Art Hop, Saturday, June 8

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

For Colored Girls Opens June 8

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Thurs. June 13

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

   


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Art Hop, Saturday, June 8

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

For Colored Girls Opens June 8

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Thurs. June 13

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Art Hop, Saturday, June 8

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

For Colored Girls Opens June 8

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Thurs. June 13

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Custer’s Last Stand Festival, June 15-16

 

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, near the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

 

More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be on hand to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques, and collectables.  They will be joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned sidewalk sale.  The event also features a variety of live entertainment.

For more information, please call 847/328-2204.

 

 

 

Transformations Continued Exhibit Opens June 15

 

The exhibition, Transformations Continued, featuring work by the Art Encounter Critique Group, will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Facilitated by Art Encounter founder and artistic director Joanna Pinsky, the artist critique group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences through in-depth discussion of each artist’s work.  The workshop covers topics such as exhibition opportunities, professional presentation of work, and current trends in contemporary art. Curated by Pinsky, this exhibit represents the diverse working styles and visions of the workshop’s artists.  For additional information, please call 847/328-9222.

 

 

Fragments of Memory Exhibit Closes June 26

 

Fragments of Memory” is an exhibition that explores the work of three Chicago-area artists who employ uniquely dissimilar mediums that intersect at the crossroads of memory.  Through their unique perspectives, Kass Copeland, Sarah Rehmer, and S. Gayle Stevens address how the past interpenetrates the present. In each case, we are presented with new ways of seeing objects. 

Curated by Alan Leder and running concurrently with Transformations Continued, Fragments of Memory will run through Wednesday, June 26, at the Noyes Gallery, 927   Noyes Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

 

 

From Generation to Generation Exhibit

 

A post-Father’s Day photography exhibition at Northwestern University in mid-June will showcase the works of an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and his soon-to-graduate “shutterbug” daughter.  Exhibiting together during commencement week, the two photographers will provide a “then and now” perspective of 40 years of Northwestern student life.

 

“From Generation to Generation,” on display June 18 through 24, is a collection of black and white photos from the early 1970s taken by Northwestern alumnus John Block when he was a student at the School of Education and Social Policy, and contemporary images by Vanessa Gonzalez-Block, a senior anthropology major and film and media studies minor. Vanessa graduates from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on June 21. Her father was one of the Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first exhibiting student artists.

 

The weeklong exhibition will take place at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The exhibition and an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, are free and open to the public.

 

 

Lucy Smith, Tues. June 18 at Harbert Park

Jazz and blues vocalist Lucy Smith, an Evanston favorite, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Park, McDaniel Avenue at Dempster Street, just east of McCormick Blvd.  Admission is free. 

This event is part of the City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

Gizzae, Thursday, June 20 at James Park

 

 

Hailing from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, the ancient lands of Ethiopia, and the south side of Chicago, Gizzae will share its unique reggae vibrations with Evanston at a Starlight Concert Series performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (at Mulford, south of Oakton).  Free admission!

 

 

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo, June 25 at Bent Park

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran.  The band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at Bent Park, Central   Street at Cowper Ave., as part of the City of Evanston’s free Starlight Concert Series.

 

Before relocating to Chicago, Baran was a fixture in the Honduran music scene.  He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer.  The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances often feature well-known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the ’60s and ’70s as well.

 

Blank Tapes, Song Preservation Society, June 27

Led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams, The Blank Tapes are a trio that hails from California.  “The sunny sounds of L.A.’s The Blank Tapes yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs,” said The New Yorker.  “This lo-fi unsigned band somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and the Black Keys…Quick, somebody sign them!” raved Rolling Stone.

See for yourself what the fuss is all about when The Blank Tapes visit Evanston for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 27 at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue.  Fellow Golden State band Song Preservation Society will open this free show. 

For more information, call 847/448-8260.

Woza Albert! opens June 29

Woza Albert! ! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simonis is a political satire about the second-coming of the savior to South Africa during the era of apartheid.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 14 at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

Sleepy LaBeef, Tuesday, July 2 at Bent Park

***Bonus 17th Starlight Concert Series performance added!***

The legendary Sleepy LaBeef, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will perform a free show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue in Evanston.

