People Supporting the Arts

The Cliff Dwellers offers a diverse calendar of programming in the arts to its members and their guests.

Please make reservations by calling 312-922-8080 or send an email to: reservations@cliff-chicago.org

A REMINDER FROM THE HOUSE COMMITTEE:  In general, non-members cannot charge food or beverages to the house account of a member who is not present.  Spouses and guests arriving in advance of their member host can charge their spouses or host’s account.  Anything else requires a special arrangement made in advance.

Discount Parking Reminder: Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 East Adams. Entrance is on the left hand side of Adams between Wabash and State.

Thursday, April 12, 6:15: ARCHITECTURAL LECTURE SERIES: City of the Big Shoulders: A Virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture & Literature 

The Society of Architectural Historians and the Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural events:  Leanne Star presents City of the Big Shoulders; A virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture and Literature.

Chicago’s distinctive architecture illustrates the works of writers from novelist Theodore Dreiser to poet Carl Sandburg to graphic novelist Chris Ware. This visual presentation explores the intersections of Chicago’s literature and architecture to discover how each art enriches the other. Leanne Star is a former professor of literature and a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Leanne Star earned a graduate degree in comparative literature from the University of Chicago and taught literature and writing at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Colby College in Maine, and at universities in Taiwan and China. She writes on a broad range of topics for national publications and reviews theater and dance performances in Chicago. In her free time she is a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, where she leads walking tours throughout the city as well as CAF’s renowned Chicago River cruise. 

Additional Info:

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.   FILM CLUB Seraphine (Director: Michael Provost)

Eve Moran will present Michael Provost’s Seraphine, winner of the 2009 César Award for Best Film (France’s Oscars).   A discussion follows the showing, and continues over lunch. 

Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 p.m.:  Larry Okrent, Changing Chicago: A Portrait in Postcards

Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, and for the years that followed before the Great Chicago Fire, the city grew slowly and steadily, finally becoming for a brief period the second largest city in America. After the Fire in 1871, the city rebuilt quickly and technological changes came with brick buildings, a more modern downtown and transportation system. This was the prologue to the concept of this new book about how Chicago has changed and adapted over the past 145 years. The authors, through the use of a combination of striking and evocative postcards gathered by Lawrence Okrent, black and white photos drawn from collections amassed by the Chicago History Museum and the CTA, and color photographs taken by one of the book’s co-authors, Steven Dahlman, have created a book that provides the reader with the many ways in which Chicago has changed from the 1880s to today.

More details forthcoming

Friday, April 27, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.  JAZZ NIGHT — Petra’s Recession Five

Petra van Nuis – vcocals

Bob Ojeda – trumpet

Eric Schneider – reeds

Andy Brown – guitar

Dan DeLorenzo – bass

Petra’s Recession Five is a truncated and intimate “chamber” version of the the popular Chicago-style trad/swing jazz band, Petra’s Recession Seven. At the start of the Great Recession in September 2008, Petra’s Recession Seven was born at Chicago’s legendary Green Mill. The ensemble features an all-star line up of internationally known Chicago veterans.

Festival appearances include the 33rd annual Chicago Jazz Festival, the 34th & 35th annual Cedar Basin Jazz Festival, Fitzgerald’s 29th annual American Music Festival, and the Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz’s 40th anniversary Jazz Festival. The band regularly travels to regional jazz societies such as the Juvae Jazz Society, the Madison Jazz Society, the Starr-Gennett Foundation, the “Masters of Swing” series at Cincinnati’s Xavier University, the Lafayette Jazz Club, and the Indianapolis Jazz Club. The American Rag, in a review of the band’s 2011 on location recording “Live In Chicago” praises “a killer of a band that grabs your attention and doesn’t give it back until they are finished playing.” 

Video from the Jazz Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpCxQkiN0A4

$10 cover, cash bar and (optional) $25 dinner buffet.  5:30-9:30. Two sets of music, 6-7:15;  7:45-9 pm. 

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. 

Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m.  Cliff Dwellers Book Club: Ben Hecht, 1001 Afternoons in Chicago

The Book Club will be reading and discussing 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, a collection of Ben Hecht’s columns for the Chicago Daily News.   The discussion continues over lunch.

