ORION WELCOMES RUSSIAN CELLIST IAN MAKSIN FOR “RUSSIAN PASSION” AND GLEN ELLYN DEBUT NOV. 11, ALSO CHICAGO (NOV. 14), EVANSTON (NOV. 18) Program Includes Original Work, Arensky, Frühling, Cassadó

ORION WELCOMES RUSSIAN CELLIST IAN MAKSIN   FOR “RUSSIAN PASSION” AND GLEN ELLYN DEBUT NOV. 11, ALSO CHICAGO (NOV. 14), EVANSTON (NOV. 18) Program Includes Original Work, Arensky, Frühling, Cassadó
The Orion Ensemble, winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, continues its 26th season with “Russian Passion,” welcoming guest cellist Ian Maksin and guest violist Stephen Boe. Performances take place November 11 at a new venue, First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn; November 14 at the PianoForte Studios in downtown Chicago; and November 18 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.
The program
Russian-born, Chicago-based cellist and composer Ian Maksin returns to Chicago as part of an extensive worldwide tour in 2018. His latest album Zaria features folk music from Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Belarus and Macedonia; Maksin’s original compositions inspired by tango, flamenco, Balkan music, shamanic rhythms and slavic pagan chants; and his tributes to music of Jacques Brel, Bill Withers and Russian rock star Boris Grebenshchikov. On Orion’s concert program, he performs original compositions inspired by Tango Nuevo (a modern interpretation of the tango), blues, jazz, flamenco, Middle Eastern and Eastern European folk music.
Maksin also joins Orion cellist Judy Stone and other Ensemble members on Arensky’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 35. Although he is almost completely unknown in the United States, Arensky (1861-1906) is considered in Russia to be among the most illustrious Russian composers. The unusual use of two cellos adds to the intense darkness of this work. Written only months following Tchaikovsky’s death, this work features contrasts of mood and tonal colorations.
The Trio in A minor by Carl Frühling (1868-1937) features radiant moments from the clarinet and gentle musings from the piano. However, the mystical longings expressed in this trio are akin to Arensky. Born in Ukraine, Frühling was a gifted pianist whose works are known for their lyrical qualities.
Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966) was a cellist and composer born in Barcelona. When Cassadó was nine, Pablo Casals heard him play in a recital and offered to instruct the young cellist. The Piano Trio in C Major, which Cassadó composed in 1926, features the rhythmic passions that are typical of Spanish composers, as well as many tonal contrasts, exotic and unexpected changes of tempo and dynamics and a great variety of emotional heights and depths.
Orion’s 26th season
Orion’s 2018-19 season, which includes violist Stephen Boe on all programs, continues with “French Musical Treasure,” with works by Beethoven, Garrop, Van de Vate and Chaminade in March, and “A Brahms Finale,” featuring works by Uhl, Prokofiev and Brahms in May. Orion hosts a fall benefit October 13 at Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois and appears on the broadcast series “Live from WFMT” October 1, 2018 and May 20, 2019.


The Orion Ensemble

Founded in 1992, The Orion Ensemble, winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming for its critically acclaimed millennium celebration “An Inside Look at Contemporary Music,” features a roster of four superb musicians–Kathryne Pirtle (clarinet), Florentina Ramniceanu (violin), Diana Schmück (piano) and Judy Stone (cello)–who have performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as an ensemble and individually in solo, orchestral and other chamber music roles. The Chicago Tribune called Orion “one of Chicago’s most vibrant, versatile and distinctive ensembles,” and the Chicago Sun-Times said Orion is “what chamber music should be all about: Individual virtuosity melded into a group personality.” The Orion Ensemble is supported in part by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the John R. Halligan Charitable Fund, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund, the Illinois Arts Council and generous donations from its patrons.

For a brief history, click here.

Performance and ticket information
The Orion Ensemble’s concert program “Russian Passion” takes place Sunday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at a new venue, First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, 535 Forest Avenue in Glen Ellyn; November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the PianoForte Studios, 1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago; and November 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. A four-ticket flexible subscription provides a 10 percent savings on full-priced tickets. For tickets or more information, call 630-628-9591 or visit orionensemble.org.

