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Protesters win Permits to march on Chicago NATO Summit

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(From CANG8)

 

CHICAGO, IL – After a sometimes torturous battle to win permits to march on the site of this year’s NATO summit in Chicago, organizers with the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) announced that the City had granted permits for a rally and march just 10 minutes before today’s 5 PM deadline.

CANG8 won a permit for a 12 noon, Sunday, May 20th rally at Petrillo Bandshell, corner of Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Drive, without rent or fees.  The march will go westbound on Jackson to State Street, south on State to Harrison Street, east on Harrison past the military recruiting office on Harrison to Michigan Avenue, south on Michigan to Cermak Road, east on Cermak to Indiana Avenue with a rally in the street on Indiana between Cermak and 23rd Street.

While we are obviously happy that we have won these permits, our optimism is tempered by the experience of other cities which have had these ‘National Special Security Events.’ The experience with NSSE’s elsewhere has been that just weeks before the events, the Secret Service swoops in junks the permits granted by local authorities, setting up yet another permit battle on the eve of the event, so we’re not out of the woods yet.

We know that Mayor Emanuel, with one of the most hawkish voting records of the Chicago-area delegation when he was congressman, eagerly supports the wars and has done his best to sideline anti-war voices with this permit battle.  With his support of the National Defense Authorization Act doing away with habeus corpus and his support of assassinations abroad, we also know that President Obama cannot be counted on to support our 1st Amendment right to march within sight and sound of the McCormick Place summit either.

From Tahrir Square to McCormick Place, rulers are not fond of free speech that counters their policies.  They know that if we win a good hearing for our views, it will be more difficult to pursue their pro-war policies. That is why politicians in Chicago 1968 did their best to curtail the 1st Amendment, and why contemporary politicians try to do so as well.

More information about CANG8 activities can be found at our website, www.CANG8.org

SCI-FI-LONDON 2012 – 7 DAYS IN MAY!

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The UK’s leading science fiction and fantastic film festival, SCI-FI-LONDON (The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film), will host film screenings, special events, workshops and celebrations during its 7 day festival across the capital in 2012.

The festival runs Tuesday 1 – Monday 7 May, 2012 and in this year of Olympic and Royal celebration, SCI-FI-LONDON is firmly in carnival mode. In addition to the core film programme, highlights include:

  • 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR THE ZX SPECTRUM
    So many of today’s creative, technical, and cultural talent are, in one way or another, indebted to the little machine that plugged into the living room telly. We’re celebrating the Spectrum’s anniversary in HORIZONS, at the BFI: a rich blend of fun, memories, and future-gazing. Play some of your favourite games (you’re welcome to bring your Kempston interface and Quickshot II). We’ll have a variety of speakers and performers over the two days, practical experiments in programming and an extra special look to the future, with the new RASPBERRY PI on-hand… will this create a new generation of programmers? 

    • GENRE FILMMAKING IN THE UK at BAFTA
      Is there a market for science fiction filmmaking in the UK?
      A day of talks at BAFTA HQ on the state of Sci-fi filmmaking in the UK.
      For UK based filmmakers the average production spend in Britain is £1.2m and falling. With that in mind, it’s no wonder UK science fiction is relatively scarce. Yet, where there is a will, there is certainly a way. Digital tools have really brought costs down, and films like MOON, MONSTERS, EXAM and the recent 2012 SXSW low budget hit EXTRACTED (UK Premiere on 2 May at SFL), have shown us that good story and clever use of resources determine the success of a film, not necessarily budgets. In this event we’ll quiz key writers, directors, designers, producers and distributors on the essential creative and business questions around getting a good mid-to-low budget sci-fi film off the ground. 
    • BORIS KARLOFF, MONSTER!
      The screen legend Boris Karloff was born 125 years ago and to celebrate one of cinema’s most iconic actors, we present a collection of his finest performances, talks and a documentary charting his unique career. Supported by the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation.

      • 48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE
        With Joe Dante and Alison Owen on the jury, our 2012 challenge has a first prize of a feature development deal with Vertigo Films. Teams receive a title, a line of dialogue to include, and a list of props to feature. Participants then have 2 days to complete a 5min short film. Easy! Registration at www.sci-fi-london.com. The challenge takes place 14–16 April, 2012 and is free to enter.   #sfl48hr
      • THE SCI-FI-LONDON COSTUME PARADE ALONG THE SOUTHBANK
        From Victoria Embankment Gardens, across the Thames and on to the BFI on Sunday 29 April 2012, featuring Stormtroopers, zombies, superheroes and more.
        All genres, all costumes, all-comers welcome to this free event! We even have our own Olympic torch-carrying Zombie pacesetters! 

