Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Perfect camera....

The perfect camera is one you swear by,not swear at!
-Linda Matlow Feb 8,2012 5:15pm

WARHORSE coming to Chicago December 2012

-Time Magazine

The National Theatre’s epic WAR HORSE, winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play, will come to Chicago this December for a limited three-week engagement from
Dec. 18, 2012 – Jan. 5, 2013 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre ( 151 W. Randolph St .).
Michael Morpurgo’s novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which has garnered six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” WAR HORSE is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.
The tour of WAR HORSE, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, will be directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony® Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony® Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.
The tour will rehearse and preview at Boise State University ’s Morrison Center in Idaho before beginning performances at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles , June 13 - July 22, 2012. Planned tour stops for the 2012-2013 season include San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, East Lansing, Tampa and several others to be announced at a later date.
WAR HORSE received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from in 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End ’s New London Theatre in Spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run. WAR HORSE has been seen by almost 2 million people worldwide.
The lead producers of the National Tour of WAR HORSE are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.
Lincoln Center Theater and the National Theatre of Great Britain in association with Bob Boyett, are the producers of the American premiere of WAR HORSE, which opened April 14 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater where it is currently playing an open-ended run. Future productions of WAR HORSE are planned for Australia and South Africa , as well as a UK Tour.
Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  WAR HORSE is part of the 2012 Fall Season.  Tickets begin at $30. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date.  
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Fear No Art Chicago, The Dinner Party February 27th

Fear No ART Chicago

presents the February 27th
Elysabeth Alfano

Guests (Feb. 27) soul singer J.C. Brooks
, Second City director and Uptown Sound member, Billy Bungeroth
, Luna Negra choreographer, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano
, Dinner Party chef Anthony Martin
of Tru Restaurant
. Opening act: performance painter, Stacy Bowie
. Tickets $18 incluing tastings. Buy tickets here
, photographer SANDRO
, MCA Curator, Naomi Beckwith
and Dinner Party Chef Matt Troost of Three Aces,
the newest rave of Check, Please!
Did you miss the January 30th show? Here is a clip of Jon Langford and Tony Fitzpatrick explaining how they met and got kicked out of Graceland.

Elysabeth Alfano

Join host Elysabeth Alfano at the Mayne Stage Theatre the last Monday of every month for a live filming of THE DINNER PARTY
, a completely new and different kind of show. Alfano invites 3 artists and a celebrity chef to join in food, art, wine and conversation during this 1 hour show, which also streams live on the internet. Can't make the Mayne Stage? Watch THE DINNER PARTY
live on
and tweet in (and win prizes) to be a part of this fantastic new multi-dimensional show.
When: Last Monday of every month
Where & What: Live dinner, conversation, performances at the Mayne Stage Theatre
and streaming live on
including food sampling), or free on-line viewing. Call the box office in the early evenings to avoid ticket fees.
Mayne Stage: Doors open at 6:30. Starts at 7PM. No late seating. Dinner Sampling at 8:45 pm
Filming: Streaming On-line on
starts at 7:30 pm CST.
More Information, click on Fear No ART presents THE DINNER PARTY
The Dinner Party would like to thank TRU Restaurant
, its media partner, Chicago Gallery News
, Dessin Fournir
, design corporation PC Cannon Frank
, and its sponsors, L.H. Selman Gallery
of Fine Glass Paperweights, Disaster Planning & Response Art Rescue
and Le Cordon Bleu ®
Le Cordon Bleu® and the Le Cordon Bleu logo are registered trademarks of Career Education Corporation.
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Monday, February 06, 2012



Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that Emerald City Theatre’s 2010 hit PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL continues to stay pretty in pink and celebrates that “Pink Is Love” for exclusive performances on Valentine’s Day Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 and Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St). Individual tickets are on sale now.
Patrons can walk the “pink carpet” on Valentine’s Day Weekend at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and enjoy chocolate Valentine treats prior to the performances.
Chris Jones with the Chicago Tribune exclaims, “…Ernie Nolan’s well-paced production is sassy and on target.” Hedy Weiss with the Chicago Sun-Times says, “Gregor’s score is a zestful pastiche that ranges from jazzy blues and quasi-operatic numbers to half-time pom-pom-shaking cheers. And Ernie Nolan’s lively direction and choreography…make the most of it.” Phil Potempa with the Northwest Indiana Times raves, ““…this storybook-brought-to-life adventure combines just the right amount of music and comedy with themes that audiences of every age can learn from.”
When Pinkalicious Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of “Pinkititis” and turns pink from head to toe!  Will her broccoli-eating brother be able to help cure her before it’s too late?  Find out in the colorful musical adventure, remounted from Emerald City Theatre’s sold out production at their Chicago home at The Apollo Theater. This heartwarming musical’s Gateway Theme of healthy eating is sure to strike a chord among parents and picky eaters alike.  Emerald City ’s Gateway Themes are a topic of conversation adults can have with their early-learner.  Education and Artistic staff create materials in the playbill to provide support for adults. All performances will include an age appropriate pre-show activity in the lobby and an autograph session with the cast after the performance.
PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL is a Midwest premiere directed and choreographed by Ernie Nolan, with a book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music and lyrics by John Gregor.  Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann are co-authors of the New York Times best-selling children ' s picture books Pinkalicious (HarperCollins, 2006), Purplicious (HarperCollins, 2007), Goldicious (HarperCollins, 2009) and Silverlicious (HarperCollins, 2011) also illustrated by Victoria Kann.  Elizabeth and Victoria are sisters who grew up in Brooklyn , New York . Victoria ' s award-winning artwork has graced the covers and pages of many magazines, newspapers and books. Elizabeth ' s writing has appeared in a variety of newspaper and print publications.
Individual tickets for PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL are on sale now and range in price from $16-$22. Exclusive Ticket Discount: 6 tickets for $99!* Use code WINTER When Ordering. *Valid on February 4-February 26 performances.  Offer ends Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:59pm. Not valid with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability. Normal ticketing fees apply. Other restrictions may apply.
A select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St.,151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations(including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at For groups of 15 or more, call (312) 977-1710. Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount on most shows by calling (312) 977-1710.  Gift certificates, which can be redeemed for any production or for season ticket packages, can be obtained at Broadway In Chicago box offices, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 775-2000. Performance schedule varies – for information, visit 

About Emerald City Theatre
Emerald City Theatre is one Chicago 's most attended non-profit theaters with an annual attendance of nearly 80,000 between its performance home at Apollo Theater and regional tours. Emerald City serves as a Child's Gateway to the Arts, inspiring early learners through play. Emerald City is proud to be the home of 28 world premiere productions. Emerald City employs nearly 100 of Chicago 's top artistic and teaching talent to bring magical, interactive productions and programs that entertain children and their grown-ups in all parts of Chicagoland. The company's year-round programming includes live productions at the Apollo Theater and other venues, theater class offerings, summer theater camps, an extensive touring program, and an annual Celebrate Reading literacy initiative. Emerald City continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Executive Director Karen Cardarelli, Producing Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, and a twenty-member Board of Directors.  Emerald City is a non-profit company, supported by The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture, Katten, KPMG, Chicago Community Trust, Illinois Arts Council, City Arts, Deloitte, Winston & Strawn, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information on the Emerald City Theatre, please visit

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