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Top photo (L-R): Cellist Judy Stone, violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle and pianist Diana Schmück. Photo by Cornelia Babbitt.
Photo of cellist Ian Maksin (L) courtesy of Ian Maksin.
Photo of violist Stephen Boe courtesy of Stephen Boe.
Bottom photo (L-R): Violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, pianist Diana Schmück, clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle and cellist Judy Stone. Photo by Cornelia Babbitt.
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MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN WITH “SPOOKTACULAR” CONCERT OCT. 28 Haunted Musical Open House Follows Performance

MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN WITH “SPOOKTACULAR” CONCERT OCT. 28 Haunted Musical Open House Follows Performance
The Music Institute of Chicago’s Faculty and Guest Artist Series continues Sunday, October 28 with a 3 p.m. “Spooktacular” Concert and 4 p.m. Haunted Musical Open House at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Using a festive Halloween theme as inspiration, the Music Institute’s award-winning faculty perform appropriately “scary” music that showcases the historic 1914 E. M. Skinner pipe organ as well as a variety of instruments and musical styles.

This family-friendly, 60-minute concert is followed by a “Haunted Musical Open House.” Guests make their way to the lower-level Community Music School to travel from room to room for spooky music and trick-or-treating. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and show their Halloween spirit.

The Music Institute’s 2018–19 Faculty and Guest Artist Series continues with the Fischoff Award-winning Callisto Quartet November 10; “Duke It Out!,” a family event combining the Tchaikovsky and Ellington/Strayhorn versions of The Nutcracker, December 8; “Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist” featuring solo pianist Inna Faliks February 10; Paul Barnes, pianist and chanter, in “Love and Death and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant” March 10; the genre-defying Time for Three trio April 7; a Lionel Hampton Birthday Celebration featuring Joe Locke, Tammy McCann, and Thaddeus Tukes April 20; and the Academy Orchestra with the Bach Week Festival and piano soloist Sergei Babayan April 28.

The “Spooktacular” Concert and Haunted Musical Open House take place
Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m.
at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Admission to the performance and open house is $50 for VIP seating,
$40 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, and $15 for students.

Tickets are available at 800.838.3006 or musicinst.org.
All programming is subject to change.
Nichols Concert Hall
Noted architect Solon S. Beman designed the architecturally and acoustically magnificent First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, in 1912. In 2003, the building was sensitively restored to become Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art, 550-seat performance space and music education destination, easily accessible to numerous restaurants, on-street and metered parking, and the Davis Street CTA and Metra stations. The converted building, featuring a fully restored, 1914 E. M. Skinner pipe organ, received the Richard H. Driehaus Award for best adaptive use by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.  Each year Nichols Concert Hall reaches approximately 15,000 people and hosts a world-class chamber music series, workshops and master classes, student recitals, and special events.

Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.

The Imperial Sound Play Montrose Saloon on October 25th in support of The New AM out on Pravda Records.

The Imperial Sound Play Montrose Saloon on October 25th in support of The New AM out on Pravda Records.

 

The Imperial Sound’s blithe synthesis of 21st-century irony and bright, unselfconscious AM-radio pop is both brave and unique. And catchy as hell. The band’s debut album, The New AM showcases songwriter Frederick Mosher’s hook-driven heritage – with influences from Todd Rundgren and Carole King to The Replacements and Elvis Costello – delivering infectious, shimmering songs that celebrate the craft and style of the best pop music. Pravda Records will release the new album on August 31st, and the band will celebrate at the Hideout September 1st with guest singers Renaldo Domino and Robert Cornelius.

Kenn Goodman (keyboards) and Mosher (guitars and vocals) have been partners in a variety of musical ventures, from the Chicago-based Pravda Records store and label to the legendary trash-rock trio The New Duncan Imperials, for many years. Their latest incarnation, as the founders of The Imperial Sound puts them at the center of a group of seasoned musicians with years of experience and a drive for self-reinvention.

The band’s debut full-length album was recorded with Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Labs (Wilco, Neko Case, Mekons) and mixed by John “Strawberry” Fields (Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, the Dollyrots). The twelve songs on the Imperial Sound’s debut forge an immediately identifiable sound and style: songs bristling with pop hooks, taut arrangements driven by an all-star horn section, and heavenly harmonies courtesy of a who’s-who in Chicago pop. Guests on the album include Peter Himmelman, Poi Dog Pondering’s Dag Juhlin, singing legends Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Conner (Neko Case, Mavis Staples, the Flat Five), and Kathy Ruestow (Diplomats of Solid Sound).

WATCH “A Man Like You” HERE!

The Imperial Sound’s blithe synthesis of 21st-century irony and bright, unselfconscious AM-radio pop, delivering infectious, shimmering songs that celebrate the craft and style of the best pop music.

 

Register today for Apna Ghar’s 12th Annual Stride Against Violence 5K Run/Walk!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the United States. Join us at our 12th annual Stride Against Violence 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at picturesque Montrose Harbor.

