Being raised in the city of Chicago, you begin to pick up on the colors that the city begins to depict. The sound of late night trains screeching to a stop and the feeling of a current bouncing in between two large buildings is unique to the city.
The 50th anniversary opening party at Krannert last Friday was a fabulous celebration of art and culture. What I loved the most were the live bands, which were Ranky Tanky and Baracutanga. Their music was funky and jazzy, and I loved how creative and spontaneous their music sounds.
It was already 7pm when I arrived, and the classmates and professors were nowhere to find. The Krannert was packed with people of all ages, but predominantly adults in their forties or above, and college kids who were either volunteering or just here for the party. Little kids too, running around with their parents and giggling nonstop with their buddies. I had to find the professors. So I sqeezed myself into the crowd, saying ‘sorry’ and ‘excuse me’ every two seconds. Everyone was enjoying the show and partying with the appropriate tipsiness-partying like real adults. But I could still smell the strong scent of wine and beer when I was crossing the room and I was not a fan of that.
It was loud in the hall, the music was Jazzy and fun, and the people around were having a great time. The purple, red and blue lights was constantly moving and changing its colors. That dizziness from the loud music and the ever-changing colors of the lights got my head spinning a little too much. I liked the music. I liked how the old ladies had feathers in their hair like Kathy Bates did in Disjointed and how they were dancing with so much simple joy and happiness.
My mom would always tell me that growing up gets harder as we progress in life. However, I don’t think it was really hard for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to grow. As time went by, I know they grew better and better. This is proven through the fact that there was so many people at their anniversary that there was points in which it was hard for us to walk through at the Krannert. There were people of all ages, gender, ethnicity, and probably religion too. The best part of all this is how people come together at one event to celebrate a huge accomplishment.
Whether it’s acting or not, it was beautiful to see how much the artists themselves enjoyed what they were doing. They were dancing around, interacting with the people while still performing, and making everything seem joyful. I do not play any instruments, but the way the first performance went made playing an instrument look so easy. It was exciting to see all the enthusiasm these artists portrayed.
There was dancing on the floor and on stage. Again, all these artists showed that they were having the time of their life. I think that is the beauty of art. The artist get to portray exactly what they want. Interpretation may change by the people, but they know exactly what they want the audience to feel. Because I felt joyful, along with many others, it is why the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has been successful for 50 years.