Friday, February 09, 2018

Writers Theatre >> Smart People is now on sale! (Glencoe, IL. )

Smart People
Pictured: Julian Parker, Kayla Carter, Deanna Myers and Erik Hellman. Photo by Joe Mazza-Brave Lux.
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Smart People
Written by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Hallie Gordon 

Performances Begin March 21 

Performed in the Gillian Theatre


Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race—search for love, success and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit.

Staged in our intimate Gillian Theatre, this sexy, serious and fiercely funny new play explores the inescapable nature of racism and other tricky topics with rapid fire dialogue, shattering assumptions about our culture’s ingrained attitudes of racism, sexism and classism. You’re sure to be captivated by one of the smartest new plays of its time!
*Denotes Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers        

Directions & Parking
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Writers Theatre Box Office: 847-242-6000
Box Office Hours:
Sunday & Monday: 12pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm – 6:30pm

Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL, 60022

FREE Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition Open House TONIGHT from 5-8pm (Chicago, IL.)

WHAT:        Exhibition Open House featuring Chicago Artist Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
WHERE:     Chicago Cultural Center
                    78 E. Washington St,
WHEN:       Friday, February 9
                    5 - 8 p.m.
Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush (Preview and Lecture)
The exhibition is the first solo exhibition in a museum for the Chicago-born artist - 10-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist’s paintings, watercolors and collages. The exhibition is organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
5:30 p.m.        Lecture by Marshall Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Scott Stack: Interior and Exterior
This exhibition presents 12 recently completed, large-scale paintings that challenge our perceptual capabilities as well as defy conventional categories and operations of abstract and representational traditions in modern painting.
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
Michigan Avenue Galleries Exhibitions, 1st Floor East
de-skinned: duk ju l kim recent work
Chicago-based artist Duk Ju L. Kim was born in Busan, South Korea and spent her formative years in Tehran, Iran. The historical, geopolitical, and current events that shaped her early life and her perception of the world are present in her paintings.
Xavier Toubes Vilarino: Descriptions Without a Place. PushMoon4
The exhibition of sculptural ceramics presents work with sensuous possibilities. The deft handling of material and skillful glaze technique is created by the palms but executed at the back of the mind.
Cleveland Dean: Recto/Verso – Duality of a Fragile Ego
February 3–April 15
The abstract and conceptual works by Cleveland Dean are presented through a wide range of prosaic materials executed in mixed-media on panels and sculptures.
6 p.m.  Project Tool
Dancers, using handheld tools and legacy processes, explore the relationship between mind, body and tool. Artistic direction by Onye Ozuzu.
Garland Gallery, 1st Floor West
7 p.m. Rosy Simas: Skin(s)
The dance performance explores what we hold, reveal and receive through our skin. The presentation of Rosy Simas Skin(s) was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Dance Studio, 1st Floor North
All exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Building hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.

Aaron Goldstein is not a Democrat Troubled by Blagojevich (Illinois)


Aaron Goldstein is not a Democrat Who is Troubled by Blagojevich
Aaron Goldstein, Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General, today responded to a February 7 Associated Press story incorrectly implying he has been avoiding the topic about his role as former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s defense attorney.

“This story makes a ridiculous claim,” said Goldstein. “I have never shied away from the fact that I served as a member of Blagojevich’s defense team. But the Blagojevich case hardly defines my career as a public defender and civil rights attorney, during which time I have tried hundreds of cases. My entire career has been about ensuring Illinoisans receive fair legal representation. That’s what makes the AP story so disingenuous.”

"The FAQ document that my campaign widely distributed to journalists on January 11, and which has been available in my website’s newsroom since then, clearly addresses this matter. Also, I have spoken out publicly about it during the campaign,” he added.

The FAQ says:
Why did you defend former governor Rod Blagojevich?
I defended Blagojevich because he has rights and I believe that everyone is entitled to a fair trial and due process. My entire career has been about defending Illinoisans. I also defended NATO and Occupy Chicago protestors who were arrested for exercising their free speech. I defended a young immigrant who was arrested and charged with reckless conduct because of the clothes she wore. And I have defended the countless victims of the drug war.

