Friday, October 05, 2012

Homestead Seasonal Closing Party on Saturday, October 13

Homestead Seasonal Closing Party on Saturday, October 13
30% off all food, cocktails, beers, and wine for seasonal closing party

Homestead – a literal farm-to-table restaurant featuring a 1,000 square foot organic rooftop garden – will throw its seasonal closing party on Saturday, October 13.

Everything at Homestead – from John Wayne Formica’s food dishes, to Femme du Coupe cocktails, to Midwestern craft beers, and to wines by the bottle and glass – will be 30 percent off during the seasonal closing party starting at 5pm on Saturday, October 13.

Homestead will be closed for private events on the following dates before closing for the season: Friday, October 5; Monday, October 7; Tuesday, October 8; and Wednesday, October 9.

Homestead is planning on hosting pop-up dinners throughout the winter, and Homestead will reopen full-time in the spring on 2013.

HOMESTEAD: A literal farm-to-table restaurant on a second story of Roots Handmade Pizza and West Town Bakery & Diner, Homestead features 70 seats in an intimate indoor air conditioned setting and 85 seats outside on its rooftop deck with full views of our 1,000 square foot organic food meadow and two massive hanging vertical gardens. Homestead features shareable plates from Chef John Wayne Formica, specialty cocktails from Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe, an all-Midwestern beer list, an esoteric wine list, and a full liquor bar. Homestead is open from 5pm until 2am daily. More information on Homestead can be found at
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The 48th Chicago International Film Festival is pleased to announce the juries for the various competitions of North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, taking place October 11-25.

The International Feature Competition jury is comprised of Montreal World Film Festival general director Danièle Cauchard, French film director Patrice Chéreau, South African/British actress and producer Alice Krige, American independent filmmaker Joe Maggio and Egyptian film star Amr Waked.
Danièle Cauchard (Canada)
Danièle Cauchard has been involved in the field of cinema since she started programming at the Montreal Conservatory of Cinematographic Art in 1975. During the 24 years she spent as head programmer of this institution, until 1998, she organized a large number of retrospectives of films from all around the world. She has been simultaneously involved in the organization of the Montreal World Film Festival since its creation in 1977. In her capacity as General Director, she is in charge of the general organization of the Festival, including administrative responsibilities and programming. Presenting approximately 400 features and short films every year to professionals and the general public, the Festival is one of the most popular film festivals in the world.
Patrice Chéreau (France)
Patrice Chéreau is a world renowned film, theater, and opera director. He began directing theater and opera in the early 1970s in both France and Italy. He made his debut in film directing in 1975 with Flesh of the Orchid (1975), starring Charlotte Rampling and Simone Signoret. Since then, his films have gone on to play and win awards at the Cannes Film Festival (The Wounded Man (1983), Queen Margot (1994, Jury Prize), Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998)), the Berlin International Film Festival Intimacy (2001, Golden Bear) and Son frère (2003, Silver Bear), the Venice Film Festival Gabrielle (2005) and Persécution (2009)) and the Chicago International Film Festival. He has also won Césars for The Wounded Man (Best Original Screenplay) and Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Best Director).
Alice Krige (South Africa / UK)
Alice Krige is a celebrated actor and producer. As an actor, she made her feature debut in the Academy Award®-winning Chariots of Fire as the singer Sybil Gordon. She has starred opposite some of Hollywood’s finest, including Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Ghost Story), Richard Gere (King David), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: First Contact), and Jeff Bridges (See You in the Morning) as well as in several remarkable art house films including the Quay Brothers’ Institute Benjamenta; Renee Daalder’s Habit; Twilight of the Ice Nymphs by Guy Maddin; Falling by Hans Herbots, Lonely Hearts with John Travolta and Salma Hayek, and Skin with Sam Neill. Krige was a leading lady at The Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Cordelia in Gambon’s King Lear, Miranda opposite Sir Derek Jacobi in The Tempest, and Roxanne, also with Sir Derek, in Cyrano de Bergerac. She won the coveted Olivier Award and the Plays and Players Award as well as two Saturns. Krige produced String Caesar, featured in this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, as well as Shingetsu, which she co-wrote with Paul Schoolman and Gunter Singer and is currently in post-production.
Joe Maggio (USA)
Joe Maggio is an award-winning independent filmmaker. His debut feature, Virgil Bliss (2001) received two nominations from the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature made for under $500,000. Maggio’s second film, Milk + Honey premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Atlanta Film Festival. His most recent feature, The Last Rites of Joe May, opened the 47th Chicago International Film Festival. Roger Ebert listed Joe May as one of the best films of 2011. Maggio is currently working on two new features – The Fall, produced by Alix Madigan and Anonymous Content, and Supermoto, his second collaboration with Larry Fessenden's Glasseye Pix. He also recently completed his second live radio drama, Ram King, starring Vincent D'Onofrio.
Amr Waked (Egypt)
Amr Waked majored in Economics and Drama at the American University in Cairo in 1994. He began working as a stock broker after graduating while also a member of the Temple Theatre Troupe. He made his film debut in 1999 in Fallen Angels Paradise, directed by Ossama Fawzy, launching his full-time acting career. He has gone on to play roles in Egyptian and International films, including Syriana (2005), Contagion (2011), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011). In 2005, he co-founded zad production with Salah Al Hanafy. Waked and Al Hanafy co-produced and star in Winter of Discontent, featured in this year’s Chicago International Film Festival.
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival also announced the juries for its New Directors, Docufest, After Dark and Short Film Competitions.
The jury for the New Directors Competition consists of Dan Berger (USA), Rebeca Conget (USA), Jonathan Miller (USA) and John Russell Taylor (UK). The jury for the DOCUFEST Competition is Reiner Veit (Germany), Alicia Sams (USA) and Ruth Leitman (USA). The jury for the After Dark Competition features Americans Jayme Joyce, Steve Prokopy and Ray Pride. The jury for the Short Film Competition is comprised of Americans Melika Bass, Ronald Falzone and Andrew Suprenant.
At the award ceremony October 19, the juries will present one outstanding film with the Gold Hugo in each category. Additional awards will be given in the categories of acting, directing and writing.
Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale and can be purchased online at the Festival Store:; via Ticketmaster ; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).
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, Land Rover, WBBM NEWSRADIO 780 AND 105.9FM, ShutterBox Photobooth, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: iN Demand, EC Charro, Brugal Rum, Creative America, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott 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.

