Saturday, July 28, 2012

First 2 weekends of August - Acting Business Seminar: TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER!

   Starting next week, the Chicago Actors Studio begins it's Acting Business Seminar series.  Now is the time to reserve a seat, while they're still available!

The seminar will be run by the Chicago Actors Studio's own artistic director, Edward Dennis Fogell, who will be sharing with you the skills he's picked up from his more than 20 years in
film and theater!

Learn a wide range of important skills for success in the business such as:

The many ways of effectively marketing yourself
Your image
Your head shots
What you should and should not list on your resume
Finding the right agent for you and working effectively with that agent
How to find the best, most reliable casting resources
How to energize your audition monologues and readings
What "The first fifteen seconds" means
How to properly slate, which is more than just saying your name and agent
How to handle yourself when you first walk in and greet the auditor
How to interpret the script
The moment before you start speaking your lines
Best times to schedule your auditions
How to handle the Call back
How to Prepare
The differences between performing a monologue or script with a partner an actual performance opposed in an audition situation
Auditioning with someone who gives you nothing to work with.
Controlling the audition opposed to it controlling you.
The differences in techniques of an industrial script, opposed to film, commercial and stage scripts.
The importance of the time signature in commercial scripts
Overcoming your fears and ways of using them to your advantage.
Being ahead of the game.

Two of these weekend-long seminars are currently scheduled to run on August 4th-5th and 11th-12th from 4:30PM to 7:00PM each day.The full price for a weekend is $200.00 BUT, if 
you call to reserve a seat beforehand, just mention this Email and you'll get $75.00 off!  That's just $125.00 for a ticket for the whole 

RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY!  Call the Chicago Actors Studio at 773-645-0222!

What are you waiting for?  The only person standing in your way is you!

The Chicago Actors Studio
2040 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, Illinois, 60614
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Virginia Madsen-See her at The Hollywood Palms Cinema this weekend!

My private photo session with actress Virginia Madsen  prior to this weekend's hosting  of special showings of "Sideways" and Rob Reiner's newest film, "The Magic of Belle Island" at the Hollywood Palms & Hollywood Blvd Cinema, Bar & Eatery in Naperville and Woodridge,Illinois.

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West Town Bakery & Diner open to the public at 7am Saturday, July 28 (Chicago)

West Town Bakery & Diner open to the public at 7am Saturday, July 28

West Town Bakery & Diner (1916 W Chicago Ave; 773.904.1414) will open to the public at 7am on Saturday, July 28 and will serve full-service brunch and walk-up counter coffee and pastry service.

West Town Bakery & Diner is owned and by Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner who also own The Fifty/50, Roots Handmade Pizza, and the newly-opened Homestead -- which is located upstairs of West Town Bakery & Diner.

Please note the brunch menu and the beverage menus are attached. The
website will be operational in the next few days.

West Town Bakery & Diner will open as a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant via the Green Restaurant Association. West Town Bakery will use as many local, organic and sustainable ingredients as possible in food, drink, and materials inside the restaurant. Only seven other restaurants in Chicago are 3-Star Certified Green Restaurants (City Provisions, Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Hamburger Mary's, Province, Simone's, Xoco). Only two Chicago restaurants have a higher (4-Star) Certified Green Restaurant rating (both Uncommon Ground locations) than West Town Bakery & Diner.

The sit-down diner portion of West Town Bakery & Diner will serve brunch from 7am until 3pm daily. Pastry and coffee counter service at West Town Bakery & Diner will be open from 7am until 9pm Sunday thru Thursday and 7am until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Brunch, pastry items, and cakes will include vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free, and allergy-specific options.

West Town Bakery & Diner has met the rigorous standards of the Green Restaurant Association by earning over 179 GreenPoints™ (175 points are needed to attain 3-Star certification) across six environmental categories -- food, water, waste, energy, chemicals, and disposables. Additionally, West Town Bakery & Diner has eliminated StyroFoam, and has implemented a full-scale recycling program.

