Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday shoppers THRILLED with Discover Card hospitality on Chicago's Mag Mile!



Discover Card transformed Michigan Avenue in Chicago into an orange oasis lounge for Black Friday shoppers! The promotion included comfortable sofas and chairs,hot chocolate,phone charging bases,gift wrapping and FREE Discover $5 gift cards. Shoppers were delighted as most got an early start on their shopping day and hope they return again next year!










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ComiXology Black Friday Sale!

ComiXology Black Friday Sale
ComiXology's Black Friday Sale starts today with two big sales that run through Cyber Monday. First up, there's Marvel's Avengers vs. X-Men Sale running from 11/29 - 12/2 and also a sale on Image trades that also runs 11/29 - 12/2. Complete details are below. Stay tuned for another email late Sunday night as we will have additional sales debuting on Cyber Monday!
11/29 - 12/2 - Avengers vs. X-Men Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale:
All the following issues are marked down to $0.99 each
Avengers vs X-Men #0-12
AVX: VS #1-6
AVX: Consequences #1-5
Avengers vs X-Men Infinite #1, 6, 10
Avengers Academy #29-33
Secret Avengers #26-28
Avengers #25-30
New Avengers #24-30
X-Men Legacy #266-270
Wolverine & The X-Men #9-16, 18
Uncanny X-Men #11-20
A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1
Avengers vs. X-Men: Collected Edition - marked down from $39.99 to $19.99
11/29 - 12/2 - Image Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale
East of West Vol. 1 $4.99
Fatale Vol. 1 $5.99
Fatale Vol. 2 $5.99
Five Ghosts Vol. 1 $4.99
Five Weapons: Making the Grade $7.99
Great Pacific Vol. 1 4.99
Happy! 3.99
It Girl & The Atomics Vol. 1 4.99
Lazarus Vol. 1 4.99
Mind the Gap Vol. 1 3.99
Mind the Gap Vol. 2 4.99
Mind the Gap Vol. 3 5.99
Peter Panzerfaust Vol. 1 3.99
Prophet Vol. 1 4.99
Revival Vol. 1 3.99
Saga Vol. 1 4.99
Saga Vol. 2 4.99
The Legend of Luther Strode 7.99
The Manhattan Projects Vol. 1 3.99
The Manhattan Projects Vol. 2 4.99



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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Love measured in carats: Top 10 Most Expensive Engagement Rings [Infographic]

Can you put a price tag on true love? Some celebrities seem to think so seeing as their promises of eternal love are usually accompanied with the world’s most expensive engagement rings. For example, Jay-Z proposed to his lady love Beyonce with a $5-million worth Lorraine Schwartz diamond engagement ring. And it’s not even the most expensive engagement ring in our list!
 
You can find out what the Top 10 Most Expensive Engagement Rings are in our infographic:

  http://financesonline.com/10-most-expensive-and-beautiful-engagement-rings-beyonce-surprisingly-is-not-the-celebrity-at-the-top/
The infographic will also help you answer the following questions:
 
  • Which Hollywood celebrity owned a diamond engagement ring worth $8.8 million and beat Beyonce to the first place on the list?
  • How much is Kate Middleton’s engagement ring worth? Not as much as you’d think!
  • Which famous celebrity owned a $2.6 million diamond ring, but wore it only twice and then locked it in a bank vault?
 
The answers will surely surprise you. Do you believe that diamonds are indeed a girl’s best friend? I’m sure this is something that might interest your readers, and we would love to know your thoughts.
 

HOLIDAY GIFTS from Hilton Asmus Contemporary-WE ARE OPEN BLACK FRIDAY and SATURDAY Nov. 30 (Chicago,IL)



 
welcome        artists      exhibition schedule          H|A News        blog 
             
HILTON ASMUS CONTEMPORARY 
will be open on BLACK FRIDAY
 November 29 & Saturday, November 30
  
CONSIDER A GIFT OF ART FOR THE HOLIDAYS   
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HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY 
presents 
  
  
PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE, GLASS, METAL
CERAMIC, FIBER ART & MIXED MEDIA 
 
BY TURKISH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
 
ANI AFSHAR  
MELTEM AKTAS
NADIA ARDITTI
CETIN ATES 
 DILEK AYDINCIOGLU
YASEMIN ASLAN BAKIRI
CAMEKAN
MERAL DEGER 
DINCER GUNGORUR
ASLI KUTLUAY
AYSEGUL KIRMIZI
DERYA OZPARLAK
 SEMRA OZUMERZIFON
KEMAL SIRIN
PEMBE HILAL TUZUNER
BELGIN YUCELEN
   