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Chicago Artists Month October 2012

October is
Chicago Artists Month!

The 17th annual Chicago Artists Month features over 250 events --  art walks
open studios and learning/making -- all over Chicago. CAM's theme, Art Block by Block, is inspired by the impact that artists make in every neighborhood in Chicago. 

Meet the 
Featured Artists
, check out the Featured Events, and kick it all off today at the Bridgeport Block Party!

Use the calendar
 and complete schedule to plan your month now.  What will you do tomorrow...?

Bridgeport Block Party Kicks off Tonite!

Chicago Artists Month kicks off with the Bridgeport Block Party
-- Friday October 5, 2012 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm -- with Art, Music, Food Trucks, Craft Brews and more!
Bridgeport Artists Sergio Gomez, Ian Ferguson and Dobrila Pintar
Visit all 3 locations:      
Bridgeport Art Center - 1200 W. 35th Street 
Co-Prosperity Sphere - 3219 S Morgan Street
  • Flash Mobbed and Dolloped with Chicago graphic artist Ian "hydEON" Ferguson and BARO Records showcase: Ant'lrd, Jacob Kart, Litesalive, DJ Jerome Baez
Zhou B Art Center - 1029 W. 35th Street
  • Li - The River of Souls Zhou Brothers exhibition
  • CAM Featured artist Sergio Gomez
  • Live creation by artists Rhom, George Lindmark and Zore
photos by Dave Rentauskas
Preston Jackson, Victoria Martinez, Ben Foch + Chelsea Culp, Mary Ellen Croteau
Meet some of the CAM Featured Artists

Hundreds of artists participate in Chicago Artists Month.  Meet just a handful here, and some of their featured programs...  

