Friday, March 15, 2013



Festival and series
On consecutive Mondays throughout April and the first week of May, the Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with Human Rights Watch to present the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (April 8-May 6) showcasing the work of committed and courageous filmmakers through stories of activists and survivors from all over the world. Filmmakers appear at all screenings of such films as Gideon’s Army which follows three passionately dedicated young public defenders in the Deep South who represent the disenfranchised; The Last White Knight in which 1960s civil rights worker Paul Saltzman returns more than 40 years later to confront the Ku Klux Klan member who assaulted him; aging thugs responsible for the massacre of more than a million Indonesian communists reenact their murder techniques for the camera in The Act of Killing; in Rafea: Solar Mama, an illiterate Bedouin wife and mother struggles to negotiate the gap between modernity and tradition when she enrolls to be trained as a solar engineer, sparking the resentment of her husband; in My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone, Danish filmmaker Nagieb Khaja distributes mobile phones with cameras to residents to make accounts of their daily lives, from a widowed father struggling to raise his kids to a young man obsessed with his hair.

Starring Sandrine Bonnaire (April 6-May 1), an eight-film tribute to one of French cinema’s finest working actors, is presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Consulate and the Institut Français, from her Cesar Award-winning debut A nos amours directed by Maurice Pialet to Claude Chabrol’s La cérémonie and The Color of Lies to the more recent Queen to Play, starring opposite Kevin Kline. She has appeared in over 50 films, working with a number of major French directors, and typically taking on challenging roles. Bonnaire has also directed films herself making Her Name is Sabine, a deeply personal documentary about her autistic sister which won great acclaim and led to a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss improvements in the French mental health care system, and the more recent Maddened by His Absence, a fictional film starring her ex-husband William Hurt. She also published her memoir Le soleil me trace la route.

The Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with the Chicago Palestine Film Festival (April 20-May 2) to present the 12th annual edition representing the spirit and mood of contemporary Palestinian life, and dedicated to exhibiting work that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience, and vision of the artists. The festival opens with Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You, the first-ever film submitted for Oscar consideration from the Palestinian Territories, about the painful longing for home and country following the 1967 Palestinian-Israeli war through the story of a displaced mother and her precocious 11-year-old son Tarek. Other films in the festival include features Uncle Nashaat, about the filmmaker’s search for the circumstances of the 1982 death of his uncle and hero; 5 Broken Cameras, a piece of audacious guerilla filmmaking and the first Palestinian documentary to nominated for an Oscar; and Habibi Rasak Kharban, about the challenged relationship between an aspiring Israeli poet and a Palestinian engineering student. Short films will also be presented in the festival.

Revolution in the Air: The Long Sixties (through May 7), presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center in cooperation with SAIC’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, offers a series of 14 programs with weekly Tuesday lecture/discussions by Mary Patten, visual artist, videomaker, writer, political activist, and Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. The series brings together key films and experimental videos that emerged from the revolutionary movement of the “long 1960s” (1955-75). This month’s films are Warrendale, about the unorthodox treatment center for emotionally disturbed children; Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom; Jean Genet’s Un chant d’amour + Arthur Ginsberg’s The Continuing Story of Carel and Fred; and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point.

Organized by SAIC’s Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation,
Conversations at the Edge (through April 18) is a series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by some of the most compelling media artists of yesterday and today. April programs with artists in person for Q&A: Spin/Verso/Contour: An Evening with Hannes Schüpbach features the artist in person who will present his lyrical, transcendent portraits of people, spaces, and everyday life; An Evening with Rosa Barba features work often set in monumental landscapes combining documentary, performance, and science fiction to examine surreal confrontations between nature, humans and their technologies; Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazaurs present the world premiere of twohundredfiftysixcolors which chart the animated GIFs’ evolution.

Back by popular demand! Chasing Ice (April 5-11): Stunning but alarming time-lapse photography, pioneered by National Geographic’s James Balog and his crew, chart the large-scale disappearance of glaciers in such locations as Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and Montana.

