Thursday, January 04, 2018

Top Ten Real Estate News >> America's Safest House & Bitcoins for Condos



“This Week's Top 10 Real Estate News”

“America's Safest House”
An Atlanta home for sale at $14.7 million is being advertised as one of the safest homes in the United States. The 36,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom home was built with its own water-supply system, a 5,000-square-foot command center hidden behind a waterfall and doors that can withstand heavy machine-gun fire. A car gallery, art museum, vault, gun range, 15 baths and a bowling alley are also part of the package.

“Grey Gardens Gets New Owner”
A Hamptons home depicted in a 1975 television documentary and later made into a Broadway musical was owned by relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis who left the home fall into disrepair overrun with fleas, cats and raccoons. Exposed by the “National Enquirer,” Jackie came to their aid paying for repairs and removal of hundreds of bags of trash. The home with nine bedrooms, six baths, guest house, heated pool and a tennis court ended up in the hands of journalist Sally Quinn and her husband, Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee, who spent millions to restore the home. It recently sold for $15.5 million.

“Frank Lloyd Wright's Last House”
Frank Lloyd Wright designed over 1,000 buildings in a career that spanned over 70 years. His final design, the Norman Lykes House in Phoenix, is for sale priced at $3.6 million. In addition to the structure, Wright also designed the furniture and built-ins for the home. Wright's later works revolved around circles and curves such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

“World's Most Expensive House”
Château Louis XIV in Louveciennes, France was the most expensive home in the world for sale in 2015 at $300 million. According to the “New York Times,” the buyer was Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“T. Boone's $250 Million Ranch”
T. Boone Pickens spent years making his Texas ranch one of the world's most valuable properties. The oilman and corporate raider began working on his Mesa Vista Ranch in 1971 adding a 6,000-square-foot family home, 12,000-square-foot lake house, 33,000-square-foot lodge, a chapel, pub, airplane runway and hangar and even the Oklahoma white-frame home where he grew up. It is all now for sale at $250 million.

“LeBron's New LA Mansion”
LeBron James has purchased a $23 million gated home in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Features include a cigar room, spa, sauna, steam room, indoor/outdoor gym and a car gallery. LeBron's main mansion is in Ohio where he grew up and plays basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He owns a third home also in the Los Angeles Brentwood area.
“It's a Deal – Bitcoins for Condos”
A Florida condo recently sold for 17.741 Bitcoin – worth about $275,000. The purchase was made by Ivan Pacheco who co-founded the cryptocurrency website Bits to Freedom. It is believed to be the first direct Bitcoin real estate transaction that did not involve a Bitcoin-to-cash transfer.

“Chicago Chewing Gum Mansion Sold”
The longtime Chicago home of William Wrigley, founder of the Wrigley chewing gum fortune, has sold after several years on the market. The nine-bedroom Italianate home in Lincoln Park near Lake Michigan was vacant for many years and recently went into foreclosure priced at $4.9 million. The Wrigley family owned the home from 1911 until 1977.

“Vanna White's Former Vineyard Mansion”
The Beverly Hills home that Vanna White and her former husband, George Santo Pietro, lived from the early 1990s until 2002 is for sale at $47.5 million. The Italianate-style estate is over 14,500 square feet with a producing vineyard and wine cellar. Mr Pietro still owns the home and has been renting it out in recent years. 
“Rick Pitino Asks $24 Million for Miami Beach Estate”
Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is asking $23.9 million for a 12,000-square-foot Miami Beach home in the city's ritzy Indian Creek neighborhood. Pitino bought the eight-bedroom home in 2009 for $5.4 million.
Visit for more spectacular and celebrity homes and real estate news.


