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Syrian Americans, Anti-War Activists Say, “Hands Off Syria!”

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October 13th Global rally, “Hands off Syria”, will be held  Sunday, October 13th, 2013 at 3:00 P.M., Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams, in Chicago and in other countries

As part of an international day of protest against the war on Syria, a rally will be held in Federal Plaza under the slogan, “Hands Off Syria.”

The event is taking place in many countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Syria, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela.

The rally in Chicago and other states was initiated by the Syrian American Forum, and endorsed by: Anti-War Committee – Chicago; ANSWER Coalition – Chicago; Gay Liberation Network; U.S. Palestinian Community Network – Chicago; and March 19 Anti-War Coalition.

Dr. Matar Matar of the Syrian American Forum said, “At the time while we are struggling to provide health care for the American people, the Obama administration is still willing to send arms to Syrian rebels, fueling the war in Syria.”

Videos recently published on YouTube show insurgents in Syria with portable anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles, supplied by the Gulf States, Turkey, and some NATO countries. According to Dr. Matar, “We all know that no deal like that will pass without a green light from the U.S., especially when we see stinger missiles in the hands of these Jihadists.”

On top of the over 100,000 killed in Syria to date, the war is destroying the economy, infrastructure, and the unity of Syria. Dr. Matar continued, “We want to ask the Obama administration to work in the direction of peace, not fueling war. Mr. Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war in Iraq. By supporting insurgents in Syria he is losing his credibility as a peace achiever.”

“The positive and moral role for the United Sates is to encourage, along with other major powers, the end of war and the start of dialogue. “

Finally, Dr. Matar said, “Syrian people are suffering; they are tired of this bloody war.”

Madigan, States announce $30 million settlement for misleading advertising

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Settlement resolves claims of deceptive enrollment in Discount Clubs and Memberships

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with 47 other attorneys general to announce a $30 million settlement with a Connecticut-based marketing firm, Affinion Group, over allegations it deceived consumers into signing up for discount clubs and memberships they never wanted or in many cases even knew about.

An investigation by Madigan and the states revealed that Affinion used its many retail partners to often surreptitiously sign consumers up for discount clubs and membership programs offering a variety of services, including credit monitoring, roadside assistance and discounted travel deals. Consumers were often unaware they had been enrolled in the programs until they noticed costly charges on their credit card bills.

“We received hundreds of complaints from consumers who believed they were signing up for a free trial but later discovered charges on their credit card bills,” Madigan said. “Consumers should be wary of any offer disguised as a free trial. It is also important to take the time every month to scrutinize your credit card statement to ensure you are not being charged for something you never wanted.”

Affinion and its subsidiaries market its clubs and memberships through a series of agreements with “marketing partners,” which are well-known and popular banks and retailers that present the offers to consumers often immediately after the consumer has made a purchase with the bank or retailer. Affinion’s programs are also marketed to consumers in direct mail, online or in telemarketing calls. Each program comes with a monthly fee to consumers, which continues until the consumers affirmatively cancel.

Consumers targeted by Affinion and its partners, many whom are seniors, often first learned of their enrollment in a club or membership when they noticed an unrecognized charge on their credit card. The charges generally appeared soon after an online or direct mail purchase where consumers were offered a free trial, coupons or gift cards to try out various discount programs by Affinion. Many consumers who opted to take the offer thought that because they hadn’t provided payment information again, they were not making a purchase. But unless consumers took steps to cancel, they were actually purchasing a membership because encrypted payment information from their initial purchase was transferred from the retailer to Affinion. Affinion billed consumers after an initial trial period unless consumers took steps to cancel.

Consumers who reported complaints to Madigan’s office and the other states said that Affinion charged them for services without their authorization or knowledge. Once they learned of the charge, some consumers had difficulty canceling and obtaining a refund.

