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Big Changes in TV One’s Programming

Posted by Admin On April - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
TV One represents with expanded morning news, current affairs and lifestyle line-up, plus increased commitment to family reality and true crime & justice shows during 2017 upfront presentation
NewsOne Now Becomes Black America Today and Expands to Two-Hour Format Joined by Daily Lifestyle Talker in Late 3Q17; Academy Award Winner Viola Davis EP’s New Investigative Series and Benjamin Crump Hosts Original Series on Wrongful Convictions to Build Out Network’s True Crime & Justice Programming Slate

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – Showcasing its 4Q17-2018 programming line-up to the advertising community, TV One unveiled a very focused slate of originals during its annual Upfront presentation at Current located in Chelsea Piers yesterday. Fulfilling the promise to “REPRESENT the many facets of Black Culture past, present and future,” President Brad Siegel announced the network will present a more focused and targeted programming schedule that reinforces TV One’s commitment to the news and stories that matter in the Black community; authentic, relatable unscripted programming; true crime & justice; as well as original movies that tell bigger and more important stories.

“Our goal is to provide our discerning audience of information-conscious influencers with more of what they are looking for in original films, family reality, true crime and justice content,” said Brad Siegel, TV One’s President. “This will offer advertisers more opportunities to be seen in the positive environment of our popular, quality appointment television offerings.”

Beginning in 3Q17, TV One will enhance its live morning news, current affairs and lifestyle programming by expanding to three hours of live television, beginning with an expanded version of News One Now, hosted by Roland S. Martin, from 7-9 am ET. Later this year, the show will undergo a name and format change to complement the increased time slot to become Black America Today, the only daily news show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community.

“After six consecutive quarters of growth for News One Now, we are excited to announce that Roland Martin will continue to be a voice to the African American community with more time to share the news and stories that matter most to the Black community,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP, Original Programming and Production. “Viewers can look forward to more coverage of the latest headlines in addition to lifestyle stories in the areas of entertainment, business, personal finance, health and inspiration.”

The third hour will become home to a brand new live, multi-platform one-hour daily talk show that is fun, informative, engaging and live. Hosted by a panel of four women who are dynamic, smart, funny and opinionated, they want to empower and inspire African American women to tackle the challenges of their everyday lives. (A show­specific announcement will follow shortly).

TV One will also focus on expanding its popular True Crime & Justice programming, which has become a staple for the network on Monday nights. Beginning in August 2017, a second night of true crime shows will premiere, anchored by the proven series For My Man (Season 3).

Additionally, the network will premiere two limited series shows that are both receiving Hollywood support behind and in front of the camera. From the production companies of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions and Lemuel Plummer of L. Plummer Media comes the landmark limited series, Two Sides of the Truth, which will focus on four high profile cases that have been watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community. Each episode will dissect and present both points of views of these highly charged cases so the audience can draw their own conclusions after hearing different sides of the story. Davis and Plummer will serve as executive producers. Davis also narrates the limited series.

“Every other week we hear about these horrific incidences and many of them go unsolved and unresolved. We hope that this show can take those headlines and humanize them,” said Davis. “We want to give an unbiased approach to digging into what really happened on those fateful days and in doing so, hopefully shed some light and bring some awareness to such an important issue,” said Tennon.

Currently in production, Evidence of Innocence is slated to premiere in 2018. The four­part event is hosted by acclaimed civil rights attorney and President of the National Bar Association Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Alesia Thomas. The series was created and executive produced by Emmy and NAACP Image award-winner Rushion McDonald of 3815 Media in partnership with Jupiter Entertainment. The limited series will profile the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, the journey each endured to have their cases overturned, and the challenge to rebuild their lives.

Another TV One True Crime & Justice entry is the unscripted crime docu-drama, Hotlanta. Following the real life stories of homicide detectives Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, these two cops have worked side-by-side for 15 years, and know the gritty streets of Atlanta, and the people on them as well as they know each other.

In keeping with the network brand promise to represent real family, culture and authenticity, TV One will continue to deliver critically-acclaimed scripted series and heartfelt family reality shows, including The Manns, which premiered in early April, and Rickey Smiley For Real, which returns for a fourth season in July 2017.

“TV One will continue to make programming that celebrates and builds up family, recognizing that no two families are alike,” said Siegel. “The Manns and Rickey Smiley For Real are great complements to one another as well as reinforce our goal to produce programming that incorporates family, faith and fun.”

For a complete listing of their shows, see below:
Representing The Community New Series

Black America Today
Beginning in late 3Q17 NewsOne Now will expand to two hours and transition into Black America Today, the only daily news and lifestyle show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community. Hosted by Managing Editor Roland S. Martin, Black America Today will air weekdays on TV One from 7-9 a.m. ET. Each morning, Martin, guest panelists and contributors will cover breaking news, current affairs, entertainment, personal finance, business, health & wellness, and newsmaker profiles. Additionally, Black America Today will feature quarterly primetime specials to inform, inspire and uplift the Black community.
Representing Family Reality New Series

The Manns
The hour-long reality series reveals the often hilarious and sometimes controversial interactions between David and Tamela, their four grown children, eight grandchildren and a slew of friends, extended family and other characters that enrich the lives of the entertainment power couple. With recording careers, touring, filming and managing an outrageous family, The Manns often find themselves negotiating from the conference table to the kitchen table while showing viewers the day-to-day challenges, successes and joy that happen behind the scenes with this beloved couple who has been married for 29 years.

Returning Series

Rickey Smiley For Real (Season 4)
Rickey Smiley For Real takes a humorous look at Rickey Smiley’s hectic life as he juggles his career as a nationally syndicated radio host, stand-up comedian, actor, TV personality and businessman along with his daily duties as a single father of five. Being a mega media mogul is not always as glamorous as it’s cracked up be, Smiley is constantly pulled in different directions between the demands of fatherhood and the needs of his work family. Nonetheless, he keeps them all laughing while they navigate new experiences together!
Representing Celeb-Reality

 

Returning Series

Unsung (Season 11) and Unsung Hollywood
The five-time NAACP Image Award-winning series Unsung dives into the poignant and untold stories of trailblazing legends from R&B, gospel and hip hop. The series celebrates the lives and careers of artists or groups who despite unparalleled talent have been under-recognized. Upcoming icons set to be featured in the eleventh season of Unsung include Wyclef, Marvin Sapp, Jagged Edge, Switch, The Dramatics and lce-T, the music artist.

Unsung Hollywood tells the full behind-the-scenes stories of the actors, actresses, shows and movies that you never get anywhere else. Previous icons featured include Sammy Davis, Jr., Pam Grier, Bernie Mac, Dick Gregory, Vivica A. Fox, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, Eartha Kitt, Meagan Good, Charlie Murphy, Hill Harper, Rudy Ray Moore, Joe Morton and Tim Reid. This season, the series will profile The Jeffersons and lce-T, the actor.
Representing True Crime & Justice

 

New Series

Two Sides of the Truth Two Sides of the Truth will generate controversy – but not for controversy’s sake. Executive produced by Viola Davis and Lemuel Plummer, with narration by Davis, the purpose of the show is to get people to look twice; to question what they’re sure they know; to entertain the idea that while they might be right, that doesn’t mean the other perspective isn’t also right. Two Sides of the Truth will take viewers on a can’t­look-away, thought-provoking, and emotional journey that will resonate with them the next time they see an unjust shooting. Because of Two Sides of the Truth, viewers across the country may think twice before drawing conclusions.