West Town Bakery & Diner has taken 61 environmental steps to make the restaurant’s operations more sustainable, including:
*  Recycling plastic, glass, aluminum, paper, and cardboard
*  Composting pre- and post-consumer waste
*  Purchasing vegan, vegetarian, local, and organic food products
*  Using Energy Star equipment (including refrigerator and dishwasher)
*  Using pre-rinse spray valves to conserve water
*  Providing recycled or biobased disposables
*  Offering less-toxic paints, coatings, and hand soap

More information on the Certified Green Restaurant process can be found at

New savory additions to the brunch menu include a “Fresca Benedict” (sliced avocado, pico de gallo, hollandaise, and sprinkled queso fresco on a toasted English muffin), a “Steak Benedict” (Thinly sliced grass-fed ribeye steak, crispy onions, cabernet sauvignon hollandaise on a toasted English muffin), a “Vegan Spanakopita” (filo dough stuffed with whipped tofu and spinach served on a bed of roasted eggplant, tomatoes, and yellow bell peppers), and a “Smoked Southern Orchard Skillet” (Smoked pulled pork, candied maple bacon, crispy apples, honey molasses glaze).

New sweet additions to the brunch menu include “Carrot Cake Waffles” (apple-infused carrot cake batter waffle stuffed with cream cheese glaze, drizzled with caramel and a pineapple reduction that’s topped with orange segments), “Wheat Germ Granola Pancakes” (topped with granola, cranberries, and glazed hazelnuts and macadamia nuts), and “Steel Cut Oatmeal” (topped with brown sugar, fruit, and cream).

West Town Bakery & Diner will make specialty custom cakes in various flavors and sizes – usually within 48 hours. A rotation of “stock cakes” for customers to purchase at all times at the bakery will be available as well in flavors like peanut butter, carrot, mint chip, cookies n’ cream, red velvet, chocolate raspberry, blueberry pancake, espresso, turtle, triple chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry shortcake, coconut lemon, s’mores, and peanut butter n’ jelly.

West Town Bakery & Diner will also feature the following baked goods made in-house daily in several different flavors: cake balls, whoopee pies, jam bars, lemon bars, lime bars, brownies, cookies, chocolate bark, candies, truffles, macaroons, mousse cakes, roulades, individual cheesecakes, quiche by the slice, and more.

The West Town Bakery & Diner will serve organic and fare trade Alterra coffee drinks and fair trade Rare Tea Cellar hot teas. West Town Bakery & Diner will also serve nine specialty cocktails using organic liquors and ingredients and two organic beers and one gluten-free beer from open to close daily.

The West Town Bakery & Diner opening donut menu and the August cupcake menus are below:

Classic Donuts -- $2 each & $10 for mix-and-match half dozen
* Powdered sugar dusted cake donut
* Cinnamon-sugar dusted sweet potato cake donut
* Chocolate glazed cake donut with chocolate sprinkles
* Seedling Farm blueberry glazed yeasted donut
* Strawberry glazed yeasted donut with rainbow sprinkles
* Maple glazed yeasted long john

Specialty Filled Donuts -- $3 each & $15 for mix-and-match half dozen
* Spiced apple yeasted fritter
* Maple glazed yeasted donut topped with candied bacon
* Fruit jam filled yeasted donut topped with peanut butter glaze
* Lemon curd filled yeasted donut topped with toasted coconut
* Vegan chocolate ganache filled vegan chocolate cake and espresso fueled donut topped with chocolate cake crumbs
* Chocolate glazed yeasted donut filled with pastry cream

August Cupcakes -- $2.25 each
* Red Velvet -- red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.
* Salted Caramel -- salted vanilla cupcake filled with house made caramel sauce and topped with caramel frosting sprinkled with salt.
* Chocolate Chocolate (vegan) -- devil's food cupcake topped with chocolate frosting.
* Chocolate Vanilla (vegan) -- devil's Food cupcake topped with vanilla frosting.
* Lemon Lavender- vanilla lavender cupcake filled with lemon curd topped with lemon frosting.
* Almond Cherry (vegan) -- vanilla almond cupcake filled with cherry jam and topped with cherry frosting and almonds.
* Raspberry -- raspberry cupcake with raspberry filling topped with meringue.
* Chocolate Espresso -- devil's food cupcake with espresso frosting.
* Carrot -- carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lillie’s Q brews signature beer with Goose Island, cooks at the James Beard House in NYC

Lillie’s Q brews signature beer with Goose Island, cooks at the James Beard House in NYC 
Lillie’s Q, where chef/owner Charlie McKenna serves award-winning competition BBQ along with Southern favorites and sides in Bucktown (1856 W North Ave), is brewing a signature beer at Goose Island Clybourn with head brewer Jared Rouben called the Lillie’s Q Inferno Imperial IPA.

