Thursday, February 02, 2012

Jennifer Aniston Buys a Sleek $21 Million Home - Celebrity Home News

Jennifer Aniston is shelling out $21 million for a magnificent California Modern dwelling in the hills of Bel Air. With an original listing price of $24.9 million, it seems that the real estate juggling actress got quite the bargain on the mid-century mod designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, sources say. Built in 1965, the completely remodeled 8,500-square-foot property features the quintessential modernist features; post-and-beam architecture with flowing lines and symmetry, vast interior spaces and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass open the home to ocean and city views. Besides the home, Aniston’s new private estate includes a tranquil koi pond and garden, pool and a detached guest house, while the rear of the property is lined with rows of grapevines.

Chicago Cultural Center Newsletter February 2012

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February 2012 

This month, the Cultural Center is pleased to welcome the return of some our popular Monday noontime concerts. On February 6, the Chicago Chamber Musicians present their monthly "First Monday" performance. And on February 27, the fourth Monday of the month, the Musicians Club of Women present their "Award WInners in Concert" series.  These respective concerts will continue monthly  on the first and fourth Mondays. 

This month also features a Sunday Salon event, and of course the ongoing Dame Myra Hess Memorial concerts on Wednesdays. The gorgeous rooms of the Cultural Center will be filled with  exquisite music in February!  
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Through July 8, 2012  
 Richard Harris
 A deadly obsession takes hold of the Chicago Cultural Center this winter with the arrival of one of its largest exhibitions to date, Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection. 
This exhibition  showcases nearly 1,000 works that explore the iconography of death across a variety of artistic, cultural and spiritual practices from 2000 B.C.E. to the present day.

Richard Harris, a resident of Riverwoods, Il. who has been an art collector for 40 years, has gathered his provocative collection from all corners of the world.

Related Lectures

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more than a month
ITVS Chicago Community Screening:
Saturday, February 18, 2pm 

Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a cross-country  campaign to end
Black History Month. Through this thoughtful and humorous journey, he explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America. 
ITVS Community Cinema features monthly screenings from the Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens.

for more Films.
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Death as an Occasion for Wonder:  
February 9, 6pm   

Author and minister Dr. Martin E. Marty joins Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, in a dialogue about what faith and literature have to say about the wonder of death, and of addresses to it. This discussion is in conjunction with the exhibition Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection.
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 312.742.TIXS (8497) or click here.
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MUSIC   flutegirl
The Chicago Consortium of
Community Music Schools
Winter Concert
Sunday, February 12, 3pm

 The popular Sunday Salon series returns this month with  
a concert by the talented students and faculty of  Chicago-area community music schools. Hear performances by members of the Consortium including:  
  • Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
  • DePaul Community Music Division
  • Hyde Park Suzuki Institute 
  • Merit School of Music
  • Midwest Young Artists       
  • Northwestern Music Academy
  • Old Town School of Folk Music
  • People's Music School
  • Music Institute of Chicago
  • Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago
  • Ravinia Lawndale Community Music Conservatory   
for more Music events
THEATER  blair thomas
Presented by Blair Thomas & Company
Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm
Blair Thomas, Chicago's most acclaimed puppet master, presents a wonderful trio of interconnected solo shows relating to death and mortality, in conjunction with the exhibition Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection.
The Puppet Show of Don Cristobal - Based on the bawdy script by Federico Garcia Lorca, this play  is a humorous retelling of the traditional trickster Cristobal's wooing and marriage to the delectable Dona Rosita.

 St. James InfirmaryFaced with the death of his lover, we watch a man dance away his grief.  

The Blackbird
- based on Wallace Stevens's poem  "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" -  Doubt inexplicitly finds its way in-between the love of a man and a woman. 
This show is appropriate for audiences 13 and up. Admission is free but reservations are highly recommended. Call 312.742.TIXS (8497).

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In This Issue
Visual Arts
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Presented by 
Vitalist Theatre  
Through February 19   
Vitalist Theatre
Kōbō Abe's
rarely-produced 1957 epic play examines the impact of war upon a culture and a nation.  

