Friday, December 13, 2013

“Just For The Guys” shopping event at Ann Taylor – 12/19

On Thursday, December 19 from 6-8 PM, local Ann Taylor stores will be holding a special men’s shopping event as well as an online wish list app at to help everyone shop with ease this holiday season!
Women who love Ann Taylor can make their wish list prior to the event in-store or online. During the event, Ann Taylor stylists will help the men check off the items on the wish list while they enjoy drinks and special gifts.
For full event information, please see below. Would you be interested in letting your readers know about this event?
Thank you!
WHAT:             Ann Taylor “Just For The Guys” Shopping Event
WHEN:            Thursday, December 19, 6-8 PM
HOW:              Women who love Ann Taylor can make their wish list in store or online at to give to their guy. During the event, in-store stylists will help the men check off the items on the list.
                        Drinks & special gifts will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas!
WHERE:           Local Ann Taylor stores

Ring in the New Year at Chicago’s Most Artistic (and Affordable) NYE Party!

Ring in the New Year at Chicago’s Most
Artistic (and Affordable) NYE Party
What could be better than celebrating the arrival of 2014 by painting and partying with your family and friends?  For the second year in a row Bucktown’s favorite BYOB painting studio will host a New Year’s Eve event that guarantees a good time.  Guests will enjoy appetizers, sweet treats and music as they paint their personal masterpieces (with the help of Arts n Spirits’ talented and friendly staff.)
What: New Year’s Eve Art Party
Where: Arts n Spirits – 1921 N. Damen Ave.
*located just south of Armitage; ample street parking available
When: December 31st at 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $50/person
*includes all necessary materials
Reserve your spot today by calling Arts n Spirits at (773) 772-3877 or registering directly online at:
About Arts n Spirits: Arts n Spirits is a unique new approach to the art of teaching art.  Owners Jessica Hess and Vik Chokshi strive to provide an easy and fun way for individuals to create great pieces of art in a very relaxed group setting meant to open up ones creative side.  The BYOB venue encourages clients over the age of 21 to bring along their favorite wine or beer to enjoy throughout the evening.  Classes range in price from $25-40/person and include canvases, easels, brushes, paint and aprons.  For more information please visit

Upcoming at Life Force Arts Center (Chicago)

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This Weekend

Sunday, January 12, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Energetic Protection with Joan Forest Mage (registration closes Thursday, December 12)

Friday, December 13, 8 - 10 PM - Open Drum Circle with Cathy McManamon

Saturday, December 14, 2 - 6 PM - LFAC Annual Holiday Party & Gift Faire

Sunday, December 15, 11 AM - 1 PM - The Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014 and the Future of America: Astrology of the USA with Kevin Murphy

Kiel, Steve, Margaret, Helen and the whole
LFAC family invite you to holiday revels
Saturday Dec. 14 from 2 - 6 PM! (photo: J Mage)

  • Christmas carol sing-a-long led by Kat Kidwell 
  • Szmeralda Shanel - Tarot readings
  • Steven Blaine Adams - jewelry, crystals, ornaments
  • Karin Levitski - jewelry, crafts, ornaments, straw weavings
  • Lauren Pitasch - spiritual gemstone jewelry
  • Refreshments, fun, door prizes (the Sacred Tschotskes)
  • Grand Prize drawing for Fantastic Art Fundraiser

Last chance! Win one of these lovely works of art,
a perfect gift for yourself or a special friend 

LFA's Fantastic Art Fundraiser

LFA featured artists donate artwork as a special “thank you” to our contributors! Make a donation to Life Force Arts Foundation (or join as a $50 and above Annual Member) and you will be entered into the drawing for exquisite works of art. You have three chances to win! The three works are Dorothy Graden's She Is Here; Vivian Gutierrez's Woman of Atlantis; Loretta Angelica's Imagina Flower (see artwork below). The drawing will be held at LFAC's annual Holiday Party & Gift Faire on December 14 (Winner need not be present. Limit one prize per entrant.)

Imagina Flower (c) L. Angelica

Woman of Atlantis (c) V. Gutierrez

She is Here (c) D. Graden

Coming Soon

LFAC's Open Gallery Hours:

Mondays & Thursdays, 1:30 - 6:30 PM
and by appointment  



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NOW You can stop dreaming of being in a major feature film, a national commercial or on a live stage and do something about it!

NOW You can stop dreaming of being in a major feature film, a national commercial or on a live stage and do something about it. 

This is your golden opportunity to help make that dream come true. 

