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Jesse White: “Let’s ring in the New Year responsibly”

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Illinois Secretary of State urges people to be safe this holiday—designate a sober driver                                           


During the New Year’s holiday, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding people to celebrate safely by not drinking and driving. 

“Let’s ring in the New Year responsibly,” White said. “Please don’t drink and drive and remember to buckle your safety belt — it’s your best defense against a drunk driver. If your celebrations for 2011 include drinking, designate a sober driver or use public transportation.”

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT):

  • In 2009 during the New Year’s holiday, there were six crash fatalities, three of which were alcohol-related (50%).
  • During the same time in 2008, there were 10 crash fatalities, three of which were alcohol-related (30%).
Secretary of State Police will be on patrol during the holiday weekend in order to keep the roads safe, White said. The police will be conducting DUI and seatbelt patrols with the Illinois State police and IDOT.

Consumers should scrutinize credit card bill after the holiday rush

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(A Message from the Better Business Bureau)



CHICAGO, IL – After rushing around charging various items over the holiday season, it’s easy to lose track of what you charged. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) reminds consumers that it’s extremely important to make sure you check every charge to make sure it’s yours and that it’s accurate.


Under Federal law, shoppers can dispute the charges on their credit cards if they don’t receive the item. Shoppers also have dispute rights if there are unauthorized charges on their credit card, and many card issuers have “zero liability” policies under which the card holder pays nothing if someone steals the credit card number and uses it.


“Check your credit card statements often for unauthorized activity,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And don’t wait for paper statements. The BBB recommends consumers check their credit card statements for suspicious activity by either calling credit card companies or by checking statements online regularly.”

The BBB recommends the following to help prevent unauthorized credit card charges:

Keep documentation of your order - After completing the online order process, there may be a final confirmation page or the shopper might receive confirmation by e-mail. Save a copy of the Web page and any e-mails for future reference as well as any receipts obtained from brick and mortar stores.


Will your personal information be protected?– When shopping online, read the website’s privacy policy to understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used.  If there isn’t one posted, consider that a warning that your personal information may be sold to others.


Will your online purchase be secure?  – Look in the address box for the “s” in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the “lock” symbol before paying.  Don’t be fooled by spoofed sites that feature convincing security measures.  If you have doubts about a site, right-click anywhere on the page and select “Properties.”  This will let you see the real URL (Web site address) and the dialog box will reveal if the site is “not encrypted.” 


Beware of phishing – Legitimate businesses do not send e-mails claiming problems with an order or an account to lure the “buyer” into revealing financial information. If a consumer receives such an e-mail, BBB recommends picking up the phone after verifying the genuine number and calling the contact number on the Web site where the purchase was made to confirm that there really is a problem with the transaction.


Watch out for skimming – A dishonest employee at the point of purchase could scan the card on an authorized machine before returning the card. The card number could then be used by the employee and/or sold to someone else.


Identity theft can happen to you whether you’re shopping online or shopping at the mall, making it critical that we all take specific steps to fight both low and high-tech ID thieves,” added Bernas. “Having your credit card numbers stolen or your computer maliciously hacked will put a damper on anyone’s holiday cheer.”


For more information on protecting your identity or credit card usage, visit www.bbb.org


Winning 2011 Urban Vehicles of the Year gear up to celebrate at the 15th Annual Urban Wheels Awards

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Chevrolet Cruze, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI Take Top Honors as Best in Class of 2011 Auto Lineup


Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) — The Emerging Diversity Education Fund (EDEF) and Decisive Media announced  the winners of its Urban Vehicle of the Year awards to be presented during the 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards on Jan. 9, 2011 at the Sound Board inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, Mich. The winning companies – Chevrolet Cruze, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI – will be honored at the annual award ceremony to be held during one of the most prestigious auto shows in the world, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The Urban Vehicle of the Year awards are presented in three categories: (1) urban car of the year, (2) urban truck of the year, and (3) urban green vehicle of the year. Editors at Decisive Auto magazine, along with a panel of 15 independent automotive journalists, selected this year’s winning automobiles for being the most stylish, practical, and attainable. All winning vehicles will be featured in Decisive Auto magazine’s fall issue, which is available online at www.decisivemagazine.com and the Apple Store.


* Urban Car of the Year: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is being honored for its “handsome styling, an attractive interior, competent powertrains, an enjoyable driving experience, exceptional practicality, and ready affordability.”

