Saturday, August 04, 2012
One of our favorite intellectual property(copyright) attorney's Carolyn Wright("PhotoAttorney) has posted part one and two on excuses copyright infringers give when they get caught.
As a photo agency with copyrights worth millions of dollars,we hear these excuses all day long.Guess what,you will still have to pay up if you have stolen an image!
Copyright infringer excuses
Copyright infringer excuses,part 2
As a photo agency with copyrights worth millions of dollars,we hear these excuses all day long.Guess what,you will still have to pay up if you have stolen an image!
Copyright infringer excuses
Copyright infringer excuses,part 2
Friday, August 03, 2012
August 15 Deadline (extended): Meet The Authors Contest (Fiction and Nonfiction)
E.L. Doctorow and Peter Matthiessen
All contest winners will receive the awards below, as well as meeting National Book Award-winning authors E.L. Doctorow and Peter Matthiessen in New York September 13-15, 2012. They will have the opportunity to discuss their story with the authors, and have books autographed. In addition, ten Honorable Mentions will receive recognition.
Submit an unpublished story or chapter (fiction or creative non-fiction) of 4,500 words or less.
Put your name, address, email, phone, title and genre of work (fiction or nonfiction) on a cover sheet. Double-space; use 12 point font. The entry fee is $30 per story, or $25 for Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Please make check or money order payable to The Writers' Workshop, and mail to: Author's Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. Or email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (online or in person); or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at the B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited by our editorial staff.3rd PLACE: One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited by our editorial staff.
Ten Honorable Mentions will also be recognized.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
SEEKING THE ART OF THE ORDINARY
Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Aug. 17- Feb. 17, 2013
The newest exhibit to open at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Randolph ) is anything but ordinary; yet, that’s what it is exactly. Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, which opens on Friday, August 17, is a ten-year retrospective of the collaborative team of Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson whose work is a celebration of the everyday. Admission is free and hours coincide with Cultural Center hours (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. ; Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. ; closed holidays).
“As we continue to engage Chicagoans and visitors to be involved in our cultural community, it’s a fitting time to have an exhibit that is so exclusive to the viewing public,” said Michelle T. Boone, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “Not only does it include elements of every day life, but also, this installation invites the public in, blurring the boundaries between artist and the viewer.”
While their work takes many forms, it is largely performative and seeking to engage the viewer as an inclusive display. The show includes a sampling from over 80 of the Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO) projects displayed with objects, photos and video documentation that includes “Line in the Sand” which engaged the public directly as the artists drew a line on State Street with a flesh-colored crayon to encourage on-lookers response.
Brooks and Wilson were raised in England but have been living and working in Chicago for many years and they will be sharing some of the exhibit with local artists including the platform stage which will change throughout the show.
Opening on the platform stage is Jim Zimpel: Angle, which runs through September 25. Yet another seemingly ordinary act, the artist draws parallels between the practice of fishing and the practice of art. The rituals, the tools, the solitary moments and the resultant frustration or reward have led the artist to a career in which he works in both fields, and to discover the familial bonds that draw him to the sport.
Angle will include handmade fishing rods, bait buckets, aerated coolers and a real tank of fish. Participation is also part of Zimpel’s installation and visitors to the show or to www.jimzimpel.com
Those choosing to enjoy a fish meal will go from the exhibit to South Water Kitchen, adjacent to the Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco where the serving will include microgreens grown in the exhibit tank. The experience to fish and dine is every Sunday of the exhibit starting at 2 p.m. and each week five people will earn the opportunity to experience the art of fishing.
Brooks and Wilson have solicited a number of Chicago-based artists to be part of Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi creating their portrait in a wide variety of media. IOTO will also produce Everyone 2012, an animated scroll listing of all of the artists in Chicago .
Upcoming projects in and around the Chicago Cultural Center
August 21 Lou Mallozzi: Outpost
The artist will observe and describe the public as he is perched from a second floor location with an outdoor interactive sound system
Sept. 28 IOTO: Transubstantiation (Eating Contest)
Preston Bradley Contestants consume cakes decorated with images of the Last Supper
Oct.26 IOTO: The Harvest
Chicago Streets IOTO will walk a refrigerated case with a butter sculpture of President
Exhibit Hall Obama through the streets of Chicago , from the meat-packing district to the Cultural Center
Future Platform Projects in the Exhibition Hall
Morehshin Allahyari (Sept. 26 – Oct. 31)
The Happy Collaborationists (Nov. 1 – Dec. 15)
Faheem Majeed/Southside Community Art Center (Dec. 16 – Jan. 19)
Paige Cunningham/Anna Kunz (Jan. 20 –Feb. 17)
For more information about Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, visit www.chicagoculturalcenter.orgor call 312.744.3316.
