Friday, May 31, 2019

The Conservation Center >> Conserving Relativity: A Display for Einstein & Other Projects



Here at The Conservation Center, we are always excited to have the opportunity to work on pieces with fascinating provenance. Recently we have had the distinct pleasure of treating several such pieces. In this month's newsletter, we will share the story of visually memorializing Albert Einstein, and discuss the treatment of a treasured family violin.
We will also share the treatment story of a model Japanese temple-- a project that required the dedication of several different departments at The Center to ensure the piece's wellbeing for years to come.

Conserving Einstein Ephemera

Einstein's book and photograph required a creative design solution from our Framing & Display Department, with custom acrylic work to create the illusion of anti-gravity.

Family Heirlooms: Restoring a Violin
Our multi-talented furniture conservators treat a treasured violin. With the bow, case, and violin all in a serious state of disrepair, our Furniture and Objects Department was able to fully restore the 1/4 size student instrument.
Reconstructing a Japanese Temple
Some projects take the whole team-- the story of an in-depth treatment from conservation to shipping. 

Our shipping team created custom packaging to keep the newly conserved temple safe during storage and transit. Thanks to their time and consideration, the work arrived in pieces but left as precious cargo.
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Renée Taylor Brings Laughs to Skokie in "My Life on a Diet" (Skokie, IL.)

