Friday, March 22, 2019

Chicago Detours >> Creative Walking Tours Consider Chicago’s Changing Neighborhoods (Chicago, IL.)

"Creative Walking Tours Consider Chicago’s Changing Neighborhoods"

Chicago Detours’ popular seasonal tours return April 14

MARCH 19 - CHICAGO, IL -- Chicago Detours, a five-star-rated tour company, is pleased to announce the launch of its summer season of walking tours in downtown and the city's vibrant neighborhoods, including Fulton Market in the West Loop. While year-round tours stay mostly indoors, these summertime tours start in mid-April and take advantage of both interior and exterior architecture and the stories behind buildings.

Since 2010, Chicago Detours has brought thousands of guests on public walking tours of downtown Chicago's interiors, historic drinking establishments, underground tunnels and other famous and unexpected locations. These fun and educational summer tours include the “Best Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers” with its chronological walk through Chicago’s architectural history downtown and the “Old Polonia and Wicker Park Food Tour” of changing communities in northwest neighborhoods. This summer marks the return of their popular “Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour,” which explores the dramatic transformations of Chicago’s most rapidly booming neighborhood.

Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour
Fridays, 2:30pm and Saturdays, 12:30pm; beginning Apr. 19
Over the course of this two-hour excursion, guests will see hidden architectural details that indicate the neighborhood’s industrial roots. Guests will sample some of the culinary delights of Fulton Market, including a creative Italian sub within the historic interior of J.C. Graziano’s. Most of all, the tour uses the light food tastings so guests see Fulton Market’s meatpacking past among its gourmand present.

Old Polonia and Wicker Park Food Tour
Sundays, 2:15pm and Thursdays, 1:15pm; beginning Apr. 14
Outside of downtown, the “Old Polonia and Wicker Park Food Tour” returns to explore the social and gastronomical evolution of the old "Polish Downtown" and the “Six Corners” over the past few decades. Guests marvel at a stunning Polish Catholic Church, view the opulent 19th century mansions of “Beer Baron Row,” and enjoy a full meal of samples from authentic neighborhood restaurants.

Best Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers
Wednesdays, 5:45pm and Fridays, 4:30pm; beginning Apr. 17
This creative tour for curious people connects architectural styles to other elements of design, art history, and popular culture. In an action-packed 90 minutes, this tour covers Chicago’s vast architectural history, from fur-trappers of early America to Mies van der Rohe’s modernism to Maggie Daley Park. This is not your grandma’s architecture tour!

Free Chicago Walking Tour Inside a Historic Skyscraper
First Fridays, 12:30pm; beginning May 3
Chicago Detours is also bringing back their popular free lunchtime tour of the historic Monadnock Building in the Loop. This half-hour tour spotlights this landmark building’s award-winning restoration, and tour guide gratuities for this free tour will be shared with Preservation Chicago. A six week limited run in 2018 sold out every week.

Tours start and end at various locations. Advance reservations are required and can be made on the Chicago Detours website. Tours have limited availability and often sell out.

Executive Director Amanda Scotese is available for interviews about the changing landscape, new development, historic preservation and the evolution of neighborhood communities. High resolution images also available.

Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don't even know. The tour company is a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and is proud to be one of few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
These are not your grandma’s architecture tours! Led by passionate, expert guides, tours with Chicago Detours include an interactive dynamic, presentation of historic photos and videos, and gifts like artistically-composed photographic postcards.

For additional information:
Amanda Scotese

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The British Are Coming! Chicago Air and Water Show Welcomes the RAF Red Arrows to North Avenue Beach, August 17 and 18



Other highlights include U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and civilian aerobatic teams

The City of Chicago will welcome the ambassadors of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, to the 61st Annual Chicago Air and Water Show this August 17 and 18 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Chicago will be the RAF Red Arrows’ first stop in the United States on their 2019 tour of North America. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show headliners also include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs.

“It’s an honor to welcome the Red Arrows to Chicago to be a part of the largest show of its kind and one of the city’s longest running events along our City’s lakefront,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “As a Midwest summer tradition for tourists and residents, the free admission Chicago Air & Water Show contributes an approximated $78 million in total business activity to the Chicago economy and has an estimated attendance of more than a million.”