Season Ten Welcomes Back Three Series Winners to Coach Teams;
Artists and Returning Masters Vie for $100,000 Each
  “Ink Master” returns for a tenth season starting Tuesday, January 9 at 10pm ET/PT.  For the first time, the series will welcome back three “Ink Master” winners to coach and mentor artists in the quest for $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked and the coveted title of “Ink Master.”  In addition, the former “Masters,” Season Two’s Steve Tefft, Season Seven’s Anthony Michaels and Season Nine’s DJ Tambe, will be competing against each other to win $100,000 of their own.
From Truly Original, the tenth season of “Ink Master,” titled “Ink Master: Return Of The Masters,” will debut on Spike TV starting January 9 and will continue to air on Tuesday nights when the network relaunches as Paramount Network on January 18
“I am ecstatic that we are bringing back Steve, Anthony and DJ to go head to head this season,” said Chachi Senior, SVP Alternative Programming and Development, Paramount Network.  “Their coaching styles, as well as their talent as artists is the perfect set up for an intense season 10.”
This new season starts off with 24 potential contestants who are put through a series of intense tattoo-style challenges, after which Tefft, Michaels and Tambe will select their top six artists to compete as part of their teams. Throughout the competition, the artists will be tested on their technical skills along with their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on “human canvases.” Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing and, as always, while the artists’ masterpieces will last a lifetime, so will their mistakes.
After each challenge, the contestants will face a tough panel comprised of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nuñez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).
Viewers can find more on each artist including biographies, photo galleries, artwork portfolios and team introduction videos by visiting Throughout the season, fans can watch full episodes and video clips, and are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #InkMaster. The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

“Ink Master” completed its 9th season on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 1.7 million viewers.  Season 9 averaged 1.8 million viewers while ranking #1 in its cable timeslot with M18-49 and #2 with P18-49 and W18-49.
“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Truly Original (“Swamp People,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Vanity Fair Confidential”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
Chachi Senior is Spike’s Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, and Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master.”
About Truly Original:
Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original’s series include Ink Master, Ink Master: Redemption, and Ink Master: Angels for Spike; The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Don't Be Tardy, Shahs of Sunset, Summer House and the upcoming Stripped, for Bravo; Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; Hack My Life for truTV; The Horn for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.
About Paramount Network:
Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today’s brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal. 

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Chicago Artists Coalition >> CAC January 2018 Newsletter



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Building a Creative Marketplace

Upcoming Exhibitions

See Without Seeing, Know Without Knowing
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018, 6-9 pm
The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present, "See Without Seeing and Know Without Knowing," a solo exhibition featuring new works by BOLT Resident, Cameron Harvey.
“There is no way I can squeeze the enormousness of myself back inside this tiny little body.”
- Jill Bolte Taylor
"See Without Seeing and Know Without Knowing" is an installation of ethereal paintings that considers that we, as living beings, are energy bodies made up of small, moving particles, which exist without edges or boundaries. The paintings expand upon the idea that the world we know is not made up of separate solid objects, but rather a universe of infinite and interconnected particles of energy. The paintings, like portals into another dimension, remind us that the nature of the Self is far greater than the experience of the physical body.
Originally from Vermont, Cameron Harvey now lives and works in Chicago, IL. She graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1999 with a BA in Studio Art. After graduation, Harvey held an assistantship in printmaking at La Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, in Venice, Italy and then returned to the states in 2006 to focus on painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Lijiang Studio in China, and received grants from DCASE, Illinois Arts Council, the Alice C. Cole Alumnae Foundation, and is a recipient of a 2017 3Arts Make a Wave Grant. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Italy, China, and India. Cameron's recent work focuses on the relationship between the seen and the invisible, and how the voice is used to express the experience of these two elements in daily life.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018, 6-9 pm
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Poetry Reading
Saturday, January 20, 2018
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Dharma Talk with Gabriel Halpern
Image: Cameron Harvey, 2017.


Beyond Words
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018, 6-9pm
The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Beyond Words, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring new works by Lesley Jackson, Keeley Haftner, Caroline Liu, Andrew Barco, and Amy Leners.
There’s no doubt that we encounter words at every turn of daily life. But text is something more complicated, though just as integral. Michel Foucault wonders exactly how to define a text in his essay “What is an Author?”:
"The problem is both theoretical and technical. When undertaking the publication of Nietzsche's works, for example, where should one stop? Surely everything must be published, but what is "everything"? Everything that Nietzsche himself published, certainly. And what about the rough drafts for his works? Obviously. The plans for his aphorisms? Yes. The deleted passages and the notes at the bottom of the page? Yes. What if, within a workbook filled with aphorisms, one finds a reference, the notation of a meeting or of an address, or a laundry list: is it a work, or not? Why not? And so on, ad infinitum."
A text is a chain of iterations interlocking together to fashion a meaningful image of the world. It’s difficult to know where they begin and end because texts are living documents of lived experience.
When seen this way, we don’t have to look only to words and language to find texts. A work of art is also a text. It’s more plain to see when an artwork draws from written or literary sources, but that is not the extent of art’s textual quality. Art as an illocutionary act draws from an accretion of meaning through changes, edits, critique, interpretation, exhibition, interfacing with setting and other works, etc. Much like words fit together to make sentences and sentences to make paragraphs, physical and contextual components fit together in a modular sense to create a text that is something bigger than the sum of its parts. This exhibition highlights the crafting of textual artworks, but the texts of each work are intentionally not similar. They stand to show the versatility of text, from personal narratives, to poetic reflections, to abstractions of visuality.
Beyond Words is curated by Danny Floyd.
Nietzsche: Manuscript of Ecce Homo


