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Spot-On News: Issue No. 7

Upcoming Event: Sometimes a book, event, or play perfectly captures the tone of the moment. Such an event is an appearance by Peggy Orenstein who will speak at New Trier High School next week, sponsored by Family Action Network. Orenstein arrives in Chicago to discuss her new book, “Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent and Navigating the New Masculinity.” The Harvey Weinstein trial, the film Bombshell - all rolling out of the #MeToo movement, as well as the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, combine to make Ms. Orenstein’s talk especially timely. NPR’s Terri Gross summarized the book when she wrote, “Her new book…is based on extensive interviews with more than 100 college and college-bound boys and young men of diverse backgrounds between the ages of 16 and 22.” Orenstein sets forth a new paradigm for teaching boys (and men) about their sexuality in light of the reassessment (or correction) of relations between the sexes. Orenstein notes that today’s male youth is sadly unprepared to understand what is expected of him and is not instructed by parents on how to respectfully engage in sexual activity. Orenstein also wrote Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, published  in 2016, that...

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Spot-On News: Issue No. 6

Upcoming Event of Note: On January 9, Just Mercy, the film depicting the life of Bryan Stephenson, a civil rights attorney from Alabama, will open in the Chicago area. Here is how Variety writer Owen Gleiberman began his review of the film with our emphasis added, “There’s a sequence in Just Mercy — one of many — that will shake you to your soul. It’s the late 1980s, and Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), a young African-American lawyer in crisp gray suits and neckties, with a degree from Harvard, has come to stay in Monroe County, Alabama, to take on the cases of death-row inmates who are innocent. His most urgent client is Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), known as Johnny D., who was railroaded, in a flagrant way, for the murder of a teenage white girl. But Stevenson has other cases on his plate too, like that of Herb Richardson (Rob Morgan), who did commit the crime he was convicted of.” With that small teaser, Gleiberman sets the stage for the issues that will reverberate throughout the film. The movie is based on the autobiography of the same name. Bryan Stephenson has fought tirelessly for social justice through his non-profit The...

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Spot-On News – New Year’s Eve(nts)!

Happy New Year From SpotOnChicago.com! We've collected a diverse set of events from SpotOnChicago.com for those who are looking for a New Year's spot. Our list is below and we hope you find something of interest. Wishing you a great 2020...         Event Category Chris D'Elia Comedy Come On Down: The New Year's Eve Interactive Show Comedy Comedy Dance Chicago Presents: The Interactive New Year's Eve! Comedy DeRay's Comedy Count Down Festival of Funny Comedy Improvised Jane Austen Comedy Improvised Shakespeare's New Year Eve Spectacular Comedy Laurie Kilmartin with Michael Palascak Comedy NYE @ The Second City Comedy NYE Comedy Bash Comedy Pat McGann on NYE Comedy Steve Cochran's New Year's Eve Comedy Show Comedy Studio 5 and the Practical Theatre Present: BIG HOLIDAY BAG O'FUN Comedy The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater  -- Second City Comedy Totally 80's NYE Party Comedy American English - Beatles Tribute Band Music Andrew W.K. Music Avery*Sunshine Music Battle of the Saxes NYE Bash, Late Night NYE Jam Session Music Denise Thimes Quartet Music Mt. Joy - Two Days - New Years Music New Year's Eve Concert - New Philharmonic Music New Years Eve Prince Party w/ The Bronx...

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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. ...

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Spot-On News – Issue No. 3

A heavyweight panel of journalists and a former FBI agent delivered a chilling message at a recent Lincoln Forum panel discussion of corruption and Illinois politics. Web of Wires: Untangling Federal Corruption in Illinois Government was held at the newly revived venue City Hall on Kinzie Street. Mary Ann Ahern of NBC 5, John Kass of the Tribune, Dave McKinney of WBEZ, and Rob Grant, former FBI Chicago office head, discussed the recent news of probes that have hit Illinois pols. The event was ably moderated by Ben Bradley of WGN News.   Movers and shakers Burke, Madigan, Sandoval, and Arroyo were mentioned during the evening although, at this point, no one has been convicted of anything. Grant recounted his firsthand experience gathering evidence against former governor Rod Blagojevich. Perhaps the only heartening comment during the evening was Grant’s firm belief that Federal investigators are not influenced by local politics.   The Chicago event was sponsored by POLITICO and in attendance was Shia Kapos who writes an excellent free morning summary of Illinois political news. (https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/archive.) The ultimate takeaway is that the recent news of investigations regarding Exelon, ComEd, red light cameras, casinos, and more will bring us headlines that...

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