Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Celebrity Designer to Create Contemporary Living Concepts for Grace Bay Club and The Residences, Marking His First Design Project in Turks and Caicos Islands
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (October 15, 2013) – Grace Bay Resorts today announces a new partnership with celebrity interior designer, Thom Filicia, to bring his sophisticated aesthetic and celebrated style to the brand’s resort properties, including the renowned Grace Bay Club as well as The Residences, the company’s first private residential micro-resort of ultra-luxury, single family beachfront homes. This multi-phase partnership marks the first interior design collaboration for the award-winning hospitality group, and the first design project in the Turks and Caicos Islands for Thom Filicia.
"We were thrilled that Thom was interested in joining forces with us, and he is a natural choice as a partner,” says Mark Durliat, Chief Executive Officer, Grace Bay Resorts. “As we look to the future, partnering with a world-class designer who can help us make thoughtful changes as we grow our brand is paramount. Thom’s inventive interiors combine timeless design with an effortless, modern aesthetic, making him the perfect partner to enhance our award-winning beachfront properties.”
While Grace Bay Club is known for reinventing itself constantly, including adding new food & beverage concepts and undertaking annual upgrades and renovations, this is the first time in its 20-year history that the resort has partnered with a designer of Thom’s prestige in its efforts to reshape the interior redesign of its suites. Grace Bay Club comprises the adults-only Hotel, family-friendly Villas and the uber-luxe Estate, and Filicia was selected to create a more unified design aesthetic across the entire property. Inspired by the classic beauty of the resort’s tropical surroundings, Filicia’s concepts will mix new textures, dynamic colors and soft lighting to enhance the property’s overall atmosphere and deliver a more contemporary experience for guests.
Interior enhancements, including the Grace Bay Club lobby and two prototype Villa Suites, will make their debut in late 2013, with the balance of Villas to follow in 2014.  The adults-only Hotel and uber-luxe Estate will follow in 2015.
“As a designer, I’m always looking for ways to bring things together, so I was thrilled when Grace Bay Resorts asked me to lead their redesign.” says Thom Filicia, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Thom Filicia, Inc. “Turks and Caicos Islands are so vibrant and full of life. I was immediately inspired by all the vivid colors and textures at play, and the result is a brilliant, sophisticated design concept that truly embodies the spirit of Grace Bay.”
Filicia also brings a unique sense of style to The Residences, designing distinct interior furniture and finishes for the three private homes in this unique micro resort development. Currently under construction on Grace Bay Beach, the four bedroom, six thousand square foot beachfront Residences are priced at $4 million and scheduled for completion in summer 2014.
The project represents a new chapter for Filicia, who is well-known internationally for both his commercial and residential work with celebrities and luxury brands alike, including Tina Fey and Delta Airlines. Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world, including House Beautiful and Elle Décor. Filicia's recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the Emmy Award-winning show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”  Furthermore, Filicia is the creative mind and driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection, and most recently he opened his first to-the-trade showroom, Sedgwick & Brattle, at the New York Design Center in September 2013.
About Grace Bay Resorts
Grace Bay Resorts is a boutique developer and operator of high-end, luxury resorts and branded residences, founded from its flagship property Grace Bay Club which opened in 1993 the brand has grown with an ownership stake in the management of West Bay Club and The Residences, a micro resort with exclusive luxury beachfront villas all in Turks and Caicos. Led by Mark Durliat and Nikheel Advani, the developers and hoteliers behind this renowned brand, and Michael Brewster, previous Managing Partner of Denver-based SV Capital Partners, Grace Bay Resorts provides development, branding and management expertise for luxury five-star boutique hotels and branded residences.  Grace Bay Resorts is expanding its award-winning brand and services across the Caribbean destinations and Latin America, with a target of 10 properties in the next few years.

Themed Bears games viewing parties at The Fifty/50 (Chicago)

Themed Bears games viewing parties at The Fifty/50  Wicker Park upscale sports bar The Fifty/50 (2047 W Division St) will throw special themed events during the next three Bears games featuring prizes, giveaways, food specials, drink specials, and more.
The Fifty/50 shows all the Bears games with sound on all its 20+ flatscreens.
Bears v Redskins @ noon on Sunday, October 20
The Fifty/50 will be smoking a 150-pound hog outside on its patio before the game. Patrons can buy dishes from the restaurant containing the smoked hog like pulled pork nachos, pulled pork tacos, pulled pork sliders, and a pulled pork plate.
Drink specials include $4 Templeton Rye shots, $16 5-beer domestic buckets, $20 5-beer import buckets, and $20 mimosa buckets.
Bears v Packers @ 7:30pm on Monday, November 4
Staff members of The Fifty/50 will light a 20-pound block of cheese on fire every time the Bears score a touchdown against the Packers. The Fifty/50 will not sell ANY beer from Wisconsin during the Bears v Packers game. A $100 gift certificate will be given out to the patron wearing the best “Packers Suck” outfit.
Drink specials include $2 domestic beer bottles and $4 Avion tequila shots.
Bears v Lions @ noon on Sunday, November 10
“Pin the tail on Jim Schwartz” for cash and prizes.
Drink specials include $4 “Suck It Suh” shots, $6 Detroit Car Bombs, $16 5-beer domestic buckets, $20 5-beer import buckets, and $20 mimosa buckets.