Standing 6-foot-7, the 77-year-old performer is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one.  For a half-century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road.  He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the Sixties and as recently as the year 2000.  Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history, includingElvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins. 

Through the years his bands have numbered over 500 people including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin, and he has been an acknowledged influence to a wide variety of people, including Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

 

Ethnic Arts Festival Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for artists and vendors to submit applications for booth space at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival has been extended to Monday, July 1.  The 28th annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St. along Evanston’s lakefront.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

Catch the Arts Buzz

 

The listings here merely scratch the surface of  Evanston’s bountiful arts and cultural offerings.  Don’t miss out!  Visit (and bookmark) evanstonartsbuzz.com, your online guide to arts activities in Evanston.

 

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, near the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

 

More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be on hand to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques, and collectables.  They will be joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned sidewalk sale.  The event also features a variety of live entertainment.

For more information, please call 847/328-2204.

 

 

 

 

The exhibition, Transformations Continued, featuring work by the Art Encounter Critique Group, will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Facilitated by Art Encounter founder and artistic director Joanna Pinsky, the artist critique group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences through in-depth discussion of each artist’s work.  The workshop covers topics such as exhibition opportunities, professional presentation of work, and current trends in contemporary art. Curated by Pinsky, this exhibit represents the diverse working styles and visions of the workshop’s artists.  For additional information, please call 847/328-9222.

 

 

 

Fragments of Memory” is an exhibition that explores the work of three Chicago-area artists who employ uniquely dissimilar mediums that intersect at the crossroads of memory.  Through their unique perspectives, Kass Copeland, Sarah Rehmer, and S. Gayle Stevens address how the past interpenetrates the present. In each case, we are presented with new ways of seeing objects. 

Curated by Alan Leder and running concurrently with Transformations Continued, Fragments of Memory will run through Wednesday, June 26, at the Noyes Gallery, 927   Noyes Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

 

 

 

A post-Father’s Day photography exhibition at Northwestern University in mid-June will showcase the works of an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and his soon-to-graduate “shutterbug” daughter.  Exhibiting together during commencement week, the two photographers will provide a “then and now” perspective of 40 years of Northwestern student life.

 

“From Generation to Generation,” on display June 18 through 24, is a collection of black and white photos from the early 1970s taken by Northwestern alumnus John Block when he was a student at the School of Education and Social Policy, and contemporary images by Vanessa Gonzalez-Block, a senior anthropology major and film and media studies minor. Vanessa graduates from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on June 21. Her father was one of the Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first exhibiting student artists.

 

The weeklong exhibition will take place at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The exhibition and an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, are free and open to the public.

 

 

Jazz and blues vocalist Lucy Smith, an Evanston favorite, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Park, McDaniel Avenue at Dempster Street, just east of McCormick Blvd.  Admission is free. 

This event is part of the City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Hailing from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, the ancient lands of Ethiopia, and the south side of Chicago, Gizzae will share its unique reggae vibrations with Evanston at a Starlight Concert Series performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (at Mulford, south of Oakton).  Free admission!

 

 

 

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran.  The band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at Bent Park, Central   Street at Cowper Ave., as part of the City of Evanston’s free Starlight Concert Series.

 

Before relocating to Chicago, Baran was a fixture in the Honduran music scene.  He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer.  The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances often feature well-known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the ’60s and ’70s as well.

 

Led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams, The Blank Tapes are a trio that hails from California.  “The sunny sounds of L.A.’s The Blank Tapes yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs,” said The New Yorker.  “This lo-fi unsigned band somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and the Black Keys…Quick, somebody sign them!” raved Rolling Stone.

See for yourself what the fuss is all about when The Blank Tapes visit Evanston for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 27 at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue.  Fellow Golden State band Song Preservation Society will open this free show. 

For more information, call 847/448-8260.

Woza Albert! ! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simonis is a political satire about the second-coming of the savior to South Africa during the era of apartheid.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 14 at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

***Bonus 17th Starlight Concert Series performance added!***

The legendary Sleepy LaBeef, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will perform a free show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue in Evanston.

