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Institute of the Black World (IBW) calls for economic sanctions against Florida

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Group seeks justice in memory of Trayvon Martin


New York -The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a prominent human rights and racial justice organization, is calling today for the immediate formation of a “National Coalition of Conscience” to declare an economic boycott of Florida as one means of seeking justice for slain Trayvon Martin.

Responding to the travesty of the George Zimmerman verdict, Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), said that his group “is strongly urging civil rights and human rights organizations, national faith groups, fraternities, sororities, black professional organizations, organized labor, community-based organizations and people of conscience everywhere to join in a massive, sustained campaign to boycott tourism in Florida until that state’s ‘Stand Your Ground law’ is changed.”  

The idea of economic sanctions is gaining traction. Music legend Stevie Wonder has already announced his intention to boycott Florida, saying two days ago in Canada that “until the Stand Your Ground Law is abolished, I will never perform there again.” IBW hopes other artists and entertainers will follow Stevie Wonder’s example.

Daniels notes that Florida is a prime convention location for national organizations like the NAACP, which is holding its annual convention in Orlando this week. The National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA) held their Mid-Winter Conference in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year and Black Enterprise is slated to host the annual Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challenge in Palm Beach Gardens over the Labor Day Weekend.

In addition, the nationally famous Disney World amusement complex is a favorite destination of African Americans. “There is no doubt that Black people spend billions of dollars in Florida every year,” said Daniels. “Perhaps, we should abstain from having ‘fun in the sun’ with Minnie and  Mickey until we achieve justice for Trayvon Martin and all the Trayvons across this nation.  It will be a teachable moment for our children.”

Dr. Daniels indicated that IBW will be reaching out to hip hop activist Jasiri X and the 100 Young Black Activists organization in hopes that they might launch a “message from the grassroots” dimension of the economic sanctions campaign to galvanize the engagement of young people of all races and ethnicities across the country.”

He noted that Dr. Martin Luther King’s instructions to Black people in a rarely referenced part of the speech delivered the night before he was killed should serve as a guide for the Justice for Trayvon Martin Economic Sanctions Campaign. In discussing the injustices suffered by the sanitation workers in Memphis, Dr. King said, “now we must kind of redistribute the pain.”

In a similar vein, Dr. Daniels advocates that “Blacks and all people of conscience and good will should inflict some non-violent pain on the state of Florida and keep inflicting it until business leaders and the politicians scream for help and plead for the economic sanctions to be lifted.” 

IBW believes that the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, is an ideal occasion to invoke this aspect of Martin Luther King’s spirit.

“We fervently encourage the ‘beloved community’ that King gave his life for to utilize economic sanctions to demand a change in the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida,” said Daniels.

For more information, contact: Don Rojas, Email: donjbrojas@gmail.com, Tel: 410-844-1031.

Mandela’s illness exposes little end-of-life planning in modern world

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Mandela’s Illness Exposes Little End-of-Life Planning in Modern World 

New America Media

By Viji Sundaram

PALO ALTO, Calif. – For weeks now, the media has been pouring out news about former South African President Nelson Mandela’s illness and repeated hospital stays. Meanwhile, the South African government has been saying for days that Mandela—who turns 95 on Thursday–is in “critical but stable condition,” possibly suggesting he is on life-support machines.

Mandela’s high profile, say South African legal experts, makes it very difficult for someone as visible as this global icon to do advance care planning for the end of his life. Yet planning ahead with written forms is just what more and more people will have to do in an era of high-tech medicine and potentially unnatural life prolongation.

No information is currently available as to whether the human-rights icon ever wrote a so-called “advance directive,” or chose a health care proxy – someone to make medical decisions for him if he became incapacitated.

Few Americans Have Written Wishes

A large majority of Americans have not written an advance directive or even told a loved one what they do or don’t want done medically at the end of their lives. That’s mostly because they don’t know they can, say experts in palliative care and related hospice care.

Do they want a feeding tube? Do they want to be hooked up to a ventilator? Do they want more surgery, even if the benefits may be questionable?

At a New America Media training program for ethnic media reporters here at the Stanford University Medical Center July 11 and 12, sponsored by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), journalists heard from doctors, caregivers, health care advocates, social workers and chaplains about the availability of palliative care and the importance for people to let a friend or family member know the answers to these and related issues well ahead of time. They also learned about forms people could fill out and revise at any time, if they changed their minds.

