Friday, September 4, 2015

Check out Love and Theft at Joes on Weed Street - Live tonite

Love and Theft


Joe's on Weed Street, Chicago, IL
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

DuSable Museum of African American History Names Perri L. Irmer President and CEO

CHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The DuSable Museum of African American History has a new President and CEO. The board of trustees has selected Perri L. Irmer, an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional with a broad range of experience in executive management, construction and fundraising.
Irmer, 56, a Chicago native and lifelong resident of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community, brings to the position a wealth of qualifications including business, technical, legal and administrative experience, along with a commitment to public service and the advancement of the African American community. She starts September 14.
The DuSable was founded by Dr. Margaret Burroughs to preserve African American history and be a center for thought leadership. Irmer says she will focus on fulfilling Dr. Burroughs' vision, raising the museum's visibility globally, expanding its donor base, increasing community engagement and outreach, and collaborating with other diverse educational and cultural institutions.
Irmer also sees the museum playing an important role in community and economic development initiatives. She says she would like to pursue cross-pollination with leading institutions including universities, arts and theater organizations, and to connect with corporate boards, technology companies and other business leaders who seek to better support their minority client and customer base and broaden their civic engagement dialogue. Irmer expects to lead collaborative partnerships with other cultural-identity and social justice groups as well.
"I grew up in the community and with DuSable, so I have a vested interest in the museum's success, in maintaining its independence and preserving its philosophical mission. At the same time, I want to promote a forward outlook for the museum and usher in an era of progress, expansion, collaboration and financial growth," Irmer said. "I am deeply honored to have been granted the opportunity to lead this important institution which is both an anchor in the African American community and a significant part of Chicago's historical and cultural fabric."
Since 2011, Irmer has worked as a consultant for various international and local clients, serving most recently as president of her own company, Intellectual Resource Management Group, Inc., a strategic planning firm that promotes economic development through the integration of advanced technology, sustainable design and public policy. From 2004 through 2011, she was chief executive officer of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), the government owner and operator of U.S. Cellular Field, and the financing authority for the redevelopment of Soldier Field. She managed the ballpark and its annual budget of over $40 million, and administered well over $100 million in capital repairs and construction. During her tenure, Irmer greatly expanded access to the publicly owned facility by the surrounding community, non-profits and social services organizations.
DuSable Board Chairman Clarence Bourne said, "Perri is everything we could have hoped for in a chief executive and much more. She is uniquely qualified to broaden the museum's base of support and the type of organizations who look to partner with DuSable as an incubator for innovation and thought leadership. We enthusiastically welcome Perri and look forward to working with her to advance our mission to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art."
Irmer earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1981, and her juris doctor (J.D.) from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991. She has more than 36 years of experience in all facets of the real estate and construction industries. She has worked on the design side at prestigious architectural firms, on the development side as a project and construction manager, as an attorney with a concentration in construction law in both private and governmental practice, as a private sector real estate executive and as a highly respected public official. To date, Irmer has handled over $6 billion in public and private construction projects and is known for her advocacy on behalf of minority- and women-owned businesses.
She has previously served on the board of directors of Choose Chicago, and was a founding member of the Chicago Sports Commission. She is a member of numerous civic and charitable boards, including the Alumni Board of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she chairs its International Committee and was a founding member of its African American Alumni Association. She is a member of the board of World Chicago (a citizens' diplomacy organization that works directly with the U.S. Department of State), a Trustee of the Catholic Theological Union, and sits on the advisory board of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions.
Ms. Irmer has received numerous awards and honors, includingthe IIT Alumni Award for Professional Achievement and the Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award, both in 2007, and a 2013 Women's Leadership Exchange Compass Award. She is widely praised for her support of community and youth services groups and her promotion of international business and educational partnerships in the City of Chicago and State of Illinois.
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Sofia Vergara Introduces Second Fragrance for Women

NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmy award-winning actress, style icon and entrepreneur, Sofia Vergara is often described as irresistible, confident and ultra-sexy – it's only fitting that her newest fragrance embodies these very facets.  Stemming from the success of her first scent, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA complements the classic SOFIA, adding a sensual twist to any fragrance wardrobe.

"I want my brand to reflect the many aspects of a woman's life.  LOVE is for the woman who truly enjoys being a woman...and loves who she is," Sofia says.
LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA is an oriental, fruity fragrance that opens up with a bouquet of bright, fruity notes, with middle notes symbolizing the love found in every heart and a sweet base that reveals a sense of seduction. Embodying the beautiful feeling of a passionate kiss or warm embrace, it awakens the senses and conjures the emotions of romance. Mysterious and elegant, LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA celebrates all that it is to be a woman.

The evocative notes include:
  • Top: Mandarin, Passion Fruit, Orange Blossom
  • Mid: Purple Andean Orchid, Magnolia, Colombian Coffee Flower
  • Base: Amberwood, Ambrette Seeds, Vanilla
"Sofia is the ideal partner and a terrific collaborator. She knows what she likes, is open to new ideas and has a pulse on what women want today. Her innate charisma, passion and energy charges up a room as she has the ability to stir people's creativity, passions and emotions," says Donald Loftus, President of Parlux Ltd.

