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Chicago folk masters to perform in Park Forest on January 11

PARK FOREST IL – The Unitarian Universalist Community Church welcomes Chicago folk music masters Eddie Holstein and Mark Dvorak to the Edgar’s Place stage, 70 Sycamore Drive,  on Saturday, January 11 at 8:00 pm. General admission is $15.

Eddie Holstein is back on the performing circuit after recuperating from a medical procedure. Along with his brother Fred, Steve Goodman, John Prine and Bonnie Koloc, Eddie helped define the Chicago folk scene of the 1970s. His bluesy guitar style, engaging storytelling and original songs are the hallmarks of a distinguished performing career that has spanned five decades. His most well-known song, “Jazzman,” has been recorded by a number of artists including Pure Prairie League and Tom Rush.

Mark Dvorak’s name has become synonymous with Chicago folk music. In 2012 WFMT fm 98.7 Midnight Special host named him “Chicago’s official troubadour,” a sobriquet first given to Old Town School of Folk Music founder Win Stracke, and later to Fred Holstein, an early mentor to Dvorak. His songwriting has been called “wondrous,” and “profound.” His performance “an elegant balancing act of the traditional, the original and the powerful.” The Chicago Tribune calls him “masterful,” while SING OUT! magazine says, “Dvorak shines!” His 2011 Waterbug release, Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me, received national airplay and rose to number 14 on the Cashbox Roots Music Report. In 2013, Dvorak published his first book of essays and poems, “Bowling for Christmas and Other Tales from the Road.”

For more information phone 708 481 5339. Visit the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Park Forest on the web at www.uuccpf.org. Visit Eddie Holstein’s page at www.fredholstein.com and visit Mark Dvorak at www.markdvorak.com.

 

Folk Musician Mark Dvorak Releases New Book “Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales From The Road”

CHICAGO IL – Folk musician Mark Dvorak will perform songs and read from his new book, Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales from the Road, in a special appearance on Tuesday, December 10 at The Grafton Pub, 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue. The program begins at 9:30 pm with music from Waiting for Nellie, an acoustic trio made up of Old Town School of Folk Music members Mike Alberts, Sarah Ball and Louis Mitchell.

“For a long time now, I’ve been a scribbler of words,” said the singer about his new project. “Over the years, my wayward process of scribbling and editing, rereading and listening, has yielded this humble collection. I’m excited to be able to finally present some of my stories in printed form.”

The twenty-one essays and three poems are varied in style and subject matter, and depict an intimate and reflective look back on a life spent as a traveling musician.

Dvorak writes about searching for the grave of Louisiana-born folk and blues singer Lead Belly, and takes readers backstage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival for a jam session with the late John Hartford. He reminisces about a youthful cross-country motorcycle trip, and reflects on hearing the news of tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s death while repairing his banjo. He reports on his tour of Finland and locates the tunnel in West Virginia where the legend of John Henry, the steel-drivin’ man was born. The book culminates with the touching short story “Bowling for Christmas.”

“Mark is a natural storyteller,” said Mike Alberts, who is hosting the evening as part of his One MIke Stand acoustic series at The Grafton Pub. “He really has a gift for descriptive writing. He takes you ‘there.’ We’re really looking forward to hearing him sing and read a few of his stories.”

To date, Dvorak has released sixteen albums of traditional and original music, including Waterbug’s acclaimed Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me. He has won awards for children’s music, journalism, and was honored in 2008 with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, he received the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International.

The Chicago Tribune has called him “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” In 2012, WFMT Midnight Special host Rich Warren named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

Admission to the evening is free. Books and CDs will be available for purchase and signing. Phone The Grafton at 773-271-9000 or visit www.thegrafton.com. For more information visit Mark Dvorak on the web at www.markdvorak.com.

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Japanese Author/Educator Releases Book on Thoreau, Education and Nature

Henry D. Thoreau: His Educational Philosophy and Observation of Nature is the new book by Japanese Author Michiko Ono.

This literary work is the result of much research and comprehensive, detailed analysis of Thoreau’s writings.  Ms. Ono’s research revealed that Thoreau’s thought could be interpreted as unique educational philosophy, a correlation between nature and education.

Henry David Thoreau lived on the shores of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts for two years and two months from 1845 to 1847.  Collecting his thoughts and observations into journal notes that would become his famous literary work “Walden”.

Michiko Ono is associate professor of English at Iwate Medical University. She obtained her Ph.D. in American Literature from Tohoku University. As an AFS student she studied in California for one year during her high school days. She has been studying on Henry David Thoreau and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Thoreau Society of Japan. She has published many papers on Thoreau, and three are included in the books of academic works published by The Society in 1999, 2004 and 2012. Also, she translated Kenji Miyazawa’s stories into English and published two books in 2002.

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