During the educational program, the reporters learned the difference between hospice care and palliative care. Palliative care — which includes hospice– focuses on relieving symptoms related to severe chronic illnesses. Hospice care is provided in the last six months of terminal illness, when an illness has gone beyond curative medical treatment and is no longer beneficial.

“Hospice care and palliative care may be terms many people are not familiar with,” noted Emma Dugas of CHCF, which has developed and funded extensive studies on palliative care. With funding from the CHCF, 17 public hospitals in the state have begun palliative care programs, Dugas said.

Dugas presented findings of a survey that CHCF commissioned last year on the attitudes of Californians on end-of-life issues. “They are very widely misunderstood terms, especially in communities of color.”

No Culture Wants Futile Medical Measures

The CHCF survey also shows that a majority of people in all ethnic groups prefers that doctors not take futile, heroic measures to keep them alive. But there was a significant gap between the 75 percent of white non-Latinos who said they do not want such invasive procedures and smaller majorities in other groups (58 percent of African Americans, 60 percent of Latinos and 67 percent of Asian and Pacific Islanders).

Three in four African Americans surveyed led the other ethnic groups in saying the being “at peace spiritually” in their final days is “extremely important” at life’s end. Latinos were close behind (71 percent).

“We rely heavily on our faith, we rely on the power of prayer,” said Virginia Jackson, chief of chaplaincy in the palliative care clinic at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital.

While African Americans tend to have a “trust issue” with the medical profession, they are more likely to trust a health care professional who is there with them during prayers, she said.

Victoria Layton of the Office of Decedent Affairs at the Palo Alto VA hospital echoed Jackson’s views. If patients don’t see a “spiritual base” in their caregivers, “they shut down,” she said.

There is no one-size-fits-all in the way physicians should approach patients about end-of-life issues, said V.J. Periyakoil, MD, director of Stanford’s palliative care fellowship program, which educates and trains doctors.

Periyakoil has produced extensive health-education media on palliative care for multi-cultural older adults. She showed a video she developed dramatizing an actual case at the clinic in which the daughter of an elderly Chinese patient was reluctant to have her father’s cancer physician discuss his “bad news” directly with him. Often in Chinese and other cultures, patients prefer to learn of distressing health news about them from a family member.

In this case, the doctor, a white woman, carefully discussed her father’s advanced cancer with his daughter in another room. But also the oncologist got the daughter to agree to include her dad’s voice in expressing how he wanted to get the news. It turned out that while the daughter feared her father’s reaction, her dad said he went along with his family’s wishes so they would experience less distress in accepting his terminal condition.

That sort of attitude is not uncommon among other Asian communities, Periyakoil said, but others are more open. She noted, “You cannot assume a family is a certain way.”

Start Palliative Care Earlier

At the briefing, three elderly patients and family caregivers talked about how palliative care has eased their pain, enabling them to cope better and enjoy improved quality of life.

“It would have been much better if we had been in palliative care sooner,” said Carla Reeves, caregiver for Warren Atkins, age 94. “We could have controlled his symptoms better.”

Periyakoil dispelled the fear surrounding the term “palliative care,” and disassociated it from the idea of approaching death. She noted that palliative care’s well-managed combination of comfort care and medical intervention when needed has relieved both patients and family members so much that both on average actually live longer than those not benefiting from palliative treatment.

San Jose Mercury News science and health reporter Lisa Krieger explained how she had failed to talk with her father “about stuff that really mattered.” That led to his experiencing enormous pain and suffering as doctors fought to keep him alive in the hospital before he died at age 88. At the time, she said, “I didn’t know to ask for palliative care.”

“I was totally blindsided when this happened to me,” said Krieger, who drew material from her experience for her award-winning 2012 series, “The Cost of Dying.”

Because the “silver-brown tsunami” of aging which, increasingly ethnic–baby boomers are fast approaching, health professionals should engage in “good end-of-life conversations” with diverse populations, said Susan Enguidanos, who teaches at the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. Many ethnic elders have limited health literacy, she noted. Ethnic communities are also generally uncomfortable about openly discussing death and dying, she said.

“I personally think that hospice is a wonderful philosophy, but how you would convey it to someone who doesn’t know what it is,” observed Tino Plank, a nurse at Sutter Care at Home-Hospice.

