Saturday, May 12, 2012

GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame
  Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Dallas Holm, The Hoppers, Love Song and Rex Humbard Announced as GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees

  The GMA Foundation (GMAF) has announced that it will induct Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Dallas Holm, The Hoppers, Love Song and Rex Humbard into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
"The diverse talents represented in this years class of inductees have impacted millions of people around the world. It is an honor to induct these individuals" said Charles Dorris, Chairman, GMA Foundation.
The GMA Foundation (GMAF) will induct the honorees into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Trinity Music City Auditorium in Hendersonville, TN at 6:00 PM. Admission is free to the public.
The GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, established in 1971, has inducted more than 150 members since its inception. Previous inductees include Johnny Cash, DeGarmo & Key, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Amy Grant, the Statler Brothers, the Winans, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Andrae Crouch, Sandi Patty, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Andrae Crouch & the Disciples, Vestal Goodman, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shirley Caesar, The Oak Ridge Boys, the Blackwood Brothers, Petra, Bill and Gloria Gaither, the Happy Goodman Family, Larry Norman, George Beverly Shea, Albertina Walker, Pat Boone, Dottie Rambo, Evie, Larry Norman, Richard Smallwood, Jake Hess, The Lewis Family, Cliff Barrows, Thomas A. Dorsey, the Cathedral Quartet, the Fairfield Four, Billy Graham and the Jordanaires. The GMAF is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of gospel music and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to gospel music. A full list of GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees is available at web site here

Although born in soul's capitol city, Memphis. The Franklin family soon moved to Detroit, MI, where her father, Baptist minister Reverend C. L. Franklin, soon became one of the most revered public figures in black America. During her late preteens, Franklin was regularly singing solo numbers in her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church. She grew up with local and national celebrities visiting in her family home, including gospel greats Albertina Walker and her group The Caravans, Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, three women who played a pivotal role in her vocal development.
In 1972, she released the gospel album Amazing Grace. The album eventually became her biggest-selling release ever, selling over two million copies and becoming the best-selling gospel album of all time. In 1987 she again returned to her gospel roots with the album, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, which though it did not repeat the success of Amazing Grace despite a powerful rendition of "Oh Happy Day", featuring Mavis Staples, but did reach the Top 10 of Billboard's gospel chart.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked her atop its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time as well as the ninth greatest artist of all time. She has won 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. She has 20 #1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Respect" (1967) and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (1987), Since 1961, she has scored a total of 45 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She also has the most million-selling singles of any female artist. Between 1967 and 1982 she had 10 #1 R&B albums—more than any other female artist. In 1987, Aretha became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was the only featured singer at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
Dallas has earned his influence in today’s Christian music throughout more than 40 years of writing, singing and ministry in some 4,000 concerts in every state in the USA as well as many countries abroad.  His 38 recordings have garnered gold records, multiple Dove awards, Grammy nominations, number one songs, and countless accolades. 
Artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris and Greg Long of Avalon all make reference to Holm’s significant impact on their lives and ministries.  Holm can be seen on several of the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos.  On one video Gaither introduces Dallas by saying, “This is one of the nicest guys in our entire industry.”  This broad appeal and respect by peers has undoubtedly been one of the reasons for Holm’s amazing longevity and relevance. They became the first Contemporary Christian band to receive an RIAA certified Gold Album for Dallas Holm and Praise LIVE. 
The Hoppers GMA Gospel Music Hall of FameTHE HOPPERS
Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers have been singing to global audiences for over 55 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms.  They have performed throughout the United States as well as in Israel, Europe and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land at the top of the BILLBOARD sales charts and The Singing News radio charts.
Comprised today of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper, The Hoppers were formed in 1957 in the rural-farm town of Madison, NC, and have grown continuously for decades, touching countless lives around the world. A cancer survivor, Connie has been honored with the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award, in addition to numerous industry and fan honors; and she has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Sons Dean and Mike have continued the family legacy with their musical talents and business abilities; and Kim, Dean's wife, hails from her own nationally acclaimed musical family, The Greenes. She is noted for the excitement she brings to any live performance, and her unmistakable, rafter-ringing soprano vocals have taken The Hoppers to new heights for many years.
In 1932, Rex Humbard did his first radio program on KTHS Radio, Hot Springs, Arkansas; at the age of 13. His father, Alpha Rex Emanuel Humbard, ran an orphanage and church in downtown Hot Springs. In the midst of the Great Depression, church attendance was poor and offerings for the orphanage suffered greatly. Rex did his radio program every week, singing, playing his guitar and telling the listeners about his father’s church. One year later the seats were full to capacity and the orphans had a new lease on life. From that time forward, Rex Humbard realized the power of the media and the importance of the “life changing” message contained in gospel music.
From 1945 through 1952 (during the war years), Rex and his wife, Maude Aimee, traveled to every section of the USA and Canada conducting tent crusade meetings. In each of these cities they purchased radio time and appeared daily singing gospel music and promoting the tent crusades. In 1949, Rex did his first TV show in Indianapolis, Indiana on the local CBS station. Once again, gospel music was the center piece of the program.
The Rex Humbard Ministry program ran from 1952 to 1985. In the early 1970’s, Time Magazine did a feature story on Rex Humbard and coined the phrase “tele-evangelist” to describe Rex. In 1999, Rex was named as “one of the 25 shapers of the 20th century” by US News and World Report because of his visionary use of the media to promote his message of hope, love and salvation. One of the most vital parts of his ministry was gospel music.
In the early 70's, during the beginnings of what became known as the "Jesus Movement," a group of young, longhaired, "hippie" musicians called LOVE SONG began to use their music to express their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. A mixture of rock and pop, LOVE SONG's music was entirely new and unique for the Christian music world.
The music was fresh, sometimes radical, and yet truly inspirational for a generation of young people searching for truth. It helped blaze the path for what we know today as Contemporary Christian Music. They flourished amidst the swirl of national media attention from top record labels and interviews with magazines including ROLLING STONE. God used them in a powerful way to bring many people to Himself. “In a world of imitators, Love Song has been an originator, the first domino that started the others going”
Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Dove Awards winner, Ricky Skaggs, is affectionately known as one of bluegrass music’s most recognized ambassadors. Singing comes naturally to Skaggs, and singing Gospel songs even more so.  At the tender age of 3, he began by harmonizing with his mother as she sang Gospel songs.  He began to perform in his church, singing with his parents there.  His illustrious path to stardom has always included Gospel songs, as he loves to sing about Jesus and His love for all of us.
From there, Skaggs went on to put his own stamp on the mainstream country and bluegrass formats, resulting in twelve #1 hits, eight Country Music Association Awards and eight Academy of Country Music Awards. 1997 marked Ricky Skaggs’ triumphant return to bluegrass and the establishment of his own Skaggs Family Records label, which has gone on to break new sales records in the genre. Now in his 40th year as a professional musician, he continues to record and tour with his band Kentucky Thunder as one of music’s most sought after live performers.

