Friday, April 18, 2014

Through Hope, Resiliency and Perseverance, A Young Man Goes From Life On The Streets To A Real American Success Story

Through Hope, Resiliency and Perseverance, A Young Man Goes From Life On The Streets To A Real American Success Story

Sean P. Hoggs learned at an early age that we cannot allow our socioeconomic background or tough start in life to define who we are – and he should know! At age 16, he set out to change a life riddled with drugs and crime, moving from one friend's house to the next, determined not to end up in jail or, even worse, dead!

The Bastard Child: A Story of Hope, Resiliency and Perseverance (Author House Publishing) is Hoggs' remarkable and long-awaited autobiography that tells the compelling story of growing up on the violent inner city streets of Central New Jersey, abused and often homeless. Through hard work, perseverance and fortitude, he became a success and ascended onto the national and international stage through his many humanitarian and mentoring efforts. For anyone trying to overcome personal hardship or dealing with any of life's challenges, this inspiring story is a must read.

Enduring an abusive and turbulent childhood with little chance of ever getting a helping hand, let alone a word of encouragement, would have made it easy for Sean Hoggs to go through life a victim, but this was never an option. Instead, he chose to serve as a humanitarian and mentor, advising at-risk youth that fame and fortune in sports and entertainment is a highly unlikely prospect while a life filled with love and family is something achievable and worth having – living proof that everyone, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic background, or station in life, can fulfill their dreams through determination, education and hard work.

 "It is simply a story of hope,” Hoggs says. "After all, the odds are against becoming a professional athlete or music star. However, with an education, the percentages are in your favor to accomplish anything you want in life.”

Sean P. Hoggs is a decorated retired military veteran of over 24 years. He has served as both an enlisted service member and commissioned officer (after earning a Presidential appointment for his years of exceptional enlisted service) in the United States Air Force. In 2007 he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans and is a noted mentor and role model to inner city youth. An internationally recognized humanitarian, he is also proud to be a 2011 Hall of Fame inductee at the Plainfield, NJ High School.  

For three years, Sean was Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies at Rutgers University where he spent countless hours teaching, tutoring and mentoring civilians and military members alike. A noted international ambassador, Sean has raised funds for orphanages around the world and provided critical items for those in need. His passion to help and serve others has made him a sought-after speaker, mentor and role model.  

Sean is currently a Senior Aerospace Instructor in his home state of New Jersey, where he lives with his wife of twenty-five years and their son. They have four children in all, ranging in age from sixteen to twenty-seven. For more information on Sean or his book, please visit the website:

The Bastard Child: A Story of Hope, Resiliency and Perseverance
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ISBN-13: 978-1491832868

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Dione Lauray-Davis, Community Activist: "To say that this book will change many lives is an understatement. I am forever changed since reading it. A book like this comes along once in a generation!”

Terrence Bellamy, Youth Advocate and Retired Law Enforcement Officer: "Once I picked the book up, I could not put it down. This autobiography is a must read, it's inspiring me to continue my education.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who's having any kind of doubts about achieving their goals in life.”

Vernice Jackson, mother, Washington, D.C.: "…a must read autobiography for any adult or at risk youth that is struggling with his or her direction in life…Powerful…!”

Final weekend of Silver Eye's Auction Preview Exhibition! Closes Wednesday, April 23 2014 (Pittsburgh,PA)

The 2014 biennial Auction, coming up soon on Sunday, April 27, features an extraordinary selection of vintage and contemporary work representing a long list of illustrious talent - from revered masters and prominent mid-career photographers to an exceptional group of young, emerging artists.

The photographers include: Donald Robinson, Susan Derges, William D. Wade, Aaronel deRoy Gruber, Martha Rial, Arne Svensen, Ross Mantle, Sheree Hovsepian, Donna J. Wan, Joe Johnson, Aaron Blum, Sue Abramson, Doug DuBois, and Mark Perrott, to name but a few.

Your ticket entitles you to a paddle for bidding on the live auction items, brunch by All in Good Taste Productions, wines by Engine House 25, and access to the silent auction. It's a not-to-be-missed morning of fun and photography.

Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Tickets are $75 per person. 

This event is always a sell-out, so reserve your spot by purchasing tickets at the link below or place your ticket order over the phone by calling Juliana Zipay at 412.431.1810, x12.

Final Weekend! -- Auction Preview Exhibition, April 4 - 23, 2014

This is the final full weekend to check out the Auction photographs up for bid at the live event! The exhibition is set to close on Wednesday, April 23. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. 

You can also view the photographs up for bid, as well as download absentee bidding forms, on our website at

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This year's auction is made possible in part by our members, donors, supporters, and the following sponsors:

Photo Credits (left to right, top to bottom): Arne Svensen, Neighbors #15, 2012-2013. Pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York. Joe Johnson, Reception, Oregon County, MO, 2014. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. Karen Meyers, Mac Miller, 2014. Digital print, permanent ink on archival paper. Courtesy of the artist.Teenie Harris, Arthur Oursley seated at a bar with Erin"Ma Pitts" Godfrey behind counter, in Ma Pitts Restaurant, c. 1949. Black and white Kodak Safety film. Courtesy of Charles A. Harris, Sr. and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Amy Stevens, Confections (adorned) #27, 2012. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. Aaron Blum, Bitter Sweet, from the series "Born and Raised," 2013. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.
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Vice District Brewing - Chicago’s New South Loop Brewery


Vice District Brewing Co.
Situated in a landmark-status building at 1454 S. Michigan Ave., Vice District Brewing Co.
sits squarely in the center of Chicago’s South Loop. While the name Vice District is a nod to the area’s past, owners Curtis Tarver II and Quintin Cole are completely focused on helping build a stronger sense of community in the future. Tarver II and Cole plan to bring in communal seating that encourages conversation and utilize the space to help with community events. “We want Vice District to help bring back the energy that the South Loop once had. We plan on being very involved with other businesses and non-profits in the area,” says Cole. “We want to encourage ‘positive-vices’ like volunteerism in the community.”
Longtime home brewers, Tarver II and Cole, secured their South Loop space late last year and plan to open the taproom to the public this July. The location’s 2,200 square-feet boasts 14 foot ceilings and ample room for their custom-built 7-barrel brew system. Eight functional serving tanks will be featured and visible in the space to make patrons feel like they’re a part of the brewing process. Once installed, the setup will feed 10 tap lines that will be responsible for quenching the thirst of up to 115 guests at a time.
Though no food will be offered on-site, Tarver II and Cole plan to encourage guests to bring in their own, utilize the food trucks that will be parked outside, or get something delivered from any of the 5 dozen+ restaurants in the area. “We’re all about supporting other local businesses and we feel like giving people the option to bring their own food in while enjoying our beers allows us to do that,” says Tarver II.
However, Tarver II and Cole aren’t ready to give up all of their secrets just yet. They’re keeping the identity of their brewmaster a secret for the time being as well as the names of the beers they plan on serving when the doors open in July. More information will be released in the coming months. 


Charles Tillman Returns to Kings in Rosemont For Third Annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro Bowler Tournament June 12(Illinois)




Event to Raise Funds for Children and Their Families Through the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation 

  Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports will once again become a hub for sports celebrities and fans on Thursday, June 12 when Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and other leading figures from professional football, basketball and other sports convene at the Rosemont hot spot for a night of great bowling, delicious food and festivities to support a great cause.

First held in 2012, the Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament has already attracted hundreds and raised more than $320,000 in support of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation, which provides opportunities and resources to underprivileged children and their families.  As in past years, Tillman will recruit his friends, teammates and colleagues for an evening of bowling with lane sponsors to benefit children in the Chicago area and beyond.

“Our partnership with Kings is one of the things that makes the Tillman Cornerstone Foundation so strong,” said Tillman. “Those of us in the public eye are given tremendous opportunities to make a difference to the larger community.  The event is fun for everyone involved and it’s great to have people coming together to benefit such special children.”

