Thursday, September 23, 2021

Museum of Contemporary Photography >> American Origami / #HereToo Theater Performances (Chicago, IL.)

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#HereToo-COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO and American Origami 

A collaboration in conjunction with American Epidemic: Guns in the United States

  This October, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago has partnered with Columbia College Chicago’s Theater Department, and #HereToo for an evening of two distinct, devised plays examining America’s gun violence epidemic through different lenses. The plays have been created in conjunction with the current exhibition American Epidemic: Guns in the United States, on view at the MoCP through February 20, 2022. 

American Origami, based on Andres Gonzalez’s photographic project on view in American Epidemic, looks back at seven mass shooting events across America, beginning with Columbine and culminating in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, FL. #HereToo’s inspiration begins with the Parkland shooting and the March for Our Lives movement that emerged and weaves together national, regional, and Chicago stories of survivorship and gun violence prevention activism.

American Origami and #HereTooCCC are directed by Barbara Pitts McAdams and Jimmy Maize respectively. The plays will run from October 13 to October 23, 2021.

"We are so proud to bring this interdisciplinary project into fruition,” says Karen Irvine, Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the MoCP. “This collaboration has allowed us to not only explore the traumatic impact of gun deaths and injuries in the United States, but also the important connections between visual art, performance, and activism."

The plays will be performed in theater spaces that have an upgraded filtration system and increased cleaning measures. The theaters are limited to 75% capacity. All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask at all times. General admission tickets are $15. Discounted tickets for students and senior citizens are $10 and can be purchased on the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department’s website. Information about tickets is available at 312 369-6101 during weekdays.

About the MoCP
The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography.  As an international hub, the MoCP generates ideas and provokes dialogue among students, artists and diverse communities through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming.


MoCP Sponsors 
The MoCP is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations.
American Epidemic: Guns in the United States has been generously supported through the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Navy Pier Hosts Chicago LIVE Again! Sept. 24-25, 2021 (Chicago, IL.)

Navy Pier Hosts Chicago LIVE Again! Festival September 24-25

Join Navy Pier tomorrow at 5pm for the kick-off of Chicago LIVE Again!—a free, two-day outdoor festival to celebrate Chicago’s arts and entertainment industry. Held on Friday, September 24, and Saturday, September 25, the event will include live performances from Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet, Black Ensemble Theater, Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center and other esteemed cultural institutions and artists. 

Performances will run continuously on two main stages, the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park and the East End Stage, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The festival is standing room only, but guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and grab food on the go from a variety of sit-down and/or carry-out restaurants at the Pier.

The full list of Chicago LIVE Again! performers is available on the Navy Pier website and will be updated as more performances are finalized leading up to the event.  Navy Pier will also host a special fireworks display on September 25 at 9:45 p.m., courtesy of an anonymous donor, as a tribute to the return of theater in Chicago. View full press release here.

Guests will be required to show COVID vaccination card or proof of a negative test within the past 48 hours to access the designated performance areas. Alternatively, free rapid testing will be available on site for all guests age 2 and over. To help guests prepare for the fall arts season, vaccinations also will be available during the two-day event. Click here to view Navy Pier’s COVID-19 operations and updates.

Image: The Seldoms, photographed by Andrew Glatt

View Full List of Chicago LIVE! Again Festival Performers


Women & Children First Presents: Intersections (Chicago, IL.)


Fall 2021
Dear Friends of Women & Children First, 
Can you feel it? Autumn is in the air! Nothing says cozy like curling up with a blanket, your favorite warm beverage, and a great book! In this edition of our Intersections newsletter, we have recommendations for however you define "comfort read."

Plus, check out our Oh the Horror! audiobook playlist and, in recognition of Banned Books Week, our new CBWP Bundle.

We also need to take a moment to level with you: we're hearing some pretty worrisome things about the publishing supply chain and the headaches it will create during the fall and into the holiday season. While we'll do our best to have all the books you hope to gift this year, please do NOT wait until the last minute to start your holiday shopping! Avoid the anxiety and get started today.

If you need gifting inspiration, this newsletter includes staff recommendations, forthcoming books that we're excited about for kids, teens, and adults as well as pre-order exclusives, and more!

With love and gratitude,

New & Upcoming
for Kids and Teens

by Andrea Beaty
November 2, 2021
For ages 3-7

by Adam Rubin
October 26, 2021
For ages 3-7

by Tiffany D. Jackson
November 2, 2021
For ages 4-8

by Amanda Gorman
September 21, 2021
For ages 4-8

by Mark Oshiro
September 21, 2021
For ages 8-12
Fleeing from bullies, a magical room appears for H├ęctor. The Insiders demonstrates the importance of community care and finding the help you need. --Karlee
by Kristin Mahoney
For ages 8-12
The best middle grade novels remind us that the lives of even the most unremarkable children are full of miraculous moments. Elfie Oster is the latest in Kristin Mahoney’s roster of extraordinary young characters whose ordinary existences have extraordinary depth. Elfie’s disastrous first day at Hampshire Academy, and its fallout for her school year, is relatable for all ages, and I loved every minute of this charming book. --Jamie
by Kate DiCamillo
September 28, 2021
For ages 8-12
Signed bookplate while supplies last
by Jeff Zentner
For ages 14 and up
This book is glorious! I love the sense memories Zentner creates in his books! In this one, it was the Country Crock container used for leftovers (a memory I have from my own Southern childhood). I also love that he gives dignity to characters who are often deemed insignificant. Cash’s fish-out-of-water story at Middleford Academy made me feel joy and sadness, anger and lots of tears--both the painful and the cathartic kind. --Jamie