The RAF Red Arrows are renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, having performed almost 5,000 times in 57 countries since 1965. Flying nine BAE Systems Hawk fast-jets, the team showcases the excellence of the Royal Air Force and demonstrates the global reach and capability of the Service, together with representing the best of British at home and overseas. During their North American deployment – which will be the largest to the region in a generation – the Red Arrows will help to support a range of British interests and promote trade and cooperation, as part of the United Kingdom’s prosperity agenda.

“Extensive preparations are well underway to bring the Red Arrows to Chicago, where we aim to present a safe, memorable and visually-exciting formation display to new audiences,” said Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. “The visit to the Chicago Air and Water Show will form a big part of the Red Arrows’ largest ever tour of North America, which underlines the long-standing partnership between the United Kingdom and the United States. We hope thousands of people will get to enjoy our displays, which demonstrate teamwork, precision and excellence – both in the air and on the ground.”

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity defying flying, commanding presence and supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. The brave men and women of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will inspire spectators as they jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface to a perfect beach landing on North Avenue Beach.

The show will feature a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Chicago. Acts confirmed for 2019 include: 4 Force, American Airlines, Bill Stein Aerosport, C-130, Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue, Chicago Police Department Helicopter, Firebirds Delta Team, Matt Chapman Air Shows, Rob Holland, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle (NEW two-plane demo), Susan Dacy, Warbird Heritage Foundation P-51 Mustang, U.S.A.F. A-10, U.S.A.F. KC-135, U.S.A.F. C-130, U.S.A.F. T-38, U. S. Navy F-18, U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo and show announcer Herb Hunter, the “Voice of the Chicago Air and Water Show” for the last 32 years.

For close to 26 years, ABC 7 Chicago has helped make the Chicago Air and Water Show one of the most exciting local traditions for families throughout the Chicagoland area. This year ABC 7 is creating “Air and Water Show Week” on Eyewitness News with special features starting Monday, August 12 and leading up to coverage on Eyewitness News on Saturday, August 17, and Sunday, August 18, as the thrilling, high-powered tradition takes to the skies. Spectators on Lake Michigan and along the lakefront can watch and listen with WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM as they broadcast the show live both days and provide live streaming video coverage at

The Chicago Air and Water Show is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by ABC 7 Chicago, American Airlines, America Dimensions, The Boeing Company, Bud Light, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Communications Direct, GEICO, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Oracle and WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105. Organizations interested in corporate partnership, please contact or 312-744-9217.

For more information, visit, join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Air and Water Show) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiAirandWater).

NOTE TO MEDIA: Please contact Mary May at 312.744.0576 or for inquiries, media opportunities, photos and all media credential requests for the show on August 18 and 19 at North Avenue Beach.

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.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tituss Burgess to Host Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert, Mar. 23 (Chicago, IL.)

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo Credit: Timothy White/Decca
Lyric Announces Host Tituss Burgess for the Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Opera House

 Lyric Opera of Chicago is pleased to announce Broadway and television star Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will host the Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala at the Lyric Opera House on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the one-night-only musical extravaganza will honor and celebrate American soprano Renée Fleming for her extraordinary commitment to the city and her unparalleled contributions to the musical world.

Enhancing the celebration, Renée Fleming’s most iconic designer gowns and costumes are displayed throughout the Lyric Opera House. Guests can explore career highlights of “The People’s Diva” through her impeccable style, including the gown Vivienne Westwood designed for Fleming’s 2017 Carnegie Hall recital, her La traviata costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, a gown for Manon by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, the Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Fleming at Buckingham Palace for the televised Diamond Jubilee Concert in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, multiple gowns designed by John Galliano for Dior, and the gown designed by Vera Wang for the live telecast of Fleming’s July Fourth performance on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Tickets start at $69 and are available now at or by calling 312-827-5600.

Renée Fleming will sing beloved arias from her signature roles, including “Porgi amor” from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s Rusalka, and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel.

