Friday, August 17, 2012

Tusk Tusk American Premiere! (Chicago)

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Tusk Tusk by Polly Stenham
Directed by Jennifer Green
September 12-October 7, 2012
Artistic Director Jennifer Green returns to the Piven stage to direct the American premiere of Tusk Tusk, award-winning playwright Polly Stenham's striking play about family ties as an uncertain future looms. Stenham, one of the youngest playwrights ever to be produced at the Royal Court Theatre, creates an explosive story of London siblings left to fend for themselves after their mother goes missing. The story confronts difficult familial issues with a blunt, poetic yet touchingly funny voice that speaks directly to a generation facing a world of upheaval and change.
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"Band of Sisters" world premiere 9/14-20 @ Gene Siskel Film Center



On Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:00 pm, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will host the world premiere of Band of Sisters, a documentary produced in Chicago about the journey of Catholic sisters in the United States from sheltered "daughters of the church" to citizens of the world. Band of Sisters will screen five evenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center during the week of September 14-20, with local director Mary Fishman in person at select screenings.

The work of two nuns outside a Chicago-area deportation center serves as an introduction to the tumultuous and engaged world of American Catholic nuns in the 50 years following Vatican II of the 1960s. Band of Sisters follows the story of Catholic sisters from different congregations across the U.S. in their work for civil rights, women's rights, immigration reform, environmental justice, and a host of other causes. Becoming increasingly relevant and visible in aid of the poor and disenfranchised, and in working to change the structures that cause poverty and inequality, the sisters now increasingly find themselves on a collision course with the conservative elements in their own church.

"I did exactly what the church asked me--and now, the church is looking at me like, where have you come from...who are you?" says Sister Nancy Sylvester, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (known as IHMs), in Band of Sisters, about the remarkable transformation of Catholic sisters since the 1960s and the reaction of some members of the church hierarchy who oppose their changes. This disjuncture between sisters in the U.S. and Rome recently came to the world's attention with the Vatican's April 2012 release of a severe critique of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which is the umbrella group representing more than 80 percent of the 57,000 sisters in the U.S.

The film's release also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, a 1962-65 council meeting in Rome of all the world's Catholic bishops, convened by Pope John XXIII to bring the church into the modern world. Perhaps more than any other group, U.S. nuns embraced Vatican II's call to serve where there was the greatest need, and were inspired to become activists on the front lines of causes for social justice.

Four of the main characters in Band of Sisters are well-known for their current work in Chicago, with many years of social justice activism, educational and charity work to their credit. Sisters Pat Murphy and JoAnn Persch, both Sisters of Mercy, are featured in their efforts to assure basic human rights for immigrant detainees and deportees. Sister Kathleen Desautels, a Sister of Providence and a staff member of the Chicago-based 8th Day Center for Justice for over 25 years, has been arrested many times in nonviolent protests, and has served time in jail for her beliefs. Avis Clendenen, a former Sister of Mercy, continues her relationship with the community as a Mercy Associate and her service to students as a professor of pastoral and practical theology at Saint Xavier University.

Other sisters featured in the film include Carol Coston, Elise Garcia and Pat Siemen, Adrian Dominicans; Madeline Gianforte, a Sister of St. Agnes; Margaret Brennan, a Monroe IHM; Yolanda Tarango, a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word; Lillian Murphy and Theresa Kane, Sisters of Mercy; Margaret Galiardi, an Amityville Dominican; and Miriam MacGillis, a Caldwell Dominican.

Mary Fishman, the producer/director of Band of Sisters, is a native Chicagoan who was educated by the Springfield Dominican Sisters at St. Walter School and the Sisters of Mercy at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, both on the city's southwest side. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she led a career as an architect and urban planner (including 10 years with the City of Chicago's planning and building departments), before switching to filmmaking. She began work on Band of Sisters in 2004.

Band of Sisters was edited by Bernadine Colish, a New York-based editor. The score was composed and recorded by Miriam Cutler of Los Angeles. Laurie MacMillan edited the trailer in Vancouver, British Columbia. Many Chicago professionals were instrumental in completing the film, including David E. Simpson, creative and tech advisor; Ines Sommer and Bill Glader, cinematography; Benjamin Steger, sound; Jenine Early, titles and animation; Nolo Digital Film, high definition finish; Vagabond Audio, audio post-production; Dizzy Giant, poster, DVD and website design; and Holland & Knight, attorneys. The film was co-produced by Pat Fishman and Regina Wilkinson.

