Martin Luther King Day Children's Celebration

    January 21, 2019


    Evanston Public Library

    Main Branch

    1703 Orrington Ave

    Events in the Children's Room at the library include:

    • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Drop-in Peace Tree crafts
    • 12:45 and 1:45 p.m., film, Martin’s Big Words (Friedberg Room)
    • 1:15 and 2:15 p.m., film, March On! (Friedberg Room)
    • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Young, Black & Lit. YB&L will be giving away 150 children's books featuring Black main characters  to attendees.  YB&L's mission is to put books that center, reflect, and affirm Black children into the hands of local youth.
    • 2:40 p.m. to 3 p.m., Coretta Scott King Award Winners Storytime with Brian Wilson 
    • 3 p.m., Rev. Eddie P. Reeves, Dr. King’s "I Have A Dream" speech
    • 3:20 p.m., Community Sing led by Marlene Meyer


    Creating a Starter

    January 23, 2019



    February 13, 2019



    Hewn Bread

    810 Dempster St

    Our ever popular "After Hours at Hewn" classes are back! This class is perfect for those wanting to create their own starter to bake bread and other items. As Ellen writes in her book Heritage Baking, "Nothing beats a true sourdough starter . . . a treasured, living, breathing and eating culture of healthy bacteria that helps break down the gluten. Natural starters (also known as levain) bring out the nuanced flavors of heritage wheat and also add a touch of tang and sweetness that we crave in sourdough-style bread."


    Ellen will teach participants how to make and care for their starter. Each person will take their starter home after the class. A light dinner and refreshments will also be served.


    Signed copies of Heritage Baking will also be available for purchase at the event.


    Black History Month Kickoff

    January 25, 2019


    Norris Center, Louis Room

    1999 Campus Drive, Northwestern

    Swahili for ‘pull together,’ the term "Harambee" is most often used as a rallying cry in Kenya for people to come together in community and gather resources. While Swahili is one of thousands of languages spoken in Africa and throughout the African diaspora, here at Northwestern, we ‘pull together’ in the spirit of community, history, and approbation of African, Afro-Carribean, and African American culture. Bringing together students, staff, faculty, and alumni, Harambee kicks off Black History Month in February and features a variety of performances, music and food for everyone to enjoy.


    Sponsored by: FMO, Multicultural Student Affairs

    Poetry & Storytelling

    Discussion Group

    January 25, 2019


    Divine Creative Synergy

    707 Chicago Ave

    Join an evening of sharing stories and poetry. Share your own writing, or your favorite author, or just come to listen.


    Space is limited, please RSVP to divinecreativesynergy.com

    Ask an Analyst:
    Everything you've always wanted to know about Analytical Psychology but were too confused to ask

    January 26, 2019


    C.G. Jung Center

    817 Demspter St

    A great opportunity to meet with Jungian analysts Laura McGrew and Ken James. They will answer questions about Jung, Jungians, and Analytical Psychology.


    Participants are welcome to bring any and all questions for consideration in a supportive, interactive, and informative environment. A variety of resources will be used to construct responses to participants questions, such as Jung’s Collected Works, the writings of post-Jungians, fairy tales, world mythologies, religious studies, philosophy, and the fine arts.


    Hannah Frank Folktet with whitewolfsonicprincess

    January 26, 2019


    Ice House Gallery

    609 South Blvd

    Hannah Frank is a Midwestern songwriter whose first forays swept through rural country blues, raw cowboy chords, and surprising lyrics. Soaking up Chicago's music scene, with a dash of jazz and electrifying energy of urban blues, the set is mysterious, evocative and fun. Characters step out of songs as if out of a novel. With Meg Thomas on Native American gathering drum and cajon presiding over a custom percussion set-up as impressive as it is original, Victor Sander's otherworldly electric guitar, and Ben E. Miller's steadfast rhythms on bass, the group has hit several milestones: playing venues such as House of Blues Chicago (twice in one year with two different line-ups and two different sets of original music), Hard Rock Cafe and Mayne Stage, as well as at festivals in Chicago. The group developed and hosted a monthly songwriter showcase for over two years. "Singing For Your Supper" was a favorite spot for local songwriters to play for a listening audience. Recently, the band is cooking up new, dancable tunes with rock and roll energy and interpreting riveting songs for you.

    Music on Madison Concert:

    Schubertiade II

    January 26, 2019


    The Musical Offering

    743 Custer Ave

    Celebrate the birthday of composer Franz Schubert with music for strings and piano. Schubert's delightful D Major Violin Sonata is sure to please and his towering E-Flat Major Piano Trio is sure to stir the soul.