The multiple Grammy-winning, Tony-nominated superstar will be joined by a powerhouse lineup that includes stars of Lyric’s 2019/20 season: soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (The Three Queens, Dec. 1-7, 2019), tenor Lawrence Brownlee (The Barber of Seville, Sept. 28-Oct. 27, 2019), baritone Quinn Kelsey (Luisa Miller, Oct. 12-31, 2019), and bass-baritones Eric Owens (The RING Cycle, 2020), and Christian Van Horn (Luisa Miller, Oct. 12-31, 2019). These outstanding artists will variously perform with and pay tribute to their beloved friend and colleague in this unforgettable musical celebration.

Patrick Summers will conduct the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center will also participate in the concert.

Musical selections will encompass captivating works by Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Massenet, Boito, Floyd, Offenbach, and Lehár.
  • Emmy- and SAG-nominated actor, musician, and writer Tituss Burgess is an astonishingly versatile and dynamic performer, widely acclaimed for his work in television, film, and theater. Burgess is best known for starring as Titus Andromedon in the hit Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
  • Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky has sung seven leading roles at Lyric since 2002, most recently the title roles of Norma, Anna Bolena, and Aida. She is heralded internationally for portrayals of formidable heroines in the Verdi and bel canto repertoire.
  • Tenor Lawrence Brownlee starred opposite Renée Fleming in the Metropolitan Opera’s company premiere of Rossini’s Armida. His Lyric triumphs include I puritani, Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, and Cenerentola, plus a recital with Eric Owens.
  • Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a Ryan Opera Center alumnus, has triumphed at Lyric in 17 roles, including the title role in Rigoletto and Enrico/Lucia di Lammermoor (2016/17). One of today’s few genuine Verdi baritones, he enjoys an outstanding international career.
  • Bass-baritone Eric Owens has earned critical praise at Lyric in seven roles, most recently Wotan in Lyric’s new Ring cycle and in recital with Lawrence Brownlee. He has been lauded internationally for creating new roles and for classic portrayals.
  • Bass-baritone Christian van Horn, a Ryan Opera Center alumnus and winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award, has appeared at Lyric in 15 roles since 2004/05, most recently Mephistophélès/Faust, Escamillo/Carmen, and Narbal/Les Troyens.
  • Conductor Patrick Summers debuted at Lyric in 2014/15 leading Anna Bolena. Summers is artistic and music director at Houston Grand Opera and former principal guest conductor at San Francisco Opera. He has led performances with major companies internationally.

In 1993, Lyric Opera of Chicago audiences first experienced Renée Fleming’s incomparable artistry in the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and have loved her ever since for her spectacular portrayals in Faust, The Marriage of Figaro, Alcina, Otello, Thaïs, La traviata, A Streetcar Named Desire, Capriccio, and The Merry Widow. She has also given brilliant concerts with the Lyric Opera Orchestra (both alone and in collaboration with Jonas Kaufmann and with the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky); and a dazzling recital with Susan Graham. Fleming was featured in the company’s 50th and 60th anniversary gala concerts and was central to the triumphant Chicago Voices concert in 2017.

Since 2010, Fleming has served as Lyric’s first Creative Consultant. She has fostered emerging artists through important work as Advisor of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center and encouraged a future generation of opera lovers through Lyric Unlimited programs. She has been the driving force behind projects such as Lyric’s world-premiere opera Bel Canto, collaborations with The Second City, and the Chicago Voices initiative, which bridged genres and generations in a groundbreaking, multi-faceted series of programs. Fleming is a Vice Chair of Lyric’s Board of Directors and an honorary member of the Women’s Board of Lyric Opera.

Fleming was featured on the soundtracks of two Oscar-nominated films, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the Best Picture and Best Soundtrack winner The Shape of Water. She provided the singing voice of Julianne Moore’s opera diva Roxane Coss in the film of Bel Canto. She earned critical acclaim as Nettie Fowler/Carousel on Broadway, as well as a Tony nomination. Her performance schedule this year has also included an international recital tour encompassing Spain, France, the Netherlands, the U.S. and an orchestral concert in Paris. Her latest solo CD, Renée Fleming: Broadway, was released by Decca Records, and her recordings of Der Rosenkavalier and the Broadway cast album of Carousel were both nominated for 2019 Grammy Awards.