"Nobody loves being a woman more than Sofia Vergara.  She fully embraces the many facets of her life with vitality, humor and humility.  Sofia is an incredibly passionate woman and with the introduction of her second fragrance, LOVE, she is able to share yet another aspect of her life with her fans," says Nancy Overfield, President of Latin World Entertainment Licensing. 
To add an element of Sofia's Colombian heritage, the bottle has been carved to resemble a multi-faceted emerald, the country's native gem. Designed in smoky pink and purple hues, it speaks to Sofia's glamour, allure and sensuality.

To further support the launch of the fragrance, Sofia will be sharing video footage and engaging with fans across her social media channels, and will appear live on the direct-to-consumer, live content retailer, HSN, on October 22 to speak with fans, share her inspiration for the scent and introduce an exclusive LOVE BY SOFIA VERGARA Gift Set.  

The Eau de Parfum will retail for $55 (100ml) and $32 (50ml) and will be available beginning October 2015 at retailers nationwide, including, Perfumania and

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Disturbed Immortalized at House of Blues Chicago

David Draimen of Disturbed (credit Adam Bielawski)

Disturbed, Chicago South-side natives returned back on August 21st, 2015. This was the return of the Heavy Metal giants after a four year hiatus, as noted on Disturbed's website and Facebook back on June 23, 2015. The concert in Chicago sold out immediately, David Draimen said, "less than four minutes," packing the House of Blues with more than 1300 lucky fans.It was great to welcome back for Chicago's Very Own warriors Disturbed; and with a brand new disc titled "Immoritilized" by Reprise Records (Warner Bros. Music). Disturbed performed a 24 song set. When the curtain came down opening up the show 'Ten Thousand Fists' (Ten Thousand Fists, 2005) and closing the night with 'Down With The Sickness' (The Sickness, 2000). I thought Immortalized  would dominate the set list but it was a fair balance from all six albums. It was a long night coming for Chicago, heavy metal fans, House of Blues Chicago, and Disturbed.

Mike Wengren of Disturbed (credit Adam Bielawski)

The members of Disturbed, Dan Donegan (guitar), Mike Wengren (drums), David Draiman (vocals), and John Moyer (bass) took on separate projects for R&R during the past few  years.Disturbed told fans Youtube that much of this album was created in private with out notice to fans and industry professionals. They kept it secret and recorded the disc in Las Vegas, NV.

John Moyer of Disturbed (credit Adam Bielawski)

Good to see the Chicago’s very own Heavy Metal Kings Disturbed back with a new disk that will surprise if you have not purchased it. One thing, early in the concert David Draimen told the fans, “anyway you got the album as long as you have it.

Dan Donegan of Disturbed (credit Adam Bielawski)

Disturbed @HOBChicago

Supporting band Nonpoint
House of Blues Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA
Friday, August 21, 2015
Photos by Adam Bielawski

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

K. Michelle and Azealia Banks have announced they will be embarking on a very special 20-date tour across North America t

 K. Michelle and Azealia Banks have announced they will be embarking on a very special 20-date tour across North America this fall. The co-headlining tour presented by CENTRIC and BET commences in Indianapolis on 09/15 and will make stops in Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New York amongst many others, and wraps in Los Angeles on 10/15.

Both artists will be performing tracks from their current albums – K. Michelle’s "Anybody Wanna Buy A Heartand" and Azealia Banks’ "Broke With Expensive Taste" – as well as fan favorites from previous releases. For a full list of tour dates, see below. Please check with your local venue for specific on-sale date and time.

Centric and BET are excited to sponsor K. Michelle and Azealia Banks on tour,” said Constance Orlando, Senior Vice President of Specials, Music and News for BET Networks. “Partnering with these bold and authentic female artists aligns perfectly with Centric’s position as the first network designed for Black women.”

09/15 - Murat Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
09/16 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
09/17 - Fabulous Fox Theatre - St. Louis, MO
09/18 - Fox Theater - Detroit, MI
09/19 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
09/20 - DAR Constitution Hall - Washington, DC
09/24 - The Mann Center for Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA
09/25 - Hard Rock Live - Cleveland, OH
09/26 - Best Buy Theatre - New York, NY
09/27 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
09/30 - Carpenter Center - Richmond, VA
10/01 - nTelos Wireless Pavilion - Portsmouth, VA
10/02 - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
10/03 - Palace Theatre - Louisville, KY
10/05 - Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Nashville, TN
10/09 - Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX
10/10 - Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie - Dallas, TX
10/12 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
10/14 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA (K.Michelle performing only)
10/15 - Microsoft Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

About K. Michelle:
Her debut album, 2013’s Rebellious Soul [Atlantic Records], flipped the script for R&B and enjoyed staggering success in the process. Arriving at #1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums” chart and #2 on the Top 200, it made history as it became the highest Top 200 entry for a female R&B singer’s debut since 2001. She also solidified her place amongst music’s elite, garnering a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist.”

