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Archive for November 24th, 2014

Grassroots Coalition to File 50,000+ Petitions to Put Elected School Board on February Ballot

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Chicago voters will be able to register dissatisfaction with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s unaccountable, unelected rubber-stamp school board in February election


CHICAGO, IL – Parents, teachers and community members will hold a press conference on Monday morning at 11AM to announce the successful petition drive that collected over 50,000 petition signatures to place an advisory referendum on the February 2015 municipal ballot, ensuring that Chicagoans will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not they would like the city of Chicago to elect its school board.

“The work of so many community leaders talking to their neighbors all over the city shows clearly that Chicago is ready and excited for change,” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action.  “The status quo is not working for our children.  Instead of constantly trying to shut down democracy, it is time for the mayor and Chicago Public Schools to listen to the people.  We will not be silenced any longer.”

Chicago is the only city in Illinois where voters don’t elect school board members and one of just a handful of cities across the nation with an appointed board.

The ballot initiative comes as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is under fire for risky investment strategies, devised by current board president and mayoral confidante David Vitale, which could cost the district $100 million it can ill afford. It is a grassroots community response to City Council maneuvers that attempted to keep the question off the ballots, maneuvers currently being investigated by the Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Monday is not only the culmination of a petition drive, but a day that has been a long time in the making, as coalition members have been fighting the CPS privatization efforts, record school closings, and devastating budget cuts for many years.

Coalition members will officially file the tens of thousands of petitions they gathered with the Chicago Board of Elections on Monday morning after the 11 a.m. press conference.

Area Peace Activists to Sound Off On Iran Nuke Negotiations Deadline

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With Monday’s deadline for a nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States likely to pass without a deal, Chicago area peace activists and academics will hold a press conference to comment on the next steps necessary to ensure peace between the two long-time adversaries.

The press conference will take place at 12 noon, Monday, November 24 at Grace Place, 633 S. Dearborn Avenue, 1st floor.

After the U.S.-supported coup against Iran’s first elected government in 1953, Iranian attitudes towards the United States were embittered by decades of dictatorial rule by the U.S.-sponsored Shah, who was notorious for rampant civil liberties violations, including a rampant secret police, mass imprisonments, tortures and executions of political dissidents.

The U.S.-led sanctions, besides poisoning already rock-bottom relations, have caused real privations for ordinary Iranians who bear no responsibility for their government’s actions. Regardless of the outcome of the U.S./Iranian nuclear negotiations, additional sanctions, as some in Congress are proposing, would make a bad situation worse.

Rather than continuing to punish Iran with sanctions, activists say that the United States should begin to make amends for the decades of dictatorial rule that it imposed on Iran.  Iran has already signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and submitted to many reviews and inspections under it — unlike close U.S. ally Israel, which possesses nuclear weapons and continues to threaten Iran militarily.

Speakers at the 12 noon, Monday, November 24th press conference at 633 S. Dearborn will be:

**   Kathy Kelly, longtime peace activist, frequent traveler to the region, and co-founder of Voices For Creative Non-Violence

**   Jacob Crawford, member of the Chicago chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, a former Farsi linguist in the US Navy and Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran

**   Andy Thayer, Chicago area peace movement leader, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, and co-founder of the newly-formed “U.S. Out of the Middle East Coalition”

**   Other representatives of the U.S. Out of the Middle East Coalition

The U.S. Out of the Middle East Coalition is composed of the American Friends Service Committee; ANSWER Chicago; Anti-War Committee; Buddhist Peace Fellowship; Chicago Area CodePink; Chicago Area Peace Action; Democracy in the USA; Gay Liberation Network; Iraq Veterans Against the War; NW Indiana Veterans For Peace; Veterans For Peace, Chicago Chapter; Vietnam Veterans Against the War; and World Can’t Wait-Chicago (list in formation).

For more information, email LGBTliberation@aol.com, or call Andy Thayer at 773.209.1187

Latino Union Sees Results in President’s Announcement, Vows to Fight to Expand Immigration Relief

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A year and a half after grassroots groups started the #Not1More campaign to move the President to halt deportations, end programs that criminalize immigrants, and expand the relief granted to young people in 2012, the sacrifice and courage of countless undocumented people who pressured the Administration has led to results.

