Friday, April 25, 2014
Actress Swoosie Kurtz releases book,"PART SWAN, PART GOOSE An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family"
Beloved Actress Swoosie Kurtz Looks Back at Her Amazing Career and Unique Relationship with Her Parents
PART SWAN, PART GOOSE
An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family
with Joni Rodgers
“A brave and riveting book about family, fame, theater and life.
It is witty, wise, and irresistible. I loved it.”
“I laughed and cried (sometimes at the same time) reading this extraordinary story about
Swoosie and her parents and her work and her loves.
Swoosie has the beautiful gift of a seasoned storyteller.”
“I’m often asked What’s Swoosie Kurtz really like? I say, warm, incredibly funny, grounded but spontaneous, irreverent but always kind, independent yet deeply rooted to her family.
Swoosie has put her heart and her humor into these pages.
Now, when people ask, I can say, Here, read this!”
With a name like Swoosie, she was destined to lead an interesting life. In PART SWAN, PART GOOSE: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family (Perigee Hardcover; April 29, 2014; $25), award-winning actress Swoosie Kurtz gives a guided tour of her journey from Nebraska to the theater stages of Broadway and the television and movie screens of Hollywood.
From her first appearance on The Donna Reed Show (a part that was whittled down until only the back of Swoosie’s head was shown on-screen) to her Tony Award-winning roles in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July and John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves to her much-heralded turns on television series Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly, Swoosie has been embraced by critics and fans alike for her quirky, heartfelt, and always attention-getting performances.
But her life off-screen has been just as extraordinary.
The only child of Frank and Margo Kurtz, Swoosie shares an incredible bond with her parents—both accomplished, opinionated, and filled-to-bursting with personality. Swoosie’s father was an Olympic diving medalist and later became one of the most decorated aviators in American history. During World War II, Frank flew a record number of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D Flying Fortress called The Swoose (part swan, part goose). Swoosie’s mother chronicled the early years with Frank in My Rival, the Sky, a homefront memoir published by Putnam in 1945. Margo’s book ends with the couple happily anticipating the birth of a baby who will be named after the indomitable Swoose.
Swoosie’s life and career have been hugely influenced by her close ties to Frank and Margo. Swoosie stayed with her parents during the entire five-year run of Sisters, and after Frank’s death in 1996, Margo moved in to her daughter’s home. Drifting between lucidity and confusion, Swoosie’s 98-year-old mother still lives with her. Margo requires 24-hour care and companionship, but she remains the sweet-natured, loving woman who can delight Swoosie with a witty and well-placed quip or surprise her with an in-the-moment memory of a 1943 bond tour. Swoosie struggles to stay ahead of her mother’s increasing needs while navigating the demands of the entertainment industry.
PART SWAN, PART GOOSE weaves Swoosie’s story with passages from My Rival, the Sky to create a vivid portrait of the mother-daughter relationship and of the very different paths taken by two women of different generations.
Here is that rare Hollywood memoir that takes readers behind the curtain, but doesn’t live there. It is endlessly entertaining, but doesn’t pretend to tell all—what it does tell will resonate with millions of Americans caring for aging parents. PART SWAN, PART GOOSE is as endearing, real, and compelling as Swoosie Kurtz herself.
About the Author:
A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes movies like Liar, Liar, Dangerous Liaisons, Citizen Ruth, and the television hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly.
New York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers has collaborated on several celebrated memoirs, including A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and My First Five Husbands…and The Ones Who Got Away by Rue McClanahan.
Simple Re-Design Ideas & Tips for a Modern and Unique Fix A ‘how-to’ on transforming your furniture into beautiful new items
Simple Re-Design Ideas & Tips for a Modern and Unique Fix
A ‘how-to’ on transforming your furniture into beautiful new items
Revamping old furniture is a perfect way to save money and add personal finesse to any room. A great place to start is your own home. Items that are an eyesore to your decor or relatively unused can be the foundation to create something with functionality and uniqueness. Dilapidated dressers, coffee stained tables and desks are easy to transform and versatile for many uses. Keep an open mind and keen eye for the potential in items that can be transformed, updated and fixed.
One’s Old Desk is Another’s New Bathroom Sink
The cross functionality of dressers, side tables and desks are endless. Saving money on current items instead of brand new furniture allows you to splurge on exquisite fixtures and updates. Look for fun paints and stains to accent the room of choice. Go wild with painting; adding texture and design is simple with painter’s tape or wallpaper. Intricate knobs will add a lavish look; check out your local hardware store or online shops such as Etsy for fun cheap fixtures. Once you have the new look, its time to give the item a new function. If you're not equipped to install plumbing, its easy and cheap to have a plumber help you out.
● Revamped desk into a modern new sink
● Dresser into his & her bathroom vanities
Make a Statement
China cabinets are extremely multifaceted and can easily be altered for many uses. Due to the traditional large size, the remodeled cabinet will surely become the main attraction of whatever room it is used in. China cabinets often have intricate woodwork and detail. Painting the molding of the cabinet can offer depth in color as well as showcase the design. The glass doors of China cabinets can allow you to add a pop of color to the inside or fun wallpaper. The transformations are endless with cabinets. Think different with its purpose, such as;
● A fashionable shoe organizer
● Classy and modern bar
Cabinets & Concealed Storage
Entertainment centers are similar to China cabinets but often have more storage and concealed drawers. They are perfect organizers for many uses due to their deep storage and abundance of shelving. Upscale your tv armoire into a major component of another important section of your home.