  
CHICAGO --Partnering with Istanbul based, ARMAGGAN Art & Design Gallery  (sponsored by the TURKISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION)
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is pleased to present ISTANBUL BREEZE, featuring sixteen contemporary Turkish Artists, two of whom reside in Chicago.  The show consists of three-dimensional works in glass, metal, bronze, fiber art, mixed media, paintings and photography.  A uniting factor with the artists appears to be a thread of the feminine, although many of the works themselves are not what we would consider feminine in the least. Whether it is a symbolist painting, marble and bronze sculptures dedicated to the transcendence of the human spirit, fabric and glass that show an ephemeral nature, or photographs of fisherman, the works speak volumes about the roles of men and women in a male dominated society. The artists, all Turkish but each with their own distinct intercultural backgrounds, are an amalgam of Bulgarian, Greek, Circassian, Cypriot, Armenian, Sephardic Jew, European and Asian descent. Much like the United States, Turkey is a melting pot of different races, religions and cultures. 
   
The Turkish art market has been progressively blossoming into a global market.  Nearly a decade earlier, the country was in economic crisis.  Today Turkey has become the second fastest growing economy in the world after China. The local art scene has experienced a boom in new art institutions since 2004, from galleries, artist-run spaces, privately funded museums and art centers, to art fairs and auctions. Compared to art markets in the Middle-East and India - the Turkish art market is more developed, with a solid infrastructure to support the growing art scene. With Istanbul being named the European Capital of Culture in 2010, further art infrastructure support and investment has blossomed.  In 2009, London Sotheby's had it first ever auction of Turkish Modern Art. The following year, the sales doubled.  Modern Turkish art is in high demand, in Turkey and internationally, but Turks also have a global perspective and are collecting artists from abroad. Turkey's transformation is not only economic, but also cultural, especially since the launch of the Istanbul Biennal Contemporary Art in 1987.  
  
About the art & artists: 

Standing nearly five feet tall, a central figure of the exhibition is a "Guardian Angel" by Yasemin Aslan Bakiri, a native of Istanbul.  The Angel is created from metal, glass, steel wool and silver mesh to show the spiritual side of Istanbul's past civilizations.  Known for her glass and mesh "Kaftans," Aslan Bakiri 
creates a visual game made from layers of hot glass formed manually and spontaneously before giving the glass the chance to cool. Her mother knits the field where the glass is attached to the background.   

Another cornerstone of the exhibit is Meral Deger's CORNUCOPIA.  Apropos for the holiday season, Deger's glass techniques suggest a powerful study of an ephemeral medium.  Deger recently won an award at the Venice Architecture Biennale in the Murano section.  For this exhibition, she has created a series of hand blown glass Cornucopias (Horns of Plenty) that seem to rise, as if reaching towards the sky.  They are ecstatic symbols of the human spirit that transcends worlds and are grounded all at once.   

Chicago artists, Ani Afshar and Meltem Aktas were both born in Istanbul. Aktas, is known for her majestic iconography in many of the churches throughout the United States.  Aside from Turkish miniatures and Sufi mysticism, Aktas draws inspiration from Flemish painting, New Mexican retablos and the poetry of St. John of the Cross and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Two smallSufi Mystic images on wood, painted much like her signature Byzantine icon style in which she mixes her own paints from egg tempura and applies gold leaf will be on display.   

Fiber artist, Ani Afshar, coming off of an exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in September 2012 and at Hilton Asmus Contemporary last April, has created a tulle composition, "Layers of Shine & Shadow," for the exhibition.  She is currently preparing for an exhibition of her weavings"Interlacing Threads: Traditional Techniques | Contemporary Perspectives," to be held at Columbia College in January 2014.  

Dincer Gungorur, hailing from the Central Mediterranean region, embraces a figurative style reminiscent of the female fertility figures of ancient history using locally mined marbles for his figures.  Perhaps he has been to the ancient Hittite archaeological site in the southeastern part of Turkey where the references to a matriarchal society is blatant.  Where Gungorur forms grounded weighty figures of female goddesses, Derya Ozparlak chases metal into light airy forms of female figures floating through the sky lifted by colorful balloons.  Her main objective is joy.  And as such, her girls are happy, light and weightless, as if to say, this is what life should be,  and for Ozparlak, it is.  
 
  

 
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HILTON | ASMUS
CONTEMPORARY  
specializes in contemporary paintings, works on paper, fiber art, sculpture and photography. Featuring Chicago based artists, as well as internationally known artists from the Mediterranean Region such as Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the Middle East.   
                             
