Friday, July 21, 2017

Chicago Air and Water Show Picnic in the Sky at Skydeck Chicago, Willis Tower

Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower is welcoming Chicagoans and visitors alike to experience the Chicago Air and Water Show from atop Skydeck Chicago on August 19 from 11am-3pm for the third annual Picnic in the Sky. At $100-150 per person, guests can enjoy a gourmet picnic on the 99th floor of Skydeck, enjoying views of up to 50 miles and four states. It’s a rare opportunity to view the high-flying show at eye-level.

Reservations are required; tickets can be purchased here. Additional information is available on the Skydeck Chicago website here.

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Save the date... Chicago Picasso 50th Anniversary Event - August 8 (Chicago,IL.)

Please join us for Everyone_s Picasso Tuesday_ August 8_ 2017 at Noon Daley Plaza_ 50 W. Washington Chicago_ Illinois Free Admission
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CF&A: Oct.-Nov. 2017 Events (Chicago,IL.)


Oct. / Nov. 2017 Events

  • McAninch Arts Center, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, "The 39 Steps," Sept. 7Oct. 8
  • Windy City Playhouse, "Becky Shaw," begins Sept. 21
  • Blue Man Group, Autism-Friendly Performance with Autism Speaks, Oct. 1
  • Blue Man Group, 20th Birthday Performance in Chicago, Oct. 12
  • McAninch Arts Center, "Unveiled:" A One Woman Play by Rohina Malik, Oct. 15
  • Chicago Opera Theater’s “The Consul,” Nov. 4, Nov. 10, Nov. 12
  • “Spamilton,” Ongoing
  • McAninch Arts Center, The Hit-Men, Oct. 13
  • McAninch Arts Center, "LIV ON:" Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman & Amy Sky, Oct. 14
  • McAninch Arts Center, New Philharmonic, "The Best of Broadway, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber," Oct. 2122
  • McAninch Arts Center, "Take Me to the River:" Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue, Nov. 5
  • McAninch Arts Center, Lonestar, Nov. 10
  • Chicago Opera Theater’s “The Consul,” Nov. 4, Nov. 10, Nov. 12
  • McAninch Arts Center, "Broadway's Net H!t Musical," Nov. 17
  • McAninch Arts Center, Martial Artists & Acrobats of Tianjin, People's Republic of China, Oct. 15
  • Giordano Dance Chicago, Fall Harris Theater Engagement, Oct. 2728
  • McAninch Arts Center, Savion Glover's "All FunkED' Up," Nov. 26
  • McAninch Arts Center, National Theatre Live broadcast, "Amadeus," Nov. 12 & 16
  • McAninch Arts Center, "The Man Behing Spotlight:" Journalist Michael Rezendes, Oct. 3
  • The Chicago Public Library Foundation, Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, Oct. 11 
  • McAninch Arts Center, National Giographic Live, “Strangers in a Strange Land” presented by Jodi Cobb, Oct. 20
  • McAninch Arts Center, Lidia Bastianich, Nov. 9
  • Hyde Park Art Center, Materials Decoded: Amanda Williams & Illinois Institute of Technology Students, Sept. 10, 2017Jan. 7, 2018
  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago, THE COLLECTION: Where Art Meets Fashion, New Rotating Exhibition Curated by Sharmyn Cruz, Oct. 2017
  • Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Luftwerk: "Color Code," Oct. 12-Nov. 18
  • Hyde Park Art Center, “Sheri Rush: Portals of Discovery,” Oct. 15 – Dec. 17
  • Hyde Park Art Center, “O.L.A.F.T.,” Oct. 22 – Dec. 1
  • Hyde Park Art Center, “Edward Hines National Forest,” Nov. 12, 2017 – Feb. 11, 2018
  • Hyde Park Art Center, “Bill Walker: Urban Griot,” Nov. 5, 2017 – April 8, 2018
  • Dancing With the Giordano Stars Benefit Competition, Oct. 5
  • The Chicago Public Library Foundation, Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, Oct. 11
  • Kohl Children’s Museum, “Build It!,” Sept. 27Mar. 4
  • Blue Man Group, Autism-Friendly Performance with Autism Speaks, Oct. 1
  • Blue Man Group, 20th Birthday Performance in Chicago, Oct. 12
  • McAninch Arts Center, Martial Artists & Acrobats of Tianjin, People's Republic of China, Oct. 15
  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Santa HQ interactive and experiential visit with Santa, Nov. 10 Dec. 24
  • MB Financial Park at Rosemont, FROZEMONT ice rink opening and “Light Up The Park” tree lighting, Nov. 24
  • Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co Holiday Lights Tour, Begins Nov. 24

