Friday, June 13, 2014

Broadway In Chicago's Free 2014 Summer Concert in Millennium Park (Chicago)

  Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce their annual FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SUMMER CONCERT, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago, that will take place on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St).  Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, from the entertainment and lifestyles program 190 NORTH, the concert will feature cast members from the World Premiere of AMAZING GRACE, the World Premiere of DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE and hit musicals ANNIE, DISNEY’S NEWSIES, RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and more.  The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park is produced in partnership with The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
“This is our favorite night of the year, being able to share this rare gathering of Broadway performers with all of Chicago” said Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago. “This unparalleled event of the summer brings thousands of enthusiastic and devoted Broadway fans and supporters for a taste of Broadway, experiencing these performances in one of Chicago’s most iconic settings.”
Presented in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of Millennium Park Presents. Millennium Park proudly presents symphonic music, dance, opera, Broadway hits and more—performed by some of Chicago’s best-loved cultural institutions.  For full calendar information, visit  For exciting facts about the Park, program updates and weather cancellations, follow us on Twitter @Millennium_Park and like us on Facebook.
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Get Tickets: Starving Artist on June 21 (Chicago)


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Starving Artist: Saturday, June 21, 7–11 p.m.
Starving Artist is less than two weeks away. Few tickets remain!
pairs the city’s most inspiring visual artists with its most innovative culinary talent for a night that will delight your senses and raise funds for Chicago Artists Coalition.
Artists and chefs will work collaboratively to create immersive environments filled with food, art and mixology.
This year our partners include Luftwerk, Diana Gabriel, Alexandra Noe, Edyta Stepien, Chef Matthias Merges of Yusho, Chef Chris Pandel of Bristol and Balena, Jared Van Camp of Element Collective, Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe, Jason Brown of Kinmont, Alexander Bachman of Billy Sunday and Jason Ackerman of Bristol.
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Starving Artist is made possible by our amazing sponsors. Big thank you to Apothic, Gensler, Goose Island Beer Co., Hennessey VS, Intelligentsia, Kenmore, Phil Stefani Catering, Room & Board, Smilebooth, Sound Investment,Tablescapes Event Rentals and Whole Foods. Splash is the exclusive media sponsor of Starving Artist.
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STORY: Early Rate Ends June 30th!


The Early Rate Ends June 30th

The executive creative director of Cirque Du Soleil... bestselling author Jonah Lehrer... Emmy winning actor Tony Hale... learn from some of the best creative minds at STORY this October 2nd & 3rd at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Now, when you reserve seats for your team by June 30th, you'll save $100 on the regular price. Register here.

Announcing Storytellers to the Program

No matter what your job description is, you're a storyteller. It is narrative that draws people in and compels them to respond. This year, we've added a collection of storytellers to the STORY stage like Harris III (pictured), who have mastered the art of moving people with their words and imaginations. You simply must experience this.

Aloft Becomes the Official Hotel of STORY

The official hotel for STORY is the new Aloft Center City Chicago at 515 N Clark Street. You'll love the fresh design of the space, meeting other creatives in the w xyz lounge, and hanging out with presenters at night. You can book one of the limited rooms here for $189 per night or by calling 877-462-5638 and mentioning STORY.

STORY is Coming to a City Near You

STORY director Ben Arment is launching a series of Pitch Nights in 10 cities across the US where you can hear and share audacious ideas with a fun-loving crowd using 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Visit to find a gathering near you.

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Updated June Events at Women & Children First Books (Chicago)

Updated June Events
Women & Children First
(Please see below:
our event with Lauren Streicher
has been postponed to July.)
Wednesday, June 11th - Ana Castillo
7:30 p.m.
A Read Local Event

Forty-three-year-old divorcee, Palma, reconnects with her younger cousin, who has just been released from prison. Palma's sexual obsession with her cousin flares as their family secrets bring them together in unexpected ways. In this gritty and erotic novel, Castillo creates a memorable character with a flair for fashion, a longing for family, and a penchant for adventure. Ana Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature. She is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love Like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. She divides her time between Chicago and Albuquerque.

Thursday, June 12th - Ana Castillo
7:30 p.m.
Read Local Event

Stay-at-home dad Phillip Palliard takes care of his one-year-old son, Henry, while his wife, Shelley, works full-time at a spinal cord clinic. To pass the time, Phil becomes entangled in the bad boy antics of his philandering neighbor Adam, also a father of a young boy. Set in Chicago, Five Hundred Sirens is a soul-searching meditation on urban family life. Shearer (The Pulpit vs. the Hole, How Exquisite the Dead Girl) has won USC's Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition and has been a finalist for the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.  

