Friday, September 18, 2020

“Ensemble-Made Chicago” Free Virtual Workshops Invite Everyone to Learn from Chicago's Renowned Theater Ensembles






CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announce a new series of free virtual theater workshops for anyone interested in learning how many of the City’s most renowned ensembles create and deliver world class performancesLed by a wide range of Chicago theater groups, “Ensemble Made Chicago” will offer tools of the trade to the public, while also providing a way for performers tdo what they love. For participants, no previous experience required.


Chicago is home to one of the most exciting and democratic forms of theater: devised and ensemble-made performance – a way of working that invites everyone to be a part of creating something new and uniquely theirs. Drawing inspiration from Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater by authors Chloe Johnston (of The Neo-Futurists) and Coya Paz Brownrigg (of Free Street Theater), Chicago theater ensembles – including Sol Cabrini of Young Fugitives, Adrian Danzing of 500 Clown, Honey Pot Performance, The Neo-Futurists, Teatro Luna, and PlayMakers Laboratory – lead workshops to inspire creativity and develop collaboration tools. Theatre creatives, performers and artists of all backgrounds, teachers, students, and everyone curious to learn new collaboration tools are invited to apply for free to any of the workshops at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received before October 5.


Ensemble-Made Chicago Virtual Workshop Schedule 


Monday, October 12, and Monday, October 19, 7–8:30 
Sol Cabrini de la Ciudad (Young Fugitives) 
Join Sol Cabrini for a two-part workshop that considers digital intimacies and the potential for long distance theater. Participants will workshop material together and create short-shared performances.


Sol Cabrini is an alum of Free Street Theater and the Young Fugitives in Chicago and currently lives in New York City. Her performance practice (trans)mits research between moving image, trans dysfunctional bodily conformity, and sound editing as a way of productive fragmentation.


Tuesday, October 13, 6–9pm 
Adrian Danzing (500 Clown) 
Use physical theatre and clowning techniques to create original performance.


Adrian Danzig is the founder and creative director of 500 Clown, a Chicago-based physical theater company. He has led workshops in physical theater all around the country and internationally. 


Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, 1–2:30pm 
Honey Pot Performance 
Build the power and magic of collective creative decision-making using trust, intuition, and structure. Honey Pot Performance offers a performance devising workshop using binary systems as “divining tool” and “tuning" portal to find full interactive presence. Participants will generate a body of creative choices guided by energetic connections, chance operations, and consistent practice. 


Honey Pot Performance (HPP) is an Afro-feminist multidisciplinary performance and public humanities organization. Since 2011, HPP has cultivated an approach to performance integrating movement, theater, and first-voice to examine the nuanced ways people negotiate identity, belonging, and difference in their lives and cultural memberships. We create multiform performance projects, participatory public humanities programming, and act as an incubator for the development of new works by artists of color aligned with our commitment to performance, storytelling, and the Black experience in all its diasporic variation. 


Monday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 28, 7–8:30pm 
The Neo-Futurists 
Part one explores one of the base tenets of Neo-Futurism and one of the oldest theatrical structures – the monologue. Ensemble member Nick Hart introduces short writing exercises, readings, lecture, and discussion, while examining the company’s artistic history of the monologue. In part two, ensemble member Jasmine Henri Jordan teaches how to write towards immediate existential dread through the lens of celebrity pop culture. Workshop short plays on the multitude of tiny trivial moments that make the giant moment in history that we’re living through.


The Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create: Theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper; Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible; Immediate, un-reproducible events; Work that embraces those un-reached or unmoved by conventional theater – inspiring them to thought, feeling and action.


Saturday, November 7, 2–5pm 
Teatro Luna 
Learn to cultivate a virtual creative ensemble experience for all skill levels by integrating text, movement, sound, and beyond – adapted from Teatro Luna’s in-person practice. Through prompt-based writing and generative physical movement, participants can expect to expand their relationship to collaboration.


Teatro Luna, founded in Chicago in 2000, is an ensemble of Womxn of Color that creates original performances for social impact. A development space for artists, a training ground for collaborative creation and shared leadership, we also offer opportunities to learn generative and healing methodologies that enact large-scale equitable change.


