Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Chicago Humanities Festival >> Announcing: George R. R. Martin (Chicago, IL.)




On October 11, join the Chicago Humanities Festival for an extraordinary program with legendary author George R. R. Martin. Creator of the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series, which inspired HBO's Game of Thrones, Martin will be joined in conversation by Eve L. Ewing. Chicago's Spektral Quartet will join for a special performance. This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Members get early access to tickets. 
  • September 10th, 10am: Tickets on sale to members
  • October 1st, 10am: Tickets on sale to the public

Please note: Tickets to this event are extremely limited. Membership does not guarantee tickets. Tickets are limited to two per member.
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The Bloom/Axelrad Program
An Evening with George R. R. Martin
Friday, October 11
7:30 to 9:00pm
Symphony Center | Orchestra Hall
220 S Michigan Ave

This program is generously underwritten by Ben Axelrad and Christy Bloom and is presenteed in partnership with the Chicago Public Library Foundation
An Evening with George R. R. Martin is a CHF Presents program.
CHF Presents are special programs outside of our Spring and Fall Festivals, which feature presenters at the forefront of the cultural conversation.

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Photography >> "Siena Awards" Festival (Italy)


© Marcel van Balken (NL)

(October 25th - December 1st 2019)

"Siena Awards" Festival represents an unmissable occasion for all the photography lovers who are coming to Siena from all over the world. A fascinating journey will bring you into a world full of culture, where the visual art is expressed through different themes, all of high value.

The SIPA Contest and the Drone Awards Ceremony opens the Festival and the Exhibition which will last until December 1st.

If you love photography, all lenses will be turned towards Siena and its "Siena Awards" Festival in November. The event, a tribute to visual art, is organized and divided into personal and collective exhibitions, workshops, photo-tours, seminars, conferences, projections, guided tours on the spot and many other events....
Siena is one of the richest areas of Italy in terms of natural and artistic beauty with four UNESCO world heritage sites. Nature here offers extraordinary beauty, in terms of vineyards, olive groves, forests and natural reserves dotted with castles, churches and medieval villages still intact.

A fascinating journey will bring you into a world full of culture, where the visual art is expressed through different themes, all of high value. An invitation to look beyond the lens to be surprised by the beauty of faces and situations of everyday life...
You and SIPA, together, for one of the biggest and the most amazing photography events in the world. We are thrilled to meet you this October in Siena. Enthusiastic and honored to host such incredible participants as yourselves and to continue to grow our "Big Family"....


JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM | Roadshow Activation Comes To Chicago!






WHAT: The iconic Mustang from the first two installments of the John Wick franchise, as well as the motorcycle from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, will travel across the Midwest and East Coast from August 31 to September 18 to visit select Best Buy Stores, NASCAR events, and the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL game.
WHO: Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with the Mustang, escape an army of assassins with a John Wick motorcycle green screen, check out real props from the films, and experience the John Wick universe in person. They’ll even be given a chance to win fun John Wick swag.


WHEN/:                       Thursday, September 12            &          Friday, September 13

WHERE                        3:00-7:00 PM                                        3:00-7:00 PM
Best Buy                                               Best Buy
                                    7600 S Cicero Ave.                                1432 Butterfield Rd.Burbank, IL 60459                          Downers Grove, IL
John Wick reloads for another worldwide smash hit when John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, now available on Digitaland on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 10 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). The highly anticipated third film in the blockbuster John Wick franchise is an action-packed, international thrill ride that is now Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™. 
The film stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, Speed, Point Break), Oscar® winner Halle Berry (2001, Best Actress, Monster’s Ball), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), Marc Dacascos (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O,” Brotherhood of the Wolf, Only the Strong), Asia Kate Dillon (TV’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Billions,” “Younger”), Lance Reddick (White House Down, Jonah Hex, TV’s “American Horror Story”), with Oscar® winner Anjelica Huston (1985, Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi’s Honor), and Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (2005, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, TV’s “Deadwood”).
Super assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) has a $14 million price tag on his head after killing a member of the High Table, the shadowy international assassins’ guild. Now excommunicado, and with an army of the world’s most ruthless hit men and women on his trail, John must find a way to survive in this third chapter of the adrenaline-fueled action series. 
Twitter: @JohnWickMovie
Instagram: @johnwickmovie
Hashtag: #JohnWick3

YAS! Fest - Chicago's Your Arts Showcase in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 21 - FREE (Chicago, IL)



The free-admission festival presented by Allstate Insurance Company includes performances by hip hop star Tink, OSTON, The Era, Mariachi Herencia de México, CircEsteem, Chicago Public Library YOUmedia and many more

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is thrilled to announce the lineup for the daylong YAS! Fest presented by Allstate Insurance Company on Saturday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public, YAS! Fest – the second annual Youth Arts Showcase – is Chicago’s largest celebration of young artists and youth arts organizations, featuring creative work of musicians, actors, dancers, artists and more throughout Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street). Teens and families will explore youth arts programs from across the city and enjoy a showcase of hundreds of outstanding young Chicago artists.

The headliners for the event include hip hop star Tink. Tink released Winter Diary, a mixtape dealing with the highs and lows of high school life and relationships, while still a teen in Chicago. Following critical acclaim, her star is on the rise with a new label and new album Voicemails released this year with the lead single “Bad Side.” Opening for Tink will be artist and songwriter OSTON (Austin Wolfe), who recently released her debut EP Sitting at the Kids Table working with heavyweight songwriter and producer Dino Zisis of Lady Gaga fame. Chicago rapper Lizzie G will emcee, and Jamal Smallz will spin music throughout the day beginning at 2 p.m. Following festival headliner Tink, the Full Moon Jam will perform at Cloud Gate Plaza as part of the Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residency.

