Saturday, February 01, 2020

Monkees Convention 1 Week Away - here’s the schedule (NORTH HAVEN,CT)

The Peter Tork Memorial MONKEES Convention
Saturday, February 8, 2020
1pm-8pm (VIP early admission at noon)


The Convention Schedule:
NOON: VIP Early Admission and Sneak Preview. Marketplace opens
1:00 PM: General Admission
1:15 PM: Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
1:30 PM: Live Music: Singer/Songwriter JOHN SHERIDAN
2:00 PM: Special Guest Interview
3:30 PM: Special Guest Interview
4:00 PM: Live Music: ZILCH 
5:00 PM: Special Guest Of Honor Performance
5:30 PM: Charity Auction
Very Special and Exclusive Video Tribute to Peter featuring MICKY DOLENZ, Bobby Hart, Tommy James, Gary Puckett, Liberty DeVitto, Greg Hawkes, Gary US Bonds, Shirley Reeves Alston, Fred Scneidet, Jay Siegel, Wayne Avers, Rich Dart, Sandy Gennaro, Felipe Torres, Fred Velez and so many others!
7:45 PM: Gala Finale
Convention Ends at 8:00 PM.
There is an after-convention party/singalong/jam in the hotel's Sports Grill for convention attendees. 


Official Charity of the Event is the one Peter designated:
IMA - The Institute for The Musical Arts in Massachussetts.

Info: Email
Telephone: 203.795.4737 

Schedule and Artists subject to change
This is a convention for fans put on by fans. Not officially endorsed by The Monkees, or their families.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Caledonia Senior Living Expands Art Programming to Include Night Sessions, Wood Working, and more (North Riverside, IL )


Emerging artist Jalen N’Gonda will perform an unforgettable concert at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park February 4, 2020 (Chicago, IL.)

- In partnership with Montreux Jazz Festival, emerging artist Jalen N’Gonda will delight guests with an unforgettable gig at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park -

Chicago, January 2020 – Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is pleased to announce that Jalen N’Gonda will be performing at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. After a hugely successful European pilot in 2019, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts expanded its partnership with Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF) in January 2020 with the launch of the Fairmont World Tour.  
For over a century, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts around the world have delighted guests with unforgettable musical moments. From John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s now famous “Bed-In for Peace” at Montreal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, to a punk rock Ramones concert held in Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s ballroom in Seattle, Fairmont has been at the forefront of impactful events throughout music history. Fairmont Le Montreux Palace has also been an essential part of this musical odyssey. Located in the heart of Switzerland where the annual Montreux Jazz Festival takes place, the hotel welcomes artists, festival-goers, and music lovers to discover iconic spots including the festival’s “House of Jazz”, where daily jam sessions and concerts by both music icons and emerging artists are showcased. 
Fairmont has focused its attention on nurturing musical talent, and has partnered with the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival to help amplify the passion Fairmont guests have for music. After recently piloting a European Tour, in which nu-soul singer Jalen N’Gonda performed at four Fairmont hotels across Europe, Fairmont is thrilled to expand its partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival on a global level. As part of the 2020 Fairmont World Tour, guests of Fairmont Chicago will experience a taste of the celebrated music festival with an unforgettable performance by the talented Jalen N’Gonda.
“Fairmont’s special connection to music is at the forefront of our rich and celebrated brand history,” said Sharon Cohen, Vice President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “As a proud supporter of musical talent, we are thrilled to expand our partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival through exclusive activations and innovative programming that will not only inspire our guests, but provide them with opportunities to discover new music.”
After their performances impressed festivalgoers and a panel of judges at MJF 2019, Fairmont has invited two MJF musicians, Jalen N’Gonda and Bobby Bazini, on the 2020 Fairmont World Tour. They will perform at 13 extraordinary Fairmont properties across the globe. 
From January 29 to February 12, 2020, Jalen N’Gonda will embark on his second tour with Fairmont, performing at six Fairmont properties in South and North America. Canadian blues and soul-inspired musician Bobby Bazini will tour six Fairmont hotels in Europe and Asia from February 22 to March 5, 2020. To close off the tour, the two artists will meet at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace on March 7, 2020 for a final “jam session”. Jalen N’Gonda and Bobby Bazini are integrated in the talent pipeline of the non-profit Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation (MJAF), dedicated to scout and promote up-and-coming artists.
“The Montreux Jazz Festival is proud to bring emerging musical talent to audiences all around the world, in a series of exclusive intimate and enriching experiences. This global musical adventure highlights Fairmont’s hospitality excellence, as well as our shared passion for music and commitment to supporting the next generation of artists,” said Mathieu Jaton, CEO, Montreux Jazz Festival.
Fairmont Chicago is thrilled to host the talented Jalen N’Gonda on Tuesday, February 4, where he will delight Fairmont guests and visitors with an exclusive musical performance.

About Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is an AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in downtown Chicago. With 687 guestrooms and 63,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel provides contemporary elegance and gracious hospitality. Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is also home to THE BAR in the Lobby and Columbus Tap, providing guests with a quintessential tap house experience. In addition to uniquely inspired dining and stylish accommodations, the hotel features an exclusive lifestyle spa. mySpa affords eight treatment rooms and provides the perfect urban sanctuary from the busy and bustling Chicago streets. For more information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, call 312-565-8000 or visit
About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, authentic experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, grand public spaces, locally inspired cuisine and celebrated bars and lounges, Fairmont promises a special brand of thoughtful luxury that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 75 hotels, Fairmont also takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 5,000 hotels and residences across 110 countries.
About Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux Jazz Festival is a renowned music festival founded by Claude Nobs and held annually in Montreux, Switzerland across two weeks in July. Now in its 54th year, the festival draws 250,000 music lovers from all across the world to the Lake Geneva shoreline. Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates the industry’s emerging and contemporary acts, whilst paying homage to music’s legendary acts. Originally a pure jazz festival since inception in 1967, Montreux began showcasing other styles of music early and today presents artists from across every genre imaginable. Artists that have graced the stage of Montreux include Etta James, Bob Dylan, Prince, Elton John, Ms.Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, James Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Leonard Cohen, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and many more.

Winter/Spring Exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park (Chicago, IL.)



Highlights include Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967-1999) and Luftwerk, Requiem: A White Wanderer

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to open several exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park beginning January 31 and continuing through the spring.  Admission to the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park is free. For complete details, visit and

Chicago Cultural Center – 78 E. Washington St.
All exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery and building hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.

Luis A. Sahagun: Both Eagle and Serpent
February 1–April 26
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East
Known for his intricate and fantastical paintings and sculptures built from silicone, lumber, drywall, concrete and hardware, Luis Sahagun creates symbols that represent working-class immigrants in the United States. In Both Eagle and Serpent, this solo exhibition artfully confronts the degrading rhetoric aimed at immigrants, migrants and the other, as an act of cultural reclamation to spotlight Latinx narratives of resilience and self-determination.
Curated by Teresa Silva.
  • Saturday, February 1, 2–4 p.m.
            Opening Event with Artist Luis A. Sahagun and Curator Teresa Silva
  • Saturday, February 29, 1–3p.m.
            Totemic Doll Making Workshop Led by Artist Luis A. Sahagun in the Chicago Cultural Center's           Learning Lab, 1st Floor West and Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East

In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration
February 15–May 10, 2020
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
First presented by 6018 North in spring 2019, under the title 'Living Architecture,’ In Flux is a large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition that highlights the influence and impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. The exhibition responds to the current political climate to highlight how Chicago was built with immigrant labor, particularly in the arts, and is continuously shaped today by exemplary immigrant artists. With over 20 contemporary artists, In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration illustrates a living and evolving legacy between past and present work by Chicago immigrants in art and design.
Curated by Tricia Van Eck, Director of 6018 North
  • Friday, February 14, 5–8 p.m.,
      Opening Event with artists and exhibition curator. Kioko Aoki will perform on Taiko drums in the gallery at 6pm and 7pm. William Estrada will be in the gallery with his Mobile Street Art Cart
  • Saturday, February 29, 11a.m.–Noon
     Curator Tour with Tricia Van Eck, Director of 6018 North

NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967-1999)
February 29–May 24
Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
This landmark retrospective is the first in the U.S. dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón, the late Cuban visual artist and printmaker who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society of Abukuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. The exhibition’s 47 prints encompass a wide range of the artist’s graphic production including her signature calligraphy technique, a printing process combining materials of various textures and absorbencies.
Curated by Cristina Vives and organized by the Belkis Ayón Estate, Havana, Cuba, with the Chicago Cultural Center. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California.
  • Friday, February 28, 5–8 p.m.
          Opening Event
  • February 29, Noon–1 p.m.
    Curator Tour with Cristina Vives and Artist Jacqueline Maggi

Exhibitions in Millennium Park – 201 E. Randolph St.
Millennium Park is located on Michigan Ave., bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. Access to the park is free and open to the public daily, 6am–11pm. For information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Millennium_Park.

Luftwerk, Requiem: A White Wanderer
Sound Installation: January 31 – February 2, 2020, 11am–6pm
Sound Walks: Friday, January 31, 12:15pm; Saturday, February 1, 4pm (family oriented) and 8pm; Sunday, February 2, Noon
Concert: Saturday, February 1, 5pm (family oriented) and 7pm, registration at
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Requiem: A White Wanderer is an ongoing project by Luftwerk inspired by Larsen-C, a 120-mile long crack that ran along the Antarctic ice shelf and broke into a trillion-ton iceberg named A 68 in 2017. White Wanderer translates seismic data from this ailing iceberg into an emotional experience, connecting the public to the urgency of climate change. Over the course of 2019 as part of their Outer Ear Residency at Experimental Sound Studio, Luftwerk has been working in collaboration with Katherine Young to create a musical composition for orchestra and voice based on these sonic signals. This composition will premiere in two concerts presented alongside a sound installation in the lattice of Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Presented by the Millennium Park Foundation

Edra Soto: Screenhouse
Through Fall 2021
Millennium Park, Boeing Gallery North
Constructed from approximately 400 charcoal-hued, 12-inch cast concrete blocks, the 10-foot high pavilion-like structure comes out of Soto’s ongoing series exploring symbolic transplants of iron grills and decorative concrete screen blocks found throughout the Caribbean and the American South. These decorative screens, known as rejas and quiebrasoles, are ubiquitous in Soto’s birthplace in Puerto Rico. In Screenhouse, Soto transforms the quiebrasol form from a planar screen that divides public from private into a nearly fully enclosed, free-standing structure that functions as both a sculptural object and a social gathering place.
Presented by the Millennium Park Foundation

Christine Tarkowski: “When we call the Earth by way of distinction a planet and the Moon a satellite, we should consider whether we do not, in a certain sense, mistake the matter. Perhaps- and not unlikely - the Moon is the planet and the Earth the satellite! Are we not a larger moon to the Moon, than she is to us?”
Through Fall 2021
Millennium Park, Boeing Gallery South
Christine Tarkowski’s work is as extravagantly conjured as its title, taken from the 18th-century British astronomer William Herschel. The startling presence of candy-colored hand blown glass boulders suspended above and about earthbound boulders evokes a strange, yet elemental landscape–ironically similar to our environment, both natural and built. The installation, set down in the midst of the highly manicured garden of Millennium Park, seems a gentle critique of how cities build, manipulate, and re-present natural forms.
Presented by the Millennium Park Foundation

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.

Millennium Park Foundation
The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic nonprofit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction, and curation of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free, accessible and equitable venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.

Taste of Chicago Accepting Applications for Culinary Participants - July 8-12 in Grant Park (Chicago, IL.)


Local restaurants, shared kitchens and food trucks are invited to apply online by March 2

WHAT:                   Taste of Chicago is inviting members of Chicago’s culinary scene to                                 apply as a five-day participant, a one or two day pop-up participant                                  or a food truck to be a part of the 40th Annual Taste of Chicago, July                               8-12, 2020
WHERE:                Apply online at:

WHO:                    All Chicago-based restaurants, shared kitchens and food trucks that                               offer traditional, unique and ethnically diverse menu items are                                           invited to apply. All applicants must be fully licensed and meet all                                      requirements.