Chicago premiere! Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (April 12-18) is an intimate look behind the celebrated photographer and public persona who was the last person to photograph Marilyn Monroe, took iconic photographs of such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Louis Armstrong, and Brigitte Bardot, and ushered in the golden age of advertising. Stern forayed into filmmaking himself with Jazz on a Summer’s Day (April 12-24), his celebrated account of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, in which images, audience, music, and musicians (including such highlights as Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagardens’ celebrated Rocking Chair duet and Mahalia Jackson’s rousing gospel climax) converge.

Chicago premiere! Juan González in person! Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and NPR commentator González, Harvest of Empire (April 19-25) exposes the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America as the catalyst for waves of immigration from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and other nations. González will be present for audience discussion on Friday, April 19, at 8:15 pm.

First Chicago run! Ken Loach’s The Angel’s Share (April 26-May 9) is an upbeat comedy which centers on Robbie, a young Glasgow delinquent who has a rare gift for identifying whiskies which leads to him and his buddies donning kilts, posing as a whisky-tasting club, and heading for the highlands to heist a batch of ultra-valuable single malt.

Limited Engagements
New 35mm print! Jacques Rivette’s Le pont du Nord (April 5, 7, and 10) revisits the terrain of Celine and Julie Go Boating and Out 1 in this mind-bending meta-thriller. Armed with a map that transforms Paris into a giant game board, two women set out across the city, a vast labyrinth filled with conspiracies within conspiracies.

World premiere! Filmmakers in person! Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience (April 6 and 7) is an innovative documentary that depicts the experience of American POWs in World War II Japanese camps through their poems, songs, drawings, and cartoons. Despite the starvation and torturous conditions they experienced, they found relief and camaraderie through fantasies, pranks, jokes, and even recipes. Narrated by Loretta Swit with additional voices by Ed Asner, Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, and others. Director Jan Thompson and former POW Jim Collier, who appears in the film, will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.

Director in person! Musical farce To Die for Tano (April 14) does for the Mafia what The Producers did for the Nazis. Wise-guy machismo gets a good going-over as the life of a recently gunned-down Palermo hood is irreverently reconstructed by those who knew and resented him. Presented in partnership with Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Director Roberta Torre will be present for audience discussion.

Back by popular demand! Hilter’s Children (April 26 and May 1 and 2) is a riveting documentary that deals with five individuals who did not participate in Nazi atrocities but still bear the guilt as descendants of Goering, Himmler, Frank, Hoess, and Goeth.

Free admission! 40th Annual Student Academy Awards Regional Winners (April 30) is a showcase of winning films in dramatic, documentary, animated, and alternative categories which will proceed to the national finals in Los Angeles in May. Complete program notes will be distributed at the door.

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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 $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787,
, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.

Please note the following:
Lecture series discount: Gene Siskel Film Center members pay discounted admission of $4 to any screening in the series Revolution in the Air: The Long Sixties.

Saturday double-bill discount for Starring Sandrine Bonnaire: buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Sandrine Bonnaire movie on any Saturday in the series and get a ticket for the second Bonnaire film that day at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): $7/general admission; $6/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office.)

Sunday double-bill discount for the Chicago Palestine Film Festival: buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Palestinian movie on April 21 or 28 and get a ticket for the second Palestinian film that day at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): $7/general admission; $6/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office.)

Bert Stern discount: buy a ticket at our regular prices to either Bert Stern: Original Mad Man or Jazz on a Summer’s Day and get a ticket to any performance of the other film at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): $7/general admission; $6/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office.)

40th Annual Student Academy Awards Regional Winners on April 30 is a free admission event but a ticket is required for entry into the theater.

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A 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 $14 for nine hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

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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The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 41 years of presenting cutting edge programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 80,000.

