Saturday, August 18, 2012

Emerald City Theatre’s 17th Season

CHICAGO—After a critically acclaimed premiere at The National Theatre in London, Katie Mitchell’s stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat is crossing the pond for its Chicago premiere at Emerald City Theatre. The Cat, Fish, and Things One and Two all come to life on stage in this script that the Evening Standard calls “faithful to the chaotic exuberance of the original, yet also winningly fresh.”

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat joins three premieres of favorite family stories to complete Emerald City’s 2012-2013 Subscription Season at the company’s Lincoln Park home, the Apollo Theater. It brings outstanding artists to Emerald City’s stage, including composer Ryan Scott Oliver (Disney Theatricals’ Freaky Friday, 35mm, Darling) and writer, illustrator, and playwright Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Elephant and Piggie). A season made up entirely of titles new to Chicago, the United States, or the world, 2012-2013 will bring Chicago-area families on a whole new adventure.

The season kicks off this July with Alice in Wonderland, adapted and directed by Emerald City’s Producing Artistic Director, Ernie Nolan especially for Emerald City’s young audience. A series of Ice Cream Party performances (Saturday shows in July and August) celebrate this playful, joyful, and utterly frabjous journey.

Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical will open in October, adapted from the celebrated picture book by the author himself. Knuffle Bunny was toured nationally by The Kennedy Center and will make its Chicago premiere at Emerald City. Mo Willems has collected many honors for his writing for early learners, including three Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Medals, and six Emmys.

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Alice in Wonderland and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical will run in repertory with each other during the fall and holiday seasons of 2012.

In January, the world premiere of the musical adaption of The Frog Prince Continued with music and lyrics by the acclaimed Ryan Scott Oliver will run in repertory with The Cat in the Hat. Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner and a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient. In addition to this commission from Emerald City, Oliver is currently writing the score for Disney Theatricals’ Freaky Friday. This adaptation of the favorite John Sciezka (The Stinky Cheese Man, True Story of the Three Little Pigs) story will have its world premiere at Emerald City.

Frog Prince Continued and Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat will run in repertory with each other during the winter and spring of 2013.

Following is the lineup for Emerald City Theatre’s 2012-2013 Season at the Apollo Theater:

Alice in Wonderland

July 17-December 29, 2012

By Ernie Nolan

Based on the books by Lewis Carroll

Practical Alice follows a peculiar rabbit down his hole and finds herself in a magical, frabjous world. Join her for tea with the Mad Hatter, a croquet match with the Red Queen, and a wild journey with the Cheshire Cat. Emerald City adapts Lewis Carroll’s classic story to the stage for the whole family to enjoy. Alice is going on the adventure of her life and you are invited to the tea party!

Invited Press Opening: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 10:30am

Special Ice Cream performances on all Saturdays in July and August.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

October 2, 2012-January 6, 2013

Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems

Music by Michael Silversher

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help - Dad. Can her parents understand what she’s saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? This nationally acclaimed musical written by Mo Willems brings a small heroine with big problems to the Emerald City stage.

Invited Press Opening: Saturday, October 2, 2012, 1:00pm

Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat

January 26-June 9, 2013

Adaption by Katie Mitchell

The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day--but will Sally and

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her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? Dr. Seuss’ classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this Chicago premiere of the National Theatre in London adaptation.

Invited Press Opening: Saturday, January 26, 2012, 10:30am

Frog Prince Continued

January 26-June 9, 2013

Book by Ernie Nolan

Music & Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver

Based on the book by John Scieszka

When happily ever after isn’t what he expected The Frog Prince heads out for a new adventure. While searching for his true amphibian self, he meets witches from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. This musical tour through the enchanted forest is an Emerald City world premiere.

