#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – notes from episode 12.4 with Shelly Fuerte of Lakeside Pride and Midsommarfest FAQs

In this episode, Sara Dinges and Laura Austin of the Andersonville Chamber give you a rundown of this weekend’s Andersonville Midsommarfest highlights, plus we are joined by Shelly Fuerte, Vice President of the Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac Block Club, otherwise known as the WFCW and singer in the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles Latin Band. Shelly and her band will be playing Midsommarfest on Sunday, June 10 on the Center Stage at Berwyn at 1PM.

Opening ceremonies at Midsommarfest include the traditional Swedish maypole dance.

Opening ceremonies at Midsommarfest include the traditional Swedish maypole dance.

Listen to Episode 12.4 with Shelly Fuerte and our Midsommarfest Preview!

Here are some of the references from Episode 12.4 that you may want to check out:

Midsommarfest FAQs

  • Laura and Sara discuss details about tonight’s fest kickoff and the weekend ahead, particularly the Friday Night expansion and block party, and the Saturday morning opening ceremonies at 11AM featuring the maypole dance.
  • This year, we have 14 non-profits benefiting from Midsommarfest. View the full list!
  • If you want to donate directly to a Senn highschooler, Senn students are staffing the Summerdale gates (East and West) on Saturday, June 9 from 10AM-6PM
  • Midsommarfest is going ALL CANS this year. We are giving away 100 FREE koozies to the first 100 people to donate at the gates and koozies will be for sale at the Chamber Booth all weekend 
  • Music: Fest favorites Mucca Pazza and Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press are returning to Midsommarfest this year. Local Bands too! View the lineup here.
  • Our Alamo Playlot will feature Kids  & Family activates including an agility demonstration from Urban Pooch on the Summerdale Stage at 1:15PM on Sunday, June 10. Check out who’s featured
  • The Chicago Equality Rally returns on Sunday, June 10 at Noon at the Balmoral Pride Stage featuring speaker Rick Garcia, with elected officials, the Senn High School Orchestra, and more. 
The Lakeside Pride Ensembles Latin Band

The Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles Latin Band

“That’s what everyone wants to do – Is really just laugh and sing and dance and live and not be judged and not be told that you can’t.”
– Shelly Fuerte

Lakeside Pride Latin Band and Shelly Fuerte 

  • Shelly moved here to Andersonville in 2012 with her husband from Jackson Hole, WY and fell in love with the neighborhood.
  • Shelly is a road manager, (programming Jane Lynch at City Winery on November 30), a programmer for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and also sells essential oils on the side.
  • WFCW is one the longest standing block clubs in Chicago
  • Shelly has been performing with Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles for the last 2 or 3 years. Shelly and her husband are both trombone players and were looking for something nearby
  • There are 12 ensembles with Lakeside Pride! View them here. Shelly was previously involved with the Symphonic Band and Cabaret band, but wanted to start the Latin Band.
  • The name of the Latin Band is Tako Toosday, as they rehearse on Tuesdays and always get tacos after! Of the 17-member ensemble, 75% is female or female identified
  • Shelly’s favorite song to perform is Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida
     and many of the other ensemble members are involved in picking songs for the group 
  • Shelly is also involved in Friends of Andersonville, one of our beneficiaries working the beer booths during Midsommarfest weekend.
  • Folks can join one of the ensembles of Lakeside Pride online or visit the group at this weekend’s festival to learn more. 
  • If given the chance of the day, Shelly would choose to switch places with Jameson Loves Danger (5208 N. Clark)  because she loves animals and the owners and employees who work there. Folks can register their own dogs at the Midsommarfest Pet Parade this weekend, sponsored by Jameson Loves Danger, on Saturday, June 9 at 12PM. 

“ I think it’s so special to have a really local business care so much about what they are doing.”
– Shelly Fuerte

Visit Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles on these platforms:
Online: lakesidepride.org
Facebook: facebook.com/LakesidePride
Instagram: @lakesidepride
Twitter: @LakesidePride
YouTube: Lakeside Pride


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes from episode 12.3 with Edgewater Candles

In our third of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), we speak with candle creators Mark Towns and Stephen Pearlman, the duo behind our local favorite, Edgewater Candles. With scents like Cedar Lavender, Tobacco Tonka, and the ever-popular Fraser Fir during the winter months, these soy wax candles will warm up any office, home or studio. You can currently find Edgewater Candles stocked at Foursided in Andersonville (5061 N. Clark), at many markets around Chicago, at this weekend’s Midsommarfest, and at the Andersonville Farmers Market this season.

