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Old Town School celebrates artist & activist

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CHICAGO IL - On Friday, December 7, artist, illustrator and activist Peggy Lipschutz will be honored at a gala reception at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue. The event is free and open to the public and runs from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Lipschutz, who turns 94 on December 11,  will celebrate the dedication of her most recent work, an oil portrait of musician and activist Joe Hill.

"A group of us here at the Old Town School decided that we needed to purchase the painting and add it to the permanent collection at the Old Town School," said Peg Browning, project administrator for the Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund. …

The Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund


CHICAGO IL - The Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund was established this week by a group from the Old Town School of Folk Music headed up by faculty member Peg Browning

"Our goal is to raise $1,600," said Browning, the fund administrator. "We want to purchase Peggy Lipschutz' portrait of Joe Hill and make it a gift to the Old Town School of Folk Music." 

Contributions can be made by check to The Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund, C/O Peg Browning, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.

Click here to download a donation form.

"Peggy Lipschutz is a remarkable artist and a true Chicago treasure," Browning continued. …

The Chicago Television Project: Stud's Place


CHICAGO IL - Pocket Guide to Hell presents Studs’ Place, a live performance of a new episode of the classic Studs Terkel television show, at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia) on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 7 PM. There is a $7-10 suggested donation.

In the early 1950s, broadcaster and oral historian Studs Terkel starred in Studs’ Place, one of the first television shows produced in Chicago.  Working from a one-page scenario and with a cast consisting of Chet Roble, Beverly Younger, and future co-founder of the Old Town of School of Folk Music Win Stracke, Terkel largely improvised the episodes, which were all set at the eponymous diner and dealt with everyday life in the city. …

American Standards for Folk Guitar

CHICAGO IL - In January 2013 Old Town School of Folk Music Artist-in-Resdence Mark Dvorak will offer a new class, "American Standards for Folk Guitar" at the Old Town School in Chicago, IL.

The eight week course will explore the richness of the American songbook. "I've loved these great old songs since I began listening to music," said Dvorak. "And I've been working on some of the arrangements for years. I'm not going by 'The Book,' but rather trying to develop arrangements that sound great on a single acoustic guitar. So I make some compromises with passing chords and keys and so forth. …

New Old Town School of Folk Music classes


The Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL,  has announced its class offering for Session 6, beginning Monday, October 29. Hundreds of new classes are offered each eight-week session.

MD will be teaching the following classes:

Tuesdays, beginning October 30, 6:30 pm



For players of all acoustic instruments! The class will first learn to sing and play a simple melody and then explore adding elegant harmony to the arrangement in a group setting. Songs found in the Old Town School Songbook will be the main focus, but we'll try other songs too. …

WeaverMania! back on the road


Michael Smith, Barbara Barrow, Christopher Walz and MD are reuniting to present WeaverMania! LIVE at the 2013 Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville, MO April 5 and 6.

"We took a chance, and are ecstatic that WeaverMania! will be with us this year at Big Muddy," said festival director Dave Para. "Two years ago Mark, Chris and Ellen Shepard headlined and knocked everyone out. We're really looking forward to this one."

WeaverMania! first became active in 1999. "It was actually the autumn of 1998," recalls Dvorak. "I remember rehearsing two and three times a week for months, getting the material ready."

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