Friday, March 08, 2013

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Blooms plus Navy Pier Parking Discounts through March 17!


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Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The Art of Gardening
March 9 – 17 in Festival Hall

Chicago Flower & Garden Show blooms with even greater opportunities for education, inspiration and motivation than ever before! Stroll through stunning display gardens created with this year’s theme “The Art of Gardening.” From vertical planting walls to Chicago-style small space solutions you can recreate at home, each display brims with creativity and endless possibilities. New this year is an extensive “How To Garden” area featuring a Gardening Live stage, plus seminars, workshops, a marketplace of vendors and an area for kids to get their hands dirty, too.

Click here for more information
Click here to purchase tickets online and save $2 off the box office price

Navy Pier Special Seasonal Parking Rates

Navy Pier Special Seasonal Parking Rates
Save on parking every day!
Now through March 17, 2013


Enjoy all the entertainment, dining, attractions and events at Navy Pier AND save on parking! Special daily flat rates discount parking 25% to 60%. Discounted prices are as follows: $14 Monday – Thursday before 5 p.m., $19 Friday – Sunday before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. seven days a week. No coupons or validation are necessary for the parking promotion and these discounts are only valid at the Navy Pier East or West Garages.

Click here for more information

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Neighborhoods of the World

Sundays through April 7
Featuring Celebrate Lithuania on March 10

Experience other cultures and take a trip around the world without a passport! Navy Pier celebrates Chicago’s diverse ethnic neighborhoods through music, dance and folk art from a different community every Sunday afternoon in the Crystal Gardens. Admission is free. The remaining weeks include Amazing India (March 17), Philippine Fest Chicago (March 24), Africa in Chicago (March 31) and A Greek Journey in the Windy City (April 7). While you’re visiting, be sure to register to win round trip main cabin air transportation to select international destinations provided courtesy of American Airlines.

Click here for more information

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Spirit of Chicago Easter Brunch and Dinner Cruises
Cruising Sunday, March 31 from Navy Pier

Looking for a unique way to celebrate the Easter holiday? Take to the water and cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago for a memorable Easter brunch or dinner cruise! Enjoy kid-friendly dining, lively entertainment, stunning views of Chicago and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Plus, every child gets a goodie bag to take home. Book a party of four or more on a Spirit Easter Cruise with promotion code EASTER4 to save 15% on your reservation before 3/17/13. Some restrictions may apply.

For more information or to book, call 866-305-2469 or click here

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Othello: The Remix

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
March 12 – April 28

Shakespeare gets a new “spin” with Othello: The Remix, beginning March 12 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This hip-hop adaptation already enjoyed an acclaimed world premiere in London, and now it returns home to Chicago. The infamous Moor is now MC Othello, a chart-topping hip-hop artist whose crew includes Cassio, a glitzy pop rapper, and Iago, a hardcore underground lyricist. Lyrically rewritten over original beats, Othello: The Remix delivers a high energy spin like no other. Tickets only $20-35.

Call 312.595.5600 or visit www.chicagoshakes.com to purchase tickets today!

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Jack the Giant Slayer: An IMAX 3D Experience
Now Playing!

An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man into the battle of his life to stop them. The film is presented in 3D on the soaring six-story IMAX screen, the largest in Chicago!

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Tinkering Lab

Chicago Children’s Museum
New Permanent Exhibit Now Open!

Inspired by the national maker movement, Tinkering Lab provides children and families with the inspiration, time, space, materials and freedom to innovate and interact directly with the real, three-dimensional world around them. It’s the ultimate workshop inspiring visitors to design, build, test and retest with real tools and materials. Tinkering Lab: Real tools. Real science. Really for kids.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

EXHIBIT OF HALE WOODRUFF MURALS, PAINTINGS AND PRINTS OPENS MARCH 23 AT CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER

 
EXHIBIT OF HALE WOODRUFF MURALS, PAINTINGS AND PRINTS OPENS MARCH 23 AT CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER
 
“Rising Up” Exhibition Features Six Monumental Murals Painted 1939-42 by African American Artist Hale Woodruff for Alabama’s Talladega College
 
“Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College,” which features six monumentally-scaled murals – two at 6 by 20 feet, four at 6 by 10 feet – painted 1939-42 by African American artist Hale Woodruff, opens March 23 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street, 4th Floor Exhibit Hall) and runs through June 16.  Never before seen outside of Alabama, the murals depict the 1839 African slave revolt on the Spanish ship La Amistad and other key moments in African American history including The Trail of the Amistad Captives, The Repatriation of the Freed Captives, The Underground Railroad, The Building of Savery Library [at Talladega College], and Opening Day at Talladega College.
 
