Thursday, April 04, 2013
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
REGARDING THE PASSING OF ROGER EBERT
Chicago—The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago grieves with the Ebert family, Chicago, and film buffs everywhere on the passing of the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert.
Barbara Scharres, the Film Center’s Director of Programming for 37 years, has been a friend and colleague of Roger’s for over three decades. He has made numerous appearances at the Film Center over the years and Scharres has covered the Cannes Film Festival on Ebert’s behalf for the Sun-Times. Scharres said:
“Roger Ebert was one-of-a-kind. He loved movies so much that he wanted everyone else to love them too. This love was at the very core of his work, and he brought the rewards and joy of thinking about movies and talking and debating about movies to millions of people around the world. This is his legacy—he made movies matter in a new way.”
“Roger was as generous in his criticism as he was astute. His championing of American independents and other young filmmakers is well known. He often used the power of his fame to focus attention on new talent; a review from Roger gave a welcome boost to many a young career.”
“He was the first film critic to recognize and fully utilize the power of social media. He took dialogue about the movies he loved global, yet another way Roger found to fold others into film culture through his infectious enthusiasm.”
“Roger’s love for his beloved wife Chaz was a cornerstone of his life. Roger and Chaz were long the royal couple of any film festival. He was never happier than when she was next to him.”
“We at the Gene Siskel Film Center mourn along with Roger’s readers everywhere. Our deepest sympathy goes to heroic Chaz; to all their extended family; to Roger’s longtime Sun-Times editor Laura Emerick; and to Roger’s most loyal assistant Carol Iwata.”
The Gene Siskel Film Center has had a relationship with Ebert since its inception when it was founded as The Film Center in 1972. Renamed after the late Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel in 2000, in recent years the Gene Siskel Film Center collaborated with Ebert on a number of events, including its Sophisticated Ladies benefit which honored Nicole Kidman in 2002 when Ebert interviewed her at its annual fundraiser, and in June 2003 at its annual benefit when he received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and led a Director’s Discussion with Andrew Davis and Harold Ramis. Roger also appeared at the Film Center in March 2002 for a book-signing of Roger Ebert: The Great Movies, followed by a rousing introduction of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb—which he called “arguably the best political satire of the century—presented as part of the series The Many Masks of Peter Sellers. The Film Center is also grateful for the generosity of the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation which supported its Black Harvest Film Festival. In 2012, in celebration of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 40th Anniversary, Roger also lended his artistic talents which appeared in the form of an illustration which appears on the Gene Siskel Film Center’s tote bag.
Jean de St. Aubin, the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Executive Director said: “As everyone’s favorite film critic, an entertaining raconteur, Roger was an extraordinary communicator. Our hearts go out to Chaz, his great love and partner, and to his family. He will be greatly missed.”
Tonight, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites patrons and members of the public to sign a memory book—placed with flowers in its lobby next to the famous Victor Skrebneski portrait of Siskel and Ebert—that will be presented to Roger’s wife Chaz. De St. Aubin, will say a few words before the 6:00 pm screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, named one of Ebert’s “Great Movies” this evening.
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The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is located at 164 N. State St. For more information, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
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The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 41 years of presenting cutting edge programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 80,000. www.siskelfilmcenter.org
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu
NORA DUNN, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ALUM AND CHICAGO’S OWN HOSTS FUNDRAISER MYTHS AND LEGENDS MAY 2 AT HILTON-ASMUS GALLERY
NORA DUNN, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ALUM AND CHICAGO’S OWN
HOSTS FUNDRAISER MYTHS AND LEGENDS
MAY 2 AT HILTON-ASMUS GALLERY
CHICAGO (April 4, 2013) – Sven Asmus and Arica Hilton welcome Chicago native actress and Saturday Night Live Alum Nora Dunn for a fundraiser Myths and Legends on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Hilton-Asmus Gallery (716 N. Wells). Nora Dunn’s solo piece Mythical Proportions premieres in Chicago on August 20, 2013 at Theater Wit (1229 W Belmont Ave).
The Hilton-Asmus Gallery will be exhibiting artist Ani Afshar’s “Weaving Gardens Casting Shadows” and a silent auction will feature pieces created with the show’s mythological theme in mind by Chicago artists Frank Navin and Brent Houston, as well as paintings by John Kurtz and Los Angeles artist Scott Siedman. Pieces created by Ms. Dunn will also be a part of the auction, as well as silk-screened signed Mythical Proportion posters.