Office Hours: Portfolio Review
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
$30 | General Public, CAC Artist Members, and BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH Residents
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607
This edition of Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with directors of independent galleries and project spaces throughout Chicago. One-on-one portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to emerging and working artists.
Portfolio reviewers include:
Please note that space is very limited & advance registration is required. Office Hours appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Strategic Marketing for Creative Practices
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
$20 General Public | $10 CAC Artist Members | FREE for Current BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH Residents
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607
Bianca Marks, founder of boutique agency Marks on Canvas, will share best practices for developing effective communications campaigns to support your creative practices.
Following a discussion about the fundamental elements of marketing and self-promotion and what is proving to be effective in our current communications landscape, Bianca will guide us through the process of developing effective campaigns from conception to fruition using strategies to get the attention of your desired target audiences.

Building a Studio Archive: Tools and Digital Resources for the Arts
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
$20 General Public | $10 CAC Artist Members | FREE for Current BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH Residents or $35 Bundled General Public tuition for both workshops
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607
The administrative tasks associated with applying for grants and residencies, preparing for an exhibition, or updating a website or portfolio are time-consuming and overwhelming for independent artists and creative professionals.
Kara Jefts, archivist and founder of Studio Archive Services will lead this two-part workshop series, which provides tools for artists, curators, and arts administrators who want to learn how to build a digital archive.
Workshop I: Building an Archive (January 24, 2018)
Workshop II: Digitizing an Archive (February 21, 2018)
Participation in both workshops is not required, but it is recommended!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607
Enjoy a private look inside the studios of the Chicago Artists Coalition's new artists in residence. The BOLT Residency program hosts up to 10 artists each year, providing studio space and a solo exhibition at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Meet the current cohort of Chicago artists on the rise, sneak a peek at their work, and tour their workspace at this Chartwell Collectors Circle event. The 2017-18 cohort includes Benjamin Larose, Brent Fogt, Cameron Harvey, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Emilio Rojas, Jean Alexander Frater, Jeffrey Grauel, Melissa Leandro, Oscar Chavez, and Roni Packer.
Interested in Joining Collectors Circle? Learn more here.
Current members please RSVP here.
Images: BOLT Residency group exhibition, "Preview 7: The whole is always smaller than its parts", 2017

Alumni News

Congratulations to BOLT alums, Marissa Lee Benedict and Yvette Mayorga!
Marissa Lee Benedict (BOLT 2014-15) and David Rueter will show work in the U.S. Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Yvette Mayorga (BOLT 2016-17) is included in the group exhibition, A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America opening this month at LACMA.


Chicago Artists Coalition: Building a Creative Marketplace.

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Chicago, IL 60607

Kick off 2018 at Your Local Feminist Bookstore with Ann M. Martin, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, and more! (Chicago, IL. )


January 2018

Save the Date! 
Thursday, Feb. 1 
at 7:30 p.m.
Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura
You Can't Fire the Bad Ones: And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers' Unions, and Public Education
Book Launch Party

Friday, Feb. 2 
at 7:30 p.m.
A Storytelling Show & Podcast Challenging Toxic Masculinity

Wednesday, Feb. 7 
at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Wisniewski
Nelson Algren: The Accidental Feminist?
Author Presentation and Book-signing

Thursday, Feb. 8
 at 7:30 p.m.
Dale Boyer 
& Scot O'Hara (Tarantella)
Joint Book Launch Party

Friday, Feb. 9 
at 7:30 p.m.
Amanda Kabak
The Mathematics of Change
Reading and Book-signing

Saturday, Feb. 10
 at 11:30 a.m.
Story time with Drag Queens: Valentine's Edition
Please note: we ask for a $1 donation per child for Story time.

