Saturday, June 30, 2012

PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL Celebrates One Year at the Broadway Playhouse


CELEBRATE 365 DAYS OF PINK WITH TICKETS FOR $3.65!
 

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT THE BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE
JULY 8, 2012

Celebrate 365 Days of Pinkalicious with Tickets for $3.65 for the July 8 Performance!



 
CHICAGO (June 29, 2012)  Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that Emerald City Theatre’s 2010 hit PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL is celebrating its one year anniversary Sunday, July 8, 2012. To honor 365 days of PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL, tickets for the Sunday, July 8 performance are available to the public for only $3.65!
Use code ANNIVERSARY when ordering to purchase tickets for $3.65. PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL plays through Sep. 2 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St).
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.
 
Ticket Information
Use code ANNIVERSARY when ordering to purchase tickets for $3.65. Valid on July 8 performance only. Offer ends July 7 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.

Individual tickets for PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL range in price from $16-$22. 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 www.BroadwayInChicago.com
. 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, www.BroadwayInChicago.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 775-2000. Performance schedule is available on www.BroadwayInChicago.com

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 www.emeraldcitytheatre.com
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Friday, June 29, 2012

July 2012: Meet the Programmers, Free Movies, and the Best of Chicago!


     
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Meet the Programmers!
Mimi Plauche, Head of Programming

It’s that time of year again. As the final deadline for submissions is upon us, we’re on track to receive a record high number of entries, all in the running to be shown at this year’s 48th Chicago International Film Festival. The programming team devotes nights and weekends to considering international and independent films from as far away as Bahrain and as near as Chicago. As we discover the perfectly pitched Icelandic black comedy, the lavish Chinese epoch-spanning epic, the searing French family drama, the quirky Chilean romance, or the poignant Lebanese political satire, the landscape of contemporary world cinema comes into focus and the program of films begins to take shape. Click here
to read more.

Member Screening: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Winner of the Best First Feature Film (Caméra d'or) at 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
Monday, July 2, 7:00pm | AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.
To view the film’s trailer click here
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Become a Member: SEE IT FIRST!
To enjoy films like BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and HIT & RUN, become a member of Cinema/Chicago! For information on membership, please click here

. We would like to welcome our new members for June:
Amanda Blumeyer, Allison Brown & Mike Bielaczyc, Ed & Karen Caspers, Robert Eaman,
Joyce Grier, Barbara Hardman, Fredrick Kendricks, Jennifer Lamp, Viviana Tarin,
Christine Wellman, Elena Ziehm

And a hearty 'Welcome Back' to our renewed members for June:
Daniel Albert, James and Frances Allen, Renee Baltzell, David and Linda Berger,
Shelly Bochner, Elizabeth Bullock, Tessa Clark, Lois & Marty Hauselman, Robert Jene,
Sandra & James Napolitan, Charlotte Newfeld, Cathi Odtohan, Nancy Sellers, Manny Silverman,
Patricia Spear, Jeanie Uchiyama

Coming Soon! Member Screening: Hit & Run
Written, produced and directed by comic talent Dax Shepard (NBC's "Parenthood"), HIT & RUN is the story of Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a former getaway driver who busts out of the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold), and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie's former gang of criminals (led by Bradley Cooper) enter the fray.
Hosted by Cinema/Chicago's Junior Board
. Details coming soon! Become a member and get the scoop first! To view the film's trailer click here.

Travel to France, Thailand and South Africa in July!
International Screenings Program | Free admission
(pictured) | France | July 11(6:30pm) and July 14 (2:00pm)
Meet Simon Wolberg: small town mayor, love-struck husband, meddling father and provocative son. This man is driven by an obsession with his family, which leads him to test the force and fragility of their bonds. | Thailand | July 18 (6:30pm) and 21 (2:00pm)
In this edge-of-your-seat horror film, a young family leaves Bangkok for a newly-built suburban housing project. Soon, the peace and quiet of the idyllic community is spoiled by a grisly murder. For mature audiences. | South Africa | July 25 (6:30pm) and July 28 (2:00pm)
This compelling documentary follows Nelson Mandela’s rise to power and the titular miracle he made a reality: South Africa’s peaceful transition from Apartheid to democracy.

Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center | 77 E. Randolph Street, 2nd floor
For the complete schedule, click here
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We Won!
Thanks to all our fans, filmmakers and followers who voted us "Best Film Festival" in Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago 2012! We’re proud to be among the best
in the Windy City. Click here for the full list of winners.

  Chicago International Film Festival:
Final Deadline!

The late deadline for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival is fast approaching. Click here

for more details and to submit your film today. Deadline: July 9

 
2012 INTERCOM Competition
accepting entries!
Entries are now open for this year’s INTERCOM Competition. Designed to recognize the incredible creativity found in the non-theatrical dimensions of filmmaking, INTERCOM honors a wide range of corporate-sponsored, educational, and branded films. The top awards will be presented at the Awards Night Gala of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival and select winners will be screened as part of the Festival's “Best of the Fest” programming. Check here
for details.

  It's in the bag!
Whether you are packing up for the beach, the bike or the bookstore, our Festival messenger bag will get you there with style and class. Enjoy $5 off our classic bag in the month of July, no code required. Buy here.


 
You’re Invited: WBBM’s Business of Entertainment Event!
Tickets are available now for this lively after-work get together featuring Emmy Award Nominated Actor Jeffrey Tambor and heads of the Illinois and Chicago Film Office at the House of Blues on July 24th at 5:30PM. Click here
for ticket and event information!
 
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Are you, or someone you know, interested in interning with us?
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Call for Performances/Presentations for Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul

 
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Call for Presentations


Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul:

Lessons of the Wild Things

 
We're looking for performances, concerts, lectures, classes and other events to be held now through September 9 in conjuction with LFAC's show Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things (See below for more info on the exhibit). Activities should relate to the theme of the exhibit, which is the human relationship with the animal world.
 
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 Joan@LifeForceArts.org. 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!

Joan




Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul:
Lessons of the Wild Things

Art exhibit runs

June 28 - September 9, 2012

Free admission to exhibit & Opening & Closing Reception

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


Life Force Arts Center
1609 W Belmont, Chicago

773-327-7224 or info@LifeForceArts.org

Image: Cheetah (c)  Sharon Bechtold
Connect with the spirit of our furred, finned and feathered friends through Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things, an art exhibit running June 28 - September 9, 2012 at Life Force Arts Center gallery, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 6:30 - 10 PM. Closing Reception is Sunday, September 9,  2012 from 3 - 7 PM. Workshops, performances and other events related to the theme of animals will also be held as part of the show.
Since ancient times, humans have identified with the qualities and energies of animals. Myths and legends of all cultures abound with humans learning from and being aided by animals. From animals, humans can learn how to use intuition and body awareness; thrive in one’s immediate environment; survive and protect oneself through assertiveness or hiding; and nurture our young. Animals are masters of dealing with the elements, weather and navigation, and work in harmony with minerals and plants to balance the ecosystem. With their funny antics and unconditional love, animals are natural healers of humans.

This is the third and final of a trilogy of art exhibits that Life Force Arts Center is presenting which explore the theme of "animal-vegetable-mineral": humans' relationship with their fellow Earth dwellers, and the evolution of life on our planet (click on each for more info). 
Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things explores:
  •  the essence and soul of the animal(s)
  •  the wisdom and intelligence of the animal(s)
  • the gifts of each animal: dog/loyalty; owl/wisdom; lion/courage, etc.
  • the parallels of body structure and movement of animals and humans, including yoga, Tai Chi, and other forms that have animal movements
  • what animals teach us (Aesop's fables)
LFAC presents themed shows throughout the year, that include an art exhibit plus events such as workshops, performances, lectures and poetry readings. Some of the upcoming events for Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things include:
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Spirit of the Lion (c) Elisa Rose Mountain
 
 
The mission of Life Force Arts Foundation (LFA) is to advance the field of spiritual art through artistically excellent exhibits, events and publications that explore the art-spirituality connection. We define spiritual art as visual, literary or performing art that flows from spiritual practice, strives to connect the audience with Spirit, and 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 through the arts. LFA's goals are to develop spiritual artists, the spiritual arts audience, and the spiritual arts community. The Foundation operates Life Force Arts Center (LFAC), Chicago's spiritual art gallery and performance space, which presents artistically excellent, spiritually based 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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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Peter Oprisko...Sings Sinatra & Beyond...TwelveWest Nightclub...Friday June 29...7:30-10:30!