Having launched a major initiative with the National Institutes of Health and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts devoted to the intersection of music, neuroscience, and health, Renée is now a sought-after advocate and speaker on this topic, and has delivered more than 20 presentations across the country, from Stanford University to MIT. She will deliver the Pritzker lecture for the Chicago Public Library on Thursday, with guests Sunil Iyengar of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University.

The Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert will be followed by an exclusive Gala at The Ritz-Carlton after the performance. To learn more about premier concert seating and Gala attendance please call 312-827-5682 or go to

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring is here! Chicago City Markets Season Kickoff at the Daley Plaza City Market on May 9 (Chicago, IL.)

The market season kicks off on Thursday, May 9, at Daley Plaza featuring the unveiling of the winning design of the COUNTRY Financial® Reusable Bag Contest

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to present the summer season of Chicago City Markets. Chicago City Markets sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products and rare finds – at Chicago’s longest running farmers market on Daley Plaza, the historic Maxwell Street Market and a dozen more community markets in neighborhoods across Chicago. A complete list of city-run markets, along with dates and times are listed below and at

“Chicago City Markets are farmers markets and much more,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “Our markets provide residents with access to fresh and healthy food – and unique Chicago-made products and other merchandise – but they also bring communities together, many offering live music and other cultural activities.”

The official kickoff of the Chicago City Markets summer season will take place on Thursday, May 9, at 9 a.m. at the Daley Plaza City Market.   Among the activities, COUNTRY Financial® will announce the winner of the 12th Annual Reusable Bag Design Contest and will distribute free, reusable bags to market goers. The winning student will receive a scholarship prize and their art will appear on thousands of reusable canvas bags distributed at Chicago City Market locations. The theme for 2019 is “Growing a Green Future.” In order to be considered, artists must follow the theme and include the phrase “2019 Chicago City Markets” within their design. All entries must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. CST, April 8, 2019.

For more information on how to enter and official contest rules visit, All bag designs entered will also be on display in the lobby of the Daley Center (50 W. Washitngiton St.) beginning May 9 through May 17.  The City Market at Daley Plaza will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also feature visiting vendors from the Maxwell Street Market.

The Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.) is a year-round Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor. The 106-year-old historic market, open year-round on Sundays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m, offers an eclectic mix of foods and finds—including fresh produce, furniture, clothing, tools, garden plants, collectibles and rare finds. It is also renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago, with favorites including: tamales, banana leaf wrapped tamals, tacos, quesadillas with fresh handmade corn tortillas, elotes and corn cakes. Beverage choices include soft drinks, horchatas and other fruit flavored drinks.  For the sweet tooth, market goers can enjoy sorbet, funnel cakes, baked goods and Mangonadas served in a large cup with layers of mango sorbet and mango slices drizzled with lime, chamoy and chili powder. For additional information, visit and follow us on Facebook at Maxwell Street Market.

Chicago City Markets take place in neighborhoods across the city from Division Street to Roseland, downtown to Austin. Many markets serve communities with limited access to fresh produce and areas designated low-income, low-access by the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year, most of the City of Chicago-managed market locations will accept LINK through a partnership with Link Up Illinois, an Experimental Station program. The Link Match incentive (previously know as double value) gives a matching $1 coupon for each dollar spent with a Link card. Visit for more information. Link Up Illinois coupons can only be spent on fruits and vegetables. Coupons are not redeemable for cash or change.

The City of Chicago-managed markets opening in May are the Daley Plaza Farmers Market at 50 W. Washington St. opening on Thursday, May 9; the Division Street Farmers Market at Division St. and Dearborn Pkwy. opening on Saturday, May 11; and the Federal Plaza Farmers Market at Adams St. and Dearborn Pkwy. opening on Tuesday, May 14. Most community markets open in June and July. Maxwell Street Market operates year-round on Sundays.

Chicago City Markets take place in neighborhoods across the city from Division Street to Roseland, Downtown to Austin. For a complete list of all Chicago City Markets open through November and year-round markets, visit Join the conversation on Facebook at Chicago City Markets, on Instagram @ChicagoCityMarkets and on Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoCityMarkets).

The Chicago City Markets are produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Chicago Tribune and COUNTRY Financial®.

