Monday, November 20, 2017

New Book! >> Barbra Streisand: On the Couch, Shares Deep Insight Into One Of America's Most Beloved Icons

  The widely popular On the Couch series by Alma Bond, Ph.D. has given us an opportunity to discover the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Hillary Clinton, and Jackie O through the eyes of renowned New York psychoanalyst, Dr. Darcy Dale. The fictionalized biographies provided a unique and revealing perspective of their lives.
Now, readers are invited to learn about screen and recording icon Barbra Streisand. In Barbra Streisand: On the Couch, Bond captures the details found in other biographies dedicated to the life of Barbra in a way that provides deep insight into her personality and character.
Dr. Darcy Dale―renowned, pioneering New York City psychiatrist whose expertise has been sought by such larger-than-life women as Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Hillary Clinton―is confronted by Barbra, dismayed after thirty years of minimally successful therapy. Over the course of a year, Dr. Dale conducts an intimate psychoanalysis, breaking through ego defense mechanisms, and repressions to go deep into the heart and mind of one of America's last remaining superstars. Barbra's many dimensions come alive as we hear her story in her own words. She fluctuates between self-inflation and insecurity. She cracks wise. She becomes angry. She weeps. For better or worse, Dr. Dale sees Barbra in all of her raw, most human, aspects, giving readers unprecedented access to her pain and joy.
Barbra is funny, a bit abrasive, but very intelligent. Bond provides interesting insights into what Barbra could have been thinking during pinnacle times in her life, and her state of mind from a psychoanalyst's point of view. While this book is technically fiction, the facts themselves are all true. Only the thoughts and feelings attributed to Barbra are fictitious, along with the story of her "analysis." Dr. Bond's extensive research into the life of Barbra Streisand, along with her professional knowledge of psychology and her beautiful style of writing, give fans of Barbra's work and her persona fresh insight into a complicated woman - making this biography an enthralling and entertaining read!
"It's easy to want to get to know the essential Barbra and want to hear her story,” says Dr. Bond. "After reading pretty much everything ever written on Barbra, and then having written a book in which my alter ego, also a psychoanalyst, carries on numerous fictionalized sessions with her over the space of a year, I think I have a very good idea what and how Barbra thinks. To say that Barbra Streisand is an amazing woman is an understatement.”
Alma H. Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She "retired" to become a full-time writer. She has written 23 books and her popular On the Couch series has received excellent reviews. Jackie O: On the Couch, the first in the Couch series, received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.  Bond also wrote the play, "Maria,” about the life of Maria Callas. The play was produced off-off Broadway, toured the South, and was produced in London.
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Barbra Streisand: On the Couch
By Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
Publisher: Bancroft Press; October 1, 2017
ISBN-10: 1610882113
ISBN-13: 978-1610882118

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Art Collector's Magnificent Home for Sale in Lincoln Park (Chicago, IL.)

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    Dear Friends,

    We would like to announce the opportunity for purchase of a majestic 7600 square foot home nestled in an exquisite neighborhood in Lincoln Park, minutes from downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.  Our collectors are some of the most discerning in the world.  This home is sanctuary not only to hundreds of works of art but to a couple who have lovingly nurtured and maintained this peaceful and meditative space. It is rare to find a home that is a work of art in itself, a place of refuge and harmony.  

    This is a work of art built w/few constraints or inhibitions, liberally taking advantage of grand spaces, the finest imported materials & the unbridled ingenuity of its designers.Every inch is imagined, designed & constructed w/care, passion & forethought.

    I recall the first time I entered through the doors.  It was as if the time/space continuum stood still. The art enveloped the space and gave the rooms a special air to breathe. For those looking for a safe haven from the distractions of everyday life, please contact our collector directly.  Details are below.

