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Vice President for Development, Grand Rapids Symphony

Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Development, available in the first quarter of 2021. The Organization Now in its 91th season, the Grand Rapids Symphony (GRS) is a highly acclaimed orchestra that presents more than 400 performances annually, reaching a diverse audience of more than 200,000 concertgoers from 14 West Michigan counties. Nearly half of those who attend are st...
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The racial wealth gap in real estate is growing. Here are 3 ways housing has been harder for Black Americans in 2020.

Black Americans pay higher mortgage interest rates on lower-value homes than white Americans, new studies find. Prostock-Studio/Getty Images The racial wealth gap in real estate between Black and white Americans seems to be worsening, according to two new studies and a recently filed lawsuit. On average, Black families pay over $60,000 more in lifetime homeownership costs than white families, according to MIT researchers. Meanwhile, their homes don't receive valuations as high as white hom...
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Despite The Pandemic, Steppenwolf Is Building An Entire New Theater

“In March of last year, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre officially announced its campus expansion: a new $54 million theater-in-the-round. Back then, theaters still staged live shows and cared not for streaming video. Zoom was a comic-book term.” Chris Jones goes on a hard-hat tour of the building-in-progress and talks with artistic director Anna D. Shapiro about the company’s multimillion-dollar bet that, soon, the show will go on like it did before. – Yahoo! (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Chris Jones, Steppenwolf Theatre, Anna D Shapiro, 11.12.20

City of Aspen-Wheeler Opera House – Executive Director

Located in Aspen, Colorado, the Wheeler Opera House (Wheeler) opened its doors on April 23, 1889 and has since become an integral part of civic life within this mountain community. Built during Aspen’s mining heyday in the late nineteenth century, the Wheeler was the dream of Jerome B. Wheeler. A well-heeled New Yorker, Mr. Wheeler turned his attention to Aspen in the 1880s to invest in mining. Eventually, Wheeler would build the four-story Hotel Jerome and the building that became known as the ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Colorado, City, Chicago, United States, Wheeler, City Council, Denver, Aspen, Walter, Bayer, Rocky Mountains, Elizabeth, the City, Pitkin County Aspen

Position Available: Executive Director, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic welcomes applications for the position of Executive Director. Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) is America’s definitive “third stream” musical ensemble and is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and re-envisioning the merging of jazz and classical traditions. The Organization Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) is America’s definitive “third stream” musical ensemble and is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and re-envisioning the...
Tags: Art, Board of Directors, Jobs, Mark Ingram, America, Chicago, Poland, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Louisville, Board, Chicago Public Schools, CJP, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Orbert Davis

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago – Artistic Director

As one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies whose ensemble knows no boundaries, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (Hubbard Street) brings artists, art, and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, and change lives through the experience of dance. Hubbard Street grew out of the Lou Conte Dance Studio in 1977 when Lou Conte gathered an ensemble of four dancers to perform in senior centers across Chicago. Since then, the company has become one of the most original forces in contempo...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Chicago, United States, Conde Nast, Mark Twain, Illinois, Frank Lloyd Wright, Midwest, Chicago Public Schools, Lake Michigan, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Rick Bayless, Education Department, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago Riverwalk

Books: Chicago North Shore Gardens

Chicago is known for its architecture, and the leafy suburbs north of the city along Lake Michigan are home to many amazing landscapes by some of the country's most distinguished landscape architects, past and present. In Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago, (Monacelli Press, 2020), author Benjamin Lenhardt profiles... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Books, Gardening, Design, Designers, Chicago, Gardens, Lake Michigan, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Garden Books, The Garden Conservancy, Monacelli Press, Deborah Nevins, Hoerr Schaudt, Chicago North Shore Gardens, North Shore of Chicago Monacelli Press

The TV Show ‘Lovecraft Country’ Goes An Unusual Extra Mile, Writing An Aria For A Show

And, because of the pandemic, soprano Janai Brugger experienced some challenges. “She recorded her part in a makeshift studio inside her home in Chicago, surrounded by noise-dampening moving blankets. She occasionally had to wait for the noise in the alleyway outside her office window to die down in order to get a clean take.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Janai Brugger, 10.11.20

ASLA Awards - II

2020 ASLA Professional Awards (continued) photos: James Ogilvy Award of Excellence, Residential Design Marshcourt, Hampshire, England LA: Reed Hilderbrand, Cambridge, MA Not everyone has the pleasure of working on one of the most famous landscapes in Britain, a historic estate that dates back to 1901-04, with plantings by garden designer... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Gardening, England, Design, Awards, Designers, Chicago, Britain, Public Parks, Millennium Park, Piet Oudolf, Jane Berger, Lurie Garden, Historic Landscapes & Preservation, Reed Hilderbrand, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Marshcourt

Managers At WAMU Kept Trying To Fire Repeat Sexual Harasser. American University Overruled Them.

