Saturday, September 14, 2019

Maxwell Street Market Fall Family Events - Sep. 15, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3, 2019 (Chicago, IL)


    Visit the market this fall to eat, shop, create, dance and celebrate!

    The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce expanded programming happening this fall at the historic Maxwell Street Market located at 800 S. Desplaines St. as part of the Chicago City Markets presented by Humana. The free events celebrate arts and culture at the market including a Family Day, featuring free family activities and portraits on September 15, a celebration of Sukkot, the Jewish holiday celebrating the fall harvest season, on October 6 and Día de Los Muertos, the Mexican tradition of remembering ancestors, on November 3.

    Family Day
    Sunday, September 15
    10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Stop by Maxwell Street Market for an action-packed day for the whole family. Dance, create and strike a pose, then don’t forget to eat and shop!

    • Free Family Portrait Photographs 9:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.
    Take home a special print from a free family photo session with Chicago-based artists Yvette Mayorga and William Estrada, who created a unique backdrop using a collage of items treasured and sold in the market. This commission is part of MAS+ ART at Maxwell, a creative placemaking initiative led by Paola Aguirre Serrano of Borderless Studio LLC.

    •  Wonder Wagon 10 a.m.–Noon
    The Wonder Wagon, a mobile performance platform made from a converted trailer, brings puppets to the market, connecting communities through collective imagination and wonder. Conceived and created by Will Bishop and Grace Needlman. For more information on The Wonder Wagon, visit Participation supported in part by 2nd Floor Rear.

    • Music by Rayo from the Mexico based band Centavrvs Noon–2 p.m.
    Rayo is the founder of Centavrvs, a band based in electronic and avant-garde music where folklore and Mexican popular culture merges with different rhythms such as cumbia, afrobeat, salsa, tribal, Brazilian and world music. Centavrvs' “electronica regional Mexicana” sound will be featured during World Music Festival Chicago on Saturday, September 14, at Millennium Park. Rayo's DJ set explores the diversity of the rhythms around the world, creating an eclectic and festive atmosphere.

    • Live arts workshops with National Museum of Mexican Art 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The Education Department and Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art host biweekly art activities at the Maxwell Street Market. The day’s project will be two-dimensional paper piñatas.

    Jewish New Year and Sukkot Celebration at Maxwell Street Market
    Sunday, October 6
    10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Join us in anticipation of Sukkot, the Jewish holiday celebrating the fall harvest season, where friends and strangers gather to commune over a shared meal and experience. This holiday reflects the legacy of Maxwell Street Market, started by newly arrived Jewish residents from Eastern Europe and where generations of immigrants have found community in Chicago.

    • Local Lulav Make & Shake   10 a.m.–Noon
    Learn to make a lulav, one of Sukkot’s most important symbolic objects, with artist Leslie Baum, who will guide you using handmade objects as well as items you can purchase at the market. Organized by Couldbearchitecture, a Chicago-based design practice directed by Joseph Altshuler and Zack Morrison.

    • Maxwell Street Klezmer Band    Noon–1:15 p.m.
    A quintet from the legendary Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will entertain with their authentic yet fun musical stylings.  Audiences of all backgrounds have been delighted by Maxwell Street's high-energy performances that glow with warmth and humor. They are the Midwest's most popular klezmer band, touring seven times in Europe and performing throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall.

    • Live arts workshops by National Museum of Mexican Art 10 a.m. –2 p.m.
    The Education Department and Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art host biweekly art activities at the Maxwell Street Market.  The day’s theme is Reimagine Maxwell Street Market.

    Día de Los Muertos
    Sunday, November 3
    10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    The FREE event will celebrate the Day of the Dead, the Mexican tradition of remembering ancestors during “All Soul’s Day,” with live performances, workshops and more. A full schedule will be posted at a later date at

    For over a century, the historic Maxwell Street Market has been offering an eclectic mix of foods and finds—including fresh produce, furniture, clothing, tools, garden plants, collectibles and rare items. The market is also renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago, including tamales, banana leaf-wrapped tamales, tacos, quesadillas with fresh handmade corn tortillas, elotes and corn cakes.

    Programming at Maxwell Street Market is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The market is open Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or on facebook @MaxwellStreetMarket.

    Produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago City Markets are presented by Humana and sponsored by COUNTRY Financial®, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune. For a complete list of all Chicago City Markets, visit Join the conversation on Facebook @ChicagoCityMarkets, Instagram @ChicagoCityMarkets and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoCityMarkets).

    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.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Chicago Humanities Festival >> Fall Festival Full Lineup – Now live on the site! (Chicago, IL.)

Image of presenters overlaid with the word "POWER". The presenters shown are (clockwise from top left: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nikki Giovanni, Henry Louis, Jr., Salman Rushdie, Patti Smith



Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Salman Rushdie. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Nikki Giovanni. Patti Smith. David Blight. Senator Sherrod Brown. Sarah Vowell. Mo Rocca. Jonathan Safran Foer. David Sanger.
and many, many more...

We were a little too excited this morning and hit "send" too quickly on the earlier email, and we apologize for the confusion. But we are thrilled and proud to share the lineup for our 2019 Fall Festival with you. This is our 30th year, and we've brought some very special guests to celebrate. We've got Festival favorites and brand new faces, artists and authors, politicians and physicists, and many, many more.

CHF members will get exclusive early access to tickets.

Member exclusive presale: Tuesday, September 24, 10am CST
Public sale: Tuesday, October 1, 10am CST

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Genre Veterans Star in THE FIELD | Select Screenings / On VOD Sept. 24, 2019


A film by Tate Bunker
92 minutes | Not Rated | USA

Anthology Film Archives (New York) | Saturday, Sept. 28 @ 8pm
Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago) | Tuesday, Oct. 1 @ 3pm
The Vista (Los Angeles) | Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 8pm 

Available on digital platforms Tuesday, Sept. 24
iTunes pre-order 

To save their marriage, Ben (Tim Higgins) and Lydia (Kara Mulrooney) risk it all and buy a farmstead in small-town Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Lydia is determined to transform the rotting house into a dream home and finally start a family, but Ben’s photographs reveal they’re not alone...

Mysterious figures begin appearing in Ben’s photos and Lydia unearths grotesque artifacts in their house. An odd woman called Edith (Veronica Cartwright) is found to be living in a chicken coop on their property. Sheriff Roy (Mark Metcalf) tells the couple that Edith was abducted as a girl and gallery owner George (Barry Bostwick) warns Ben to stop taking pictures. Or else.

Ben’s curiosity leads to a chilling scene where his strobe light gun shows there is not one but dozens of ghostly people occupying their land. Days later a storm approaches and Edith becomes agitated. Ben and Lydia try to help but with a great flash, Lydia and Edith disappear. Can Ben evade Sheriff Roy long enough to unlock the secrets hidden in their field and save his wife?
Directed by Tate Bunker
Written by Take Bunker and Anthony Wood
Starring Veronica Cartwright, Barry Bostwick, Mark Metcalfe, Mark Borchardt, Tim Higgins, Kara Mulrooney
Executive Produced by Tate Bunker, Miles O'Neil, Curtis Brehm
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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER >> COOKED returns to Gene Siskel Film Center September 13-19 (Chicago, IL.)

Kartemquin Films presents 
Encore Chicago theatrical run September 13-19
2018, USA, 76 min. DCP
Directed and Produced by Judith Helfand
Produced by Fenell Doremus
Adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book 
HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago 

From the deadly July 1995 Chicago heat wave,
deep into the politics of “disaster”

1 WEEK RUN AT GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fri., 9/13 at 8 pm
Sat., 9/14 at 8 pm 
Sun., 9/15 at 5 pm
Mon., 9/16 at 7.45 pm
Wed., 9/18 at 8 pm
Thu., 9/19 at 6 pm

Chicago, IL, September 11 – Back by popular demand after selling out multiple screenings in its first run in July, Kartemquin Films presents the encore Chicago theatrical release of COOKED: Survival by Zip Code. A searing documentary on the politics of “disaster,” COOKED blends investigative reporting about the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave - which led to the deaths of 739 people, mostly Black and in the poorest neighborhoods of the city - with a potent argument that the best preparation for a disaster may start with actually redefining the terms “disaster,” “preparedness,” and “resilience.” 

