Monday, May 15, 2017

Harvey Pranian Celebrates 30 Years of YEA Day


Harvey Pranian celebrates 30 years as the director and founder of Young Evanston Artists, YEA Day on May 20, 10a-4p, at Raymond Park in Downtown Evanston. As a neighbor of Harvey and volunteer for YEA Day, I'm incredibly inspired by his energy and spirit and dedication to this arts celebration for kids.

We met in Harvey's home, and spoke about the history of the event and how this event influences arts programming in Evanston schools, culminating with a show of students from elementary and middle schools in Evanston.

This year's event features two performance stages, food trucks, make-and-take art activities, and more! Open to the public and free, this is one of Evanston's longest running arts festivals.

From the website: It is the mission of the Young Evanston Artists Foundation (YEA!) to provide the children of Evanston with a unique forum and experience for the exhibition and performance of their art. The Yea! goal is to nurture, enable and inspire the children we serve so that as they prepare themselves for the challenges of the future, they will do so with self-confidence, a creative spirit, and a caring heart. And in the hope of their doing so, we believe their influence will contribute to the well-being of their communities and their world.
Each year 40 +public, private and parochial schools, pre-school through high school, participate in YEA! Day. Held outdoors at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Dempster Street, nearly 6000 children are involved and over 4000 people attend. Approximately 1000 children participate in the visual arts and have the experience of seeing their art displayed in an art fair atmosphere. The performing arts involve as many as 400 children, singing, playing instruments, dancing and performing.
Kids collecting donations at YEA!
YEA! is blessed with a large group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers who understand and believe in the mission, and is dependent on the generous donations of community businesses, families and individuals.
We believe strongly that the YEA! experience has a formative influence on many children to nurture, enable and inspire them with confidence, wisdom and well-being as they face the challenges of adult life.
We are happy to provide the opportunity for the expression of their creative spirit, and are truly grateful for their willingness to participate with genuine enthusiasm and trust.
Learn more at www.yeaevanston.org

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Joey Garfield



Joey Garfield on The Lisa D Show podcast, how dope is that? Joey talks about his Mound Town art show up at 1100 Florence Ave through May 20 in Evanston. Joey is inspired to create a new type of street art with mounds and skateboard sculpture, using found objects like mounds of dirt and snow and forest debris. Joey finds beauty in his natural environment and begs us all to pause, and look at things differently and fall in love with vinyl and skitching.




 Photo by Jeff Phillips


Photo by Melissa Blount

Joey Garfield Bio

Joey Garfield is an award winning filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. An Evanston native who called New York City home for almost two decades. While there he immersed himself in the Lower East Side art scene and became a founding member of the Tokyo/New York art collective The Barnstormers as well as a participant in The Beautiful Losers. His work focuses on rhythm, flow, simplicity, and attitude with a deep concentration on honoring and documenting the counter cultures of his youth which saved his life creatively and spiritually. Repurposed wood, spray paint, found objects and vinyl are the tools of his trade.

His current show at 1100 Florence Gallery is entitled Mound Town. It is an ongoing project of photographs profiling different mound characters in their natural outdoor environment. All mounds are rare because no mound is permanent.  They are made of found objects, vinyl albums, and natural mounds.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Artist Zafar Malik



Listen to a conversation with visual artist Zafar Malik recorded in his studio at the Noyes Cultural Art Center in Evanston. We discuss his art series on conservation created on found paper like an old catalog cover of Bloomingdale's and a Whole Foods paper bag.


 Born in Pakistan, raised in London and now living in Wilmette, Zafar has a keen sense of how many cultures live and survive. We talk about "soft cultures", nomadic cultures, intentional living, waste and rubbish and what humans "need" and so much more.

Meet Zafar Malik and see his works during the Evanston Made Artist Studio tour, June 3, 12-5p., at this artist studio in the Noyes Cultural Art Center in Evanston. Room 214. His work will also be on display at the Evanston Art Center, June 2-30, learn more at www.evanstonmade.com

Zafar Malik is an artist, Director of Publications and Dean for Development and University Relations at East-West University in Chicago. He is also Managing Editor of East-West University’s Center for Policy and Future Studies Journal East-West Affairs. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2000, he was based in London, England and was the Art Director of Arts & The Islamic World, a quarterly journal. He has a studio at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston where he paints regularly.

Artist Statement: Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by patterns and shapes. There’s something mystical about the natural relationship and juxtaposition of quite diverse and seemingly random elements that appeals to me. The infinite variety of color, texture, contour, and spatial organization of the natural world inform my aesthetics. I am also acutely aware of the same random pattern of my own existence – attachment, separation, longing, loss, adjustment and compromise. In my work I simply attempt to understand and relate to this profound dichotomy, harmony and balance.

Four of my current art pieces have been published in the current issue of South Asia Quarterly.

"This rich collection of short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction not only achieves Guest Editor Moazzam Sheikh’s goals but also displays the complex issues of identity and language, diaspora and migration, culture and history, gender and sexuality, experienced today by South Asian American writers. Immigrant identities are almost always in flux, but in their century-old presence in North America, South Asians have not settled on one particular approach to their diverse lives. This “unruly bunch” loves “to talk, argue, holler,” not always choosing to learn from other ethnic and racial histories. Readers, South Asians and others, will have a chance to discover themselves in the voices they hear in these pages.” --Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English, Ohio University.


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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni
This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Lisa D Show with William Scott Eason of The Art of Evolution Theatre






William Scott Eason founded The Art of Evolution Theatre in 2013, to provide youth of all ages and quality adult theatre experiences. a quality theatre experience by producing works that deal with the issues of religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, race, and age in a way that encompasses how we as a society have evolved on said topics.

Thursday, April 27, 7p.m., the public is invited to the Community Theatre at Family Focus (2010 Dewey Ave.) to see "Ms. JoAnn, Can You Read Me A Story?", four short plays devoted to Joann Avery's 35 years of service at at Family Focus.

Learn how Eason is teaching youth the social skills needed to thrive and be directed, in life and in theatre. Also hear how theatre is transformative for youth and the directors they works with.

Learn ore at www.artofevolutiontheatre.org

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 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Bob Chiarito



We are living in the days of "fake news" and self-publishing, a landscape that makes consuming media very tricky. One man has taken it upon himself and get creative about content prodcution and write and assign stories that matter in the community he loves, Chicago. Meet Bob Chiarito of The Chicago Ambassador on This Lisa D Show, where we talk about how he strings together a career covering news for print (NOT a thing of the past) and how we finds time to chase, write and publish the stories he loves.

Bio
Chiarito is the Editor of The Chicago Ambassador, an online publication and the source for all-things Chicago. The Chicago Ambassador is published on the WordPress platform, but it is not a blog, it is a publication put together by traditional press veterans who adhere to AP Stylebook guidelines and the best practices of traditional journalism. Learn more at thechicagoambassador.wordpress.com

Chiarito is a journalist and lifelong Chicagoan. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago, (I attended SIU in Carbondale for two years before transferring to Columbia). Bob worked for The City News Bureau of Chicago, where some of the country’s best reporters got their start. (covered mostly homicides there). After City News, Bob worked for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, covering Chicago’s legal community.

Currently Bob freelances for the Chicago Tribune, Thomson Reuters, The New York Times., The Daily Herald and DNAInfo and Vice. In addition, he runs an online publication called The Chicago Ambassador, which features local stories and interviews.


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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Dick Peach



Today’s 20-minute unedited interview with Dick focuses on the Evanston Green Ball at The Levy Center Saturday on May 20, to support the Evanston Ecology Center, his early life as an artist and his current life as a columnist in the Evanston Roundtable, where he shares news and notes about fishing and Lake Michigan water conditions. You’ll be impressed with how many knowledge bombs a fisherman can drop in one conversation.

For those of you out of market Dick Peach is the Executive Secretary at Rotary Club of Evanston, Evanston Environmental Association, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, The Yellow Tractor Project, Evanston Community Foundation, proud owner of Dempster Auto Rebuilders.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com


Friday, April 7, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Christy Galyon



Listening artist Christy Galyon brings Sidewalk Talk to Downtown Evanston, Monday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Martyr’s in Chicago 5-8 p.m. The public is invited to sit for 10 minutes and talk to listening artists and be heard, for free. Being listened to is the start of good mental health.