People increasingly have the option of putting their wishes down in writing through advanced directives, as well as POLST (Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) forms signed by both a doctor and patient. But people need to know that they can and should revisit these from time to time “because patients change their mind all the time,” said Dr. Rebecca Sudore, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

U.S. Senator Kirk coordinates comprehensive, bipartisan effort to fight dangerous gangs in Illinois and across America

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Senate Appropriations Committee Moves to Ramp Up National Gang Strategy; Justice Department Funding Bill Takes on Gangs of National Significance, Funds Grant Program for Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction, Provides ATF New Tools and Lifts Hiring Freeze at Justice Department
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bipartisan approval of a Kirk-driven initiative to curb dangerous gang violence in Illinois and across the nation.  By a vote of 21-9, the Committee approved the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which includes Senator Kirk’s priorities to fund initiatives that combat gangs of national significance like the Gangster Disciples, and assist state and local law enforcement with the national effort.
“I want to thank Chairwoman Mikulski for backing this effort to fight violent drug gangs,” Senator Kirk said. “This bill provides necessary funding to combat gangs of national significance. We have a coordinated effort to take down nationally significant gangs, like the Gangster Disciples in Chicago — the gang responsible for killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton earlier this year. With this new funding for initiatives to fight violent crime and street gangs, I remain focused on aggressively solving this issue. At every level of government, we must do all we can to keep our communities safe, prevent senseless tragedies and save lives.”  
A recording of Senator Kirk’s comments in the CJS Subcommittee markup can be found here.
The FY14 CJS Appropriations Bill allocates $52.3 billion in total discretionary spending, of which funds for fighting crime and reducing gang violence include:
  • $19.52 million in new funds to directly fight gangs of national significance, including $7.52 million for U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) to expand its gang work. Directs the USMS to dedicate $7.52 million to operate anti-gang investigative units to increase law enforcement’s ability to identify, locate and arrest violent gang fugitives, and increase the Marshals Services’ anti-gang training and operations.
  • $12 million above FY13 levels for the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Grant Program, totaling $17 million from State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance. Instructs modeling the program after the popular Project Safe Neighborhoods program. The increase is aimed at reducing homicides in communities overwhelmed by gangs of national significance and illegally trafficked gun activity. Funds are intended for use in hiring and training new prosecutors and to develop community outreach efforts. 
  • Increase of $100 million to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Up to $73 million of those funds can be used to enhance enforcement of firearms law, and $51 million directed to hire an additional 160 agents. Additionally, $21 million of ATF’s budget is specifically to reduce violent crime under Violent Crime Impact Teams.
  • A report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on its strategy to combat gangs of national significance. The report will discuss best practices for effective gang prevention and intervention techniques, and arrests and prosecution of gang members. 
  • $100 million increase in funds for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to double capacity of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to ensure the FBI has the capacity to manage existing requirements to perform necessary background checks on prospective firearms purchasers.
  • Under State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, Byrne Innovation Grant Program increased to $21 million, focused on fighting gang activity with public safety programs and the community. $385 million to Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program, and $35 million to Delinquency Prevention Grants, of which $5 million goes to Gang and Youth Violence Education and Prevention. 
  • Additional: The bill lifts the hiring freeze at DOJ in effect since January 2011 due to budget shortfalls, which will allow new attorneys to be hired. $69 million more to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). $176 million additional funds to Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), majority funds directed to new School Safety Initiative. An increase of $78 million to U.S. Attorneys. 
As recently as June 13, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez discussed the results of a major gang investigation known as “Operation 40-Cal,” which is able to prosecute gangs under new, anti-racketeering RICO statutes that took effect June 2012. Senator Kirk’s comments on the investigation can be found here. 
In May 2013, Senators Kirk and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) met with U.S. Attorney Nominee Zachary Fardon to highlight the need to prioritize prosecution of violent crime in the U.S. Attorney’s office.  Senator Kirk urged Fardon’s swift confirmation stating that, “he is the best pick to build upon Patrick Fitzgerald’s legacy and take down dangerous drug gangs that threaten our communities.” More information about the meeting with Mr. Fardon can be found here.  
Senator Kirk and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy met on July 2 to discuss the history of local gangs and their factions while touring hot spots for gun violence. In April, the two also discussed the prevalence of gangs and illegal guns in the City of Chicago. Senator Kirk sponsored the Manchin-Toomey proposal, entitled the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, that would close gaps in the existing background checks system and reduce gun violence in Chicago and across the U.S. while defending the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. To watch a video explaining the bipartisan bill click here.
In February, Senator Kirk met with the family of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed by gang crossfire in Chicago. Following the meeting, Senator Kirk reiterated his priority to pass legislation that will dry up the supply of illegal weapons to drug gangs that commit violent crimes. Senator Kirk is the lead sponsor of a bill aimed at drying up the supply of illegal weapons to drug gangs. The bill, S. 179, would end straw purchases by making gun trafficking a federal crime. For more information about Senator Kirk’s meeting with the Pendleton family click here.