Founded in 1867, Talladega College was one of the nation’s first all-black colleges. Commissioned in 1938, Woodruff’s murals have been on continuous view at the college since their installation in the lobby of Savery Library.
 
Newly restored to their original, vibrant colors, the murals are accompanied by 30 paintings and prints that document Woodruff’s work from the 1920s to the 1940s, making the exhibition a rare opportunity to see this important Harlem Renaissance artist’s work in depth.
 
Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900-1980) was born in Cairo, Illinois, spent time in Chicago and was part of an historic show at The Art Institute of Chicago in 1927. He studied art at both the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and the Fogg Museum of Harvard University. In 1935,
 
Woodruff worked on Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals for the Atlanta School of Social Work. Between 1931 and 1946, he served as the first chair of the newly established art department of Atlanta University. During the summer of 1936, Woodruff studied mural painting in Mexico under the mentorship of Diego Rivera. In 1946, he became a teacher at New York University, where he taught art for more than 20 years until his retirement in 1968.
 
“Rising Up” is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. The exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Admission is FREE.
 
Related Programs:
Lecture: “Painting Through the Past: The Amistad Murals and the Crux of Slavery in Hale Woodruff’s Artistic Practice” | Nicholas Miller, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, Northwestern University
Thursday, April 25, 5 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room
Gallery Talks | Daniel Schulman, Program Director/Visual Art, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Thursday, April 18 and Thursday, May 16, 12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 4th Floor Exhibit Hall
 
Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.
 
For the latest Chicago Cultural Center news and events, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @ChiCulturCenter.
 
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
 
For the latest DCASE news and events, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE.
 
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DON’T MISS: “They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910-1950,” on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through June 2, which includes many of the same themes and issues explored by Hale Woodruff in “Rising Up.” For more information, visit artic.edu/exhibitions.
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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Benny's Chop House Celebrates National Crabmeat Day March 9

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Benny's Chop House
 Celebrates National Crabmeat Day March 9
While you may think of Benny's Chop House (444 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL, 312-626-2444) as a destination for Chicago's best selection of 100% USDA Prime natural, dry-aged, and wet-aged steaks, their seafood selection is equally delicious. Benny's Chop House is celebrating National Crabmeat Day March 9 by featuring their delicious Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ($15.99). Benny's Crab Cakes are made entirely of sweet jumbo lump crab, lightly dusted with panko bread crumbs and served with a delicious horseradish-mustard sauce.
Benny's is a pioneer in bringing sea-to-table fish to Chicago; and offers a wide variety of seafood dishes on their bar, lunch and dinner menus. There's plenty of crab offerings from which to choose. You can dine on Crab and Lobster 'Louie' ($19.99), or enjoy the crowd-pleasing Seafood Tower (for two - $69.99) featuring chilled Maine lobster, Alaskan King crab legs, and jumbo prawns. 
Can't make up your mind? The Benny's Trio of Sliders ($9.99), a lunchtime favorite, is for you. This trio is the perfect way to sample a Crab Cake slider served on mini brioche buns and topped with a classic remoulade. Or enjoy the Trio, a Crab Cake slider, a Prime Beef Burger and a Filet Mignon slider to satisfy your mid-day appetite.
 
Benny's seafood comes with the Safe Harbor Certification. This quality control system checks for major risk factors by routinely testing for mercury, pathogens, radiation, and histamines (before the seafood is sold to restaurants). This certification process provides a level of confidence which Benny's extends to its customers, when serving some of the city's finest seafood dishes.

