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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

Witness the groundbreaking hip-hop artist perform a symphonic rendition of his seminal debut album Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra. Nas paints a densely textured lyrical portrait of life in a New York City public housing project.


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

Join Ann Curry for the dramatic reunions of people who lost touch after the civil rights movement. Fatima hopes to thank Thelma for her courage in the face of racism, and Sherie searches for the friend who inspired her commitment to social justice.


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

Join former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of Americans to explore whether a unifying set of beliefs — an American creed — can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us.


Encore Presentations:

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

Journey through the prolific life of the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. The program features interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons and others.


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

Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.


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

Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at its vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.


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

Learn how Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, the first black mayor elected in a major U.S. city with a white majority, united a divided city through a unique multi-racial coalition, ushered in police reform and transformed American politics.


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

Learn how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida. Explore the early days of 1960s soul music in Miami, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the broader American musical landscape.


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

Learn how D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still being waged today over race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Featuring Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and others.


JOHN LEWIS – GET IN THE WAY
February 2018

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now in his 70s, he is considered the conscience of Congress.


THE TALK – RACE IN AMERICA
February 2018

In the wake of recent tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, learn how black and Hispanic families counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police.  


In April — the anniversary month of Dr. King’s assassination — PBS presents encore broadcasts of Henry Louis Gates’ BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE (Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3 and 4) and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Roads to Memphis” (Wednesday, April 4). For additional program information, visit www.pbs.org

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM 











Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time as Disney On Ice Present Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to Chicago, Wednesday, January 24 through Sunday, February 11, 2018.


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. 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 Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream, 7:00P.M., Wednesday, January 24 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. 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


Beginning January 18-26, the city’s top museums are joining together to celebrate Museum Week. 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. 


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. 

Members of Museums In the Park 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.

THE GRAMMY AWARDS TURNS 60 YEARS OLD

The Grammy Awards celebrates 60 years of musical artistry and the hits just keep on coming!  Yes, that's right, the 2018 GRAMMY® Nominees album is out and the tracks are HOT!! The 24th Grammy Nominees Album features a collection of top-charting hits from many of this year's illustrious GRAMMY-nominated artists. 


A portion of album proceeds benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum® and MusiCares®—two charitable organizations founded by the Recording Academy that focus on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.

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.

"This album is an extraordinary representation of the diverse talent being recognized as GRAMMY nominees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "We're pleased to partner with RCA to deliver this special collection of recordings and to raise funds and awareness for MusiCares and the GRAMMY Museum—two philanthropic organizations dedicated to improving the environment for music and those who make it."

"This has been an incredible year for music across all genres, and this collection serves as a celebratory sampling of some of the most important songs released this year," said RCA Chairman and CEO Peter Edge. 

The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on CBS Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

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    

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 (G)


Thursday, March 8, 2018: 

Demolition Man (R)


The UltimateTV would like to send you and a friend to Adler's REEL Science Film Series. Register for your chance to win a pair of tickets at http://utvreelscience3.eventbrite.com 

For additional information on Adler's REEL Film Series or to purchase tickets, visit 

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

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)

 Ice Resurfacing lasts approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on conditions.

 
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Street. Skating is FREE and open to the public, with skate rentals available for $12 Monday-Thursday and $14 Friday-Sunday and Holidays. For complete details of events and activities, visit millenniumpark.orgorg

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. 


Foodies will go wild for the rambling variety of tastings, from Chicago local eateries: beef sandwiches, a Belgian French fry truck, farm to table salads, pizza, tacos, gyros, poke bowls, gourmet chocolates, ice cream, and fudge donuts from Montreal!


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)


May 26th + 27th: 

GARDEN PARTY SUMMER SEASON OPENER!

June 23th + 24th: 

SUMMER SEASON, RED, WHITE + COOL

July 28th + 29th: 

SUMMER SEASON, TROPICAL PUNCH

August 25th + 26th: 

SUMMER SEASON, BACK-TO-COOL

September 29th + 30th: 

SUMMER SEASON CLOSER, CHOICE FOR CHARITY


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

November 17th + 18th: (indoor only event)

December 15th + 16th: (indoor only event)


WHEN: 

Saturday: 10am-5pm *with 8am-10am (early buying May-Sept only)

-Sunday: 10am to 5pm

WHERE: 

Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago

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

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW ROARS INTO TOWN!


First staged in 1901, 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. This year marks the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.


The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability.


All Chicago Auto Show exhibits will be held February 10-19 at Chicago's McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions 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. 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.



In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2018 public show is Feb. 10-19.   


For more show times, events and program information, visit ChicagoAutoShow.com 

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

MONSTER JAM: RIP-ROARING GOOD TIME

Monster Jam® is the perfect sports and entertainment brand mixing racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action packed live show. Matched by no other family entertainment property, Monster Jam electrifies crowds with breathtaking stunts and the awesome power of the world’s most popular Monster Jam trucks. 

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 fans are extremely loyal, and they enjoy unprecedented access to the stars of the show – the performers and their Monster Jam trucks. 

Monster Jam will be held at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Il Friday, March 2-Monday, March 5, 2018 and features the following performers: 

El Toro Loco driven by Kayla Blood
Grave Digger driven by Tyler Menninga
Max-D driven by Colton Eichelberger
Megalodon 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 
and 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

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

















Walker Stalker Con and Heroes and Villians return to The Windy City Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 8 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il.


Spend the entire weekend with your favorite Walker Stalker guests, 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! 


Participating Cast Members for Walker Stalker 2018 Include:

Norman Reedus, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Sean Patrick Flanery and many more!


Heroes and Villains Cast Members include:

John Barrowman, Stephen Amell, Michael Rooker, David Ramsey, Katie Cassidy, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Drew Powell,

Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Tom Payne and many more!


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

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

AND THE OSCAR FOR THE BEST GOES TO....

The 90th Academy Awards® nominations in all 24 Oscar® categories will be announced in a two-part, live presentation on Tuesday, January 23, via global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed and local broadcasters.  


The announcement will combine live presentations from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, with pre-taped category introductions, which will only be featured in the first half of the announcement.


At 5:22 a.m. PST, the nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed here in no particular order): Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.


At 5:38:30 a.m. PST, the nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed here in no particular order): Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature Film, Directing, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Original Song, Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.


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

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 

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ULTIMATE-TV!!

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

Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays

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

Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows and Contests


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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

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