Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love Is in the Air with Loves Me, Loves Me Not

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met. All tenderly his messenger he chose; Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—One perfect rose.” —Dorothy Parker
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Loves Me, Loves Me Not

The Hidden Language of Flowers
By Peter Loewer

Welcome to the mysterious and sometimes scandalous world of the language of flowers. Since the days of Queen Victoria (and earlier the harems of the Middle East) flowers have allowed lovers and friends to express themselves without saying a word. In Loves Me, Loves Me Not, author and illustrator Peter Loewer explores the fascinating history of floral messages. In this book you’ll find intriguing plant lore, unexpected historical connections, or simply an opportunity to connect with a beloved in a unique way.

  • Confess unrequited love with a daffodil.
  • Show happiness with primroses.
  • Wish someone luck with a four-leaf clover.
  • Make your declaration of love not with a rose, but with a tulip!

With intriguing stories and stunning full-color illustrations, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, introduces you to flowers that have been conveying messages for centuries. As Loewer says: “The language of flowers is a delightful idea. In the world of cell phones and mass communications, sending a simple bouquet that tells a tale of love and affection seems to be a great idea whose time has come again.”

About the Author:
Peter Loewer is a botanical illustrator and author of many books on natural history and gardening, biographies, and children’s books, including Hydroponics for Houseplants and The Wild Gardener, called one of the 75 Great Gardening Books by the American Horticultural Society. His work is in the permanent collection of Carnegie Mellon’s Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Loewer lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with the Lucie Editions

Happy Valentine's Day!
View the Lucie Editions Valentine's Collection

 The Lucie Editions have been developed to promote the photographic work of the master photographers honored through The Lucie Awards since 2003, our Lucie Honorees. 
View the Lucie Editions Valentine's Collection here.
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Available online through the Lucie Store, each 18 x 24 inch iconic poster is available to collect at $25.00 (unsigned editions of 450) or $50.00 (signed editions of 50). 

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Say Olé to Cinco de Mayo with Perry's Rita Rosé Olé (Oak Brook, Illinois)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo for Two Months
at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook

Special cocktail – Rita Rosé Olé – Being Served April 1 to May 10
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, IL 60523; 630-571-1808) is introducing a new limited time only cocktail that incorporates both a Mexican wine and a Mexican tequila. The Rita Rosé Olé, available from April 1 through May 10 for $15, is a unique wine-based cocktail made with Casa Madero Rosé wine and Codigo 1530 Rosa Tequila.

Although the oldest winery in the New World hails from Mexico, these wines are somewhat hard to find, says Susi Zivanovic, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille ’s Corporate Sommelier and Beverage Director. Recently, however, Mexican wines have been gaining international importance and growing in popularity.

Established in 1597, Casa Madero is the oldest winery in the Americas and the 6th oldest in the world. Coming from Parras, Coahuila, Mexico, the Casa Madero Rosé starts slightly sweet and smooth with a crisp, fruity, garden-fresh intensity. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of candied orange, fresh red berries and apricot, giving it a refreshing taste.

The Código 1530 Rosa Tequila begins with the purity of Blanco, then is rested for 1 month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels. The result is a refined spirit with a natural color as beautiful as its taste. The Código 1530 Rosa has rested just long enough in Cabernet barrels to enrich the natural agave juice, without overpowering its delicate floral notes.

The combination of Casa Madero Rosé and Código 1530 Rosa Tequila to create the Perry’s Rita Rosé Olé provides a twist on the traditional Margarita, while still giving a nod to the history of Mexican wines and spirits.

About Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has earned a faithful following by perfecting prime since it began as a butcher shop in 1979. Named as one of Open Table’s “Top 100 Steakhouses in America 2016,” recognized by Wine Spectator as “10 Wine Stars in the Lone Star State,” and deemed one of “Ten Texas Steakhouses You Need to Try Before You Die” by Wide Open Country, Perry’s has grown into a renowned group of award-winning restaurants. Featuring USDA Prime beef, tableside carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79, Perry’s specializes in a Rare and Well Done experience, currently operating 14 steakhouse locations in Chicago, Denver, Birmingham and across Texas, as well as the two original butcher shops now known as Perry & Sons Market & Grille. For more information and updates on Perry’s Steakhouse, please visit

