Friday, August 18, 2017

53rd Chicago International Film Festival Industry Days - Registration now open!



Chicago International Film Festival: Industry Days (Oct. 19-22)
The Midwest hub for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas and inspire each other, the Chicago International Film Festival's Industry Days program
addresses current and future trends in the art and industry of the entertainment business. The four-day gathering consists of the following:

- Workshops, panels, talks and master classes with industry experts on writing, producing, financing, selling and distributing your film, TV, and media projects, and much more.
- A curated, competitive Pitch session for narrative features in development, co-produced by IFP Chicago.
- Cocktail hours and other networking events.

- Previous Industry Days speakers have included Hollywood producers Gigi Pritzker, Jim Stern and Charles D. King, distribution executives from Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Films, The Orchard, Magnolia Pictures, and writer-directors Julie Dash, Jeff Garlin, Steve Pink, and many more.

Early Bird Registration closes next Friday, Aug. 25.

About Industry Days
The Festival's hub for filmmakers and industry professionals to connect, share ideas and find inspiration, Industry Days (Oct. 19-22) examines current and future trends in the art and industry of the entertainment business. Topics covered include:
  • artistic, social, and political issues related to filmmaking
  • new modes of production and content creation
  • shifting financing and distribution paradigms
  • and more!
The four-day gathering will be comprised of networking events, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, parties, and an invite-only competitive pitch session juried by a
distinguished panel of industry professionals.

About the Chicago International Film Festival
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. In addition to the Chicago International Film FestivalCinema/Chicago's programs include: International Screenings Program Chicago International Television Festival CineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the Chicago International Film Festival is
North America's longest-running competitive film festival.

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The Revivalists and Lights To Perform Free End-of-Summer Concert at MB Financial Park in Rosemont Monday, Aug. 28 2017


“End of Summer Shindig” in Partnership with 101.9 FM THE MIX / WTMX Chicago

David Shaw and Zack Feinberg from American rock band The Revivalists will perform acoustic selections of their hit songs during a special “End of Summer Shindig” at Rosemont’s MB Financial Park entertainment district (5501 Park Place) Monday, August 28 at 7 p.m. Hosted by 101.9 FM THE MIX midday host Lisa Allen, the free concert will also feature live music from Canadian alternative-pop phenomenon LIGHTS.

Admission to the August 28 concert is free to the public. Parking is available in the MB Financial Park parking garage and is free with validation. Guests can enjoy food and beverage tents on the park’s great lawn. Outside food and coolers are prohibited.

Best known for their chart-topping hit, “Wish I Knew You,” The Revivalists have cultivated a high octane live show since forming in New Orleans in 2007.  The group released their first two albums independently, followed by their most recent album “Men Amongst Mountains” with Wind-Up Records in 2015. In March 2016, The Revivalists were named as one of the “10 Bands You Need to Know” by “Rolling Stone” magazine. The Revivalists saw even more success in May 2017 when “Wish I Knew You” reached No. 1 on the “Alternative Songs” chart.

Canadian singer songwriter LIGHTS is best known for her gold-certified album, “The Listening” in addition to her top singles “Drive My Soul,” “February Air,” “Up We Go” and more. LIGHTS’ fanbase continues to grow in the United States, earning her more than 100 million streams in the United States, more than $200,000 in United States album sales and two Juno Awards. In June 2017, LIGHTS released the anthemic lead single “Giants.” The track will be part of her fourth studio album, “Skin & Earth,” scheduled to be released this fall.

About The Village of Rosemont, Illinois: Rosemont, Illinois, Chicagoland’s business and entertainment suburb, is conveniently located five minutes from O’Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago’s downtown. Rosemont is home to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, Allstate Arena, Rosemont Theatre, Fashion Outlets Chicago and a host of entertainment and retail venues. Rosemont continues to grow and evolve based on the new vision of Mayor Bradley A. Stephens. MB Financial Park at Rosemont features an array of great dining and entertainment options. For more information, visit

About The MB Financial Park at Rosemont: MB Financial Park at Rosemont is a 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining complex whose 13 venues offer upscale international cuisine, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film, bowling and more. Conveniently located near O’Hare International Airport, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is easily accessible from Chicago as well as the suburbs. The address is 5501 Park Place, a looping street situated west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral Avenues.  A 20-minute drive from Chicago’s Loop, MB Financial Park at Rosemont is walking distance from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the CTA Blue Line Rosemont station, Fashion Outlets Chicago and the Rosemont Theatre. Convenient parking is available. For more information visit

About The Eric & Kathy Morning Show: In September 1996, The Mix debuted the "Eric & Kathy Morning Show" fronted by Chicago natives Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart. Since then, they have been a consistent market leader, ranking number 1 among advertiser-coveted 25-to-54-year-old Adults for most of their tenure at the station. They have been recognized on several occasions with the Marconi Award for Major Market Personality as well as the Service to America Award for their annual fundraising efforts for Lurie Children’s Hospital, which has raised an astounding 28 Million Dollars over 17 years.