Evidence of Innocence
Hosted by famed civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, Evidence of Innocence profiles the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. But, these real-life heroes successfully fought to have their guilty verdicts thrown out and win back their freedom. Post-incarceration, these men now must re­enter society to lead lives as husbands, fathers, business leaders and ultimately, champions of those who remain falsely imprisoned.

Hotlanta
Hot/onto follows the real life stories of homicide detectives, Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, two cops who have worked side-by-side for 15 years and know the city of Atlanta and the people on the streets as well as they know each other. “Vinny” and “Quinn” are the ultimate crime solving odd couple; Quinn’s voice starts rising as soon as he gets excited, while Vinny stays cool, calm and collected in any situation. Despite their obvious differences, they have one thing in common: their commitment to solve every murder and bring justice to their victims. Together they’re a force to be reckoned with.

#Murder
Crime goes viral in this cutting-edge investigative series that examines crime with a deadly connection to technology and social media. Whether the killer met the victim online, posted incriminating details on his Facebook page, or the cops used social media to hunt down the perpetrator, each episode of #Murder examines how homicide – like everything else in this day and age – has gone digital.

Thou Shalt Not
Thou Shall Not is a one-hour true crime series that pulls back the curtain on individuals who commit the gravest of sins: breaking The Holy Bible’s Ten Commandments. Murders, scandals, cover-ups, and affairs are just a few of the unholy crimes featured in each episode’s portrayal of Godless behavior. Full of shocking reveals and heart-stopping twists, these sinners don’t just break the laws of man … they break the laws of God.

Returning Series

Justice By Any Means (Season 3)
Hosted by Malik Yoba, Justice By Any Means plunges viewers into amazing true stories of brave African-American men and women who suffered unimaginable loss and then went toe-to-toe with the bad guys – and girls. The show delves not only into real crimes, but real people who fought to bring these crimes to light by any means necessary.

Fatal Attraction (Season 6)
Fatal Attraction dives into real-life stories of criminal acts committed under the guise of love that lead to consequences of deadly proportions. Recounting stories of love­gone-wrong, each episode consists of first-person interviews from loved ones, accounts from investigating officials, interrogation footage, and recreations with haunting cinematography.

For My Man (Season 3)
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 200,000 women in the United States are living behind bars, making women the fastest growing population in the penal system. For My Man is a true crime series featuring the shocking stories of women who have been arrested for crimes they committed in the name of love. From committing a killing spree across the Midwest to acting as an inside informant at the DEA, these women have no limits in terms of how far they will go to support their men.

For My Woman (Season 2)
Coming off the hit For My Man, For My Woman explores the dramatic and often deadly decisions made by men who are blinded by love, abused – physically or mentally – or get the unequivocal thrill that comes with pleasing their woman, often ending in long-lasting consequences they never imagined.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, lnstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #Represent and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.

 

 

Aspiring Music Producers Can Win $15K and Mentorship From Industry Expert DJ/Producer Don Cannon

Posted by Admin On April - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters program is hosting their 2nd annual competition. searching for innovators and encouraging creative entrepreneurship. 

Don Cannon
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters wants to give a mentorship opportunity and a $15,000 grant to aspiring music producers. Craft Syndicate returns, celebrating its 2nd year and is searching for innovators with an unwavering commitment to making their dream a reality. Craft Syndicate looks to share the craft by pairing an aspiring music producer with an established music producer and entrepreneur, and tasking them to collaborate in developing a marketable song. The winner of this years competition will be awarded the opportunity to work with industry expert and noted music producer, Don Cannon.Hopefuls can register to be entered into the competition:* Entry: March 31 through April 20, 2017, producers 21 and older can apply by registering through the Craft Syndicate official site, www.Craft-Syndicate.com. Once registered, an entrant may submit one or more music tracks and must upload, tagging each with @craft_syndicate and using the hashtag #CraftSyndicate in the post copy to a participating social media site (i.e., Twitter, Soundcloud or Instagram)* Selection: Contest entries will be initially judged by a panel of music professionals each of whom will select up to 10 finalists.

* Finals: Mentor, Don Cannon, will select the grand prize winner, from all the chosen finalists.

Being a mentor for the Craft Syndicate program allows me to connect to and inspire other DJs and producers to excel and know there are no limits to their futures, said mentor Don Cannon. As a music executive and DJ I look forward to working with young producers and artists because it allows me to get re-energized.. I always keep my ear to the streets and working directly with them is the best way to understand how any generation’s music works.

Im excited to hear all the submissions and meet the winner, said Sarah Krysalka, Director of Marketing for Dutch Masters. When you think of Dutch Masters, you think of craftsmanship, creativity, camaraderie and the role it plays in culture with such die-hard fans. So Craft Syndicate is all about finding those individuals who, too, are perfecting their craft. Who have not just the desire but the need to express themselves through their art. Who are gratified not only when their work gets some shine, but also when their peer, their community, their cause is being heard and reverberated. This program is to honor their hustle and support their artistic expression. And personally, when you see someone whos ready, whos doing the work, someone who just needs that opportunity and I can help give it to them… thats a big reason I love my job. I cant wait to hear the finished track. Future mentee Ill see you at the release party!

Lending their expertise to the this program as Craft Syndicate judges will be Grammy Award winning producer, and music executive, Kawan KP Prather, resident tour DJ, and author, DJ Mars, and music producer OG Parker.

In 2016, the first Craft Syndicate program was launched in the fashion vertical and partnered with renowned fashion designer Jeff Staple. Program winner, Alexander-John, and Jeff Staple went on to launch a successful street wear collection: OFLUXURY.

As part of Craft Syndicates ongoing commitment to creative entrepreneurship, the plan is to roll out additional programs in 2017. Once again, pairing up-and-coming creators in fashion, film, food and art/design with established entrepreneurs for the purpose of sharing the craft and collaborating on all-new products together.

For official rules and more information, visit www.Craft-Syndicate.com.
About Craft Syndicate
Designed to bring dimension to and serve as proof of Dutch Masters value proposition, Share in the Craft, Craft Syndicate is a communications platform that uses social media to encourage creative entrepreneurship. It works towards this goal by pairing aspiring entrepreneurs in fashion, music, design, art, food & film with established entrepreneurs in each field and tasking them with co-developing a new product. Each program is fully funded by a grant of up to $15,000 awarded by Dutch Masters.

 

Photo Caption: DJ/producer Craft Syndicate mentor Don Cannon

 

 

 

Mathew Knowles Denies Selling Beyonce Memorabilia to Pay Debt

Posted by Admin On April - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Knowles, father of Beyonce and Solange, says, “Lies are circulating”

Houston, TX (BlackNews.com) – Mathew Knowles, the father of Beyonce and Solange, says that a bold lie is circulating that he held a silent auction to sell his daughter’s memorabilia to pay off debts.An official statement to the press reads:This is a lie without any foundation in fact. No such auction occurred nor was ever planned or scheduled. Indeed, Mr. Knowles never participated in nor engaged anyone to hold any type of auction to sell or auction off such items. Whoever is spreading or worse re-publishing this lie will be required to answer in damages for the harm they are intending to cause Mr. Knowles.

