Friday, September 07, 2012

Ali Larter hosts FNO event at 900 north Michigan Avenue Shops!

Pix International: blog_upload  larter_macarthur-1730-Edit-Edit-2  Actress Ali Larter was the celebrity host for Fashion's Night Out as she hosted a fashion show at the 900 north Michigan Avenue Shops. She was joined by her husband,actor Hayes MacArthur and his mother,singer Shelley MacArthur Farley for a photo op prior to the event.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Chicago Artists Resource September 2012 News

September 2012
New Ownership and Management of Chicago Artists Resource
Job Opportunities at CAR
Creatives At Work Forum | Integrating the Arts and Artists into “Place-Making”
Creatives at Work Forum | Cultivating Arts Partnerships with the Chicago Park District
A.B.C. Workshop | Models, Modes and Potential for Chicago’s Independent, Cooperative and Artist-Run Spaces
Starving Artist 2012
Artist Stories

> Multi | Carla Mayer
> Literary | Rebecca Makkai
> Theater | Noah Ginex
Opportunities | Calls & Jobs
Around Town | Events, Spaces
Chicago Arts Service Providers
New Ownership and Management of Chicago Artists Resource
The Chicago Artists’ Coalition is pleased to announce its new ownership and administration of Chicago Artists Resource. Effective as of August 2012, Chicago Artists’ Coalition will manage the CAR website, its daily functions and future growth, including the upcoming launch of an upgraded software platform and design. More...
Job Opportunities at CAR
Editor/Content Manager
| The Editor & Content Manager reports to the Executive Director to manage all aspects of the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) and Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) websites. Visual Arts Researcher
| CAC seeks a professional visual artist to conduct research, content development and outreach for the CAR website as relates to the visual arts.
Creatives At Work Forum | Integrating the Arts and Artists into “Place-Making”
Photo from the Metropolitan Planning Council.
Photo from the Metropolitan Planning Council.
Monday, Sept 10, 6–7:30 pm | Chicago Cultural Center, 5th floor
“Place-making” is the practice of involving the community in the improvement of public spaces, often on a very local
scale. This panel will explore how artists, arts and cultural organizations, and creative people can get involved with a variety of new place-making initiatives in Chicago, and will also highlight some successful examples. Moderated by Marisa Novara, Metropolitan Planning Council

. Admission free. More info.

Creatives at Work Forum | Cultivating Arts Partnerships with the Chicago Park District
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Co. has partnered with Piotrowski Park.
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Co. has partnered with Piotrowski Park.
Thursday, Sept 20, 6 - 7:30 pm | Chicago Cultural Center
Learn about the Chicago Park District's arts and culture programs. Panelists include current artists in residence and CPD staff: Elizabeth Levy (Barrel of Monkeys) at Loyola Park

, Mary Hopkins (Park Supervisor), Joel Hall (Joel Hall Dance) at South Shore Cultural Center, Andrea Adams (Center Director), Mexican Folkloric Dance Company at Piotrowski Park, and Debbie Alvarado (Park Supervisor). Moderated by Carla Mayer, Arts & Culture Manager, CPD. Admission free. More info.
A.B.C. Workshop | Models, Modes and Potential for Chicago’s Independent, Cooperative and Artist-Run Spaces
The Suburban in Oak Park.
The Suburban in Oak Park.
Wednesday, Sept 26, 6–8 pm | Chicago Artists' CoalitionArt.Business.Create. workshops teach vital skills and provide the resources necessary to grow and sustain a viable professional artistic practice. This month's conversation brings together several key figures from Chicago's independent, cooperative and artist-run spaces to discuss operational models, networks, and more: Meg Duguid (Clutch Gallery
), Michelle Grabner (The Suburban), Laura Shaeffer (SHoP, Op Shop & Home Gallery), Nick Wylie (ACRE Projects), and Abigail Satinsky (threewalls & InCUBATE). $5 or free for members. RSVP here.
Starving Artist 2012
Saturday, October 6, 7–11pm | Chicago Artists' Coalition


are now available for Starving Artist, Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s annual benefit in which the city's top artists and chefs collaborate for an evening of art, food and inspiration. Redefining the age-old concept of the “starving artist,” CAC's event pairs four local artists with four like-minded chefs. Their assignment: inspire each other to create both edible “installations” to be enjoyed by the crowd, and new works of art, which will be auctioned off the night of the event. More info.
Artist Stories

