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HISTORY AND CULTURE CELEBRATION!










To honor the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and observe Black History Month, and as part of its commitment to celebrate the diversity of America all year long, PBS offers documentaries and specials that explore the richness and complexity of the African American experience through on-air content on PBS member stations and online through the PBS Black Culture Connection. 


PBS will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and recognize the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination with programs that celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, including the Academy Award-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” from INDEPENDENT LENS (Monday, January 15). The film examines the lives and successive assassinations of three of James Baldwin’s close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. 


Other programs airing around Dr. King’s birthday and in honor of Black History Month include AMERICAN MASTERS “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,which explores the life of the playwright and activist who wrote A Raisin in the Sun (Friday, January 19), INDEPENDENT LENS “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,an examination of the role of historically black colleges and universities (Monday, February 19), INDEPENDENT LENS “Winnie,” a profile of the wife of Nelson Mandela (Monday, February 5), and an encore broadcast of AMERICAN MASTERS “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” a biography of the activist, poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Friday, February 16). 


Programs airing in commemoration of Dr. King and timed to Black History Month include:

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop” - Friday, February 2, 9-10 p.m. ET


WE’LL MEET AGAIN Freedom Summer
Tuesday, February 20, 8-9 pm


AMERICAN CREED - Tuesday, February 27, 9-10 p.m. ET


Encore Presentations:

AMERICAN MASTERS “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”
Friday, February 16, 9-11 p.m. ET


AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS
February 2018 (check local listings)


THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
February 2018 (check local listings)


BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE
February 2018 (check local listings)


DEEP CITY: THE BIRTH OF THE MIAMI SOUND
February 2018 (check local listings)


INDEPENDENT LENS “Birth of a Movement”
February 2018 (check local listings)

JOHN LEWIS – GET IN THE WAY
February 2018


THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA
February 2018


In April,  PBS presents encore broadcasts of Henry Louis Gates’ BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE (April 3-4) AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Roads to Memphis”

(April 4) For additional program information, dates and show times, visit www.pbs.org

BLACK PANTHER REIGNS IN THE COMMUNITY

Nearly 300 lucky Chicago Public Schools students will spend their President’s Day attending a free screenings of the Marvel box office sensation Black Panther, Monday, February 19 at Studio Movie Grill in Chicago.


The screenings are a collaborative effort between nonprofit Creative Cypher, a Chicago-based collective of artists and entertainment professionals who work to promote diversity in the film industry, the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) and several local youth organizations.


After the film, students will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of African American entertainment professionals about different career paths in film and related industries. 


SCHEDULED PANED GUESTS INCLUDE:

Tai Davis

Chicago-born Actress featured in “The Chi”

Charles Andrew Gardner

Actor and President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago

Craig Harris

Emmy award-winning writer and actor

Jonathan Kirkland

vocalist and actor currently featured in “Hamilton”

David Leonard

Location manager/ scout

Natasha Parker

Location manager/ scout

Directors Guild of America

Chris Walker

Comic illustrator and former colorist for Marvel Comics

Mark Willis

Professional stunt performer currently featured in “Black Panther”


Twenty youth-focused nonprofits were selected to receive tickets, including Donda’s House, Common Ground Foundation, Free Spirit Media, True Star Foundation and more. Students receiving complimentary tickets were selected based upon their commitment to being both high-achieving scholars and model citizens in their communities.


Black Panther event will be held President’s Day at Studio Movie Grill-Chatham, 210 West 87th Street at 10 a.m.  A deejay will perform for students as they arrive and mingle in the lobby and the screenings begin at 11a.m. immediately followed by Post-film panel discussion.  For more event information, visit www.studiomoviegrill.com

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW ROARS INTO TOWN!

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. The 110th edition of The Chicago Auto Show will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place in Chicago.


In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.  Exhibitions this year include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. 


The 2018 public show is Saturday, February 10-Monday, February 19 and will host special themed days for you to enjoy including: 


Women’s Day

Tuesday, February 13

Chicago Auto Show Food Drive

Wednesday, February 14 - Friday, February 16

Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day

Friday, February 16

Family Day

Monday, February 19:


For program information, show times and dates, events and discount tickets specials, visit the website: ChicagoAutoShow.com 

GET OUT: CELEBRATE PRESIDENT'S DAY 


As a thank you to fans who made the critically acclaimed movie, "Get Out" successful, Universal Pictures and Film Director Jordan Peele have teamed up to offer movie goers a free showing film on President's Day, February 19.