The investigation into Affinion’s marketing practices found the company repeatedly misled consumers by failing to disclose Affinion’s identity and the cost and ongoing nature of the charges. The states found troubling marketing practices, including live check solicitations, where consumers were sent a direct mail offer that looks identical to a check that when deposited authorized Affinion to enroll the unknowing consumer in membership programs and to bill them every month indefinitely. The states also found that Affinion used online data pass offers, which consumers were presented with immediately after an online purchase from a retailer. Affinion used the online offers to enroll and bill consumers without ever acquiring their banking information because the retailer, its marketing partner, would pass the consumer’s financial information to Affinion.

Under today’s settlement, those practices are prohibited. Affinion must also provide clear and detailed information to consumers after enrollment regarding their membership, including periodic reminders of their enrollment and any changes to Affinion’s cancellation practices.

As part of the agreement, Affinion has established a fund of approximately $19 million to provide refunds to some consumers who received unauthorized charges for Affinion’s programs.  Consumers who believe they were improperly charged by Affinion and have not yet filed a complaint should contact Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at (800) 386-5438. Consumers checking their credit card and bank account statements should also be looking for the names of Affinion’s membership programs to determine if they have been charged.

Joining Madigan in the settlement were attorneys general from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Detroit Mayor Bing makes donation to Jackets For Jobs

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It’s more than giving a suit; it’s about an opportunity to serve

DETROIT, MI (BlackNews.com) – Jackets for Jobs, (JFJ) Inc., a nationally recognized award-winning nonprofit organization, provides career skills, interview training, work etiquette and professional clothes to clients searching for employment. The vast majority of JFJ clients need professional clothing to wear on job interviews.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing recently availed his support for the 13-year-old organization and arranged for clothing pick up. Alison Vaughn, JFJ founder stated, “Unemployment comes in all sizes and we are grateful to Mayor Bing [6 feet, 3 inches tall] for his generous donation of suits and shirts. We thanked the Mayor for believing in our mission.” The organization has assisted more than 14,000 job seekers since opening its doors in 2000.

Mayor Dave Bing, America’s favorite weatherman Al Rocker, Grammy award winner BeBe Winans and R&B singer KEM – all have made donations to the men’s division of this organization. The Mayor indicated that he was very familiar with the organization and wanted to provide the clothing to help Detroiters actively seeking employment.

Reportedly, job opportunities are on the rise in Detroit. Recent census figures show that Detroit’s overall population shrank by 25 percent in the last 10 years. But another figure tells a different and more intriguing story: During the same time period, downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35, nearly 30 percent more than two-thirds of the nation’s 51 largest cities.

According to a 2007 study by University of Oregon economics professor William Harbaugh and psychology professor Ulrich Mayr, people donate to charity because it provides them with a good feeling. Researchers contend that the study supports the idea of a “warm glow” feeling and that people are willing to take action, even if it does not directly benefit them.

“Besides the warm feeling you get inside when you do something nice for others, supporting a charity allows you to fulfill a need. We’re pleased that the Mayor chose Jacket for Jobs,” Vaughn said.

This prized organization is funded by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and is the charitable arm of TJ Maxx. For more information, visit www.jacketsforjobs.org or call 313-579-9160.

Photo Caption: Mayor Dave Bing, City of Detroit & Alison Vaughn, Founder & CEO, Jackets for Jobs

Joseph Smith event expands access for students

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Dramatic presentation and roundtable on legal rights offers free tickets to high school students

CHICAGO, IL – A drama about the courtroom battles of Mormon leader Joseph Smith, followed by a discussion of legal protections for minority groups, will be more accessible to high school students thanks to 50 free tickets that have been set aside for the Oct. 14 event.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission are providing the tickets for students taking advanced history courses. Use of the tickets is being arranged by the Illinois State Board of Education.

During the 1840s, Joseph Smith waged a series of courtroom battles to avoid extradition to Missouri, where he was accused of treason and conspiracy. Smith, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, successfully used the writ of habeas corpus – that is, having a judge determine whether someone is being held legally – to stay in Illinois.

The Oct. 14 event at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts includes a dramatization of Smith’s legal battles. Then a panel of experts will discuss the use of habeas corpus from Smith to Abraham Lincoln to holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

The moderator for “The Habeas Corpus Hearings of Joseph Smith” will be David A. Strauss, the Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. Strauss, a former assistant to the solicitor general of the United States, has argued 18 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is one of the editors of the Supreme Court Review and a board member for the American Constitution Society.

