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CIMM Fest 2016

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The 8th annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival will take place April 13-17 at various locations across Chicago. The five-day, 200-plus multimedia event features film premieres, live concerts, live scored films and a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference.

CIMMfest serves a growing, diverse community of artists, industry and fans, in order to reveal the transformative power of music to foster creativity and communication, educate, enlighten, and entertain. 

The 2016 CIMMfest film highlights include the Chicago Premiere of The Smart Studios Story (Official Film of Record Store Day 2016), a feature-length documentary about Madison, Wisconsin’s legendary recording facility; and the World Premiere of Blackhearts, which tracks the global reach of Norway’s infamous black metal scene.

Notable concert events include performances by two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Taj Mahal; the Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa; and Gingger Shankar.  In addition to 100+ films, live bands and DJs, CIMMfest presents a series of panels and workshops as part of its fourth annual CIMMcon, a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference.

This year’s conference will be presented in conjunction with music industry incubator 2112, Chicago’s film incubator Stage 18 and hosted by punk rock legend and media entrepreneur Martin Atkins, currently chair of the Music Business Program of SAE and author of Tour:Smart.

For ticket & show information, visit the CIMM fest website http://cimmfest.org/


The 2016 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Join The UltimateTV this weekend at The 12th Annual Chicago Travel and Adventure Show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont.

The Travel and Adventure Show is where travel lovers come for travel inspiration, expert information and fun, cultural interaction. Discover thousands of authentic travel experiences and speak directly to the travel experts who can get there, give you the inside scoop and save our money on exclusive travel deals.

Meet celebrity travel hosts including Travel Writer Rick Steves, host of Rick Steves Europe, Colleen Kelly, host of National Public Television Series, Family Travel with Colleen Kelly, Emmy Award-winning Investigative Reporter and CBS Travel Editor, Peter Greenberg and Pauline Frommer, Publisher of Frommers.com and Editorial Director of The Frommer Guides.


Glass Slipper Project Grants Teens Prom Wishes

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Thousands of high school students will have an opportunity to select a free prom dress this year courtesy of The Glass Slipper Project, Prom Goes Green and clothing recycler USAgain. Since 1999, Glass Slipper Project has helped more than 20,000 young women attend their proms in style!

The dresses, jewelry and accessories are distributed at “boutiques” each prom season, where each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer “personal shopper” as she shops for the dress of her dreams.  During the boutique, students will have the opportunity to select one of the many dresses available at no cost. Girls will also have a chance to choose from a selection of jewelry and accessories and receive free consultations for hair and makeup.

The boutiques are open to high school juniors and seniors in Chicagoland and other surrounding areas. Shoppers need only to present their valid student I.D. from any Chicago-area local high school – public or private, city or suburban – to take one home. Dresses are given away on a first come, first served basis.


Prom Goes Green benefits the environment by keeping dresses in use and defrays the high costs of prom for local high school girls. Prom Goes Green dress boutiques will take place at Price Elementary School at 4351 S. Drexel Blvd. in Chicago from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, visit the website at http://glassslipperproject.org/


Richard II starring David Tennant Simply Breathtaking

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

RSC Richard II: Screening vs. Live Performance

By Peggy Jensen/DT Forum

The production of Richard II is the first screening that The Royal Shakespeare Company showed worldwide. The Music Box was the local Chicago theatre to screening this production. Chicago fans of theatre and of the star, David Tennant, were now able to see the production without taking out a second mortgage on their house to see it live in Stratford or London.

The screening had added specials like interviews of Greg Doran, the director and actors of the production company. There were behind the scenes and history of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) during the intermission and before the screening. The screening started with showing the audience coming into the theatre for the performance, giving the screeners a bit of the excitement and atmosphere of the night of the filming. Only one performance was filmed for the screening. There was no second chance for the Richard II Company. This did give the feeling of a live performance.

The screening of Richard II gave the viewer something that a theatre goer would not get at any live performance. The viewer got up closer to the acting than even someone in the front row. It is a great treat to see these powerhouses of the British stage and screen in their environment. There is nothing like seeing great actors on stage and being able to see the emotions on their faces in close ups. It was just as wonderful a treat to see these performances of the actors in the live performance of the show in London. The power of all of the performances did not need close ups.

The way the screening was filmed it did give more of a movie feeling then a theatre production. They were able to guide the audience’s attention during the scene changes. The live performance did have some beautiful scene changes which were assisted by a minimal design. The scene changes were so well timed by the actors and crew. The energy of the performance was never diminished by the scene changes in the live performances.

The artistic team of the RSC would have been able to guide the audience’s attention more than in the live performance. The camera was the screening audience’s eyes and if it were focused on a close up of one actor the reactions of the other actors on stage were lost. This by no means took away from the power of the production for the screening audience. The majesty and drama of this performance was not lost by any means with the screening.

The Royal Shakespeare Company enables an audience that would have never seen this production to experience it. The Royal Shakespeare Company has a long history of producing some of the best productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Richard II is the first in hopefully a long line of RSC productions that will be screened worldwide in the upcoming years that a whole new audience can enjoy these future classic performances.