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit


Easter and Passover in Chicago features Brunch, a Bunny Train and the Easter Bunny


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Easter and Passover in Chicago features Brunch, a Bunny Train and the Easter Bunny

(CHICAGO) March 2013 - Spring in Chicago is just around the corner, and the Easter holiday is the perfect reminder. Spend your Easter having a delicious weekend brunch at Maxwell's at the Club, ride a bunny train at the Chicago French Market or venture into the North Shore for a sophisticated farm-fresh dinner at Prairie Grass Cafe.

Maxwell's at the Club

easter_brunch_12-718x364East Bank Club's resident eatery, Maxwell's at the Club (500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL; 312-527-5800), has planned a robust menu for Passover. Enjoy a lavish Seder Buffet complete with appetizers, entrées and desserts for Maxwell's Passover Dinner, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 25.

This traditional meal includes kosher wine and Haggadahs will be available for each table. The buffet features appetizers of Gefilte Fish with Beet Horseradish, Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Almonds, Roasted Beets with Kale Salad and more. Maxwell's signature carving stations of Braised Beef Brisket and Roast Turkey Breast also will be present. The spread also includes entrées of Lemon-Olive Roasted Chicken Breast with Potatoes, Noodle Kugel, Braised Pot Roast with Oyster Mushrooms and Zucchini Potato Pancakes. The dessert offerings are just as expansive as the main courses with Charoset, Macaroons, Matzo Baklava, Orange-Almond Flan, Flourless Chocolate Cake, seasonal fresh fruit and more.

Maxwell's Easter Brunch also is an extensive buffet, available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. As a special treat, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classic breakfast items such as bacon, French toast, and Eggs Benedict will be offered along with signature treats including Sour Cream Pancakes and Chicken and Apple Sausage. For those looking for a more robust breakfast, the carving station will feature succulent Roast Beef Prime Rib, Baked Ham and Roast Turkey Breast. If you are looking for something light, Maxwell's offers countless options, from Quinoa Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts to Shrimp and Edamame Salad. No matter what you are looking for, Maxwell's Easter Brunch will offer a memorable meal.

These two holiday feasts will be available for $45 for adults and $15 for children 10 years and under. To make a reservation, call (312) 527-5800, extension 301, or visit

hop the bunny train ETChicago French Market The Chicago French Market (131 N Clinton, Chicago, IL; 312-575-0306) features many vendors who will be celebrating Easter throughout March. City Fresh Market is having its third annual Chance to Win A Chocolate Easter Egg contest. Estimated to be 36 inches in height, the egg will provide 13 pounds of chocolate to the lucky winner; enter through March 28.

Delightful Pastries is celebrating this Easter season by expanding its menu during March. New options include Lamb Cakes with Buttercream ($14 to $18), Bunny Rabbits Cupcake Baskets ($3.25), Mocha Chocolate Bundt Cake ($9.99), Rum and Raisin Yeast Babka ($7.49), Italian Ricotta Cheesecake ($20) and several seasonal pie options including Rhubarb Strawberry ($24). If you prefer savory items, Delightful Pastries has you covered with Lamb and Spinach Pies ($48), Asparagus Quiche ($40), Ham and Swiss Cheese Quiche ($40) and White Borsht Soup with Fresh Sausage ($6.99). To receive these delightful treats, orders must be placed by Tuesday, March 26 by emailing or calling (312) 234-9644.

For a unique experience, Fumare Meats will be offering Pascal Ham. These locally produced hams are 1 to 2 pounds each and follow the tradition of eastern Europeans packing baskets with foods, such as the ham, to be blessed at church. Bebe's Eatery will be celebrating Passover by taking catering reservations for their fresh and always kosher a la carte appetizers, soups, entrées and sides. All dishes are traditional in nature yet have a Bebe's spin. Orders can be picked up or delivered through March 22. Further honoring the holiday, Bebe's Eatery will be closed throughout Passover (March 22 to April 3).

For families looking to add a new tradition to their Easter activities, guests can Hop the Bunny Train Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fun-filled ride will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary samples from an assortment of vendors will be offered throughout the day. Additionally, get a chance to meet the market's special guest, the Easter Bunny.

