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Archive for December 31st, 2010

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.

2011 URBAN VEHICLES OF THE YEAR WINNERS

* 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

Mary

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.

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