The Lillie’s Q Inferno Imperial IPA is a double India pale ale brewed with a trio of hops (Galaxy, Cascade, and Citra) and it is infused with inferno chili peppers. The Lillie’s Q Inferno Imperial IPA was brewed specifically to pair perfectly with the award-winning BBQ at Lillie’s Q.

The Lillie’s Q Inferno Imperial IPA will debut when Chef McKenna and his Lillie’s Q team cooks a “Southern Comfort” dinner at the James Beard House in New York City on Wednesday, August 8. The Lillie’s Q Inferno Imperial IPA be released in Chicago at Lillie’s Q in late August via a charity fundraiser where 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit The Katherine McKenna Brothers Scholarship Fund . (More details on The Lillie’s Q Inferno Imperial IPA release party will be available at a later date.)

Chef McKenna’s aunt, Katherine McKenna Brothers, died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer in 2000. Charlie’s father, Quito (who was Katherine’s brother), and his uncle, Chris Brothers (who was Katherine’s husband), set up The Katherine McKenna Brothers Scholarship Fund several years ago. The fund provides scholarship money for female students at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, where Katherine received her undergrad degree.

McKenna, who last cooked at the James Beard House in 2003 when he was the sous chef at Avenues, will serve a Southern focused dinner at the James Beard House in New York City on Wednesday, August 8. Patrons can buy tickets by calling the James Beard Foundation at 212.627.2308. The full Lillie’s Q James Beard House menu and pairings are listed below.

Hors d’Oeuvre
* Benne Crackers with Pimento Cheese
* Miniature Biscuits with Pepper Jelly
* Miniature Pulled Pork Sandwiches
* Shrimp and Grits
* Bacon Custard–Filled Bacon Beignets with Bacon Fat Powder and Chicory Coffee–Bacon Syrup

* Lillie’s Q Inferno Imperial IPA
* Iron Horse Vineyards Russian Cuvée 2006

First Course
* Oyster Trio > Raw with E.N.C. Mignonette; Grilled with E.N.C Butter; & Fried with E.N.C. Aïoli

* R. Stuart & Co. Big Fire Pinot Gris 2011

Second Course
* Peanut Soup with Grilled Peaches, Toasted Peanuts, Sugarcane Vinegar, and Scallions

* Arnot-Roberts Green Island Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

Third Course
* Pickled Shrimp with Succotash, Country Ham, Mustard Greens, and Brown Butter

* Soliste Soleil Rouge Rosé De Pinot Noir 2011

Fourth Course
* Smoked and Southern Fried Poussin with Carolina Plantation Rice, Collard Greens, and White Gravy

* Andrew Will Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard Cuvée Lucia Sangiovese 2009

Fifth Course
* Banana Pudding

* Lillie’s Q Henry McKenna 10-Year-Aged Single Barrel Bourbon Cocktail

About Lillie’s Q: Chef Charlie McKenna (formerly the sous chef at Tru and Avenues) opened Lillie’s Q restaurant in July 2010 specializing in award-winning competition BBQ, Southern favorites and sides in Bucktown as a homage to his family’s deep cooking roots. McKenna has competed on the competition BBQ circuit with his father and friends the last 10 years, and the team won the prestigious Memphis In May BBQ competition in 2007 in the whole pork shoulder category and placed in Top Ten every year from 2006 through 2010 and finished 12th in 2011. McKenna opened an outpost of Lillie’s Q in Destin, FL with his parents in 2008. At Lillie’s Q in Chicago, McKenna is smoking pork shoulder for pulled pork, tri-tip, baby back ribs, and chicken in two custom built smokers over peach wood and lump charcoal. McKenna began cooking Southern favorites and sides with grandma Lillie and his mother at an early age and those standouts make their way onto the Lillie’s Q menu via shrimp & grits, pimento cheese, fried pickles, boiled peanuts, Brunswick stew, baked beans, macaroni & cheese and banana pudding.  Lillie’s Q features moonshine-based specialty cocktails (like the “Morning Lillie” that’s a play on a Bloody Mary and the “M&M&M” that’s a mint julep riff), 10 All-American craft drafts (including a specially-made copper lager by Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing that pairs with the BBQ), and a rotating selection of All-American craft bottled beers. Located at 1856 W North Ave (773.772.5500), Lillie’s Q serves lunch and dinner daily from 11am-10pm Sunday thru Wednesday, and 11am-11pm Thursday thru Saturday. “Like” Lillie’s Q on Facebook at and follow Lillie’s Q on Twitter at and check out Lillie’s Q on YouTube at




Join The Body Shop in celebration of its boutique reopening at Water Tower Place. The original ethical beauty brand is offering customers a free gift, valued at $28, for every $30 purchase in-store throughout its opening weekend. The gift features such fan favorites as The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel, The Body Shop Satsuma Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer, The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream, The Body Shop Bath Lily, and the famous The Body Shop Body Butter in Satsuma, while supplies last.