Stephen Pearlman (left) and Mark Towns (right) of Edgwater Candles, recording in Transistor's Studio C.

Stephen Pearlman (left) and Mark Towns (right) of Edgwater Candles, recording in Transistor’s Studio C.

“I try to pour 108 candles before bed each night. Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t, but it’s a good goal.
– Mark Towns

Listen to Episode 12.3 with Mark and Stephen!

Here are some of the references from Episode 12.3 that you may want to check out:

“Right now we have a factory shoved into our apartment, and soon we’ll have a little tiny apartment shoved in the back of a factory.”
– Edgewater Candles

  • Edgewater Candles collaborated with Jenny of Three Letter Birds for their limited edition champagne candle label, and hope to do more label collaborations in the future 
  • Laura mentions the Tomato Leaf candle as a fan favorite at the Andersonville Farmers Market – Edgewater Candles offers different seasonal selections throughout the year
Edgewater Candles seasonal tomato leaf candle

Edgewater Candles seasonal tomato leaf candle

  • Edgewater Candles developed their Woodsmoke candle specifically off a request from shop Strange Lovely, and it has since developed into one of their most popular scents
  • Cedar Lavender, to date, is the most popular scent that Edgewater Candles currently sells
  • If given the chance to trade places with Andersonville businesses for a day, Mark would choose either Foursided (5061 N. Clark) or Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark), and Stephen concurs! Speaking of Hopleaf, they are one of Stephen’s favorite restaurants in Chicago because of their seasonal and extensive vegetarian menu.

Find Mark and Stephen this weekend at Midsommarfest between Summerdale and Balmoral on the East side of Clark right by Calo Ristorante (5343 N. Clark). They are also one of the select vendors coming out to our new Open Streets block party on Friday night June 8 as well!

Photo by Edgewater Candles.

Photo by Edgewater Candles.

Visit the Edgewater Candles on these platforms:
Online: edgewatercandles.com
Facebook: facebook.com/edgewatercandles
Instagram: @edgewatercandles

 

 


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – notes from episode 12.2 with Alderman Harry Osterman

In our second of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest, today we are joined by Harry Osterman, Alderman of the 48th Ward which includes the communities of Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown’s Argyle Street. Alderman Osterman is a lifelong resident of the 48th Ward and prior to becoming Alderman in 2011, Harry served in Springfield for 11 years as State Representative of the 14th District. He is known for boots-on-ground public service, focusing on improving public safety, local neighborhood schools and supporting small businesses.

(from left) Laura Austin, Sara Dinges and Alderman Harry Osterman record in Studio C.

(from left) Laura Austin, Sara Dinges and Alderman Harry Osterman record in Studio C.

“Trying to find ways that local businesses can support the schools is really critical for keeping people within a community.”
– Alderman Harry Osterman

Listen to Episode 12.2 with Alderman Osterman!

Here are some of the references from Episode 12.2 that you may want to check out:

  • Listen to find out what book Harry picked up from Women & Children First the day we recorded the podcast.
  • Harry shares that he has lived on three streets in Andersonville: Summerdale, Balmoral and Catalpa.
  • Harry’s mom, Kathy, was Alderman of the 48th Ward in the 1980s and once held an International St. Patrick’s Day parade. We chat about bringing this event back!
  • Every summer, Harry’s office hosts over 100 outdoor events to promote safe spaces and help build community. Hear about Harry’s vision for public safety – both in the 48th Ward and Chicago.

“When people come together it creates safety.”
– Alderman Harry Osterman

  • One of these events grew into the Argyle Night Market, about which Harry discusses the inception and how it has evolved over the years.
  • Harry is a strong supporter of the neighborhood schools. The Andersonville Chamber has partnered with Senn High School for this year’s Midsommarfest! Make sure to visit them this weekend as our gate donation beneficiaries.
Harry and the community celebrating the opening of the Glenwood Greenway in summer 2017.