City-run community and farmers markets- schedule subject to change

Maxwell Street Market
800 S. Desplaines St.
Year-round; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Bronzeville City Market (L)
in partnership with Urban Juncture
332 E. 51st St.
Located at Boxville
July 7–September 8; Noon–4 p.m.

Federal Plaza City Market (L)
50 W. Adams St.
May 14–October 29; 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

Columbus Park City Market (L)
500 S. Central Ave.
July 9–September 3; 2–7 p.m.

Pullman Market City Market (L)
11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
July 10–October 30; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

La Follette Park City Market (L)
1333 N. Laramie Ave.
July 10–September 4; 2–7 p.m.

Roseland City Market (L)
200 W. 109th St.
Located at Lavizzo Elementary School
August 28–October 30; 2:30–5:30 p.m.

Daley Plaza City Market (L)
50 W. Washington St.
May 9–October 24; 7 a.m.–2 p.m. (no market July 4)

Austin Town Hall City Market (L) – New Location
5610 W. Lake St.
July 11–September 5; 2–7 p.m.

Division Street City Market (L)
30 W. Division St.
May 11–October 26; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

Printers Row City Market
700 S. Dearborn St.
June 15–October 26; 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

West Humboldt Park City Market (L)
in partnership with NHS Chicago
3601 W. Chicago Ave.
June 29–October 5; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Englewood City Market (L) – New Location
1219 W. 76th St.
Located at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Roller Skating Rink & Bowling Center
July 13–September 14; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Markets with the (L) by their listing below will participate in Link Up Illinois Link Match

Academy Award Winner RUTH E. CARTER and Writer/Producer TRACY OLIVER Confirmed as Panelists for 'About Women" Panel at ABFF (Miami Beach, FL.)




Panelists include Academy Award-winning Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter
and writer/producer Tracy Oliver

  The 23rd annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), taking place in Miami June 12-16, launches ABOUT WOMEN, a global initiative dedicated to inspiring and uniting women of color in the film and television industry. The mission is to ensure that the voices of multicultural women in Hollywood are heard and their perspectives considered.

The ABOUT WOMEN panel will bring together a multigenerational group of women including filmmakers, actors, designers, and executives to discuss topics, issues, and opportunities specific to their experiences, including gendered language in the workplace, wage disparity, the #METOO movement and other inequities that adversely affect women of color in Hollywood.

Confirmed panelists include Academy Award-winning costume designer, Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther, Selma) and film/television writer and producer Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Little). More panelists to be confirmed.  The session will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist, Jemele Hill.

The panel will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm in the Americana Ballroom 3 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and is sponsored by Hilton and Accenture.

“We wanted to create a platform where leading women in Hollywood could share their stories with other women around the world to help define clear pathways to success for aspiring female artists and executives in the entertainment industry,” says Nicole Friday, General Manager, ABFF Ventures.

ABFF remains committed to introducing emerging content creators of African descent to the industry at large and is recognized as one of the leading film festivals in the world. Passes are on sale at, and offer five (5) different levels of access to Festival events. Questions regarding registration may be directed to

Sponsors of the 2019 American Black Film Festival are HBO® (Founding and Presenting Sponsor); BET Networks, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Comcast NBCUniversal (Presenting Sponsor); Capital One, Hilton, Turner (Premier Sponsor); American Airlines, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Sony, TV One (Official Sponsor); and Accenture, Gentleman Jack, truTV, Warner Bros. (Supporting Partner).

ABFF Social Media Platforms:
Twitter            @ABFF
Facebook         American Black Film Festival
Instagram       @AmericanBlackFilmFestival
YouTube          American Black Film Festival
Hashtags         #ABFF19, #WeAreABFF


The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to empowering black artists and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. Committed to the belief that diverse artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to strengthen the black filmmaking community by encouraging resource sharing, education and artistic collaboration. He ultimately envisioned it as a cornerstone of diversity in Hollywood. ABFF is the pre-eminent pipeline for black artists in front of and behind the camera, and has significantly expanded the range of talent working in entertainment. For more than two decades the festival has been a platform for emerging black artists — premiering the early work and showcasing the talent of many of today’s most successful actors, producers, writers, directors and stand-up comedians. As “the nation’s largest gathering of black film and television enthusiasts” the festival attracts a broad audience of A-list talent, emerging artists, upscale consumers and industry stakeholders. Approximately 7,000 to 10,000 people travel to Miami Beach each year for the event. The five-day festival opens with the premiere of an upcoming Hollywood release followed by independent film screenings, master classes, panels, celebrity talks, live entertainment, and a variety of networking and hospitality events.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Two Weeks: ASH IS PUREST WHITE Opens in Chicago April 5




