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Spring Break

Emma Jackson | March 2, 2020 | Lifestyle National

From a fabulous read for nights in to fabulous ideas for nights out, here’s what has the North Shore buzzing.

HiResbookphoto232UD1.jpgSally Lou Loveman’s first book shares her journey as a producer and offers public speaking tips and advice

READ Already falling behind on your New Year’s resolution? How about a goal for the spring instead: Up your public speaking game. In her first book, Speak: Love Your Story, Your Audience Is Waiting ($34, Balboa Press), Sally Lou Loveman shares her memoir and proven self-improvement tips. The former audience producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show has been entertaining people for 35 years, so if anyone can connect with an audience, it’s her.

MildredMarieLangford32S8V.jpgMildred Marie Langford stars as Esther in Intimate Apparel at Northlight Theatre this spring

SEE Mildred Marie Langford returns to Northlight Theatre this month for a role she says she’s admired for years. Intimate Apparel tells the story of an African-American seamstress in 1905 New York City trying to build a future. “She’s looking for love and to get out of the circumstances she’s in,” Langford says. “She has these huge dreams, but there’s always that inner struggle of not being able to have what you desire.” March 12-April 19, tickets $30-$89, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

2020012701234EFS.jpgSpirit Elephant’s Getting Figgy With It cocktail is made with prosecco, apple cider and triple sec

TASTE Spirit Elephant, the plant-based restaurant in Winnetka, is now open for dinner, with lunch soon to follow. “We are very excited to showcase the advantages of incorporating seasonality into our menu,” says executive chef Renan Lopes. Try the forbidden bowl, Lopes’ take on a Buddha bowl, and the chocolate fondue for dessert; and keep an eye out for vegan prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with hollandaise sauce. 924 Green Bay Road

Photography by: Sally Lou Loveman photo courtesy of the author; Mildred Marie Sangford photo by Becca Murray/courtesy of Northlight; Cocktail photo by Sophie Baron Photography/Courtesy of Spirit Elephant