Friday, October 17, 2014

Beyond the Lights Write Up‏

 Beyond the Lights Write Up‏ 
by Tamara Jenkins 
Photos by Dan Locke

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood gives movie goers a look behind the flashing lights of fame with her latest project Beyond the Lights.

Bythewood wrote and directed this film that tells the story of music’s next big star Noni, a bi-racial young women raised by a single mother, who has the voice of an angel. On the verge of succumbing to the pressures of her stardom, Noni meets someone that helps her see who she is and helps her find her true voice.

The film screened during this year’s Chicago International Film and writer, director Bythewood was on hand to discuss how the film came to light in 2007 when she started writing it. Bythewood said Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland served as her inspiration for Noni and the film. She said the messages she hopes people take from the film are to choose life and be true to yourself. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) as Noni, Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon). Beyond the Lights hits theaters on November 14th, 2014.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Foo Fighters Are Coming to Chicago

New York, N.Y., October 14, 2014 — The highly anticipated new HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm (EST). In celebration of the premiere, HBO will collaborate with Facebook to present “Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Live from The Cubby Bear,” a live stream of the Foo Fighters premiere party concert, which will be made available to fans in the U.S. on the HBO Facebook page:
Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear will take the stage at Chicago’s The Cubby Bear at midnight (EST) on Friday, October 17 immediately following a screening of the premiere episode. The show will feature the first ever in-concert performance of the new single “Something from Nothing” from the band’s forthcoming album, also titled Sonic Highways (out November 10 on Roswell/RCA). 

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is an unprecedented eight-part documentary series that digs deep into the heart and soul of America’s musical identity. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each one-hour episode is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people that define each city’s unique musical identity.
The premiere episode takes place in Chicago and prominently features The Cubby Bear, a small club with huge personal significance to Grohl, who saw his first punk rock show at the venue – an event that set him on his life’s path. 

Fans located in Chicago can attend the concert by purchasing tickets online 
at beginning Wednesday, October 15 at 10:00am (CST). A two-ticket limit per customer will be strictly enforced and attendees must be 21+. All tickets will be held at will-call and are non-transferable. Ticket holders and their guests must check in at the same time, present government-issued photo ID and immediately enter the venue. Doors open at 8:30pm (CST).
For fans who won’t have the opportunity to attend or catch the live stream of the concert, an archived version of the event will be made available on certain HBO platforms at a later date. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Who Hits 50!

THE WHO, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their “THE WHO HITS 50! tour to North America in 2015. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 AM (local time) at “THE WHO HITS 50! tour is being presented by AEG Live.
Set lists on these shows will take their audience on an “Amazing Journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from the band’s early days to classic albums including WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day.
Citi is the official credit card of “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets for the U.S. dates beginning Monday, October 13 at 10:00 AM through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit
Exclusive VIP packages for the “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour includes reserved tickets with amazing seats, special access to THE WHO’S VIP preshow soundcheck, pre-show VIP parties, autographed limited edition memorabilia and much more. Additional details on tickets and VIP packages can be found at In addition, $1 from each ticket sold on “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will benefit Teen Cancer America .
For fan club ticket presales, visit THE WHO fan club members get a 48-hour exclusive window before anyone else to purchase presale tickets for the tour. For US dates, the fanclub presale begins Saturday October 11 at 10:00 AM local time and for Canadian dates fanclub presale begins Tuesday, October 14 at 10:00 AM local time. Current fan club members can log in to their fan club account to gain access to ticket presales. Not a member? Join today by visiting
“From the band’s first hit single ‘I Can’t Explain’ to pioneering the rock opera with Tommy, The Who is one of the most influential and storied bands of our time,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “This will be one of the most anticipated tours of 2015 and we are delighted to be able to offer Citi cardmembers early access to see this legendary band perform.”
The classic songs fans can expect to hear on “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour will appear on the band’s forthcoming WHO HITS 50! collection. Set for an October 27, 2014 release on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), this definitive collection of THE WHO’s greatest tracks–from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track “Be Lucky”–is being released to coincide with the band’s 50th anniversary tour.
The show–described by PETE TOWNSHEND as–“Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses” will see the band play all their classic anthems as well as tackling deeper cuts from their catalog.
This is the beginning of the long goodbye,” says ROGER DALTREY of the upcoming tour.
PETE TOWNSHEND commented, “Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big Woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring.”
THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013.
THE WHO’s 2015 North American tour dates are as follows:

2015 Tour Dates – Leg 1

Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Miami, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena
Duluth, GA
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Chicago, IL
Allstate Arena
Columbus, OH
Nationwide Arena
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Uniondale, NY
Nassau Coliseum
Atlantic City, NJ
Boardwalk Hall
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena
Brooklyn, NY
Barclays Center
Forest Hills, NY
Forest Hills Stadium

*On sale Friday, October 17 at 9:00 AM

2015 Tour Dates – Leg 2

San Diego, CA
Valley View Casino Center
Anaheim, CA
Honda Center
Las Vegas, NV
Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Los Angeles, CA
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
Portland, OR
Moda Center
Seattle, WA
Vancouver, BC
Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center
Milwaukee, WI
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Chicago, IL
United Center
Detroit, MI
Joe Louis Arena
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Pittsburgh, PA
CONSOL Energy Center
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Citi Private Pass, the bank’s entertainment access program, offers Citi credit and debit cardmembers access to purchase tickets to thousands of events annually. In 2013, Citi offered cardmembers more than 5,000 events, ranging from preferred tickets and early ticket access to top concert tours to curated special events with Grammy® award-winners and VIP experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A. Last year, Citi sponsored the Rolling Stones’ 50 & Counting Tour mobile app. In addition, Citi presented “Katy Perry’s: We Can Survive” benefit concert and exclusive cardmember pre-show experience at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Other experiences have featured artists such as Lady Gaga, John Legend, One Direction, Luke Bryan, and more.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

MOLOTOV Returns to the US

October 10, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Latin Grammy Award winning Mexican rock band Molotov will be returning to the U.S. in December for their “Agua Maldita Navidad Tour.” Celebrating Christmas with their signature Latin rock flair, Molotov will kick off the tour in Los Angeles on December 3rd and will wrap it up in Dallas on December 21st. Tickets are on sale now!
After nearly 2 decades on stage, 8 albums, a documentary, 4 Latin Grammys and over 3 million+ records sold, legendary Mexican rock band Molotov has returned in 2014 with an incendiary new record, Agua Maldita. The band's latest effort was produced by Jason Perry at East West Studios in Hollywood, CA and features 10 tracks, including the singles "Lagunas Metales" and “La Raza" featuring DMC from iconic hip-hop group RUN-DMC.
Molotov continues to push the boundaries of their music with lyrics exploring social and political topics on one of their best records to date.
Catch the band on their "Agua Maldita Navidad Tour" in the U.S.A. this December.
For additional information on Molotov, visit, or  Tour dates are as follows:
Dec 3 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theater
Dec 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Dec 5 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
Dec 6 - Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
Dec 7 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Dec 8 - San Diego, CA - North Park Theatre
Dec 9 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Dec 11 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
Dec 13 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
Dec 14 - New York, NY - Stage 48
Dec 16 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Dec 17 - New Orleans, LA - The Howlin’ Wolf
Dec 18 - McAllen, TX - Club Ice House
Dec 19 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Dec 20 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Dec 21 - Dallas, TX - Trees
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Wiz Khalifa Big Secret Tour





Los Angeles, CA (October 3, 2014) – Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling Rostrum/Atlantic recording artist Wiz Khalifa is set to embark on his upcoming “Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour,” kicking off in Santa Ana, CA on October 24th and ending in Chicago, IL on November 26th. Blacc Hollywood, Khalifa’s third studio album, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, with Billboard describing the album as a “strong offering, rooted in simplicity and banking heavily on Khalifa’s natural charisma.”

This summer, Wiz Khalifa wrapped the highly successful “Under the Influence of Music Tour” in Irvine, CA on August 24th.  Headlined and founded by Wiz, the third annual “Under the Influence of Music Tour” featured some of hip-hop’s biggest superstars including Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan.

Tickets for the “Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour” will go on sale to the general public beginning at 10:00AM on Saturday, October 4th. Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster, local venue websites and  In addition, Wiz will be answering questions from fans live at each of his shows.  Submit questions to #ASKWIZ + the date of show attending + the question (e.g. #ASKWIZ 10/25 – question).