> Multi | Carla Mayer
Carla Mayer, Arts and Cultural Manager, Chicago Park District
Carla Mayer, Arts and Cultural Manager, Chicago Park District
Cultivating Arts Partnerships & Programs with the Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District offers arts programming in essentially two forms: one is through opportunities to learn in an instructional setting and the other is cultural events. Both forms assume that Chicagoans of all ages who come to the District looking for classes, camps, workshops, performances, movies, and festivals come with a spirit of community participation: they want to share an experience with their neighbors and be the richer for it. More...
> Literary | Rebecca Makkai
Author Rebecca Makkai.
Author Rebecca Makkai.
Reclaiming Chicago
For a chunk of my early twenties, I had Brooklyn envy. The narrative in my head went something like I this: a “real” writer goes from college to a fascinating year abroad (Prague, maybe, or Moscow), then returns to earn her MFA at Iowa. After a year in California as a Stegner Fellow, she moves to Brooklyn to be with her boyfriend (a documentary filmmaker, of course, with curly hair). More...

> Theater | Noah Ginex
Noah Ginex. Photo by Greg Inda.
Noah Ginex. Photo by Greg Inda.
Puppetry: Living in a World of One's Own Creation

I think the puppet scene is definitely changing, but that in itself is not a change. Puppetry has been around forever, so it has to keep reinventing itself. Puppet people are always working and researching to find new ways of expressing their art. Puppetry grows and shrinks in popularity, and right now it's at a fever pitch, for whatever reason. Puppetry is also a word that is a wide umbrella for so many different styles of performance. More...
Opportunities | Calls & Jobs
> Calls for Artists

Sept 7 Artists-In-Residence Program: Arts + Public Life and the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture

Sept 14 Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Support Grant
Sept 15
Winter / Spring 2013 Residency, MacDowell Colony

Sept 5 Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency - Earthdance

Sept 7 Dances to Songs I Hate - Links Hall
Oct 17 The Map Fund 2013 Cycle Opens
LITERARYSept 15 The Ragdale Foundation's Alice Hayes Fellowship 2012

Sept 30
The Iowa Short Fiction Award
Sept 30 Juniper Prizes - University of Massachusetts

Sept 15 Skokie Theatre Seeks Shows for Weekend Primetime Slots in October
Oct 31 Auditions for City Voices 2012–13 Season

Sept 5 Miami Nice: A Golden Girls Musical Seeks [paid] Stage Manager
Sept 9
Auditions: It's A Wonderful Santa Land Miracle Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome.


Sept 15 Artists' Books: Envisioning the Future - Center for Book and Paper Arts
Sept 15
Winter 2012 / Spring 2013 Residency, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts
Oct 15 Call for artists for The Sub-Mission Project Space

More Calls

> Jobs

MULTIAfter-School Residency Internship - Changing Worlds
Director of Development - Creative Partners in Strategic Development

DANCEDance Teacher - Twirling Bears Advanced Tap Instructor - Studio North Academy
Program Assistant - Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry
Choreographer - Little Shop of Horrors
Videographer - Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival

President - The Poetry FoundationProducer, Morning News - Chicago Public Media
Associate Professor - University of Texas at Austin
Managing Arts Editor / Arts Content Editor - Sixty Inches From Center

MUSICMusic Teacher - The Art School in GlenviewDirector, Merit Chamber Orchestra and String Ensemble
Band Director - Holy Trinity High School, Bridges; Partners in Music Program

Managing Director - Polarity Ensemble Theatre
Wardrobe Supervisor - Remy Bumppo Theater Company
Early Childhood Performing Arts Instructor - StageCoach Theatre ArtsSe busca actores de voz en Chicago / Seeking Chicago-Based Voice-Actor Talent

Gallery Assistant Intern - Alderman ExhibitionsGallery Assistant, Photography and Administrative Intern - ACRE Projects
Administrative Assistant / Sales Associate - One Strange BirdInstructors: Design / Arts Programs - Osmosis Education and Mentoring IntitiativeArts Writers & Photographers - Sixty Inches From Center

More Jobs

Around Town | Events, Spaces
> Events
MULTISept 6 Lawyers for the Creative Arts NFP Workshop
Sept 20 Global Alliance of Artists / Artists Environment Xchange 2013 Project Reveal

