Friday, March 07, 2014





“A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman” Brings Together Two of Hollywood’s Biggest Talents Saturday, June 7 at the Ritz Carlton
 Jon Turteltaub, one of the most successful feature film directors in Hollywood, will lead a candid and thought-provoking conversation with Morgan Freeman at the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 2014 gala, “A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman,” on Saturday, June 7.  The festive evening will celebrate the Academy Award®-winning actor’s legendary career and give attendees insight into his favorite projects, key influences and creative process. A retrospective of film clips from his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Renaissance Award to Freeman by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) President Dr. Walter E. Massey

Turtletaub recently directed Freeman in the hit comedy “Last Vegas,” co-starring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline.  He is known for various powerful and emotional films including "The Kid," "Instinct," "Phenomenon," "Cool Runnings," "While You Were Sleeping" and "3 Ninjas." Turteltaub also produced and directed the blockbusters "National Treasure," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”  Television viewers will recognize him as the executive producer and a director of the hit series "Jericho" and the thriller “Harper’s Island.”

“Once again, the Gene Siskel Film Center will bring the A-List of Hollywood’s film industry to Chicago,” said Chair of the Gene Siskel Film Center Advisory Board Ellen Sandor.  “To have the intellect and experience of the great Morgan Freeman paired with the genius and insight of Jon Turtletaub will treat our audience to a truly special evening.”

The gala is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Eda Davidman and Melissa Sage Fadim.  All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s eclectic film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.  This programming provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.

“Morgan Freeman is a true living legend,” said GSFC of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “In a film career that spans more than four decades and an incredibly diverse canon of roles, audiences have come to expect that Mr. Freeman will deliver performances that are insightful, moving and always memorable.  The instantly recognizable, deep resonance of his voice brings a distinctive richness to every film he appears in or narrates. It is a great honor for us to welcome him to Chicago as we salute him for mesmerizing movie-goers throughout the years.”

Each year, the Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Bob Balaban, John Woo, Michael Mann, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

About Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman was awarded the Academy Award® for best actor in 2005 for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby” and has been nominated four additional times.  The Golden Globes awarded him the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012, and he also won a Golden Globe for his performance in “Driving Miss Daisy.”  He won the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2005 and has thrice been nominated for acting awards by the Chicago Film Critics Association. His first credited film performance was in 1971's “Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?” and television audiences came to know him for his appearances on “Another World” and “The Electric Company.” Equally adept in dramatic and comedic roles, some of his most memorable film performances include “Batman Begins,  “Bruce Almighty,” “The Bucket List,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Glory,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Seven,”  “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Street Smart” and “Unforgiven.” He directed the critically acclaimed “Bopha!” in 1993, the story of a South African policeman during apartheid. He frequently serves as the narrator for films and television programs, notably for “March of the Penguins.”

Tickets and More Information
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents the Renaissance Award Gala in honor of the Academy Award ®-winning actor and director Morgan Freeman Saturday, June 7 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson Street. Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $5,000 to $50,000.  Call (312) 846-2072 for tickets, tables or more information.

About the Gene Siskel Film Center
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates cutting edge film 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 70,000.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also enables adults, high school students, middle school students and children to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs and camps through its Continuing Studies program. 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

The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit


KRUPS Announces Winners of Best Brew Awards 2014 Chicago's Metropolis Coffee Co winner for Chicago!

The winners are in!  The KRUPS Best Brew Award Winner in Chicago is Metropolis Coffee Co.!
KRUPS, worldwide leader in coffee, espresso and kitchen appliances, kicked off the KRUPS Best Brew Awards 2014
, for the fourth year in a row, to discover the best coffee shops across the nation, uncovering favorite local brews from New York to Los Angeles.  
Determined by a call for entries and a public vote through the KRUPS Facebook page (
), fans across the nation voted for their favorite coffee shops in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C from February 4-28.
The nominees in Chicago included:
  1. Metropolis Coffee Co.  (1039 W. Granville Avenue)
  2. Star Lounge Coffee Bar (2521 W. Chicago Avenue)
  3. Peet’s Coffee & Tea (1000 W. North Avenue)
  4. The Wormhole Coffee (1462 N. Milwaukee Avenue)
  5. Asado Coffee (1432 W. Irving Park Road)
And today, Metropolis Coffee Co. was declared the KRUPS Best Brew Award 2014 Winner for Chicago!

