Saturday, March 31, 2012


Stellar Entertainment Group presents a film by Flagday Productions:
  I’m Your Captain – The Mark Farner Story


A Compelling, Personal Portrait of an American Rock Legend; His Persistent Commitment to His Artistry and His Unyielding Belief That His Child Will Overcome Tragedy.

Flagday Productions has announced that production has begun on a documentary that will chronicle the life, successes and struggles of seminal rock & roll icon Mark Farner; an undeniable American rock star and founding member of the legendary band Grand Funk Railroad. Farner, who wrote the majority of the music and performed some of the most-ubiquitous radio hits of the past four decades, continues to perform worldwide.

The film project, dubbed “I’m Your Captain – The Mark Farner Story”, is inspired by the life of a man who ascended the highest pinnacle of stardom in his early 20’s, dominated the international music scene for 10 years, became a passionate advocate for Native American issues, military veterans, and the rights of American workers, and along the way became a husband (married 34 years), inventor and devoted father.

Breaking the Beatles record, in 1971, for the fastest ticket sell-out at NY’s historic Shea Stadium (72 hours) , Mark Farner and Grand Funk Railroad sold millions of albums, releasing 13 albums between 1969 and 1983, and recording huge hits like “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)”, “The Loco-Motion”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Bad Time”, “Heartbreaker” “Foot Stompin’ Music” and “We’re an American Band.”

In 2010, Farner’s youngest son, Jesse, became quadriplegic in a tragic summer accident. That instant refocused Farner’s boundless passion and energy to ignite his music career, and along with wife Lesia, has launched a crusade to care and provide for his son. This touching and ironic twist in the life of a man who’s had almost everything gives dramatic perspective and depth to the film and transforms what could have been just another Rock & Roll retrospective into a rich exploration of circumstances that any of us may encounter in life.
Award-winning film maker and director, Vincent Straggas, will weave Farner’s story using archival and new performance footage, interviews with Farner, his family, friends, former band mates and others, along with cinema verite footage of the Farner’s as they manage their day-to-day lives both at home and on the road.

“This is a rich story - this is not your typical rockumentary”, Straggas stresses, “I didn’t want to produce that kind of movie. This is a story about a man that has many layers. Once I heard Mark’s story I knew I had to make this film. It’s about his family, and his fans and the people he touches all over the world. I think a lot of people are
going to be surprised and inspired by this film. Mark proves that passion is ageless, the director wagers, put any kid up against him and my money’s on Mark.”

Release details will be forthcoming, but a September 2013 date has been tentatively set to commemorate Farner’s 65th birthday and over 40 years as a professional musician. “I’m Your Captain – The Mark Farner Story” will be a feature length film and released theatrically, showing at film festivals worldwide prior to airing on PBS nationwide.

Flagday Productions is welcoming individuals who would like to invest in the production of this film. Contributors may provide funding through a variety of pledge levels in exchange for “perks”, including signed memorabilia, concert tickets, rock n’ roll gear, personal visits with the star, and other unique swag made here in the USA. Investors are welcome and may request special terms.

Those interested should contact Executive Producer Joanne Codi, of Stellar Entertainment Group, at 781.526.4252, or email:, or alternatively visit the film’s indiegogo fundraising website established for that purpose.

For further information contact Director Vincent Straggas, at Flagday Productions, (781) 760-2468,, or visit the film’s website:
For more information on Mark Farner visit: Go to Media link.

Terry Knight & the Pack, 1966
On Time, 1969
Grand Funk, 1969
Grand Funk Live Album, 1970
Closer To Home, 1970 Survival, 1971
E Pluribus Funk, 1971
Phoenix, 1972 – Capitol
Mark, Don & Mel, 1972
Funk Off: Mark, Don, & Terry, 1966-67 - 1972
We’re An American Band, 1973
Shinin’ On, 1974
Monumental Funk, 1974
All The Girls In The World Beware, 1974
Caught In The Act, 1975
Grand Funk Hits, 1976
Good Singin’, Good Playin’, 1976
Born To Die, 1976
Mark Farner, 1977
No Frills, 1978 Grand Funk Lives, 1981
What’s Funk?, 1983
Great!, 1987
Just Another Injustice, 1988
Wake Up, 1989
Capitol Collection Series, 1991
Some Kinda Wonderful, 1991
Closer To Home, 1992
Heavy Hitters, 1992
Bosnia, 1997
Thirty Years of Funk, 1999
Heirlooms, 2000
Trunk Of Funk, 2002
The Pack Anthology, 2002
Red, White & Blue Forever, 2002
Live: The 1971 Tour, 2002
Classic Masters, 2002
Mark Farner: The Complete Atlantic Sessions, 2003
Live!! Nr’G, 2003
For The People, 2006
Extended Versions, 2006
GFR Greatest Hits, 2006

Friday, March 30, 2012

48th Hugo Television Awards honoring Kelsey Grammer and Optimus

48 Hugos invite 2
 For event details and to purchase tickets, visit our website

Chicago International Film Festival
30 E. Adams St., Suite 800
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Chicago Jazz Ensemble Upcoming events!


