JUDY’S TOP FIVE
Updated: June 4, 2012 11:27AM
Ed. note: Here’s Judy’s pick of coming community activities in the Evanston area, spiced with a little commentary.
Not to mention my handstands. A free Children’s Day event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. May 6 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St. Children ages 2 through 13, accompanied by a parent, will enjoy face painting, games, food and a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers. To register, call (847)(448) 8254.
When I see the Jesse White Tumblers perform, I’m reminded of the tumbling class I took when I was 10. I don’t know why, because this troupe is terrific, while my cartwheels, or attempts at, were a disaster (“Don’t just stand there sobbing with your arms up, Judy, Do Something!”). Anyway, see you there- if you spot me sniffling in envy, you’ll know why.
No matter how hard I try. The Evanston Farmers Market opens from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 and will be held every Saturday through Nov. 12 at the intersection of University Place and Oak Avenue. The market features a wide variety of goods, including fresh produce, meats, cheeses, sauces, soups, baked goods and more – everything to make scrumptious fresh meals. Free parking is at 1800 Maple Ave. For more information visit www.ciityofevanston.org/market.
The word “scrumptious,” in relation to meals, is used above. No one has ever used “scrumptious” to describe any repast I make (“slave over” is a more fitting term, but I get no points for that, either). I’ve heard “interesting,” “unique” and “yuck,” but never “scrumptious.” It’s not fair, but then, life isn’t, so I shouldn’t mind - I do.
Everyone’s a critic. “Step by Step: The History of Dance at Northwestern University” exhibition will be on display through May 11 at the University Library, 1970 Campus Drive on the university’s Evanston campus. In 1979, a dance program was created within Northwestern’s theater program by Susan A. Lee. This exhibit features a selection of archival material and figurines from Lee’s collection. Admission is free. For more information visit www.library.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-7658.
Northwestern’s theater department has so many noteworthy alumni – Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret and Bill Murray come to mind. I am certain Judy Brinkworth would be added to this list of talented individuals, except I didn’t attend Northwestern, so am not eligible. Yes, I’m sure, and nobody will tell me any different – so be quiet, get outta’ here, that’s an order.
Yoo-Hoo – Garlic Mustard … The 21st annual Garlic Mustard Pull takes place from 9:300 a.m. to noon May 5 in Perkins Woods, in northwest Evanston, between Ewing, Grant and Colfax. Volunteers are needed to help clear the woods of this non-native plant, the chief competitor of the native plants and wildflowers that bloom each spring. Trash will also be picked up in this annual cleaning of the woods. Just show up and pitch in – a great way to help the environment and be a part of the community.
I don’t have to remove garlic mustard from my garden – it pops up and sees just dirt, dirt and more dirt, and murmurs, “Aw, why bother,” and bungees back beneath the soil. I’d welcome any of this pesky plant that stayed around, and when I pull up it during this project, I’ll whisper, “Come on-a my house,” but I know that won’t work - the Garlic Mustard Connection has heard about me.
And finally ... rejected, but proud. Custer’s Last Stand Festival offers opportunities for artist, musicians and actors to exhibit or perform at this year’s festival, which will take place June 16 and 17 in Evanston. Fair applications are now available; visit www.custerfair.com/applications or call (847) 328-2204.
Dear Custer’s Last Stand Festival: I refuse to apply again to be part of this event, because over and over I have offered to be an artist, musician and/or actor – I’m a talented triple threat – but I’m never accepted. Wait! How ‘bout I just apply as a triple threat – forget the talented – actually, forget the triple – just as a threat. Somehow I think I’m enormously gifted to be a threat – certainly to your reputation. Let me know, Judy “Aw, C’mon Pleeez” Brinkworth.