Two senior executives at the Washington, DC public radio station lost their jobs — general manager J.J. Yore had to resign, and former chief content officer Andi McDaniel had to give up the position she was about to start in, general manager at WBEZ in Chicago — after it came out that WAMU traffic reporter Martin Di Caro was kept on for over two years after violating the first of what would be two “final warnings” over wildly inappropriate behavior towards female colleagues and associates. Newl...
Tags: Art, Media, Chicago, Washington Dc, Human Resources, WBEZ, Caro, WAMU, Andi McDaniel, Martin Di Caro, 09.16.20, J J Yore

Incoming Director Of Chicago Public Radio Withdraws Over ‘Turmoil’ At Her Previous Station

“[Andi] McDaniel, 39, a [Chicago-area] native who spent the last five years as chief content officer at WAMU-FM, Washington’s NPR station, was set to take the helm at WBEZ Sept. 28. … During the interim, her former station was rocked by allegations of sexual harassment by a former reporter, and complaints about the station’s workplace culture.” – MSN (Chicago Tribune)
Tags: Art, Media, Washington, Chicago, Npr, WBEZ, WAMU, 09.11.20, Chicago Public Radio Withdraws, Andi -RSB- McDaniel

Is it possible to build a mile-high skyscraper?

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed The Mile-High Illinois in the 1950s. Innovations in construction materials and elevators are necessary to reach the one mile height and beyond.We may see the first mile-high skyscraper by the middle of the 21st century. Humanity has been on a quest for millenia to build bigger and taller structures. In our reach skyward we've built ziggurats, pyramids, and coliseums. Our mythologies placed the seat of the gods in lofty towers high on mountaintops. We've had...
Tags: Design, China, New York City, Chicago, Cities, Architecture, Engineering, Middle East, Innovation, Dubai, Buildings, Illinois, Burj Khalifa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago Tribune, Wright

Film Streams – Executive Director

Currently celebrating its 15th year as an internationally recognized art house film center, Film Streams was established as a nonprofit in 2005 and has grown to an operation of two venues that are open 365 days per year and seven days per week, with 4,848 public showtimes and 292 different film programs in 2019. Film Streams oversees two distinct cinemas in Omaha, Nebraska: the Ruth Sokolof Theater and the historic Dundee Theater. Film Streams ceased operations in March 2020 due to COVID-19 and ...
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The Nonprofit That Sends Books To Young Prisoners — And Pushes To Abolish Prisons

“We do not think we should exist, because we do not believe prisons should exist,” says a member of Liberation Library, founded in 2015 in Chicago and serving incarcerated young people in Illinois, “but as long as they do, we will continue sending books to young people inside.” – Vogue
Tags: Art, Chicago, Words, Illinois, 08.25.20

Remembering 50 Years Of The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Jazz Club In Chicago

As the jazz world mourns Joe Segal’s death Aug. 10 at age 94, I realize anew that Segal had found the best way possible to win converts to the music he revered: by welcoming the uninitiated into the sometimes mysterious, occasionally daunting world of jazz in the most intimate settings possible. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Segal, Joe Segal, 08.23.20, Oldest Established Permanent Floating Jazz Club

Watch the Opening Credits of an Imaginary 70s Cop Show That Stars Samuel Beckett

: avant-garde dramatist, brooding Nobel Prize winner, , and…gritty television detective? Sadly, no, but he had the makings of a great one, at least as cut together by playwright Danny Thompson, cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck. Some twenty five years after Beckett’s death, Thompson---whose credits include the Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett as Found in a Dustbin in Paris in an Envelope (Partially Burned) Labeled: Never to Be Performed. Never. Ever. Ever! Or I'll Sue! I'...
Tags: Google, Television, College, Berlin, Theatre, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Samuel Beckett, Thompson, Facebook Twitter, Beckett, Jean, Pat Williams, Danny Thompson, Ayun Halliday

Charge: Chicago Dance Support Organization Gives Little Support

“What they tell you they raise to help dance professionals and what they actually spend to help dance professionals is vastly different,” former executive director Kesha Pate wrote. When she calculated the philanthropic “return on investment” for Dance for Life, she told me, it was only about 26 percent.  – Chicago Reader
Tags: Art, Chicago, Dance, 08.20.20, Kesha Pate

Chicago Jazz Impresario Joe Segal, 94

For more than 70 years, starting in 1947 as a student at Roosevelt University, Segal presented the world’s greatest jazz musicians in rented hovels, rundown showrooms, dilapidated hotels and, eventually, elegant clubs and concert halls. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, Joe Segal, 08.11.20, Roosevelt University Segal

Five Musicians Talk About Diversity In Chicago Orchestras

One solution that all five instrumentalists opposed was changing the orchestral world’s blind audition process in which candidates try out behind curtains or screens. In a July article in the New York Times, music critic Anthony Tommasini argued that such an approach was no longer tenable and that orchestras had to take more “proactive steps” to hiring. – Chicago Sun-Times
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, 08.11.20

Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley and LA area, July 30-Aug. 6