Support for this exhibit has been provided by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
COOL TREATS FOR HOT SHOW AUGUST 3
WORLD PREMIERE KINKY BOOTS CELEBRATES CHICAGO ON SALE WITH
ICE CREAM GIVEAWAY
On Friday, August 3, the hottest new musical KINKY BOOTS is giving away ice cream, courtesy of Chicago’s newest ice cream bike, Chi-Scream. The cyclist will make stops throughout the city beginning at 10 a.m. at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. Follow @BroadwayChicago on Twitter to learn the bike whereabouts and stop by to get a free ice cream sandwich. Quantities are limited, so don’t wait.
Single tickets for the pre-Broadway world premiere of KINKY BOOTS, a brand new musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy® and Emmy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics), will go on sale to the public Aug. 3., 2012 at 10 a.m. 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.
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.
Cyndi Lauper’s newest single “Sex is in the Heel,” is a remixed selection from KINKY BOOTS. The track is available for free download at www.KinkyBootstheMusical.com
Tony® Award nominee Stark Sands (Journey’s End; American Idiot) and Billy Porter (Angels in America; Smokey Joe’s Café) lead a cast of thirty-two that also includes Annaleigh Ashford (Rent; Legally Blonde), Celina Carvajal (Spiegelworld's Empire), Daniel Sherman (Desire Under the Elms), Marcus Neville (The Full Monty), Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (How to Save the World…), Kyle Taylor Parker (In the Heights National Tour), Kyle Post (Rent), Charlie Sutton (How To Succeed...), Joey Taranto (Rock of Ages), Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia), Tory Ross (Cry-Baby), Jennifer Perry (Mamma Mia!), Josh Caggiano (Les Miserables at the Ahmanson Theatre), Aaron Bantum (Finian’s Rainbow), Adinah Alexander (The Wedding Singer), Eric Anderson (South Pacific), Eugene Barry-Hill (The Lion King), Stephen Berger (The Pajama Game), Caroline Bowman (Wicked), Sandra DeNise (Shrek the Musical National Tour), Eric Leviton (Seussical National Tour), Ellyn Marie Marsh (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), John Jeffrey Martin (Hairspray), Nathan Peck (La Cage aux Folles), Robert Pendilla (Wicked), Lucia Spina (South Pacific), Sebastian Hedges Thomas (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Marquise Neal and Clifton Oliver (In the Heights).
The design team for KINKY BOOTS will include Tony Award nominee David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Tony Award-winner Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Drama Desk Award nominee John Shivers (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Randy Houston Mercer (Make-up Design), Telsey + Company (Casting), with Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Stephen Oremus (The Book of Mormon; Wicked).
The performance schedule for KINKY BOOTS is as follows:
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 24 and 31 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.)
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (no evening performances on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4)
Please note performance schedule and ticket prices are subject to change.
Tickets for KINKY BOOTS at the Bank of America Theatre range from $33-$100. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. 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
. KINKY BOOTS is part of the fall 2012 Season Subscription Series, currently on-sale to the public.
For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com
or www.KinkyBootstheMusical.com .
“TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS” TO BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE ON OCTOBER 23rd ON COLUMBIA RECORDS
Bennett’s Latest CD Features Duets with Top Latin Recording Artists Including Marc Anthony, Roberto Carlos, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Luis Guerra, Romeo Santos, Thalía and Many Others
Tony Bennett Celebrates his 86th Birthday on Friday, August 3rd
(Left) Tony and Marc Anthony recorded their duet of "For Once In My Life" in New York City for Tony Bennett: VIVA DUETS set for October 23rd release. Photo credit: Ruben Martin
(Right) Tony and Chayanne recorded a duet of Tony's classic hit, "The Best Is Yet To Come" in Fort Lauderdale, FL for Tony Bennett: VIVA DUETS set for October 23rd release. Photo credit: Ruben Martin
Legendary performer and 17-Time GRAMMY winner Tony Bennett, who celebrates his 86th birthday on Friday, August 3rd, releases his latest CD, TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS, worldwide on Tuesday, October 23rd on Columbia Records. VIVA DUETS, is the singer’s third duets-themed project, following the platinum selling and critically praised DUETS and DUETS II CDs. Featuring many top names in the Latin recording industry, VIVA DUETS finds Bennett performing his greatest hits with a celebrated roster of artists including Marc Anthony, Miguel Bosé, Robert Carlos, Ana Carolina, Chayanne, Franco DeVita, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Maria Gadú, Juan Luis Guerra, Dani Martín, Romeo Santos, Thalía and Vicentico, with additional duet guests to be announced. A truly international endeavor, VIVA DUETS, features performances in English, Spanish and Portuguese with artists representing eight countries and three continents. TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS can be ordered for pre-sale on Amazon now at http://amzn.to/OptuTc. In celebration of Tony's 86th birthday on August 3rd, he is sending a gift to all his fans by premiering the first audio clip from Viva Duets featuring a performance with Chayanne of his classic hit, "The Best is Yet To Come." visit tonybennett.com tomorrow morning at 9 am to hear the duet!