A film by Jia Zhangke
136 minutes | Not Rated | China/France
In Mandarin with English Subtitles

Opens In Chicago Friday, April 5
AMC River East 21 | 322 E. Illinois
Landmark Century Centre | 2828 N. Clark St.

ArcLight Chicago | 1500 N. Clybourn Ave

Watch the Trailer  |  Press Kit & Photos
Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster.
During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty.
Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.

Written and Directed by Jia Zhangke
Starring ZHAO Tao, LIAO Fan, XU Zheng and Casper LIANG
Produced by Shozo ICHIYAMA
Coproduced by ZHANG Dong, XIANG Shaokun and Juliette SCHRAMECK
Cinematography by Eric Gautier


"Enthralling!" -New York Times Critics' Pick
"A soulful epic..." -The Hollywood Reporter
"Director Jia Zhangke has become a cinematic poet of the 21st century."
-New York Magazine
Certified Fresh - Rotten Tomatoes
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Amdur Productions Announces 2019 Art Festival Line Up


Amdur Productions Announces 2019 Art Festival Line Up 
At Amdur Productions, art is their passion. It enriches life and feeds the soul. From dozens of art festivals each year to a global e-commerce network (, founder and president, Amy Amdur, and her team of art lovers seek to mentor, educate and inspire the world through art. It is their mission to encourage artists to pursue their creativity and individuality, while providing unique and interactive experiences for the public. Art makes our world a richer and more beautiful place to live!
This year, Amdur Productions celebrates its 36th anniversary and will be producing 24 festivals throughout Chicagoland and beyond (including two in Wisconsin and one in Indiana). Below is a list of these shows, as well as a brief description of each fest. Throughout the weekend at all fests, there will be a variety of 15-minute art talks including such topics as “Show Highlights,” “How to Frame Art,” “Choosing Art for Your Home or Office,” and more! For additional information, please visit or call 847-926-4300.
MADE – Chicago, Illinois
Sundays, February 10, May 5, and December 15
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
MADE, a carefully curated experience, features the newest, quirkiest, and most interesting hand-made pieces all created by passionate "makers" from Chicagoland and beyond. From art to food, clothing to lotions, jewelry to home décor, everything at the show is made by hand by the people who love making them. This indoor shopping and buying event, which has themes: Valentine’s Day art and gifts from the heart (February), Mother’s Day gifts (May) and holiday shopping (December), will be held at Chicago’s Morgan Manufacturing in the West Loop (401 N. Morgan Street). Admission is FREE. For more information:
Barrington Art Festival – Barrington, IL
Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
The 10th annual Barrington Art Festival returns this Memorial Day weekend and will take place along Cook and Station streets in charming downtown Barrington. The community continues to flock to this festival to see the original work of more than 130 juried artists from around the country in a variety of mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and more! In addition to the incredible artwork, attendees will enjoy live music, kid-friendly activities, and great food for purchase. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Gold Coast Art Fair – Chicago, IL
Please Note: New Weekend Dates
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2
10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
The award-winning “Granddaddy of American Art Festivals” returns for its 62nd year on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2! Come celebrate the summer season with an art-filled experience at the beloved Gold Coast Art Fair located at Grant Park’s beautiful Butler Field (Monroe at Columbus). This much anticipated event welcomes more than 300 artists from around the country featuring exceptional artwork of all mediums, ranging in price from $25 to $25,000 (and everything in between!) Take part in the art action with demonstrations by artists, live music, and interactive art projects.  Savor the summer sun and Chicago’s stunning skyline in one of the Gold Coast Art Fair’s three Food, Music and Beer Oases! The entry fee is $10. Kids 13 and under are FREE! With the new date for the Gold Coast Art Fair, visitors on Saturday, June 1 will also be able to enjoy the Chicago Ale Fest at Butler Field from 2 to 7 pm. For more information:
Promenade of Art – Arlington Heights, IL
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Kick off the summer with a weekend of community and creativity at the 17th annual Promenade of Art on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. More than 110 juried artists from across the country will showcase and sell original work in a variety of categories including paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture. Live art demonstrations will give festival-goers the unique opportunity to see masters at work. Spend the weekend in the heart of Arlington Heights viewing and buying spectacular art while enjoying live music and delicious food from local restaurants. Bring the kids to this family-friendly art festival where they can enjoy spin art, Art Fest Bingo and more! Admission is FREE. For additional information:
Festival of Fine Arts – Highland Park, IL
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
