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      April 2015 e-newsletter Mini Abe

Bunnies, Brunches, Matzah, and More on Chicago's North Shore...
Bunnies, Brunches, Matzah, and More on Chicago's North Shore...
If you're wondering what to do to celebrate Easter in style, then look no further than Chicago's North Shore! With delicious Sunday brunches, lavish dinner buffets, special events, pictures with the Easer Bunny, egg decorating contests, and Easter egg hunts, you're sure to find something for the entire family to enjoy! Some of your favorites including Allgauer's on the Riverfront, Bar Louie, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, the Crowne Plaza Northbrook, The Glen Club, the Hilton Orrington, LYFE Kitchen, Max & Benny's, Morton's Steakhouse, Pete Miller's, Taste on Chestnut, and Tuscany are waiting to welcome you! For a list of North Shore Easter happenings (and some delicious traditional Passover Seders!), click here.

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Entertainment at its Very Best!
Entertainment at its Very Best!
Entertainment at its Very Best!
Entertainment at its Very Best!
Entertainment at its Very Best!
Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner and Others Take Center Stage

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
You're sure to be entertained with this month's line-up at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. A master of observational comedy, Paula Poundstone returns to the North Shore on Friday, April 10th. Engaging audiences with her witty impromptu dialogue, each one of Paula's shows is completely unique and unrepeatable. Get your tickets today! Also this month, on Saturday, April 25th, another one of the country's top comedians (and a New York Times bestselling author), Rita Rudner will light up the stage with her perfectly timed pithy one-liners. For all you music lovers, you're sure to enjoy Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble featuring Trio Globo with Howard Levy (Friday, April 24th) and five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter (Friday, May 1st) offering an intimate, acoustic evening including special guest, Lunesa. For more information about these and other performances, click here.

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March Entertainment Madness
Retail Therapy Night Shop 'till You Drop!
Thursday, April 16th
Throughout Central Street, Evanston
A tradition for a decade, Central Street Evanston proudly presents its annual Retail Therapy Night! Come shop 'till you drop, from 6 to 9 pm, while enjoying a variety of special discounts, raffles, refreshments, trunk shows, and giveaways from the area's participating businesses, all of which are located just east and west of Green Bay Road on Central Street (1800-2100 blocks of Central Street). Retail Therapy is a Ladies Night Out shopping event that takes place each fall and spring as a special thank you to the loyal customers who shop on Central Street. The retailers and businesses in the area have instituted a "Shop Small Stores" campaign, which has been very successful and has brought an awareness of shopping local and investing in one's own community. Those participating in this year's Retail Therapy Night include: Gracie's, Notice: Accessories for Living, Perennials, The Spice House, Stella Boutique, and Walsh Natural Health. For more information, click here.

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Two Plays Depicting Life in a Sleepy Texas Town
Two Plays Depicting Life in a Sleepy Texas Town
Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon
Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19
Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
This spring, Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater is pleased to present two plays depicting life in a sleepy Texas town. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon, two plays by James McLure, both seem to show us a simpler life, but the slow-burning drama that simmers under the surface eventually bubbles up and we are shown a more complicated story. In Lone Star, heavy-drinking Vietnam veteran Roy offers his unique perspective on the world to his naïve younger brother Ray. Laundry and Bourbon offers us the world from Roy's wife's perspective. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon give the audience two sides of the same coin. Through two very different characters, we see the intimate details of life in a small Texas town during a time of unrest and uncertainty in America. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Antiques, Garden and Design Show
Antiques, Garden and Design Show
Friday through Sunday, April 17-19
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Proving that good design transforms any space, the Chicago Botanic Garden has rejuvenated the previous Antiques & Garden Fair into the Antiques, Garden & Design Showfor spring 2015. Celebrating its 15thyear, the Show inspires stylish living and presents beautiful gardens and objects in a way that transcends the ordinary. The Antiques, Garden & Design Show is truly the "ribbon cutting" to spring, inspiring attendees to brighten up their homes and gardens. This year, attendees will enjoy lectures by legendary designer Mario Buatta and acclaimed cultural landscape historian and writer Mac Griswold. Known as "The Prince of Chintz," Buatta is the show's honorary chair, and has designed for such well-known clients as Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes and Mariah Carey. Mac Griswold will offer a glimpse into the rarefied world of lifelong collector Bunny Mellon. For more information and tickets, click here.