Playwright invites all to express their feelings about Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till

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Janet Langhart Cohen Would Like You to Join Her to Express Your Reflections On Racism To Honor Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till, Two Teenage Boys Who Were Taken Too Soon

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — At no time has the memory of Emmett Till been so relevant, on the heels of the Trayvon Martin murder trial. Emmett Till, a 14 year old Black boy, was brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. His murder galvanized the modern Civil Rights movement. Had he lived, Emmett Till would be 72 on July 25.
Janet Langhart Cohen, playwright of “Anne and Emmett,” an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, would like people to join her in remembering them both by sharing your message of reflection on their deaths, the state of Civil Rights and how the movement has changed or progressed in the last 50 years. Janet’s message is “Emmett Till is not forgotten; the struggle continues with memories of Trayvon Martin.”
“Little has changed in over half a century,” said Cohen, “Sadly, many people cannot see beyond the color of a person’s skin and judgment is passed accordingly. All we can hope for is peaceful and galvanizing change using words instead of hands or weapons. I hope that the Martin case is a lesson, not a reason for people to be destructive or take up arms.”
Mrs. Cohen is available for interviews.

Summer program unites youth and lifelong learners who commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; Free Public Showcase August 12

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CHICAGO, IL –  “Remixing the March,” Goodman Theatre’s year-long commemoration of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, continues this summer: youth participants in General Theater Studies (GTS) combine talents with senior citizens of the GeNarrations writing program to create a performance piece that views the historic event through a contemporary lens. As part of the annual GTS six-week summer program (through August 12), 80 teenage participants initiate discussions with GeNarrations participants about their recollections of the March, including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. From these interviews, the students blend their own stories into an original performance piece to be presented almost 50 years to the day. Reservations for the free August 12 public showcase performance are required; call 312.443.3800. Crown Family Philanthropies, Grosvenor Capital Management and Impact Creativity are Education Partners. Anonymous and the Helen V. Brach Foundation are Institutional Supporters of Education and Community Engagement.

“GTS is about using theater to develop engaged, socially conscious individuals who learn the powerful influence the arts have on daily life,” said Willa J. Taylor, Goodman Theatre Director of Education and Community Engagement. “The March on Washington was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history; by engaging in conversation with our GeNarrations participants—people who lived through this landmark event—our GTS young people use theatrical techniques to understand and respond to events of the world in which we live.”

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C. took place on August 28, 1963, when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony. Attended by an estimated 200,000 – 300,000 people, the March is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).

The Goodman’s commemoration of the March on Washington’s anniversary began with a CONTEXT series discussion with arts and community leaders about Gospel music’s role in the Civil Rights Movement in conjunction with Regina Taylor’s Crowns. It continued during the past school year with the Goodman’s Student Subscription Series, in which high school participants considered what contemporary issues would be investigated in a 2013 March (gun control, freedom to marry, immigration reform, etc). The final program takes place this fall in conjunction with Pullman Porter Blues (date TBA).

Participants in GeNarrations—an ongoing adult-education program for life-long learners—develop personal narrative performance pieces based on themes of Goodman Theatre productions, which they then perform in a public forum. The Goodman offers at least two six-week sessions each season, with approximately 30 participants per session. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services as well as session-specific community based organizations.

Now celebrating its seventh season in its current iteration, the GTS six-week intensive includes two three-hour sessions per day, four days per week. Activities with teaching artists Bobby Biedrzycki, Amanda Delheimer, Kevin Douglas, Khanisha Foster, Vince Pagan, Tony Sancho and Paul Whitehouse range from vocal, facial and physical warm-ups to theater ensemble building, object work and writing exercises. GTS participants will also see Albany Park Theater Project’s Home/Land at the Goodman and Mojada at Victory Gardens Theater as part of the program. General Theater Studies and GeNarrations Participants Commemorate March on Washington Anniversary.