Prairie Grass Cafe

For those looking for the perfect brunch spot in the Artisan breadsETsuburbs, Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) will be a great place to spend the holiday. Easter Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. March 31.

Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris will serve a scrumptious Easter Brunch featuring their Signature PGC Benedict along with a generous and delicious buffet. The brunch includes made-to-order omelets available in a range of toppings such as: homemade crumbled Maple Creek Farm Chorizo, poblano peppers, spring onions, mushrooms and more. Prairie Grass Cafe's puts its own spin on traditional brunch favorites with the Applewood Smoked Maple Creek Farm Bacon, Honey Glazed Bone-In Ham and Deviled Farm Eggs. The house moussaka, with layers of eggplant, potato and braised lamb topped with béchamel sauce also is available. Additionally, crab cakes, fresh salads and a mix of breads complete the spread. To end on a sweet note, the dessert buffet features sliced fruit, Mom's Homemade Banana Cream Pie and a Crêpe station with two sweet filling options. Price for adults is $45 and $15 for children under 10 years.

The restaurant also will be open for dinner, offering both the regular menu and Easter specials. The Easter specials start with an appetizer of Wilted Dandelion Greens with local bacon and Parmesan and balsamic reduction on crostini ($9). As a main course, guests can choose from Sautéed Red Snapper with citrus and fennel salad and a citrus butter sauce ($34) or Spring Lamb Kabobs with Arugula Peso and Basmati Rice ($28). The dessert course features a Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting ($7). For Easter reservations call Prairie Grass Cafe at (847) 205-4433.
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No cover & no minimum


Dance the night away with...the songs of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner & Patti LaBelle & MORE!
A veteran of the Chicago music scene, HOLLY MCGUIRE brings to 12West her own spin on Motown and Pop favorites. Holly toured Europe with "Swingin Safari." She has shared the stage with
Roberta Flack and another Chicago sweetheart, Judy Roberts.
Get down with Holly & her band, Peter Polzak, piano; Chris Clemente, bass and Tony Colucci on drums.
and dancing the night away, HOLLY MCGUIRE will be 'keepin' it real!'



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Chicago, IL

(312) 337-3200

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Madness at The Fifty/50

March Madness at The Fifty/50

  Wicker Park upscale sports bar The Fifty/50 (2047 W Division St) will show all of the March Madness games on its 20+ flatscreens with sound and will feature drink specials from open to close every date an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game is played.

Drink specials include:
* $4 Deschutes Brewery beers
* $4 Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey shots
* $100 Grey Goose bottles

In addition to the above drink specials, The Fifty/50 will also have $2 domestic beer bottles on special from open to close for the National Championship Game on Monday, April 8.

For more information please contact Dave Andrews of Good Life PR at and 847.909.5511.

About The Fifty/50: Dining scene vets Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner co-own this Wicker Park tri-level restaurant and 20+ flatscreened upscale sports bar with a 65-seat outdoor patio that was recently voted the best sports bar in America by Yahoo! and Thrillist and was also named best sports bar in the country by Maxim magazine. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, The Fifty/50 specializes in fresh, scratch-made elevated comfort fare ranging from its “The Four-Courser” featured on “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich In America”, to its the tri-meat blended “The Triple Secret Burger”, to its massive chicken wings recently voted “Best Wings In Chicago” by RedEye, Metromix, and WGN that are also served in the bleachers at Wrigley Field during Chicago Cubs games. The Fifty/50 is also known for its 24oz cocktails served in red “keeper” cups and irresponsibly low-priced bottle service. Located at 2047 W Division St (773.489.5050), The Fifty/50 is open 11am-2am Monday thru Friday, 10am-3am Saturday, and 10am-2am Sunday. Additional info, full menus, and complete booze lists available at
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St. Patrick's Weekend Chicago Avenue Bar Crawl at Roots, High Dive, and Cleo's

St. Patrick's Weekend Chicago Avenue Bar Crawl at Roots, High Dive, and Cleo's

  Roots Handmade Pizza will team up with neighboring bars High Dive and Cleo’s to throw two St. Patrick’s Day parties from open to close on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

Roots (1924 W Chicago Ave), High Dive (1938 W Chicago Ave), and Cleo’s (1935 W Chicago Ave) will all feature $4 Jameson shots from open to close on both dates. There will also be St Patrick’s Day swag giveaways at all three bars on both dates.