Invited Press Opening: Saturday, January 26, 2012, 1:00pm

About Emerald City Theatre

Named the 2009 and 2010 Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Award for Best Theater Group for Kids, Emerald City creates theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Emerald City Theatre is one of Chicago's most attended non-profit theaters with an annual programing reach of nearly 100,000 between its performances at Apollo Theater, The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, regional tours, and educational programming. Emerald City is proud to be the home of 28 world premiere productions. Emerald City employs nearly 100 of Chicago's top artistic and teaching talents to bring magical, interactive productions and programs that entertain children and their grown-ups to all parts of Chicagoland. The company's year-round programming includes live productions at the Apollo Theater and The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, theatre class offerings, summer theatre camps, an extensive touring program, and literacy initiatives.

Emerald City continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Executive Director Karen Cardarelli, Producing Artistic Director Ernie Nolan, Managing Director Gillian Gorra, and a sixteen-member Board of Directors. Emerald City is a non-profit company, supported by Beermann Swerdlove, Chicago Community Trust, Deloitte, Illinois Arts Council, Katten, KPMG, BeechTree Partners, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, Winston & Strawn, The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Work Fund, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Emerald City's Lincoln Park performance home is the Apollo Theater, located at 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Subscriptions are on sale now for the 2012-2013 Season. Single ticket prices begin at $16 for adults and $13 for children. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for each

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performance. Single tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Apollo Theater Box Office at 773-935-6100.

The 2012-2013 Mainstage Season includes Alice in Wonderland, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, and Frog Price Continued.

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Actor Joins Extensive List of Guests From Entertainment World To Appear At Annual Pop Culture Convention

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Norwalk, CT, April 10, 2012: Show organizers at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), which is set take place this coming weekend, April 13 – 15 at McComick Place in Chicago, have announced that Sean Astin will appear as a guest at the show. In addition to featuring top artists and creators from the world of comics, C2E2 is a showcase for celebrities from all corners of the entertainment universe including film, TV, books and music. Sean Astin is well remembered for his role as loyal Samwise Gamgee in the universally acclaimed Lord of the Rings; his role as Mikey in the 1980’s classic The Goonies; and his title role as the American working class hero in Rudy. He joins other entertainment celebrities at C2E2 including:

John Barrowman * Nicholas Brendan * Ryan Buell * Lauren Cohan *

John Cusack * Anthony Daniels * Josh Gates * Chris Hardwick * Charlaine Harris *

Stephanie Izard * Val Kilmer * Tom Morello * Chad Michael Murray *

Stephen Rannazzisi * Anne Rice * Shane West * Steven Yeun

Sean Astin will be signing in the autographing area at C2E2 for all three days of the show beginning Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15. For further information about guests and other activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit

“This announcement about Sean Astin only goes to show that we had no intention of letting up on our planning until show time,” notes Lance Fensterman, who runs ReedPOP which organizes C2E2 and New York Comic Con (NYCC) among other pop culture events. “It’s never too late to add a great guest to our schedule and Sean Astin is certainly a great final guest to announce in our line up. He has been in some legendary movies and he will be at our show for all three days which is incredibly cool since this makes him available to literally thousands of fans. Our entertainment guests span the pop culture universe and we are very proud and pleased to be able to present a show that is so inclusive … we also have the very top comic creators and artists attending our convention which is in keeping with our goal to be the pre-eminent pop culture event in the Midwest.”

About Sean Astin:

Sean Astin was “Mikey” who helped find pirate treasure in the 1980’s popular classic The Goonies. He’s remembered as loyal Samwise Gamgee in the universally acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy and is singularly identified with the story of an American working class hero, Rudy. His performance captured people’s imaginations, inspiring them to Work Hard & Dream Big.

The actor demonstrates wide range. In Where the Day Takes You he’s an anguished, homeless, drug addict & then a slapstick lisping, muscle bound fop in Adam Sandler’s blockbuster 50 First Dates. His recognizable films include: The Final Season, Memphis Belle, Click, Courage Under Fire, Toy Soldiers & Encino Man.

Astin appears on TV shows including 24, Law & Order, My Name Is Earl, Monk & recently NCIS. He starred as Harrison Bergeron in Kurt Vonnegut’s adapted story of the same name & became Two-Flower in Sky Television’s adaptation of Terry Prachett’s fantasy/satire epic The Color of Magic. Sci-Fi fans praise his Mr. Smith in Showtime’s series Jeremiah.

