Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love Is in the Air with Loves Me, Loves Me Not

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met. All tenderly his messenger he chose; Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—One perfect rose.” —Dorothy Parker
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Loves Me, Loves Me Not

The Hidden Language of Flowers
By Peter Loewer

Welcome to the mysterious and sometimes scandalous world of the language of flowers. Since the days of Queen Victoria (and earlier the harems of the Middle East) flowers have allowed lovers and friends to express themselves without saying a word. In Loves Me, Loves Me Not, author and illustrator Peter Loewer explores the fascinating history of floral messages. In this book you’ll find intriguing plant lore, unexpected historical connections, or simply an opportunity to connect with a beloved in a unique way.

  • Confess unrequited love with a daffodil.
  • Show happiness with primroses.
  • Wish someone luck with a four-leaf clover.
  • Make your declaration of love not with a rose, but with a tulip!

With intriguing stories and stunning full-color illustrations, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, introduces you to flowers that have been conveying messages for centuries. As Loewer says: “The language of flowers is a delightful idea. In the world of cell phones and mass communications, sending a simple bouquet that tells a tale of love and affection seems to be a great idea whose time has come again.”

About the Author:
Peter Loewer is a botanical illustrator and author of many books on natural history and gardening, biographies, and children’s books, including Hydroponics for Houseplants and The Wild Gardener, called one of the 75 Great Gardening Books by the American Horticultural Society. His work is in the permanent collection of Carnegie Mellon’s Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Loewer lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with the Lucie Editions

Happy Valentine's Day!
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Say Olé to Cinco de Mayo with Perry's Rita Rosé Olé (Oak Brook, Illinois)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo for Two Months
at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook

Special cocktail – Rita Rosé Olé – Being Served April 1 to May 10
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, IL 60523; 630-571-1808) is introducing a new limited time only cocktail that incorporates both a Mexican wine and a Mexican tequila. The Rita Rosé Olé, available from April 1 through May 10 for $15, is a unique wine-based cocktail made with Casa Madero Rosé wine and Codigo 1530 Rosa Tequila.

Although the oldest winery in the New World hails from Mexico, these wines are somewhat hard to find, says Susi Zivanovic, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille ’s Corporate Sommelier and Beverage Director. Recently, however, Mexican wines have been gaining international importance and growing in popularity.

Established in 1597, Casa Madero is the oldest winery in the Americas and the 6th oldest in the world. Coming from Parras, Coahuila, Mexico, the Casa Madero Rosé starts slightly sweet and smooth with a crisp, fruity, garden-fresh intensity. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of candied orange, fresh red berries and apricot, giving it a refreshing taste.

The Código 1530 Rosa Tequila begins with the purity of Blanco, then is rested for 1 month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels. The result is a refined spirit with a natural color as beautiful as its taste. The Código 1530 Rosa has rested just long enough in Cabernet barrels to enrich the natural agave juice, without overpowering its delicate floral notes.

The combination of Casa Madero Rosé and Código 1530 Rosa Tequila to create the Perry’s Rita Rosé Olé provides a twist on the traditional Margarita, while still giving a nod to the history of Mexican wines and spirits.

About Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has earned a faithful following by perfecting prime since it began as a butcher shop in 1979. Named as one of Open Table’s “Top 100 Steakhouses in America 2016,” recognized by Wine Spectator as “10 Wine Stars in the Lone Star State,” and deemed one of “Ten Texas Steakhouses You Need to Try Before You Die” by Wide Open Country, Perry’s has grown into a renowned group of award-winning restaurants. Featuring USDA Prime beef, tableside carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79, Perry’s specializes in a Rare and Well Done experience, currently operating 14 steakhouse locations in Chicago, Denver, Birmingham and across Texas, as well as the two original butcher shops now known as Perry & Sons Market & Grille. For more information and updates on Perry’s Steakhouse, please visit

