Friday, September 26, 2014
TORY BURCH OPENS ACCESSORIES BOUTIQUE AT OAKBROOK CENTERTory Burch is pleased to announce the opening of an accessories-only boutique at Oakbrook Center. This new store complements the brand’s global flagship on Oak Street in Chicago.
The 2,000-square-foot space is scheduled to launch in mid-October at Oakbrook Center, a premier luxury shopping destination. The boutique façade is distinguished by orange lacquer doors, a brand signature, and, in keeping with all Tory Burch boutiques, the space has been custom-designed to create a residential feel. Marble and oak floors, gold leaf chandeliers and raffia walls offer a neutral backdrop for a sophisticated mix of furnishings in a vibrant palette, including green lacquer shelving, teal velvet benches, silk sea foam drapes and blue embroidered pillows. The store experience is further enhanced by several comfortable seating areas and iPads.
The Oakbrook Center boutique will carry a wide range of Tory Burch accessories, including handbags, shoes, small leather goods, jewelry, eyewear, fragrance and beauty and, coming this fall, watches.
“As a result of the recent renovation project, Oakbrook Center continues to welcome new retailers that expand our chic fashion offerings,” said Suzanne Beres, senior marketing manager for Oakbrook Center. “Tory Burch brings exclusive designs that embody personal style and sensibility.”
For more information about Tory Burch, visit www.toryburch.com. Additional information about Oakbrook Center is available at www.oakbrookcenter.com.
About Tory Burch
Tory Burch is an American lifestyle brand that embodies the personal style and sensibility of its CEO and designer, Tory Burch. Launched in February 2004, the collection, known for color, print and eclectic details, includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, home and beauty. There are more than 125 Tory Burch boutiques across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, and the brand is available at over 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide and toryburch.com.
About Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc., a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust focused on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping regional malls throughout the United States. GGP currently owns, or has an interest in, 120 regional shopping malls comprising approximately 125 million square feet of gross leasable area. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP. For further information please visit GGP.com.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
“CHICAGO MADE” FALL MUSIC SHOWCASE WILL FEATURE CHICAGO MUSIC ACTS THE O’MY’S, PSALM ONE, ALEX WILEY, PAPER THICK WALLS AT THALIA HALL ON OCTOBER 15
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the Chicago Made Fall Music Showcase on Wednesday, October 15, at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport St.) at 8 p.m. This FREE admission music event will feature Chicago music acts The O’My’s, Psalm One, Alex Wiley, Paper Thick Walls and will be hosted by Hologram Kizzie.
“Chicago has always been a hotbed for creativity and innovation and an ideal setting to elevate artists and industry participants,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. “The Chicago Made showcase will celebrate the City’s role in the future of music by spotlighting four emerging music acts and promoting our local music “makers” and innovators to fans and industry leaders.”
The first Chicago Made music showcase took place in Austin, TX during SXSW in March 2014. The Chicago Made campaign is an on-going collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Choose Chicago and World Business Chicago, to highlight the city as an innovation center, a global business destination, a cultural hub and most of all a city of diverse and unique culture and technology makers. The showcase will build upon the momentum of the Chicago Made campaign first introduced at SXSW and rally support for our local artists.
Hip-hop artist Psalm One (aka Hologram Kizzie) will serve as the host for the evening and will also perform. As the ﬁrst female artist to sign with Rhymesayers record label in 2006, she has traveled the globe performing and recording an impressive discography, while always maintaining a critically acclaimed stream of self-released music. Balancing time between the road and running a hip-hop inﬂuenced after-school program, Rhymeschool, she has toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada with luminaries such as Rakim, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Gym Class Heroes and Atmosphere, among others.
All Chicago natives, The O’My’s are the new sound of Chicago Soul having recorded and shared stages with Chance the Rapper, Wyclef Jean, ZZ Ward, Ab Soul, Twista and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. The O’My’s sound captures the tremendous love, pain, warmth and even the coldness that could be found in the city’s streets. Drawing from Chicago’s rich musical traditions of blues, jazz and rock, The O’My’s pick up where their musical forefathers left off, taking roots and rock-n-soul to the present. The band has been in the studio recording their third project, Keeping the Faith, a psychedelic soul record slated for release in the late fall of 2014.
Since the May 2013 release of his debut mixtape, Club Wiley, rapper and Hyde Park native Alex Wiley has been winning over fans and critics, emerging as an exciting and talented new artist. With Village Party, his second release in June 2014, Wiley challenged himself to evolved as well as become more personal in his music. Since its release, the project has garnered positive reviews from outlets such as Pigeons and Planes, Vibe, HypeTrak, The Fader, Noisey, Chicago Reader and many others. XXL Magazine and FakeShoreDrive hailed Village Party as one of the best releases of 2014, while Huffington Post listed Alex as one of 18 artists to watch right now.