Sept 3–26
Kristina Isabelle Dance Company Workshops at Links Hall
Begins Sept 4
An Impossible Territory: AMERICAN BUTOH Workshops
Begins Sept 11
Fall Dancemasters ClassesSept 14–16 Kate Corby and Dancers Present In Whole or in Part
Sept 14–16
Chicago Writers Conference
Sept 15
Saturday Intensive: Write on the Edge - StoryStudio Chicago Sept 21 Jeffrey Brown Presents "Darth Vader And Son"

Sept 11
Annual Concert for Peace: Harmony – East Meets West
Sept 23 Music Institute's 10th Anniversary Season Opening Concert with the Lincoln Trio
Sept 29–30
Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2012

Begins Sept 4
Fall Classes at The Actors Gymnasium
Sept 5
Vaudeville Roars
Sept 29
Fertile Soil Workshop: Stops 'n’ Starts
Begins Sept 29
Chicago Dramatists Playwriting Lab

Sept 8 Artist Talk: John Jota Leaños
Sept 10
Artist Talk: Catherine Opie
Sept 11
Lecture: Mathematics as Form and Substance in Science and Art
Sept 15
Artists’ Books: Envisioning the Future of the Book
Sept 25 Artist Talk: Liz Magic Laser

More Events

> Spaces
Shared Studio Space in Uptown Arts Center
Artist's Studio (West Loop)
More Spaces

Chicago Arts Service Providers
> Key organizations that provide assistance to artists & arts groups

The Actors Fund

African American Arts Alliance Arts Alliance Illinois Arts & Business Council of Chicago Audience Architects Chicago Artists' Coalition Chicago Cabaret Professionals Chicago Classical Chicago Composers' Consortium Chicago Cultural Alliance Chicago DanceMakers Forum Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Chicago Filmmakers Chicago Music Commission Executive Service Corps Guild Literary Complex Illinois Arts Council Independent Feature Project Lawyers for the Creative Arts League of Chicago Theatres Links Hall The Recording Academy - Chicago Chapter Reeltime UIC Health in the Arts Program Find more in the 2012 Chicago Arts Service Directory...

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Life Force Arts Center-Upcoming Events

Last day for early registration for

Beginning Astrology is Sept. 6!

Drumming the Chakras:

Intro to Shamanic Journeying

with Joan Forest Mage & Kevin Seymour

Friday, September 7, 2012
7 - 9 pm

Suggested donation: $20
Info/registration 773-327-7224 or

Experience a powerful healing ritual as Shamanic Practitioners Joan Forest Mage and Kevin Seymour cleanse the chakras (energy centers) of each participant through singing and drumming. We will learn the ancient meditation technique of shamanic journeying to the spirit realm, gaining wisdom and healing from angels, ancestors, totem animals and other helpful spiritual beings. Beginners welcome, no previous experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Joan Forest Mage, founder and Executive Director of Life Force Arts Foundation, has served as a shamanic artist, healer and educator in her hometown of Chicago since 1995. She has studied shamanism, energy work and healing ritual with numerous teachers. Visit
Kevin Seymour is a Reiki and Shamanic Practitioner. He has studied Shamanism through Joan Forest Mage's Shamanic Training Program. More information

Forecasting with Astrology:

Transits of Saturn & Uranus

with Joseph Polise 

Joseph Polise

Sunday, September 9, 2012
10:30 AM - 1:30 pm

Preregistration required

Info/registration 773-327-7224 or 

Joe Polise presents a series of classes on Forecasting with Astrology. Transits are the most popular astrological forecasting tool; while simple in concept, understanding both the salient and less obvious features of major transits is often challenging. In Transits of Saturn & Uranus, we will review how the transits of these major planets influence natal horoscopes. How we distinguish orb of transit's influence, the relative "strength" of various transits, and other issues will be addressed. Please bring your own charts and an 21st century ephemeris. This is one of three seminars on Transits. The other seminars are Transits of Jupiter & Uranus and Transits of Pluto.  Joseph Polise, C.A. NCGR-PAA, has been an active practitioner in astrology since 1990. He is vice president of Chicago's Friends of Astrology and Education Outreach Chair of Professional Astrologers' Alliance.

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Canine Massage

with Denise Theobald & Erin Kowalski

Sunday, September 9, 2012
6 - 7 pm

Free admission
Info/registration 773-327-7224 or

This event is part of the Closing Reception for LFA's current show, Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things

Watch a video from ABC 7 news showing the dog whisperers at work.

Join Denise Theobald and Erin Kowalski of Chicago Canine Massage as they explain the numerous benefits of touch, massage and energy work for dogs and other animals.  These benefits include physical healing, as well as helping with emotional and behavioral issues, body awareness, touch reactivity and development.  Erin and Denise will also talk about how the pet parent can be empowered by learning some of these techniques to use on their own pets.