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


March 10 ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions at Westpoint Missionary Baptist Church is part of a series of professional development opportunities offered this year by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The 33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival is June 12 at the Chicago Cultural Center + Millennium Park
In anticipation of the upcoming Chicago Gospel Music Festival in June, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to present the ChicagoMade Gospel Music Artists & Repertoire (A&R) Auditions on Saturday, March 10, 6–9 p.m., at the Westpoint Missionary Baptist Church (3566 S. Cottage Grove). Emerging, Chicago-based gospel music artists will perform live for an audience including a panel of major and independent music label and entertainment industry executives.
The ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Audition is part of the free 2018 DCASE Professional Development Series that includes a Fall A&R Audition for all music genres, as well as workshops, panel discussions, conferences and more. The program aims to support Chicago’s creative community and directly connect emerging artists to the City of Chicago’s most visible festivals, events and cultural programming.
DCASE is now accepting applications from soloists and groups in the gospel music and contemporary Christian music genres interested in an audition spot on March 10. Selected artists will earn an opportunity to perform live for an audience including a panel of major music and marketing executives. Additionally, participants will be considered for a set at this year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The public is invited to enjoy the FREE performances of the hottest new music and cheer on their favorite local artists. The application and guideline information is available at All artists and bands must submit an application by Friday, February 16, to be considered. Absolutely no walk-up auditions will be allowed.
Celebrating the music style’s deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music, the 33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival features local and national artists on June 1–2 in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). For complete details on the free admission festival, visit, like us on Facebook at Chicago Gospel Music Festival or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiGospelMusic).
2018 Professional Development Series
The A&R Auditions performance is part of a series of free professional development opportunities offered by DCASE this year. A full schedule of programs and events is available at or visit this link for DCASE Professional Opportunities.
Other upcoming music-related events in the series include the Chicago House Music Festival Conference, May 24–25 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Preceding the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26, the conference will present workshops and panels related to the artistry, business and culture of house music, the musical form born in Chicago that has gone onto revolution dance music internationally. The schedule for the conference and festival will be announced this spring. For additional details, visit
On June 4, in partnership with Donda’s House, the Chicago Blues Festival will present Bridges to the Blues at the Chicago Cultural Center. Bridges to the Blues will showcase, young hip-hop artists performing original blues material for a chance to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival.
Additionally, a Fall ChicagoMade A&R Audition will be held in Chicago on Saturday, October 27, and is open to all music genres. Like the Gospel Music A&R Audition, local artists and bands will get the opportunity to showcase their work live in front of major label A&R executives. Both solo artists and bands are invited to apply FREE of charge. All artists and bands must submit an application to be considered. A committee of industry professionals will review all submissions based on the criteria below and will choose artists/bands to fill a very limited number of audition slots. Registration will begin in September.
The Professional Development Series of opportunities are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For complete details on department opportunities, events and more, visit, like us on Facebook at Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoDCASE + #ChicagoMade).
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector,
independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dawn Maslar - The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love

Love Researcher Explains Neuroscience Behind Valentine's Day

The legend states that Valentine was arrested and put to death by Emperor Claudius II. Valentine was defying orders and secretly helping soldiers to marry. But why would Claudius II not want his soldiers to marry?
Here's where the neuroscience comes in. It turns out that when a man marries, his testosterone drops. So, Claudius' decree against marriage makes biological sense. If you want an aggressive army that will fight your battles, it's better to have single, highly testosterone-fortified men.
Think that's crazy? It turns out that lower testosterone is not the only crazy thing that happens to us when we fall in love.
In a dramatic presentation, Love Biologist Dawn Maslar cuts up a brain to show what love does to us. When we fall in love, this is what can happen to our brain:
• We can lose cognitive ability
• We can lose the ability to accurately judge our partner – that's why they say 'love is blind'
• We can lose the ability to feel concern if we detect a problem
• We can experience an increase in self-transcendence – being in love makes us feel less selfish and more connected to the world
In addition:
• Our serotonin (hormone of happiness) can fall to the level of someone with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• His testosterone drops but hers goes up – making her sexually charged
• This effect is temporary – lasting between 1 and 3 years
Don't worry, while the craziness is temporary, the love CAN last a lifetime. In fact, Valentine's Day helps since the following can also kick-in:
• Red hearts, cards and clothes boost his testosterone which can increase the romance
• Giving chocolate on Valentine's Day can boost dopamine – an important neurotransmitter of long-term love
• Doing new and novel things with a partner can also boost dopamine
• Spending quality time together increases oxytocin - the bonding hormone
To see Dawn Maslar in action, please visit:

Dawn Maslar, MS, is an award-winning author, expert guest speaker, adjunct biology professor, and researcher in the science of love. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and her talk on 'How Your Brain Falls in Love' went viral last year:

Available at all online outlets
Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love
Publisher: HCI Books

Writers Theatre >> See what audiences are saying about A Moon for the Misbegotten! (Glencoe, IL. )

Audiences Review |  
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Pictured: A.C. Smith and Bethany Thomas. Photo by Saverio Truglia.
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A Moon for the Misbegotten
“I thought this was an outstanding play in every way!
The acting was incredible. The set was beautiful.”

