Friday, August 30, 2013
Last night I went to see NORA DUNN in "Mythical Proportions" at Theater Wit. I really enjoyed this and it's great to see a performance in an intimate setting of a smaller theater.Remember Nora from Saturday Night Live? Catch her performance if you can! This will only be here until September 22, 2013
Theater Wit with Steven Ullman
Nora Dunn in Mythical Proportions
written and performed by Nora Dunn
Now playing through September 22, 2013
Nora Dunn's singular solo performance emerges from the memories of a mythical 87-year-old Hollywood doyenne who discovered the greatest stars of the 50’s, the musings of a seven-year old girl who is mystified by the small world of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and the life of the inmates in a TV series called Lockdown, a 65-year-old woman, Mrs. Williams, who chronicles a family history tainted by racism yet grounded in love, and a dreamy middle-aged English bookkeeper who’s ill fated vacation to Southern California ends in tragedy. Dunn’s personal stories from her childhood in Chicago’s West Side collide with the tales of the rich and powerful players in show business.
Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
There is no late seating available for this production.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Academy Award-Nominated Director Richard Robbins Comes To City Winery for an Exclusive Screening of Girl Rising (Chicago)
Academy Award-Nominated Director Richard Robbins Comes To City Winery for an Exclusive Screening of
Robbins will conduct a Q & A following the groundbreaking documentary; proceeds from September 10th event benefit local charity
Girls Supporting Girls
City Winery will host An Evening with Girl Rising director Richard Robbins on Tuesday, September 10th.
The event will begin with a screening of Robbins' groundbreaking documentary Girl Rising, which journeys around the globe to spotlight the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances, and captures their dreams for education, their voices and their remarkable lives.
Each girl's story is transformed for the screen by an acclaimed writer from her native country: Marie Arana (Peru), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Mona Eltahawy (Egypt), Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone), Zarghuna Kargar (Afghanistan), Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia), Sooni Taraporevala (India), Manjushree Thapa (Nepal) and Loung Ung (Cambodia). Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington narrate.
Follwing the screening, the Academy Award-nominated director (Operation Homecoming) will conduct an audience Q&A.
Proceeds benefit Girls Supporting Girls, a Chicago group that raises awareness of the at-risk status of girls in the developing world. Through educational and fundraising activities, Girls Supporting Girls supports the efforts of the non-profit group Room to Read to build schools and libraries.
General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.citywinery.com/chicago. The event starts at 7pm; doors open at 5pm.
Late last week, songbird Linda Ronstadt exclusively revealed to AARP.org that she has Parkinson’s disease. Below is a link to the full interview
On her recent diagnosis
I have Parkinson’s disease, which may be a result of that tick bite. They’re saying now they think there’s a relationship between tick bites and Parkinson’s disease — that a virus can switch on a gene, or cause neurodegeneration. So I can’t sing at all.
On how her disease has affected her voice
In fact I couldn’t sing for the last five or six years I appeared on stage, but I kept trying. I kept thinking, “What if I tried singing upside down? Or standing on my head? Or while juggling? Maybe I’d be able to sing better then.” So I didn’t know why I couldn’t sing — all I knew was that it was muscular, or mechanical. Then, when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I was finally given the reason. I now understand that no one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try. And in my case, I can’t sing a note.
On how she’s handling her illness
There’s nothing you can do about it except inform yourself. And I’m learning from other Parkinson’s patients that there are different treatments besides the drugs they give you. There are other things to try besides [the drug] L-DOPA, which I’ll go on only when I’m circling the drain. I’m so sensitive to drugs you have to talk me into taking aspirin.
On writing her memoir “Simple Dreams”
Well, I’d never written anything longer than a thank-you note before. I never kept a diary or a journal. But I’m a reader, and I can put a coherent sentence together, so I thought I could make it honest and clear.