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National Veterans Art Museum Honor Veterans Day: Launches Third Annual IN WAR series, Opens New Space, and Raises New Art Exhibition, Welcome Home

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CHICAGO, IL – In light of the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rising need for mental health care for returning veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to hold its third annual IN WAR series. As part of this series of events, art shows, and performances that explores the continued rupturing of the traumas of war in everyday America, the NVAM will celebrate the grand opening of its new location, at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, with a reception to unveil its newest art exhibition, Welcome Home. Welcome Home is a joint exhibition featuring work by Dr. Charles Smith, a Vietnam veteran, and Ash Kyrie, an Iraq veteran. The NVAM will be free and open to the public with artist talks and light refreshments from 1 PM – 5 PM on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012. Argus Brewery will be serving Payton Beer. Jarrett Payton, Walter Payton’s son, will be present from 1 pm – 2 pm.

The show will be open to the public from Sunday, November 11, 2012 through Memorial Day 2013. Welcome Home is sponsored by Paratech Incorporated.

The third annual IN WAR series examines intergenerational trauma: the passing of mass traumas from one generation to the next. Trauma takes a profound psychological and physical toll on survivors that has ramifications for decades. Highlights of the IN WAR series includes the opening of Welcome Home, a Veterans Round Table on Intergenerational Trauma featuring artists and veterans Dr. Charles Smith and Ash Kyrie, book readings, film screenings, workshops and more.

WHAT: Opening Reception and Artist and Curator Talks

WHO: National Veterans Art Museum

Opening Reception 1 PM – 5 PM CST on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Artist talks from 2 PM – 3 PM. Both events at the National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641.

IN WAR responds to the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rising need for mental health care for returning veterans, bringing to light issues facing that are too often overlooked. Welcome Home is the customary message given to soldiers returning from war. After this initial greeting, familiarity dissolves and the traumas of war surface. Veterans set out to to relearn the world they left behind and their family meets a transformed person.

Of the show Welcome Home, Dr. Smith says, “This show is important because forty years after coming home from Vietnam we find ourselves coming home from another war.” Smith added, “It is an honor to show at the NVAM. It is a space of healing and a great deal of camaraderie and fellowship.”

Curator Aaron Hughes notes that, “Welcome Home brings the echoes of war trauma, that cross generation after generation, out of the shadows into the light to be acknowledged, grappled with, and healed.” In addition, Hughes notes, “Now in its third year, the IN WAR series is more important now than ever. We hold this series of events, performances and exhibitions in order to empower other veterans to expose to the nation the hidden burdens we carry and begin the process of healing.”

The NVAM celebrates its grand opening at its new space at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, raising new exhibitions and selecting pieces from the permanent collection. Of the move, Executive Director Levi Moore states, “We are thrilled to open our doors to our new space in Portage Park. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbors and friends and seeing many familiar faces at our grand opening this Veterans Day.”

VISUALS: Local and state government officials speaking, veteran/artists speaking, veteran and civilian patrons, visual art.

Veterans speak out against war on Veterans Day

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Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam war veterans call for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops, demand the fulfillment of right to heal


CHICAGO, IL – Iraq Veterans Against the War and Vietnam Veterans Against the War – wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam – gathered yesterday with supporters to call for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops, and investment in the needs of soldiers coming home who deserve the right to heal.

The Veterans Day ceremony and press conference by anti-war veterans was held Sunday, November 11, 2012 at the Vietnam War Memorial at Wacker and Wabash.

“After returning from our mission to win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan, to defeat terrorism and establish peace and security, I realized that what we accomplished was the opposite, each day the country has become more unstable, more corrupt, more violent and may possibly have fueled more terrorism and has not made our home country any safer.  We are here to call for the immediate withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan.  It’s time for the people to heal from 11 years of war, especially our service members who sacrificed so much for this country.  Our veterans deserve the right to heal,” says Alejandro Villatoro of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Numerous veterans spoke out on their experiences in the wars and their ongoing struggle to heal from the psychological wounds of war. Iraq Veterans Against the War has been engaged in a vigorous campaign for the Right to Heal that has included efforts around the country ranging fighting for more mental health resources at Ft. Hood to local fights in Chicago for better staffing at the VA hospital. Veterans will talk both about the misguided and devastating nature of U.S. policies as well as the effects on those who are called on to carry out those policies.

