Friday, April 29, 2011

Tomorrow 9am Suzi Shelton and Little Miss Ann in Your Living Room

Miss Ann and daughter Olivia, photo by ChiIL Mama


Chicago's Legendary Little Miss Ann says:

Hey Friends!
You don't want to miss this home concert with my very good friend and Brooklyn's very own songstress, Suzi Shelton.
You can view this concert LIVE with your kids from ANY COMPUTER, and it's only $3!
We will be taking questions and song requests during the show.
Please go to the site and SIGN UP AND PURCHASE TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME....and pass it on!

here is what you do:
2. join
3. find our show
4. buy a ticket
5. log onto the site 10 minutes before the showtime and viola!

Check out Suzi Shelton and Little Miss Ann on FB 




Kindiefest Industry Weekend Rocks Brooklyn This Weekend


ChiIL Mama, Candy Band & Little Miss Ann
at Beat Kitchen, Chicago



Miss Ann will be guest blogging right here at ChiIL Mama with a photo filled recap of Kindiefest going down this weekend in New York.

Loads of our friends and past and future feature bands on ChiIL Mama.com will be there.    We've interviewed quite a few performers on the 2011 line up, and even more kindie artists attending the fest.   You can check out our live footage and interviews on the ChiIL Mama YouTube Channel and our Vimeo Channel.

Who's performing that was interviewed here?:

  • Check out our two interviews with Candy Band here recently at Beat Kitchen and here at Kidzapalooza 2010.

  • Check out our interview with Tim and The Space Cadets from Kidzapalooza 2010 here.

  • We have an exclusive interview and a bunch of great unreleased footage from The Verve Pipe LIVE at SPACE in Evanston coming soon.
Click on KINDIEFEST for industry info and the closing concert Sunday, that's open to the public.   It's bound to be a rockin' good time!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Father of Punk Rock's Still Got It-Get Iggy and The Stooges Raw Power LIVE on DVD


Iggy & the Stooges
"Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans"
Digitally Released
this week via MVD Entertainment Group

Gotta respect our elders.   Our kids were elated to see Iggy Pop live at Lollapalooza after growing up on his music.   Continue your punk kins' rock education, or save this one for a parent's night in.   With Raw Power Live out on DVD this week, the choice is yours.   

Here's a free bonus for everyone, to get you stoked for the DVD.
Song and Photo Downloads HERE 

Iggy & the Stooges "Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans" is the audio document of the reformed Stooges' (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) Raw Power performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Of the performance, Ben Ratliff of the NY Times writes, "Iggy Pop, now 63, knew that his body language translated into still photographs resembling Mannerist paintings...The Stooges attacked the album's eight songs, in a different order, just about perfectly."

Iggy and the band sound flawless as they rip through the archetype riffage of "Search and Destroy," "Raw Power," "Gimmie Danger" and more. 

"Getting this top-notch performance of the entire Raw Power album by The Stooges realized a life long dream," Iggy Pop "This shit really sizzles and we are so obviously a crack band in a class of our own."

MVD Entertainment Group, an industry leader in producing and distributing music-related audiovisual content, launched the In the Hands of the Fans series with the intention of utilizing the energy and talents of fans, who by means of an online video submission contest, win the opportunity to film a performance of their favorite band in HD and then interview the band members after the performance. The result is a high quality, low cost, unique program that is part concert film and part reality TV show.



In the Hands of the Fans websitehttp://www.inthehandsofthefans.com

Last Call-Enter To Win 3 DVDs and Autographed NeverWorld Book & Tee






As April comes to a close we still have 4 contests open for the next two days.   Don't miss out on your chance to win.   Enter HERE to win any or all of our remaining great April give aways through midnight April 29th, 2011.    All contests are open nationwide.



To celebrate the opening of Broadway in Chicago's production of 
Peter Pan this Friday, we have a NeverWorld signed book and t-shirt give away.    This action packed, signed sequel to Peter Pan, NeverWorld, is by Chicago author Peter Von Brown.   It's the only expansion on Peter Pan that stays true to the J.M. Barrie's original.    We'll have an interview with the author and book review posted soon and a full Peter Pan show review after we see the production Wednesday.


