Friday, January 29, 2016

A Taste of Donut Fest Even If You Don't Have A Ticket (Chicago,IL)


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A Taste of Donut Fest Even If You Don't Have A Ticket
So you didn't get your tickets to the ever popular and now sold out Donut Fest at the Chop Shop this Vanilla 300 pixels w border.jpgweekend? Don't fret. Firecakes Donuts, the judges' choice winner of the 2015 competition, will be offering its first fifty customers a free taste of their award-winning Tahitian Vanilla Glazed Donut Mini, this Sunday, January 31 at both locations, 68 W. Hubbard, and the newly opened shop at 2453 N. Clark St. 
On Sunday, January 31, Firecakes will again be competing at the 2016 Donut Fest, showcasing their newest creation (available at the Clark St. shop only), the Maple Glazed Candied Peppered Bacon Long John filled with Maple Cream.
What is Donut Fest?
Donut Fest is a celebration of the love of fried sugary dough with a competition of yeast, batter-y, deep-fried treats. The best restaurants and bakeries in each city (it's held in Chicago and New York) submit their best cruller, ring or long-john and compete against each other, with only one walking away with the coveted title of "Best Donut."   Donut Fest Chicago returns to Chop Shop for their third year, complete with two sessions (9 a.m. to noon) & (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) this Sunday, January 31.
About Firecakes Donuts
Firecakes Donuts, serving artisan donuts that are freshly made in small batches on-premises using the finest ingredients, are located at 68 W. Hubbard in River North and 2453 N. Clark in Lincoln Park. The Firecakes "Billy" Donut Truck can be found at various times throughout Chicago. Lincoln Park store hours are: Sunday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hubbard Street Store hours are: Sunday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight. Firecakes Donuts also operates a Donut Truck, which can be found in the Loop on weekday mornings and, in season, in the evenings and on weekends at various neighborhoods around Chicago. The Donut Truck also can be booked from private events and catering; please call 312-329-6500 for more information.

Delivery, catering and pre-orders are available. Please place orders by 3 p.m. for next day pickup or Chicagoland delivery. Firecakes also serves a giant birthday cake donut that serves 2-3 people and an ice cream donut sandwich.
Firecakes Donuts serves coffee from La Colombe Roasters. Major cards are accepted. For more information, please call the stores at 312-329-6500 (W. Hubbard St.) and 773-666-5277 (N. Clark St.) or visit the website at Follow Firecakes on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (
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Gene Siskel Film Center receives Logan Foundation grant to support Latino audience development initiatives (Chicago,IL)



 The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has received a generous $194,280 grant from the Chicago-based Reva and David Logan Foundation. This three-year grant, to be applied in 2016, 2017, and 2018, will support the GSFC’s audience development initiative to engage the Latino community in its film programming. The grant funds will cover the areas of advocacy, programming, partnerships, and emerging local filmmakers.

“In our efforts to attract an audience as diverse as our film programming, we are grateful that the Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded the Gene Siskel Film Center this generous three-year grant to engage the Latino community. We want both the community and the city to identify our movie theater as their Film Center, and work to ensure that our world-class programming is relevant to them and their community. Our international cinema offerings in particular are curated to connect individuals to their culture and to broaden one’s worldview—and most importantly to bring people together for high-quality entertainment,” said Gene Siskel Film Center Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin.

The initiative will support advocacy by hiring an outreach consultant with a deep understanding of and strong ties to Chicago’s Latino community to forge partnerships with key cultural organizations, Latino media, private and public high schools, and Chicago Public Library branches serving Latinos in order to introduce them to GSFC programming both at the movie theater and within the community. The goal is to minimally increase the GSFC’s Latino attendance by 11% and to grow its Latino Advisory Board participation by 2% in the next three years.

Latino programming is already in effect, showcasing the latest movies—as well as historically significant cinema—from the Latin world, listed below with these examples.

The initiative kicks off with the current Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, Boy in the World (February 5-11), which concerns Everychild boy, a vulnerable stick-figure who journeys from the peaceful countryside to the chaotic city in search of his father amid Brazil’s working poor.

In March, the 19th Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival (March 4-31) will again showcase Chicago premieres of provocative movies from Europe, including the festival within a festival, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema.

Beginning in the fall of 2016, the Gene Siskel Film Center will present its 14-week lecture series, Latino Film of the 1980s: Dystopia to Hope (dates TBA), featuring SAIC Assistant Professor Daniel Ricardo Quiles as lecturer. The lecture series is open both to the public and to students through SAIC’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

Another curatorial initiative—using the GSFC’s already successful and acclaimed Black Harvest Film Festival as a model—will be programming to support independent Latino filmmakers so that their stories, voices, and visions may come to life on the big screen.