Major funding for the film was provided by the Sisters of Mercy Agatha O'Brien Ministry Fund. Additional funding came from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly; a West Midwest Mercy Ministry Grant; the SSIHM Ministry Fund; a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council; from 40 women's congregations; and from close to 600 generous individual donors.

Band of Sisters was completed in May, 2012 and is 88 minutes long. For more information please visit

Schedule of screenings for Band of Sisters at the Gene Siskel Film Center:
September 14-20
Friday, Sept. 14 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8:00 pm
Monday, Sept. 17 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:15 pm
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8:15 pm

Director Mary Fishman will be present for audience discussion after the screenings on
Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Thursday.

Tickets go on sale for Gene Siskel Film Center members starting August 15 and for the general public starting August 17.

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Band of Sisters will be presented at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St. Tickets are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for the group rate of $8 per ticket. Please call 312-846-2073 in advance to make arrangements for your group.
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; or 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.

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 pm, Monday-Friday), or visit

About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 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 89,000.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Launches Mobile Application Powered by Cricket Wireless

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Launches Mobile Application Powered by Cricket Wireless
~Interactive Fire App Instantly Connects Fans with the Club Players~
 The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Cricket Communications, the club’s official wireless partner and a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, today announced the launch of the “Chicago Fire Mobile Application Powered by Cricket,” to connect fans with Fire news, player updates and social interactions from their mobile phone. 
The free app, dedicated to Chicago Fire soccer fans, will simplify access to Chicago Fire news, updates and game day tickets. Powered by Cricket, the new app allows users to:
·       Create personalized Fan Cards to share personal information such as photos, favorite players and other individual preferences through social media;
·       Experience Toyota Park and navigate the grounds with an interactive map to use while at a game or to plan for an upcoming game;
·       Browse Fire merchandise and game tickets;
·       Review detailed, interactive Fire Player Cards, with team member and game photos, video, and statistics, as well as playlist suggestions for fans, featuring the team’s favorite songs.
·       Cricket subscribers will be able to easily download their favorite Fire players’ songs via Cricket’s Muve Music® service, a digital music subscription service that offers millions of songs with unlimited downloads to Cricket smartphones.
“This is the first time Cricket has partnered with a sports team to create a mobile sports fan app,” said Al King, area vice president for Cricket Communications, Chicago. “We hope it helps fuel the passion of Chicago Fire fans, similar to how we feel our Muve Music service fuels musical inspiration for people everywhere.”
 “We are proud to work with Cricket to develop an engaging mobile application that enables fans to create their own connection to our players, our partners and our Club,” said Dave Beck, Fire Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “The Fire app is powered by Cricket and will have a multitude of features that will enhance the overall fan experience, both in-game and away from Toyota Park.”
“The Chicago Fire Mobile App Powered by Cricket” will be available to download via Google Play for Android on Saturday, August 18.  September 15, 2012 is the app release date for iOS. Soccer fans can also download the app online at  
If you can’t make the game or if you want to participate with fans anywhere you are, download the “Chicago Fire Mobile App Powered by Cricket” to follow the Men in Red as they return to the pitch against New England at Toyota Park on Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. CT.  For radio coverage of the game, tune your radio to NBC5.2 or 97.5 ESPN Deportes. Chicago Fire Season Tickets are available by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473), via Ticketmaster or by heading to the club’s official website at
About Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Founded on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1997, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club enters its 15th Major League Soccer season. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural campaign in 1998 and was crowned champion of U.S. Soccer's national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL. For more information on the Chicago Fire, please visit the club’s official website at
About CricketCricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving approximately 6 million customers. Cricket offers nationwide wireless voice and mobile data services over high-quality, all-digital wireless networks. Cricket's innovative products and services including the award-winning Muve Music® - the first music service designed for a wireless phone, are available nationwide at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at
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Thursday, August 16, 2012


