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Mundelein Arts Commission Announces Dates for Upcoming Spring Open Mic Nights

The Mundelein Arts Commission is pleased to announce its spring Open Mic Nights. The event has enjoyed a moving venue, allowing local businesses to take part in this popular activity. This spring’s Open Mic Nights will take place on the third Fridays of April, May and June at Taste of Paris, 161 N. Seymour Avenue, in Mundelein, from 6:30-9:00. Past venues have included AREA General Store and El Barrio Restaurant.

According to MAC Coordinator Jeff Justman, who also hosts the event, the MAC Open Mics are designed to allow artists the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. "Artistic performers are always looking for events like these to showcase their talents in a meaningful way, and the MAC’s open mic nights have enjoyed a huge response, showcasing local artists of all kinds,” Justman explains.

Audiences also are afforded the opportunity to enjoy a variety of acts. While most of the entertainment is focused on music, covering everything from folk to jazz to classical, patrons are often pleasantly surprised by such acts as comedians, magicians, and poetry readings. All performance artists are encourage to sign-up, and according to one MAC member, “It’s a great place to experiment, a safe environment for new performers to test themselves in front of a live audience. Also, experienced artists can try out new material as well, as audiences are friendly and encouraging.”

Performance slots for the MAC Open Mic Nights are for 12 minutes each, and they fill up fast. While the April date docket is complete, Justman encourages performing artists in Mundelein as well as in the Lake County region to contact him to reserve a space for the May or June Open Mic Night performances.

Anyone wishing to sign-up to perform at an upcoming Open Mic Nic can contact him at jjustman@email.mundelein.org.

Open mic nights began as far back as 1930’s France and artists from the Harlem Renaissance. In America, they provided audiences for Beatnik poets and musicians, eventually branching out into comedy clubs where people like Lenny Bruce and Robin Williams got their start.

Today’s open mics include performers from every genre, including poets, musicians, storytellers, magicians, comedians and dramatic readers. They are a fun free-for-

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