Salute to Carlin benefits Safe Passage

DeKALB – CarlinFest, an event to honor iconic comedian George Carlin and raise funds for Safe Passage, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

To commemorate Carlin's wit and outspoken humor, the evening will include a variety of acts: music by local and regional bands, comedy by Chicago-based and local comedians, Carlin-style artwork and George Carlin nostalgia. Two portraits of the comedian drawn by local Sharpie artist Justin McAllister will be raffled off. The majority of the proceeds from the event and raffle will be donated to Safe Passage, an agency that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence.

A number of local activist-oriented organizations will participate in the event. Artwork by local artist Bradley Cahill will be on display, and Kirk Whitfield will be “live painting.” Throughout the evening, henna tattoo artist Natalie Bidne will offer henna tattoos.

CarlinFest takes place at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Admission is $7, including one raffle ticket, or $4 without a raffle ticket. A limited number of raffle tickets are on sale for $5 each. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing
The evening will feature an eclectic mixture of music from eight bands including a folk musician, an all-male a cappella group, a folk/punk artist, an indie pop rock band, a revolutionary hip-hop artist, a punk rock band, a female-led indie-rock band and more.

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