Harry and the community celebrating the opening of the Glenwood Greenway in summer 2017.

  • Andersonville’s new Glenwood Greenway was a project spearheaded by the 48th Ward and CDOT and inspired by a trip to Copenhagen the Alderman took in 2011.
  • Harry references the CTA Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization project that is coming up in 2020 or 2021 for our community. Learn more here.
  • Harry discusses being an early supporter of President Barack Obama, as well as a memorable visit First Lady Michelle made to Andersonville where she visited the former Charlie’s Alehouse at (5308 N Clark ) which is now Octavio.
  • Harry shares his vision of leadership – which includes listening, community involvement and fostering feedback from neighbors – as well as what keeps him motivated each day. He also mentions getting involved and volunteering at places like Care for Real (5339 N. Sheridan).
  • If given the chance to trade places with and Andersonville business, Harry would pick to work at Calo Ristorante (5343 N. Clark) for a day.
Harry with the Senn High School Wrestling Team.  Fun fact: Senn's Wrestling team has more female wrestlers than any other CPS high school!

Harry with the Senn High School Wrestling Team. Fun fact: Senn’s Wrestling team has more female wrestlers than any other CPS high school!

“Everybody can find a way to get involved.”
– Alderman Harry Osterman

Visit the 48th Ward on these platforms:
Online: 48thward.org
Facebook: facebook.com/48thward
Instagram: @48thwardchicago
Twitter: @48ward


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes for episode 12.1 with David Jay Collins

In our first of four episodes this week previewing Andersonville Midsommarfest (June 8-10, 2018), we are treated to a special conversation with local author David Jay Collins, who you can meet in person at Midsommarfest this weekend! David is the indie author of Gaybash, a story about love, friendship, and consequences for trying to be someone else; and Summerdale, a haunted house thriller set in Andersonville and due to release this October. We even hear excerpts from both novels in this episode!

Author David Jay Collins reads from Gaybash in Transistor's Studio C.

Author David Jay Collins reads from Gaybash in Transistor’s Studio C.

“To have complete strangers connect with what I’ve done and what I’ve written means the world to me, and has encouraged me to keep going.”
– David Jay Collins on Gaybash

Listen to Episode 12.1 with David Jay Collins!

 Here are some of the references from Episode 12.1 that you may want to check out:

  • The title, “Gaybash,” was chosen to be provocative and eye-catching. Gaybash is available to purchase locally at Women and Children First (5233 N. Clark ) or online via David’s website.
  • Laura mentions the 5 tenants David follows as an artists and writer. View them on his website here. 
  • David mentions he was inspired by The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which uses non-traditional writing methods to engage the reader in the story, and is considered by many to be one of the first mystery novels
  • Along with writing, David makes art with paper. He notes the parallels between expectations in art, and the expectations made when fleshing out a character in the novel. He has donated some of his work to the Chicago House, and you can view the artwork gallery on his website.
One of David's paper buildings.

One of David’s paper buildings.

  • David is drawn to local areas and neighborhoods, and while Summerdale will focus on Andersonville, Gaybash is set in Lakeview and pays homage to businesses such as Roscoes.
  • Summerdale, due to release Part 1 in October 2018, is going to be a part of a series that releases every October. Collins mentions that the upcoming release will not have full conclusions, but will continue through the years.
  • David chose Andersonville for the open-minded, diverse, and welcoming community that the neighborhood creates. He hopes the business owners in Andersonville are okay with the Devil stopping in for brunch!
  • Businesses mentioned in this episode include Cowboys and Astronauts (1478 W Summerdale), TrueNorth Café (5507 N Clark), Brimfield (5219 N. Clark ) and Transistor (5224 N. Clark), but David would trade places with the staff at Women and Children First if given the chance!
  • The Kickstarter campaign for Summerdale is now live. Support David’s work!
Support David's Kickstarter for Summerdale, which is live now!

Support David’s Kickstarter for Summerdale, which is live now!

“I wanted this to be read by anyone, and understood by anyone, and could inspire anyone at the same time.”
– David Jay Collins

David’s booth will be located at Midsommarfest just north of the Andersonville Chamber booth at Clark and Berwyn on the west side of Clark for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Come say hello!