* Urban Truck of the Year: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee wins for “incorporating 21st century realities into America’s most iconic SUV” among other reasons.

* Urban Green Vehicle of the Year: The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI beats out its competitors because of its “spacious trunk and interior, the crisp, new, unmistakably European styling, and the reduction in pricing without significantly de-contenting the compact sedan.”

“Over the past 15 years, our editors and judges have cast their votes annually for the best urban automotives to create a powerful platform recognizing vehicles that meet the needs of the multicultural consumer market,” said Randi Payton, president and CEO of Decisive Media. “This year, in particular, we are also pleased to be able to recognize the efforts of a ‘green-focused’ automobile, the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which is environmentally sound and fuel efficient. It is also our pleasure to pay tribute to the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which have both been rated as the best vehicles for 2011.”

The 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards is celebrating its 15th consecutive year as the nation’s first and only award show bringing together an array of nearly 1,500 celebrities, automotive executives, ethnic organizations, students, national and international media, government representatives, and the multicultural community. The event kicks off with its first-ever Green Car and Technology Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with invited speakers Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and NAIAS Vice Chairman Bill Perkins. The exhibit – free and open to the public – will also showcase a collection of efficient- and alternatively-fueled vehicles, including displays of some of the latest electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition, at 5 p.m., the VIP Green Carpet and reception will be held followed by the award ceremony beginning at 7 p.m., and concluded by the General Motors and OnStar AfterGlow, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. CBS News Analyst Jamal Simmons will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Winners and nominees previously announced for the 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards include:

* Supplier of the Year (nominees): Gonzales Design, Piston Automotive, and SET Enterprises

* Dealer of the Year (nominees): Jessie Armstead, Hamilton Honda (Hamilton, N.J.), Jay Rivchin, Dadeland Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (Miami, Fla.), and, Fernando Varela, AllStar Ford (Palestine, Texas)

* Executive of the Year (winner): Motor Company Group Vice President of Global Purchasing Tony K. Brown

* Pioneer of the Year (winner): NASCAR Trailblazer Max Siegel

* Lifetime Achievement (winners): Rodney O’Neal, president and CEO of Delphi; Andra Rush, president of Dakkota Integrated System; and Frank Venegas, chairman and CEO of The Ideal Group, Inc.

In addition, EDEF and Decisive Media will recognize the top environmentally conscious companies: Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Honda Motor Company, Ltd., Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation. The recipient of the Company of the Year award will also be honored.

According to R.L. Polk & Co. – the recognized expert for automotive intelligence and marketing solutions – consumers in the multicultural market purchase one-quarter of new vehicles annually. The 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards also promotes awareness of their inclusion and honors the companies and individuals who have made progress toward embracing this reality.

Tickets for the 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations and www.ticketmaster.com as well as the MotorCity Casino Hotel’s box office. To purchase tickets via phone, call (800) 745-3000. Tickets are available for $250 and $100. The MotorCity Casino Hotel is offering a special hotel rate of $179 per night for event attendees. To make a reservation, contact the hotel at (866) 752-9622 and be sure to mention the “Urban Wheel Awards” or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

For more information, please contact pr@decisivemag.com or call (301) 850-2858. Visit www.decisivemagazine.com or e-mail us at events@decisivemag.com for more details.

Casting is complete for Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-Winning God of Carnage, March 5-April 10 at Goodman Theatre

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Rick Snyder directs this Chicago Premiere with a cast featuring Mary Beth Fisher, Keith Kupferer, Beth Lacke and David Pasquesi


Chicago, IL – Casting is complete for the Chicago premiere of Yasmina Reza’s triple Tony          Award-winning God of Carnage. Director Rick Snyder directs a cast “in which highly skilled stage performers take on roles that allow them to rip the stuffing out of one another, tear up the scenery, stomp on their own vanity and have the time of their lives” (The New York Times) including Mary Beth Fisher (Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Seagull); Keith Kupferer (Passion Play, The Dark Night); Beth Lacke (Man From Nebraska, Frost/Nixon) and David Pasquesi (Sin, Romance). God of Carnage runs March 5 – April 10, 2011 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre. Photos and bio information for these artists are available in the Goodman Theatre Press Room. Allstate is the Lead Corporate Sponsor of God of Carnage. Katten Muchin Rosenman and Fifth Third Bank are the Corporate Sponsor Partners.