Parents' Night In:
We often give away tickets and review theatre and bands for parents nights out.   Sometimes you just can't swing a sitter, but it's still great to turn off the kid-toons and relax with something for the grownups and maybe an older teen or two after the littles drop off to sleep.    ChiIL Mama wants to help with 3 brand new releases.   This month we have an eclectic assortment of DVDs for adults and "big kids".





Bob Dylan REVEALED, directed by Joel Gilbert.   This documentary will be released May 1, to coincide with Bob Dylan's 70th birthday month.

Bob Dylan "Revealed" Coming to DVD and VOD on May 1

As Bob Dylan turns 70, a true portrait of the reclusive "voice of the generation" is revealed 
through exclusive interviews, and never-before-seen photos and films of Dylan's 
50-year career.

Highway 61 Entertainment and MVD Visual announce the release of Bob Dylan "Revealed" for worldwide DVD distribution (and VOD) on May 1, 2011 in conjunction with Bob Dylan's 70th birthday.

When Bob Dylan turns 70 in May, his iconic career will have spanned five decades. Yet, a true portrait of the reclusive "voice of the generation" has eluded Dylan fans. Through exclusive insider interviews, and never-before-seen photos and footage spanning Dylan's 50-year career, Bob Dylan Revealed offers an intimate biography of who Bob Dylan was, and who he is today.

Producer Jerry Wexler and award-winning songwriter Al Kasha provide an untold account of Dylan's early days at Columbia Records in 1962. Drummer Mickey Jones chronicles the 1966 Bob Dylan and the Band electric world tour that changed Rock n' Roll forever, while soon after, Dylan used the cover of a motorcycle accident to enter drug rehab. Dylan's 1974 comeback tour is illustrated by tour photographer Barry Feinstein through his finest photos and behind-the-scenes accounts.  In 1975, Bob Dylan hit the road with a rag-tag band of folk troubadours, culminating in "The Night of the Hurricane". Folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliott, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter reveal the inside story of Dylan's Desire album and Rolling Thunder Revue tour.

Following a stint as The Entertainer in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, producing three Gospel albums. Derided as "God-Awful Gospel," Dylan's radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics. Pastor Bill Dwyer, journalist Joel Selvin, singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, and Dylanologist AJ Weberman share intimate accounts of Bob Dylan's "born-again" transformation - and his return to Judaism!  Bob Dylan Revealed culminates with Dylan's Never Ending Tour that began in 1992 and continues to this day, as drummer Winston Watson recounts his personal journey as a warrior in Bob Dylan's "Never Ending Band".



We're also reviewing and giving away the director's cut of The Quiet Arrangement, an award winning film written and directed by David C. Snyder.

"The Quiet Arrangement" now available on DVD 

A dark thriller featuring guest appearance by Chuck D of Public Enemy







Hi Res Cover ArtHWIC Filmworks announces the company's first feature-length motion picture, The Quiet Arrangement. Written and directed by award winning short filmmaker and music video director David C. Snyder, The Quiet Arrangement features a cast of up and coming talent including singer/actor Kyle Jason (City Teacher, Dirty Shield), Rob Stone (End Game), Kevin M. Hayes, Christina Simkovich, Julian Hicks, and Joseph D. Lane. The film also features a guest appearance by legendary Hip Hop icon Chuck D of Public Enemy.

The Quiet Arrangement was filmed entirely in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas (including Youngstown, Cleveland, and Canton, Ohio). 


Chuck D commentshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewuwfz3NEX8

SYNOPSIS:

Prominent lawyer Walter Briggs comes home to a ringing telephone. He is told by a distorted voice on the other end of the line that his wife has been kidnapped. The only way that he can get her back is to pay a ransom of money that no one else is supposed to know about.

Mr. Parks is a professional criminal who is all about the business. He is thorough and loyal and wants to keep everything as simple as possible. However, he also has some issues in his private life that threaten to derail everything that he is working on.

