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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today in Rogers Park - February 28th, 2013

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton 

Dear Neighbors,

BE CAREFUL IN THE SNOW, especially shoveling it!

CAPS meeting is Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 pm at the CMSA, 7212 N. Clark.
This will be a joint meetings with residents of beat 2422, 2423, and 2424.

Attendance at meetings helps improve the quality of life in our neighborhood:
* encouraging active participation,
* developing strategies to address area and block issues,
* meeting other residents and
* getting to know beat officers.

Crime incidents in January 2013 were DOWN by 1%, compared to 2012. While this is good news, crime stats spiked last January (2012). In short, we're still up over January 2011. The increase over 2011 is driven in large part by Vandalism. This could be a reporting anomaly. If, as police have urged, more people are calling 911 and filing police reports about graffiti and other vandalism, then the data would suggest a spike, while in fact it may just be a reflection of people being more proactive. And being proactive is what it's all about, especially alerting the police (911) when you suspect a crime may happen .. early warning makes all the difference!

Detailed crime stats will be posted at later this week. 
BOTTOM LINE ... we need to remain proactive to continue to the quality of life in our area!

CALL 911 when you see a problem, including suspicious activity .. better to prevent a situation from escalation, than have to deal with it when it does. If we expect to continue see downward trends in crime incidents we MUST remain active on our blocks as things improve ... continuing to Call 911 aggressively!

Please attend CAPS meeting ... get to know your neighbors and beat officers.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 pm (to 8 pm, one hour)
WHERE: Chicago Math & Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark (in the cafeteria)

Please forward this e-mail to your neighbors and call those that don't have internet access.


==bernard 773-392-1828

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Painted Ladies of Rogers Park

Along Glenwood Avenue (South of Pratt), is an arts district of another kind... 

the houses known as The Painted Ladies


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blue Bins delivered to Paulina and Jarvis

Whilevisiting the Gateway Centre about an hour ago, I noticed a new delivery of Chicago blue recycling bins along Paulina and Jarvis Avenue.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Touhy Avenue Lakeside Living


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today in Rogers Park - February 24th, 2013

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton

14th Annual African American History Celebration at Loyola Park Field House


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fear No Art Dinner Party at Mayne Stage

Host of Fear No ART, Elysabeth Alfano. invites three creatives and a celebrity chef to a dinner party. Over food, wine, chocolate, Twitter and a few impromptu performances, the conversations flow! Filmed live and streaming on Time Out Chicago, buy your tickets and be a part of the party and live filming at the Mayne Stage, as well as enjoy tastings of the chef's appetizer and entrées, a wine pairing and Vosges Chocolate. Twitter in questions for the stage guests and be eligible to win theatre tickets, dinner for 2 and more!

February 25th guests: Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Andreas Mitisek, Artistic Director of The Seldoms, Carrie Hanson, actor from ABC's "The Practice", Michael Patrick Thornton and chef Homaro Cantu of Moto. The opening act is Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen of Dolly Varden. Appetizer and entrée tastings from Moto are paired with wine from Vin Divino and chocolate by Vosges.

Don’t miss it!  Tickets $30.   Advance purchase necessary.  No seating past 7:20 pm when food is served.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Benefit for Rogers Park musician Edward Yeo

Raising living/convalescing expenses for Edward Yeo who is battling Throat Cancer

School of Rock is raising funds for music instructor and Rogers Park musician Edward Yeo who is battling Stage IV throat cancer.

School of Rock stated "Ed Yeo, one of our brilliant music instructors and an all-around thoughtful, hard-working and compassionate guy".

"Ed is dedicated to bringing up the next generation of artists and is committed to doing all that he can to keep our community thriving and creating. He will need our support to fight this disease and continue to rock".

Rogers Park guitarist and composer performing at Alhambra Cafe

Performing in Rogers Park over the years, represented by local radio promotion business, Bill Morton Promotions.. Edward graced Alhambra Cafe on Morse Avenue weekly as well as Charmers Cafe, The Parlor of Quest Network Services and the Lil Adler Ballroom at Sherwin on the Lake.

School of Rock is planning a Rock N Roll Benefit Show Featuring the Staff & Friends of the School of Rock including a Silent Auction and Bake Sale.

You can donate to support Edward Yeo at GiveForward.

performing at Charmers Cafe

performing at Sherwin on the Lake

performing at Quest Network Services


Sunday, February 17, 2013

News from our friends at The Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage is proud to announce Sons of the Silent Age playing the music of David Bowie, comedy showcase with The Lincoln Lodge, Malian artist Fatoumata Diawara, Americana band The Flatlanders and blues legend James Cotton

Tickets  are on sale now at (866) 468-3401 and 

Sons of the Silent Age playing the music of David Bowie
Support act: MAGAS
Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance | $12 cash at door

Chris Connelly & Matt Walker are both 30+ year veterans of music, having both played and recorded with Ministry, Revolting Cocks and Killing Joke. As lifelong fans of DAVID BOWIE, they recently put together a band dedicated to playing his music, and that's what SONS OF THE SILENT AGE is, a band made up of 9 incredible Chicago based musicians with a staggering set of songs cherry picked from Bowie's vast & astounding body of work stretching back 40 years.

After a wildly successful inaugural show earlier this year, the band is a living, breathing force to be reckoned with, and a show not to be missed!



MAGAS (aka James Marlon Magas) is an electronic musician from Chicago who has been creating unconventional music since 1992, with avant rock bands COUCH and LAKE OF DRACULA, and since 1999, as solo artist, MAGAS.