    Rachel Brown, violin; Veronica Nettles Kolegas, cello; Rick Ferguson, piano
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in D Major, D 384; Piano Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 100


    Austrian chocolate and other goodies will be served!


    January Film Club:

    "Chinatown" &

    "LA Confidential"

    January 28, 2019


    Divine Creative Synergy

    707 Chicago Ave

    Join us to discuss the film noir classics "Chinatown" and "LA Confidential"


    Hosted by William P. Hogue



    Taco Tuesday ...

    For a Cause!

    January 29, 2019


    La Principal

    700 Main St

    The last Tuesday of each month, La Principal will, as always, donate $1, for every taco sold, dine-in and carry-out, to a worthy cause. To learn more about beneficiaries, read on and click the link below.


    JANUARY 2019 - TBD

    DECEMBER 2018 - Mayor Hagerty's Food, Toy & Book Drive

    NOVEMBER 2018 - Beth Emet Soup Kitchen

    OCTOBER 2018 - On Your Feet Foundation

    SEPT 2018 - Unity Pre-School

    AUGUST 2018 - Chimp Haven

    JULY 2018 - YMCA Children's Center

    JUNE 2018 - Rainbows for All Children

    The Musical Offering:

    Equity Suite Concert

    January 30, 2019


    Chute Middle School

    1400 Oakton ST

    A collaborative performance of Rick Ferguson's Equity Suite for concert band involving students from Chute Middle School social studies, advanced art and honors band classes.


    Social studies and art students will create a series of brief performance pieces and accompanying art work exploring various equity-related issues – all interwoven into the music.


    Perspective Gallery Opening: Vanessa Filley "Voices of Resistance"

    Perspective Gallery

    1310 1/2 B Chicago Ave


    Opening Reception

    February 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm


    Audience Participation

    Photo Shoot

    February 9, 2:00pm-4:00pm


    Artist Talk

    February 21, 7:00pm-8:00pm

    Filley's series looks to the past for an understanding of the struggles, gallant efforts and endurance of those who came before. It seeks to find inspiration in the work they did laying the cornerstones of who we are today as a nation. It builds a bridge of conversation between then and now in order to connect more deeply with those who were ignored and devalued in the past. Moreover, the series strives to imagine a more inclusive, brighter future for generations to come.


    Inspired by the Women's Marches in January 2017/ 2018, the recent Year of the Woman and the November 2018 elections, Filley states that "it has felt imperative to look to the past for reminders of hope, to see a timeline of change that respects the humanity of the many over the few. It is from the triumphs of history that we can imagine a more hopeful union."

    Black Evanstonian History Makers

    Up Close

    February 4, 2019


    Morton Civic Center, 2nd Floor

    2100 Ridge Ave

    Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre hosts a very special meet and greet evening with a few of the Black Evanstonians who have forged a better path for a community in need of hope and change. Hear their stories of adversity and triumph firsthand. Bring your children to this historical event so they can meet these extraordinary people up close and even take pictures to cherish for a lifetime. A reception with light snacks and beverages will be served before the presentation.


    For more information, call 847-866-5914.

    Zen Shiatsu: Free Introductory Workshop

    Zen Shiatsu Chicago

    825A Chicago Ave


    February 8

    Friday, 7:00-9:30pm

    What will you learn at an introductory workshop?  

    1. How to move the energy of your own body
    Shiatsu is a non-manipulative discipline. We believe that there is nothing you can "do" to "fix" the energy of another person. Rather, each person has everything they need for their own healing.

    So, in our intro workshop, we start by getting a sense of our own internal spark of healing energy. We will do guided internal exercises that will help you find and release tension and imbalance in your own body.

    2. How to work in a way that's beneficial for you as well as for the client
    The practitioner of shiatsu must use themselves well in order to give good shiatsu. You don't need a perfectly flexible body or a perfectly relaxed mind, but you need to move a step in that direction as you give a treatment. While you give shiatsu you relax your own body a bit more; you relax your mind a bit more. The client will feel relaxation through your hands and will respond in kind. If you come to the work ready to "work", the benefits won't be the same; your client will feel effort. We will explore how Shiatsu can be actually relaxing and energizing for the giver.


    Both classes taught by Steve Rogne.


    Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Live at Cultivate

    February 9, 2019


    Cultivate Urban Rainforest & Gallery

    704 Main St

    Cultivate is proud to host the legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble during their Be Known! 2019 tour.