  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Golden Week, Oct. 1 – 8
  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Santa HQ interactive and experiential visit with Santa, Nov. 10 – Dec. 24
  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago, “Fashionably Late” 24-Hour Black Friday Shopping Event, Nov. 24 – Nov. 25
  • Hofbräuhaus Chicago, Oktoberfest, Sept. 15 – Oct. 29
  • MB Financial Park at Rosemont, FROZEMONT ice rink opening and “Light Up The Park” tree lighting, Nov. 24
  • Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co., Ongoing

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Primo Center One Gala


Primo Center | P.O. Box 24337 4241 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60624

The Celebrity Dinner Party>> Transparent's Alexandra Billings (Amazon), Casual's Creator, Zander Lehmann (Hulu), Snowfall's Filipe Valle Costa (FX)

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Actress, singer, beauty pageant queen and drag queen, Alexandra Billings takes us into her world on the most recent episode of The Celebrity Dinner Party. We dish on sexuality, gender, transitioning from Scott to Alexandra and how great it would be if none of it mattered. So grab a snack and settle in to hear (and watch!) about Alexandra’s experience on the Emmy-award winning show, Transparent, what it means to be transgender and why we should-or shouldn't!-care. From Steppenwolf to the Amazon's LA studios, she's got some stories to tell! Click on the images above or click here to listen and watch and laugh!
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The Carmel, California home where the 'Play Misty For Me' movie thriller was filmed is for sale and featured this week!

“'Play Misty For Me' House”
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Though most of Clint Eastwood’s film “Play Misty For Me” was shot in Monterey, California, the final scene, the one that most movie fans remember, was shot from a stunning cliffside home in Carmel about 200 feet over the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean below. The movie was the turning point in Eastwood’s 63-year career catapulting him from a one-dimensional cowboy star into an accomplished actor who could handle almost any role, and his first director’s job. Eastwood would go on to direct 35 movies including Academy Awards for “Unforgiven” in 1992 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004. He may be America’s most popular living actor.
Eastwood was a Carmel resident (he was elected mayor of Carmel in 1986) who parlayed a riveting script, two of the era’s best songs: Erroll Garner’s “Misty” and Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and spectacular Southern California scenery into one of the early 1970’s top box office and critically-acclaimed hits.

Similar to many of Eastwood's films that are inspired by real-life events, Eastwood knew a disc jockey in Carmel whose niche was reading poetry on air and also knew an actress who had experienced a fan obsession similar to the one in the story. The script centered around a disc jockey who started a casual fling with a fan who continuously called the radio station requesting that he play “Misty” for her. She became possessive of his time, which led to his breaking off the relationship, which led to her psychotic obsession. In the last scene, she was viciously stabbing him after finding him with another woman at his cliffside home. When he pushed her trying to protect himself, she went careening through the glass door, falling down the cliff to the rocks below. The film had a budget of $950,000 and box office sales of $10.6 million.

The family that owned the home when “Play Misty For Me” was being filmed, continued to live in the home for more than 30 years. The current owner purchased it from them three years ago and has spent nearly $2 million rebuilding the property with new floors, top-of-the-line materials and fixtures and other major updates.  The Carmel home was professionally decorated with furnishings and decor in a neutral palette that complements and draws attention to the dramatic views. Located on a private fenced and gated 1.25 acres of rugged coastline, the 2,781-square-foot house has three bedrooms and three baths and the detached guest house has one bedroom and one bath. The open living floor plan, glass walls and large skylights fill the entire house with light and bird’s-eye views of the craggy coastline, crashing waves and wind-sculpted trees. The main living area contains contemporary living and dining, fireplace, kitchen open to the living area with bar seating and an additional breakfast area. Two levels of decks provide additional space for entertaining and lounging and a spacious, light-filled guest house with fireplace.

Since the early 1900s, artists, actors, writers and musicians, have been drawn by the Monterey Peninsula’s wild natural beauty. Many of the country’s top executives and entrepreneurs have homes in Carmel and nearby Carmel Valley and the Carmel Highlands. The town itself, at only one square mile, has no streetlights, no home mail delivery, a law against wearing high heels without a permit, and allows dogs to accompany their owners into the local business establishments and eateries. The town has been such a success model that city planners worldwide have come to learn its secrets. Listing agents are Terrence Pershall and Andy Nygard of Sotheby’s International Realty, Monterey, California.

The romantic contemporary cliff house in the film “Play Misty for Me” has undergone a complete 21st century renovation including professionally selected furnishings and decor is for sale priced at $11.9 million with furnishings negotiable.

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Toast to more warm days with new cocktails and mocktails at Perry's Steakhouse & Grill in Oak Brook

Summer is in Full Swing at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook,
with New Cocktails and Signature Shaken Sodas

Beat the summer heat with new cocktails and Signature Shaken Sodas at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille (5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, IL 60523; 630-571-1808). Perry’s six new drinks are refreshing thirst quenchers; three of them are non-alcoholic, perfect for guests of all ages.

