Saturday, March 01, 2014

Last chance to be an extra in Entourage - Win an Acting Class. Easy!

Last chance to be an extra in Entourage - Win an Acting Class.  Easy. 

Our Breakfast With Piven fundraiser has been so, so amazing and we want to thank everyone who continues to support us.
and you'll be entered to Win an Acting Class at the Piven Theatre Workshop
Just  Go Here
and click "Donate" and give what you can.
And, if you start a fundraiser, for every $100 you raise you'll get an entry to win a visit to set of Entourage the movie, you'll get to be an extra in the film and have breakfast with me. We pick a winner tomorrow, so there is still time to get your chance to win.
Thanks so much.

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One of the youngest male classical soprano-crossover Artists in the world!
He sings in English, Italian, French, German, Russian & Tagalog

GRAND AWARD WINNER (first prize...Elvis Presley was a finalist
Largest performing arts talent contest in the Universe  (Memphis Desoto Family Theater)

Grand prize winner of multiple talent contests (see website)

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Sheridan & Anastasia Lee, the youngest soprano mezzo soprano in the world, shared a one-hour performance at Festa Italiana on Taylor Street in Chicago in 2013. They sang exclusively in Italian for the entire hour.
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SHERIDAN ARCHBOLD is a charming 12 year old prodigy who has a sensational vocal range and an uncanny and evolved stage presence. His goal is to be the next Andrea Bocelli or Luciano Pavarotti and, by all indications, he is well on his way to achieving that.


And the “Oscar®” for “Best Movie Line” goes to...

And the “Oscar®” for “Best Movie Line” goes to...

Tuesday, February 25th: Amy Adams may be hoping for the Best Actress Oscar® at this Sunday’s Academy Awards® but she is meanwhile today named the first winner of a new film prize – for the best movie line of the year.
And the winning line is... “You’re nothing to me until you’re everything” – delivered by Adams, as con artist Sydney Prosser, to her lover (Christian Bale) in the movie American Hustle. It vents her frustration that she can’t have him completely because he’s married to another woman.
Her line is the winner in a global poll to pick both the best Hollywood movie lines of the past year (2013) – conducted across eight English-speaking countries by (, the world’s largest social network for meeting new people.
Second place in Badoo’s poll goes to George Clooney for a line in Gravity, delivered when his fellow astronaut Sandra Bullock looks to him in terror for her life and he responds, “I know you never realized how devastatingly good- looking I am. But I need you to stop staring and help me with the tether”.
Third is a line from the movie Rush, where Daniel Brühl as racing driver Niki Lauda says, “Happiness is your biggest enemy. It weakens you. Puts doubts in your mind. Suddenly you have something to lose!”
The Amy Adams line from American Hustle, observes the writer David Disalvio, is a rephrasing of the thinking distortion known in psychology as “all-or-nothing thinking”. As a con artist skilled at conning money from the desperate, Adams’ character knows that desperation fuels desire but cannot spot the same condition in herself.
Clooney’s line, on the other hand, is just a piece of classic Clooney – a witticism delivered under pressure of a kind that would make less suave men crack.
Badoo also asked users to vote for the worst movie lines of the year.
And the winner was the line, “Marvin, is that a stick of dynamite in your pocket?” – delivered by Bruce Willis as Frank to John Malkovich as Marvin in

the action comedy, Red 2. The fact that Red 2 was meant to be tongue-in-cheek did not seem to excuse it.
Second place went to a line delivered by Jonathan Pryce as the President in the G.I. Joe: Retaliation: “They call it waterboarding, but I never get bored”.
Third was a line uttered by Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin in Ender’s Game:
“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him”.
George Clooney placed fourth, with a line referring to his spaceship in Gravity: “You point the damn thing at Earth – it’s not rocket science”.
The stars who deliver such lines are not, of course, normally the same folks who write them. The screenplay for American Hustle is written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, the movie’s director, and is itself nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar®.
The Oscars® themselves do not, of course, include an award for either the best or worst movie. The need for such an award, believes Badoo, stems from the fact that the only thing that we remember from many movies is often just a single line – sometimes one that we barely noticed on first hearing.
The best movie lines enter our shared culture and memory: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” (Marlon Brando in The Godfather); “Here’s looking at you kid” (Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca); “Go ahead, make my day” (Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry in Sudden Impact).
In 2005, the American Film Institute (AFI) asked 1,500 film experts to pick the 100 most memorable movie quotes of all time. And the winner was “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”, delivered by Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind.
The AFI’s list of winners suggests at least two things: first, that the best lines tend to be short and that they often rely for impact on context and character. Maybe it also suggests that they don’t write great movie lines like they used to. Even back in 2005, almost all the best lines were over 30 years old.