Friday, May 11, 2012



A toast to National Cheese Day featuring complimentary tastings, cheese education, and more

In honor of everyone’s favorite holiday, National Cheese Day, BIN 36
hosts the first-ever Cheese Happy Hour – a festive celebration of one of the pillars of the classic BIN 36 experience, cheese –on Monday, June 4 from 5-8 p.m.

A casual celebration of all things cheese, guests will mix and mingle as they delight in and explore all sorts of American cheese tastes and conversation from the experts at BIN 36 and their impressive cheese repertoire of 38 artisanal selections. Highlights of the evening will include pop-up tastes and cheese education at the Cheese Bar, cheese tasting stations throughout the restaurant, and impromptu tableside samplings for guests enjoying BIN 36’s all-new spring dinner menu.

As a special National Cheese Day treat, chef’s signature six-selection cheese flight will be available for just $20 (regularly $25) during Cheese Happy Hour, and will feature a creative assortment of interesting cheese options. Guests may also choose to indulge in cheeses off of the regular BIN 36 cheese menu, with selections available by the piece ($4) or in flights of three ($17.50). And, as always, the perfect match to BIN 36’s cheese is the wine. Wine Director Brian Duncan’s comprehensive wine list, featuring 50 wines available by the taste, glass, bottle, or flight, allows guests to create a seamless complement to all of the artisanal cheese offerings of the evening.

Cheese Happy Hour is open to all BIN 36 guests, and reservations are not required but recommended by calling 312.755.9463 or visiting

About BIN 36
Since December 1999, BIN 36 has brought unpretentious and accessible wine and cheese experiences, and seasonal new American cuisine to the forefront of Chicago. Located in the River North neighborhood, the restaurant offers a rotating selection of wines by the taste, glass, flight, or bottle, along with a distinctive list of 60 bottles handpicked by Wine Director Brian Duncan. Executive Chef John Caputo oversees the contemporary American menu, and spearheads sourcing of the 38 artisanal cheese selections available at the Cheese Bar and throughout the restaurant. A destination for wine-loving locals, area business professionals, and visitors alike, BIN 36 serves as the ideal spot for a quick lunch, an after-work wine flight and snacks, or a full-service dinner experience.

BIN 36 offers a variety of options for enjoying cheese, wine, and a memorable meal, including the Cheese Bar, the casual Tavern, the central bar, or the Cellar dining room. The on-site Market retail shop is also a convenient stop for wine and wine-related gifts. Reservations can be made through
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Award Recipients of the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards

CHICAGO (May 10, 2012) – Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the two award recipients from the First Annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards: Meadow Nguy from O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon Township High School) and Nathan Salstone from Northbrook, Ill. (Glenbrook North High School), who will represent the state of Illinois at The Jimmy™ Awards in New York on June 25, 2012.
The finalists (12 young actors & 12 young actresses) participated in the Awards Program on Monday, May 7, 2012, which were held at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St.).  During the Awards Program, the twenty-four finalists received direct coaching from JERSEY BOYS National Tour cast members on the closing number from the show JERSEY BOYS, which the students performed at the final awards ceremony.  The finalists auditioned in front of Chicago's top theater professionals, including PJ Powers (Artistic Director, Timeline Theatre Company),  Sam Samuelson (Film, Television and Theatre Agent, Stewart Talent), Nick Cosgrove (Frankie Valli, Jersey Boys National Tour), and Eileen LaCario (Vice President, Broadway In Chicago).  In addition to their day with the Broadway In Chicago team, all finalists received tickets to see JERSEY BOYS.  Nick Cosgrove announced the award recipients and Meadow Nguy sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz and Nathan Salstone performed “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera to conclude the event.
“I’m very honored to achieve this tremendous award.  I look forward to going to New York and having an amazing experience,” says Meadow Nguy.  Nathan Salstone exclaims “I’m thrilled to be going to New York at such a young age. This has always been my lifelong dream to perform on a Broadway stage and I hope to follow in this career path.”
Meadow Nguy and Nathan Salstone will be provided with an all-expense paid trip to participate in a performance enrichment program, representing the state of Illinois at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, on Broadway, on Monday, June 25, 2012.  The National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Jimmy™ Awards, are named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. Broadway In Chicago is a Nederlander presentation, and is excited to join the network of theatres across the country participating in The Jimmys™.
In its inaugural year, the Awards program received more than 50 applicants, high school students from all parts of the state of Illinois, from O'Fallon, Illinois to as far north as Cary, Illinois, as well as from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) is a celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater. The program recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance, and honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to excellence in performing arts education. Each year, more than 54,000 students at 1,000 high schools in more than 30 communities across the United States participate in a high school musical awards program.
Such programs have been presented annually by professional theaters in a variety of cities for a number of years; the NHSMTA is the first program to connect these regional programs to one another and to professionals in the industry via a forum for identifying and recognizing exceptional singers, actors and dancers - similar to the opportunities provided to outstanding high school athletes and scholars.
The Jimmy™ Award is named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander, or “Jimmy” as he is known on Broadway. Mr. Nederlander is the Chairman of the Nederlander Producing Company of America Inc., the owner/operator of a vast chain of theatres, including nine Broadway houses, and a producer of distinguished entertainment for more than 70 years. Jimmy and his son, James L. Nederlander, also present Broadway shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Jose, Tucson, Durham and London. The Broadway League recently presented Jimmy with the Schoenfeld Vision for Arts Education Award for establishing The National High School Musical Theater Awards. Prizes and scholarships will vary by year and have not yet been announced for 2012. Scholarships will include the opportunity for merit and need-based assistance to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway: Acting and Music Theatre contingent upon acceptance into the New Studio and New York University.
Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 12 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the Bank of America Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

Macy's Announces Theme for Macy's Glamorama 2012 !


WHAT:         Macy’s Glamorama 2012 celebrates British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now! From The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, Macy’s Glamorama 2012 pays homage to some of the world’s most well-known and respected British pop icons from the past 50 years. Since the 1960’s, British bands have inspired culture while capturing the attention of the world. Their music exalts us all and provides the inspiration behind this year’s visuals, fashion segments and after-party elements. Join us on this magical journey inspired by music from bands that changed the world of pop music!

Macy’s Glamorama is an hour-long high-end fashion show and musical production that not only unveils Macy's latest fashions but also showcases heart-stopping dance, lush visuals, staging as well as incredible musical performances by chart-topping artists. Past musical performers have included Cee Lo Green, Far East Movement, Macy Gray, Ne-Yo, Cyndi Lauper, MC Hammer, Beyoncé and many more. The evening concludes with an over-the-top after-party at Macy’s on State Street. The event will once again benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI).
TICKETS:          Be the first to get your tickets with the American Express® Exclusive Pre-Sale from May 30th through June 7th for American Express cardholders only.
Ticket prices are $50 & $75 for show only; $175 & $285 for show and after-party;  $1,000 for VIP show and after-party. For more information, please visit
Gain access to the Glamorama Launch Party on June 8th at Greenhouse Loft through
. Tickets must be purchased by June 7th. Beginning June 8th at 10AM tickets will also be available for purchase through Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000,
as well as through The Chicago Theatre box office.        

WHEN/        Friday, August 10, 2012 at 8PM
WHERE:        The Chicago Theatre
175 N State St
Over-the-top after-party* following the show at Macy’s on State Street *included with purchase of $175 ticket or more.

Life Force Arts Center Schedule additions!

Friday, May 11, 2012 1:40 AM

Call for Presentations

Bridge to Eden: The Green World as Artist

We're looking for performances, concerts, lectures, classes and other events to be held now through June 18 in conjuction with LFAC's show Bridge to Eden: The Green World As Artist. (See below for more info on the exhibit). Activities should relate to the theme of the exhibit, which is the human relationship with the plant/vegetation world. Activities may include such topics as:
  • aromatherapy
  • herbs
  • vegetarian meals
  • plants and the cycle of nutrition: how plants draw minerals from earth and stone, and animals (including humans) receive minerals from eating plants
  • gardening
  • flower arranging
  • landscaping
  • Native plant gardens
  • color theory in art based on plant colors
  • concerts with instruments made of plants, such as wooden instruments

Presenters may donate their time, or be paid a fee. Fees paid to presenters are based on admissions collected for that presenter's event, which are split between Life Force Arts Center and the presenter.

Please send propsals for events to Proposals should include:
  • Title of event
  • Description of event: how many hours is it, what time (from what hour to what hour) do you prefer, what days of the week can you do it, is there a charge, is there a maximum or minimum number of participants, who would benefit by this event, are there prerequisites for attending, what should participants bring, etc.
  • Your bio, detailing why you are qualified to present this event (education, professional experience with subject, etc.)
  • Contact info including phone and email
Looking forward to hearing from you!