“The undocumented immigrant worker community couldn’t suffer in silence any longer,” says Latino Union Executive Director Eric Rodriguez, who is the son of undocumented immigrants. “Our communities stood up and said, ‘Not one more.’”

The President’s announcement is the culmination of efforts to protect individuals from removal, separate local law enforcement from federal deportation efforts, and grant work authorization and relief from deportation to undocumented Chicagoans.

Rodriguez adds, “With ICE’s abusive actions being rejected by communities across the country, it was only a matter of time before the President had to act. Now, with more of our community safe, we have to fight for everyone left out. We’re all equally deserving whether the President has recognized it yet or not.”

While Latino Union organizers applaud the President’s relief for some undocumented immigrants, they sharply condemn the exclusion of at least seven million people who are left out by the plan.

“We need an immigration reform for everybody. Obama’s relief includes less than half of us,” says Jose Escutia, an undocumented member of the Albany Park Workers Center who will be able to legalize his status because of the executive order.

Trauma Center Activists to Protest UofC Gold Coast Fundraiser

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CHICAGO, IL — Trauma center protesters, including South Side youth, mothers, U. of Chicago students, clergy and nurses will hold a picket and rally outside a million dollar UofC Hospital fundraiser in the Gold Coast tonight, to demand the University bring trauma care to the South Side. The Booth One Ball, held at the Four Seasons Hotel, is one of the UofC Hospital’s largest annual fundraising events, raising over a million dollars. Tickets to the event cost a minimum of $600 per plate. UofC hospital president Sharon O’Keefe and Dean Kenneth Polonsky are expected to be in attendance at the gala.

Activists will use the event to present a new demand in the campaign: that the UofC raise the age of its pediatric trauma center to treat victims over the age of 15. Dean Polonsky and President O’Keefe have long claimed that they are legally barred from doing so, however, the Illinois Department of Public Health recently clarified in a public letter that they would automatically approve a proposal from a pediatric trauma center to raise its patient age above 15.

“We’re going to the north side to show Dean Polonsky and President O’Keefe that it is unjust for them to be raising millions of dollars if they are unwilling to even discuss providing trauma care to the South Side,” explained Woodlawn youth leader Veronica Morris-Moore. “As a first step to solving this crisis, we’re asking the UofC to raise the age of its pediatric trauma unit from 15 to 21.”

The Gold Coast protest comes three weeks after over 150 students and community members disrupted the gala launch of the UofC’s $4.5-billion capital campaign in Hyde Park and just two weeks before the University will submit its proposal to host Barack Obama’s presidential library in Hyde Park. Trauma center activists and supporters have been consistently demanding that the UofC not be selected to host the library until they commit to opening a trauma center.

The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Woodlawn youth leader Damian Turner, and is led by the Woodlawn-based Fearless Leading by the Youth, along with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Students for Health Equity at the UofC, National Nurses United and many faith groups including the United Church of Christ. The call for trauma care is also supported by new research by Dr. Marie Crandall of Northwestern Hospital on “Trauma Deserts” which shows that longer travel times to a trauma center increase the likelihood of dying.

What: Protest and picket at $600/plate Gold Coast gala

Where and When: 7 pm at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place

Who: Trauma Care Coalition includes mothers, youth organizers, faith leaders, UofC students, labor unions

Visual: Picket with signs and banners reading “Raise the age!,” “No trauma center, no Obama Library!”

Recent stories on the trauma center campaign:

“Chicago Faith Leaders Sing, Pray For A South Side Trauma Center ,” Progress Illinois

“Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center”, Hyde Park Herald

“South Side Hospital Patients Caught in Trauma Deserts,” (Feature Story), Chicago Tribune

“University of Chicago Alumni: No Donations Until Trauma Center Opened,” Progress Illinois

“Chicago needs help, not Obama Library,” LZ Granderson, CNN.com

“Activists protest university’s bid for Obama Library,” USA Today

“Why This Hospital Turned a 18-Year Old Away After He Was Shot,” The Huffington Post

Jamal Bryant Spearheads Coalition of Black Churches in Announcing A National Economic Mobilization Protest: #HandsUPDon’tSpend!