Tony Bennett is known for recording duets live and VIVA DUETS was no exception, with sessions recorded in Ft. Lauderdale, New York, and in the case of famed Mexican performer Vicente Fernández, on his 400 acre ranch in Guadalajara. All of the tracks are from Bennett’s extensive hit catalog, with the exception of the duet with Vicente Fernández, which features an English/Spanish version of the song, "Return To Me, " originally recorded by Dean Martin. VIVA DUETS presents Bennett's classic songs with an international flavor that will generate widespread appeal for this unique multi-lingual presentation. Working with this unprecedented list of Latin artist, many of whom he met for the first time in the recording studio, Bennett commented, “Each of these artists were so warm and welcoming that there was an instant rapport. Latin music has always been about melody and harmony and a lot of soul, so there was a very close artistic connection with each duet guest. I am absolutely thrilled about the record.”
Tony’s first two duet projects, DUETS and DUETS II, both achieved platinum sales, multiple GRAMMY awards and were the best selling albums in his career to date. Bennett made music industry history when DUETS II entered Billboard’s Top 200 at the #1 position, making him the oldest artist, at the age of 85, to have a CD in the top spot. The DUETS project also had international acclaim, hitting the top of the charts in several countries including Portugal and Mexico.
The current track listing for TONY BENNETT: VIVA DUETS is as follows:
“For Once In My Life” with Marc Anthony
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” with Miguel Bosé
“The Very Thought of You” with Ana Carolina
“The Best Is Yet to Come” with Chayanne
“The Good Life” with Franco DeVita
“Who Can I Turn To?” with Gloria Estefan
“Return to Me (Regresa A Mi)” with Vicente Fernández
“Blue Velvet” with Maria Gadú
“Just in Time” with Juan Luis Guerra
“Are You Havin' Any Fun?” with Dani Martín
“The Way You Look Tonight” with Thalía
“Cold, Cold Heart” with Vicentico
(Song selections for Roberto Carlos and Romeo Santos TBD)
ABOUT TONY BENNETT:
Just days before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, the great-grandparents of the singer Tony Bennett took a major leap of faith and embarked on steamship, along with hundreds of other Italian immigrants of limited means, seeking a better life in America. Little did they know that their great-grandson would make the American Dream come to life as an Italian-American born in New York City during The Great Depression, to become one of the most legendary singers of popular song in the world…..TONY BENNETT.
No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926 under his given name, Anthony Domenick Benedetto. His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna, raised Tony and his older brother and sister, John and Mary, in a home surrounded by loving relatives who were Tony’s first fans filling him with encouragement and optimism. Each Sunday, his family would gather in a circle while Tony and his siblings performed for them. “Although these were very tough times for everyone, our family connection was so strong and positive that I felt very lucky and it was during those Sundays of my childhood that I knew being a performer was what I was meant to do with my life.” He attended the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, where he continued nurturing his two passions, singing and painting, but at the age of 16 he had to leave school to find a job to assist his widowed mother, who worked as a seamstress, with meeting their expenses. As Tony recalls, “It was a regret that I was not able to finish my formal education, so ever since then, every day, I am still studying and learning things, and I am always reading books. Even today as I approach 86 years of age, I am still learning more and more -- I am what I call a perpetual student. My education really was the “school of life.”
As a teenager Tony sang while waiting on tables and then enlisted in the Army during World War II and while in Europe he performed with military bands. He later had vocal studies at the American Theatre Wing School. The first time Bennett sang in a nightclub was in 1946 when he sat in with trombonist Tyree Glenn at the Shangri-La in Astoria. Bennett’s big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village in New York City. As Bennett recalls, “Bob Hope came down to check out my act. He liked my singing so much that after the show he came back to see me in my dressing room and said, 'Come on kid, you’re going to come to the Paramount and sing with me.' But first he told me he didn’t care for my stage name (Joe Bari) and asked me what my real name was. I told him, ‘My name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto’ and he said, ‘We’ll call you Tony Bennett.’ And that’s how it happened. A new Americanized name -- the start of a wonderful career and a glorious adventure that has continued for over 60 years.”
