Vince Lawrence honored for contribution to house music

Composer and musician Vince Lawrence was officially recognized by the City of Chicago for his role in creating House Music during a ceremony at Millennium Park over the Memorial Day weekend.An estimated crowd of 40,000 — on hand for the city’s annual Chicago House Party event — cheered as Lawrence took the stage to accept the award with his wife Tara, his mother Jean, his son London a

After MillerCoors win, Arc Worldwide expands to AK

Adweek reports that Chicago-based Arc Worldwide, the shopper marketing division of Leo Burnett Group, has announced plans to expand its presence by opening new offices in New York and Northwest Arkansas and adding new names to its leadership team. According to the article, this expansion as an attempt to make the most of recent new business wins and to promote the network’s newly

Former Chicago filmmakers high on new webseries

Caryn Ruby, Erin R. Dooley and Mackenzie Horras spent over a combined 50 years in Chicago, each honing their comedy skills separately.Unaware of e

Polaroid Wall Party updates history of film community

Tomorrow’s Polaroid Wall Party at the Wishbone will bring together many of the pioneers who started building Chicago’s film community long before computers took over the editing suite. “Everyone wants to see what has bec

"Esteban" kicks off Chicago Latino Fest's Reel Film Club

The Cuban film Esteban launches the Chicago Latino Film Festival’s Reel Film Series tonight at the Instituto Cervantes Chicago.Esteban is the story of a musically gifted ten-year-old Cuban boy who dreams of becoming a profess

"Drive Slow" preview at Free Spirit Media's Focus event

Free Spirit Media’s Focus event at The Ivy Room on May 31 will feature “a lot of people and a chance to get together and reflect on a great year,” says Chelsea Corbin, FSM’s development & communication manager. “It’s a big celebration of media in Chicago,” she adds, “specifically, the youth voice.”

Chicago team wins "Next Great Animated Series"

Odd Machine executive producer Alec Pinkston, director Gregory Hinchman and director Peter Stepnoski’s animated short, Senataur, took top honors in “The Next Great Animated Series” contest sponsored by Tongal and Project Greenlight. The three-and-a-half-minute comedy trailer about a space al

Leo Burnett and Special K “own” RAW this week

Clearly, I’m a man, but I do enjoy a bowl of Kellogg’s Special K either for breakfast or as a snack. The Fruit & Yogurt and Vanilla & Almond are my jams. That said, the advertising, now back at Leo Burnett after a short stint at JWT, isn’t directed toward me.It’s targeted at women, and that’s cool. But I can still appreciate the brand’s message. That’s why thi

Getting comfortable in a domestic violence shelter

Spousal abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and attempted murder all make appearances in the opening scenes of The Haven, but creator/writer Mia McCullough describes the webseries about life in a domestic violence shelter as a “dramedy.”“Shelters are a lot happier than people imagine,” she says. “But it’s hard to tell the story of someone going to a shelter in a fu

Terrence Howard records "Empire" finale tune at CRC

It wasn’t too long ago that giant recording studios were the norm in Chicago. There was Streeterville, Universal and Paragon.Now? All gone. But still left standing is CRC. Recently, the recording studio has provided ADR and mixing for films including Hidden Figures, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight as well as numerous co

In memory of Morris "Butch" Stewart, a Chicago legend

Chicago musician, entrepreneur, father, husband and founder of JoyArtMusic Morris “Butch” Stewart passed away last week after a bout with cancer. He was 64. Born in Evanston, IL, Stewart’s professional career began when he joined Ramsey Lewis as a backing vocalist in 1975. Other artists working with Lewis at the time included Brenda Mitchell, who woul

Former Arc AD's portraits help kids battle cancer

Marvel has The Avengers. DC has The Justice League. And now internationally recognized photographer and former art director Rob Gregory has turned a group of child cancer patients into what we already knew they were. Heroes. Gregory has created a series of portraits, featuring childre  Copyright © 2016.  All rights reserved.