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Baltimore Pastor/Activist Rev. Jamal Bryant calls for Economic Mobilization regardless of the Darren Wilson verdict

Baltimore, MD. – Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Pastor and Founder of Empowerment Temple Church and President of the Empowerment Movement, announced the launch of a new national economic mobilization effort titled #HandsUpDon’tSpend.

This strategic collaboration is anchored by faith-based denominations from across the country that have united to demonstrate the power of the African American dollar! The Empowerment Movement, a non-partisan organization, is supported by the AME Church, AME Zion, COGIC, Progressive, Bible Way Churches, Full Gospel, Gospel Music Workshop of America, CME, United Covenant Churches, Harvest Churches, Fellowship of International Word of Faith, Church of God, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Congressional Black Caucus.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in this economic mobilization effort which encourages supporters to refrain from spending during the most highly-anticipated shopping time of the year; Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, through Cyber Monday.

The #HandsUpDon’tSpend Campaign will kick off Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27 and conclude, Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

It will effect Retail establishments nationwide.

In a public announcement yesterday Dr. Jamal Bryant stated, “Police brutality has no place in modern law enforcement. However, American history continues to repeat itself. Exactly one year after the death of Trayvon Martin, Black America is once again pleading for the justice system to uphold the principles of justice and equality for countless victims including Michael Brown, Eric Garner and John Crawford.

“We have come to recognize that petitions and marching have not changed the landscape of our justice system,” Bryant announced. “Neither has it changed the alarming rate of police brutality cases against African Americans in America. Therefore, we have decided to shift the impact of our power to what the government understands – the almighty dollar.”

Dr. Bryant was heavily involved in the Trayvon Martin case as the families’ advocate and spiritual advisor. Today, he serves in the same capacity for the family of Michael Brown. In addition to prayer, protest and voting campaigns, Dr. Bryant has initiated the #HandsUpDon’tSpend Campaign. According to Bryant, the intended message to those who join in the movement is, “Flex your power by not shopping during the busiest shopping period of the year – #HandsUpDon’tSpend!” In support of the #HandsUpDon’tSpend campaign the Empowerment Movement will also be supporting the WalMart workers protest on Black Friday.

National League of Cities Releases State of the Cities Analysis of 100 Mayoral Addresses

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New annual report provides unique window into the current conditions and future direction of our cities and our country

AUSTIN, TX. – As the prominence of cities continues to grow, the voice of our nation’s mayors is quickly becoming a barometer for the contemporary conditions and the future direction of our country. Released today, NLC’s new annual report, State of the Cities, provides an analysis of mayoral state of the city addresses and identifies key trends in cities and the responses of local governments.

The report can be found at http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/city-solutions-and-applied-research/state-of-the-cities
City leaders today are grappling with decisions that determine whether the cities of tomorrow will be places where the benefits of growth enhance quality of life for all residents.  While research has been done on the president’s State of the Union address and on governors’ state of the state speeches, very little analysis has been undertaken of mayoral state of the city speeches. For this reason, NLC has embarked on this critical analysis of state of the city addresses from mayors across the country.

“We see State of the Cities as a key window into the issues that are imperative to our nation’s local leaders,” says Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. He continued, “It provides an essential view of the national picture on cities that will inform policy choices and help cities understand key trends.”

This year’s baseline report will provide the foundation for annual benchmarking for years to come.  Key findings from this year’s report:

• Topline issues for the nation’s mayors are jobs and the economy, budget and finance, and public safety.

• Jobs, education and housing are prevalent topics in the speeches of larger city mayors, whereas public safety is the leading priority issue in cities with population below 50,000.

• Transportation issues receive extensive attention from mayors in the West and South, environmental issues from mayors in the West, education from mayors in the Northeast, and housing from mayors in the West and Midwest.

“Mayors are at the frontlines of our nation’s most pressing issues, implementing solutions, developing partnerships and innovating with an eye toward the future,” said Brooks Rainwater, Director of NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research. “State of the Cities 2014 provides not only a snapshot of what is currently happening in cities, but also develops a baseline for further exploration and understanding of what is coming next.”