FRANK SINATRA & BEYOND!

Peter Oprisko will appear at TwelveWest Nightclub Friday June 29,2012...7:30-10:30!
Between State & Dearborn in The Gold Coast
Reservations: (312) 337-3200
www.12westelm.com
 


www.peteroprisko.com
 


video clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6q8XJqNP9M

Hope to see you tomorrow night!

JOHN DES ROSIERS’S INOVASI ELEVATES NORTH SHORE DINING WITH THOUGHTFUL NEW MENU

JOHN DES ROSIERS’S INOVASI ELEVATES
NORTH SHORE DINING WITH THOUGHTFUL NEW MENU

The Lake Bluff destination pushes the envelope with a series of inventive new preparations

True to its mission of sourcing the best local and sustainable fare, the culinary team at Inovasi
 
, helmed by Executive Chef John des Rosiers, recently unveiled a delectable new menu, filled with dishes that boast the flavors and colors of ingredients enjoyed only during the warmer months of summer. “It was time for a major shift, so we changed the format slightly, wrote 14 brand new dishes, and reduced the overall size of the menu by 15%.  All of this is designed to produce the most consistent, stunning menu we have ever attempted,” said des Rosiers of the updates.

Guests at Inovasi can still expect to see classics such as sustainable Shrimp and Grits, and Equus Oaks Farms Squab, but will also be greeted with a variety of new small plates including Chilled Cucumber Soup with dill oil, watermelon, and pink peppercorn crème fraiche ($9); Teal Lake Arugula with housemade Inovasi bacon, roasted hazelnuts, crispy thin potatoes, cave aged cheddar, and blood orange vinaigrette ($8); and Yakitori Chicken Thigh with lightly whipped goat cheese, brown butter roasted radish, and English cracker ($7); and Foie Gras Torchon with chilled La Belle Farms foie gras, bourbon poached leeks and basil lychee drops ($I7).

Des Rosiers’s team has also put together even more tantalizing dishes such as Hand Cut Veal Carpaccio with whipped Korean garlic, chicken crackling, yuzu juice, Priorat olive oil, and cracked pepper ($12); Konro Grilled Shrimp & Cucumber made with Japanese sumi charcoal grilled shrimp, chilled cucumber, lime zest, and coconut Thai peanut vinaigrette ($11); and new House Made Sausage with Pinn Oak lamb, Jude Becker pork, polenta, raw shaved artichokes, and sake vinaigrette ($8).

ABOUT INOVASI
Casual, contemporary American – Inovasi is the vision of Executive Chef John des Rosiers. Committed to sourcing the best local and sustainable products, Chef des Rosiers highlights the quality of the ingredients in every dish. Inovasi encompasses a fun, relaxed atmosphere where the focus is on creating well executed food. Steps away from Lake Michigan, Inovasi is located in Lake Bluff, just 30 miles north of downtown Chicago.  For more information, please call (847)-295-1000 or visit www.inovasi.us
 
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Homestead – a new literal farm-to-table restaurant – to open mid-July

Homestead – a new literal farm-to-table restaurant – to open mid-July

  Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner will open their fourth restaurant that will serve literal farm-to-table cuisine, Homestead, by mid-July.

Chef John Wayne Formica – an opening sous chef at Sunda under Rodelio Aglibot and an opening sous chef at C-House under Marcus Samuelsson – will helm the Homestead kitchen. Chef Formica will be serving literal farm-to-table shareable plates where ingredients from every single dish will come from Homestead’s 1,000-square foot organic rooftop farm. The artfully-plated rustic Midwestern fare is inspired by Chef Formica’s Chicago upbringing, his multi-ethnic background, and his extensive global travels.