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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 80,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 100 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit
to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at

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Mud, Blood & a String of Pearl - Vet's Intimate Look at 1st U.S. Female War Correspondent

Most of us are unfamiliar with the name Dickey Chappelle. And yet Publishers Weekly gave the new book focused on her life and work — Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed In Action
by John Garofolo — a starred review stating, "[Chappelle’s] body of work surely deserves the wider recognition this book provides,” while Foreword Reviews said, "A fitting tribute to a fearless female war photographer.”  In Dickey Chapelle Under Fire [Wisconsin Historical Society Press], Iraq War veteran and former entertainment industry executive John Garofolo provides a closely researched, incredibly comprehensive, and never-before-seen look at the work and life of Chapelle. An inimitable woman who defied convention every step of the way, her courage, work and spirit deserves recognition by every man, woman and child in America in the same way as Amelia Earhart.
Dickey Chapelle Under Fire is a poignant hardcover, containing over 150 arresting black-and-white photographs, many of which once graced the pages of National Geographic, LIFE, and others. Peppered with excerpts from Chapelle’s compelling diaries and other remarkable stories of life on the front lines, Dickey Chapelle Under Fire follows Chapelle as she abandons her studies at MIT, marries, and persuades the Navy – despite objections from every side and, at the time, meager credentials – to let her cover the front lines in the Pacific. From Iwo Jima to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Chapelle overcame gender bias, a cheating husband, and ultimately earned the respect of the military and her media peers… in pearl earrings and cat-eye glasses, no less.
With an emotionally-charged and eerily timely foreword from former Washington Post war correspondent Jackie Spinner, Dickey Chapelle Under Fire highlights the human impact of war while telling the bigger story beyond the battlefield – and is a not-to-be-missed volume for military history buffs and civilians of every age and from every walk of life.
About the Author:
John Garofolo is a screenwriter, college professor and former entertainment industry advertising and marketing executive. A veteran of the Iraq War, Garofolo provided security and escorted members of the international media into Iraq during the initial phase of the war, and is currently a Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, on active duty assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He is the author of Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action. 
Dickey Chapelle Under Fire [Wisconsin Historical Society Press, October 2015] is currently available via Amazon, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press website
, and in all North American brick-and-mortar book retailers.


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Tokio Pub Hosts January Lagunitas Beer Dinner (Schaumburg,IL)


 Leap Year comes but once every four years. For Tokio Pub, this is the perfect excuse to let the beer flow! On Monday, February 29th, the restaurants is throwing a Leap Year four-course dinner (plus a surprise course) with beer pairings from Michigan's New Holland Brewing. Costing $45 per guest (tax and gratuity not included), the dinner will begin with check-in at 6:30 p.m. and the first course at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 847.278.5181.

The beer dinner includes:

Course One
Banh Mi Salad (marinated cucumbers, glazed pork belly, kewpie dressing)
New Holland Incorrigible Reserve

Course Two
Surf & Turf Steamed Buns (tempura shrimp, soy-glazed tenderloin, house pickles)
New Holland Monkey King

Surprise Course
Teriyaki Frog Legs

Course Three
Chicken Laksa (coconut-braised thigh, chile de arbol, lime)
New Holland Mad Hatter

Course Four
Flame on the Iceberg (green tea ice cream, strawberry meringue)
New Holland Pilgrim's Dole

About New Holland Brewing
Each bottle of our craft beer and artisan spirits captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.
We honor those who put imagination, creativity, and inspiration into their work. Our beer and spirits pair perfectly with a blank canvas, fertile soil, a blinking cursor, an empty plate or the hint of a spark in someone's eye. The opportunity for art is everywhere.

About Tokio Pub
Tokio Pub blends the eclectic flavors of Japanese and American Pub cuisine and serves them in a richly-hued dining room with lively music, friendly service, & an edgy atmosphere. Located adjacent to Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg's Streets of Woodfield, Tokio Pub is open for lunch, dinner, & cocktails.

The flavors of Japan, Latin America, and the U S of A are combined to create a unique pub menu. Try specialty Sushi, Tacos, & our Signature Hot Rock. Don't forget to indulge in the House-made Ramen Noodle Bowls or Tokio Pub's famous Angus Beef Ramen Burger.

Tokio Pub is open on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Valet parking is available for $5 per vehicle, a four seasons patio for 40 diners is available, and all major credit cards are accepted. For more info, call 847.278.5181, visit the website at, tweet at @Tokio_Pub, join the Mobile Club (text Tokio to 30364), or keep up on Facebook at
                                                                  TOKIO PUB
                        1900 E. Higgins Rd.
                              Schaumburg, IL  60173