20 | July 5, 2019 | The highland park landmark life & arts hplandmark.com Tony Bennett takes Ravinia stage for 40th time Erin Yarnall, Editor Singer Tony Bennett is no stranger to Highland Park, and especially not to Ravinia Festival. The performer, whose career spans several decades, took the Ravinia Tony Bennett setlist • Watch What Happens • They All Laughed • This Is All I Ask • I Got Rhythm • Solitude • I’m Old Fashioned • It Amazes Me • Steppin’ Out With My Baby • But Beautiful • Love is Here to Stay • The Way You Look Tonight • Because of You/Cold Cold Heart/Rags to stage for the 40th time on June 21, performing staples from his lengthy career throughout the night. Opening for him was his daughter, Antonia Bennett, who has performed previously with her father at the Ravinia Festival. Riches/Who Can I Turn To? • Just in Time • Boulevard of Broken Dreams • The Good Life • How Do You Keep the Music Playing? • The Shadow of Your Smile • One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) • For Once in My Life • Who Cares (So Long as You Care for Me) • Fly Me to the Moon Tony Bennett performs at Ravinia Festival on June 20. Erin Yarnall/22nd Century Media Bennett snaps along with his band. Bennett’s performance was his 40th time performing at the Highland Park Festival. Bennett receives applause after a song. Rockin’ out Melissa Etheridge and George Thorogood & the Destroyers share the bill at Ravinia Festival, June 23. George Thorogood & the Destroyers setlist • Rock Party • Who Do You Love? • Shot Down • Night Time • I Drink Alone • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer • Gear Jammer • Get a Haircut • Bad to the Bone • Twenty Dollar Gig • Move It on Over • Born to Be Bad Melissa Etheridge setlist • Ain’t It Heavy • Let Me Go/I Want to Come Over • Royal Station 4/16 • Wild and Lonely • You Can Sleep While I Drive • Chrome Plated Heart • Come to My Window • Bring Me Some Water • The Medicine Show • I’m the Only One • Like the Way I Do Melissa Etheridge performs at Ravinia Festival, June 23. Photos by Scott Margolin/22nd Century Media The singer-songwriter performed an 11- song set at Ravinia. The band played on a shared bill with Etheridge at Ravinia. The show was a stop on her tour, The Medicine Show. George Thorogood and his band The Destroyers performed alongside Etheridge.
hplandmark.com the highland park landmark | July 5, 2019 | 21 Highland Park resident writes book inspired by her past experience Erin Yarnall, Editor A little more than three years ago, Highland Park resident Beth Bear Shields was going through a lot of change. She was recently divorced with two young children, and her house was soon-to-be demolished. She wanted to be there to see her house be torn down, but was unable to make it. Instead, she envisioned it in her head, and wrote about what she saw. From then on, she had a book. “That was my first chapter,” Shields said. In her finished product, the first chapter she wrote takes place in the middle of the book, but after she wrote down her first chapter, she kept writing. All of her writing went into “Seamless,” the local author’s first book, which was self-published. Shields describes “Seamless” as “fiction with a little bit of nonfiction sprinkled in.” Shields said it took her close to two years to write the book, and she spent around a year editing and publishing. “I was surprised with how long that would take, actually,” Shields said. “It was very frustrating. It’s not easy.” The author had always wanted to write, but said she was discouraged from writing by a professor while majoring in journalism at the University of Kansas. “I met up with a teacher who told me I was too shy to be a good interviewer, and I was just an average writer,” Shields said. Because of the discouraging advice, Shields decided to drop her journalism major, and instead go to school for psychology and education. She said that deciding to write her book was Shields’ way of saying she’s not going to listen to people telling her what to do any more. Having an audience for “Seamless” wasn’t a concern to Shields. She knew there would be one, because of the relatability of the subject matter. “When I got divorced, I was one of very few women who were divorced, but now it appears it’s become quite popular, and I knew it would have a larger audience,” Shields said. The story takes place in a fictionalized version of Highland Park, according to Shields. “I would say I’ve always been very interested in architecture, and looking at the different architects that we’re so lucky to have in this area,” Shields said. “It always broke my heart a little bit when I saw a house coming down that was important, that was going to be just replaced by one of the McMansions, it always made me a little sad. That’s part of what the heroine’s problem is — she doesn’t like change.” But Shields added, that change is the reason for her main character’s growth in the novel, and also in Shields’ own life. “I was driving past a house on Sheridan Road, and there were some masons replacing some stones, they were knocking some stones out and taking out some of the border and it made a little seam where you could see in, and I got a little peek of the house that was hidden behind the wall,” Shields said. “I thought to myself, ‘I wonder if I’m going to be able to see if there will be a mark there tomorrow.’ The next day when I drove by it, you couldn’t tell old from new, fixed from broken, and the repair was seamless. Her hope was after her divorce, her life would be seamless, too.” “Seamless,” by Highland Park resident Beth Bear Shields, was partially inspired by the author’s past experiences, and the setting is based on Highland Park. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s website. photo SUBMITTED Find local jobs within your community. It’s never been easier. 22nd Century Media now provides an easy-to-use online job search. Find employers within your area who are looking to hire. Go to jobsns.22ndcm.com to find your next career today! Employer looking to post a position? We have solutions for you too!