“Chef John is a true talent who’s been operating under the radar,” Mohr said. “We’re excited to put him at the forefront of our truly unique space that is Homestead. We can’t wait for people experience his textured and flavorful food that’s sustainable yet approachable, familiar yet unique.”

Homestead patrons will enter the restaurant through Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 W Chicago Ave), and will be led upstairs to the unique dual space on the second floor.

The rooftop features 85 outdoor seats with full view of the L-shaped 1,000-square foot organic rooftop farm and two massive vertical hanging gardens.

The light-filled and airy interior space at Homestead will seat about 40 people at tables with an additional 10 seats at the bar. The interior is decked out with a live birch walls, a hanging plant wall, air plants, bespoke glass terrariums filled with living vegetation, and vintage sconces. The South side of Homestead’s interior features floor-to-ceiling windows that over look the rooftop farm.

The handcrafted tables at Homestead inside and outside are each one-of-a-kind made from reclaimed wood, tin ceiling pieces, farm house doors, and other reclaimed materials.

Homestead will be open 5pm to 2am Sunday through Friday and from 5pm to 3am on Saturday. The outside rooftop of Homestead will be open until midnight every night. Homestead will not accept reservations. Homestead is a seasonal restaurant that will stay open until around mid-October, and it will re-open in the spring of 2013.

Chef Formica’s opening Homestead menu will feature about 15 shareable savory plates and about three desserts – all of which will contain ingredients from the 1,000-square foot organic rooftop farm. The menu will change frequently due to the seasonality of the rooftop farm that has over 100 different vegetable, fruit, plant, and herb varietals.

A Homestead opening menu item will be “Two Way Potato” that is inspired by Chef Formica’s Italian background. Sliced potato will be crisped into a cylinder, stuffed with local goat cheese mashed potatoes, served atop of bed of lightly-dressed greens picked from the rooftop farm, and topped with shaved summer truffles.

Another dish will be a “Lamb Tartare” that pulls from Chef Formica’s Lebanese background that will feature finely chopped Illinois-raised lamb filets mixed with bulgar, mint, parsley, scallion, tomato, cucumber, and cinnamon. The tartare will be finished with an aioli and served with housemade chickpea chips.

“Textured Foie” will also be on Homestead’s opening menu that was inspired from Chef Formica’s global travels. Half-moon slices of housemade foie gras tourchon will go through a three-step breading process before being fried. They’ll be served with a sweet squash puree, greens picked from the rooftop farm, and crispy duck prosciutto.

Other savory Homestead shareable plates will feature sustainable pork, beef, seafood, and chicken. In addition to the “Two Way Potato”, Homestead will also have about four other vegetarian shareable plates on its opening menu as well. Homestead will also have daily chef food specials based on what’s best and fresh at local Chicago markets and incorporating the best of Homestead’s rooftop farm as well.

A Homestead opening scratch-made dessert item will be a strawberry granita – strawberry-infused ice with hint of rose topped with strawberry gelee, strawberry sorbet, and pickled strawberries.

The Homestead cocktail list will feature about eight specialty cocktails created by consultant Revae Schneider, owner of Femme du Coupe (http://femmeducoupe.com). Each of the specialty cocktails will incorporate elements of the rooftop farm, and each will be served in a unique vessel. A full liquor bar is also available.

Homestead will exclusively feature brews from the Midwest. Homestead’s beer program will focus around about 15 large format 22oz bottles (“bombers”) that are perfect for sharing and pair with the shareable food plates. There will also be six beers on tap and about 20 beers in 12oz bottles.

Homestead will feature about 50 esoteric wines by the bottle – with the majority being organic and biodynamic – that will mainly come from Washington, Oregon, California, and France. The wine list will change frequently to match the ever-evolving food menu. About 12 of the wines will be available by the glass as well.

Homestead’s social media presence can be found at twitter.com/Homestead_Chi and facebook.com/HomesteadChicago.

