New Trier: Haunted Lab
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 27 Oct 2011, p. 19, 24

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Haunted Lab

New Trier High School’s Haunted Lab will be open from 4-8 p.m. today. The Science Department has cooked up some kooky (and spooky) science experiments to entertain the whole family. The Haunted Lab is located inside the Brierly Gallery on the second floor of the Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Ave., and is appropriate for ages 6 and up. The event is free and open to the public.


New Trier Music students are pulling an all-nighter starting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow through 8 a.m. Saturday and people are invited to share in their performances and help support a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these budding musicians.

The New Trier Performing Arts Playathon is an all-night fundraising event to help send members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Choir to Australia over spring break. The Playathon will kick off during the Fall Festival of Winds II Concert ,which begins at 7:30 p.m. that evening in the Gaffney Auditorium on New Trier’s Winnetka Campus. After the formal band concert concludes, the Symphony Orchestra will be sight-reading various medleys and highlights from famous movie soundtracks and musicals. The Concert Choir will then perform selections from their upcoming fall concert.

Those who stay till midnight will be treated to “New Trier’s Got Talent” (based on “America’s Got Talent) with judges Tim Dohrer, Winnetka principal, and David Ladd, music department chair. Members of public can come for any of the performances throughout the evening and wee morning hours.

Students are collecting pledges for the Playathon, and phone lines will be open during their performances for anyone who would like to make a donation. Those interested can call (847) 784-6700 or (847) 784-6701 at any time during the Playathon.

Anyone would like to make a donation in advance or after the Playathon can e-mail Matt Temple at

Approximately 180 Music students will travel to Sydney over spring break to visit schools, stay with host families, tour the region, and play concerts as they travel. The highlight of the trip will be a performance at the Sydney Opera House. Pledges to this fundraiser will help defray the trip costs for students who otherwise would not be able to participate.

Information about the trip and how to donate to this and other fundraising efforts can be found at

Artist display

The Ann Brierly Gallery on New Trier’s Winnetka Campus will feature the work of screenprint artist Jay Ryan during the month of November.

Ryan graduated from New Trier in 1990, earned a bachelor in fine arts from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Painting in 1994, and has been making screenprinted posters in the Chicago area since 1995. He has worked for thousands of bands, including Andrew Bird, the Decemberists, the Melvins, Shellac, Fugazi, Pearl Jam, and his own band, Dianogah.

Ryan has had solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally. He has been profiled in publications including Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, Merge Magazine (Sweden), and After Hours Magazine (Japan).

Owner and operator of the Bird Machine print shop since 1999, Ryan made Crain’s “40 under 40” list in 2007 and was Time Out Chicago Magazine’s “Cultural Hero” in 2008. In his spare time he has published two books of his poster art and toured Europe four times with his band, releasing two albums along with “a small pile of singles.”

Later in November, Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the Illinois Art Educators Association convention at the Center for Visual Arts at Illinois State University in Normal.

The exhibition is open to the public during school hours from Nov. 4- Dec. 1.

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