Detective Jack Simons has been undercover for a long time. He needs just one more bust before he can resurface and take back his life. But, just as he and his partner set everything up for a sting operation, everything goes wrong. The two cops find themselves on the short end of an escalating situation that they have no comprehension of. And then things get interesting...

Rick Fields does odd jobs for questionable people. He is defined by a terrible incident in his past that weighs on him and everything that he does. His latest gig finds him watching over the kidnapped wife of a prominent lawyer. It was supposed to be one last job so that he could get away and start his life over, but things never go according to plan.

A dark independent thriller that follows the exploits of criminals of varying stripes who are involved in a growing web of deceit and double-crosses, The Quiet Arrangement's dominant visual tone, a kind of grey wash, is not only physically ominous, but symbolically so, mirroring the foggy morality of its characters' world. Ethical ambiguity runs rampant throughout the piece, and viewers are left to their own devices when sorting-out the "bad" guys from the "good".

ABOUT HWIC Filmworks:

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, HWIC Filmworks was created by cousins John Delserone and David C. Snyder to produce independent genre films. Their relevant, edgy filmmaking style compliments their reputation for high return on investment. HWIC Filmworks looks to bring attention to talent based in the regions between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, providing creative opportunities in the motion picture industry.  
  




Finally, we have Sundance favorite and multi award winning, quirky comedy:
"Anywhere USA" now available on DVD 

Part satire, part tragedy, part masterpiece theatre gone awry, ANYWHERE USA is a comedy of manners that defies gravity.
Starring Perla Haney-Jardine (Kill Bill)
In a trailer deposited in an unkempt pastoral glade, a woman who used to be an alternate on her high school tennis team beats her boyfriend senseless once a week.  She beats him, cause, well he deserves it. It's his act of redneck contrition... 

Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl finds accidental elucidation; the sort of awakening that makes her wonder if that guy next door driving the '89 Subaru is, in fact, the guy she thinks it is.... 
On the other side of the tracks, over there where posh beards, Kobe beef steaks and manicured gardens go hand in hand, a man of privilege has an epiphany at the dinner table that ultimately leads to a contusion and a revelation.
Told in three subtly related segments (Penance, Loss, and Ignorance), ANYWHERE USA is a du jour portrait of one man's America inspired by and drawn from the director's own experiences as both foreigner and citizen of these United States.
Featuring a cast of mostly non-professionals and exploring passive racism, geo-political vagaries, good intentions, faith and disappointment, this deeply personal film manages to tread the lines between vulgar and humane, between absurd and tender, and finds its heart in the story segment featuring the director's own daughter and a man living in a van.
Quentin Tarantino states: 
"Anywhere U.S.A. reduces every audience that sees it into a delighted, giggling mob. The talented cast of non-professionals reminds one of what the word, 'amateur' really means: to love. As silly, provocative, risky and downright loose-screwed as Mr. Haney-Jardine and his cast are, the sense that they did this movie out of love - love for the weird, love for the unsayable idea, love for the privilege of movie making - proved to be one of the most moving experiences at the Sundance Film Festival. It reminds one of the joy of sitting in an audience of strangers while everyone laughs hysterically."

Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diY7FMzwqfM
Other press quotes: 
"...there might just be some genius there. God help us." - Moriarty, Ain't It Cool News
"Haney-Jardine's film mixes striking still photos, text overlaid the images on the screen, a wry sense of the absurd in the everyday, the capacity to see the banal in the extraordinary, and the capacity to find the extraordinary in the everyday." - James Rocchi, Cinematical
"High Art crashes into THE DUKES OF HAZZARD...the most unusual of the dramatic competition films at this year's SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL." - Steve Ramos, indieWIRE
"The performances, cinematography, trippy score and just the flat out strange stories are worth taking the ride. " - Jason Guerrasio, eFilmmaker Magazin

WINNER: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.
WINNER: Best Feature: Boston Underground Film Festival
WINNER: Best First Feature: Cancun Riviera Maya Film Festival
WINNER: Best USA Feature FIlm, Jacksonville Film Festival
Opening Night Film: Chicago Underground Film Festival