As an added bonus during the first two weeks after the boutique’s reopening, customers can enroll in the love your body™ rewards program for free. More than just a loyalty card, the program saves customers 10% on all qualifying purchases, offers, special exclusives and rewards, and celebrates customers’ birthdays with a free gift.

With skincare, make-up, body care and Values center stage, The Body Shop new look boutique creates a unique and memorable experience that engages, educates and informs. An innovative range of products inspired by nature, bursting with sensorial ingredients that tell a rich human story and additional in-store campaign-led events will capture the imagination of customers to actively participate in The Body Shop community, aiming to make the world a better place.
The Body Shop is where activism, beauty and community collide!


The original ethical beauty brand: The Body Shop

FRIDAY, July 27, 2012  - SUNDAY, July 29, 2012
During regular store hours:
10AM – 9PM CDT (Friday, Saturday)
11AM – 6PM CDT (Sunday)

The Body Shop at Water Tower Place
845 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

About The Body Shop®

The Body Shop International plc is the original ethical beauty brand, with over 2,500 stores in over 60 markets worldwide. The Body Shop seeks out wonderful natural ingredients from all four corners of the globe to deliver products bursting with effectiveness, to enhance your natural beauty. By striving to use the planet’s resources wisely, The Body Shop searches for outstanding natural materials and ingredients from across the globe to include in its range of products. The Body Shop is proud to have been the first beauty brand to have brought the benefits of fair trade to the beauty industry through its own unique Community Fair Trade program, to have introduced 100% recycled packaging, and to raise funds and awareness on key issues of the day, including the sex trafficking of the most vulnerable in our society, children and young people.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

CITY Target Chicago Store opens on site of former Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago!

 CITY Target Store opens on site of former Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago!

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I've just attended the press view for the new CITY Target store on State and Madison in Chicago Illinois.To sum it all up...
The store is a huge 2 floors,124,000 square feet and they have almost everything.
They've kept the two floors of windows open so you can people watch,see the street and feel cheered by the great natural light!
I took particular notice of their food section,their produce beautifully reminded me of 'Whole Foods.'
Mark Angelson, deputy mayor of Chicago and Bullseye, Target’s bull terrier mascot opened up the brief press conference prior to the media tour.

  Grab a FRESH sandwich,salad,yogurt,organic coffee or baked goods at Prêt A Manger on the main floor.I love their fresh concept.Food is given away at the end of each day to the Chicago Food Depository!

From clothing for the whole family,fresh food,frozen food,toys,flat screen tvs,cosmetics,music,iPads,grooming items,office supplies,household items,they are quite well stocked!

The store opens tomorrow July 25,2012 and the official grand opening is July 29th!

They followed their afternoon media event with a party later on in the evening and the food catered by UNO's Pizza and Frontera Grill was excellent.  Chicago Bucket Boys performed  their unique percussion act the crowd!

Happy shopping;State Street really needed this!

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Graham Elliot, Ryan Poli, Patricio Sandoval and Randy Zweiban Bring Chicago Culinary to the International Art Fair September 20 – 23, 2012

Famed Chicago Chef and Restaurateur Michael Kornick teams with EXPO CHICAGO/2012, the international fair of modern/contemporary art and design to curate the inaugural Chefs’ Café during the fair (September 20 – 23, 2012). Located directly within the exposition, the Chefs Café will allow guests to taste a variety of signature dishes. Envisioned by an eclectic blend of chefs including Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, g.e.b., and Grahamwich), Ryan Poli (Tavernita) with Patricio Sandoval (Mercadito) and Randy Zweiban (Province) all under the skilled leadership and vision of world-renowned restaurateur, Kornick (Ada St., DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, mk and N9NE Steakhouse), the Chefs’ Café will provide visitors with a unique dining experience.