Garis & Hahn Reopens in Los Angeles with Inaugural ExhibitionIntoxicating Pollen Wiggling in a Moist Journey of Constantly Blooming Tidesby Mike Perry


Garis & Hahn Reopens in Los Angeles with Inaugural Exhibition
Intoxicating Pollen Wiggling in a Moist Journey of
Constantly Blooming Tides
by Mike Perry
September 9 – October 21, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 5-8 PM

Mike Perry, The Orgy, 2017. Oil on canvas. Image courtesy Mike Perry Studio.
 Following a successful run in New York, Garis & Hahn is pleased to announce that it will relocate to Los Angeles‘ downtown arts district, inaugurating its new location with a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Mike Perry titled Intoxicating Pollen Wiggling in a Moist Journey of Constantly Blooming Tides that will feature recent works on canvas. The exhibition will display a series of kaleidoscopic abstractions and ebullient distillations of the pop and surrealist canon, representing a further evolution in the artist’s practice. Twelve new works, including a new series of mobile sculptures titled “Inner Thoughts,” will be presented. The show is on view September 9 – October 21, 2017. Garis & Hahn will host an opening reception on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5-8 PM.

On the move to Los Angeles, Mary Garis states, “LA, which has a legacy of very talented artists and strong institutions, is increasingly getting its due credit as a true center to rival other major art cities like New York. We feel the timing is right to be active contributors to the LA art scene. LA has many fantastic commercial galleries and spaces and also some really ambitious and important artist-run spaces. I think our gallery bridges that gap in an interesting way. ”

The gallery’s first Los Angeles exhibition will include large-scale paintings that embody all the signature elements of Perry’s work—un-naturalistic colors, intricately distorted compositions, and a hand-drawn aesthetic—while also exhibiting many of the preoccupations with form shared by the Fauvists and German Expressionists; visible layers of impasto emphasize the two- dimensionality of the canvas, suggesting Matisse’s Dancers and Blue Nude cut-outs.

Here, Perry explores how light becomes liquid, and renders such unseen forces as gravitational waves, blurring boundaries of bodies and creating hypnotic whirlpools in the midst of his portraits. The series revels in a vibrant, sanguine figuration, as in a diptych of an orgy represented by bright lines and curves that flow across a blue and black background, suggesting muddled appendages.

Perry's practice is as fluid as his brushstrokes, ranging from drawings, sculpture, and paintings to graphic illustration, and, in recent years, animation with his role as the artist who creates the signature graphics and unique opening animations for each episode of Comedy Central's Broad City, now entering its fourth season this fall.

About the Artist
Mike Perry (b. 1981, Kansas City, Mo.) is a painter, illustrator, and designer based in New York. He works in a variety of mediums, including paint, drawing, installation, public murals, sculpture, graphics, and animation. In addition to his role as the artist for Comedy Central’s Broad City, Perry’s illustrations have appeared in GQ, Harpers, Playboy, Nylon and the New York Times, among others. He has published six books including My Mother Caught Me Doodling (2015) and Wondering Around Wandering (2012). Perry is also the Creative Director of Tidal Magazine.

About Garis & Hahn
Garis & Hahn is a gallery-cum-Kunsthalle that mounts exhibitions focused on conceptual narratives and relevant conversations in contemporary art. By displaying an array of carefully curated artists, the gallery endeavors to provide accessibility, education, awareness, and a market to the art while engaging both the arts community and a broader general audience.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm - 6pm

Contact Information:
1820 Industrial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(P) 213.267.0229

Gabriel Einsohn | Mike Perry Studio
(P) 202.415.8095 | (E)

Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers and 70+ Authors at Sandburg Dinner Oct. 11




More than 70 Authors with Ties to Chicago, Including Gillian Flynn, Laura Eason,
Fabio Viviani, and Margo Jefferson to Dine with Guests 


  The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Blind Assassin,” “Hag-Seed,”  “MaddAddam” trilogy,) and Dave Eggers (”A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” “Zeitoun,” “A Hologram for the King,” “Heroes of the Frontier,” “The Circle”) at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m., at The Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road) on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Journalist and author Natalie Moore, author of “The South Side” will receive the 21st Century Award at the event.

