Friday, August 31, 2018

Navy SEAL Foundation’s Midwest Evening of Tribute (Chicago, Illinois)

Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund issues a $1 million dollar challenge grant in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation’s Midwest Evening of Tribute

 The Navy SEAL Foundation announced today that the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund has issued a one million dollar challenge grant in support of the 2018 Navy SEAL Foundation’s Midwest Evening of Tribute .
The event will take place on September 6, 2018, at the Hilton Chicago and will feature Vice Admiral (SEAL) Robert Harward and Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) and Medal of Honor Recipient Britt Slabinski, USN, RET.
The Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund will match dollar for dollar, up to one million dollars, all donations made to the Navy SEAL Foundation starting on Saturday, September 1 through midnight on September 6, 2018, the night of the Midwest Evening of Tribute. Donations can be made online at or by calling 630.472.9661.
Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel, has been a longtime supporter of the Navy SEAL Foundation and is a member of the Navy SEAL Foundation Honorary Board. Last year, Griffin received the 2017 Navy SEAL Foundation Patriot Award in recognition of his generosity and commitment to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
"The Navy SEALs devote their lives to protecting our nation and defending our values,” said Griffin. “I am proud to support the SEALs and their families, and hope many more will join me in recognizing their unwavering dedication and sacrifice.”
Griffin is among the nation’s most generous philanthropists, focusing on causes that drive community engagement and improvement and provide children, adults and families access to leading educational, cultural, and medical institutions. His directed giving has included support for public, private and charter schools across the country, building soccer fields for children in Chicago neighborhoods, increasing economic scholarship at the University of Chicago and a more than $150 million gift to Harvard University, his alma mater, to help provide need-based financial aid.
“The Foundation is so fortunate to have Ken on our team,” said Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation.  “Not only does he support our work through personal giving, but he encourages others to give back in a way that is both inspiring and impactful.  His generosity is profound, and we are a stronger organization because of his support.”
“U.S. Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for over 17 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs and Naval Special Warfare Operators are currently deployed in over 30+ countries across the globe and can spend up to 270 days each year in harm's way.  The Navy SEAL Foundation strengthens the force and family and provides a level of security that enables warriors to focus solely on their missions,” said Bill Strong, 2018 Midwest Evening of Tribute Chair.
To learn more about the Navy SEAL Foundation’s Midwest Evening of Tribute and how you can attend or support, please visit:
 About the Navy SEAL Foundation:  
The Navy SEAL Foundation's mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community and its families.
U.S. Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for over 17 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs are currently deployed in over 30+ countries across the globe and can spend up to 270 days each year in harm's way. The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind these warriors and their families by providing a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury or loss.
Like the community it serves, the Navy SEAL Foundation is a high performing organization committed to excellence. NSF has received seven consecutive 4-Star ratings from Charity Navigator. It is one of less than 70 charities from among more than 9,000 to have earned a perfect score of 100 for our financial health, accountability, and transparency, placing NSF in the top 1% of the rated charities. Ninety-four cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs or is retained for future mission use.
The Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501c3 national non-profit charitable organization. TAX-ID 31-1728910. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a non-federal entity. It is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no governmental status. For more information, please visit:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Liverpool Productions >> Beatles Fans Tour to Cuba this November


Space is still available on the first-ever Beatles Fans Tour to Cuba! Join fellow music lovers in a safe and exciting professionally organized tour to Cuba, November 11-16th, 2018. Truly a Magical Mystery/History Tour, this travel adventure introduces participants to the island that has been off-limits to Americans for many years, with the theme of music, food and Beatles.
This customized, fully-escorted tour vacation includes: Round-trip airfare from NY, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Atlanta to Jose Marti Airport, Havana; Visas and all necessary People-to-People travel documents/paperwork; Airport transfers; deluxe accommodations at 4 star hotel in Central Havana; Luxury air-conditioned coach; Professional English-speaking tour guides; Daily sightseeing; All entrance fees, admissions, parties, events; Evening attractions such as Live concerts, shows & evening activities; Guest Speakers; Afternoon cruise/ride in old, vintage 50s & 60s cars; People-to-People interaction; Full American buffet breakfasts daily; Beverages; All Beatles and music-related events and attractions; plus so much more.
The per person cost is only $2699 based on double occupancy (a $4000 value). This low price is all-inclusive aside from dinners, tips and souvenirs. Strictly limited to the first 30 reservations.
This niche tour gives music fans & Beatles aficionados the rare opportunity to travel to Cuba, as presented by Liverpool Productions, organizers of the Magical History Tour to London & Liverpool since 1983. Hosted by Charles F. Rosenay!!!
For more info or to reserve your space on this historic travel adventure, email or phone (203) 795-4737.

Announcing Film Event at EXPO Chicago: Documentary Alberto García-Alix. The Shadow Line (Chicago, IL.)

Alberto García-Alix. The Shadow Line
US Premiere with filmmakers in person
Meet Alberto García-Alix, the tattooed, gravelly-voiced rebel of Spanish photography. In this artfully crafted documentary, García-Alix speaks directly to the audience, exposing the details of his drug-addled past and aesthetic obsessions-from snapshots of motorcycle riders to portraits of his himself and his community of outsiders. With raw intimacy and exquisite black-and-white cinematography, The Shadow Line is imbued with the spirit of its subject.

Filmmakers are scheduled to attend this very special screening happening on Friday, September 28 at 7pm at the AMC River East. Get your tickets today!

This event is co-organized with EXPO CHICAGO, as an official EXPO ART WEEK program.
54th Chicago International Film Festival
First films announced, Early Bird Passes on sale now!

The first films have just been announced for this year's 54th Chicago International Film Festival! Get all the details now in our Sneak Peek!

Be sure to get your Early Bird passes soon as ticket prices will increase on September 1!
About Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year round 501c3 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. Cinema/Chicago's year-round programs include: the 
Chicago International Film FestivalChicago International Television Festival, CineYouth FestivalInternational Screenings, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 54th edition October 10-21, 2018, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival. View video about Cinema/Chicago.
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Capture One discontinues the Media Pro SE program

 Back in the 1990s I started using a wonderful program called, iView to catalog my images. The program evolved, was sold several times and is currently owned by Capture One. The bad news is, they've stopped selling this amazing program to focus on Capture One for cataloging.

Yesterday Adobe announced that they will no longer be supporting older Windows and MAC systems. If you are a Mac user like me that is running El Capitan and need to use Lightroom or Photoshop, you will need a new computer. Older Mac systems(2012 and older) do not play nice with anything above El Capitan as I had learned the hard way last year. I accidentally installed the software update and it was ok for several days until it was not. Lucky for me I was able to get a great technician over in 24 hours and $165 later that installed El Capitan.

High Sierra has been problematic for many and hopefully, the new MAC systems will have finally figured out what us mere mortals can not.

Below is the announcement from Capture One.
Media Pro discontinuation notification
We're putting all our energy and resources into ensuring that Capture One is the image editing software choice for the future, which means Media Pro SE will be discontinued.

Effective August 30th, 2018, Media Pro SE will no longer be available for purchase.

Media Pro will continue to run on supported operating systems but will not receive updates. We will continue to offer technical support for existing Media Pro SE users.

What now?

You can consider using Capture One as your default image management software. We have created a tutorial outlining how an image library can be migrated from Media Pro SE to Capture One. To watch the tutorial and get the most frequent asked questions answered, click below.


2018 Woodstock Film Festival (NY)

The Fiercely Independent
October 10-14, 2018
Important Announcements and Deadlines

A true American Maverick Among Fests
- IndieWire

A festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully
celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking. 
- Ethan Hawke

  The 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival is set to take place October 10-14, 2018. 
Official, Full Lineup
The 19th annual Woodstock Film Festival Official Lineup Release will be distributed on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Closing Night Film, Special Tributes and Honorary Awards
Multiple award-winning filmmakers, JULIE TAYMOR and MATTHEW HEINEMAN to receive highly-esteemed recognition for their prolific and transformative contributions to the art of film while Heineman's A PRIVATE WAR, starring ROSAMUND PIKE, JAMIE DORNAN and STANLEY TUCCI earns the closing night film slot, followed by Q&A, and a special tribute screening of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE followed by Q&A with director/writer JULIE TAYMOR and composer ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL all set to take place at the 2018 Woodstock Film Festival. Additional, special announcements are forthcoming.

Note: Full passes, and tickets for award ceremonies for the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival are available now. Individual ticket sales will be available starting Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Woodstock Film Festival
A 501c3 non profit organization
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Upcoming Events:
September 8, 2018: Finding Oscar Special Screening at Rosendale Theater
October 10-14, 2018: 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival

Holy Celebration! Favorite son Adam West to be honored again in Walla Walla (Washington)

‘Adam West Day’ includes screening of West documentary, Bat Signal lighting, Q&A panels, music, food, and more

Day of festivities includes screening of West documentary, Bat Signal lighting,
Q&A panels, music, and more
  Holy Adam West Day Batman! On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Walla Walla will once again honor the life of its favorite son — known the world over as Batman and later the voice of Mayor Adam West on the show The Family Guy — in a way that only West’s hometown can.
Held on West’s birthday, as proclaimed by the City of Walla Walla in 2017, the Second Annual “Adam West Day” will include a day full of festivities. The event includes the grand opening of the Adam West Exhibit at the Kirkman House Museum, a showing of the West documentary “Starring Adam West”, an expert Q&A panel, the Batmobile and Batcopter, an official lighting of the Bat Signal, activities for kids, and much more.
The Walla Walla roots run deep for Adam West, who died on June 9, 2017, in Los Angeles. He was born in 1928 in Walla Walla as William West Anderson. He grew up in what was then a tiny southeastern Washington farming community, before moving to Seattle at age 15. After graduating from high school, he returned to Walla Walla and graduated from Whitman College.
In 1959, he changed his name to Adam West and began his acting career, famously portraying Batman in the 1960s television version of the comic book hero. Though he moved away from Walla Walla, he returned frequently throughout his life. And it seems most every longtime Walla Walla resident has a personal Adam West story to share.
“Adam West will always be beloved in Walla Walla, so it is with great excitement that Adam West Day has become an annual tradition,” said Ron Williams, executive director of Visit Walla Walla. “The first event, held just after he passed last year, was a heartfelt and fun occasion for both friends and fans and from both near and far. And we hope they return to Walla Walla again this year to celebrate Walla Walla’s favorite son.”
Walla Walla, the unofficial capital of Washington wine country with more than 120 wineries, knows how to throw a party. The Second Annual Adam West Day events include:
  • The grand opening of the Adam West exhibit at the Kirkman House Museum.
  • Q&A panel at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Walla Walla with Ruben Procopio, an American animation and comic book artist, animator, and sculptor, who West once called his personal sculptor. Johnny Green, who played one of the Joker’s Henchmen during the famous “Surf’s Up” episode, will also be joining the panel.
  • A showing of the 1966 Batman feature film at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.
  • A showing of the documentary “Starring Adam West” at the Gesa Power House Theatre in downtown Walla Walla.
  • Official lighting of the Bat Signal in the evening.
  • Live music and kids’ activities in the downtown Walla Walla Plaza.
  • The Adam West Experience, a joint effort of downtown Walla Walla businesses. Each participating business will display a bat sticker that indicates its involvement, which could include a special, a giveaway, or a drink or food item named in West’s honor. An award will be given to the three downtown businesses with the best decorations.
  • The Batmobile and Bat Copter at various events throughout the day.
“Last year’s inaugural Adam West Day was something so memorable,” said Jonathan Grant, front office manager at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and a co-organizer of the event. “This year, for the Second Annual Adam West Day, we have even more exciting surprises in store. It will be such a special day to celebrate the life and legacy of our hometown hero and bright knight.”
For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to For more details on Adam West Day, visit
About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, access to an abundance of outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Register for LI's 2018 Preservation Awards! (Chicago, IL.)

This year, LI celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards! Join us in honoring our 2018 award winners as well as award-winning projects from the last 25 years!

Visit our website to learn more:
The Landmarks Illinois 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Recipients are: 
  • Historic Residential Hotels Preservation Planning, The Carling Hotel, Chicago: Award for Advocacy (Read more)
  • Davis Theater, Chicago: Award for Rehabilitation (Read more)
  • Elgin Tower Building, Elgin:  Award for Adaptive Use (Read more)
  • Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, Edwardsville: Project of the Year Award for Leadership (Read more)
  • Opera House Block, Plainfield: Award for Rehabilitation (Read more)
  • Revel Motor Row, Chicago: Award for Rehabilitation (Read more)
  • "Save Our Story - Save Our Street," Creation of the West Burton Place Historic District, Chicago: Award for Advocacy (Read more)
  • Van Leer's Broadview Mansion, Normal: Award for Stewardship (Read more)
  • State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry), State Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford), State Rep. Steven Andersson (R-Geneva), and State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria): President's Award for Legislator of the Year (Read more)
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