“I am honored to bring an array of Chicago’s best chefs to Navy Pier for EXPO CHICAGO,” said Michael Kornick. “Great art deserves great food, and I’m excited to take part in creating specialty menu items and cocktails that will celebrate this landmark cultural event.”

For each day of the fair, one chef will be highlighted at the Chefs Café providing guests from near and far with specialty dishes and signature cocktails created exclusively for EXPO Chicago. All four chefs will also come together to kick off the inaugural fair at Vernissage, the opening night celebration of the exposition in conjunction with the MCA, where they will feature a sampling of their menu items along with other noted Chicago Chefs (will be announced at a later date).

“Having several of Chicago's top chefs showcase their culinary skills at EXPO Chicago, reinforces what the world already knows; Chicago is a great food and art city," said Tony Karman, President & Director of EXPO Chicago. "To have Michael Kornick at the helm, partnering with Graham Elliot, Ryan Poli, Patricio Sandoval and Randy Zweiban, I am confident that EXPO patrons will experience the perfect blend of great artwork and a true taste of Chicago".

About EXPO CHICAGO / 2012
The inaugural EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary / Modern Art
and Design, will be presented at Navy Pier's Festival Hall from September 20-23, 2012. This
four day art event will feature 100 leading international galleries and offer a curated blend of
contemporary/modern art and design. Produced by Art Expositions, LLC under the
leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO will feature a design-
forward interior environment by the world renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by
MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. The new fair will open the international fall arts season and
will establish Chicago as a preeminent art fair and cultural destination. Vernissage, an
exclusive opening night preview celebration benefitting the Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

About the Chefs:
Chef Michael Kornick, founder and owner of MK, is a nationally recognized leader in the culinary arts. Kornick works with the freshest seasonal ingredients and stays true to classical cooking techniques. It is his belief that ingredients should speak for themselves. Although known primarily for his accomplishments as a chef, Michael Kornick has developed into one of the country's leading restaurateurs. He is highly sought after as an authority on restaurant management and customer service and is known as a generous mentor to those who have worked under him past and present. Kornick’s other restaurants include DMK Burger, Fish Bar and N9NE Steakhouse.

Chef Graham Elliot is one of Chicago’s creative, culinary wizards with an innate ability to successfully juxtapose four-star cuisine with humor, wit and out-of-the-box artistry. At age 27, he became the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chefs" in 2004. In recent years, he has accrued several prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations as well as being named one of Crain's Chicago Business list of "40 Under Forty.” In May of 2008 at the age of 31, Graham opened Graham Elliot, focusing on his core belief that cooking is an artistic, creative outlet. Since opening its doors the restaurant has garnered one Michelin star in both 2011 and 2012. In December 2010, Graham opened the fast-casual sandwich concept simply titled "Grahamwich" in Chicago's River North area. Grahamwich has received numerous accolades and press, with Food & Wine naming their grilled cheese one of the best in the country and Travel & Leisure including it as a top dining destination in the US. In the spring of 2012 Elliot opened his third restaurant, g.e.b., located in Chicago’s West Loop. g.e.b. offers a seasonally focused menu using old world techniques with three ingredients or less per dish. In addition to appearing on Iron Chef and two seasons of the popular show "Top Chef Masters," Graham co-stars alongside Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich in the FOX series MasterChef, which is now in its third season. Graham, a singer and guitarist in his own right, is also the Culinary Director of Lollapalooza where he helps setup ChowTown with the best chefs and restaurants Chicago has to offer.

Chef Ryan Poli trained in classic French and American cuisine and refined his techniques by working at restaurants like Thomas Keller's The French Laundry and Jean Banchet's Le Francais, Sergi Arola's La Broche, El Celler de Can Roca and Martin Berasategui in Madrid Spain. The Chicago native has been at the forefront of the Chicago culinary scene since opening Butter in 2005, which was voted one of the country's "Best New Restaurants" by Esquire Magazine. His newest venture, Tavernita, is a combination of Poli's culinary experience and travel and will feature small plates with Spanish and Latin influence. Poli has been honored with; Esquire Magazine's "Best New Restaurant", a Michelin Guide Big Gourmand, "Best New Restaurant" by both Travel and Leisure and Chicago Magazine, "Best Dish of 2009" from Food and Wine Magazine, Rising Star Chef "Community Chef Award" from StarChefs Magazine and has been nominated by Food and Wine Magazine for the "Peoples Choice Award for Best New Chef". When he's not in the kitchen, Chef Poli is active in The Pilot Light Project; along with other prominent Chicago chefs to educate youth on healthy eating.