Saturday, November 14, 2–5pm 
PlayMakers Laboratory 
Explore self-expression through creative writing and creative drama. Learn PlayMakers Laboratory classroom pedagogy through creative drama techniques that engage people of all ages in literacy and writing. All workshop attendees will explore differentiated learning through structured play and will get experience collaboratively writing and adapting stories for the stage.


PlayMakers Laboratory (PML) is an ensemble of teaching artists who create an experimental learning environment in which students share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. PML accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of student stories. PML also engages the broader community in support of the visions of young people through public performances of their work. 


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. For more information, visit




    Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, 78 E Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, United States

Chicago Detours >> An online cruise with new views - Sat 9/19 at 1pm



Come see what’s new on the “Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour!” Join us Sat, Sep 19 at 1:00pm CDT for a 50-minute journey through time and space. As tour guide Alex shares stories and visual details, you will:
  • peek out at the river from inside a turn-of-the-century clock tower.
  • take in the skyline in 360-degree views from the often-overlooked South branch.
  • view historic photos of the Eastland disaster at the site it happened.
  • learn about bridges while watching video of passing underneath one.
  • have the option to play a visual game with clues you hunt for during the tour!


  • Sat, Sep 26 – “A Deep Slice of Chicago Food History” Alex  – $15
  • Sat, Oct 10 – “Innovations at the 1893 World’s Fair” Amanda – $15

We are now specializing in private virtual tours for corporate groups, conferences and universities. Check it out!

Hope to see you tomorrow. Ahoy!

Kind regards,
Amanda, Alex, Sonny, Marie and Ellen


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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Chicago Scots to Host 19th Annual Kilted Classic, Reimagined


A scramble around the world hosted ‘virtually’ for the first time, golfers and enthusiasts of all calibers are invited to play on their favorite course with what is often referred to as Scotland’s greatest invention
 The Chicago Scots, the oldest non-profit organization in Illinois, is thrilled to announce their 19thAnnual Kilted Classic Reimagined, running Thursday, October 1 to Sunday, October 4. 2020Hosted virtually for the first time since its inception, the Kilted Classic Reimagined will allow golfers of every caliber to bring their best game to any course for a multi-course scramble golf tournament across North America and in Scotland. Participants will engage in contests including “Most Gratuitous Wearing of Tartan” and “Beat the Scot” and are encouraged to send in photos and videos during the event. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy a virtual raffle, all benefitting Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care, the Chicago Scots’ primary beneficiary that offers a range of outstanding services including Assisted Living, Sheltered Care, Memory Care, Intermediate and Skilled Nursing Care, and Respite Care.
“Our annual golf tournament has always been a seasonal highlight since its inception so we knew we had to get creative this year,” said Gus Noble, President of the Chicago Scots. “Although we can’t enjoy each other’s company together on one course this time, this virtual event will allow all participants to test out their favorite courses throughout the U.S and Scotland, and still be able to connect, even if it is only virtually, for a great cause.” 
During the fun-filled four days, golfers and golfing enthusiasts are invited to assemble their foursome, and play a scramble tournament at any rated course in North America or Scotland. All scores will be adjusted based on course rating and slope rating to determine the Glenna M. McKillip Leader Board. Each group of participants are responsible for making their own course reservations, recruiting their own foursome, and paying green fees accordingly. Once participants are done playing each golf round, they will send their foursome scores to the Chicago Scots. Winners of the tournament will be honored during the Virtual Clubhouse Awards Ceremony & Whisky Toast, hosted by the 2020 Kilted Classic Reimagined Committee, on Sunday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. CST. 
Registration for the event is $100 for an Individual Player in a Foursome or $400 for a Foursome Entry. There are also three types of raffle entries ranging from $10 to $50, and Sponsor opportunities are also available. Donations without participation are also very welcome. 
For more information about the Chicago Scots or the Kilted Classic Reimaginedplease visit Tickets, registration, and donations can be found and made at Tournament reservations end on September 30thKilts for the event are optional but always highly encouraged! 
In 1845 immigrant Scots gathered in a burgeoning village of 12,000 residents called Chicago. They formed Illinois’ first and still oldest charity, the Illinois Saint Andrew Society. Now known as the Chicago Scots, the organization’s mission is to nourish Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture. Around the world there are many societies that celebrate Scotland’s culture, but there is only one that has developed an elder-care community as a defined charitable purpose. For more than 100 years the Chicago Scots have served seniors and their families at Caledonia Senior Living, a five-acre campus nestled in the forest preserve, just west of downtown Chicago. The Chicago Scots also reach out to the next generation by providing scholarships to students in Scotland and the USA. The Chicago Scots host events like the Scottish Festival and Highland Games to educate, entertain and promote Scottish culture. The Chicago Scots organize initiatives like the Scottish History Forum, Scottish Genealogy Society and the world's only Scottish American Museum and Hall of Fame to tell the stories of Scottish journeys to and experiences in North America. The Chicago Scots welcome everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination. 