Chef John Wayne Formica Bio
Chef John traces his love for cooking growing up in an Italian and Lebanese family, and several of his immediate family members owned and cooked at restaurants around the country.

John spent the last year and a half traveling and eating his way through the West Coast (where he staged at James Beard nominated restaurants) and Asia (Philippines, Vietnam, and Hong Kong). John also spent time as a culinary instructor and chef consultant at various places in the Philippines.

John spent two and a half years at Sunda (which garnered three stars from the Chicago Tribune) where he was an opening sous chef under Rodelio Aglibot, and was promoted to executive sous chef after Aglibot left Sunda.

Before Sunda, John spent nine months at C-House under Marcus Samuelsson as an opening sous chef. Prior to C-House, John was a chef de’ partie at L’Abbate (Sorrento, Italy) and a sous chef at Saffron Bistro (Loves Park, IL).

John is a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago. John is also a four-year United States Army veteran who served a tour in Iraq. John, nicknamed “The Duke”, and blogs regularly for his website http://travelingcowboychef.com

and is also active on Twitter @Cowboy_Chef. John is also an avid motorcycle rider.

John spent his teenage years growing up in Chicago, and he graduated Steinmetz High School in Chicago.

More information on Homestead owners Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner
Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner first met when they started the same day in 2004 as managers at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab and quickly became best friends.

Mohr and Weiner co-own The Fifty/50 in Wicker Park that opened in March 2008, co-own Roots Handmade Pizza in West Town that opened in May 2011, and co-own Bleeding Heart Bakery & Café in West Town that opened in August 2011.

Greg Mohr bio
Greg Mohr was literally born into the restaurant and hospitality industry. Growing up in Rock Island, Illinois, Greg saw the success of the liquor store his great grandfather founded become the highest grossing liquor store in Illinois during the late ‘60s and ‘70s. The Mohr family expanded its liquor store concept under his grandfather that turned into three bars and a deli. At age 8, Greg began cleaning the liquor store and started working in the deli.

Greg continued to work in various restaurants throughout high school in the Quad Cities and in college while studying business administration at Illinois State University. Greg moved to Chicago after college while working as a server at Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House that is a part of the Gibsons Restaurant Group. Four months into his stint at Hugo’s, Greg was promoted to assistant general manager.

Eight months later, Greg was tapped by the Gibsons Restaurant Group to open and run Gibsons Steakhouse in Rosemont, Illinois, as a managing partner and new concept creator. After three years at the suburban Gibsons, Greg was then moved to the original and iconic Gibsons on Rush Street and worked directly with owners Steve Lombardo and Hugo Ralli for over a year.

Greg was then offered the assistant general manager at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab with the behemoth Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group. Two years into his stint at Joe’s, Greg was elevated to the general manager position where he stayed for two additional years.

Greg left Joe’s early into 2008 to open his first restaurant, The Fifty/50, with another former Joe’s manager, Scott Weiner.

Scott Weiner bio
Scott Weiner – a Northbrook, Illinois, native – traces his love and passion for the restaurant business back his first job as a server at Johnny Rockets as a teenager.

Scott worked for four years in various capacities at multiple China Grill Management restaurant concepts in Las Vegas while he simultaneously he earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration with a major in beverage management form UNLV.

While in college, Scott also earned his sommelier license through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and used his talents to develop the wine and spirits program at China Grill properties in Las Vegas.

Prior to opening The Fifty/50, Roots Handmade Pizza, and Bleeding Heart Bakery & Café with business partner Greg Mohr, Scott was the assistant general manager at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab where he focused on food purchasing and menu development.
 

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The Straight Ahead & Other Directions Jazz Camp is quickly approaching! Join us to explore the many intersections between the arts through hands-on sessions taught by professional musicians and clinicians. The camp's four  days of master classes, general interest lectures, and discussions provide something for everyone.

Registration closes soon, so
 reserve your spot today! Can't make all four days? One-day passes are available this year.  Learn a little or a lot, but don't miss out. Saxophonist Donald Harrison is our very special guest this summer (you may also recognize him from the hit HBO television series Treme).

