Friday, October 19, 2018

Millennium Park Holiday Season Programming starts Nov. 16 - Ice Skating, Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Market, Caroling and MORE!


The FREE fun begins with the 105th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the NEW Millennium Park Holiday Art Market and the opening of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink on November 16.

Millennium Park will be the epicenter of holiday cheer in Chicago, featuring your favorite seasonal traditions, Chicago’s official Christmas Tree, ice skating, music, exhibitions, a NEW holiday art market, the Lurie Garden in winter and free family fun. The Millennium Park Campus is comprised of events and attractions at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harris Theater and Park Grill. For the complete schedule of events, visit

Topping the list of traditions is the 105th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16, in Millennium Park at Washington St. and Michigan Ave. at 6 p.m. Miguel Cervantes, Alexander Hamilton  in the Hamilton Chicago Company currently playing Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre, will serve as the emcee for the program featuring music and special guests. Nominations for Chicago’s Christmas Tree are now being accepted through October 19. For details, visit The selected tree will be announced in the news few weeks, along with the entertainment lineup for the Tree Lighting. The Christmas Tree will be on view through the first week of January.

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park will open earlier in the day on Friday, November 16, at noon, with skating continuing through MidMarch 2019. The ice rink will offer skating with a twist this season through Themed Skate Nights on most Thursdays, November 29March 7, 6���8 p.m. Skaters are invited to put on a festive costume and join us for themed ice skating parties hosted by local Chicago DJs.

NEW this year, the Millennium Park Holiday Art Market with School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and After School Matters will feature one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists. Part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth, the Holiday Art Market is supported by the Millennium Park Foundation. The market is free admission and will run November 16–18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. in a heated tent on the Chase Promenade North.

Bundle up and get ready to belt out some holiday classics during Caroling at Cloud Gate. This festive series is part concert, part sing-along at Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean” on Fridays, November 23 through December 14 with a bonus performance on Wednesday, December 12. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6 until 7 p.m., weather permitting.

There’s more skating and family fun just across the BP Bridge at the Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park. The Wreathing of the Lions has been a tradition at the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 25 years; watch on November 23 as cheery holiday wreaths are placed on the regal lion statues on the museum steps (where they’re up all season), then head inside for art-making activities. And you won’t want to miss the Dance-Along Nutcracker® at the Chicago Cultural Center on December 2—with dance lessons and live music for children of all ages and abilities under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.

Admission is FREE to all Millennium Park holiday events and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation, with support from the Chicago Transit Authority. For information about Millennium Park, visit, call 312-742-1168, and join the conversation on Facebook (Millennium Park), Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium_Park).

For information about the Chicago Cultural Center, visit, call 312-744-3316, and join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center), Twitter and Instagram (@ChiCulturCenter).

And for information about programs presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit, call 312-744-3316, and join the conversation on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Twitter and Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE) #ChiHolidays.

NEW! Millennium Park Holiday Art Market with School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and After School Matters
November 16–18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North
FREE Admission
Start your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists. The Holiday Art Market is supported by the Millennium Park Foundation and part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth program.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Michigan Ave. between Washington St. & Monroe St.
November 16–March, weather dependent, visit websites for hours
NEW! Themed Skate Nights on most Thursdays, November 29March 7, 68 p.m. Skaters are invited to put on a festive costume and join us for themed ice skating parties hosted by local Chicago DJs. Visit website for dates and themes.
FREE Admission; Skate rental is $13 Mon–Thu and $15 Fri – Sun/Holidays

105th Annual Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 16, 6 p.m.
Millennium Park, Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.
FREE Admission
Enjoy the glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art and architecture of Millennium Park. Miguel Cervantes, star of Hamilton Chicago Company playing Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre, will serve as the emcee for the ceremony featuring music and special guests.

Caroling at Cloud Gate
Fridays, November 23 & 30, December 7 & 14, and Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Millennium Park, Cloud Gate
FREE Admission
Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.

Dance-Along Nutcracker®
Sunday, December 2, Dance Lessons at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Performances at noon & 3 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
FREE Admission
Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.
The Dance-Along Nutcracker®, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization.

Events presented by Millennium Park Campus collaborators

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon
337 E. Randolph St.
November 16 – March, weather dependent, visit websites for hours
Skate with Santa: Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m.–noon
FREE Admission; Skate rental is $13 Mon–Thu and $15 Fri–Sun/Holidays
$40 Fast Passes are available

Exelon Family Series: Opera Atelier
Saturday, November 17, 2 p.m.
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.
$18 tickets at

Wreathing of the Lions
Friday, November 23, 10 a.m.
Outdoor wreathing is FREE; museum entry requires general admission, though children under 14 are FREE Admission
Start the winter season with this Chicago family favorite. The outdoor ceremony, emceed by cast members from the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker, celebrates the 125th anniversary of the museum’s Michigan Avenue home. Then move indoors to enjoy fun-filled art activities at the Ryan Learning Center.

