Friday, September 14, 2012
House of Fine Chocolates and Bakery opened it's doors in 1945 at 3109 North Broadway in Chicago.
On October 1st they will be closing their doors. Yes,it's the economy...
Sad but true.
CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER HOSTS
CRAIN’S SMALL BUSINESS WEEK EVENT, OCTOBER 1
The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Randolph) hosts the aptly named “Adventures in Running a Creative Business”, one of the first business development activities of Crain’s Small Business Week. The seminar featuring Tom Duff, President of Optimus, Inc., Joe Shanahan, owner of Smartbar, Metro and Double Door, and restaurateur Donald J. Madia is Monday, October 1, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Claudia Cassidy Theater.
For more than 25 years, Shanahan has owned and operated such cutting edge music clubs that he presented artists such as R.E. M. and Smashing Pumpkins in their earliest appearances and it is still the club to play an impromptu set for established stars. His insight and knowledge of talent as well as business operations, clearly contribute to Shanahan’s longevity on the Chicago music scene.
Optimus is a multi-faceted creative services company specializing in film editing and post-production work with locations in Chicago and Santa Monica. It was voted one of the best places to work in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business and just this spring received the prestigious Hugo Excellence Award for Television Commercials.
Chicago-born Donald J. Madia has demonstrated the value of collaboration in order to execute his singular vision. His uncompromising attention to detail and sense of unlimited possibility — informs some of Chicago's most admired restaurants and cocktail lounges including Blackbird, avec, The Publican, the Violet Hour and Big Star.
Topics will range from permits to promotion, attracting and retaining talent, and connecting Chicago to a global creative economy. The Conversation will be moderated by Carol Roth, a business strategist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. Admission is free and the seminar concludes with a Q+A session.
The third annual Crain's Small Business Week is dedicated to small businesses area-wide, offering a variety of educational and business development activities along with opportunities to create partnerships to grow your business.
CHICAGO ACTRESS HOLLIS RESNIK AND TA’REA CAMPBELL
TO STAR IN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF SISTER ACT
SISTER ACT to play Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Nov. 13 – Dec. 2, 2012Broadway In Chicago and producers Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment are thrilled to announce casting for the North American Tour of five-time Tony Award® nominated musical SISTER ACT, starring Chicago actress Hollis Resnik as Mother Superior and Ta’Rea Campbell as Deloris Van Cartier. SISTER ACT will play the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 East Congress Parkway) Nov. 13 – Dec. 2, 2012.
In addition to Ta'Rea Campbell (Book of Mormon, Lion King) as Deloris Van Cartier, Hollis Resnik (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Les Miserables) as Mother Superior, the North American Tour of SISTER ACT will feature Kingsley Leggs (Sister Act, The Color Purple) as Curtis Jackson, E. Clayton Cornelious (Wonderland, The Scottsboro Boys) as Eddie Souther, Lael Van Keuren (Sister Act) as Mary Robert, Florrie Bagel as Mary Patrick, Diane J. Findlay (42nd Street, Promises, Promises) as Mary Lazarus, Todd A. Horman (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Joey, Ernie Pruneda (Sister Act) as Pablo, Charles Barksdale (Fat Camp) as TJ, and Richard Pruitt (42nd Street, White Christmas) as Monsignor O'Hara.
The company will also include Melvin Abston, Brian Calì, Alysha Deslorieux, Karen Elliott, Danny George, Blair Goldberg, Erin Henry, Wendy James, Trisha Jeffrey, Mary Jo McConnell, Ashley Moniz, Michelle Rombola, Jason Simon, Angie Marie Smith, Tricia Tanguy, Kelly E. Waters, and Dashaun Young.“To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at SISTER ACT -- a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they were expecting -- is a magical experience for a producer,” says Producer Whoopi Goldberg. “Happily, audiences across the country will be able to get in on the fun this fall when Deloris and her fabulous sisters start spreading the love nationwide.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of the creative team and cast members that have made SISTER ACT such a critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing success on Broadway,” said Stage Entertainment U.S. CEO Bill Taylor. “Our New York audiences have been absolutely amazing and I look forward to this fall’s tour and the next chapter in SISTER ACT’s wonderfully successful life.”
SISTER ACT received five 2011 Tony® Award nominations: BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Alan Menken (music)/ Glenn Slater (lyrics), BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Cheri & Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (Patina Miller) and BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (Victoria Clark).
SISTER ACT features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard.
SISTER ACT opened on April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) to rave reviews. Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post calls SISTER ACT, “One of the season’s happiest surprises! Off the charts and packed with goodies, to which we say: Amen!” Joe Dziemianowicz of The New York Daily News raves “A blessed event has landed on Broadway. Sister Act is a feel-good crowd pleaser worth celebrating. It keeps on purring from one happy moment to the next.” Charles Isherwood of The New York Times says, “When the wimples start quivering and the nuns start rocking to raise the Gothic rafters, all’s right in the kingdom of musical comedy!” and Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press calls SISTER ACT, “In a word, divine. This is a musical that hits all the right spots, achieving something close to Broadway grace. It will convert you.”
