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Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Chicago 2017

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Cirque du Soleil is excited to bring its magic back to Chicago next summer with its latest soul-touching production, LUZIA. From July 21 to August 20, 2017, audiences will be invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at the United Center parking lot (1901 W. Madison Street) to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a beautifully intricate world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Rich in visual surprises, LUZIA delights audiences of all ages by incorporating water into acrobatic and artistic routines, a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

 

Tickets are available online exclusively to Cirque Club members starting today. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com. Public tickets for Chicago performances of LUZIA will be available beginning Friday, December 9, 2016 at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia. Tickets start at $35.

 

LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico

LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

 

Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people.

 

The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, LUZIA surprises with acrobatic performances breaking down the barriers, such as incorporating water into contemporary circus disciplines.

 

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

To watch a preview video of LUZIA, visit http://cirk.me/LuziaPreview.

 

Follow LUZIA on social media

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LUZIAbyCirqueduSoleil

Twitter: @Cirque #LUZIA

Instagram: @cirquedusoleil #LUZIA #cirquedusoleil


Prestige VIP Packages

Various Prestige VIP Packages giving access to the best seats and a delectable culinary pre-show experience are available for selected performances of LUZIA. The exclusive VIP tent extends the show’s experience in a unique, surprising and playfully inventive setting evoking the colors, the flavors and the effervescence of Mexico. For more information about individual packages and corporate hospitality opportunities, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

 


Official partner

Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank MÉXICO, an affiliate partner of LUZIA.

 

Cirque du Soleil

LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.

ART AIDS AMERICA in Chicago Dec – April

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Art AIDS America Chicago

This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.

 

Uncomfortable, wistfully beautiful,
and vitally important… — Advocate.com

 

Art AIDS America will culminate its national tour at the new Alphawood Gallery, established for this presentation by the Alphawood Foundation, at 2401 North Halsted Street (at Fullerton Avenue). The exhibition – opening on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, and continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017 – will be free and open to the public.

Tino Rodriguez (born 1965), Eternal Lovers, 2010. Oil on wood, Overall: 18 × 24 inches.

Private collection.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

SOFA Chicago 2016 Nov. 3-6

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GORGEOUS ART!!

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events company.

Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design.  SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago’s major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending. Sales at the fair are estimated at 15-20 million dollars per show.

With a strong educational emphasis, SOFA CHICAGO includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits exploring the artworks on view and surveying new trends in the art world.  A VIP program includes exclusive events tailored to high-profile gallery clients and collector/museum groups.

SOFA has evolved into a dynamic international marketplace and community – a confluence of perspectives where art, design and people intersect.

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location

Festival Hall, Navy Pier 
600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
SOFA CHICAGO takes place in Festival Halls A and B at Navy Pier. The entrance to SOFA CHICAGO 2016 will be on level 2 in the center of Festival Hall at Terrace A East.  Escalators and elevators are located and Entrance 1 and 2 only.  If you’re coming by cab, drop-offs will be at Entrances 1 and 2. Download a PDF Map of Navy Pier see 35 on the attached map for approximate entrance location >

Note: Wheelchairs are available at the Guest Services Desk at the front of the Pier in Family Pavilion, at the East End Security Post, and SOFA coat checks. They are available at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. ID is required. All levels of the Navy Pier complex are accessible by elevators. SOFA CHICAGO is located between the Skyline Stage and catering offices noted on this Map >

dates and times

Thursday, November 3, 2016:   5 – 9 pm
Friday, November 4, 2016:       11 am – 7 pm (10 – 11 am VIP hour)
Saturday, November 5, 2016:   11 am – 7 pm (10 – 11 am VIP hour)
Sunday, November 6, 2016:     12 – 6 pm

tickets

General Admission | $20 in advance; $25 at the door
Three-Day General Admission Pass | $30
Seniors 65+ | $15
Tickets available online or at the door. Cash and credit cards (Visa | MasterCard | American Express) accepted. For information on planning a group visit, contact deborah@urban-expo.com. Note: High school group tickets were limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are SOLD OUT for SOFA CHICAGO 2016.

opening night

Thursday, November 3, 2016
VIP Preview | 5-9  pm
Public Preview | 7-9 pm
Tickets available online or at the door. Cash and credit cards (Visa | MasterCard | American Express) accepted.

Tony n Tina’s Wedding – Limited Run

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IT’S BACK! Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding returns to Chicago! Even Funnier than the first time!

 

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, returned to the Windy City last week and will run through December 30 only!

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained more than one million audience members of all ages. Presenting a hilarious, full wedding experience from the I do’s to the buffet to the bouquet toss, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will take place, for the first time in Chicago, at a real church – another nod to the fully immersive nature of the original Off-Broadway smash hit.

Guests will begin with the ceremony at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave., and afterwards, walk over with the cast for a meal and reception immediately following just one block away at Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), 1113 W. Belmont Ave., right in the heart of the Belmont Theatre District.