Bridge to Eden:

The Green World as Artist

Art exhibit runs
April 21-June 19, 2012

Free admission to Opening & Closing Receptions & exhibit

Gallery hours:
1:30 - 6:30 Mondays & Thursdays
& by appointment

Info: or 773-327-7224

image: Germination (c) Joan Riise, photo by Jonathan Leaf

Celebrate Nature as the greatest artist, and view artistic collaboration between humans and the plant world at Bridge to Eden: The Green World as Artist. For centuries, the Green World of plants has been the model of beauty and aesthetic form that humans in cultures worldwide have imitated in countless drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs. In addition, there are arts such as landscaping and flower arranging that utilize plants themselves as the artistic medium.    

"An actual rose is the most perfect artwork," says Joan Forest Mage, Life Force Arts Center's Executive Director, who along with Artists Steven Blaine Adams and Judy Demchuk created the concept of the exhibit. "In Bridge to Eden, we honor the Green World as a conscious, artistic creator and colleague. This raises thought-provoking issues about what is art, what is creation and who is Creator. We asked participating human artists to work from a consciousness of co-creating art together with the Green World by incorporating live plants into their artwork in safe and respectful ways. The exhibit also highlights artwork made from natural plant material: wood carving, oil on canvas, sumi ink on rice paper."

Many of the pieces remind us of the human interaction with the world of vegetation, including the gifts of food, medicine, clothing, furniture and housing that plants give us. We explore how a conscious and reciprocal relationship between humans and the Green World can help us create a new Eden, an ideal place where life flourishes harmoniously. Featured human artists in Bridge to Eden include Steven Blaine Adams, Sharon Bechtold,
Fred Casselman
, Judy Demchuk
Elisa Rose Mountain
, Britt Posmer
and Joan Riise.

Bridge to Eden: The Green World as Artist is the second of three art exhibits Life Force Arts Center (LFAC) is presenting that explore the theme of "animal-vegetable-mineral": humans' relationship with their fellow dwellers on Earth. In addition to the art exhibit, LFAC will present other events related to the Green World, including performances, lectures and workshops on aromatherapy, herbal healing and vegetarian cooking.

Life Force Arts Foundation (LFAF) presents artistically excellent, spiritually based visual, literary, and performing art. We define spiritual art as art that flows from spiritual practice, art that strives to connect the audience with Spirit, and art that creates spiritual awakening, healing, or evolution. We focus on the arts as a common ground of human expression, where artists and audiences of diverse spiritual traditions can honor each other, and share their personal and collective experiences of the spiritual aspect of life. LFAF's goals are to develop spiritual artists, the spiritual arts audience, and the spiritual arts community. LFAF advances the field of spiritual art through events and publications that promote awareness of the art-spirituality connection Life Force Arts Foundation operates Life Force Arts Center (LFAC), Chicago's spiritual art gallery and performance space, which presents visual art exhibits, dance, theater and music performances, author book signings and workshops with artists who are experts in spiritual artmaking.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Pick-up the pace with Pedal Oak Park Bike Tour

Pick-up the pace with Pedal Oak Park Bike Tour

 Experience Oak Park's wealth of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings with the Pedal Oak Park Bike Tour every Saturday and Sunday beginning June 9 through September 23 at 9:30 a.m. The bike tour includes stops at 22 Wright-designed structures in Oak Park’s famed Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District.

The two-hour fun and fact-filled bicycle tour canvasses Oak Park—the area with the world's highest concentration of Wright-designed structures. The tour provides as much breadth and depth as the participants desire. Wright developed the Prairie Style of architecture—the first architecture school of design indigenous to America—as a new way of American style and living. Sites featured on this tour include Wright’s Home and Studio, Unity Temple, Thomas House, Heurtley House, Cheney House, Furbeck House and more.

The tour begins and ends at Greenline Wheels (105 S. Marion Street, Oak Park, IL). Guests are encouraged to bring their own bike; however, if a bike is needed Greenline Wheels will provide one at no additional cost. Admission is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at,
at the Home and Studio Museum Shop or at Greenline Wheels.

Macy's Chicago area event listings May/June 2012


Customer Information:  Visit
Macy’s on State Street – 111 N State St, Chicago (Information #: 312.781.4884)
Macy’s Water Tower Place – 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

Through May 13th –
By visiting beginning April 24, you can share the love and join Macy’s “Thank-a-Mom Movement” by sending a free, personalized Facebook message. In return, Macy’s will donate $3 in her fabulous honor up to a total of $400,000 to one of the following five “mom-approved” charities: American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement, Futures Without Violence®, Make-A-Wish Foundation®, National Park Foundation® and Reading Is Fundamental®.

Macy’s Dior Spring Beauty Event with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jonathan Adler
May 9th through 12th – Macy’s on State Street, 1st Floor, Cosmetics Department
Join us for this exclusive beauty event featuring celebrity artist Jonathan Adler. Learn backstage beauty secrets from Jonathan on how to create your own iconic look. To RSVP, please call 312.781.5506. Jonathan Adler master class on Thursday, May 10 only.

Macy’s Sip & Scan Wedding and Gift Registry Event
May 11th – 5:30PM – Macy’s on State Street, Wedding and Gift Registry Department
Macy's invites engaged couples to hold a glass in one hand, a scanner in the other! Get the Star Treatment at our Sip & Scan Registry Event Join us at Macy's Wedding & Gift Registry for an event featuring fun beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and great registry experts to help you create your dream registry. Bring your partner and they can play 007 with the scan gun while you sip your drink and approve their choices. You'll also receive a fabulous gift from us. The perfect date!