In a trailer deposited in an unkempt pastoral glade, a woman who used to be an alternate on her high school tennis team beats her boyfriend senseless once a week.  She beats him, cause, well he deserves it. It's his act of redneck contrition... 
Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl finds accidental elucidation; the sort of awakening that makes her wonder if that guy next door driving the '89 Subaru is, in fact, the guy she thinks it is.... 
On the other side of the tracks, over there where posh beards, Kobe beef steaks and manicured gardens go hand in hand, a man of privilege has an epiphany at the dinner table that ultimately leads to a contusion and a revelation.
Told in three subtly related segments (Penance, Loss, and Ignorance), ANYWHERE USA is a du jour portrait of one man's America inspired by and drawn from the director's own experiences as both foreigner and citizen of these United States.
Featuring a cast of mostly non-professionals and exploring passive racism, geo-political vagaries, good intentions, faith and disappointment, this deeply personal film manages to tread the lines between vulgar and humane, between absurd and tender, and finds its heart in the story segment featuring the director's own daughter and a man living in a van.
Quentin Tarantino states: 
"Anywhere U.S.A. reduces every audience that sees it into a delighted, giggling mob. The talented cast of non-professionals reminds one of what the word, 'amateur' really means: to love. As silly, provocative, risky and downright loose-screwed as Mr. Haney-Jardine and his cast are, the sense that they did this movie out of love - love for the weird, love for the unsayable idea, love for the privilege of movie making - proved to be one of the most moving experiences at the Sundance Film Festival. It reminds one of the joy of sitting in an audience of strangers while everyone laughs hysterically."
Other press quotes: 
"...there might just be some genius there. God help us." - Moriarty, Ain't It Cool News
"Haney-Jardine's film mixes striking still photos, text overlaid the images on the screen, a wry sense of the absurd in the everyday, the capacity to see the banal in the extraordinary, and the capacity to find the extraordinary in the everyday." - James Rocchi, Cinematical
"High Art crashes into THE DUKES OF HAZZARD...the most unusual of the dramatic competition films at this year's SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL." - Steve Ramos, indieWIRE
"The performances, cinematography, trippy score and just the flat out strange stories are worth taking the ride. " - Jason Guerrasio, eFilmmaker Magazin
WINNER: Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.
WINNER: Best Feature: Boston Underground Film Festival
WINNER: Best First Feature: Cancun Riviera Maya Film Festival
WINNER: Best USA Feature FIlm, Jacksonville Film Festival
Opening Night Film: Chicago Underground Film Festival

Enter early and often.   Good things come to those who share.   Extra entries for each documented social media share on Twitter, FB, etc.  and for liking ChiIL Mama's Facebook page.   Good luck!

Out of the Big Top and into the Big City-iD by Cirque Eloize



With a name that means heat lightning and a powerful, sizzling show that lives up to it's name, iD by Cirque Eloize is a must see.   Éloize, pronounced [EL-WAZ] is a word that comes from the Magdalen Islands and means “flashes of heat lightning seen on the horizon”.  An inspiration for the troupe's seven founding members, this lightning symbolizes the heat and energy that feed the troupe's spirit.   Their newest production's name, iD, comes from exploring iDentity, indiviDuality and autonomy in a culture where omnipresent images cause us to lose our reference points, making us express the same values by way of different codes.    


We were amazed as this Canadian troupe brought street style skate and bike tricks to the posh Cadillac Theatre and pulled it off with conviction.    Actors broke down the 3rd wall by biking and in line skating right off the stage, into the audience, and up and down the aisles!    They even drafted an audience member to lay on stage spread eagle while French bike trial pro, Thibaut Philippe, bounced nerve wrackingly near and over him on the rear wheel of his bike.  