We've greatly expanded our general interest offerings this year, so there's something for musicians and non-musicians alike.
Check out our brochure for the full session listings.


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Paris Opera Ballet Simulcast success!


CAPACITY CROWDS FILL MILLENNIUM PARK

FOR PARIS OPERA BALLET SIMULCAST

Giselle Plays To Full Houses in Two Sites At Once


A capacity crowd of more than 11,000 ballet enthusiasts and casual dance fans packed the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park on Wednesday night to take advantage of the simulcast of the Paris Opera Ballet’s production of Giselle, currently performing at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.   Last night’s production was the first-ever free outdoor simulcast of a live performance by an international ballet company at Millennium Park.
As the Paris Opera Ballet performed inside the Harris Theater, the performance was simultaneously shown by on a 16 ½ ft high x 32 ½ ft long LED screen that allowed thousands more to enjoy the show at no cost.
“As the enthusiasm and response of the live simulcast of the Paris Opera Ballet in Millennium Park demonstrates, residents from across Chicago will always come together to support the arts and creativity,” said Mayor Emanuel.  “I am committed to making Chicago a worldwide destination for arts and creativity.  With the Harris Theatre as its host, accompanied by our very own Grant Park Orchestra, this has been an unique opportunity for Chicago’s world class arts community to collaborate with the world-famous Paris Opera Ballet.”
The Paris Opera Ballet continues its engagement at the Harris Theater through Sunday, the launch of its 2012 North American Tour.
“This performance was extraordinary as was the experience of bringing this viewing by such an internationally-acclaimed company to thousands of Chicagoans for free,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  “This event, along with SummerDance debuting at Taste of Chicago and the return of the 6th Chicago Dancing Festival – culminating with a grand finale on Saturday August 25 at the Jay Pritzker Pavlion – Chicago is on its way to cementing a reputation as the nation’s dance capital.”
The simulcast was broadcast by Staging Solutions Inc. on a VideoBlades LED Screen, a product of Lighthouse Technologies and presented by the Harris Theater and the Grant Park Orchestra in collaboration with Millennium Park Inc. and the City of Chicago.

Lion World Tours Is Offering An Exciting Photographic Safari In South Africa




Lion World Tours Is Offering An Exciting Photographic Safari In South Africa

Lion World Tours is offering an amazing opportunity to take your photography skills to a new level while enjoying an African vacation! You will learn valuable photographic tips and techniques from renowned professional photographers, with countless opportunities to practice your new found skills.  All levels, from amateur to advanced photographers are welcome on this luxury 5-star vacation and safari.

This 9-day vacation and safari is being offered for travel 19 to 27 March 2013, for USD $4,899* including International Air, all taxes and all fuel surcharges, per person based on two people sharing and so much more!


 
In addition to airfare from New York (JFK) on the award winning South African Airways, internal flights within South Africa and all taxes and surcharges, the package also includes a 4-night stay in Cape Town at the intimate Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, located where the majestic Twelve Apostles Mountains reach toward the heavens and the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins and crashing Atlantic waves. This package also includes a 2-night stay at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp, offering accommodation in luxury suites, each with a private viewing deck overlooking the riverbed. You will have the opportunity to track Africa's big game including the “Big Five” in open vehicles by day and at night, accompanied by qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers. On safari, you will be joined by a professional photographer who will be on hand to assist you in obtaining the best wildlife photographs.

While in Cape Town you will be joined by a locally based photographer, Erika Van Breda, a photographer/graphic designer as well as part-time lecturer at Cape Town School of Photography. She will join you to explore the lovely Cape Winelands and on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour offering countless opportunities for that perfect picture!

In addition to luxurious accommodations, the package also includes 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. This package is spectacular value for money, as all of these properties offered are 5-star luxury accommodations.

