Saturday, May 30, 2015


First Chicago run! Blind (June 5-11)—called “a sparkling directorial debut” (Scott Foundas, Variety) for acclaimed screenwriter Eskil Vogt (Oslo, August 31)—centers on Ingrid who recently lost her sight and retreats to her home where she is soon engulfed in repressed fears and fantasies that take over her imagination.

Woman in Gold (June 5-11) stars Helen Mirren in a masterful performance as the tart and principled Maria Altmann, an Austrian-Jewish émigré seeking restitution of Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a painting of Maria’s beloved aunt that was stolen by the Nazis and now valued at over $100 million.

New archival 35mm print! Rebels of the Neon God (June 6-10) contains two stories of troubled Taipei youth that collide, revealing how urban life creates sentiments of alienation and dissatisfaction. Note: an imported 35mm archival print will be shown on Sunday, June 7. All other screenings will be in the newly restored DCP digital version.

Chicago premiere! Madame Bovary (June 12-18) stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Rhys Ifans, and is the first adaptation of Flaubert’s classic directed by a woman (Sophie Barthes).

Chicago premiere! Little England (June 12-18) by Greek auteur Pantelis Voulgaris masterfully evokes the passions of a seafaring society where women can wait a lifetime for men who may never return. Greece’s 2015 Oscar submission, this period drama-romance centers on two island-dwelling sisters who are both in love with the same man and the tumultuous relationship they have with their rigid mother.

The Salt of the Earth (June 12-18) is an Oscar-nominated documentary which follows Brazilian photographer Sebastão Salgado—known for his human rights and environmental photography—who shares the shocking stories behind his work.

Chicago premiere! Filled with imagery of vast Patagonian landscapes, 19th-century drama Jauja (June 13-16) by avant-garde director Lisandro Alonso (Los Muertos, Liverpool) finds a Danish engineer (Viggo Mortensen, also the film’s producer and composer) taking a job in Argentina, bringing along his 15 year-old daughter who causes a stir.

Chicago premiere! The Face of an Angel (June 19-25)—the newest film from Michael Winterbottom starring Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Brühl, and Cara Delevingne—is a psychological thriller based on the true story of the notorious murder trial murder trial of Amanda Knox. Winterbottom employs his signature talent for evoking the haunting allure of Italian locations in this labyrinthine story centering on filmmaker Thomas Lang (Brühl) who disdains the trial’s heated media frenzy.

Dior and I (June 19-25) looks at the transition and takeover of the legendary fashion house by Belgian minimalist Raf Simons in the wake of scandal and the intimidation Simons—new to world of haute couture—faces as he has only eight weeks to create his debut collection.

Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chlöe Grace Moretz portray the trio of stars sparking off one another in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria (June 19-25), a look at the rarefied world of stardom and how 40-year-old Maria (Binoche) in particular must confront the ascendancy of youth.

Chicago premiere! Al Pacino and Holly Hunter star in Manglehorn (June 26-July 2) in which protagonist A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) displays a devastating mixture of charisma and insensitivity as a widowed Texas locksmith who keeps people at a distance while living in the past.

Chicago premiere! Directed by Alan Rickman, bodice-ripper period drama A Little Chaos (June 26-July 2) concerns Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet), the unorthodox gardener hired by landscape architect and soon-to-be lover André Le Norte (Matthias Schoenaerts) to serve Louis XIV (Rickman) whose court is filled with plenty of intrigue, unbidden romance, and 17th-century sexism.

Presented in partnership with UniFrance Films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Young French Cinema (June 6-July 2) is a series of eight films showcasing the next wave in French cinema, proving that no other national cinema has highlighted youth so centrally and consistently, dating back to the time of the French New Wave, when François Truffaut’s 1959 debut The 400 Blows focused attention on a celebrated movement that saw 97 new directors make their first films within a three-year period. On average, 35-40% of the yearly total of French films are made by first-timers. As film historian Tim Palmer has written, “This systematic emphasis upon young cinema makes France unique.” As proclaimed by celebrated French film journal Cahiers du cinema in the April 2013 issue, “young French cineastes are not dead,” profiling new generation French filmmakers like Sébastian Betbeder, Guillaume Brac (Tonnere), Yann Gonzalez, Antonin Peretjatko (The Rendez-vous of Déjà Vu), Justine Triet (Age of Panic), and Rebecca Zlotowksi (Grand Central). In addition to the those titles and directors mentioned, the work of the following are also showcased in the series: Lionel Baier (Longwave), Axelle Ropert (Miss and the Doctors), Isabelle Czajka (Domestic Life), plus the series highlight featuring Q&A and Movie Club appearances by star/director Sophie Letourneur (Macaroni and Cheese).

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago and the Czech Center in New York, Czech That Film (June 7-30) features premieres of four provocative and prize-winning fresh films from the Czech Republic: Jan Hrebejk’s The Icing, Andrea Sedlácková’s Fair Play, Ondrej Sokol’s Krásno, and an appearance by star-turned-director Jirí Mádl with To See the Sea.