Preston Jackson's solo exhibition "Seeing Beyond" is at the Cliff Dwellers Club, with an artist talk on Oct 10.
 is part of Woman Made Gallery's ambitious 20 Neighborhoods, which paired artists with community groups in 20 neighborhoods throughout Chicago for a summer of art-making and dialogue about women's experiences and aspirations. The exhibition opens TONITE, and continues with panels and conversations all month long.        are among 7 artists animating storefronts along S. Halsted in the Chicago Art District as part of The Installation Experiment. Look for special performances on TONITE at the Pilsen East Artist Open House and on Oct 6, 7 and 12.

's work is part of  AREA: A Survey of Avondale/Logan Square Artists at the Hairpin Art Center, which surveys the creative activity of these burgeoning neighborhoods.  Artist Talk on Oct 14 at 2 pm. 


photos by Dave Rentauskas

FIVE FOR FRIGHTENING Chicagoween’s Franken Plaza Extends to Five Days, October 26-30


Chicagoween’s Franken Plaza Extends to Five Days, October 26-30
When Daley Plaza’s fountain turns a festive shade of orange, it can only mean the return of Franken Plaza, the city’s Halloween celebration presented by UL, which runs five days this year, Friday, October 26 through Tuesday, October 30.

Returning once again will be the popular centerpiece of the festivities, Chicago’s Midnight Circus which has been entertaining the city’s Halloween audience since 1998, now in its 15th year at the Plaza and performing all five days.

And for this year’s performances audiences must fasten their seat belts and hang on to their hats for a Halloween Emergency!!!  The high-flying acrobats of Midnight Circus invade Franken Plaza with their Teetering Tower of Terror known as the Green Halloween Ladder Machine. This one-of-kind contraption defies logic and reason and delivers a heart-stopping, eye-popping good time to all.

Opening night will include two performances from Midnight Circus surrounding a screening of the musical version of “Little Shop of Horrors” starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin and Bill Murray.  Science fiction, comedy and music combine together in the story of Audrey II, the Venus Flytrap with an appetite for humans.  It is rated PG-13.   Free popcorn will be provided to those in attendance, while supplies last.

Costumes, trick-or-treating and hayrides are the highlights of the annual Monster Bash on Saturday, October 27.   The Costume Contest will include a category for children under 24 months, which will start the costume parade at noon across the stage.  Then the first 150 children, ages 2-12, will also parade across the stage with the opportunity to win prizes in the following categories: Scariest Costume; Funniest Costume; Most Creative/Original Costume and Best Pop Culture Costume.

Emcees for the contest will be Franken Plaza’s own Mayor Maximillion Spookenburger joined by NBC 5 Sports Reporter Peggy Kusinski.

Immediately following the Costume Contest, trick or treat bags will be distributed while supplies last and free Hayrides are available, first come, first served to those in line.

Additional activities throughout the weekend include storytelling by Oba King, a magic show and a fun science demonstration with Steve Belliveau, the Radio Disney AM 1300 Chicago Road Crew and fcbc educational theatre presents the “Thriller” dance, plus kids can enjoy a free photo against the green screen backing of their choice.

Robinson’s #1 Ribs will be on site each day providing the opportunity to purchase food and beverage and beginning Saturday through Tuesday, the plaza will include arts and crafts and a harvest marketplace.  The Green Mountain Coffee tent will sample Hot Apple Cider and Café Escapes, which visitors can brew by themselves in the special brewing area.

Franken Plaza will also host the Imagination Playground, a breakthrough play space concept that encourages child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground empowers children to constantly reconfigure the space around them and design their own course of play.

Franken Plaza opens Friday, October 26, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Franken Plaza is presented by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and safety sponsor UL and sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Green Mountain Naturals and Café Escapes, NBC 5 Chicago, Radio Disney AM 1300 Chicago and 104.3 KHITS. 

