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A musical weekend in Evanston

From classical to jazz, guitars to trumpets, Evanston’s weekend is filled with live music and other fun events.

Starting on Friday night, Grammy-nominated Liquid Soul will launch into SPACE. The Society for the Preservation of Arts and Culture in Evanston will host the creative, Chicago-based jazz band that mixes bebop and hip-hop. Using horns, rappers and turntables, Liquid Soul has earned a following over the last decade due to their unique style. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $15 at the door or $10 in advanced.

If hip-hop doesn’t fit the mood, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall will host the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Conducted by Mallory Thompson, the ensemble will play pieces written by classical composers Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Bernard Rands, Bright Sheng, and Joseph Schwantner. The event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $7 for the general public, $5 for Northwestern University staff and $4 for students.

Still not right? How about some bluegrass? American Legion Post 49 will welcome Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain. Described as bluegrass with high energy, the band has gained notoriety after it’s debut album in 2006 and is making it’s stop in Evanston as part of a nation-wide tour promoting the new album, “CHHR2”. Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain will be joined by Many and the Bandits. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and seniors.

Maybe music isn’t right for Friday at all, maybe sitting back and watching a classic movie is better. The Block Cinema will be screening the legendary World War Two film Bridge of the River Kwai. The award-winning drama focuses on a Japanese Prisoner of War camp commander and a British colonel battle over the construction of a rail bridge while a prisoner attempts to destroy it. The movie starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $6.

On Saturday, there is even more music with Karen Schulz-Harmon of the Musical Offering performing at the Central United Methodist Church in Skokie. A program of violin, cello and piano is sure to provide a relaxing afternoon. The show begins at 2 p.m. and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Saturday is also the day to get the scoop on the Lyric Opera season at the Evanston Public Library. Members of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will provide a complete 2008- 2009 schedule and provide information about the program. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. at the Main Library branch on Orrington Avenue.

More music is scheduled for Sunday when Eric Lugosh takes to the Celtic Knot restaurant on Church Street. The acoustic guitarist will perform, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., arrangements that embrace American music from ragtime to R&B. What’a better than good music and good food?

Children can enjoy some music too this weekend when The Musical Offering opens its doors to the public for a free hour filled with games and musical activities. Music Coordinator Kirsten Hedegaard will teach the children a bit about music and a bit about the programs The Musical Offering has for young students. The open house will be from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the Mitchell Museum will be hosting a lecture that studies the portrayal of Native Americans in film through history. John Low, a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, will lead the illustrated talk with still images from movies produced by Native Americans and Non-Native Americans to show the differences between perspectives. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. and there is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2.50 for seniors, students and children.

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