Being offered on ebay, are a few unbelievable certificates redeemable for The “Acting As A Craft” basic acting skills course or any of the acting training workshop courses offered at the nationally famous, prestigious Chicago Actors Studio, with affiliates in Los Angeles, New York. Plus you will receive the Acting Training Manual utilized at this prestigious institution. If you were to pay for the training out of your own pocket it would cost you as much as $400.00. Now you are able to attend classes there for just the winning bid of these few auction at a starting bid of only $10, plus free shipping.  Absolutely astounding!!!

Just search Ebay Items:

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These certificates are offered directly from the school itself. You may redeem a certificate yourself or present it as a Christmas gift to that special someone. Each certificate is serial numbered and signed by the schools Artistic Director.

The person using a certificate must redeem it between the winning closing date of each certificate's auction and February 15th 2014.  You may start your training at the time you present the certificate for redemption or within thirty days thereafter. 

a)  Former CAS students are eligible to redeem these certificates, but they could not have been registered as a student within 90 days of close of a auction. 
b)  Not valid for students currently registered at the Chicago Actors Studio on date this auction ends.
c)  Only one certificate may be used by any single individual during any given 180 day period} 

Ebayers may send for a free brochure and DVD that outlines all the programs offered at the school by calling 773-645-0222 or 773-735-6400.
Ebay does not allow website addresses listed in descriptions, but we welcome you to search google and visit the Chicago Actors Studio website. 

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to train where many stars had launched their exciting careers in the performing arts. Learn: techniques needed to work on a major motion picture set or on a live stage Learn:

Commercial Techniques,
Industrial Training Films,
Scene Study,
Movement and Manners,
Voice and Diction,
The Ear and Teleprompter,
and more.

The Chicago Actors Studio is rated as one of the best acting workshop arenas in the USA for many very important reasons: 

1) The high level of training a student receives that defies comparison.
2) Supportive staff's accessibility to guide and counsel students, not only while studying at CAS, but also after they have completed their training, while embarking on their careers in the performing arts.
3)  Live Stage student productions attended by Agents, Producers and directors seeking out the stars of tomorrow.
4)  Student workshop produced films and videos shot in our studios and on-location directed by professional directors that students may use for their promotional DVDs to post on the net and submit to casting professionals worldwide. 

Finally, CAS workshops are taught by established, stage & film directors & casting personnel, that are actually, actively working in the business, combining years of experience. CAS provides each student with a solid, clear, individualized method to master & perform any role with confidence & creative courage. The CAS approach focuses on each individuals personal, unique development, creating a supportive, encouraging environment that enables all students to risk and grow in an atmosphere of deep respect for each student's individuality and the actors craft. Individual coaching, with career counseling underscoring that commitment to the success of each student. CAS workshops MEET THE ACTORS NEEDS! 

These are NO RESERVE AUCTIONS, and start at only $10. So start bidding today and wishing you all much success.


Nominations for the 2013 VABC Awards

In order to raise awareness for brain cancer and brain tumor research, Voices Against Brain Cancer
is hosting an awards campaign to honor those who support the battle against the tragic illness. Each year more than 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Many of those are children. As there is no cure for brain cancer, support for medical advancements is crucial – so whether you know someone who has been affected by brain cancer or not, VABC wants every voice to count!
Through December, VABC is hosting a Facebook contest where fans can nominate a neurosurgeon or nurse for going above and beyond in their fight against brain cancer.  A $10,000 grant will be awarded to the neurosurgeon, while a $5,000 grant will be awarded to the #1 nurse. Both award winners will be recognized at VABC’s 2013 “Sounding Off for a Cure” concert held in the Spring in New York City!
Please visit Voices Against Brain Cancer’s page for nominations at
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Lake Geneva Gives Warm Welcome to Winter Visitors with 19th Annual Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition!