To date, Mr. Knowles has attempted to remain quiet when faced with such ridiculous and false accusations. He says, “No More! Tabloids and magazines have to be made accountable for their false publications.”

He insists that anyone who has published this lie must immediately retract it, and cease circulation of this harmful untruth.

Knowles has retained a lawyer to go after publications that are circulating the lie.

 

 

Merit School of Music Honors Top Supporters Joe & Madeleine Glossberg, Jazz Legend Ramsey Lewis

Posted by Admin On April - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Merit Gala will be held May 4 at Radisson Blu Aqua
   
Joe and Madeleine Glossberg, Ramsey Lewis and Merit students performing at past galas.

CHICAGO, IL– Merit School of Music will salute two leading supporters of the arts and education, Joe and Madeleine Glossberg, along with Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, the internationally renowned composer and pianist, at the Merit Gala, Thursday

May 4 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, 221 N. Columbus Drive.

Merit will honor the Glossbergs with the Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in recognition of their unwavering support for the arts and arts education. Joe Glossberg, a high-profile Chicago financial advisor with a passion for jazz, has been an active and generous Merit Trustee for more than 20 years. He is now a Merit Life Trustee. Mrs. Glossberg joined her husband in supporting Merit through committee membership for galas, sponsoring Merit’s programs and advocating for Merit through her community involvement.

Lewis will receive Merit School of Music’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Known internationally for his many contributions to music and education, Lewis has long been involved with Merit as an active member of its National Advisory Board, offering master classes to students and championing Merit’s mission to transform the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education. Lewis has recorded more than 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards.

“Our honorees for Gala 2017 share a lifelong passion for music, and for jazz in particular,” said Charles Grode, President and Executive Director, Merit School of Music. “They also share a deep belief in the power of music to have a positive, sustained impact on the lives of young people of all backgrounds. Gala 2017 celebrates their lifetime of distinguished service to music, education, young people, and the Merit School of Music.”

The Merit Gala kicks off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed at 7 p.m. by a sit-down dinner. Throughout the evening, guests will be treated to live performances by Merit’s talented student ensembles and soloists, playing a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, classical, and chamber music. The program will also include an inspiring video presentation about Merit student Isaias Nava, tuba, of Chicago’s Gage Park, who is leveraging his conservatory education at Merit into a promising future.

Tickets to the Merit Gala are $500. To reserve tickets, call Merit School of Music at 312.553.2000. Cocktail attire is recommended. As Merit’s single largest fundraising event, the gala’s success offers critical support to sustain the school’s mission. All proceeds benefit Merit School of Music and its mission to transform the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.

Co-chairs of the Merit Gala are Charlie and Caroline Huebner and Tom and Kathy Lanctot.

For gala updates, follow Merit on Twitter at @MeritMusic or like the school on Facebook at Facebook/MeritSchoolofMusic. For more information, call 312.553.2000 or visit meritmusic.org/gala.

 

More about Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. The Ramsey Lewis Trio, with bassist Eldee Young and percussionist Redd Holt, became a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene, releasing their debut album, Ramsey Lewis & His Gentlemen of Jazz, back in 1956. Lewis earned his first gold record, as well as a Grammy award for Best Jazz Performance, for their swinging version of Dobie Gray’s hit “The In Crowd.” He returned to the pop charts in 1966 with versions of “Hang On Sloopy” and “Wade In The Water.”

 

Throughout his illustrious career, Lewis, an NEA Jazz Master, has also joined forces with countless other artists to create new and innovative music. In 1984, he collaborated with Nancy Wilson on The Two of Us; in 1988, he recorded with London’s Philharmonic Orchestra for the album A Classic Encounter; and in 1989, Lewis and Dr. Billy Taylor cut a set of piano duets in We Meet Again. In 1995, Lewis launched the side project Urban Knights, in which he collaborated with successful crossover jazz stars including Grover Washington, Jr., Earl Klugh and Dave Koz. In 1997, Lewis added disc jockey to his resume, hosting a popular show on Chicago’s WNUA-FM that ran until 2009. A new show was syndicated in 2006 under the name Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis and was broadcast on jazz radio stations across the country. In 2006, a well-received 13-episode Legends of Jazz television series hosted by Lewis was broadcast by PBS nationwide and featured live performances by jazz artists including Larry Gray, Lonnie Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Pat Metheny and Tony Bennett. He has been touring recently with Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), John Pizzarelli and Dee Bridgewater as well as doing dates in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The ‘In’ Crowd.”

 

The three time Grammy® winner’s 80th album and most recent release is his 2015 CD Taking Another Look – Deluxe Edition. For more information, visit ramseylewis.com.

 

More about Joe and Madeleine Glossberg

Joe Glossberg is a Chicago-based financial advisor. His expertise and passion have been invaluable to Merit, where he has helped the school prudently manage its endowment and established a planned giving program. He also created an endowed fund to specifically support Merit’s jazz program. Glossberg is also a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and former chair of its Theodore Thomas Society. He is a past president of the board of directors of the Jazz Institute of Chicago and was awarded the Outstanding Jazz Advocate Award in 2015. He is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Glossberg has served as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and has served on Penn’s Investment Board (Endowment). He is a member of the board of overseers of the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is chair emeritus of the Library Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as a trustee of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, chairing its Investment (Endowment) Committee. Glossberg is a member of the Corporate Board of Changing Worlds, a director on the board of the Benjamin J. Rosenthal Foundation, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

 

Madeleine Condit Glossberg is a trustee of the Newberry Library, member and chairman emeritus of the External Advisory Board of Perelman School of Medicine Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, secretary of the Joseph B. Glossberg Foundation, governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and member and former director of The Chicago Network. She has been recognized as a Woman in the Forefront (92nd Street Y), Woman of Distinction by United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, recipient of the Chicago High Achiever’s 2008 Paradigm Shifter Award and the WEL 2015 Trailblazer Award.

About Merit School of Music

Merit School of Music is a nationally accredited music school helping Chicago-area youth transform their lives by removing barriers to high-quality music education.

Merit’s 125 passionate and experienced teaching artists engage nearly 5,000 students annually, in the school’s downtown location and in area schools and community centers, enabling Merit to serve as a springboard for students to achieve their full musical and personal potential.

Merit’s program consists of five core areas, which students from early childhood through high school may join at any stage, including: Early Childhood, Instrumental & Vocal Music, and Private Lessons. Merit’s programming continuum begins and concludes with two signature programs – its community-based Bridges: Partners in Music, an in-school music education program; and the audition-based Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, which requires and represents the highest level of achievement.

Merit is devoted to providing students the opportunity to grow through music by removing barriers. Thanks to the support of Merit’s dedicated faculty, staff, board, donors and parents, 75 percent of its students receive financial support in the form of need-based tuition relief, low-cost instrument rental, and/or music supplies, so that motivated students may unlock their unique musical talent, regardless of economic circumstance.