For tips on a safe and fun Halloween, visit

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Just Added at Life Force Arts Center (Chicago)

Just Posted

Saturday, October 27, 8 PM - Ghostly Voices: Ancestors on the Other Side with Storyteller Mark Kater**

Tuesday, October 30, 7 - 9 PM - Victory Party! Team LFA Campaign (with drawing for artwork)

Saturday, November 3, 8 PM - Courtly Consorte performs**

Sunday, November 4, 10 AM - 4 PM - Faces fo the Dark Goddess with Szmeralda Shanel**++

Mondays, Nov. 5 - Dec. 10, 7:30 - 9:30 PM - Beginning Astrology Level 2 with Lin Ewing

Wednesday, November 7, 7 - 9 PM - Runic Divination with Kiel Milner

Friday, November 9, 7 - 10 PM - Drumming the Chakras: Intro to Shamanic Journeying with Joan Forest Mage & Kevin Seymour

Saturday, November 10, 10 AM - 4 PM - Family Constellations Soul Work with Danuta Jirik**

This event is part of LFA's current show, Ancestors**

This Week

Sunday, October 7, 12 - 3 PM - Forecasting with Astrology: Transits of Pluto with Joe Polise

Wednesday, October 10, 7 - 9 PM - Intro to Runes with Kiel Milner

Saturday, October 13, 12 - 5 PM - Understanding Astrological Interceptions with Lin Ewing

Saturday, October 13, 7 PM - Himalayan Singing Bowls & Mantra with Edward Farnham

Saturday, October 13, 10 - 11:30 AM - Kriya Vedanta Meditation

Team LFA Campaign continues!

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! 

All contributors to Team LFA will be entered into the drawing for our Grand Prize: artwork, including Vivian Gutierrez's Butterfly Colors I, II & III (pictured at left)  Click here for more details and to donate.


LFAC's Gallery Hours:

Mondays & Thursdays, 1:30 - 6:30 PM
and by appointment
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LFAC has FREE PARKING in Central Savings parking lot


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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Call for Entries: Great Pictures for Hard Times Photo Challenge


Media Contact: Juliana Zipay
412.431.1810, ext. 12,

Call for Entries: Great Pictures for Hard Times Photo Challenge
Hosted by Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, in conjunction with the exhibition No Job No Home No Peace No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy

Submissions Accepted from October 1 - November 2, 2012 


PITTSBURGH, Pa., October 1, 2012 - Silver Eye Center for Photography announces a call for entries for a global photography challenge, Great Pictures for Hard Times. Against the backdrop of the U.S. Presidential election, we invite individuals to submit images that show how they, their families and communities have been impacted by or responded to today's economic and political challenges. Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 1 through Friday, November 2, 2012. The Photo Challenge and is free and open to all participants, ages 18 or older. The judges are Ellen Fleurov, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, assisted by Juliana Zipay, Marketing & Marketing Assistant.

Throughout the Photo Challenge period, all entries will be published via Instagram,
, from any Apple or Android device. Periodically, the judges will select notable pictures that will be featured on Silver Eye's Facebook page,, and Twitter feed,

Four grand prize winners will be announced at the end of the Photo Challenge and each will receive a two-year membership to Silver Eye and an inscribed, autographed copy of Photographs Not Taken, edited by Will Steacy, Silver Eye's current exhibiting artist. 


The Photo Challenge is open to individuals living anywhere in the world, 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. 

How and What To Enter 
  • The contest period is from midnight, Monday, October 1 to midnight, Friday, November 2, 2012. 
  • You may enter up to five (5) photographs taken between January 1, 2012 and November 2, 2012
  • Upload images via Instagram,, from any Apple or Android device. 
  • Each picture must include a caption with a title, location and date of the image. 
  • Each picture must include the hashtag "#silvereyecenter" to be eligible for judging. 
  •  Please make sure that the "photos are private" setting in Instagram is switched off in order for your photo submissions to be viewed. 
  • All Photo Challenge submissions can be viewed at
Prizes and Notifications 

Every week throughout the Photo Challenge, the judges will select notable pictures to be featured on Silver Eye's website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, and announcements will be mailed to more than 7,000 email subscribers. 