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Considered one of the hottest tickets in town and an excellent theatre/dinner ticket value, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an all-inclusive night of entertainment presented with the 1980’s throwback feel of the original NYC production.

You laugh, you eat, you drink (cash bar) and you dance! While it’s certainly not required, guests are encouraged to attend in their finest 1980’s regalia as they speak now or forever hold their peace, toast to the happy couple at dinner and cut a rug to 80’s style hits.

Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom.

From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, complete with an Italian-style meal, champagne toast and wedding cake, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends.

 

“We are so thrilled to be back in Chicago. Our unique show is a two part event in two different venues that pulls out all of the wedding stops,” said original New York Producer Joe Corcoran. “Familiar and new audiences are going to absolutely love the nostalgia in the awesome full experience that is our show, interacting with more than 20 fun and very familiar characters throughout the entire wedding celebration.”

 

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Hailed as “Audaciously imaginative!” by The New York Times, proclaimed “It’s a Hit!” by People Magazine, and said to be “Just like a real wedding … only funnier!” by the Chicago Tribune, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has won over the hearts of fans in more than 150 cities worldwide. Now, a new generation of theatre goers and fun lovers get to experience this national treasure.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding stars Mitchell Conti as “Anthony Angelo Nunzio Jr (Tony),” Hannah Aaron Brown as “Valentina Lynne Vitale (Tina),” Rob Johnson as “Barry Wheeler,” Luciana Bonifazi as “Connie Macogni,” Rory Jason Zacher as “Dominick Fabrizzi,” Robin M. Bousel as “Donna Marsala,” Nik Kmiecik as “Johnny Nunzio,” Jessica Rzucidlo as “Marina Gulino,” Ryan Milord as “Joey Vitale,” Alisha Fabbi as “Sister Albert Maria aka Terry Vitale,” Tommy Taylor as “Tony Nunzio, Sr.,” Jessica Scott as “Madeline Monroe,” Billy Minshall as “Father Mark,” Matt Bausone as “Michael Just,” Eustace Allen as “Sal Antonucci,” Brian Noonan as “Vinnie Black,” Dominic Rescigno as “Rick Demarco,” Micah Spayer as “Donny Dulce,” Mary McHale as “Josephina Vitale,” Susan Gaspar as “Aunt Rose,” Marssie Mencotti as “Grandma Nunzio,” Jan Godshaw as “Loretta Black,” Ben Schlotfet as “Mikey Black,” and Serena Pomerantz as “Nikki Black.”

Tickets for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are $75 for the two-part event, which includes the ceremony and reception, featuring an Italian-style buffet dinner, dancing to 80’s hits and a champagne toast. Tickets for premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $85. Show times vary on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Discounts are available for groups of 16 or more by visiting GroupTix.net or by calling 773.327.3778. Seating is limited so make your plans now. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://tonylovestina.com/.

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Candid Candace Jordan of Chicago

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IF YOU REALLY  WANT TO BE IN  THE KNOW –  in Chicago –

Follow  our dear friend   Candid  Candace

THE ultimate Chicago blog for movers, shakers and just plain cool!

CANDACE COLLINS JORDAN is one of Chicago’s  top Media personalities.  Chicago Tribune social columnist (Candid Candace); Chicago Now blogger (Candid Candace) and award-winning host of “Candid Candace TV.

She was voted “Chicago’s Most Social Scenester” in a poll conducted by Racked.com  She has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show as an etiquette expert, as a co-host and guest on WCIU’s “You & Me This Morning, Windy City Live, WGN Midday News, Fox Midday News, NPR radio, WGN Radio and as a Rivet radio show host, to name a few. She and her successful blog, Candid Candace, were featured in Chicago Magazine’s “Belle of the Blog” cover story feature as well as in CS Magazine’s “Best of the City” issue. – You get the picture?  FABULOUS!

You can also find her on Twitter, and Facebook  !

 

TORUK show Added for Chicago

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Boutique Hotels Wrigleyville Chicago

It’s funny, we have lived here about 10 years and have always known about these three hidden gems.

Yet, I talk to people who have lived here their whole life! And they are not familiar with City Suites, The Majestic and The Willows.

Willows and Majestic are tucked away in quiet neighborhoods, where you can blend right in with the locals. While City Suites is right on Belmont amidst the buzzing energy!

Summer and Fall are fantastic times in Chicago! Whether you are a local and have friends traveling that will need rooms or you are a traveler reading this – it’s NEVER TO EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM. The small inventory of rooms in Boystown and Lakeview always sell out.      ESPECIALLY  around  CUBS  dates!

 


In Lakeview you get small, intimate restaurants and a treasure trove of shopping neighborhoods with unique shops and art galleries! Golf courses, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigleyville and the Cubs Stadium, Old Towne, marinas and harbors, Hollywood gay beach, Andersonville, plus endless waterfront walking and bike paths, are all very accessible!