Sean’s voice is familiar, narrating Animal Planet’s Meerkat Manor, as Disney Channel’s title character Special Agent Oso & now as Raphael in Nickelodeon’s NEW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series.

Sean has directed TV (Angel/Perversions of Science) & published a bestseller There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale. He graduated from UCLA (History & English), studied with legendary acting teacher Stella Adler & currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 20 years, Christine & their three daughters, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Isabella.

About ReedPOP:

ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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Polish painter:Alexandra Pacula

Monday, August 06, 2007

Falldo Waldo Crawldo Pub Crawl

3rd Annual Falldo Waldo Crawldo Pub Crawl

Don’t miss the Falldo Waldo Crawldo pub crawl Saturday, September 15th. 6pm-???Falldo Waldo Crawldo is the sister pub crawl of the famous Waldo Crawldo held in May. This year’s crawl will feature seven venue locations Lew’s Grill & Bar, 75th Street Brewery, Tanner’s, Bobby Bakers, Kennedy’s, Waldo Bar & Waldo Pizza, all within walking distance of the corner of 75th & Wornall in historic Waldo. Each Venue will offer a special Falldo Waldo Crawldo Passport for sale $5.00 pre-sale or $10.00 the day of the event that is good for admittance in each venue as well as special drink and beer discounts the night of the Pub Crawl.

By visiting all seven venues you will become eligible for one of our eight grand prizes that include a five hour ride on the KC Luxury Bus, Win your own pub crawl for you and ten friends, & much much more….Just return your filled passport by Midnight to any participating location, and they will place your name in a drawing for one of our grand prizes.

Also in attendance will be Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Race Car , Captain Morgan & the Morganettes, Jose Cuervo Girls, & the KC Luxury Bus.

All ticket proceeds will go towards the Waldo Fountain Fund & Waldo Area Business Association.
If you haven't been to Waldo lately you are missing out! Waldo is the new area for dining, shopping, or having a drink with a few friends. All locations are with in walking distance of 75th and Wornall. Just Park and enjoy.

For additional info go to
Media Inquiries Chris Lewellen 816.695.3576 cell email

Monday, January 15, 2007


Independent Writers of Chicago: “On the Political Beat”

Political journalist, editor and author James L. Merriner, gives the low-down on low down Illinois politics, sharing successful “how-to” secrets of his own on political reporting. Tuesday, January 9th, Chicago Athletic Club’s 7th Floor Lakeshore Room, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Program 6 p.m. Networking 5 p.m. Nonmembers, $15; IWOC members free. For more information, call 847-855-6670 or visit .

Chicago, IL, January 09, 2007 --(PR.COM)-- Veteran Political Journalist Gives Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) the Low-Down on Illinois Politics.And in Illinois, politics can get pretty low down. If anyone has observed it, gained perspective on it, and chronicled it from the inside out, it’s political journalist, editor and author, James L. Merriner. On Tuesday, January 9th, he’ll be coming to IWOC and telling all about his over 25 years in covering Illinois politics and its bedfellow, public corruption, in his presentation “On the Political Beat.”Political reporting is fascinating, according to Merriner, but requires special skills to perform.

Having served as political editor and columnist for the Chicago Sun-times and Atlanta Constitution, he has certainly honed those skills well. Techniques for getting scoops and obtaining information (how do you get a reluctant witness to scandal to spill the beans?) will be on Merriner’s agenda. He’ll even cite many juicy examples. Merriner will also discuss a number of books he’s authored on Illinois politics, including the one in progress, “The Man Who Emptied Death Row: George Ryan and the Politics of Crime.”

Expect rare insights on the now-infamous Governor, as well as on the art of researching and writing this book.The IWOC meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 9th at the Chicago Athletic Club’s 7th Floor Lakeshore Room, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Networking begins at 5 p.m. The main program is at 6 p.m. Admission is free to IWOC professional members; $5 to associate members, and $15 to nonmembers. Following the meeting, attendees are invited to go to a nearby restaurant for a buy-your-own dinner to further discuss Roundtable topics or to continue networking.