KRUPS Announces Winners of Best Brew Awards 2014
Voters from Across the Nation Decide on the Best Coffee Shops in America
), worldwide leader in coffee, espresso and kitchen appliances, announced today the winners of this year’s “KRUPS Best Brew Awards.”  The annual campaign, which is now in its fourth year, was introduced to discover the best coffee shops across the nation, uncovering favorite local brews from New York to Los Angeles.
Determined by a call for entries and a public vote through the KRUPS Facebook page (
), fans across the nation voted for their favorite coffee shops in cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. from February 4th through 28th. The following coffee shops have been declared the winners of the 2014 KRUPS Best Brew Awards:
  • Atlanta, GA – Octane Coffee: This spacious, modern shop feels like a lively college study hall, serving expertly-prepared espresso drinks, french-press coffee and V60 pourover coffee, food, snacks, craft beers, wines, and specialty cocktails. With Counter Culture Coffee responsible for the growth and care of Octane’s coffee beans, they strive for perfection that can easily be tasted (1009-B Marietta Street)
·         Boston, MA – Diesel Coffee: Owned by former employees of Toscanini's Ice Cream; presumably, they drank a lot of joe and did a lot of thinking at their old job, because the high-ceilinged, chrome-edged space became an instant destination for Somerville's young and cool. Java is the obvious draw, which comes in the form of lattes, cappuccinos and café au lait, but there's also a grab bag of creative wraps, sandwiches and pastries (257 Elm Street)
·         Chicago, IL – Metropolis Coffee Co.: The third win for the Windy City shop, the Metropolis Coffee Co. aesthetic is rooted in the belief that great coffee comes from a line of respect, beginning with the farmers and their respect for their land. Founded by a father and son team, the small batch artisan roasters have been serving the area since 2003 (1039 West Granville Avenue)
·         Dallas, TX – White Rock Coffee: Taking home the title for Dallas three years in a row, White Rock Coffee is a locally-owned coffee shop specializing in hand-crafted, small batch, micro-roast coffee, freshly roasted on the premises (10105 E Northwest Hwy)
·         Los Angeles, CA – De Café Baristas: Seattle's Herkimer Coffee and San Francisco's Four Barrel Coffee Roasters often are the beans of choice here, with drinks made by friendly and earnest baristas. The big wooden tables lend themselves to laptops and textbooks, but when you do get hungry, you'll be in luck with a diverse range of options nearby (500 N Atlantic Boulevard)
·         Miami, FL – Eternity Coffee Roasters: The second win for this Miami shop, Eternity Coffee Roasters is committed to sourcing through blind tastings the highest scoring single origin coffees from around the globe and artisanally roasting in small batches to uncover the special characteristics of each bean (117 SE 2nd Avenue)
·         New York, NY – Stumptown Coffee Roasters: Although Stumptown is Portland-based, the coffee shop and roaster has taken the prize in New York City.  Stumptown has been recognized as having "revolutionized the coffee business" in Portland, and founder Duane Sorenson and Stumptown have been credited with being part of the "Third Wave" of the coffee movement  (18 West 29th Street)
·         Philadelphia, PA – Old City Café: Open for more than 25 years, Old City Café is a one hundred per cent Philadelphia-metro operated business with dedicated, knowledgeable staff to help choose varieties, roasts, and brewing techniques (221 Church Street)
·         Portland, OR – Water Avenue Coffee Company: By bringing together great coffees and great people, Water Avenue Coffee stands out for its incredible products and unsurpassed customer service, even in a city where great coffee is often just around the corner (1028 SE Water Avenue)
·         San Francisco, CA – Jane: Chef Amanda Michael opened Jane (named after her daughter) in hopes of creating a “third space” in the neighborhood offering well crafted coffee, excellent housemade pastries, organic salads and soups, and tasty sandwiches (2123 Fillmore Street)
·         Seattle, WA – Cherry Street Coffee House: In a city known for exceptional coffee, Cherry Street sets itself apart by cultivating relationships and deep connections with the community to bring great energy into the coffeehouse (103 Cherry Street)
·         Washington, D.C. – Ebenezers Coffeehouse: Ebenezers serves coffee with a cause on Capitol Hill.  They are owned and operated by National Community Church and all profits go toward community outreach projects (201 F St NE)
“We are thrilled to announce the winners of the fourth annual KRUPS Best Brew Awards,” said Michele Lupton, Marketing Communications Director for the brand.  “Whether preparing the perfect brew from home in their KRUPS machines or seeking out the best brew from local coffee shops across the nation, our fans are passionate about all things coffee. We love hearing about their favorite coffee spots, brews and baristas while igniting some friendly competition to determine the new KRUPS Best Brew Award Winners in each market.”
Last year’s winners included: Condesa Coffee in Atlanta, GA; Voltage Coffee and Art in Boston, MA; Metropolis Coffee Co. in Chicago, IL; White Rock Coffee in Dallas, TX; Tierra Mia in Los Angeles, CA; Eternity Coffee Roasters in Miami, FL; Café Pedlar in New York, NY; Mugshots and Naked Chocolate Café (tie) in Philadelphia, PA; Philz Coffee in San Francisco, CA; and M.E. Swing Co. in Washington, D.C.
Precision and unwavering performance uniquely define the philosophy of KRUPS, established in 1847 in Germany by Robert KRUPS. The company first introduced high-grade rotary and spring scales; then with the introduction of electricity, the brand shifted focus and a century later established itself as a world leader in coffee machines, espresso machines, and a wide range of other appliances. The KRUPS heritage of German engineering combines functional, yet rigorous design with technical perfection. Built for those who continuously seek new experiences and take pleasure in understanding how things are done, KRUPS’ passion for perfection is apparent. Its range of products provides the tools necessary to deliver the highest taste results every time. KRUPS is inspired by experts and demanding consumers with uncompromising standards of genuine performance and quality. For more information, visit