We are gearing up for our last concert of the season next Friday night and looking forward to welcoming Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez
to Chicago. More and more details have come in from Artistic Director Dana Hall and a really intriguing program is taking shape! We'll be exploring the intersection of music and the spoken and written word by looking at some of the literary movements that were informed by jazz and the Blues - the Harlem Renaissance of the 20s and 30s, the Beat Generation of the 50s, and the Black Arts Movement of the 60s and 70s. We'll look at the ways poets and novelists throughout the 20th century have used the forms, flow, and feeling of jazz in their works, as well as the ways jazz musicians have been inspired and influenced by literature, poetry, and spoken word to create their aural art.
This show is part of our Small Ensemble Concert series, featuring smaller groupings of musicians on the stage of the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. We hope you'll join us as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble concludes a memorable season of performances.


Buy tickets early for the best seating!
Please note we can only accept cash/check at this venue on the day of the show. Buy tickets in advance if you'd like to pay by credit card.

The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media is proud to partner with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble for this concert program.
Catch Wycliffe Gordon next Saturday    
Saturday, April 7  
Sulzer Regional Library 
12-1:30 pm 
The amazing trombonist, composer, and internationally renowned educator Wycliffe Gordon
presents a FREE Listening Session focusing on the life and work of Louis Armstrong. Gordon has been appointed Artist In Residence for the 2012 Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration
, the CJE's signature education program in the Chicago Public Schools. In September Gordon released Hello Pops!
, a tribute album to Armstrong, his favorite artist and a significant musical influence.   Photo by Judy Kirtley 


Our February concert photos are here!  
We got the photos back from our Charlie Parker show with Miguel Zenon
on February 24 and have been reminiscing about that magical night. Follow the link enjoy Tim Klein's beautiful photography for yourself on the CJE's Flickr page.


Yours in music,

Photo by Tim Klein

Tickets for our Friday, April 6 Jazz and Literature
Small Ensemble Concert are $25 and available exclusively through Brown Paper Tickets
(800-838-3006). Student tickets are $5 with valid ID and may be purchased by phone, online, or at the door.


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10:00 PM  18+ $10.00 
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7:30 PM  All Ages $12.00 ($14.00 Door)
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8:00 PM  21+ $8.00 
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8:00 PM  21+ $8.00 ($10.00 Door)
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10:00 PM  18+ $12.00 
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10:00 PM  21+ $12.00 ($14.00 Door)
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10:00 PM  21+ $15.00 
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10:00 PM  21+ $12.00 
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8:00 PM  21+ $14.00 
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9:00 PM  18+ $15.00 ($17.00 Door)
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10:00 PM  21+ $8.00 ($10.00 Door)
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8:00 PM  21+ $10.00 ($12.00 Door)
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8:00 PM  18+ $10.00 
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9:00 PM  21+ $8.00 ($10.00 Door)
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8:00 PM  21+ $10.00 ($12.00 Door)
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8:00 PM  21+ $20.00 
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10:00 PM  18+ $12.00 ($14.00 Door)
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4:00 PM  All Ages $10.00 
Jun. Sat. 2
4:00 PM  All Ages $10.00 
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9:00 PM  21+ $12.00 
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9:00 PM  21+ $10.00 
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10:00 PM  21+ $12.00 ($14.00 Door)
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7:00 PM  21+ $10.00 ($12.00 Door)
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Jun. Tue. 19
10:00 PM  21+ $15.00 
Jun. Fri. 29
10:00 PM  18+ $12.00 ($14.00 Door)
Jul. Fri. 6
10:00 PM  21+ $14.00 
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8:00 PM  18+ $14.00 
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Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime

Advance tickets guarantee entry to the show. All tickets are general admission only and DO NOT guarantee seating. For the best seats/position in the music room please arrive 30 minutes prior to show time.


Buy tickets in advance at and make night of show reservations at Schubas' Harmony Grill to receive a free mini-mac with your meal. Limit one per table.


Reserve your party in Schubas' private upstairs room. Call Terri at 773.525.2508 x16 or e-mail for more info.


Do you like a free concert now and then? How 'bout a nice square meal? We are looking for motivated street teamers to distribute calendars and show posters on a bi-monthly basis throughout Chicago. The perks - admission to Schubas shows and free meals from the Harmony Grill. Contact for more info.


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