Superb acting. Rich characters –
there was a wonderful gamesmanship among them.”

Tremendous staging and acting. I hope you have to extend the run!”

“It was my first time inside the new theatre
 and it is
spectacular. Kudos!!”

One of the most fantastic plays I've seen at Writers Theatre.
A c
ompelling performance that literally moved me to tears.



Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jeff Sedlik to give free ASMP webinar on the new copyright registration rules that go into effect this month!

Just when  we got comfortable with our system of uploading our images to the US Copyright office and paying our $55.00 for group registrations for massive amounts of photos, they've flipped the switch and changed everything.
This is important to all contact creators, especially photographers, to know the new procedure and fees before you cull your images together for registration.

Jeff Sedlik,will be giving a Free ASMP webinar explaining the new rules for group registrations of photographs which take effect February 20.

The webinar is on February 15, 2018 at 11am pacific, 2pm eastern time.

The link below has more info and the link to register.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Writers Theatre >> Smart People is now on sale! (Glencoe, IL. )

Smart People
Pictured: Julian Parker, Kayla Carter, Deanna Myers and Erik Hellman. Photo by Joe Mazza-Brave Lux.
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Smart People
Written by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Hallie Gordon 

Performances Begin March 21 

Performed in the Gillian Theatre


Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race—search for love, success and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit.

Staged in our intimate Gillian Theatre, this sexy, serious and fiercely funny new play explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics with rapid fire dialogue, shattering assumptions about our culture’s ingrained attitudes of racism, sexism and classism. You’re sure to be captivated by one of the smartest new plays of its time!
*Denotes Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers        

Directions & Parking
Local Dining
Writers Theatre Box Office: 847-242-6000
Box Office Hours:
Sunday & Monday: 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm – 6:30pm

Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL, 60022

FREE Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition Open House TONIGHT from 5-8pm (Chicago, IL.)

WHAT:        Exhibition Open House featuring Chicago Artist Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
WHERE:     Chicago Cultural Center
                    78 E. Washington St,
WHEN:       Friday, February 9
                    5 - 8 p.m.
Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush (Preview and Lecture)
The exhibition is the first solo exhibition in a museum for the Chicago-born artist - 10-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist’s paintings, watercolors and collages. The exhibition is organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
5:30 p.m.        Lecture by Marshall Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Scott Stack: Interior and Exterior
This exhibition presents 12 recently completed, large-scale paintings that challenge our perceptual capabilities as well as defy conventional categories and operations of abstract and representational traditions in modern painting.
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
Michigan Avenue Galleries Exhibitions, 1st Floor East
de-skinned: duk ju l kim recent work
Chicago-based artist Duk Ju L. Kim was born in Busan, South Korea and spent her formative years in Tehran, Iran. The historical, geopolitical, and current events that shaped her early life and her perception of the world are present in her paintings.
Xavier Toubes Vilarino: Descriptions Without a Place. PushMoon4
The exhibition of sculptural ceramics presents work with sensuous possibilities. The deft handling of material and skillful glaze technique is created by the palms but executed at the back of the mind.
Cleveland Dean: Recto/Verso – Duality of a Fragile Ego
February 3–April 15
The abstract and conceptual works by Cleveland Dean are presented through a wide range of prosaic materials executed in mixed-media on panels and sculptures.
6 p.m.  Project Tool
Dancers, using handheld tools and legacy processes, explore the relationship between mind, body and tool. Artistic direction by Onye Ozuzu.
Garland Gallery, 1st Floor West
7 p.m. Rosy Simas: Skin(s)
The dance performance explores what we hold, reveal and receive through our skin. The presentation of Rosy Simas Skin(s) was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Dance Studio, 1st Floor North
All exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Building hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.

