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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


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Beach Tokens are on Sale!

From Evanston Patch:

Season beach tokens in Evanston will be available for purchase at a few locations beginning on April 1.
In addition to the Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave., tokens will be available atRobert CrownChandler-NewbergerFleetwood-JourdainLevy Senior Center andEvanston Ecology Center. Tokens may be purchased on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Morton Civic Center and during office hours at the community centers.
Evanston’s five public swimming beaches open for the season on May 23.
A beach token, also known as a season pass, is valid from the time of purchase through Labor Day 2015. Tokens will be sold at a discounted rate of $26 for Evanston and Skokie residents and $42 for nonresidents until Friday, June 5. On Saturday, June 6, the price for a beach token will increase to $34 for Evanston or Skokie residents and $58 for nonresidents.
Community members interested in a daily pass can purchase at a beach entrance. A daily pass is $6 for children age 1-11 years and $8 for those 12 years and older. Admission for children under age 1 is free.
Evanston residents that meet the income requirement are eligible to participate in beach token fee assistance and the free beach token program. To learn more about the fee assistance program, visit
The City of Evanston and the Skokie Park District have a reciprocal arrangement that allows Skokie residents to buy season beach tokens at Evanston resident rates and allows Evanston residents to buy Skokie season pool passes at Skokie resident rates.
For more information about Evanston beaches, please visit call/text847-448-4311. For convenience, residents can simply dial 3-1-1 while in Evanston.