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ACCLAIMED movie actress Gabrielle Union, also noted for her starring role in TV’s Being Mary Jane, stops at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville on October 26 as part of her book tour to promote We’re Going to Need More Wine. In the collection of thought-provoking essays, Union, the wife of NBA star Dwyane Wade, shares her thoughts on sexual violence, power, color, gender, feminism, fame, bullying, beauty standards and competition among women in Hollywood. The event, presented by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, will include a book-signing session and a conversation with author Christa Desir. Those who plan to attend can get tickets exclusively at GarielleUnionAndersons.brownpapertickets.com.
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The Gabrielle Union Book Tour
The Joffrey Ballet's New Season
OSCAR-nominated actress Alfre Woodard––known for her roles in films such as Cross Creek, 12 Years A Slave, Passion Fish, Crooklyn and Miss Evers’ Boys––will be honored with a career achievement award at AMC River East on October 21 as part of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Black Perspectives Program. “Alfre Woodard has shown her enormous talents across a range of media, imbuing each role she plays with a level of dignity and depth,” says Mimi Plauché, artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival. “Because of her impressively expansive body of work, which only continues to grow, and because of her powerful and fearless performances, we are honored to present her with this award.” Previous awardees include Sidney Poitier, Halle Berry, Ruby Dee, Forest Whitaker, Morgan Freeman, Viola Davis and director/producer/screenwriter Steve McQueen.
THE fourth annual Roger Ebert Award will be presented to an emerging filmmaker with an engaging, uncompromising vision during the Chicago International Film Festival on October 20. "Roger had an immeasurable and lasting impact on our Festival," said Michael Kutza, founder and president of the Chicago International Film Festival. "He first covered us as a newsman and critic and became a supporter, jury member and presenter.” The award, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, was presented to Mexican director Jorge Pérez Solano (La Tirisia) in 2014, Iranian director Ida Panahandeh (Nahi) in 2015 and Hungarian director Attila Till (Kills on Wheels) received the honor last year.
THE Chicago pemiere of Lola De Ávila's adaptation of Giselle will launch the Joffrey Ballet’s 2017-18 season at the Auditorium Theatre on October 18-29. In the presentation, after discovering that her lover is betrothed to another, a young peasant girl dies of grief. Considered to be one of the greatest and most beloved romantic ballets, Giselle, one of the oldest continually performed ballets, is an engaging tale of passion beyond the grave. Other performances as part of the new season include The Nutcracker (December 1-30), Modern Masters (February 7-18) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 25-May 6). To purchase subscriptions, go to www.joffrey.org.
A Tribute To Alfre Woodard