The Lincoln Lodge

Wednesday, March 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 general admission

As the nation's longest running independent comedy show, The Lincoln Lodge has been the stomping ground for some of Chicago's finest stand-up and variety acts for thirteen years and counting.

On March 27, 2013, the cast members of the Lincoln Lodge, who bring you the beloved comedy show in the back of a pancake house on Friday nights, will be toting their jokes up to Roger's Park for a one of a kind experience in Chicago comedy. Come see the future of comedy as some of the most exciting, innovative new comedians in Chicago make their Mayne Stage debut. Lodge cast members scheduled to perform include Caitlin Bergh, Charlie Bury, Saurin Choksi, Ricky Gonzalez, Joe Kwaczala, Dan Ronan, Derek Smith, Julia Solomon and Martin Morrow. 

Sound Culture presents Fatoumata Diawara
Friday, April 5 at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $20 general admission | $25 day of | $30 reserved

Introducing a fresh new talent with a unique sound, a bagful of beautiful self-penned songs and a tumultuous life story behind her, Fatoumata Diawara's debut album, 'Fatou', was released on World Circuit on September 19, 2011. Tall, superbly poised and elegant, with an iridescent smile, this sometime star of African film draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely sparse contemporary folk sound - refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. At the centre of the music is Fatou's warm, affecting voice, spare, rhythmical guitar playing and gorgeously melodic songs that draw powerfully on her own often troubled experience.

Now based in Paris, Fatou has had a life covering a whole gamut of contemporary African experience: fighting parental opposition to her artistic ambitions and the cultural prejudice faced by women throughout Africa, winning success as an actress in film and theatre, before finding her feet in the medium she was always destined to make her own: music.

The Flatlanders

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Tickets: $40 general admission

In January 1972 a newly formed grassroots band The Flatlanders (comprised of the nucleus of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock) travelled to Tommy Allsup s Odessa, TX studio at the urging of a local radio DJ. The 14 songs recorded on reel-to-reel tape arguably marked the birth of alternative country music. In celebration of their 40th anniversary together, the esteemed founding fathers of Americana will release a collection of these recordings as The Odessa Tapes via New West Records.

Thought lost for nearly 4 decades, The Odessa Tapes pristine recordings capture without any polish the special blend of country, folk, roots and cosmic energy The Flatlanders pioneered. A DVD featuring a candid new interview with The Flatlanders discussing the myths of the early days of their career and booklet with unreleased archival photos will round out this deluxe package. Limited edition 180-gram vinyl will also be available for the audio portion of the release.

James Cotton
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 general admission

Grammy Award winner James "Superharp" Cotton makes much anticipated Mayne Stage debut this Spring. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, the Smithsonian Institute in 1991, and winner of countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards, he has shared the stage with B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sam and Dave, The Grateful Dead among many others.

In 1954 when Muddy Waters needed a harmonica player, he found Cotton playing a club in Arkansas and took him to Chicago. Cotton remained with Waters for 12 years not only playing shows but also recording with him on Chess Records. One of the highlights of that period came when Cotton arranged  the ever-popular anthem for the blues, "Got My Mojo Workin', " which was played for the first time by the Muddy Waters Band at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1961.

In 1966 Cotton formed his James Cotton Blues Band which continues to showcase his immense talent and keeps him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving, seminal blues musicians touring the world today.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Rogers Parkers make the Roots Music Chart

Rogers Park recording artists The Sons of the Never Wrong make the Roots Radio Chart for the State of Illinois.

Sons of the Never Wrong are a folk trio from Chicago made up of Bruce Roper, Deborah Lader, and Sue Demel. The band has been creating original "turbo-charged folk music" for 19 years to a cult-like national following. With their different take on three part harmony on top of witty, whimsical songs, Sons’ style springs from a tradition you’d swear you've heard, but this just ain't your grandpop's folk music. 

The Son's 6 CD releases have brought them stunning national and international reviews as well as extensive radio-play. It is their live performances though that win the audience's hearts. The group can barely stand still on stage and insty-choreography results in a non-stop show of stories, dancing, and odd-ball humor. Yet it is when the three step up to the mic and belt out one of their many gorgeously- arranged songs, that you know you are in for something extra special.

Source: Sons of the Never Wrong EPK

Our new 20 year anniversary CD... King Fisher King

Illinois: Roots Radio Airplay Chart

Ranking #6
Artist: Sons of the Never Wrong 
CD Title: King Fisher King
Label: Waterbug
Genre: Folk


Friday, February 15, 2013

Snowy morning in Rogers Park

A dusting of snow this morning on Ravenswood

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Giordano's has Valentine's Day spirit


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shambhala Meditation Center leaves Rogers Park with sale

"The Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago is part of an international community of over 200 centers. The center offers programs and classes in mindfulness meditation and the contemplative arts, free individual meditation instruction, and a vibrant, diverse community of members and friends who study and practice together".


.. But soon not in Rogers Park.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Rogers Park postcard project

The Rogers Park 
postcard project

As an advocate for the beauty and potential of our neighborhood, 

This is the first of a series of postcards featuring Rogers Park.

Pledge $5 or more - You get this Jarvis on the Lake postcard mailed to your home.

Pledge $10 or more - You get this Jarvis on the Lake postcard mailed to your home and to two other friends.

Pledge $25 or more - You get a framed and signed 8 x 10 photograph mailed to your home.

Visit for more information and to pledge.

This project will only be funded if at least $350 is pledged by Tuesday Feb 19, 11:30pm CST.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Touring The Farcroft

There are more photos and a video from our tour on the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce website: