Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jill King Wynn, Sculptor, is on an Evanston Odyssey



Jill King Wynn moved to Evanston around 1980 and has been on a self described "odyssey" since then, which is the title of her new sculpture installation at the Evanston Civic Center., "Evanston Odyssey".  Nestled in the southwest stair well, her sculpture climbs more than 50 up three flights of stairs, three big orbs of light and steel and fabric. July 20, the public is invited to celebrate Jill and the installation at a public reception 5-8 p.m. at the Civic Center on Ridge Ave.

Jill is a funny, smart, engaging artist who has been on a very determined and focused journey. We talk about how she persists through her field, the many places she shares her talent to include Evanston Art Center and Art Encounter and how to land public installation gigs.

See more of her work atjillkingstudio.com

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Matthew LaFleur, Illustrator and Celebrity Dad



Matthew LaFleur is an illustrator living and working in Evanston, IL. He’s funny, smart and interesting and has made a career as an illustrator This June, in collaboration with Evanston Made, LaFleur's artwork is on display at North Shore Cider, 707 Howard St. The collection of LaFleur's work includes logos and labels from Evanston Home Brew, Transient Artisanales, Middlebrow Beer, Arcade Brewery, Hop Butcher, Sketchbookbrew, as well as prints from the children's book he illustrated, The Toothless Fairy.

The public is invited to attend his artist talk on Saturday, June 17, 5-8 p.m., but in the meantime stop by the cidery during regular business hours to fill up your growler and see LaFleur's work.

From LaFleur, “Creating art has always been an integral part of my life. What started with Pac-Man doodles and maze sketches led to a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a passion for filling my world, and the world's of others, with pictures and design. These days my art takes the form of lunchbox drawings for my daughters, book and magazine layouts, custom wedding invitations, illustrations for books, sketches on napkins, and logos and designs for dozens of local businesses - especially breweries.”

Learn more about LaFleur’s journey as an illustrator at doodlematt.tumblr.com

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chris Greene, Saxophonist, Jazz Musician, Evanston Creative



Chris Greene joins us on The Lisa D Show podcast to talk about his music career playing the saxophone, from his way back in the day music theory class at ETHS to his latest album Boundary Issues.

June 9-11, see Greene live performing with the Chris Greene Quartet at Pete Millers, and see how a lifetime pursuing his craft has paid off.
Greene is a saxophonist, Vandoren Performing Artist, 1/4 of Chris Greene Quartet and Future emperor of Evanston, according to his Facebook profile.

Click here to listen to Greene play with the Chris Green Quartet.

"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Aimée Beaubien at Platform



Aimée Beaubien's art installation at Platform in Evanston, "Cuttings", recreates a magical garden, inviting the public to tour generations of gardens. The installation features floor to ceiling photos of gardens and plants cut up and woven into shapes and formations, hung with rope, attached to dried lemons and other organic matter. Walking through the installation gives one the feeling of being a tiny lost creature in a magical and fantastical garden.

The public is invited this Saturday, June 3, to meet Aimée at Platform on 904 Sherman Ave., 12-7:30 p.m. Aimée is one of more than 200 visual artists participating the kick off weekend of Evanston Made, a monthlong visual arts celebration in June that turns the city of Evanston into a art gallery. Learn more at evanstonmade.com



Show notes: this interview includes background on Aimée's great grandmother's experience living through the Great Depression, insight into Rugby culture and songs about dog-butt sniffing, the evils of vines and finding your soulmate after 40.

Chicago-based artist Aimée Beaubien constructs optically perplexing arrangements from fragments of her own photographs. See more of her work at aimeebeaubien.com

Platform is a foundation for the unconstrained creative vision of Justine Bianco and Maggie Meiners.  It is our studio with a store front project space to exhibit BIG ideas. We are not a conventional gallery looking to make a buck, we are an exhibition space in which artists have creative license to get adventurous. Learn more at platform904.com



"The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Kathy Halper



Meet Kathy Halper, artist and co-producer of the Nasty Women Evanston Art Fundraiser at 1100 Florence in West Evanston. Full disclosure, I'm the other producer of this event, but we keep the podcast real and I do the interviewing, walking you through why Kathy brought this event to Evanston and how you can get involved. Below is her art donation, Lying Liars Lie, available for purchase at the event.




From nastywomenevanston.org

ONE NIGHT ONLY! 
Saturday, June 3  Join us! Through art we can raise awareness, raise money, raise our voices and raise hell! Nasty Women Evanston is inspired by the Nasty Women Exhibition in NYC and the growing number of sister shows all over the world supporting women’s causes. 

Saturday, June 3 from 6-9 this one night only special event takes place at 1100 Florence in Evanston. All art will be priced at $100! 100% of our proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. So let’s get nasty together! Join us to make and support art for a great cause. 



Help Nasty Women Evanston Raise $10,000! Buy Custom Commemorative Poster by Diana Sudyka!

We are so excited to offer this beautiful 11"x17" art poster by Chicago illustrator Diana Sudyka to memorialize our Nasty Women Evanston Art Exhibition! She's designed posters for Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Neko Case, The Black Keys and us!!!
We are offering it for $40 here on the website. All proceeds (minus printing costs) will go Planned Parenthood. We are encouraging all artists and event goers and supporters to buy it now! Your copy will be waiting for you at the event!

We will have a limited edition of prints available to the public on June 3 but expect them to fly out the door quickly!

Click below to reserve your copy now.

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100 years ago, I had a live talk radio show in El Paso, TX, "The Lisa D Show" on KHRO 1650 AM. Live, call-in radio is where it's at; I LOVED the spontaneity and silliness of conversations with strangers.


Fast Forward to 2017 in Evanston, IL, "The Lisa D Show" is a podcast celebrating creatives, featuring 20-minute, unedited conversations that mimic the live-radio vibe, very low tech on purpose. 

I interview the creatives, the people who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts are posted at thelisadshow.blogspot.com and on Sound Cloud at @lisa-degliantoni

Mostly recorded at 1100 Florence, an art event space in West Evanston, IL, owned and operated by Lisa Degliantoni and Dave Ford.1100 Florence is a former Polish meat shop, 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

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