At the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

 Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that single tickets for Emerald City Theatre’s production of the beloved classic tale CINDERELLA will go on sale to the public Aug. 17, 2012 at 10 a.m.  CINDERELLA is coming to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut St) Nov. 23, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013.
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 this favorite fairy tale is a musical holiday wish come true.  CINDERELLA is best suited for children ages 3-10 and their grownups.                                
CINDERELLA is directed and choreographed by Emerald City Producing Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, with adaption and lyrics by Alyn Cardarelli, and music by Steve Goers.  All performances will include an age appropriate pre-show activity in the lobby and an autograph session with the cast after the performance.
About Emerald City Theatre                                                                                                                                                                    
Named the 2009 and 2010 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Award for Best Theater Group for Kids, Emerald City creates theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play.  Emerald City Theatre is Chicago's most attended non-profit theaters with an annual programing reach of nearly 100,000 between its performances at Apollo Theater, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, regional tours and educational programming.
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 talents to bring magical, interactive productions and programs that entertain children and their grown-ups to all parts of Chicagoland. The company's year-round programming includes live productions at the Apollo Theater and The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, theatre class offerings, summer theatre camps, an extensive touring program, and its literacy initiative One Fund: One Play, One Book, One Child.
Emerald City continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Executive Director Karen Cardarelli, Producing Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, Managing Director Gillian Gorra, and a twenty-member Board of Directors.  Emerald City is a non-profit company, supported by Beermann Swerdlove, Chicago Community Trust, City Arts, CVS Caremark, Deloitte, Illinois Arts Council, Katten, KPMG, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Winston & Strawn, The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Work Fund, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  For more information, visit

Tickets for CINDERELLA at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place range from $16-$22.  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
CINDERELLA is part of the fall 2012 Season Subscription Series, currently on-sale to the public. 
For the full performance schedule or more information, visit

Art Platform — Los Angeles 2012 Announces Participating Exhibitors for its Second Edition


Art Platform — Los Angeles 2012 Announces Participating Exhibitors for its Second Edition

Art Platform — Los Angeles is pleased to announce the 2012 exhibitors for the second edition of the modern and contemporary art fair. The fair, to be held on September 28th – 30th, 2012 with a preview on September 27th, will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and will feature a roster of over 70 significant national and international galleries. In a specially designed exhibition space by renowned architecture firm, Frederick Fisher and  Partners, the Californian tradition of indoor/outdoor environments is considered in a series of structures at The Santa Monica Airport. With this year’s combination of new and returning galleries, Art Platform — Los Angeles promises to deliver a fully comprehensive and exciting display of modern and contemporary art.
In response to the lineup of this year’s participating galleries, Executive Director of Art Platform — Los Angeles, Adam Gross says:

We are delighted by the strength and breadth of the Art Platform — Los Angeles exhibitor list. The confluence of galleries, participants in the VIP program, the arts organizations and our sponsors, reaffirms the important position Los Angeles has within the current international art world. We are fortunate to be able to present this program to such a broad audience and look forward to welcoming art lovers to our city. By having so many quality galleries in one place, Art Platform — Los Angeles will help art enthusiasts understand the rich list of artists, dealers, collections and museums that make Los Angeles one of the most vibrant centers for art making  today.

From within the United States, the contemporary programs at Art Platform — Los Angeles will include Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Marc Selwyn, Los Angeles; and Whitestone Gallery, Philadelphia. International galleries representing contemporary work will include Praz-Delavallade, Paris; Sin Sin, Hong Kong; as well as the arts publishing outfit Other Criteria, London. Among the exhibitors showcasing secondary modern works are Hacket|Mill, San Francisco, and Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York.