How Re-Elected President Obama Can Govern

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How Re-Elected President Obama Can Govern  

New America Media

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson


President Obama was a good and a bad prognosticator about his future in 2009. In the first two weeks after he was sworn in for his first term, he told an NBC interviewer that if he didn’t deliver he’d be “a one term proposition.”

Obama knew better than anyone else that as the first African American president, a moderate to liberal Democrat, and a relatively inexperienced, untested Oval Office occupant, he would be on the firing line to deliver, and deliver fast, on his reform promises. He knew that he’d have to deliver with a hostile, unyielding GOP that would do everything it could to make his words about a one-term presidency a reality. Despite the GOP’s bad intentions for him, and his worry about making headway on getting the economy moving and health care off the drawing board, he far exceeded expectations on both counts. And along the way he managed to deliver on his promise to wind down the Iraq war, track down Osama Bin Laden, patch up relations with the European allies, keep a civil dialogue with Russia, and soften relations with the Muslim world.

This was more than enough to keep his neo-FDR coalition of youths, African Americans, Latinos, labor rank and file, and middle class professional women intact to win reelection. They powered him to a smash victory in 2008. This coalition reflects the fast-changing, diverse, multi-ethnic reality of America. The GOP, still stuck in a time warp and thinking that it can win elections solely with white, male conservative, and rural votes, didn’t grasp this.

The 2012 win rendered his public musing about being a one-term president a false fear. His strong democratic, diverse coalition gives him some breathing space to do what incumbents that win reelection want and hope to do – sail back into office on the crest of both voter hopes and euphoria about the prospect of further change and reform. There’s both promise and challenge here. The first go-round, Obama, as many new presidents do, promised not to conduct political business in the old ways, not to make too drastic legislative changes, and to quickly reverse the bad old policies of his predecessor. It was the fabled man on the white horse coming to the rescue. This was, of course, just that – a fable. Real politics and an impatient public knocked that storybook notion to the ground.

The first time around, Obama’s approval ratings seesawed up and down on waves of impatience, obstructionism, and inflated expectations about his promise of making instant reforms. He won’t make that mistake again. He has a Democratic controlled Senate that will make it much easier for him to reach across the aisle and get things done. Those things are obvious – deficit reduction, as well as tax, education, and energy independence reforms.

The crucial job that voters in 2008 believed he could do best, and still want done in 2012, is to make the economy right, rein in the Wall Street greed merchants, save jobs and homes, and get the credit pipeline to businesses open. He also will continue to be the firewall against all efforts to gut Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. His ability to accomplish these things didn’t fully happen during his first four years. The modest proposals that he put forward to attack these towering problems only gave the GOP ammunition to rally millions to harangue, hector, and obstruct Obama’s efforts. The GOP still has a firm lock on the House, and Obama’s popular vote victory over Romney was just close enough to tempt some in the GOP to try and continue to subvert Obama’s agenda.

But Obama has enough latitude with his win to forcefully blend tact and political diplomacy with a strong willed determination to get his stalled legislation and initiatives moving. He also has the added luxury of expanding his vision and agenda for the country. This should include tackling the staggeringly chronic high black unemployment rate, the widening income inequality gap, drug and criminal justice reforms, comprehensive immigration reform, and pouring more resources into the nation’s crumbling urban infrastructure.

2013 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, and 2014 will mark the fiftieth year of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This gives the president a golden opportunity to open a long neglected and much needed dialogue on two daunting issues that have been glaringly missing from national public policy for decades – namely, how to combat poverty and further strengthen civil rights.

Obama’s reelection has effectively shaken the ghost of having to look over his shoulder at every turn to appease and conciliate the avowed enemies of social and political progress and reform. His reelection won’t make these problems totally go away. But he’s firmly in the command seat now and can fully govern the way he vowed to millions he would. 

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC and a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK-Radio and the Pacifica Network.

Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/earlhutchinson

Secretary of State White: ‘Derrick Smith’s victory is a black eye to people of Illinois’

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Smith: “I’m a new man” and innocent

By Chinta Strausberg

While Illinois Rep.-Elect Derrick Smith, who has been indicted and expelled from the General Assembly, says he is now a “new man” given his trouncing of attorney Lance Tyson who reportedly did not live in the district, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White Saturday is outraged over his victory saying it gives the people of Illinois “a black eye.”

“It’s not only what he did but his history. He has a checkered past,” White told reporters after attending the City of Chicago’s annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony held at Wabash and Wacker Streets.

Referring to the Illinois’s 118 House members and the Senate’s 59 senators, White asked, “Why would the federal government seek him out to give him an opportunity to receive $7,000 in the form of bribery? They undoubtedly knew what I knew but yet it wasn’t properly conveyed to the people of the district,” White said.

When told that some legislators are meeting to figure out what can be done to prevent White from taking office in January, White said, “That I don’t know, but I wish them well because the people on the West Side of Chicago have paid their fair share of individuals who have been in violation of the law. Pretty close to 12 of them have been indicted, gone to jail or in the process of being indicted. Enough is enough,” White said.

“It’s a black eye for the people of this wonderful state of ours. It’s a black eye for the people of the district,” he said.

Asked if they should oust him again, White said, “What ever they an do because I don’t want to be a part of history where a gentlemen who has been indicted, arrested for taking a $7,000 bribe I think it’s the wrong message to send to young people, other constituents of the district that it’s Ok for you to take a bribe and you walk around and say, ‘well, a man is innocent until proven guilty.’

“There is a lot of history when it comes to Derrick Smith and if I had known then what I know now, I would not have been a part of helping him get the appointment and I would have disassociated myself from him,” White told reporters.

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.


Attorney General issues Resource Guide for Veterans, Service Members on Employment Rights, Consumer Protections

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CHICAGO, IL — In recognition of Veterans Day, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today released a new, comprehensive guide on the many legal protections, rights and benefits for military service members, veterans and their families.

Madigan’s Legal Rights of Illinois Service Members guide was created by her Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau as a complete resource for service members and veterans to understand the legal protections and benefits afforded them, particularly related to employment issues and consumer protections.  

“Under the law, veterans and military service members are entitled to certain benefits that reward their commitment to our country,” Madigan said. “We developed this comprehensive guide so service members and their families can arm themselves with knowledge and information to ensure they receive the benefits they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”

Madigan’s office also has begun tracking complaints received from veterans and military service members to better identify potential consumer fraud schemes that seek to take advantage of them and their families. Madigan said initial complaints have largely concerned problems with home improvement contractors, used car sales and credit-related problems, including debt collection, debt settlement and payday loans.

The Attorney General urges service members and veterans to contact her Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau directly at (800) 382-3000 to file complaints or learn more about their legal rights.

Madigan’s guide can be obtained by contacting the hotline or visiting http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/rights/veterans.html.

Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon, Sen. Toi Hutchinson meet with Southern Illinois women’s advocates

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Community leaders share ways to stop sexual, domestic violence


CARBONDALE, IL – Two Statehouse champions for women’s rights toured the Women’s Center in Carbondale today to thank advocates for their work in passing a strip club surcharge bill this year, and to learn about other resources needed to prevent and respond to domestic and sexual violence.

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and State Senator Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, supported legislation creating the state’s new Sexual Assault Services and Prevention Fund effective Jan. 1, 2013. The fund will be supported through fees generated at strip clubs that permit alcohol sales or consumption. The fund was designed to help offset state funding cuts to sexual assault prevention and response services at agencies such as the Women’s Center, which also provides domestic violence and other advocacy services to Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Saline, Union and Williamson counties.

“Services like those provided here at the Women’s Center are vitally important to helping victims of assault and domestic violence begin the healing process,” said Simon. “I thank Sen. Hutchinson for her work to help make sure these programs receive the funding they need, and I look forward to working together to put an end to violence against women.”

The Live Adult Entertainment Facility Surcharge could generate up to $1 million per year, roughly one-sixth of the state’s average spending on sexual assault prevention and response. Club operators will be required to either pay a flat surcharge of $5,000 to $25,000 based on their taxable receipts, or $3 per patron.

“The most dangerous time for a woman suffering abuse is when she decides to leave,” said Sen. Hutchinson, the legislation’s chief sponsor. “The courage these survivors exhibit moves me to my core, and I will continue to fight for them in Springfield.”