The $75 tax deductible donation includes a single-bites dinner provided by Wicker Park’s Enoteca Roma, an open bar featuring beer, wine, a special designer cocktail and five-star desserts by Chana Zelig. Special guests include Project Runway’s Peach Carr, Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio’s Rick Kogan and Sheila Donohue. Ms. Dunn, Mr. Kogan and Ms. Donohue will perform original work.
For further information on Mythical Proportions and ticket information for the fundraiser Myths and Legends, visit www.mythicalproportions.com
ABOUT NORA DUNN
Nora Dunn is most recognized for her work as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1984 to 1991. Her recent television credits include ABC’s The Neighbors, Franklin & Bash, Don’t Trust the B… In Apartment 23, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and four seasons on Entourage where she played Ari’s shrink, Dr. Marcus. Her recent films are The Guilt Trip and It’s Complicated, along with a roster of comedies such as Working Girl, Laws of Attraction, Pineapple Express, Bruce Almighty and Miami Blues. Dramas include Three Kings and Runaway Jury. Ms. Dunn will open her new one-woman show at Theater Wit on August 20, 2013.
ABOUT HILTON-ASMUS GALLERY
The most recent exhibited work at Hilton-Asmus Gallery is the Greek artist Kostis Georgiou’s show Pixels. In June 2013, the gallery will present Field of Light, the works of acclaimed Italian artist and architect Marco Nereo Rotelli, who has illuminated iconic monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and at the Beijing Olympics. For more information on the gallery and exhibitions, please visit www.hilton-asmus.com
(Chicago, Schaumburg)—Shaw’s Crab House is pleased to announce that smelt season opened on April 1, 2013. Synonymous with spring, these tiny, tasty Lake Erie smelt are available through the month of April. They’re prepared simply, dredged in a seasoned flour/cornmeal mix, fried and plated with tartar sauce ($10 for an appetizer portion or $18 with fries and coleslaw at lunch and dinner). A smelt sandwich with fries and coleslaw is also on offer ($15).
Additionally, mild, wild Alaskan halibut is available now through November. Enjoy it sautéed with braised white lentils in a carrot broth ($28 at lunch, $36 at dinner). Responsibly fished, the wild Alaskan halibut in code with the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).
Shaw’s Crab House, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, features a 1940s-style take on the seafood dining experience, with retro leather banquettes, polished wood floors and Art Deco touches. The Oyster Bar provides a more casual setting for diners and serves up live music five nights a week at the Chicago location and Saturday nights & Sundays for Brunch at the Schaumburg location. Shaw’s—The King of Crab! For more info, call 312.527.2722 (Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg), visit the website at www.shawscrabhouse.com
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Emmy Award-Winning Nationally Televised Educational Program Green Screen Adventures Launches New Website
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
MILLENNIUM PARK’S FREE MUSIC SERIES RETURN Downtown Sound, Loops & Variations and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz Highlight Summer 2013 Events
MILLENNIUM PARK’S FREE MUSIC SERIES RETURN
Downtown Sound, Loops & Variations and
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz Highlight Summer 2013 Events
When the season of free concerts presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) kicks off at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, music fans will want to return more than “Once” including on June 10 when Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist Glen Hansard headlines that evening for Downtown Sound, the ten-week Monday evening series that runs from May 27 to July 29. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
The performance, An Evening with Glen Hansard, features the Irish singer-songwriter, Lisa Hannigan and members of Hansard’s former band, The Frames. Hansard’s original song, “Falling Slowly”, for the movie “Once” earned him an Oscar®.
The Grammy® Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops certainly demonstrates the influence of its regional Piedmont background with fiddle and banjo-based music, but to merely call the group bluegrass would ignore the band’s constant evolution as members seek to highlight the central role African-Americans have played in shaping our nation’s popular music. Their performance is June 24.
The Los Angeles-based band, Dawes, performing on July 8, features singer/guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin on drums, keyboardists Tay Strathairn and bassist Wylie Gelber. While the band recorded its latest release Stories Don’t End in North Carolina, their Laurel Canyon sound is still distinctive.
Downtown Sound is sponsored in part by Goose Island's 312 Urban Wheat Ale and 93XRT.
Returning this summer season is Loops & Variations, a music series launched in 2012 that features new music mixed with electronica. On opening night, June 13, Falty DL will turn the Pritzker Pavilion’s Great Lawn into a dance floor with his unique style of abstractions and abrupt changes. His work encompasses intelligent dance music, drum’n’bass, hardcore techno, house, garage and dubstep, but he presents that combination in his own style.