A comedy of manners without the manners, this triple-Tony-Award-winning Broadway sensation God of Carnage is “a savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy” (Chicago Tribune). When Alan and Annette’s son hits Michael and Veronica’s son with a stick, the two couples meet to discuss the problem over appetizers. What starts as a civilized get-together quickly devolves into a laugh-out-loud evening that The New Yorker calls “ninety minutes of sustained mayhem.” In unanimous critical praise for its Broadway debut, God of Carnage has been hailed “first class” (New York Times) “the best play in town!” (New York Post) and “scabrously funny” (USA Today) and earned the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and three Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Tickets to God of Carnage ($25 – $88) go on sale February 4 online (www.GoodmanTheatre.org) and February 7 by phone (312.443.3800). Subscriptions—a savings of up to 45% over single ticket prices—to the 2010/2011 season are on sale now: 312.443.3800 or ExploreTheGoodman.org. Four-play Albert Theatre subscriptions start at $79 and 2-play Owen Theatre subscriptions start at $38. A Platinum Subscription of all six plays starts at $117. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

Playwright Yasmina Reza is a multi-award-winning French playwright, novelist and memoirist. Her work has been translated into more than 30 languages and been produced worldwide, and has achieved both critical praise and popular international success. She is the author of seven plays, including Conversations After a Burial, Winter Crossing, Art, The Unexpected Man, Life x 3, A Spanish Play and God of Carnage; the novels Desolation, Adam Haberberg, and On Arthur Schopenhauer’s Sledge; the memoirs Hammerklavier and Nulle part; and Dawn, Dusk or Night, a nonfiction account of a year she spent trailing French president (then-candidate) Nicholas Sarkozy on the campaign trail. Her film credits include Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz directed by Didier Martiny, a translation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis for Roman Polansky, and Chicas, which she wrote and directed herself. Reza resides in Paris.

Rick Snyder (Director) returns to the Goodman where he has directed The Actor and The Disappearance of the Jews for the 2006 David Mamet Festival, and appeared as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Other Chicago directing credits include Art, Betrayal, Last of the Boys, Tavern Story, Things Being What They Are, Orange Flower Water and The Fall to Earth at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he is an Ensemble Member; Killer Joe (Jeff Awards for Outstanding Director and Production) and Men of Tortuga at Profiles Theatre; Mauritus at Northlight Theatre; The Lion in Winter and Bus Stop at Writers’ Theatre; Aristocrats at Strawdog Theatre Company; Jolly and St. Scarlet at American Theater Company; and Cadillac at Theatre of Western Springs. As an actor, Snyder has appeared in August: Osage County and The Unmentionables at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His film and television credits include Early Edition, The Untouchables, Chicago Hope, The Tuskegee Airmen, Alien Nation Millenium, The Net, Whiteboys, Soul Survivors, The Human Stain and U.S. Marshals. He teaches at Columbia College Chicago in the Film and Video Department.

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On Stage at the Goodman – Winter/Spring 2011

The Trinity River Plays

By Regina Taylor

Directed by Ethan McSweeny

January 15 – February 20, 2011

Press/Opening Night: January 24 at 7pm

Tickets: $25 – $73 | A World-Premiere Co-Production with Dallas Theater center


By Thomas Bradshaw

Directed by May Adrales

February 5 – March 6, 2011

Press/Opening Night: February 14 at 7pm

Tickets: $10 – $42 | A World-Premiere Goodman Theatre Commission

God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza

Directed by Rick Snyder

March 5 – April 10, 2011

Press/Opening Night: March 14 at 7pm

Tickets: $25 – $78 | Chicago Premiere

Floating World Gallery extends Exhibition of Woodblock Prints by Jun’ichiro Sekino

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Due to popular demand, Floating World Gallery has extended their new exhibition of woodblock prints by Jun’ichiro Sekino an additional two weeks to Jan. 28, 2011.


CHICAGO — Floating World Gallery (FWG) presents “Behind Paper Walls: Self-Printed Masterworks by Jun’ichiro Sekino” at the gallery’s Lincoln Park location, 1925 N. Halsted St. Originally scheduled to run through Jan. 14, 2011, the exhibition has been extended due to popular demand and will now close on Jan. 28, 2011.

