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Film: Dream Play, Midwest Independent Film Festival, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema, May 3, 6pm

Chicago, IL – First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival continue with the Chicago Premiere of the award-winning feature THE DREAM PLAY on Tuesday, May 3rd atLandmark’s Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark beginning at 6 p.m.  This intricate drama was fully produced in Illinois with a cast and crew loaded with Chicago and Midwest talent.  Director I. Michael Toth and producer Chris Gentry will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

Film Synopsis:

Mark is a new actor in town rehearsing for ‘A Dream Play’ by August Strindberg at a local theater. While trying to master the multiple roles he was cast to play, he recollects a day from his past when a chance encounter with a hitchhiker changed the course of his life and his identity. Struggling to make ends meet, he answers an ad placed on the theater’s message board by a mysterious young woman, which leads him to participate in a private play that will alter his perspective on acting, theater and his own life.


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Theater: The Weaver’s Tales: of cinderella and the devil, Chicago Cultural Center, February 15

The Weaver’s Tales: of cinderella and the devil

Image of the Chicago Chamber OrchestraThe Weaver's Tales PosterFifth House Ensemble presents The Weaver’s Tales, a unique, multi-media, theatrical adventure that seamlessly weaves together three storylines by combining fairy tales, physical theatre, dance, high fashion, and music. Based on Grimm’s fairytales, The Weaver’s Tales are inspired by music ranging from Beethoven’s classic Septet to music from post-modern composer Elliott Carter.

This second tale weaves together three separate tales including the classic “Cinderella,” “How The Devil Married Three Sisters,” and “The Robber Bridegroom.” Music selections will include works by Ludwig von Beethoven (Septet), Elliott Carter (Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord), and Mark Fish (Pictures of Miro, selections). Fifth House Ensemble takes a feminist twist with these tales, illustrating how women interact with men, both positively and negatively.

The third tale, “of debt and the maidens,” takes place on Tuesday, May 3, also at 7 pm in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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CfP: 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, University of Chicago, Abstract Deadline December 27

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society will be held April 7-9, 2011 at the University of Chicago. This year’s conference will include a general main session as well as a parasession on experimental methods in linguistic research.


This session invites papers investigating linguistic questions using laboratory and experimental methods of various kinds. CLS 47 welcomes research in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and related fields which use and analyze experimental data.

Invited parasession speakers

Yosef Grodzinsky – McGill University
Keith Johnson – University of California, Berkeley
Colin Phillips – University of Maryland

Main Session

Equal consideration will be give to papers from all major linguistic subfields and frameworks, as well as from related cross-disciplinary areas, regardless of focus.

Invited main session speakers

Juliette Blevins – The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Angelika Kratzer – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Norvin Richards – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Presentation Format

All talks will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS Proceedings.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format, with filename Paper Title.pdf (e.g., The Morphophonemics of Robojibwe.pdf).
  • Include title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, language, language family, linguistics subfield) in the abstract.
  • Abstract may be no more than 500 words in length, no smaller than 12-point font, with 1-inch margins. Data, keywords, and references are not included in the final word count, but please intersperse data within the main text of the abstract as much as possible. Do not put data on a separate page. Total abstract (including data and references) should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Author name(s) must not appear on the abstract or file name! Submissions are anonymized and the author’s name will be associated with the abstract by the Easy Abstract system. Please note that abstracts submitted to CLS 47 will be evaluated under a two-tiered review system involving both external and internal reviewers.


Please submit your abstract at our Easy Abstracts submission site.

All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Monday, December 27, 2010.

For questions not answered in this call, please contact us at:

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R.E.M./Dreamscapes Dance Film Screenings, October 12, October 13


Claudia Cassidy Theater
FREE Admission
Tuesday, October 12
6pm: Networking Reception
7pm: Dance Film Screening

Wednesday, October 13
6pm: Dance Film Screening
7pm: Dance & Dreams Discussion

Hedwig Dances and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs present the fourth annual Dance for the Camera festival featuring dance films that blur the lines between reality and dreams. Co-curated by Jan Bartoszek, Artistic Director of Hedwig Dances, and Sarah Best, independent artist and curator, this selection of dance films arouses, puzzles, frightens, and delights. Expressing fears and desires, the films demonstrate that poetic work can often contain deeper meaning and more clarity than narrative work.

