In partnership with the 34th Chicago International Children’s Film FestivalInstituto Cervantes of Chicago presents ¡Anímate with Animayo!, a stop-motion film workshop with Damián Perea of the Spain-based ANIMAYO International Film Festival of Animation on Friday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This bilingual workshop will be held at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (31 W Ohio) and is geared towards children aged 8-10 years old. The workshop costs $25 for Facets members and $30 for the public. More information, including registration, at Fri., Nov. 3rd is a CPS in-service day. Read more

Raue Center’s Artful Women presents renowned photographer TERRY EVANS

evans_terryNov 15 @ 3pm –TERRY EVANS, photographer

Changing Landscapes: from virgin prairie to fracking.

Photographer Terry Evans shows her 35 years of unique photographic explorations that reveal the transformation of virgin prairie to fracked and industrialized landscapes which are now disrupting our lives and the earth. Evans is a Guggenheim Fellow. Her work appears in major museum collections including the Chicago Art Institute, Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and many others.  Read more



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Image: Dan Deacon, Photo: Frank Hamilton.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents MCA Prime Time, a new after-hours series that taps into the creative pulse of Chicago with a dynamic mix of live music, performance art, interactive programs, and great food. Taking place three times a year, MCA Prime Time is an electrifying social experience that provides a platform for artists and key cultural groups in the city.For the October 2 inaugural event, the MCA collaborates with Chicago-based Land and Sea Dept.(LSD), the concept and project design studio behind Longman & Eagle, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, and the Cherry Circle Room at the Chicago Athletic Association. The MCA and LSD have curated a night featuring electropop star Dan Deacon, art and design experiences led by Chicago artists, and LSD restaurants that pop up at the MCA to serve their signature dishes. Prime Time takes place at the MCA on October 2 from 7-11 pm.

The evening follows a theme of “Vibes” with Dan Deacon bringing his frenetic dance music and unpredictable theatrics to a live music performance powered by infectious pop beats and audience participation.
Alongside the live music, LSD bars and restaurants occupy the museum for the evening. Parson’s Chicken and Fish set up their custom red and white umbrellas and picnic tables, as Chef Hunter Moore and bar manager Charlie Schott serve up Parson’s famous dishes and slushies. The tiki bar Lost Lake and the American-Chinese take-out counter Thank You present Paul McGee’s signature cocktails and bites from Chefs Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla. Longman & Eagle’s culinary offerings are served, complete with bar manager Phil Olson’s drinks and Executive Chef Matt Kernery.
Other artists featured throughout the night include:
  • Elliot Bergman, of indie-pop duo Wild Belle, performing live on the MCA plaza
  • Domestic Animal, the part light show and part live music piece from Chicago musicians Drew Ryan and Derek Weber
  • Hit + Run, masters of live screen-printing workshops, leading participants in creating original artwork
  • Jeremiah Chiu of Plural leading his Smartphone Symphony where participants play tones via their smartphone and construct their own user-generated symphonies
  • A pop-up market — curated by Land & Sea Dept. and called the “LSD Mini-Mart” — showcasing the artwork of local makers across various disciplines, including Sonnenzimmer, LVL3 with the Arts of Life, The Pitchfork Review, WesternXeditions, and Drag City
Tickets to MCA Prime Time are $ $20 at the door and $15 in advance. Tickets are available for purchase through the MCA Box Office (312.397.4010) or at MCA Prime Time is a 21+ event.
Future Prime Time events will be co-hosted with indie music tastemaker Pitchfork (February 5), and Chicago’s home of house music, SmartBar and renowned music venue The Metro (May 6).
Generous support for MCA Prime Time is provided by Anne Kaplan.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The MCA is generously supported by its Board of Trustees; individual and corporate members; private and corporate foundations; and government agencies including the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Museum capital improvements are supported by a Public Museum Capital Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Chicago Park District generously supports MCA programs. MCA Chicago is a proud member of Museums in the Park and receives major support from the Chicago Park District. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the Official Airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The MCA is located at 220 E. Chicago Avenue, one block east of Michigan Avenue. The museum and sculpture garden are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and Tuesday from 10 am to 8 pm. The museum is closed on Monday. Tuesdays are Community Free Days with free admission for Illinois residents. Suggested general admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Children 12 years of age and under, MCA members, and members of the military are admitted free. Information about MCA exhibitions, programs, and special events is available on the MCA website at or by phone at 312.280.2660.

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image002 (6)Renowned French film director and visual artist Agnès Varda will spend October 8-15, 2015 in residence at the University of Chicago as part of a major weeklong celebration of her work.  CinéVardaExpo. Agnès Varda in Chicago includes a public lecture by Varda on Friday, October 9, a conversation between Varda and artist Jessica Stockholder on Sunday, October 11, a public Q&A on Thursday, October 15 and screenings of selected films throughout the week, many attended by Varda herself. The Logan Center Gallery will host an exhibition of Varda’s recent work, Photographs Get Moving (potatoes and shells, too), from September 11-November 8, 2015. Reservations are required for some events and available at

Event:                                   CinéVardaExpo. Agnès Varda in Chicago

Venue:                                 Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts,

                  915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Residency Dates:             October 8-15, 2015 (Exhibition Dates: Sept 11 – Nov 8, 2015) Read more


spFounder Aaron P. Dworkin announces that The Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, will host the third annual SphinxCon, one of the nation’s leading arts diversity conferences, from January 30 through February 1, 2015 at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Blvd, in Detroit, Mich. SphinxCon will bring more than 40 distinguished arts leaders together, including National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu. Read more

Podcast with Photographer HUGH ARNOLD

Podcast with Photographer HUGH ARNOLD from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

3312474World renown fashion photographer HUGH ARNOLD (Australian Vogue, Conde Naste Traveler, Glamour) discusses his gorgeous new exhibition and book “Agua Nacida” meaning “water born” in Spanish which is a unique collection of large-scale underwater nudes, photographed amidst the unspoiled depths of the seas surrounding Fiji and Gozo. Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, 716 N. Wells Street, presents “Agua Nacida,” by photographer Hugh Arnold, Sept. 19 – Oct. 31, 2014. Arnold’s appearance at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary marks his first exhibit in North America. For more information visit  “Aqua Nacida” can be purchased at AMAZON ,  BARNES AND NOBLE, and  Read more

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