The Photographic Safari for USD $4,899* per person is a 9-day trip which includes:

·         Round trip international Economy Class airfare from New York (JFK) to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg, on South African Airways
·         Domestic flights within South Africa Johannesburg/Cape Town/Kruger-Mpumalanga/Johannesburg
·         Photographic instruction, tips and techniques
·         4 nights in Cape Town at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
·         2 nights at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Lodge
·         Game drives and bush walks as specified in itinerary
·         Half-day Winelands Tour
·         Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
·         6 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 2 Dinners
·         Lion World Tours representative Meet and Greet upon arrival
·         Transfers

To book this travel deal, call Lion World Tours at 1-800-387-2706 (USA) or visit our website www.lionworldtours.com

Lion World Tours has just been honoured as Top Producing Tour Operator by South African Tourism for North America - 2009, 2010 & 2011. In May Lion World Tours was also bestowed South African Airways Award of Excellence in Travel and Tourism for North America for 2011.

About Lion World Tours 
Lion World Tours specializes in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa, and is a member of The Travel Corporation, which also includes Trafalgar, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Red Carnation Boutique Hotel Collection, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Insight Vacations. In its fifth decade, clients continue to benefit from Lion World Tours’ destination knowledge, expertise, and emphasis on customer service. With their safari specialists all having first-hand knowledge of Africa, Lion World Tours can confidently assist clients in creating an African adventure that fits their specific interests as well as their budget. Affordable luxury and value for money are what keep clients coming back to Lion World Tours.

* Prices are in US Dollars and are per person based on double occupancy accommodations and include fuel surcharges, Government taxes, departure fees and September 11th Security Fee.



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Eleven shows to perform at Broadway In Chicago Concert at Millennium Park!



 
BROADWAY COMES TO CHICAGO!
Eleven shows to perform at Broadway In Chicago Concert at Millennium Park

Including performances from CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, I LOVE LUCY ® LIVE ON STAGE, KINKY BOOTS,
LES MISÉRABLES, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, PETER PAN, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT,
SISTER ACT and WAR HORSE
 Broadway In Chicago's Concert moves to Millennium Park this summer. The FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO CONCERT will take place on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Hosted by ABC-7’s Janet Davies, star of 190 NORTH, the concert will feature performances by the iconic rock legend CYNDI LAUPER with members of the cast from the pre-Broadway world premiere of her new musical KINKY BOOTS, Joey from WAR HORSE and Cathy Rigby as PETER PAN.
 
Also performing are cast members from CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE,  LES MISÉRABLES, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, SISTER ACT, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the American Music Theatre Project’s THE VERONA PROJECT and Emerald City Theatre’s CINDERELLA.
This year's concert will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the largest and most influential theatrical companies, the Nederlander Organization, who founded Broadway In Chicago, as well as feature performances by the Illinois High School Musical Theater Award recipients: Nathan Salstone of Northbrook, Illinois, and Meadow Nguy of O’ Fallon, Illinois. Recently, Salstone and Nguy participated in The Jimmy™ Awards, named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander, on June 25, 2012.
 
“Nowhere else in the world is this kind of entertainment available for free to an audience of over 10,000,” said Eileen LaCario, vice president of Broadway In Chicago. “It’s always a pleasure to watch the audiences enjoy this summer evening together.”


I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE
Sep. 12, 2012- Nov. 11, 2012 Ÿ Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the brand new hit musical stage show adapted from the longest-running and most beloved television program in history, starring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel: America's favorite foursome, is coming to Chicago for the very first time! Imagine stepping back in time and into the Desilu Playhouse soundstage! It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh so familiar “I Love Lucy” episodes.  A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950’s hi-fidelity technology, and this brand new thing called ‘television’.  The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In between scenes?  The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say ‘Brylcreem’?!
KINKY BOOTS featuring a performance by Cyndi Lauper and members of the cast of KINKY BOOTS
PRE-BROADWAY WORLD PREMIERE!
Oct. 2, 2012- Nov. 4, 2012 Ÿ Bank of America Theatre
Inspired by a true story and based on the film, KINKY BOOTS features a warm and witty book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies) and a richly diverse musical score from music icon Cyndi Lauper in her stunning theatrical debut. Director Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, La Cage, Broadway Bares) has crafted a production bound to move, inspire and set audience's feet dancing.  In KINKY BOOTS, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while helping one another grow into the men their fathers always dreamed they would become and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance.
 