For more information, call 847-855-6670 or visit is a nonprofit professional association of freelance writers who work primarily throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. IWOC members serve large corporations, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations; together they represent a broad range of writing talents and specialties.Contact: Laura Stigler (773-248-0158)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Caren Yusem School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Caren Yusem School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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NEGOTIATED LOCALITIESPresents Contemporary Views on Sustainability in ChicagoNEGOTIATED LOCALITIES ExhibitionSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago Betty Rymer GalleryNovember 17, 2006 – January 5, 2007NEGOTIATED LOCALITIES: Artists, Designers, and Citizens in a Green City(A Day of Related Interactive Events)Sunday, November 19, 2006The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Betty Rymer Gallery joins the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development to present Negotiated Localities, a provocative examination of the related concepts of sustainability and locality and their impact on contemporary artistic practices.

Co-curators and SAIC faculty Cindy Coleman and Claire Pentecost have assembled ecologically sensitive artists, designers and writers who propose unexpected approaches to putting the local and the sustainable into practice through specific works and ongoing projects.

Participating artists and artists' collectives include Collective Inferno (Irina Botea, Nikko Coleman, Odile Compagnon, Drea Howenstein, Michael Holmes, Angela Lo, Jayve Montgomery, Britney Rutherford), Earthscraper (Max Reinhardt and Simon Slater), Ellen Grimes, JAM, Adam Reid Janusz, Material Exchange (Sara Black, Charles McGhee Hassrick, and John Preus), Nance Klehm, Adelheid Mers, Jeroen Nelemans, Joy Olson, SIMPARCH, Bruce M. Tharp and Stephanie Munson Tharp, and Kyoung Ok Yu. NEGOTIATED LOCALITIES ExhibitionNovember 17, 2006 – January 5, 2007Opening Reception Friday, November 17, 2006Curators' talk at 6:30 p.m.Free admissionBetty Rymer Gallery280 S. Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60603 312.443-3711 hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., free admissionNEGOTIATED LOCALITIES: Artists, Designers, and Citizens in a Green City (A Day of Related Interactive Events)Sunday, November 19, 2006Tickets $25, $15 with student IDReservations call 312.443-3711; space is limitedThis day of interactive events takes a dive into the subject of how a city is best sustained. Workshops and installations by leading artists and thinkers will focus on Chicago as a site for sustainable urban practices.

The symposium also features refreshments from local green eateries, an expert-guided bus tour of sustainable initiatives in Chicago, and the chance for participants to have their voices heard through an Open Mic session. Chris LuebkemanGene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Chris Luebkeman is leader of the Foresight and Innovation Initiative at Arup, the UK global design consultancy, and author of Drivers for Change (2006). Educated as a geologist, structural engineer, and architect, he works with some of the world's largest companies to develop scenarios for understanding the opportunities change is creating for them in the built environment. Luebkeman will conduct an interactive workshop to identify the leading drivers of change that will affect Chicago's future. Eames DemetriosGene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Filmmaker, writer, photographer, and design consultant Eames Demetrios is the grandson of legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames and director of the Eames Office. He will bring his aesthetic and historical perspective to an interactive work session that takes a unique look at the interconnectivity of our city?its people, places, and their values?by exploring the issue of scale. Veronica Cordeiro's Roamless. A Nondetermined Composition. A Pilgrimmage to No Where.Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Lobby Cafe 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. London-based Brazilian artist and writer Veronica Cordeiro's projects combine performance, interactive installations, and urban actions that question the place of contemporary art within lived experience. Roamless . . ., shot in Chicago during a residency at SAIC in 2005, documents Cordeiro's performance-pilgrimage throughout the city and surrounding regions, clad in a garment constructed from recycled blankets to be distributed to the homeless. The 58-minute video will be screened continuously.

