On May 5, Chicago Sister Cities International hosted the Chicago Consular Corps Ball 2011 to celebrate the 79 countries that make up the Corps. This black-tie event payed special tribute to Ann Lurie by honoring her with the 2011 Global Citizen Award for her contribution to enhancing Chicago’s reputation around the world. The event was held in the Chicago Hilton & Towers Grand Ballroom.
I met a new friend while shooting in one of Chicago’s southside neighborhoods. Mary “Ma” Bailey was enjoying the afternoon by working in her substantial yard when I drove by. I couldn’t help but stop to talk and ask about her, her beautiful home, and the block she lives on. It is like stepping back in time to a row of plantation homes – in the midst of a diverse and often troubled part of town.
In her solo performances and recordings (particularly the ongoing project she calls “One Cello x 16”), Zoe Keating uses live electronic sampling and repetition in order to layer the sound of her cello, creating rhythmically dense musical structures. Zoë’s self-produced album One Cello x 16: Natoma has four times made it to #1 on the iTunes classical charts. Keating is the recipient of a 2009 Performing Arts grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.