About The Fifty/50: Dining scene vets Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner co-own this Wicker Park tri-level restaurant and 18-flatscreened upscale sports bar with a 65-seat outdoor patio that was recently voted the best sports bar in America by Yahoo! and Thrillist and was also named best sports bar in the country by Maxim magazine. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, The Fifty/50 specializes in fresh, scratch-made elevated comfort fare ranging from the tri-meat blended “The Triple Secret Burger”, to in-house smoked pulled pork and ribs with housemade BBQ sauce, to its massive chicken wings recently voted “Best Wings In Chicago” by RedEye, Metromix, and WGN that are now also served in the bleachers at Wrigley Field during every Chicago Cubs game. The Fifty/50 is also known for its 24oz cocktails served in red “keeper” cups and irresponsibly low-priced bottle service. Located at 2047 W Division St (773.489.5050), The Fifty/50 is open 11am-2am Monday thru Friday, 10am-3am Saturday, and 10am-2am Sunday. Additional info, full menus, and complete booze lists available at
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Best Of The Fest Announced, Tickets Now On Sale!

Best Of The Fest Announced!
See Them Again, Wednesday Only.
You have one more chance to see the winners of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival's competitions as well as some Festival favorites and Special Presentations during Best of the Fest. All Best of the Fest screenings will be held Wednesday, October 23 at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.).
Gold Hugo for Best Film

Kurdistan, France, Germany / Director: Hiner Saleem / 8:45 PM
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, two unlikely allies converge in a war-torn Kurdish village at the borders of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. Both Baran, a former Kurdish independence war hero, and Govend, a beautiful young woman defying tradition by accepting a post at a newly-opened school, are hell-bent on seeing order and civilization restored to their damaged country. Elements of the Western genre combine with awe-inspiring landscapes in director Hiner Saleem's socially-inflected frontier tale. Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish with subtitles. 95 min.
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Film Partners: American Airlines, Consulate General of France in Chicago
Founder's Award
Tusen Ganger God Natt
Norway / Director: Erik Poppe / 6:00 PM
A Thousand Times Good Night follows driven war photographer Rebecca (Juliette Binoche in one of her most powerful performances), known for her willingness to tackle risky subjects. While photographing suicide bombers, she is badly hurt in an explosion. When she returns home to Norway, her husband (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and daughter are tired of her risking her life on dangerous assignments. They give her an ultimatum, making her choose between her work and her family. English, Norwegian with subtitles. 111 min.
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Gold Hugo for Best Documentary

Iran / Director: Arash Lahooti / 2:15 PM / $5
Newly released from a psychiatric hospital after a bout of severe depression brought on by the death of his pet fox, truck driver Mahmood Kiyani Falavarjani returns to his family, work, and favorite hobby - filmmaking. Having previously won awards for his short films starring his beloved, lamented fox, he sets out to film his most ambitious project yet: a love story between two donkeys. Arash Lahooti's sympathetic documentary captures Mahmood's fascinating life as family man, eccentric animal lover, and artist. Farsi with subtitles. 78 min.
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Silver Hugo for Best Director

Le Temps De L'Aventure
France / Director: Jérôme Bonnell / 4:00 PM / $5
Between performances of an Ibsen play in Calais, actress Alix (exquisitely played by Emmanuelle Devos) travels to Paris for an audition. On the train, she meets a mysterious, stoic Englishman (Gabriel Byrne). Played out over the course of a day, the film beautifully chronicles the blossoming of an all-too-brief love affair between the two, a momentary romance that brings hope and passion into Alix's harried life, and comfort to her lover. English, French with subtitles. 105 min.
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Silver Hugo for Best Actor
Robert Wieckiewicz


Poland / Director: Andrzej Wajda / 8:30 PM
Lech Wałesa, an electrician, husband, and new father, works at the Gdansk shipyard. Arrested at a protest, Walesa discovers that he is a born leader. When he speaks, people respond, and he soon becomes the voice and face of the growing solidarity movement. Aware of the dangers his position entails, he is still determined to fight for his country. Legendary director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Katyn) tells the inspiring story of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader. Polish with subtitles. 127 min.
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Back by Popular Demand

Soshite Chichi Ni Naru
Japan / Director: Hirokazu Koreeda / 6:00 PM
Hard-working architect Ryota spends his days meticulously planning his family's future. His plans are turned upside down when he and his wife discover that, due to a hospital mix-up six years earlier, their young son Keita is not their own. The foundations of their identities as loving parents begin to crumble as they must negotiate their newly complicated circumstances, meeting their biological child and sending Keita to live with his new family. Japanese with subtitles. 130 min.
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Gold Hugo for Best Short Film: MYSTERY
Gold Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short: BUTTER LAMP
Special Mention: WHALE VALLEY


Various Countries and Directors / 8:30 PM
A woman trapped in an unhappy marriage decides to take advice from the Virgin Mary in MYSTERY (Spain). A young photographer takes a group of Tibetan nomads' pictures against various exotic backdrops in BUTTER LAMP (France/Tibet). Tino's manhood is put to the test when he has to host a date for Diablo, the family's stud cat in The Date (Finland). The special bond between two brothers living in a remote fjord with their parents is explored in WHALE VALLEY (Denmark/Iceland). 74 min.
Additional shorts include THE CAPTAIN, ARCADE, SOCIAL BUTTERFLY, and THE DATE.
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Free Event

3:30 PM
With a new generation of African musicians, we see once again, that there is always something new out of Africa. This program includes work that mixes regional forms with hip-hop and R&B, and reflects the intense cultural pride of musicians whose lineage in music can be traced back 1000 years.
This is a FREE event! Tickets must be obtained from box office.
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