A Cuban flag beckoned from the arches one rainy night in September, signaling to invited guests that they were about to step into another world. As they winded through a guided passageway of colorful vignettes unfolding the experience to come, Lake Forest photographer Kerri Sherman waited inside a stylized space in the newly renovated North Building of Market Square to reveal “Cuba Captured,” an exhibit of images captured from her spring trip to Havana and Trinidad. “Cuba is both a beautiful country frozen in time and a place many have not been able to visit so I wanted to share my collection with friends and the community,” says Sherman. More than 250 people attended, many leaving with their own custom orders in a variety of finishes, including canvas giclee, hi-gloss metal, and framed archival prints. Ellie Nottoli of elliestyled transformed the raw loft space into a taste of Havana, creating the perfect black canvas for the installation. “Street photography was the highlight,” Sherman explains, adding: “I was walking and shooting for six to eight hours per day with incredible access to areas led by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Alex Garcia. Certain images truly came to life enlarged, producing my work on different substrates.” In addition to the opportunity to purchase images, there is also a Cuba Captured coffee table book available for purchase at Lake Forest Bookstore or by contacting Sherman directly. Kerri Sherman Photography has a studio in the South Building of Market Square. To order custom pieces or for more information about the collection, call 773-610-3481 or visit kerrisherman.com.
Night of Surprises
Allendale Shelter Club will host a “Night of Surprises” fundraiser on Saturday, November 2, at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest. Featuring cocktails, a variety of food stations, dancing, and (hence the title) surprises, the event is being chaired by Lake Forest’s Avery Keller and Jenny McKinney together with Meg Lynch of Lake Bluff. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season and to support the children of Allendale school in Lake Villa, many of whom have been placed with Allendale Association after cycling through the state’s foster care system. As for the surprises, chairs say you’ll have to attend to find out. However, we’re told they will include special unexpected moments that will both engage and entertain guests. For tickets or more information, visit allendaleshelterclub.org.
World’s Fair Nutcracker Returns
Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns The Joffrey Ballet this month with a version of a holiday classic that once again pays homage to Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893. When the Chicago-themed version debuted last year, on the 125th anniversary of the Chicago World’s Fair, Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashely Wheater said it was one of her proudest moments to create this original interpretation with Wheeldon. “The Joffrey Ballet’s holiday gift to Chicago is a Nutcracker that the city can call its own, one that tells the story of Chicagoans and the magic of family,” she said. A ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the opening of the 1893 World’s Fair—a marvel unlike anything the city has ever seen. Wheeldon’s American tale relocates Marie and her immigrant family and opens as young Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the Fair’s iconic Statue of the Republic, host a festive Christmas Eve celebration. After a surprise visit from the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the Fair, Marie embarks on a whirlwind adventure with the Nutcracker Prince through a dreamlike World’s Fair. The Nutcracker kicks off the holiday season November 30 at the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway in Chicago, with performances running through the rest of the year. For more information, call 312-386-8905 or visit joffrey.org.
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