Friday, June 13th - Susan Jane Gilman
7:30 p.m.

In the debut novel from Susan Jane Gilman, the irrepressible Lillian Dunkle recounts her epic rise from the squalor of the Lower East Side tenements to becoming the greatest ice cream maker in America. Spanning seventy years, the story begins in 1913 when young Lillian emigrates from Russia and culminates with her systematic rise to become a ruthless doyenne of an ice cream empire. Lillian is a conniving and profane anti-hero who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. Susan Jane Gilman is the New York Times-bestselling author of three nonfiction books: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, and Kiss My Tiara. Susan Jane Gilman's writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among others. 

Lauren Streicher 
POSTPONED to Friday, July 18
7:30 p.m.
A Read Local Event

More than 100 million women in America have problems in the bedroom but don't have the courage to ask their doctors for help. Instead of getting the help they need, they quietly give up on pleasure. But no longer! Love Sex Again is an all-encompassing guide to women's sexual health. Dr. Streicher shows women how to regain their libido, determine what their issues are, and learn to fix whatever is broken "down there." This will set women on a path to discovering (or rediscovering) deeply pleasurable, satisfying sex. She offers practical advice for real women of all ages and explains what a woman needs to know about her body and how it connects to a satisfying sex life.Dr. Lauren Streicher teaches obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show and has also appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Steve Harvey Show, 20/20, and ABC News, where she serves as a medical correspondent. Dr. Streicher also contributes articles and has been interviewed for many magazines and newspapers including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and WebMD.  

Thursday, June 19th - Tracy Baim, Owen Keehnen, and Richard Knight, Jr.
7:00 p.m.
Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House
The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln
The Best of Knight at the Movies 2004-2014: Film Criticism from a Queer Perspective
A Read Local Event

Chicago icon Vernita Gray came out as a lesbian soon after attending the 1969 Woodstock concert, where she heard about the uprising at the Stonewall in New York City. From that point on, the fight for lesbian equality, and the rights of the entire LGBTQ community (including at-risk LGBTQ youth), were her passion. She was also a poet and a writer. She lost her long battle with cancer just months after she and her partner were the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Illinois. Primarily written before Vernita's death in March, Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House includes her own writings; extensive interviews with her; and remembrances by friends, partners, and family. The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln is an in-depth look at the push for marriage rights in Illinois. The publication of The Best of Knight at the Movies marks Richard Knight, Jr.'s tenth anniversary as film critic for the Windy City Times and includes more than 150 film reviews and essays. 

Friday, June 20th - Maria Venegas
7:30 p.m.

After a fourteen-year estrangement, Maria Venegas returns to Mexico to visit her father, who is living in the old family hacienda. While spending the following summers and holidays together, herding cattle and fixing barbed-wire fences, he begins sharing family stories with her, tales of a life filled with both intense love and brutal violence-from the pride his mother showed after he shot a man for the first time at age twelve, to his extradition from the United States for murder. Spare and gripping, Bulletproof Vest is Venegas's reckoning with her father's difficult legacy. Moving between Mexico and New York, Venegas traces her own life and her father's as, over time, a new closeness and understanding develops between them. Maria Venegas was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and immigrated to Chicago when she was four years old. Bulletproof Vest was excerpted in Granta and the Guardian. Venegas's short stories have appeared in Ploughshares and Huizache. She has taught creative writing at Hunter College and currently works as a mentor at Still Waters in a Storm, a reading and writing sanctuary for children in Brooklyn.

Sunday, June 22nd - G. Elizabeth Kretchmer
4:30 p.m.
The Damnable Legacy of a Minister's Wife

A mid-life mountaineer regrets the decision she made thirty years ago to place her daughter for adoption. The biological granddaughter she's never known desperately searches for a safe and loving home. And a minister's wife with terminal cancer designs a plan to bring them together. Set largely against Alaska's unforgiving landscape and narrated from beyond the grave, Kretchmer's debut novel is about love and survival; exploring the importance of attachment, place, and faith; and exploring how far we should go to achieve our goals and at what cost. G. Elizabeth Kretchmer grew up on the south side of Chicago and began writing when she left the business world to raise her three sons. When she's not writing, she's helping others achieve wellness, healing, and stress management through the written word. She lives in Bend, Oregon. 

Tuesday, June 24th - Pride Open Mic
7:30 p.m.
Pride Open Mic, Including Music and Performance Pieces
With Guest Hosts Cin Salach and Robert MacDonald

It's an annual Pride tradition we look forward to every year-our GLBTQ Pride open mic. Open mic readers are invited to bring your best song, performance piece, or single page of prose or poetry to share. Whether you are a seasoned reader with tons of readings under your belt or a novice sharing your work for the first time, you'll find a rousing and supportive audience and a dazzling variety of GLBTQ creative expression. Open mic participation is limited, so stop in or call the store (773-769-9299) today to sign up.

