Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Pix724.com Blog and domain name are for sale!


                                       It's time!


Chicago724.com and Pix724.com are for SALE!



I am no longer Chicago based and so many things have changed in my life. It's all good; I'm just on a different path. I am still paying the domain registrar so the sites remain active until sold. I am selling this blog as well as my less current one  chicago724.com.  Go here: https://chicago724.blogspot.com/

Pix724.com Blog and domain name are for sale.

The pix724.com blog has existed for appx 15 years  and 6, 397 posts, while the chicago724.com was online from 2010-2012.

Thank you to all the companies, amazing PR firms and individuals that have contributed their valuable content to my sites!

Contact me at pix724dotcom@yahoo.com

if you are interested. I will also have this listed on sedo.com


Linda M, Pix International LLC


GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER PRESENTS "GENTLE GIANTS" FILM SERIES OCT. 1-12; invites audience members to pause with "slow cinema"


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Oct. 1 - 12 

To counter chaos and invite contemplation, the Film Center offers a slow cinema series that encourages audiences to pause:
FIRST COW, AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (in 35mm), PATERSON, CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR, among films to be showcased 


"I prefer films that put their audience to sleep in the theater. I think those films are kind enough to allow you a nice nap and not leave you disturbed when you leave...Some films have made me doze off in theaters, those are the kind of films I like.”  - Abbas Kiarostami

“Falling asleep in the cinema is not about boredom but a feeling of comfort, as when the sun is shining on you and you feel warm.” - Lucrecia Martel

CHICAGO—From Friday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 12, the Gene Siskel Film Center is pleased to present Gentle Giants, a series of eight films that reject frenetic edits and bombastic soundtracks, and instead–through conversations and relationships, musings and observations - take their time to explore the quirks of daily life, meditate on existence, and consider what it means to be alive.

Films to be screened in the series are: Jim Jarmusch’s PATERSON; SAIC alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR; Yasujirô Ozu’s AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (in 35mm); Abbas Kiarostami’s TASTE OF CHERRY; Kelly Reichardt’s FIRST COW; Wim Wenders’ PARIS, TEXAS; Jem Cohen’s MUSEUM HOURS; and Chantal Akerman’s NEWS FROM HOME

“These films invite the viewer to pause, sit quietly, and contemplate. Embracing the minimalist styles of ‘slow cinema’ in their own ways, the auteurs of Gentle Giants ask nothing of the viewer but their unhurried time,” said Director of Programming Rebecca Fons, who conceived the series as a way to counter feelings of distraction, stress, and the unrelenting busyness of life many are facing during these challenging times.

Each film will screen twice between October 1 and October 12. Tickets are $12 for general audiences and $6 for Gene Siskel Film Center members. 
The following is a list of films featured in the Film Center’s “ Gentle Giants” series:

2016, Jim Jarmusch, USA/France/Germany, 118 mins
With: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
In English | Format: Digital
Mon. Oct 4, 5:45 pm
Wed. Oct 6, 5:45 pm

Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. (Bleeker Street)

2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK/Germany/France/Malaysia/South Korea/Mexico/USA/Norway, 122 mins
In English and Thai with English subtitles | Format: Digital
Sun. Oct 3, 6:00 pm
Tue. Oct 12, 5:45 pm

Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. There may be a connection between the soldiers’ enigmatic syndrome and the mythic ancient site that lies beneath the clinic. Magic, healing, romance and dreams are all part of Jen’s tender path to a deeper awareness of herself and the world around her. (Strand Releasing)
1962, Yasujirô Ozu, Japan, 113 mins
In Japanese with English Subtitles | Format: 35mm
Sun. Oct 3, 3:15 pm
Sun. Oct 10, 1:00 pm

The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man’s dignified resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization. Though the widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure from their home. As elegantly composed and achingly tender as any of the Japanese master’s films, AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON is one of cinema’s fondest farewells. (Janus Films)

1997, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France, 95 mins
In Persian with English subtitles | Format: Digital
Sun. Oct 3, 1:00 pm
Mon. Oct 11, 5:30 pm