May 12th – 12noon – Macy’s on State Street, Lower Level, Culinary Kitchen
Join Macy’s in honoring the culture, heritage and culinary traditions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans with exciting in-store events. Discover the beautiful Indian folk art style known as Madhubani by local artist Jayashree Papathimar, presented by Bollywood Rhythms. Enjoy a live performance on the Veena, a traditional Indian plucked instrument, by Sara Ranganathan, Veena artist and Founding Director of Ensemble of Ragas School of Performing Arts. Experience the sounds of the Thai hammer dulcimer and flute in a performance by Sounds of Thailand from the Thai Cultural and Fine Art Institute of Chicago. At 1PM, don’t miss out as Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Takashi Yagihashi shares his enticing recipes that you will be able to sample! Following the demonstration, Chef Takashi will be personalizing a copy of his book, Takashi’s Noodles purchased at Barbara’s Bookstore on the day of the event. With a James Beard honor and Zagat rated restaurants under his belt, this is a must-see demonstration! To RSVP, please call 1.800.329.8667.

Wilhelmina 30+ Model Search
May 12th – 12noon to 5PM – Macy’s on State Street, 4th Floor, Swim Department
Do you feel beautiful and fabulous? Then we want to meet you! Attend our open casting call,* enjoy a 2-minute make up touch up, have your picture taken by a professional photographer and be styled by Miraclesuit® expert! Your best shot will go into the running for the nationwide model search sponsored by Miraclesuit® and Macy’s. 10 finalists will be chosen to win a three-day all-expense paid trip to New York City to participate in a finals event and fashion show. One grand prize winner will be awarded a contract with Wilhelmina Models, a photo shoot feature in O, The Oprah Magazine, a $1,000 gift card to Macy’s, and a $1,000 Miraclesuit® swim wardrobe! All applicants receive a $20 coupon off any Miraclesuit® swim purchase at Macy’s. $20 registration fee required.

May 13th through 31st – All Stores
Macy’s invites customers to “Give, Get and Save the Rainforest” at their local Macy’s and  Customers who give $3 will receive a savings pass for 15 to 20% off storewide and Macy’s will donate 100% of every $3 to The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at

May 15th – Macy’s on State Street, Oakbrook and Water Tower Place Stores
As part of Macy’s spring campaign, “Brasil: A Magical Journey”, this special edition capsule, “Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein” represents the first time ever that native Brazilian Francisco Costa, Women’s Creative Director, Calvin Klein Collection, has designed a more affordable dress offering for a national retailer. Influenced by modern Brazilian architecture, the dresses feature pure lines and clean shapes for an effortless look. The fluid crepe and jersey silhouettes are offered in a vibrant palette of guava, orange clay, and warm cocoa, inspired by Brazil’s sunsets and natural environment, as well as the brand’s signature neutrals – marble, cement, steel, iron, and black. Contemporary details, like delicate belts with silver tone clasps, are seen throughout the line. Retail prices for the dresses are expected to range from $135 to $180.

Macy’s Make Your Own Havaianas Event
May 16th through 18th – Macy’s on State Street, 4th Floor, Swim Department
Custom Havaiana flip flops are a must-have for spring and summer fashions! Don’t miss the chance to personalize your very own pair of Havaianas! Indulge your inner artist by choosing your favorite strap, sole and pin colors.    

May 17th – Macy’s on State Street
Join us for a day of excitement as you make a magical journey through our store celebrating Brazil! While here, pick up a trinket or a treat at the Brasilian gift shop on the 7th floor Archives. It's only here for a short time so don't miss it! Stop by Estee Lauder and discover the new fragrance, Brazil Dream. Our expert beauty advisors will be available to assist you with a fresh look with colors inspired by Brasil!
BRAZILIAN DANCE PERFORMANCES – 1ST FLOOR, HANDBAG DEPARTMENT – Join us for a magical journey to Brasil and catch a live Brasilian Samba Percussion performance from Chicago's own Planeta Azul. Plus shake your hips to Chicago's premiere The Passistas Samba Dance Group. Stilt walkers will be passing out brochures as we continue to celebrate.
BRAZILIAN BEAUTY EXPERTS - 1ST FLOOR, JEWELRY DEPARTMENT – Get all the info on Brasilian beauty secrets from Cleise Brazilian Day Spa! Developed by a famous Brasilian cosmetic surgeon the “Amazon Lip Augmentation” is full blown fabulous! It's a powerful nutrient for the lips using the luscious guarana fruit directly from the Amazon. Cherished for its therapeutic and energizing properties, be sure to check out this fabulous beauty extra!  
CARNIVALE CHICAGO COOKING DEMONSTRATION – LOWER LEVEL, CULINARY KITCHEN - Enjoy watching Carnivale Chicago as they create and demo their favorite Brasilian recipe that you will be able to taste! Be sure to check out the handy kitchen tools they use that create magic in the kitchen!
Meet and mingle with world famous award-winning designer Carlos Falchi!  Carlos' signature bags and accessories are worn by fashion icons and A-list celebs and now he'll be here to assist you in selecting the perfect summer bag and accessories with the exclusive launch of Falchi by Falchi. While shopping enjoy, the carnivale experience with another appearance from The Passistas and stilt walker, Frank Birdsall.
Enjoy an escape to Brasil in the men's department with Brasilian inspired trends of summer from various men's designers, samba dancing from samba queen Diane Buckner, Brasilian mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the Brasilian DJ Sounds of Sound Culture. Receive a free soccer ball with a purchase from Nike.
Gather the girls for a day of fashion and fun as we unveil the hottest trends for Spring, inspired by Brasil! Catch a presentation of this season’s latest looks featuring Calvin Klein, hosted by Diego Rocha from Season 1 of Bravo’s Project Runway Accessory. Then, listen to Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto perform live! While you shop the collections, enjoy sips & sweets, a photo booth and mini makeovers from Estee Lauder, Brasilian beats from our DJ and visit with Chicago's own Sinha Restaurant. Don’t miss your chance to take a photo with the Carnavale girls from the Samba 1 Brazilian Dance Group and receive an exclusive Macy’s cosmetic bag with a purchase of $50 or more in the Impulse Department.
While you're here learn about Zumba from Iida Borges, an expert on this exhilarating dance fitness exercise! Also, enjoy a sampling of Cassava's specialty cheese bread! Known as Pao de Queijo in Brazil, this popular South American treat will thrill your taste buds! Top it off with Brasilian inspired beats being spun by our DJ!

