Friday January 19 10:34 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Arts

53RD CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTORS COMPETITION SELECTIONS

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The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the 16 films selected for the New Directors Competition, celebrating first- and second-time feature filmmakers. With nearly half of the films directed by women—a new milestone in this competition—each filmmaker makes their World, North American, or U.S. premiere at the Festival’s 53rd edition. The films in the New Directors Competition introduce audiences to the world’s next generation of remarkable talents.

THE JOFFREY BALLET OPENS 2017-18 SEASON WITH CHICAGO PREMIERE OF LOLA DE ÁVILA’S VISIONARY ADAPTATION OF GISELLE

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The Joffrey Ballet launches its 2017-18 season with the Chicago Premiere of Lola de Ávila’s visionary adaption of Giselle, one of the greatest and most beloved Romantic era ballets. De Ávila, former Associate Director of the San Francisco Ballet School, has elevated this classic tale of passion beyond the grave to new heights, set to prolific 19th century composer Adolphe Adam’s original score created for the ballet’s premiere in 1841. Giselle is presented in 10 performances only, October 18-29, 2017.

CENTERPIECE AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS ANNOUNCED 53RD CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival today announced the two films slated for the Festival’s Centerpiece and Closing Night: Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, Lady Bird, to be screened on Wednesday, October 18; and the Closing Night presentation, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which was recently honored with the Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, with a special tribute to star Michael Shannon, an actor with deep Chicago roots.

EXPO CHICAGO REPORTS STRONG SALES AND RECORD ATTENDANCE DURING ITS MOST GLOBAL EDITION TO DATE

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The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, concluded its sixth edition on Sunday, September 17, with record attendance of 40,000 visitors, exceptional presentations from exhibiting galleries and strong sales, in what was its most global edition to date. On opening day alone, the exposition welcomed 8,500 guests while raising money to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago during Vernissage. Collectors, curators, artists and art enthusiasts enjoyed an exclusive first look at 135 leading galleries from 25 countries and 58 cities throughout Navy Pier’s iconic Festival Hall.

Fall Art Technique Class at the Chesterton Art Center

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Suzie Rosso will be starting the October "Technique of the Week" Class at the Chesterton Art Center on Thursday, October 5 from 7-9. Each week, she will cover a new technique that students can use in nearly any 2-D medium - pencil, pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, etc.

Adult Origami Class - Beyond the Traditional Masu Box

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Leslie Cefali will be teaching a 4-week Adult Origami class beginning Thursday, October 5 from 7-8:30.

October Children's Classes at the Chesterton Art Center

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Jennifer Martin will be hosting the October children's art classes at the Chesterton Art Center starting Monday, October 2. The goal is to introduce children to various artists, their styles and techniques, with projects reflecting what they are learning.

Husband/Wife Art Exhibit at the Chesterton Art Center

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George and Connie Kassal are the featured artists for the month of October at the Chesterton Art Center in an exhibit titled, "Connie & George On Display: Part II". The show will hang at the Chesterton Art Center through October 31.