About Nest Furniture
Nest Furniture uses sustainable practices to design, refurbish and create unique furniture for the modern home. Their goal is to bring the great inspirations and designs of the world to their customer’s homes and lives. Nest mixes multicultural global designs of modern furniture with rare cultural antiquities. All pieces are one-of-a-kind and hand picked from such places as; India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Nest has two locations; Lincoln Park (2707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614), and the 900 Shops off Michigan Avenue (5th Floor).
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|Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
April 25 - 28 The inaugural Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will feature the world’s finest and most prominent exhibitors showcasing their impressive collections of fine art, antique, estate jewelry, sculpture, textiles and more. The show kicks-off with a private Opening Night Preview Party today, Thursday, April 24, offering attendees a first glimpse of the rare treasures available for purchase. The show is open to the public Friday, April 25 through Monday, April 28.
Meet & Greet Disney XD Star Billy UngerOn Friday, April 25, join Radio Disney Chicago at Navy Pier for your chance to meet Billy Unger from Disney XD’s “Lab Rats.” Wristband giveaway begins at noon in the Family Pavilion and then the Radio Disney Road Crew will entertain with music, dancing and prizes. The meet and greet is from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and a wristband is required.
Pinot Days Chicago
The 7th annual Pinot Days Chicago Grand Festival at Navy Pier in Lakeview Terrace on Saturday, April 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. showcases more than 60 producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample up to 150 pinots from the Russian River Valley to the Sonoma Coast and talk with the gifted winemakers who create them – all in an intimate setting.
Ferris Wheel & Outdoor Rides
With the sun shining, step outside to have some fun in Navy Pier’s Pier Park where you can find the 150-foot high Ferris Wheel, Wave Swinger, Carousel, Light Tower Ride and The Links, an 18-hole miniature golf course.
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Navy Pier Bean Bag Tournament
Bring your friends on May 3 to Navy Pier¹s Festival Hall and see if you have what it takes to out-toss the competition. There are two divisions of registration open now for the experienced and the novice in both singles and doubles. Get at least two rounds of play and an event T-shirt, plus the chance to win $5,000 in cash and prizes if you¹re in the top three of your division. Use code NAVYPIERBAGS to receive $5 off your entry.
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
Cirque Shanghai combines impressive acrobatics with martial prowess at the all new show “Warriors” performing May 24 through September 1 at the canopied, open-air theater of Pepsi® Skyline Stage. An extraordinary line-up of thrilling acts returns to the stage including China’s premier daredevil steel globe motorcycle troupe. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 2.
Mystic Blue Craft Beer Cruise
Join us on Thursday, May 22 to enjoy the Chicago skyline on a Lake Michigan cruise and beers, including some rare selections, from America’s top craft brewers including Goose Island and many more. Beers will be poured by those behind the brewery including some founders and brewmasters, so bring your questions. Tickets are $40 and include four beer sample tickets. All guests must be 21 or older with ID.
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Links TapRoom to host “Revolution 'Gene Pool Party” on Sunday, May 4 and “Cinco De Mayo Party” on Monday, May 5 (Chicago)
Links TapRoom to host “Revolution 'Gene Pool Party” on Sunday, May 4 and “Cinco De Mayo Party” on Monday, May 5
Links will tap six different varieties of Revolution Brewing’s Eugene Porter – including four rare barrel-aged versions – and a bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout at its “Revolution 'Gene Pool Party” starting at 2pm on Sunday, May 4. They are:
* Eugene Porter ~ 16 oz pints for $6 and 9oz pours for $4
* Coffee Eugene (Eugene Porter aged additional week with whole bean coffee from Dark Matter Coffee) ~ 16 oz pints for $6 and 9oz pours for $4
* Mean Gene (Eugene Porter aged for eight months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels) ~ 9oz snifters for $9
* Bean Gene (Eugene Porter aged for eight months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels and steeped with whole bean coffee from Dark Matter Coffee prior to bottling) ~ 9oz snifters for $9
* Blue Gene (Eugene Porter aged for eight months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels with fresh blueberries) ~ 9oz snifters for $9
* Boy Gene (Eugene Porter aged for eight months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels with boysenberry purée) ~ 9oz snifters for $9
* Deth’S Tar (Russian imperial stout is aged in four different types of bourbon barrels - Old Fitzgerald, Old Forester, Elijah Craig, and Evan Williams - then blended for the resulting thick and dark brew) ~ 9oz snifters for $9
Links TapRoom’s “Cinco De Mayo Party” will run from 11:30am until 2am on Monday, May 5. The following specials will be available from open to close:
* $6 “Mexican Cousin” sausages (crumbled Italian sausage, jalapeno mustard, and tequila vinegar slaw on a housemade pretzel tortilla) that are regularly $8 each.
*$6 13 oz tulip glass pours of Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin American IPA
* $6 Corazon Blanco Tequila shots and El Jimador Reposado Tequila shots (regularly $8 each)
Links TapRoom is open from 11:30am until 2am Monday thru Saturday and from 10:30am until 1am on Sundays. The Links TapRoom phone number is 773-360-7692, its website is http://www.linkstaproom.com, and its email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Bites Asian Tapas in Chicago Illinois held a media dinner to sample their popular Asian Fusian dishes and delicious creative cocktails.Pictured below are a few samplings from the menu and buffet.Here is the part where grown adults got to attend an event and 'play with their food' with their smartphones and digital cameras. These were photographed quite quickly so we could all enjoy the food which was delicious! I especially loved the kimchi egg roll and wings and have been back there twice since the event.
photographed with one of my fave light modifiers,the Rogue XL Pro Lighting kit in Strip Box mode!
Canon 600RT Flash unit, Flash remotes(generic) and the Sony RX10 camera body(my favorite overgrown purse camera!) My friend held the off camera flash.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Big Jones Hosts Second Annual Trash Fish Dinner with Fortune Fish & Gourmet