Standing 6-foot-7, the 77-year-old performer is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one.  For a half-century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road.  He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the Sixties and as recently as the year 2000.  Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history, includingElvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins. 

Through the years his bands have numbered over 500 people including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin, and he has been an acknowledged influence to a wide variety of people, including Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

 

The deadline for artists and vendors to submit applications for booth space at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival has been extended to Monday, July 1.  The 28th annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St. along Evanston’s lakefront.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

  

The listings here merely scratch the surface of  Evanston’s bountiful arts and cultural offerings.  Don’t miss out!  Visit (and bookmark) evanstonartsbuzz.com, your online guide to arts activities in Evanston.

   

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Art Hop, Saturday, June 8

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

For Colored Girls Opens June 8

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Thurs. June 13

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Art Hop, Saturday, June 8

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

For Colored Girls Opens June 8

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Thurs. June 13

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Custer’s Last Stand Festival, June 15-16

 

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, near the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

 

More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be on hand to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques, and collectables.  They will be joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned sidewalk sale.  The event also features a variety of live entertainment.

For more information, please call 847/328-2204.

 

 

 

Transformations Continued Exhibit Opens June 15

 

The exhibition, Transformations Continued, featuring work by the Art Encounter Critique Group, will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Facilitated by Art Encounter founder and artistic director Joanna Pinsky, the artist critique group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences through in-depth discussion of each artist’s work.  The workshop covers topics such as exhibition opportunities, professional presentation of work, and current trends in contemporary art. Curated by Pinsky, this exhibit represents the diverse working styles and visions of the workshop’s artists.  For additional information, please call 847/328-9222.

 

 

Fragments of Memory Exhibit Closes June 26

 

Fragments of Memory” is an exhibition that explores the work of three Chicago-area artists who employ uniquely dissimilar mediums that intersect at the crossroads of memory.  Through their unique perspectives, Kass Copeland, Sarah Rehmer, and S. Gayle Stevens address how the past interpenetrates the present. In each case, we are presented with new ways of seeing objects. 

Curated by Alan Leder and running concurrently with Transformations Continued, Fragments of Memory will run through Wednesday, June 26, at the Noyes Gallery, 927   Noyes Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

 

 

From Generation to Generation Exhibit

 

A post-Father’s Day photography exhibition at Northwestern University in mid-June will showcase the works of an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and his soon-to-graduate “shutterbug” daughter.  Exhibiting together during commencement week, the two photographers will provide a “then and now” perspective of 40 years of Northwestern student life.

 

“From Generation to Generation,” on display June 18 through 24, is a collection of black and white photos from the early 1970s taken by Northwestern alumnus John Block when he was a student at the School of Education and Social Policy, and contemporary images by Vanessa Gonzalez-Block, a senior anthropology major and film and media studies minor. Vanessa graduates from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on June 21. Her father was one of the Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first exhibiting student artists.

 

The weeklong exhibition will take place at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The exhibition and an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, are free and open to the public.

 

 

Lucy Smith, Tues. June 18 at Harbert Park

Jazz and blues vocalist Lucy Smith, an Evanston favorite, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Park, McDaniel Avenue at Dempster Street, just east of McCormick Blvd.  Admission is free. 

This event is part of the City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

Gizzae, Thursday, June 20 at James Park

 

 

Hailing from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, the ancient lands of Ethiopia, and the south side of Chicago, Gizzae will share its unique reggae vibrations with Evanston at a Starlight Concert Series performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (at Mulford, south of Oakton).  Free admission!

 

 

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo, June 25 at Bent Park

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran.  The band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at Bent Park, Central   Street at Cowper Ave., as part of the City of Evanston’s free Starlight Concert Series.

 

Before relocating to Chicago, Baran was a fixture in the Honduran music scene.  He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer.  The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances often feature well-known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the ’60s and ’70s as well.

 

Blank Tapes, Song Preservation Society, June 27

Led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams, The Blank Tapes are a trio that hails from California.  “The sunny sounds of L.A.’s The Blank Tapes yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs,” said The New Yorker.  “This lo-fi unsigned band somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and the Black Keys…Quick, somebody sign them!” raved Rolling Stone.