Blacc Hollywood Big Secret Tour Dates:

Date:                           City:                            Venue:

10/24/14                     Santa Ana, CA             The Observatory

10/25/14                     Los Angeles, CA           House of Blues

10/26/14                     Los Angeles, CA           House of Blues

10/29/14                     Tallahassee, FL            D.L.T. Civic Center

10/30/14                     Atlanta, GA                  Center Stage

10/31/14                     Atlanta, GA                  Center Stage

11/1/14                       Tampa, FL                   USF Sundome

11/9/14                       Austin, TX                    FunFunFun Fest

11/10/14                     Dallas, TX                    House of Blues

11/11/14                     Dallas, TX                    House of Blues

11/13/14                     Houston, TX                 Warehouse Live

11/14/14                     Peoria, IL                     Bradley University

11/15/14                     Ledyard, CT                 Foxwoods Resort Casino – The Grand Theater

11/16/14                     New York, NY              Webster Hall

11/17/14                     New York, NY              Webster Hall

11/19/14                     Sayreville, NJ               Starland Ballroom

11/20/14                     Pittsburgh, PA             Mr. Smalls Theatre

11/21/14                     Pittsburgh, PA             Mr. Smalls Theatre

11/24/14                     Chicago, IL                  House of Blues

11/25/14                     Chicago, IL                  House of Blues


Multi-platinum selling recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst on the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, ROLLING PAPERS, in March 2011, which spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up” and “No Sleep.”  He has earned a career total of five Grammy nominations, including nods for such blockbuster hits as the chart-topping “Black and Yellow” and 2012’s RIAA platinum-certified “Remember You (Feat. The Weeknd).” Other nominated tracks include 2011’s “Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars),” Wiz’s 3x platinum-certified, top 10 smash partnership with Snoop Dogg (featured on their 2011 collaborative soundtrack, MAC & DEVIN GO TO HIGH SCHOOL), and Maroon 5’s 2012 worldwide hit, “Payphone (Feat. Wiz Khalifa).”  Wiz Khalifa recently released his newest album, BLACC HOLLYWOOD, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.

More than just a music powerhouse, Wiz is also a fashion-forward icon and entrepreneur. His Taylor Gang Ent. label and brand recently united with leading active lifestyle brand Neff for a 26-piece apparel collection. They also launched Freshko, a new lifestyle brand co-created by Diamond Supply Co. designer Sketch. Additional highlights include partnerships with luxury headwear designer Flat Fitty (, RAW® rolling paper and Converse.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

The Chicago International Film Festival #CIFF Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary in Style

A Star-Studded Red Carpet, an Emotional Pre-Screening Presentation and the U.S. Premiere of Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie” among the Highlights of the Festival’s 50th Anniversary Opening Night

 Opening Night of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival was more than a golden celebration for an institution that has left an indelible mark on the city of Chicago. It was also a gathering of friends, as veteran actress Liv Ullmann, actor Colin Farrell, Festival Jury Member Kathleen Turner and “The Fugitive” director Andrew Davis joined Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza on the red carpet for the U.S. Premiere of Ullmann’s latest film “Miss Julie” on Thursday, October 9 at the Harris Theater.

The red carpet event was packed with onlookers eager to capture the excitement as well as local, national and international media. Chicago actress and producer Grace McPhillips (“The Other One,” an official selection of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival), walked the red carpet, followed by Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive”), whose first feature film, “Stony Island” (1978), received its World Premiere at the 18th Chicago International Film Festival. They were soon joined by the members of the International Feature Competition Jury: Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actress Kathleen Turner; acclaimed filmmaker and New German Cinema pioneer Margarethe von Trotta; Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek (whose latest film, “Fasten Your Seatbelts,” is an Official selection at this year’s Festival); award-winning Israeli cinematographer Giora Bejach; and Iranian editor and director Parviz Shahbazi. And then came the moment the media and the public were waiting for: Liv Ullmann and Colin Farrell, together on the red carpet with Michael Kutza.

Once inside the theater, the audience was treated to video greetings from past Festival honorees and friends, including Davis; producer, writer and director Robert Zemeckis; and director Martin Scorsese, whose first film, “I Call First,” premiered at the 1967 Chicago International Film Festival. In his video message, Scorsese acknowledged the encouragement he received from both the Festival and a young film critic at the time named Roger Ebert.