According to Illinois State Police Uniform Crime Reports, about 15 rapes occur each day, but experts agree that only one-third of all rapes are reported. According to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA), in fiscal year 2012, more than 18,000 survivors of sexual assault or sexual abuse, as well as their significant others and anonymous contacts were served by ICASA’s hotlines.

Mary Lincoln and the “Culture of Clothing”

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Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum explores women’s roles as reflected in fashion


If “the clothes make the man,” what do they do for a woman? Particularly a woman enduring tragedy in the public eye? A new event explores those questions by looking at the fashions Mary Lincoln wore at different stages of her tumultuous life.

The “Culture of Clothing” presentation – taking place Nov. 12 in Chicago and Nov. 19 in Springfield _ features Mary Lincoln’s fashions as a homemaker, a first lady and a widow in mourning after the loss of three sons and a husband.

Models wearing new versions of her dresses and jewelry will mingle with visitors and answer questions about the clothing. Actresses portraying Lincoln’s African-American seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley, and pioneering lawyer Myra Bradwell will also circulate to discuss their work and women’s lives in that era.

Women’s roles in American society changed significantly in the second half of the 19th century, propelled by war, industrialization and women’s own drive for equality. Their fashions changed, too, and Mary Lincoln’s clothing reflected that.

“Culture of Clothing” was developed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. Mira Horoszowski of Mira Couture produced new versions of the four Lincoln dresses.

The “Culture of Clothing” events are part of a year-long look at Mary Lincoln’s life and the role of 19th century women. Other events include two re-trials of the former first lady on insanity charges and a panel discussion that compared 19th and 21st century mental health laws, treatment and attitudes.

 _ Nov. 12 at the Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie St. in Chicago, from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7. Tickets are $50 per person.

_ Nov. 19 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30. Tickets are $25 per person.

Tickets available at www.WasMaryLincolnCrazy.com

AARP Foundation establishes relief fund for victims of Superstorm Sandy

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AARP to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000



WASHINGTON, D.C. -AARP Foundation has established the AARP Foundation Relief Fund to support victims in the U.S. devastated by Superstorm Sandy.  AARP and its members are committed to helping those in need, so to bolster the Foundation’s relief effort AARP and its affiliates will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000, assuring up to $1 million in aid.  The matching program will be administered through AARP Foundation. 


“We realize that people want to help, and we are here as a resource to provide emergency relief funding to organizations working with victims of Superstorm Sandy,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation President.  “Our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by this terrible storm and we’re encouraging those who can give to please do so.”


Jenkins continued, “As a trusted organization, AARP Foundation will play a vital role in facilitating the relief effort. All too often we know that fraud follows disaster, as con artists may try to take advantage of people who are looking for ways to help the victims of this terrible storm. Through our secure web site those who choose to give can do so with the confidence that 100 percent of their tax-deductible donations will be used to help the victims of this disaster.”


Sadly, the impact of Sandy continues to increase as news agencies report it as one of the biggest and most devastating “superstorms” ever to hit the United States.   In the states most severely impacted, more than six million AARP members, their families and neighbors are struggling to recover from the storm’s initial Oct. 29 impact. An immediate response to this urgent appeal will allow AARP to expedite support to those who need it now.  To donate to the AARP Foundation Relief Fund, please go to: www.aarp.org/disasterrelief. 


About AARP Foundation


AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.



About AARP


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world’s largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

Free report on local charities now available from Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL- As the holidays approach many people would like to help others in need and spread good will by donating to charity. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers a just published listing of 426 reports on charities in Chicago and Northern Illinois which is available to prospective donors at no charge. Donors can receive a pdf listing of these charity reports and evaluation results by e-mailing ncastle@chicago.bbb.org or calling Nina Castle at 312-245-2516. She can also respond to requests for reports on individual charities. The listing and individual charity reports are also shown on www.bbb.org 


The BBB’s Charitable Review Program is designed to empower donors to make wise giving decisions and encourage local charitable organizations to accept the responsibility of self regulation by adhering to a set of 20 charity standards. The charity standards are available and promote public accountability, responsible use of funds, proper solicitation and governance practices.  


