Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kelly Osbourne opens The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival in Chicago!

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard® started today with Fashion expert, Kelly Osbourne, who greeted media and , introduced fall trends and highlight the two-week festival. The photo op was at the Priceless Lounge, The Shops at North Bridge followed by the fashion show at Pioneer Court in Chicago,Illinois

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival invites guests to enjoy a full calendar of events including celebrity appearances, stylish events, culinary demonstrations, outdoor concerts, in-store festivities, special perks for MasterCard® cardholders, enticing sweepstakes, and more beginning Friday, August 24 and concluding on Thursday, September 6 with Chicago’s version of Fashion’s Night Out. For a full schedule of events, visit

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival Announces First Round of Titles!

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival Announces First Round of Titles

 Cinema/Chicago and The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive film festival in North America, are proud to announce the first 22 films out of more than 150 films from over 50 countries that will be presented during the 48th Chicago International Film Festival, October 11- 25, 2012.

“Our programmers have been working non-stop all year in search of the best films from around the world,” said Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. “These first films are just but a taste of the strong line-up we have this year which include award-winning films, quirky comedies, spine-tingling thrillers, eye-opening documentaries, emotionally charged dramas, and innovative shorts. Chicago audiences will have the chance to see some of the most exhilarating films the world has to offer.”

“The line-up includes brilliant new work from such Festival alumni as Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami, Italy’s Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, France’s Leos Carax, Denmark’s Bille August and Romania’s Cristian Mungiu, along with exciting debuts from young filmmakers from around the world," added Mimi Plauché, Programming Director for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival.

Films to Date Include:

As Goes Janesville (Director: Brad Lichtenstein • USA): The recession hits home in Janesville, WI, where the shutdown of a GM plant has devastated the town. Following laid-off employees struggling to make ends meet and local business owners trying to lure back investors, this intimate verité-style documentary supplies refreshingly human insight into America’s economic crisis.

Benji (Director: Coodie & Chike • USA): In 1984, all eyes were on Ben Wilson, one of Chicago’s top high school basketball prospects. But in his senior year, Benji's story was suddenly cut short. Interviews with family and friends give fresh insight into Benji's life and untimely end, illuminating one of sport's most tragic "what if"s.

Beyond The Hills (Director: Cristian Mungiu • Romania): Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returns to feature filmmaking with this gripping existential drama. Inspired by the real-life horror of a modern-day exorcism-gone-wrong, the film follows two women, close friends whose lives have taken them down drastically different paths: one into a convent, the other much further astray.

The Cleaner (Director: Adrian Saba • Peru): In the midst of a mysterious, devastating epidemic, Eusebio – a forensic cleaner who sterilizes the apartments of the dead – discovers an eight-year-old boy hiding in an uninhabited house. A grizzled loner all his life, Eusebio suddenly finds that he must care for this young boy as civilization crumbles around them in this quietly compelling dystopian drama.

Caesar Must Die (Director: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani • Italy): The top prizewinner in Berlin, this docudrama from the legendary Taviani brothers depicts the preparations for a staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar by inmates in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison. The performers, many of whom are in jail for violent crimes, bring powerful new layers of meaning and emotion to the canonical play.

Coming of Age (Director: Sabine Hiebler & Gerhart Ertl • Austria): In their 80s, Rosa and Bruno meet and are suddenly reminded what it means to love and live fully. The two – knowing that their time is limited – run off together, leaving much and many in their wake. This unconventional romantic drama paints a powerful portrait of love by turns stark, passion-filled and heart-breaking.

Consuming Spirits (Director: Chris Sullivan • USA): A melancholic, mesmerizing vision of backwoods gothic Americana that was 15 years in the making, Consuming Spirits weaves together a spell-binding blend of animation techniques. Folksy storytelling tinged with the dark surrealism of David Lynch, this atmospheric, multi-layered tale of outcasts and misfits is haunting, funny and occasionally heart-breaking.