After the first Blagojevich trial ended in a hung jury, I was appointed by the court to be his public defender for the second trial. A person’s right to proper defense is a fundamental right and has been an American tradition going back to John Adams. Just as we need to hold people accountable, we also need to protect people from prosecutorial overreach.

“The AP reporters, Sara Burnett, Sophia Tareen and Michael Tarm, never contacted me about Blagojevich,” said Goldstein. “If they had, I would have been happy to talk about it.”

Goldstein believes appropriate attention should be paid to the big money in the Attorney General race
“The real story in the Attorney General’s race is that big money continues to infect our political process. Taking big money from powerful businesses and utilities creates real conflicts of interest,” said Goldstein, “especially for the State’s top attorney. That’s why I don’t accept campaign contributions from big corporations.”
Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul has accepted $100K in political contributions from big tobacco companies although the Attorney General’s office currently oversees a settlement against the tobacco industry. He and other candidates have also accepted thousands of dollars in political contributions from coal companies, ComEd, Exelon, and People’s Gas, utilities that the Attorney General must hold accountable in the name of the public interest.
“Taking this money creates a clear conflict of interest and if my opponents were elected, they would have to recuse themselves in several cases,” said Goldstein. “This would cost Illinois taxpayers a lot of money since outside lawyers would have to be brought in. Illinois deserves an Attorney General who has the judgment and integrity to avoid potential conflicts of interest. There is too much at stake on issues of the environment, consumer protection, and looking out for the interests of Illinois taxpayers, to trust that candidates who take big money will stand up for the people of Illinois.”
About Aaron Goldstein, Progressive Democratic Candidate for Illinois Attorney General
Attorney Aaron Goldstein is, first and foremost, a defender of the people, who believes in the fundamental right of all citizens to due process and fair legal representation. He is a Chicago native who earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and then earned his Juris Doctor, with distinction, from the University of Iowa School of Law, entering the State Bar of Illinois in 2000. He served in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender from 2001 to 2007 as a defense litigator and attorney supervisor before founding his Chicago-based private practice as a defense attorney.

He has litigated more than 30 felony jury trials, 50 felony bench trials, and more than 100 felony motions. As a public defender, he has firsthand knowledge of the racial and ethnic inequities in the criminal justice system and the lack of re-entry opportunity for ex-offenders. He also has gained keen understanding of the legal techniques people in business and governmental leadership roles use to abuse their power.

In 2014, Goldstein was a Democratic candidate for Illinois State Representative of the 40th District. In 2016, he ran for Chicago’s 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman and against very long odds, defeated 40-year incumbent Richard Mell, considered one of Chicago’s most powerful Democratic machine politicians and power brokers. Goldstein immediately initiated reforms to his ward’s judicial review and evaluation process and has been a vocal advocate for judicial reform in the Cook County Democratic Party ever since.

As a law educator, he has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University School of Law and North Park University, where he has taught trial advocacy, criminal law and criminal procedure.

Goldstein lives in Chicago with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters.

To learn more about Attorney Aaron Goldstein, Progressive Democratic Candidate for Illinois Attorney General, please visit

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SeabuckWonders Takes Out the Guesswork with New ‘Easy Match’ Quiz

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

World's Most Romantic Home - Michelangelo’s Tuscan Farm House

 Romantic Homes – Michelangelo’s Tuscan farm house is for sale and featured this week at