Art Institute 125th Anniversary
Saturday, December 8, Noon & 2 p.m.
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Gallery talks are FREE with museum general admission and children under 14 are FREE
Join us in the galleries for talks celebrating the Art Institute's remarkable 125 years of history since opening its doors on Michigan Avenue on December 8, 1893.

Live Music Now! Young People’s Concert with Millar Brass
Wednesday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. and noon performances
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

16th Annual Gingerbread House Making Brunch
Sunday, December 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. & 1–4 p.m.
Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave.
$25 per gingerbread house at
Enjoy decorating a gingerbread house complete with candy, icing treats and a hot chocolate bar. A la carte brunch menu will be available from 10am to 4pm.

Do-it-Yourself Messiah
December 17 & 18, 7 p.m.
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr.
$15 tickets at
The Do-It-Yourself Messiah brings together a world-class conductor and soloists, an all-volunteer orchestra of local professionals and amateur musicians and you, with the other 1,500 audience members in a thrilling performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.

Millennium Park Campus holiday events are produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District, Lurie Garden, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harris Theater, the International Music Foundation and The Park Grill & Plaza at Millennium Park. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicagos artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicagos non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the Citys future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the Citys cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit

Millennium Park Foundation
The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic nonprofit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction, and curation of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free, accessible and equitable venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.

Tenba Cooper 15 Camera Bag, my new favorite!

It’s a new season and a total switch to the Sony mirrorless system with the Sony A7III happened several months ago for me. 
With that, I’ve ordered up a new camera bag! I still have and use the amazing Tenba Switch bag, but in autumn, certain photo shoots I do have me carrying an extra flash and the bigger Sony 70-200mm f4.
Welcome, the Tenba Cooper 15 bag.

This bag is roomy, stylish and molds well to the body from your shoulder.
In other words, it balances well when you’ve stuffed it like I tend to.
I like to leave a empty space in my bag for a sweater or smaller purchases I make during the day.

As you can see by the content of my bag, I haven’t even yet utilized the extra compartments or side pockets for a water bottle or anything else.

This bag is well thought out with a rain cover inside the bag, a long opening in the back that is perfect for a magazine, travel info, your umbrella. The two side pockets expand with a zipper can hold a water bottle or two, or water and your umbrella, a smaller lens, notepad, pen.
The top has a zippered flap you can put your passport, documents, your phone.

The storage under the flap is two pockets and another zippered compartment. 

The top has a sturdy handle in addition to a well-padded shoulder strap with a rubberized grip so it won’t easily slide off your shoulder.

Today I had to go shoot a celebrity photo op and quickly threw in the following: The Sony A7III with the 24-70mm f4 lens, with Tamron strap, Sony 70-200mm f4 G OIS lens,  the Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4  lens, 55mm 1.8 fe ZA lens, Godox TT600 flash, Godox TT685 flash, and the Rogue Flashbender installed over the flash diffusers. Both flashes with freshly charged Eneloop batteries installed.Also included, RFID wallet, iPhone 6s+, notepad, pen and money. Not pictured: Extra camera battery, SD cards in cases, cosmetics.

The bottom of the Cooper 15 bag is waterproof and abrasion proof. I’ve had this on many dirty floors in the months I’ve been using this bag. Another thing I like, I can just wipe it down when I get home so I’m not putting the germs back on my lap when I’m taking a ride-share service.

A plus if you shoot performance, weddings or quiet lectures is that the velcro is virtually silent when you pull it down instead of out. 
I got caught in the rain the first week I had this bag and considering it has protective flaps, a zippered interior and the rain cover, my equipment remained dry.

I wish I had this bag years ago when I carried my laptop and traveled more. The rear padded sleeve will hold a laptop up to 15 inches. The back has a panel that you can put this on your luggage with wheels.

If you are in the market for a new bag, you might want to consider the Tenba Cooper 15. I'm glad I did!

It’s available thru Amazon

B&H Photo (ps: $60 mail in rebate!)

and of course at other online and outlets and well-stocked camera stores.