Academy Award-Nominated and Emmy Award-Winning Actress Renée Taylor Delivers Zingers and One-Liners Guaranteed to Make Audiences Howl with Laughter
“Fascinating. Lighthearted & Spicy.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, Elisabeth Vincentelli
“Still charming and sexy at 85, Taylor dishes out laughs and unexpectedly tender moments.”
- NEWSDAY, Joseph Amodio
“The inimitable Renée Taylor’s new show is wonderful. It’s an evening laced with love and laughter.”
- NEW YORK POST, Barbara Hoffman
“Astonishingly funny. I probably laughed harder, longer and more often at this show
than I have at all the comedies of this new century.”
- BROADWAY RADIO, Peter Filichia
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is pleased to present a three-week engagement of Renée Taylor’s MY LIFE ON A DIET at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie in the Northlight Theatre space from Tuesday, July 16 through Sunday, August 4, 2019 (please see below for a full performance schedule). Tickets for the award-winning autobiographical comedy range in price from $45 to $92 and are on sale now at the North Shore Center box office,, or by calling 847-673-6300.
In MY LIFE ON A DIET, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress Renée Taylor, perhaps best-known today as Fran Drescher's outspoken mother, Sylvia Fine, on the CBS sitcom The Nanny, looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets.  A self-described “diet junkie” who used to think that if she ate like star, she’d just might look and live like one, Taylor dishes out both juicy anecdotes about and weight loss tips from Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Barbra Streisand. She also shares hilarious and poignant stories about Joseph Bologna, her late husband and partner in work for 52 years.  In telling about her highs and lows – on and off the scale – this comedy legend proves the ability to laugh gets you through it all.
MY LIFE ON A DIET is written by Taylor and Joseph Bologna, and was originally directed by Bologna. MY LIFE ON A DIET made its New York premiere last summer with a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clements. In November, Taylor won the annual United Solo Special Award for MY LIFE ON A DIET for her significant contributions to solo theater during the year.
RENéE TAYLOR (Performer, Co-Writer). MY LIFE ON A DIET is one of 22 plays, four films, and nine TV movies and series that Renée and Joseph Bologna created together.  Renée and Joe appeared together on Broadway in their plays Lovers and Other Strangers (1968), It Had to Be You (1981), and If You Ever Leave Me … I’m Going With You! (2001); and Off-Broadway in Bermuda Avenue Triangle (Promenade Theatre, 1997). For film, they received an Academy Award nomination for the 1970 film adaptation of Lovers and Other Strangers. The following year, they co-wrote and co-starred in Made for Each Other (Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Comedy). Taylor and Bologna co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in the 1989 film adaptation of It Had to Be You, and the 1996 film Love Is All There Is (which introduced a young Angelina Jolie). For television, the couple won Emmy Awards in 1973 for writing “Acts of Love and Other Comedies,” and were nominated once again the following year for writing the TV movie “Paradise.” They co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in the 1984 HBO movie “Bedrooms” (Writers Guild Award). Taylor made her professional stage debut at 15 in a Purim Pageant at Madison Square Garden, and earned her Actors Equity card at age 19 for appearing in The Rehearsal at The President Theatre. Her other stage credits include: Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Agatha Sue, I Love You (directed by George Abbott); Luv (directed by Mike Nichols); Elaine May’s 1964 improvisational revue The Third Ear; and William Gibson’s Dinny and the Witches at the Cherry Lane Theatre.  Her many film credits also include: Jerry Lewis’ The Errand Boy, Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Elaine May’s A New Leaf, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Lovesick, White Palace, Life During Wartime, Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, and more recently, The Do-Over and How To Be a Latin Lover. Known for her Emmy nominated role of Sylvia Fine in “The Nanny,” Taylor’s other notable TV acting credits include “Daddy Dearest” and the groundbreaking HBO sitcom “Dream On” (she had the distinction of appearing on these three television shows simultaneously).  More recently she has had recurring roles in “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “Happily Divorced,” and can currently be seen on Amazon’s “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills.” In addition to winning the United Solo Special Award for Outstanding solo show, Taylor was recently inducted into the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 due to the success of MY LIFE ON A DIET.  She holds an Honorary Doctorate from Hofstra University.
JOSEPH BOLOGNA (Co-Writer, Director) was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 30, 1934.  Bologna graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history.  Following a tour with the U.S. Marines, Joe started directing short films and writing special comedy material. Bologna made his Broadway debut as the co-star and co-author of Lovers and Other Strangers, and he made his film debut as the co-star and co-author of Made for Each Other.  His other film credits include Cops and Robbers, Mixed Company, The Big Bus, Chapter Two, My Favorite Year, Blame It on Rio, The Woman in Red, Love Is All There Is and Big Daddy. His television credits include the Emmy-winning television special “Acts of Love and Other Comedies” (co-written with Ms. Taylor), and the made for TV films “Honor Thy Father;” “Paradise;” “What’s New, Catherine Cutis?;” “Torn Between Two Lovers;” and “One Cooks, the Other Doesn't;” among others. An Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning playwright and screenwriter, Bologna, with Taylor, his wife and partner of 52 years, collaborated on 22 plays, four film screenplays, and nine TV movies and series.
Price & Performance Schedule
Renée Taylor’s
My Life on a Diet
by Renée Taylor & Joseph Bologna
Tuesday, July 16 – Sunday, August 04, 2019; Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm
Ticket Range: $45-$92
Tuesday Evening: $80 | $55 | $45
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Matinee: $87 | $62 | $52
Saturday Evening & Sunday Matinee: $92 | $67 | $57
Tickets are on sale now at the North Shore Center box office,, or by calling 847-673-6300.
Price level one seating includes prime seating and entry into post-show meet & greet with Renée Taylor.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at Group Theater Tix: (312) 423-6612
Discounted theatre packages are available at
North Shore Center Feature Series | //
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater | June 14-16
Wiesenthal | Jun 26-30
Hitler’s Tasters | Jul 05-14
Renée Taylor’s My Life on a Diet | Jul 16 - Aug 04
The Righteous Brothers | Jul 19
Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion | Jul 23 & 25
Kuana Torres Kahele | Aug 10
Keb’ Mo’ | Sep 13
Lewis Black | Sep 27 & 28
BritBeat - Abbey Road 50th Anniversary | Oct 12
Judy Collins | Oct 19
Ryan Hamilton | Oct 26
Postmodern Jukebox | Oct 30
Broadway with the Callaway Sisters | Dec 14
More Shows Announced Soon!
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie is a dynamic two-theater complex designed by Boston architect Graham Gund and opened in November 1996. The North Shore Center is managed by Professional Facilities Management, Inc. and operates as part of the Village of Skokie’s plan to provide cultural, literary and educational programs to benefit the citizens of Skokie and Chicago’s North Shore. The facility features an 867-seat main theater, and a convertible 318-seat theater, which serves as the home to Northlight Theatre. In addition, there is a 6,000 square foot grand lobby, rehearsal hall and conference rooms. The North Shore Center presents a Feature Series and the curriculum-based Youtheatre program, which has provided supplemental arts education to over a million Chicago area students since its launch in 1980. Located 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop and conveniently across from Westfield Old Orchard Mall, the Center is in close proximity to many excellent dining, shopping and hotel options. Free parking is also abundantly available. For more information or tickets to its diverse programming, please visit
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Village of Skokie, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, Wintrust Community Banks, Evanston Subaru in Skokie, Niles Township Government, The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Irving M. and Sylvia Footlik Foundation, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Rice Young People’s Endowment of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, Rotary Club of Skokie Valley, Kiwanis Club of Skokie Valley, Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center Chicago North Shore, and Jameson’s Charhouse.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

June 7-July 4 screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago,IL.)