Anyone can learn how to listen with love and get trained to be a listening artist. Find out how this project came to life, what Christy has learned about listening and how you can join in this interesting event/movement.

Learn more at sidewalktalksf.com

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Lisa D Show wtih Kristen Neveu



Kristen Neveu is a visual artist living and working in West Evanston. She is currently showing works at the Evanston Public Library, with an art reception on April 27, 6-8 p.m. Today we talk to Kristen about making room in life for creativity (as opposed to television) and the need to get art in front of people (any people). 



Evanston Public Library is showing a combination of old and new works by Kristen, abstract color formations and collages with nods to the past. A new body of work will show in West Dundee this May titled Clearing, featuring works that are smaller in size and inspired by Elton John’s song Daniel. 

Kristen is also participating in this June’s annual visual arts celebration Evanston Made, where she will open her studio to the public, show work at Evanston Art Center and show work at an area business. Visit kristenneveu.com for more information



Bio

Born in New York, and raised in Indiana and Iowa, Kristen Neveu lived in Chicago for 10+ years before moving to Los Angeles in 2007 to work for Warner Bros. In the summer of 2013, she moved back to Chicago to live in the city she loves.

Kristen graduated from The University of Iowa with majors in Communication Studies and Anthropology. A life-long artist, she's always created mixed media collages, paintings, and installations.

Her work has been exhibited at many locales across the Midwest and the West Coast, and is a part of many collections.

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at https://soundcloud.com/lisa-degliantoni
This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Zoe Zolbrod




Today our conversation with writer Zoe Zolbrod focuses on balancing paid work, parenting, writing and literary citizenship. We’re also going to explore how one puts together a creative life in the hopes that we inspire others to do the same.


Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling (Curbside Splendor, 2016) and the novel Currency (Other Voices Books, 2010), which was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Stir Journal, The Weeklings, The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, The Chicago Reader, and The Rumpus, where she is the Sunday co-editor. She’s had numerous short stories and interviews with authors published, too.


As a public speaker, she’s given talks at universities, workshops, and conferences on topics such as narrative voice; the differences between writing fiction and nonfiction; balancing paid work, parenting, and writing; child sexual abuse; and writing about trauma.


Born in western Pennsylvania, Zolbrod graduated from Oberlin College and then moved to Chicago, where she received an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Program for Writers.


Aside for periods of traveling in Southeast Asia and Central America, she’s almost always worked full time, making her living as an editor of comic books, text books, and other kinds of books and educational materials, despite her difficulties with spelling and proper nouns. She lives in Evanston, IL, with her husband and two children.
Learn more about Zoe at zoezolbrod.com

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com



This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Bill Swislow




Bill Swislow, a founder and longtime executive at Cars.com, is now a digital media consultant, writer and art collector, and a lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He also operates the cultural website interestingideas.com and sits on the board of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Today’s conversation covers Bill’s early pioneering days on the internet in the early 1990s at the Chicago Tribune and his personal interest as an outsider art fan.

You can hear Bill speak at his upcoming talk at the Skokie Public Library, March 23 at 7p.m., when he talks about the outsider artist Henry Darger 125th anniversary of his birth. 

His website interestingideas.com is about outsider art, roadside art and architecture, vernacular culture, occasional political despair and really weird store names.

From Bill: Some of the most powerful art of the last 100 years has happened beyond museum walls. This “Outsider Art” is now starting to seep inside as it gains increasing acceptance even in the most conservative bastions of the art world. Find out what’s so exciting about this “art that doesn’t know its name,” created by people with no formal training but often touched with creative genius, including Chicago’s own Henry Darger (creator of the image to the right). Learn about Chicago-based Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, one of the world’s leading institutions devoted to this work.

We talk about Bill’s works as a board member at Intuit Chicago, one of the premier museums in the world dedicated to presenting self-taught art, defined as the work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions.

We also discuss how you can become an active outsider art collector, which starts with a visit to Intuit on Milwaukee Ave. Learn more at www.art.org (great url!).

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The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at https://thelisadshow.blogspot.com

This podcast is recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford. It is a former Polish Grocery store, probably not the BEST place to record a podcast (boomy to say the least) but we're new and it will get better. Reach out to thelisadshow[at]gmail.com