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[CANCELLED] Close Encounters: Costumed Soirée at the Downey Mansion

  • Berger Park Cultural Center 6205 North Sheridan Road Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)

We regret that, due to an unforeseen personal matter, this event has been cancelled.


Who’s afraid of Arnold Schoenberg? Our new CLOSE ENCOUNTERS series kicks off with a turn-of-the-century-themed costume party at the beautiful Downey Mansion (now known as the Berger Park Cultural Center). Clink wine glasses with Sigmund Freud and Virginia Woolf amidst the seductive and dreamy haze of the fin de siècle (that’s “end-of-the-century,” in case you don’t speak Icelandic). An exclusive, up-close experience with a decidedly enigmatic vibe, this Close Encounter will be the most entertaining – and musically spellbinding – Halloween soirée you attend this year.

-selections from-
Arnold Schoenberg – String Quartet No. 1
Johannes Brahms – String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51. No. 1



  • Sexy Sigmund Freud

  • Over-It Virginia Woolf

  • Naughty Pablo Picasso

  • One-Eared Vincent Van Gogh

  • Wonder Woman Gertrude Stein

  • Marcel Duchamp "Fountain"

  • Punchy Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Le Cobusier in a Bustier

  • Anything-Goes Dada

  • Party Boy Arnold Schoenberg

  • Sedated Edvard Munch

  • Straight-Edge Stravinsky