Thursday, December 13, 2018

JOHNNY CASH/NEIL DIAMOND Holiday Tribute Show @ Park West 12/28/18 (Chicago, IL.)

                                                  Two American Icons!
                        Starring Nashville Recording Artist DOUG ALLEN NASH
                                          Featuring his A-LIST BIG BAND

Start your NEW YEAR'S celebration early with Nashville recording artist, DOUG ALLEN NASH, and a captivating musical tribute show to "The Man in Black" and Neil Diamond - Two American Icons! The evening also includes state-of-the-art projected big-screen images that highlight the life and times of DOUG ALLEN NASH, JOHNNY CASH and NEIL DIAMOND,                                    
 From THE LAS VEGAS SUN "Nashville recording artist Doug Allen Nash captures the appearance, vocals, speech, mannerisms and spirit of these icons."  

Friday, December 28, 2018
Park West Theatre 322 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago IL 60614
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show:  8:00 pm
Tickets: $25, $35, $45 (VIP)
VIP: tables on the dance floor + a Meet & Greet after the show
Johnny CASH Bar
Purchase Tix: (877) 987-6487 


A country boy at heart! DOUG ALLEN NASH, who grew up on a farm in NW Illinois near Galena
began performing in local talent shows at age five and had formed his own band by age 12.
That was the same year his parents took him to a Johnny Cash concert. By the time he was 20 years old, Doug was performing all over the globe and receiving recognition for his extensive
USO Tours. It was at this time, during his travels, that Doug had a chance meeting with Johnny Cash at the Copenhagen, Denmark Airport! Subsequently, Nash saw Johnny Cash perform live
on several occasions. Today Doug Allen Nash is also a successful Nashville recording artist
who was inspired to create this tribute show and pen the ballad, "June" in honor of June
Carter Cash. The song was recorded at the Cash Cabin Recording Studio in Hendersonville,
Tennessee and co-produced by Grammy Award winners John Carter Cash and Chuck Turner.
Doug was inspired to include the Neil Diamond tribute because the legendary singersongwriter/
musician/actor has been a part of the American musical landscape for over fifty years. The
multitude of hit songs he has written, recorded and performed is the soundtrack of a
Doug has performed internationally in over 85 countries while touring for USO, MWR and
Armed Forces Entertainment. He was a featured artist on the Armed Forces Network commercial in Europe; and appeared on radio and television interviews as well as radio play on European
Music Charts. Nash has also performed nationally from the Las Vegas Strip to major casinos
and resorts such as Sun Valley, Idaho, Opryland Hotel and Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. He has
been the opening act for Wayne Newton, Charlie Daniels, Huey Lewis and the News, the Oak
Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry and other national recording artists as well as being the
house band for the largest grossing venue in Texas, "City Streets." Nash co-produced the trademark show "Almost Angels," a long-running production in Atlantic City. It is because of
Doug Allen Nash's great performances and charisma that he received the United States
Department of Defense's Certificate of Esteem Award; Certificate of Appreciation Award;
Republic of Korea's Apple of Excellence Award; and was inducted into the South Dakota
Country Music Hall of Fame.
Doug has performed many styles and varieties of music over the course of his career in the Entertainment Business and continues to be passionate about every performance.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Chicago Cultural Center 2019 Exhibition Schedule (Chicago, IL.)




Highlights include African American Designers in Chicago, goat island archive and the 3rd Chicago Architecture Biennial

Admission to the Chicago Cultural Center and Exhibitions is FREE

Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design
Through February 3, 2019
Room 108, 1st Floor South
Presented as part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, "Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design" is a free traveling museum exhibition that explores and celebrates everyday Chicagoans’ influence on art and design in the city. Travelling across Chicago’s Cultural Centers, the exhibition tells the stories of five people, the homes they’ve made uniquely their own, and the rich design and architectural history of their neighborhoods. For more information, visit

Friday, December 21, noon–2 p.m.: Learning Lab Meet an Artist
Saturday, January 12, 1–3:30 p.m.: Live Storytelling

African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race
Through March 3, 2019
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
Featuring work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in this major hub of American advertising/consumer culture. African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.
Thursday, January 3, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Historian Chris Dingwall
Saturday, January 5, 1:30–3pm: Panel Discussion, "The Archive, the Gallery and the Practices of Public History" 
Thursday, January 17, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Curator Daniel Schulman
Thursday, February 21, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Curator Daniel Schulman

Keep Moving: Designing Chicago's Bicycle Culture
Through March 3, 2019
Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St. (across the street from the Chicago Cultural Center)
Just before the turn of the century, the popularity of the bicycle in America was at an apex and the majority of American-made bicycles were being produced by Chicago-based manufacturers. Through designed items such as advertisements, brands, objects and spaces, this exhibition looks at how design has shaped how Americans think about bicycles – something familiar to us all.
Thursday, December 6, 6–7 p.m.: Gallery Talk “Beauty and the Bike: The Impact of Recreational Changes on Park Designs”
Saturday, December 15, 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk “From Bloomers to Pedal Pushers to Rompers: Riding Bikes in Style”
Tuesday, January 22, 6 – 7 p.m.: Panel Talk “Biking for Change and Empowerment”

Opening January 12 – ongoing
Randolph Square, 1st Floor North
The theater stage can be a powerful reminder of human frailties, foibles and folly. For over ninety years, the 1926 play “Chicago” has provided these reminders in periodic reinventions as three major motion pictures and a musical that is a long-running mainstay of the New York Broadway stage. In conjunction with Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theater, Roxie! explores the story’s origins as a cynical portrayal of Jazz Age Chicago written by former Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Watkins. While fictional leads Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly have risen to almost folkloric icons of that era in this city, the story, through all its adaptations, provides a poignant warning of the dangers resulting from inequity, injustice, sexism and media abuses.

Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black
January 19–April 14, 2019
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
Over the course of seven years, artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr. photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” As the artist explains, “When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country." The photographs of In the Company of Black live in the space between, including tender moments with McDonald's daughters, informal portraits of his friends and collaborators and references to music, art, history and popular culture.
Thursday, February 7, 12:15–1 p.m.: Gallery Talk with Curator Greg Lunceford
Sunday, April 14, 2–5 p.m.: Closing with House Music DJ

February 2–April 7, 2019
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
Curated by Filter Photo, Furtive is a photography-based exhibition that explores the complexity of memory, both personal and collective.  Through an examination of place, archive and the intersection of perception and knowing, artists Daniel Hojnacki, Karolis Usonis, and Krista Wortendyke ask us to reconsider what we think we know based on our past experiences, communal knowledge and memory.  By using photography as a conceptual tool rather than an objective medium for documentation these artists are able to examine and question our collective use of photography in the making of both memories and histories. For more information, visit
Saturday, February 2, 1–3 p.m.: Opening
Furtive is a DCASE ArtsSpace collaboration, providing exhibition space and support to Chicago arts organizations through an application process.

In Good Company
February 2–April 7, 2019
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
In Good Company is a group exhibition presented by Arts of Life. This exhibition seeks to highlight the mutually beneficial relationships and connections that develop within the Arts of Life studios. In Good Company features seven Arts of Life studio artists and four community volunteers, and includes work that has been developed both independently and collaboratively. The ongoing collaborations between studio artists and community volunteers are fundamental to the success of both individual practices and the overall health of the organization. This exhibition showcases the way in which these partnerships develop and thrive around a person-centric model. Arts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. For more information, visit
Saturday, February 2, 1–3 p.m.: Opening
Thursday February 21, 5:30–6:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk
In Good Company is a DCASE ArtsSpace collaboration, providing exhibition space and support to Chicago arts organizations through an application process.

Forgotten Forms
February 2–April 7, 2019
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
Forgotten Forms is a collaborative exhibition between members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Investigating seemingly everyday objects to reveal a much greater story about neighborhood identity, placemaking and city life, the exhibition highlights the work of two emerging artists, both of whom explore structural elements of urban landscapes. Edra Soto revisits Puerto Rico’s vernacular architecture through her GRAFT installations and architectural interventions, and Yhelena Hall touches on the history of Chicago and explores a marginal state of detritus becoming artifacts through her series Polished Remnants. For more information, visit
Saturday, February 2, 1–3 p.m.: Opening
Forgotten Forms is a DCASE ArtsSpace collaboration, providing exhibition space and support to Chicago arts organizations through an application process.

goat island archive–we have discovered the performance by making it
Performance Space and Activations
February 1–June 23, 2019
Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
March 30–June 23, 2019
Exhibition Hall, 4th Floor North
Throughout the 23 years of its existence (1986–2009), the Chicago-based Goat Island contributed to the conception of nine major performance works, accompanied by publications, film and video projects, workshops, summer schools, lectures and symposia, inventing a complex institution bigger than the individual works. Freed from prescribed narrative and dialog, the work of Goat Island is built slowly in a creative process informed by repetition, chance and individual perception. Their democratic, shared activations continue to influence generations of artists, theatre makers, cultural theorists and social philosophers.

In conjunction with the city's Year of Chicago Theatre, nine national and international performance groups and artists have been commissioned to develop and present new work, each inspired by one of Goat Island's original performances. The works-in-progress will be presented at partner cultural venues throughout Chicago as part of the IN>TIME Festival, and “final” works will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center's Sidney R. Yates Gallery, which will be transformed into a scale re-imagining of the church gymnasium where the collective rehearsed. A tenth performance, created as a composite of “Missing Scenes” from the prior nine works, will be presented in June during a week of concluding events. The accompanying exhibition in the Chicago Cultural Center's Exhibition Hall will present archival materials that reflect Goat Island's generative and pedagogic processes and still invite consideration and reinterpretation.
Friday, March 29, 6–9 p.m.: Opening Preview

National Veterans Art Museum Triennial: On War & Survival
May 2–July 29, 2019
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North, and Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
With a focus on the visual, literary, performative and creative practices of veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum Triennial explores a century of war and survival while challenging the perception that war is something only those who have served in the military can comprehend. Throughout history, art has provided a frame to create meaning out of the complicated experience of war, seek justice and imagine reconciliation. The NVAM Triennial draws on this history to connect today’s veteran artists with the history of veteran creative practices and their impact on society over the past century. The exhibition coincides with the Veteran Art Summit happening in Chicago May 2–5, with additional presentations, workshops, panels and discussions happening at the National Veterans Art Museum and the DePaul Museum. For more information, visit

3rd Chicago Architecture Biennial
September 19, 2019–January 5, 2020
Chicago Cultural Center and other citywide locations
For the 3rd edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, artistic director Yesomi Umolu and co-curators Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares will highlight the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation across creative fields. As the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, previous editions of the Biennial drew more than a half-million visitors to free exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and elsewhere that featured the ideas of 140 practitioners from more than 20 countries, including many from Chicago.

Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago’s African American Music
Garland Gallery, 1st Floor South
Explore Chicago’s music legacy through ragtime, jazz and blues in an exhibition that highlights the contributions of important places and people that shaped the music scene. Seldom-seen original artifacts will be on display including sheet-music, rare 1920s records with quirky period graphics–and even the original 1932 telephone booth from the old Sunset/Grand Terrace Café from which the actual music can be heard. The scope is broad and surprising–Ragtime morphs into jazz, Blues transforms into modern gospel, and it all echoes throughout the contemporary genres of House and Hip Hop.

Learning Lab, January–March, 2019
Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
1st Floor South (Across from the Garland Gallery)
The Learning Lab is a place to engage and experiment with all aspects of DCASE cultural programming. Meet and engage with artists! Watch archival footage of guests at past DCASE events on a vintage TV set. Hear the sounds of upcoming DCASE music festivals. Feel the artifacts and sumptuous materials used to create this golden age building and more!
Meet an Artist Activities
Engage with artists connected to various exhibitions, programs and initiatives presented by DCASE.
Select Fridays, Noon–2 p.m.
  • Friday, January 4: Erin Cramer and the Flying Creatures
  • Friday, January 18: Erin Cramer and the Flying Creatures
  • Friday, February 1: Design Museum of Chicago
  • Friday, February 15: Arts of Life
  • Friday, March 15: Chicago Cultural Alliance
Select Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.
  • Saturdays, January 5–March 2: Project Osmosis
  • Saturday, March 16: Filter Photo
  • Saturday, March 23: Arts of Life

All exhibitions and performances 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.

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

CANCELED >> Creative Minds Talks Presents "The Art of Storytelling" Featuring Chance the Rapper and Renee Fleming Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

UPDATE January 9, 2019:

Creative Minds Talks has regretfully made the decision to cancel the Jan. 12 conversation between Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming as Chance the Rapper is no longer able to attend. Creative Minds Talks is eager to continue bringing unique and educational conversations to the Chicagoland area and is grateful for the community’s continued support. Refunds will be made automatically to patron credit cards. 
 Creative Minds Talks presents “The Art of Storytelling,” featuring Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming onstage and in conversation at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (20 N. Upper Wacker Dr.) on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Chance the Rapper, a Grammy award-winning artist, producer and Chicago activist and Renée Fleming, Grammy award-winning vocalist, author and entrepreneur will discuss activism, philanthropy, education and entrepreneurship. Tickets for Creative Minds Talks featuring Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming will go on sale Friday, Dec. 14 and can be purchased at or  
An important component of Creative Minds Talks is giving back to the community through donations and support to arts and educational programs.  A portion of proceeds from each talk supports various charitable causes focused on fighting global poverty and on arts, education and healthcare for children and youth. For the Jan. 12 Talk, a portion of ticket sales will benefit Chance the Rapper’s Chicago based foundation, SocialWorks. SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility and positivity. 
Creative Minds Talks was founded by Ewa Poilleux in 2015 and this will be its third presentation in Chicago. As the former editor-in-chief of an international publication specializing in foreign relations, Poilleux is continually seeking inspiration and cultural intelligence. Believing that others share the same curiosity, she founded Creative Minds Talks to showcase the “art of storytelling” to a broad audience. As she often says, “Creative Minds Talks is a platform for people who can inspire us, not only professionally but simply as humans.”
Previous events under the Creative Minds Talks platform have included: Common, an academy-award winning artist, actor and activist and Serena Williams, entrepreneur, philanthropist and winner of a record-setting 23 Grand Slam titles; Daniel Libeskind, founder of Studio Libeskind and the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site; Naeem Khan, the world-renowned fashion designer; and Rhona Hoffman, named by Vanity Fair as one of the 14 most important female gallerists in America.
Tickets for Creative Minds Talks featuring Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming will be available beginning Dec. 14 for $55. Tickets can be purchased at or
About Creative Minds Talks
Creative Minds Talks presents the “The Art of Storytelling” through conversations with the brightest minds in art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, sports, music and philanthropy in front of a live audience in a notable, marquee venue. The participants include two thought leaders onstage in a dialogue format. The conversation that emanates inevitably engages, educates, entertains and inspires.  With the support of its partners, each Talk aims to elevate creative and cultural worlds.  Every Creative Minds Talks includes a donation to charitable causes related to the participating speakers that are focused on fighting global poverty and on arts, education and healthcare for children and youth.