The 16 characters in iD continued to wow us with aerial arts, contortion, trampoline and playfully tension filled fight and flirt scenes among urban sprawl.   And true to the multicultural richness of real cities, the talented cast includes performers from around the world.   iD is Fletcher Sanchez, Dmytro Bogodist, Alona Burlachenko, Melissa “Melly Mel” Flerangile, Nicolas Fortin, Christian “Sancho”Garmatter, Xuan Le ( a great online skater), Josianne Levasseur, Richard Maguire, Baptiste Montassier, Forty Nguyen, Hugo Ouellet-Cote, Thibault Philippe, Manda Rydma, Ryan Shinji Muray and Emi Vauthey.


Both of my kids are learning silks, trapeze, juggling, rope tricks, balancing, tumbling, clowning and stage combat at CircEsteem in Chicago, so they were entranced to see what the future could hold if they stick with it.  Cirque Eloize began with a handful of friends from a small Canadian island, and has evolved into an international touring sensation.   We happily bought an iD t-shirt and jump rope at the show, to look stylin' while we get started.


We all sat stunned as the actors engaged in aerial gang fights and posturing, flying and falling against a graffiti laden backdrop of high rises.   An urban construction site became a real life video game, as a playful juggler dodged between workers carrying panes of glass back and forth across the stage.   Chinese pole arts took  street fighting to new levels as strength gained the higher ground.    Finally, the gravity defying trampoline act made all of want to walk up walls.


The moving projection back drops were so fantastic that I was reminded of motion simulator rides on our recent trip to Universal Theme Park in Orlando.    The iD backdrop screens suck you into a black hole, give you the perspective of balancing on top of sky scrapers, and make you a part of the dizzying, glorious, cacophony of urban life.


The projection, pulsing rock and electronica music, city sound effects, lighting and urban street wear costumes all contributed to making this production a cohesive piece.  iD is more spectacle than circus, and a playful, daring, heart pounding celebration of all that the word city embodies.   Phenomenal individual aerial acts, juggling, chair stacking and contortionists all became greater than the sum of their parts as they play out their talents in an edgy, urban setting.


We've included a message from the director below that sums up iD in street smart eloquence.



At Cirque Éloize, we have always nurtured our shows through encounters with creators from different horizons. We have also always favored a multidisciplinary artistic approach, which is enriched with artists of several nationalities.
No exception lies in this new creation.

Sixteen artists on stage, twelve circus disciplines, and then the discovery of a world which is new to us, that of urban dances such as break dance and hip-hop.
I imagined this show at the heart of a city, where the omnipresence of image causes us to lose our reference points. I sought to create an aestheticism at the crossroads of comic books, science-fiction movies and the rich universe of graffiti.

The decidedly rock, electronic and poetic music, coupled with the presence of video, highlight the show’s playful, energetic, youthful and urban aspects.
In the middle of this city exists a public place. A public place, as a spot where one can seek refuge and escape anonymity, to express one’s individuality and affirm one’s identity, in order to reclaim possession of public space, and to dance the city.

An area for encounters, a site of passage, a hood where clans confront one another, where friendships are woven. Where love is created, and dissolved.
I am proud to invite you to join us on this new adventure.
Jeannot Painchaud,
Director

Check out their web site for tickets, show photos, cast and crew bios and more.

Show times:   Saturday, April 30th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,Sunday , May 1st at 1 p.m. and then next Friday,May 6th at 7:30 p.m.,Saturday the 7th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the final performance , Sunday, May 8th. 
Tickets range from $20- $75 and can be purchased by phone at Broadway In Chicago Hotline 800-775-2000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com
Cirque Eloize played sold out engagements in Montreal and Toronto and were given a well deserved standing ovation at opening night in Chicago.  iD is only in the urban environs of downtown Chi Town for a limited 3 week run and ends May 8th.   Once word spreads, tickets may be hard to come by, so get yours today.   ChiIL Mama highly recommends iD for all ages.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dreamtree Shakers Win A Disc Wednesday & Win Tickets Tuesday Winners Announced

Dreamtree Shakers Family 4 Pack to Beat Kitchen May 1 and Dreamtree Shakers Double Discs


Congrats to Laura L.--you are our Family 4 Pack winner.   Your name will be on the guest list at the door for Dreamtree Shakers Beat Kitchen Show, May 1 at noon.   Please confirm at zbluesun@mindspring.com or let us know ASAP if you can't make it and we'll draw another name.


oldie but goodie!


new release!!