RIDER Project InstallationState Street near Gene Siskel Film Center 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The RIDER Project is an artist-created, Brooklyn-based do-it-yourself mobile gallery located in the back of a fifteen-foot truck. Bringing contemporary work to diverse neighborhoods in New York City, the "art-on-wheels" project invites city residents to enter the truck, view the exhibited art, and interact with the artists. Founder and director Michele Gambetta will discuss the project's function as "social sculpture" that facilitates personal transformation and social change, and that works to encourage ecological sustainability in urban environments.

Chicago City TourBus departure and return at 164 N. State Street1–3 p.m.Russell L. Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Historian at the Chicago History Museum, will serve as guide on this tour to two hotly debated locations in the city: Northerly Island and the North Lawndale neighborhood. A box lunch will be provided to participants as they discuss how to make these locations truly sustainable. About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)A leader in educating artists and designers for nearly 140 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( offers undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 2,800 students from around the world. In addition to the time-honored study of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and fashion design, SAIC embraces film and new media, electronic arts, designed objects and architecture, and visual and critical studies. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC hosts exhibitions, lectures, and other public programs through venues such as the Gene Siskel Film Center, Betty Rymer Gallery, Gallery 2, Video Data Bank and the Division of Continuing Studies; and in conjunction with the Poetry Center.

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Kate Schaefer, 2006
December 1 – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to announce that three SAIC alumni are recipients of 2006 US Student Fulbright Grants for foreign study and the furthering of their creative pursuits. An article in the October 20 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education listed SAIC as one of the “Top Producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. Students.”

Maris Curran (MFA 2006), Kate Schaefer (BFA 2006), and James Sweetbaum (MFA 2006) were selected by the Fulbright Program to pursue international study that expands on the work each did while at SAIC. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 273,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, and cultural institutions, exchange ideas, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world.

Ms. Curran will use her fellowship to embark on a three-part project in Mexico: teaching workshops on experimental filmmaking in Mexico City; filming a narrative short with her colleagues in the Mexican filmmaking community; and curating a series of film screenings in conjunction with the workshops.

Traveling to Iceland, Ms. Schaefer will investigate the concept of “home” in one of the most remote and volcanic regions of the world, paying attention to the ways in which the uniqueness of the island’s culture and landscape relate to one another. “In Iceland, as it is everywhere, the concept of home is in flux. In Iceland however, the movement is more than the turmoil of people shifting—it is also a shifting of the land itself. The island is continually being formed from the ice inside, from the ocean around it, and from volcanoes bubbling deep beneath the surface… I want to know how feelings of home are made different by such a tumultuous landscape.”
Mr. Sweetbaum will use his award to begin work on a film examining masculinity in contemporary Moroccan society. Preparing for the project, Mr. Sweetbaum recently traveled to Morocco to conduct independent study; through discussions there, he says, “I began to understand that Moroccans have a different conception of identity and how male gender roles are formed and performed…possibly as a result of these differences, a very different kind of camaraderie exists among men from that which I have experienced in the United States.”
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)A leader in educating artists and designers for 140 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( offers undergraduate and graduate programs to over 2,600 students from around the world. In addition to the time-honored study of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and fashion design, SAIC embraces film and new media, electronic arts, designed objects and architecture, and visual and critical studies. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC hosts exhibitions, lectures, and other public programs through venues such as the Gene Siskel Film Center, Betty Rymer Gallery, Gallery 2, Video Data Bank, and the Division of Continuing Studies; and in conjunction with the Poetry Center.

Chicago Art News


Chicago ---The Illinois Arts Council (IAC) is pleased to announce the fiscal year 2006 Artists Fellowship Award recipients. Non-matching fellowships in fixed amounts of $7,000 are awarded to Illinois artists in recognition of their outstanding work and commitment within the arts. This year 53 Illinois artists (including two collaborations) will receive Fellowships totaling $357,000.
Finalist Awards of $700 were also awarded to 96 Illinois artists for a total of $20,300. The Finalist Award category recognizes and encourages additional applicants who demonstrate considerable talent.
The Artists Fellowship Program offers funding for 12 artistic disciplines on a two-year rotating cycle. This year's Fellowship and Finalist Award recipients were selected from 486 creative artists working in the disciplines of Choreography, Crafts, Ethnic and Folk Arts, Media Arts, New Performance Forms, Prose, and Scriptworks. In fiscal year 2007, awards will be offered in the five other disciplines of Interdisciplinary/Computer Art, Music Composition, Photography, Poetry, and Visual Arts.