See for yourself what the fuss is all about when The Blank Tapes visit Evanston for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 27 at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue.  Fellow Golden State band Song Preservation Society will open this free show. 

For more information, call 847/448-8260.

Woza Albert! opens June 29

Woza Albert! ! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simonis is a political satire about the second-coming of the savior to South Africa during the era of apartheid.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 14 at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

Sleepy LaBeef, Tuesday, July 2 at Bent Park

***Bonus 17th Starlight Concert Series performance added!***

The legendary Sleepy LaBeef, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will perform a free show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue in Evanston.

Standing 6-foot-7, the 77-year-old performer is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one.  For a half-century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road.  He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the Sixties and as recently as the year 2000.  Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history, includingElvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins. 

Through the years his bands have numbered over 500 people including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin, and he has been an acknowledged influence to a wide variety of people, including Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

 

Ethnic Arts Festival Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for artists and vendors to submit applications for booth space at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival has been extended to Monday, July 1.  The 28th annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St. along Evanston’s lakefront.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

Catch the Arts Buzz

 

The listings here merely scratch the surface of  Evanston’s bountiful arts and cultural offerings.  Don’t miss out!  Visit (and bookmark) evanstonartsbuzz.com, your online guide to arts activities in Evanston.

 

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, near the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

 

More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be on hand to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques, and collectables.  They will be joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned sidewalk sale.  The event also features a variety of live entertainment.

For more information, please call 847/328-2204.

 

 

 

 

The exhibition, Transformations Continued, featuring work by the Art Encounter Critique Group, will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Facilitated by Art Encounter founder and artistic director Joanna Pinsky, the artist critique group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences through in-depth discussion of each artist’s work.  The workshop covers topics such as exhibition opportunities, professional presentation of work, and current trends in contemporary art. Curated by Pinsky, this exhibit represents the diverse working styles and visions of the workshop’s artists.  For additional information, please call 847/328-9222.

 

 

 

Fragments of Memory” is an exhibition that explores the work of three Chicago-area artists who employ uniquely dissimilar mediums that intersect at the crossroads of memory.  Through their unique perspectives, Kass Copeland, Sarah Rehmer, and S. Gayle Stevens address how the past interpenetrates the present. In each case, we are presented with new ways of seeing objects. 

Curated by Alan Leder and running concurrently with Transformations Continued, Fragments of Memory will run through Wednesday, June 26, at the Noyes Gallery, 927   Noyes Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

 

 

 

A post-Father’s Day photography exhibition at Northwestern University in mid-June will showcase the works of an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and his soon-to-graduate “shutterbug” daughter.  Exhibiting together during commencement week, the two photographers will provide a “then and now” perspective of 40 years of Northwestern student life.

 

“From Generation to Generation,” on display June 18 through 24, is a collection of black and white photos from the early 1970s taken by Northwestern alumnus John Block when he was a student at the School of Education and Social Policy, and contemporary images by Vanessa Gonzalez-Block, a senior anthropology major and film and media studies minor. Vanessa graduates from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on June 21. Her father was one of the Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first exhibiting student artists.

 

The weeklong exhibition will take place at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The exhibition and an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, are free and open to the public.

 

 

Jazz and blues vocalist Lucy Smith, an Evanston favorite, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Park, McDaniel Avenue at Dempster Street, just east of McCormick Blvd.  Admission is free. 

This event is part of the City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Hailing from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, the ancient lands of Ethiopia, and the south side of Chicago, Gizzae will share its unique reggae vibrations with Evanston at a Starlight Concert Series performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (at Mulford, south of Oakton).  Free admission!

 

 

 

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran.  The band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at Bent Park, Central   Street at Cowper Ave., as part of the City of Evanston’s free Starlight Concert Series.

 

Before relocating to Chicago, Baran was a fixture in the Honduran music scene.  He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer.  The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances often feature well-known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the ’60s and ’70s as well.

 

Led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams, The Blank Tapes are a trio that hails from California.  “The sunny sounds of L.A.’s The Blank Tapes yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs,” said The New Yorker.  “This lo-fi unsigned band somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and the Black Keys…Quick, somebody sign them!” raved Rolling Stone.

