Put on your platforms and get ready to boogie down. An upcoming event promises not only a funky good time but the chance to win a free tuition waiver from Rend Lake College.
SOUL Bingo will set things off on Wednesday, June 23, at the Rolland Lewis Building in Mt. Vernon from 6 to 9 p.m. Mz. Erma-Jean So-Fly will be the host for a night that vows to not be an ordinary game of Bingo.
Admission is free, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners. The grand prize is 12 semester hours of tuition at RLC, which is worth $1,500.
Other prizes include $25, $50 and $100.
Soul Train Line with Starr Child will spin DJ music for the event, and Chef Adam’s Food for Life food truck will be on the scene.
Participants can show off their funky side by dressing up in attire. Costumes can match the theme, which is "Soul 70’s disco meets retirement home chic.” There will be a merch table with souvenir items available.
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is excited to share its artist residency experience with Jessica Brown. Brown is a multidisciplinary, multimedia spectacle generator who creates insightful and humorous work that is steeped in pop culture references.
Brown has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in furniture design from Murray State University as well as a Master of Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Her graduate degree focused on creating sustainable closed loop food systems.
Brown was a former toy designer and project manager at Hasbro, and she spent those years delivering best in-class product development. She is proud to say that her products have been enjoyed by millions of children and adults alike. She is now an assistant professor of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design.
Jessica Brown, who also goes by the name The Lady J, is an artist, designer, entertainer, performer and world builder. Her exhibit, “Reel 2 Real: The Art of Jessica Brown,” is currently on display at Cedarhurst.
Several other events will be held during Brown’s residency including a Thursday Night Live performance on June 24 and a mini-parade and The Great Spectacle event on June 26.
The Lady J Spectacle sponsors include Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Toni Smith, Banterra Bank, Illinois Humanities and Rend Lake College.
For more information, contact [email protected] or call 618-242-1236 extension 249.