Four (4) grand prize winners will be announced on Monday, November 5, 2012 and will win an autographed copy of Photographs Not Taken, edited by Will Steacy, Silver Eye's current exhibiting artist, as well as a two-year gallery membership to Silver Eye Center for Photography. 

All notable pictures and grand prize winners will be notified on Instagram via @silvereyecenterforphotography. 


Ellen Fleurov, Silver Eye's Executive Director, will judge the Photo Challenge with the assistance of Juliana Zipay, Silver Eye's Membership & Marketing Assistant. The founding curator of photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, Fleurov has curated over 85 exhibitions for American and international museums, galleries and photography festivals. She is a frequent lecturer, grants panelist, exhibition juror, and reviewer for Houston Fotofest; Photo Lucida and Critical Mass, Portland, OR; Atlanta Celebrates Photography; Society for Photographic Education; and the Invision Photo Festival, among many others. 

Copyright and Usage 

The photographs must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity. 

Owner of copyright retains all copyright on any photo submitted to the Photo Challenge. By submitting to the Photo Challenge, you grant Silver Eye Center for Photography the right to use your photograph(s) in current and future promotional materials and activities. 


Midnight, Friday, November 2, 2012 


Please contact Juliana Zipay at 412.431.1810, ext. 12 or

About No Job No Home No Peace No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy 

Will Steacy's new installation, on view until December 15, is both a chronicle and a critique of a nation where a once-attainable "American Dream" has been replaced by a desperate effort to survive. The exhibition's centerpiece is Steacy's 170-foot collage, which he dubs "The Beast." A systematic, often eviscerating dissection of American policies and politics, the collage is made up of thousands of clippings from newspapers collected over many years, his own photographs and writings, and found objects. It is shown at Silver Eye for the first time in its entirety, along with thirty-two photographs from earlier and ongoing projects. 

The exhibition's title comes from a line in Bruce Springsteen's song, The Ghost of Tom Joad, which in turn alludes to John Steinbeck's classic novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Influenced by both of these artist-activists, Steacy fiercely identifies, with those who are disenfranchised, invisible, and suffering prolonged economic hardship. Springsteen's song can be heard here,

Will Steacy (b. 1980) comes from five generations of newspaper men and was a union laborer before turning to photography. It is not surprising, given his upbringing and work history, that writing is as much a part of Steacy's DNA as picture-making, and writing often accompanies the display of his photographs. Steacy received his B.F.A. from New York University in 2003. He was named one of Photo District News' 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2011 and is also the recipient of awards such as The Tierney Fellowship and the Aperture Foundation-Illumination Fund Green Cart Photography Commission. 

Steacy is represented by Michael Mazzeo Projects in New York and Christophe Guye Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information on the exhibition and artist, please visit

About Silver Eye Center for Photography 

Silver Eye Center for Photography is a nationally-recognized, non-collecting institution exclusively dedicated to contemporary photography. Founded in 1985, Silver Eye has been at the forefront of celebrating photography, both as an expressive art form and as a medium that brings to light the telling details and larger stories that influence and inform an understanding of ourselves and the world. With our singular commitment to exhibiting and promoting contemporary photography and photo-based multimedia, we are unique in Pittsburgh and the region. 

Silver Eye is located at 1015 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's historic Southside. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by our members and individual donors and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Fine Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The Hillman Foundation, The Laurel Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Epson America. 

For additional information, please contact: Juliana Zipay, Marketing & Membership Assistant, 412.431.1810, ext. 12, jzipay, 

Photo Credits: Will Steacy, House, 2006; Liz, Philadelphia, 2007. Courtesy of the artist, Michael Mazzeo Projects, New York, and Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich.

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DCASE October 2012 Newsletter

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OCTOBER 2012    Bookmark and Share
Fall in Chicago is filled with events, exhibitions, programs and festivals of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
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Upcoming Events! ART-TOBER! Somewhere In Time Attention Chicago Fashionistas! New! Michigan Avenue Gallery Exhibits Open At The Chicago Cultural Center DCASE Presents The Halls Are Alive With The Sound Of Music Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Free! Fun! Frightening! Franken! Five!