Register today as a participant or volunteer and set up your fundraising page. After you fill out the registration information, it will come to a donate page where you can either make a donation or click the button to become a fundraiser. Follow the steps, add your picture and personal story about why you are running or walking for Apna Ghar during domestic violence awareness month. Find out more at www.apnaghar.org/stride-against-violence

Stride Against Violence is open to people of all ages and abilities, and is family-friendly. It will be a fun day with food, drinks, live entertainment, a warm-up stretch with Bollywood Groove, and awards for runners and fundraisers. So, lace up your shoes and get ready for our 12th Annual Stride Against Violence 5K Run/Walk!

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Each participant will receive a dry-fit t-shirt, bag and 3-day pass to Cross Town Fitness. 

Start a fundraiser

Set up your personal fundraising page to support Apna Ghar on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

 

This year we have some exciting prizes for fundraisers. If you raise: 

  • $5,000 – you will receive an Apple Watch
  • $3,500 – you will receive a Nintendo Switch
  • $2,500 – you will receive a $100 Amazon gift card
  • $1,000 – you will receive an Apna Ghar sweatshirt

 

If you already registered but didn’t create a fundraising page, it’s not too late. You can follow the same steps above.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ashley at (773) 883-4663 or atsuruda@apnaghar.org for assistance.

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Make a donation to support a team or individual

Make a donation to support a team or individual fundraiser.

Sign up to Volunteer

Sign up to volunteer. We need volunteers to be on the course to direct runners and walkers, help pass out food and drinks, pass out water at the water station on the course, and more!

Become a Recurring Donor

Support Apna Ghar all year round by becoming a recurring donor.

Together We Can End Gender Violence!

Stride Against Violence is one of Apna Ghar’s signature fundraisers. Your support is vital to our mission of ending gender violence, a global human rights violation and public health concern. Your participation helps us raise awareness and needed funds to support our mission of ending gender violence.

Thank You to our Sponsors and Partners!

Visionary Sponsor

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Official Warm Up Stretch by

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Sunday,

October 14, 2018

8:00 AM

Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up

 

9:30 AM

Race Start

 

Montrose Harbor

(corner of Montrose and Simmonds Drive)

601 W Montrose Ave

Chicago, IL 60613

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Awards and Prizes

Awards and prizes for top fundraiser, top team, first overall male and female participants, and top 3 in each age category!

Questions? 

Ashley Tsuruda,

Development Manager

atsuruda@apnaghar.org

(773) 883-4663 x226

Event Committee

Sameer Chhabria

Bhavini Desai

Neha Gill

Shalini Sahrawat

Ashley Tsuruda

Ways to Stay Involved

If you couldn’t make it, there are still some other ways to support Apna Ghar:

 

Make a donation in any amount

 

Set up a recurring donation of any amount to make your contributions go even further

 

In-Kind Sponsors

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REFUGE THEATRE PROJECT BEGINS ITS 2018 – 2019 SEASON WITH THE LAST SESSION, OCTOBER 26 – DECEMBER 2, AT ATLAS ARTS STUDIO A Group of Friends Gather to Record One Final Record in this Poignant Musical

REFUGE THEATRE PROJECT BEGINS ITS 2018 – 2019 SEASON WITH THE LAST SESSION, OCTOBER 26 – DECEMBER 2,  AT ATLAS ARTS STUDIO A Group of Friends Gather to Record One Final Record in this Poignant Musical
CHICAGORefuge Theater Project is proud to announce the cast and production team for its first production in its 2018 – 2019 season, The Last Session, October 26 – December 2, book by Jim Brochu, with music and lyrics by Steve Schalchlin, additional lyrics by John Bettis and Marie Cain directed by Refuge Theatre Project’s Artistic Director Christopher Pazdernik and music directed by Erik Pearson. The Last Session runs  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. at Atlas Art Studio, 4809 N Ravenswood Ave. Previews are Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. with opening/press night Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. There are two additional performances Monday, Nov. 12 and 26 at 8 p.m. Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets are $30 each and available at RefugeTheatre.com.

Nominated for Best Musical by the New York Drama League and the New York Outer Critics Circle and written as musical therapy, in real time, to songwriter Schalchlin’s own AIDS diagnosis and subsequent battle on the deathbed, The Last Session, an off-Broadway hit in its original run in 1997, reunites a group of singers, friends and band mates to record one final album, except for the unexpected arrival of a guest singer who spoils what was supposed to be a nice, quiet goodbye party. All of them are deeply connected, yet, unaware that their host carries a big secret: he plans to end his struggle with AIDS after the session. 