    The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has toured internationally as well as recorded enumerable celebrated projects over the last 45 years. The current line up , featuring Corey Wilkes/trumpet , Alex Harding/baritone sax , and the bands founder, Dr. Kahil El’Zabar/multi-percussion/composition, is guaranteed to inspire audiences.


    The EHE is a must see ensemble, making history with each performance. They are 21st century Griot, making Great Black Music for the Mind, Body, and Spirit!

    Second Saturday Brewery Tours

    February 9, 2019


    Sketchbook Brewery

    821 Chicago Ave

    Learn about brewing from one of our head brewers, while enjoying samples of three beers. Hear more about Sketchbook’s commitment to sustainability, and our community-supported brewery model. Questions welcome!

    The $10 fee (pay at the taproom or online) includes an up-close-and-friendly one-hour tour at Sketchbook’s small production brewery, free samples, a 12-oz. Belgian glass to take home, and one FREE full pour in the taproom.

    All tour participants must be 21+; everyone will be carded before the tour. Limited tickets available. Please enter through the taproom.


    CLICK HERE to reserve tickets

    Wine Goddess & Homestead Meats:

    2nd Annual

    Gypsy Jazz Night

    February 9, 2019


    The Wine Goddess

    704 Main St

    What is Gypsy Jazz Night at The Wine Goddess? Ehran from Homestead Meats is providing beef stew (and it's honestly the best beef stew known to man); Hewn is providing the crusty bread; The Wine Goddess will provide the rich, red wine; and the great Stuart Rosenberg and pals will supply sultry, Django Rheinhart-esque background music. Tickets are $50, and include: beef stew and crusty bread, two glasses of red wine, and the live tunes. We’re capping this at 40 tickets so everyone gets a seat while they eat, so do buy them soon, and don’t forget to wear your red lipstick, everybody! Dudes, if you don't want to foray into wearing make-up, how about a beret, pencil mustache, or at least some Pomade.

    Family Karaoke

    February 9, 2019


    Firehouse Grill

    750 Chicago Ave

    Back by popular demand! 
    Join us for a fun family night of dinner and karaoke! Tickets include buffet of salad, wings, mini dogs, pizza and dessert!
    You won't want to stop singing with unlimited karaoke hosted by Tony Gogo of Extreme Karaoke!

    Adult ticket $20 *includes 1 free drink (select beer, wine or well)


    1st Child $12 , Additional children $8 each


    Followed immediately by Adult Karaoke at 9:00pm.


    After the kids clear out Tony will continue to throw down tracks for your karaoke pleasure!
    This free event will feature $5 drink specials (select beer & wine)  and $5 bar snacks (food available till 11pm)

    *Must be 21 or older to attend*

    All About E-Town

    Beer Dinner

    February 15, 2019


    Firehouse Grill

    750 Chicago Ave

    Love great beer, love great food, love Evanston? We do too! Come join us for a night showcasing some of Evanston’s local beer!
    Firehouse Grill will host this event along with our friends from Temperance and Sketchbook Breweries!   Chef Greg Carter will be pairing delectable food pairings to go with delicious brews! Bring a date, bring a friend (or 10), or anyone who loves beer and food!
    **Must be 21 or older to attend this event**
    ***This event is held in our upstairs party space***


    Acro Partner Yoga Workshop: Therapeutic Flying Yoga for Friends and Families

    February 16, 2019


    Zen Shiatsu Chicago

    825A Chicago Ave

    Building Community On and Off the Ground!


    Come fly with Lucia and learn to balance with other's in this playful practice that combines acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage!


    Take your yoga practice off your mat right into the sky! Learn to fly in partner balancing acro poses. And you'll learn how to Base, as well as, receive as a flyer, in therapeutic and restorative flights.


    Bring a friend, family member, or come alone and we'll connect you.


    All ages and All levels, All are welcome!


    Register for $20 + Bring a friend for $10

    Rock for Rainbows:

    Battle of the Bands

    February 17, 2019


    210 Live

    210 Green Bay Rd

    Highwood, IL

    Held at 210 Live (Highwood, IL), in conjunction with School of Rock, three bands from SoR Evanston and three from Highwood will face off to become the official Rock 4 Rainbows Champion! Bonus performance from the winner of the Battle of the Bands at Highland Park High School Charity Drive competition!

    Get your ticket here: https://rainbows.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/Rock4Rainbows/tabid/1026423/Default.aspx

    Join us for silent auctions, raffles, great music, small bites and beverages. All proceeds benefit Rainbows for All Children's peer support programs for children living with loss due to death, divorce, deployment, deportation, incarceration, life-altering illness.

    We look forward to rocking with you!

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