The exhibition provides a keen insight into this master artist who pushed the limits of the art of woodblock printmaking and adds a new dimension to his legacy. Both casual and serious fans of Japanese woodblock prints will recognize the artist Jun’ichiro Sekino as a familiar name in the genre, as his studio produced hundreds of charming and popular designs that brought to life the people and scenery of Japan. Despite his extensive output, the true mastery of his artistic talent has yet to be fully appreciated. This exhibition aims to change that.
“Behind Paper Walls” includes more than 100 self-printed and original works from the late 1930s extending into the early 1950s, arguably the artist’s most important period. The exhibition showcases dozens of newly discovered masterworks acquired directly from the Sekino family, many produced in single impressions for the artist’s personal use and private contemplation. These newly discovered works command a revision of Sekino’s oeuvre and provide a rare glimpse behind the self-constructed paper walls created by the artist’s modesty as well as his success.
From an early age Jun’ichiro Sekino (1914-1988) studied printmaking and oil painting and learned the Japanese woodblock method and Western techniques of etching. He was influenced by styles of old Japanese and European masters including Sharaku, Hiroshige, Toulouse-Lautrec and Albrecht Dürer, as well as by contemporary Japanese artists, most notably Koshiro Onchi. Initially he made his living creating book illustrations, but after 1945 began to attract international attention for his other print work. In 1953 he had his first one-man show in Tokyo and, in the late 1950s museums such as The Art Institute of Chicago, MOMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Paris’s Bibliothèque Nationale began to collect his prints. In response to an official invitation by the Rockefeller Foundation and the American Japan Society, Sekino made his first trip to the U.S. in 1958 and returned from 1963 to 1965 to teach printmaking at Oregon State University. Beginning in 1959, Sekino began to publish the print series of the “Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido.” These prints, in conjunction with his impressive body of work featuring portraits of great artists, poets, actors, young apprentice geishas and images of his children, earned him many awards and a following of devoted collectors.
Floating World Gallery, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name from the English translation of “ukiyo-e”, referring to images of an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty. The gallery has been one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering clients, private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art. Floating World Gallery opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space in October 2009 and is now actively engaged in helping to educate the public and increase awareness of the rich world of modern Japanese art. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 312-587-7800, fax 312-575-3565 or email artwork@floatingworld.com.

And they’re off: a Group of African Americans head back as Free Men and Women to the land of their Ancestors

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Slave Journey to the Americas


Washington, DC – In late December, Cameroon will be the first African nation to host a DNA-certified group of African American returnees to the country of their origin.  Some 50 African Americans from the United States will travel to the Central African country for a 10-day visit following DNA certification of their ancestral origins. Their ancestors were found to have come from different ethnic groups, including the Tikar, Bamileke and Masa, in the Central African country.

The journey is hosted by the Baltimore, Maryland-based not-for-profit ARK Jammers Connection, which is working with the government of Cameroon to organize the first Ancestry Reconnection Program (ARP). 

“This trip represents, for those who have decided to make it, a major personal and collective triumph, and a completion, under more auspicious circumstances, of an important historical loop,” said Avline Ava, President of the ARK Jammers Connection, Inc. “These men and women will remind the world of a journey that started over four centuries ago with their ancestors traveling to the New World in chains and through dangerous seas. They are preparing to go back home as free men and women, in planes and through open and friendly skies, completing that journey,” Ava added. 

It is emerging from DNA test results that the part of the African continent that became the nation of Cameroon played a significant role during the slave trade, both as a source and a point of exit for enslaved Africans from the region.  “Present-day Cameroon is one of the countries that we find ancestry results from most often, along with Nigeria and Sierra Leone.” said Gina Paige, President of the Washington-based African Ancestry, Inc (www.africanancestry.com), which provided the tests for the program.

The traveling party will include men and women of all ages and backgrounds who seek a historical and spiritual reconnection to their forebears. “I have photographs of my slave ancestors who came from Cameroon,” said a member of the group, “and I will be bringing those with me.”   

Dr. Lisa Aubrey, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Political Science, with a small team of student researchers, at Arizona State University, have come up with interesting new information on the role Cameroon played in the slave trade.  “We are finding out, for example, the names and origins of ships, dates, and the number of Africans that were captured and transported during one of the periods under study,” Dr. Aubrey said. 

The Cameroonian-Americans will be exposed to the culture and traditions of their ethnic communities of origin and have a chance to sample the great diversity in language, geography and religion that earned for Cameroon the name, “Africa in Miniature”.  Scheduled to arrive on December 27 in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital, the group will leave for the US on January 5, 2011.

