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Bach Week Festival to Bring 'Brandenburg' Concertos

The 42nd annual edition of the Chicago area’s Bach Week Festival will feature all six of J.S. Bach’s beloved “Brandenburg” Concertos, performed in the course of concerts April 10 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston and May 1 and 3 at Anderson Chapel at North Park University on Chicago’s North Side.

Native American dancers to enliven Mitchell Museum benefit

Oneida and Ojibwe powwow dancers from Wisconsin will perform at the 2013 annual benefit for the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston.

The “Native Dance Party” benefit will begin with a reception featuring Native American flute music.

Mitchell Museum extends art exhibit

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston has extended the run of its "Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art" exhibit to Sunday, March 10. The exhibit was originally slated to close Jan. 6.
The exhibit, which opened June 9, traces the evolution of Native American art from ancient times to the present day while spotlighting some of the forces that shaped it.
Organized by the Mitchell Museum, "Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art" includes works from the Mitchell's permanent collection and on loan from private collectors.

Mitchell Museum to offer holiday-break activities for youngsters

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer special activities for kids during the school holiday break in late December and early January.
On December 26, 27, and 28 the museum will offer holiday-themed, do-it-yourself craft activities on a walk-in basis during regular museum hours. Kids, accompanied by an adult, can make simple versions of objects inspired by Native American cultures to take home as souvenirs or gifts.

Mitchell Museum to unveil 'New Treasures'

Jemez and Acoma Pueblo Pottery at the Mitchell Museum in Evanston, Illinois

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will unveil noteworthy new additions to its permanent collection in an exhibit opening this month.
“New Treasures of Our Collection,” an exhibit of 45 recent acquisitions on display at the Mitchell Museum for the first time, will open on Saturday, Dec. 15, and will run through Sunday, Sept. 8, at the museum, 3001 Central St.
Exhibit developer Saul Sopoci Drake will lead a tour of the new exhibit at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 15.

New Exhibit Challenges Notions About Native Art

A new temporary exhibition at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston traces the evolution of Native American Art from ancient times to the present day while spotlighting some of the forces that shaped it.
Organized by the Mitchell Museum, "Changing Views of American Indian Fine Art" opened June 9 and will remain on view through Jan. 6, 2013.  The exhibit includes works from the Mitchell's permanent collection and on loan from private collectors.

Mitchell Museum offers summer crafts for kids

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston will offer special activities for youngsters June 6-8, the first days of summer break for students in Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
Kids can engage in do-it-yourself craft projects making simple versions of traditional Native American items including woven rugs, Northwest Coast masks, Plains shields, and Seminole patchwork. The crafts are recommended for children ages 5 and older. Participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Speakers to Illuminate Native American Role in War of 1812

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a presentation about the often-overlooked role of Native Americans in the conflict between the U.S. and Great Britain.
Frances L. Hagemann (Ojibwe-Métis), a past president of the Mitchell Museum board, and Barbara Johnson, a founding member of the museum's education task force, will present "Don't Know Much About the War of 1812" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the museum, 3001 Central St., Evanston.

Speaker to Sow Facts About Prairie Plants

Eli S. Suzukovich III (Little Shell Chippewa/Cree) will discuss indigenous prairie plants found in the Chicago area and their significance in Native American culture and the natural environment at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston.
"Listeners will learn how to turn their own front and back yards into prairie ecosystems," Suzukovich says. "They'll leave with a greater appreciation for urban prairies and the urban forest."

Bach Week founders will reunite to open 39th annual festival

The 39th annual edition of the Chicago area's Bach Week Festival, where Baroque music lovers luxuriate in diverse works of Johann Sebastian Bach, will present a signature blend of solo, concerto, orchestral, and choral performances in concerts April 27, May 4, and May 6 in Evanston.
Audiences will hear some J.S. Bach works that have never before been performed at the festival.
"Bach to the Beginning"

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