Local performance group Wooden Box Theater will present “Chasing that Moon: Beatles Nite 8,” a production featuring theatrical performers, belly dance, poetry and live music, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at University Suite, located on the second floor of Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center.
The event’s name was inspired by a lyric in the 2005 Sara Evans song, “A Real Fine Place to Start.”
“Chasing that Moon” will feature live music by Robyn Byrd of the bands Radiator and Unhalfbanding, Bill Leighly, Joel LaVaughn, Matt Carlson of Section Gang and ForeverStardust (featuring event co-writer Zephirine Moon Garden and Bear Wolf). Area rap performer Visionary J will debut with the group during the event for a set of original music. There also will be special guest supporting acts throughout the night.
Original poetry will be read by longtime Wooden Box Theater collaborator Gladys Sanchez, and ForeverStardust co-founder Bear Wolf.
Zephirine Moon Garden will perform a set of Beatles Nite-inspired belly dances during the presentation. She joined the group in November 2011, and lately has become the main creative force behind its events. She co-wrote this event with Daniel Sherrill.
The group began its “Beatles Nite” annual tradition in 2011 at The House Cafe, and has brought the ever-evolving event to the Ellwood House, Hampton Inn and NIU Skyroom. This year, it will serve as the lead-in to the group’s May 20 return event at the House Cafe, “Life in the Faster Lane.”
The NIU Holmes Student Center is located at 340 Carroll Ave. in DeKalb. Admission is free and open to the public.
For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1852018414828892.