Upcoming events from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

DCASE News - Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Creative Chicago Expo 14-15 March 2014  Moving Forward

The Creative Chicago Expo connects Chicago's creative community with resources they need to thrive. Choose from 40+ workshops, connect with 160+ services and organizations - and strengthen your creative practice. There's a lot to do - bring a friend!

11th Annual Creative Chicago Expo - Moving Forward  
Friday, March 14, 2014  
Saturday, March 15, 2014  

Chicago Cultural Center  
78 E. Washington St., Enter on Randolph St. 

Sponsored by:    

Thanks to our presenters, and to CAN-TV, Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago (EARS), DJ International Hall of Fame, Chicago Artists Resource, Minuteman Press and Scott Reinhard Co.

(L to R) Theaster Gates, Maria Pinto, Carrie Nahabedian, Robert Teitel

(L to R) Theaster Gates, Maria Pinto, Carrie Nahabedian, Robert Teitel

All native Chicagoans, our Keynote Speakers pioneered strategies and creative practices that have gained national and international recognition.
Friday March 14
Artist Theaster Gates   10:30am      
Designer Maria Pinto    3pm
Saturday March 15
Chef Carrie Nahabedian           10:30am
Producer Robert Teitel              3pm
What's on your mind? Text a question for our Keynotes: 312.533.4101 Textizen
You'll receive six follow-up questions. Standard text rates apply. More info:

Limited seating; No RSVP. Doors open 30 minutes prior. Keynotes will be filmed for later broadcast on CAN-TV.  


Photo by John Sisson
Workshops include special tracks for Marketing, Fundraising, Space and Community, Business Development, Fashion and Music. Visit for complete descriptions and locations.

All workshops are 1 hour (unless noted); No RSVP. Arrive early to get a seat. All workshops will be audio recorded by EARS and available on CAR.  