As part of a new City of the Future initiative to explore key drivers of change in cities, the State of the City project analyzes 100 state of the city speeches, testing for 10 major topics and the prevalence of subthemes within each topic. This annual effort provides a baseline of key issues, challenges and strategies in cities, and, over time, a consistent and measurable benchmark on emerging trends.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. www.nlc.org

Tom Joyner Foundation® Announces Applications for 2015 ‘Full Ride’ Scholar

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Graduating High School Seniors Can Win Full Scholarship to a Black College

Tom Joyner Foundation

DALLAS, TX (BlackNews.com) — The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2015.

“The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated radio show. “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”

Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year’s winner the first winner, Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered for the Atlanta Food Bank. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University, and she is now in her second year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit is now a senior at Spelman College, where she is an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese.

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website at www.tomjoynerfoundation.org to complete the application. Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

1) A United States Citizen
2) Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2015).
3) Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 2100 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
4) Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2015.
5) Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

The applications must be postmarked no later than January 16th, 2015. Interviews will occur in April 2015.

Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students enrolled in black colleges. It has assisted more than 29,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs. You can learn more at www.tomjoynerfoundation.org

How One man is Helping the African American Community Deal with Domestic Violence

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Kenn I. Hicks, a certified domestic violence counselor, is hoping that his free lectures and workshops will make a difference around the country.

Kenn I. Hicks, Domestic Violence Prevention Expert

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Kenn I. Hicks, a licensed psychotherapist, clinical social worker, and certified domestic violence counselor, has announced that he is available for free lectures and training sessions on domestic violence prevention. From the Los Angeles area, Hicks, who has been inducted into the University of Kentucky, Social Work “Hall of Fame” for his work in the field, wants to make an impact especially within African American communities nationwide where domestic violence cases are rising.

For his holistic approach to domestic violence and teen/adult dating violence, Hicks has appeared on several television and radio talk programs. He has even lectured to the Los Angeles County Grand Jury, and has been featured in many newspaper articles.

He has also authored a powerful and highly-praised book entitled, “Eleven Building Blocks of Domestic Violence Prevention,” which was written to help victims, potential victims, batterers, abusers, and family members. It can also be used by counselors to provide domestic violence treatment to batterers and abusers.

His web site at www.domesticviolenceprevention.org features tons of free helpful information, including free brochures that can be downloaded to help treat victims of domestic violence. Visitors to the web site can also order his book, learn about his “Rehabilitation Through Realization of the Victims Devastation” boot camps, and even schedule a free therapy appointment on Skype.

Hicks also has a 24 hour hotline at (818) 788-8667 that allows people to call at anytime to receive helpful information.

Colleges/universities, community agencies/organizations, hospitals, churches, and other groups that are interested in hosting Kenn Hicks for a free workshop, can contact him at (818) 788-8667 or at mrh384@aol.com.

For more details about Hicks, his work, and/or his book, visit www.domesticviolenceprevention.org

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author Kenn I. Hicks


The Women’s Business Development Center Offers December Programs That Support and Accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

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WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs
including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance.

CHICAGO, IL – Workshops offered in December by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) include:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“Writing Winning Proposals”

Description: This Women’s Business Development Center workshop is for business owners and managers who want to learn how to differentiate themselves from the competition when responding to a government or corporate Request for Proposal (RFP). We will discuss the top dos and don’ts in responding to RFPs and provide tips to help you develop dynamic proposals. Topics include: determining if an RFP is right for you; what to do before you start writing; tips for preparing dynamic proposals; key questions to ask; and common mistakes to avoid.
Cost: $15.00

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/chTg2h

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

“How to Turn Any Company into a Profitable High Growth Business”

Description: In this interactive, hands-on workshop, you’ll learn four steps to driving profitable growth, and gain the tools and techniques you need to faster growth and success.

Cost: $49.00 for three people (please bring two of your key people)

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/wTQOSz

Monday, December 15, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Business Plan Critique Clinic”

Description: WBDC Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Meg Herman, will facilitate this interactive session and lend her expertise on practical strategies in developing your written business plan. As a pre-requisite to this session, please have a draft of your business plan in writing and available for discussion.

Cost: Free

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/W1Uj21

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. Now in its 28th year, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English. More information is available at www.WBDC.org.