Open-captioned screenings of AMAZING GRACE will be presented
Friday, June 7, 2 pm and Saturday, June 8, 5:15 pm

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, Czech That Film (June 7-July 2) showcases a selection of recent films from the Czech Republic. Titles featured are: HASTRMAN (June 7, 13) in which a mysterious nobleman returns to his crumbling ancestral property and takes an exceptional interest in a wild-spirited local maiden in this Gothic thriller; WINTER FLIES (June 9, 12) which concerns two boys who set out in a stolen Audi, picking up a female hitchhiker and rescuing a dog, before their adventure comes to a halt in a rural police station; JAN PALACH (June 14, 20), an engaging drama detailing the final months in the life of Jan Palach, the Czech national hero who died by self-immolation to protest the Soviet occupation of his country; GOLDEN STING (June 16, 17), a fictionalized underdog tale following the basketball team that scored the unprecedented Czech win of the European championship in Geneva in 1946; DESERTER (June 21, 24) in which an entrepreneur sees his swanky spa usurped by a communist party lackey, he takes revenge only to be faced with bitter repercussions; the 1950s-set SUITOR (June 23, 27), with the communist regime firmly in place, a father finds himself in conflict with his daughter after her fling with a penniless hunk proves to have staying power; PATRIMONY (June 28, July 1) involves the untimely death of a womanizing trumpet player who sets his widowed wife and his adult daughter off on a road trip to uncover family secrets; and DUKLA 61 (June 29, July 2) in which a 1961 mining disaster that took the lives of 108 men serves as the backdrop in this family drama concerning a college student returned home to become a miner with his pregnant girlfriend in tow. Actress Antonie Formanová is scheduled to be present for audience discussion on Tuesday, July 2, following DUKLA 61. The audience is invited to a reception sponsored by the Czech Consulate General in the Film Center’s Gallery/Café following the screening and discussion.

Modern sound technology allowed for the completion of AMAZING GRACE (June 7-13), a 38-years-in-the-making documentary, detailing the recording of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 Grammy-winning album Amazing Grace.

Chicago premiere! ASAKO I & II (June 7-13) concerns college student Asako, who, two years after being deserted by her unreliable boyfriend, finds herself falling for Ryohei, a sensitive salaryman who is her ex-beau’s opposite in all ways...except for one.

First Chicago run! In SAUVAGE / WILD (June 7-13), a 22-year-old gay hustler cycles through a series of mostly sexual encounters that range from the achingly tender to the harrowingly brutal. Note: Contains scenes of explicit sexuality.

First Chicago run! In DIAMANTINO (June 14-20), dim-witted beefcake soccer star Diamantino finds himself at the center of a wild government cloning plot in this hallucinatory Cannes prize-winning comedy.

Celebrated auteur Claire Denis upends the sci-fi genre in HIGH LIFE (June 14-20), the story of a spaceship populated by death-row convicts sent on a suicide mission to a black hole.

Chicago premiere! In THE PROPOSAL (June 14-19), a conceptual artist and an art historian battle over the archive of Mexican architect Luis Barragán in this inventive documentary. Presented as part of Panorama Latinx.

Chicago premiere! The engaging, locally made documentary NO SMALL MATTER (June 20-27) explores the importance of early childhood education. Co-directors Daniel Alpert, Greg Jacobs, and Jon Siskel, plus additional guests, are scheduled to be present for audience discussion at all screenings except for Friday, June 21, 4 pm and Sunday, June 23, 2 pm.

Chicago premiere! The final 24 hours in the life of Italian filmmaker and political activist Pier Paolo Pasolini (Willem Dafoe) are speculatively recreated in PASOLINI (June 21-27) by maverick director Abel Ferrara.