Special events/limited engagements
Russian futuristic horror film Hard to Be a God (June 5, 6, and 8) is a plunge into a fetid world of medieval horror on a distant planet 800 years into the future. An earthling scientist sent to observe the backward alien civilization becomes worshipped as a god, as a brutally depraved society driven by animal impulses revels in the copious mud and excrement of its own ignorance as portrayed in its big-screen grotesqueness by the late dissident cult director Aleksey German (My Friend Ivan Lapshin).

Every Last Child (June 12 and 15) examines the anti-vaccine controversy in Pakistan. With anti-vaxxers in the form of Taliban extremists gunning down over 60 health care workers, mostly women inoculating children against polio, this gripping documentary has all the characteristics of a high-stakes drama, as health officials in the last nation on the earth where polio runs rampant brainstorm a campaign that will counter the ignorance and lies surrounding the vaccine.

Neighborhood Night (June 15) features Madame Bovary, Every Last Child, The Salt of the Earth, and Jauja, with member admission of $6 for all patrons and complimentary reception for all ticketholders, courtesy of Mariano’s.

New 35mm print! Max Ophüls’ long-unseen From Mayerling to Sarajevo (June 19, 20, 25) is the story of Austrian Archduke Franz-Ferdinand’s love for a Czech nationalist, how it’s adamantly opposed by his father, and whose assassination will trigger World War I.

Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club (June 26) looks at new French comedy Macaroni and Cheese, with star/director Sophie Letourneur in person for a discussion at Virgin Hotels Chicago (203 N. Wabash Ave.) following the screening at the GSFC.

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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise--are $11/general admission, $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website
or through the individual films’ weblinks on There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. 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.

Young French Cinema Saturday Double-Bill Discount: Buy a ticket at the regular price ($11/general admission; $7/students; $6/Film Center members) for the first Young French Cinema film on any Saturday in June, and get a ticket for the second Young French Cinema film that day at the discounted rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only.)

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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit

Discounted parking is available for $18 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. 
For more information about the Film Center, 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

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The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 43 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.

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

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Honoring Mark Ruffalo with the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award
Saturday, June 6, 2015

ArtHamptons Announces Program Schedule and Sponsors for 2015


Roots Handmade Pizza Four-Year Anniversary Party on Tuesday, June 2 (Chicago,IL)

  20% off all dine-in Quad Cities malt crust pizzas, all shots $4, specialty Midwestern craft beer tappings, free birthday cake from West Town Bakery & Diner, and more 

  Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 W Chicago Ave) will throw its Four-Year Anniversary Party from open to close (11am until 2am) on Tuesday, June 2 that will feature food and drink specials.
All of Roots’ malt crust Quad Cities pizzas will be 20% off during its Four-Year Anniversary Party (dine-in only), and all takeout and delivery orders placed via
will receive 20% off as well.

Free slices of birthday cake provided by Roots’ adjoining sister restaurant West Town Bakery & Diner will be given out to paying patrons later in the evening during the Roots Four-Year Anniversary Party as well.
All shots are $4 from open to close during Roots’ Four-Year Anniversary Party. Roots will also tap the following ten rare specialty Midwestern kegs (and one firkin) at 6pm during the Four-Year Anniversary Party:

* Three Floyds Battle Priest

* Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn

* Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

* Revolution Café Deth

* Dark Horse Rod

* 4 Hands Barrel Aged Cuvee Diable

* Solemn Oath Foux Du Fafa

* Surly Pentagram

* Lagunitas Equinox

* 3 Sheeps Barrel Aged Oakey Dokey (firkin)   
About Roots Handmade Pizza: Dining scene vets Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner co-own this West Town restaurant located at the corner of Chicago and Winchester avenues that specializes in Quad Cities-style hand-tossed malt crust pizza. Roots seats 240 inside and an additional 90 outside on its patio that runs along Winchester Avenue. Open for lunch and dinner every day, Roots also features scratch-made mozzarella sticks, massive build-your-own salads, gourmet sausages, “foldover” sandwiches, and housemade pastas. Beverage-wise, Roots sports a 100+ Midwest-only beer list with 15 on tap including its own Roots House Brew, six ice-encrusted liquor taps, specialty house cocktails, and its own housemade root beer. Located at 1924 W Chicago Ave (773.645.4949) Roots is open from 11am-2am Sunday thru Friday and 11am-3am Saturday. Additional info, full menus, and complete beer, wine and drink lists available
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Phroogal Kicks Off The Road to Financial Wellness Tour June 1 To Help Young Adults Get Smart About Money: 30 Cities in 30 Days