Merit School of Music’s home is the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St. in Chicago’s West Loop community. To learn more, visit meritmusic.org or call (312) 786-9428.

 

Cinema Chicago Calls for Submissions for Poster Design Competition for 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Posted by Admin On March - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Winning Designer to Receive $2,500 USD Cash Prize and Honor of Creating the Signature Look of the Festival

CHICAGO, ILCinema/Chicago announced it is accepting submissions for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival poster design competition.  Producers are seeking a unique poster to serve as the key image for this year’s Festival taking place October 12-26, 2017. Designs will be reviewed by a panel of Festival officials and the winning designer will receive a $2,500 USD cash prize and the honor of having created the Festival’s signature look. Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Late entries will not be accepted.

Festival Founder Michael Kutza and Managing Director Vivian Teng have created a video providing additional details and examples of past winners, viewable here.

Poster submissions should convey the experience of the Festival and be designed with the tagline “Because Life Is a Movie.” Submissions require a $25 entry fee and should conform to Cinema/Chicago’s design and submission guidelines outlined below.

Before submitting, designers should read and consent to the Designer Agreement found here and review the complete rules and details found here.

Design Guidelines:
·         Design must be 27” x 40’ or scale to 27” x 40”.
·         Design must be vertically oriented.
·         Design must be easily translated into a variety of media (online banners, book covers, etc.)
·         Design must incorporate the Festival’s official “eyes” logo (available here).
·         Design must reflect the theme “Because Life Is a Movie” and include that text in the design.
·         Design must clearly state: 53rd Chicago International Film Festival.
·         Design must include the festival dates: October 12-26, 2017.
·         Design must include website: ChicagoFilmFestival.com.
·         Artists must use their own original artwork. Copyrighted characters, images or clip art will not be accepted (with the exception of the Chicago International Film Festival logo).

Submission Guidelines:
·         All file submissions must be in pdf, jpeg or png format.
·         Entries must be submitted at 300 dpi (CMYK).
·         File must be no larger than 12 MB.
·         Entries must include a completed Submission Form available here.
·         A separate submission form and entry fee must be submitted for each design.

The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s oldest competitive film festival. Seeking out the best in international cinema, the Festival has discovered new talents and opened windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago. This year the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 21-26, 2017.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate. Cinema/Chicago’s year-round programs include the International Screenings Program, Chicago International Television Festival, CineYouth Festival, Education Program and Membership Program. For more information visit  http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/ .

Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Lang, Dark Star Orchestra, Kesha to Play @ Aurora’s RiverEdge

Posted by Admin On March - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Aurora’s RiverEdge Park announces initial acts, events for 2017 Summer Concert Season

 

MAVIS STAPLES, SHEMEKIA COPELAND, JONNY LANG AND ELVIN BISHOP HEADLINE 21ST BLUES ON THE FOX FESTIVAL, JUNE 16 AND 17 
  
MAJOR CONCERTS INCLUDE DARK STAR ORCHESTRA,
STEVE MILLER WITH PETER FRAMPTON AND KESHA 
AURORA, IL, March 22, 2017 – The 2017 outdoor summer concert and event initial lineup at downtown Aurora’s RiverEdge Park was officially announced today by Aurora Mayor Robert J. O’Conner at the city’s annual State of the City Address.
Highlighting the lineup was O’Conner’s reveal of the artists performing at Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival, June 16 and 17: Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman Band and the Guy King Band.

Other major acts unveiled today for downtown Aurora’s popular outdoor summer concert venue were the Grateful Dead concert experience 
Dark Star Orchestra (June 24), classic rock’s Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton (July 20), hot artists of today like Kesha and the Creepies (July 21) and the Led Zeppelin tribute spectacular Get the Led Out (August 25).Online ticket sales for all shows start today at 2 p.m. at RiverEdgeAurora.com.
Take advantage of early bird discounts offered on most tickets when purchased through May 31. Starting June 1, all tickets are regular price.

Phone and in-person sales start Monday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site on event days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.In addition to Chicagoland’s coolest summer concerts, RiverEdge is also ground zero for the city of Aurora’s free 4th of July Celebration. Bring the family for patriotic anthems played by the American Legion Band, top 40 hits and classic songs from the Fox Valley Orchestra, and a spectacular fireworks display high above the beautiful Fox River. The evening also includes a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people head banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody” to conclude Aurora’s 25th anniversary Wayne’s World celebration.Other events at RiverEdge this summer include the ColorVibe 5K Race (May 28), Two Brothers Summer Festival (June 2 and 3), the Chicagoland Tour de Cure cycling event for the American Diabetes Association (June 11), the Sacred Heart Festival (June 18), the Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival (July 29 and 30) and Fiestas Patrias (September 16).Following is more information on the RiverEdge 2017 summer concert line-up, with more acts and events soon to be announced. For the latest updates, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com, call  630.896.6666, or follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter.

21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival with Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples,
Guy King Band, Devon Allman Band, Elvin Bishop and Jonny Lang
Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17
Friday: Gates open at 6 p.m. Shemekia Copeland at 7 p.m., Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open at 2 p.m. Guy King Band at 3 p.m., Devon Allman Band at
5 p.m., Elvin Bishop at 7 p.m. and Jonny Lang at 9 p.m.
Tickets, each day: $10 through May 31, $20 starting June 1
For 21 years, blues musicians from across the world have gathered in Aurora to play their hearts out to blues-loving crowds in the thousands, and this year’s Blues on the Fox Festival is sure to get your head swaying and feet grooving.Friday night’s all-ladies lineup kicks off the Blues on the Fox with three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland, followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples.Come back Saturday afternoon for Chicago’s Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin, followed by Devon Allman, the son of musical royalty who delivers a thoroughly unique blend of blues and rock that is all his own. Rock on Saturday night with Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop, climaxing with the legendary Jonny Lang shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.
   
Dark Star Orchestra (Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience)
Saturday, June 24
Gates open 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 through May 31, $30 starting June 1
They’re not just a Grateful Dead tribute band; they’re the Grateful Dead tribute band. Formed here in Chicago, Dark Star Orchestra has been faithfully performing the jam band’s most loved songs and little known gems for 20 years, and from time to time, Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have even joined them on stage.As if sounding like the Grateful Dead wasn’t enough, DSO even goes so far as to recreate the Dead’s original set lists in some instances. Other times, they create their own from the Dead’s massive catalog of songs. If you were born too late to experience the Grateful Dead in their prime or want to relive that long, strange trip, Dark Star Orchestra will bring back many incredible memories and create plenty of new ones.

Aurora’s July 4th Celebration
Tuesday, July 4
Park Opens: 3 p.m.
American Legion Band: 6:15 p.m.
Fox Valley Orchestra: 7:45 p.m.
City of Aurora Fireworks: approximately 9:35 p.m.

Admission: Free

 

RiverEdge Park always boasts one of the biggest celebrations in all of Chicagoland. Bring your friends and family to celebrate with Aurora’s patriotic American Legion Band playing incredible American standards, followed by the Fox Valley Orchestra playing from Top 40 hits to classics to your favorite movie scores.

