Aside: This Chicago ticket broker offers a great selection of tickets in the city – Purchase tickets for Blue Man Group in Chicago and nationwide tours like Jersey Boys – which is now celebrating its second year of sellout performances!

Boho Theatre’s "More Than Skin Deep" fundraiser


»» Don’t miss the Boho Benefit!!   I’m told that there are only a few tickets left for Boho’s big fundraiser, “More Than Skin Deep”, which is being held February 16th in Bohemian Theatre‘s performance space, the Heartland Studio in Rogers Park.  Knowing this incredibly gifted theatre company, I’m betting that there will be lots of great food, great booze, and definitely great performances.  Tickets are only $25 (2 for $40).  Even if you can’t make it to the shindig, you can still participate in the raffle for rooftop Cubs tickets, Boho subscriptions, artwork, and much more.  Don’t miss out!  Click here for more info.  Click here to buy raffle tickets!



Senate Cuts Arts from stimulus bill… :-(

Americans for the Arts sent out this news, which is even more disappointing considering the list of senators who voted to cut arts funding (I have bolded those names):

Yesterday afternoon the U.S. Senate, during their consideration of the economic recovery bill, approved an egregious amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that stated “None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.”  Unfortunately, the amendment passed by a wide vote margin of 73-24, and surprisingly included support from many high profile Senators including Chuck Schumer of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and several other Democratic and Republican Senators.

If the Coburn amendment language is included in the final conference version of this legislation, many arts groups – including some in Chicago –  will be prevented from receiving economic recovery funds from any portion of this specific stimulus bill.  It is clear that there is still much work to be done in the Senate and in the media about the role that nonprofit arts organizations and artists play in the nation’s economy and workforce.

Americans for the Arts has offered a few plans of action:

  1. Easily contact your senator, telling them of your opposition to the Coburn Amendment, using this customized message .
  2. Click here to customize an opinion editorial to your local media, which supplies you with easy-to-use talking points.

To my readers – I strongly recommend that you join the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and simple.