“YAS! Fest provides an incredible opportunity to support the creativity and growth of Chicago’s young artists,” said Commissioner Mark Kelly. “This festival celebrates the talent of thousands of young people and the community of mentors who inspire them.”

Highlights of the day’s programs include the Chicago Park District’s T.I.P. (Teens In The Park) Fest featuring audition winners from across Chicago and a live broadcast with WFMT’s Introductions featuring Latin Grammy Award-nominated ensemble Mariachi Herencia de México and Merit School of Music. In honor of the Year of Chicago Theatre, CircEsteem youth circus performers will pop up at the Great Lawn and youth theatre ensembles will be featured in the YAS! Lounge. Additionally, the day’s schedule includes creative activities across performing, visual, literary and media arts – from youth DJ workshops to radio podcasting to photography to interactive artmaking with Chicago’s many youth and arts agencies. The finale will also include recognition for the 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll, the city’s annual program to recognize teens in the arts.

“When young people believe in themselves and are encouraged to bring their ideas forward, we know they’ll create the kind of society that uplifts us all,” said Kate Nack, Director, Corporate Relations, Allstate Insurance Company. “That’s why Allstate is focused on empowering our next generation of leaders by investing in programs like the arts that help young people build critical social and emotional skills. We care about the future of Chicago and our youth, and are proud to recognize them as problem solvers, change agents and artists.”

Programmed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, YAS! Fest is presented by Allstate Insurance Company with support from the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Sun-Times. For the full lineup and most up-to-date festival schedule, visit and follow on Facebook (MillenniumParkChicago), Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium_Park) and Snapchat (#YASfest).

YAS! Fest Schedule
(schedule subject to change)

Chase Promenade South – Live Music and DJs 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Featuring Lizzie G as emcee and Jamal Smallz spinning from 2–6 p.m.
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.       Chicago Park District T.I.P. (Teens In The Park) Fest Performances with Art of Culture and sounds by DJ Bman
2:30 p.m.                     Blues Kids Foundation
3 p.m.                          BandWith Chicago
3:30 p.m.                     Guitars Over Guns Organization
4 p.m.                          Little Kids Rock
4:30 p.m.                     Finale Opening Program
5 p.m.                          OSTON
5:30 p.m.                     Tink

Chase Promenade North – YAS! Lounge 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
            11 a.m.                        WeJam DJ Academy
11:30 a.m.                   Chicago Youth Shakespeare
Noon                           Chicago Poetry Center
12:30 p.m.                   WeJam DJ Academy
1 p.m.                          After School Matters
1:30 p.m.                     The Second City Teen Ensemble
2 p.m.                          WeJam DJ Academy
2:30 p.m.                     Young Chicago Authors
3 p.m.                          Chicago Public Library YOUmedia Mixtape
3:30 p.m.                     WeJam DJ Academy

Cloud Gate Plaza–Dance Performances and Activations 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
11:30 a.m.                   Dancing with Class
Noon                           M.A.D.D. Rhythms
12:30 p.m.                   Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Youth Company
1 p.m.                          Chicago Public Schools Curie Metropolitan High School Dance
1:30 p.m.                     Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center
2:30 p.m.                     The Happiness Club
3 p.m.                          Dance Down featuring The Era Footwork Crew and Open the Circle

Cloud Gate Plaza–Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residency: Full Moon Jam
            6 p.m.                          Full Moon Jam Community Workshop
            7–9 p.m.                      Full Moon Jam Performance

The Great Lawn–Public Art Garden 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
11 a.m.–4 p.m.            Public Art Garden featuring inflatable versions of Alexander Calder’s Flamingo and Jean Dubuffet’s Monument with Standing Beast
2 p.m.                          Performance by CircEsteem

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
11 a.m.–Noon             WFMT Introductions live broadcast with Mariachi Herencia de México and Merit School of Music

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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 and follow on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and Twitter and Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE).

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

August at The Center: A civil war portrait, the pigment vermilion, and the basics of shipping (Chicago, IL.)

As the summer winds down, we're focusing on hidden details. Join us as we walk through the treatment for a sentimental portrait saved from the Civil War, and then peek into our warehouse to watch an entire day in the life of our Shipping Department. We'll share what we've learned about our pigment of the month, and then answer every question you've ever had about safely packing work for shipment.
Conserving a Salvaged Civil War Portrait
A beautiful and mysterious piece came to The Center for treatment, showing signs of a previous restoration and being cut down from a larger painting. 
A day in the life of our shipping department.
Pigment of the Month: Vermilion
Cinnabar, also known as vermilion in pigment form, was worth its weight in gold in Ancient Rome, despite its incredible toxicity.
Shipping Basics

Wrangling a tricky frame? Mailing a book? Wherever the destination, follow these tips to make sure your valuables arrive in one piece!
Are you ready to submit an inquiry about an art or heirloom item in need of conservation? Click below to get in touch with us
For the eighth consecutive year, The Conservation Center is proud to serve as the exclusive art conservation and custom framing provider for EXPO CHICAGO. The Center’s booth showcases recently treated pieces from the early careers of now-renowned international and Chicago - based artists. Acting as an educational resource for EXPO CHICAGO guests, The Conversation Center’s Special Exhibitions booth offers viewers the opportunity to discover the science and methodology of repairing, preserving, and framing artworks.
The Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art conservation laboratory in the country. With 35 years of experience, The Center is a leader in the field of art preservation, evolving new treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-changing art world. We have cared for fine art from some of the country’s most prestigious private collections, museums, galleries, insurance companies, and corporations. 
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