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40th Chicago International Children's Film Festival

40th Chicago International Children's Film Festival

The 40th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF), a pioneer in international children's film festivals and an Academy Award qualifying event, is thrilled to announce that tickets for this milestone festival are now available. The festival is scheduled to run from Friday, November 3rd to Sunday, November 19th, offering an exciting array of in-person and virtual screenings. For those eager to experience the magic of cinema in person, screenings will be hosted at several esteemed venues, including FACETS Cinema, Logan Center for the Arts, Music Box Theater, and The Kehrein Center For The Arts. Additionally, there will be special events held at other iconic Chicago locations, such as the Chicago History Museum and AMC New City 14. CICFF is renowned for its diverse selection of films catering to audiences aged 2 to 18 and their families. General ticket prices are set at $12 for both in-person and virtual screenings, making it an accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone. Furthermore, festival passes and discounts for FACETS' members are available. Tickets are now on sale, and we invite film enthusiasts to visit <https://cicff40.eventive.org/> to secure their tickets and explore the up-to-date schedule. The website will be continuously updated as we finalize additional programming.

A Jazz-Steeped Reimagining Of The Classic Tale With Sugar Hill Nutcracker

A Jazz-Steeped Reimagining Of The Classic Tale With Sugar Hill Nutcracker

Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker, a holiday dream told in dance, from Tony Award®- winning producers David Garfinkle and Dr. Ron Simons, will make its world-premiere at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Ida B. Wells) this Wednesday, Dec. 20. SUGAR HILL will run through Dec. 30. An exhilarating story told in dance and live performance by a seventeen-piece jazz orchestra, SUGAR HILL is set to the music of the genre-defying collaboration between jazz icons bandleader/composer Duke Ellington and composer, Billy Strayhorn, in a captivating way that has never been done before. In its world premiere, SUGAR HILL reveals the glamour of the 1930s as seen through the lens of the nonconformist daughter of a high-society Black family in Manhattan and her own fantastic dreamworld in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. A jazz-steeped reimagining of the classic tale, this Nutcracker dance-story sends a stirring message that champions individuality and the journey to find the power of your unique self: “Go find what makes you different to find your magic.” [SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker](https://sugarhillnutcracker.com/),

From the South Side to the Spotlight: A Candid Conversation with Alyssa Bergamini, Chicago Sports Broadcaster

From the South Side to the Spotlight: A Candid Conversation with Alyssa Bergamini, Chicago Sports Broadcaster

Join us for an exclusive peek into the journey of Alyssa Bergamini, a hometown girl who's made waves in Chicago's sports scene. From her roots on the South Side to her roles with the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and now in the trailblazing realm of Sports Betting, Bergamini opens up about her remarkable career trajectory. In this insightful conversation, Bergamini reflects on her path to success, offering invaluable advice for aspiring journalists. From breaking into the industry to navigating the challenges of broadcasting, she shares candid moments and lessons learned along the way. Don't miss the chance to hear firsthand from one of Chicago's most dynamic sports personalities as she shares her story of passion, perseverance, and paving the way for future generations in the world of sports broadcasting. [Follow along on her remarable career.](https://www.instagram.com/alyssabergamini/?hl=en) [](https://www.instagram.com/alyssabergamini/?hl=en)