Lake Geneva Gives Warm Welcome to Winter Visitors with 19th Annual Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition
 For a day trip or weekend getaway, the Lake Geneva area offers abundant opportunities this winter to bundle up and enjoy special seasonal highlights – followed by rest and relaxation in the warmth and comfort of many luxury resorts, boutique hotels and quaint B&Bs.
This winter, visitors can witness the magical transformation of ordinary snow into stunning sculptures for a memorable, jaw-dropping experience at the 19th annual Winterfest and U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, held January 29-February 8. The only nationally sanctioned snow sculpting event, this unique challenge celebrates Mother Nature and creates a photogenic lakefront scene decorated with 9-foot-tall sculptures made solely of snow, water and ice.
“More than 60,000 people traditionally attend this spectacular event, and it’s definitely one to see firsthand to truly appreciate the incredible artistry and talent,” said Darien Schaefer, president, Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce.
The elite sculptors begin at Riviera Park on Wednesday, January 29 and continue through 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, when judging begins. A panel of judges select first, second and third place winners based on creativity, technique and message; a People’s Choice Award is determined by visitors to the event; and a Spirit Award is chosen by the previous winner. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the Riviera Ballroom.
Winterfest also offers music, helicopter rides, magic, multiple activities for kids, shopping and refreshments. And the annual Winter Carnival on February 2 at the Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort features fun for adults and children, along with snowboard competitions, slalom races and the famous torch light parade and fireworks display. Plus, this year, Winterfest extends into the week of February 3-8, with laser tag, a beach party, human dog sled races, a reindeer run, a bonfire and s’mores. 
The ultra-adventurous can kick off the New Year with a splash at the annual Polar Plunge from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on New Year’s day, Wednesday, January 1. People who prefer climate control can watch others brave the lake water from the enclosed, heated Grand Belle, which departs from Gage Marine in Williams Bay at 11:30 a.m. 
The winter wonderland of the Lake Geneva area also provides 18 skiing/snowboarding runs for all ability levels – and up to one-quarter mile in length – at the Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort, along with a terrain park where snowboarders can showcase aerial tricks. Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers can take advantage of many scenic trails and nature areas, and ice skating and sleigh rides are available throughout the countryside. Anglers can see what’s biting with ice fishing on the lake, and for those who favor solid ground, the scenic Geneva Lake shore path provides picturesque views of nature and luxurious estates.
After being a part of all the action outdoors, visitors can relax at multiple inviting and cozy accommodation options, with many special lodging packages offered throughout the winter. For more information on where to stay, shop and dine in Lake Geneva, visit
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About Lake Geneva
Nestled on the northeastern shores of Geneva Lake in southeast Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has been a resort community since just after the Civil War when wealthy Chicago families discovered the site and began building summer homes there. Today, the elegant, often historic estates still ring the lake and can be viewed from the water or by foot via the 21-mile walking path that circles the lake. 
Lake Geneva boasts a wealth of dining options and lodging choices with the latter ranging from luxury spa resorts to rustic inns to lovely B&B’s. The area also offers pristine nature areas and a wealth of attractions. For information on Lake Geneva, honored as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations, visit
 or call (800) 345-1020.

The 2014 Michael Kellicutt International Juried Photo Show Through A Lens is now open for entries!

Any photographic style or theme is accepted, in fact encouraged. Only limitation is the initial image must be taken through a lens. The entry process will be open through March 2nd 2014.

About the Jurors
To provide the best evaluation of images we have a panel of three luminary jurors.

· Scott Atkinson: Photo Editor for the Sierra Club Calendar
· Brian Cassey: Photo Journalist and Walkley Award winner based in Cairns, Australia
· Oliver Klink: Travel & Nature Photographer and Photo Educator

Hosted by the Coastal Arts League.
First Prize: $2,000 (Over $3,500 in total prizes)
Entry deadline: March 2nd, 2014 (received by)
Exhibition: July & Aug 2014
Eligibility: Open to all photographers internationally internationally and all forms of photography

For more entry details please review the entry form and prospectus, available at:

Feel free to forward information about this show to your friends. You can simply direct them to the informational link on our site at:

Online Entry Available at:

If you are interested in seeing shows from previous years you can see selected works at:

2013 Through A Lens: Ten

2012 Through A Lens: Vibrant!

2011 Through A Lens: Inspiration or Desperation

2010 Through A Lens: Energy, Strength or Power

2009 Through A Lens: Contrasting Elements

2008 Through A Lens: Patterns of People or Patterns in Nature

The Secret to Mixing Old with New Decor HGTV personality, Tiffany Brooks, offers a ‘how to’ when combining old with new

The Secret to Mixing Old with New Decor
HGTV personality, Tiffany Brooks, offers a ‘how to’ when combining old with new
The holiday season is underway and 2014 is around the corner. It’s time to make a resolution that will last, and give your home the long-needed facelift it deserves.
“My favorite technique when re-decorating has always been mixing old with new. An interesting mix is interesting because it doesn't look right separately, but together, makes a perfect combination.” says Tiffany Brooks
, HGTV Personality and Host of 2014 Smart Home.
Tiffany offers her secrets to achieving a beautiful space when mixing old with new.

