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Downtown Oak Park to host Art dans la Rue ANEW festival

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Downtown Oak Park is hosting Art dans la Rue ANEW, a new take on its annual French-themed street festival on Tuesday. Read the full release below:

Downtown Oak Park expands the popular summer event – Art dans la Rue (Art in the Street) transforming Marion Street into an authentic urban French street festival, and celebrating a day full of art, film, food, wine, music, dance, and more. Art dans la Rue ANEW will take place Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm in Downtown Oak Park at Lake Street, Marion Street & North Blvd.

Art dans la Rue ANEW kicks off with First Tuesday Film Club’ Boudu Saved from Drowning ˗ a 1932 French film directed by Jean Renor showing at Lake Threatre, 1022 Lake Street, at 12pm and 7pm. Other European-themed activities throughout the day include outdoor café dining, wine tastings, poodle parade, and French lessons. Crepe, flower, and beret carts will add an extra French flair to Marion Street. Local retailers including HooDoo Headwear, CarefulPeach Boutique & Sugarcup Trading, Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie, Polished Nails and Day Spa, and Lemonmade Style & Snips will also be showcasing French goods and services.

Francophiles are encouraged to browse local art on display inside businesses and lining Marion Street while being serenaded by Daniela Bisenius Duo from 1-3pm, French Cabaret singer, Claudia Hommel from 3-5pm, followed by Paris La Nuit Quintet from 7-9pm. There will also be a special performance by CanCan dancers from 5-7pm. The French festival esthetic is complete with Rickshaw Rick rides, an artistic face painter and a roaming mime.

Downtown Oak Park will also be hosting a sidewalk chalk art contest – L’art sur le trottoir (Art on the Sidewalk). Artists will compete to win $100 cash for their chalk masterpieces displayed throughout Downtown Oak Park during Art dans la Rue. A winner will be announced at 8pm during Art dans la Rue ANEW. Click here for registration information and for full contest details.

For more Art dans la Rue ANEW details please call the Downtown Oak Park office at (708) 383-4145 or visit our website at http://www.downtownoakpark.net.

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