“It is extremely important to maximize the impact that holiday donations make by avoiding common giving mistakes,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “A smart donor takes a hard look at a charity’s programs, finances and governance before making a donation. Most charities have the best of intentions but not all meet standards or spend donations wisely.”


The BBB recommends that donors avoid these common mistakes when donating to a charity this holiday:

  • Research the charity before you give. Even good friends may not have fully researched the charities they endorse, so don’t just take their word for it; expertise is available. Go to www.bbb.org/charity  to verify that a charity meets the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability
  • Do not be influenced by high-pressure or emotional appeals. Giving on the spot is never necessary, no matter how hard a telemarketer or door-to-door solicitor pushes it. The charity that needs your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow.
  • Make sure you know the charity’s correct identity. With so many charities in existence, their names can blur in a donor’s mind and similar-sounding organizations are common. Be sure you know which charity you’re supporting and that it’s not a case of mistaken identity.
  • Do not assume charities can use donated household items and clothing. Worn out, unusable or unwanted donated goods cost charities millions of dollars each year because the organization has to bear the cost of discarding the unacceptable donation. If you have questions about an item’s acceptability, call the charity and ask.
  • “Low overhead” expenses should not be the only factor you consider. How much money a charity spends on the actual cause-as compared to how much goes toward fundraising and administration-is an important factor, but it’s not the whole story. A charity with impressive financial ratios could have other significant problems such as insufficient transparency, inadequate board activity and inaccurate appeals.

For more consumer tips, visit  www.bbb.org  

Lira Ensemble at the North Shore Center in Skokie with a New Holiday Concert

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The Lira Ensemble, known for its excellent performances of Polish music, song and dance, brings a new holiday concert to suburban Chicago, titled: “Polish Carols, Song & Dance.”


Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3pm

at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in suburban Chicago

9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL


This holiday concert, which features the Lira Singers, Lira Dancers and Lira Symphony, is also a celebration of Polish and Polish-American culture. It presents some of the most beloved Polish holiday music and offers the rare opportunity to hear Polish carols in arrangement for symphony orchestra. The Lira Ensemble will also perform works by Polish master composers such as Frederic Chopin, Stanislaw Moniuszko and Witold Lutoslawski – one of the most respected Polish composers of the 20th century. The concert includes folk song and dance from various regions of Poland presented in colorful, authentic folk costumes. Some American carols and folk songs complete the program.


The Chicago Tribune is among the many metropolitan newspapers that have given high praise to the Lira company. The Tribune wrote: “Chicago’s Lira Ensemble…gorgeous music and sharply choreographed folk dance.”


Lira’s guest artist will be 13-year-old Daniel Szefer – a piano prodigy who will perform music of Frederic Chopin including the Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante. Earlier this year, this Polish-American was the youngest finalist in one of the most challenging youth piano competitions in the United States – the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. Daniel played Beethoven’s Concerto Nr. 5 and placed second (1st Alternate). Despite his young age, he has already performed around the US.

The concert will be conducted by Lira’s resident conductor, Mina Zikri, who was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the United States in 1999. In addition to his duties with Lira, he is a guest conductor for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt and is founder and music director of the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. Mr. Zikri, who is also a violinist, has performed with the Lira Symphony for the past 5 years and has been a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West Eastern Divan orchestra since 1999.


As with all Lira performances, the concert will be narrated in English by Lucyna Migala of WCEV/1450am, who is artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble. Ms. Migala will share some Polish holiday traditions and will offer a bit of the history and tradition behind the music and dance performed.


The Lira company is artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago and is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. The mission of the company is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.


“Polish Carols, Song & Dance” is co-sponsored by the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and by the Lira Society-Group 816 of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America and is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council – a state agency. The work of the Lira Ensemble is supported by grants from the Alphawood Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the MAcArthur Foundation.


There is free parking adjacent to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. The theater opens at 2:30pm. Lira recordings will be available for purchase in the lobby before and after the performance.

Tickets for “Polish Carols, Song & Dance” are reasonably priced so that families can attend – from $35 to $55, with discounts for groups of 20 or more and half price tickets for children under age 16 in all price ranges. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Lira Ensemble at 773-508-7040 or 1-800-547-5472.


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