On COOKED’s initial run, critics raved:
"For those who don't know the story: You need to see this movie."
– Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

 "As Helfand asks, “What if with a slight torque of the system and a reframe of the terms ‘disaster,’ ‘preparedness’ and ‘resilience,’ we could invest in the most vulnerable communities now—instead of waiting for the next ‘natural disaster’?” Urgent questions, asked crisply and well."
– Ray Pride, New City

"Makes a persuasive argument that it’s time to broaden the definition of disaster— to include the vast and ongoing economic and community inequities."
– Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

Prominent public officials participating in the film’s first run included Ranjani Prabhakar (Deputy Policy Director - Climate Change, City of Chicago), Allison Arwady (Acting Commissioner Chicago Department of Public Health), Dr. Terry Mason (Chief Operating Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health), and Alma Anaya (CookCounty Commissioner of the 7th District), in addition to leaders in the environmental justice, public health and urban agriculture movements.

During the run, the filmmakers collected over 500 signed postcards addressed to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, urging her and her cabinet to declare racism a public health crisis. Audience members from 52 of Chicago's nearly 60 residential zip codes joined in this immediate call-to-action. On the second to last day of screenings, Cook County passed a resolution declaring racism and racial inequality a public health crisis.

The film is directed and produced by Peabody Award-winning director Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl, A Healthy Baby Girl, Everything’s Cool) and produced by Fenell Doremus (co-producer of Academy Award-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) and Kartemquin Films, the award-winning Chicago documentary production house behinurband Minding the Gap and Hoop Dreams. The film is adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book ‘HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.’

In Helfand’s signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, COOKED: Survival by Zip Code takes audiences into the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster, ties it back to the underlying manmade disaster of systemic structural racism and then goes deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: Disaster Preparedness. Along the way she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme wealth disparity and the politics of “disaster.”

Watch the film’s official trailer HERE.

The film had its world premiere at DOC NYC in 2018 and has since embarked on an award-winning festival run, recently winning the Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 EarthxFilm Festival and the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Environmental Film Festival at Yale.

The film is slated for a broadcast premiere on the PBS strand Independent Lens in their upcoming 2020 season, and is about to launch a city-by-city engagement campaign. 

COOKED is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, Judith Helfand Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Major funding was provided by the Dobkin Family Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation | JustFilms, Leo S. Guthman Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Dorot Foundation, the Fledgling Fund, Fork Films, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

COOKED: Survival by Zip Code is Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand's searing investigation into the politics of “disaster” – by way of the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave, in which 739 residents perished (mostly Black and living in the city’s poorest neighborhoods).

Asking open-ended questions that push people to deeply consider what it might mean to redefine the term “disaster” and reframe the concept of “resilience,” Helfand forges inextricable connections between the cataclysmic natural disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the slow-motion disasters we’re not – that is until an extreme weather event hits and they are made exponentially more deadly and visible. Using a combination of chutzpah, humor and candor, Helfand delves deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness.

Whether it’s a deadly heat wave in Chicago or Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey or Maria, these disasters reveal the ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine who lives and dies everyday, regardless of the weather and who gets hurt the worst and first in the wake of an “official disaster.” In COOKED Helfand challenges herself and ultimately all of us to respond to the man-made disasters taking place in towns and cities across the country before the next unprecedented “natural” disaster hits. 

Selected screenings
DOC NYC (world premiere)
DC Environmental Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival at Yale - Winner - People's Choice Award
Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Freep Film Festival
EarthxFilm Festival - Winner - Jury Prize for Best Feature
Woods Hole Film Festival
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Traverse City Film Festival
Gene Siskel Film Center
Utah Film Center
SF Green Film Festival
Bend Film Festival

Director: Judith A. Helfand
Producers: Judith A. Helfand, Fenell Doremus
Executive Producers: Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Betsy Steinberg, Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer, Barbara Dobkin, Diana Barrett, Julie Parker Benello, Lynne Rosenthal, Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker, Sarah Cavanaugh, Brenda Robinson, Geralyn Dreyfous
Cinematographers: Tod Lending and Keith Walker
Editors: Simeon Hutner and David E. Simpson
Music: T. Griffin 

Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community empowering documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society.

The organization's films have received four Academy Award ® nominations and won several major prizes, including six Emmys, four Peabody Awards, multiple Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards. Kartemquin is recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, and has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs that help grow the field, such as KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Docs, and the acclaimed KTQ Internship. 

Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Chicago.

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.

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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.

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