The New York Times called this gospel/rock/pop infused musical “Exquisite” and The Los Angeles Times named it a “Critics Choice” and raved, “screamingly funny, yet love is everywhere. Written from the heart, Schalchlin’s gospel tinged pop tunes exert a rare emotional pull and Brochu‘s story telling allows them to emerge realistically out of the action. Again and again, a fierce drive takes overtakes the tunes melodic strains. It’s life taking hold again – hope rising on powerful wings.”

“As an artist living with HIV, I feel compelled to share stories from the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic” Artistic Director Pazdernik said. “We have to make sure we don’t lose the stories of those who fought and died so today’s generation of HIV patients could live longer. It’s too easy to take modern medicine for granted–we need to also honor the debt we owe to those who were on the front lines of this unfathomable plague.”

Refuge Theatre Project will be partnering with several Chicago social service agencies during the run of the production to bring awareness and support to organizations that continue the fight against HIV/AIDS in our communities today including AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Howard Brown Health and Season of Concern.

The cast of The Last Session includes Ryan Armstrong, “Buddy;” Erik Pearson, “Gideon;” Benjamin Baylon, “Jim;” Darilyn Burtley, “Tryshia;” Elizabeth Bollar, “Vicki;” Britain Gebhardt and Josiah Haugen, swings.

The production team includes Chris Pazdernik*, director; Erik Pearson, music director; Rueben Echoles, assistant director; Lewis Rawlinson*, assistant music director; Collin Helou*, lighting designer; Jeremy Hollis, production manager; Leslie Halverson, stage manager; Evan Frank*, set dressing/props coordinator; Isaac Mandel, sound designer/audio engineer and Amanda Vander Byl, costume designer.

*Denotes Refuge Theatre Project company member

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER PAZDERNIK, DIRECTOR
Christopher Pazdernik is a director/choreographer with “a near encyclopedic knowledge of musicals” (Newcity).  He is best known for the critically acclaimed production of High Fidelity (Jeff Awards for Best Director and Best Production of a Musical) at Refuge Theatre Project, where he also serves as artistic director. With Porchlight Music Theatre, Pazdernik is a proud artistic associate, and serves as company manager and casting associate. He has directed and choreographed many Porchlight Revisits productions including The Rink, Anyone Can Whistle, City of Angels, Applause and Do Re Mi; served as associate director for Porchlight’s Merrily We Roll Along and has co-curated the Porchlight New Faces Sing Broadway series.  Recent other credits include Carrie (Ohio Northern University), Wicked City (Chicago Theatre Workshop), Planted (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Make Me a Song (Eclectic Theatre Co.) and Story of A Story (The Untold Story) (Underscore Theater Co.). He is also a frequent cabaret director and curator including Broadway’s Cult Classics at Davenport’s Piano Bar and the His & His series at Pride Films & Plays. An openly HIV+ artist, Pazdernik was a 2016 Windy City Times 30-Under-30 honoree for his contributions to Chicago’s LGBTQ community. He currently serves on the Ambassador Committee for the AIDS Run/Walk Chicago and as chairperson on the Community Advisory Board for Howard Brown Health, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ organizations.

 

ABOUT ERIK PEARSON, MUSICAL DIRECTOR/ “Gideon”
Erik Pearson most recently appeared in Underscore’s hit production of Haymarket as “Albert Parsons.” A Minnesota native now living in Chicago, he has spent the past four seasons with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, including performing “Malvolio” in Twelfth Night. Other favorite theatre credits include “Prof. Walling”  in Citadel’s The Explorers Club; “The Prince,” Children’s Theatre Company’s Cinderella;  “Tulsa,” in Theater Latte Da’s Gypsy; “Baby John” in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ West Side Story; “The Soldier/Alex” in Sunday in the Park with George and “Marvin in Falsettos. He has also performed with the Guthrie Theater, Aspen Opera Theater Center and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. As a teaching artist, he has worked with Minnesota high schools on projects including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, Evita and Sunday in the Park with George. Pearson studied at St. Olaf College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

 

ABOUT REFUGE THEATRE PROJECT
Refuge Theatre Project strives to foster a broader, more accessible theatre community. They promote the production of under-produced, under-appreciated musical theatre in traditional and non-traditional theatrical spaces creating a unique, affordable, only-in-Chicago theatrical experience.