• The Best Movie Lines: And The Winners Are...

1. “You're nothing to me until you're everything.”
– Amy Adams as con artist Sydney Prosser in American Hustle
2. “I know you never realized how devastatingly good-looking I am. But I need you to stop staring and help me with the tether.”– George Clooney as astronaut Matt Kowalski in Gravity

3. “Happiness is your biggest enemy. It weakens you. Puts doubts in your mind. Suddenly you have something to lose!”– Daniel Brühl as racing driver Niki Lauda in Rush.
4.= “Who the hell is Julius Caesar? You know I don’t follow the NBA!
– Will Ferrell as anchorman Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2
4.= “My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, as the head of my own brokerage, I made 49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.”– Leonardo di Caprio as financier Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street
6. “Who do I have to sleep with around here to get a Stoli martini with a twist of lemon?”– Cate Blanchett as down-at-heel socialite Jasmine in Blue Jasmine.

• Worst Movie Lines... And The Winners Are...

1. “Marvin, is that a stick of dynamite in your pocket?”
– Bruce Willis as Frank in Red 2
2. “They call it waterboarding, but I never get bored.”
– Jonathan Pryce as the President in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
3. “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.”– Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin in Ender’s Game
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NOTES FOR EDITORS:“OSCAR®”, “OSCARS®” and ACADEMY AWARDS® are trademarks owned
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• Methodology:

Badoo polled 1,000 users in February 2014 across eight English-speaking countries: U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand. Respondents were asked to vote on a list of lines from Hollywood movies in 2013, “nominated” by Badoo after extensive research.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Crusade Engagement Grant Offers $10,000 for Arts Innovation

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Jennifer Schwartz, who is founder and Executive Director of Crusade for Art, provided the info below on the subject of the organization’s major new art grant for photographers.
The annual grant of $10,000 is unique in that it is awarded to the artist who comes up with the best idea on the demand side of the art equation. There are many programs and elaborate support systems available to increase the quantity and quality of fine-art photography—from MFA programs to portfolio reviews—but almost none to increase the demand for it.
Ms. Schwartz recently closed her gallery in Atlanta to concentrate on this Crusade. She has traveled extensively in the US to meet with photographic artists, educators, and publishers, and to promote this idea.
A three-member selection committee will select the grant award recipient based on the proposed project’s creativity, originality, and probability for success as well as the applicant’s credibility and references. The three members of the selection committee are:
• Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker
• Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director at Museum of Contemporary Photography
• Rupert Jenkins, Executive Director at Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Applications opened on February 10, and the initial response has been enthusiastic. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Finalists will be announced May 15, and the grant award winner will be announced in September.
For more information, visit or call (404) 790-9078.
Crusade for Art is a non-profit organization whose mission is
to build artists' capacity to create demand for their work.
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Upcoming events,including Jimmy Carter at Women & Children First Bookstore (Chicago,IL)

Jimmy Carter,
PW Bookstore of the Year Nomination, and more!
March Events
at Women & Children First
PW Bookstore of the Year Nomination

Women & Children First has been named one of five finalists for this year's Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year Award. We are delighted that our hard work and vision is being recognized by our industry peers in this way. Other finalists this year include Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle; Green Apple Books, San Francisco; McLean & Eakin, Petosky, Michigan; and Prairie Lights, Iowa City. We are proud to be included in their company. The Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year Award will be presented during BookExpo America in New York City in May. 

Read Local
This month we are launching a new brand, "Read Local," to call attention to the many events we do with local literati--authors, editors, and publishers. Women & Children First has always taken great pride in working with the local writing community. We hope our new Read Local designation will help build audiences for and focus attention on the work of the extraordinarily talented writers of Chicago, now and into the future.  

Wednesday, March 5th - 
Editor Avital Norman Nathman and contributors
Deborah Siegel and Gina Crosley-Corcoran
7:30 pm

As a culture, we are obsessed with the notion of what it means to be a "good" mother. In this refreshingly honest collection of essays, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality, wonderful writers reflect on and challenge the stereotypes and expectations about what it means to be a mother today and encourage women to form a community that refuses to compete against societal expectations-or one another. Avital Norman Nathman is a writer whose work places a feminist lens on a variety of topics, including parenting, maternal health, gender and reproductive rights. She has been featured in Bitch magazine, the New York Times,, among others. In addition to her blog, The Mamafesto, she has a regular series, "The Femisphere," for Ms. Magazine's site, and a regular feminist parenting column, "Mommie Dearest," for The Frisky. The Good Mother Myth is her first book. Please join her, along with contributors Deborah Siegel and Gina Crosley-Corcoran, for a reading, discussion, and signing.