The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, this austere, emotionally complex drama by the great Abbas Kiarostami follows the enigmatic Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) as he drives around the hilly outskirts of Tehran looking for someone who will agree to bury him after he commits suicide, a taboo under Islam. Extended conversations with three passengers (a soldier, a seminarian, and a taxidermist) elicit different views on mortality and individual choice. Operating at once as a closely observed, realistic story and a fable populated by archetypal figures, TASTE OF CHERRY challenges the viewer to consider what often goes unexamined in everyday life. (Criterion Collection)

2020, Kelly Reichardt, USA, 122 mins
In English | Format: Digital
Sat. Oct 2, 8:15 pm
Sat. Oct 9, 8:00 pm

Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph OLD JOY in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America. (A24)

2012, Jem Cohen, Austria/USA, 107 mins
English, German with English subtitles | Format: Digital
Sat. Oct 2, 1:00 pm
Thu. Oct 7, 8:15 pm

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. (Cinema Guild)

1984, Wim Wenders, Germany/France/UK/USA, 147 mins
With: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell
English | Format: Digital
Fri. Oct 1, 7:45 pm
Sat. Oct 9, 12:00 pm

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon. (Criterion Collection)

1976, Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium/Germany, 85 mins
French with English subtitles | Format: Digital
Fri. Oct 1, 5:30 pm
Wed. Oct 6, 8:00 pm

Letters from Chantal Akerman’s mother are read over a series of elegantly composed shots of 1976 New York, where our (unseen) filmmaker and protagonist has relocated. Akerman’s unforgettable time capsule of the city is also a gorgeous meditation on urban alienation and personal and familial disconnection. (Janus Films)


Gene Siskel Film Center
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center, a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has presented critically acclaimed cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. 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 siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 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 saic.edu.


Expands Friday: LITTLE GIRL, Stirring New Documentary on Trans Childhood, Human Rights // Expands to select cities Oct. 1 and beyond


A film by Sébastien Lifshitz
88 minutes / French with English Subtitles / France / Not Rated
Official Website //  Press Kit &



Now Playing
New York, NY // Film Forum
Los Angeles, CA // Laemmle Royal
Vancouver, BC // Vancouver Int'l Film Center

Miami, FL // O Cinema South Beach
Boca Raton, FL // Living Room Theater
Indianapolis, IN // Living Room Theater
Philadelphia, PA // PFS Bourse Theatre
Winston-Salem, NC // A/perture Cinema
Montreal, Quebec // Cinema du musee

OPENS October 1
Chicago, IL // Music Box Theatre
Seattle, WA // SIFF Film Center
Port Townsend, WA // Rose Theatre

OPENS October 8
Portland, OR // Living Room Theatre
Oakland, CA // New Parkway
Ithaca, NY // Cinemapolis
...and more!

Full list of theatrical engagements available here

**SCREENING LINKS ARE AVAILABLE for reviews and features**
Reply to this email to request a screening link.

"A film to change the world." —Little White Lies

“Veteran French docmaker Sébastien Lifshitz is in top form in a transgender character study that pitches familial strength against community resistance...a lovely, light-filled documentary."
LITTLE GIRL is the moving portrait of 7-year-old Sasha, who has always known that she is a girl. Sasha’s family has recently accepted her gender identity, embracing their daughter for who she truly is while working to confront outdated norms and find affirmation in a small community of rural France. Realized with delicacy and intimacy, Sébastien Lifshitz's documentary poetically explores the emotional challenges, everyday feats, and small moments in Sasha’s life.
Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz
Cinematography by Paul Guilhaume
Editing by Pauline Gaillard
Producer by Muriel Meynard
A Music Box Films Release

'Wynonna Earp' Leads Scrofano, Rozon To Attend At Wizard World Chicago; Marsters Unplugged Announced (Chicago, IL.)



Sci-Fi Western 'Wynonna Earp' Leads Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon To Make Wizard World Debuts In Chicago

What if legendary lawman Wyatt Earp's great-great-granddaughter had to fight off reincarnated outlaws from his time? And other supernatural beings? The frontier met the future in the Syfy/Space series "Wynonna Earp," and for the show's fervent following, Wizard World Chicago is the place to be as lead actors Melanie Scrofano ("Wynonna") and Tim Rozon ("Doc Holliday") reunite for their respective first Wizard World appearances next month.