Set in the ruins of post-World War II Japan, at a moment in history when the nation was forced to redefine itself as a country, the play uses original music, stylized song and dance, and a multicultural cast to bring Abe's story to life with a "Tokyo boogie woogie" beat. As Japan's people reinvent themselves in the midst of monumental challenges, The Ghost is Here echoes in modern day America.

Tickets: $25 for general admission; $15 for students, seniors, and low-income attendees.   
Written by Tony Meneses 
Directed by Juan Castañeda
February 29 - April 1, 2012
hermanas padilla 
An award-winning work by emerging New York playwright Tony Meneses, Las Hermanas Padilla is a poetic, humorous, and fantastical vision of ten sisters-in-law who, while the world is at war, find solace, despair, humor, and grace in their unexpected sisterhood.
Chicago Fusion Theatre explores their journey through storyboards and snapshots of the sisters as they discover their own paths, test the limits of their strength, and find the true meaning of family.
Tickets: $25 for general admission; $15 for seniors and students; $15 for preview (2/29)  
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Join in the celebration of Chicago's 175th Birthday on March 4, 2012 with "175 Ways to Love Chicago", the city's blog featuring notable Chicagoans' Windy City favorites. Every day until March 4, see notable locals' unique perspectives on what they love most about this city.   

often to see what's best about Chicago!  
Show off your neighborhood pride and meet people from all over the world by volunteering for the Chicago Greeter program!     
its a free, informal service in which locals introduce visitors to their favorite Chicago neighborhoods or highlight a special interest.  
Becoming a Chicago Greeter requires no professional experience - just a passion for the city and a desire to share it with visitors.     
To learn more about the program and becoming a greeter, watch the video below, then visit
  On the Block - Chicago Greeter
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Kohl’s is honoring more than 2,200 youth, ages six to 18, who have made a positive impact on their communities with more than $420,000 in scholarships and prizes; top winners receive $10,000 each
 The Kohl’s Department Stores
(NYSE: KSS) Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program
will award more than $420,000 in scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships, to more than 2,200 young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted February 1 – March 15 at
. Kohl’s is helping promising youth further their education at a time when college tuition continues to increase yearly – a challenge to many American families who face high unemployment and stagnant incomes.*
 “Through the Kohl’s Cares®  Scholarship Program, Kohl’s recognizes young volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and passion to helping others and bettering the communities we live in,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “During a time of economic uncertainty and high tuition costs, it’s important to support extraordinary kids by investing in their future. We encourage parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding young volunteers at
To nominate volunteers ages six to 18 for a Kohl’s Cares scholarship, visit
. Nominations are accepted February 1 through March 15, and nominators must be 21 years or older. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and more than 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.  
Through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s aims to honor young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 15,000 kids with more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes. In 2012, Kohl’s celebrates its 12th year of rewarding young volunteers.
In 2011, Kohl’s honored national winner Sarah Kladar, 12, who sold approximately 5,000 dishtowels and with the nearly $50,000 raised, helped financially-burdened families pay for surgery-related expenses that were not covered by insurance. Regional winner Jaimus Ready, 8, was recognized for assembling and sending more than 350 care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan filled with candy, clothing and homemade cards from local school children.
The Kohl’s Caresâ Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Caresâ, Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children. Kohl’s Caresâ benefits children’s health and education initiatives nationwide through its merchandise program, featuring special books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s initiatives; fundraising gift cards for schools and youth serving organizations and the Associates in Action associate volunteer program. For more information or a list of past Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program winners, visit
About Kohl’s Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,127 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $180 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit
*Justin Pope. “College Prices Up Again As States Slash Budgets.” The Associated Press. 2011.

CAR Artsflash eNews | February 2012

February 2012
2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Town Hall Meetings
The City of Chicago is launching a new initiative to develop the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. The plan will create an outline for Chicago’s future cultural and economic growth as the centerpiece for the City’s goal to become a global destination for creativity, innovation, and excellence in the arts. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is seeking input from Chicago’s citizens, cultural organizations, and city and community groups regarding the direction of our arts, cultural, and creative industries as it affects them and their quality of life. Public engagement will play a key role. Chicagoans from all walks will be actively involved in shaping the plan and can submit their ideas through social media, town hall meetings, and public forums. Learn more