Before the fireworks, Aurora’s 25th anniversary Wayne’s World celebration ends with a Guinness world record attempt for the most people head banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Finally, the evening ends in a breathtaking, jaw-dropping fireworks extravaganza that will make you realize Aurora isn’t named the City of Lights for nothing.

NOTE: The City of Aurora will provide free park and ride shuttle services from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., providing round trip transportation to 13 convenient locations throughout the city. Shuttle service resumes after the fireworks display until
11 p.m.

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Thursday, July 20
Gates open at 6 p.m., Frampton starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45 through May 31, $55 starting June 1Steve Miller and his band will delve into their deep catalogue of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s under the summer sky at RiverEdge, playing an endless flow of smash hits like “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner,” “Jungle Love” and “Abracadabra.”Joining the Steve Miller Band is special guest Peter Frampton, one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history for his seminal album Frampton Comes Alive!
Kesha and the Creepies
Friday, July 21
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $40 through May 31, $50 starting June 1
“I can’t wait to come out to Aurora with the Creepies this summer! I’ve heard River Edge Park is the best a woman and her band and fans could ask for!” – Kesha

Kesha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard’s Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single, “TiK ToK,” was named Billboard’s #1 Hot 100 Song.Kesha has had eight consecutive Top 10 hits, including four #1 singles: “TiK ToK,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “We R Who We R,” and “Timber,” a multi-platinum award winning collaboration with Pitbull. As a songwriter she penned all of her own music as well as songs for artists including Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, The Veronicas and Miley Cyrus. She is an animal rights crusader as the Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador and a passionate advocate for equality being honored with the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. Kesha has branched out into TV, film, and fashion becoming a global cultural icon and winning Billboard Magazine’s 2016 Trailblazer Award.

 

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin
Friday, August 25
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5 through May 31, $15 starting June 1
Since 2015, Get the Led Out has been rocking audiences at RiverEdge Park. The songs you know and love will be played to perfection and as you remember them.But don’t worry, these incredible rockers never repeat a show. Using six guys instead of four, Get the Led Out does something even Led Zeppelin couldn’t do: perform their songs live as they were heard on the studio albums. From the first Led Zeppelin release to In Through the Out Door, their music is powerful, explosive, authentic and flat out amazing.With more than 6,000 fans coming out to the park last year for this band, RiverEdge expects yet another sell out. So get your tickets now for a musical experience you’ll never forget.

About RiverEdge Park

RiverEdge Park, renamed Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in 2016 in honor of former Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner, debuted in 2013. It is a general admission outdoor summer concert venue with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and gorgeous views on the banks of the Fox River. The venue is anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion.

RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.

Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more, plus festival food tent vendors selling everything from hot dogs to funnel cakes.

Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must be placed under or in front of your chair and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.

Events take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre. The RiverEdge Park 2017 Season is sponsored by the Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and the City of Aurora.

For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666.

Two-Time Academy Award-Winner Kevin Spacey to Receive 2017 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award May 13

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

“Kevin Spacey: Renaissance Man,” the GSFC’s Annual Benefit Features
Intimate Conversation at Four Seasons Chicago Hotel

CHICAGO, IL — Celebrating one of the most dynamic and versatile actors today, the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago honors Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA and two-time Academy-Award winner Kevin Spacey, Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Four Seasons Chicago (120 E. Delaware Pl.). “Kevin Spacey: Renaissance Man” will pay tribute to the actor’s accomplishments on the screen as well as give attendees the opportunity to hear an intimate conversation, providing insights into his creative process and influences, favorite roles, upcoming projects and more. A retrospective of film clips from some of his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation highlighting his illustrious career. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Spacey by SAIC President Elissa Tenny and GSFC Advisory Board Chair Ellen Sandor.

“A friend of the Gene Siskel Film Center since 2014 when he was part of an engaging Q&A with Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones at a screening of his documentary ‘NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage,’ Spacey understands the importance of the Film Center to continue to present cutting edge programming that showcases unique and diverse talent and showcases provocative films outside of mainstream cinema,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “We are beyond thrilled to honor this legendary actor, innovator, producer and pioneer in the film industry and to celebrate his extraordinary accomplishments on stage, TV and film.”

Each year, the GSFC celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.

The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Eda Davidman and Melissa Sage Fadim. The chair of the GSFC Advisory Board is Ellen Sandor. All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s curated film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers. This programming provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.

The Renaissance Award was designed specifically for the Gene Siskel Film Center by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar® statuette.

About Kevin Spacey
Award-winning producer and actor Kevin Spacey currently serves as executive producer and stars as Francis Underwood in the Netflix original series “House of Cards.” Spacey has won Academy Awards® for his performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty.” He was most recently seen opposite Michael Shannon in “Elvis & Nixon,” and will next be seen in “Billionaire Boys Club,” Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and “Rebel In The Rye.” Through his former production company Trigger Street, he produced “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks, “The Social Network” and “21.” For television, he produced “Recount” and “Bernard & Doris” for HBO, both of which garnered double-digit Emmy Award® nominations. For more than a decade, Spacey served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London where he also appeared on stage in productions of “National Anthems,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Speed the Plow,” “Inherit the Wind,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and the acclaimed production of the one-man show, “Darrow.” He won the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his role in “The Iceman Cometh,” as well as a Tony Award® for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.” Spacey has also starred in the Broadway and West End productions of “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” opposite his mentor Jack Lemmon; as well as the title role in the Sam Mendes production of “Richard III,” touring to 12 cities around the world as part of the three-year Old Vic/BAM/Bridge Project. Spacey has often launched initiatives to help young people get their start in the competitive worlds of film and theatre, including: The Kevin Spacey Foundation, which offers support to young actors, writers, directors and producers; and the short film competition “Jameson First Shot,” awarded writer/directors from South Africa, Russia and the US, Canada and other countries with the opportunity to direct a short film starring a major actor. Most recently Spacey was awarded an Honorary Knighthood and was made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen for his work at the Old Vic, and in education and philanthropy.

Tickets and More Information
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents the Renaissance Award Gala in honor of Kevin Spacey Saturday, May 13 at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl. Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $10,000 to $50,000. Call (312) 846-2072 for tickets, tables or more information.

About the Gene Siskel Film Center
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 80,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,600 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, Jeff Koons and LeRoy Neiman. www.saic.edu

The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit www.artic.edu

Cast Set for World Premiere of “Objects in the Mirror” by Charles Smith

Posted by Admin On March - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

 

Premiere production of Charles Smith’s Objects in the Mirror, directed by Goodman resident director Chuck Smith, April 29 – June 4

New faces and Chicago favorites cast in the world – based on true events, Objects in the Mirror is a Goodman Commission, developed in the 2015 New Stages Festival

 

CHICAGO, IL – The cast and creative team is complete for Objects in the Mirror, a Goodman Theatre-commissioned world premiere by Charles Smith. Directed by Resident Director Chuck Smith, Objects in the Mirror is inspired by the playwright’s real-life friendship with a Liberian refugee-turned-actor, Shedrick Yarkpai—portrayed by Daniel Kyri, in his Goodman debut. The production was developed through the 2015 New Stages festival and features a 5-member cast who brings to life the gripping account of one Liberian refugee’s attempts to find peace by exposing a potentially dangerous lifelong secret. Objects in the Mirror appears April 29 through June 4 (opening night is May 8) in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($20-$75; subject to change) are now on sale and available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Objects, the box office (170 N. Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800.