Thursday, March 6th - 
Editor Janet Burroway,  
with contributor Rosellen Brown
7:30 pm

This collection celebrates a critical generation of women writers who challenged the status quo and helped pave the way for future generations--in addition to finding success for themselves. The essayists and poets featured in A Story Larger than My Own describe the pressure, the highs and lows, the all-too-frequent crises of confidence, the challenges of a changing publishing scene, and the difficulty of combining writing with the ordinary stuff of life--family, marriage, jobs. The contributors, all now over the age of sixty, also confront the effects of aging, with its paradoxical duality of new limitations and new-found freedom. Taken together, these stories offer advice from experience to writers at all stages of their careers and serve as a collective memoir of a truly remarkable generation of women. Janet Burroway lives in Lake Geneva. Rosellen Brown is the author of many books, including Before and After and Half a Heart, and now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A Read Local event.

Sunday March 9th - Patrick Dati
4:30 pm

When he was nine years old, Patrick Dati was raped by notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. After surviving this horrific ordeal, Patrick's trauma continued, as he became the target of his older brother's constant bullying. Overwhelmed by shame and guilt, Patrick hid that he was gay, which led to two heterosexual marriages, both ending in disaster. In this memoir, Patrick shares his story of self-discovery in hopes that others will find strategies for recovery and healing. Patrick graduated with a BA in Broadcast Communications from Columbia College and has spent the last decade as a marketing professional in the publishing industry. He is now a nationally recognized child advocate. Read Local event.

Sunday, March 16th -
Katey Schultz
4:30 pm

From the perspectives of a U.S. soldier, a pragmatic jihadist, an Afghan mother, a ghost, and others, this short story collection questions stereotypes by bearing witness to the shared struggles of those touched by the War on Terror. Through personal moments of fear, introspection, confusion, and valor, Flashes of War serves as a universal plea for reconnection. Katey Schultz earned her MFA from Pacific University and is the recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council. Flashes of War, her first book, won the 2013 Gold Medal Book of the Year for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. She lives in a 1970 Airstream trailer bordering the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

Tuesday, March 18th - Rachel Herron
7:00 pm

Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Then, Kate's world is rocked once more when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago suddenly reenters her life. In this novel by Rachel Herron, creator of the popular blog, a family must confront its long-buried secrets and haunting betrayals. Rachel's previous titles include the romance novels Wishes and Stitches and How to Knit a Love Song, as well as the memoir A Life in Stitches. She is an accomplished knitter and lives in Oakland with her wife, Lala, and their menagerie of cats and dogs.

Wednesday, March 19th - Achy Obejas and Megan Bayles, joined by contributors Aleksandar Hemon and
7:00 pm
Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories

As debates about immigration rage across America's political spectrum, twenty-first-century immigrant literature both reflects and shapes the shifting definition of American identity. Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, the newest publication by the Great Books Foundation, showcases fresh perspectives on the immigrant experience by writers from around the world. Join the co-editors, award-winning author Achy Obejas and cultural studies scholar Megan Bayles, for a reading and discussion. Megan Bayles is a freelance editor and a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Davis. Achy Obejas is the author of Ruins, Days of Awe, and other novels. Her Spanish translation of Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was a finalist for Spain's Esther Benítez Translation Prize from the National Translator Association. Refreshments will be served. Read Local event.

Thursday, March 20th - Paulette Livers
7:30 pm
Cementville: A Novel

In late spring of 1969, Cementville, a picturesque southern town, is turned inside out by the deaths of seven young National Guardsmen fighting in Vietnam. The return of the bodies triggers a mounting unease and violence within the town. With the Civil Rights Act only a few years old, a restless citizenry divided over the war, and the Women's Movement beginning to challenge traditional ideas about family life, Cementville
provides a microcosm of a society shedding the old order, echoing issues still being confronted today. Paulette Livers is a Chicago transplant, who was born and raised in Kentucky. She received the 2012 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction and has completed residencies and fellowships with the Center for the American West, Ox-Bow, and others. A Read Local event.