For more information please contact Dave Andrews of Good Life PR at and 847.909.5511.

About Roots Handmade Pizza: Dining scene vets Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner co-own this West Town restaurant located at the corner of Chicago and Winchester avenues that specializes in Quad Cities-style hand-tossed pizza. Roots seats 240 inside and an additional 90 outside on its patio that runs along Winchester Avenue. Open for lunch and dinner every day, Roots also features scratch-made mozzarella sticks, massive build-your-own salads, gourmet sausages, and sandwiches. Beverage-wise, Roots sports a 80-strong Midwest-only beer list with 15 on tap including its own Roots House Brew, six ice-encrusted liquor taps, 22oz specialty cocktails based on childhood favorite sodas and candies, and its own housemade root beer. Located at 1924 W Chicago Ave (773.645.4949) Roots is open from 11am-2am Sunday thru Friday and 11am-3am Saturday. Additional info, full menus, and complete beer, wine and drink lists available
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"BIG FISH" Pre-Broadway World Premiere - Big Catch for College Students



(Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – CHICAGO) BIG FISH, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, is pleased to offer $29 tickets to college students for its first four performances, April 2-5, 2013. Students will also be invited to attend a Q&A following the show with the cast and creative team members. 200 tickets per performance will be available at this special price when students use the code UNIVERSITY. Tickets are available online at
BIG FISH is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) as Edward Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian’s Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom, Tony Award® nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) as Will Bloom, Krystal Joy Brown (Leap Of Faith) as Josephine Bloom and Zachary Unger (Chaplin)as Young Will, and
featuring Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford, J. C. Montgomery, Tony Award® nominee Brad Oscar, Kirsten Scott, Sarrah Strimel and Katie Thompson, BIG FISH has a cast of 27 that includes Preston Truman Boyd, Alex Brightman, Bree Branker, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hoffman, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.
BIG FISH will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph Street) in a limited 5-week engagement beginning performances Tuesday, April 2, 2013, opening Friday, April 19, 2013, and playing through Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Tickets for the Chicago engagement are onsale now.
BIG FISH has scenic design by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Julian Crouch, costume design by five-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Los Angeles Drama Critics Award winner Jon Weston, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam DavisBIG FISH is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, The Nederlander Organization, John Domo and Broadway Across America in association with CJ E&M, Parrothead Productions and Columbia Pictures.
A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, BIG FISH centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom (Butz), whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will (Steggert).  As Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales.  Overflowing with heart, humor and imagination, BIG FISH is a tribute to the power of family, dreaming big and the unpredictable adventure of life itself.
“Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” by Daniel Wallace was first printed in 1998.  In December 2003, a critically acclaimed film of Big Fish was released by Columbia Pictures directed by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards.
Tickets for BIG FISH at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre range in price from $33-$100.  A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances.  Tickets are available now for groups of 15 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at
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 FASHION 2013, MAY 3

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte to Receive SAIC Legend of Fashion Award at Annual Benefit, THE WALK in Millennium Park

  Anke Loh, Sage Chair in Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), announces Fashion 2013, the school’s 79th annual fashion show. Presented Friday, May 3 three times throughout the day on Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade, Fashion 2013 will culminate with THE WALK—SAIC’s annual benefit supporting the production of student work and scholarships—at 5:30 p.m. This year, THE WALK celebrates fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte with the Legend of Fashion Award, as well as constant supporter of SAIC, Melissa Sage Fadim, with the Heart of Fashion Award.