Liverpool Productions >> You don't have to come to Connecticut to experience Imagine 80: Remember Lennon!

On October 9th, John Lennon would have turned 80 years of age. That Friday evening, October 9, 2020, Beatles fans from all over the world will "come together" to view a special concert event entitled "Remember Lennon: Imagine 80." 
The show is a speculative representation of a concert that Lennon may have performed had he still been alive and actually playing out. The production incorporates one of the world's greatest John Lennon tribute artists along with a full backing band to present an evening of John Lennon's Beatles + solo material live in concert. For Lennon's 80th birthday, the concert will be streamed "across the universe," for safety sake in the current state of the world, and to allow fans to enjoy the historic show in the comfort of their own home. You don't have to travel to Connecticut for the show - you could enjoy it online! Showtime is 7pm EDT.  
The evening stars famed Lennon impersonator Scot Arch, of "Beatlemania Now," and will include not only Lennon's earliest "Moptops" hits with his mates Paul, George & Ringor, but will also include John's most memorable and poignant recordings as a solo artist. The set-list features many songs that John never actually played live. 
The show was originally planned as a live event, but the streaming platform allows for a very special pre-concert exclusive presentation where entertainers and celebrities, as well as Beatles notables, will be delivering special birthday messages as an opening to the evening's ceremonies. These special guests will be announced soon. 
Tickets for this historic 80th birthday gala streaming event are only $19.40 (1940 is the year John was born) through October 1st, and $25 thereafter. Tickets available from
"Remember Lennon: Imagine 80" is presented by Charles F. Rosenay!!!'s Liverpool Productions, who presented similar event in 2010 & 2015. 
For further information on  "Remember Lennon: Imagine 80," call (203) 795-4737 or visit Please LIKE on Facebook:
REMEMBER LENNON: IMAGINE 80 is a unique extraordinary PPV STREAMING musical experience celebrating the music, the memory, the magic and the LIFE of John Lennon. 

Women & Children First Bookstore >> Presents: Intersections

Fall 2020
Dear Friends of Women & Children First, 
As the school year commences amidst challenging circumstances, we choose to reflect on the importance of ongoing learning. Our feminist syllabus for 2020 includes engaging with antiracism, voting rights, prison abolition, and more.

In this fall edition of our Intersections newsletter, we will share staff recommendations; upcoming titles we are excited about for kids, teens, and adults; pre-order exclusives; and more! You can also learn a little more about a tiny indie press that we've recently begun carrying. Find our Bestsellers for Summer of 2020 at the very end!

We hope that this fall we all continue to be curious and attentive while also finding time to nourish ourselves.

In solidarity,

New & Upcoming for Kids and Teens

by Jessica Love
October 6, 2020
For ages 4 to 8

by Elena Favilli
October 13, 2020
For ages 7 and up

by Ann Patchett
September 22, 2020
For ages 4 to 8

by Andrea Beaty
October 6, 2020
For ages 6 to 9

by Jerry Craft
October 6, 2020
For ages 8 to 12

by Rena Barron
September 22, 2020
For ages 8 to 12

by David Yoon
Published in paperback
September 1, 2020
For ages 14 and up

by Adi Alsaid
October 13, 2020
For ages 13 and up

School Partnerships
Women & Children First is thrilled to partner with and support schools throughout the Chicagoland area on author visits (virtual and otherwise), fundraisers, bulk orders, and more! All can be tailored to your school’s resources and needs.