Scrofano, who has also had roles in more than 50 other shows and films like "Bad Blood," "The Listener" and Saw VI, will appear on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Rozon, seen in many shows such as "Heartland," "Schitt's Creek" and "Being Human," now stars in Syfy's newest offering, "SurrealEstate." He also produced "Shuckers," a documentary about the world of oysters and those who shuck them. He will appear on Saturday, October 16.

They'll both be greeting fans, signing autographs, posing for individual and dual photo ops, and conducting an interactive "Wynonna Earp" Q&A.

Wizard World Chicago admission starts at $39.99.


James Marsters Is On Stage & Unplugged, Friday, October 15

He has sold out gigs from L.A. to London and now he is heading back to Wizard World Chicago. Catch the talented James Marsters, star of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," unplugged as he hits the stage, guitar in hand to perform an hour long set of original acoustic music, on Friday, October 15, beginning at 8 p.m.

General admission ($25) and VIP with priority seating, sound check starting at 7:30 and special meet & greet ($125) tickets are available so grab yours now before they sell out.

Click below for purchase options and details.


Be Ready For Wizard World Chicago With Branded Bag, Mask, T-Shirt, Pin

Wizard World Chicago is just over two weeks away (!) but you can make sure you're geared up and ready to go when the doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 15. Now it's easier than ever before to find Wizard World Chicago-branded goodies like a tote bag, t-shirt, pin and pop culture face mask (you'll need one for entry, after all!).

Just click on the Merchandise box on the ticketing page and you can add any or all of these items (save $17 with the bundle, $30 for the whole collection!). Pick up is the convenient Wizard World Chicago Convention Merch Booth on site.

Already bought your tickets? No problem, you can go to the ticketing page now and order your merch to be ready anytime on site.


Questions? Contact us today customercare@wizardworld.com

Wizard World
16142 Wyandotte Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406
United States

Women & Children First Bookstore >> October Events! Anne Elizabeth Moore, Victoria Chang & #MarginsBookstoreMonth (Chicago, IL.)


October 2021
Dear Friends!
Spooky reads, cozy reads, an avalanche of hugely anticipated new releases! October is quite possibly the best month to be a book lover!

We have several more exciting virtual events through the end of 2021. Be sure to check out the full line-up below and register in advance for a reminder of when we're about to go live.

This October brings with it a new tradition! We're proud to be one of the independent bookstores being honored during #MarginsBookstores Month, a celebration of bookstores owned and managed by and for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and Neurodiverse communities. This is a collaboration coordinated by The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary that includes wonderful programming, community building opportunities, and some cool merch!

Happy fall reading!

With love & gratitude,

P.S. We have some amazing events through the end of 2021! We've heard that some email providers "clip" our newsletter. Be sure to click "view entire message" at the bottom of your screen so you don't miss anything!
New Releases We Love!
Remember, due to expected supply chain issues, we strongly encourage you to start your holiday shopping today!
Upcoming Virtual Events
Most of our events are recorded and uploaded with closed captioning to our YouTube Channel. Watch them any time!
Wed, Sep 29, 2021 7:00 PM CST
Virtual Conversation: Anita Hill & Mikki Kendall
All tickets to this virtual event include a copy of Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence by Anita Hill. Hill will be joined by New York Times bestselling author Mikki Kendall.

Believing is a story of America's three decades-long reckoning with gender violence, one that offers insights into its roots as well as paths to creating dialogue and substantive change. It is a call to action that offers guidance based on what this brave, committed fighter has learned from a lifetime of advocacy and her search for solutions to a problem that is still tearing America apart.

Saturday, October 9 at 4 p.m. CT
Virtual Presentation & Conversation: STORIES FROM PALESTINE by Marda Dunsky with Sahar Mustafah

Join us for a virtual conversation celebrating Stories from Palestine by Marda Dunsky. Marda will be in conversation with beloved local author Sahar Mustafah

Journalist and scholar Marda Dunsky's most recent book, Stories from Palestine: Narratives of Resilience, focuses on Palestinians in the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip engaged in creative and productive pursuits in their daily lives as artists, scientists, teachers, farmers, cultural curators, entrepreneurs, and studentschallenging dominant mainstream media representations of their community as being subsumed by oppression and violence.