Chicago man charged with sexual abuse and child pornography

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A 30-year-old Chicago man has been charged with sexual abuse and multiple counts of child pornography following the execution of a search warrant at his residence as part of an investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to the Office of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Jesus Munoz, of the 1600 block of North Kedvale Avenue, was arrested by Chicago Police yesterday (July 16) and appeared in bond court today at the Leighton Criminal Courts building where bond was set at $275,000 by Judge Laura Sullivan.  Munoz next court date is August 6.

According to prosecutors, an investigation of individuals searching for and downloading suspected child pornography led officers to Munoz.   Officers executed a search warrant at his residence, where they recovered a laptop from the living room.  A forensic analysis of the laptop revealed files containing moving depictions by computer of children engaged in sex acts.  The images included children under the age of 13 years engaged in acts of sexual conduct and sexual penetration.

According to prosecutors, during the execution of the search warrant, two minor children living at the residence disclosed to the officers that Munoz had touched them inappropriately in the past.  The children told officers that Munoz had inappropriately touched them both underneath and over their clothing numerous times. 

Munoz is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, all Class 2 felonies, each punishable by up to 7 years in prison.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked the members of the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office administers the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which investigates and prosecutes criminal acts such as child pornography, sexual solicitation of a child or missing child investigations.  The task force also offers guidance and information for parents and educators on internet safety.  To report a child-related internet crime call (312) 492-3655.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Singer Dionne Warwick to perform three concerts in the Philippines, July 20-23, 2013

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Manila, Philippines (BlackNews.com) — Singer Dionne Warwick, one of the best-selling acts of all time, is returning to the Philippines for another major concert series. She will perform in the capital city of Manila at the Manila Hotel Tent on July 20th, at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 21st, and again on July 23rd in Manila at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

She is being presented by Ovation Productions, who decided to bring her back after highly successful concert series in 2010, during which she performed to sold-out crowds in Manila and Cebu.

Warwick, who is the cousin of the late Whitney Houston, is known for her chart-topping hits such as Walk On By, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, I Say A Little Prayer and I’ll Never Fall In Love Again.

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Jim Duffett’s statement on the U.S. House vote on Individual Mandate

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Jim Duffett is the Executive Director, Campaign for Better Health Care
Yesterday, the Republican majority opposed the American value of Personal Responsibility in the U.S.  House of Representatives.  Instead they embraced the current practice of health insurance premium cost shifting that adds 10-15% to the cost of health insurance premiums that small businesses and hard working Americans are currently forced to pay due to freeloaders.  This insidious practice ends under Obamacare.
This is the 39th useless vote by the GOP attempting to tear down Obamacare, this time by delaying the Personal Responsibiity (individual mandate) provision of the law for one year.  This provision ensures that everyone who can afford coverage either purchases it or pays a penalty, a move that will prevent freeloading on the system and will lower health care costs for all of us.
Instead of taking action to support job creation or address any of the major problems facing Americans today, the House majority leadership has made it clear that they will instead spend millions of taxpayer dollars for nothing other than political theater.  They have offered no alternative plans for making sure that Americans are able to obtain health insurance coverage.
America’s small businesses and hard working families deserve real support, and they deserve a health insurance system that will protect them and offer them real security.  They do not deserve the health care policy position of the Republicans that has the health care costs of freeloaders pushed upon them.  We urge the House Republicans to give up their useless crusade to take away the peace of mind that Americans will finally have under Obamacare, and instead focus on expanding jobs for Americans.
About Campaign for Better Health Care
We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people.  The Campaign for Better Health Care is the state’s largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all.  For more information, visit www.cbhconline.org.

An important message for Illinois Shakespeare Festival patrons

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The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is moving performances into its rain/heat venue at the Center for the Performing Arts (CPA Theatre) on Illinois State University’s campus for the following shows:

 THURSDAY, JULY 18 at 7:30 pm – MACBETH and FRIDAY, JULY 19 at 8 pm – FAILURE: A LOVE STORY. The CPA Theatre is located at 315 S. School St in Normal, IL near the intersection of W. Beaufort St. and S. School St. Free Art Events Parking is available onsite after 5 pm in the School Street Garage.

Live and jazz music will be performed at 6:30 pm each night at the north end of the theatre lobby. The Costume and Manor Tour on Thursday, and the Backstage and Garden Tour on Friday have been cancelled. Please see the box office to reschedule those events. Kelly’s Bakery will deliver ordered meals to patrons at the theatre. Water, soda, and treats will be available; no alcohol is permitted in the space.

Please call 866-IL-SHAKE if you need additional information or assistance.

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