See for yourself what the fuss is all about when The Blank Tapes visit Evanston for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 27 at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue.  Fellow Golden State band Song Preservation Society will open this free show. 

For more information, call 847/448-8260.

Woza Albert! ! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simonis is a political satire about the second-coming of the savior to South Africa during the era of apartheid.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 14 at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

***Bonus 17th Starlight Concert Series performance added!***

The legendary Sleepy LaBeef, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will perform a free show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue in Evanston.

Standing 6-foot-7, the 77-year-old performer is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one.  For a half-century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road.  He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the Sixties and as recently as the year 2000.  Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history, includingElvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins. 

Through the years his bands have numbered over 500 people including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin, and he has been an acknowledged influence to a wide variety of people, including Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

 

The deadline for artists and vendors to submit applications for booth space at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival has been extended to Monday, July 1.  The 28th annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St. along Evanston’s lakefront.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

  

The listings here merely scratch the surface of  Evanston’s bountiful arts and cultural offerings.  Don’t miss out!  Visit (and bookmark) evanstonartsbuzz.com, your online guide to arts activities in Evanston.

Art Hop, Saturday, June 8

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

For Colored Girls Opens June 8

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Thurs. June 13

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

 

Three local arts groups – artruck, Artists Seeds, and Space 900 – are joining forces to present Art Hop,  a celebratory evening of art and community in the burgeoning Artists Row neighborhood in central west Evanston.  The evening will include open studios, art exhibits, music and poetry performances, and shared refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m.

artruck, which launches the evening, is a biannual event on Ashland Ave. between Crain St. and Greenleaf St.  Local artists are invited to hang their art for an evening in a rented U-Haul truck.  Artist Julie Cowan manages the artruck event.  Artists Seeds, located around the corner from Artruck at 1402½ Greenleaf St., is the creative studio for artist Jill King and poet Alice George, who will be presenting their art and poetic works.  SPACE 900 a newly relocated art collective and gallery at 1042 Wesley Ave., will exhibit work by six artists and feature live jazz from Donovan Mixon, who makes Space 900 the home of his Jazz Play Studio.

 

This is the first collaborative event of its kind in this neighborhood, which has been slowly gaining energy as a visible arts district in Evanston.

 

 

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Notzake Shange is a series of 20 choreopoems accompanied by live original music, which expresses the many struggles and obstacles that women of color face throughout their lives.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens with a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  The show runs through June 23 with performances at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

 

 

This summer’s free outdoor concert season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, with the band that made Milwaukee famous:Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound.  You won’t want to miss a performance the Washington Post described as “full-on, pan-ethnic party music.”  The concert will take place at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (Dodge at Mulford Ave.) in Evanston. 

New this year at the Starlight Concerts:  food trucks on site for your dining pleasure!

 

The City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series features free outdoor summer concerts in Evanston parks on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-June to late-August.  Series sponsors include The Homestead, Quince Restaurant, Chicago Reader, Evanston RoundTable, Pioneer Press, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Custer’s Last Stand Festival, June 15-16

 

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, near the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

 

More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be on hand to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques, and collectables.  They will be joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned sidewalk sale.  The event also features a variety of live entertainment.

For more information, please call 847/328-2204.

 

 

 

Transformations Continued Exhibit Opens June 15

 

The exhibition, Transformations Continued, featuring work by the Art Encounter Critique Group, will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Facilitated by Art Encounter founder and artistic director Joanna Pinsky, the artist critique group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences through in-depth discussion of each artist’s work.  The workshop covers topics such as exhibition opportunities, professional presentation of work, and current trends in contemporary art. Curated by Pinsky, this exhibit represents the diverse working styles and visions of the workshop’s artists.  For additional information, please call 847/328-9222.

 

 

Fragments of Memory Exhibit Closes June 26

 

Fragments of Memory” is an exhibition that explores the work of three Chicago-area artists who employ uniquely dissimilar mediums that intersect at the crossroads of memory.  Through their unique perspectives, Kass Copeland, Sarah Rehmer, and S. Gayle Stevens address how the past interpenetrates the present. In each case, we are presented with new ways of seeing objects. 