Here are some official specs:

  • Special quiet Velcro closure enables flap to be opened with nearly silent operation by pulling down before pulling away from the bag. Quick Access top zipper allows secure exchange of cameras and lenses without opening the front flap. 
  • Rain flaps fold down to ensure excellent weatherproof coverage at the corners. Included WeatherWrap rain cover is removable and reversible, with silver on one side to reflect the sun, and black on the other side for stealth. 
  • Exterior: Peach-wax cotton canvas (20% polyester reinforcement) with 2x water-repellent PU coating, waterproof, full-grain leather base and accents. 
  • Interior: Silicone-coated, water-repellent ripstop nylon and soft, brushed tricot. 
  • Hardware: YKK zippers with hand-riveted full-grain leather zipper pulls. 
  • Weight 3.6 pounds

*I received a bag in exchange for this review.*
© Linda Matlow/PIX INTL.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Upcoming Workshops at the Lab @ Silver Eye Center for Photography (Pittsburgh, PA )

Silver Eye Center for Photography

Lab @ Silver Eye Fall Workshops

How To Do Everything @ The Lab - Beginner to Intermediate Level  
Instructor: Sean Stewart
Class Size: 6-10
Saturday, October 20, 12pm-3pm
Workshop: $25 Members / $75 for Non-members
This 3-hour workshop is intended for those interested in lab membership and current members who need a refresher on lab procedures and equipment. This workshop will contain a brief overview of a common digital lab workflow from start to finish. We will cover the basics of using the lab’s equipment including: scanning with an Epson V850 for making contact sheets and work prints, Flextight Scanning to produce high resolution files for final prints, printing with the Epson P7000 24” Inkjet printer, and briefly discuss framing and print finishing options. This workshop is held quarterly and will be updated with new information as the lab evolves.
Please note that this workshop is intended as a brief introduction, and each subject will be expanded on in-depth in ether future workshops or in 1-on-1 tutoring sessions. Please email for more information.
Portfolio Prep for Calls for Entry
Instructor: David Oresick
Class Size: 6-15
Saturday, October 27, 12pm-3pm
Workshop: $25 Members / $75 for Non-Members
Attending this workshop gives you one free submission to Silver Eye’s Call For Entries for Fellowship 19
Silver Eye Executive Director David Oresick discuss strategies for how to prepare your photography portfolio, artist statement, and CV for calls for entry for exhibitions, fellowships, and residencies. Learn from a curator’s perspective how to select and sequence your images and edit your artist statement to create the most impactful and compelling application possible. Attendees are encouraged to bring in drafts of applications they are working in.
Film Scanning / Flextight Workshop - Beginner to Intermediate Level
Class size: 6-8 students.  
Saturday November 10, 12pm-3pm
$40 for members / $75 for non-members
Learn to make scans that capture all the grain, beauty, and character of film photography. This hands-on workshop will explain how to utilize the Hasselblad Flextight X1 virtual drum scanner to create hi-resolution files with optimal tonal range and sharpness. Students are encouraged to bring negatives or positive film (formats 35mm up to 4”x5”) to scan. This workshop will include an overview for processing raw scans in FlexColor software, and how to import these files into Photoshop and why.  Members interested in gaining DIY access to the Flextight are encouraged to take this workshop.
Printing 101
Class Size: 6-8
Saturday, December 8, 10am-12pm
Workshop: $50 for Members / $100 for Non-members (Includes materials fee)
Introduction to Inkjet printing. The Lab @ Silver Eye specializes in fine art exhibition printing for artists as well as guiding individuals through the vast world of DIY printing. This workshop is essential for gaining DIY access to the Lab’s 24” and 44” Epson printers. We will discuss printer settings, profiles, and printing on various types of media with an emphasis on how and when to choose different papers to make aesthetically rich prints. Consideration is given to using Adobe Photoshop for tonal adjustments and best practices for handling and presenting final prints as artwork.
Printing on Fabric
Instructor: Jenna Houston
Class Size: 6-15
Saturday, December 15, 12pm-4pm
Workshop: $50 Members / $100 for Non-Members (Includes Materials Fee)
Digital printing on fabric is a relatively new technology that involves a system where companies create a fabric that can be sent through an inkjet printer, creating a crisp saturated image without sacrificing the printer or image quality. It’s possible to print on linen, polyester mesh, silk, and cotton to name a few options. For artists and photographers, these prints can then be used for installations, wearables, painting or collage, stand-alone prints, and more. Once past the initial learning curve, this process is easy and accessible for artists with the right lab.
This workshop will teach you how to make their own fabric prints from the start with a raw image to the end of pulling the print off the paper. This includes skills such as choosing a fabric, image processing and sizing based on fabric type, printer settings, and fabric print handling. Once the initial demo is over participants will create a small test print on fabric based on their image.


The Lab @ Silver Eye is generously supported by The Jack Buncher Foundation, The Fine Foundation, and the PNC Charitable Trust Committee.
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