Visit Benny's to get your fill on this succulent crustacean on National Crabmeat Day.
About Benny's Chop House
Benny's Chop House, located at 444 N. Wabash Ave. in Chicago, IL 60611. Whether your preference is for 100% USDA Prime natural, dry-aged, and wet-aged steaks, fresh fish and seafood flown in daily, or many other superbly prepared appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts, there are many ways to enjoy a memorable experience at Benny's Chop House.

You'll relish perusing Benny's wine list that has earned Wine Spectator's "Best of" Award of Excellence. Benny's extensive wine collection includes more than 1,500 labels. Yet, the enjoyment doesn't stop there. If spirits are your penchant, you'll be pleased to know that Benny's has one of Chicago's most completely stocked bars and an elegant and creative specialty cocktail menu.
The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight. The bar and lounge remains open an hour later. Live jazz is presented Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information contact Benny's at (312) 626-2444 or visit www.bennyschophouse.com.
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Benny's Crab Cake
Photo By: Tim Turner

Benny's Chop House Crab Cakes(Yield: 4)
For the crab cakes:
• 1 pound lump blue crab meat
• 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• Pinch of old bay seasoning
• 2 pieces of scallion - thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon chives - thinly sliced
• 1 whole egg
• 2 dashes of Tabasco
• 2 dashes of worchestershire sauce
• ¼ cup and ½ cup panko bread crumb measured separately
• TT salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350˚ F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, old bay, scallions, chives, egg, Tabasco, worchestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Whisk together the ingredients until mixed thoroughly. Drain excess liquid from the lump blue crab meat. Gently fold the crab meat and ¼ cup of panko into the mixture. Check crab cake mix for seasoning. Form into 4 patties. Dredge the crab cakes in remaining ½ cup of panko.
After the crab cakes are formed, make the horseradish and mustard mayonnaise.
• 3 egg yolks
• 2 tablespoons white vinegar
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• 1 pint vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon horseradish drained of excess liquid

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, white vinegar, lemon juice, kosher salt, Dijon and whole grain mustard, and cayenne. Slowly add the vegetable oil, a few drops at a time, and then a steady stream to create an emulsion. Lastly, add the drained horseradish.
To finish the crab cakes:
In a sauté pan over medium/high heat, add a splash of olive oil. Gently place the crab cakes into hot sauté pan and sear until golden brown. Using a spatula, delicately flip the crab cakes. Place into oven for 3-4 minutes until cooked through. 

While the crab cakes are in the oven, spread a spoonful of horseradish and mustard mayo on a small appetizer plate. Remove the crab cakes from the oven and blot on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Place crab cake halfway on the sauced area of the plate and halfway off. Top with a few leaves of arugula for garnish.

March 2013: Film Screenings, Call for Entries and the Power of Partnership


     
 
The BERLINALE 2013: CHILLS & THRILLS


How was this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale? Well, it was cold, wet, and windy! But despite the weather it was a fantastic year – lots of warm films and more than 300,000 audience members, all in the middle of the vibrant and exciting city of Berlin. There was glitz and glamour on the red carpet (though it's always a little toned down at the Berlinale because of the chilly temperatures). Hugh Grant, Greta Gerwig, Tim Robbins, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage and Paul Rudd were all spotted, as was the timeless Jane Fonda, who is still a knock-out beauty.

I love Asian cinema, and was thrilled to see the world premiere of the new Wong Kar Wai film THE GRANDMASTER. We've welcomed his films at the Chicago International Film Festival in the past, and over dinner with him in Berlin he shared with me that years ago he wanted to shoot a film in Chicago, but couldn't handle the weather or the expenses! Hopefully we welcome his talents here soon. Read More
Photo: www.berlinale.de
WHAT MAKES A GOOD PARTNER?
Erin Payton, Development Manager

When I was on the JV Badminton team in high school, a good partner was someone who I could trust to successfully get the birdie when it went over my head ... without whacking me with her racket. Although I loved the challenge of singles, it was great to play doubles because my partner and I were working toward a common goal – usually to beat Naperville North.