Men’s Style Event at Macy’s on State Street with DETAILS Magazine
May 31st – 5:30PM – Macy’s on State Street, 2nd Floor, Men’s Department
Macy’s invites the men of Chicago to come and enjoy an evening with DETAILS Magazine! Get help finding new eye wear from our Sunglass Hut Specialist and satisfy your taste buds with light refreshments and mocktails. While here enjoy our live DJs and feel free to participate in the Men’s Spa Station provided by local Chicago salons. Keep a memory of the night with either a picture from the photo booth or a customized t-shirt. Receive a gift with your purchase $75 to $100 from various designers.

Macy’s Fashion Fair Event with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sam Fine
June 1st – 12noon – Macy’s on State Street, 1st Floor, Cosmetics Department
Macy’s and Fashion Fair invite you to a Truly Treasured Beauty experience with Celebrity Makeup Artist and Fashion Fair Creative Makeup Director Sam Fine. Receive a mini makeup consultation from Sam Fine and a makeover by one of the Fashion Fair Pro Team. Reserve your space now with any $25 or more Fashion Fair purchase made prior to the event.  

June 4th – 12noon – Macy’s on State Street, Lower Level, Atrium
Join us at Macy's on State Street & Barbara's Bookstore as we welcome Buddy Guy! Buddy will be available to sign purchase of his new book When I Left Home: My Story made at Barbara's Bookstore State Street location. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to meet the greatest blues guitarist of all time. Buddy is the winner of six Grammys and Billboard Magazine’s Century Award and was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Macy’s Spring Dior Beauty Event with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Ricky Wilson
June 6th through 9th – Macy’s Water Tower Place, 1st Floor, Cosmetics Department
Join us for this exclusive beauty event featuring Celebrity Makeup Artist, Ricky Wilson. Learn backstage beauty secrets from Ricky on how to create your own iconic look. To RSVP, please call 312.335.7634. Ricky Wilson master classes on June 8th only.

Macy’s Brasil Family Fun Day
June 9th – 1PM – Macy’s on State Street, 5th Floor, Kid’s Department
Mark your calendars in June and join us at Macy’s Family Fun Day – Brasil Style! Playfollow the leader with Samba Queen, Diane Buckner who will teach you a few moves and have you dancing in no time! Afterwards, cool down at one of our stations with a face painter, a balloon twister and make crafts inspired by Brasil!

June 22th through July 11th – All Macy’s Stores
Macy's and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) are asking everyone to Be Book Smart TM, RIF’s largest annual fundraising campaign held at Macy’s stores nationwide. The funds raised will benefit your community’s local RIF programs and provide books and reading resources to the children who need them most. Macy’s customers may join the effort by giving $3 to help provide a book for a child and receive $10 off a purchase of $50 or more. Macy's will donate 100% of your $3 to RIF to help reach our goal of giving 1 million books to kids this summer!  

Macy’s Pride Event
June 22nd – 12noon – Macy’s Water Tower Place, Mezzanine
Macy's celebrates Pride Month! You’re invited to a special musical lunch hour presented by the talented and colorful Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Relive the era of MTV and Solid Gold as members of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus celebrate the decade it was born and springboards into its 30th anniversary!  You'll hear and move to renditions of the top 80's hits! So grab your legwarmers and parachute pants and don't miss this totally rad performance!  
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Chicago Jazz Festival Headline Acts Announced Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights Prep For Fest!

34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Headline Acts Announced
Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights Prep For Fest

It’s never too soon to make plans for Labor Day when the holiday weekend includes the free admission Chicago Jazz Festival and headline talent such as Roy Haynes, Dianne Reeves and Allen Toussaint.

One of the last remaining inventors of bebop, veteran Jazz drummer Roy Haynes has enjoyed collaborations with noted jazz artists such as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane and contemporary stars such as Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.  The octogenarian and native of Boston was recently recognized by his peers with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy®.  He performs Friday evening at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park with his aptly named Fountain of Youth featuring Jaleel Shaw (Saxophone), David Wong (Bassist) and Martin Bejerano (Piano).  Music begins at 6:30 p.m.