That's right, a Free screening of Get Out will be held nationwide at 55 different AMC theaters at 7:00p.m., including in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.  In the Chicago area, the movie will be shown in the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) AMC Crestwood 18 (13221 Rivercrest Drive, Crestwood) AMC Streets of Woodfield 20 (601 N. Martingale Rd, Suite 105, Schaumburg).   


To locate a participating AMC theater near you, visti getoutoneyearlater.com. You must show up at the theater Monday morning with a valid ID to retrieve your ticket. Be sure to get there early: Tickets will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Good Luck!

WINTER FUN IN THE WINDY CITY!








The Millennium Park Campus is the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago. Skate at the iconic McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park, Chicago’s town square and the #1 attraction in the Midwest. 


The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink will operate under the following hours:

  • Mondays–Thursday, noon–8pm
  • Fridays, noon–10pm (ice skating lesson at 11am)
  • Saturdays (January 13–March 3), 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Sundays, 10am–9pm (ice skating lesson at 9am) 

Special Holiday Hours:
  • New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 10am–10pm (no lesson)
  • Tuesday, January 2–Saturday, January 6, 10am–10pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 10am–8pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • Chicago Public School Improvement Day, Friday, Feb. 2, 10am–10pm 
  • (ice skating lesson at 9am)
  • President’s Day, Monday, February 19,10am–8pm (ice skating lesson at 9am)

 
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Ave. between Washington and Madison Street. Skating is FREE and open to the public, For complete details of events and activities, visit millenniumpark.orgorg

ILLINOIS FREE MUSUEM DAYS: FEBRUARY


From culture to constellations, art to animals, this is your chance to experience Chicago’s most beloved institutions in a whole new way! 


This year’s special programming is sure to excite curious minds of every interest.  Take advantage of discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more at each of the participating museums. Illinois residents will receive up to 25% off admissions at all museums.


Participating Museums Include: 
Adler Planetarium, 
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago History Museum
DuSable Museum of African American History
The Field Museum
Lincoln Park Zoo
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Science and Industry
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and John G. Shedd Aquarium


Special offers and activities during Museum Week include discounts on general admission and memberships, extended hours, free tours, new exhibits, educational programs and giveaways. A complete schedule and the full list of participating institutions is available at chicagomuseumweek.com.

AND THE 2018 ACADEMY AWARD GOES TO...

The 90th Academy Awards® hosted  Late Night talk show host, comedian Jimmy Kimmel will be held March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California at 5:00 p.m. PST via global live stream on Oscar.com 


The 2018 Academy Awards Nominees Include:


Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” 


Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


Director:

“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro


Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart


For the full list of 2018 Academy Award Nominees, visit www.Oscars.com

MONSTER JAM: RIP-ROARING GOOD TIME

Your family will enjoy Monster Jam® 2018 Friday, March 2 though Monday, March 5 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.  Monster Jam is the perfect sports and entertainment brand mixing racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action packed live show. 

Over 4 million fans fill the world’s premier stadiums and arenas to see the live spectacle with more than 350 performances each year, and with its rapid international expansion, Monster Jam continues to win over more fans in new countries around the world. 

Monster Jam 2018 features the following performers: 

El Toro Loco 
driven by Kayla Blood
Grave Digger 
driven by Tyler Menninga
Max-D 
driven by Colton Eichelberger
Megalodo
driven by Trent Montgomery
Monster Mutt Rottweiler 
driven by Jack Brown
Scooby-Doo 
driven by Myranda Cozad
Soldier Fortune Black Ops 
driven by Tony Ochs 
Zombie 
driven by Bari Musawwir

For decades, Monster Jam has been one of the biggest and most successful touring family shows in the world, and it is still showing yearly growth in all areas! For show times and dates or to purchase tickets, visit monsterjam.com

ADLER REEL SCIENCE FILM SERIES RETURNS

Back for a third season, Adler Planetarium's REEL SCIENCE Film Series combines cinematic Sci-Fi favorites with science conversations about the film—providing a unique opportunity to explore real, cutting-edge science through the lens of pop-culture, film and storytelling (including the creative liberties taken by Hollywood). 


Designed to appeal to moviegoers, science enthusiasts and families alike, don’t miss a chance to see your favorite film on the big screen and engage with experts ranging in fields like astronomy, geology, linguistics and more! So bring your crew (and burning questions) and come geek out with us at REEL Science!


Adler's REEL Science Film Series begins October 6, 2017 through March 8, 2018.  Each event opens at 5:30pm in the S.C. Johnson Star Theater and includes fun, pre-movie trivia and videos, a screening of the film, followed by a post-show, “Reel Science” Q&A with Adler scientists and special guests. 


2017-2018 ADLER REEL SCIENCE FILM SERIES:

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Martian (PG-13)


Thursday, November 2, 2017

2001 A Space Odyssey (G)


Friday, January 12, 2018: 

Arrival (PG-13)


Friday, February 9, 2018: 

WALL-E (CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER)


Thursday, March 8, 2018: 

Demolition Man (R)


Congratulations to Leona Brown, winner of The UltimateTV Reel Science Ticket Giveaway!! WALL-E! Details coming soon on your chance to tickets to this fun-filled family event!  For more program information or to purchase tickets, visit 

http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/whats-here/reel-science/

2018 CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show comes to Navy Pier, March 14-18, 2018 For show times and dates or to purchase tickets, visit www.chicagoflower.com

RANDOLPH STREET MARKET SPECIAL TREAT

The Randolph Street Market Festival, home of the world famous Chicago Antique Market, is an internationally recognized European-style indoor and outdoor shopping extravaganza in Chicago’s historic West Loop. 



The Market, aptly dubbed “the Barneys of vintage” is a huge celebration of fashion, home design, antiques, artwork, music, food and great people watching!  Over 125 vendors sell during the months of January-April and October-December. The summer season, May-September, boasts 300+ vendors inside of the Plumbers Hall Union building. 


The three floors and the whole attached parking lot is busting at the seams with fabulous vintage and handmade, furniture, art, architectural pieces, indie designer, food, market bars, live bands each day, kids activities and the list goes on. Randolph Street Market is a place you go to find unique items to personalize your home and living space, your style, your tastes and senses. 


Don’t miss the following new and exciting elements for 

The 15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORY YEAR: 2018 MAY-SEPTEMBER MARKETS:


January 27th + 28th: (indoor only event)

February 24th + 25th:  (indoor only event)

March 24th + 25th: (indoor only event)

April 28th + 29th:  (indoor only event)


WHEN: Saturday: 10am-5pm -Sunday: 10am to 5pm at Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington in Chicago

PRICE: General admission $10, students with ID $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under free

C2E2: COMICS, COSPLAY AND SO MUCH MORE 


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 is a comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games.  


From a Show Floor packed with hundreds of Exhibitors and Artist Alley members, to Panels, Autograph Sessions and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at upcoming films and television shows, C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators and Celebrities and delivers a weekend of pop culture and fandom in downtown Chicago.


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2018 will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8.

WALKER STALKER CON: HEROES N' VILLIANS

Chicago's favorite Heroes and Villians Fan Fest and Walker Stalker Con return to The Windy City April 7-8 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il.


Spend the entire weekend with your favorite Walker Stalker celebrities or head across our newly expanded venue to meet cast members from Arrow, Gotham, and more at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest! One ticket gives you complete access to BOTH shows! 


Attending Heroes and Villains Cast Members Include:

John Barrowman, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, John Segarra, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz

Drew Powell and lots more!


Participating Cast Members for Walker Stalker 2018 Include:

Norman Reedus, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Steven Ogg, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Seth Gilliam, Christian Serratos and many, many more!


For additional information, event times and dates, visit www.walkerstalkercon.com

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM 











Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time in Chicago as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!  Performances begin January 24-28 and February 7-11 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., with an interim engagement at Chicago’s United Center, Jan. 31 - Feb. 4. 

Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will bring Chicago-area audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella.


Dare To Dream takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage. 


Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless and through the athleticism and grace of Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella, brave heroes from Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella ignite passions to believe. Showgoers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero.


The UltimateTV would like to send you and your family to the opening night performance of Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream, 7:00P.M., Wednesday, January 24 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.  Register for your chance to win a Family 4-Pak of tickets at http://utvdare2dream2.eventbrite.com  For additional program information or to purchase tickets, visit DisneyOnIce.com

THE GRAMMY AWARDS TURNS 60 YEARS OLD

The Grammy Awards celebrates 60 years of musical artistry and the hits just keep on coming!  The 24th Grammy Nominees Album features a collection of top-charting hits from many of this year's illustrious GRAMMY-nominated artists. 

The 2018 GRAMMY Nominees album features 21 hits from the world's top recording artists and emerging talent, including Album Of The Year nominees Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, and Bruno Mars; and Song Of The Year nominees Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, and Julia Michaels, among others.

2018 GRAMMY Nominees Album
Track List

1. BRUNO MARS
"24K Magic"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

2. KELLY CLARKSON  
"Love So Soft"
Best Pop Solo Performance

3. LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER 
"Despacito" (Remix)
Record Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

4. KENDRICK LAMAR 
"HUMBLE."
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

5. LORDE
"Green Light"
Album Of The Year

6. CHILDISH GAMBINO
"Redbone"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

7. JAY-Z 
"The Story Of O.J."
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

8. ZEDD & ALESSIA CARA 
"Stay"
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance    

9. LADY GAGA 
"Million Reasons"
Best Pop Solo Performance

10. IMAGINE DRAGONS 
"Thunder"      
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

11. PORTUGAL. THE MAN 
"Feel It Still" 
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

12. THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY 
"Something Just Like This" 
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

13. P!NK
"What About Us"
Best Pop Solo Performance

14. LOGIC FEAT. ALESSIA CARA & KHALID
"1-800-273-8255"
Song Of The Year

15. JULIA MICHAELS 
"Issues"
Song Of The Year

16. KESHA 
"Praying"
Best Pop Solo Performance

17. CHRIS STAPLETON 
"Broken Halos"
Best Country Album

18. LITTLE BIG TOWN 
"Better Man"
Best Country Album

19. THOMAS RHETT FEAT. MAREN MORRIS
"Craving You"
Best Country Album

20. LADY ANTEBELLUM 
"You Look Good"
Best Country Album

21. KENNY CHESNEY
"All The Pretty Girls"  
Best Country Album  
  
The 2018 GRAMMY® Nominees album is out and the tracks are HOT!! Download or purchase your copy today!

THE NEXT ADVENTURE IS WAITING FOR YOU!

The 2018 Travel and Adventure Show returns to Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Saturday, February 10th through Sunday, February 11. 


There's so much to do at America's Favorite Travel Show like exploring endless vacation options, discovering over 250+ destinations from around the globe and planning your trip face-to-face with thousands of travel experts.


Meet your favorite travel celebrities including Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, and Pauline Frommer, attend dozens of educational seminars on the Savvy Traveler and Destination Theaters, awaken your senses with live cooking demonstrations on the Taste of Travel Theater and immerse yourself in faraway cultures with song and dance on the Global Beats Stage.


Enjoy fun for the whole family including camel riding, SCUBA lessons in the dive pool, plus, save big with exclusive show-only specials and trip giveaways, The best part? All of this is included with your ticket. Make the first stop on your next trip the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show. For additional information, visit https://travelshows.com/shows/chicago/

HONORING DR. KING: TOO HOT TO HANDEL














Celebrate the transformative power of music at The 13th Annual Presentation of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, Saturday, January 13 - Sunday, January 14 at The Auditorium Theater in Chicago.  

This event will take place over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend and is inspired by Dr. King’s message of “Beloved Community.” Too Hot brings Chicagoans together to witness “a contagiously joyous jazz, gospel, and blues treatment of George Frideric Handel’s famous 18th-century oratorio” (Chicago Reader). 

The show features acclaimed soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson; legendary Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles; a choir of over 100 members led by Bill Fraher, director of concert choirs at Old St. Patrick's Church; a chamber orchestra conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton, the assistant music director at Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, MI; and a world-class jazz band featuring electric bass, electric guitar, string bass, and more. 

For additional information on this event, visit www.auditoriumtheater.org

WIZARD WORLD PRESENTS DAVID TENNANT

David Tennant, who starred as the "Tenth Doctor" on the long-running series "Doctor Who," will appear at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans on Friday and Saturday, January 5-6, 2018, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. 

For "Whovians," it will be a rare opportunity to meet the British star, who has also made an impact on audiences in the acclaimed current TV series "Broadchurch" and the Netflix series "Jessica Jones").

Tennant's principal run as the Tenth Doctor began in 2005 and continued through 2009, with a reprisal in the landmark 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" in 2013. Since his early work on local Scottish television through roles in some of the most beloved fantasy and sci-fi franchises of all time, Tennant has been entertaining audiences with his unique brand of wit, warmth and humanity.

Tennant joins Stan Lee (Marvel Chairman Emeritus), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), Ian Somerholder ("The Vampire Diaries," "Lost"), the "Firefly" twosome of Summer Glau ("Arrow") and Sean Maher ("The Playboy Club"), "The Walking Dead" tandem of Lennie James (Snatch) and Austin Amelio (Everybody Wants Some!!) the "Gotham" duo of David Mazouz and Robin Lord Taylor, Henry Winkler ("Happy Days," The Waterboy) and many more! 

Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. 

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. 

Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more information, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/neworleans

REGENERATION WHO: TWICE UPON A TIME

Doctor Who fans are getting a special gift this Christmas from Fathom Events with BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. 


The epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who is coming to U.S. movie theaters for one night, Wednesday, December 27, 7p.m. local time, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and 

David Bradley (Game of Thrones). 


The event will also introduce The Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), who is the first woman to assume the role. 


The cinematic event will also feature two exclusive bonus pieces, taking audiences behind the scenes to the filming of this holiday special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as showrunner and lead writer. 


The UltimateTV would like to send you and a friend to see Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time starring Peter Capaldi at AMC River East Theaters.  Register to win a pair of general admission tickets at https://utvcapaldi.eventbrite.com No purchase necessary to win. You must be a legal US Citizen, 18 years old or older to enter. Winners will be selected on or before Wednesday, December 22, 2017. 


For a complete list of theater locations or to purchase tickets for Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time, visit www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box office(theaters and participants are subject to change).


Good Luck from your friends at Fathom Events, BBC Worldwide and The UltimateTV, Chicago's Entertainment Source!

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION IN THE SANTA SUITE 


Take a peek into Swissôtel Chicago’s Santa Suite! Starting on November 30, the 41st floor, 5 room Presidential Suite will be transformed into a stunningly whimsical display, only suitable for a visit from Mr. Clause...and Mr. Clause, of course!


This over-the-top space is decorated in the spirit and magic of the season, complete with twelve Christmas trees, a table set for Santa and his special guests along with snacks and giveaways to spread good cheer.


In the spirit of the holidays, visiting the Santa Suite is FREE for both Swissôtel guests and the public, but is available for private group visits and holiday receptions for up to 100 people.


The Swissôtel Chicago’s Santa Suite will be open starting December 1st through 25th Weekdays 4pm until 8pm and Weekends 11am until 8pm . The kids can visit Santa Saturdays 11am until 4pm


POP UP SHOPS

Lola + The Boys—Dec 2nd: 11am until 4pm

Windy City Bebe—Dec 17th: 11am until 4pm


SKATE WITH SANTA

Maggie Daley ParkDec 17th: 10am until 12pm



For additional information and program schedule, visit swissotel.com/chicago-santasuite

HIP HOP HOLIDAY: Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS 

Back by popular demand, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the highly anticipated return of the cheeky holiday classic Q Brothers Christmas Carol, from hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective!


After three wildly successful runs to sold-out houses, the raucous and irreverent musical event now takes the stage of the Theater’s innovative third venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, November 21–December 31, 2017.


This feisty reinterpretation of the perennial holiday favorite by Charles Dickens is underscored with beats spun live at the turntables, mashing up styles from reggae and dancehall music, to dubstep and epic rock ballads.


The Q Brothers Christmas Carol is written and performed by the Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, and Pos) and features an irresistible score and a lot of heart and garnered Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Ensemble. 


For more information or program schedule, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/QChristmas

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ULTIMATE-TV 

Happy Holidays From The UltimateTV!!

YOU'LL LOVE CHICAGO'S TOY & GAME FAIR!


The UltimateTV invites you and your family to The 15th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair, the largest non-hobby toy and game fair in North America at Chicago's Navy Pier Saturday, November 18 - Sunday, November 19!   


Preview, play with and test the hottest toys and games from around the world your family, friends and other attendees like Legos playsets, Build or Boom, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, Rummikub Twist, Fish Food, all new Doggie Doo, Greedy Granny, Ultra Dash, Marbleocity, Automoblox, Magformers, Tileblox, Clicformers, Ice Cool, King Frog, Reef Route, Woo-Hoo, Flower Fairies, Peter Rabbit Secret Garden, 8-Bit Art Mario and so much more! 


Enjoy the Awesome Events scheduled at the 2017 Chicago Toy and Game Fair Including:

U.S. National Rummikub Championship

Giant Soggy Doggy! (and we mean GIANT)

Meet Princess-Etch-A-Sketch

Ride the PlayMonster Super Swing

LIVE Unboxing: Check out live unboxings from our Play Influencer team!

            Ultra Dash Game Race

Automoblox Play Area and Race Track

Interactive Exhibits

Test out Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves

Photo Ops: Snap a photo with some of your favorite characters from Star Wars!

Meet Toy & Game Inventors from Around the World

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Meet the winners of Young Inventor Challenge

Chicago's Largest Brush-a-Thon

Yo-Yo Championship - Contestants from Coast to Coast

Be entertained by Ben’s Giant Bubble Show

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Join The UltimateTV at The 15th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair, Nov. 18-19 at Navy Pier and **Receive a 50% off Discount from The UltimateTV by using the code: ChiTAGPLAY at https://2017chitagfairtickets.eventbrite.com

WIZARD WORLD: DAVID TENNANT CANCELS

Wizard World Chicago makes its 20th trip to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center beginning this Thursday, August 24-Sunday, August 27 in Rosemont, Illinois.


To celebrate, Wizard World is bringing Doctor Who fan favorite, The 10th Doctor, Actor David Tennant ("Jessica Jones", "Ducktales", "Broadchurch").


Joining David during his first appearance in The Windy City will be Catherine Tate (The Office), Alex Kingston (“E.R."), Jenna Coleman (Masterpiece: Victoria) and John Barrowman (“Arrow").


Also scheduled to appear at the largest pop culture comic con include: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War tandem, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Henstridge (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), John Cusack (Say Anything…), Legendary Rock N' Roll Icon, Kiss frontman, Gene Simmons, the “Stranger Things” tandem of Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” team of Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon, and many many more!


UPDATE:

Wizard World announced Friday morning that actor David Tennant will no longer make a Chicago appearance due to a family emergency. 

"A member of David Tennant's family has been struck with an illness, which has forced cancellation of his plans for this weekend. We're sending all the best to David and his family as they work through this time," Wizard World said in a Twitter post.


Tennant is known for his roles in "Doctor Who," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and recent ABC (Disney XD) reboot "DuckTales." The actor went to social media Friday to share his apologies to fans this weekend saying, "I am absolutely gutted that I'm not gonna be with you this weekend. I am so disappointed, I was so looking forward to coming to Chicago and meeting you lovely people. I'm so so sorry."


Wizard Word will be offering refunds for all VIP gusts (dual and single) along with single and dual/group photo ops and autographs. VIPs will still get their swag bag get into the show this year.  In addition, Wizard World is giving those who had been given a refund to see Tennant will be given free weekend admission to Chicago 2018 (August 23-26) as well as any and every 2017 show that they want to attend.


Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  For more information, visit the website https://wizardworld.com

WTTW will present the music and conversation series THE EXPERIENCE WITH DEDRY JONES℠, a live stage show held in The Windy City for 15 years; this marks the series’s television premiere.


The Experience has always been, at heart, a celebration of music. Captured live before a studio audience in the same beautiful and intimate venue as WTTW’s national music series SOUNDSTAGE, audiences will enjoy a personal conversation with a world class musician, interspersed with a live music performance backed by a full band. Each episode takes audiences on a unique and compelling journey through the artist's life, through their own words, experience, and song. 


Each one-hour program is hosted by Dedry Jones, who has interviewed numerous top music artists across the genres, including Natalie Cole, Maxwell, Earth Wind and Fire, Ledisi, Chaka Khan (who stated it was the best interview of her 25-year career), and many others. 


“When I started THE EXPERIENCE, I always envisioned it being televised,” says Dedry. “I am beyond excited that WTTW has made that happen. What a great opportunity to fulfill and share my dream of celebrating real music with people across the globe who truly love good music.”

Performers Appearing on The Experience Include:

Brian Culbertson 
AVERY*Sunshine
Will Downing 
Roberto Fonseca 

For program information or schedule for upcoming episodes, visit wttw.com/national.

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