Friday, April 21, 2017

Blue Man Group Autism-Friendly Shows (Various cities)

New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Orlando Blue Man Group productions create
autism-friendly performances throughout the year

  Blue Man Group is teaming up with Autism Speaks for the third consecutive year and will be hosting autism-friendly performances suitable for individuals and families affected by autism in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Orlando. In its fourth year working with Autism Speaks, Blue Man Group Chicago will also add a second autism-friendly performance to accommodate growing demand.
“We are overjoyed that Blue Man Group is continuing their partnership with Autism Speaks for a third year,” said Lisa Goring, chief program and marketing officer at Autism Speaks. “This partnership raises funds and provides families the special opportunity to experience Blue Man Group in a setting that meets their needs. We are grateful for this commitment to the autism community.”
All domestic Blue Man Group productions will offer an autism-friendly performance on select dates throughout the year. Tickets for these special performances in New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando will be discounted, and $5 from each ticket will be donated to Autism Speaks. The Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is partnering with Blue Man Group for the sensory-friendly performance in Las Vegas.
For the autism-friendly performances, slight modifications will be made to the shows, including reducing sound and light levels at various moments and making earplugs available upon request. The Blue Men will keep their approach to the audience more subdued and limit the amount of direct interaction with the audience. Blue Man Group will also create calming environments outside of the performance for families seeking a break from the excitement.
The following is a list of all autism-friendly performances:
·         Las Vegas: Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m.
  • Boston: Sunday, June 25 at 11 a.m.
  • Chicago: Sunday, July 16 at 4 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.
  • New York: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
  • Orlando: Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
"Creating a version of our show that is more accessible for families that are affected by autism has been a very meaningful experience for us. We are thrilled to provide a safe and welcoming environment and are often quite moved by the emotional response to the show,” said Phil Stanton, Blue Man Group co-founder.
The fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Characteristics include social challenges, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors. As a non-verbal, visually-stunning show, Blue Man Group serves as a great fit for many children and families affected by autism.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 1.800.blueman. Fans may keep up with Blue Man Group through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat at @bluemangroup or the hashtag #DareToLive. For more information on Autism Speaks please visit  To find out more about the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation visit
About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.
This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).
Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE.  Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group’s recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.
Artist-owned-and-operated and based in New York City, Blue Man Productions has extensive production facilities, a training center, recording studios and a 6,000 square foot Research & Development Lab with numerous new creative projects in the pipeline.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

VICTORI + MO Presents: Alex Ebstein: 'Fad Bodies' (Brooklyn, NY)

The Rett Syndrome Research Trust hosts the 3rd Annual Reverse Rett Chicago Gala, May 25 (Chicago,IL)

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The Rett Syndrome Research Trust hosts the 3rd Annual Reverse Rett Chicago Gala, May 25
The Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) will host its third annual Reverse Rett Chicago Gala 6 p.m.  Thursday, May 25 at Galleria Marchetti (825 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL). Since its launch in 2015, this event has raised more than $500,000 to advance scientific research aimed at reversing the devastating effects of Rett Syndrome, a developmental neurological disorder affecting more than 350,000 people.

The price of the event is $175 for individual tickets and $100 for Rett parents and young professionals (guests 30 years old and younger). For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tables, visit
Rett Syndrome is a serious lifelong neurological disorder that is caused by random mutations in a gene called MECP2. Diagnosed almost exclusively in girls, symptoms typically appear in toddlerhood. Many children with Rett are unable to speak, walk or use their hands. Breathing problems, feeding tubes, seizures, anxiety, gastrointestinal and orthopedic issues are common.

Zelinger Family Reverse Rett First Year with PClowresInspired by his sister Marissa Zelinger, who has suffered from Rett Syndrome her whole life, Brad Zelinger of Deerfield, Illinois, along with his parents Caryn and Allan, serve as co-chairs of the Reverse Rett Chicago Gala to raise awareness and funds f or RSRT. In the past two years, the Zelinger family's efforts raised more than $500,000 for RSRT's research in finding treatments and ultimately, a cure for Rett Syndrome.