 

Visit David Jay Collins on these platforms:
Online: davidjaycollins.com
Facebook: facebook.com/davidjaycollins
Instagram: @davidjaycollins
Twitter: @davidjaycollins
YouTube: GaybashBook
Kickstarter: Summerdale, and LGTB Horror Series


#ALWAYSANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 11 WITH JULIEANNE EHRE

Our guest this week is Julieanne Ehre, founder and director of Pivot Arts and the Pivot Arts Festival. With a focus on creative producing, Pivot Arts bridges the gap between theatre, dance, and contemporary performances and has showcased in Andersonville several times, including a recent “Live Talk” engagement at Hopleaf (5148 N Clark). The organization is quickly approaching the 6th year of their festival celebrating contemporary performances and multi-disciplinary works. The festival returns to Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods this week, running June 1 – June 10, 2018.

(from left) Laura, Joelle and Julieanna in studio for #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast

(from left) Laura, Joelle and Julieanne in studio for #AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast

“We are really trying to amplify the arts in these neighborhoods”
– Julieanne Ehre

Listen to Episode 11 with Juileanne Ehre!

Here are some of the references from Episode 11 that you may want to check out:

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Check out the full Pivot Arts Fest lineup here for June 1 – 10, 2018!

“The arts enable you to transcend reality”
– Julieanne Ehre

Visit Pivot Arts on these platforms:
Online: pivotarts.org
Facebook: facebook.com/PivotArts
Instagram: @pivotarts
Twitter: @PivotArts


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes for episode 10 with Mike Rivera

The newly redesigned 2018-19 edition of the Andersonville Neighborhood Guide is launching next week, and we are very excited to share it with the community and beyond! This week on the podcast, we sat down with one of the members of our guide design team, freelance photographer Mike Rivera, to discuss his pathway to photography and what it was like to photograph over 20 of our businesses for this very special publication.

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The cover of the 2018-19 Neighborhood Guide. Mike shot the water tower from the roof of the Swedish American Museum.

“If you could describe a neighborhood, you would describe it by the people who live there…this was the spirit of Andersonville.”
– Mike Rivera

Listen to Episode 10 with Mike Rivera!

Here are some of the references from Episode 10 that you may want to check out:

  • We were originally connected to Mike through mutual colleagues from Uptown United. Mike photographed the Uptown neighborhood for both their 2018 guide, as well as for North Magazine.
  • Over the course of photographing businesses for us, Mike had the chance to meet and hear the stories of over 20 of our business owners. We asked him which stories stuck out, and he mentions a specific conversation with Scott Martin, owner of Svea Restaurant (5236 N. Clark)  and Simon’s Tavern (5210 N. Clark) , in which we learned a lot of history and saw many artifacts from Andersonville’s early days.
An old liquor bottle Scott discovered in the ceiling tiles of the basement of Simon's after taking ownership. We were treated to a special viewing of the basement, and a fascinating history lesson, during Scott's Neighborhood Guide photo session with Mike.

An old liquor bottle Scott discovered in the ceiling tiles of the basement of Simon’s after taking ownership. We were treated to a special viewing of the basement, and a fascinating history lesson, during Scott’s Neighborhood Guide photo session with Mike.

  • One of Mike’s professional influencers in Chicago has been Chris Walker. He’s the longest running tenured photojournalist at the Chicago Tribune.
  • Mike’s current photography show is on display at District Chicago called No Humans Around. Our new guide even reflects one of these types of photographs with the cover shot of the up close Water Tower!
  • Spoiler alert: Mike would trade places with ALL of the businesses in Andersonville!
Mike recording this episode in Transistor's Studio C.

Mike recording this episode in Transistor’s Studio C.

“I’m just trying to be as honest as I can with what I see.”
– Mike Rivera

Mike is one of several creatives behind the brand new Neighborhood Guide: we hope to have graphic designer Michael Newman of estudiotres on the podcast in the coming months, and we also used beautiful Midsommarfest photography by Starbelly Studios. Our local printer, Fisheye Graphic Services, INC., was the mastermind behind bringing the digital form to printed reality!

