Friday, August 10, 2012
Pictured above are Singers Megan & Liz,Robin Thicke, RMHC ambassdor child, Janae and LaTressa McVey, and friend at the the 15th Annual Macy's Glamorama 2012 held at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park in Chicago Illinois.
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Warm Up to the Chicago Jazz Festival with a Week of Cool Sounds
Eight Days of Jazz Performances, August 26- September 2
While eight days a week may suggest a Beatles song, for Chicago area jazz fans it represents what will be an abundance of jazz entertainment for the week leading up to the 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30 through September 2.
Beginning on Sunday, August 26, Josh Berman and his Gang performs at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Szold Hall ( 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue ). There is a $15 admission for a 6:30 p.m. concert; for more information call 773.728.6000.
The festival is pleased to collaborate with the PianoForte Salon Series in the Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan ) for three free evening performances, Monday – Wednesday, August 27-29. The PianoForte Salon Series features some of the top pianists in solo and chamber recitals in an intimate salon setting. For more information on the series, visit www.pianofortefoundation.org.
Performing on Monday evening is Monika Herzig who came to the states from Germany and performs such American standards as John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.”
Tuesday’s performer is Nicaraguan pianist Darwin Noguera who is also a band leader and composer. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, Noguera’s musical interests lie in the integration of classical, jazz and Latin rhythms.
Finally, on Wednesday, August 29, Pianoforte features an award-winning jazz musician and composer, Greg Spero. He is considered one of the premier up-and–coming pianists out of Chicago .
On Tuesday evening, internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader and educator Wynton Marsalis takes the stage at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan) for a unique small-ensemble performance, beginning at 8 p.m. Witness the stellar musicianship and passionate virtuosity of one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of all time. Tickets are available for purchase on line at the Symphony Center website, www.cso.org.
Then Wednesday night, an annual Chicago Jazz Festival eve tradition continues with the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Club Tour. Jazz music fans can visit up to 16 Jazz Clubs for one low price that includes transportation. Tickets are available online at www.jazzinchicago.org
The official 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival begins with three different performance sites within the Chicago Cultural Center: Randolph Café, noon - 2:30 p.m.; Claudia Cassidy Theater, 12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. and Preston Bradley Hall, 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 pm. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is both the final night of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz music series and opening night
of the festival with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra presents Exquisitely for Ella which features vocalists Dee Alexander, Frieda Lee and Spider Saloff.
Friday’s festival performances are also in two locations when Artist in Residence Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee perform in Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University (430 S. Michigan Avenue) at 5 p.m. and the Pritzker Pavilion features Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band. Opening for Haynes at 6:30 p.m. is CALJE (Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.)
Then it’s on to the festival’s traditional home of Grant Park where four stages offer free jazz music beginning at noon and continuing through the evening with headline performances at the Petrillo Music Shell, ending at 9:30 p.m. Main stage talent includes Vandermark, Dianne Reeves and Allen Toussaint’s “The Bright Mississippi” featuring Marc Ribot and Don Byron.
The free admission festival’s food and beverage booths open both days at 11 a.m. and the event includes an Art Fair and Jazz Oasis as well as other activities provided by sponsors.
The 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The Young Jazz Lions Stage is made possible by The Chicago Community Trust. The Chicago Community Trust is a member of the Chicago Jazz Partnership and a dedicated leader in the collaborative effort to expand arts learning and performance opportunities for all students.
The festival is sponsored in part by the Chicago Jazz Partnership, American Airlines, Aquafina, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-ChicagoLand’s Television, Communications Direct, DownBeat Magazine, E & J Gallo Family Vineyards, LaGrou Distribution System, Pepsi, Stella Artois, WGN-Television, XFINITY, 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio and WSSD Radio-FM 88.1.
For more information please call (312) 744-3316 or visit www.chicagojazzfestival.usfor updates. Join the conversation on Facebook at the Chicago Jazz Festival and follow us on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE.
Lobster Week at Stout Barrel House & Galley from August 20 – 26 2012
Chef Chris Curren featuring a different Maine lobster each night and $3 New England beers on special
Chef Chris Curren featuring a different Maine lobster each night and $3 New England beers on special
Stout Barrel House & Galley, where executive chef Chris Curren serves elevated American comfort food in River North (642 North Clark Street), will host Lobster Week from Monday, August 20 thru Sunday, August 26 that will feature a different Maine lobster dish each night as well as New England beer specials.
One of Chef Curren’s dishes during Lobster Week will be his Lobster Pizza – a signature dish when he was the chef/partner at Blue 13 restaurant. The full Lobster Week menu is below.
Patrons ordering any of the Lobster Week dishes can also get the following New England beers on special only $3 each: Allagash White (Maine), Allagash Black (Maine), and Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale (New Hampshire).