Monday, Feb. 12
 at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sappho's Salon: Valentine's Day Open Mic

Thursday, Feb. 15 
at 7 p.m.
Morgan Jerkins
This Will Be My Undoing
Please note: this event will be held at the Swedish American Museum 
(5211 N. Clark St.)

Friday, Feb. 16 
at 7 p.m.
Gloria Chao 
(American Panda)
and Samira Ahmed 
Joint Young Adult
 Author Reading

Thursday, Feb. 22
 at 7:30 p.m.
The Conversation: The Body
Featuring Sarah Manguso, Kiki Petrosino, and
Gina Frangello

Monday, Feb. 26 
at 7 p.m.
Brittney Cooper 
in conversation with 
Page May and
Monica Trinidad of
The Lit Review
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Please note: this event will be held at Wilson Abbey (935 W. Wilson). Tickets will go on sale on
January 8, 2018.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
at 7:30 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich
Apocalypse, Darling
Book Launch Party

Thursday, Mar. 1 
at 7:30 p.m.
Molly Caro
Body Full of Stars
Reading & Book-signing

Feminist Craft Circle 
Tuesday, January 2
at 7 p.m.
Craft blankets for 
dogs and cats in
animal shelters
 Family of Women Book Group
Sunday, January 7 
at 2 p.m.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats  
by Jan Phillipp-Sendker
Discussion & Potluck
 Sunday, January 14
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Suggested Reading: 
Life Reimagined 
by Barbara Bradley-Hagerty
Sunday, January 14 
at 5 p.m.
Study in Charlotte 
by Brittany Cavallaro
Feminist Book Group 
Sunday, January 14th
at 6:30 p.m.
by Ellen Forney
Classics of Women's Lit. Book Group
Monday, January 15 
at 7:15 p.m.
Or, the Royal Slave 
by Aphra Behn
Women's Book Group 
Tuesday, January 16 
at 7:30 p.m.
by Min Jin-Lee
Sunday, January 21 
at 4 p.m.
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza 
by Gloria Anzaldua  
Dear Friends of Women & Children First,

Happy 2018 from all of us here at Women & Children First! This past year has been a difficult one for our community. Locally a few beloved shops on Clark Street have recently closed, and nationally the president and his administration continue to attack the values and the voices that our bookstore was founded to support. We are deeply grateful to report that amidst these challenges, Women & Children First is thriving. Because so many of you chose to do your holiday shopping with us or attend one or more of our 150+ author events this year, or participate in one of our seven monthly book groups, or join our Conversation Literary Series, we are feeling strong and healthy as we head into the new year!  

The need to remain politically active and engaged is more urgent than ever. For inspiration and tools, we look to leaders like Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement, who we will be hosting on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd for a reading and book-signing for her forthcoming memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist. Learn more about this event and buy tickets HERE

