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A Green Apple A Day Keeps Global Warming At Bay

By Marcus Gilmer in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 18, 2008 6:56PM

Earth Day is right around the corner (next Tuesday!) and one of the biggest celebrations is happening Sunday. It's all part of the Green Apple Festival, happening nationwide on Sunday at locations in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Denver, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The Chicago event will take place at Lincoln Park Zoo and is hosted by Bears neck-beard sportin' backup QB Kyle Orton (what, Ronny Cedeno wasn't available?) and Jodi Murphy from Discovery Channel's Wrecklamation: Planet Green.


There will be plenty of pro-Earth activities, including a United Airlines-sponsored raffle of a continental round-trip ticket for those who bring old cellphones for recycling. There's also a pretty excellent family friendly music line-up (full schedule after the jump), including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one of our favorite New Orleans groups. We admit, though, we're a little disappointed we missed out on The Roots feat. Doug E. Fresh (performing in DC). In addition to the Sunday bill, there will be several shows around town this weekend under the Green Apple Fest umbrella. And the cherry on top? Sunday's event is abso-freaking-lutely FREE! The forecast for Sunday is sunny with temps in the 60's, so it'll be a beautiful day to break out the blankets and enjoy the festivities.

Earth Day Celebration featuring the Green Apple Festival, Sunday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Lincoln Park Zoo - 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Free admission

10:30 - 11:15 - Miss Lori Holton Nash
11:45 - 12:15 - The Gwalla Gwallas
12:45 - 1:30 - The Chicago Afrobeat Project
1:45 - 2:15 - Bassnectar
2:30 - 3:15 - Meshell Ndegeocello
3:45 - 4:30 - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
5:00 - 6:15 - Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead), Oteil Burbridge (Allmann Bros.), and Scott Murawski (Max Creek)