by multiple beloved authors
October 5, 2021
For ages 13-18

As the weather turns, we celebrate the eeriest of seasons... check out our OH THE HORROR! audiobook playlist HERE for the books that will get you ready to carve pumpkins and maybe sleep with the lights on...
Spotlight on Publisher:
In celebration of August's Women in Translation month, we want to highlight the publisher HarperVia, an imprint dedicated to publishing extraordinary international voices, offering readers the chance to encounter other lives and other points of view via the language of the imagination. Check out some of their fall titles below!
Big Fall Reads!
by Mary Roach
Patch and signed copy
while supplies last!
by Lauren Groff
by Claire Luchette
Recommended by Ida
The coziness in this book came from seeing my own thoughts reflected in the main character's thoughts. Agatha's observations of her world are told with gorgeous writing and a deadpan humor that made me feel whole while reading it.
by W.E.B. Du Bois
Recommended by Ari
I feel like existing as a Black person in this country - specifically a queer, Black woman - means that every day I am gaslit by those in power, those who desperately wish they were in power, and those who would do anything to keep me from ever experiencing power. They've spent a lot fo time telling me and mine that the way we feel is our fault, our issue. But I remember the first time I read this book and realizing how much of my experience is by design, literally decided and fought hard for by white men. And I felt more angry than a victim. This book is a major comfort to me.
These are both story collections, which are perfect for sinking into a story with a good cup of coffee as I wait for the weather to start to turn.
by Athony Veasna So
Recommended by Jamie
These stories of Cambodian refugees living in California are raw and messy, sexy and devastating. The writing is modern and confident, full of characters who are maddening and loveable.
by Yoon Choi
Recommended by Jamie
SKINSHIP by Yoon Choi: A sense of melancholy pervades these stories of Korean Americans, and each character sinks beneath your skin. I read these stories slowly, carefully. Choi creates entire universes in 40-page snippets.
by Lana Harper
Recommended by Kaylie
Publishing: October 5, 2021
I loved this queer witchy romance! Emmy Harlow left her magical hometown of Thistle Grove almost a decade ago, paving a new life for herself in Chicago after a devastating heartbreak. She returns from her self-imposed exile to fulfill familial obligations and be the arbiter in a traditional spellcasting tournament. Her first evening in town, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov, an old acquaintance who is still as beautiful and badass as ever. Talia is fresh from a bad breakup with Gareth Blackmoore, who was the catalyst for Emmy's running away all those years ago. Hijinx and revenge ensue! John Tucker Must Die meets Practical Magic, with lush storytelling, cozy autumn vibes, and a steamy sapphic romance.
Edited by Cindy Milstein
Recommended by H. Melt
There Is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart is an amazing anthology filled with tales of Jewish anarchism by mainly queer and trans Jews. This book is helping me work through the grief of losing a recent family member and reconnecting me to the power of Jewish resistance to all state systems of oppression and control.
More titles coming this fall!
by Ruth Ozeki
September 21, 2021
Signed copies while supplies last!
by Amor Towles
October 5, 2021
by Jonathan Franzen
October 5, 2021
by Miriam Toews
October 5, 2021
by Mohammed El-Kurd
October 12, 2021
by Cecily Wong
October 12, 2021
by Barack Obama & Bruce Springsteen
October 26, 2021
by Shayda Kafai
November 9, 2021
by Louise Erdrich
November 9, 2021
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
November 16, 2021
by Ann Patchett
November 23, 2021
by Amanda Gorman
December 7, 2021
Support Liberation Library
As prison abolitionists, we work toward a future in which no person, young or old, is incarcerated. While Liberation Library’s work is centered on young people, we frequently receive book requests in the mail from incarcerated adults across the country. These writers often express how reading can transport them from their cells, be a balm to their loneliness, and stimulate their minds.

While we are able to connect these incarcerated writers with organizations that send books to adult prisons, Liberation Library wants to do more to address the isolation imposed by imprisonment.
Liberation Library is asking supporters to learn about the impact of letter writing and consider sending a one-time note or becoming a penpal to an incarcerated person. Find out more about becoming a penpal HERE.
Chicago Books for Women in Prison Bundle
We’re collaborating with Chicago Books for Women in Prison to offer a special bundle of three books every quarter. With many prisons still on lockdown due to COVID, it is even more critical to get books in the hands of incarcerated people. This quarter, in honor of Banned Books Week (September 26–October 2), we're highlighting that the largest book ban in the United States is in state and federal prisons across the country.

When you purchase a BUNDLE, a W&CF bookseller will select three books that have been censored in some prisons but are available to send to others. CBWP will hand-select the books that go to each person based on their requests. View the CBWP wishlist HERE to see the types of books that are frequently requested by women and trans people nationwide. Help make sure CBWP always has them in stock.
Pre-Order Exclusives

Explore more of this Fall's big titles and the promotions for them!
by Tamsyn Muir
Publishing in paperback
September 21, 2021
Enamel pins while supplies last
by H. Melt
November 16, 2021
Limited Edition print with preorder while supplies last
by Elizabeth Strout
October 19, 2021
Signed Copies while supplies last
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