The following jurors reviewed this year’s – 2006

CHOREOGRAPHY: Donna Faye Burchfield, Roanoke, VA; Chung-Fu Chang, Fort Collins, CO; Susan Hadley, Worthington, OH;

CRAFTS: Beth Ann Gerstein, Boston, MA; Bunny McBride, Iowa City, IA; Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Cupertino, CA;

ETHNIC AND FOLK ARTS: Christina Barr, Elko, NV; Brent Björkman, Columbus, OH; Olivia Cadaval, Washington, DC; William Westerman, Ph.D., Chicago, IL (non-voting, in-state juror);

NEW PERFORMANCE FORMS: Octavio Campos, Miami Beach, FL; Shelley Hirsch, Brooklyn, NY; Michael Smith, Brooklyn, NY/Austin, TX;

MEDIA ARTS: Gretjen Clausing, Philadelphia, PA; Guillermo Galindo, Oakland, CA; Herb Smith, Whitesburg, KY;

PROSE: Diana Abu-Jaber, Miami, FL; Hilary Masters, Pittsburgh, PA; Brent Spencer, Denton, NE;

SCRIPTWORKS: Elizabeth Brown-Guillory, Houston, TX; Charles Deemer, Portland, OR; Dennis Safren, North Hollywood, CA.

Editors Note: These people will be looked at during internet searches for the year 2007.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Chicago's Pitchfork Musical Festival

Two days of Chicago's musical calendar the Pitchfork Music Festival has really brought in the tourist for Chicago. Infact it has continually been sold out.

Confronted with longer and longer lines to buy tickets, which this year, again, is already sold out, the list of Musical Talent it is no wonder.

Looking at the line up it’s easy to see why.


Devendra Banhart

This event has been becoming more and more like a continuous Woodstock, Thus see and being part of this event is that hot bodies are adding to the increase temperatures caused by the summer heat. The same also happen at ole Woody ( Woodstock ), as I would call it.

With the elderly range of those who crashed the 70s, there has been less hippies in the audience- crowds, and filling in the caps are more upward mobile youngster of the 80s and 90s who are staying closer to home in their travels as a result of increase fuel costs.

Nonetheless, the age range still makes it more of youth culture, and as such as maintains its youthful veneer of years gone by.

Taking off your shoes and soxs, thank G - D there are no dogs, and letting your toes start to feel the blades of grass wedge inbetween your toes. Your reach out and cuttle your partner - for this is as real of date you can get with the bucks you are investing, and hear Chicago give one hell of a blast.


Mr. Roger M. Christian
Ithaca, New York

Monday, July 24, 2006

Why Chicago ?

Why Chicago ...indeed, and here is just some the reasons...

Chicago Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC ( Roger Meredith Christian ) : Chicago is another American city that never sleeps. During the nights of it's up beat urban energies, and interests, many are caught by surprise how fresh of an experience it is in visiting this community of traders, industrialist, and agricultural industrial producers.

Chicago Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC: Then after the hard labors of the day, and with a single will to assist in the feeding of several nations, there is a need for fun. It is during the night when most have the time to enjoy their lives after a hard day at work. Thus play of all sorts come to view, as well as things which relaxes and creates enjoyment at the sametime.

Chicago ( a real Night Life City ) is how both the Mid-West and North East become an intersect transportation center of the United States. Thus this city is the hub of all National air traffic, and largely due to it's location to the farm belts, the trading center of American agriculture. This also applies to the farming districts of Canada to the immediate north of this city of culture and industry.