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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meet Evanston's Creative Class this June

As many of you know I'm an Evanston Newbie laser focused on celebrating and growing awareness for the arts in Evanston. This year marks my third year on the Evanston Arts Council as Co-Chair, a volunteer position for the City of Evanston that I take very seriously and love very deeply. (Who loves a volunteer position? Me, when it involves the arts.)

Sitting on the Evanston Arts Council allows me access to news and info about arts projects and programming happening all over Evanston. One project that wasn't happening when I blew into town 4 years ago was an art crawl or studio tour of visual arts in Evanston. I found it shocking and illegal that there was no studio crawl given the high concentration of makers, creators and artists living here and decided to make one happen.

Last year I worked with a group of volunteers and almost 100 artists to create the first annual Open Studios Evanston, providing access to art studios, galleries and boutiques to the public. This year we will do the event again on June 6th with an opening on June 4. 

The event website is at

The creative class in Evanston is thriving and growing and events like this help engage makers and creators with the public. Learn more about the participating artists on the Facebook page and below. If you want to join the event, email me at


Event: 1st Annual Made in Evanston Art Exhibit, featuring works created by artists participating in Open Studios Evanston. The exhibit features art by more than 75 artists, at the Noyes Cultural Center 2nd Floor Gallery. Exhibit is up June 4 - July 6.The opening reception is Thursday, June 4., 6-9 p.m., with wine and cheese and live music by Evanston jazz musician Donovan Mixon. Maps for Saturday’s studio tour will be distributed.

Open Studios Evanston is a citywide celebration of the arts in Evanston that takes place on June 6, 2015,12-5 p.m. Artists listed below will open their studios to the public and the city will have arts happenings all over town. Live music, dance performances, art talks and more. Check back for more participants, addresses & websites, links to artist pages and a schedule of events. This year's map will feature a bike route for those of you interested in biking for art!

Art Therapy

Jessica Harris


Jill Birschbach
Susan Curry
Justin Hart
Adriana Poterash


Dance Center Evanston
Foster Dance Studios


Carol Neiger


Lauren Levato Coyne
Betty Heredia
Paul Nebenzahl 

Fine Art Photography

Ted Glasoe
Jack Kraig
Alyce McQueen


Chris Heisinger 


Joseph Taylor

Installation Art

Dave Ford
Lorena La Grassa


Carol Hammerman 

Miniature Arts

Judith Lewin

Mixed Media

Robin Carlson 
Joyce Elias 
Heather Hancock
Kristin Neveu
Lindy Stockton 
Jill King-Wynn


Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz

Donovan Mixon

Musical Theater

Fay Kaiser Studio
etc. Music School 


Beth Adler
Ruth Ann Begelman
Jane Carney
Mark Collins
Rory Coyne 
Aydin Dincer
Peter Fagundo
Peter Kime
Linda Kramer
Juliane von Kunhardt
Melissa Gaulding 
Mary Graham
Tom Graham
Richard Halstead
Jill King-Wynn
Fran Joy
Darren Oberto
Sara Piepmeier
Jennifer Presant
Joann Rea
Katherine Orr
Joanna Pinsky
Matthew J. Schaefer
Amy O. Woodbury


Chris Bradley 
Matt Glavin
Timothy Steinman 

Print Making

Julie Cowan
Lea Basile Lazarus


Carol Hammerman 
Sara Piepmeier


Artists Seeds - (student work) Painting and Drawing
As You Like It Salon
Bottle & Bottega
Creative Coworking 
Midwest Clay Guild
Perspective Gallery - Photography
Sidetracked Studio - Drawing, painting and ceramic sculpture 
Space 900 

Boutiques & Stores

Comix Revolution
Stumble & Relish 
Squeezebox Books & Music
The Frame Warehouse

West Evanston Walking Tours

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

May 15: Julia Sweeney Reading at Bookends & Beginnings

Celebrate the 1st Annual Evanston Literary Festival

May 11 - 18


Friday, May 15
6:00pm: Reading and Conversation with Christine Sneed and Julia Sweeney
Writer, actor, Saturday Night Live alum, and filmmaker Julia Sweeney will read from her newest book, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother, a funny, moving, and beautifully written collection of essays about family, career, and love.  Christine Sneed will read from her new novel, Paris, He Said.  Both writers will also discuss their writing process and some of the books and filmmakers they’ve been influenced by.
Bookends and Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1

May 8: Melissa Ann Pinny Book Party at Bookends & Beginnings

Please come to Bookends & Beginnings on Friday, May 8th, for a celebration and discussion of TWO, award-winning photographer Melissa Ann Pinney’s new book. 

Gwen Macsai, award-winning writer, producer, humorist, and host of  Re:sound, the Third Coast Festival’s weekly program on WBEZ, will join Melissa in a lively conversation about the photographs.