Chicago Artists Month
For the 17th year, Chicago will shine a light on its artistic community with Chicago Artists Month. Chicago's vast creative community is out there waiting to welcome you in to their studios, galleries and even storefronts. There are more than 250 events, art walks, exhibitions and workshops throughout the month of October.
Kick things off the right way with the Bridgeport Block Party, Friday, October 5 in three locations: Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th Street); Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S. Morgan); and Zhou B Art Center (1029 W. 35th Street). Hours are 5pm - 9pm and trolleys are available to transport attendees from place to place where they can enjoy displays from featured artists Dobrila Pintar of Eleven Eleven Jewelry, acrylic works from Sergio Gomez and fantastical paintings from Ian Ferguson.
Other exciting events include a display of Jeremiah Lee's Handcrafted Cigar Box Guitars and a live performance with these guitars on October 13 at the Packer Schopf Gallery (942 W. Lake Street) and the Installation Experiment where artists have filled seven storefronts on the 1800 S. Block of Halsted turning them into galleries viewable day or night from the street.
For a complete list of Chicago Artists Month events and activities, visit

Somewhere In Time
Family Day at the Clarke House Museum
On Saturday, October 13, enjoy a trip to the past simply by visiting Chicago's Prairie Avenue Historic District and the City's oldest building, The Clarke House Museum, located at 1827 S. Indiana. Enjoy Family Day at the Clarke House Museum, 9am -3pm which is a featured event of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago. All Family Day activities take place on the grounds in the Chicago Women's Park and Garden.
Your trip back in time to 1850s Chicago will treat you to the experience of demonstrations of butter making, food preservation and laundry techniques. Special kids' activity stations include a simulation milking cow, candle dipping and constructing period political rosettes. And, at 2:15pm, period music will be performed on the west portico.
Free abbreviated tours of the house will take place throughout the day.
For information on the event and the history of Clarke House, visit

Attention Chicago Fashionistas!
Fashion Focus Chicago, photo by Jack Perno
Fashion Focus Chicago returns for its eight year October 15-21. The week long celebration of Chicago's thriving fashion industry will showcase the City's top designers at runway shows in Millennium Park and the Cultural Center, as well as fashion events at various locations around the city. This includes a variety of free and affordably priced industry happenings, shopping and designer events. For a complete schedule visit
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New! Michigan Avenue Gallery Exhibits Open At The Chicago Cultural Center
Doug Stapleton: Optimistic Reconstruction, collage and acrylic on panel
Through December 30, Doug Stapleton presents Optimistic Reconstructions
. Stapleton's meticulous collages are replete with historic, religious and symbolic content combined in enigmatic, often surreal narratives. About Place
, a unique collection of assemblages of unique materials from artist Gordon Powell will be on display beginning October 6 - January 6, 2013. Powell's work blends a strong feel for materials with minimalist abstractions. Artist Sarah Krepp's Blow Out
begins October 6 - January 6, 2013. Krepp's constructed paintings blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture with added installation elements. Part of the unique and forward thinking Industry of the Ordinary, A Collaboration of Industry of the Ordinary with Ed Marszewski
will present a "small ordinary shop" from October 15 - January 1, 2013. The space will promote companies and individuals who make locally manufactured products.

DCASE Presents
About Face Theatre and Paul Oakley Stovall: CLEAR (photo credit: Jonathan McPhail Photography)
About Face Theatre and Paul Oakley Stovall

A work-in-progress
October 11-13
7:00 pm, On the stage of Jay Pritzker Pavilion

A special work-in-process concert of the new Neo-Soul musical CLEAR by Paul Oakley Stovall. Performed by a seven-piece band, with additional music by STEW (Passing Strange), CLEAR sings a tale of destiny, luck, and the commonality of the human experience. RSVP:
or 773-784-8565 x111 Every House Has a Door and Joan of Arc
Testimony 2.2

