:30 p.m.

These events are free, but reservations are required. Call 312.742.TIXS (8497) Relax to electronic and acoustic music, and enjoy the related visuals projected on the Ice Max Theater, a 6- x 10-foot frozen video wall.

February 2 ? Plaid and New Millennium Orchestra
February 9 ? Isotope 217 and Manual
February 23 ? Jonah Sharp
At the ice bar, sample special spirits-free cocktails created by Adam Seger, Nacional 27's mixologist, and Bridget Albert, director of mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois.

SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 3 ? 24
Guided Tours of Paintings Below Zero
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Departing from tent entrance

Family Activities

Noon ? 3 p.m.

Ice Games (outside the tent; weather permitting) including Burrr Blocks with various shapes of ice and "frozen" versions of your favorite games.

Activities and crafts at the American Express Heated Tent are provided by the Adler Planetarium, the Chicago Children's Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Purple Asparagus. Check back weekly as these hands-on projects will change and will be joined by the following guests on the dance floor:

February 3 ? HoopDance with HooperPower Heather Crosby and crew
February 10 ? Radio Disney Party Patrol and High School Musical Dance Clinic
February 17 ? Drum Circle and Instrument Petting Zoo with Rhythm Revolution
February 24 ? Circus Arts with the Actors Gymnasium

Winter Dancin' in Millennium Park (except February 17)

3:30 ? 6 p.m

Following a dance lesson (3:30 ? 4:30 p.m.), enjoy expert demonstrations and open dancing.

February 3 ? Salsa Caliente! hosted by Latin Street Dancing
February 10 ? Steppin' Out! hosted by The Majestic Gents
February 24 ? Tango! Tango! hosted by American Tango Institute

FRIDAY ? SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15 ? 17
Lantern Festival Workshop
3:30 ? 5 p.m. Daily
Create ice-inspired lanterns, wearable art, and winter creatures for the Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival
5 p.m.
Performance ensembles Creeping Toad and Xwing lead a fanciful winter celebration featuring a family-friendly procession, puppets, masks, and stories.

WARM UP WITH ACTIVITIES AT THE CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER HOT SPOT

Every Weekend at 78 E. Washington Street during Museum of Modern Ice Festival at 78 E. Washington Street

SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 2 ? 23

Music in the Randolph Café
Noon ? 1 p.m.
February 2 ? Red, Hot & Cole with Bradford Newquist
February 9 ? Heart's on Fire with Joan Curto and Beckie Menzie
February 16 ? Jazz Hot with Paul Marinaro
February 23 ? Steam Heat, A Broadway Concert with Kat' Taylor

Color Your Winter with Crafts (1st Floor Garland Room)
Noon ? 4 p.m.
Join the Windy City Knitting Guild and master new techniques in painting on fabric, knitting with color, and spinning and dyeing yarn.

Toasty Tours
1:15 ? 2 p.m.
Warm up your senses with the grandeur and beauty of the Chicago Cultural Center. Meet in the Randolph Street Lobby.

Films in the Claudia Cassidy Theater
2 p.m.
Enjoy family-friendly movies with winter themes including Ice Age and Happy Feet.

SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 3 - 24
Cooking Classes in the Education Center
1 ? 3 p.m.
Admission: $10, includes a tasting. Reservations required. Call 312.742.TIXS (8497)

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February 3 ? Simmering Soups
· February 10 ? Cultural Hot Spots
· February 17 ? Winter Flavors with the Spice House
· February 24 ? A Warming Cup

Toasty Tours
1:15 ? 2 p.m.
Warm up your senses with the grandeur and beauty of the Chicago Cultural Center. Meet in the Randolph Street Lobby.

Sunday Salon in Preston Bradley Hall
3 p.m.
Explore the rich landscape of classical music in this family-friendly program.

· February 3 ? Baroque Band
· February 10 ? The Classical Symphony Orchestra
· February 17 ? TBD
· February 24 ? TBD

ONGOING
Chicago Cultural Center Exhibitions
Women of Islam: Photographs by Rania Matar
Through March 30
Marcelino Stuhmer: The Recurring Dream
Through March 23
Petronele Gerlikiene: Embroidered Myths and Everyday Stories
Through April 6
HereThereEverywhere
Through April 6
Slightly Unbalanced
Through April 13

Café at the Cultural Center
Monday ? Friday, 8 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m. and Sunday, Noon ? 4 p.m.
Warm up in the Café with special hot drinks such as Mint-y White Hot Chocolate and Cinnamon Red Hot Latte and Ice Painting Cookies. Don't miss the "Crystal City Sculpture," the culinary masterpiece created by the French Pastry School on the themes of fire and ice.


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