To request a mailed copy of the 2018-19 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide, please fill out our request form, or plan to pick one up in person at Midsommarfest, June 8-10 from the Andersonville Chamber booth!

A preview shot of Michael and Louise Roper of Hopleaf during their photo shoot with Mike for the guide.

A preview shot of Michael and Louise Roper of Hopleaf during their photo shoot with Mike for the guide.

“This place is a gold mine for the stories of Chicago.”
– Mike Rivera

Visit Mike Rivera Photography on these platforms:
Online: mikeriveraphoto.com
Instagram: @mikeriveraphoto | @nohumansaround


#ALWAYSANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 9 WITH EARLY TO BED

This week, we are joined by Searah Deysach, the owner of  Early to Bed, Chicago’s only women-oriented, trans-friendly, boy-friendly, queer, and all gender positive sex shop located at 5044 N Clark. This diverse business is dedicated to helping you explore your sexuality to the fullest, without fear, and they are one of the destinations for our upcoming Andersonville Wine Walk, this Sunday, May 20!

Searah Deysach, owner of Early to Bed

Searah Deysach, owner of Early to Bed

“We like to be that space where someone can ask that question that they’ve never known who to turn to before, on how to make their body feel better.”
– Searah Deysach 

Listen to Episode 9 with Searah Deysach!

Here are some of the references from Episode 9 that you may want to check out:

  • Searah was inspired to found Early to Bed by her dissatisfaction with the local sex shops around Chicago. She wanted a business that focused on education, safety, and comfort; all things she wasn’t able to find at other establishments. Now she loves what she does: helping other people love what they do! Learn more about Early to Bed here.
  • Searah wants to make sure the “first time sex shop walker-inner” is comfortable and not scared of the experience.
  • Searah mentions the issues regarding medical research into sex, specifically for women. On the Early to Bed website, Searah lists several advice columns on everything from the G-spot to Open Relationships.
  • In addition to Early to Bed, Searah has also created two websites geared towards gender-inclusion: FTM essentials and Trans Kids. These webstores feature packing gear and more for everyone’s needs, big or small!
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  • Within the community, Searah does a lot of outreach. Request her presentations here!
  • Searah also mentions being on the Board for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and loving getting involved and meeting fellow business owners from the Andersonville community. Learn more about the Board here.
  • If she didn’t have her current career, Searah would want to own a store, where she wouldn’t have to do social media! All kidding aside, she’d see herself in women’s health. She also thought it would be fun to trade places with the owners of Women and Children First (5233 N Clark) or anyone who serves drinks in the neighborhood.
Guests at Andersonville Wine Walk 2017 at Early to Bed. Guests can visit during the 2018 Wine Walk on the Cork Route.

Guests at Andersonville Wine Walk 2017 at Early to Bed. Guests can visit during the 2018 Wine Walk on the Cork Route.

“I love that I am contributing to the health of this neighborhood.”
– Searah Deysach

Visit Early to Bed on these platforms:
Online: early2bedshop.com
Facebook: facebook.com/early2bed
Instagram: @early2bed
Twitter: @Earlytobed


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes for Bonus Episode 1 with the Andersonville Farmers Market and Chicago Patchwork Farms

In honor of opening day for the Andersonville Farmers Market (Wednesday, May 9), we have launched our first bonus episode of the podcast! In studio, we are joined by Katie Williams from Chicago Patchwork Farms and Joan Oberndorf, market manager of Andersonville’s Farmers Market. Chicago Patchwork Farms is an organization dedicated to rehabilitating unused land in the city into beautiful, usable green spaces, and has been a vendor at the market since 2014. Their farm is located at 2825 W Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park.

The Andersonville Farmers market is NOW OPEN for the season on Wednesdays from May 9 – August 29 (3-8PM) and September 5 – October 17 (3-7PM) along Berwyn between Clark and Ashland.

Katie Williams  of Chicago Patchwork Farms (left) and farmers market manager Joan Oberndorf (right).

Katie Williams of Chicago Patchwork Farms (left) and farmers market manager Joan Oberndorf (right).

“Getting to ask the farmer about how they treat their employees I think is an important question, which is something you can’t ask at the grocery store.”
– Katie Williams

Listen to BONUS Episode 1 with Joan Oberndorf and Katie Williams!