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Evanston Ties the Knot
Evanston Ties the Knot
Friday, April 17 - January 3, 2016
Evanston History Center in the Charles Dawes House
225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
Curated by Janet C. Messmer, this new exhibit features a dazzling display of wedding refinery (all from EHC's extensive collection) and showcases spectacular bridal gowns, along with garments and accessories worn by the various members of a wedding party, from the 19th century through the present. From engagements and showers, to ceremonies, receptions, and wedding trips, the exhibit explores a range of wedding-related topics and customs that have surrounded "getting hitched." With a special focus on Evanston weddings, the exhibit also provides a look at the historical evolution of bridal customs and fads, including the rise of the bridal shop, the first use of white for wedding dresses, and a lot more. Due to the extensive nature of EHC's wedding related clothing and accessories, the exhibit will evolve over time, with new items featured on a rotating basis. Visitors may just have to take more than one trip down the aisle of this exhibit! For more information, click here.

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The Creation of Carousel, The Music of the Carpenters, and More
The Creation of Carousel, The Music of the Carpenters, and More
April's Offerings Will Make You Dance and Sing!
Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie
The Skokie Theatre has something for everyone this month starting with Charles Troy's multimedia presentation, The Creation of Carousel (Wednesday, April 1), which takes place just before the opening of the Lyric Opera's production of the Rogers & Hammerstein classic. This presentation, described as the "story behind the show," is sure to enhance you appreciation of the best musical of the 20th century. Also this month, it's Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters (Friday, April 10). Performed by unmatched vocalist Lisa Rock, her pianist Ken McMullen, and back-up vocalist Amy Malouf, the trio is dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters. And for a night of wonderful laughs, be sure to see Your Goyfriend's Back (Saturday, April 11), when your favorite "goyfriend" Russ and his friends come back with more music, mishagas, mayhem and fun stories about growing up Catholic in Skokie. For more information and tickets, click here.

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The Evanston Farmer & Artisan Indoor Food Market
The Evanston Farmer & Artisan Indoor Food Market
Every Saturday in April
Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston
Back for its fourth year, The Evanston Farmer & Artisan Indoor Market will be open from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday through April 25. With 30+ vendors, the indoor market extends the selling season for local fresh produce and meats, and provides local food artisans with a place to sell their products during the winter months. Fresh produce from local farmers includes root vegetables, lettuces, spinach, kales, herbs, mushrooms, and apples. Farm fresh eggs and cheese, along with organic and free range meats, will also be available. Artisan breads and pastries, all produced locally, will be for sale as well. For those who want prepared foods, they will find a variety of soups, fresh pasta, tamales and veggie burgers. Knife sharpening and teas round out the selection. For more information, click here.

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Moira's Afternoon Tea Service
Moira's Afternoon Tea Service
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street, Evanston
Moira's Afternoon Tea is hosted every Wednesday and Saturday from 2 to 4 pm, featuring mini sandwiches (including egg salad, ham and stoneground mustard, and smoked salmon with dill sauce), homemade scones with jam, strawberries, whipped cream and butter, a selection of mini tarts and desserts, and, of course teas from around the world! The cost is $19 for adults and $12 for children. Reservations are strongly suggested. For more information, click here.

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The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
April 24 through May 3
Ethel M. Barber Theater at Northwestern's Wirtz Center
30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Reduced to poverty by the loss of their Oklahoma farm during the Dust Bowl, the Joad family piles into their battered old truck and heads west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Led by the willful Ma Joad and her volatile young son Tom, the entire family encounters an epic journey, testing their resilience and calling on their strength as a family as they struggle to find community. John Steinbeck's classic novel comes to breathtaking life through song, movement, and gritty portrayals in a theatrical adventure that is a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the essential goodness that is the foundation of the American spirit and family. For more information and tickets, click here.

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CNSCVB Business After Hours Networking Event
CNSCVB "Business After Hours" Networking Event
Found Kitchen and Social House
Thursday, April 30 (5-7 pm)
1631 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Join your follow CNSCVB members at Found Kitchen and Social House, one of Evanston's hottest farm-driven, "small plates" eateries. Come enjoy a variety of Found's delicious small bites and refreshing beverages while you network with fellow CNSCVB members and this month's special guests (those traveling into town for our Corporate Meetings Familiarization Tour).As always, CNSCVB networking events are open to all Bureau members and there is no charge to attend. If you are planning to join us, please RSVP by Friday, April 24to Jennifer Engel (CNSCVB Manager of Membership and Advertising) at 847-763-0011 x22 or e-mail her at jengel@cnscvb.com. We look forward to seeing you!

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

School of Rock
School of Rock
1311 Sherman Place, Evanston
847-864-7625
For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Teaching guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, and drums, School of Rock combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. The best way to learn music is to play music! Summer camps are available for every type of musician. Check out the website to learn more.

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