    With kind regards,

    * Set on a gated & tranquil 38x132 lot w/side drive
    * 5 bedrooms and 4 baths/2 half baths.  
    * extraordinary custom home-constructed w/unparalleled craftsmanship & detail by a prominent builder for himself
    * w/ultra-premium, commercial-grade infrastructure & systems
    * extravagant indoor & outdoor entertaining spaces, and an array of stunning finishes. 
    * grand entry hall w/elliptical stair 
    * front oval salon w/golden domed lit ceiling
    * chef's kitchen/great room w/walls of glass
    * sumptuous master wing w/spa bath
    * enormous barrel-vaulted penthouse room
    * 6 outdoor spaces including: 
    * outdoor movie/entertaining/yoga pavilion
    * roof terrace w/huge hot tub

    Sellers building in Aspen to move soon and eager to find a new loving caretaker of this fine property.  If buyer comes without a broker, seller will pass along the brokerage fee savings.

    Price:  $3,600,000

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Gene Siskel Film Center to present "On Location" screenings at partner venues Dec. 3-10 during renovations (Chicago, IL.)



Gene Siskel Film Center’s theaters will be closed
for renovations and technical upgrades December 1- January 4

The Film Center will reopen to the public on Friday, January 5

Taking the feedback of its loyal patron base to heart, the Gene Siskel Film Center is investing in the comfort of moviegoers to make upgrades, the first time since the facility opened at 164 N. State St. in 2001. It will shutter its doors for approximately one month from Friday, December 1, 2017, through Thursday, January 4, 2018.

The Gene Siskel Film Center will be closed for renovations as the 17-year-old seats and carpeting in both Theater 1 and Theater 2 will be replaced and wiring will be installed to improve hearing for patrons with cochlear implants. To maintain a presence with its world-class programming, movies and Film Center staff will travel off-site to various cultural centers around Chicago to present four films as Gene Siskel Film Center On Location from December 3 through 10.

“The Gene Siskel Film Center is known and celebrated for serving various communities in Chicago through film so it’s only fitting that we give back by bringing highlights from the past year to select venues around the city. While our theaters will be closed during our December programming cycle, continuing to present movies elsewhere is essential to maintaining our presence and brand while on hiatus, and to remind film lovers that we aren’t going away,” said Jean de St. Aubin, Executive Director.

The architecture firm responsible for managing the renovation project is Gensler, the same company that designed the Film Center’s original buildout when it relocated in June 2001 to its current State St. location. Pepper Construction is the general contractor that will install the seats, carpeting, and enhanced assisted listening technology.

Films presented in Gene Siskel Film Center On Location:

I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan
Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60 St., Chicago

I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan is a portrait of the beloved author and illustrator of over 50 children’s books, including such classics as Beautiful Blackbird and Dancing Granny, and has also created collages, puppets, and stained-glass windows, all deeply rooted in spirituality and the Black experience. While the ebullient 94-year-old seems part-child himself, he is far from naïve as he was a stevedore in World War II, experiencing racism in the then-segregated Army and landed on bloody Omaha Beach on D-Day which influenced him to commit his life to spreading joy and beauty through is work. I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan had its Chicago premiere at the Film Center during the 23rd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2017.

Time to Die (Tiempo de morir)
Monday, December 4, 6:00 pm
Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago

The first film by the Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, revisionist western Time to Die's original screenplay was written by Gabriel García Marquez while the dialogue was adapted by celebrated Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. After 18 years in prison, Juan Sáyago returns to his hometown to settle down only to encounter the hotheaded son of the man Juan killed in self-defense. Time to Die was last presented at the Film Center during its Recently Restored series in September 2017.

Swim Team
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL

Swim Team is a documentary that looks at autistic competitive athletes who form a swim team after New Jersey parents Maria and Mike McQuay observed that their young son became calm and focused in the family pool. A multicultural group of boys on the autism spectrum were recruited and a decade later the now co-ed team thrives as a unique confidence-building program that produces a remarkable range of social and therapeutic benefits to the swimmers, including some who have become champions in the Special Olympics. Swim Team had its Chicago premiere at the Film Center in July 2017.

Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm
Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Kedi is a loving portrait of the cherished street cats in the atmospheric city of Istanbul—purring mascots that have roamed the ancient capital for millennia, protected, admired, and honored for their beauty and their skills as mousers. Kedi had its Chicago premiere in January 2017 as part of the series Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres. Patrons will have the opportunity to adopt felines following the screening through representatives from Tree House Humane Society and Hyde Park Cats, noting that live animals will be present. If patrons aren’t in the position to adopt, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel will be accepting cat and dog food donations at the screening, allowing Tree House and Hyde Park Cats to feed furry friends in need during the holiday season.