Here are some of the references from Bonus Episode 1 that you may want to check out:

  • The Chicago Patchwork Farms provides a food services to locals (CSA), where consumers can pay yearly and receive a bag of fresh vegetables each week. Click here to learn how to buy.
  • The Farmers Market is a great way to support small farmers and local businesses. All of the food in Andersonville’s market is sourced within 200 miles. For more information regarding our market, click here.
  • Being sustainable is a very important to both the Chicago Patchwork Farm and to the Andersonville Farmers Market. Katie has the word “sustain” tattooed on her arm!
  • A lot of research goes into rehabilitating areas in Chicago for farm use. Katie says brussel sprouts, cabbages, and cauliflower are the hardest to grow in an urban environment, and the easiest to grow in your backyard are tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants! Katie recommends buying fruiting plants, like cherry tomatoes, in the small variety to try our in your backyard for the first time.
  • Joan divulges that she loves all vegetables, but has grown to really love the mystery behind shishito peppers. Learn how to cook them!
  • In addition to growing their own plants, the Chicago Patchwork Farm also rents out their space for events. The events include a tour of the gardens and the rest of the space. Katie recalls how she visited two weddings that were hosted at the farm! To book your event or get more information on the spaces available, contact the Farm here.
  • This season, the Andersonville Farmers Market will be welcoming new vendors! One of which is a East Indian food vendor, Chiya Chai Café, along with a crepe maker, Gotta B Crepes! Along with these two prepared food makers, Chicago Patchwork Farms will have twice the space and twice the vegetables, in addition to new organic vendors, like American Pride Micro Farm. To see the full list of vendors for the market season, please visit the Farmers Market website.
  • Joan also works part time for defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery (also a market vendor and permanently located at 1477 W Balmoral), but would love to trade places with the staff at Women and Children First (5233 N Clark ).

Over 30 vendors set up on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland every Wednesday for the Andersonville Farmers Market season.

Visit Andersonville Farmers Market on these platforms:
Online: andersonville.org/farmersmarket
Facebook: facebook.com/AvilleFarmersMarket
Instagram: @avillefarmersmarket

Visit Chicago Patchwork Farms on these platforms:
Online: chicagopatchworkfarms.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ChicagoPatchworkFarms
Instagram: @chicagopatchworkfarms


Midsommarfest Band Lineup 2018

 

Friday, June 8th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

5PM – Dj Dan Luna

6PM – To The 9sTo the 9s is an event band that is sure to keep you dancin’ all night! These professional party players have a handcrafted set of hits from every decade to make sure your lips keep moving and your toes tapping.

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8PM – 16 Candles16 Candles is a modern-day band dedicated to bringing back all your favorite 80’s hits to life! Whether it’s Prince, Rush, or Michael Jackson, their totally gnarly sets will bring you back to a better time.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

6PM – Drag show featuring DJ Ecstasy

8PM – DJ Ecstacy

 

Saturday, June 9th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

11AM – Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

12PM – Vino

1PM – Second City Outlaws

1:30PM – Mister E MachineThis Chicago Indie band focuses on a textured vocals and deep LGBTQ+ lyrics. Mister E Machine is due to release their new album, The Stone Wall, this year.

3PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

3:30PM – Jonas FriddleJonas Friddle is a renowned banjo player residing in Chicago, IL. Friddle is backed up by a group of horns, keys, drums and strings that combine to create that traditional sound we know and love.

5PM – Little QueensThe Little Queens is a female-forward band playing all of your favorite classics and some upbeat originals, too. This Chicago-based music group is sure to host a great party!

7PM – The CongregationThis rock and soul group is sure to knock your socks off with their heartwarming ballads and high-energy rhythm. The Congregation is a contemporary mixture of multiple genres lead by a loud voice and even louder brass.

9PM – Mucca Pazza – Mucca Pazza is a marching band like you’ve never seen – this 30-member group of brass and drums combines traditional band antics with eclectic theatrics for a completely unique sound and experience.
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CENTER STAGE | 5300 N Clark

11AM – Two Filipinos

12:30PM – She’s CraftyShe’s Crafty is everything you’ve been looking for – this all-female tribute to the Beastie Boys is here to kick it 90s style!