Don’t Click (Director: Kim Tae-Kyeong • South Korea): When cyber junkie Jung-mi learns of a sinister new “forbidden” internet video, she’ll stop at nothing to find it. However, the morbid video has strange effects on its viewers, and soon Jung-mi and her sister seem to be under a bizarre and terrifying curse in this disturbing take on 21st-century technology, surveillance, and internet fame.

Holy Motors (Director: Leos Carax • France/Germany): Several lifetimes pass in the span of a few hours for Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who effortlessly transitions from one realm to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man. This mysterious, hallucinatory epic has ignited passions around the world for its bold, euphoric virtuosity.

In Their Skin (Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal • Canada): A relaxing trip to the country takes a dark and disturbing turn when a seemingly friendly visit from the neighbors turns into a terrifying and potentially deadly situation. Skillfully building the claustrophobic atmosphere with masterful control over mood and pacing, In Their Skin is a chilling, sophisticated slice of terror.

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (Director: Chris James Thompson • USA): By the time he was arrested, Jeffrey Dahmer had killed and dismembered 17 victims, mostly in his nondescript Milwaukee apartment. Using a mixture of archival footage, new interviews and recreations, this documentary paints a complex, intimate portrait of one of America’s most notorious serial killers.

Keep the Lights On (Director: Ira Sachs • USA): A one-night stand between Erik and Paul quickly grows into something more, but their differences – along with Paul’s struggles with addiction – soon chip away at their relationship. This sensitive, subtle account of an intense, nine-year on-off relationship tenderly reminds us that love is not always enough.

Like Someone In Love (Director: Abbas Kiarostami • France/Japan): Iran’s greatest living filmmaker travels to Tokyo for this understated, enigmatic romantic drama. Unbeknownst to her boyfriend, the enchanting university student Akiko secretly moonlights as an escort. An encounter with a client – a shy, elderly academic – leads to an unconventional, unexpectedly intimate relationship in which nothing is quite as it seems.

Marie Krøyer (Director: Bille August • Denmark): Married to one of Denmark’s most celebrated 19th century painters, Marie Krøyer’s life is both privileged and fraught. Struggling to discover her own identity while managing her husband’s increasingly erratic behavior, Marie begins to look outside of her marriage for affirmation and autonomy. But at what cost?

A Modest Reception (Director: Mani Haghighi • Iran): Tasked with giving away huge sums of money by whatever means possible, Kaveh and Layla drive through the remote, war-torn mountains of Iran with a trunkful of cash. What begins as a seemingly harmless game soon reveals itself to be a twisted bout of charity as the power, humiliation, and shame inherent in their act plays out between the privileged couple and the impoverished villagers.

Out in the Dark (Director: Michael Mayer • Israel/USA): Nimer, a Palestinian student, dreams of a better life abroad. One fateful night he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer. As their relationship deepens, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects his nationality.

The Scapegoat (Director: Charles Sturridge • UK): The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common: a face. Near exact replicas, these doppelgangers meet by chance, each at a major crossroads in his life in this adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, which recalls the productions of Merchant- Ivory at their finest.

The Sessions (Director: Ben Lewin • USA): Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 – to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

Shameless (Director: Filip Marczewski • Poland): In an incendiary story of love, desire, and betrayal between siblings, the rebellious young Tadek returns to sister Anka’s home in search of solace and affection. Bound together by a painful shared family history, brother and sister must find a way to break free in order to survive.

Tey (Director: Alain Gomis • Senegal): What would you do if you knew today was your last? A joyous, impressionistic celebration of life and death, Tey follows Satché from the moment he wakes, with full knowledge of his imminent passing. Wandering through the streets of his hometown, Satché reflects on the choices he has made and their consequences.

Valley of Saints (Director: Musa Syeed • India/USA): Gulzar, a boatman on Kashmir’s gorgeous, peaceful Dal Lake, plans to leave for the city when a military curfew forces him to remain in his hometown. When Gulzar meets Asifa, a pretty young scientist studying the lake, a romance develops against a backdrop of jealousy, competition, and ongoing political turmoil.