Curated by Alan Leder and running concurrently with Transformations Continued, Fragments of Memory will run through Wednesday, June 26, at the Noyes Gallery, 927   Noyes Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

 

 

From Generation to Generation Exhibit

 

A post-Father’s Day photography exhibition at Northwestern University in mid-June will showcase the works of an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and his soon-to-graduate “shutterbug” daughter.  Exhibiting together during commencement week, the two photographers will provide a “then and now” perspective of 40 years of Northwestern student life.

 

“From Generation to Generation,” on display June 18 through 24, is a collection of black and white photos from the early 1970s taken by Northwestern alumnus John Block when he was a student at the School of Education and Social Policy, and contemporary images by Vanessa Gonzalez-Block, a senior anthropology major and film and media studies minor. Vanessa graduates from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on June 21. Her father was one of the Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first exhibiting student artists.

 

The weeklong exhibition will take place at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The exhibition and an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, are free and open to the public.

 

 

Lucy Smith, Tues. June 18 at Harbert Park

Jazz and blues vocalist Lucy Smith, an Evanston favorite, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Park, McDaniel Avenue at Dempster Street, just east of McCormick Blvd.  Admission is free. 

This event is part of the City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

Gizzae, Thursday, June 20 at James Park

 

 

Hailing from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, the ancient lands of Ethiopia, and the south side of Chicago, Gizzae will share its unique reggae vibrations with Evanston at a Starlight Concert Series performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (at Mulford, south of Oakton).  Free admission!

 

 

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo, June 25 at Bent Park

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran.  The band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at Bent Park, Central   Street at Cowper Ave., as part of the City of Evanston’s free Starlight Concert Series.

 

Before relocating to Chicago, Baran was a fixture in the Honduran music scene.  He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer.  The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances often feature well-known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the ’60s and ’70s as well.

 

Blank Tapes, Song Preservation Society, June 27

Led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams, The Blank Tapes are a trio that hails from California.  “The sunny sounds of L.A.’s The Blank Tapes yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs,” said The New Yorker.  “This lo-fi unsigned band somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and the Black Keys…Quick, somebody sign them!” raved Rolling Stone.

See for yourself what the fuss is all about when The Blank Tapes visit Evanston for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 27 at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue.  Fellow Golden State band Song Preservation Society will open this free show. 

For more information, call 847/448-8260.

Woza Albert! opens June 29

Woza Albert! ! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simonis is a political satire about the second-coming of the savior to South Africa during the era of apartheid.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 14 at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

Sleepy LaBeef, Tuesday, July 2 at Bent Park

***Bonus 17th Starlight Concert Series performance added!***

The legendary Sleepy LaBeef, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will perform a free show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue in Evanston.

Standing 6-foot-7, the 77-year-old performer is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one.  For a half-century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road.  He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the Sixties and as recently as the year 2000.  Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history, includingElvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins. 

Through the years his bands have numbered over 500 people including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin, and he has been an acknowledged influence to a wide variety of people, including Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

 

Ethnic Arts Festival Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for artists and vendors to submit applications for booth space at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival has been extended to Monday, July 1.  The 28th annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St. along Evanston’s lakefront.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

Catch the Arts Buzz

 

The listings here merely scratch the surface of  Evanston’s bountiful arts and cultural offerings.  Don’t miss out!  Visit (and bookmark) evanstonartsbuzz.com, your online guide to arts activities in Evanston.

 

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, near the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

 

More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be on hand to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques, and collectables.  They will be joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned sidewalk sale.  The event also features a variety of live entertainment.

For more information, please call 847/328-2204.

 

 

 

 

The exhibition, Transformations Continued, featuring work by the Art Encounter Critique Group, will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Facilitated by Art Encounter founder and artistic director Joanna Pinsky, the artist critique group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences through in-depth discussion of each artist’s work.  The workshop covers topics such as exhibition opportunities, professional presentation of work, and current trends in contemporary art. Curated by Pinsky, this exhibit represents the diverse working styles and visions of the workshop’s artists.  For additional information, please call 847/328-9222.