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1:30PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

2PM – Dr. Zylo and the Braniacs

3:30PM – Second City Outlaws

4PM – The Ron Burgundy’s

6PM – The Hairband NightTease your hair and don your leather jackets, it’s time for Hair Bands! The Hairband Night covers all of your favorite hairband hits – Motley Crew, Van Halen, ACDC and more!

8PM – The Boy Band NightThey’re exactly what they sound like – ‘Night covers all of your Boy Band favorites, from N’Sync to Backstreet Boys and One Direction. Put your heart on your sleeve and get out your teen magazine – The Boy Band Night is here to steal your heart!

 

SUMMERDALE STAGE | Summerdale 5350 N Clark

11AM – Little Linguists

12PM – Jameson Loves Danger Pet Parade

1PM – Seeds Center

2PM – Dream Big Performing Arts

3PM – Cielito LindoCielito Lindo is a mariachi band consisting of a father, mother, and their 7 children. This is a family business that will charm you with their latin flair and keep you laughing, too!

4:30PM – Honey and the 45s

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6PM – Willy DynomiteWilly Dynomite is a group of seasoned musicians doing what they know best. This is a group with full horns and backup singers, sure to keep you swingin’ and jivin’ all night long with their original music.

8PM – FabitatFabitat is a bi-weekly diverse and inclusive LGBTQ+ musical event hosted by the Chicago Beauty Bar. The events normally feature live music, drag, and live DJ sets.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

1PM – Singers and Standards

2PM – Singers and Standards

3PM – Singers and Standards

4:30PM – DJ for Drag

6:30PM – RETRO with DJ Laura B

8:30PM – The Hits with DJ Laura B

 

SWEDISH STAGE | Foster and Clark

11AM – Event Kick Off

11:30AM – May Pole

12PM – Swedish Jamboree

2PM – The New Invaders

4PM – Kashmir

6PM – Fiona Grey

7PM – Moose the DJ

8PM – ABBA Salute

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Sunday, June 10th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

11AM – Senn Arts

12PM – Gussied

1:30PM – Second City Outlaws

2PM – Distant Brothers

3:30PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

4PM – Brooke and the Nice ThingsThis soulful band is sure to charm you with their original music and their amazing covers. Brooke and the Nice Things’ goal is to make people move – so get on your feet, and get ready for some hearty soul!

6PM – Libido Funk CircusLibido Funk Circus started as a living-room disco band, and expanded exponentially to a flashy and fun event band! LFC took the disco vibes and expanded them from the 60s to modern day music, making them a great host for everyone present.

8PM – 16 Candles16 Candles is a modern-day band dedicated to bringing back all your favorite 80’s hits to life! Whether it’s Prince, Rush, or Michael Jackson, their totally gnarly sets will bring you back to a better time.

 

CENTER STAGE | 5300 N Clark

11AM – Deliverance Singers – Gospel Brunch

1PM – Lakeside Pride Latin Band

1:45PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

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2PM – Al RoseAl Rose is one of our own – an Andersonville local and a Chicago native, Al has been writing songs since 4th grade. Al Rose combines deep metaphoric lyrics with a flexible genre and unique style.

3:30PM – Second City Outlaws

4PM – Bailey Dee

6PM – Sushi RollMore like Sushi Rock and Roll! This band brings high energy and dancy vibes combined with their crazy costumes to create a totally memorable stage presence. Come sing along to their modern-day covers and reminisce about the early 2000s!

8PM – CatfightCatfight is an all-female cover band that brings all your favorites back to the stage! Brittany Spears, Queen, and more – those aren’t allergies, it’s just goosebumps from Catfight’s awesome music.

 

SUMMERDALE STAGE | Summerdale 5350 N Clark

9:30AM – Yoga Tree Yoga

11AM – Little Linguists

12PM – Andersonville Strings

1PM – Seeds Center

2PM – Dream Big Performing Arts

3PM – Kung Lao and the Scorpions

3:30PM – Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats – Laura Doherty is an award-winning children’s musical artist. She earned her place as a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching children how to play, and now devotes herself full time to making children’s music. Check out her most recent album, High Five (2018), which has already won several awards.