Short Films: Highlights of this year’s programs include: Paraíso, in which three Chicago window cleaners wax philosophical as they work on a high-rise; the animated Oh Willy…, in which the hero returns to the naturist community where he spent his youth; and Yardbird, in which a young girl uses special powers against bullies.

Star-Studded Opening Night
Opening Night of the 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place Thursday, October 11 at The Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph Dr.). This year’s red carpet will feature the opening night film’s celebrated and legendary artists who, between them, have earned 5 Academy Awards®, 8 Golden Globes®, and 4 Emmys®.  More details will be announced shortly.

Festival Passes and Theater Info
A variety of Festival Passes are on sale now. Pass options include:

Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $95 for Cinema/Chicago members, $125 for non-members.
Passport (20 regular admissions): $180 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members

Passes can be obtained by visiting or by calling 312.683.0121.

Festival screenings will be at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.). The full schedule will be unveiled at a press breakfast on September 20.

Festival Sponsors
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Official Airline – American Airlines; Producing Partners – AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner – Intersites; Supporting Partners – DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella  Artois, Chris Pagano – Realtor, WBBM, ShutterBox Photobooth; Participating Partners: iN Demand, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. 

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About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.

Announcing Transition of CAR website to Chicago Artists' Coalition

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Announcing New Ownership and Management of
Chicago Artists Resource (CAR)
by the Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC)
Chicago, IL - August 22, 2012 - Chicago Artists' Coalition announces its new ownership and administration of the Chicago Artists Resource website (CAR). Effective August 2012, Chicago Artists' Coalition will manage CAR, its daily functions and future growth, including the upcoming launch of an upgraded software platform and design. 
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Initially launched in 2005 by the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation, Chicago Artists Resource
  describes the landscape of opportunity for artists working in Music, Dance, Theater, Literary and Visual Arts through a robust combination of artist-curated and community-contributed content.  

The website and its monthly e-newsletter contain job posts, calls for artists, and a directory of spaces, as well as Artist and Arts Professional Stories that give voice to the best practices of Chicago artists, and a comprehensive directory of professional development articles. CAR has become an essential platform of online information that centralizes opportunities, resources and news for the diverse arts communities across Chicago.
This transfer of ownership and administration is an exciting development for Chicago's art community, as it means that CAR will be able to operate with the nimbleness and flexibility required of a dynamic technology project to better meet the demands of the city's music, dance, theater, literary and visual arts communities.    

"We are thrilled to be expanding our services to artists across Chicago's creative communities and are looking forward to unveiling a new and improved version of CAR later this fall, which will make using the site easier and more intuitive," said Carolina O. Jayaram, Executive Director of Chicago Artists' Coalition.   "We are also excited to strengthen partnerships across the city to ensure that CAR reflects diverse constituencies and capitalizes on the assets and opportunities available to all artists."

"CAR has been a great resource for artists in Chicago and a model for support in other cities," said Michelle Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events "We are pleased that it will continue to grow and keep pace with changing technology and the needs of Chicago's arts community through the stewardship of  the Chicago Artists' Coalition, which has been serving individual artists in Chicago since 1974."
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To anchor CAR firmly in all of its creative communities, CAC announces a new CAR Advisory Council whose members include to date: Dan Abbate (Gorilla Tango Theater); Deb Clapp (League of Chicago Theaters); Kate Dumbleton (Hyde Park Jazz Festival); Heather Hartley (Audience Architects); Barbara Koenen (City of Chicago); Paul Natkin (Chicago Music Commission); Mike Nourse (Hyde Park Art Center); Jill Pollack (Chicago Literary Alliance); Mike Reed (Pitchfork Festival); Fred Sasaki (Poetry Foundation); Roell Schmidt (Links Hall); Pete Toalson (Empty Bottle + Longman & Eagle); Eric Williams (Silver Room), and others to be announced.

This fall, look for an exciting new design of the CAR website that will be more dynamic and easier to navigate. 