Michael Kutza took the stage, and after some hilarious reminiscences about Scorsese’s first trip to Chicago, he introduced a video that illustrated the year-round work done by Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival. After remarks from Chairman of the Governing Board Jeanne Randall Malkin, Representative Ken Dunkin, 5th District of the State of Illinois, and President and CEO of Columbia College Chicago, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, the lights went down and the audience was treated to a personal video message from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Emmanuel acknowledged the role the Chicago International Film Festival has played in the City’s history, but also as a “place where storytellers come to share the universal language of cinema.”

The Festival then presented American Airlines with the Gold Hugo for Leadership in the Arts, in recognition of American Airlines’ continued support of the arts and the Film Festival. Judi Gorman, Regional Manager, Sales Promotion & Community Relations, Central Division Sales for American Airlines, accepted the award on behalf of its worldwide employees and commented that both American’s and the Festival’s missions are aligned to “promote cultural diversity and raise the profile of Chicago as a city that does work.”

After formally introducing the members of the International Feature Competition jury, the Festival went on to honor some dear friends who are no longer with us in a video remembrance. Among the “Absent Friends:” director and writer Patrice Chéreau; writer, director and Chicagoan Harold Ramis; director and festival honoree Richard Attenborough; and silent screen comedienne and the Festival’s “Godmother” Colleen Moore, among others. But the largest round of applause was reserved for the final image on the video presentation: film critics and supporters of the Festival, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

Ullmann then joined Kutza on stage to present the U.S. premiere of her film “Miss Julie.” Calling Kutza her “absolute favorite Festival director,” Ullmann declared films a “most important medium”—one that makes theaters a “magic place” where people can see “real life.” She described Farrell as a “genuine actor,” one who gave the best performance of his career for her film. Farrell returned the compliment by describing Ullmann as “the most incredibly deeply feeling” person he’s met and one whose work on behalf of the disenfranchised will long be remembered.

The celebration continued with a post-screening reception at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 77 E. Randolph St., with hors d'oeuvres from such restaurants as Masada, RL, Vienna Hot Dogs, and Eli’s Cheesecake, drinks courtesy of Casale del Giglio and Stella Artois, cocktails featuring Effen Vodka, coffee and pastries courtesy of Lavazza, as well as a performance by multifaceted, vocal powerhouse Terisa Griffin.

The celebration ended on a sweet note as Ullmann, Farrell and Kutza cut into a special one-of-a-kind movie-themed gigantic cheesecake courtesy of Eli’s Cheesecake.

Opening Night of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival sponsors include: Lead Sponsor: Columbia College Chicago; Tourism Partner: Illinois Office of Tourism; Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Evening Partners: Bloomberg, Target; Event Partners: Casale del Giglio, Effen Vodka, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Lavazza, Michigan Avenue Magazine, RL Restaurant, Sound Investment AV, Stella Artois; Evening Patrons: Jeanne Randall Malkin, John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum, and Penelope R. and Robert M. Steiner.

Led by Tourism Partner Illinois Office of Tourism and Presenting Partners Columbia College Chicago, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Major Partner: Intersites, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Partners: AARP, Allstate, Bloomberg, Casale del Giglio, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, Stella Artois; Platinum Media Sponsors: NCM Media Networks, Ingage Media, JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine.

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.---

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SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES Will Be In All Out Actions In Berwyn on October 18/19

SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES returns to action on Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014 at the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL. Volumes 67-70 of the SHIMMER series will be filmed during the course of that weekend, which will also celebrate SHIMMER's 9th Anniversary! The events are suitable for all ages.

SHIMMER 67 & 68 will take place on Saturday, October 18th. Bell time on Saturday is 2PM Central.

SHIMMER 69 & 70 will take place on Sunday, October 19th. Bell time on Sunday is 1PM Central.

ATTENDANCE ADVISORY~! Ticket sales thus far for these shows are ahead of the typical numbers. We expect these shows to reach venue capacity. The Saturday show in particular is likely to sell out in advance. If you're in the habit of buying tickets at the door on the day of the show, we strongly advise that you purchase tickets in advance this time to guarantee admission. Once we reach capacity, we must turn away any additional fans attempting to buy tickets on the day of the show.

To purchase tickets head to Shimmer Women Athletes.

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