Working with sponsors for the past year at Cinema/Chicago, I've realized that the goal for partnership hasn't changed much in the ages since I graduated high school. We still have each other's backs, and we still have a common goal – to have a successful event where we both benefit. And while I have had a few sponsor banners whack me on the head, it was entirely through user error!
One of the things I try to bring up at every sponsor meeting is that our organization is in it for the long haul. We never want to have a 'one and done' relationship. We are so proud of the long relationships we've had with such sponsors as American Airlines, Stella Artois, Columbia College Chicago, AMC Theatres, and DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media. It is super important to me that... Read More


 
YOU'RE INVITED!
Chicago International Film Festival Junior Board Screening Series



 
Wednesday, March 20
PUBLIC Chicago (1301 North State Parkway)
7:00 PM / $15
Join the Chicago International Film Festival's Junior Board and meet other young professionals and film buffs at an exclusive viewing of Wes Anderson's classic 2001 film, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (rated R) at PUBLIC Chicago's ultra-luxurious screening room! Tickets include film, raffle ticket, popcorn and complimentary Stella Artois.
All proceeds support the Chicago International Film Festival's year-round Education Outreach Program.
Click here
for tickets and event details.
Member Screening: THE EXAM



 
Thursday, March 14, 7:00pm
AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.
In late 1950's Hungary, Andras supervises a network of civilians spying on their neighbors and coworkers. But little does he know that the government is monitoring him as well. His superiors have chosen Christmas Eve to implement "the exam", an obscure procedure designed to challenge an agent's loyalty without his or her knowledge. Nothing can be taken for granted in this world of intense secrecy and perpetual surveillance. Hungarian with subtitles, 89 min.
To view the film’s trailer click here
. Please RSVP with your name and membership number to:
membership@chicagofilmfestival.com

Members Film Series Sponsor:

Become a Member: SEE IT FIRST!
To enjoy films like THE EXAM, become a member of Cinema/Chicago! For information on membership, please click here
. We would like to welcome our new members for February:
Erica Emmendorfer and John Endicott, Lynn Kuessner, Cathy Lauro, Kate Siegel, Sara Star.
And a warm 'Welcome Back' to our renewed members for February:
Gloria Bins, Gary Gapen, Robert and Margaret Greenberg, Joseph Hernandez and Bernadette Ross, Rose Mraz, Sonya Naar.
Calling All Film Fanatics:
Second Annual Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular!

 
We are now accepting entries to our Second Annual Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular. Send us your one-minute homage of your favorite film.
Entering is FREE and select films will be screened at the Spectacular: April 10, 6:00 PM at Untitled (11 W. Kinzie St.).
Click here
for full details and entry guidelines. Entry Deadline: March 27.
Evening Partners
   
Call For Entries: Deadline Approaching
Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards

 
The 2013 Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards is now accepting entries!
Celebrating the best in television, this annual competition for TV productions and commercials culminates in an Awards Night Gala in April, where last year we honored Kelsey Grammer and local production house OPTIMUS. Click here
 for more information and to summit your production or commercial today. Entry Deadline: March 8.
Major Partner:

CineYouth Festival: Call for Entries!


 
Our 9th annual CineYouth Festival is now accepting short film entries from student filmmakers 21 years old and younger!
Entries must be postmarked by March 25. For more information, click here
. CineYouth will be held at Columbia College Chicago May 9-11, 2013.
Presenting Partner
49th Chicago International Film Festival:
Now Accepting Entries


 
The 49th Chicago International Film Festival is now accepting entries. Films submitted before March 29 are eligible for our early bird entry fee rates!
Click here
for more information and to submit your short film, feature-length documentary, or feature-length narrative today.
March Madness!

When we encourage people to dress in Festival gear, we really mean it! Snag a pair of our Festival undies in the month of March for half off – only $7.50 a pair! Available in small and medium, these boy shorts are limited edition and a real collectors item.
Enter CHEEKY at checkout.
Visit our store
to place your order now!
 
Save the Dates!
March 20
Junior Board Screening Series
April 10
Reely Teeny Weeny Film Spectacular
April 23
Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards

Gala held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago May 1
International Screenings Program

Begins at the Chicago Cultural Center, more info soon. May 9–11
CineYouth

Held at Columbia College Chicago. October 10–24
49th Chicago International Film Festival
   
Chicago International Film Festival
30 E. Adams St. Suite 800, Chicago IL 60603
P: 312.683.0121 | F: 312.683.0122 | E: info@chicagofilmfestival.com