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This Week at "Charlie's" Sept. 28-Oct. 1

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Elizabeth Bellaver

St. Charles, Illinois, September 25, 2012 -- Charlie's Center for the Arts at the Charlestowne Mall -- a Pop-Up Arts Event (a Partnership of the St Charles Arts Council, Community Unit School District 303, St. Charles Park District and St. Charles Public Library) "popped-up" last weekend to rave reviews. Charlie's is only going to be open for 4 more weeks. Check out this weekend's line-up!

Friday -- September 28 -- 7 to 9 P.M.
No Cover Charge
(Sponsored by the St Charles Arts Council -- all donations cheerfully accepted):
Gerald Dowd will be playing at "Charlie's Music Store". Originally from the Boston area, GERALD DOWD has spent the last 20+ years in Chicago playing regularly with Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Dave Ramont, Lush Budgett, Chris Mills, Dave Sills, Frisbie, EXO, Kelly Hogan, and Nora O'Connor. Additionally, he has performed and/or recorded with Mavis Staples, Edith Frost, Rich Little, George Jones, Otis Clay, Marshall Crenshaw, Danny Barnes, Arturo Sandoval and Sons Of The Never Wrong. For upcoming shows and other miscellany, go to:

Saturday -- September 29 -- 7 to 9 P.M.
No Cover Charge
(Sponsored by the St Charles Arts Council and P-ARTS -- all donations cheerfully accepted):
St. Charles East High School Alum -- saxophonist Andy Schlinder, and fretless guitarist Kevin Brown will be playing at American Music at Charlie's. Schlinder and Brown have a strong musical connection from their extensive experiences performing together in the jazz fusion group Mosaik. They have performed together at many places throughout Chicago including the Green Mill and the Jazz Showcase. In a duo setting they perform a variety of standard jazz repertoire as well original compositions. One distinct characteristic of their music is the influence of Balkan and Turkish rhythms/rhythmic concepts. Andy Schlinder plays locally with a variety of groups including Origin of Animal and he has toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Kevin Brown is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has performed with such musicians as Phil Woods, Jeff Hamilton and Jimmy Greene among others.

No Cover Charge
(Sponsored by the St Charles Arts Council) -- all donations cheerfully accepted:)
The Pickin' Bubs (Peggy Browning, Maura Lally and Mark Mitchell) are a Chicago acoustic trio whose sound is rooted in traditional music, from country blues, to gospel, to old time and folk ballads and carried on in the originals penned by the Pickin' Bubs and the songwriters they enjoy. They focus on vocal and instrumental arrangements on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo. All of the members of the band are instructors at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music where they carry out the tradition of making good music with one another and the folks they are fortunate enough to teach. The "Bubs" will be playing at Charlie's Music Store.

Art Galleries:
neXt gallery at Charlie's -- open Thursday and Sunday from 12 to 5 P.M. and Friday and Saturday from 12 to 7 P.M., and other hours by appointment. This signature program of the SCAC never fails to deliver a sensational visual arts experience!
ARZ + 5 Gallery/Studio -- open the same hours, and also packed with terrific work.
Peter P. Locasio Gallery/Studio -- open Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. or by appointment.
Student Art Gallery + neXt on One -- this D303 student and neXt gallery emerging artist gallery will amaze you with the quality and creativity of the work. Open Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 P.M.
SCPD Photography Gallery -- this gallery features the outstanding photography of four St. Charles photographers and the Fox River Camera Club. Come look at life through the eye of the lens. Open from 7 to 9 P.M.

Friday -- September 28 -- 7 to 8 P.M.
Fox Valley Repertory Free TV Commercial Class
Saturday -- September 29 -- 2 to 4:15 P.M.
MyStage Open House: "Pen, Paper, Action"

Friday and Saturday -- September 28 and 29 -- 3 to 7 P.M.
Student Film Fest

Saturday -- September 29 -- 10:30 -- 11 A.M. (Infant to Pre K children/families)
Story Time -- Stories and songs that will tickle, delight and amuse will be told. This event is especially for families with young children and infants. Parents -- you'll enjoy it too!
Saturday -- September 29 -- 11:15 -- 11:45 A.M. (Infant to Pre K children/families)
Story Time -- Stories and songs that will tickle, delight and amuse will be told. This event is especially for families with young children and infants. Parents -- you'll enjoy it too!