Funds generated from this event are crucial to making it possible for RSRT to carry out Roadmap to a Cure, a three year, $33 million strategic research plan that prioritizes projects such as g
ene therapy that target the root cause of Rett. RSRT's goal is to make Rett the first neurological disorder to be cured.

RSRT encourages the public to offer its generous support of this promising and exciting cause. Last year, 350 guests attended Reverse Rett Chicago for a meaningful night of socializing, fun and fighting Rett. In addition to an open bar with cocktails and craft beer and small plates from Ruth's Chris, Nando's Peri Peri, Taco Joint, Pete Miller's, Federales, Cooper's Hawk, Panino's Pizzeria, Papa Joe's, Villa Bernetti, Frost Gelato, Bittersweet Pastry Shop, Gail's Brownies, Eli's Cheesecake, and Catered by Design, there will be jazz music and an auction with prizes including Chicago sports tickets, hotel stays, restaurants, experiences and more.

For more information about the event, follow Reverse Rett Chicago Gala on Facebook.
For those who cannot attend but would still like to donate to RSRT's cause, donate online with a credit card at or make checks payable to Rett Syndrome Research Trust (67 Under Cliff Road, Trumbull, CT 06611; 203-445-0041).

About Rett Syndrome Research Trust
The Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) was launched in 2008 to drive research toward a cure for Rett Syndrome and related MECP2 disorders. Its mission is urgent: 15,000 girls and women in the United States and 350,000 globally live with the agonizing symptoms of Rett Syndrome.

RSRT funds more research than any other Rett organization in the United States and abroad. Since 2008, RSRT has awarded $42 million to research. An average of ninety-six percent of every dollar donated to RSRT goes directly to its research program. Keeping its internal team lean and fiercely motivated allows RSRT to focus funds and energy on what matters most: healing these children as quickly as possible.

As one of the few neurological disorders to show dramatic symptom reversal in mice, Rett Syndrome has attracted unprecedented interest from university and pharmaceutical scientists. Through innovative research and constant engagement with scientists, clinicians, industry, investors and affected families, RSRT is at the epicenter of this activity.

RSRT does more than just write checks: it is changing the landscape of Rett research. RSRT sets the research agenda by proactively identifying and monitoring promising therapeutic areas, seeking out scientific and industry partnerships and working closely with them to advance programs through the drug development pipeline. RSRT is an organization of risk takers who do not shy away from bold and innovative projects unlikely to be funded by the NIH or other more conventional funding agencies.

RSRT believes Rett Syndrome can be cured, but time matters. A rigorous, coordinated, and agile research agenda makes it possible to reach this goal sooner. The ultimate goal is for Rett Syndrome and related illnesses to become obsolete - by finding a cure. Learn more about RSRT at Like on Facebook and follow news on Twitter.





Starting on Earth Day, Prairie Grass Cafe is Partnering with the Shedd Aquarium to #SheddTheStraw(Chicago,IL)

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Starting on Earth Day, Prairie Grass Cafe
is Partnering with the Shedd Aquarium to #SheddTheStraw
Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd, Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-205-4433) is going straw-less for a good cause. Americans use approximately 500 million plastic straws every day and since these single-use plastics never disappear, they end up harming animals who call the seas and lakes home.

SheddTheStraw lowres To help protect these animals, Prairie Grass Cafe is teaming up with the Shedd Aquarium and saying no to single-use plastic straws and switching to biodegradable alternatives. Beginning on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, Prairie Grass Cafe will no longer offer straws to customers unless the customer requests a straw-straws will be paper and/or biodegradable.

#SheddTheStraw is a movement honoring Earth Day by celebrating and protecting the aquatic world. Learn more about #SheddTheStraw and why it's important he
re. Take the Pledge to Pass on Single-Use Plastic here.

About Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Monday through Sunday. Dinner is served Tuesday - Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Monday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prairie Grass Cafe also serves breakfast Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Light fare is available in the bar Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit Follow Prairie Grass Cafe news at and on Facebook at


Otto Mezzo Opening Next Wednesday! (Chicago,IL.)

Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Change(Memphis,TN.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CineYouth Showcases Short Films from Young Directors May 4-6 at Music Box (Chicago,IL)