Cinema and Civics celebrates Midwest talent

STEVENS SQUARE — Midwest-born actors and directors are the focus of this summer’s Cinema and Civics outdoor film series in Stevens Square Park, the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) announced.

The weekly series runs every Wednesday at 8 p.m., beginning June 4 with the ’80s classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In keeping with the Midwest theme, its director, teen-movie maestro John Hughes, was born in Lansing, Mich.

Minnesota’s own Oscar-winning Coen brothers — natives of St. Louis Park — directed “The Hudsucker Proxy,” scheduled for June 11. The series wraps up July 23 with “Purple Rain,” set in Minneapolis and starring Prince.

Every night of Cinema and Civics begins with live music until dusk. Performers this year include DJ ENT, The Brass Kings and Capitol Jay.

For more information, including a full listing of movies and performers, visit www.sscoweb.org/.