A mega concert involving the biggest names in Cameroonian music – Manu Dibango, Yannick Noah, Ekambi Brilliant, Noel Ekwabi, etc. – will crown the cultural events planned to mark the homecoming event.

The trip to Cameroon, ARJ Jammers President Ava said, is the first in a series of Ancestry Reconnection Programs through which Cameroon hopes to establish longer term relations with Cameroonian-Americans.

The ARK JAMMERS CONNECTION was founded in Washington DC in 2008 and brings together artists and music lovers from different cultures and from all walks of life, with a dedication to spreading kindness and promoting intercultural dialogue through the unifying power of music.


Founded in 2003 on years of research, African Ancestry, Inc. is the ancestry tracing company that pioneered African lineage matching in the United States utilizing its proprietary DNA-database of more than 25,000 African DNA lineages to more accurately assess present-day country of origin for people of African descent. Since its inception, African Ancestry’s lineage reveals have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people in the U.S. from communities at large to global leaders such as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Joyner and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. African Ancestry has been featured across the globe in outlets such as CNN’s Black in America series, NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? and Essence Magazine; and was the centerpiece to the ground-breaking PBS special “African American Lives 1 & 2” with Skip Gates. African Ancestry is African-American-owned and operated and headquartered in Washington, DC.  For more information, go to  HYPERLINK “http://www.africanancestry.com” www.africanancestry.com.

Attorney General Madigan urges parents to immediately stop use of crib bumpers

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Madigan alerts families to the potential for suffocation or strangulation from bumper pads


Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today issued an alert to Illinois parents, grandparents and other caregivers of infants urging them to remove bumper pads used along the sides of cribs. Madigan said immediate action is necessary in light of the number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to bumper pads.

The Attorney General is alerting caregivers of this danger to prevent infant deaths. Babies may suffocate or be strangled if they roll against a crib bumper, press their face against the bumper, wedge their head between the pad and the mattress or crib side, or if their neck gets wrapped by the tie that secures the bumper to the crib.

“We know that children have tragically died in their cribs because of these bumper pads,” Attorney General Madigan said. “Parents and caregivers should remove these bumpers to prevent tragedy.”

Since 2008, the National Center for Child Death Review has received reports of 14 infants who have died from suffocation caused by crib bumpers. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American SIDS Institute and the Canadian Health Department have all urged parents not to use crib bumpers. 

Attorney General Madigan partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids in Danger, the American SIDS Institute, SIDS of Illinois and the Canadian Health Department to alert caregivers of the danger crib bumpers pose.

Madigan also sent a letter to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association demanding the group release results from its study into the dangers of crib bumper pads. A study commissioned by JPMA to investigate these dangers has yet to be published while the group internally reviews the report. Madigan urged the association to release the study immediately, so the proper authorities can take any necessary steps to prevent further harm.

“The JPMA needs to release results of its study and implement effective measures to remove these bumpers from the marketplace,” Madigan said. “Manufacturers and distributors of these pads must take responsibility for the dangers posed by these products. We must work together to educate parents and caregivers and ensure cribs across Illinois and nationwide are safe for babies.”

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization that represents companies across the country that manufacture, import and distribute infant products like cribs, car seats and strollers.

In addition to today’s alert on the dangers of crib bumpers, Attorney General Madigan urged parents and caregivers to take the time to review her Rest Assured guide to be sure they have no other dangerous children’s items in their homes. The Rest Assured guide provides information to consumers about recalls of cribs or other sleep-related items for children from 2007 to date. To obtain a copy of guide, call the Attorney General’s Product Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678 (TTY: 1-800-964-3013), or visit her website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

2010 – The Year of 85 Different Architecture Tours

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Social Media Huge Factor in Success


Chicago, IL – Social media has been at the forefront of the success of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Around Chicago in 85 Tours Challenge.

Jennifer Lucente, the social media expert at the Chicago Architecture Foundation has completed her year of taking tours—taking all 85 tours in 2010. The challenge that began last January with a tour of the Board of Trade building has ended with the architecture foundation’s newest tour: Razzle Dazzle – featuring the Loop theater district followed by a celebration at the Chicago Theatre.

The challenge attracted followers through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the challenge blog at www.85tours.com. This is the first and only 85 tour challenge and brought new audiences to the Chicago Architecture Foundation through social media. Jennifer tweeted during the tours and encouraged fellow tweeters to join her in the challenge. Tens of thousands of followers later, she says, “There is no shame in being a tourist in your own hometown. Chicago has so many hidden gems and amazing stories about the architects and buildings that make this city great.”