In keeping with the event’s tradition, a celebrated writer or artist with ties to Chicago will be seated at each table, giving each attendee the opportunity to discuss the author’s work and creative process over dinner.  This year’s list of authors includes six past recipients of the 21st Century Award: Jeffery Renard Allen, Blue Balliett, Elizabeth Crane, Eric Charles May, Nami Mun and Christine Sneed, and two One Book, One Chicago authors: Stuart Dybek and Thomas Dyja.

Also attending are Pulitzer Prize winners Margo Jefferson, Blair Kamin and Bryan Gruley; best-selling novelists Elizabeth Berg (“Open House”) and Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”); National Book Award winners Larry Heinemann (“Paco’s Story”) and world affairs expert Evan Osnos (“Age of Ambition”);  rock star photographer Paul Natkin; “House of Cards” screenwriter and Lookingglass Ensemble member Laura Eason; celebrity chef Fabio Viviani (Bravo’s “Top Chef”) Field Museum curator Lance Grande; poet Elise Paschen; rock critic and “Sound Opinions” co-host Greg Kot; Michelle Obama biographer Peter Slevin; and Chicago Public Library Director of Children’s Services Elizabeth McChesney and Museum of Science and Industry’s Director of Community Initiatives Bryan Wunar (co-authors of “Summer Matters.”)

Other confirmed authors include ghostlore and paranormal writer Ursula Bielski, mathematician Eugenia Cheng, journalist and playwright John Conroy, Louder than a Bomb founder Kevin Coval, India expert and critic Victoria Lautman, harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy, business writer Suzanne Penn, legal experts Eric Posner and Geoffrey Stone, novelist Kathleen Rooney and many more.

Receiving the 21st Century Award for outstanding recent achievement will be Natalie Y. Moore, who has worked at WBEZ since 2007, covering segregation and inequality.  She is the author of several books, including “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation,” winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016.

The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner is an annual fundraising dinner produced by the Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library to raise funds to support key learning initiatives in all 80 Chicago Public Library locations. Leading the producing team is Foundation Director Donna La Pietra and Bill Kurtis has serves as the event host.  The evening’s highlight is an intimate onstage conversation with the two Sandburg Award-honorees moderated by author and National Public Radio host Scott Simon, discussing the author’s creative process and inspirations. The co-chairs are Educator Jacqueline Griesdorn and Graham C. Grady, a partner at the Taft law firm.

The Carl Sandburg Literary Award celebrates a writer’s collective body of work. Many of the world’s most important authors have been recognized with the prize, which is regarded as one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. The annual celebration is one of the highlights of Chicago’s social calendar, was hailed as “the smartest event in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business and attracts nearly 800 members of Chicago’s civic and cultural communities.

Past winners of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award are Erik Larson, Scott Turow, Alice Walker, Stephen Sondheim, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mavis Staples, Larry McMurtry, Michael Lewis, Isabel Allende, Don DeLillo, Walter Isaacson, Roger Ebert, Toni Morrison, David McCullough, Robert Caro, Joyce Carol Oates, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, David Mamet, Nikki Giovanni, Tom Wolfe and Salman Rushdie.

The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner provides funds to support key learning initiatives of Chicago Public Library. Each year, for the past four years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for innovative services for children, adults and families at the Library; in 2016, a record-breaking $1.8 million was raised.  The dinner provided major support for CPL’s citywide initiatives, including Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge, One Book, One Chicago, YOUmedia, and the Teacher in the Library and CyberNavigator programs.   The Foundation is led by Board Chair Bob Wislow of CBRE Chicago and Foundation President & CEO Rhona Frazin.   

“With the support provided by the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, Chicago Public Library is given the ability to provide some of our most innovative free programming to Chicagoans in all areas of the city,” said Library Commissioner Brian Bannon.  “The funds provided by the attendees of the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner leverage City support and provide a wide array of our finest programs, which has earned us recognition as one of the most forward-thinking, effective library systems in the world.”