Briefly launched earlier this month to celebrate the patio’s expansion, the Key Gin Gimlet now is here to stay after earning rave reviews. Using Chicago’s own CH Key Gin shaken with fresh lime juice and crafted with muddled basil and cucumber, this cocktail captures the essence of cool, crisp and refreshing.

The Highland Highball hits the mark. Glenmorangie 10-year Scotch is stirred with Grand Marnier, fresh pressed lemon juice and a hint of almond for a subtle, classic cocktail.

The third new cocktail has a hot twist. Perry’s Spicy Mango Tango shakes Belvedere Mango Passion Vodka with mango, fresh pressed lime juice and a hint of habanero lime before topping it off with Chandon Brut Sparkling Wine. The subtle kick and tropical fruity flavors make this drink rejuvenating on an exceptionally warm summer day.

In addition to the new cocktails, Perry’s has released a new line of non-alcoholic Signature Shaken Sodas. Perfect for kids and adults, the drinks are Mango Fizz Soda, Pineapple Ginger Ale, and Habanero Margarita Soda.

The Mango Fizz Soda ($5.95) is a tropical refresher made from fresh pressed lemon juice and mango puree, shaken and served tall with a splash of soda. The Pineapple Gingerale ($5.95) puts a fun, non-alcoholic twist on a mojito. Freshly cut pineapple is muddled with mint and fresh ginger before lime juice is added. The mocktail is then shaken and topped with Ginger Ale. Even though The Habanero Margarita Soda ($5.95) sounds like an alcoholic beverage, it is a refreshing and light non-alcoholic option. Made with fresh pressed lime juice and shaken with a hint of habanero pepper along with agave nectar, it is spicy, sweet and delicious.

Social Hour at Perry’s Bar 79 makes happy hour extra special
Treat yourself to these deals during Perry’s Social Hour, enjoyed 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at Bar 79. Indulge in $9 Bar Bites, like Perry’s Famous Pork Chop ‘Bites’, Beef and Blue with sliced Beef Filet with Blue Cheese and Bacon Marmalade, Escargot, Homemade Polish Sausage, Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, Sliders 79 with Onion Strings and the Steakhouse Pizza topped with chopped beef tenderloin. Or choose Perry’s popular Butcher’s Blend Burger made from brisket, chuck and shortrib and served with French fries or sweet potato fries for $12.

Select beverages are available including $9 cocktails like the Sobieski Martini, Bulleit Manhatten, Key Gin Gimlet, Highland Highball, Spicy Mango Tango, and “Strait” Paloma, or choose from any three mini martinis for $11. Craft beers for $4 and a variety of featured wines from $7-16 per glass are available, too. View the full Social Hour menu here.

Reservations may be made online or by calling 630-571-1808.

About Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has earned a faithful following by perfecting prime since 1979. Beginning as a small butcher shop, Perry’s has grown into a renowned group of award-winning restaurants featuring USDA Prime beef, tableside carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79. Specializing in a Rare and Well Done  experience, Perry’s currently operates 13 steakhouse locations in Chicago, Birmingham, Denver, and across Texas, as well as the two original butcher shops now known as Perry & Sons Market & Grille. A new Perry’s Steakhouse will be opening in Grapevine, Texas late 2017. For more information and updates on Perry’s Steakhouse, please visit

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Gene Siskel Film Center announces Associate Producers board


New Junior Board Works to Further Film Center’s Mission to
Present the Best in Filmmaking

The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announces the inaugural Associate Producers board, a dynamic group of 25 – 40-year-old movie-lovers who will work in conjunction with the Advisory Board to further the Film Center’s mission of presenting eclectic international films, festivals and repertory series.

“It has always been a goal of the Film Center to create a junior board that will work to elevate the mission of the Gene Siskel Film Center through events and programs geared to celebrating our curated film program and attracting a younger audience,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “We are thrilled to launch the Associate Producers with this extraordinary group of diverse, talented and eager young professionals, and we look forward to ushering in a new chapter for the Film Center.

Co-chaired by Katie Gorman and Carly Leviton, the initial group of members also includes Aymar Jean Christian, Felicia Mings, Sylvia Piszczor, Mary Elizabeth Rankin, Nicholas Serpico and Jewell Singletary. The group will work together to create and host new events, cultivate new relationships with community partners and expand the Gene Siskel Film Center’s reach to new audiences.

For more information or inquiries on the Associate Producers, please contact Dionne Smith at (312) 846-2072.