She fared bad weather, pigeons, and dancing hot dog street performers during her tour challenge but all of it was worthwhile, having accomplished her goals and attracted a new audience.

All of the tours were open to the public and participants were welcome to join in. Participants followed online for comments, pictures, videos, questions and interesting facts. People were encouraged to share photos, upload videos, and connect with others who love Chicago and its amazing architecture. In addition to attending tours, everyone was welcome to participate in various ways: Blog: www.85tours.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/chiarchitecture Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagoarchitecture Website: www.architecture.org/85tours

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and youth and adult education programs. The current exhibition, Chicago Model City, includes a highly detailed scale model of Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

For further information visit www.architecture.org or call 312.922.3432 or become a facebook fan: www.facebook.com/chicagoarchitecture or follow on twitter: www.twitter.com/chiarchitecture


Casting is complete for the World Premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s Farcical and Incendiary Mary, February 5-March 8 at Goodman Theatre

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 May Adrales directs this Goodman Commission with a cast of seven, including Myra Lucretia Taylor in the title role


Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre announces casting for the world-premiere production of Mary by Thomas Bradshaw. Director May Adrales stages this Goodman Theatre commission, an explosive new play that takes a provocative, wickedly funny view on families, political correctness and the changing nature of bigotry in contemporary America. Myra Lucretia Taylor (Broadway: Nine, Macbeth) leads the ensemble cast as the Jennings family’s domestic servant, Mary; Barbara Garrick (As the World Turns; Broadway: A Thousand Clowns) plays Mary’s employer, Dolores Jennings; Scott Jaeck (The Seagull; August: Osage County) is Dolores’ husband, James Jennings; Alex Weisman (The History Boys; Peter Pan (A Play)) is Dolores and James’ gay son, David; Eddie Bennet (War with the Newts; Twelfth Night) portrays David’s boyfriend, Jonathan; Cedric Young (Bus Stop; Broadway: Radio Golf) plays Mary’s husband, Elroy; and Steve Pickering (The Seagull; King Lear) is the family’s priest. Mary runs February 5 – March 6, 2011 in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. Prince Charitable

Trusts is the leading contributor to the Goodman’s New Works Endowment Fund. Principal Support of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives is provided by The Joyce Foundation.

 Named “Best Provocative Playwright” by The Village Voice and hailed as “brilliant” by The New Yorker, Thomas Bradshaw pulls no punches in his comic absurdist drama Mary. At the height of what Time magazine dubbed “AIDS hysteria” in 1983, college student David invites his boyfriend home to his parents’ house in Virginia, where nothing has changed since the 1800s—including the slave quarters. Confronting hypocrisy and oppression with exhilarating wit, Bradshaw’s work is “likely to leave you speechless!” (The New York Times).

Individual tickets to Mary ($10 – $42) go on sale January 7 at GoodmanTheatre.org. Subscriptions—a savings of up to 45% over single ticket prices—to the 2010/2011 season are on sale now: 312.443.3800 or ExploreTheGoodman.org. Four-play Albert Theatre subscriptions start at $79 and 2-play Owen Theatre subscriptions start at $38. A Platinum Subscription of all six plays starts at $117. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

Playwright Thomas Bradshaw’s play The Bereaved premiered in New York in September 2009 at The Wild Project, and was produced at The State Theater of Bielefeld in Germany earlier this year. The Bereaved was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 in Time Out New York. In 2008, two of Bradshaw’s plays premiered: Southern Promises, at Performance Space 122 in September, and Dawn, at The Flea Theatre in November, and both were listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. His play Purity was produced at Performance Space 122 in January 2007, and Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist and Cleansed were produced on a double-bill at Brick Theatre in February of that year. Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist was also produced in Los Angeles in the spring of 2008. Bradshaw recently completed a residency at the Soho Theatre in London, where he wrote his newest play, The Ashes, which was presented as a workshop at the end of February 2010. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. His plays Prophet, Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist, Cleansed, Purity, Dawn and Southern Promises are all Goodman Theatre Announces Casting for Mary by Thomas Bradshaw, Page 2 of 3 a World-Premiere Goodman Theatre Commission published by Samuel French, Inc. A German translation of Dawn was presented at Theater Bielefeld in Germany in October 2008 and published by Theater Der Zeit in that same month. Purity was published by Theaterheute in Germany in April 2008. Bradshaw received his MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program and is an Assistant Professor at Medgar Evers College. He has been featured as one of Time Out New York’s10 playwrights to watch, as one of Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People, and Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice. He has received fellowships from The Lark Play Development Center, Soho Repertory Theater and New York Theater Workshop. He recently completed an adaptation of the Book of Job, which was workshopped with the Playwright’s Foundation at Stanford University and Berkeley Repertory Theatre in spring 2009. Job was presented as a Staged Reading at The Wilma in January 2010.