“This magnificent show is a fitting platform for the marvelous, innovative work of our students. I am inspired by the creations that they continue to produce each year,” said SAIC President Walter E. Massey. “This year, it is a special privilege to honor both Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte who, like many of these students, began their creative explorations at such a young age, as well as a true friend to SAIC and the Fashion Design department, Melissa Sage Fadim, whose passion and commitment to this institution makes events like this possible, including the annual fashion show.”

Fashion 2013 presents an electrifying runway show featuring more than 300 original garments created by undergraduate students in SAIC’s internationally renowned Fashion Design program, which boasts such distinguished alumni as Halston, Cynthia Rowley, Maria Pinto, Gary Graham, J. Morgan Puett and Lawrence Steele. Students and faculty work to create a truly professional fashion runway show—stunning design, intriguing soundscapes, exquisite garments, and cutting-edge looks—by incorporating and combining techniques from the fields of sculpture, performance, design, technology, architecture and installation. Seniors in SAIC’s acclaimed Department of Fashion Design will showcase complete collections of five looks; juniors will show a three-look collection; and sophomores will present one avant-garde look.

“Our strong team of faculty and students inspires us to advance, take more risks and follow unusual directions in order to break through to new territory,” said Associate Professor Anke Loh, Sage Chair in Fashion Design. “We are poised and ready to continue to experiment with our individual and collective inquiries into fashion, body, and garment.

More than 50 models from Factor Runway will showcase designs as they walk down a 90-foot runway inside a 15,000-square-foot tent on Chase Promenade, a three-block-long walkway centrally located in Millennium Park. Hairstyling is provided by ULTA; make-up services are provided by Maybelline New York. Fashion 2013 is produced and directed by SAIC faculty member Conrad Hamather, Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment program, with talent direction by fellow SAIC faculty member Shane Gabier, an SAIC alumnus and co-founder of the clothing label Creatures of the Wind.

Tickets for Fashion 2013 ($40–$75) will be available March 20 online only at and available at the door on May 3.


Fashion 2013 culminates with THE WALK, SAIC’s annual scholarship benefit held in conjunction with Fashion 2013. Co-Chairs, SAIC Board of Governors member Stephanie Sick and SAIC Fashion Committee member Roopa P. Weber, are thrilled to honor Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte with this year’s Legend of Fashion Award, given for outstanding contributions in the fashion industry. THE WALK will also honor Melissa Sage Fadim with the Heart of Fashion Award for her 25-year commitment to SAIC’s Fashion Department. The evening begins with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception in the Millennium Park Chase Promenade followed by THE WALK at 6:30 p.m., which includes the runway show featuring SAIC student collections, the presentations of the Legend of Fashion and Heart of Fashion awards as well as significant student scholarships, awards and coveted fashion industry internships.  Immediately following THE WALK, guests will enjoy a strolling dinner at the rooftop terrace of Millennium Park’s Harris Theater. Individual tickets for THE WALK are $500–$1,000. Tables are $5,000–$25,000. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 312.499.4190. Fashion 2013 is made possible in part by presenting sponsor Swarovski, returning for its third consecutive year of support.


Kate and Laura Mulleavy founded Rodarte in 2005 in Los Angeles, California and are now “the most celebrated American designers working today” (The New Yorker). They have won numerous awards and accolades, including the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2009 and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion, and were nominated for Best Costume Design at the 16th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards for their work in Black Swan. In 2009 Rodarte was the first fashion house to be awarded a United States Artists Grant, and in 2010 Rodarte was awarded the National Arts Awards’ Bill and Maria Bell Young Artist Award. In March 2011 Rodarte’s first West Coast exhibition Rodarte: States of Matter opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In December 2011, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) debuted its exhibit, RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection, a collection of couture gowns inspired by frescoes painted by the early Italian Renaissance artist Fra Angelico (c. 1350-1455). Rodarte’s work is featured in the permanent collections of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. International icons including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Obama, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Maggie Cheung, Scarlett Johansson, and Reese Witherspoon wear the Rodarte label.

