First Thursday: Esperanto

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First Thursday: Esperanto

Thu, September 1, 2022
7:00 pm
- 9:00 pm

$5 – $10


Thu, September 01, 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


$5 student ticket, $10 general admission/adult ticket


Gorton Center – John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 E. Illinois Road Lake Forest, 60045

Teton Gravity Research’s latest action-packed mountain bike film, Esperanto mixes the rock stars of the sport with a cast of unknown and up-and-coming heroes.  The film explores how we share our dreams through a universal two-wheeled language no matter what our native tongue may be. The sacred ritual of the ride might sound different all across the world – whether it’s a full-face getting pulled down to drop into a big jump line or wheeling a beat-up bike out of a mud hut to pedal to school – but it’s a universal process no matter what language we speak.

As we view this visual tapestry featuring next-level riding in unusual locations all across the globe, we hear a voice speaking a language we’ve never heard:

There are more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. In 1887 a Polish-Jewish doctor named L.L. Zamenhof created a new one, a universal second language based on a combination of existing widely-spoken European languages. Its goal is to help bring people together from different ideologies, beliefs, and nations and ultimately to help end war. The language was called Esperanto. Translated into English it means ‘one who hopes.’ Today, Esperanto might remain elusive, but the dream of a shared language Spoken Worldwide still flourishes. You just have to know where to look for it.

First Thursdays are sponsored by the Sheffield Foundation.

Athletes featured in the film:

Alma Wiggberg

Andreu Lacondeguy

Blake Hansen

Brage Vestavik

Brandon Semenuk

Brooke Anderson

Cam Zink

Carson Storch

Chelsea Kimball

Darren Berrecloth

Emil Johansson

Gift Puteho

Hannah Bergemann

Johny Salido

Justin Wyper

Kurt Sorge

Kyle Strait

Lukas Skiöld

Nico Vink

Rene Arévalo

Samantha Soriano

Sophie Gregory

Tomomi Nishikubo

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There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.


Thu, September 1, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 – $10
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Gorton Center – John & Nancy Hughes Theater
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, 60045 United States