Panel members include U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough of the Central District of Illinois; Michael Scodro, Solicitor General for the State of Illinois; Jeffrey Colman, partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago, who has worked on behalf of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay; and Jeffrey N. Walker of the Joseph Smith Papers , Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tickets for the event are $15 and are now available at www.josephsmithcaptured.com.

Salt Lake City’s Deseret News calls this exploration of legal rights through Smith’s story a “remarkable” project. It was first staged to a sold-out house at the Lincoln Presidential Library.

The ALPLM and the Commission have assembled a statewide group of lawyers and judges, led by Illinois Supreme Court Justices Rita Garman and Anne Burke, to bring greater awareness of historic legal events in Illinois and the lessons that can be learned from them. Last year this group explored involuntary commitment through a reenactment of the case of Mary Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, who was involuntarily committed by her son in 1875. Previously, the group explored the trial of Mary Surratt who was convicted of conspiring in the Lincoln assassination and who became the first woman executed by the federal government.

For more information, please contact John Lupton, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. 217-670-0890, ext. 1. John.lupton@illinoiscourthistory.org

Better Business Bureau Warning: New Magazine Scam Hits Northern Illinois

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CHICAGO, IL – If you have recently renewed a magazine subscription, you might want to take a second look at your statement. Scammers are disguising themselves as magazine companies and sending subscribers fake renewal forms, requesting them to renew their subscription at odd prices. In some cases, renewals are offered at suspiciously low prices and in others, extremely inflated prices. As a result, consumers are receiving multiple renewal forms and paying scammers for magazines that they will never receive.

Mary Ann Bretzlauf of Grayslake was recently a victim of a magazine renewal scam, receiving a subscription renewal for $179.99. When she received the bill she said, “I noticed that the address that I sent the payment to looked different but I did not worry about it. I did not get the magazine and when I called the actual magazine office they said that this company is not authorized and that this happens all the time.” After having no luck with several customer service representatives from the company, Mary finally got her refund when she threatened to report them and complained to the Better Business Bureau.

“Once consumers sign up for a magazine subscription, it’s easy for them to pay their renewal fees without taking a closer look at the form” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO serving the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “However, they need to take a closer look at both their initial subscription form and their renewal form because if the address and/or companies don’t match, then it’s most likely a scam.”

The BBB urges people to beware of illegitimate magazine subscriptions by following these tips:

  • Check for a renewal notice. Many magazine companies will include a renewal notice in the final issue of your magazine. If you see this notice in your final issue, then you will know it is authentic.
  • Compare addresses on your subscription forms. You can find the legitimate address in the first few pages of your magazine. Don’t pay a renewal form with an address that doesn’t match the one inside your magazine.
  • Check the mailing label on your magazine. If you don’t know when your renewal date is for your magazine subscription, check the date on the mailing label of your magazine. If you receive a renewal form that is not near the renewal date on your magazine then be extremely cautious.
  • Contact your magazine publisher. If you are uncertain about your renewal date or the validity of your renewal form, contact the magazine publisher directly with any questions or concerns. They will have accurate information on your magazine subscriptions.

For more tips and information about scams, visit www.bbb.org

She is Black: African-American Poet & Ethiopian-American Author Join Forces to Publish Unique Book of Faith, Love and Identity

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Jay Blackwell and El Shaddai Gebreyes are breaking new literary ground by fusing their diverse talents which are seldom found under the same book cover. Showcasing poetry and prose that defies all cultural boundaries, ‘She is Black’ reminds readers that opposite expressions can easily blend into a single voice.

Alexandria, VA – With cultural stereotypes still alive in abundance, many are working diligently to prove that the black experience is far from monolithic. Showcasing this concept vividly and with bold beauty, a compelling new literary collaboration is breaking all silos of affiliation, language, gender and narrative.

