McAninch Arts Center, located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage (COD), presents the 2018 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series. Programming runs July 12-Aug.10 and includes a Thursday evening Family Movie Series, the Thursday evening WDCB Live Jazz Concert Series and a Friday evening Pop Music Series. One of the highlights of the Friday evening series promises to be the July 20 New Philharmonic pops concert, which will be broadcast on Facebook Live for the second year in a row. New for this season: To help insure everyone’s safety in light of the growing popularity of the series, seating for films and evening concerts will begin at 6 p.m. No admittance will be allowed prior to 6 p.m. for sound check and security reasons.  Admission to Lakeside Pavilion Summer Series events and parking is always free.

“The Lakeside Pavilion Series is one of my favorite things we do at the MAC and it is so gratifying to give back to the community with these free events. This year, I’m thrilled to announce we will be showcasing the incredibly talented finalists from COD’s annual Apollo Live! student talent competition. They will perform on Friday nights at 7:15 p.m. and open for the main act. The contestants blew me away in the March competition, so I wanted to share their talents with the Lakeside audiences. In that same spirit of giving back, we’re hoping our audiences will participate by bringing a non-perishable food item to benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry throughout the series,” says MAC Director Diana Martinez.
The 2018 Thursday evening Family Movie Series will feature the delightful family film “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971), starring Gene Wilder (July 12) and Disney’s Academy Award-winner, “The Lion King” (1994), featuring original songs composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice (July 19). Showings begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.)
For the fifth consecutive year the Friday evening Pop Music Series opens with the internationally acclaimed Chicago-based Beatles tribute band, American English (July 13).  New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, presents an evening of pops, marches and movie scores (July 20). This concert will also be broadcast live on Facebook Live and select area cable channels. The tribute band “Unraveling The Wilburys” celebrates the catalogues of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne (July 27); and Broadway veterans Craig Meyer and Donnie Kehr return to Glen Ellyn to channel two of the most critically acclaimed musicians of a generation in “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel” (Aug. 3). MAC favorite Rick Michel completes the series Aug.10 with “My Sinatra,” his homage to one of the greatest singers of all time, Frank Sinatra. All Pop Music Series concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
New for this season: all Friday evening concerts will feature a 15-minute performance at 7:15 p.m. by finalists and winners of the third annual Apollo Live! COD Student Talent competition held this past March at the MAC. The roster of performers includes Winfield’s Ariana Diaz (July 13), Addison’s Caryna Martinez Rios (July 20), La Grange’s Michael McInerney (July 27), Lombard’s Haley Mae Mott, Morgan Mott and Miray McElroy (Aug. 3) and Batavia’s Emma Lee (Aug. 10).
WDCB 90.9 FM, Chicago’s Home for Jazz, located on the campus of College of DuPage, returns with its Thursday evening WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series beginning July 26 with a performance by the acclaimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra with special guest, Randy Brecker. Frank Russell & The Chicago Power All-Star Band follows with “A Tribute to Bass Guitar in Jazz,” featuring special guests Corey Wilkes, Henry Johnson, Robert Irving III and Dee Alexander Aug. 2; and a performance by the Joe Louis Walker Band completes the series on Aug. 9.  Admission to WDCB LIVE Jazz Concerts is free and all performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
All concerts and movie take place rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to the Belushi Performance Hall and notice will be posted on the MAC’s website, Collection of non-perishable food items for the Glen Ellyn Food Panty will take place at all Friday night concerts.
Attendees are encouraged bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the event. Seating begins at 6 p.m. prior to any evening event (no exceptions). Holding of space for latecomers or groups is not permitted. To host a special event or reserve space for a group, contact the MAC Box Office at 630.942.4000. Concessions available for purchase on site include burgers, Chicago style hot dogs, desserts, coffee, soda, popcorn, ice cream, wine, beer, specialty drinks and soda. Outside alcohol is not permitted onto the property. Neither are coolers, kegs, umbrellas, tents and skateboards. Food vendors for the 2018 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series include Weber Grill, Parkers’ Restaurant and Bar, Heavenly Hot Dogs, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more. (Dining Partners and menu items may vary and are subject to change. Visit for updates.)
Also at the Lakeside Pavilion this summer, COD College Theater presents its production of “Goldie’s Next Big Adventure” Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. COD Professor of Theater Amelia Barrett directs this free, hour-long, interactive family-friendly show.