Other performers include Matmos on June 27, a duo creating music from the most unusual sources, and crowd favorite and electronic musician Dan Deacon on July 11.
Loops & Variations is held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning June 13, June 27, July 4, July 11 (at a special time: 8 p.m.) and July 18. (Thursday, June 20 will be the opening night of the 28th Chicago Gospel Music Festival.)
A special Wednesday night of Loops & Variations will be August 28 featuring eighth blackbird with Glenn Kotche. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with Leslie Flanigan.
Then on July 25, jazz music takes center stages with Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz for six consecutive Thursday evenings culminating in the August 29 performance which simultaneously kicks off the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. The music series is programmed in partnership with Jazz Institute of Chicago and with the support of the Chicago Community Trust.
This summer’s season of Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz will be dedicated to the late Helen Doria, the first Executive Director at Millennium Park, who conceived and launched the series in the summer of 2005.
Back to the scene of her triumphant success of last year’s Made in Chicago finale, “A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald,” is vocalist/songwriter and Chicagoan Dee Alexander. She has earned worldwide notoriety for her vocal tributes to artists such as Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Dinah Washington, but this evening, she switches gears and genders. Paying tribute to two of the biggest influences in American Music, Alexander’s performance is titled, Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ with Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.”
The tribute performances continue on August 15 when drummer, composer and bandleader Dana Hall celebrates the work of one of Chicago’s jazz piano innovators, Andrew Hill, in an evening titled, The Andrew Hill Project with Black Fire.
The Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz finale on August 29 will also open the Chicago Jazz Festival in style with a celebration of Jack DeJohnette’s 70th birthday. DeJohnette leads a Special Edition Chicago band featuring Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion.
“Millennium Park is one of Chicago’s most extraordinary venues, a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “This summer, the Park provides an amazing backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours and family activities.”
Detailed information on each music series will be released in May and June. Complete schedules follow.
Other free events in Millennium Park this summer include:
Legends, Myths and Truths: Jun Kaneko, Boeing Galleries, April 12 - November 3
As a pioneer in the field of monumental ceramic sculpture, Jun Kaneko has played with scale and proportion. This installation represents the artist’s past and present artistic practices. Works in the South Boeing Galleries feature Kaneko’s signature Dangos (meaning “rounded form” or “dumpling” in Japanese).
The North Boeing Gallery features a new body of work by Kaneko, drawing upon the myths and legends of the Tanuki figure. From ancient times, the Japanese have expressed the Tanuki in a variety of ways, for it is considered to be a trickster who causes trouble and mayhem in both the human and supernatural worlds. The exhibit is co-presented by DCASE and Millennium Park, Inc., and is sponsored by The Boeing Company, with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Tours of the Lurie Garden, May 5 - September 22 (No tours on May 12)
Guided walks in the Lurie Garden take place on Fridays and Sundays. Learn about the Garden’s design, its plant life and how this applies to your home garden.
Dinosaur Petting Zoo, [Location TBD], May 25 - 27
Dinosaurs come to life in a fun, educational and imaginative performance. Dinosaur Petting Zoo™ encourages interaction for kids and adults. Audiences can feed, water and care for these puppet-like, prehistoric marvels.
This event is suitable for children 5+.
30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival Opening Night Concert, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, June 6
A special Thursday evening concert will kick off this milestone Chicago Blues Festival with Shemekia Copeland (crowned the “new” Queen of the Blues in 2011) headlining the evening joined by special guest, blues guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy collaborator, Quinn Sullivan. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with openers Blues Kids of America followed by Jamiah on Fire & The Red Machine.
Millennium Park Workouts, Great Lawn, June 8 - August 31
Participate in energizing workouts on the Great Lawn. Supported by McDonald’s® and presented by the DCASE, these free workout sessions will be held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Workouts are 45 minutes long with classes in Tai Chi at 7 a.m., Yoga at 8 a.m., Pilates at 9 a.m. and Zumba®, a Latin-inspired calorie-burning dance fitness party, beginning at 10 a.m.
Family Fun Festival, Chase Promenade North, June 10 - August 18
The Family Fun Festival presented by Target returns offering interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids of all ages. Every day includes Wiggleworms® at 10 a.m., when instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music lead young children in a fun-filled sing-along and a reading circle at 11 a.m.
Bike Chicago Week, Cloud Gate, June 10-14
Celebrate Chicago’s commitment to being the best big city for bicycling. Bike Week includes spin classes at Cloud Gate and a bike-related movie night at the Pritzker Pavilion.
