Dinners, movies and opera under the stars
In response to the popularity of BAYarts' Thursday night Farm and Art market, foodies will be pleased to know that the newest addition to BAYarts' summer "stay-cation" lineup are Dinner in the Dark events, farm-to-table meals under the stars. Dinners will be served on the lawn on farm tables handmade by BAYarts' event planner extraordinaire Diana Brewer. Brewer upcycles donated wood doors, palettes, and windows to create all the furniture used at BAYarts events.
On Friday, Aug. 5, Ben Bebenroth's Spice Kitchen will be featured, complete with artisan drinks and live music by The Tim Joyce Band. On Thursday, Aug. 18, local girl Brittany Reilly's Leaf Farm to Table Catering will serve up a vegetarian/vegan dinner following the farm market.
The dinners were the brainchild of BAYarts' resident foodie and market manager, Pam Mills, who was inspired by similar events at the famous Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio. "There is nothing like sharing a great meal with friends under the stars on a summer evening," say Mills. "The bonus is, we get to do it right here in the park." Dinner in the Dark events will have limited seating so BAYarts expects a sellout. Advance tickets will go on sale June 1.
Also new this summer is a lineup of outdoor movies presented by Hinkley Lighting. Local film aficionado Robert Banks will convert the concert stage to a movie screen three nights this summer. The movie "Ghostbusters" will be shown as part of a Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 30; a Midsummer's Night Out for grown ups on Saturday, July 14, will feature concessions, libations and Woody Allen's "Play It Again Sam." And what better way to follow everyone's favorite Irish band The Portersharks on Sunday, July 17, than with everyone's favorite Irish movie "Waking Ned Devine." Also new this summer, all concessions will be by Sweet Melissa and available throughout the evening. The free movies begin at dusk (no rain dates).
Making its first appearance on the west side, The Great Lakes Light Opera comes to BAYarts' summer stage on Sunday, Aug. 14. GLLO is a regular at University Circle's Wade Oval Concerts and looks forward to sharing a fun and accessible performance to a new audience. Other summer acts include Back Bay, Red Light Roxy, The Portersharks, Flavored Jazz, Boogie Woogie Boy and the annual Open Mic finale. Information on all these events are in the BAYarts newsletter at many local businesses or at bayarts.net.