In addition, throughout the summer, the MAC continues to offer programming inside the venue. Events taking place in the Playhouse Theatre will include COD College Theater’s production of “The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy,” directed by COD Professor of Theater Connie Canaday Howard, Thursday-Sunday at 7 p.m. July 5 to 15 (no performance Friday, July 13) and 2 p.m. (July 15 only) and The College of DuPage Dance Department’s 4th Annual Choreography Showcase Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. The Cleve Carney Art Gallery will present two exhibitions: “One,” the Gallery’s annual emerging artist exhibition (June 1-July 28); and “On Anxiety,” curated by Gwendolyn Zabicki (Aug. 31-Oct. 13). For more information about these and additional MAC summer 2018 events call 630.942.4000 or visit
About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information visit
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The MAC’s 2018-2019 Season is made possible in part with support by The DuPage Foundation, Follett, Hilton Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.
Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit or call 630.942.2462.
Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


2018 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series
The Lakeside Pavilion is adjacent to the McAninch Arts Center located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. All concert and movie events are free, as is parking. Seating begins at 6 p.m. All events take place rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to the Belushi Performance Hall and notice will be posted at
(Dates and Artists Subject to Change)
Thursday, July 12, 8 p.m.                 Film: “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)
                                                            Directed by Mel Stewart
When eccentric candy man Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) promises a lifetime supply of sweets and a tour of his chocolate factory to five lucky kids, penniless Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) hopes for the golden ticket that will make him a winner. Thanks to his Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson), Charlie gets the prize of his dreams, but a far more wonderful surprise than Charlie ever imagined awaits him.
Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.                 Concert: American English
This Chicago-based tribute band, hailed by Newsweek as “the Best Beatle Band on the Planet,” recaptures the sound and look of The Beatles’ performing The Fab Four’s greatest hits. Selections range from the early years, including “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” to songs from “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” to songs from “The White Album” with hits including “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road.”
Pre-concert 7:15 p.m. performance by Winfield’s Ariana Diaz (vocal to track), finalist for the March 2018 Apollo Live COD Student Talent Competition.
Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m.                 Film: “The Lion King” (1994)
                                                            Directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
                                                            Original songs composed by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice,
                                                            score  by Hans Zimmer
The young lion prince Simba is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, Scar, who claims he killed his father. Meeting up with outcasts meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa, Simba embraces their ways of “Hakuna Matata” (“No worries for the rest of your days”). Years later, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend, lioness Nala, and his shaman, the baboon Rafiki, before returning to challenge Scar to take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King. This Academy Award-winning film features an ensemble voice cast including Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and others.
Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.                 Concert: New Philharmonic
New Philharmonic, a professional orchestra in residence at the MAC, has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for four decades and recently received the Professional Orchestra of the Year award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts. This concert will feature a highly entertaining mix of pops music and movie scores. Note: this concert will also be broadcast live on Facebook Live, COD YouTube and Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Comcast) Ch. 18, West Chicago, Ill., (Comcast) Ch. 18, Glen Ellyn, Ill. (WOW) Ch. 24, Wheaton, Ill.(Comcast) Ch. 99 and Naperville, Ill.(WOW) Ch. 24.
Pre-concert 7:15 p.m. performance by Addison’s Caryna Martinez Rios (vocal to track), Third Place winner of the March 2018 Apollo Live COD Student Talent Competition.
Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.           Concert: WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series
 Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Special Guest Randy Brecker
Chicago Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece premiere jazz ensemble that has garnered local, national and international recognition, and Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg is recognized as one of the foremost transcribers in jazz. Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. Brecker’s trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from jazz stars like Horace Silver, Jaco Pastorious and Larry Coryell to pop artists like James Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Steely Dan.
Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.                 Concert: “Unraveling The Wilburys”
“We’ll bury ’em in the mix,” so said George Harrison during a problem-riddled recording session sometime in the 1980s, and the legend of the Traveling Wilburys was born. From a happy accident, the five greatest artists of the late 20th century including George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne collaborated on a whim to international acclaim, winning hearts and influencing artists far and wide with their mix of inventive lyrics and precise, genre-defying musicianship. The spirit that motivated the Traveling Wilburys lives again in “Unraveling The Wilburys”— the finest homage to these great artists that has ever been assembled.
Pre-concert 7:15 p.m. performance by La Grange’s Michael McInerney (vocal/slide guitar/harmonica), First Place winner of the March 2018 Apollo Live COD Student Talent Competition.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.             Concert: WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series
                                                            Frank Russell & The Chicago Power All-Star Band
                                                            with “A Tribute to Bass Guitar in Jazz”
Chicago electric jazz bassist/bandleader Frank Russell leads this 10-piece all-star band, featuring special guests Corey Wilkes, Henry Johnson, Robert Irving III and Dee Alexander.