Friday Workshop Complete Descriptions (Schedule is subject to change).
Garland Room,   
1st Floor 
Creating Effective Arts Boards
Executive Service Corps
Export Your Work
IL SBDC/Duman Center
Make It In Chicago: Local Production 
IMEC, On Point Patterns, V. Mora, Jane Hamill, Inventables
Facebook or Website - What's Best for You?
Arts eVentures 
Claudia Cassidy Theater,
2nd Floor  
Theaster Gates
Hyper Local Arts
Water St Studios, Rogers Park Arts Alliance, South Logan Chamber, IMAN Black Metropolis, Claretian Associates
Social Listening + Engagement to Grow your Business
Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
Maria Pinto
Sidney R. Yates Gallery,
4th Floor  
Realities of a Fashion Business in Chicago
The Apparel Industry Board, Inc., Lauren Lein, Ltd., Takara 
Meet DCASE 2.0
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Partnering with Chicago Public Schools
CPS + Ingenuity Incorporated

Conference Room,
4th Floor 
Current Statistics on Arts Funding in Chicago
U of C Cultural Policy Center
HIPAA & ADA For Arts Programs 
Institute for Therapy through the Arts
Social Media & Internet Marketing for the 21st Century
Preserving Local Art Histories 
Never The Same, Sixty Inches From Center, Extinct Entities, Media Burn, Chicago Public Library, South Side Home Movie Project
Washington Room,
5th Floor

Fundraising Boot Camp
Donor Path
Funding Options For Your Arts Organization
Executive Service Corps
Fiscal Sponsorship
Links Hall, Chicago Filmmakers, 3Arts, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Kartemquin Films
Venture Viability
Illinois Small Business Administration @ UIC
Millennium Park Room,
5th Floor 

Writing A Business Plan
IL SBCD/Duman Center
Art Law in the Age of Technology
Lawyers for Creative Arts
Business Setup and Accounting Basics
Limelight Accounting
Law 101 for the New Business Owner
Saper Law Office

Saturday Workshop Complete Descriptions (Schedule is subject to change).
Studio Theater,
1st Floor
Create your Network: On Line and Live
Chicago Artists Coalition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Lookingglass Theatre's Civic Practice Lab: Engaging Community
Michael Rohd
Tell Your Story: Sharpen Your Brand
Second City Training Center
Garland Room,  
1st Floor
Pop-up Storefront How-to's & Call-in Session 
Phantom Galleries
Successfully Launch an Apparel Line 
The Apparel Agency
I've Got a Song...Now What? 
David Taylor, The Intrepid Songwriter
Making Money With Music 
Randy Cherktow / Indie Guide
Claudia Cassidy Theater,  
2nd Floor
Carrie Nahabedian
Targeting Your Grant Requests 
DCASE, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Propeller Fund
Artists, Designers and Entrepreneurship 
Scott Reinhard, Inventables, Tenspeed Hero, Object Design League (ODLCO), You are Beautiful 
Robert Teitel 
Sidney R. Yates Gallery,  
4th Floor
Press Releases That Get Noticed 
Independent Writers of Chicago
Seize the Day: Marketing for the Self Employed 
Tips For A Successful Art Career 
Paul Klein, Klein Artist Works
New Models of Collaboration and Collective Fundraising 
Creative Partners, Pentacle Help Desk
Conference Room,
4th Floor
Musicians Need Insurance? 
Johnsonese Brokerage
Hobby or Business? A Recipe for Success 
Chicago School of Shoemaking
Blogging for Artists 
Elsinee Luther
Marketing + Engagement: Take-Home Techniques
Millennium Park Room,  
5th Floor