 

REFUGE THEATRE PROJECT’S 2018 – 2019 SEASON CONTINUES WITH…
Hands on a Hardbody
CHICAGO PREMIERE
Based on S.R. Bindler’s documentary film “Hands on a Hardbody
Book by Doug Wright
Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Directed by Refuge Theatre Project Artistic Director Christopher Pazdernik
Music Directed by Jon Schneidman
March – May, 2019
Tickets: Previews: $15 Regular Performances: $30

 

Nominated for Best Musical by the New York Drama League and inspired by true events, the hilarious and hopeful Hands on a Hardbody features a book by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize winner, I Am My Own Wife), lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring it On: The Musical) and music by Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Green and is based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler, produced by Kevin Morris and Bindler. Only one winner can drive home the American Dream and 10 hard-luck Texans all want the keys. Under a scorching sun for days on end, they will each fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it.

 

Hands marks the third collaboration between Director Pazdernik and Music Director Schneidman at Refuge. They previously worked together on the Jeff-Award winning High Fidelity and last season’s Jeff-Award nominated Spitfire Grill.

 

New York Magazine said Hands on a Hardbody is “Hands down … musical theater heaven!” and The New York Times said, “You can hear the voice of America singing in this daring new musical.”

 

Community Partner Organizations:

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. AFC envisions a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Learn more at aidschicago.org.

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 34,000 people each year.  Our 10 clinics span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park.  For more information, visit howardbrown.org.

Season of Concern is the Chicagoland theatre community’s fundraising effort in providing compassionate care to those in our community who are experiencing the effects of incapacitating illness, injury or circumstance. Artists helping artists; family helping family. seasonofconcern.org.

Refuge Theater Project is proud to announce the cast and production team for its first production in its 2018 – 2019 season, The Last Session, October 265 – December 2, book by Jim Brochu, with music and lyrics by Steve Schalchlin, additional lyrics by John Bettis and Marie Cain directed by Refuge Theatre Project’s Artistic Director Christopher Pazdernik and music directed by Erik Pearson. The Last Session runs  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. at Atlas Art Studio, 4809 N Ravenswood Ave. Previews are Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. with opening/press night Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. There are two additional performances Monday, Nov. 12 and 26 at 8 p.m. Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets are $30 each and available at RefugeTheatre.com.

 

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LISTING INFORMATION:

 

The Last Session
Book by Jim Brochu 
Music and lyrics by Steve Schalchlin, with additional lyrics by John Bettis and Marie Cain
Directed by Refuge Theatre Project Artistic Director Christopher Pazdernik
Music Directed by Erik Pearson
October 26 – December 2
Location: Atlas Arts Studio, 4809 N Ravenswood Ave.
Previews: Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
Opening Night: Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. with two additional Monday performances: November 12 and 26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Previews: $15 Regular Performances: $30
Tickets on sale at RefugeTheatre.com.

 

Parent Mentors in Little Village

“My mom is a Parent Mentor and I like that we go to school together. I like that other students know my mom. All of my classmates know my mom because they always see her in the school helping out.”
Daniela Hernández is a student at Eli Whitney Elementary School, one of the four schools that will host the Parent Mentor Program this school year. This program began at Enlace five years ago. It is designed to support both students and parents, and to create cohesion between school staff and parents.

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MONTHLY HEADLINES
New office and community space
 
We are proud to announce that Enlace has received $550,000 from the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, a city program that generates revenue from downtown developments to finance commercial and cultural projects in neighborhoods on the south, southwest and west sides.
This funding will allow Enlace to finish construction of its new building, complete with a rooftop patio and garden, by the spring of 2019!
 
Mural Restoration at Farragut Career Academy
For the last year, artist and educator Pablo Serrano led a community-driven process to redesign the Farragut Career Academy front entrance mural, which had deteriorated since its installation almost 20 years ago.
With support from Enlace, Pablo engaged hundreds of stakeholders to create an updated mural that honors the previous mural. Including depictions of the Obamas, Hector Garcia, and Dolores Huerta during their high school to early college years. it represents the diversity of the school and of our community and the promising future of our young people.
Stop by the school and check out the mural!
Great job youth fellows! 
The youth fellows did a fantastic job presenting their findings from the surveys they collected during the summer.
Enlace is grateful for all your hard work. A special thank you, as well, to Enlace’s intern Becky for her excellent work with the youth and for the significant contributions she made to this project!
Overall, it appears there is a lot of interest from the community in having a hyper-local community farmers market in Little Village.
If you have suggestions as the Coalition continues to analyze whether or not it should start a market in Little Village, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Maria Herrera, mherrera@enlacechicago.org or Amanda Benitez, ajbenitez@enlacechicago.org.

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