Saturday, March 10, 2018

Legendary Entertainment Industry Lawyer Jay B. Ross has passed away (Chicago, IL.)

20030518 Chicago: Evening Honoring Legendary Columnist Irv Kupcinet To Benefit The Chicago Academy for the Arts. L TO R: Attorney Jay B Ross,Larry King"
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Jay B. Ross, passed away suddenly this week. Also known as "The Rappin' Lawyer" was one of the most prominent entertainment industry lawyers' in the midwest. His client list is a Who’s Who of talent over the span of the 40+ years he was in business.

I met him when I was starting out as a photographer in the late 1970s and he helped me with the legalities of running a business and a list of people I should know. Years later he sent over to my studio a steady stream of new recording artists for their official press shots or album covers.

In 1981 at Chicagofest, former Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles was there looking for a photographer for the day while he ‘hung out’ and Jay B insisted he hire me on the spot, and pay cash on the spot!

He helped launch a million careers in all genres of music like and helped many less fortunate that didn’t have the means to pay. Being longtime friends of most of his talent roster kept his business growing. He was active in all of the music associations including NARAS (midwest chapter of the Grammy Awards Assn.) and at one time was part of ‘Lawyers for the Creative Arts.’

Several years ago he added, rapper’ to his resume’ and recorded, “Sue The Bastards” which garnered him an award from the “Chicago Music Awards”

Many probably never knew
*He had founded the Music Library at Harold Washington College* was on the board of the Variety Club Children's Charities for 20 yrs
*Was involved with 3 National Telethons out of Chicago
* Donated a $100,000 van to the North Center for Handicapped Children
* Raised over $100,000 for Larabita
*Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Music Awards Organization

His longtime friend, producer, publicist and media activist Lynn Orman Weiss stated, “He meant so much to me and to so many from the homeless street musicians to Marshall Thompson of the ChiLites. The only color Jay saw was green and that was only what he could get for his client. He was generous with his knowledge and his heart and his office was always open to everyone. “

Thursday, March 08, 2018

2018 Kids and Kites Festitval is May 5 in Lincoln Park/Montrose Harbor - FREE (Chicago, IL.)
20th annual festival in Lincoln Park/Montrose Harbor on May 5 will provide free kite kits to build and decorate as part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth
A favorite family event and a harbinger of springtime in Chicago, the 20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival presented by COUNTRY Financial returns to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Montrose and Wilson) on Saturday, May 5, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is FREE.
In conjunction with the Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth,  the City of Chicago will provide free kite kits, while supplies last, for children to get creative as they build, decorate and fly their own kites.
The Windjammers Kite Team will once again be on hand to thrill the crowd with their synchronized kite flying maneuvers throughout the day, and festival goers can enjoy activities such as face painting, balloon artists and crafts. Chicago Kite will also be onsite for kite buyers, and professional flyers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and uniquely-shaped kites.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth in Chicago, with a program opportunities for teens and young adults, cultural grants and convenings for youth arts organizations, a marketing campaign and more – representing an over $2 million investment by the City of Chicago. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is engaging the next generation of artists through programming at many of the City of Chicago’s events and festivals, including the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival. The Year will culminate with the Creative Youth Festival on September 22 in Millennium Park, showcasing teen artists in dance, theatre, music, spoken word, the visual arts and more. Details will be announced soon.
The 20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial and sponsored in part by Chicago Tribune, CLIF Kid, The Boeing Company and Lifeway Foods.  For more information, visit and join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE).
To learn more about the Year of Creative Youth, visit—and join the conversation on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Twitter @ChicagoDCASE and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE #2018isYOCY #ChiCreativeYouth #BornCreative.
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. For more information, visit

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille's new Jameson Mocha Old Fashioned captures the Irish spirit for St. Patrick’s Day (Oak Brook IL.)


Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille’s new Jameson Mocha Old Fashioned
 captures the Irish spirit for St. Patrick’s Day

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Park (5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, IL 60523; 630-571-1808) is preparing for St. Patrick’s Day in a different way — with a unique, eye-opening twist on a time-honored favorite, the old fashioned. A most clever use of Jameson’s beer barrel-aged whiskey, the cocktail that was born for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

The Jameson Mocha Old Fashioned ($15), with Jameson's Caskmates Irish Whiskey, housemade coffee syrup and Bittermens mole bitters, provides a slight caffeine hit and a definite buzz, the perfect combination to kickstart your St. Paddy’s Day festivities.

Also new to the Perry’s cocktail menu is the PassionNut for Port ($15), which mixes Fonseca Bin27 Port with DonQ Coconut Rum, Passion Fruit puree and fresh pressed lemon juice, giving Chicagoans a fresh and robust tropical escape-- without leaving Oak Brook. The PassionNut for Port pairs beautifully with Perry’s Beef & Bleu ($13.95) for a mouthwatering balance of sweet and savory.

Another new cocktail, the Rosé Collins ($15), delivers a light and invigorating experience. This wine-based cocktail mixes Botanist Gin with Rosé wine and fresh lemon juice. Perry’s suggests enjoying the Rosé Collins alongside its Bacon Wrapped Scallops ($19.95).