Director May Adrales has directed and developed work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Public Theater, Second Stage Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Hangar Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her recent work includes Thomas Bradshaw’s The Bereaved with Partial Comfort Productions (Time Out New York Critics’ Pick), Lisa Ramirez’s Exit Cuckoo with Midtown International Theatre Festival (Best Solo Show), Emily Mann’s Mrs. Packard with Fordham University, Lauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and the upcoming production of Tommy Smith’s The Wife. Adrales’ awards and residencies include SSDC Denham Fellowship; Van Lier Fellowship, New York Theatre Workshop Fellowship, SoHo Rep. Writers/Directors Lab, Women’s Project Directors Lab; SDCF Observership, and Drama League Directing Fellowship. She served as an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater for two years. She is a recipient of the TCG New Generations grant and is in residence at The Lark Play Development Center where she directs and manages several core artist programs. Adrales is on the faculty of The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab and received her MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

About Goodman Theatre

Now Celebrating A Decade on Dearborn, Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (ChicagoTribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its new downtown facility, welcoming nearly 2 million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving 30 percent more students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

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Book Reviews: “Minorities Deceived” and “Kenya: Rehabilitation”

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By Lynia White


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Resilience is defined as “the ability to recover from illness or adversity.” We all face various degrees of adversity in our life. Therefore, resilience is an extremely important quality to cultivate. Sherman L. Turner is an outstanding example of resilience. He has chosen to share his remarkable story in two books – Minorities Deceived and Kenya: Rehabilitation. His story inspires hope and helps readers to develop determination to overcome all obstacles.

Turner grew up in a poor family in Buffalo, New York. Schools in his area were substandard. It was very difficult for him to get a good education. Despite his humble beginnings, he worked very hard to become a plumber. Because of racism, he encountered many obstacles. Even though Turner’s grades were the highest in his apprenticeship class, it was difficult for him to secure employment to receive the field-training that he needed. He chose to take the Master Plumber test and start his own business. At that time, the city of Buffalo had never had a black master plumber. He received death threats for taking the Master Plumber test. That fact did not stop Turner. He was determined and it paid off. He became Buffalo’s first black master plumber. He paved the way for other minorities to reach their potential.

He worked as a contractor for the Small Business Administration (SBA). Turner was accepted into the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. This program was designed to assist small businesses that are owned and operated by individuals who are at a social and economic disadvantage. Turner intended to hire minority workers on his jobs. However, the “Wall Street Money” contractors did not want black workers on government jobs. Turner struggled for many years to fight for minority rights.

Partially due to the stress at his job, Turner suffered a massive stroke. The stroke left him in a coma for several weeks. When he woke from the coma, he realized that he was paralyzed. In his second book, he tells the story of his recovery. It was a tough road for him. Again, he was determined to overcome all obstacles. He worked hard to learn how to walk and talk again. As a result of the stroke, he lost much of his memory. His doctors encouraged him to learn a new language to help with his memory loss.

Turner enrolled in a local college and began learning Swahili. He could have easily remained in that school close to home. Instead, he chose to travel to Kenya to attend the School of Languages and Rehabilitations. It was no easy task to travel such a long distance. He did not let his disabilities stop him from making the trip. In fact, he made several trips to Kenya. He regained his memory and graduated from the language class.

The Sherman Turner story led me to question my own resilience. I wondered how I would fare if I had to face all the hardships he endured. This story truly touched me. Turner’s life shows the strength of the human spirit. Anyone who reads this heartwarming memoir will be strengthened and encouraged.

Lynia White is a columnist, book reviewer and the founder of The Quality Corner Bookstore – www.thequalitycorner.com. For more book reviews by Lynia, visit her blog at http://thequalitycorner.blogspot.com. To request a review, go to www.blackbookreview.com

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