Sponsorship packages for tables of eight guests and a celebrated author are available at  $100,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 levels. Individual tickets are $1,000 and $2,500. Reservations are strictly limited. For information or to purchase tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit or contact Samantha Courter at the Chicago Public Library Foundation at (312) 201-9830 x 25 or email

BMO Harris Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner.  Lead sponsors include Rolex, Zell Family Foundation and Advanced Resources.

The Chicago Public Library Foundation was founded in 1986 as a true public/private partnership with the City of Chicago to ensure the margin of excellence for Chicago’s outstanding Library.  Through the support of many civic-minded individuals, corporations and foundations, the Foundation provides on-going funding innovative programs and collections that inspire curiosity, including the Summer Learning Challenge, Teacher in the Library, CyberNavigators, YOUmedia and One Book, One Chicago.  In the past 30 years, the Foundation has provided more than $80 million in support to the Chicago Public Library.

Since 1873, Chicago Public Library (CPL) has encouraged lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through innovative services and programs, as well as cutting-edge technology. Through its 80 locations, the Library provides free access to a rich collection of materials, both physical and digital, and presents the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults. CPL received the Social Innovator Award from Chicago Innovation Awards; won a National Medal for Library Services from the Institute for Museum and Library Services; was named the first ever winner of the National Summer Learning Association’s Founder’s Award in recognition of its Summer Learning Challenge; and was ranked number one in the U.S., and third in the world by an international study of major urban libraries conducted by the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf in Germany. For more information, please call (312) 747-4050 or visit

About the Honorees

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her most recent books include the novel “The Heart Goes Last,” a collection of short stories entitled “Stone Mattress: Nine Tales” and a volume of poetry, “The Door.  Her “MaddAddam” trilogy currently being adapted for HBO, is comprised of three books – the Giller and Booker prize-nominated “Oryx and Crake,” “The Year of the Flood,” and “MaddAddam.” Other recent books include the non-fiction works “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth”  and “In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination.”  Other acclaimed books include “The Blind Assassin,” winner of the Booker Prize, “Alias Grace,” which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy and “The Robber Bride,” “Cat’s Eye,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (which has returned to the best sellers list and is being filmed as a TV series with MGM and Hulu). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

Dave Eggers is a native of the Chicago area.  He is the author of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, ‘What is the What,” winner of France’s Prix Medici and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award,  “Zeitoun,” winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the American Book Award,  “A Hologram for the King,” finalist for the National Book Award,  and more recently “The Circle,” now a film starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, and” Heroes of the Frontier.” He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and served on President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.  He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco. In 2005, Eggers co-founded Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.  He is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven writing and tutoring centers around the country. In 2008, he was awarded the TED Prize for his work in education. He is also the founder of ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization that connects students with resources, colleges and donors to make higher education possible for low-income students, and produced the documentary “American Teacher.” Eggers has written or co-written film screenplays including “Where the Wild Things Are: and “Away We Go.” Also a painter, his artwork has been seen in museums and galleries, and a book of his artwork is forthcoming from Abrams.

Natalie Y. Moore is WBEZ's South Side Reporter where she covers segregation and inequality. Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, economic development, food injustice and violence.  Moore’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She is the author of “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation,” winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016, as well as “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang” and “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.”   She writes a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times, and has been published in Essence, Ebony, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post and the Guardian. She is a 2010 recipient of the Studs Terkel Community Media Award for reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


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Friday, September 15th 2017
7:00pm - 1:00am 
26th Annual Green Tie Ball
Presented by PNC Bank 
Tickets are going fast
Purchase HERE now!
Attendance is limited to 1,000 attendees
Gala $175
VIP Experience $400

 Join MC's, Eric Ferguson, host of the Eric & Kathy in the Morning show on the Mix101.9 and NBC Anchor Marion Brooks
The Venue
Artifact Events 
4325 N Ravenswood

The first female co-chairs Jacky Ferro and Beth Goldberg Heller are teaming up with 70+ committee members to host an intimate and exclusive event for 1,000 of our supporters. 

Devil in the Green City, held at Artifact Events, a unique indoor-outdoor venue is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind evening. Guests will be treated to charitable gaming by Rivers Casino, live entertainment, a silent and live auction with a side of magic and madness, but don't forget to indulge in delectable morsels from a variety of Chicago's top restaurants! 

Party along with Special Guests, DJ White Shadow and NBC Chicago Fire's Taylor Kinney. Other entertainment provided by Dr. Bombay, DJ Rock City, DJ Squeeze and DJ Eddie Mills 


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