Friday, December 08, 2017

Bill Paige at the Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL.)

11:31 AM (35 minutes ago)


DATE CHANGE: 2018 CineYouth Film Festival (Chicago, IL.)


CineYouth Film Festival showcases short films by filmmakers 22 years old or younger from around the world. CineYouth strives to encourage the talent of young artists and provide opportunities for them to tell their stories, network with their peers and be recognized for their creativity.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

When winter hands you ice and cold, make icewine (NIAGARA FALLS, Ont.)

Niagara Icewine Festival celebrates Canada’s sweetest gift from Jan. 12-28, 2018
 As temperatures drop and winter grabs Canada in its frozen grip, Niagara is gearing up to celebrate one of Canada’s sweetest gifts of the season — Niagara Icewine.
The world-renowned wine region will welcome thousands of wine lovers looking to kick off the New Year in style during the Niagara Icewine Festival, which runs from January 12 to 28, 2018. Returning for its 23rd year, the festival features vibrant street parties in three different Niagara communities over three weekends, seasonal food and wine pairings at more than three dozen wineries and an elegant gala to launch the festivities.
“This truly is a one-of-a-kind experience that allows people to see a different side of Niagara and enjoy our Canadian winter in a fun and memorable way,” says Anthony Annunziata, Executive Director of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara. “The festival always draws people from all over North America, who want to get in on the celebration.”
There are very few grape-growing regions in the world that have the proper climate to produce icewine. Niagara has long been a pioneer of making delicious wines from frozen grapes and has developed a reputation around the world for the quality of its icewines.
The Niagara icewine harvest will begin as soon as conditions are right. Temperatures have to dip below at least -8°C — ideally between -10°C and -12°C — for several hours before growers can begin harvesting grapes by hand that have been left on the vine to freeze. The grapes are pressed while still frozen to extract the highly concentrated juice that gives icewine its sweet, rich flavor.
The Niagara Icewine Festival gives visitors an opportunity to taste all the best Niagara has to offer, learn how this special delicacy is made and enjoy good times with friends and family — all with a beautiful backdrop of one of the country’s most-famous landscapes in winter.
A few highlights of the festival include:
·         The Niagara Icewine Gala at Fallsview Casino and Resort on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, featuring Canada's largest VQA Icewine and table wine tasting from more than 35 wineries. The casino’s top chefs will also be on hand to create mouth-watering dishes.
·         Twenty Valley Winter WineFest runs from Friday, Jan. 12 to Sunday, Jan. 14 in the heart of beautiful Jordan Village. The annual Winter WineFest brings together Niagara's top winemakers, chefs and premium VQA wines in a fabulous outdoor marché. Ice sculptures, cozy fire pits and live entertainment at the Main Stage add to the ambiance. 
·         The Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival features a fantastic mix of wine, food and entertainment at a variety of events between Friday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 28. The town’s historic Queen Street transforms into a winter wonderland in the Icewine Village on Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21.  The icewines of 26 Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries will be flowing and the renowned Signature Kitchen Chefs will serve up icewine-inspired culinary creations.
·         The Niagara Falls Icewine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Centre wraps up the final weekend with the largest indoor/outdoor icewine, wine, food and live entertainment experiences on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27. The two-day event will feature more 20 of Niagara’s exceptional wineries, savory dishes prepared by some of Niagara’s top chefs, live musical performances and an icewine marshmallow feature where people can toast them over an open flame.
“In addition to enjoying events, the Icewine Festival is a fantastic time to tour wineries and experience how beautiful Niagara is during winter,” says Annunziata. “We’re fortunate to live in a part of Canada that really embraces the season and knows how to celebrate it, no matter what the weather outside.”
About The Tourism Partnership of Niagara:
Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is a non-profit industry led organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). We are one of thirteen Regional Tourism Organizations in the Province of Ontario (RTO2). Our sub-regional partners Niagara Falls Tourism, Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake, City of St. Catharines Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Twenty Valley Tourism Association and Niagara’s South Coast Tourism Association share our vision to become the #1 international tourism destination in North America. Tourism Partnership of Niagara will enhance and grow a highly competitive tourism region through visitor-centric strategies and by developing a compelling leisure destination brand that strengthens Niagara’s reputation as a world-renowned travel destination.
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

TopTenRealEstateNews >> Elvis Presley's Honeymoon House & Judy Garland's Beach House