Chicago premiere! The inspiring documentary THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE (June 21-17) tells the story of Jewish American Moe Berg, a major-league catcher and agent working for the OSS during World War II. Director Aviva Kempner is scheduled to appear for audience discussion on Sunday, June 23.

New digital restoration! CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI (June 28-July 4): Available to American audiences for the first time in its uncut version, Francesco Rosi’s adaptation of Carlo Levi’s classic memoir details a leftist writer’s exile in a remote village in South Italy.

Chicago premiere! Based on the filmmaker’s mother’s journey, the hand-drawn animation FUNAN (June 28-July 4) tells the story of a family’s persecution under Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.

First Chicago run! The engrossing documentary THE RAFT (June 28-July 4) details an experiment that brought together 11 strangers on a raft set to drift across the Atlantic.

Special Engagements
National Theatre Live: THE AUDIENCE (June 7, 8): This Tony Award-winning production stars Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth who advises a series of prime ministers on matters both public and personal. National Theatre Live tickets are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members.

THE SUICIDE (June 8): The tension arising between the demands of activism and Gregg Bordowitz’s desire to explore aspects of his own life resulted in the appropriation of Nicolai Erdman’s avant-garde play The Suicide. Presented in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit I Wanna Be Well, April 4-July 14.

Chicago premiere! Martin Scorsese’s new documentary ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: A BOB DYLAN STORY BY MARTIN SCORSESE (June 11) captures the joyous music that Dylan performed during his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour.

Consuming seven years of labor and billed as the world's first fully oil-painted feature film, LOVING VINCENT (June 14, 15, 18) is a compelling, thoroughly researched dramatization of Van Gogh's life. Followed by LOVING VINCENT: THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM, the story of how LOVING VINCENT came to be made. Note: There will be a 15-minute intermission.

Presented in 35mm! A corporate underling, paranoid about being cut out of a lucrative business deal, fears a trap is being set for him in David Mamet’s darkly humorous thriller THE SPANISH PRISONER (June 15, 18).

Chicago premiere! In WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN (June 15, 19), filmmaker Arwen Curry engages the feisty but camera-shy science-fiction author in a series of revealing interviews that explore her artistic and political evolution. The Saturday, July 15 screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by science-fiction author and UIC professor Mary Anne Mohanraj. Also featured on the panel are Madhu Dubey, UIC Professor of English and African American Studies, and Alec Nevala-Lee, author of Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction. The Wednesday, June 19 screening will be followed by an audience discussion led by Prof. Mohanraj.

Gene Siskel Film Center Movie Club examines NO SMALL MATTER (June 25), facilitated by the filmmakers. Each ticket-holder attending the Movie Club post-screening discussion receives a complimentary beverage.

Presented in 35mm! In SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (June 21, 22, 26), four of Italy’s fascist elite select 16 innocent young men and women to become their sex slaves in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s controversial final film.

Presented in 35mm! In CRASH (June 22, 25), body horror maestro David Cronenberg brings J.G. Ballard’s controversial novel to the big screen, telling the story of a movie producer embroiled in a dark underworld of car-accident fetishists. Presented as part of the series Fringe Benefits.

New digital widescreen restoration! In THE FATE OF LEE KHAN (June 28, 29 + July 3), a crafty landlord and her team of four ex-con serving maids take on a corrupt warlord in King Hu’s revisionist kung fu drama.

Blending documentary and fiction, in A BIGGER SPLASH (June 29 + July 1, 3), director Jack Hazan features artist David Hockney as himself, an in-demand, gay artist struggling with a creative block after a breakup.

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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise—are $12/general admission, $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website or through the individual films’ weblinks on There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.

Tickets to National Theatre Live: THE AUDIENCE (June 7, 8) are $14/general admission and $8/Film Center members.

Two-Film PASOLINI/SALÒ Discount (June 21-27): Buy a ticket at the regular prices for PASOLINI or SALÒ, and get a ticket for any show of the other film at this discount rate with proof of original purchase: $7/general admission; $5/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)
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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit

Discounted parking is available for $19 for 24 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146. 

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit

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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience that has grown to over 100,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

About Panorama Latinx
Panorama Latinx is an initiative of the Gene Siskel Film Center dedicated to year-round Latin American programming. The Film Center engages the dynamic Latinx community of greater Chicago through showcasing the work of emerging and established Latinx filmmakers educational screenings, and community partnerships.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at