Located in the River North Art District, the gallery is at the corner of Wells and Superior (between PROSECCO, a fine dining Italian restaurant, 
and THE BOARDING HOUSE)

DECEMBER EVENTS

DECEMBER 12:
program by 
SEL YACKLEY

Join us December 12 for a presentation by award winning journalist and traveler, Sel Yackley, about adventure tours to Turkey.

Arica Hilton & Sven Asmus
will lead an art tour in 2014 to Istanbul, accompanied by architects, artists, poets and professors of art history & literature to galleries, artists studios, museums and more. 

Artists & gallerists will open their homes and studios, workshops and kitchens for a dining and aesthetic experience unparalleled in travel.  

After our tour of Istanbul, we will go on a BLUE VOYAGE on the Aegean & Mediterranean waters, also known as the Turkish Riviera and the Turquoise Coast, on a gulet, a traditional 2 or 3 mast wooden sailing vessel.  

Come learn more about the history, culture  and art of one of the most ancient civilizations.









1.  ST. NICHOLAS, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Patara and became the bishop of Myra (what is now Demre,on Turkey's Mediterranean Coast.)  He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas

2. According to Wine Spectator Magazine, mankind's long history of cultivating grapes for wine began in southeast Anatolia, located in modern-day Turkey.
3.  Turks introduced coffee to Europe.

4.   The Dutch purchased their famous tulip bulbs from the Turks.

5.  The oldest church built by man (St. Peter's Church) is in Antioch (AntakyaTurkey.

6. The oldest known human settlement was found in  Catalhoyuk,Turkey 7000 years ago.

8.  Istanbul is the only city (and Turkey the only country) spanning two continents.    

9. Istanbul was chosen by the European Union as the European Capital of Culture in 2010.

10. Writing was first used by people in ancient Anatolia. The first clay tablets in the ruins of Assyrian Karum (Merchant Colony) date back to 1950 B.C.

11. Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, such as Homer (the poet), King MidasHerodotus (the father of history), and St. Paul the Apostle.

12. Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, "Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)" in Turkey when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.

13. Marc Antony had a gate constructed for Cleopatra's entrance into the city of Tarsus where he summoned her to meet him in 41 B.C.

14. The first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary (where she lived her final days)  is in Ephesus.

15. Cherries were first introduced to Europe from Northern Turkey

16. Turkey has hundreds beaches and marinas which have the "Blue Flag" (A European award for the best clean water) on the Mediterranean and Aegean.

17.  Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot near Ankara. The double knotting technique used in Turkish rugs is also called as Gordian Knot.

18.  The Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis was said to be watered by a river which separated into four streams as it left the garden; two of which, the Tigris and Euphrates rise from 
the mountains of Eastern Turkey.

19. Sultan Beyazit II dispatched the Ottoman Navy to bring the Jews, who were expelled from Spain in 1492, safetly to the Ottoman lands.

20. Poetry is the dominant form of literature in Turkey.  

 


DEE SNIDER & GIULIANA RANCIC RELEASE A NEW HOLIDAY SINGLE FROM DEE SNIDER'S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE TO PREMIERE IN CHICAGO FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2014

 
 
A ROCKING VERSION OF 'SILENT NIGHT' JUST RELEASED
 
DEE SNIDER & GIULIANA RANCIC
RELEASE A NEW HOLIDAY SINGLE FROM
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE
TO PREMIERE IN CHICAGO FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2014
 
CHICAGO (Nov. 27, 2013) – Dee Snider, front man for the heavy metal sensation Twisted Sister and a cast member “Celebrity Apprentice Allstar” has paired up with Giuliana Rancic ("E! News," "Fashion Police") in a duet that rocks for a good cause.  This electrifying reinterpretation of a holiday classic from Snider's new musical production, DEE SNIDER’S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, marks Giuliana's singing debut and a significant portion of the proceeds from all digital download sales will support her charity, Fab-U-Wish.  This phenomenal foundation grants wishes to women undergoing treatment for breast and ovarian cancer.  Snider and Rancic’s “Silent Night” will also be featured this coming spring on an episode of “Giuliana & Bill”on E!.  Enjoy this special musical collaboration and, in return, make someone's holiday merrier and brighter!
 
The new single dropped Tuesday, November 26, 2013.  During the first week the song is available, it can be purchased for $0.99, and after that it will be $1.29.  Visit iTunes.com to download.
 
DEE SNIDER’S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will make its World Premiere in Chicago and will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) Nov. 4, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.  It will be part of the Broadway In Chicago 2014 Fall Season.  Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Individual tickets for DEE SNIDER’S ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will go on sale at a later date.   For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com
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