TWO is an exquisite collection of captivating and thought-provoking photographs that contemplate the essence of duality in our relationships and in the world that surrounds us. Edited and introduced by New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett, whose enthusiasm for Pinney’s vision helped bring this project to fruition, this compelling book also includes remarkable essays about the nature of two written by some of the best authors at work today.
Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Ave. (in the alley, behind Saville Florist) Evanston, Illinois 60201

Friday, May 8th, 5:30-7:30pm

6:00pm Discussion with Gwen and Melissa 

Light refreshments will be served

Books will be available for purchase and signing throughout the event.

Monday, April 13, 2015

MIC Community Music Festival

April 17 - Robin Run Village

April 17 at 7 pm - Alley Gallery in Evanston

April 18 - Three Crowns Park

April 18 at 12 pm - The Arts Club of Chicago

April 18 at 6 pm - Karin Addis' Recital in Evanston

April 18 at 5 pm - Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston

April 18 at 7 pm - Ravinia in Highland Park (Chamber Music Concert)

April 19, at 9:30 am & 11:30 am - Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago

April 19, at 10 am & 11 am - Reagan Brasch Recital at Dickenson Hall in Lake Forest

April 19, at 1 pm - Evanston Public Library (Main Branch)

April 19 at 2 pm - Beans and Leaves Coffee Shop in Long Grove

April 19 at 2 pm - Nives Cvijovic Recital at Dickenson Hall in Lake Forest

April 19 at 3 pm - Cavani String Quartet at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston (Ticketed Event)

April 19 at 5 pm - The Chicago Temple in Chicago

April 19 at 7 pm - Chicago Philharmonic in Evanston (Ticketed Event)

April 19 at 8 pm - Majestic Theater in Brookfield, WI

April 20 at 12 pm - North Shore Hospital Skokie Lobby in Skokie

April 21 - ManorCare of Wilmette

April 21 - Westmoreland Care and Rehabilitation Center

April 21 - Atrium Health Care Center

April 21 - Newcastle Place

April 22 - The Hartwell in Chicago
April 22 at 7 pm - Steinway & Sons Horowitz Piano Tour in Evanston (Nichols Concert Hall)

April 22 from 7 - 9 pm - Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in Deerfield

April 22 at 7 pm - Evanston Library in Evanston (Main Branch)

April 23 - Family Life Center at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago

April 23 - Sky Garden at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago

April 23 at 7 pm - Piano Forte in Chicago

April 23 - Misericordia

April 23 from 12 - 1 pm - Rotary Club of Evanston

April 23 from 7:30 - 8:15 pm - Presbyterian Homes Caldwell Assembly Hall

April 24 at 7 pm - Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park

April 24 - Sunrise of Wilmette

April 25 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

April 25 at 10 am - Julia Miller & Derin Kenny Recitals at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston

April 25 tbd - Ann & Ron Surace Recital at Dickerson Hall in Lake Forest

April 25 at 11:30 am - Ravinia in Highland Park

April 25 at 12 pm - YMCA McGaw in Evanston

April 25 at 2 pm - Evanston Library in Evanston (Main Branch)

April 25 at 3:30 pm - Audrey Morrison Recital at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston

April 25 at 4 pm - William H. Lee Instrument Store in Wilmette

April 26 at 12 pm - Suzuki Sunday in Winnetka

April 26 - Lieberman Center

April 26 at 9 am & 11 am - Unitarian Church of Evanston

April 26 from 3 - 5 pm - Pilgrim Chamber Players Artist of Tomorrow Concert Series in Highland Park (Ticketed Event)

April 26 at 3 pm - Kalamazoo Junior Symphony at Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo, MI

April 26 - Northshore Senior Lifestyle Community in Northbrook

April 26 - VI at the Glen Retirement Community in Glenview

April 26 at 3:30 pm - New North Shore Chamber Orchestra in Skokie

April 26 at 5:30 pm - Elaine Felder's Recital at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston

April 26, at 5:30 pm - Karin Addis in Room 9 at Evanston East

April 26 - Majestic Theater in WI

April 27 at 5 pm - North Shore Hospital Evanston Lobby in Evanston

April 28 - Self Help Home for Jewish Elderly

April 28 at 4 pm - Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview
                           (Musical Performance plus Instrument Petting Zoo)

April 28 - Sedgebrook Retirement Community

April 29 - AMLI Evanston

April 29 - Covenant Home

April 29 at 7 pm - Dan Golden's Recital in Lake Forest

April 29 at 7:30 pm - Writers Theater in Glencoe (Ticketed Event)

April 30 - Family Life Center at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago

April 30 - Sky Garden at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago

April 30 - Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

April 30 at 7:30 pm - Presbyterian Homes Caldwell Assembly Hall

May 1 at 10:30 am - Crystal Ball Room and Lounge in Evanston
                               (10:30 am Community Symphony, Coffee
                                   Intermission, 11:30 am New Horizons Band)

May 1 - Our Place

May 1 at 5:30 pm - Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston

May 1 - Bethany Retirement Home in Chicago

May 1 - The Arts Club of Chicago Fundraiser in Chicago

May 2 from 6 - 8 pm - Vannia Phillips Recital in Room 9 at Evanston East

May 2 at 2 pm - Evanston Library in Evanston (Main Branch)