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Based on the mega-hit feature film, SISTER ACT features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.
SISTER ACT features scenery by Klara Zieglerova, costumes by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Ken Travis and hair/wig designs by David Brian Brown. The music department includes Musical Supervisor Michael Kosarin, Music Director Brent-Alan Huffman, and orchestrations by Doug Besterman. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Craig Burns CSA.
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WHOOPI GOLDBERG (Producer) is among the most well-known performers around the world. She shot to international fame with her Oscar-nominated performance in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, before embarking on a prolific Hollywood career with films such as Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Soapdish, The Lion King, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and, of course, Sister Act and its sequel. She has had success in virtually every area of entertainment, from film and television, to stage and recording, to radio host and best-selling author. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Ghost in 1991 and is one of a very elite group of artists who has also won the Grammy, the Golden Globe, the Emmy and, as Producer of the original Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002, a Tony Award. She is currently moderator of the award-winning daytime talk show The View on ABC.
STAGE ENTERTAINMENT USA Inc. (Producer) Founded in 1998 by Joop van den Ende, Stage Entertainment is one of the world’s largest theatrical producers with bases in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Russia, Italy and the USA, and the owner of thirty venues across those countries. Stage Entertainment employs over 4,000 people worldwide and over 10 million people visit a Stage Entertainment production or performance space each year.
Headed by Bill Taylor, Stage Entertainment’s US team recently produced the hit musical, SISTER ACT, on Broadway. SISTER ACT received five 2011 Tony® Award nominations and rave reviews. Stage Entertainment US is currently producing SISTER ACT on tour in the US and has several other new projects in development for Broadway and the road.
TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North America and the world. Each season, Troika tours to hundreds of cities across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, Troika produced in European markets including Russia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Central/South American and Caribbean credits include touring CATS in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. As the first U.S. production company to tour a musical in Mainland China, Troika has toured extensively across the Pacific Rim in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, with productions of The Sound of Music, Swing!, 42nd Street and Chicago. The company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for The Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s (Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Biloxi, Lake Tahoe and Branson). Current and upcoming productions include West Side Story, Catch Me if You Can, Sister Act, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Shear Madness and The Wizard of Oz. With strong ties to the Broadway community, Troika prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide.
Individual tickets for SISTER ACT at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University are $28-$103 and are on-sale now. A select number of premium seats are also available. 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 St.), 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. For groups of 15 or more, call (312) 977‐1710. Tickets for groups of 15+ are on sale now.
For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Interiors Photographer Scott Hargis e-book best bet for Successful real estate interiors photography
I've always been a fan of photographer Scott Hargis work. His advice and postings on various photography boards thru the years has earned him not only a phenomenal reputation with his peers but clients as well.
His specialty is architectural photography.Interiors,sweeping outdoor landscapes that once you've viewed his images,make you want to make you start packing and shopping for a picture perfect home just like the pictures he's created.
He's recently written an e-book,"The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors - Techniques for lighting with small flash" with his advice and techniques for getting the best images for various types of rooms.
The guide goes thru the gear he uses and why
Controlling exposures that include window and ambient light
Setting up lighting for various room sizes
Dealing with reflections
How to get the best exposure via post processing.
From the official website:
Here is the table of contents:
• Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Interior Flash Photography
• Chapter 2 Equipment
• Chapter 3 Basic Bedroom
• Chapter 4 Controlling Window Exposure
• Chapter 5 Master Bedroom
• Chapter 6 Master Bath
• Chapter 7 Lighting Larger Rooms
• Chapter 8 Lighting Larger Spaces - Seven Case Studies
• Chapter 9 Lighting Multiple Spaces
• Chapter 10 Advanced Reflections
• Chapter 11 Kitchens
• Chapter 12 Kitchens - Six Case Studies
• Chapter 13 Special Situations
• Chapter 14 Post Processing
• Chapter 15 Wrap-up
This is a step by step process that takes you thru a whole photo shoot and not just
random photos with camera setting info.
In the past,I've done interior photos for many clients,but there was a wealth of knowledge here that spawned other ideas that I was able to use in a client shoot soon after studying this guide.
I must admit,I am a fan of looking at interior photos of homes.My city has various upscale magazines that deal with the very high end market of condominiums and houses that sell for millions of dollars.In these types of publications,the photos are all professionally done.
Yet when I see online ads and newspaper photo ads for properties being sold,it really would be in the best interest of the homeowner or real estate agent to hire a professional photographer or purchase the right equipment for the job and study these techniques.
Scott Hargis book would be their perfect 'how to guide' to better and quicker real estate sales by far.
You can purchase "The Essential Guide to: Lighting Interiors - Techniques for lighting with small flash" from the photographers website.It's a 108 page PDF file that can be read on your computer or mobile devices.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012