Friday, October 09, 2020
The 107th Annual Christmas Tree will return to Millennium Park
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are looking for a tree to grace Millennium Park and serve as the City’s “official” Christmas tree this holiday season. Nominations for trees from the Chicagoland area will be accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org through Friday, October 23. The City of Chicago’s 107th Christmas Tree will shine this holiday season in Millennium Park near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St.
All nominated trees must meet the following criteria:
Be at least 45 feet or taller;
Be located less than 50 miles from Chicago’s Loop, but preference will be given to trees within 15 miles of Chicago; and
Preferably, be a Norway Spruce or Fir Tree. Pine trees are ineligible, they are not sturdy enough.
Trees that do not meet the criteria will not be considered.
All submissions sent to email@example.com need to include:
The owner(s) name, address, phone and email;
A brief description of why the tree should be Chicago’s official Christmas Tree including any background information on the tree that makes it special; and
At least two photographs (one from afar and one up close).
For complete details, please visit MillenniumPark.org.
Millennium Park is open daily, 8am to 9pm, including the Great Lawn area with social distancing circles. Visitors are required to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings. Visit MillenniumPark.org to plan your visit - including where to enter/exit the park and which facilities are open. For information about Millennium Park, visit MillenniumPark.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@Millennium Park).
Millennium Park holiday programs are produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and presented by Powering Chicago IBEW 134/NECA, with support from the Millennium Park Foundation and Chicago Transit Authority.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
Powering Chicago IBEW134/NECA
Powering Chicago brings together the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 electricians and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) of the City of Chicago, Powering Chicago is an electrical industry labor-management partnership (LMCC) that invests in consistently better construction, better careers and better communities within the metro Chicago region.
Millennium Park Foundation
The Millennium Park Foundation, a private, philanthropic nonprofit partner, was created in 1998 to support the City of Chicago’s efforts in the design, construction, and curation of Millennium Park. It is the steward of Millennium Park’s internationally-recognized icons and public features. These include the prestigious Jay Pritzker Pavilion and dramatic BP Pedestrian Bridge, world-renowned Cloud Gate and Lurie Garden, iconic Crown Fountain, and exquisite Boeing Galleries for public art exhibitions. Through its ongoing development initiatives, the Millennium Park Foundation is dedicated to keeping Millennium Park a free, accessible and equitable venue for all Chicagoans today, and for generations to come.
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER >> Opening today: F11 AND BE THERE; COMING SOON: Frederick Wiseman's CITY HALL; BAMAKO, and more
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER’scFILM CENTER FROM YOUR SOFA
NEW FILMS OPENING THIS WEEK: Doc about Buzz Uzzle, under-appreciated photographer of iconic photos, F11 AND BE THERE; and Zoom extravaganza, CINEMA ‘62 A GO-GO
UPCOMING STREAMING FILMS INCLUDE: critically acclaimed political drama, BAMAKO; “light as a feather” Italian comedy, CITIZENS OF THE WORLD;
Galacian crime story, FIRE WILL COME; and
Frederick Wiseman’s masterful new doc, CITY HALL
FILMS OF BLACK INTEREST:
MYTH OF A COLORBLIND FRANCE; BAMAKO; JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
CHICAGO--The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) continues Film Center from Your Sofa: Stay Connected and Stream with Us.
The following film is available to be streamed starting Friday, October 9 or Saturday, October 10:
2020, JETHRO WATERS, USA, 84 MIN.
For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King Jr. to Woodstock to America's small towns and back roads, Uzzle's photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art. Initially grounded in documentary photography when he was the youngest photographer hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, his work grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure as a member of the international Magnum cooperative founded by one of his mentors, Henri Cartier-Bresson. An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, F11 AND BE THERE captures the life and artistry of Uzzle, including his current portrait work with the African American community in Eastern North Carolina. [CC]
10/10 at 5pm CT only
Vitagraph Films 360 presents "Cinema '62 A-Go-Go" a 100 minute virtual multi-media extravaganza for film and pop culture lovers - based on the book Cinema '62: The Greatest Year at the Movies. This unique virtual experience features special guests, film talk, musical performances, cocktails, a cascade of memories… and YES, we will be dancing "The Twist" with Chubby Checker!
COMING SOON in Film Center from Your Sofa:
Note that links of new releases will not become active until midnight the day the films open, unless “Pre-sale option” is specified.