The 79th Season of the Grant Park Music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, June 12 - August 17
Highlights of the season are the Chicago premiere of Qigang Chen’s evocative Iris dévoilée, a work that blends Eastern and Western musical traditions, showcasing Chinese singers Xiaoduo Chen and Meng Meng, and featuring the Chinese instruments erhu, pipa and zheng along with the Grant Park Orchestra.
The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus will commemorate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with two performances of his powerful masterwork, “War Requiem”, and the Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s seminal piece, “The Rite of Spring” with two performances on closing weekend. For the complete schedule, visit grantparkmusicfestival.com.
Chicago Gospel Music Festival opening night, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, June 20
This year’s festival begins with a Chicago Gospel Choir Competition! Choirs from across the City will compete to win a prime performance slot on the main stage Saturday night at the Festival’s new home in Ellis Park. Choirs interested in participating will find more information on the festival website, chicagogospelmusicfestival.us
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside and Grant Park North.
For the latest Millennium Park news and events, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @Millennium_Park.
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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
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.
CONCERTS at the JAY PRITZKER PAVILION
May 27—July 29, Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
(Headliners appear first in the line-up below)
Monday, May 27, 6:30 p.m.
Lee Ranaldo Band + Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
Monday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.
Sharon Van Etten + Speck Mountain
Monday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.
An Evening with Glen Hansard feat. Lisa Hannigan and members of The Frames
Monday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Lanois + Brokeback
Monday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.
Carolina Chocolate Drops + Angela James
Monday, July 1, 6:30 p.m.
Lee Fields & the Expressions + Theo Huff and the Platinum Band
Monday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.
Dawes + The Cairo Gang
Monday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
Fatoumata Diawara + Alasdair Roberts and Friends
Monday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.
The Handsome Family + AZITA
Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.
Dessa + Psalm One
Loops And Variations
June 13—July 18, Aug. 28 (no L&V concert June 20- Opening night of Chicago Gospel Music Festival), Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.
Falty DL + Bill Kouligas
Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.
Matmos + Fonema Consort
Thursday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
ICE +Nosaj Thing
Thursday, July 11, 8 p.m.
Dan Deacon (no opening act)
Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Olafur Arnalds + Sarah Neufeld
Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.
eighth blackbird with Glenn Kotche + Lesley Flanigan
Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz
July 25—August 29,Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ with Acoustic Soul: Tribute to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix
Thursday, August 1, 6:30 p.m.
Victor Garcia’s Crossing Borders
Thursday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.
Jeff Parker-Nels Cline Quartet : The Turning Point
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Dana Hall: The Andrew Hill Project with Black Fire
Thursday, August 22, 6:30 p.m.
Tale of the Tiger: Pat Mallinger Quartet feat. Bill Carrothers & Cameron Pfiffner’s Marco Polo
Thursday, August 29, 6:30 p.m.
Jack DeJohnette: Special Legends Edition - Chicago
Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell & Henry Threadgill
The Host star Frances Fisher recently spoke to AARP.orgabout her new film, ageism and her daughter with Clint Eastwood being in the biz. Fisher plays the aunt of The Host’s heroine (Saoirse Ronan).
A few quotes from the AARP article:
On what she liked about The Host’s script
The heroine fights so hard against the alien voice inside her. I was intrigued to be part of a movie that discusses how there are different parts of our minds that speak to us. The war between the ego and the spirit. Everyone has that going on.
On the cast of The Host
I think it's important for people to knowis not just about a bunch of young people. There a lot of hot, fabulous young actors in the movie. But there are also a few adults.
On daughter Francesca’s acting career
very happy for her. She's just completed her first feature film with her boyfriend, [director] Tyler Shields and Abigail Breslin. It's called , and it has the most interesting trailer I've ever seen.
I've always tried to show her the pitfalls of the acting field. She's seen the fabulous side of it and she's seen the struggling side of it because she's seen what I've gone through.is — something. After I didn't work for a year, interestingly enough.
On life after Titanic
Well, everyone pigeonholed me: "Oh, she can only play the uptight mother who doesn't want her daughter to date the boyfriend."
On facing ageism in the acting world
Yeah. It public. It's also about the availability of roles. I was talking to Jane Seymour today. You know, we haven't done anything to our faces, and the subtle pressure from people to do that is beginning to come to my attention. But I am a firm believer that if I am a true actress, to be able to play all kinds of roles in all different periods of time, I can't mess with my face. If you're supposed to be living in the 1850s, you can't look like someone who's had work done!
Read more here! http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-03-2013/frances-fisher-discusses-the-host.html