Charlie's Center for the Arts at the Charlestowne Mall -- a Pop-Up Arts Event is a Partnership of the St Charles Arts Council, Community Unit School District 303, St. Charles Park District and St. Charles Public Library. Event sponsors include: City of St. Charles, P-ARTS (People for the Arts), The St. Charles Group, St Charles Arts Council, St. Charles Public Library, St. Charles Rotary Club [Noon], St. Charles Bank and Trust, Elgin Community College, Al and Maurine Patten, and Janice Reed Schneider, CPA, LTD, with in-kind and media donations from The Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Gary Brown Design, Charlestowne Mall, J. L. Wagner Plumbing, Classic Cinemas, Kohl's/St. Charles, Carson Pirie Scott/St. Charles, Von Maur/St. Charles, CUSD303, and St. Charles Park District

More information can be found on the SCAC web site - or by calling the SCAC office -- 630.443.3794.

The St. Charles Arts Council is a 501(c)(3), registered not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to create an organization that serves and promotes the arts and cultural activities in St. Charles, to the mutual benefit of the arts and the community. The SCAC is staffed entirely by volunteers.

About the St. Charles Arts Council:
The SCAC will serve all those individuals (professionals, amateurs, and students) who produce tangible, consumable works of the imagination and all organizations, businesses, and groups that include and represent those people. This would be arts and cultural activities in their broadest sense, including graphic, plastic, and decorative arts, architecture, crafts, literature and poetry, music, theater, and dance. The primary long-range goal is the transformation of St. Charles into an arts community/an arts magnet/a nationally-known arts market. Ultimately we foresee a municipal arts center, more working artists and opportunities in arts education, many privately-owned galleries, performance venues, and related arts

About Community Unit School District 303:
Community Unit School District 303 is a high-achieving, pre-K-12 system covering 57.4 square miles in the picturesque Fox River Valley, 40 miles west of Chicago. District 303 serves about 13,800 students (August, 2009) from the City of St. Charles and portions of West Chicago, South Elgin, Wayne, Campton Hills, Wasco, Elburn and unincorporated Kane County.
In July 2011, Family Circle Magazine named St. Charles the Best Town for Families in the United States. Among the reasons why the City of St. Charles was given this honor is the involvement of District 303 in the community and the fact that District 303 works closely with the City of St. Charles, the St. Charles Park District, the St. Charles Public Library and other civic organizations to benefit the residents of the community.
The district operates 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.

About the St. Charles Public Library:
The St. Charles Public Library is an integral part of the community that has met the information and resource needs of St. Charles residents for almost 100 years. The Library's role has grown from a simple book lending service in 1906, to a multi-service library and information center using 21st century technology.
The Library is recognized for its outstanding collections and programs. Its Youth, Reference, and Special Services programs and staffs have won state-wide awards for excellence. The community's high use and support of the Library are indicative of the value residents place on it.
Philanthropy has played an important role in the Library's past, from funds for the first Library, the 1908 Carnegie building, to grants from the Norris Foundation to remodel the original 1908 facility. The St. Charles Public Library Foundation continues this tradition of philanthropy and service to the community.

About the St. Charles Park District:
The St. Charles Park District is a special purpose government unit. It is the mission to enrich the quality of life of Park District residents through excellence in programs, parks, facilities, and services. This is the mission of the Park District as expressed by the Park Board. The mission represents the fundamental statement of purpose and is the point of reference for all decision making.

About the City of St. Charles:
St. Charles, Illinois, located in both DuPage and Kane County, is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. Over 2,100 businesses employ over 34,200 people, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities. The City of St. Charles was recently named one of the "150 Great Places in Illinois" for the combined architectural work of the City Municipal Center, the Main Street Bridge, and the historic Hotel Baker.
The City's recently completed 2014 Strategic Plan includes the following Action Plan: Market and promote St. Charles as a friendly, appealing destination, characterized by activities, events, arts, and culture. Capitalize on artistic and cultural resources by supporting local talent and lively venues and activities. Encourage collective civic endeavors to broaden the variety of attractions and events.