The Festival of Fine Arts, hosted by The Art Center Highland Park and produced by Amdur Productions,  is celebrating its 21st anniversary! The festival, which takes place in downtown Highland Park, will showcase the original work of 125 juried artists from around the world in a variety of original mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to try a free class, see the work of The Art Center Highland Park, and interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Live music, great food and a variety of activities for kids make this festival a fun experience for all. There is a $5 suggested donation, which benefits The Art Center Highland Park. For more information:
Millennium Art Festival – Chicago, IL
Friday, June 28 - 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 29 - 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 30 - 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Popping up for a three-day weekend, the 11th annual Millennium Art Festival brings excitement and art to downtown Chicago. Renowned as one of the “Top 50 Art and Design Shows” by Sunshine Artist Magazine, Millennium Art Festival showcases the talents of more than 110 juried artists who participate in this city-centric festival. Festival goers will see an array of original artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, furniture and more! Millennium Art Festival blends fantastic food with interactive art-filled experiences, infusing a creative spirit into Chicago’s urban streets. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Valparaiso Art Festival – Valparaiso, IN
Please Note: New Show!
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Amdur Productions proudly announces a new show on the streets of Valparaiso, Indiana, which is just one hour from Chicago. The festival will take place in the thriving downtown area, adjacent to their new development, Central Park Plaza. This exciting new show will feature the work of a variety of juried artists in numerous mediums including paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, glass, wood, furniture and more! In addition to spectacular art work, attendees will be able to interact with artists through booth chats and live demonstrations. Fun activities including color creations, Art Fest Bingo and spin art will be available for children, making it the perfect festival for art enthusiasts of all ages. There will also be live music and food from neighboring restaurants. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival – Glencoe, IL
Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
The magnificent Esplanade in the Chicago Botanic Garden sets the stage for the 9th annual Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival! Showcasing the work of 95 unique artists in a magnificently pristine setting overlooking a lake, spectacular gardens and 385 acres of nature’s majesty, this show is a must see! All the artwork featured at this show embodies a botanic theme, use or material. Come visit for a day or two of exploring art in one of the Midwest’s most celebrated destinations! Interactive art demos and booth chats will take place all weekend long. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Whitefish Bay Art Fest – Whitefish Bay, WI
Please Note: New Show!
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Amdur Productions proudly announces a new show in lovely Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. The Whitefish Bay Art Fest will take place in the downtown area on Silver Spring Drive, along a vibrant tree-lined street and nestled amongst popular cafés, boutiques, and salons. This exciting new show will feature the work of juried artists in a variety of mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, wood, furniture and more! Booth chats, artist demonstrations, live music, delicious food offerings from local restaurants, and activities for kids make the Whitefish Bay Art Fest one for the entire family! Admission is FREE. For more information:
Artfest Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL
Please Note: Unlike Past Years, This is a 2-Day Show. 
Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
This two-day fine art festival, celebrating its 4th year, takes place on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue at the base of the iconic Chicago Tribune building overlooking the Chicago River. Festival attendees will experience the hustle and bustle of the beautiful Windy City while taking in the original artwork of 65+ juried artists at this “all art” show. Michigan Avenue features Chicago’s largest shopping district with upscale stores, boutiques, restaurants, luxury retailers and hotels. Attendees of Artfest Michigan Avenue will experience the city in all its magnificent glory while viewing fabulous art in a variety of mediums.  Admission is FREE. For more information:
Glencoe Festival of Art – Glencoe, IL
Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Art at the Glen – Glenview, IL
Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
Lincolnshire Art Festival – Lincolnshire, IL
Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
The Lincolnshire Art Festival is proudly celebrating its 22nd year as a suburban summertime favorite! The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun. The fest also features live music, great food, and fun activities for kids. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats. Admission is FREE: For more information:
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival – Evanston, IL
Friday, August 16 – 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Art until dusk. Food and music until 9 pm.)
Saturday, August 17 – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (Art until dusk. Food and music until 9 pm.)
Sunday, August 18 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Port Clinton Art Festival – Highland Park, IL
Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25
10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
Located in beautiful downtown Highland Park, the 36th annual Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country, rated as one of the top 6 art shows in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine and a top show by Art Fair Calendar. More than 250 of the world’s most celebrated artists come together to showcase their work over the course of the weekend, creating an atmosphere brimming with energy and creativity. Alongside established artists, a Youth Art Division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under, offering them the opportunity to participate, exhibit, and experience the inner workings of an art festival. Throughout the weekend, festival-goers will enjoy art activities for kids, interactive art demos, and of course, original artwork offered by master artists from around the world! Of special interest: Highland Park is celebrating its 150th year in 2019! A special showing of original posters celebrating Highland Park’s 150th anniversary (created by Highland Park residents, past and present) will be featured throughout the weekend. Suggested donation is $5 per person. A portion of the donations will go to a local non-profit. For more information:
Third Ward Art Festival – Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
The 8th annual Third Ward Art Festival will be held on Labor Day Weekend and will showcase the work of more than 140 juried artists (dozens of whom are from Wisconsin) in a variety of original mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, wood and furniture. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Fun activities including color creations, art fest bingo and spin art will be available for children, making it the perfect festival for art enthusiasts of all ages. Food will be available at neighboring restaurants, while wine and beer will be offered at the fest. Live music will take place throughout the weekend. This show is in the heart of the Historic Third Ward with lots of restaurants, pubs, theaters, galleries and unique shopping experiences. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Fine Art Festival – Oakbrook, IL
Saturday, September 7 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Deer Park Art Show – Deer Park, IL
Saturday, September 7 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Amdur Productions presents the 4th annual Deer Park Art Show, an outdoor event at the elegant and upscale Deer Park Town Center. The show will feature dozens of juried artists in a variety of mediums at various price points, as well as live music, food and activities for kids. Admission is FREE and there is plenty of free parking. For more information:
Printers Row Art Fest, Chicago, IL
Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
After a tremendously successful inaugural event last year, the super cool Printer’s Row Art Fest returns to the South Loop on Dearborn Street between Polk and Harrison. This fall festival is the place to be and showcases the beauty, creativity and culture of the area. There will be art at all price points by painters, street artists, jewelers, upcycling artists, photographers, mixed media artists and more. Area restaurants and bars will be on hand to serve up their Chicago specialties. Live music will also add to the fun and lively atmosphere. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Northshore Affordable Art Show – Skokie, IL
Please Note: New Show!
Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
The brand-new Northshore Affordable Art Show, held in the front of Skokie’s Westfield Old Orchard shopping mall, is the place to find incredible steals and deals from a wide variety of juried artists! This is a “don’t miss” end-of-season show where artists discount, reduce, and generally sell off their extra art inventory at a fraction of the cost. Visitors can find bargains on everything from jewelry and paintings to ceramics, sculptures and fine art. This unique outdoor art fair offers great art at great prices! In addition to discounted artwork, attendees will enjoy live music, kid-friendly activities and tasty treats. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Arboretum of South Barrington Art Festival – South Barrington, IL
Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22
10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
The Arboretum of South Barrington Art Festival celebrates its 3rd year with dozens of juried artists from across country! Visitors to the fest will enjoy live music, artist demonstrations and booth chats while strolling the fest. Be sure to visit the Ruth’s Chris Tent for great food and the Blick Art Tent for fun art activities for kids of all ages. Admission is FREE. For more information:
Please Note: New Show!
Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22
11:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
For more information on this year’s Amdur Productions’ art festivals, please visit: or call 847-926-4300.