Chef Patricio Sandoval began his culinary experience in his home town of Acapulco, Mexico at his father’s world class restaurant, Madieras. He later followed his brother Richard to New York where he worked from the bottom up at Maya which his brother owned. After travelling back and forth from California to New York in order to further his studies in the culinary field and gain experience in the kitchen working as Sous Chef at Hawthorne Lane and later with Peter Hoffman at the legendary Savoy, he reunited with his brother to work as the Consulting Chef at Pampano. Sandoval’s next venture was to open his own restaurant which he would draw inspiration from shopping the small market stalls of his home town. This led to the creation of Mercadito, which by 2009, has opened in Chicago, Miami and New York and has gone on to win several accolades in each city.

Chef Randy Zweiban, now at the helm of Province, first brought Nuevo Latino cooking to Chicago with Nacional 27 when he worked with Letttuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. (LEYE) to unveil the city’s first Nuevo Latino concept. After graduating from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now The Institute of Culinary Education), he opened a boutique catering business in Manhattan, creating food for exclusive gallery openings, private parties and other prominent events. He later headed south to Miami, where he was able to open a catering company with a similar clientele in a warmer climate. He then went to work with celebrated chef Norman Van Aken, where he immersed himself in the vibrant culture and cooking of Miami’s Latino community, while continuing to work with Van Aken’s New World Cuisine. He also took a one-year hiatus from Miami to work as Executive Chef at The Gate, a popular Los Angeles supper club. Zweiban has since gone on to open Province where he has crafted a dynamic menu that is grounded in American cuisine and influenced by Central and South American and Spanish dishes. Zweiban has received numerous accolades, including having both Nacional 27 and Province named as “One of the Best New Restaurants” by Chicago magazine. Province was also given a three out of four star review by the Chicago Tribune. Zweiban has been featured in Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Newsweek, Food Arts, USA Today, Metropolitan Home and Esquire, among other publications.
contact Nicole Berry, or Tony Karman at

Chris Colfer book signing at Barbara's Books,Macy's State Store in Chicago

Chris Colfer, star of "Glee", signing copies of The Land of Stories at Barbara's Books at Macy's State Street store in Chicago Illinois.

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The Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates its 40th Anniversary throughout 2012 and continues to honor its mission to present significant world cinema in a non-commercial context that sets aesthetic, critical, and entertainment standards.

Festival and series
In the Black Harvest Film Festival (August 3-30), the Midwest’s largest Black film festival in the Midwest, the commitment, imagination, and creativity of independent directors from throughout the U.S. and the world bring stories and images of the black experience to life through Chicago premieres of over 40 features, documentaries, and shorts. Filmmakers from the Chicago area are especially front and center and the majority will appear in person for audience discussion. Highlights include:

Opening Night, A Black Harvest Feast (August 3), with short films This Ain’t Yo Movie, The Christmas Tree, Maffe Tiga, White Sugar in a Black Pot, and Mission: Mom-Possible. NBC 5 Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter is Master of Ceremonies and local philanthropists Diane and Quintin Primo will be honored with the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership, presented by last year’s recipient, Regina Taylor. Following A Black Harvest Feast will be a reception in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Gallery/Café.

Special advance screenings of Ballplayer: Pelotero (August 12 and 13) and Closing Night film Brooklyn Castle (August 26 and 30).

Closing Night film Brooklyn Castle (August 30; shown initially August 26), followed by a reception for all ticket holders hosted by Whole Foods Market in the Gallery/Café.

Chicago connections include The Curators of Dixon School (August 12 and 16), Englewood (The Growing Pains in Chicago) (August 17 and 23), Father’s Day (August 27 and 29); and the shorts program Made in Chicago (August 4 and 9).