Denise Theobald (

) is a licensed and nationally certified human and canine massage therapist with over 14 years of experience working with animals. She is the founder of Canine Massage Chicago (CMC). Erin Kowalski is a certified canine massage therapist, attuned to the second degree of Reiki. She has provided Reiki energy healing to humans, dogs, cats and horses.

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Closing Reception
Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul
Lessons of the Wild Things

Sunday, September 9, 2012
3 - 7 PM
Art exhibit runs
June 28 - September 9, 2012

Free admission to exhibit & Closing Reception

Gallery hours:
Mondays & Thursdays 1:30 - 6:30 pm
    and by appointment

Image: Cheetah (c)  Sharon Bechtold

Connect with the spirit of our furred, finned and feathered friends through Animal Wisdom, Animal Soul: Lessons of the Wild Things, an art exhibit running June 28 - September 9, 2012 at Life Force Arts Center gallery, 1609 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Closing Reception is Sunday, September 9,  2012 from 3 - 7 PM. Workshops, performances and other events related to the theme of animals will also be held as part of the show. The Closing Reception will include a presentation on "Canine Massage and Reiki" by Denise Theobald and Erin Kowalski of Canine Massage Chicago.

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Team LFA Campaign begins!

Monday, September 10 - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LFA has a growing need to hire a paid staff in order to continue offering the powerful and exciting programs that are our hallmark. LFAC presents an average of twenty events each month, creates four exquisite art exhibits each year, and publishes hundreds of articles in Transcendent Journeys ezine.  So, we’ve come up with our Team LFA Campaign: fundraising to hire some of our most dedicated, currently volunteer staff as full-time employees.  It’s simple: if 400 LFAC supporters donate $25 each, we will have made our goal! Click here for more details and to donate.

Beginning Astrology

with Lin Ewing

6 Mondays, September 10 - October 22, 2012

  (no class October 8)

7 - 9 PM
$180/$150 early registration by September 6

This 6-week beginning astrology course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn and master astrology. It covers the fundamentals of astrology and provides a solid foundation for more advanced astrological study.  There are no prerequisites for this course.   BEGINNING ASTROLOGY will teach you what astrology really is and how it works.  It will give you the skills to understand not only the planets, signs and houses, but also how everything relates and interacts through the "aspects" between them.  There are handouts/information given at each class meeting, and there will be a small amount of homework so that you have an opportunity to hone your skills.  When registering for the course, please give your birth date (month, day and year), the location (city, state and country if not the US) of your birth, and the exact time of your birth as it appears on your birth certificate.  This will enable the instructor to have your chart available for you at the 1st class so you can begin using your chart immediately.

Astrologer Lin Ewing is the proprietor of Astrological Details, where she practices astrology and also gives Akashic Record readings. 

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Himalayan Singing Bowls

with Edward Farnham

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

7 PM
Suggested donation: $10 advance/$15 door

Info/registration: or 773-327-7224

Read Edward's article about Himalayan singing bowls in Transcendent Journeys ezine.

This performance features overlapping layers of sound healing modalities, including Himalayan singing bowls, ganta bells, ting shaws (cymbals), gong, and mantra.
The instruments are made by Tibetan monks both as a method of healing and as meditation instruments, as part of a highly symbolic spiritual process using an alloy of at least seven metals, including pure steel from asteroids that hit the world's rooftop in the Himalayas.  They are formulated by the monks to work on many planes of our multidimensional being and can facilitate emotional catharsis, the release of blocked energies, and healing from the physical to spiritual.  They sound beautiful with primary notes and layers of overtones.  Mantras are words of power that use the primal creative force of sound as primal emanations for affecting any facet of our universal experience.  Together the instruments and mantra can function on many levels for profound effect.

Edward Farnham has studied numerous spiritual and healing techniques, including Himalayan bowls and sound healing with Richard Rudis, and mantra with Thomas Ashley-Farrand and his wife, Margalo or Satyabhama, two of the world's foremost experts on Hindu mantra. Edward is a singer with the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( and a painter who attempts to use the creative force as a vehicle to the divine.

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LFAC's Gallery Hours:

Mondays & Thursdays, 1:30 - 6:30 PM
and by appointment

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Life Force Arts Foundation, Inc. (Approved Provider Number 451592-11) is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider.
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