Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Alternate Reality in Mount Greenwood will be participating in Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. Patch pairs 5 free comics with 5 worth buying.
When the first Free Comic Book Day was held in 2002, the long-awaited Spider-Man live-action movie premiered that same weekend. At the time, it was still a bit of a novelty that Hollywood was making popular, big-budget superhero films (X-Men was released the previous year), and the North American event was a way for comics publishers and retailers to share that spotlight they helped ignite. Since then, Free Comic Book Day, which is Saturday, May 4, has become more of a happening in its own right and not something that relies on a big-screen component. The day continues to be an opportunity to introduce people unfamiliar with comics—or provide reintroductions when it comes to lapsed fans—by handing out special books from publishers gratis …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Department of Cultural Affairs has announced the lineup of musical acts that will perform at the 2013 Taste of Chicago.
It looks like a little something for everyone at this year's Taste of Chicago. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the list of performers that will be taking the stage at the Petrillo Music Shell during this summer's Taste of Chicago. “We are thrilled to announce the headlining talent for this year’s Taste of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a news release. “The Taste draws hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to downtown Chicago and we are excited to offer attendees such a variety of recognized, energized and award-winning quality entertainers while enjoying a taste of Chicago’s culinary scene.” Tickets for the seating area will cost $25 while lawn seats are free. Tickets will go on sale at …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Saint Xavier University’s Department of Music will host a series of concerts during the spring 2013 semester.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Come out to hear from a panel of authors about their journey toward a published work.
The Chicago Writers Association presents “The Road to Published: Authors Tell Their Stories,” a free panel discussion at the Chicago Public Library’s Beverly Branch, 1962 W. 95th St., Chicago, at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Moderated by CWA President Randy Richardson, the panel will feature eight local authors who will share their stories – the good, the bad and the ugly – about their own personal publishing experiences. Participating in the discussion will be four past recipients of CWA’s Book of the Year Award, James Finn Garner (“Honk Honk, My Darling”), Patricia Ann McNair (“The Temple of Air”), Renee James (“Coming Out Can Be Murder”) and Kelly Farley (“Grieving Dads”). Joining them will be poet A.D. Moore (“Vignettes of Vietnam”) …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Listings for the films coming to the BAC next month.
The following films will be played at the Beverly Arts Center during the month of April. “Mulberry Child” Unrated. RT: 1:25. Wed., Apr 3, 7:30 p.m., $7.50 ($5.50/BAC members). Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. (111th Street south on Western), Chicago. 773-445-3838. www.beverlyartcenter.org. Award Winning filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper tells an international coming-of-age story based on the memoir of Jian Ping, who grew up as the daughter of senior government officials during the decade of Mao’s catastrophic Cultural Revolution. "Amour" PG-13. RT 2:07. Wed., Apr. 10, 7:30 p.m. $7.50 ($5.50/BAC members). Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. (111th Street south on Western), Chicago. 773-445-3838. www.beverlyartcenter.org. An …
Friday, March 1, 2013
A production company, founded by local college grads, used a famous Beverly gym as the location for their latest video shoot.
It proved to be the perfect location for a group of recent college grads looking to make their names as music video producers. Beverly's McGarry's Gym played host to a music video shoot last weekend and the above-garage boxing gym was the ideal spot for the folks behind Rhapsody Productions. The video production company was formed by a group of friends who met at DePaul University. Brother Rice and Mother McAuley alums Kyle Dunleavy, 24, and Becki Pikula, 22, head the production company that produces a wide range of products including music videos. Also on the crew were assistant director Matt Kowynia and camera operators Rick Peters and Mike Duffy. The day's shoot was a video for Brooklyn-based musician Jason Myles Goss and paralleled …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
This weekend, and every first weekend of the month for the rest of the year, all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders are eligible for free admission to Chicago's top museums.
Good news for all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders. Your respective financial institutions would like to add some culture to your life. That’s why they’re offering free admission to various Chicago museums to cardholders every first full weekend of the month throughout the rest of the year. They’re kicking it off this weekend, March 2 and March 3 in honor of National Women’s History Month. Just show your bankcard and an ID to the museum admission desk for free access. The deal applies to cardholders, exclusively. Anyone without a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card will have to pay. The following museums are participating:
Monday, February 25, 2013
Ex-Londoner chosen as Elvis tribute artist of 2013; Oak Lawn man voted "People's Choice" winner in Windy City competition.
Elvis tribute artists from around the country were taking care of business at 115 Bourbon Street to choose Chicago’s best Elvis impressionist of 2013 this weekend. For two nights, 16 performers sang and gyrated their pelvises in the Windy City Elvis Tribute Artist Competition. Ex-Londoner Anthony Shore, who resides in Minneapolis, took first-place honors; with David Allen of Dallas and South Bend, IN’s Irv Kass rounding out the king’s court in second and third. Shore seemingly channeled the kind nailing a difficult version of "My Way" in a rich baritone eerily reminscent of Elvis's. "He was the world's greatest entertainer," Shore told the packed house, whose British accent sounded more like Ringo's. "Everyone in the world knows who Elvis …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Thirty-five years after his death, Diamond Joe Esposito is still taking care of business for best friend, Elvis Presley.
Diamond Joe Esposito, who spent 17 years working for and traveling the world with Elvis Presley, will be discussing the day the Beatles met Elvis at an intimate dinner tonight at the Hilton Oak Lawn. As a member of the Memphis Mafia, Esposito was Elvis’s road manager, right-hand man, and close personal friend from the time they were discharged from the Army up until Elvis’s death on Aug. 17, 1977. Esposito rew up on Chicago’s near-northwest side was just a few years out of Marshall High School when he was drafted into the Army in 1958. Elvis was already a huge star when he reported for duty at a small army base in Friedberg, Germany, three weeks after Esposito had arrived. The two saw each other around the base but didn’t actually meet …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Listings for this month's cinematic offerings.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Rated PG-13. RT 1:42.Wed., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. $7.50 ($5/50/BAC members). Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. (111th Street south on Western), Chicago. 773-445-3838. www.beverlyartcenter.org. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, the film is a moving tale of love, loss, fear, hope friendship. “Samsara” (2012) PG-13. RT 1:42. Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. $7.50 ($5.50/BAC members). Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. (111th Street south on Western),Chicago. 773-445-3838. www.beverlyartcenter.org. “Samsara,” which means "the ever turning wheel of life" in Sanskrit, was filmed over nearly five years and in 25 countries, and documents sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites and natural …