The festival moves to its longtime home in Grant Park with its four stages of free performances. Saturday evening’s headliner beginning at 8:30 p.m. is vocalist Dianne Reeves. The four-time Grammy winner is the only singer to win the vocal category for three consecutive recordings in any singing category.  Her last win was for the soundtrack to George Clooney’s film Good Night and Good Luck, in which she also appeared.  Reeves has been touring the world in the last couple years including two stops at the White House, once for a State Dinner and earlier this year at the Governor’s Ball.

Closing out the festival on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. is Allen Toussaint’s “The Bright Mississippi” featuring Marc Robot and Don Byron.  The New Orleans native grew up in a shotgun house learning his piano style at a young age and inspired by some of greats including Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Huey” Piano” Smith.  His first break would come at age 17 filling in for Smith at a gig.

Toussaint’s career took off not long after writing and producing hits such as “Mother-in- Law” for Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey’s “Ya Ya” and many more for Irma Thomas creating the New Orleans R&B sound.  His collection of songs has been covered by a wide-range of musical artists that include Glen Campbell, Devo, the Pointer Sisters and the Rolling Stones.  His collaboration with Elvis Costello on The River in Reverse was recorded in New Orleans in one of the first major studio session in the Crescent City post-Hurricane Katrina.

The set will focus on Toussaint’s The Bright Mississippi, the pianist’s triumphant tribute to the New Orleans sound and musicians that influenced his career.  Joining him on stage and also featured on the album are guitarist Marc Ribot who has performed with Tom Waits, Solomon Burke and Robert Plant; and jazz clarinetist Don Byron who has spent two decades developing an astounding range of musical contexts.

The festival opens on Thursday, August 30 in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with the previously announced final performance of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series, Exquisitely For Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald: Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra.  Chicago vocalists Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee and Spider Saloff celebrate Ella’s 95th Birthday with original arrangements of music by Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, Arlen, Mercer, Berlin, Porter, and Jobim from the legendary Songbook recordings Ella made in the 1950s.

Also previously announced is the festival Artist in Residence Ken Vandermark who performs four different times throughout the event.  A complete schedule including musical performances at the Chicago Cultural Center will be available by June 1.

If Labor Day weekend is too long of a wait, music fans may enjoy pre-festival events with the Chicago Jazz Festival: Neighborhood Nights.  The 6th Annual JazzCity Latin Jazz Festival features Inspiracion Latina with Paoli Mejias in Humboldt Park on July 13.  Concerts are planned for the Carter Woodson Library (9525 S. Halsted) with Geof Bradfield’s Melba Liston Project at 1 p.m.  on July 21, Magic Carpet at the Garfield Park Conservatory at 6 p.m. on July 28, and the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th) showcases the Bethany Pickens band at 6 p.m. on August 17.

In partnership with the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Old Town School of Folk Music will present a Sunday evening Jazz series beginning July 29 through August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Szold Hall (4544 N. Lincoln Avenue.)  The lineup is as follows: July 29 - Henry Johnson Quartet; August 5 - Havana: A tribute to Richie Pillot; August 15 - Dennis Luxion / Michael Raynor Quartet; August 19 - Neal Alger's Blue Note Quartet and August 26 - Josh Berman and His Gang.

The Chicago Jazz Festival is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.  The festival is sponsored in part by the Chicago Jazz Partnership, American Airlines, Aquafina, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-ChicagoLand’s Television, Communications Direct, DownBeat Magazine, E & J Gallo Family Vineyards, LaGrou Distribution System, Pepsi, Stella Artois, WGN-Television, XFINITY, 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio and WSSD Radio-FM 88.1.

For more information please call (312) 744-3316 or visit for updates.  Join the conversation on Facebook at the Chicago Jazz Festival and follow us on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE

Tuesday, May 08, 2012



The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the complete lineup for the 27th Chicago Gospel Music Festival which returns this summer, Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24.  This year, it won’t just be the music that moves you as the festival moves from opening night with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (JCBUS) at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to the Chicago Cultural Center for lunchtime concerts on Friday, and then heads south to Bronzeville for a weekend of free Gospel Music on two stages in Ellis Park. (Please note the weekend portion of the festival is now at nearby Ellis Park.)
JCBUS returns to Chicago on the heels of a sold out show at the Metro that had the capacity crowd dancing.  Formed in 2007, JCBUS created a sound that highlights R&B and soul with a mixture of funk and punk, heard on their latest release, Want More.  Their free performance begins following the sneak preview of excerpts from the Goodman Theatre’s production of Crowns, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
The first performance at the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday begins at noon in Preston Bradley Hall with Valencia Lacy & Unquenchable Worshipper.  Founded in 2003 by Minister Lacy, this community based praise and worship ministry is comprised of 3 basic components, Ministrels Psalmist/Singers and Dancers.  Next up is Carya Holmes, another Chicagoan with a passion for reaching people through inspirational music.  Finally, Light of Love closes the stage with a 1:10 p.m. performance.  These four sisters offer four unique voices, a non-traditional look, and an enthusiastic, heart-felt performance to the Chicago Gospel Music Festival. 
Performing in the Cultural Center Lobby at the Randolph Street Café room beginning at 12:30 p.m. is Ron Barrett, son of the late Rev. S.L. Barrett, pastor and a gospel radio announcer in Chicago and cousin to the Barrett Sisters.  The extraordinary vocalist is followed by yet another, south side singer-songwriter Dana Divine.  She not only knows how to perform hit songs but she also knows how to write them.  She performs beginning at 1:05p.m.  Chicagoan and baritone, Martin Woods follows at 12:35 p.m and finishing the day at the Cultural Center is Silent Mime Worship the praise and worship ministry of Darrell Perkins Jr., using the theatrical art of mime.
The festival moves to Bronzeville where Gospel music was born with a full slate of music and activities, Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 in Ellis Park, 37th and Cottage Grove .  Main stage talent including the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour featuring Fred Hammond with special guests Byron Cage and J Moss on Saturday night, and Mary Mary with
opening acts Take 6 and Blind Boys of Alabama on Sunday night has already been announced.  (
) The festival opens both days at 11 a.m. with music starting at noon on the Day Stage. 
The Day Stage features the best in Chicago Gospel Music talent with nearly two dozen performances including Saturday evening’s closing act, Mark S. Hubbard & The Voices.  Born and raised in Chicago , Hubbard developed an interest in choir directing at age eight, organizing The Voices when he was only 19.  The group earned their first Stellar Award for Traditional Choir of the Year in 2005.
Sunday’s performances on the Day Stage will include the lucky winning choir from the Battle of the Gospel Choirs held at the Chicago Westside Music Festival in Columbus Park on June 16, followed by a special tribute to the “father” of Gospel Music Thomas A. Dorsey conducted by the Pilgrim Baptist Church .  Dorsey was the music director at the Church for five decades, creating the genre with his song “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”
The Day Stage concludes with a performance by Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago which, under Rev. Jenkins, won “Best Church Choir” at the 2010 Annual Hoodie Awards in Las Vegas .  The awards were created in 2001 by comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey and honor the nation’s best independent community-based small businesses, educators and community leaders in several categories.
Other activities throughout the weekend include the McDonald’s Kids Activity Zone with strolling entertainment, arts and crafts, inflatable bouncy house and visits from McDonald’s characters; the Health & Fitness Oasis will include healthy eating and nutrition counseling, as well as tobacco prevention along with the CareVan, a mobile health unit provided by a partnership between Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Chicago Department of Public Health.  The Art Fair and Marketplace will offer a variety of vendors featuring fine art, crafts, natural handcrafted bath & body products, and more.
On Saturday, a limited number of attendees will be able to take a free trolley tour that highlights three churches, each having a significant role in Gospel Music: Ebenezer Baptist, Pilgrim Baptist and First Church of Deliverance; rides are filled on first-come, first-served-basis. 
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival is presented by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, McDonald's Owners of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana, Aquafina, Inspiration 1390 AM, Pepsi, LaGrou Distribution System, Chicago Transit Authority and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. 
For more information on the festival as news becomes available, call 312.744.3316, visit
or like it on Facebook at Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
Complete schedule to follow.
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Thursday, June 21 Millennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30pm         Goodman Theatre's Crowns Sneak Peek
7:30pm         JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Friday, June 22  Cultural Center 77 E. Randolph Preston Bradley Hall
12:00pm       Valencia Lacy & Unquenchable Worshipper
12:35pm       Carya Holmes
1:10pm         Light of Love
Randolph Street Café
12:30pm       Ron Barrett
1:00pm         Dana Divine
1:30pm         Martin Woods
2:00pm         Silent Mime Worship
Ellis Park ~ 37th & Cottage Grove
Saturday, June 23
Day Stage
12:00pm       G3
12:30pm       Faith Temple Choir
1:00pm         Maurice Griffin
1:30pm         Tyrone Pittman and The Chicago Black Catholics Choir
2:00pm         Ms. Ebone S. Lewis (AnointedDVesseL)
2:20pm         One 4 Christ
2:50pm         Johnell Nicholas & ISM (Inspirit Ministries)
3:20pm         Jesse Singers
3:50pm         Anita Wilson
4:20pm         Mark S. Hubbard & The Voices
Main Stage
McDonald’s presents Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour
5:00pm         Byron Cage
5:40pm         J. Moss
6:30pm         Fred Hammond
Sunday, June 24
Day Stage
12:00pm       Dexter Walker & Zion Movement
12:30pm       E. Mc Dancers from Douglas Park
12:45pm       TBD
1:15pm         Marco The Poet
1:30pm         M.A.D.D. Rhythms
1:50pm         Todd Dulaney
2:20pm         BRL Chicago
2:40pm         Glorielle Williams & Wave of Glory
3:00pm         Chicago Westside Music Festival “Battle of the Gospel Choirs” Winner
3:30pm         Pilgrim Baptist Church Tribute to Thomas A. Dorsey
4:00pm         The Original Chosen Ones
4:20pm         Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago
Main Stage
5:00pm         Take 6
5:45pm         Blind Boys of Alabama
6:45pm         Mary Mary
McDonald’s Kids Activity Zone
11:00am – 6:00pm
Activities include arts & crafts activities, roaming entertainment, open microphone opportunities, inflatable bouncy houses, and more!

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