“In Objects in the Mirror, we’re placed directly into the lives of a family of refugees fleeing the violence of their homeland; we walk several miles in their shoes which forces us to take a good look at what we seem to be afraid of,” said Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith, who marks his third world premiere collaboration with Smith—Knock Me a Kiss (Victory Gardens Theater) and Gospel According to James (Indiana Repertory Theatre). “I’m thrilled to reunite with my close friend Charles and excited to work with this exceptional cast and creative team to share Shedrick’s life story with Chicagoland audiences and beyond.”

 

In 2009, [Charles] Smith traveled to Adelaide, Australia, to see a production of his play Free Man of Color, which featured Shedrick Yarkpai (Kyri), a young Liberian actor, in the title role. He learned about the actor’s tumultuous journey from war-torn Liberia through a number of refugee camps in Western Africa, before his final relocation to Australia. In addition to Kyri, the cast also includes Breon Arzell (Zaza Workolo), Allen Gilmore (John Workolo), Ryan Kitley (Rob Mosher) and Lily Mojekwu (Luopu Workolo), who reprises her role from the 2015 New Stages developmental production. The creative team includes Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Birgit Rattenborg-Wise (costumes), John Culbert (lights), Ray Nardelli (sound) and Mike Tutaj (projections).

 

Conagra Brands is the Major Corporate Sponsor, PwC is the Corporate Sponsor Partner, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing Major Production Support and it was awarded the New Play Award by the Edgerton Foundation.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

CHARLES SMITH (Playwright, Objects in the Mirror) Black Star Line was commissioned and produced by Goodman Theatre and his play Objects in the Mirror appeared at the 2015 New Stages Festival. As a former member of the Victory Gardens Theater Playwrights Ensemble, Smith’s world premiere works include Knock Me a Kiss (directed by Chuck Smith); Freefall, Jelly Belly, Denmark, The Sutherland and Cane (all directed by Dennis Zacek); Takunda and the Jeff Award-winning Free Man of Color (directed by Andrea J. Diamond). His plays Gospel According to James (also directed by Chuck Smith), Sister Carrie and Les Tois Dumas were all commissioned and produced by Indiana Repertory Theatre. His play Pudd’nhead Wilson was commissioned and produced off-Broadway by The Acting Company after a national tour. His work has also been produced at various theaters nationally and in Australia, and may be obtained through Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, Northwestern Press, Swallow Press and other publishers. Smith currently teaches playwriting at Ohio University.

 

CHUCK SMITH (Director ) is a member of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees and is Goodman Theatre’s Resident Director. He is also a resident director at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota, Florida. Goodman credits include the Chicago premieres of Pullman Porter Blues; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Race; The Good Negro; Proof and The Story; the world premieres of By the Music of the Spheres and The Gift Horse; James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, which transferred to Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, where it won the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best Direction; A Raisin in the Sun; Blues for an Alabama Sky; August Wilson’s Two Trains Running and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Ain’t Misbehavin’; the 1993 to 1995 productions of A Christmas Carol; Crumbs From the Table of Joy; Vivisections from a Blown Mind and The Meeting. He served as dramaturg for the Goodman’s world-premiere production of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. He directed the New York premiere of Knock Me a Kiss and The Hooch for the New Federal Theatre and the world premiere of Knock Me a Kiss at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, where his other directing credits include Master Harold… and the Boys, Home, Dame Lorraine and Eden, for which he received a Jeff Award nomination. Regionally, Smith directed Death and the King’s Horseman (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Birdie Blue (Seattle Repertory Theatre), The Story (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and The Last Season (Robey Theatre Company). At Columbia College he was facilitator of the Theodore Ward Prize playwriting contest for 20 years and editor of the contest anthologies Seven Black Plays and Best Black Plays. He won a Chicago Emmy Award as associate producer/theatrical director for the NBC teleplay Crime of Innocence and was theatrical director for the Emmy-winning Fast Break to Glory and the Emmy-nominated The Martin Luther King Suite. He was a founding member of the Chicago Theatre Company, where he served as artistic director for four seasons and directed the Jeff-nominated Suspenders and the Jeff-winning musical Po’. His directing credits include productions at Fisk University, Roosevelt University, Eclipse Theatre, ETA, Black Ensemble Theater, Northlight Theatre, MPAACT, Congo Square Theatre Company, The New Regal Theater, Kuumba Theatre Company, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Pegasus Players, the Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, Illinois and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is a 2003 inductee into the Chicago State University Gwendolyn Brooks Center’s Literary Hall of Fame and a 2001 Chicago Tribune Chicagoan of the Year. He is the proud recipient of the 1982 Paul Robeson Award and the 1997 Award of Merit presented by the Black Theater Alliance of Chicago.

BREON ARZELL (Zaza Workolo) makes his Goodman Theatre debut. A Detroit native, Arezell was most recently seen in Kokandy Production’s The Wiz, which he also choreographed. Other Chicago credits include Rutherford’s Travels (Pegasus Theatre Chicago); You on the Moors Now, All Our Tragic (Jeff Award for Best Ensemble) and Johanna Faustus (The Hypocrites); The Hairy Ape (Oracle Productions, Jeff Award for Artistic Specialization for Choreography and Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble); Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (Raven Theatre, Jeff Award for Best Ensemble); War Song (The Plagiarists); Superman 2050 (Theater Unspeakable) and more. He has also choreographed productions for Porchlight Music Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Writers Theater and The Hypocrites. A graduate of Miami of Ohio University, his talents have allowed him to work and perform in London, Wales, Denmark, Singapore, Italy, Germany and across the U.S. BreonArzell.com

 

ALLEN GILMORE (John Workolo) returns to the Goodman, where he previously appeared in The Matchmaker and two productions of A Christmas Carol. Chicago credits include The African Company Presents Richard the Third and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Orgie award, Jeff and Black Theatre Alliance Award nominations) at Congo Square Theatre; Cyrano, Endgame, Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Jeff, BTA and Black Excellence Award nominations), Jitney, The Misanthrope, Seven Guitars, Waiting for Godot (Jeff, BTA and Black Excellence Award nominations), The Good Book and One Man Two Guvnors at Court Theatre; Argonautika and Arabian Nights at Lookingglass Theatre Company and also on tour; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (BroadwayWorld nomination) at Writers Theatre and Fabulation at Next Theatre Company. Gilmore is a 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, a 2015 3Arts awardee, a U.S. Army Infantry veteran and an ensemble member of Congo Square Theatre Company.