DEADLINE:           All applications are due Monday, March 2

Interested participants are encouraged to attend an informational workshop on Thursday, February 20 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The 40th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 8-12, 2020 in Grant Park, a Chicago tradition residents and visitors look forward to each summer for the opportunity to sample our city’s diverse culinary scene.  As an effective marketing tool for local businesses, members of Chicago’s culinary scene are
encouraged to apply to participate as a five-day restaurant, pop-up restaurant or a food truck. The annual celebration continues to evolve each year to truly reflect our City’s vibrant restaurant culture. Taste is also the City’s premier cultural festival, celebrating not only food, but music, art and dance.

The 40th Annual Taste of Chicago, July 8–12 is the city’s premier cultural festival in Grant Park with hours 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Wednesday–Friday, and 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE admission festival, visit Join the conversation on
Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on Twitter, @TasteofChi (#TasteofChi).

Global Perspective: Support GREENHEART INTERNATIONAL and win one of Arica Hilton's amazing works!

 Welcome     Artists       Exhibitions      Press     

Dear Friends,

As we enter 2020 and contemplate its significance, I reflect upon the recent events in my life that have led me so much further on my path.  In the last year and a half, my work and my purpose has accelerated to light speed trajectory!  I participated in a solo exhibition at the Human Security and Just Governance Forum in Caux, Switzerland; I was invited to be the artist on board a scientific expedition in Raja Ampat, Indonesia; my work was exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and I attended Starmus, an astrophysics festival with astronauts, scientists, musicians and Nobel Prize recipients in Zurich! 

In addition to my travels around the world, my gallery, Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, has gained considerable momentum on the international stage.  Our clients hail from Norway to Australia, Singapore to Sweden and nearly every state in the United States. We participated in art fairs from Aspen to Chicago; exhibitions for Blake & Boky Ward, Julian Wasser, David Gamble and David Yarrow. The words "never a dull moment" rang true every moment, in and out of my gallery.  

One of my proudest moments was to be named Global Leader Honoree for 2019-2020 by my favorite international nonprofit, GREENHEART INTERNATIONAL. 

I was, and still am, deeply humbled and proud to follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as Nobel Peace Prize co-recipient Jerry White; Hungarian philosopher of science, father of systems theory AND twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Ervin Laszlo; and former executive The Hunger Project, Lynne Twist, who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars in over 30 countries to alleviate hunger worldwide.  All of them are committed to a thriving  just and sustainable world.  

My commitment to Greenheart in 2020 is to help carry out their important mission to empower international youth to become tomorrow's futures leaders.

Many of you are looking for a way to give back and do good.   
To help you with your philanthropic mission, and to give back to YOU, 
I am donating, not one, but two pieces of my most coveted image, 
ONE DAY LIKE RAIN, through a raffle and also for purchase.


Chromogenic Print on Canvas
24" x 24"  (61 cm x 61 cm)
Edition Size: 11
Value:  $1800


If you donate $100 or more, you are eligible to be entered into a raffle to win this special edition.  For those who do not win the raffle, I will be donating a second print that may be purchased for $900 with proceeds to benefit GREENHEART.  

Of course, you may donate any amount, but a donation of at least $100 is required to be eligible to win!

For more information : or +1.312.852.8200

It is with great pleasure I share this powerful vision of these heroes for our planet, and of Greenheart International, an organization comprised of brilliant, compassionate and dedicated individuals who educate and instill leadership qualities in our future generations.  

Since 1985, Chicago-based Greenheart International, empowering youth to become the global leaders of tomorrow, operates in over 90 countries.  They have been a catalyst for global transformation through the facilitation of cultural exchange programs, eco-fair trade purchasing, personal development opportunities, volunteer service initiatives, and environmental advocacy projects. Their mission of connecting people and planet to create global leaders drives all that they do in each of their branches: Greenheart Travel, Greenheart Shop, and Greenheart Exchange.

Thank you all for your support!  

With gratitude,

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