Read more about the possibilities for partnerships HERE.
Support Chicago Indies!
Show your support for independent bookselling in Chicago. Follow this link to purchase a T-shirt or tote from now until September 30. Proceeds of sales will be directed to independent bookstores across Chicagoland.
Build an Antiracist Library
We believe that books are tools for liberation, but we also know that they are just one of many tools that need to be deployed to achieve racial justice. Beginning in October and through the end of the year, we will highlight two to three books and donate the profits of those sales to a mission-aligned organization in Chicago.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the October selections.

by Maya Schenwar & Victoria Law
Start Holiday Shopping Now!
Check out our virtual Front Table for some of our favorite recent releases!

by Sloane Leong
Recommended by Aria Baci
On its surface, this is a graphic novel about five girls who play together on their high school's struggling basketball team. But a deeper dive reveals stories of coming of age as a BIPOC person in a low income community, of the way our family dynamics affect our friendships, of the many forms love can take. Sloane Leong's sumi ink illustrations and dreamlike color palettes that change from scene to scene (giving the book a prismatic design all the way to its page edges) create a holistic and vivid narrative. Her scene transitions from panel to panel are as beautiful as her celebration of female friendship, and I passionately recommend it!
by Angela Davis
Recommended by H. Melt
For decades, Angela Davis has fought for prison abolition throughout her life, organizing and writing. In this book, she shows that a world without prisons is NOT an unattainable goal or dream, but is deeply possible and necessary. 
By Marilynne Robinson
Recommended by Jamie Thomas
Publishing September 29, 2020
Pre-Order Now! (Signed copies while supplies last!)
This is glorious. No one matches Marilynne Robinson’s brilliance in writing such clean, honest prose while still imbuing poetry into every line. Each word has meaning, each piece of dialogue is a sonnet, each sentence makes me luxuriate in language.
By Sy Montgomery
Recommended by Linda Bubon
I'm so grateful to be in a book group with folks whose taste in books ranges so widely, because I never would have read a book about octopuses! But I learned so much about these fascinating creatures who are wildly diverse in size, color and personality. Their species is ancient, yet they typically live 3 to 4 years. They change colors! But Montgomery also taught me about the people, aquarists and volunteers, who study and bond with these creatures. 
By Eula Biss
Recommended by Ida Cuttler
Right now, at the time of starting this newsletter, I have read 63 pages of Eula Biss's new book of essays Having and Being Had. It is a book about consumerism and capitalism, but I think by the time I finish it I still won't understand consumerism and capitalism. But that's kind of the point of this book--to think about these systems that are so entrenched in our society that to understand them doesn't even begin to assist us in the ways we expect understanding should. Already I have found myself quoting pieces of her essays. A particularly influential and tasty nugget I have been chewing on is about the distinction of "what we can pay for and what we can afford." This concept, and many others in this book, are guiding me as I consider the class, wealth, and privilege that I see unfold around me. Biss offers thoughts on these topics that I hadn't even considered, but she is also offering the empathy and respect toward the fact that I may not have considered it. This is a book to read to learn our patterns, our crutches, our capacity for change, and the stubbornness in our ways. 
More titles coming this fall!
by Elena Ferrante
by Alicia Garza
October 20, 2020
Edited by Andrea Abi-Karam & Kay Gabriel
October 13, 2020
by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage
October 13, 2020
by Jess Walter
October 27, 2020
by Riva Lehrer
October 6, 2020
by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
November 17, 2020
Enamel Pin with
pre-order while supplies last!
by Margaret Atwood
November 10, 2020
Pre-Order Exclusives

Explore some of this fall's big titles and the promotions for them!
by Susanna Clarke
September 15, 2020
by Nikki Giovanni
October 20, 2020
Signed copies while supplies last!
by Frederick Joseph
December 1, 2020
by Ina Garten
October 6, 2020
If you preorder any time before 11:59pm EST on October 6th, and submit your proof of purchase to Random House HERE, you’ll receive the first-ever downloadable Barefoot Contessa Recipe Index–which includes every recipe in Ina Garten’s 12 beloved cookbooks!
We wanted to shine a light on a new British publisher that we’ve recently begun carrying in the store. It’s called Handheld Press and publishes fabulous fiction, excellent letters and biographies, and tremendous stories by living authors. We’re particularly enjoying its Handheld Classics imprint. This imprint has published a finely curated selection of forgotten work, most of which has all been unavailable for many, many years. The books themselves are beautiful objects, designed with care, and a pleasure to read.

(And who knew Sylvia Townsend Warner wrote fantasy fiction??!!?? This publisher was launched only 3 years ago and already has done so much. This is one to watch, for sure!)
Bestsellers Summer 2020
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