Monday, August 20
Maine Lobster Rolls (order of three) … $17
Tuesday, August 21
Maine Lobster Bake with Mussels, Chorizo, Marble Potatoes, and Corn … $28
Wednesday, August 22
Linguine with Maine Lobster and White Wine Sauce … $19
Thursday, August 23
Maine Lobster Pizza with Roasted Garlic Puree, Roasted Cipollini Onions, and Three-Month Aged Manchego Cheese … $18
Friday, August 24
Steamed Whole Maine Lobster with Drawn Butter … $24
Saturday, August 25
Seafood Stuffed Maine Lobster … $30
Sunday, August 26
Maine Lobster Pot Pie … $18
About Stout Barrel House & Galley: Executive Chef Chris Curren (formerly the executive chef and partner at Blue 13) has teamed up with The LGN Group (Michael Bisbee, Michael Kaulentis, and Tim Hendricks) to open Stout Barrel House & Galley – a 5,000 square-foot chef-driven “nitro pub” that features elevated American comfort food, a uniquely curated beer selection featuring 20 on draft and another 30 in bottles extensive beer, and a market-driven cocktail list. Located at 642 North Clark Street in River North (312.475.1390), Stout Barrel House & Galley serves dinner and a late-night menu daily along with weekend brunch. Stout Barrel House & Galley is open from 4pm until 4am Monday thru Friday, 10am until 5pm Saturday, and 10am until 4am on Sunday. Check http://www.StoutChicago
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
For the August/September cover story of AARP The Magazine, acting legends and stars of the new film, “Hope Springs,” Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones discuss the often taboo subject of mid-life sexuality and what it means to be ‘old’ in Hollywood. In an exclusive interview with the magazine, the Academy Award® winners speak openly about their new movie, “Hope Springs”, opening nationwide Friday, finding passion at any age, finally learning to live for the moment and why “nobody can tell [them] anything!”
On what drew them to Hope Springs:
Streep: “I like things that seem like they have a problem…Built into it was something really funny but lodged in something very real.”
“This script was on one of those lists in Holly wood—the 40 best unproduced movies of the decade, or something. And you read it and understood a) why it was good and b) why nobody wanted to do it.”
Jones: “At long last, I had a chance to work with Meryl, so there was no question in my mind that I wanted to do it.”
On identifying with their characters:
Streep: “I believed my gal. I believed who she was, and I felt like I knew her and loved her. I just could see the world through her eyes.”
On their prolific careers:
Streep: “I think there’s not a sell-by date on actors…But you also understand what a crapshoot it is and how serendipity plays a huge part. It’s not a piece of cake by any means.”
Jones: “I’ve been lucky and happy. I’ve made some bad movies. And I really enjoyed it!”
On finding passion at any age:
Jones: “I don’t do anything that is not fun. I just don’t do it. I’m a hedonist.”
Streep: “I find the older I get, the more intense my appetite for living and for appreciating life gets…You realize you’ve got just seconds.”
On being “bored” in a relationship:
Streep: “If you’re bored with somebody, it’s because you’re bored with yourself. If you have a problem with somebody, often it’s something in yourself.”
On endlessly pursuing their passions:
Streep: “I like everything. There’s just not anything I don’t like to do. That’s the problem. It means I’m very distractible.”
Jones: “I like being a director, and I’m never going to stop being an actor.”
On passing the acting torch to their children:
Streep: “I’m delighted that we can share some things and that I have some experience that can be of comfort to her.”
Jones: “It makes you feel good when your kids choose to do the thing that you do even as much as you come home and complain about it.”
To check out this interview,go to the AARP Magazine site!
Independent Filmmakers Take Center Stage as International Film Festival Descends on ChicagoThe 9th annual Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival celebrates the art of short filmmaking with an event designed for practiced filmmakers and cinema fans alike
More than 100 short films produced by creative minds from around the world will descend on Chicago in September for the 9th annual Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival. The four-day event showcases the art of short filmmaking through a celebration that offers budget movie makers an outlet to display their work on a major stage. The festival is hosted by Project Chicago, a group of filmmakers and entertainment professionals from Chicago and Los Angeles and will be held at Columbia College September 7-9. The renowned event is led by Project Chicago’s Daniel Houle and will feature a guest lecture by acclaimed filmmaker Julian Grant. Highlights include a Ron Howard Production, a film starring Daniela Ruah (NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS) and Ato Essandoh (Garden State), and Karen Black.
“This event spotlights film shorts of all kinds with a showcase of short film submissions featuring some international flavor,” said Houle. “With 100 films in three days of programming and fan-focused theme categories, this festival creates a unique atmosphere to welcome film fans of all levels.”
The festival will begin with a preview show and opening gala held on Thursday, September 6 at The Original Mothers on Division St., followed by screenings throughout the weekend at Columbia College. Project Chicago proudly offers affordable entry fees and low ticket prices to encourage participation.
Project Chicago was created in 2003 as a way to exhibit and promote world cinema in a way that is easily accessible to all filmmakers. The Project Chicago board of directors includes Nels Dahlquist, Scott Rudolph, Toby Wallwork, and Dan Christofano.
“This is an opportunity for anyone who enjoys indie films to experience some of the best films in the shorts genre,” added Houle.
Weekend passes for the festival are $30 for the general public and free of charge for all Columbia College students, staff and alumni. For more information about the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival including specific show times, visit http://www.projectchicago.com.
ABOUT PROJECT CHICAGO
Project Chicago was founded in 2003 by a group of filmmakers and entertainment professionals from Chicago and Los Angeles. The Chicago international REEL Shorts Festival seeks to provide opportunity for filmmakers around the world by showcasing work to REEL PEOPLE in the Chicagoland area. A mission to provide a 'REEL person' atmosphere with low entry fees and low cost ticket prices drives the event.
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