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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Swing Set Drum Kit at YEA Festival

Photo by Erika Anderson

Today from 10a-4p Dave Ford's interactive art installation, Swing Set Drum Kit, will be at the YEA Festival at Dempster and Hinman.

Stop by and swing and watch this fun, playful, silly art installation make music on a deconstructed set of drums.

If the line is too long, there will be sidewalk chalk to preoccupy yourself with.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Evanston Arts: Citywide Studio Tours June 7

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June 7, 3-8 p.m., Evanston artists, galleries and arts organizations across nine wards will participate in Open Studios Evanston, opening their doors to the public to show that Art is Everywhere in Evanston! 

If you want to participate in the event, email

List is participating Artists, Galleries, Organizations

Participants in Open Studios Evanston

Adriana Poterash, 1601 Payne St.,
Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz, 2103 Maple Ave.,
Alice George, 1125 Florence Ave.,
Angela Valavanis, 922 Davis St.,
Annette Patko, 1793 Darrow Ave., Unit 2,
Annie Andrews, 1145 Judson Ave,
Ausrine Kerr, 1123 Florence Ave.,

Barbara Bellamy, 1630 Chicago Ave.,
Beth Adler, 1125 Florence Ave.,

Carol Hammerman, 1119 Hinman Ave.,
Carol Neiger, 1515 Sherman Ave.,
Chris Heisinger, 1735 Washington,

Dana DeAno, 1577 Wesley Ave.,
Dana Shearin, 1601 Payne St, Unit B,
Dave Ford, 325 Dempster St.,
David Geary, 1132 Hartrey Ave.,

Fay Kaiser Studio, 927 Noyes St.

Heather Hancock, 1606 Main St.,

Janet Trierweiler, 1030 Maple Ave.,
Jennifer Presant, 927 Noyes Ave.,
Jerry Woods, 828 Davis St.,
Jessica Jacobs, 1707 Central St.,
Jill Birschbach, 1601 Payne St.,
Jill King, 1402 ½ Greenleaf Ave.,
Joann Rea, 927 Noyes Ave.,
Joanna Kramer, 1601 Payne St.,
Joanna Pinsky, 1042 Wesley Ave.,
Joe Taylor, 1217 Church St.,
Joyce Elias, 1210 Sherman Ave.,
Juliane von Kunhardt, 1610 Payne St.,
Julie Cowan, 1209 Maple Ave.,
Julie Meridian, 1145 Judson Ave.,
Justin Hart, 1601 Payne St.,

Kristin Mariani/ RedShift, 1570 Wesley Ave.,

Lauren Levato Coyne, 1317 ½ Oak Ave., #3E,
Lea Basile Lazarus, 1209 Maple Ave.,
Lea Pinsky, 1042 Wesley Ave.,
Lindsay Sherman, 1601 Payne St.,
Lindy Stockton, 1402 ½ Greenleaf Ave.
Lloyd Davidson, 424 Dewey Ave.,
Lynette Martin, 1016 Davis St.,

Maggie Weiss, 927 Noyes Ave.
Matthew J. Schaefer, 1004 Ashland Ave.,
Meg McGuinness, 1610 Payne St.
Mike O’Mara, 927 Noyes Ave.,
Michelle Korte Leccia, Callan Ave.,

Naomi Sondak, 927 Noyes Ave.
Nicole Gordon, 927 Noyes Ave.,

Patricia Mejía, 9236 Lincolnwood Dr.,

Ray Schooley, 1601 Payne St.
Rory Coyne, , 1317 ½ Oak Ave., #3E,

Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, 927 Noyes Ave.,
Sara Piepmeier, 927 Noyes Ave.
Sheila Ganch, 927 Noyes Ave.,
Sheila Oettinger, 927 Noyes Ave.,
Susan Curry, 1601 Payne St.,

Ted Glasoe, 600 Davis St.,

Galleries, Arts Organizations & More

Adler George Studio, 1125 Florence
Alt Imagery
Artist Seeds a Studio Workshop,
Ausrine's Art Room, 1123 Florence Ave.,

Bottle & Bottega, 1016 Davis St.,
Bordeaux Studio, 1793 Darrow Ave., Unit 2, 

Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St.,

etc. Music School, 927 Noyes St.,
Evanston Public Library,1703 Orrington Ave.,
Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Road,

Fay Kaiser Voice Studio, 927 Noyes St.

Hevanston Gallery, 531 Davis Street,

Ixia Flowers, 1630 Chicago Ave.,

John R. Jacobs, Architect, 1707 Central St.

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive,
Midwest Clay Guild, 1601 Payne St.,

NeigerDesign, 1515 Sherman Ave.,
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

Open Studio Project, 903 Sherman Ave.,

Space 900,1042 Wesley Ave.,
Squeezebox Music & Books, 1235 Chicago Ave.,

The Music Institute of Chicago, 1702 Sherman Ave.,

Design Evanston Hosts Bike and Walking Tours

Photo of Charles Dawes house, home of the Evanston History Museum
Design Evanston is organizing three bike tours and two walking tour of notable places in Evanston this summer and fall.
A Lakeside Bike Tour led by Laura Saviano will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the north end of Lee Street beach and cover three miles.
A South Evanston Bike Tour led by Jack Weiss will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, from the west gate of Calvary Cemetery and cover four miles.
A North Evanston Bike Tour led by Heidi Hoppe will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, from the city parking lot at Central Street and Stewart Avenue and cover four miles.
And walking tours of Downtown Evanston led by Kris Harzell will start at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 4 and 18, from Fountain Square and cover two miles.
Click here to read the full story on Evanston Now 
Design Evanston website

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

DMK Burger & Fish Supports Nichols Walkathon

May 5-11

Buy a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shake at DMK Burger & Fish to help support the Nichols Walkathon.

The seventh annual Nichols Sandy McDermott Walkathon will be held May 30th. The Walkathon is a community event of students, teachers, staff, graduates, retired teachers and parents who come together to celebrate the life of Sandy McDermott, raise money for the scholarship created in her name and to create community. This year we will partner with Presence Saint Francis Hospital to raise money for their Family Care Center. Please join us in supporting this school and community event.

DMK Burger & Fish
815 Noyes St,
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 424-8226

Monday, May 5, 2014

Ducks in my garden!

There have been all kinds of ducks, in pairs, flying around the gardens in my neighborhood recently. Just yesterday these two pictured here were lounging right by our back door. They are more than welcome to share our yard but what's with the uptick in duck traffic? 

One Facebook friend says the Centennial Park construction might be to blame? Whatever it is, it's kind of cute, but must not be very fun for the ducks. Let me know if I need to build them a shelter or anything.