About the Associate Producers

Aymar Jean Christian
Aymar Jean Christian is an assistant professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. Dr. Christian’s first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television by New York University Press, argues the web brought innovation to television by opening development to independent producers. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including The International Journal of CommunicationCinema JournalContinuum, and Transformative Works and Cultures. He leads Open TV (beta), a research project and platform for television by queer, trans and cis-women and artists of color. Open TV (beta) programming partners have included the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum of Art, and City of Chicago, along with numerous galleries, community organizations, and universities. He has juried television and video for the Peabody Awards, Gotham Awards, Streamy Awards, and Tribeca Film Festival, among others. His blog, Televisual, is an archive of over 500 posts chronicling the rise of the web TV market, and he has written regular reports on TV and new media for IndiewireThe Wall Street JournalSlate and Tubefilter. He received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Katie Gorham
Bio forthcoming.

Carly Leviton
With more than eight years of experience in public relations, Carly Leviton is the Vice President at Carol Fox and Associates. She has worked on extensive Public Relations campaigns with clients including EXPO CHICAGO, The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co., The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Chicago International Film Festival, Kavi Gupta Gallery, The Chicago Artists Coalition, Arts Alliance Illinois, River North Dance Chicago and the Gene Siskel Film Center, among others. Prior to joining CF&A, Leviton worked at the Goodman Theatre where she was able to foster her love of theater and the arts. Originally from Wilmette, IL, Carly received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Indiana University with a minor in Theater.

Felicia Mings
Felicia Mings is the Academic Curator in the Department of Academic Engagement and Research at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she leads the Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy and Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, and assists with the Chicago Object Study Initiative (COSI). Mings’ scholarship and practice is focused on the intersections between curatorship, community-based arts education and contemporary art of the African diaspora. She has created educational programs and exhibitions such as Body and Soul at the Gene Siskel Film Center (2015), What We All Long For at SAIC’s Student Union Galleries (2014), Fine Color a series of short films for the Chicago Home Theater Festival (2014) and the Youth Film Club at Theaster Gates’ Black Cinema House (2013). Mings has also been a part of the inaugural teams at Nia Center for the Arts and the Council of Educators of Toronto, two not-for-profit organizations that work to enhance educational attainment, access to the arts and socio-economic opportunities for youth. Mings received her MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and her Honors BA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in 2008.

Sylvia Piszczor
Over the past 8 years Piszcor has led a career in IT services, supporting fundraising entities of large, multi-layered healthcare systems. Within that time, she’s developed an interest in global aid and population growth/growth management. As a Systems and Application Analyst, she focuses on aligning fundraising business strategies with appropriate enterprise software solutions to allowing non-profits to better and more broadly deliver their mission throughout the communities they serve. Sylvia is bCRE-Pro certified, holds a BA in Architecture from Miami University in Ohio and is currently pursuing a MS in Global Health from Northwestern University.

Mary Elizabeth Rankin
Mary Elizabeth Rankin joined Chicago Loop Alliance in February 2017 after relocating back to the United States from London, England. Chicago Loop Alliance promotes and unites Loop businesses and organizations to support one another in creating a vibrant, flourishing Loop where people live, work, and play. In her role as Marketing Director, she is responsible for the implementation of the consumer marketing strategy targeting Loop workers, tourists and visitors. During her time in the London, Rankin held the position of Communications Manager at The Portman Estate, the property owner and management company of 110 acres across Marylebone in London’s West End. Previously, she led the communications strategy for Heart of London Business Alliance, a Business Improvement District (BID) representing 500 businesses and property owners in the West End. She was responsible for leading Heart of London’s B2B activity for destination marketing initiatives such as London Luxury Quarter, developing the communications strategy to establish the UK’s first Property Owner BIDs and project managing the West End’s involvement in Lumiere London. She holds an MA in Marketing Communications from University of Westminster and a BBA in International Business from University of Georgia.

Nicholas Serpico
As a Chicago native, Nicholas Serpico is a travel-lover crippled by the belief that there’s no place like home, and that home is far too cold 6 months a year. He fell in love with film when he learned that watching movies is the best way to travel without getting off the couch. When Nick isn’t spending his time watching the Great British Bake Off, he’s at Exelon, where he does his part to keep Exelon the best energy company in America – and that’s an objective fact.

Jewell Singletary
Jewell Singletary started her career in the fashion industry over 20 years ago as a sales associate.  She later studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to work her way off the sales floor and into executive retail buying and wholesale offices across the country.  Throughout her career Singletary has lived and worked in every major U.S. city from New York to Los Angeles.  She currently resides in Chicago while working as a sales analyst for Nike, Inc.  While earning a bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University, she studied technical, foreign and American film which spurred a lifelong love of film as a visual art form. 
About the Gene Siskel Film Center
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 80,000. 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 1,600 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 to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the 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 consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation 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, Jeff Koons and LeRoy Neiman.

The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit

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