Saturday, November 19, 2011

The HistoryMakers,"An Evening with Valerie Simpson in honor of Nick Ashford

The HistoryMakers,"An Evening with Valerie Simpson in honor of Nick Ashford"

It was an honor meeting singer songwriter Valerie Simpson who was in town for The HistoryMakers,"An Evening with Valerie Simpson in honor of Nick Ashford" She took the time for a few press interviews and photos prior to the big event at Northwestern's Thorne Auditorium in Chicago.
She is still feeling the loss of he husband and writing partner Nick Ashford who passed away August 22nd from throat cancer.


She described the time now as bittersweet as tears flowed from her eyes,as she spoke to a small group of select media.
She knows the healing power of music and looks forward to participating in tonight's tribute.


Singer Patti Austin will be performing later at the benefit and I caught her performance of one of my favorite Ashford and Simpson  penned tunes,'You're All I Need To Get By' at the afternoon soundcheck.

PBS is taping the show so watch your television listings for an air date.

The HistoryMakers is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit institution committed to creating a state-of-the-art digital archive by recording and preserving the stories of African American leaders who have paved the way in both America and the global society.

For more info:

www.thehistorymakers.com


Pictured above:
Valerie Simpson-doing media interviews
Patti Austin with Julieanna L.Richardson,Executive Director of The History Makers
American Idol” music director Ray Chew during afternoon soundcheck




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GOVERNOR PAT QUINN AND MUSIC LEGEND DIONNE WARWICK JOIN JACKIE TAYLOR AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CULTURAL CENTER

GOVERNOR PAT QUINN AND MUSIC LEGEND DIONNE WARWICK
JOIN JACKIE TAYLOR AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE
BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER CULTURAL CENTER !



   Last night,cough and cold and all, I ventured over to 4450 n. Clark Street in Chicago for the opening of the
 Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center. Located in the heart of the gentrified Uptown area this beautiful space will revitalize the area even more.
Singer,businesswoman  Dionne Warwick designed the interior of the theater. She sure has experience in that area after performing all these years around the world. She along with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn kicked off the opening in style with a ceremony,ribbon cutting and performance of, The Jackie Wilson Story' which will be running thru January 8,2012.




  Chicago native Jackie Taylor founded the Black Ensemble Theater in 1976 with a mission to eradicate racism, merging her roles as actress and educator to build awareness and foster greater understanding of the African-American contribution to the cultural fabric of American history through theater. This charge is realized through outstanding, award-winning productions that attract highly diverse racial audiences as well as effective educational outreach programming that reaches more than 10,000 youth each year. 
 
The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, designed by Morris Architects Planners (Steppenwolf, Lookingglass Theatres), includes a 299-seat main stage theater (double the capacity of the former venue); 150-seat stage to serve as an experimental stage featuring the work of the Black Playwright Initiative (BPI); classroom space; rehearsal hall, dance studio, scene shop, costume shop, and wardrobe rooms; seven dressing rooms; front lobby space with concession areas; and an indoor parking garage.  For more information visit www.BlackEnsembleTheater.org
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  Pictured above:Dionne Warwick,Jackie Taylor,Illinois Governor Pat Quinn


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shameless plug for me,Linda Matlow!

I was mentioned in Bill Zwecker's column in the Chicago Sun-Times print and online edition today(November 14 2011) in regards to my photo of actress Holland Taylor!
Here is the sniped if the new Sun-Times owners have moved the archives.

www.suntimes.com/entertainment/zwecker/8809873-452/shedding-her-skin.html



Holland is in town and you must catch her performance!

THE PRE-BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT of  ANN




WITH EMMY® AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS
HOLLAND TAYLOR


Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce ANN, with actress Holland Taylor
(from Two and a Half Men), is coming to the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe Street) for a limited three-week engagement, Nov. 13- Dec. 4, 2011. 

ANN, a new play written and performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor, is a no holds barred look at the astonishing Governor of the Lone Star State Ann Richards.  Directed by Benjamin Klein, with scenic design by Michael Fagin, lighting design by Matthew Richards, projection design by Zachary Borovay, sound design by Ken Huncovsky and wig design by Paul Huntley, ANN is produced by Bob Boyett.

Tickets start at $20 and are on-sale now. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.


The performance schedule for ANN is as follows:

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
                    Please note: performance schedule and prices are subject to change.

For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.




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