Alongside shooting the second season of her highly rated VH1 docuseries, “K.Michelle: My Life,” her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart debuted at #2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and #6 on the Billboard 200, making it the top debut of 2014 for an R&B artist. Billboard named the album one of 2014’s Best R&B records, while Complex proclaimed, “K. Michelle is leaps and bounds ahead of many of her peers.” The Associated Press, Billboard, and Rolling Stone have all named Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart as one of the best R&B albums of 2014.

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About Azealia Banks:
Azealia Banks first entered the scene with her hit debut single 212 in 2012, since then she has gone on torelease her critically acclaimed debut album “Broke With Expensive Taste” in 2014and has performed in front of thousands, including appearances at Coachella Festival and sold out shows across the world. Recently Banks’ completed filming her first staring role in major motion picture film, and is currently touring across Europe.

“Broke With Expensive Taste” was hailed as one of the best albums of 2014 by The New York Times, Pitchfork, TIME Magazine and Rolling Stone and has reached #1 on the U.S iTunes Hip Hop Charts,#3 in the U.S Album Charts (right behind Taylor Swift and One Direction), #1 in the U.K iTunes Alternative Charts, # 6 in U.K iTunes Album Charts, #1 in the Canadian iTunes Hip Hop Charts and #4 in the Canadian iTunes Album Charts.

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About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Centric is the only multi-platform lifestyle brand designed to boldly celebrate the diverse and beautiful world of Black women. A 24-hour music and entertainment channel, Centric has its finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat and delivers compelling content that reflects, inspires and addresses the unique perspectives of Black women.

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Azealia Banks North American Tour

10/17 - 10/18 - Treasure Island Music Festival - San Francisco, CA - TICKETS
10/18 - The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA - TICKETS
11/18 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA - TICKETS
11/19 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY - TICKETS
11/20 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC - TICKETS
11/21 - Marathon Music Works - Nashville, TN - TICKETS
11/23 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA - TICKETS
11/25 - House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - TICKETS
11/27 - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater - Austin, TX - TICKETS
11/28 - House of Blues Dallas - Dallas, TX - TICKETS

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Stevie Wonder On Tour


–Legendary Musician Adds 20 Fall 2015 North America Dates To Critically-Acclaimed Tour Due To High Demand, This Will Mark The Final Performances In A Live Setting In The U.S.–
–Tickets On Sale Beginning August 21 at and the Live Nation Mobile App–

LOS ANGELES (August 17, 2015)Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder announced today an extended and final run of dates for his SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE PERFORMANCE tour due to popular demand. Wonder will bring the critically-acclaimed performance, which is a live adaptation of the iconic Songs in the Key of Life album, to 20 North American cities beginning September 30 in Montreal, QC. Produced by Wonder Productions and Live Nation and promoted by Live Nation, the tour will continue to cities such as Washington, DC, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit and Kansas City before concluding in New York City at Madison Square Garden on November 24.

These 20 dates follow the tour’s initial extended run of dates in March 2015; those dates were added as a result of high demand from the tour’s initial run in the late fall of 2014. While returning to many cities, many fans will have the chance to see the show for the first time in their area.

This leg will mark the final performances in a live tour setting in the U.S. The final show at Madison Square Garden will bring the tour full circle as Stevie concludes the tour at the same venue it began on November 6, 2014. 

Rolling Stone declared that “the show is possibly 2014’s greatest testament to the limitless potential of American music itself,” while Billboard stated that “the music still resonates” and that Wonder provides an “electrifying concert… and had the audience roaring and standing on its feet.”

Throughout his career, the celebrated singer has amassed 49 Top 40 singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide album sales of more than 100 million units. He has received 25 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe; is an inductee into the Rock and Roll, Songwriters’ and NAACP Halls of Fame; and is the youngest recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Stevie has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is a designated U.N. Messenger of Peace with special focus on persons with disabilities. He continues to be pivotal in U.S. and world events, demonstrating the activism that has made him such a vital voice for social progress and world harmony.

On Sale (all local time)
September 30
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Friday, August 21 @ 12 p.m.
October 3
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m.
October 7
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m.
October 9
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m.
October 11
Hartford, CT
XL Center
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m.
October 14
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m.
October 16
Chicago, IL
United Center
Saturday, August 22 @ 10 a.m.
October 19
Pittsburgh, PA
Consol Energy Center
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m.
October 23
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
Saturday, August 22 @ 10 a.m.
October 25
St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center
Friday, August 21 @ 12 p.m
October 31
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m
November 3
Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Saturday, August 22 @ 10 a.m.
November 5
Little Rock, AR
Verizon Arena
Saturday, August 29 @ 10 a.m.
November 7
Indianapolis, IN
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m
November 10
Knoxville, TN
Thompson-Boling Arena
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m
November 14
Charlotte, NC
Time Warner Cable Arena
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m
November 17
Charlottesville, VA
John Paul Jones Arena
Friday, August 28 @ 10 a.m
November 19
Buffalo, NY
First Niagara Center
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m
November 21
Detroit, MI
Joe Louis Arena
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m
November 24
New York City
Madison Square Garden
Friday, August 21 @ 10 a.m

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