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A Chicago Shakespeare hit, Gary Public Art and a Mystery Dinner: Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 12th
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A Chicago Shakespeare hit, Gary Public Art and a Mystery Dinner: Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 12th

More culture slam this weekend with a hit sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Navy Pier; Bloomberg Philanthropies selects the City of Gary as a finalist in a national public art contest and a preview of the South Shore Arts Mystery dinner.

Chicago Shakespeare Hosts a Hit: I snagged the last two main floor seats for tonight’s performance of Dunsinane at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier. The play, written by Scottish playwright David Greig, is on the first leg of a US Premiere tour---it has already been staged in East Asia and Russia last year---is a critically-acclaimed hit and a number of performances are sold-out. Dunisane, which is the imaginary sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Spoiler Alert: The historical reality of Macbeth is that although the tyrant king was killed in the war as Shakespeare wrote, Lady Macbeth lived on.), is in a limited run will end March 29th. Dunisane is a joint project of The National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Gary Makes the Finals: The city is one of 12 finalists in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. The winner could receive up to $1 million in funding for its proposed project.

“With more than 200 cities applying across the nation, it’s pretty impressive for us to be selected as a finalist,” said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “Now we have to roll up our sleeves to bring the big prize home.”

Gary’s proposal is titled, ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen Connecting Food and Art to Develop a Cultural District

“The City of Gary proposes to transform a vacant building into a cultural hub that showcases visual and culinary arts. Partnering with artist Theaster Gates, the City will use this public space as a catalyst to develop a cultural district and promote urban revitalization.”

Gary has been invited along with 11 other finalists to submit a full proposal:

1. Albany, Schenectady and Troy,

2. Albuquerque, NM

3. Atlanta, GA

4. Boston, MA

5. Chicago, IL

6. Des Moines, IA

7. Grand Rapids, MI

8. Hartford, CT

9. Los Angeles, CA

10. Maplewood, MN

12. Spartanburg, SC

According to the sponsor: “The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters. At least three winning cities will be selected in May to execute their projects over a maximum of 24 months.

“Bloomberg Philanthropies has a proven track record of supporting creative and innovative public art that enlivens urban landscapes. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported artist Tobias Rehberger’s Dazzle Ship in London; We the People, Dahn Vo’s multi-site exhibition in New York City, organized by Public Art Fund; and Doug and Mike Starn’s Big Bambú installation in Jerusalem."

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

“Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million.”

Mystery Dinner Preview: The guests were very surprised that this special venue was not a home, as South Shore Arts has done in years past. The food, however, was unsurprisingly great, as always with a mystery dinner catered by the outstanding Chefs Nicole Bissonette and Gary Sanders. Here is a peak at the menu, but South Shore Arts Executive Director John Cain will be giving a full account of the dinner coming up in the next issue of Shore magazine:

South Shore Arts

Degustation Menu

First Course

Seared Diver Scallop

Over wilted spinach & crispy Polenta with a Sweet Corn Shellfish Succotash, topped with tobacco onions

Second Course

Lobster Bisque finished with sherry

Third Course

Salt Roasted Beet Salad with baby greens & Quinoa, finished with sherry vinaigrette, balsamic onions & Humboldt fog goat cheese

Fourth Course

Seared Halibut over Forbidden Black Chinese Ramen Rice Noodles. With Smoked Shitakke Mushroom & fresh herb in a Citrus Miso Broth

Main Course

Grill Roasted Rack of Lamb, paired with a Celery Root-Oxtail Potato Cake, Wilted Garlic kale & a natural lamb jus

To Finish

Spiced Panna Cotta. Topped with Smoked Bing Cherry Compote & Lace Almond Tuile

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