In the meantime, you will continue to receive CAR's monthly Enewsletter, featuring top Calls, Jobs, Events and Spaces as well as Artist Stories and other news of interest for individual artists and arts organizations working in Music, Dance, Theater, Literary and Visual Arts. You will also receive the monthy Enewsletter from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Sign up to receive e-newsletters from both CAR and CAC by CLICKING HERE 

Thank you for your support!

CAR is generously funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC funded by The Ford Foundation and the Kresge Foundation), and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

About Chicago Artists' Coalition
The mission of the Chicago Artists' Coalition is to empower artists and the creative community by providing professional resources, programming, and advocacy to foster a sustainable arts community and cultural engagement. 

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Tel: 312.491.8888. Fax: 312.491.8838

Fear No Art Chicago Academy Award Winning Director, Alexander Payne

Academy Award Winning Director, Alexander Payne

Fear No ART Chicago

discovering the artists behind the art

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for the 9/20 Dinner Party w/chef Michael Kornick, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Children's Choir and sculptor Tony Tasset at Expo Chicago!) Below Elysabeth Alfano
talks with Alexander Payne on the red carpet.

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Lucie Foundation-2012 Honorees, Scholarship Winner Announced, Nominations Open, Special Offer from Phase One

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On December 7, 2003, 700 guests attended the first annual Lucie Awards. Since then, thousands of individuals have gathered in celebration of photography and to pay tribute to Lucie Honorees, present awards from our sister effort, The International Photography Awards and recognize those individuals integral to crafting an image through the Support Category Awards. To commemorate this milestone, we will return to the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom on Monday, October 8, 2012. This year's honorees nominated by our Advisory Board are (in no particular order):

Lifetime Achievement - Joel Meyerowitz
Achievement in Fine Art - Arthur Tress
Achievement in Documentary - Tod Papageorge
Achievement in Sports - John Biever
Achievement in Photojournalism - David Burnett
Achievement in Portraiture - Greg Gorman
Double Exposure Award - Jessica Lange

The Lucie Awards are the signature program of the Lucie Foundation and are presented with the generous support of atEdge, APA, ASMP, Phase One and Photo District News. A special thank you to atEdge and PDN who've been partners since 2003.

Don't delay in purchasing your ticket. A limited amount of discounted tickets to the seated dinner and awards presentation are available through September 8 here


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Issue 36 - August 2012

In this issue:






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The Lucie Awards present six Lucies to those in the creative community integral in crafting an image through the Support Category Awards. Anyone can nominate in these categories and the Lucie Photographer Advisory Board identifies the finalists (announced the week of September 8) and the winners.
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The categories and links to nominate are:

Book Publisher of the Year

Fashion Layout of the Year (awarded to the print publication)
Curator/Exhibiton of the Year
Print Ad Campaign of the Year (awarded to the photographer)
Picture Editor of the Year
Photography Magazine of the Year

Nominate by September 8, 2012. Learn more here.
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Donna J. Wan, a San Francisco Bay Area photographer has been named the inaugural recipient of the Association of Photographic Artists (APA) / Lucie Foundation Scholarship. She will be recognized at the Tenth Annual Lucie Awards, and will receive $5,000 to complete a bi-coastal photography project.


Learn more about her work and proposal here

We are delighted to enter this three-year partnership with APA National and are looking forward to seeing the next round of applicants in 2013.
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Pro'jekt LA Summer Series will conclude with Hello, Goodnight: Los Angeles After Dark. We invite photographers to submit work that explores Los Angeles after hours for consideration. Deadline: August 26th.


The 2012 Pro'jekt LA Summer Series began with Sweet Snaps, at Space 15 Twenty, in Hollywood. Curated by Jade Tran, the projection was a tribute to the sweetness of summer and featured photographers Christina Bentheim, David Black, Neca Dantas, Christopher Doody, Justin Fantl, Patrick Gookin, Phillip Kim, Jennifer Loeber, Jeff Luker, Michelle Maguire, Kati Mennett, Alexa Miller, Bryce Pincham, Lauren Randolph, Mariela Sancari, RJ Shaughnessy, Stephanie Van de Velde, Donna J. Wan, Elizabeth Weinberg, and Jeremy + Claire Weiss.

