Thursday, December 20, 2018

Free, Free, Free! Chicago Arts + Events (Chicago, IL)

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Free Free Free Chicago Arts _ Events
"Free, Free, Free!" is an e-newsletter and website that provides a monthly curated list of free programs, events and activities happening throughout the city in our libraries, museums, cultural centers and parks. We encourage you to express your culture through the arts and take advantage of the many opportunities the City of Chicago provides you to engage, create and participate!

  Rahm Emanuel Mayor  Mark Kelly_ Commissioner  
Rahm Emanuel
Mark Kelly
Year of Chicago Theatre
Year of Chicago Theatre
Year of Chicago Theatre
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 the "Year of Chicago Theatre." This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative will include theatre performances and special events for the public - many of them free - at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters, parks and neighborhood locations throughout the city. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign that leverages a powerful new brand for Chicago theatre; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community.
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Latino Film Festival Film Series _Everybody Leaves pictured_
Chicago Latino Film Festival Film Series 
Wednesdays, January 16, 23 and 30, 6:30pm Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North, 78 E. Washington St.
While you wait for the 35th Chicago Latino Film Festival, watch these films for free at the Chicago Cultural Center! The films selected are from Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil and depict the adventures, challenges and joyful moments of youth in Latin America. Visit the website for a full schedule of events. Presented by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Cecil McDonald_ Jr._ In the Company of Black
Cecil McDonald, Jr.: In the Company of Black
Saturday, January 19 - Sunday, April 14
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North, 78 E. Washington St.
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.
Everyone_s a Designer_Everyone_s Design
Everyone's a Designer/Everyone's Design
Through Sunday, February 3
Chicago Cultural Center, Room 108, 1st Floor South, 78 E. Washington St.
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.
Night Out In The Parks
Presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Night Out in the Parks brings over 1,000 cultural events to neighborhood parks each year. Chicagoans and visitors alike, enjoy the breadth of world-class events in every one of the city's 77 community areas. Here are a few programming highlights happening in January, but be sure to check out their website (or download the app!) for a full listing of events!
Chicago Park District
Family Prairie Prowl at Northerly Island
Wednesday, January 9, 10-11am Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

This month, join us for a hike to learn about hibernation and answer the question "Where do our favorite animals go in the winter.?" Afterwards, we'll warm up indoors & enjoy books in the reading nook. There will also be a craft based on the book "Where the Wild Things Are".
Tribute to Dr. King at Tilton
Tribute to Dr. King at Tilton
Tuesday, January 15, 4-7:30pm
Tilton Park, 230 N. Kolmar 
Tilton Park and the Garfield Community Council will pay Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with readings, dance performances, and music. Food will be provided. This free, family-friendly event is open to all ages.
Chicago Park District
Movies in the Parks at Revere
Friday, January 4, 6:30-8:30pm 2509 W. Irving Park Rd.

Winter Wonderland Indoor movie in the park. RPAC will be selling concessions. This event is presented by the Revere Park Advisory Council.
Chicago Public Library 
Duo Lada Presents International Violin and Piano Favorites
Duo Lada Presents International Violin and Piano Favorites
Friday, January 18, 12:15-1pm
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.
Compositions from Brahms, Bartok, Debussy, and Mark A. Olivieri will be performed by Duo Lada, with violinist-professor Dr. Blagomira Lipari and pianist-teacher Dr. Elaina Burns.
(image courtesy of Dr. Elaina Burns) 
Crafts_ Games and Play
Illustration Station
Sunday, January 27, 3-4pm
Woodson Regional, 9525 S. Halsted St.
Share a Caldecott Award winning book and participate in a craft activity based on the illustrations.
_Made in Chicago__ Ballet 5_8
"Made in Chicago": Ballet 5:8
Thursday, January 31, 12:15-1:15pm
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.
With their Artistic Director, Julianna Slager, Ballet 5:8 presents "All God's Children," which shows the beauty of what makes us distinct without forgetting what binds us together, and excerpts from "The Four Seasons of the Soul," showing how the turning of the seasons parallels the recurring themes of human life. There will be a short Q&A with the dancers at the end.
(image courtesy of Julianna Slager)
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an accessible and affordable family destination located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood:  

- Free admission for children under 3

- Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.

- Illinois teachers with a school ID can receive free admission for themselves when visiting alone or with friends and/or family.

- Blue Star Families: Active duty service members and their families can enjoy free admission year-round. Additional details.

- Museums for All: We are pleased to offer a discounted admission fee of $1 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card. Museum visitors who display their EBT Card and a valid form of identification will receive a discounted admission rate of $1 per person, for up to six people in their party. Children under three are, as always, free. This admission rate is available during all normal operating hours.

- Kids Museum Passports: A Kids Museum Passport is good for free on-site admission for two adults and two children. They can be checked out at Chicago Public Library branches.
City Seal_ DCASE logo
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Color Awards >> Photographers! Late Entry Deadline - Last 4 Days!