Phroogal Will Visit 30 Cities in 30 Days To Break The Taboo About Money
, a financial education service that empowers millennials to make better informed financial decisions, is hitting the road to get people talking about their financial wellness. The Road to Financial Wellness
tour will kick off in Portland, Maine on June 1,, 2015 and wrap up in Los Angeles on June 30. The epic 10,000 mile road trip will take the Phroogal team across the country to visit 30 cities in 30 days.
The team will make stops at 30 cities along the way, spending the day speaking with local residents and millennials about their financial stories and participating in special events such as financial education workshops, fairs, coffeehouse discussions and impromptu street level discussions. Phroogal has teamed up with credit unions, nonprofits, financial institutions and government organizations to help make navigating financial health accessible to young adults.  
 “We want to tie financial education to achieving lifestyle goals, which is important to millennials,” says Jason Vitug, CEO and founder of Phroogal. “Personal finance isn’t a hot topic of conversation but when you start talking about what you can achieve with the right set of information and tools, millennials are mobilized to listen and take action.”
The Road to Financial Wellness events are aimed to start local conversations about money and turn them into a national conversation about financial well-being. The events will vary from one location to another, but each will include discussion about money mindsets. Attendees will talk about their relationship with money and learn about the resources and tools that empower their communities to make better financial decisions. The events will include an hour+ session where the Phroogal team can engage, discuss and present information to the attendees.
The road trip is nationally sponsored by
.  “Payoff is helping people radically redefine their relationship with money,” said CEO Scott Saunders.  “We are offering everyone a Financial Personality Quiz that helps them understand how they approach and make financial decisions.  It is an incredibly empowering tool that paves the way to successfully paying off debt and becoming a saver and an investor.  We are excited to introduce this free resource to consumers at events throughout the summer.”   
Phroogal will be making stops in the following cities:
  • June 1:  Portland, Maine
  • June 2: Lowell, MA
  • June 3:  New York City
  • June 4:  New Jersey
  • June 5: Philadelphia, PA
  • June 6: Washington, D.C.
  • June 7: Raleigh, NC
  • June 8:  Columbia, SC
  • June 9:  Jacksonville, FL
  • June 10: Atlanta, GA
  • June 11: Nashville, TN
  • June 12: Detroit, MI
  • June 13: Chicago, IL
  • June 14: St Louis, MO
  • June 15: Dallas, TX
  • June 16: Oklahoma City, OK
  • June 17: Omaha, NE
  • June 18: Cheyenne, WY
  • June 19: Denver, CO
  • June 20: Phoenix, AZ
  • June 21: Las Vegas, NV
  • June 22: Salt Lake City, UT
  • June 23: Idaho Falls, ID
  • June 24: Missoula, MT
  • June 25: Seattle, WA
  • June 26: Portland, OR
  • June 27: Berkeley, CA
  • June 28: Mountain View, CA
  • June 29: San Francisco, CA
  • June 30: Los Angeles, CA
To learn more about Phroogal, visit For full information about the events, please visit
and be sure to follow Phroogal and the events hashtag, #TheRoad, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Phroogal is a millennial lifestyle brand that understands knowledge and empowers people to make better informed financial decisions. Phroogal provides bite-sized information and access to relevant and reliable resources and tools in the format that millennials understand. Phroogal is based in Elizabeth, NJ and was founded in 2013 by Jason Vitug, a millennial and entrepreneur whose vision is to democratize knowledge to empower his generation to live their dream lifestyle.


"Celebrate Community! Parade & Live Entertainment - Saturday, May 30 from 1 - 4 pm (Chicago,IL)

LifeBooks Connect Children with Their Past

 The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced it will be providing a LifeBook for every child in care.  “Lifebooks, and other similar programs, are a growing trend around the country because too many children age out of care without knowing their life's history,” said George Sheldon, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Children Services. “Tools like these enable children to connect with their past and actually help them deal with the trauma they have faced in their young lives, and I’m pleased that Illinois will be offering them to the children in our care.”
Lifebooks are an expanded form of a scrapbook, and can be useful in working with children in out-of-home care and children who have been adopted to record memories and events that occurred prior to placement as well as when the children were in foster care. They help children retain connections to people who have been important in their lives and help children integrate past experiences with their present circumstances in a healthy, constructive manner.
Experts  say the books go a long way in helping a child deal with his or her trauma. Children who experience trauma relive it every day, and because children are natural storytellers, the books will serve as an emotional outlet for the child. It can be very difficult for an adult to find out what a child is feeling and the books go a long way in illustrating their emotions.
DCFS receives, investigates and acts upon a report of child abuse or neglect every five minutes. Tens of thousands of children are safer thanks to those who call our Child Abuse hotline, 1-800-25-ABUSE (252-2873) each year. Working together, we can ensure a safe, loving home and brighter future for every child. 

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Is Your City is a Sugar Mama Capital?

Sugar Dating has exploded in popularity over the last few years. People are looking for a partner who is financially successful and can support them physically and emotionally. With cougars growing more popular in the media and becoming a common trend, it is no wonder that the Sugar Mama culture has gained momentum. 
A Sugar Mama is a woman who gives emotional and financial support to her partner. The appeal of the Sugar Mama is undeniable. Who wouldn't want a successful woman, who knows what she wants, on their arm?​, the Sugar dating site, wanted to know where most of the Sugar Mamas currently on the site resided. compiled data from female users of the site who subscribed with a Sugar Mama account. The site currently has over 4,000 women who subscribe with a Sugar Mama account. The team then figured out which cities had the highest percentages of Sugar Mamas registered to the site. The top three cities were Boston, New York, and Washington, DC with 25, 20, and 14 percent respectively.