Friday, May 11:  5:00 p.m.   Artist-in-Residence Kathleen Rooney presents her book René Magritte: Selected Writings 

Available for the first time in an English translation, this selection of René Magritte’s writings gives non-Francophone readers the chance to encounter the many incarnations of the renowned Belgian painter—the artist, the man, the aspiring noirist, the fire-breathing theorist—in his own words. Through whimsical personal letters, biting apologia, appreciations of fellow artists, pugnacious interviews, farcical film scripts, prose poems, manifestos, and much more, a new Magritte emerges: part Surrealist, part literalist, part celebrity, part rascal.While this book is sure to appeal to admirers of Magritte’s art and those who are curious about his personal life, there is also much to delight readers interested in the history and theory of art, philosophy and politics, as well as lovers of creativity and the inner workings of a probing, inquisitive mind unrestricted by genre, medium or fashion.

Details forthcoming

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 6:15: ARCHITECTURAL LECTURE SERIES: Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects: A Match Made in Chicago

The Society of Architectural Historians and the Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural events on Tuesday May 15, 2018; Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects: A Match Made in Chicago.

Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects (SNHA) is an 80-person firm with offices in Chicago and London, designing projects throughout the US and Europe.  It was formed by the recent merger of two award winning firms, both of which have histories rooted in Chicago.  Nagle Hartray Architecture, a firm with over 50 years continuous practice and winners of the 2009 Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year, and Sheehan Partners, founded in 2004 and a national leader in the design of large scale mission critical facilities.  Both firms are recipients of multiple AIA design awards.

Principals Timothy Hill and Don McKay will present a curated selection of projects, showcasing a history of the firm(s) through projects that are admittedly divergent in scale and type, but share a broad-shouldered commitment to and passion for design, detail, and construction.

Both Tim and Don received Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and were members of the same class.  Prior to the merger, Tim was a principal with Sheehan Partners, a principal with Lucien Lagrange Architects, principal and owner of Hill Architecture and has worked at SOM and Hammond Beeby Babka.  Prior to the merger, Don McKay was a principal at Nagle Hartray, where he has been for 34 years. 

Additional Info:

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: reservations@cliff-chicago.org or call 312-922-8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk.

OFF-SITE:

 George Gabauer at the River Trails Nature Preserve in Glenview.

George has an exhibit of his Nature and forest preserve photography up at River Trails Nature Preserve in Glenview, Il. River Trails is located on Milwaukee Avenue about one mile north of ABT. It is located north of West Lake St (Glenview) and South of the old Palwaukee airport. The Nature Center building is open from 9AM to 4PM everyday except Fridays (closed Fridays).  The display will run though at least April, possibly longer.   The exhibit features photography of the natural world  in the forest preserves near River Trails Nature Center in Glenview.  The exhibit is in the nature center building and is free to all ages.

Perspective Group and Photography Gallery:  1310 ½ B Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Hours:  Thurs-Sat: 12-6 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.

The Pin and the Pendant 

We Cliff Dwellers now have an elegant, but discreet, way of displaying our

membership in and association with The Cliff Dwellers Club. We have taken our animal symbol (still a bit of a mystery, itself) and reproduced it as a pin and a pendant. The pin, of course, is for everyone. The pendant is for the women of the Club (members and spouses); the men also have their bow ties.

The pin and pendant are being cast in .925 Sterling Silver. The relief of the disk, in both pin and pendant, is oxidized; the surface is polished, for enhanced contrast.  The diameter of the pin is 3/4 -inch (see below in silver cast). A supply of 10 is available and another 10 available two weeks after reorder. They will be sold for $75.00 apiece. The pendant has a disk diameter of one-inch (see below). The pendant disk has “The Cliff Dwellers” imprinted on its reverse. A supply of 10 is available, at $125.00, plus the optional chain, starting at $20.00, depending on its length. Another group will be available two weeks after a re-order.

Please contact Elizabeth Zaverdas, at 630-810-5169 or ez13@comcast.net, to place an order and have the cost charged to your House account.

 

ZIVIO!