“We are truly honored to be receiving the Legend of Fashion award from SAIC’s distinguished Fashion Design program,” said Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. “We feel privileged to be recognized and involved with FASHION 2013.”

 “It is creative, entrepreneurial leaders such as Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte who elevate the importance of artists and designers in the cultural landscape,” added Anke Loh. “To our SAIC community, Rodarte's role and work within the fashion design industry is an example of both success and sustained artistic integrity. Kate and Laura's interdisciplinary and conceptual approach—and their fearless instinct for innovation—resonates with our students and faculty and inspires them to push the boundaries of fashion.”


In 1989 Melissa Sage Fadim established the SAIC Fashion department‘s first endowed chair position and generously funded the Sage Studios located in the Louis Sullivan–designed Carson Pirie Scott Building, now known as the Sullivan Center, which also houses the Fashion Resource Center. She has been at the helm of her family's Sage Foundation for two decades and is also a producer for several films, and serves on various boards and committees throughout Chicago.


Fashion 2013 will be presented three times on Friday, May 3:
9 a.m. is a general admission dress rehearsal. Tickets are $40.
12 p.m. and 3 p.m. shows are general admission seating. Tickets are $75.
Tickets to the 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. shows go on sale March 20. Tickets will be available online only at and available at the door on May 3.

THE WALK is generously supported by Presenting Sponsors Swarovski and the MacLean-Fogg Company. Additional support is provided by: Haute Couture Sponsors Ariel Investments, Maybelline New York, and ULTA; Avant Garde Sponsor Exelon; and Prêt-à-Porter sponsor Mesirow Financial. CS Magazine is the Exclusive Media Sponsor. Park Hyatt Chicago is the Exclusive Luxury Hotel Sponsor.


An Antwerp Design Collective: A Nexus of Commerce, Art, and Fashion
A conversation with Paul Boedens
, Walter van Beirendonck
Inge GrognardRonald Stoops, and Dirk van Saene
Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Free and open to the public

Moderated by Anke Loh, SAIC Sage Chair in Fashion Design, and Zoe Ryan, Chair and John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, this panel discussion will explore the interests, motivations, and inspirations of five influential Antwerp-based fashion and design professionals. The participants will discuss their strong history of collaboration, the importance of geography and developing a “fashion empire,” and the role of fashion as a powerful axis for cultural innovation.

Swarovski Michigan Avenue Window Installation
Swarovski Boutique, 540 North Michigan Avenue
On view beginning April 15

A presenting sponsor of THE WALK 2013, Swarovski, the leading designer of crystal fashion jewelry and accessories, will extend its partnership with SAIC past the runway for the second year. Students and faculty from SAIC’s Master of Design program in Fashion, Body, and Garment, under the direction of Nick Cave, will use Swarovski’s signature jewels to create and install a window display at the flagship boutique (540 N. Michigan Avenue) in celebration of their “Passport to Sparkle” spring/summer campaign. Combining principals of sculpture, architecture, design and fashion, students will have the incredible opportunity to expose their creations at the boutique April 15 – May 5. In addition, Swarovski will pick one student from the Fashion Design program to incorporate the signature jewels in their garment which will be worn during the runway show on May 3.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fashion program provides a creative and intellectual context in which the nature and potential of fashion is closely examined and reimagined. Uniquely situated within a vibrant contemporary school of art and design, SAIC’s Fashion department offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate fashion programs that build on the connections and relationships between art and fashion that have been evolving in the past century and that reach an unprecedented level in contemporary practices today.

SAIC’s Fashion program is housed within the Sage Studios for Fashion Design located in the historic Carson Pirie Scott building. The 25,000-square-foot studio space includes the Fashion Resource Center—celebrating its 25th anniversary this year—a hands-on collection of late-20th- and 21st-century designer garments and accessories representing extreme innovation, which allows SAIC students the opportunity to explore the most progressive achievements in the world of dress and fashion.