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Phase One and the Lucie Foundation are offering 50% off on Capture One Pro 6 software and 25% off tickets to the 10th Annual Lucie Awards. Save $150 on Capture One Pro 6! To purchase your copy of Capture One Pro 6 through Phase One's online store,
simply use the voucher code C1Lucie and you will receive the special promotional price.

After purchasing Capture One Pro 6 with your voucher you will be eligible for 25% off your ticket to the Lucie Awards. Please forward your purchase confirmation to and your 25% off voucher will be emailed to you. Also, the first 10 buyers using the voucher will receive a FREE Premium Membership (valued at $100 each)!

Capture One is the top choice for professional and passionate photographers. Don't miss out, this special offer ends Sept. 7th!

We'll also be partnering with Phase One and Samys Camera to present an artist talk with Michael Muller on Sunday, October 7 as an Official Event of Lucie Week. More details will be available shortly at
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Luminance 2012: A Very Different Photography Event
PhotoShelter is hosting Luminance 2012, an exciting new conference September 11 - 13 in New York City. This very different photography event will bring together thought leaders from Google, Facebook, Hipstamatic, Lytro, 20x200, Blurb, Behance, and many more to discuss the direction of photography today. Don't miss this 2-day conference, plus a special workshop led by photographers Joe McNally, Zack Arias, and Robert Seale. Photographers, technologists, designers, creatives, and those who care about the future of photography should attend. Register here with the promotional code Luminance2012 for $25 off:

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shadows of Knight Jimy Sohns' 66th Birthday Bash This Saturday Night

Don't miss Jimy's 66th Birthday Bash this Saturday night.
Jimy, Cindy and Michael, drummer Rick Barr from the New Colony Six, and bassist Greg Brucker from The Cryan' Shames will be joined by musical guests which, so far, includes :
Ronnie Rice from the New Colony Six,
Jim Pilster - AKA JC Hooke from The Cryan' Shames,
Dan Baughman - Shadows of Knight guitarist on SHAKE,
Mike Kurtz - guitarist from Madfox and Haf Bitten Moon,
Bobby Koll and Chris Minardi from Hot Rocks - Chicago's premiere Rolling Stones tribute band,

Patty Prendergast from Bitch, Tough Love and HAG

update: Dick Biondi will also be there!

While the bands are on break, don't leave or go outside to smoke!  We will entertain you with the awesome sounds of Cliff Tartaglia, from Chicago's premier Rod Stewart tribute band, A Reason to Believe;  Jeff Millar-Sax, singer/ songwriter all the way from L.A.; and Marianne Sullivan and Michele Miller of Chicks with Picks.
There will be other guest musicians performing throughout the night so stick around!

Well known Chicago comedian and host Marty O'Connell will guide us through the party - good luck Marty!!


The party is at 9pm this coming 
Saturday night, August 25th at Mt Prospect's
2 W Busse Rd.
Mt. Prospect, Il 
South of Central at Rt 83


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LACDA Call for Digital Art and Photography

 los angeles center for digital art
 102 West Fifth Street
 Los Angeles, CA 90013
Peter Frank, Riverside Museum
Principle Curator
Rex Bruce, LACDA
Director and Senior Curator, L.A. Center for Digital Art
Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography!
Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.
The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44x60 inches on museum quality paper (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.
Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24x36 inches ($150-$200 in value) to be included in upcoming group exhibits. Second place winners will be scheduled into a group shows within twelve months of announcement of winners. Consideration is given to placing these works in shows appropriate to their style, genre and/or content. These shows will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.
Special consideration will be given to all entrants for inclusion in future shows at LACDA. Many entrants from past competitions have been included in our exhibits.
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, supporting local, international, emerging and established artists. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, and produce editions of wide format archival prints.
Deadline for entries: September 24, 2012

Winners Announced: October 1, 2012

Exhibit Dates:
October 11-May 3, 2012
Artist's Reception:
October 11, 7-9pm
Entry fee is $30US
Online registration only
For questions email:
No phone calls please