Number one: Keep your color combinations similar.
When in doubt, a black and white color scheme is always a go-to for a sophisticated and contemporary feel. Combine black vintage with black modern and then add a spice of Victorian white accents: your room will have a united look, with a personal touch.
For example: This image
marries a sleek with classic through the variegated vintage wallpaper, and the modern animal skull. Side by side, the two may not look cohesive, yet when put together they make a perfect match.
Number two: Consider the ratio.
Keep your room fresh with stark contrasts. For mid-century furnishings: make sure there is a 70%-80% of mod mid-century furnishings mixed with a 20%-30% use of traditional pieces.
For example: This
image merges mid-century accents with the modern bones of the room. The simple and elegant accent of wood creates a rustic French Country style that combines perfectly with the clean cuts of the contemporary pieces.
Number three. Use the bones of your home as a starting point.
Sometimes less is more. Mixing old with new is a great way to spice up a space without changing everything about it. Add vintage furnishings, such as; art, trinkets and accents, lamps, or curtains. This will give off that personal and cozy feel, while keeping in line with the previous style.
For example: This image
mixes a country style of warm white woods and cotton slipcovers, then adds an unexpected appearance with the mid-century modern lamp. This rooms keeps in line with the overall color scheme, but adds an edgy look with the combinations of different era fixtures.
The trick to mixing old and new design is really a basic study in contrasts. Mixing old and new is all about combining super sleek and modern with vintage worn and tattered. Find and combine items that are straight off the manufacturing line with those that have held a story for so many years.

Introducing... Little Goat Catering! (Chicago)

Introducing... Little Goat Catering!

ET -Little Goat Catering LogoWhether you're planning a luncheon or hosting a meeting at your office, let Little Goat Bread cater your event. Chose from many of Little Goat Bread's menu items, including sandwiches, chips, salads, bagels and cream cheese, pastries, and cookies. Fill out the inquiry online at, or just give them a call at  312-600-9601 to place an order. Please make sure to place your order at least 72 hours in advance. Email with general questions.
Coming soon... the Sloppy Goat.
A squish squash bun piled high with savory sloppy goat and topped with a tangy rosemary slaw.

Fear No Art Chicago Richard Roeper, Chef J. Joho of Everest, Chris Neville of Tributosaurus & a Female Mystery Guest!

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presents at Chicago City Winery on January 20

Elysabeth Alfano

Get advance tix here! Food will sell out!

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BUY TIX for Jan 20 Dinner Party:
I'll be hosting film critic Richard Roeper, Tributosaurus' Chris Neville, a mystery Female Rapper to be announced on January 1, famed Chef J. Joho of Everest AND YOU for an evening of food from Everest, chocolate, Voss Artesian Water from Norway, wine, unscripted conversation and a few performances! PLUS, members of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras help us kick off the new year! JOIN US! Did you miss the November 25th Dinner Party with Scott Turow, burlesque dance Michelle L'Amour, Sound Opinoins' Jim DeRogatis, Sable Kitchen & Bar's Heather Terhune and host Elysabeth Alfano ( hey, that's me!) Check it below. It was great!
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Join host Elysabeth Alfano at Chicago City Winery
for THE DINNER PARTY on January 20, 2014, February 17 and March 31. On The Dinner Party, Alfano invites 3 Chicago or national celebs and a known chef who cooks for them and the audience. Over food, wine, chocolate and artist performances, the conversations and the unexpected flow. Filmed in front of a live audience, come to Chicago City Winery to share in the food, wine, water, chocolate and conversation. Can't make the City Winery? You can also watch THE DINNER PARTY on-line in the "Splash" section of the Sun Times. Viewers and audience members can tweet in to be a part of this fantastic new multi-dimensional show. , Doors Open at 6:30 pm. Show, food, water, chocolate and wine for the audience start at 7 pm. and streaming live in the "Splash" section of the Sun Times at 7:30 pm CST. (including show, appetizer, entree, City Winery wine, Vosges chocolate & Voss Artesian Water from Norway), or free on-line viewing on the "Splash" section of the Sun Times website at 7:30 pm CST. More information, click on Fear No ART presents THE DINNER PARTY
. Future Dinner Parties at City Winery are Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 31.

The Dinner Party is proud to welcome Voss Artesian Water from Norway as a new sponsor! We also thrilled to welcome the "Splash" section of the Sun Times and Windy City Times as our new media sponsors! If you can't join us in the audience, watch us on line! We stream live on the "Splash" section of The Sun Times at 7:30 pm CST! The Dinner Party would like to thank Voss Artesian Water from Norwa
y, the "Splash" section of the Sun Times, Windy City Times, Vosges Chocolate, Vack, Inc., Disaster Planning & Response Art Rescue, 3Arts, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and DAVIDsTea.
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