‘She is Black’ is the work of African-American poet Jay Blackwell and Ethiopian-American author of creative nonfiction, El Shaddai Gebreyes.

This multi-genre collection is a meditation on faith, love and identity. With passion, each vivid thread is woven together to create a dynamic tapestry.

On the face of it, the words transform into captivating images. Examining the back of this tapestry – i.e., looking beyond the outward presentation – you will see two souls traversing oceans.

Grateful for each breath above the waters and attentive to each cry below, the writers encourage you to journey to the point where you find she in he and He in she.

As one of the authors explains, “Our styles of writing, expression and viewpoint have melded into a singularly powerful book. Passion impresses us, imprisons us and thrusts our vulnerable ideas before strangers. This book releases our passionate selves through vines of verse, song, movement and daring. This book is important because it is a mirror constructed of opposite expressions that blend into one voice” says Gebreyes.
Blackwell hopes that the duo’s work will continue to act as a catalyst in opening up vital societal dialogues, “The first section of the book invites the reader into the inner life of a woman rising through obstacles, avoiding pain and fear, who in the process discovers a career? The second section provides colloquial insights into the African-American experience, with descriptions of intimacy, passion, and the contemplative life.”
“The world has many voices and expressions that often seem at odds with each other. Our collaboration is unlikely and an inviting alternative.  It has brought people from thousands of miles apart, in their ideas and in their geography, together and talking! Our book, made of seemingly opposite contents, characters and experiences will satisfy most any reader these days” Gebreyes adds.
With the book’s popularity expected to increase, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies of the book as soon as possible.
‘She is Black’, published by Xlibris, is available now: http://amzn.to/1b8BTDu.
About the Author:
El Shaddai Gebreyes is a librarian and author who compiled an anthology of poetry, 100 + Poems for Holidays and Special Occasions by Frederick Douglas Harper, published by Xlibris.  She is also the author of two collections of poetry and prose about spiritual exploration – Ever Before Me: Your Love and The Last Adam (Xlibris).  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies with a concentration in anthropology at Yale University and a master’s degree in library science at The Catholic University of America. A former Miss National Teen-Ager, she believes the joy of life is in the spirit of giving. Please visit her blog http://stateofselflessness.blogspot.com for her meditations on the universe – both inner space and the outer world.  Her Twitter username is @buttressed.
Jay Blackwell has been involved in civil disobedience and social change since his parents carried he and his brother to sit at lunch counters in North Carolina during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Since then he has traveled the United States working with community leaders, healers, families and organizations to improve how they provide better health care to their loved ones. He has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and care services since 1986, as well as supporting and building the business skills of LGBTQ and minority organizations. He has a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts from NC Central University. He continues to write poetry and verse that ranges from the subversive to the sublime and can be reached through FaceBook at the SHE IS BLACK Page.

Mega-Rally for immigrant dignity and respect takes place tomorrow in Downtown Chicago

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(From Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)

Editor’s Note: Due to the government shutdown, tomorrow’s 3 P.M.  rally for immigrant dignity and respect has been moved to Daley Plaza at 50 W Washington.

All other details of the march are the same. Tomorrow’s action still begins at Teamster City at 12 P.M. The rally will now end at Daley Plaza instead of Federal Plaza.

Thousands of people across the country continue to take bold action across the country this month to stop deportations and demand dignity and respect for immigrants.

On Tuesday, over 200 people demanding House Republicans get to work on immigration reform were arrested in Washington, D.C. including ICIRR’s Lawrence Benito and Joshua Hoyt. Also arrested were Illinois immigration champions Congressman Luis Gutierrez and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

The action continues on Saturday to cap off this week of action for immigrant dignity and respect.

The mega-march for immigrant dignity and respect will be held tomorrow in downtown Chicago.

Following Tuesday’s arrests, Illinois Latino elected officials on Wednesday slammed the “anti-Latino” Rep. Peter Roskam and demanded that he move House leaders to give us a vote on immigration reform.

Yesterday, a Chicago Sun-Times Editorial bluntly called out House Republicans to pass immigration reform and stop deportations.

With fast-growing immigrant communities in many key House districts like that of deputy whip Peter Roskam, Republicans ignore immigration reform at their own political peril. House Republicans need to remember November, when Democrats won an overwhelming majority of immigrant voters across the nation.

Worse still, everyday that House Republicans continue to delay immigration reform, 1100 people are deported. Thousands of families are torn apart while millions of immigrants desperately wait for the dignity and respect that every American should enjoy.

The start of the march begins Saturday at noon, at 300 S Ashland.

Let’s make sure House Republicans can’t continue to ignore the dignity of 11 million people!

P.S. If you can’t make it tomorrow, please add your voice to this automatic Thunderclap action, happening during the mega-rally.

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TimeLine Theatre Company extends Hit Production of “A Raisin In The Sun” through December 7th

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CHICAGO, IL — TimeLine Theatre Company announces a three-week extension of its acclaimed production of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Ron OJ Parson. Originally scheduled to close on November 17, A Raisin in the Sun will now run through December 7, 2013, at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave, Chicago. Tickets to newly added performances go on sale Thursday, October 10 at 12 p.m.

Since opening in late August on the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, TimeLine’s A Raisin in the Sun has been listed as the best-reviewed play running in Chicago, according to theatreinchicago.com, with more than a dozen “Highly Recommended” notices from critics. The Chicago Tribune called it “an immersive, intimate, visceral, local, emotional, superbly acted production,” and Time Out Chicago wrote: “TimeLine Theatre Company’s impressively vital new revival seems to hit every note … while coming with some remarkable resonances of its own.”

Tickets to remaining performances during the original run are virtually sold out, with availability generally limited to TimeLine FlexPass subscribers and tickets released due to last-minute exchanges and cancellations.

For the extension, the performance schedule is Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (except no performance 12/4), Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (except no performance 11/28 and 12/5), Fridays at 8 p.m. (also 3 p.m. on 11/29), Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The production must close on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

Ticket prices are $35 (Wednesday – Friday), $45 (Saturday) or $48 (Sunday). Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or visit timelinetheatre.com.

Only TimeLine FlexPass subscribers are offered priority access to tickets to A Raisin in the Sun and TimeLine’s entire 2013-14 season. Four-admission FlexPasses cost $134 – $198 and are now on sale via the TimeLine Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or online at timelinetheatre.com.

A Raisin in the Sun brings together an extraordinary array of acclaimed artists from Chicago and beyond to tell the powerful story of an African-American family living in a crowded apartment on Chicago’s South Side during the 1950s. The cast, led by Greta Oglesby (Phylicia Rashad’s standby for the role of Lena Younger on Broadway and Jeff Award winner for Supporting Actress in a Play for Do Lord Remember Me at Chicago Theatre Company) as Lena “Mama” Younger and TimeLine Company Member Mildred Marie Langford (TimeLine’s In Darfur and My Kind of Town) as Beneatha Younger, also features Wardell Julius Clark, Justin James Farley, Jerod Haynes, Alex Henderson, Toni Martin, Chris Rickett, Daryl Satcher and Oscar Vasquez.

A Raisin in the Sun is a poignant drama about the Younger family, who believe that a better life is just around the corner. But they are challenged when their plan to buy a home in the Clybourne Park neighborhood is thwarted by racial intolerance. This award-winning play celebrates faith, courage and the human spirit, even as it spotlights divisions that still plague Chicago more than 60 years after the play is set.

Three additional performances of A Raisin in the Sun, not available for sale to the general public, are scheduled on Tuesday, December 3; Wednesday, December 4; and Thursday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. Thanks to the generous underwriting of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, these performances will accommodate up to 300 students from Noble’s Hansberry College Prep, located at 8748 S. Aberdeen Street in Chicago. The school, which opened in 2012 as Noble Auburn Gresham College Prep with more than 250 freshmen, has implemented a college prep curriculum and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and now serves a mainly low-income student body comprised of 500 students in 9th and 10th grades.

In September, Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert encouraged TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers and A Raisin in the Sun director Ron OJ Parson to attend the re-naming of the school in honor of A Raisin in the Sun playwright Lorraine Hansberry. At that event, students performed a scene from the play. “We are thrilled for these students to see the celebrated work of their school’s namesake at TimeLine,” said Powers. “It is sure to be an inspiring experience for everyone.”


A Raisin in the Sun is running at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The location is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. The LAZ Parking Lot at 3012 N. Broadway is the closest parking and costs $6 for 1-5 hours. TimeLine also offers discounted parking at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center ($8 with validation; 2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall ($9 with validation; 2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking. There are two flights of stairs (18 steps) between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.


The production staff for A Raisin in the Sun includes Brian Sidney Bembridge (Scenic and Lighting Design), Janice Pytel (Costume Design), Joshua Horvath (Sound Design), Nick Jackson (Properties Design), Tierra Novy (Lobby Design), Alexis Jade Links (Dramaturg), Jinni Pike (Stage Manager), Tyla Abercrumbie (Assistant Director) and Cordie Nelson (Production Assistant).


TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicago magazine, 2011) and the nation’s theater “Company of the Year” (The Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. Over 16 seasons, TimeLine’s history includes more than 50 productions, including nine world premieres and 19 Chicago premieres, and launching the Living History Education Program, which brings the company’s mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 47 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production nine times.

Also now playing:

  • The remount of TimeLine’s 2010 hit To Master the Art by William Brown and Doug Frew, directed by William Brown, presented by the Chicago Commercial Collective and Broadway in Chicago, continues at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, through October 20, 2013.

Coming soon:

  • The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, directed by Nick Bowling, featuring David Cromer in the lead role of Ned Weeks, runs October 26 – December 22, 2013 (press opening 11/2 at 8 p.m.), at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

Later in TimeLine’s 2013-14 Season:

  • The How and the Why by Sarah Treem, directed by Keira Fromm, runs January 28 – April 6, 2014 (press opening 2/6 at 7:30 p.m.) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave.
  • Chicago premiere of Juno, book by Joseph Stein, music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein, based on the play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey, directed by Nick Bowling with musical direction by Doug Peck and Elizabeth Doran, runs April 23 – July 27, 2014 (press opening 5/1 at 7:30 p.m.), at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

TimeLine Theatre is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers, Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman and Board President Cindy Giacchetti. Company members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Maren Robinson and Benjamin Thiem.

Major supporters of TimeLine Theatre include Alphawood Foundation, The Crown Family, Forum Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Pauls Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.

TimeLine is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.

Firm introduces Online Act Prep Course using an animated instructor to help students study for the upcoming Act Exam

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ACT Algebra Prep.com is being offered FREE through October 25th

Oklahoma City, OK (BlackNews.com) – The average composite ACT score for African Americans in 2012 was 17.0, compare that to the national average of 21.1. Some universities will accept a low ACT score but they may require the student to take remedial classes in their freshman and/or sophomore year. Remedial classes typically cover class work that students should have but did not master in high school. Unfortunately, if you go into remedial classes it costs the same as your other classes and takes the same amount of time, but you don’t get college credit. According to a 2011 and 2012 report by The College Board, as of 2008, 47.3% of African American first and second year undergraduate students in the United States are in remedial courses after high school and these same students are less likely to succeed – in their performance, persistence and degree.

Enter Precision Technology Group, LLC., developer of ACT Algebra Prep.com, an online course that utilizes an animated instructor, teaches ACT strategies, reviews Algebra concepts and walks the student through solved ACT type Algebra problems with the help of worksheets.

“We know that students live a very busy life and have a tendency to cram for test or wait until the last minute to study. Convincing them to change their study habits to prep for the ACT exam can be a challenge. So if you can’t beat them join them,” stated William A Franks, Jr., President of Precision Technology Group. “ACTAlgebraPrep.com focuses only on one subject, Algebra. The benefit of focusing on one subject gives the student time for their day to day activities without overwhelming them with studying for the ACT exam.”

For those who think their son or daughter can benefit from the service, it is being offered free through October 25th, simply go to www.ACTAlgebraPrep.com, enroll and start prepping for the upcoming ACT exam.

Meet The Jury – 2013 International Feature Competition

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CHICAGO, IL – The 49th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s oldest competitive international film festival, is pleased to announce the Jury members for the International Feature Competition. The jury is comprised of French director and writer Sarah Bouyain, German actor Burghart Klaussner, Brazilian film director Lúcia Murat, Italian/British film producer and journalist Donald K. Ranvaud and American producer Robert Teitel.

The jury will present the Gold Hugo to the best film of the 16 films in competition as well as awards in the categories of acting, directing and writing, among others. Past Gold Hugo winners include: Leos Caraix’s Holy Motors (2012, France), Steve McQueen’s Hunger (2008, UK), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros (2000, Mexico), Zhang Yimou’s Ju Dou (1990, China) and Wim Wenders’ Kings of the Road (1976, Germany).

Sarah Bouyain (France)
Sarah Bouyain is a French director and writer. Born in Reims, France in 1968, she is the daughter of a French mother and a Burkinabe father. She studied cinematography at the Louis Lumière School of Cinematography in France. Bouyain wrote and directed Children of the White Men a documentary about mixed race children born from African mothers and French soldiers during the French colonization of Burkina Faso. She also wrote and directed The Place In Between, which was an official selection at many international film festivals including Venice, Toronto, and Chicago.

Burghart Klaussner (Germany)
Burghart Klaussner is a German born actor with over 50 film credits to his name. He has won numerous awards and is best known for his work in political films. Educated at the Max Reinhard School in Berlin, he is well respected as both a film and theater actor. Some of his recent accolades include his roles in The Educators (2004), The Man from the Embassy (2006) and The White Ribbon (2009). He currently lives in Hamburg and is a member of the Hamburg Free Academy of the Arts and an elected board member of the German Film Academy.

Lúcia Murat (Brazil)
Lúcia Murat is an award-winning director of documentaries and narrative features from Brazil. After being arrested and tortured as a member of the Brazilian leftist “guerrilha,” the experience had a lasting impact on her life and has greatly influenced her work. Her first feature, How Nice to See You Alive (1988), premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and revealed a filmmaker dedicated to women’s rights and political issues. Her films examine income inequality, corruption in political structures and the construction of ideology. Her most recent narrative feature, Memories They Told Me (2013), looks at terrorism, defeated utopias and the creation of myth. It was awarded the Best Film Prize by the FIPRESCI Jury at the 2013 Moscow International Film Festival.

Donald K. Ranvaud (Italy/Great Britain)
Donald K. Ranvaud has been working in the film industry as a journalist and producer for several decades. In addition to his numerous published books, he founded the film magazine, Framework, and has free-lanced with several publications including Sight and Sound, The Guardian, and Cahiers du Cinema. He has spent much of his career as a producer, with a special interest in Latin American cinema and has garnered 12 Oscar nominations. He has produced dozens of acclaimed films including Life on a String, Farewell My Concubine, Central Station, City of God, and The Constant Gardener. He is currently discovering and nurturing filmmakers as the President of the London-based film production company Buena Onda.

Robert Teitel (USA)
Chicago native Robert Teitel graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Film and Marketing. While at Columbia, he formed a production company called Menagerie Films in collaboration with director George Tillman (2013 Chicago International Film Festival Career Achievement Award recipient). In 1994, he raised $150,000 to produce Scenes For the Soul, a feature shot in Chicago, using local talent and resources. He sold it to Savoy Pictures for $1 million and hasn’t looked back since. He  is known for such films as Soul Food (1997), Men of Honor (2000), Barbershop (2002), Notorious (2009), and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013).

The awards ceremony will be held Friday October 18 at 9 pm at the W Chicago City Center (172 W. Adams). Awards will also be presented in these competitive categories: New Directors Competition, Chicago Award, DocuFest, Shorts and After Dark. Past award winners have gone on to win Oscars® and Golden Globe® awards, among other notable recognitions. Awards Night is a night for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival juries, filmmakers and guests to come together and celebrate each other’s achievements.

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