 

RYAN KITLEY (Rob Mosher) returns to the Goodman, where he most recently appeared in the New Stages Festival production of Support Group for Men. He also recently portrayed various historical figures in the six-month run of Assassination Theater.  Additional credits include major roles at Royal George Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Writers Theatre, The Matrix Theater, Colony Theater, The Organic Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Piven Theatre Workshop, Theatre at the Center and Meadow Brook Theatre. Kitley received a Jeff Award for Best Ensemble in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Shattered Globe and a Jeff nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Big Funk with Clock Productions.   Film and television credits include Chicago P.D., Empire, Chicago Fire, Boss, Detroit 1-8-7, Turks, Early Edition, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Miss March, Soul Survivors, Barbershop II, Dig Two Graves and Guidance, among others. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

DANIEL KYRI (Shedrick Yakrpai) makes his Goodman Theatre debut. Chicago credits include Monster (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Tug of War Part 1 & 2: Foreign Fire and Civil Strife (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Moby Dick (Lookingglass Theatre Company). Regional credits include Look Away (TheatreSquared). Television and film credits include Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Unexpected (Kris Swanberg) and Kid Nation. Kyri is represented by Stewart Talent.

LILY MOJEKWU (Luopa Workolo) returns to the Goodman, where she last appeared in the New Stages Festival production of Objects in the Mirror and Bugs of the Pigs in the Lions, also directed by Chuck Smith. Chicago credits include Look, We are Breathing (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); The Commons of Pensacola (Northlight Theatre); Luck of the Irish, Welcome Home Jenny Sutter, The Overwhelming and Well (Next Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); A Twist of Water (Route 66 Theatre Company); FML: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life, The Elephant Man and understudy performances in The Brother Sister Plays and Intimate Apparel (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Mojekwu has also spent summers in Frankfort, Michigan performing in Richard III, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, King Lear, Henry V and Love’s Labors Lost  with the Chicago-based Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre. Recent television credits include the pilot episode of Mind Games and several appearances on Chicago Fire.

 

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Aurora’s Paramount Theatre Announces All-Black Cast for Jesus Christ Superstar 4/19 – 5/28

Posted by Admin On March - 7 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Everything’s alright: Paramount Theatre presents Jesus Christ Superstar April 19 – May 28

   
Paramount Theatre’s Jesus Christ Superstar will be directed by (from left) Ron Kellum. The cast includes Destan Owens (Jesus), Mykal Kilgore (Judas Iscariot), Felicia Boswell (Mary Magdalene), Rufus Bonds, Jr. (Pontius Pilate), Avionce Hoyles (King Herod/Annas) and Lorenzo Rush Jr. (Caiaphas).
AURORA, ILWhat began as a 1970s rock opera concept album became a global stage phenomenon that captured seven Tony Award nominations and countless awards overseas in its 40-plus years.
Jesus Christ Superstar, the beloved rock opera that explores the story and internal struggles of the last seven days of the greatest idol in history – Jesus – is the 2016-17 Broadway Series finale, April 19-May 28, 2017 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.
While thousands of productions have taken the stage in 31 countries, Paramount’s is surely the production the theater community in Chicago and around the country will be talking about.
We already know Jesus Christ Superstar features music by the most successful composer of our generation, Andrew Lloyd Webber, with indelible lyrics by Tim Rice. Hits include “Everything’s Alright,” “Heaven on Their Minds,” “Hosanna,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Superstar.”
With nationally recognized director and producer Ron Kellum making his Paramount debut with Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago will be introduced to a director and choreographer whose experience ranges from being an artistic director of Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA to staging major sports spectacles such as last month’s 2017 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show.

Paramount veterans Tom Vendafreddo and Kory Danielson will collaborate as co-music directors in leading the cast and a 14-piece live rock band.

The A-list production design team includes Kevin Depinet, set design; Theresa Ham, costume design; Greg Hofmann, lighting design; Mike Tutaj, projection design; and Adam Rosenthal, sound design.


So what’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happenin’?

Paramount’s Jesus Christ Superstar will feature an all-black cast led by Broadway and regional musical theater veteran Destan Owens as Jesus of Nazareth. Owens’s Broadway credits include Tom Collins in Rent, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Adrian in Smokey Joes Café and Hawker in The Whos Tommy 15th Anniversary Concert.

Principal cast members are Mykal Kilgore (Judas Iscariot), Felicia Boswell (Mary Magdalene), Rufus Bonds, Jr. (Pontius Pilate), Avionce Hoyles (King Herod/Annas) and Lorenzo Rush Jr. (Caiaphas).

The ensemble features (pictured above, top, from left) Stephen “Blu” Allen,
Jos N. Banks, Ciera Dawn, Gilbert Domally, Candace C. Edwards, Jared D.M. Grant, Keirsten Hodgens, (row 2) Mark J.P. Hood, Reneisha Jenkins, Micheal Lovette, Evan Tyrone Martin, Gabriel MuddBrian Nelson Jr., Renellè Nicole, (row 3) Jaymes Osborne, Kafi Pierre, Jon Pierce, Travis Porchia, Camille Robinson, Alexis J. Roston and Jessica Brooke Seals.
“This is an incredible opportunity to unite the retelling of one of the greatest stories with an iconic piece of musical theater through the voices and lens of my community,” said Jesus Christ Superstar director Ron Kellum. “‘Why an all-black Superstar?’ ‘Why not.’ Our responsibility as storytellers is to find ways to represent truth in ways that translate to every audience no matter of color, creed, orientation or status. This will be a soul stirring experience!”
“Wait until you hear the voices singing in the grand finale of this season, presented for you in a powerful new production directed and choreographed by Ron Kellum!” said Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti. “I dare to say it speaks to the state of the art as intriguingly as it does to the state of the union! It is a contemporary thrill ride of a production with a cast as beautiful as the vision of its director!”
 
Jesus Christ Superstar: Dates, times and ticket information

Previews start April 19. Press opening is Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Performances run through May 28: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Single tickets are $44 to $59. The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, is surrounded by affordable parking and new restaurants for pre- or post-show dining.

For tickets, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening performances.

Jesus Christ Superstar is rated PG.


 
About Jesus Christ Superstar


A rock star stands center stage, awash in lights while tens-of-thousands of adoring fans repeat every word he sings. An endless sea of bodies stands for hours shivering in the freezing temps just to say they were there when the new leader of the free world was sworn in. We love and celebrate our idols; we always have…that is, until we move on to our next idol.
Jesus Christ Superstar is not just the story of the last seven days of the greatest idol in history. It’s the story of the close friend who tried to save him and why that friend eventually betrayed him. It’s a story of love and fear, of kindness and greed, of expectations and what happens when those expectations are not met. 
This is an energized rock opera that delves into the internal struggles of those mortals, those humans – including Jesus himself – as they drew closer to one of the most pivotal moments in history. It’s an emotionally-charged journey in which, in the end, each person discovers something about themselves when the stakes are at their highest.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is the most successful composer of musicals of his generation and also a breaker of molds for the type. His first collaboration with lyricist Tim Rice was Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. The two soon hit on the idea of writing a musical based on the life of Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas, and, like Joseph, imbued with a strong rock and roll influence. Unable to finance a stage version, Lloyd Webber and Rice did manage to record their show, and in 1970, the album Jesus Christ Superstar went on to sell millions all over the world. The musical version debuted on Broadway in 1971, earning 5 Tony nominations and a Drama Desk Award for Sondheim for “Most Promising Composer.” The 1973 film version remains a 1970s rock opera cult classic.