Upcoming At Work Forums
At Work Forums are panels and presentations on a wide range of topics of professional concern for Chicago creatives. They're free to the public. Don't miss this month's forum:
> Feb. 13: Taxes, Accounting, and Recordkeeping

| Paul Natkin (Chicago Music Commission) speaks with Edward W. Gjertsen II, CFP
, about how to keep records to facilitate filing your tax returns. Image licensed Creative Commons, by Flickr user 401K
Featured Opportunities
> 2012 Small Business Online Marketing Contest | The Chicago City Treasurer's Office is launching a contest to recognize excellence in online marketing. Chicago businesses and organizations are encouraged to submit their marketing campaigns. Deadline: February 29. More info.
> Illinois Arts Council Program Grants for Organizations | Apply for a Fiscal Year 2013 grant to receive artistic and operational support. More info.

Save the Date(s)! Creative Chicago Expo | March 23 & 24
The 9th annual Creative Chicago Expo connects artists, creative businesses, and organizations with information, resource, and best practices across disciplines. Last year, more than 5,000 creative practitioners connected with 140 local, national, and international vendors; participated in dozens of free workshops; and networked across Chicago’s diverse arts communities. The 2012 Expo is expanding to two days: Friday, March 23, for organizations: Saturday, March 24, for individuals. The free event is held at the Chicago Cultural Center. Save the date(s) and stay tuned for more info.
Artist Stories
> Multi: Rebeca Mojica
Rebeca Mojica, chainmaille artist and founder, Blue Buddha Boutique.
Rebeca Mojica, chainmaille artist and founder, Blue Buddha Boutique.
Surviving an I.R.S. Audit
The words “audit” and “IRS” can strike terror in the hearts of many Americans, individuals and business owners alike. It’s hard not to have visions of a monstrous institution filled with agents dressed like characters in a Dick Tracy comic, waiting in rooms with interrogation lamps and you with your box of crumpled receipts. The reality however, is that if you’re being audited, you’re not up against a big headless institution. Ultimately, you’re going to be dealing with one person. More...

> Dance | Sarah Best
Sarah Best, Dance Films Kino.
Sarah Best, Dance Films Kino.
Dance Films Kino: Making My Own Path
My first goal for Dance Films Kino is to show movies in a place that feels like someone’s home, so that people are a little more willing to give something they’ve never seen before a try. My second goal is to bring together all kinds of artists, writers, musicians, dance makers, and filmmakers to create a lot of different points of access into the work. My third aim is to invite people to help create the space by imagining what it would be like to be a part of an underground society...


> Theater | Henry Godinez
Henry Godinez. Photo by Brian Kuhlmann.
Henry Godinez. Photo by Brian Kuhlmann.

Making the Most of Theatre Collaborations

In those early days, and even now, Teatro Vista was itinerant, so we actually sought out collaborations with other organizations—selfishly, in one way, for space and support, but also artistically, because it was part of our mission. It was part of what we were setting out to do: to bridge audiences and bridge cultural gaps with the intention of creating new audiences—Latino audiences specifically, but also non-Latino. We initially collaborated with the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum and they were quite supportive of us. More...
> Visual | Elaine Luther
"Society of Mothers..." by Elaine Luther, 2006. Fine silver, sterling silver, ribbon.
"Society of Mothers..." by Elaine Luther, 2006. Fine silver, sterling silver, ribbon.
How do you select which opportunities to apply for and which ones to ignore?

A friend asked me the other day how I’ve managed to get into so many shows lately. Here’s the quick answer: I quit Facebook. I apply to a lot of shows. I’m applying to a wider variety shows, not just shows for fine crafts.