 Celebrity Homes – Elvis Presley's Honeymoon House of Tomorrow & Judy Garland's Beach House
Elvis Presley's Palm Springs honeymoon house of the future & Judy Garland's Malibu beach house are for sale and featured this week at

By the time he married Priscilla Presley, Elvis could afford to lease or buy just about any house he wanted in any location that appealed to him. After his courtship and marriage to Priscilla, together they chose balmy Palm Springs, California and leased the much talked about House of Tomorrow for their honeymoon. It was the ideal 1960’s home to begin their new life together and if walls could talk, the kitchen might still have a lot to say about peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Presley met Priscilla in Germany in 1959 during his service in the Army when she was only 14 years old, the daughter of an Army officer and his wife who had taken Priscilla with them to a party at Elvis’s home. Since his fame had already been well established by that time, the military’s social standards of officers not fraternizing with enlisted men was likely suspended for the event. Although she was 10 years younger than him, Elvis couldn’t get her out of his mind and their budding relationship turned into a marriage proposal just before Christmas in 1966 - seven years later. They were married at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas in May, 1967. Elvis leased the House of Tomorrow as their honeymoon house on a one-year lease at $21,000. Their child, Lisa Marie, was born exactly nine months later.

Futuristic even for today, the mid-century modern house-in-the-round is on the market with walls of glass overlooking a secluded pool terrace and views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Coachella Valley. The 5,000-square-foot house has five bedrooms and five baths and comes with 1.16 acres of land with private garden, tennis court and orchard in addition to the swimming pool.
The home was designed by modernist architect William Krisel and featured in a 1962 “Look” magazine article as “The House of Tomorrow,” an example of the coming of age of modern architecture. The design is created out of four circular living areas on three levels with a curved wall of peanut-brittle stonework, a round kitchen island and a round free-standing fireplace in the middle of the circular living room. In addition to the five bedrooms and five baths, the open-concept living and dining rooms and bar are sized for entertaining and the kitchen includes a breakfast bar.
The House of Tomorrow is now for sale at $5.9 million. The listing agent is Mary Kay Nibley of Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills.

“Judy Garland's Malibu Beach House”
Old Hollywood singer and actress Judy Garland put many songs on the map which have become classics. This season we will again hear “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” made popular by her in the 1944 MGM musical “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

In 1947, Judy bought a Malibu beach house, a retreat where she could relax to the repetitive soft sounds of the surf and bask in the sunshine with all its healing properties. It was a valuable escape in so many ways. Seventy years later and after undergoing a massive renovation in 2013, the 1,728-square-foot house on the sand has three bedrooms, three baths and 10-foot high accordion doors that open to the wraparound deck. The kitchen has Viking appliances and granite countertops and the second floor master has vaulted ceilings and a private deck. The property is co-listed by Russell Grether and Tony Mark of Compass Realty in Malibu.

Judy Garland’s former Malibu Beach getaway house is priced at $3.695 million.
Real estate is never boring at TopTenRealEstateDeals. Check out today's most entertaining and unusual real estate news stories of the week. News such as Matt Lauer's Vast Real Estate Collection, Springsteen's Jersey House For Sale and Rand Paul's House Wars.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Black & White Spider Awards >> 2 for 1 Deadline Extended to Friday, Dec. 15th

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14th CineYouth Festival 
(April 27-29, 2018 / Music Box Theatre): Now Accepting Entries

CineYouth Film Festival showcases short films by filmmakers 22 years old or younger from around the world. CineYouth strives to encourage the talent of young artists and provides them with opportunities to tell their stories, network with their peers and be recognized for their creativity. We are now accepting entries for the 2018 edition, submit your film today!

54th Chicago International Television Festival
Call For Entries / Save The Date - March 20-22, 2018

Our annual celebration of the small screen recognizes the outstanding craftsmanship across all facets of the television industry. Submissions are now open!
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Highlights from the 53rd Festival (2017) included:
- Chicago Award recipient Dean Richards
- Chicago Legend Award recipient Joe Sedelmaier
- Commitment to Excellence in Television
Productions Award recipient Amazon Studios
- Premiere Screening of American Playboy: 
The Hugh Hefner Story
- Special Screening of HBO's Crashing 
with a post-screening discussion with comedian Pete Holmes

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March 20 - 22, 2018Chicago International Television Festival
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