2006, ADERRAHMANE SISSOKO, MALI/USA/FRANCE
WITH AÏSSA MAÏGA, TIÉCOURA TRAORÉ
10/16 - indefinite
This critically acclaimed political drama—filled with a lush mix of warm colors and impassioned music—offers a unique opportunity for audiences to become familiar with contemporary Africa. An extraordinary trial is taking place in a residential courtyard in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. African citizens have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank, blamed for perpetuating so many of the continent's woes. Meanwhile, daily life in the courtyard presses forward. Melé, a lounge singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up; a security guard's gun goes missing; a young man lies ill; a wedding procession passes through; and women keep everything rolling—dyeing fabric, minding children, spinning cotton, and speaking their minds. Co-executive produced by Danny Glover (who also has a cameo in the film).
FIRE WILL COME
(O QUE ARDE)
2019, Oliver Laxe, Spain/France/Luxembourg, 85 min.
Amador Arias, Benedicta Sánchez
10/23 - indefinite
Convicted arsonist Amador Coro has been serving time for having set a devastating forest fire. When he gets out, nobody is waiting for him. He returns to his hometown, a small village hidden in the rural Galician mountains, where neighbors and former friends eye him with suspicion. Living a socially isolated life with his mother Benedicta and their three cows, he settles into the rhythm of the seasons, until one night a horrific, fast-spreading fire rips across the heavily-wooded mountain-sides of the region. In Galician and Spanish with English subtitles.
2019, GIANNI DI GREGORIO, ITALY, 92 MIN.
WITH GIORGIO COLANGELI, ENNIO FANTASTICHINI, GIANNI DI GREGORIO
10/23 - indefinite
In the vein of his sleeper hit MID-AUGUST LUNCH, director Di Gregorio crafts yet another entertaining and poetic comedy pulsing with life. Three Italians in their seventies, all dealing with their own problems, suddenly decide to quit their beloved Rome to settle abroad. But where? This is the first question of one too many. The Professor, retired after teaching Latin his whole life, is getting bored. Giorgetto, one of the last true Romans, struggles to make ends meet every month. Attilio, an antiques dealer and hippie, wants to once again experience the delights of his youthful travels. Things will change, but not quite as expected. In Italian with English subtitles.
2020, Frederick Wiseman, USA, 275 min.
11/6 - indefinite
City government touches upon almost every aspect of our lives. Most of us take for granted necessary services like sanitation, veterans affairs, elder support, parks, licensing bureaus, recordkeeping, as well a myriad of other activities that support the citizenry. In CITY HALL, through a series of his trademark masterfully edited vignettes, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (EX LIBRIS, NATIONAL GALLERY) explores the inner-workings of the government of his native Boston. Headed by earnest, progressive Mayor Martin Walsh, a diverse, passionate network of public servants works to keep Boston running while grappling with pressing issues like racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness.
CONTINUING in our Film Center From Your Sofa series:
These film titles are still available to be streamed in our Film Center from Your Sofa series. They have an open-ended end dates, unless otherwise specified:
(SAN XIA HAO LAN ZHOU)
2006, Jia Zhang-ke, China/Hong Kong, 108 min.
With Zhao Tao, Lan Zhou
2020, Alan Govenar, USA, 86 min.
2020, Sarah Colt and Josh Gleason, USA, 91 min.
2020, RÉMI ANFOSSO AND JASON MATZNER, USA, 90 MIN.
2019, TOM DOLBY, USA, 94 MIN.
WITH LENA OLIN, BRUCE DERN
2019, ROGER MICHELL, USA/UK, 97 MIN.
WITH SUSAN SARANDON, SAM NEILL, KATE WINSLET, MIA WASIKOWSKA
2020, TOD LENDING, USA, 81 MIN.
GOD OF THE PIANO
2019, ITAY TAL, ISRAEL, 80 MIN.
WITH NAAMA PREIS, ANDY LEVI
2019, S. LEO CHIANG AND YANG SUN, CHINA/USA, 86 MIN.
2019, Ines Sommer, USA, 83 min.
2020, DAWN PORTER, USA, 96 MIN.
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Note the following about Film Center from Your Sofa:
All of our streaming films have open-ended end dates, unless otherwise specified.
Films marked “cc” are available in a closed-caption format.
“Panorama Latinx” refers to films that are part of our Panorama Latinx initiative, dedicated to year-round Latin American film programming.
The Film Center’s “Screen to Screen” filmmaker/cast Q&As are noted beneath each associated film. These virtual discussions with directors and special guests are moderated by respected film critics, filmmakers, and lecturers.
These are films the Film Center has screened in the past, would have been screening now, or reflect the venue’s critically acclaimed programming.
Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what one would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
Please note that viewers will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa; having a Film Center account will not apply.
Because the Film Center is connecting audience members to a variety of platforms, member or any other discounts for streaming cannot be offered. For memberships that were active when we closed on March 16, the Film Center will provide a three-month extension.
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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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 that has grown to over 100,000. 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 1,700 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 www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.