Applications for cultural fund grants due Nov. 16

Applications are now available for grants from the City of Evanston's Cultural Fund.

Forms can be picked up at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.; or the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St.

The application and instructions can also be downloaded from the city website, or received through the mail by calling 847-448-8260. The deadline to receive completed applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

Day in the Life of Evanston

Hello Evanston,

My name is Joel Lerner, I grew up in Evanston and I'm a photojournalist for Pioneer Press. I'm participating in a project with 15 other photojournaists this Friday documenting Evanston for 24 hours on Friday Sept 28, starting at midnight.

If you know of an interesting person or organization doing something on Friday, let me know. 

If you know of anything that happens between midnight and 4:30am on Friday morning, let me know.

Bennison's Bakery getting their baking done for the coming day would be an example of that. 

Share your favorite Evanston spot, participate in theatre event

I'm organizing a walking tour of site-specific theatre events, all to be written by Evanston playwrights, and YOU can help. Just tell me your favorite spot in Evanston. Is it somewhere on the beach? A beautiful park? A lovely nook or cranny somewhere in our gorgeous city? If we choose your spot for the walking tour, a new play will be written specifically to be performed there---wouldn't you like to participate in that? Please share. Thanks for your help!

Photo contest winners displayed

Award-winning entries in the Faces of Evanston photography contest sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Evanston will go on display on Friday, Oct. 5, at First Bank & Trust, 820 Church St.

The contest, now in its third year, was originally conceived to engage residents in recognizing the beauty and diversity of the Evanston community. A record number of over 70 photographs were submitted this year.

Arts Week Evanston starts Oct. 5

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.

What's your favorite spot in Evanston?

In your opinion, what is Evanston's most interesting or beautiful spot? You might choose it for historical, personal or aesthetic reasons.

 Why do I ask? Because I'm organizing a theatrical walking tour. When you have all voted on your favorite spots, I will ask local playwrights to write short plays to be performed in those spots. During the walk tour, we'll start at the first place and see the first play, walk together to the next place for the next play, and so on. It's a great opportunity to see our beautiful city in a fresh way.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre issues casting call

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre in Evanston is looking for actors for its world premiere production of The James Baldwin Story, written by Shundrice Tucker.

Auditions will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29-30, in Studio 223, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston.

Bring a prepared monologue. Auditions are held on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments are not necessary. Some pay is provided. Directed by Ebony Joy, The James Baldwin Story will be performed 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 20-Nov. 4.

Lakefront design comments sought

A three-session public workshop has been scheduled for late September and early October to obtain residents' ideas and comments on design alternatives for the Evanston lakefront.

The design alternatives are being developed as the next step in the implementation of the Evanston Lakefront Master Plan. At the first public session, Wednesday, Sept. 19, residents will be able to review and comment on several initial design alternatives.