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  • Evanston Dance Ensemble presents The Big Night | Opening March 14-14



     Opening Friday, March 14

    The universal teen ritual of social dance events and the timelessness of dance as a social medium are the overarching themes of the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s (EDE) March 2014 production The Big Night.  Opening Friday, March 14, The Big Night is presented in two acts – Graduation Ball and Prom 2014 – and marks the first time EDE has created an evening of dance pairing a stylized classical ballet with a second act of individual contemporary concert pieces.  EDE will present five performances of The Big Night at the Josephine Louis Theater on Northwestern University’s campus (20 Art Circle Drive) – Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March15 at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, March 15 at 1 and 4 p.m.  Performance runs 45 min.

    Tickets for The Big Night are priced at $16.00 for children under 18, students and seniors, and $24.00 for adults.  Tickets go on sale February 5 and may be purchased by calling the Northwestern Box Office at 847.491.7282 or by going online at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

    For additional information on the Evanston Dance Ensemble, view the company’s website at www.evanstondanceensemble.org or call 847.328.6683.

    Photo Credit: Matt Glavin

  • MIC Family Concert | March 15-15

    Music Institute presents a Family Concert:


    by Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theatre

    Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Nichols Concert Hall
    1490 Chicago Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60201
    General Admission: $5

    These interactive one-hour programs, geared for children 4-12 years of age, feature fun-filled performances with just the right mix of music education. Activities in the lobby, one hour prior to each program, offer kids a variety of opportunities to discover music including an instrument petting zoo, early childhood demonstrations, student performances and more!

    A Piano with 3 Tales » 12 pm
    In this production, a classical piano recital masquerading as puppet show, young audiences experience masterworks by monumental composers for the instrument, not to mention an enthralling tune for toy piano (yes, toy piano!) by living composer Stephen Montague.
    Three pieces for piano are collected in this spectacle for children and children-at-heart, all performed in their entirety, live, by acclaimed pianist Mary Rose Norell. Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exibition, Frederic Chopin’s Scherzo in b minor and Montague’s Mirabella a Tarantella (for toy piano) are each realized by a cast of Blair Thomas’ handmade puppets of all kinds, from bunraku dolls to larger-than-life human-sized costumes. Featuring brand-new characters and narratives this delightful family show exercises the imagination and reveals the magical power of wordless music.
    Hyperlink for tickets: Music Institute Family Concert: A Piano with 3 Tales March 15 @ 12 pm

    Open House » 11 am
    Start your day at the Music Institute of Chicago. Fun for families begins with an open house in the lobby where toddlers can try Musikgarten® early childhood demos, kids play instruments at our instrument “petting” zoo, parents talk with faculty, and everyone can enjoy refreshments, student performances and special discounts on lessons and classes.

    Contact: Dan Williams: dwilliams@musicinst.org

  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center 1st Floor Exhibit | March 9-9

    Taking Chances: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

    AVM exhibit

    Sarah Krepp, Curator

    Exhibit Runs   March 9 – April 29, 2014

    Artists’ Reception: March 9, 3 – 5 p.m.

    All are welcome, FREE event!

    Noyes Cultural Arts Center
    927 Noyes Street 1st Floor Gallery
    Evanston, IL 60201

    This gallery contains 3 photographs in all as   photograph etc.

  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center 2nd Floor Exhibit | March 5-9

    Resident Artist

    Leslie Hirshfield presents….

    An Art Exhibit at Noyes

    Art work of students from the Hirshfield studio will be on display in the second floor gallery from March 5 through April 30, 2014.

    Opening reception will be held March 9 from 2 – 4 p.m.

    This is a free event, all are welcome

    Noyes Cultural Arts Center
    927 Noyes Street, 2nd floor
    Evanston IL 60201

  • Purple Crayon Players The Transition of Doodle Pequeno| beg Feb 27-8

    Purple Crayon Players presents…

    The Transition of Doodle Pequeño by Gabriel Jason Dean

    Produced by: Khari Shelton
    Directed by: Lindsay Amer
    *Recommended for 3rd grade and up

    Doodle Pequeño and his trilingual goat, Valencia (she speaks English, Spanish, and goat) just moved to Southern California. The apartment they share with mama is packed with unopened boxes. With Halloween comes trick-or-treaters and a boy who wears dresses, Reno, like the city in Nevada. Doodle and Reno evade capture from the evil pumpkin-wielding troll, Baumgartner, and out run their nemesis, marjoram, and her little brother, toph all while the Santa Anna winds rap at the door. It is a story of two boys who become friends in spite of their differences while examining the consequences of misused language, providing insight into the lives of Mexican-immigrant children and interrogating the issues of gender-identity and homophobic bullying.


    Thursday, February 27th at 7pm

    Friday, February 28th at 7& 9pm

    Saturday, March 1st at 11am& 2pm


    FREE for children under 18

    $5 for college students, $10 for adults

    Tickets are sold at the door. 

    If you are interested in reserving for a group, please email us.


    The Louis Room

    Norris University Center at Northwestern University

    1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60201

    Questions? Email us at purplecrayonplayers@gmail.com

  • MIC Around the World in 80 Minutes | Feb 16 +-16

    kids - World

    Around the World in 80 Minutes: Joint Free Open Houses with Music Institute and Language Stars

    Learn how music and foreign language play a key role in your child’s life at one of three interactive family open houses this spring. Early childhood and elementary programs are the foundation for successful long term study in foreign and musical languages. Individual and group study strengthen transferable social and learning skills. Experience how high quality play-based enrichment education can be FUN!

    Sunday, February 16 @ 4-6 pm
    Music Institute of Chicago,
    300 Green Bay Road, Winnetka

    Sunday, March 16 @ 4-6 pm
    Language Stars, Lincoln Park Center
    1741 N. Elston, Chicago

    Sunday, May 11 @ 4-6 pm
    Music Institute of Chicago,
    1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

    Attend one of three joint open houses where you and your child will participate in your choice of 3 short demo lessons and an international sing along. Each child will receive a passport which will be stamped at each language or music lesson attended. You may choose from lessons in Spanish, Mandarin and other additional languages, as well as 3-4 music lessons-ranging from learning scales kinesthetically, rhythm games and a Musikgarten parent-child sampler.
    Interact with experienced faculty who specialize in teaching young children.  Take home pocket versions of curricula, taste ethnic treats
    and win tuition discounts and door prizes!

    Dates: Sundays, February 16, March 16, May 11
    Times: 4-6 pm
    Cost: Free
    Contact/RSVP to lincolnpark@languagestars.com or call 773.772.7877

  • Home School Historical Immersions |begin in March 2014-27

    Home School Historical Immersions

    We’re back with more of our popular visits to other times.   Spend the morning visiting other times.  Homeschoolers will take an in depth look at the ideas, events, arts and literature of other eras each month.

    Westward Expansion: Little House on the Prairie
    Thursdays, March 6 -27, 2014 10 a.m. - Noon
    Renaissance England
    Thursdays, April 3 - May 1, 2014 [No Class April 10] 10 a.m. - Noon
    Sign-up by the month; single day drop-ins may be possible.


    Location: Noyes Cultural Arts Center

    Age Level: 8-13 yrs

    Fee: $48 R/$52 NR