Wednesday, June 25th - Sheila Flaherty
7:30 p.m.
A Read Local Event

In the novel East of Mecca, Sarah and Max Hayes relocate their family to Saudi Arabia, after being seduced by promises of the glamorous expat lifestyle there. Once there, though, Sarah feels invisible, locked inside the heavily guarded compound of the oil company Max works for. Gradually she is drawn to life behind the walls of the Saudi women's quarters and a secret, illicit friendship with one Saudi woman in particular. But events force soon Sarah to make life-or-death decisions. Sheila Flaherty is a writer and clinical psychologist. She spent one year in Saudi Arabia, where she secretly counseled American and Saudi women, an experience that inspired her to write East of Mecca. Sheila is also a screenwriter and a Ragdale alum. Sheila lives near Chicago with her husband and two cats. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 26th - John D'Emilio
7:30 p.m.
A Read Local Event

For LGBTQ people in the United States, the twenty-first century has brought dramatic changes that were unimaginable just decades ago. Yet, at the same time, the American political system has grown ever more conservative and economic inequality has increased. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, John D'Emilio reflects upon the social, cultural, and political changes provoked by LGBT activism. He asks provocative questions, such as: What can we learn from a life-long activist like Bayard Rustin, who questioned the wisdom of "identity politics"? Was Richard Nixon a "gay liberationist"? Might the focus on achieving actually be evidence of growing conservatism in LGBT communities? John D'Emilio is a professor of gender and women's studies and of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities; Intimate Matters; The World Turned; and Lost Prophet, a National Book Award finalist. 

  Friday, June 27th - Writing and Editing Noir: 
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Joe Meno, Richard Thomas, and Ben Tanzer, in a discussion moderated by Mei-Ling Hopgood
7:00 p.m.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, editor of Singapore Noir
Joe Meno, contributor to Chicago Noir
and editor of the upcoming volume Chicago Noir        2: The Classics
Richard Thomas, editor of The New Black
Ben Tanzer, Orphans
Moderator: Mei-Ling Hopgood
Co-sponsored by Akashic Books, Curbside Splendor, AAJA-Chicago (Asian American Journalists Association, Chicago chapter), and Tiger Beer
Read Local Event 
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the New York-based author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family. A native of Singapore, she is a former staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, her work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Joe Meno (Office Girl, The Great Perhaps) is a novelist, writer of short fiction, playwright, and music journalist based in ChicagoRichard Thomas edits Curbside Splendor's Dark Horse imprint, along with the anthology The New BlackBen Tanzer (My Father's House, You Can Make Him Like You) is director of publicity and content strategy at Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons. Mei-Ling Hopgood is author of How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm and Lucky Girl and an award-winning journalist. She is an associate professor and director of global initiatives and evaluation at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Refreshments will be served.

Save the Dates!

Wednesday, July 9
Jojo Moyes

Friday, July 11
Lust and Letters event with Shawna Kenney (I Was a Teenage Dominatrix and Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers) and Tera Patrick (Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn)

Saturday, July 12
Chicago Indie Bookstore Day

Wednesday, July 16
Heather Gudenkauf
Little Mercies

Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mark your calendars! Our annual used book sale (part of Andersonville's Sidewalk Sale weekend), benefiting the Women's Voices Fund, will be taking place July 26th and 27th! Proceeds benefit the Women's Voices Fund, our not-for-profit arm. And we are now accepting donations of used books for the sale. No magazines, textbooks, foreign language, or badly damaged books, please. Just drop off donated books at the store during our regular business hours. 

Tuesday, July 29 
Where's Waldo? Party

Young Authors' Club

Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to explore their creativity, develop writing skills, receive positive feedback, and have fun at this summer writing camp. Young writers will be led through a series of games and creative exercises as they develop their own stories from first idea through final draft, culminating in a reading party and celebration for family and friends. Club leader Kathie Bergquist has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago. She has two years' experience teaching creative writing workshops for 4th to 6th graders in Chicago public schools. Weekly and bi-weekly workshops run at the bookstore Tuesday through Thursday afternoons, from July 1st to 31st. Participation is limited. For more information and to reserve a spot, email

Book Groups

- Sunday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m. - The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

- Sunday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. - The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

- Tuesday, June 3 at 7:15 p.m. - Fighting for Life by Josephine Baker

- Sunday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. - Selection meeting. Jill will be bringing a dish to share, and you're welcome to bring something, too.

- Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. - Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May

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