Filmmaker appearances to-date include:
-       --director Angel Kristi Williams with The Christmas Tree; actress Lolita Brinkley with Sugar in a Black Pot; producer/actress Diandra Lyle with Mission: Mom-Possible, all part of Opening Night program A Black Harvest Feast on August 3;
-       --director Dion Strowhorn Sr. and producer Susan Strowhorn with Redial on August 4 and 9; director Alessandra Pinkston with The Testament of Karma on August 4; producer Cory Lewis with Ishmael on August 9; director Derek Dow with This Ain’t Yo Movie on August 9; all part of the shorts program Made in Chicago on August 4 and 9;
-      --director Alfons Adetuyi with High Chicago at both screenings August 6 and 7;
-      --director/writer/actress Mary McCallum with Black Girl Lost at both screenings August 8 and 9;
-      --director/writer/actor Alfred Robbins with The Next Day at both screenings August 10 and 11;
-       --director Rashida McWilliams with Play Pretend on August 10 and 13 and Marie-Francoise Theodore with Going Forward in Reverse on August 10 and 13; both part of the shorts program Family Matters on August 10 and 13;
-      --director Pamela Sherrod Anderson with The Curators of Dixon School at both screenings August 12 and 16;
-       --director Ya’ke Smith with Wolf at both screenings August 14 and 15;
-      --director William L. Cochran with Englewood (The Growing Pains in Chicago) at both screenings August 17 and 23;
-       --director S. Epatha Merkerson (tentative) with The Contradictions of Fair Hope on August 19 and 20; shorts and appearances on the same bill: directors Marquis Smalls with Harriet on August 19 and 20; director Evita M. Castine with Saudade on August 19 and 20; all part of both shows on August 19 and 20;
-       --director Dana Verde with Lock and Key on August 21 and 22; Eric Kolelas with Fifty Pence on August 21 and 22; both part of the shorts program Urban Visions on August 21 and 22;
-       --director Anthony Jameson with Anniversary on August 24 and 25 and producer/writer/actor Wiley B. Oscar with Choices on August 24 and 25; both of part the shorts program Love African American Style on August 24 and 25;
-       --director Matthew Cherry with The Last Fall both screenings August 24 and 28;
-       --director Ken Wyatt with White Scripts and Black Supermen both screenings August 26 and 27; the August 27 show will be moderated by Brian Babylon, host/producer of Morning AMp on
, a sister station of WBEZ 91.5 FM;
-       --producer William Pierce and associate producer/actor Simeon Henderson with Fathers Day at both screenings August 27 and 29;
-       --filmmakers TBA with The Kill Hole at both screenings on August 28 and 29;
-       --director Katie Dellamaggiore at the August 30 screening of Closing Night film Brooklyn Castle (film also shows August 26);

Action! The Real Deal About Filmmaking: Money, Production, Distribution (August 25) is this year’s panel discussion and DIY workshop, featuring tips and practical information from guest producers and directors. Featured will be festival consultant Sergio Mims with directors William L. Cochran (Englewood), Natasha Parker (The Lost One, The Package), Kristi Angel Williams (The Christmas Tree), and Ken Wyatt (Colored Confederates).

People of Color (July 16-September 23), a joint exhibition by School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduates Charles Anthony Lewis, Jr., and Christina Long, is on view in the Gallery/Café.

To learn more about Black Harvest and for festival updates, visit

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The Dark Wonders of Jan Svankmajer (August 4-25) is a retrospective of the Czech animator renowned for blending a broad menu of techniques ranging from stop-motion animation, claymation, puppet animation, and live action into extraordinary tales that are both dark-humorous and bizarre in the extreme. The Chicago premiere of Surviving Life (Theory and Practice) (August 11 and 15) is a highlight of the series, which includes the complete complement of his five other features; a provocative selection of shorts will also be presented.

One- and two-week runs
Chicago premiere! The 2012 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, A Cat in Paris (July 27-August 9) is a contemporary Parisian adventure with a Jazz Age heart. Screenings will be split between French with English subtitles and in English with voices by Marcia Gaye Hardin, Anjelica Huston, and Matthew Modine.

Chicago premiere! The runaway popularity of yoga in the U.S. and the proliferation of self-styled gurus led filmmaker Vikram Ghandi to a Borat-like plan to debunk it all in satirical documentary Kumaré (August 10-16) in which he reinvents himself as a holy man.

New print! Jacques Rivette’s metafictional masterpiece Celine and Julie Go Boating (August 17-23) is a dazzling jack-in-the-box of a movie that combines elements of The Arabian Nights, slapsick comedy, Hitchcock, Proust, An American in Paris, Henry James, Alice in Wonderland, and much more.

First Chicago Run! A blocked mystery-writer, the Marilyn Monroe myth, and the coldest town in France are the key ingredients in the highly offbeat mystery thriller Nobody Else But You (August 24-30). Ellroy wannabe David finds his creative juices thawed by the recent death of Candice Lecoeur whose diaries reveal that her life eerily resembled Marilyn’s, with a political conspiracy lurking in the shadows.

