Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Flames to Light Up Chicago River During First-Ever Great Chicago Fire Fest" from DNAinfo Chicago

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Flames to Light Up Chicago River During First-Ever Great Chicago Fire Fest" from DNAinfo Chicago

Date: 4 October

THE LOOP — The Chicago River will be ablaze in fiery cauldrons, burning houses and fireworks Saturday as the city's first-ever Great Chicago Fire Festival lights up the Loop.

The all-day festival is meant to celebrate Chicago's grit and resilience, and will be loaded with flame-filled spectacles that could rival Burning Man's.

It's a production of the Pilsen-based Redmoon theater group, meant to celebrate Chicago's rebirth after the Great Fire of 1871. The fest will be capped by an 8 p.m. "Grand Spectacle," that includes the lowering of 15 "fire cauldrons" from bridges over the Chicago River onto boats below.

Actors Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney from the NBC series "Chicago Fire" will be on hand to help ignite the evening's festivities. The Chicago Children's Choir will perform as the cauldrons burn.

In addition to the cauldrons, the S.S. O'Leary steamship will enter the river, along with three mini-steamships. Each ship will ignite a floating, pre-1871-style house structure on the river. After they are extinguished, the "renewal" begins.

Then come the fireworks.

Co-sponsored by the City of Chicago and the Park District, the Great Chicago Fire Festival's main events will take over the streets surrounding the State Street and Columbus Drive bridges, including the section of the river between them, from 11 a.m. until midnight.

The festival's mission statement is to celebrate "the diversity of Chicago's great neighborhoods and the city's powerful spirit of renewal," so events are scattered across the city.

Earlier this month, Redmoon staged performances at Rainbow Beach Park and hosted a vendor night with live music in South Shore.

The free main event kicks off with a neighborhood bazaar that opens at 3 p.m. Saturday. Music performances start at 5 p.m., and at 8 p.m., the "Grand Spectacle" begins.

If it rains, the festival will be rescheduled for Sunday.

Redmoon's Mobile DJ unit — "a cross between a Segway, a classic car and a DJ booth," according to the company — will park in Daley Plaza at noon Tuesday to help kick off the event, which the city hopes to repeat.


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Destination: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (EXPANDED)

Destination: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (EXPANDED)

Link: https://picasaweb.google.com/100945938672227812551/KenoshaWisconsinUSA?noredirect=1

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "ArtPrize: Complete guide to enjoying the event" from MLive

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "ArtPrize: Complete guide to enjoying the event" from MLive

Dates: 24 September - 12 October

Venue Hours
• 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
• Noon-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
• Noon-6 p.m. Sunday
Venues may be open for additional hours

Exhibition Centers and Showcase hours
• Noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday
• Noon-6 p.m. Sundays

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – ArtPrize 2014 is about to begin.

The urban exhibition and $560,000 competition opens Wednesday, Sept. 24 with 1,536 works of art on display at 174 locations in downtown Grand Rapids plus Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

The sixth annual contest created by social media entrepreneur Rick DeVos and 19-day-long exhibition ends Sunday, Oct. 12.

Here are some key dates to plan your ArtPrize experience. For more information, go online to ArtPrize's website.

For additional information to plan you visit to ArtPrize and Grand Rapids, check out ArtPrize's visitor's page as well.

ArtPrize 2014 Key Dates:

• Wed. Sept. 24 – ArtPrize 2014 opens at noon and Round 1 of voting begins in the $560,000 contest.

• Mon. Sept. 29 – ArtPrize Juried Awards Short List Announcement at 7 p.m. at ArtPrize's Hub Headquarters, 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE. Four ArtPrize jurors who will award prizes in four categories – Best Two-Dimensional Work, Best Three-Dimensional Work, Best Installation and Best Time-Based Work – each will unveil their five finalists for the four $20,000 category awards. One entry in each group of five ultimately will win the award, and one entry from the 20 will win the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize.

• Sat. Oct. 4 – Round 1 Voting ends at 11:59 p.m.

• Sun. Oct. 5 – ArtPrize announces the five finalists in each of four genre categories at 2 p.m. Round 2 voting begins afterward for the 20 finalists.

• Mon. Oct. 6 – Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists I? At 7 p.m. in ArtPrize's HUB, experts will discuss the finalists chosen by the people and the professionals in the categories of Two-Dimensional Work and Installation.

• Tues. Oct. 7 – Critical Discourse: Why These Finalists II? Also at 7 p.m. in ArtPrize's HUB, experts will discuss finalists in the categories of Three-Dimensional Work and Time-Based Work.

• Thurs. Oct. 9 – Round 2 Voting ends at 11:59 p.m.

• Fri. Oct. 10 – ArtPrize 2014's Awards Ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

• Sun. Oct. 12 – ArtPrize 2014 exhibition ends at 6 p.m.

ArtPrize and its many venues have plenty more activities happening throughout the nearly three weeks of ArtPrize.


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