 

 

 

Fragments of Memory” is an exhibition that explores the work of three Chicago-area artists who employ uniquely dissimilar mediums that intersect at the crossroads of memory.  Through their unique perspectives, Kass Copeland, Sarah Rehmer, and S. Gayle Stevens address how the past interpenetrates the present. In each case, we are presented with new ways of seeing objects. 

Curated by Alan Leder and running concurrently with Transformations Continued, Fragments of Memory will run through Wednesday, June 26, at the Noyes Gallery, 927   Noyes Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

 

 

 

A post-Father’s Day photography exhibition at Northwestern University in mid-June will showcase the works of an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and his soon-to-graduate “shutterbug” daughter.  Exhibiting together during commencement week, the two photographers will provide a “then and now” perspective of 40 years of Northwestern student life.

 

“From Generation to Generation,” on display June 18 through 24, is a collection of black and white photos from the early 1970s taken by Northwestern alumnus John Block when he was a student at the School of Education and Social Policy, and contemporary images by Vanessa Gonzalez-Block, a senior anthropology major and film and media studies minor. Vanessa graduates from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on June 21. Her father was one of the Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first exhibiting student artists.

 

The weeklong exhibition will take place at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The exhibition and an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, are free and open to the public.

 

 

Jazz and blues vocalist Lucy Smith, an Evanston favorite, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Park, McDaniel Avenue at Dempster Street, just east of McCormick Blvd.  Admission is free. 

This event is part of the City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Hailing from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, the ancient lands of Ethiopia, and the south side of Chicago, Gizzae will share its unique reggae vibrations with Evanston at a Starlight Concert Series performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (at Mulford, south of Oakton).  Free admission!

 

 

 

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran.  The band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at Bent Park, Central   Street at Cowper Ave., as part of the City of Evanston’s free Starlight Concert Series.

 

Before relocating to Chicago, Baran was a fixture in the Honduran music scene.  He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer.  The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances often feature well-known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the ’60s and ’70s as well.

 

Led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams, The Blank Tapes are a trio that hails from California.  “The sunny sounds of L.A.’s The Blank Tapes yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs,” said The New Yorker.  “This lo-fi unsigned band somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and the Black Keys…Quick, somebody sign them!” raved Rolling Stone.

See for yourself what the fuss is all about when The Blank Tapes visit Evanston for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 27 at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue.  Fellow Golden State band Song Preservation Society will open this free show. 

For more information, call 847/448-8260.

Woza Albert! ! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simonis is a political satire about the second-coming of the savior to South Africa during the era of apartheid.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 14 at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

***Bonus 17th Starlight Concert Series performance added!***

The legendary Sleepy LaBeef, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will perform a free show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue in Evanston.

Standing 6-foot-7, the 77-year-old performer is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one.  For a half-century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road.  He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the Sixties and as recently as the year 2000.  Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history, includingElvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins. 

Through the years his bands have numbered over 500 people including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin, and he has been an acknowledged influence to a wide variety of people, including Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

 

The deadline for artists and vendors to submit applications for booth space at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival has been extended to Monday, July 1.  The 28th annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St. along Evanston’s lakefront.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

  

The listings here merely scratch the surface of  Evanston’s bountiful arts and cultural offerings.  Don’t miss out!  Visit (and bookmark) evanstonartsbuzz.com, your online guide to arts activities in Evanston.

 

The Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, near the intersection of Main Street and Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 

 

More than 300 artists and craftspeople from across the nation will be on hand to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques, and collectables.  They will be joined by 150 local businesses and commercial exhibitors who put on an old fashioned sidewalk sale.  The event also features a variety of live entertainment.

For more information, please call 847/328-2204.

 

 

 

 

The exhibition, Transformations Continued, featuring work by the Art Encounter Critique Group, will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street.  The exhibit will be on display through July 24.  Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Facilitated by Art Encounter founder and artistic director Joanna Pinsky, the artist critique group meets monthly to share ideas and experiences through in-depth discussion of each artist’s work.  The workshop covers topics such as exhibition opportunities, professional presentation of work, and current trends in contemporary art. Curated by Pinsky, this exhibit represents the diverse working styles and visions of the workshop’s artists.  For additional information, please call 847/328-9222.