Aaron Goldstein is not a Democrat Troubled by Blagojevich (Illinois)


Aaron Goldstein is not a Democrat Who is Troubled by Blagojevich
Aaron Goldstein, Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General, today responded to a February 7 Associated Press story incorrectly implying he has been avoiding the topic about his role as former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorney.

“This story makes a ridiculous claim,” said Goldstein. “I have never shied away from the fact that I served as a member of Blagojevich’s defense team. But the Blagojevich case hardly defines my career as a public defender and civil rights attorney, during which time I have tried hundreds of cases. My entire career has been about ensuring Illinoisans receive fair legal representation. That’s what makes the AP story so disingenuous.”

"The FAQ document that my campaign widely distributed to journalists on January 11, and which has been available in my website’s newsroom since then, clearly addresses this matter. Also, I have spoken out publicly about it during the campaign,” he added.

The FAQ says:
Why did you defend former governor Rod Blagojevich?
I defended Blagojevich because he has rights and I believe that everyone is entitled to a fair trial and due process. My entire career has been about defending Illinoisans. I also defended NATO and Occupy Chicago protestors who were arrested for exercising their free speech. I defended a young immigrant who was arrested and charged with reckless conduct because of the clothes she wore. And I have defended the countless victims of the drug war.

After the first Blagojevich trial ended in a hung jury, I was appointed by the court to be his public defender for the second trial. A person’s right to proper defense is a fundamental right and has been an American tradition going back to John Adams. Just as we need to hold people accountable, we also need to protect people from prosecutorial overreach.

“The AP reporters, Sara Burnett, Sophia Tareen and Michael Tarm, never contacted me about Blagojevich,” said Goldstein. “If they had, I would have been happy to talk about it.”

Goldstein believes appropriate attention should be paid to the big money in the Attorney General race
“The real story in the Attorney General’s race is that big money continues to infect our political process. Taking big money from powerful businesses and utilities creates real conflicts of interest,” said Goldstein, “especially for the State’s top attorney. That’s why I don’t accept campaign contributions from big corporations.”
Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul has accepted $100K in political contributions from big tobacco companies although the Attorney General’s office currently oversees a settlement against the tobacco industry. He and other candidates have also accepted thousands of dollars in political contributions from coal companies, ComEd, Exelon, and People’s Gas, utilities that the Attorney General must hold accountable in the name of the public interest.
“Taking this money creates a clear conflict of interest and if my opponents were elected, they would have to recuse themselves in several cases,” said Goldstein. “This would cost Illinois taxpayers a lot of money since outside lawyers would have to be brought in. Illinois deserves an Attorney General who has the judgment and integrity to avoid potential conflicts of interest. There is too much at stake on issues of the environment, consumer protection, and looking out for the interests of Illinois taxpayers, to trust that candidates who take big money will stand up for the people of Illinois.”
About Aaron Goldstein, Progressive Democratic Candidate for Illinois Attorney General
Attorney Aaron Goldstein is, first and foremost, a defender of the people, who believes in the fundamental right of all citizens to due process and fair legal representation. He is a Chicago native who earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and then earned his Juris Doctor, with distinction, from the University of Iowa School of Law, entering the State Bar of Illinois in 2000. He served in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender from 2001 to 2007 as a defense litigator and attorney supervisor before founding his Chicago-based private practice as a defense attorney.

He has litigated more than 30 felony jury trials, 50 felony bench trials, and more than 100 felony motions. As a public defender, he has firsthand knowledge of the racial and ethnic inequities in the criminal justice system and the lack of re-entry opportunity for ex-offenders. He also has gained keen understanding of the legal techniques people in business and governmental leadership roles use to abuse their power.

In 2014, Goldstein was a Democratic candidate for Illinois State Representative of the 40th District. In 2016, he ran for Chicago’s 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman and against very long odds, defeated 40-year incumbent Richard Mell, considered one of Chicago’s most powerful Democratic machine politicians and power brokers. Goldstein immediately initiated reforms to his ward’s judicial review and evaluation process and has been a vocal advocate for judicial reform in the Cook County Democratic Party ever since.

As a law educator, he has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University School of Law and North Park University, where he has taught trial advocacy, criminal law and criminal procedure.

Goldstein lives in Chicago with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters.

To learn more about Attorney Aaron Goldstein, Progressive Democratic Candidate for Illinois Attorney General, please visit

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