The success of SAIC’s Fashion Design program and SAIC's interdisciplinary approach to education is reflected in a list of alumni that includes such notable designers as Halston, Cynthia Rowley, Lawrence Steele, J. Morgan Puett, Eunwha Kim, Maria Pinto, Gary Graham, and Matthew Ames. SAIC graduates hold senior design positions in firms as varied as Yeohlee, Jones New York, Levis, Nike, Charles Chang Lima, and Tommy Hilfiger, and design for Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, Tiffani Kim, Betsey Johnson, Triple5Soul, and Moschino. Upon graduating, many have chosen to intern for international houses such as Viktor & Rolf, Alexander McQueen, Wendy & Jim, Castelbajac, Zac Posen, Threeasfour and William Ivey Long or to launch their own fashion lines. For more information, please visit

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit


With Special Guest, Master Sommelier & Owner André Hueston Mack

 Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago welcomes Mouton Noir Winemaker and Owner, André Hueston Mack, for a very special four-course dinner featuring the wines of Mouton Noir on Monday, March 18, 2013. There will be a welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. and the first course will be served at 7:00 p.m. The price for the evening is $80 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations are required and can be made by calling Kate Van Fossan at 312.527.2722.

The menu for the evening includes:

Welcome Reception
Oysters, espellete, blood orange mignonette
Love Drunk Rose

Course One
Chilled spring pea soup, dungeness crab, meyer lemon, with almond
Knock on Wood Chardonnay, 100% stainless steel Chardonnay

Course Two
Grilled diver scallops, fingerling-spring onion hash, Indonesian peppercorn beurre rouge, watercress
Beaux Knows Oregon Pinot Noir

Course Three
Bordeaux braised short rib/cheeks, creamy grits, wild mushroom fricassee
Montgomery Place Bordeaux style blend

Course Four
Warm Valrhona chocolate cake, coconut sorbet and pepper tuile

About Mouton Noir
Mouton Noir is a two-fold lifestyle project producing both a T-Shirt line and Oregon wines.  Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, both ends of Mouton Noir incorporate a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture.  The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of the New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now available nationwide.  Mouton Noir apparel is inspired by WINE LIFESTYLE/STREET CULTURE of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. The design is also reminiscent of independent skateboard company apparel of the 1990s. For more information please visit

About André Hueston Mack
Despite having a successful career with Citicorp Investment Services, André Hueston Mack decided to leave his “desk job” to pursue his passion for wine. While working as a sommelier in San Antonio, Mack discovered the joys of introducing guests to the little known vineyards that first attracted him to the business and “the instant gratification of a guest’s reaction.” While still in Texas, Mack was awarded the prestigious title of Best Young Sommelier in America by the highly regarded Chaine des Rotisseurs. This recognition propelled him into the opportunity to work as a sommelier at Thomas Keller’s world-renowned The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Mack went on to accept the position of Head Sommelier at Keller’s equally famed Per Se in New York City, where he managed a 1800 selection award-winning wine list and consulted with Chef Keller on menu and pairing development regularly. Winemaking has always been a dream of his and came to fruition when he set up shop under the moniker of Mouton Noir Wines. Throughout his career Mack has forged unique relationships with luminary growers and winemakers from around the planet. It is with this prestigious group that Mack currently creates his wines.

Shaw’s Crab House, a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, features a 1940s-style take on the seafood dining experience, with retro leather banquettes, polished wood floors and Art Deco touches. The Oyster Bar provides a more casual setting for diners and serves up live music five nights a week at the Chicago location and Saturday nights & Sundays for Brunch at the Schaumburg location. Shaw’s—The King of Crab! For more info, call 312.527.2722 (Chicago) or 847.517.2722 (Schaumburg), visit the website at
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