Festival Director, Louis Savy says: 

“London is awash with cultural feasts this year and we are more than happy to be contributing with our selection of exciting, challenging and entertaining international film – with seven world premieres!

I am equally excited to be able to dust off my old Spectrum ZX and get my hands on the new Raspberry PI at our computing event at the BFI. There’ll be something for everyone, whether sci-fi convert or sceptic.”

Full details will be available soon and on www.sci-fi-london.com.

About SCI-FI-LONDON:

 

SCI-FI-LONDON, now in its 11th year, is the UK’s only dedicated sci-fi and fantasy film festival. It screens world and UK film premieres, documentaries and a selection of classic SF titles. SCI-FI-LONDON also has a strong international shorts programme and screens a short film with every feature screening. It also holds filmmaking competitions to encourage more science fiction films to be made in the UK.

 

Images etc at media.sci-fi-london.com

For information on the SCI-Fi-LONDON Festival contact:

Frazer Nash at FNC:Tel: 44 (0) 1296712522
Email: fnc@frazer-nash-communications.co.uk
Louis Savy, Festival Director:Tel: +44 (0) 7588 681 566Email: louis@sci-fi-london.com

Music Institute of Chicago celebrates a decade at Nichols Concert Hall

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Tenth Season Includes Rachel Barton Pine, Lincoln Trio, Pacifica Quartet,

Billy Strayhorn Festival with Terell Stafford and More

 
Celebrating a decade at Evanston’s Nichols Concert Hall, the Music Institute of Chicago presents a season of 10 stellar musical performances for its 2012–13 Faculty and Guest Artist Series.
 
Highlights include the September 23 opening concert by the award-winning Lincoln Trio, a Billy Strayhorn festival featuring jazz great Terell Stafford in late October, the internationally acclaimed Pacifica Quartet in February, and pianist Sergei Babayan in April. Noteworthy annual events include Family Concerts in December and March; the Martin Luther King, Jr. concert with the Brotherhood Chorale in January; the Four Score Festival of contemporary music in March; and the third annual Emilio del Rosario Distinguished Alumni Concert, this year featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine and pianist Matthew Hagle in May.
 
The complete schedule, including both the special 10th anniversary events and annual programs, includes:
 
1. Sunday, September 23, 3 p.m.                                                                                                       Lincoln Trio
The season opens in parallel celebration with Lincoln Trio, also celebrating its 10th anniversary season. Winners of the 2008 Masterplayers International Competition in Venice, Italy, the trio is known for its polished presentations of well-known chamber works as well as its ability to forge new paths with contemporary repertoire.
 
2. Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m.                                                                                2012 Fischoff Grand Prize winners
Complementing its numerous medalists in the junior division of the prestigious chamber music competition, the Music Institute is pleased to present this year’s Grand Prize winners in the senior division, to be determined at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May.
 
3. Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m.                                                Terell Stafford and Music Institute Jazz Faculty
Hailed as “one of the great players of our time” by the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner, Grammy-winning trumpeter Terell Stafford collaborates with the Music Institute’s acclaimed jazz studies faculty, including trumpeter Victor Garcia and percussionist Ernie Adams.
 
4. Saturday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.                                                Terell Stafford Quintet: This Side of Strayhorn
Inspired by his own recording of the same name, jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford and his ensemble pay tribute to one of the 20th century’s greatest jazz composers and collaborators—Billy Strayhorn. The quintet also features Tim Warfield Jr., saxophone; Bruce Barth, piano; Peter Washington, bass; and Dana Hall, drums.

Sunday, October 28, 3 p.m.                                                         Film: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, Panel Discussion
As Duke Ellington’s longtime collaborator from the 1940s to the 1960s, Billy Strayhorn penned some of the world’s most definitive jazz standards, including “Take The ‘A’ Train,” and the widely recorded “Lush Life.” This highly acclaimed documentary uncovers the mystery behind the complex life of this pioneering African-American composer, arranger and pianist. Panelists include Strayhorn biographer David Hajdu and filmmaker Robert Levi.
 
5. Saturday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                  WarnerNuzova
World-renowned American cellist Wendy Warner and eminent Russian pianist Irina Nuzova have earned critical acclaim for their riveting performances as the duo WarnerNuzova. The two performers’ contrasting cultures and traditions are at the core of the energy and insight of their interpretations.
 
Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m.                                                                                    Family Concert: The Nutcracker
Families begin this morning of music with the Music Institute’s Instrument Petting Zoo, followed by a 10 a.m. performance of “Duke it Out” – Ellington/Strayhorn vs. Tchaikovsky. Music and dance take the stage as resident ensembles Axiom Brass and Quintet Attacca perform classical and jazz versions of the popular Nutcracker Suite. The Ellington/Strayhorn arrangements are by Jim Stephenson. This performance is presented in conjunction with Dance Chicago. Admission is only $10 per family.
 
Sunday, January 13, 5 p.m.                                                               Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert
The Music Institute’s annual concert features the Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God. Free admission! 
 
6. Saturday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                  Pacifica Quartet
Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertoire choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Recently named quartet-in-residence at Indiana University and Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, Pacifica received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.
 
Sundays, March 3 and March 10, 3 p.m.                                                                                Four Score Festival
The Music Institute’s annual celebration of contemporary music; highlighted composers will be announced later.
 
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.                                                                    Generation Next/Composer’s Lab Concert
This concert features works by the winners of the Music Institute’s 2013 Generation Next Young Composer’s Competition, which encourages and promotes the development of young composers.
 
Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.                                                               Family Concert: Evanston 150: Day of Music
Families begin this morning of music with the Music Institute’s Instrument Petting Zoo, followed by a 10 a.m. performance featuring Music Institute ensembles-in-residence celebrating Evanston’s 150th anniversary. Admission is only $10 per family.
 
7. Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.                                                                          Opus 10 Faculty Extravaganza
The impassioned virtuosity and artistry of more than 20 of the Music Institute’s violin and piano faculty shine in this concert featuring performances of 10 of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Chopin’s Études, Op. 10.
 
8. Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m.                                                                                                  Lincoln String Quartet
                                                                                 Featuring musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Since its founding in 1997, The Lincoln String Quartet has been a staple of the Chicago music scene. Comprising current and former Chicago Symphony Orchestra members, the renowned quartet includes violinists Lei Hou and Qing Hou, violist Lawrence Neuman, and cellist Stephen Balderston.
 
9. Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m.                                                                                                   Sergei Babayan, piano
Pianist Sergei Babayan performs the Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a joint celebration of the 10th anniversary of Nichols Concert Hall, the 40th anniversary of the Bach Week Festival, and the 150th anniversary of the City of Evanston. Babayan studied in Moscow with Mikhael Pletnev before settling in the U.S. in 1989. Within a span of three years, he took first prize in four top international competitions, including the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition. Currently Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he performs regularly with Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, and Neeme Järvi. Co-sponsored by the Bach Week Festival in Evanston.
 
10. Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.                                            Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Matthew Hagle, piano
                                                                      Third Annual Emilio del Rosario Distinguished Alumni Concert
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has captivated the music world as one of the most musical and inspiring artists on today’s concert scene. She has performed and recorded with some of the top orchestras, conductors, composers, and performers of our time. Equally at home on an electric violin or on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu known as the “ex Soldat,” she is renowned for her masterful interpretations of a wide variety of musical genres from Baroque to classical, from contemporary to rock.
 
About Nichols Concert Hall
Noted architect Solon S. Beman designed the architecturally and acoustically magnificent First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, in 1912. In 2003, the building was sensitively restored to become Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art, 550-seat performance space and music education destination, easily accessible to numerous restaurants, on-street and metered parking, and the Davis Street CTA and Metra stations. The converted building, featuring a fully restored, 1914 E. M. Skinner pipe organ, received the Richard H. Driehaus Award for best adaptive use by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Each year Nichols Concert Hall reaches approximately 15,000 people and hosts a world-class chamber music series, workshops and master classes, student recitals, and special events.  

About the Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute offers musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931 and one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education, reaching more than 10,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 102 years of age, at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Winnetka, and Downers Grove and through its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The Music Institute also offers lessons and programs at the Steinway of Chicago store in Northbrook and early childhood and community engagement programs throughout the Chicago area and the North Shore. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall.

All concerts take place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets, except where noted, are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, available online or 847.905.1500 ext. 108. All programming is subject to change.
 

Iyanla Vanzant: “Turn your pain into purpose and forgive your enemies”

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 (This article is an update to a previous article)

Senator Collins: ‘Iyanla is a wounded warrior who brought us healing”

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

When best selling author Iyanla Vanzant recently came to Saint Sabina she not only sold all of her books but she not only shared her painful past that included being raped by an uncle at the age of nine but also a sense of healing, a challenge for people to reach out to those violating the community and love rather than to scorn and cast them aside.

Vanzant, who autographed scores of her book, “Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through,” at times preached about life’s choices and candidly told of how she was violated beginning when she was a child and how that trauma made her the woman she is today.