 

For years, visitors and locals alike have branded The Majestic Hotel the pre-eminent boutique hotel in Chicago. Offering the atmosphere of a well-appointed, upscale English country estate, this 100 percent, non-smoking Hotel offers the perfect haven of relaxation amidst the energetic city life found in the popular Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Broughton Hotels has 3 properties in the area. The Majestic Hotel, The Willows Hotel & The City Suites – each welcome you with an abundance of personality, style and charm that epitomizes the essence of their environments.

Exuding the charm of historic buildings – circa 1920s – They are a collection of boutique hotels that combine a stylish, unique and alluring atmosphere with a location that is ideal and accessible – just 10 minutes north of downtown Chicago’s business, financial and shopping districts – and brimming with the quintessential qualities of an upscale, city hotel. You can be just steps away from all of the gay events, in a cool neighborhood!

All three properties in Lakeview pride themselves on their personalized care, premier service and exceeding the needs of their discriminating leisure and business travelers. The staff is passionate here and ensure an enjoyable and memorable stay – something you don’t often see in the big hotels downtown. These properties boast a welcoming “neighborhood” charm yet with all the luxury boutique services and amenities of a full-service hotel.

Many packages are available depending on your interests. Everything from theatre and dining to comedy and baseball!

 

CITY SUITES HOTEL

THE WILLOWS

MAJESTIC HOTEL
The Majestic 773.404.3499
The City Suites 773.404.3400
The Willows 773.528.8400

Todrick Hall in Chicago

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Todrick Hall is a self-proclaimed queer, American singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer, and wildly famous YouTuber!

He auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube.

As of January 31, 2016, Hall has exceeded 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Videos on his channel have been played over 270 MILLION TIMES!

Videos of note include a flash mob thrown for Ariana Grande, a reinvention of the Wizard of Oz starring Pentatonix which was directed by and also stars Hall, and a Beyoncé themed flash mob performed in the middle of an actual Target store, which has garnered over 14 million views as of January 31, 2016, and which Beyoncé personally, publicly congratulated Hall on.

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Todrick’s current North American Tour titled “Straight Outta Oz” is in full swing!

” Straight Outta Oz,” follows the triple threat performer as he embarks on his most ambitious tour yet: a full-length musical with original score by Hall, inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

The tour kicked off last week in Vancouver, and will continue through August. He’ll make a stop in Chicago at Thalia Hall, Sunday August 7th, 2016. GET TICKETS HERE – BEFORE THEY ARE GONE.

 

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Awesomeness Films announced the start of production on their behind the scenes film following Todrick Hall’s upcoming tour and will be filming in Chicago at Thalia Hall!

Directed by Katherine Wright (Call Me Kuchu), the film will go behind-the-scenes as Todrick mounts the musical, which tells the story of his life growing up in small-town Texas, his struggle to come to Hollywood and eventually succeed.

 

Check out the video style album STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ here!

Get it on iTunes Here.

 

Then Todrick returns to Chicago Spetember 10th, for the 5th Annual OUT IN THE PARK event at Six Flags Great America! There will be a meet and greet with fans before the gates open at 7:30. Then Todrick will kick off the evening at 8pm with a couple live numbers! www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

 

 

NATURE – A Walking Play

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Here is something really unique  and different, in Chicagoland  for a limited  time!

TigerLion Arts presents Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world.  Grounded in the story of their friendship, this virtuosic production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple.  Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.”  A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience.

Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendly journey that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world. This original work is collaboratively created with writer/actor Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

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In today’s world, we are so estranged from our natural environment, and at TigerLion Arts, we feel that humankind must reconnect with nature in order to survive.

As oil spills into our oceans, as we race through our lives, as we look further and further outside ourselves for the answers, it is our hope that Nature can be a catalyst for our collective healing.

 

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The 2016 tour of NATURE  is  currently  making  it’s  stop  at the 1,700  acre Morton Arboretum in Lisle – about 45 minutes west of Chicago.

Here  through  July  31st!

Thursdays through Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

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How long is the show?
90 mins/No Intermission
Come early for a 30-minute pre-show performance that includes bagpiping and choral music to enjoy!  If possible, plan your trip so you can spend some time on the grounds. Bring a picnic to enjoy before or after the show.

 

BUY  TICKETS  HERE!

More details about the show  HERE!

Cirque du Soleil TORUK 5 Days Only!

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THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!

The new Cirque du Soleil touring arena show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight, will be presented at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, on August 3-7, as part of a global tour in arenas. The show is presented by Visa Signature® in association with United MileagePlus®.

 

The show

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

 

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

 

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

 

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

 

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

tickets start at $38 !

When: August 3-7, 2016

o   Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 pm

o   Thursday, August 4 at 7:30 pm

o   Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm

o   Saturday, August 6 at 4:00 pm

o   Saturday, August 6 at 8:00 pm

o   Sunday, August 7 at 1:30 pm

o   Sunday, August 7 at 5:30 pm

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk