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THE STONES EXHIBITIONISM IS FANTASTIC!

The Legendary Rock and Roll Band, The Rolling Stones unveiled their first ever major exhibition in Chicago this Sring!


The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism kicks off its four-month engagement April 15th - July 30th at Chicago's Navy Pier! 

 

Exhibitionism tells the story of The Rolling Stones, the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in history and allows visitors to experience first-hand their incredible journey from early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world.


This highly immersive and interactive exhibition explores the Stones’ extraordinary career featuring over 500 rare and original items from their archive.


You'll see their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio that all culminate in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience. 


The UltimateTV would like you and your friends to experience The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism!  Save up to 50% on regular priced Flexi Ticket and pay only $20 + tax!! This limited flexi ticket allows entry on any day and any time before 25 May. But, hurry these tickets will sell out fast! To purchase tickets or for show information, visit the website http://stonesexhibitionism.com/

RED NOSE DAY: END CHILDHOOD POVERTY

The 2017 Red Nose Day Special, will broadcast LIVE from New York's Rockefeller Plaza, Thursday, May 2th. 


The one-hour television event, hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick (Nerdist) ill be broadcast live, features a star-studded cast of Hollywood favorites who are coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives.


NBC is celebrating Red Nose Day with an entire evening of special programming to support the cause. Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference and keeping kids safe, healthy and educated.

ining the special include Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bear Grylls, Mark Hamill, Matt Iseman, DJ Khaled, Paul Rudd and Dax Shepard. The cast of NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “This Is Us” — Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones — are also appearing in NBC’s third annual special to benefit Red Nose Day, which uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for kids most in need in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world.


The special will also feature “Red Nose Day Actually, the much-anticipated reunion sequel to “Love Actually,” catching up with cast members from the beloved holiday film. Previously announced cast members reprising their roles include Rowan Atkinson, Marcus Brigstocke, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Martine McCutcheon, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Olivia Olson. Patrick Dempsey will play a new character joining the short film from “Love Actually” writer/director and Red Nose Day founder Richard Curtis.


Red Nose Day launched in America in 2015 and, with generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, has raised more than $60 million in its first two years in the U.S.


For more information, visit the Red Nose Day website at rednoseday.org.

ROMEO & JULIET: SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

The Nights in The Parks: Shakespeare in the Parks series begins its annual citywide tour to 18 neighborhood parks Wednesday, July 26th and runs thru Sunday, August 27th! 

Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons, this 75-minute abridged production or Romeo and Juliet brings the most tragic, beautiful love story in Shakespeare's canon to life.

The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour of the classic love story "Romeo and Juliet" kicks off as one of the inaugural events of the new performance lawns at Polk Bros Park on Navy Pier with three performances: Wednesday, July 26; Thursday, July 27; and Friday, July 28—all at 7:00pm.


Performances scheduled rain or shine at the following locations:


  • July 26, 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) 
  • July 27, 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand)
  • July 28, 7:00pm – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand)
  • July 30, 4:00pm – Ellis Park (3520 S. Cottage Grove)


  • August 02, 6:30pm – Gage Park (2411 W. 55th St.)
  • August 03, 6:30pm – Kelvyn Park (4438 W. Wrightwood)
  • August 04, 6:30pm – Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago)
  • August 05, 6:30pm – Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside)
  • August 06 at 4:00pm – Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside)
  • August 08 at 6:30pm – Columbus Park (500 S. Central)
  • August 09, 6:30pm – Tuley Park (501 E. 90th Pl.)


  • August 10 at 6:30pm – Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento)
  • August 11, 6:30pm – Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento)
  • August 12, 6:30pm – Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee)
  • August 13, 4:00pm – Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee)
  • August 16 at 6:30pm – Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park)
  • August 17, 6:30pm – Dvorak Park (1119 W. Cullerton St.)
  • August 18 at 6:30pm – Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)
  • August 19, 6:30pm – Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)

  • August 20, 4:00pm – Steelworkers Park(E. 87th St. @Lake Michigan)
  • August 23, 6:30pm – Hamilton Park (513 W. 72nd St.)
  • August 24 at 6:30pm – Piotrowski Park (4247 W. 31st St.)
  • August 25 at 6:30pm – Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf)
  • August 26 at 6:30pm – Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf)
  • August 27 at 4:00pm – Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S. Wentworth)

Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet performances are FREE to the public! For additional program information, visit the website:  www.chicagoshakes.com/parks

HAMILTON: STILL IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN!


Great Performances Presents Hamilton's America, the PBS documentary film series which brings history to life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.


Hamilton's fan club is vocal and growing, thanks to Tony®, Grammy®, and Emmy®-winning composer and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda's revolutionary musical.

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Hamilton's America delves even deeper into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda's process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton's epic story into groundbreaking musical theater.

Further fleshing out the story is newly shot footage of the New York production with its original cast, trips to historic locations and a surprising range of interviews with prominent personalities, experts, politicians, and musicians including President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Hank Paulson, Secretary Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, Nas and Stephen Sondheim.

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The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, which saw Hamilton killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr.  But the full story of this political genius, a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become one of the nation's most vital architects has largely been forgotten by history until now.

Hamilton's America shows just how timeless the hot-button issues of today's America are: immigration, States rights, debt, income inequality, and race relations. These were the same fights that defined Hamilton's time, and they are the driving force of Miranda's historic work.

You're sure to enjoy Great Performances Present Hamilton's America, Monday March 6 on WTTW Chicago. For additional dates and times, visit the website at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/hamiltons-america/

CHICAGO LOVES IDRIS ELBA AS LUTHER!

Luther (starring The Talented British Actor, Idris Elba (The Wire) is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop. 

For Luther, his profession is a vocation rather than a job. He serves his own idea of a moral order as much as rules and codes of criminal law. 


Throughout the series we see Luther face a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, predator and prey. We encounter his capacity for violence as well as his kindness; his sudden vulnerability and dizzying, visionary mind; why his wife left him for another man, and why his colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe.

As the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation. Will his personal demons prove to be as dangerous as any of the criminals he pursues?

LUTHER: PBS/WTTW Chicago Program Schedule:

Luther must put his personal life aside when a serial killer goes on the rampage.

Sat, Apr 22 at 11:30 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, Apr 24 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD


Season 1, Episode 5

When an art dealer's wife is taken hostage at gunpoint, Luther leads a tense investigation.

Sat, Apr 29 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD


Episode #107

Luther faces a surreal and nightmarish case of a masked murderer determined to enter into folklore.

Sat, May 13 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, May 15 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD

Episode #108

Luther must rescue Ripley, abducted by Cameron, in time to prevent Cameron's murderous set piece.

Sat, May 20 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, May 22 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD

Episode #109

Luther is called in to investigate a man whose brutal and escalating murders seem to have no motive.

Sat, May 27 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, May 29 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD

Episode #110

Luther's personal and professional life spirals out of control as he tries to cover up Toby's death.

Sat, Jun 24 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, Jun 26 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD

Episode #111

A fetish killer is on the hunt and Luther's worst enemies may be his own colleagues.

Sat, Jul 1 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Episode #112

Luther discovers the fetish killer is re-enacting the past. Can he stop him before he kills again?

Sat, Jul 8 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Episode #113

Luther must confront his demons when a killer embarks on a crusade to punish past offenders.

Sat, Jul 15 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Episode #114

Accused of crimes he didn't commit, Luther must work quickly to clear his name and stop a killer.

Sat, Jul 22 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

2017: THE YEAR OF CHICAGO PUBLIC ART

2017 is designated as Chicago's "Year of Public Art" with a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more -- representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.


The Chicago Public Art Collection managed by DCASE includes 500+ works of art exhibited in over 150 municipal facilities around the city, such as police stations, libraries and CTA stations. DCASE also administers the City’s Percent-for-Art Ordinance established in 1978, which stipulates that 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating public buildings will be used for public art.


Additionally, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Transit Authority and community organizations manage their own public art programs—bringing even more public art to neighborhoods and shining a spotlight on talented local artists.


Managed by DCASE, the 50x50 initiative will provide up to $1 million for new public art projects. The initiative was inspired by Chicago's 50 wards and the 50th anniversary of two of our most seminal public artworks (the Picasso in Daley Plaza and the Wall of Respect which once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue on the South Side).

SUMMER MOVIES IN MILLENNIUM PARK

The Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. This years line-up kicks off with the 1980 Chicago classic The Blues Brothers, the second place finisher in last years audience choice vote. Highlights include: Caddyshack presented by KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; a 30th Anniversary screening of The Princess Bride; a Full Moon Double Feature with Ghost and The Shining; a 25th Anniversary screening of Wayne’s World; and a special daytime showing of the 1937 classic Snow White on Thursday, August 24. The series also includes Millennium Parks first Spanish-language film with the presentation of El Norte on July 11.

Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen.

 

The full Summer Film Series:

The Blues Brothers – June 13

(1980, rated R for sexual content, nudity, some language and drug use, 132 minutes)

The classic Chicago film about Jake and Elwood Blues and their “mission from God” was the second place finisher in last years’ audience choice vote. The screening is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Blues Festival, happening June 9–11, in its new location in Millennium Park.

 

Caddyshack – June 20

Presented by KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

(1980, rated R for sexual content, nudity, some language and drug use, 98 minutes)

It will be an evening of fun and mayhem when the young caddies, golfers and Carl, the Golf Course Grounds Keeper, take on Bushwood Country Club. The screening is presented by the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, happening June 27–July 2 at Olympia Fields Country Club.

 

Julie and Julia – June 27

(2009, rated PG-13, 123 minutes)

Just in time for the upcoming Taste of Chicago, this July 5–9 in Grant Park. Julia Child and Julie Powell find their lives intertwined and discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

 

El Norte – July 11

(1983, rated R for some disturbing violent content and brief language, 141 minutes)

Screened in Spanish with English subtitles

Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution in their home Guatemala and journey north through Mexico and on to the United States. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called “a Grapes of Wrath for our time.” The film’s relevancy today serves to remind us of Chicago’s status as a welcoming city.

 

La La Land – July 18

(2016, rated PG-13, 128 minutes)

Inspired by classic Hollywood musicals but set in modern day Los Angeles, this film about everyday life asks what is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight? Emma Stone won the Oscar Award for best actress in a leading role.

 

Network – July 25

(1976, rated R for strong language, some sexual content, and a scene of violence, 121 minutes)

In this lauded satire on the news media, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale’s angry televised rant turn into a huge ratings boost for the UBS network, but at what cost? The film is still relevant in today’s 24-hour news culture.

 

Bend it Like Beckham – August 1

(2002, rated PG-13, 112 minutes)

A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham follows two 18-year-olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer, from kick-abouts in the park to free kicks in the Final.

 

FULL MOON DOUBLE FEATURE: Ghost and The Shining – August 8

Ghost

(1990, rated PG-13, 127 minutes)

Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. When Sam is murdered by a friend and corrupt business partner over a shady business deal, his powerless spirit seeks the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown to set things right and protect Molly.

 

The Shining

(1980, rated R for strong violence, strong language, 144 minutes)

Frustrated writer Jack Torrance takes a job as the winter caretaker at the ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. However, when he arrives with his wife and son, they soon discover the hotel is more than just isolated.

 

Hidden Figures – August 15

(2016, rated PG, 127 minutes)

The three-time Oscar Award-nominated film about the incredible, untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains in the historic launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The film is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Air and Water Show, happening August 19 and 20.

 

Five Heartbeats – August 22

Presented by Sound Opinions

(1991, rated R for language, some sexual content, 122 minutes)

The film follow the highs and lows as a quintet of hopeful young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats in the 1960s.

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Family Daytime Screening

Thursday, August 24 at 11am

(1937, rated G, 83 minutes)

In celebration of Disney’s first animated feature film, join us for a special daytime screening of this classic tale. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs – Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. When the Evil Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her. The film is presented in conjunction with Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival, happening June 19August 24.

 

The Princess Bride – August 29

(1987, rated PG, 98 minutes)

A very special 30th Anniversary screening of the classic tale of love and adventure featuring the beautiful Buttercup, her brave Westley, a bumbling prince, an accomplished swordsman, a super strong giant and a cast of fairytale characters.

 

Wayne’s World – September 5

(1992, rated PG-13, 95 minutes)

25th Anniversary of the megahit about two slacker friends, Wayne and Garth who are trying to promote their public-access cable show and end up on a rock and roll adventure!

 

The FREE admission Summer Film Series is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is provided by the Millennium Park Foundation. All films will be screened with English subtitles or captioning.


Millennium Park is Chicagos town square, the #1 attraction in the Midwest--and among the Top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S.  Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am11pm daily. For the latest news and events, visit the website: millenniumpark.org 

A SUMMER TURN ON: BUCKINHAM FOUNTAIN


ComEd and the Chicago Park District will be celebrating Buckingham Fountain’s 90th birthday,  Saturday, May 6 with the annual Switch on Summer event where the iconic fountain is turned on for the season.


Now in its third year, the annual event will feature more than a dozen of Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations, including the Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo, to help the city spring into summer with the official season-changing signal – turning on the Buckingham Fountain.


The festivities will include free giveaways, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment from American English.  The fountain will be switched on at 6:00 p.m. The festivities will include free giveaways, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment from American English.  


The Switch on Summer Event begins Saturday, May 6th from 4pm-7pm at Buckingham Fountain located at 337 E. Randolph Street and is open daily from 6:00 AM-11:00 PM

CHICAGO'S FAVORITE CON RETURNS: C2E2

C2E2 - Chicago's Entertainment Expo and Comic Con returns to Chicago's McCormick Place, April 21-23!  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 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 fandom in downtown Chicago.

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C2E2 also hosts the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, marking the final stop of ReedPOP?s 2016 global cosplay competition circuit, the largest and most prestigious cosplay competition in the world. 

 

Join The Ultimate-TV and your favorite celebrities including The Legendary Marvel Comics Creator, Stan Lee, Power Ranger stars, David Yost and Jason David Frank, Marvel's Luke Cage star, Michael Colter, Evanna Lynch from Harry Potter films and many, many more!


We'll see you and your friends this weekend at C2E2 - Chicago's Entertainment Expo and Comic Con at Chicago's McCormick Place.  See you there!

CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW ARRIVES

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show ushers in spring’s arrival in the Midwest beginning Saturday, March 18th-Sunday, March 26th.  The show inspires, educates and motivates gardeners and non-gardeners with practical tips and creative ideas.  Featuring 24 diverse display gardens plus large-scale containers, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show offers nearly 30 points of gardening interest.

There’s something for everyone and every lifestyle, from balconies, patios and small-space designs to vegetable gardens, water features, container gardens and “in-ground” planting beds. Visuals are jaw-dropping water features (including a rain chain “fence!”), elevated train track, bungalow and house facades, and more.

There’s ongoing chef demonstrations, gardening how-tos, insect and butterfly interaction, live animals, kids’ activities and potting parties – providing countless options for varied story leads, including business, birds, science and life-safety. 

Plus, you can participate in the all-new Get Growing Series, stage performances, interactive Tablescape How-Tos and classroom-style Seminar Series presentations and Meet Do-It-Yourself TV Network star, Ahmed Hassan

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show begins March 18-26 at Navy Pier. For show information, visit the website at www.chicagoflower.com.
SHAKESPEARE'S 400TH ANNIVERSARY!

As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brings together the city’s resident world-class institutions across disciplines, and welcomes leading artists from around the globe to celebrate, interpret and reimagine Shakespeare’s work.

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Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this yearlong international arts festival will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors in events spanning theater, opera, music, dance, cuisine, exhibitions, workshops and discussion series.

In addition to Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Shakespeare-inspired presentations at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Supernatural Shakespeare exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago—Joffrey Ballet has announced Romeo and Juliet as part of its fall season. Yo-Yo Ma joins musicians from Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform A Distant Mirror, exploring the musical worlds inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes.

In addition to Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Shakespeare-inspired presentations at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Supernatural Shakespeare exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago—Joffrey Ballet has announced Romeo and Juliet as part of its fall season.

Yo-Yo Ma joins musicians from Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform A Distant Mirror, exploring the musical worlds inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes.

thumbnailThe Q Brothers return with their award-winning Othello: The Remix after international tours to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, South Korea, New Zealand, Poland, the United Arab Emirates and beyond. 

Since its world premiere as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare’s Globe, the production has captivated audiences around the world, and garnering tremendous acclaim and multiple honors—including Edinburgh’s Musical Theatre Matters Awards for Best New Musical Theatre Show and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.

Anticipated to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive celebration of Shakespeare’s enduring legacy, Shakespeare 400 Chicago is making “no small plans.”The full line-up of Shakespeare 400 Chicago productions, events and programs can be found at www.shakespeare400chicago.com.

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