Orchestral indie rockers Paper Thick Walls began with an acoustic guitar, piano and a few stories crafted into melodies. Following the successful press reception of their freshman album A Thousand Novels in 2011, the band spent the year touring over 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada to move more than a thousand records with their own hands, playing with touring bands such as The Lumineers, Company of Thieves, Drive by Truckers, Joe Pug and the Smoking Popes. Maybe that’s why the band was named one of the top five emerging artists from Chicago by The Deli Chicago and Chicago Magazine.
The Chicago Made Fall Music Showcase is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). For details, visit chicagomade.us and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#ChicagoMade).
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit: cityofchicago.org/dcase.
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Last night Red Band Society's episode featured OneRepublic's new single "I Lived" with a sneak preview of the new video immediately following on. Today, the band releases their full video for "I Lived" on vevo. Check it out HERE.
In the video, the band wanted to highlight someone who embodies the spirit of living and achieving in the face of great adversity. That person is Colorado native Bryan Warnecke, who has lived his whole life with cystic fibrosis, but refuses to let that get in the way of his dreams. Bryan is a shining example of courage, as he and his teammates have cycled over 1200 miles and raised more than $300,000 this year alone for cystic fibrosis research, one of RED BAND SOCIETY’s charity partners.
“I Lived” is featured on OneRepublic’s third studio album, “Native,” and follows the hits, “Love Runs Out” and “Counting Stars.” The video for “I Lived” was filmed in Morrison, CO, during the final stop of OneRepublic’s Native Summer Tour.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Just announced! The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago to present special Q & A and reception following 9/25 screening of IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN
THE GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER &
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND IN CHICAGO
THE U.S. PREMIERE OF
IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN
SEPTEMBER 19-OCTOBER 2, 2014
The Polish Consulate General of Chicago to host a special Q&A and reception following the
September 25, 6:00 pm screening
September 25, 6:00 pm screening
Who/What: The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in partnership with the Polish Consulate General in Chicago will present the U.S. premiere of In Search of Chopin. In this latest installment of his popular series (In Search of Mozart, ...Beethoven, ...Haydn), Phil Grabsky once again rescues a great composer from the one-dimensional myths about him. In Search of Chopin is an in-depth portrait of the Polish-born Romantic musician (1810-1849) who revolutionized piano technique and was unsurpassed at conveying deep human emotion.
As in his previous films, Grabsky excels at intertwining the life and the art. He relates the emotional dimension of Chopin’s music to such personal factors as exile, class exclusion, lifelong battle with tuberculosis, death of a beloved sister, and opposites-attract affair with the scandalous George Sand. Especially illuminating is the inside commentary on Chopin’s music by an all-star roster of pianists, including lively, rock-star-ish Hershey Felder (who portrayed Chopin onstage), and Ronald Brautigam, who, after expressing his discomfort with Chopin’s emotionalism, performs a hair-raisingly intense rendition of the Ballade No.1 in G Minor. In English, Polish, & French with English subtitles. 112 min.
The Polish Consulate General of Chicago will host a Q&A with Polish journalist Zbigniew Banas and an hors d’oeuvres reception for all ticket-holders following the Thursday, September 25 screening.
Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL.
When: TWO-WEEK RUN! September 19-25:
Fri., September 19, 6:30 pm;
Sat., September 20, 2:00 pm, 4:45 pm, & 7:30 pm;
Sun., September 21, 2:00 pm & 4:45 pm;
Mon., September 22, 5:30 pm;
Tue., September 23, 6:00 pm;
Wed., September 24, 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm;
Thursday, September 25, 6:00 pm (followed by Polish Consulate reception)
Fri., September 26, 5:45 pm;
Sat., September 27, 2:30 pm, 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm;
Sun., September 28, 2:30 pm & 4:45 pm;
Mon., September 29, 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm; Tue., September 30, 6:00 pm;
Wed., October 1, 5:30 pm & 7:45 pm;
Thu., October 2, 6:00 pm & 8:15 pm
How: Tickets are $11/general admission; $7/students; $6/Film Center members; and $4/School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty, staff, and students, and Art Institute of Chicago staff. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
Discounted parking is available for $16 for 10 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.
The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.
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The Gene Siskel Film Center’s partner, the Polish Consulate General in Chicago, is Poland’s Midwest diplomatic mission cooperating with the largest Polish community outside of Poland. Over 3 million Americans of Polish descent call Chicago and the Midwest home. Because Polish-Americans have always valued culture, education, and music, the Polish Consulate General was established in Chicago in 1920 to facilitate cooperation between Polish-Americans and Poles in the homeland. Poland shares many values with America, which the Polish Consulate promotes through educational and cultural programs. Also through music and film, the Polish Consulate promotes this year three important Polish anniversaries: the 25th anniversary of the June 4 ’89 elections in Poland which pioneered the end of communism in Europe; the 15th anniversary of Poland’s NATO accession and the 10th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Union.
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 42 years of presenting cutting edge 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 80,000. www.siskelfilmcenter.org
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. 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 www.saic.edu