May 2 at 3 pm - Presbyterian Homes Elliott Chapel in Skokie

May 2 at 4 pm - The Chicago Fine Arts Building in Chicago

May 2 - WFMT Introductions

May 3 at 4:30 pm - Early Childhood Family Gathering at Winnetka Community House

May 3 - Wyndemere Senior Living Center in Wheaton

May 3, at 4:00 p.m. - Lake Forest Civic Orchestra

May 3 - Wyndemere Senior Living Center in Wheaton

May 3 - Lake Forest Place Retirement Community

May 3 at 10 am - Beans and Leaves Coffee Shop in Long Grove

May 3, at 12 pm - Abbey Hansen's Recital in Winnetka

May 3, at 2 pm and 4 pm - Sang Mee Lee's Recital at Nichols Concert Hall

May 3, at 2:30 pm - Nina Wallenberg's Recital in Winnetka

May 3 - Admiral at the Lake

May 3 at 4 pm - Northbrook Symphony Orchestra (Ticketed Event)

May 3 at 4:45 pm - St. Giles Episcopal Church

May 3 - North Point Woods Nursing Home

May 3 at 5 pm - Frank Winkler's Recital in Winnetka

May 3 - Montgomery Place

May 3 at 3 pm - Saint Mary Margaret Church in Naperville

May 7 at 7:15 pm - Presbyterian Homes Elliott Chapel in Skokie

May 14 - North Shore Country Day School

May 15 at 7 pm - Barston Studio Recital in Evanston

May 16 at 4 pm - Skokie Public Library (Steinway Series)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Evanston Magazine Premier Issue

Wonderful illustration of Robert Falls on the cover of the premier issue of Evanston Magazine. Off to Chicago-Main Newsstand to grab an issue now! 

Robert Falls is an American theater director and the current artistic director of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. He lives in Evanston.

Evanston Community Yarn Art Project

The Project
We are trying to add color to the neighborhood with the help of Chiaravalle School, the community & the merchants. We are creating colorful circles in assorted sizes that will be stitched together and then wrapped around the trees in the neighborhood. The more we get the more trees we can cover. We will also be making chains/friendship bracelets that can wrap around smaller trees & parking meter bases. We will install the project prior to YEA fest- The week of May 11th. YEA Festival will be in Raymond Park on May 16 this year and this will be a great way to continue art in the neighborhood even if it’s in a small way. Click here to learn more about the event. 

Stop by on Sunday, April 19th at Spex and help us decorate the neighborhood with a yarn art project! We are going to yarn bomb the Chicago Avenue & Dempster Street corridor- the more we get the more trees we cover.

No experience necessary. Yarn is provided. Donations to offset the cost of the yarn are welcome.

Come get yarn & take it home to work on, we need all yarn pieces by May 6th.

If you have further questions or want to get started now, stop by Stumble & Relish (1310 A Chicago Ave) or email Jaime at

Thank you Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry Design and Paramour Bungalow for supporting community arts events like the stumble & relishCommunity Yarn Art Project to yarn bomb the Chicago / Dempster, Evanston business district with beautiful yarn circles! Beautiful things happen when business and the arts come together!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Comedian Ben Kronberg at SPACE


The Lincoln Lodge presents the Chicago debut of Ben Kronberg (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “Comedy Central Half Hour”, “Last Comic Standing”)

The Lincoln Lodge is proud to present nationally touring headliner Ben Kronberg. Ben’s dark, cerebral, and silly one-liners have earned him appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, and “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”.  Ben has starred in his own Comedy Central Half Hour and had a successful run on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. He has also made acting appearances on the MTV series “I Just Want My Pants Back” and the popular web series “I Hate Being Single”.

Ben will be the first performer in a new series of events at Evanston’s SPACE (1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL  60202). The Lincoln Lodge and SPACE have created a new regularly occurring show called “The Lincoln Lodge in SPACE!” Once a month, The Lincoln Lodge will bring some of the country’s top stand-up comedians to the North Shore. 

The Lincoln Lodge, now in its fifteenth season, is the nation’s longest running independent stand-up comedy show. Each week, The Lincoln Lodge features the best stand-up comics in Chicago, a special variety act, and a hilarious Man on the Street segment. Regular shows are every Friday at 8:30 PM at the SubT Lounge (2011 W. North Ave), with a different lineup each week. The show is 21+, and there is NO DRINK MINIMUM.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $22 dollars for a table seat for the Ben Kronberg show at SPACE. Doors open at 7pm, and show starts at 8pm. The show is ALL AGES. A full food and drink menu is available during the show with bar & wait staff service. The show lasts approximately 90 minutes.

WHERE: LINCOLN LODGE at EVANSTON SPACE (1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202)
COST: $15-$22
MEDIA CONTACT: Ricky Gonzalez- 773-251-1539