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


March 10 ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions at Westpoint Missionary Baptist Church is part of a series of professional development opportunities offered this year by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The 33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival is June 12 at the Chicago Cultural Center + Millennium Park
In anticipation of the upcoming Chicago Gospel Music Festival in June, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to present the ChicagoMade Gospel Music Artists & Repertoire (A&R) Auditions on Saturday, March 10, 6–9 p.m., at the Westpoint Missionary Baptist Church (3566 S. Cottage Grove). Emerging, Chicago-based gospel music artists will perform live for an audience including a panel of major and independent music label and entertainment industry executives.
The ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Audition is part of the free 2018 DCASE Professional Development Series that includes a Fall A&R Audition for all music genres, as well as workshops, panel discussions, conferences and more. The program aims to support Chicago’s creative community and directly connect emerging artists to the City of Chicago’s most visible festivals, events and cultural programming.
DCASE is now accepting applications from soloists and groups in the gospel music and contemporary Christian music genres interested in an audition spot on March 10. Selected artists will earn an opportunity to perform live for an audience including a panel of major music and marketing executives. Additionally, participants will be considered for a set at this year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The public is invited to enjoy the FREE performances of the hottest new music and cheer on their favorite local artists. The application and guideline information is available at All artists and bands must submit an application by Friday, February 16, to be considered. Absolutely no walk-up auditions will be allowed.
Celebrating the music style’s deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music, the 33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival features local and national artists on June 1–2 in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). For complete details on the free admission festival, visit, like us on Facebook at Chicago Gospel Music Festival or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiGospelMusic).
2018 Professional Development Series
The A&R Auditions performance is part of a series of free professional development opportunities offered by DCASE this year. A full schedule of programs and events is available at or visit this link for DCASE Professional Opportunities.
Other upcoming music-related events in the series include the Chicago House Music Festival Conference, May 24–25 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Preceding the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26, the conference will present workshops and panels related to the artistry, business and culture of house music, the musical form born in Chicago that has gone onto revolution dance music internationally. The schedule for the conference and festival will be announced this spring. For additional details, visit
On June 4, in partnership with Donda’s House, the Chicago Blues Festival will present Bridges to the Blues at the Chicago Cultural Center. Bridges to the Blues will showcase, young hip-hop artists performing original blues material for a chance to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival.
Additionally, a Fall ChicagoMade A&R Audition will be held in Chicago on Saturday, October 27, and is open to all music genres. Like the Gospel Music A&R Audition, local artists and bands will get the opportunity to showcase their work live in front of major label A&R executives. Both solo artists and bands are invited to apply FREE of charge. All artists and bands must submit an application to be considered. A committee of industry professionals will review all submissions based on the criteria below and will choose artists/bands to fill a very limited number of audition slots. Registration will begin in September.
The Professional Development Series of opportunities are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For complete details on department opportunities, events and more, visit, like us on Facebook at Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoDCASE + #ChicagoMade).
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector,
independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dawn Maslar - The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love

Love Researcher Explains Neuroscience Behind Valentine's Day

The legend states that Valentine was arrested and put to death by Emperor Claudius II. Valentine was defying orders and secretly helping soldiers to marry. But why would Claudius II not want his soldiers to marry?
Here's where the neuroscience comes in. It turns out that when a man marries, his testosterone drops. So, Claudius' decree against marriage makes biological sense. If you want an aggressive army that will fight your battles, it's better to have single, highly testosterone-fortified men.
Think that's crazy? It turns out that lower testosterone is not the only crazy thing that happens to us when we fall in love.
In a dramatic presentation, Love Biologist Dawn Maslar cuts up a brain to show what love does to us. When we fall in love, this is what can happen to our brain:
• We can lose cognitive ability
• We can lose the ability to accurately judge our partner – that's why they say 'love is blind'
• We can lose the ability to feel concern if we detect a problem
• We can experience an increase in self-transcendence – being in love makes us feel less selfish and more connected to the world
In addition:
• Our serotonin (hormone of happiness) can fall to the level of someone with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• His testosterone drops but hers goes up – making her sexually charged
• This effect is temporary – lasting between 1 and 3 years
Don't worry, while the craziness is temporary, the love CAN last a lifetime. In fact, Valentine's Day helps since the following can also kick-in:
• Red hearts, cards and clothes boost his testosterone which can increase the romance
• Giving chocolate on Valentine's Day can boost dopamine – an important neurotransmitter of long-term love
• Doing new and novel things with a partner can also boost dopamine
• Spending quality time together increases oxytocin - the bonding hormone
To see Dawn Maslar in action, please visit:

Dawn Maslar, MS, is an award-winning author, expert guest speaker, adjunct biology professor, and researcher in the science of love. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and her talk on 'How Your Brain Falls in Love' went viral last year:

Available at all online outlets
Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love
Publisher: HCI Books

Writers Theatre >> See what audiences are saying about A Moon for the Misbegotten! (Glencoe, IL. )

Audiences Review |  
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Pictured: A.C. Smith and Bethany Thomas. Photo by Saverio Truglia.
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A Moon for the Misbegotten
“I thought this was an outstanding play in every way!
The acting was incredible. The set was beautiful.”

Superb acting. Rich characters –
there was a wonderful gamesmanship among them.”

Tremendous staging and acting. I hope you have to extend the run!”

“It was my first time inside the new theatre
 and it is
spectacular. Kudos!!”

One of the most fantastic plays I've seen at Writers Theatre.
A c
ompelling performance that literally moved me to tears.



Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jeff Sedlik to give free ASMP webinar on the new copyright registration rules that go into effect this month!

Just when  we got comfortable with our system of uploading our images to the US Copyright office and paying our $55.00 for group registrations for massive amounts of photos, they've flipped the switch and changed everything.
This is important to all contact creators, especially photographers, to know the new procedure and fees before you cull your images together for registration.

Jeff Sedlik,will be giving a Free ASMP webinar explaining the new rules for group registrations of photographs which take effect February 20.

The webinar is on February 15, 2018 at 11am pacific, 2pm eastern time.

The link below has more info and the link to register.