Fundraising Tips and Tricks 
Fractured Atlas
Artists & Creative Residencies 
DCASE, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago Park District
New Creative Spaces: Live/Work/Community 
Artspace, Bronzeville Artist Lofts, Dorchester Artist Collaborative, Community Builders, PullmanArts
Kickstarter School 
Business Development Track
Community, Space Track
Fashion Track
Fundraising Track
Keynote Track
Marketing Track
Music Track
Photo by Braxton Black
American Ice Theatre          
Arts eVentures          
Boon-Ja-Ba, LLC
Brain Surgeon Theater
Chicago Park District          
Chicago School of Shoemaking
Chicago Women in Publishing
Gorilla Tango Bucktown            
IL SBDC/Duman Entrepreneurship Center at JVS Chicago                    
Illinois Arts Council             
Illinois Woman's Press Association  
Indie Guide             
Ingenuity Incorporated           
Johnsonese Brokerage LLC           
Klein Artist Works      
Latino Fashion Week            
Limelight Accounting                
Links Hall      
Logan Square Chamber of Commerce             
Mayor's Fashion Council 
Midwest Publishing Association 
National Veterans Art Museum                 
New Acropolis Chicago          
Nothing Without a Company                
Oak Park Art League            
Prak Sis Gallery           
Propeller Fund        
Ravenswood ArtWalk         
Red Clay Dance Company             
Right Way Signs, LLC              
Rogers Park Arts Alliance           
SAE Institute Chicago        
Sanders Law Group          
Saper Law Offices       
Senior Artists Network          
SomerCor 504, Inc.          
South Logan Arts Coalition              
STEAM Studios        
stone art supply        
superior st       
TallGrass Writers Guild                 
The Apparel Agency          
Women Helping Other Women Inc.

Stop by the Inventables Fab Lab and check out the latest in digital fabrication - including desktop carving, 3D printing and laser cutting with traditional and exotic inspirational materials. Conversations with artists and designers will be happening in the Fab Lab throughout the Expo.

  • Learn about and  sign up for hGet Covered Illinois The Official Health Marketplaceealth insurance with a trained navigator.
  • Get your eyes examined on Saturday with the Illinois College of Optometry.

At the Expo, enjoy great Chicago food from The Nosh,
featuring:  The Nosh Chicago 
  • Dia De Los Tamales
  • Bento Box
  • The Vegan Food Truck
  • The Salsa Truck
  • Cup & Spoon
Power Tower

Connect and recharge at one of the Power Tower® cell phone charging stations and kiosks.

Other DCASE News and Opportunities  

CityArts Program Grants For Nonprofit Art Organizations - Deadline March 5
Apply for one-year general operating support grants for arts organization with vibrant artistic or cultural programming. Deadline is March 5, 2014. For details, visit

Community + Farmers Markets Call For Vendors - Deadline March 14
The Chicago Farmers Markets Program is accepting applications for non-food vendors - artists, artisans, others. Chicago makers are invited to apply to participate in all City of Chicago farmers and community markets (with the exception of Daley Plaza and Division Street markets, which will remain produce-only). The 2014 season is May - October. Deadline is March 14. For details, visit

DCASE Performance Opportunities - Deadline March 17
Apply to present dance, theater, performing arts in DCASE venues, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Storefront Theater. Deadline is March 17, 2014. For details, click here.

Filmmakers: Help Steer This CAR
Chicago Artists Resource (CAR), a program of the Chicago Artists Coalition, is adding Film as a discipline to its site. CAR provides Chicago artists access to jobs, opportunities and professional development. Members of Chicago's film community are invited to participate in a survey to help with content development. At the end of the survey is an option to submit a film short and essay. Selected works will be posted on CAR and receive $100. For details, click here.

Audio recordings from last fall's Chicago Music Summit are available online - including Common's Keynote and more than 20 panels on a wide variety of topics from Sony Music Entertainment, Kickstarter, Pitchfork, Bonnaroo, SoundCloud, Universal Republic, Live Nation, Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gracenote, Monterrey International, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and others. To listen, click here.   

Chicago Made At SXSW
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, with Choose Chicago, World Business Chicago (WBC) and the Illinois Office of Tourism will promote Chicago's technology, music and film industries at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX on March 9-12. They will introduce Chicago Made, an initiative featuring Chicago natives who have made an indelible mark on their respective industries while living and working in Chicago. For more information, visit


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