Arts Week Evanston kicks off its annual celebration of the arts with free opening night events in downtown Evanston.
Starting at 6 p.m. there will be music and art activities at the northwest corner of Sherman Avenue and Davis Street.
Then at 7 p.m. the new Sherman Plaza public artwork, "The Sea of the Ear-Ring," will be dedicated.
Evanston Mayor Lorraine H. Morton and members of the Public Art Committee will join the artist, Takashi Soga, in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Soga's red 15-foot metal sculpture appears to defy gravity as its large ring gives the illusion of floating independently while in reality it is attached to a joint supported in the body of the structure.
"The Sea of the Ear-Ring" was chosen from 155 submissions from artists around the world.
Arts Week Evanston continues through Sunday, Oct. 14, with events every day.
From theater productions to musical performances, readings to art activities, there are events for all ages. Many of the events are free and others are offered at reduced prices.
A full schedule of Arts Week Evanston events is available online, go to or call 847-448-8058.
Arts Week Evanston is sponsored by the City of Evanston's Cultural Arts Division, the Evanston Arts Council, the Public Art Committee and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.