Spot-On News – Issue No. 4

'Tis the season as they say and this year SpotOnChicago.Com can help you find holiday events in the city and suburbs. Use the Tag “Seasonal” to find over 100 events that celebrate the season in Chicago and the suburbs.....Andy Warhol didn’t have a blue period, but The Art Institute of Chicago and Blue Man Group have combined to offer a discounted price on admission to both venues. The $79 package consists of a main floor seat to Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theater and a general admission ticket and pass to the Warhol Exhibit. The offer can be found here. Purchasers must pick up their tickets at the Blue Man Group’s box office. Our Event Page for Blue Man Group is here…..The wealthiest county in Illinois? That’s Lake County in the northern Chicago suburbs - but poverty can be found everywhere and the Lake County Community Foundation will address the issue in an all day forum. Paul Schmitz, the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Schmitz is a consultant who “builds the collective leadership of organizations and communities to achieve social impact.” (From the author’s website.)…..Small Theatres - Big Impact.  That’s the takeaway from a recent study by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation that funds “storefront” theatres in Chicago. The Foundation recently reported the results of a survey of 41 small theatres. (Budgets under $1 million.) The results: over 267,000 people attended performances at these venues. The theatres also reported a unanimous commitment to diversity and accessibility as well as a dedication to presenting new theatrical works (39% of recent productions were world premieres.) The graduating class of theatres (moving from the storefront designation to other funding sources) consisted of The House Theater of Chicago, Porchlight Theatre, and Stage 773. Congratulations to these venues.....Are you or do you know an artist who wants to learn more about the legal aspects of making art? The Chicago Artists Coalition and attorney Patrice N. Perkins will host Know Your Rights: A Toolkit for Cultural Producers on January 22. The workshop will discuss intellectual property law and is a pay-what-you-can event.....Given the animosity flowing around the country, two events on the SpotOnChicago.Com calendar seem especially timely. Amy Olberding will discuss her book The Wrong of Rudeness at Seminary Co-op on December 7. Dr. Olberding is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oklahoma and argues, based on her scholarship of Chinese philosophy, that civility and politeness are core to being a social person. Details about this booktalk can be found here. The danger of “tribalism” dovetails with an event at the Spertus Institute. On January 13, Eboo Patel will lead the event Interfaith Leadership in Today's Time of Tribalism. Mr. Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core which champions American interfaith cooperation. He is the author of Out of Many Faiths – Religious Diversity and the American Promise. Details about this booktalk can be found here….Finally, events we’re going to…Ed Petersen who teaches music in New Orleans, will appear at the Green Mill Jazz Club on December 27th and 28th. Petersen plays with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and will headline Battle of the Saxes which will also feature Chicagoan Eric Schneider. If you enjoy sax and/or jazz, don’t miss these shows at the Green Mill Jazz Club. (Image Courtesy Blue Man Group.)