The Charles Tillman’s Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament lane sponsorships for teams (which include six people and one celebrity guest) range from $4,000 to $10,000. Individual tickets for spectators are also available for $25 and include entry to the event and samplings of Kings’ renowned made-from-scratch menu amongst other surprises.  While the final list of celebrity participants will be announced at a future date, past celebrity guests have included Matt Forte, Major Wright, Patrick Mannelly, Jermon Bushrod and Johnny Knox, among others.

“Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports is grateful for the opportunity to work with Charles for the third consecutive year to help such a great cause,” said Frank Stryjewski, CEO of Kings Bowl of America.  “Not only is Charles a role model on the football field, he has a strong commitment to serving young people.  This event is a truly the highlight of the year for us, and we look forward to welcoming Charles, his teammates and friends back to Kings in June.”

The Charles Tillman Celebrity PRO BOWLer Tournament is for ages 21 and over. For more information or to sponsor a team and purchase single tickets visit

About Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation
Established in 2005, The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation works to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children. So far, more than one million children in the Chicagoland area have benefited from the foundation.  All of the money raised from the Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer event will be used to continue to care for these children. For more information, please visit

About Kings Bowl of America, LLC
Kings Bowl first opened its doors in 2003 in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. From the start, Kings has focused on rekindling the fun of bowling by creating a memorable entertainment experience, emphasizing good food, cold beer, creative cocktails and great music.  Each Kings location features upscale, retro-inspired décor and executive-chef designed menus brought to life by “best-in-industry” service. With varied entertainment options, themed nights and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, Kings sets itself apart as an unparalleled social scene for all occasions; be it a family outing, a date night, a corporate event or the best place in town to connect with friends. Whether one is looking to host an unforgettable party, share a superb meal or catch the big game, Kings is committed to insuring that when you leave, you’ll be planning to return soon.

HOURS OF OPERATION:  Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. -12:00 a.m.

Bowling is priced from $6-6.50.  Shoe rental is available.

Kings is located at 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, in MB Financial Park at Rosemont.  The venue is just east of I-294 at the O’Hare exit and two blocks south of I-90.

It is also one block from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, with attached covered parking for 8,500 vehicles. Parking is free with validation. To reach Kings via phone, call 847-233-0099.  For more information, visit


Rock And Roll Will Never Be The Same: Counting Down Bruce Springsteen!

Bruce Springsteen has held center stage for 40 years as the quintessential American rock and roll artist, expressing the hopes and dreams of the American everyman and every woman through his vast array of insightful and inspirational songs. In Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), Jim Beviglia dares to rank his finest songs in descending order from the 100th to his number one greatest song. In this unique book, Beviglia reflects on why each song has earned its place on the list and lays out the story behind each, supplying fresh insights on the musical and lyrical content of Springsteen's remarkable body of work. Counting Down Bruce Springsteen brings together critical historical and biographical information to explain the making and importance of each song, painting a fascinating portrait of Springsteen as a major American songwriter and consummate   recording artist. For newcomers to his work, it's the perfect introduction to his vast catalog. For diehard fans, it's a fresh take on well-known songs. Jim Beviglia is a featured writer for American Songwriter magazine, reviewing new albums and looking back at classic songwriters and songs for both the print and online editions.

This is his second book in the Counting Down series, following his Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs (Scarecrow Press 2013). Jim also authored three e-books, Pump It Up: Elvis Costello's 100 Best Songs, No Surprises: Radiohead's 100 Best Songs and Breakdown: Tom Petty's 100 Best Songs. He maintains a blog at where he delves deep into the musical libraries of rock's finest artists.

 For more, please visit the website: Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs Rowman & Littlefield Publishers June 16, 2014 Available at all online booksellers including

Chicago Artists Resurce Jobs & Calls, Networking at The Hideout, Sponsorship Webinar

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Webinar on Fruitful Sponsorships
Webinar: Sponsorships
April 21, 2014, 6 p.m. — $15
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This webinar will help you develop fruitful sponsorships and partnerships. Alexis Nido-Russo, the community partnerships manager of the Chicago Artists Coalition, will explain how to attract financial, product and media sponsorships from businesses and organizations.
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