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! Begins December 5 at Goodman Theatre, Including Nightly Cameo Appearances by Chicago Favorites Lin Brehmer, Stephanie Izard, Len Kasper, Toni Preckwinkle and More

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December 9 “Cocktails With A Twist” Event is Hosted by the Scenemakers Board

CHICAGO, IL -  Equal parts naughty and nice, Chicago’s famed The Second City brings their version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to the Goodman’s Owen Theatre, beginning December 5. Entitled Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You!, this send-up of Dickens’ classic includes a special Chicago-based celebrity guest in a cameo role at each show; while audiences won’t know who appears in this spot from night to night, expected appearances include comedian and Vocalo host Brian Babylon; WBEZ’s Niala Boodhoo; WXRT’s Lin Brehmer; Senator John Cullerton; actor Allen Gilmore (Scrooge alternate in A Christmas Carol); chef Stephanie Izard; Chicago Tribune’s Candace Jordan; Chicago Cubs’ Len Kasper; WBBM-TV’s Bill Kurtis; musician Jon Langford; author Sara Paretsky; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, B96’s Showbiz Shelly; sommelier Alpana Singh and more. Written by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort and directed by Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center Matt Hovde, Twist Your Dickens—a “riotous havoc” (Los Angeles Times) that blends legitimate theater, parody, sketch comedy and improvisation, including the integration of audience “misdeeds” that are written in the lobby preceding the show—finds Scrooge and Tiny Tim hopelessly mixed up with characters from the Peanuts holiday special, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Little Orphan Annie. While the set and costumes reflect The Second City’s minimalist aesthetic, audiences can expect to see backdrops of their favorite holiday television specials and the ensemble sporting “business casual Dickensian” wear inspired by ugly sweaters and other pop culture icons. Twist Your Dickens runs December 5 – 28 in the Owen Theatre (press night is December 10 and opening night is December 11) and is appropriate for adults and savvy teens age 16+. Tickets ($15 - $45; subject to change) are on sale now, available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Twist, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Please be advised that the show incorporates the use of strobe lights, smoke and haze. A full performance calendar and information for the “Cocktails with a Twist” event follows.

“Peter and Bobby have written a play that not only upends a classic holiday staple of the stage and screen, but lampoons a variety of other holiday farrago that has become an ingrained part of the yuletide season,” said Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice President of The Second City and President of Second City Theatricals. Added Goodman Theatre Executive Director Roche Schulfer: “The Goodman has always wanted to pair A Christmas Carol with a holiday production in the Owen. The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! is a perfect fit and we look forward to expanding our audience now and in the future”

As previously announced, the seven-member cast includes Francis Guinan as Scrooge; Frank Caeti as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Peter Gwinn as Jacob Marley; Sayjal Joshi as Tiny Tim; Beth Melewski as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Robyn Scott as Mrs. Cratchit; and Tim Stoltenberg as Bob Cratchit. The creative team includes Tom Buderwitz (sets), Rachel Lambert (costumes) and Gina Patterson (lights). Mara Filler is the Production Stage Manager. Headshots and bio information can be found in the Press Room.

Special Event: “Cocktails with a Twist”
Tuesday, December 9 | 6pm Pre-Show Reception, 7:30pm Performance | $65 with promo code TWIST
The Goodman’s Scenemakers auxiliary board hosts a night of yuletide debauchery with pre-show cocktails and hors d’oeuvres—with a twist, and a few surprises—in the theater’s rehearsal space, followed by a performance of The Second City’s send-up of Christmas classics in their holiday revue. The party continues post-show with more holiday libations and revelry. Goodman Theatre is grateful to Nesek Digital, the Presenting Sponsor of the Scenemakers Board 2014/2015 Season; Baird, the Event Sponsor; and Sopraffina Marketcaffe, Trattoria No. 10 and Twisted Stem, the Event Partners of “Cocktails with a Twist.” The Scenemakers young professionals board of 37 is in its 12th season, having contributed more than $80,000 to the Goodman’s new play development initiatives and Education and Community Engagement programming in the immediate past 2013/2014 Season. Other events scheduled this Season include: “Two Trains and a Sidecar” on March 11, 2015 and the Scenemakers’ signature fundraiser, the fourth annual “Scene Soiree” on June 13, 2015. For tickets and information visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Scenemakers.

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