In case you missed it, Our 2017 Bestseller List offers an excellent round-up of all of our favorite books of the past year. We are excited to introduce you to some fresh new books and authors in 2018! Be sure to check out our save-the-dates to learn about new books from Bill Ayers, Brittney Cooper, and many more.
With love & thanks, 
Olivia A. Cole
Friday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party
Octavia has always dreamed of becoming a whitecoat, one of the prestigious N'Terra scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. So when the opportunity arises, she leaps at the chance. However, she quickly discovers that all is not what it seems. READ MORE 
Olivia A. Cole is an author, a blogger, and a poet. Her books include A Conspiracy of Stars, Panther in the Hive, and its sequel, The Rooster's Garden.   READ MORE 
Ann M. Martin 
in conversation with Greta Johnsen 
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.
Paperback tour,
Reading, Conversation, 
and Book-signing
Please note: Ann will only sign two books per attendee. This event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register for free tickets HERE.   
For this free event, beloved author of the Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin, will discuss her young adult novel Rain Reign with WBEZ's Greta Johnsen. Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms.  READ MORE 
Ann M. Martin is the New York Times-bestselling author of many books, including Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, Everything for a Dog, and the Missy Piggle-Wiggle series. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of the Universe.  READ MORE 
Dwight Okita
Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Two Asian American friends, Luke and Kazu, discover a bold new procedure to import hope into the hopeless. They vow to open the world's first Hope Store. 
Dwight Okita was born and raised in Chicago. He has written poetry and plays but now focuses on fiction. The author's debut novel was a finalist in READ MORE 
Andrea Owen
Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Reading, Q&A, and Book-signing
As a life coach and writer, Andrea Owen has developed a no-nonsense approach to breaking mental habits that, while perfectly normal, can make us miserable when we take them to the extreme. In her new book, Owen sheds light on each habit with examples from her own experience and her clients', then shares proven methods for change. READ MORE
Andrea Owen is a life coach and author who has reached more than a million women through her blog, podcast, live events, and one-on-one coaching sessions.
From Resister 
to Change Agent:
Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion 
On January 21, 2017, millions of people on all seven continents joined together for the Women's March. One year later, what strides have been made, and what do we do next?  
Reading & Book-signing 
Whether it's Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed--
and occasionally vitriolic--reactions. Alicia Eler's The Selfie Generation is the first book to delve fully into this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media. READ MORE  
Alicia Eler is the visual art critic and a reporter at Minneapolis' Star Tribune. Eler's essays, journalism, and culture criticism have also appeared in the Guardian, Glamour, New York magazine, Aperture, and many others. 
Xandria Phillips
with Chekwube 
O. Danladi
Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Book Launch Party

Come celebrate the release of the new chapbook, Reasons for Smoking, by poet (and Women & Children First bookseller) Xandria Phillips. Reasons for Smoking is the winner of the the Seattle Review's 2016 Chapbook contest, which was judged by Claudia Rankine.  

Xandria Phillips is a poet who hails from rural Ohio but currently lives in Chicago. Xandria received her BA from Oberlin College, where she studied creative writing and Africana Studies.  READ MORE 

Chekwube O. Danladi
was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Washington, DC, and West Baltimore. Their chapbook, Take Me Back, was recently included as part of the New-Generation African Poets: Nne. READ MORE
Women's March to the Polls
Saturday, Jan. 20 
from 7:30 to 8 a.m.
Women's March Chicago, the historic and broad-reaching coalition that drew more than 250,000 people to Grant Park in January 2017, is organizing a "March to the Polls." On January 20, 2018, marchers will come together in downtown Chicago to celebrate the spirit of the resistance efforts over the past year and unite to focus on the 2018 elections and beyond. READ MORE
Patrisse Khan-Cullors in  conversation with Charlene Carruthers
Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. 
Please note: this ticketed event will be held at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave.  Buy tickets HERE
We're honored to host Patrisse Khan-Cullors in conversation with Charlene Carruthers. From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. READ MORE 
Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize recipient. READ MORE 

Charlene Carruthers
is a strategist, writer, and leading organizer in today's Black liberation movement. A Black queer feminist with more than a dozen years of experience in racial justice and feminist and youth leadership development movement work, Charlene is the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). READ MORE   
Pamela Bannos in 
conversation with 
Donna Seaman
Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Conversation & Book-signing 
Many people know Vivian Meier as the reclusive Chicago nanny who wandered the city for decades, constantly snapping photographs, which were unseen until they were discovered in a seemingly abandoned storage locker. In this passionate and surprising biography, Pamela Bannos reveals that Maier was not a nanny who moonlighted as a photographer; she was a photographer who supported herself as a nanny.  READ MORE 
Pamela Bannos is an artist and researcher who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including in solo exhibitions at the Photographers' Gallery in London, England, and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. READ MORE 
Donna Seaman has degrees in the fine arts and English. An editor at Booklist, she reviews books for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, among others. 
Amy Shrodes 
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.
Kids' Story Time 
and Craft Activity 
Join us for an all-ages story time with the author in celebration of this timely picture book. In Lost and Found Catan Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, secretly bringing their beloved cat, Kunkush, along with them to Greece.  READ MORE 
Amy Shrodes worked as a volunteer in Greece helping the arriving refugees and raising awareness back at home through a podcast. For this event, limited edition Kunkushie plush dolls made by Syrian mothers living in Izmir, Turkey, will be available for purchase as part of a project to create jobs and other opportunities for refugees. 
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