Friday, March 21st - Elizabeth Earley
7:30 pm
Launch Party

When Anne's teenage sister sustains a traumatic brain injury after a car accident, the whole family is thrown into a decades-long struggle for belonging, deliverance, and redemption--with surprising results. A Map of Everything intimately explores the fragility of family dynamics, revealing what is lost and gained after a tragedy. Elizabeth Earley's stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the Chicago Reader, Geek, Outside, the Windy City Times, and Ms. Fit Magazine. Elizabeth has twice been a finalist for the AWP New Journals Award and once for the Bakeless Literary Prize for Fiction. She has received two Pushcart nominations and serves as editor and curator of Bleed, a literary blog from Jaded Ibis Press. This event will also feature musicians Liz Chidester and Dalice Malice, spoken word artist Dasha Kelly, and graphic artist Christa Donner, who created original art for the color edition of A Map of Everything.  

Sunday, March 23rd - Alex Garel-Frantzen
2:00 pm
Location: Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Road

Beyond the usual suspects like Al Capone, organized crime in 1920s Chicago also included various little-known Jewish gangsters born from the gritty Maxwell Street ghetto. Their illegal activity sparked rifts between Reform and Orthodox Jews and ignited tensions between city officials and Jewish leaders. This historical account is the result of tireless research from newspaper articles and editorials in the Chicago Tribune and the Yiddish language press, as well as studies by historians, sociologists, and reformers. Garel-Frantzen is a student at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he is a Juris Doctor candidate. Read Local event.

Tuesday, March 25th - Facilitated Discussion of The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich
7:00 p.m.
Discussion facilitators: Abigail Sylvester and Linnea Sandström Lange of Women Employed's Advocacy Council

We can't stop talking about The Good Girls Revolt! If you've read this eye-opening account of the first female class action lawsuit and/or attended Lynn Povich's recent appearance in Chicago, come join us for a discussion hosted by Abigail Sylvester and Linnea Sandström Lange of Women Employed's Advocacy Council. Povich's account of the 1970's lawsuit is framed by the account of three young women writers for Newsweek who, forty years later, are still struggling against a sexist culture.

Thursday, March 27th - Book Signing with President Jimmy Carter
At the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street

In President Jimmy Carter's travels around the world, he has noted many abuses against women and girls. In A Call to Action, his latest book, he defends the rights of women around the world and in particular challenges the use of religion to deny them equality.

Tickets are required. A purchase of A Call to Action from Women & Children First comes with a free ticket to the book signing. The book publishes on March 25th; the price (including tax) is $30.60. Each adult in the signing line must purchase a book. However, one child between the ages of 6 and 18 may accompany an adult ticketholder. (An infant in arms is also welcome.) Call 773-769-9299 or go to for more information or to pre-order a book and secure your ticket. 

Please note that this is a book signing only; you can greet President Carter, but he will not be giving a talk.

Sunday March 30th - Peggy Shinner
4:30 pm

In You Feel So Mortal, a collection of twelve provocative essays, Peggy Shinner examines her own body, those of her parents, and the collective body, with all its historical, social, and political implications. In trying to discern what this whole mess of bones, muscles, and organs means, Shinner ponders body image, gender, ethnic history, and familial legacy. A lifelong Chicagoan, Peggy Shinner teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Northwestern University and has been awarded two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships. Her work has been published in Fourth Genre, the Gettysburg Review, and the Southern Review, as well as other journals and anthologies. Read Local event.

Book Groups

- Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. - Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

- Tuesday, March 4 at 7:15 p.m. - Waiting for God by Simone Weil

(for 8-to-12-year-olds) - Sunday, March 9 at 5:00 p.m. - Remarkable by Elizabeth Foley

Sunday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. - Breathless: An American Girl in Paris by Nancy K. Miller

Save the Dates!

Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Anne Balay

Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Kari Lydersen
Mayor 1%

Thursday, April 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Party for World Book Night
Book Givers
Join us for pizza and refreshments as we celebrate the commitment and hard work of our volunteer "Book Givers" who will be giving away books on World Book Night, April 23. Joining the party will be local authors reading passages from their favorite books. Tonight is an opportunity for pre-registered "Book Givers" to pick up their books and meet other Givers. Joining us will be local authors, including Jac Jemc (My Only Wife), Claire Zulkey (An Off Year), S. L. Wisenberg (The Adventures of Cancer Bitch, Holocaust Girls), Megan Stielstra (whose essay, "Channel B," appears in Best American Essays 2013), and Sarah Terez Rosenblum (Herself When She's Missing).

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