With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received seventeen Grammy Awards -- including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his “MTV Unplugged” CD which introduced this American master to a whole new generation -- and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His 2007 prime-time special, "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," won seven Emmy Awards. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950’s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and a remake of Hank Williams “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I Wanna Be Around," “The Good Life," “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” and his signature song,” I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” recorded 50 years ago this coming January 2012. This song garnered him two Grammy Awards. Tony Bennett is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and now in the first two decades of the 21st century. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards for pop music. He has toured the world to sold out audiences with rave reviews whenever he performs.
Tony Bennett is a dedicated painter whose interest in art began as a child. He continues to paint every day, even as he tours internationally. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world. The United Nations has commissioned him for two paintings, including one for their 50th anniversary. His original painting, “Homage to Hockney,” is on permanent display at the Butler Institute of American Art and the landmark National Arts Club in New York is home to Tony’s painting “Boy on Sailboat, Sydney Bay.” Three of his paintings are part of the Smithsonian Museums permanent collections including his portrait of his friend Duke Ellington that became part of the National Portrait Gallery’s collection in 2009.
Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has always put his heart and time into humanitarian concerns. He has raised millions of dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, which established a research fund in his name. His original paintings each year grace the cover of the American Cancer Society’s annual holiday greeting card, proceeds from which are earmarked for cancer research. He is active in environmental concerns and social justice. He marched with Dr. King in the historical Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights movement and the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta bestowed upon him their “Salute to Greatness Award” for his efforts in fighting racial discrimination. Bennett founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 and in 2009 a state-of-the-art permanent facility was built in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife, Susan Benedetto, he established Exploring the Arts, a non-profit organization that supports arts education in NYC public schools. By the fall of 2011, Exploring the Arts will be partnering with 14 public high schools in every borough of New York City to enhance and foster the arts.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
As Chicago’s cultural season approaches, Everest is waiting in the wings with a newly launched pre-theatre dining menu that steals the scene.
PRE-THEATRE DINING AT EVEREST TAKES CENTER STAGE
With Launch of Theatre Season, Relaxed and Elegant Pre-Performance Menu Gets Diners to the Show on Time
Diners catching a show in Chicago’s downtown theatre district can enjoy a luxurious, three-course meal from a daily changing menu, experiencing the best of Everest for $54 per person. To ensure a smooth and relaxing evening, patrons can pre-pay for the meal as well as take advantage of Everest’s complimentary parking for the evening. Diners can then breeze out of dinner without worrying about searching for downtown parking near the theater.
“The whole experience of a night at the theatre in Chicago is an event to be remembered, and a stop at Everest is that first act that sets the tone,” said Chef Joho of Everest. “Our entire aim is to have guests start the evening with a lovely meal and leave happy and energized for the performance.”
Dinner begins with les preludes, Everest’s world-renown appetizers. Starters such as cold-pressed Maine lobster with potato, hazelnut and celery emulsion follow. Main courses include veal tenderloin, compote of Michigan peas, asparagus and wild morels. The meal is completed with one of Everest’s scene-stealing desserts like the parfait of Michigan blueberries, sheep’s milk caramel glacé. The constantly changing menu reflects the freshest seasonal ingredients, so as summer progresses into fall, guests will enjoy the finest of the harvests from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Wine pairing can be expertly performed by our sommelier.
To make reservations for the pre-theatre dinner, or for any questions, diners can call Everest at 312-663-8920.
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440 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Smithsonian's Museum Day Live! (Sat. Sept. 29) Free Admission to Museums in Illinois, Tickets Now Available
Free Tickets from Coast to Coast
Tickets Now Available for Download
The best free ticket in town is just a click away - starting today, museum-goers can head to smithsonian.com/museumdayliveto download tickets for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Tickets grant free admission for two people per household to participating museums on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Museum Day Live! will be the eighth annual event celebrating education through the nation’s wide array of museums and cultural institutions. For one day only, participating locations across the country will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities. The program encourages learning and the dissemination of knowledge nationwide. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers to over 1,400 museums.
“With September right around the corner, people can start to plan their Museum Day Live! experience now,” said Jennifer Hicks, Group Publisher, Smithsonian Media. “Our free online ticketing makes accessing museums and cultural institutions easy for anyone that is interested. Over 1,400 museums are expected to participate, making this year’s event even larger than last year.”
For more information, please visit smithsonian.com/museumdaylive
Museums across Illinois including Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Great Lakes Naval Museum, and National Veterans Art Museum will be participating in this eighth annual event celebrating cultural education through the nation’s wide array of museums and institutions. For the full list of participating museums, please visit: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/.
About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.