Last night's opening of the West Village neighborhood festival was illuminated by fire performer Frankie Ersfeld of the Chicago troupe Pyrotechniq.
Ersfeld put on her demonstration right in front of the Evanston Fire Department's fire safety trailer, which some spectators may have found reassuring.
The festival, which continues through 4 p.m. today, also features a variety of live music and dance performances, face painting and bike safety classes for kids.
The event's being held at the Evanston Plaza shopping center at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue.
Two people involved in organizing the festival, Circuit Court Judge — and former 2nd Ward Alderman — Lionel Jean-Baptiste and neighborhood activist Dickelle Fonda pose inside one of the vacant storefronts at the plaza being used to display artwork during the festival. (Photos by Genie Lemieux-Jordan of Evanston Photographic Studios.)