A work-in-progress
October 13
2:00 pm, Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio

Testimony 2.2 responds to the poet Charles Reznikoff's unfinished masterwork, Testimony. The work-in-progress alternates between inventive movement sequences, sober recitation of the text, and original songs performed live by Chicago band Joan of Arc.
RSVP: Cineconcert: Parallax Sounds with Ken Vandermark

October 16
6:00 pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater

DVD screening of an excerpt of the film "Parallax Sounds" with live soundtrack performance by MacArthur Genius Award recipient and reedist Ken Vandermark. Gamelan Cudamani

October 19
6:30 pm, Sidney R. Yates Gallery

Formed by brothers Dewa Putu Berata, Dewa Ketut Alit and Dewa Putu, this music group from Bali is dedicated to ayah, or devotional service. The musicians play on a hybrid gamelan orchestra, "Semarandana," with seven tones rather than the usual five, allowing them to utilize rare musical modes. LunchBreak Series and Sunday Salons are back!
Join us in the Randolph Cafe on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:15 pm for the ever-popular LunchBreak series featuring dynamic local musicians playing a variety of genres. On Sundays join us at 3 pm in Preston Bradley Hall for our Sunday Salon, an afternoon of beautiful classical and chamber music. And don't forget the weekly music series, Classical Mondays in Preston Bradley Hall at 12:15 pm. See you at the Cultural Center!

The Halls Are Alive With The Sound Of Music
Chicago Cultural Center performance
Free musical performances are filling the halls and venues of the Chicago Cultural Center. Classical Mondays and the Dame Myra Hess Concerts on Wednesday continue their long-standing run in the Randolph Café and Preston Bradley Hall. The LunchBreak Series is back with music at noon in the Randolph Café on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Plus, the month of October features a few special evenings of free music.
On Wednesday, October 10, the Jazz Institute of Chicago features a Jazz Links Jam Session in the Randolph Café, 5-7 pm; The Chicago Cultural Center Presents a screening of "Parallax Sounds" and a live performance from Ken Vandermark in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 6-9 pm; and finally on Friday, October 19th, the Chicago Cultural Center Presents Cudamani in the Yates Gallery at 6:30 pm. For a complete listing of the free music, visit

Chicago Cultural Plan 2012
Chicago Cultural Plan
Expect an announcement about the final unveiling later this month!

Free! Fun! Frightening! Franken! Five!
Midnight Circus performing, Presenting Sponsor UL
Halloween returns to Daley Plaza converting it to Franken Plaza on Friday October 26 and this year, it lasts for five days. Midnight Circus returns with its unique brand of comedy, music and acrobatics.
Don't miss the Annual Monster Bash, Saturday, October 27 with a kids Costume Contest for children 12 and under at noon, trick or treating and Hayrides. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best costume children under one year old; Funniest Costume, Scariest Costume, Most Original and Best Pop Culture Reference.
For times and more information visit

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Upcoming Events!
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens Friday, November 16. Skating is free; Rental is $10.
The Big Draw Chicago
The Big Draw - Chicago

The Chicago Cultural Center will host Big Draw Day in the Randolph Café on October 6, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, inviting people to draw individual works on cardboard and build a collaborative sculpture in real time. This part of a city wide program, for more information visit

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The 99th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off The Holiday Season!
The City of Chicago and UL, the city's official safety partner, are proud to present the official start of the holiday season, with the 99th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Wednesday, November 21! The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony draws people of all ages to the heart of Chicago's downtown "Loop." Live performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:30 pm and the holiday season officially commences at 5:00 pm, when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to sparkle in Daley Plaza.

Presenting Sponsor, UL, Santa House
Santa Clause To Re-Open Midwest Workshop On Daley Plaza!
Santa is bringing his midwest headquarters to Daley Plaza! As part of UL
ongoing partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the UL Santa House will be back on Daley Plaza beginning Wednesday, November 21-December 24. Click here for more information.

Caroling at Cloud Gate
Caroling at Cloud Gate
Fridays, November 23 - December 21 at 6 pm

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