November 1 to November 30
Dylan Thomas Centennial Exhibit
Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway
Visit the Dylan Thomas display at Homewood library celebrating 100 years since the birth of the legendary Welsh poet this November. Additional events may be added at the library, watch this space for updates.
“My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.” Dylan Thomas
“An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.” Dylan Thomas
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light” Dylan Thomas
Wednesday November 12, 8:00pm
3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago
In 2012 Gruff Rhys embarked on a solo ‘investigative concert tour’ through the heart of America following the route taken by his distant relative John Evans. Every night he presented songs augmented by a power point presentation that detailed his relative’s unbelievable history, along with any new piece of information that had come his way during the day. He was ultimately looking for Evans’s lost unmarked grave.
Along with many major cities the tour took him to play shows at the Mandan and Omaha tribe reservations, a Missouri vineyard, villages that no longer exist that lay at the bottom the Mississippi river and a New Orleans bordello. Along the way he photographed and filmed a 1 meter high felt avatar of John Evans in order to share his unusual story. Now that the investigative concert tour is over, Rhys is ready to bring his musical power point presentation to the masses! This he plans to do in the form of a tour and a ground breaking multi platform project, ‘American Interior’, which follows the cult Welsh musician’s adventure through America as he unearths a bizarre – yet- true family myth.
Rhys retraces the story of his 18th century relative, the impoverished farm hand John Evans; a significant but forgotten character in American history who left Wales in 1792 in an attempt to discover a lost tribe of Welsh Speaking Native Americans believed to be roaming the great plains. In doing so he embarked on a series of incredible adventures, lived with a multitude of tribes, swam with Alligators, defected to the Spanish, changing his name to Don Juan Evans, surviving imprisonment, attempted murder and disease only to die in New Orleans at the age of 29, but not before leaving behind him a trail of chaos that changed the history of North America forever.
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
Saturday, September 20, 7:00pm
Chicago World Music Festival
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
915 East 60th Street, Chicago
Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
Sunday, September 21, 7:00pm
Chicago World Music Festival
Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago
We are lucky enough this September for not just one live performance with Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita but two! Further info can be found at: http://catrinfinchandseckoukeita.com/
“The Welsh and west African harp duo fuse their cultural influences in an emotional and inventive performance.” – The Guardian *****
“a sublime duo of two artists who are masters of their instruments…musicality and architecture at work”
Simon Broughton, London Evening Standard *****
“something quite different.. a really intriguing collaboration… it works so beautifully together – a beautiful album.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Only Men Aloud @ Ravinia Festival
Friday, August 29, 4:00pm & 7:00pm
418 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL
Since winning BBC television’s Last Choir Standing competition in 2008, Only Men Aloud has topped England’s classical charts, won a Classical Brit award and performed during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games. The group has now become an eight-voice ensemble as it mounts its first world tour this year!
Futher details at: http://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/?show=807
Chicago Swansea City Supporters Club
The Chicago Swansea City Supporters Club (CSCSC) home is The Globe Pub on Irving Park for games throughout the season. Join CSCSC on Facebook and keep and eye on the ‘Events’ for when they’ll be getting together next.
Looking for a professional photographer or a limo to O’Hare or Midway? Look no further than Llanbradach’s/Chicago’s own Brian Geen.
Brian has been a professional photographer since 1988 and has photographed well over a thousand weddings both here and in the UK. Take a peek at his work at: Brian Geen Photography
Call to set up an appointment at 773 858 6226 or e mail at email@example.com for limousine service contact Your Limousine and ask for Brian.
The Tafia on BBC America!!
A big Diolch yn Fawr to ‘Mind The Gap‘ at BBC America for the British Expat of the Month interview. Click below for the full article.
British Expat of the Month: Dave Parry of Chicago Tafia
A new Welsh(ish) brewpub just a hour an a half over the border in Elkhart, Indiana. We are planning a field trip over the borber soon if anyone is up for a drive!
317 N Main
Phone: 574 293 0506
Caerphilly Cheese from Wisconsin?
Handcrafted British Tribute Cheeses from Harmony Specialty Dairy Foods in Stratford, Wisconsin include: Abergele, Caerphilly, Kidwelly, Cheshire & Double Gloucester style cheese. Prices are fairly reasonable and they are damn nice!
For further details visit: http://www.harmonyspecialty.com/products.html
Welsh Style Cider from Indiana?
Having a party for St. David’s Day this year? Welsh it up a bit with this damn fine Welsh style cider from Madison, Indiana. The current owners grandfather Gale Thomas began making “cider” in his youth during prohibition in the 1930′s! It was made in barrels, from craggy old cider apples, sold and drunk quickly. This tradition has passed to the third generation of his family.
At $6.99 for a litre bottle the price isn’t bad either!
For more info visit: http://www.thomasfamilywinery.us/cider