View the full menu and reserve a table online

About Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has earned a faithful following by perfecting prime since 1979. Beginning as a small butcher shop, 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. Specializing in a Rare and Well Done experience, Perry’s currently operates 14 steakhouse locations in Chicago, Birmingham, Denver, 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

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PassionNut for Port ($15)
Rosé Collins ($15)

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Black & White Spider Awards >> Last Month to Enter - Closing Deadline March 23, 2018

Black & White Spider Awards
March is the last month to enter the 13th Annual Black & White Spider Awards. Don't miss the opportunity to participate and put your work in front of the industry's most influential decision makers at the world's premier showcase for B&W photography. Get exposure and enter your best work today!

Make the Closing Deadline: Enter your work by March 23, 2018.

Jury news
We are delighted to welcome the following esteemed guest to the 13th annual jury:

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Line-up Announced for the 54th Chicago International Television Festival! (Chicago, IL.)


The Chicago International Television Festival is a three-day festival celebrating the art of television productions and commercials from all around the world. Featuring premiere screenings, panel discussions, and an awards-night ceremony for the best commercials of the year, the Festival honors the creativity and craft of Television's brightest minds.

All screenings take place at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)

Individual tickets: $10 per screening
Day 3 Pass: $15 for two screenings 
Day 3 VIP ticket: $50, includes two screenings and reception

Visit our website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, March 20 at 6pm

With the launch of Showtime's The Chi and HBO's upcoming Brown Girls, Chicago is emerging as a hotbed of new, exciting and racially diverse content. This collection of new Chicago-based web series shows an eclectic and fun array of stories about LGBTQ individuals, women, and people of color: Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri's heartfelt The T and Zach Payne's endearing Kissing Walls both examine love and relationships in the LGBTQ community; while Wendy Jo Carlton's Easy Abby follows the comic exploits of a Chicago lesbian; Velvet tells the story of two very different black women in an all black office, and Addison Heimann's Kappa Force is the rollicking story of five diverse superhero sorority ladies investigating the murder of their youngest member. 54 minutes.

Creators from all five programs will be in attendance to discuss their series as well as their experiences producing an episodic show in Chicago.

Tuesday, March 20 at 8pm

Roseanne, the timeless sitcom that broke new ground and dominated ratings in its original run, returns with this special hour-long premiere. Featuring the complete original cast (Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara and Jayden Rey), the revival will explore life, death and everything in between through the relatable, hilarious and brutally honest lens of the Conner household. With the inimitable Roseanne at its epicenter, fresh stories that tackle today's issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that haven't missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of America's favorite working-class family. 60 minutes.

Actress Lecy Goranson and Executive Producer Bruce Helford (original Roseanne) will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.


Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm

Dark, gripping and morally complex, the award-winning new Israeli TV series Your Honor tells the story of a high-powered judge (actor Yoram Hattab from Nina's Tragedies and Kadosh), who is forced to make tough decisions in order to protect his son, who is involved in a hit-and-run accident in which a man is killed. When the identity of the victim is revealed, it sends the judge and his family reeling. This powerful drama, from the writer of popular Israeli TV shows Arab Labor and A Touch Away, shows that even the most honorable men will bend in the face of danger. Your Honor was picked up for a U.S. remake on Showtime from the creators of Criminal Justice and The Good Wife. 52 minutes.  Hebrew with subtitles.

With post-screening discussion.

Wednesday, March 21 at 8pm

Starring German star Julia Jentsch (24 WeeksSophie Scholl: The Final Days) and directed by Hans-Christian Schmid (2006 Chicago International Film Festival winner, Requiem), The Vanishing follows Michelle, a resolute single mother on a mission to find her missing daughter, who disappeared one night in their small town along the German-Czech border. Uncovering a web of secrets and lies, kept under a tight lid by the whole community, Michelle is increasingly horrified by what she finds out about her daughter--and herself. Called "nothing short of a sensation" and "a tremendous achievement" by one of Germany's largest newspapers (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), The Vanishing also won awards for best script and best actress at the recent German Television Awards. 44 minutes. German with subtitles. #TheVanishing 
With post-screening discussion.

Thursday, March 22 at 6pm

From renowned Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and co-creator Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma) comes the high-octane drama Chicago Fire, an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's noblest professions. The firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 risk their lives week in and week out to save and protect the citizens of their incredible city. In tonight's new episode, "Looking For a Lifeline," Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) respond to a car accident, but become skeptical when a domineering husband continues to answer for his injured wife, while Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) uncovers something meaningful and important to Severide (Taylor Kinney), and Brett (Kara Killmer) discovers some potentially unsettling news. Joe Minoso, David Eigenberg, Christian Stolte also co-star, along with guest stars Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Jon Seda, Marina Squerciati and Gary Cole. 40 minutes. #ChicagoFire
Co-creator Derek Haas and select cast members (TBD) will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Thursday, March 22 at 8pm

An evening of celebrating the art of the television commercial as we announce the winners from this year's Commercial Competition. Nominees across a wide variety of categories will be shown on the big screen as we honor the artistry and craftsmanship poured into commercials from all over the world. Come and see some of the top spots from around the globe as we award the very best commercials of the year. 

6:30pm - Reception with cocktails and light appetizers
8:00pm - Television commercials competition screening and award presentations
Includes reception
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