First Chicago run! Oslo, August 31 (August 31-September 6) is a compelling character portrait of a soul in crisis, and one of the most acclaimed movies of the year. Anders is a recovering addict who gets a day’s pass from his rehab clinic to interview for a job and after he encounters wary friends, estranged family members, strangers, and his old dealer, it becomes apparent that there is more at stake on this fateful day than just a job opportunity.

Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey star in Bernie (August 31-September 6) by Richard Linklater, who returns to Texas subject matter to create a delicate balance between affection and edge in a story based on a real East Texas murder case.

Offbeat charmer Safety Not Guaranteed’s (August 31-September 6) sci-fi premise springs from a real-life classified ad placed in a survivalist magazine in 1997. A snarky Seattle magazine intern (Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation) poses as a respondent in order to get the story, but she finds there more to this paranoid loner and his crackpot scheme that she expected.

Special engagements
First Chicago engagement! Based on real characters and events, stirring culturally rich Resistance drama Free Men (August 19, 20, 21, and 23) is set in the early 1940s, when large numbers of North Africans emigrated to Occupied France. After cynical black marketeer Younes is caught by the Nazis, he agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque, suspected of harboring Jewish refugees--an assignment which sparks his political awakening.

New restoration! Restored by the same team as Metropolis, Ernst Lubitsch’s The Loves of Pharaoh (August 5 and 7) has been reconstructed and beautifully restored in nearly complete form. Massive sets, thousands of extras, and sweeping battle scenes embellish a tragic love story involving a tyrannical Egyptian Pharaoh, the Greek slave girl he falls madly in love with, and the Ethiopian princess he spurns.

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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise--are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787,
, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.

Please note the following:
Purchase a Black Harvest festival pass for $50! Six movies for less than the price of five, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn in your pass at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership.

Admission is $25/general admission; $20/students; and $15/Film Center members to Black Harvest Opening Night A Black Harvest Feast. Proceeds from this screening benefit the educational programs of the Gene Siskel Film Center. No free passes, blue tickets, or Black Harvest festival passes will be valid for this screening.

Admission is free to Black Harvest panel discussion Action! The Real Deal About Filmmaking: Money, Casting, Production, and Distribution.

Admission is free to the exhibition People of Color in the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Gallery/Café.

Saturday double-bill discount for The Dark Wonders of Jan Svankmajer: buy a ticket for the first Svankmajer film on August 4, 11, or 18, and get a ticket for the second Svankmajer film that day at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): $7/general admission; $6/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office).

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A Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit

Discounted parking is available for $14 for nine hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit

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The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 40 years of presenting cutting edge programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 89,000.

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit


Monday, July 23, 2012


 Niche and the Art Institute of Chicago have teamed up to host a dinner offering guests a unique opportunity to learn about one of the most prominent American pop artists of our time. The dinner celebrates the life and work of artist Roy Lichtenstein on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. As part of the evening, Art Institute lecturer Tamara Faulkner will present a detailed slide-illustrated presentation featuring works from the major exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.

During the 1960s, Lichtenstein’s paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City and along with Andy Warhol,Jasper JohnsJames Rosenquist and others he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art better than any other through parody. Favoring the old-fashioned comic strip as subject matter, Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek humorous manner. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. He described Pop Art as, "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting."

The evening will begin with a wine reception at 6:30 p.m. and the Lichtenstein presentation will follow at 7:00 p.m.  A multi-course feast prepared by Niche’s executive chef Serena Perdue will follow and dessert will conclude the evening.  The evening is priced at $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes the Roy Lichtenstein detailed slide-illustrated presentation, a multi-course dinner with wine pairings, and two tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 630-262-1000 or at the host stand.
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About Niche
Niche is a fine dining restaurant in Geneva, Ill., serving a constantly evolving menu of American contemporary cuisine based on the freshest Midwest ingredients.  Chef Serena Perdue skillfully blends her traditional French training with her love of newly picked, seasonal products from local suppliers as well as from Niche’s own sustainable farm at The Bull Run Estate in Elburn, Ill.   Niche has earned accolades for its all-American wine list, handpicked by general manager and wine director Vince Balistreri.  With 270 different wines that highlight the best in American wine, Niche was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2010 and 2011.  Visit

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