Note that screenings may include post-show discussions. For updates, please visit

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The Gene Siskel Film Center will reopen to the public on Friday, January 5, 2018. Films slated to open that day will be the new Kartemquin Films release Keep Talking, a documentary that looks at four Alaska Native women fighting to save the endangered language Kodiak Alutiiq, currently spoken by less than 40 fluent native elders, and Tom of Finland, a biopic about the late Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen whose homoerotic fetish art made a transformative impact on late 20th century gay culture.

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Tickets to each screening are $11/general admission, $6/Film Center members, and
$5/students with current I.D. Advance tickets are available online and at the Film Center box office (until November 30), hours of operation: 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center main office, hours of operation: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. General admission, member, and student tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website There is an online surcharge of $1.50 per ticket.

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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). They also make a great holiday gift for the movie lover in your life! For more information, call 312-846-2600 or

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit

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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Skate at Millennium Park, starting Friday (Chicago,IL.)

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Experience Life At The Coldest And Most Isolated Place On Earth!

Imagine, for a moment, spending one year at the bottom of the world, in 100-below-zero temperatures. One couple chose to not only imagine it, but to also live it, and they've written a riveting account of their unforgettable experiences.
In One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, scientist John Bird along with writer and composer Jennifer McCallum take readers along on a journey like no other, as they fly to the middle of Antarctica and live under the dome for a year with 50 other researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
The book's title is a nod to the six-month-long "day” of 24-hour sunlight and the six-month-long "night” of perpetual darkness. The nonfiction narrative provides a candid, first-hand account of the challenges the couple faced as they tried to adapt — both physically and emotionally — to a year of isolation in the unforgiving environment.
One Day, One Night also immerses readers in the station's incredible microcosm of scientific discovery, where researchers study not only the mysteries of climate change that lie frozen beneath them but also the astrophysics of the heavens above through the famous South Pole Telescopes.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is where world-class science happens against a backdrop of spectacular natural phenomena and where the extreme conditions prove that the human body's ability to adapt is nothing short of miraculous.
Author Jennifer McCallum holds an M.A. in music composition and has composed chamber and choral works. While living at the South Pole, she wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled "Poetry at the South Pole,” and she also wrote a feature-length cover story for Musicworks, a magazine circulated among the Canadian and American experimental music scene. Musicworks also distributed a sound recording of her chamber work, "Continuus Line,” which describes barren landscapes.  
As an atmospheric scientist, author John Bird spent several winters at a remote observatory near the North Pole studying the ozone hole, prior to his posting at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He holds a Ph.D. in space science and has taught at several universities, including Imperial College in London. He climbed the Matterhorn and Denali mountains, and broke the world altitude record for hang gliding by descending from a helium balloon at 35,000 feet. He has trained with NASA astronauts both underwater and in zero-g aircraft to develop experiments. He has published over 70 magazine articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is the author of The Upper Atmosphere, published by NASA.
One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole was awarded Honorable Mention from the New York Book Festival and was a finalist in the New Generation Indie Book Awards.
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Lucie Foundation >> Two Weeks Left to Submit to MOPLA 2018!


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Two Weeks Left to Submit to the 




Presented by Lucie Foundation 

Month of Photography Los Angeles is accepting submissions from photographers for the MOPLA Group Show, Host Space Exhibitions, and Photo Book Exhibition.


Image © Sally Peterson, 2015 Group Show Artist
Image © Parinya Champ, 2017 Host Space Exhibition Artist
Image © Leonardo Magrelli, 2017 Pro'jekt LA Artist

Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) was established in 2009 and exists to celebrate photography through a variety of events and programs that inspire and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional and collector. MOPLA’s two-fold mission is to advance dynamic programming designed to engage and stimulate the photography community, as well as to present a comprehensive resource of exhibitions and events.