Full Exhibitor List

Amstel Gallery
Angles Gallery
ART 1307
bitforms gallery
Peter Blake Gallery
Denis Bloch Fine Art
Carmichael Gallery
Nellie Castan Gallery
CB1 Gallery
Edward Cella Art + Architecture
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Dot Fiftyone Gallery
Andrew Edlin Gallery
Peter Fetterman Gallery
Forum Gallery
Fu Xin Gallery
Klemens Gasser &Tanja Grunert
Thierry Goldberg Gallery
Helen Gory Galerie
HackelBury Fine Art
Haines Gallery
Leila Heller Gallery
Richard Heller Gallery
Hirschl & Adler Modern
Hosfelt Gallery
Ikon Ltd.
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
JHB Gallery
David Klein Gallery
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Frank Lloyd Gallery
Michael H. Lord Gallery
Maloney Fine Art
Marine Contemporary
Modernbook Gallery
Night Gallery
Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern        
Now Contemporary Art
Other Criteria
Pan American Art Projects
royale projects
Leslie Sacks Fine Art
Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Galerie Sho Contemporary Art
Manny Silverman Gallery
Sin Sin Fine Art
Mindy Solomon Gallery
Louis Stern Fine Arts
dianne tanzer gallery + projects
Fred Torres Collaborations
Whitestone Gallery
Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle
Timothy Yarger Fine Art
Zemack Contemporary Art
Steven Zevitas Gallery
Galeri Zilberman

About Art Platform — Los Angeles
Art Platform - Los Angeles art fair demonstrates the rich and diverse cultural landscape of Southern California and underscores Los Angeles' influential position within the contemporary art world.

Bringing together both local and international artists, dealers, collectors, museums and art enthusiasts that play important roles in the vibrant Southern California art community, Art Platform – Los Angeles emphasizes the increased recognition of greater Los Angeles as an international art capital. In pursuit of such emphasis, Art Platform – Los Angeles 2012 will both continue to provide unprecedented access to the art, galleries, institutions and collections that define the Los Angeles art scene, and to contextualize them within a broader, international framework.

Art Platform — Los Angeles will serve as a platform to encourage and deepen the dialogue between the talent of greater Los Angeles and that of the international art community around the globe.

2012 Art Platform — Los Angeles Show Dates and Times:

Private Preview: Thursday, September 27, 2012
General Admission: Friday, September 28 - Sunday 30, 2012


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Siria Family Channeling

Sharyl Noday

 with Sharyl Noday

 Thursday, August 23, 2012
 7:30 - 9 PM
 $25 advance; $30 at the door

 Info/registration: or  773-327-7224

 This event is held once a month on a Thursday

"The Channel and The Painter", an interview with Sharyl Noday by Liz Baudler in LFAC's Transcendent Journeys ezine

Experience a wonderful spiritual healing with Sharyl and the Siria Family! If there is anything you want to change and improve in your life, any "stuck" places, this is the event that can do it for you energetically. You will see Sharyl go into trance and bring through the beings of light called the Siria Family, who exist on the spiritual plane. They are funny, warm and wise, and they are here to assist us in our growth, and release the blocks that are holding us back in life. Their goal is to create heaven on earth. Witnessing Sharyl channeling is truly something to behold; this is real trance work. The end of the session is a meditation led by the Siria Family. It is powerful; you will have a shift. These beings love to heal, and that is their purpose in coming. You can trust Sharyl and the Siria Family.

Sharyl Noday is certified as an active Full Trance Channel and Channeling Teacher, and has over 25 years of study in metaphysics, multidimensioal consciousness and paranormal investigation. Please visit for more information.

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Body Mind Spirit Expo Sat-Sun 8/18-19

Please join me, Sharyl Noday ( at "The Body Mind Spirit Expo” this coming weekend. I love the energy of this expo and would love to see you there!

Individual Sessions
Visit me at Booth 17. I delight in offering Siria Family Channeling mini-sessions (30 minute session for $50.00) on the hour for Saturday and Sunday. Please contact me at for an appointment. We usually are filled for the 2 days, so please let me know soon.

Lecture: Channeling with Angelic Beings of Light
Channeling makes up one of the oldest forms of communication and yet remains both mysterious and misunderstood. Join Sharyl to learn the basics of channeling, its possibilities and limitations. Learn how we can co-create a relationship to communicate with a divine intelligence in the universe. Sharyl, founder of Art of the Silent Healer, serves as a trance channel for Siria Family and others of divine origin. Saturday August 18,  2:00 PM, Room 1

Body Mind Spirit Expo 2012
August 18-19
Sat 10 am to 7 pm; Sun 11 am to 6 pm
$12 Admission

North Shore Performing Arts Center
9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie IL

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