“I grew up in poverty and dysfunction. I was raped at the age of nine…. My mama died. My daddy was dead. My grandmother beat me until the skin came off my back…,” Vanzant told a standing-room only audience.  She told of being taken out to the shed and beaten with sticks. Vanzant asked is it helpful to tell her life’s tragic story? “No,” she said then explained how pain can be the best prescription to a life of dysfunction.

Vanzant, who was born in Brooklyn in the back seat of a taxicab, lost her mother to breast cancer. Her father, who reportedly was emotionally divorced from his children, left them with different relatives. That is how Vanzant was raped at such a tender age. At 16, she became a mother and at the age of 21 she had three children and was married to an abusing husband.

Explaining, Vanzant said telling her difficult story is helpful to others.  “When I want to whine and cry about what I can or cannot do physically, I am reminded that I have the strength to move forward…. You have to tell your story in a way that empowers you,” she said. Vanzant challenged the mostly female audience to have a vision, “dream big” and to move forward.

“You have to have a relationship with your Creator,” said Vanzant who is a Yoruba priestess. She believes we’ve forgotten to pray. Vanzant wonders if “for the next week you refuse to say a cuss word…and pray” for those who are troublemakers.  God, she said, is missing in the equation of finding peace in he middle of chaos, confusion and crime.

“What if for the next 40-days you refuse to complain about anything, not your supervisor, your wife, your husband, the kids, your raggedy car…whatever…. Instead complaining, bless somebody…. Imagine what we could do with that energy…,” she said.

“Instead of talking about somebody else as the thought came up in your mind, you stop yourself and you bless them,” Vanzant said challenging her audience to be positive. ‘When you start connecting the dots, people, and understanding how important you are, you are carrying the energy of God. You represent God on the planet….” It doesn’t matter what race you are, she said. “There is an element of God in you” when you can look at people “despite their behavior, you see God in them.”

Vanzant said if you lock up a person because of bad behavior “it’s not going to heal his heart.” She referred to Trayvon Martin who was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. “He didn’t shoot Trayvon because of bad behavior. He shot Trayvon because of what he holds in his heart,” she stated.

“What if we just start praying on him and God lift him, bless him, he’ll throw his own damn court. “My father’s mother grew up on a reservation,” recalled Vanzant. “She was a squaw. Native American women don’t even have any voices today.  You don’t see them. You don’t hear them; so regardless of race, regardless of where we come from. Just imagine what our ancestors went through so that we could have the privileges that we complain about today.”

Vanzant’s message was to stop complaining, find your purpose, learn and draw strength from your past pains, to embrace life to the fullest and to move forward.

And, that is what Vanzant did having been a domestic violence victim, abused as a child and unloved by both her parents. Yes, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York and later from the City University of New York law School at Queens College. She never gave up on herself and learned to draw strength from her past pains. “Get to know how important you are,” said Vanzant.

Agreeing was Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) who said Vanzant brought a “healing message” to Chicago. “I see her as a wounded warrior in that she fought many battles and that she publicly shares some of her wounds and hurts, but she’s in the process and on a journey of healing. She pulls us along with us because she speaks such words of encouragement, inspiration, joy and peace. You can only get that calm and peace when you have a relationship with God because God is love and God is peace.

Having heard Vanzant speak before, Collins said, “Her gift has flourished possibly through the lost of her daughter which took her to a whole other level.  I appreciate her even more because her words are interwoven with the gospel, which is the good news. She speaks of God and how important it is to have a relationship with him. She brings the good news of what it means to have a relationship with God,” said Collins.

Commenting on Vanzant’s remarks involving the murder of 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin, Collins said her message was that  “maybe there wouldn’t have been a Trayvon if we had been there with Amadou Diallo (the 23-year-old Guinean who was shot 41 times by four white offers in New York City), or others” who were killed in this manner.

Saying it doesn’t matter what race the child is who is killed, Collins added, “We should be just as enraged when blacks kill blacks. She is calling us to arms to be more aware. It is not just the leaders that have to move us forward. We in our own communities, in our own neighborhoods and on our blocks have to take ownership and reclaim our communities and our children.”

Referring to Vanzant’s saying when you see young men who are probably wounded and hurting themselves including those who may be perpetrating crimes against their own people “because of the lack of esteem and self-respect,” Collins said, “I thought it was interesting when she said to reach out to them and say, ‘God bless you. I love you.’  The love is what is missing in this community. Do we love ourselves enough to save our children or confront those who continue to harm and bring hurt and deny a hurting people a healing,” the senator said.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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