SISTER ACT
Nov. 13, 2012- Dec. 2, 2012 Ÿ Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!
 
LES MISÉRABLES
Nov. 14, 2012- Dec. 2, 2012 Ÿ Cadillac Palace Theatre
In February 2012, over 66,000 people experienced a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES.  Now, due to overwhelming demand, LES MISÉRABLES returns to Chicago for three-weeks only.
Cameron Mackintosh presents LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.  This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.
The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES “splendidly reworked, thrilling and unforgettable.  An unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful.”  The Chicago Tribune says this LES MISÉRABLES a “grand theatrical sweep for a new generation of fans.”
Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit.  The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.
 
WAR HORSE special appearance by Joey
Dec. 18, 2012- Jan. 5, 2013 Ÿ Cadillac Palace Theatre
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.
 
PETER PAN featuring a performance by Cathy Rigby
Jan. 30, 2013- Feb. 10, 2013 Ÿ Cadillac Palace Theatre
Tony® Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of PETER PAN! Discover the magic all over again of this two-time Emmy Award winning and two-time Tony® Award nominated production. PETER PAN is a unique, family friendly attraction of spectacle and fantasy. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. The legend you thought you know, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible…Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN!
 
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Mar. 19, 2013- Mar. 31, 2013 Ÿ Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive."
 
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Apr. 2, 2013- Apr. 14, 2013 Ÿ Cadillac Palace Theatre
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams.  But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected.
 
THE VERONA PROJECT
Oct. 19, 2012- Nov. 4, 2012 Ÿ Josephine Louis Theater, Evanston
THE VERONA PROJECT is an electric hybrid of theatre and live concert infused with original indie-folk-rock music. A modern fable inspired by Shakespeare’s first comedy, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, the show takes an honest look at surviving love and loss. Seen through the eyes of a group of young musicians, THE VERONA PROJECT explores the journeys we all take and the people we eventually become.
 
CINDERELLA
Nov. 17, 2012- Jan. 6, 2013 Ÿ Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
The holidays have arrived, and with them the anticipated Royal Ball! Cinderella's cruel Stepmother and Stepsisters are plotting to win the heart of The Prince, but a spunky and barefoot servant girl may just become the belle of the ball.  This swashbuckling Cinderella just needs a little help from her Fairy Godmother and one ratty Footman to find her happy ending.  Emerald City’s adaption of CINDERELLA is a musical holiday wish come true.
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Now playing Ÿ Apollo Theater
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Chicago’s smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.  On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.  MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more. 
 
Please note: program is subject to change.
 
ABOUT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO
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.
For ticket information for the shows featured at the Summer Concert or any of Broadway In Chicago’s upcoming performances, call (800) 775-2000 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com
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CYNDI LAUPER TO PERFORM AT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO’S CONCERT
MONDAY, AUG. 6 AT MILLENNIUM PARK
 
Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that Grammy and Emmy Award-winning music icon CYNDI LAUPER will introduce Chicago to her new musical KINKY BOOTS with her latest single “Sex is in the Heel” at the BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SUMMER CONCERT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 East Randolph).
 
KINKY BOOTS, the new musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® and Emmy Award-winning Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago this fall.  Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, KINKY BOOTS will play the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe Street) beginning Oct. 2 through Nov. 4, 2012.
Cyndi Lauper just released “Sex is in the Heel,” a remixed selection from KINKY BOOTS. The track is available for free download at www.KinkyBootstheMusical.com
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About KINKY BOOTS
In KINKY BOOTS, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance.
 
About CYNDI LAUPER
A Grammy and Emmy Award-winning artist with more than 25 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 30 million, Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. 2012 is proving to be another amazing period for this career artist as Lauper brings Kinky Boots to Broadway, premieres her own WeTV reality show in partnership with Mark Burnett Productions, releases her autobiography on Simon & Schuster and continues her philanthropic work through her foundation, the True Colors Fund.
 
For ticket information on KINKY BOOTS, call (800) 775-2000 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com
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