(BLACK) LIGHT (world premiere)
Deirdre Towers, USA, 2010; 5:42
In a space you’d rather not be? Shed a few layers of darkness and embrace the light.

A screen adaptation for Katherine Crockett, principal of Martha Graham Dance Company, based on a flamenco solo choreographed by Deirdre Towers set to the music of Paul Jared Newman with a sculpture by Macedonian artist Bojan Mitrevski and cinematography by Dikayl Rimmasch, director of the American Masters documentary on the Cuban bass player Cachao.

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Theater In Chicago

Check out these great plays happening in Chicago this 2010-2011 Season:

Laika Dog In Space

5153 N. Ashland Avenue Chicago

East meets Midwest when the NY Neos bring their 2009 Ontological Incubator hit to the Chicago stage. Part science lesson, part Russian folklore and part introspective interpretation, Laika Dog In Space uses original music, dance and puppetry to help tell the story of Laika, the first mammal in space, and to discuss the impact of her life. Arrive early to take advantage of a living installation takes the audience through various stations where they listen, confess, create and experiment. And of course, the step back in time to the mid-80’s Soviet space program wouldn’t be complete without a helping of borscht!

Previews: Feb 3 – Feb 4, 2011

Feb 5, 2011 – Mar 12, 2011

The Master and Margarita

Strawdog Theatre
3829 N. Broadway Chicago

“The Master and Margarita,” is a phantasmagorical ride through Stalinist Russia. The Master, a playwright trying desperately to get his script about Jesus and Pontius Pilate produced, fights with Theatre Critics and Cultural Commissars at every turn. He is driven to the edge of a despair so deep that not even his lover Margarita can reach him. Into the middle of this bleak picture steps the shabby aristocrat Professor Woland, a specialist in black magic and his unwholesome entourage (including a talking cat). The entourage has to come to set Moscow on its ear with magic, violence and a party of the damned that no bureaucrat could ever hope to censor.

Previews: Feb 24 – Feb 25, 2011

Feb 27, 2011 – Apr 4, 2011

The Seagull

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn Street Chicago

Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls directs an intimate new production of Chekhov’s masterwork The Seagull, whose unforgettable characters reveal the passion and pathos of everyday life. When famed actress Irina visits her family with her young lover Trigorin in tow, they become ensnared in a tragicomic tangle of romance, intrigue and unrequited love. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience this 19th century masterpiece, interpreted by one of America’s outstanding directors—in the Owen Theatre.

Previews: Oct 16 – Oct 24, 2010

Regular Run: Oct 25 – Nov 14, 2010

Three Sisters

Piven Theatre
927 Noyes Street Evanston

The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov depicts an entire village of unlucky lovers struggling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams. This classic tale is given another look in a new version adapted by Sarah Ruhl, one of America’s most acclaimed young playwrights, and author of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play),

Previews: Oct 16 – Oct 17, 2010

Regular Run: Oct 18 – Nov 21, 2010

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Russian Foundation of Chicago Schoolarship for Undergraduate and Graduate students, Deadline December 1

Russian Foundation of Chicago announced it’s first annual scholarship for undegraduate and graduate students in the Chicago area who are Russian speakers, study Russian language or culture, or study in Russia. Please visit RFC’s website for more information. Application form can be downloaded here. The deadline to submit the application is December 1.

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5th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival, August 23-27

The Chicago Sister Cities International Program will host its 5th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival at Millennium Park on August 23 – 27, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (Friday, August 27 – 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.).

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Chicago Sister Cities International, and in celebration, the Festival will transform Millennium Park’s South Promenade into an international village of food, music, dance and merchants. With all 28 of Chicago’s Sister Cities represented, this Festival truly represents the diversity and international spirit that exists in Chicago.

For more information, please visit:

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Lithuanian Film Festival in Chicago: January 21-26

The Vilnius Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the Consulate General of The Republic of Lithuania in Chicago are proud to present the Lithuanian Film Festival in Chicago, running January 21-26. The program will feature recent works by emerging Lithuanian filmmakers and will illustrate new trends in Lithuanian cinema. The screenings will include short and full-length films and will be introduced by film director and CEO of “Era Film” Rasa Miskinyte from Vilnius.

