Rock legend Dave Mason comes to North Central

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dave Mason continues his world tour at North Central College April 26.

“Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam” begins at 8 p.m. April 26 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $45 and $35.

Mason, former member of the iconic English rock band Traffic, will feature hits and album cuts from 1967’s “Mr. Fantasy” and 1968’s “Traffic” albums in his performance alongside a full band. This includes classic Traffic hits such as “Feelin’ Alright” and “Hole In My Shoe,” a selection of Mason’s solo signature tracks and additional new material.

Mason’s career has spanned several important rock eras and has had a profound effect on the genre. At age 18, he cofounded Traffic, an English rock band that would go on to become a permanent staple in the music industry. Mason coined the group’s early hit “Feelin’ Alright” that became a global rock anthem and has since been recorded by dozens of artists, primarily Joe Cocker, whose international success with the song adds to Mason’s legendary status.

Since then Mason has penned dozens of hits and been linked with many other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot.

In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his success with Traffic.

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Arun Gandhi visits Anderson’s

Naperville’s Anderson’s Bookshop is welcoming Arun Gandhi to a book signing featuring his book “Grandfather Gandhi,” his latest picture book for young readers. Gandhi will visit Anderson’s at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the store’s downtown Naperville location, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Priority numbers to reserve a place in the book-signing line are available with the purchase of the author’s new book at Anderson’s. Gandhi also will visit area schools during his stay here.

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.

In his new book, Gandhi shares some of the feelings he recalls as the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and the lessons of peace he learned in his footsteps. The book was written with Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Evan Turk.

Arun Gandhi, born in 1934, is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. A journalist for more than 30 years for The India Times, Arun now writes a blog for The Washington Post. Arun serves as president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and travels the world speaking to governmental leaders, as well as to university and high school students alike, about the practices of peace and nonviolence. He lives in Rochester, New York.

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World Book Night comes to Anderson’s

Shakespeare remains one of the world’s most beloved and recognized authors. His birthday is April 23. So it seems fitting that on the same day, 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America, including Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, will participate in World Book Night.

On that day, 25,000 volunteers plan to give away half a million books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America. Candice Purdom, of Anderson’s Bookshop, said the store will host a reception for volunteers April 21.

“This is a special event where the big national publishers print special ‘World Book Night’ paperback editions of books from a prepared list, and we’ll be giving 20 copies of brand new books to people to give away, based on the choice of book they selected a few months before this event,” Purdom said. “People to go shelters, train stations, libraries, food banks, or wherever they want to give books to anyone they see. The toughest part of this is convincing people there is no catch — it’s just a free book.”

Book choice selections for World Book Night include best-selling adult and young adult authors as well as books in Spanish and large-print editions. They also include a wide range of subject matter, age, ethnicity and gender.

Purdom said she chose Scott Turow’s “Presumed Innocent” as her title this year.

“I know Scott, and I also think it’s a terrific book,” she said.

Purdom said this will be the third year World Book Night is being celebrated in the U.S. The event began in England in 2011 and is always celebrated on Shakespeare’s birthday.