Monday, October 18 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Reading:
DEAR MEMORY by Victoria Chang

Join us virtually to discuss Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief by Victoria Chang. Chang will be in conversation with poet Dana Levin

For poet Victoria Chang, memory "isn't something that blooms, but something that bleeds internally." It is willed, summoned, and dragged to the surface. The remembrances in this collection of letters are founded in the fragments of stories her mother shared reluctantly and the silences of her father, who first would not and then could not share more. They are whittled and sculpted from an archive of family relics: a marriage license, a letter, a visa petition, a photograph. And, just as often, they are built on the questions that can no longer be answered.

Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Launch:
GENTRIFIER: A MEMOIR by Anne Elizabeth Moore

We're thrilled to gather virtually in celebration of the release of Gentrifier: A Memoir by Anne Elizabeth Moore.

In 2016, a Detroit arts organization granted writer and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore a free house—a room of her own, à la Virginia Woolf—in Detroit’s majority-Bangladeshi “Banglatown.” Accompanied by her cats, Moore moves to the bungalow in her new city where she gardens, befriends neighborhood youth, and grows to intimately understand civic collapse and community solidarity. When the troubled history of her prize house comes to light, Moore finds her life destabilized by the aftershocks of the housing crisis and governmental corruption.

Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Reading:
BETWEEN CERTAIN DEATH AND A POSSIBLE FUTURE edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Join us for a reading in honor of Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis. For this event, editor Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will be joined in conversation by several of the book's contributorsNels P. Highberg, Berends McKenzie, and Sassafras Lowrey.

Every queer person lives with the trauma of AIDS, and this plays out intergenerationally. Usually we hear about two generationsthe first, coming of age in the era of gay liberation, and then watching entire circles of friends die of a mysterious illness as the government does nothing to intervene. And now we hear about younger people growing up with effective treatment and prevention available, unable to comprehend the magnitude of the loss. But there is another generation between these two, one that came of age in the midst of the epidemic with the belief that desire intrinsically led to death and internalized this trauma as part of becoming queer.

Wednesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. CT
Kid-friendly Virtual Reading: Betsy Bird & Karla Arenas Valenti

Hey, middle grade readers! We have the perfect virtual event celebrating the release of two new books from Chicago-based authors: Betsy Bird & Karla Arenas Valenti!

About Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird

Twelve-year-old Suzy Bowles is tired of summers filled with chores on her family farm in Burr Oak, Michigan, and is desperate to see the world. When her wayward uncle moves back home to the farm, only to skip his chores every morning for mysterious reasons, Suzy decides to find out what he's up to once and for all. And that's when she meets legendary former circus queen Madame Marantette and her ostriches. Betsy Bird is the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library and the former Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library.

About Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti

In the hottest hour of the hottest day of the year, a fateful wind blows into Oaxaca City. It whistles down cobbled streets and rustles the jacaranda trees before slipping into the window of an eleven-year-old girl named Clara. Unbeknownst to her, Clara has been marked for la Lotería.
Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m. CT
Virtual Reading: Tamara Winfrey-Harris & Deesha Philyaw

Join us to celebrate the release of the second edition of The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey-Harris. For event, Winfrey-Harris will be in conversation with Deesha Philyaw

When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra—servile Mammy, angry Sapphire, and lascivious Jezebel—followed close behind. These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, big screen portrayals, and song lyrics. Author Tamara Winfrey-Harris reveals that while emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, America still won’t let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures.

Save the Date

Wednesday, Nov. 7
at 4 p.m.
by Lori Rader-Day

Monday, Nov. 15
at 7 p.m.
by Shayda Kafai

Holiday Hours

Nov. 25 & 26

Dec. 24 & 31
11 am. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 25 & 26
Book Groups

Some of our Book Groups have begun meeting in person. Please check for updates!
Sunday, October 3
at 2 p.m.
by Megha Majumdar
via Zoom
Monday, October 18
at 7 p.m.
by Sybille Bedford
via Zoom
Monday, October 18
at 7 p.m.
via Zoom
Tuesday, October 19
at 7:30 p.m.
by Brit Bennett
via Zoom
Sunday, October 24 
at 10 a.m.
by Sigrid Nunez
via Zoom
Weds., October 27
at 6:30 p.m.
by Alyssa Cole
via Zoom
Thursday, October 28
at 4:30 p.m.
Amulet #1: Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
via Zoom
November Selection TBD
via Zoom
Happy Halloween! To celebrate the season, tune into our Oh, the horror audiobook playlist!
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