Congrats to Janice M. and her daughter, Mave.    They've won both of Dreamtree Shakers' CDs this week,  Dream and You Will See and Going On A Picnic.   These guys are some of our favorites.   Janice and her family like to rock out to Little Miss Ann and The Boogers (two of our frequent feature bands on ChiIL Mama's Free Ticket Tuesdays and Win A Disc Wednesdays!).


For everyone else who is "not Janice", we still have 1 more double set of Dreamtree Shakers discs in the coming months.  You can also check out their website HERE for ordering info and upcoming shows.


Click here to see ChiIL Mama's original video interview with Dreamtree Shakers frontman, Jeremy.  We'll have some fun, live clips from their Schubas show on the first day of spring 3/20 up soon.   And we hope to see YOU at Beat Kitchen for Mayday this Sunday at noon.   These guys really shine live.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

This Week's Theatre & Concert Favorites For Adults And Families

Opening:
Family Friendly:
It's a big week in theatre town.    Tonight the kids and I are going to the opening night of 






Cirque Eloize, Cadillac Palace opening 4/26* 


Then the kids and I are super stoked to see











  • Tribune Freedom Center North 4/29*


*We'll have a full review later this week


Parents' Night Out:






















  • Dead Milkmen
    ,
     Congress Theater 4/30* (all ages-though language alert if you're bringing the littles)






    • Here's Sagezilla and world renowned pop artist, Romero Britto, both in shirts bearing their own art work.   Check out our post from that day HERE.

    Sagezilla is modeling her DIY Dead Milkmen Minnie Pearl Tee, hangin' at Kidzapalooza with Romero Britto.





*We'll have a full review and show photos later this week





The Dead Milkmen are still Sagezilla's favorite band.   Here's the 2nd DIY Dead Milkmen shirt she made.   The back says I'm Minnie Pearl and the front says "...eating fudge banana swirl, just you and me punk rock girl."





Punk rock girl you look so wild
Punk rock girl let's have a child
We'll name her Minnie Pearl
Just you and me
Eating fudge banana swirl
Just you and me
We'll travel round the world
Just you and me punk rock girl












Speaking of Kidzapalooza/Lollapalooza, the long awaited line up was announced last night at midnight.    Click HERE for the full scoop.   We've got a sampler below.

Eminem 
Foo Fighters
Coldplay
Muse
My Morning Jacket
Deadmau5
A Perfect Circle
Cee Lo Green
Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley & Nas
The Cars
Ween
Bright Eyes
Arctic Monkeys
Big Audio Dynamite
Deftones
Beirut
Explosions in the Sky
Death From Above 1979
Ratatat
Crystal Castles
Flogging Molly
Atmosphere
Cold War Kids
Lykke Li
Cage the Elephant
OK Go
Local Natives
The Kills
White Lies
Portugal.The Man
Two Door Cinema Club
Ellie Goulding
Delta Spirit
Beats Antique
The Mountain Goats
Sleigh Bells
Manchester Orchestra
Smith Westerns
Best Coast
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
The Drums
Black Lips


Ending:
Parents' Night Out:



Theatre Town Low Down-Star Witness, Working   Click for our reviews of Star Witness at The House Theatre-ending May 7th and Working, playing through June 19th at Broadway Playhouse at Watertower Place.







Parents' Night Out-The Well of Horniness at The Cornservatory  Final shows this Friday and Saturday.  Click to check out our review.




Ongoing:
Family Friendly:


Arnie The Doughnut at Lifeline Theatre
Through May 15th


xtra shows added Saturdays at 11am

click HERE  for our review from ChiIL Out in Chicago Parent.   A new photo filled slide show from our Arnie Adventure is coming soon at ChiIL Mama. 


Parents' Night Out:



ChiIL Mama will be interviewing Dixie May 6th and we'll have video footage up shortly after.







Dixie's Tupperware Party-Two Unlikely American Icons Team Up Click for chiIL Mama's review.


Think globally, play locally and have a great week.

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