“Michelangelo’s Romantic Tuscan Villa”
With Valentines Day almost here, Michelangelo’s Tuscan farm house is for sale - the 11th-century farmhouse that Renaissance master Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni purchased in 1549. Michelangelo was 72 when he bought it, just three years after completing the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Having stayed in the Buonarroti family for over 300 years, it has been preserved and restored by its current owner. The original deed held by Michelangelo, wherein he was described as a “dear sculptor and Florentine citizen,” will be passed on to the new owner. A true historic treasure, it is awash with details dating from the 11th century.
Italy has always been associated with romance, the Tuscany region especially has enticed visitors to tour its Chianti vineyards, its Medieval fortressed hill towns with narrow winding streets and its lovely and romantic hot springs where one can immerse themselves in the warmth of the water at night with candles floating in the water. Rolling hills are ablaze with Cypresses, poppies, grass, sunflowers, and tiny village caf├ęs.
Located on over six acres above the rolling hills, the 9,687 square feet of living space is contained in three multi-story buildings, including an ancient tower, believed to date back to the 11th century. The original architecture is accented throughout with large stone fireplaces, original wood-beamed and barrel ceilings, one of which displays the original brick. Consisting of eight bedrooms and seven full baths with multiple fireplaces, all rooms pay homage to the period and modern conveniences blend into the background. The kitchen has all the rustic romance of the early centuries with high-end appliances that do not take away from the original architecture. Grounds are park-like with lawns and mature plantings with a lemon orchard, olive grove and Chianti vineyards, as well as the original olive oil mill which has been turned into a guest house. The listing is held by Handsome Properties International.
Live the romance of the 11th century in Renaissance master Michelangelo’s own Tuscan farmhouse in the rolling hills and receive a copy of his original deed of ownership. Priced at $7.5 million.
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Pop Star Symon's Single is #40 on Charts!


We hope you are having a great week! We are circling back around with you to let you know that Sony recording artist SYMON's new lyric video to hot single 'Lonely Girl' is TRENDING - with over 800,000 downloads in less than a week of its release!! Symon, who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), signs completely throughout the video. As someone who was bullied in High School, Symon found learning ASL to be an outlet that got her through some dark periods in her life. Her ASL teacher became an influential role model who is still actively involved in her life now. For Symon, ASL is a way to connect with other people in a special and beautiful way.
Links to Lyric Video -

Symon has a proven record for creating summer anthems (her 2016 hit 'Say' and 2017 hit 'I Never Do' have nearly one million views on VEVO) and her new single 'Lonely Girl' is already tracking at #40 on the Female Pop Chart. She has just released the new lyric video for "Lonely Girl" where she signs completely in American Sign Language - a decision she made purposefully:
"The lyric video for 'Lonely Girl' is the first time I've bridged two passions that have been part of my life for a really long time - Music and Sign Language," says Symon. "Sharing this personal love of mine feels very vulnerable because it's a side of me that most people don't see. I'm sharing it today because I hope that this language touches you the same way it has touched my life."
As pop music's hottest rising artist, what Symon says goes. A mix between Halsey and Ariana Grande with a vintage touch of Lana del Rey, Symon's left-of-center approach to pop music does not have one singular lane, but rather evolves with each story she tells in her songs. Combining a bit of pop, R&B, and house, Symon continues to break boundaries and push the limits of self-expression, bringing a fresh, raw, and honest perspective back to the airwaves. 
In addition to working on her debut album out later this year, Symon is the co-host of SiriusXM's mega popular "Hits 1 in Hollywood" radio show with Michael Yo ("The Insider") which reaches 20 million daily listeners and who's A-list guests have included Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Fergie, Salma Hayek, and Hailee Steinfeld just to name a few.
A true Valley Girl at heart, Symon was born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by creativity. She has been singing, writing, and performing since her early teenage years, determined to carve out her own path in the entertainment industry. Symon began her professional music career as the lead singer of a pop/rock band, collaborating with industry legend David Foster and touring as the opening act for global superstar Demi Lovato. Knowing that a solo career was her true passion, she parted ways and signed with Sony's indie label Artbeatz, known for breaking the career of pop star Daya - whom Symon has opened for.
Symon is a true ground breaker in a sea of followers and she is on the verge of super stardom. We would love for you to chat with the up-in-coming star about her new single and lyric video for 'Lonely Girl.' 



Music Biz 2018 >> Early Bird Deadline 3/2 — Come Celebrate (Nashville, TN.)

Early bird registration rates are in effect until 11:59 PM PST on Friday, March 2, 2018. Save up to $50 off your badge by registering before this deadline. 



Interested in sponsoring Music Biz 2018 or learning more about the conference? Reach out to Music Biz's Manager of Events, Sales & Marketing, Nick Maiale, or VP of Communications, Nicole Hennessey, today!