Friday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.                  Concert: “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel”
By popular demand, Broadway veterans Craig Meyer and Donnie Kehr return to Glen Ellyn to channel two of the most critically acclaimed musicians of a generation. Sponsored by Follett.
Pre-concert 7:15 p.m. performance by Lombard’s Haley Mae Mott, Morgan Mott and Miray McElroy (vocal trio/piano), Second Place winners of the March 2018 Apollo Live COD Student Talent Competition.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.             Concert: WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series
                                                           Joe Louis Walker Band
Joe Louis Walker plays the blues a distinctive style inspired by the southern blues of his parents’ record collection, and the psychedelic rock of his hometown San Francisco.
Friday, Aug.10, 7:30 p.m.                 Concert: Rick Michel: “My Sinatra”
Michel is one of Las Vegas’ premier singers and has been hailed by Variety as “…the closest thing to Frank Sinatra we have ever heard.” The audience will recognize many of the song selections in the show as Michel pays homage to one of the greatest singers of all time.
Pre-concert 7:15 p.m. performance by Batavia’s Emma Lee (vocal to track), finalist for the March 2018 Apollo Live COD Student Talent competition.
MAC Summer 2018 Additional Programming
COD College Theater Events
Preview Thursday, July 5, 7 p.m.    COD College Theater presents “The Addams Family—
Friday, July 6, 7 p.m.                        A New Musical Comedy”
Saturday, July 7 & 14, 7 p.m.           Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m.                    Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Sunday, July 8 & 15, 7 p.m.             Directed by Connie Canaday Howard
MAC’s Playhouse Theatre
Tickets: $16 ($14 Seniors and Students)
The Addams Family are everyone’s favorite creepy next-door neighbors, as, for them, to be sad is happy, pain is joy – and yet their challenges are universal. The princess of darkness, Wednesday, has fallen in love with a sweet, smart boy from a respectable family. The first dinner shared between the families is a fateful and hilarious night when secrets are disclosed and relationships are tested. Everyone must consider not just what is different between people but what is the same, and even in mature relationships, communication, trust and appreciation are key. For tickets or more information call 630.942.4000 or visit
Saturday, July 14 and                       COD College Theater presents “Goldie’s Next Big
Sunday, July 15, 5 p.m.                    Adventure”
Lakeside Pavilion                                Directed by Amelia Barrett
After an encounter with a bear family, Goldie falls into another family home, where she indulges her habit of finicky eating and reckless behavior around furniture. It is a great adventure, if ever there was one, but Goldie needs to learn how to respect others. The actors invite the audience to choose story points for Goldie along the way and you will never know where it may take you.  No two shows are alike. Bring your imagination and participate in a “no-shushing” hour of fun. Please note: for this event, seating begins at 4 p.m.
COD College Theater productions are made possible by a generous gift from the College of DuPage Foundation’s Dr. Donald and Helen (Gum) Westlake Fund for Student Productions.
COD College Dance Event
Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.                 COD 4th Annual Choreography Showcase
MAC’s Playhouse Theatre
Tickets: $15 adults | $10 students
One or more of the selected choreographers may be chosen of perform their piece as a featured guest for the COD Dance Department concerts in the 2018-2019 season with an additional stipend.
Cleve Carney Art Gallery
The Cleve Carney Art Gallery, located adjacent to the MAC, offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. Summer hours are Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and one hour prior to Lakeside performances and through intermission (excluding Thursday movie nights). Additional information can be found at
June 1 – July 28                                 “ONE: Annual Emerging Artist Exhibit 2018″
ONE” Cleve Carney Art Gallery’s emerging artist exhibition is intended to provide a survey of contemporary artwork being created by artists in the region and across the country.
Aug. 31-Oct. 13                                  “On Anxiety”
Opening Reception: Sept. 8, 3-5 p.m.
Curator talk: Sept. 10, 12-1 p.m.​


The Cleve Carney Art Gallery begins its 2018-2019 exhibition season with an exhibit of work by ​Matt Bollinger, Alexander Bradley Cohen, Jenn Dierdorf, Ethan Gill, Justin John Greene, Mika Horibuchi, Hai-Hsin Huang, Ben Murray, Veronika Pausova, Celeste Rapone and Brandi Twilley, curated by Gwendolyn Zabicki.