Opening Night will be held at Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center on January 21. Please contact Ieva Dilyte, Manager of International Programs, for additional information.

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Concerts of Slovak Legends

Slovak Social Club Chicago presents:
Concerts of Slovak Legends
“Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution”
Featuring Bez Ladu A Skladu and Robo Grigorov

For more information, visit:


9 November, 2009 @8 pm
Klas Restaurant
5734 W Cermak Rd

Bez Ladu A Skladu Poster

Bez Ladu A Skladu Poster


22 November, 2009 @ 6pm
Martini Club
3124 N. Central Ave

Poster Robo Grigorov

Poster Robo Grigorov

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World Business Chicago Strengthens Chicago’s Business Ties in Russia

World Business Chicago president, Rita Athas, traveled, alongside Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a delegation of business and civic leaders to Russia this month on a mission to attract business investment to the Chicago area.

“In order to encourage investment and trade, it’s important to make face-to-face contact with international business and government leaders,” Athas said. “Our international travels produce key relationships and position Chicago as a premier global business destination for companies and governments deciding where to invest. By coordinating these visits, we are building for future investment in Chicago and giving the city visibility that marketing investments could never reach.”

As a part of the mission, the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, the Honorable John Beyrle, hosted a reception for Russian and American business leaders where Mayor Daley presented Chicago and its business advantages to the group.

“Urban centers are where the greatest concentrations of people will live in the 21st century. We must make cultural connections and expand our working relationships with many partners if we are to succeed in the global economy,” said Mayor Daley during the presentation. “I believe the business relationship between Chicago and Russia is strong, and we want it to grow stronger,” he added.

Approximately 35 Chicago area companies currently have operations in Russia, including Boeing, Abbott Laboratories, A.T. Kearney and Motorola. Led by two of Boeing’s head engineers, the group toured the Boeing Design Center in Moscow, an engineering resource center set up in 1998 to tap the knowledge of the experienced engineers in the Russian aviation industry.

Additionally, Mayor Daley and the delegation met with Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, agreeing to continue to strengthen ties between Chicago and Moscow through exchanges, greening projects and outreach to respective business communities. Chicago and Moscow have shared a Sister Cities relationship since 1997.

Mayor Luzhkov invited the group to participate in the Moscow City Day Celebration. The festivities celebrate the capital city’s birthday with an attendance of approximately 3.5 million, including more than 60 official delegations from across Russia and Belarus. President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev welcomed the crowd and introduced Mayor Daley, who was a special guest of Mayor Luzhkov.

The Chicago delegation also met with the Russian Minister of Trade and Commerce to highlight Chicago and its investment opportunities. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation will host the Russian National Exhibition November 18-21st at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The exhibition is intended to promote bilateral connections and stimulate economic ties. The first day of the Exhibition will feature a forum focusing on business and investment opportunities.

Another highlight of the visit was a meeting with Russian Railways President, Vladimir I. Yakunin. Russian Railways is an entirely state-owned company with the largest rail network in the world next to the U.S. It carries nearly 1.3 billion passengers and 1.3 billion tons of freight annually across 11 time zones and is responsible for 80% of all transportation in Russia. Yakunin is a key influencer in Russian business. As a follow up to the trip, a delegation from his office is coming to Chicago to meet with Mayor Daley and explore investment opportunities.

Russia is the world’s leading net energy exporter, the largest natural gas exporter and second largest oil exporter in the world. The energy sector is estimated to represent more than 20% of Russia’s GDP, more than 60% of Russia’s exports and 30% of all FDI in the country.

The trip was sponsored by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and World Business Chicago with additional support from Boeing and American Airlines. In addition to Mayor Daley and Rita Athas, the delegation included Sean J. Conlon, Chairman, Conlon & Co.; Maggie Daley, First Lady, City of Chicago; Eileen Hubbell, Director of International Relations, City of Chicago; Kaarina Koskenalusta, President and CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago; Lance Pressl, President, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Mike Roberts, Founder & CEO, Westside Holdings, LLC.

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