Only 4 days left to enter the 12th Annual International Color Awards. Portfolios will remain open until Friday, December 21st.

Don't miss the last chance to put your work in front of the world's leading galleries, art directors, curators, editors, agents and publishers and be recognized by the industry at the premier showcase for color photography.

We are delighted to welcome the following esteemed guests to the 12th Jury:

12th Annual Jury
Jury appointments for the 12th annual awards:

Enter your work
Open to professional and amateur photographers worldwide. Entry fees are $35 with 10% discount for members of photography associations and clubs.
International Color Awards -
324 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 266, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 | (833) 437-9274

The Writers' Workshop >> MEMOIRS CONTEST DEADLINE DEC. 31


Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by Dec. 31, 2018

1ST PLACE:  Your choice of a 2 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff
2nd PLACE: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited
3rd PLACE:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited
10 Honorable Mentions


Submit a memoir of 5,000 words or less.  Multiple entries are accepted.  
Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $25 per story.  Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.
Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
Memoirs Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.
Emailed submissions may be sent to, with “Memoirs Contest” in the subject. Please send attachment in Word Document only. The entry fee is payable online at



New Book Profiles 18 Preeminent Conflict Photographers, Displays Their Resolve to Document Historyand the Grave Dangers endured.

Shooting War by University of. Toronto Professor Anthony Feinstein, with Foreword by Sir Harold Evans
(November 2018, Glitterati Editions)

You are in the Bosnian town of Bijeljina. You photograph paramilitaries as they interrogate a young Albanian prisoner. Outside, the Serbs shoot a middle-aged woman pleading for her husband, then gun down another woman. “No photographs!” the soldiers yell, as the body of the prisoner, hurled from a mosque, lands at your feet.

Your own life at risk, do you put down the camera?

In the book Shooting War, (Glitterati Editions, November 2018) University of Toronto psychiatry professor Anthony Feinstein opens a new line of investigation into conflict by recounting the stories of the photojournalists who put their own lives in peril to document history as it unfolds.

Through a series of essays, each focusing on one of 18 of the world’s preeminent conflict photographers, Shooting War answers questions that have never been more relevant in a world of fragile journalistic safety and compromised integrity. Questions such as:
  • What of the person taking the photograph? How are they affected physically and emotionally by their work in the world’s most dangerous places?
  • What are “moral injury” and “moral luck” and how have these affected the lives of conflict photographers?
  • What lies at the root of their drive to bear witness and document events regardless of the personal price?

Complementing each essay is a single, iconic photograph around which the text is built. Derived from face-to-face interviews with the photojournalists, relatives, and close friends, the essays give new and revealing insights into those factors, professional and psychological, that motivate photographers to enter zones of conflict repeatedly and the consequences that come from exposure to grave danger:
  • SebastiĆ£o Selgado’s work photographing the migrations of Rwandan refugees fearing for their lives in Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Congo left him so physically and emotionally drained he had to take a break from photography.
  • The legendary Don McCullin was beaten by Idi Amin’s thugs, gassed in Northern Ireland, wounded by a shell in Cambodia, assaulted on the streets of Beirut, was under fire in Vietnam, an AK-47 bullet meant for him stopped by his camera
  • Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya, Chim Seymour in Egypt.
  • Carol Guzy’s experiences in conflict zones led her to seek counseling and help from a psychiatric day hospital.
  • Timothy Page’s work in Vietnam came with shrapnel in the brain and three cardiac arrests.

While the text lays bare the traumas endured, the images speak to the resilience and creativity of the photographer in shaping our understanding of war and conflict. Together, they remind us of the vital role photographs play both in building awareness and serving justice.

As Sir Harold Evans says in his foreword, “Feinstein’s sensitive discussions with the photographers are profound, moving, and humbling…. [T]he eighteen photojournalists portrayed here, those who have preceded them, and those who will follow, deserve the full measure of our respect, gratitude, and admiration.”

Anthony Feinstein, Ph.D., is a neuropsychiatrist and professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He has authored a series of seminal studies exploring the psychological effects of conflict on journalists covering the Balkans, Iraq, Syria, Kenya, Iran and the refugee crisis in Europe. He is the author of Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War (John Hopkins University Press, 2006) and Battle Scarred (Tafelberg Press, 2011). In 2000-2001 Feinstein was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mental health issues in post-apartheid Namibia. In 2012, he produced a documentary, “Under Fire”, based on his research of journalists in war zones. It was shortlisted for an Academy Award and won a 2012 Peabody Award. His Globe and Mail newspaper series bearing the same name as his new book, also titled Shooting War, was shortlisted for a 2016 EPPY award.

Title: Shooting War
Author: Anthony Feinstein
Print: $50.00
Publisher: Glitterati Editions
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943876576
ISBN-13: 978-1943876570