slice of life
Cruisin’ for a Cause includes concert
There is no better lure of apple pie America than cars and a concert.
“It’s a draw, a slice of Americana,” said Buy Local Naperville Chairman Jim Peters. “People love to see the 1950s to 1970s cars.”
Cruisin’ for a Cause, the first in a series of Buy Local Naperville events, is from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Cress Creek Square parking lot at 796 Royal St. George St. The free event will include a slew of cars.
Peters also has a concert planned for the event. Dan Peters, who happens to be Jim Peters’ brother, and his band The West Sidewinders, will play. The group is best known as the 2011 opening act for Bon Jovi.
The cars each pay $10 to take part in the event, which raises money for Naperville CARES and Loaves & Fishes.
Buy Local Naperville has adopted both organizations and made a commitment to fundraising for both of them.
The goal is twofold: to get people to shift 10 percent of their spending to local businesses while also fundraising to give back to the community.
Learn more at www.buylocalnaperville.com.
Author earns book accolades
If you like a good thriller, Lisle author George Banas has one you might want to read. The Naperville American Legion Post 43 member earned two honorable mention awards at the July 20 Hollywood Book Festival for his multi-genre 9/11 book, “Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure — In My Brother’s Place.”
The awards were presented in “general fiction” and “thriller” categories.
“Our book awards contests receive many submissions every year,” said Bruce Haring, managing director of JM Northern Media, which sponsored the festival, in a press release. “For one book to win in two competitions is a rare achievement and a testament to the work’s broad appeal.”
Banas’s book also received a “five star” rating and a “finalist” award in early judging of a competition sponsored by the book review firm “Reader’s Favorites.” Final competition results will be announced in September.
For each book he sells, he donates a dollar to the post to fund Legion programs.
His book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million websites.
Food Network diva coming to NCC
Giada De Laurentis has charmed thousands while appearing on her various Food Network shows as well as teaching others how to cook Italian.
Laurentis will bring her fabulous smile and more to Pfeiffer Hall at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 on the campus of North Central College. There she will talk about her new children’s book, “Recipe for Adventure,” which features two Italian youngsters and their aunt who teaches them about how homemade food is better than take out.
Laurentis said the idea for the book was inspired by her own love of reading.
“When I was a kid, my family did a lot of traveling so I was constantly buried in a book,” Laurentis said in a press release. “And even though we went to a lot of exciting places, some of my greatest adventures were through reading.
The event is sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop. Tickets are required and available at the downtown store with a purchase of one of her new titles. Laurentis will make a brief presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session and end the event with a book signing.
‘W’ to be released
Author Sue Grafton has had nearly the entire alphabet at her disposal while crafting her private investigator series Kinsey Millhone novels. The 23rd book in her alphabet series “W is For Waster” is being released September 10 and three days later, Grafton will appear for a book signing at Anderson’s Bookshop on September 13 at 7 p.m.
Grafton isn’t likely to feel suspicious about appearing on such a colorful day. She spoke with The Sun about her book and the series:
Q: What made you decide to do the series using letters of the alphabet?
A: When I was contemplating a series of hard-boiled private eye novels, I knew linking titles had the advantage of alerting readers when a new book was out. I was reading a book of Edward Gorey cartoons, called “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” which consisted of pen and ink drawings of little Victorian children being done in various ways. The text read: A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away, D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh, and so forth. I could feel the light- bulb click on above my head.
Q: When did the series start?
A: I started writing A IS FOR ALIBI in 1977. The book took me five years to write and it was published in 1982.
Q: What ideas do you have for the letter “x” that would come next?
A: I’m still playing around with ideas for X, which is an interesting letter. To date, Xenophobe or Xenophobia (a hatred of foreigners) seems like the best bet. At least that would suggest a motive
Q: What do you do when you run out of letters?
A: Party, party, party.
Q: Tell us about Naperville and what you’ve heard and hope to find during your first visit.
A: A number of readers who are also big fans of Anderson’s in Naperville have been urging me to put the place on my schedule. Given their enthusiasm, I expect to have a good time. I’m hoping the turn-out will be a big one because who knows when I’ll have a chance to get back. I’m looking forward to it!
Jake and Elwood star in “The Official Blues BrothersTM Revue” Oct. 5 at North Central College
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Aug. 7, 2013)—Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi Pisano and musical director Paul Shaffer present “The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue” Oct. 5 at North Central College.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $35, $30 and $20; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
The “Official Blues Brothers™ Revue,” featuring Wayne Catania and Kierom Lafferty as Jake and Elwood, recreates the live concert experience, integrating the humor and songs from the original 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers.” The film starred Aykroyd and the late John Belushi in an expansion of characters they created as cast members on “Saturday Night Live.”
“Kieron and Wayne are not imitators,” Pisano says. “They live the music and embody those characters. They understand the soul of the Blues Brothers and revel in the joy in being Jake and Elwood.”
This live concert show pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music in the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers. With such Blues Brothers classics such as “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Gimme Some Lovin’” and others, Jake and Elwood together with the band hit the right balance of humor, music and mayhem.
Since the film’s debut in 1980, the Blues Brothers have catapulted into a cultural phenomenon and musical, comedic and cinematic legend. Upbeat and uplifting, The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue is fun for all ages.
The Chicago Sun-Times calls “The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue” “infectious and unbridled energy … it blows the roof off.”