 

 

 

Fragments of Memory” is an exhibition that explores the work of three Chicago-area artists who employ uniquely dissimilar mediums that intersect at the crossroads of memory.  Through their unique perspectives, Kass Copeland, Sarah Rehmer, and S. Gayle Stevens address how the past interpenetrates the present. In each case, we are presented with new ways of seeing objects. 

Curated by Alan Leder and running concurrently with Transformations Continued, Fragments of Memory will run through Wednesday, June 26, at the Noyes Gallery, 927   Noyes Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, please call 847.448.8260.

 

 

 

A post-Father’s Day photography exhibition at Northwestern University in mid-June will showcase the works of an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and his soon-to-graduate “shutterbug” daughter.  Exhibiting together during commencement week, the two photographers will provide a “then and now” perspective of 40 years of Northwestern student life.

 

“From Generation to Generation,” on display June 18 through 24, is a collection of black and white photos from the early 1970s taken by Northwestern alumnus John Block when he was a student at the School of Education and Social Policy, and contemporary images by Vanessa Gonzalez-Block, a senior anthropology major and film and media studies minor. Vanessa graduates from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences on June 21. Her father was one of the Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first exhibiting student artists.

 

The weeklong exhibition will take place at the Dittmar Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. The exhibition and an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, are free and open to the public.

 

 

Jazz and blues vocalist Lucy Smith, an Evanston favorite, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Harbert Park, McDaniel Avenue at Dempster Street, just east of McCormick Blvd.  Admission is free. 

This event is part of the City of Evanston’s Starlight Concert Series.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 

 

Hailing from the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica, the ancient lands of Ethiopia, and the south side of Chicago, Gizzae will share its unique reggae vibrations with Evanston at a Starlight Concert Series performance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue (at Mulford, south of Oakton).  Free admission!

 

 

 

 

Charlie Baran y Grupo Gringo is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran.  The band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at Bent Park, Central   Street at Cowper Ave., as part of the City of Evanston’s free Starlight Concert Series.

 

Before relocating to Chicago, Baran was a fixture in the Honduran music scene.  He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer.  The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances often feature well-known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the ’60s and ’70s as well.

 

Led by multi-instrumentalist Matt Adams, The Blank Tapes are a trio that hails from California.  “The sunny sounds of L.A.’s The Blank Tapes yoke a garage-pop sensibility to ferocious rock riffs,” said The New Yorker.  “This lo-fi unsigned band somehow evokes Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, and the Black Keys…Quick, somebody sign them!” raved Rolling Stone.

See for yourself what the fuss is all about when The Blank Tapes visit Evanston for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, June 27 at James Park, 300 Dodge Avenue.  Fellow Golden State band Song Preservation Society will open this free show. 

For more information, call 847/448-8260.

Woza Albert! ! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simonis is a political satire about the second-coming of the savior to South Africa during the era of apartheid.

Presented by Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, the production opens on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 14 at the Noyes Theater, 927 Noyes Street in Evanston.  Performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 847/448-8260.

 

***Bonus 17th Starlight Concert Series performance added!***

The legendary Sleepy LaBeef, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, will perform a free show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Bent Park, Central Street at Cowper Avenue in Evanston.

Standing 6-foot-7, the 77-year-old performer is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one.  For a half-century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks, and on the road.  He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the Sixties and as recently as the year 2000.  Sleepy LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history, includingElvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, and Carl Perkins. 

Through the years his bands have numbered over 500 people including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin, and he has been an acknowledged influence to a wide variety of people, including Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles.

 

The deadline for artists and vendors to submit applications for booth space at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival has been extended to Monday, July 1.  The 28th annual Ethnic Arts Festival will take place on Saturday & Sunday, July 20-21, at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St. along Evanston’s lakefront.  For more information, please call 847/448-8260.

 
 

The listings here merely scratch the surface of  Evanston’s bountiful arts and cultural offerings.  Don’t miss out!  Visit (and bookmark) evanstonartsbuzz.com, your online guide to arts activities in Evanston.

   

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