5PM – Lucy Smith Jazz TrioLucy Smith is a talented professional jazz musician dedicated to making her passion her career. She does this by performing her own soulful jazz pieces for crowds, and remixing church hymnals for jazz paradigms for worship.

6:30PM – Chicago Jazz OrchestraThe Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) celebrates and perpetuates jazz orchestra music – an original American art form – for all audiences through unique performance, collaboration, and education.

8PM – Rod Tuff Curls & the Bench PressRod Tuff Curls is a cover band for the ages – their experienced musicians and their three-part vocal harmonies of songs you’re sure to recognize will keep the crowd dancing all night long. With everything from Taylor Swift covers to famous musicals and even Disney songs, you’ll love the mix Rod Tuff Curls provides.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

12PM – Pride Rally

1PM –  Singers and Standards

2PM – Singers and Standards

3PM – DJ for Drag Show – Laura B

5PM – Tea Dance

7:30PM – The Hits DJ set

 

SWEDISH STAGE | Foster and Clark

12:30PM – LiveWire

2PM – Hugh Too

4PM – Hodie Snitch

6PM – Lynne Jordan and the Shivers

8PM – American English


#ALWAYS ANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 8 WITH RIVENDELL THEATRE ENSEMBLE

This week on the podcast, we are joined by company members of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an intimate salon-style theatre exploring the unique female perspectives of everyday stories  (located on Andersonville’s north end at 5779 N. Ridge Avenue). In studio, we discuss Rivendell’s Midwest premiere of The Cake, by playwright Bekah Brunstetter with artistic director Tara Mallen and ensemble members Krystel McNeil and Tuckie White – all three appear in the production, which was just extended through Saturday, June 2! They also recreate one of the iconic scenes from the play for us on air!

 

(From left) Tara Mallan, Tuckie White, and Kyrstel McNeil in studio at Transistor Radio's Studio C.

(From left) Tara Mallen, Tuckie White, and Krystel McNeil in studio at Transistor Radio’s Studio C.

 “Our theatre is never exclusive. Men can see their own journeys in our plays, but we’re always looking at it from the unique viewpoint of being a woman.”
– Tara Mallen, Artistic Director

Listen to Episode 8 with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble!

Here are some of the references from Episode 8 that you may want to check out:

  • About The Cake: Faith, Family and Frosting collide in this heartwarming play about a lesbian couple who return to their east coast hometown to ask a family friend to make the cake for their wedding – who then faces internal and external conflicts around the situation. Get tickets here.
  • Before they laid permanent roots in Edgewater on Ridge, Rivendell Theatre moved around the city for 16 years. Tara Mallen started the company when she became frustrated with the job availability in the field, particularly for women, and because she wanted to give females in the industry a greater chance at succeeding. She deveoped a relationship with American Blues Theater, and was able to produce the first Rivendell showcase. Read about the company history here. 
  • The play Wrens, that Tara mentions in the podcast, was produced in 1996 in the space that is now Gus Giordano Dance School at 5240 N Clark. View Rivendell’s production history!
  • Rivendell is part of Edgewater Theatre District, and Tara mentions that it felt like coming home when they finally opened here.
  • On Saturday, May 19 after the 4PM matinee of The Cake, there will be a community Town Hall talk back. Learn more here.
  • This Thursday, May 10, Rivendell will be celebrating their annual Blue Jean Ball. The event will feature barnyard dances and dance lessons, a pie contest, custom drinks, and more! The host of this year’s event is Milly from Milly’s Orchid Show. To get your tickets and find out more about the event, visit their website here.

“I think we have the unique capacity to invite the audience to take a journey with us, that you don’t have when you go bigger theatres in Chicago”
– Tara Mallen

The Cake was recently extended until Saturday, June 2. Keep in an out for a special ticket giveaway!

The Cake was recently extended until Saturday, June 2. Buy Tickets Now, and keep in an out for a special ticket giveaway!

Visit Rivendell Theatre Ensemble on these platforms:
Online: rivendelltheatre.org
Facebook: facebook.com/rivendelltheatre
Twitter: @RivendellThtr
Instagram: @rivendelltheatre