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“The Rematch” Celebrity Basketball Game

 “The Rematch,” a Celebrity Basketball Game benefiting the Deion Branch Foundation at Evanston Township High School between streetball groups Streetball Legends and Evanston’s Finest will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Deion Branch Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support to children struggling with health-related issues, specifically meningitis. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch founded the organization after his son Deiondre was born with meningitis. Branch was the 2005 Superbowl MVP and will be attending the fundraiser with other NFL players.

To organize the fundraiser, Branch teamed up with William Hicks, Evanston Community Development Corporation board member and BAAM Youth Foundation director. Hicks also founded Sneakaboy Entertainment, a promotional company who will be hosting the event with Black Diamond Entertainment and Evanston’s Stop the Violence Group. Branch started Black Diamond Entertainment with Evanston native Olawale Kadiri as a way to provide alternative forms of entertainment for children living in unsafe neighborhoods.

The event will be hosted in ETHS’s Beardsley Gymnasium, 1600 Dodge Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 13. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the game begins at 6 p.m. Tickets in advance are $10 for kids 18 and under and $15 for adults. Tickets at the door are $15. Floor seats are $25, and VIP seats are $50. Free food and beverages will be served in VIP area only. For ticket information, please contact William Hicks at 847/571-3022. Tickets can be purchased at Executive Studio Salon & Spa, 800 Main St. 

Sat. Afternoon Movie for Teens: My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper (1 hour, 46 minutes; Rated PG-13) will be shown Saturday, February 13th, 2 p.m., in the Loft at the Evanston Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. After their daughter is stricken with leukemia, a couple conceives another child who can provide a donor match. The family is torn apart when, after countless surgeries, transfusions and shots so that her older sister Kate can somehow fight leukemia, the healthy younger sibling sues her parents for the right to decide how her body is used. Teens only! 

Lyric Opera Lecture Sat.: The Damnation of Faust 

The lecture is Saturday, February 13, 2:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the Evanston Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Sue McCandless of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will present a lecture on The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz. The source is familiar: Goethe’s Faust, a 200-year-old tale of a scholar’s deal with the devil. Goethe wrote it as a “closet drama” — meant only to be read, not acted out onstage. Of all the composers inspired by Goethe, “no one produced a work nearly so prodigious as this, nor captured so much of the sweep and grandeur of the literary model, nor evoked so vividly spirits supernatural above and beneath us” as Berlioz, according to the late author John N. Burk. 

A Call to Action: An Artistic Dialogue among Ten Artists Exhibit at Noyes  

A Call to Action is a creative dialogue among ten artists addressing the open ended statement – Yes we can – yes we did – but we’re not done. Each artist, through their own creative lens offers insight to the impact of the most important event in 2009 – the inauguration of a Black President. While showcasing the individual responses to an event that has defined the end of the first decade of the new millennium, this creative alliance is an attempt to understand and appreciate different perceptions.

This Black History Month exhibition features work by Dayo, Carolyn Elaine, Kendall Glover, Malika, Stuart McClean, Max Sansing, Wanaki Shores-Navata, Tony Smith, Nina Smoot-Cain, and Buchi Upjohn. Images shown above, from left, are by artists Dayo, Carolyn Elaine, Stuart McClean and Wanaki Shores-Navata.

This exhibit is curated by Carolyn Elaine and is presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Division. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 847/448-8260. The Noyes Art Gallery is located in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. The Gallery is located on both the first and second floors; the building is accessible. Group tours are available and admission is always free. 

The Baroque Music Ensemble Sun. Feb. 14th

The Baroque Music Ensemble: Music of Heinrich Biber will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14th at the Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Rd.

Heinrich Biber (1644–1704) was one of the most innovative and daring composers of his time, stretching the bounds of harmony and instrumental technique. He was also one of the greatest violinists of the baroque era. The Baroque Music Ensemble will perform a rarely heard Biber masterwork, the Requiem à 15 — scored for five vocal parts, five string parts, and five wind parts. The program also includes several Biber motets for instruments and voices. Ticket information here… 

Valentine’s Day Movie for Teens: Across the Universe

Across the Universe (2 hours, 10 minutes; PG-13) Sunday, Feb.14th, 2 p.m. in the Loft at the Evanston Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. In this psychedelic film that rolls along to the melodies, beats, and words of many Beatles hits, a young dock worker travels to America in the 60s amidst our greatest social upheaval and falls in love with a sheltered teenager named Lucy. When her brother Max is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, the two join the anti-war movement, the struggle for free speech and civil rights.  Join us in the Loft to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Julie Taymor’s beautiful, inspired musical that literally sings with fresh renditions of the Beatles’ most popular songs. Teens only! 

Evanston Recreation Activities for Kids Mon. Feb. 15th 

Presidents’ Day is no time for the kids to sit at the computer! The City of Evanston’s Recreation Division has several fun outings and camps to occupy your kids and teens over the Parent/Teacher conference day on Friday, Feb. 12, and the Presidents’ Day holiday, Monday, Feb. 15.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Center continues the SHAG, School Holidays Are Great, program on Feb. 12 and 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Center, 1655 Foster, for kids age 5-12 years. If you have questions, call 847/448-8254.

On Presidents’ Day only, Feb. 15, there is basketball camp for children in grades 1-6, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St. Participants will be taught with age, size, ability and maturity in mind. For more info, call 847-448-8682.

For the student in grades 6-8, the Ecology Center is offering a Presidents’ Day class to explore the different U.S. Presidents in nature. The class meets from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Monday, Feb 15, at the Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Appropriate outdoor clothing is required. For more information or to register, call 847/448-8256.

Dawes House Presidents’ Day Tour  

Did you know that Charles Dawes was the 30th Vice President of the United States of America? If you are looking for something fun and different to do with your children on Presidents’ Day, plan a visit to the Dawes House for a special tour and exhibit.  We will be showcasing The Vice Presidential career of Evanston’s Own Charles Gates Dawes.

“Presidents Day Tours,” Monday, February 15 at 1, 2 & 3 p.m. at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St. Tours are designed for children ages 1st grade and older.  Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Children (Normally $10) For more information please call 847/ 485-3410 or email

EPL Library Card = FREE Fun at Area Museums 

Evanston Public Library card holders can receive free admission to 17 exciting museums and cultural institutions throughout the Chicago area. Brookfield Zoo, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Oriental Institute, Bronzeville Children’s Museum, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and Evanston’s own Mitchell Museum of the American Indian are among those included. This special opportunity is made possible by a generous contribution from Macy’s, in partnership with the Metropolitan Library System.

You will need to visit the library to pick up a one week pass for the museum of your choice. Each museum is contributing four weekly passes, for two or four free admissions, depending on location. They are available on a first come, first served basis.

So many adventures await – some you might never have expected! All you need to take part in these learning adventures is a valid Evanston library card. For a full listing of participating institutions and for check-out guidelines, go to, or ask the next time you visit the library.