    Dance instructor Leslie Ferreira teaches how to perform the Cumbia dance style. The online event is part of the Music Center’s summertime Digital Dance DTLA series. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)   Take a chance on new cultural and educational experiences, July 30-Aug. 6.   EVENTS   Drive ‘N Drag: Winners from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and more fan-favorite drag queens entertain, July 31- Aug. 2 (change from previous dates; show times vary). Check website for participating personalit...
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Photo Flash: See Mark Rylance, Eddie Redmayne, & More in First Look at THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Netflix has shared a first look at Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,Eddie Redmayne,Jeremy Strong,J.C. MacKenzie, and Danny Flahery in Aaron Sorkin's new film, The Trial of The Chicago 7 [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Theatre, Chicago, Netflix, BWW News Desk, Mark Rylance Eddie Redmayne, Danny Flahery

Seven Ideas For The Chicago Symphony To Perform Again

Howard Reich: “Should the organization succeed in presenting live events, it will deliver us from the current deluge of online performances by every musician who happens to own a smart phone. These musical snippets are better than nothing, of course, but bear scant relation to what happens when listeners hear music in a concert hall in real time.” – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Howard Reich, 07.20.20

New Waves Of Arts Layoffs In Chicago – A Profession Dismantling

You might argue that furloughs are inevitable, given the inability of theaters to perform indoors in front of more than 50 people under current city and state guidelines. But it’s not the furloughs that have been so surprising: It’s the permanent layoffs, indicating that the boards of non-profit organizations just don’t see any imminent return to normal operations. Time and time again, I’ve heard that the job losses were necessary to protect the future of the institution. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Chicago, Issues, 07.16.20

Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine and Special Guest, Lauren Marcus

Today's episode features Broadway veteran Lauren Marcus, who chats about her marriage to composer Joe Iconis, her path from Chicago suburbs to stage,and how she eventually found her place in the New York theatre scene. 'After I graduated from college, I didn't quite understand who Iwas as a person or a type- I'm not even sure that I do now. I think that's something that now I'm just like, 'I am what I am and I don't want to be put in any sort of box' I kept trying to fit into these boxes that di...
Tags: New York, Theatre, Chicago, Broadway, Lauren Marcus, Joe Iconis, Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine, Ilana Levine

VIDEO: Jessie Mueller, Andre De Shields, and More Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago'

An all-star line-up of Chicago natives and stars who got their start in the Windy City have come together for a new music video, performing the Blues anthemaoeSweet Home Chicago.a [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Chicago, Windy City, Stage Tube, Jessie Mueller Andre De Shields

Chicago’s Commercial Theatre Is Devastated. Will It Return?

Why have Chicago’s for-profit institutions been so hit? The main reason is their total revenue dependence. A big non-profit potentially can rely on its board members to bankroll it through these hard times, or can sweet talk its big donors. In some rare cases, endowments can be tapped. But that’s not true of for-profit theaters, entirely reliant on ticket sales, bar takings and concessions for their survival. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, 07.01.20

Bubbling Brown Sugar

It is true that historically the American musical theatre has been dominated by white artists and white stories. There have been a couple of periods of increased activity and evolution in the black musical, in the 1910s and 20s, and again in the early 1970s, but only recently have black artists and stories taken a more active, more visible role in moving our art form forward.New Line has produced Passing Strange but no other explicitly black musicals. We are proud that our casts are always dive...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, America, History, Chicago, New York Times, Amsterdam, Broadway, African American, New Orleans, Savion Glover, Theater, Buffalo, Alice Walker, Black Lives Matter

Why Did One Of Chicago’s Best For-Profit Theaters Have To Close?

When things shut down in March, Mercury Theater proprietor L. Walter Stearns — one of the few commercial theater producers in the city to own the real estate they operate on — thought he’d be out of business for a month or so. Now he says he can’t see any near-term end to the danger COVID poses to performers, staff and patrons — so the only way he can avoid foreclosure on the mortgage is to shutter the company and sell the buildings. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, 06.23.20, Walter Stearns

VIDEO: The Ladies of CHICAGO Sing a 'Cell Block Tango' for Quarantine

What happens when quarantine comes to the Cook County Jail Watch as stars of Broadway's Chicago, Amra-Faye Wright, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Pilar Millhollen, Rachel Schur and Tonya Wathen, join forces for a new version of the 'Cell Block Tango' onSunday Morning [Author: Stage Tube]
Tags: Theatre, Chicago, Broadway, Stage Tube, Cook County Jail Watch, Tonya Wathen

Chicago’s iO Theater, Mainstay Of City’s Comedy Scene, To Close For Good

The improv company, which was co-founded in 1981 by Charna Halpern and the late Del Close and numbers Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Adam McKay among its alumni, has been closed to the public since March because of the coronavirus. Halpern hasn’t set a final closing date but confirms that the theater won’t reopen and its building will be sold. – Vulture
Tags: Art, Theatre, Chicago, Adam Mckay, Amy Poehler Tina Fey, Halpern, Charna Halpern, 06.18.20

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