Behind the scenes: Paramount’s

Jesus Christ Superstar


Ron Kellum (director) is a seasoned director and producer with experience ranging from sports entertainment to theater, film and television. He serves as a senior producer for e2k, co-director for the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii and co-producer for the NFL Pro Bowl United Way Thanksgiving Halftime Show. Kellum produced the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team Launch at Paramount Studios as well as several high-profile press and VIP events for Monster CES in Las Vegas. His directing and choreography credits included Iron Man 2 starring Robert Downey Jr. as well as the musicals Chicago, The Color Purple, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Rent, Once on This Island, 5 Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Smokey Joe’s Café. He appeared on Broadway in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Chicago, and he toured nationally in Aida, Dreamgirls, Fosse and Chicago. Learn more at ronkellum.com.

 
Tom Vendafreddo (co-music director and conductor) is helming his 12th consecutive musical at Paramount, preceded by In the Heights, Mary Poppins, The Who’s Tommy, Les Misérables (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction), Oklahoma! (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction)A Christmas Story – The Musical (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction), Hairspray – The Broadway Musical, West Side Story (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction), Mamma Mia!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Other credits include Company and Sweet Charity (Writers Theatre); On the Town and Godspell (Marriott Lincolnshire); Road Show and Shrek: The Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Spitfire Grill (BoHo Theatre – Jeff Nomination for Music Direction); and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre). Regional credits include Rent (San Diego Musical Theatre), Odyssey (Old Globe Theatre), Forever Plaid (Chestnut Fine Arts) and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Cygnet Theatre). As a cabaret artist, he has performed in Chicago, New York, San Diego and Melbourne. In 2014, he became the Founding Artistic Director of the Chicago Artists Chorale, a choral ensemble of working professionals in the Chicago theatre community. He received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Eastman School of Music and a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. tomvendafreddo.com
Kory Danielson (co-music director and conductor) is coming back for his 10th consecutive musical at the Paramount, following Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Hairspray – The Broadway Musical, A Christmas Story – The Musical, Oklahoma!, Les Misérables and The Who’s Tommy. Other Chicago credits include Assassins, The Full Monty, Loving Repeating, Heathers, Tomorrow Morning (Kokandy Productions); Passion (2014 Jeff Award for Outstanding Music Direction), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Theo Ubique); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Porchlight Music Theatre); Hedwig, Wedding Singer (Haven Theatre); and Zanna, Don’t!, Lucky Stiff, Triumph of Love (The Music Theatre Company). Danielson has also worked with Drury Lane, Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Bailiwick and Hell in a Handbag.
Paramount’s Jesus Christ Superstar production team also includes Trent Stork, associate director; Kafi Pierre, associate choreographer; Ethan Deppe, electronic music designer; Katie Cordts, wig, hair and makeup designer; Amanda Relaford, properties designer; R&D Choreography, Vic Bayona and Rick Gilbert, violence designers; Roger Ellis, dramaturg; Hannah Wichmann, stage manager; and Nora Mally, assistant stage manager. 
Jesus Christ Superstar is sponsored by the Daily Herald. Paramount’s 2016-17 Broadway Series is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and The Dunham Fund. Broadway Series Orchestra Sponsor is Rush-Copley Medical Center. Broadway Series Lighting Sponsor is ComEd. Broadway Series Costume Sponsor is Gerald Kia. Jesus Christ Superstar is also sponsored by the Daily Herald.
More about Paramount’s 2016-17 Season
In addition to Paramount’s 2016-17 Broadway Series finale, Jesus Christ Superstar, Paramount’s season also includes Home Free (Mar. 24), Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones (Mar. 25), Golden Dragon Acrobats (Mar. 26),
Riverdance: 20 Years(Mar. 31-Apr. 2, five shows), Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel (Jun. 10, two shows) and Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was… (Jun. 11). Back in 2016-17 is the Classic Movie Monday series, presenting everyone’s favorite flicks on a two-story screen for just $1. Paramount also serves the community with low-cost children’s shows designed to entertain while they educate: Miss Nelson is Missing (Mar. 22) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Mar. 23).
For subscriptions, single tickets or more information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre,
23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.
About The Paramount Theatre

Inside the historic Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre (ParamountAurora.com) is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. Named “One of Chicago’s Top 10 Attended Theatres” by the League of Chicago Theatres, the 1,888-seat Paramount, located in downtown Aurora at
23 E. Galena Blvd., is nationally recognized for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic beauty.

The Paramount opened on September 3, 1931. Designed by renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the theater captures a unique Venetian setting portrayed in the art deco influence of the 1930s. The first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago, the Paramount offered the public a variety of entertainment, including “talking pictures,” vaudeville, concerts and circus performances for more than 40 years.

In 1976, Aurora Civic Center Authority purchased the Paramount and closed the theater for restoration. The $1.5 million project restored the Paramount to its original grandeur. On April 29, 1978, the Paramount Arts Center opened, offering a variety of theatrical, musical, comedy, dance and family programming. In 2006, a 12,000-square-foot, two-story Grand Gallery lobby was added, with a new, state-of-the-art box office, café and art gallery.

Today, the Paramount self-produces its own Broadway Musical Series, presents an eclectic array of comedy, music, dance and family shows, and on most Mondays, screens a classic movie.
The Paramount Theatre is one of three live performance venues programmed and managed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA). ACCA also oversees the Paramount’s “sister” stage, the intimate, 173-seat Copley Theatre located directly across the street from the Paramount at 8 E. Galena Blvd., as well as RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora’s summer outdoor concert venue.
The Paramount Theatre continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Tim Rater, President and CEO, Aurora Civic Center Authority; Jim Corti, Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre; a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater and music professionals. 
For tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com or call
(630) 896-6666.

16-Year-Old Rock & Soul Artist Nick Brodeur Signs With SoBe Entertainment – Releases Debut Singles

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Nick Brodeur

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — SoBe Entertainment, located in South Beach, Florida, recently signed Rock, Pop & Soul Artist, Nick Brodeur, to an entertainment and recording contract with the label.This 16-year-old rock guitar phenomenon just released his first commercial single, a duet with the legendary R&B star, Urban Mystic. The track is titled A New Tomorrow and can be seen via the two links below in both 360 degree and live-action. The single reflects the troubled times we are all living in today and is being promoted at Urban Radio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OED3asLDqDk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jH5LVKrzog

The young rock, pop & soul star also recently released for Valentines Day a cover of the Joe Cocker classic, You Are So Beautiful. The remake is presented in the SoundCloud link below. This track is being released to pop, rock and rhythmic stations.

www.soundcloud.com/nickbrodeurmusic/u-r-so-beautiful-final/s-So4Gf

A huge fan of rock, Nick has patterned his career and his music after the legendary rock icon Jimi Hendrix. With Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Prince and Rick James as some of his idols, and coupled with B.B. King as his blues & jazz mentor, Nick is destined for international stardom as a superstar (capable of crossing several musical genres). His raspy soulful vocals, along with his energetic live performances, take fans on a musical experience that is not simply electric, but also eclectic!

 

Photo: Nick Brodeur

 

 

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