Years ago, felter and author Pat Spark said in an online forum that she applied to 24 shows a year to get into the number that was her goal. So I’ve always held that in my mind as a goal number. More...
Opportunities | Calls & Jobs
> New Calls for Artists on CAR

Feb 3:
Request for Proposals: After School Matters Program Providers

March 15: Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Program Grants from the Illinois Arts Council

Feb 6: Casting Call: Female and Male Dancers

Feb 29: Open Call for Work: Dance Films Kino's "Dance Film Slam"

Feb 15: Submit to Clare Literary Magazine

Feb 15: The Saranac Review Welcomes Submissions for Issue #8

Feb 29: PostPoetry Magazine - Call for Political and Social Critic Submissions

Feb 19: Auditions: Lakeside Pride Symphony Orchestra

Live Music Blog Seeks Submissions

Feb 15: Multicultural Fellowships & Summer Internships - Steppenwolf

Playwrights - Interrobang Theatre Project

VISUAL: Feb 6: Parkland Art Gallery Seek Proposals

Feb 15:
Artist Residency: Contemporary Artists Center, Woodside

Feb 27:
Request for Proposals - Ronan Park Temporary Sculpture Installation

More Calls

> New Jobs on CAR
DANCE:Dance Instructor - Ballroom Dance Chicago
Executive Director - ZviDance

Asst. Professor, Modern Dance Department - University of Utah

Adjunct Faculty, English Composition - College of Lake County

Web Editor - The Chicago Reporter

Assistant Copy Editor - Paladin


Artistic and Production Assistant - Grant Park Orchestral Association

Music Library Assistant - Grant Park Orchestral Associatio n

Project Coordinator - Now is the Time

THEATER:AEA Stage Manager - Motherhood The Musical
Scenic & Props Artist/Director - Genesis Ensemble

Chicago Company Manager - Freud's Last Session


Executive Director - Western New York Book Arts Center

Auction Specialist - Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Teaching Artists
- Arts For All, Inc.

More Jobs

Around Town | Workshops, Events, Spaces
> Workshops > Organizational/Professional Development
Feb 4: Finding Funding for Creative Projects
- Chicago Artists' Coalition
Feb 15:
Teaching Artists and the Future of Education
- Cultural Policy Center
Feb 22: Online Marketing & Social Media Training
- Chicago Cultural Center

More Workshops

> Events > Programs, Talks & Creative Development

Feb 1, 8, 15, 22:
Butoh Movement Workshop: Fragility and Power

Feb 6: Cultural Mapping: Politics, Poetics, Policy

Feb 23:
Charette for Bronzeville Artist Lofts
Feb 23: Creative Placemaking: How, Why, Outcomes

DANCE:Feb 2–12: This is A DAMAGE MANUAL by BONEdanse

Feb 3 & 4:
10 Years of WAR - Fighting for a Dream!

Feb 6:
Difficult Conversations: The Secret to Great Collaborations
Beginning Feb 9: Afro-Haitian Dance Classes

Feb 4:
Anobium: Volume 2 Release Party (w/ The Canoes)
Feb 11: Conference: DIY Publishing in the Digital Age
Feb 20: Essay Fiesta

Feb 17: Music Institute: Menahem Pressler Master Classes

Feb 26:
Concert: A Feast of Songs
Feb 26: Performance by David Grubbs and Susan Howe: "Frolic Architecture"

Feb 4 & 18:
Saturday Workshop Series in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28:
Scene Study Class


Feb 16: Marina Abramovic: A Lecture on Performance and Its Future

Feb 16:
Artist Talk: Emily Pilloton

Feb 18
: Metalwork by Elaine Luther
More Events

> Spaces
Northern Suburbs Studio Space
(Jefferson Park)
ARCC Theatre, Dance and Event Space
(Lincoln Park)
Equipped Woodworking/Sculpture Studio to Share
(Garfield Park)
Participate in a planning charette at the Cultural Center for the Bronzeville Artist Lofts


More Spaces

Chicago Arts Service Providers
> Key organizations that provide assistance to artists & arts groups

The Actors Fund

African American Arts Alliance
Arts Alliance Illinois
Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Audience Architects
Chicago Artists' Coalition
Chicago Cabaret Professionals
Chicago Classical
Chicago Composers' Consortium
Chicago Cultural Alliance
Chicago DanceMakers Forum
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
Chicago Filmmakers
Chicago Music Commission
Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture
Executive Service Corps
Guild Literary Complex
Illinois Arts Council
Independent Feature Project
Lawyers for the Creative Arts
League of Chicago Theatres
Links Hall
The Recording Academy - Chicago Chapter
UIC Health in the Arts Program
Find more in the newly updated 2012 Chicago Arts Service Directory...

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