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  • Tickets on sale now for four performances only April 24 – April 27, 2019

Chicago Theater Works is pleased to announce a limited run engagement of  EXPOSED starring Leslie Jordanstarting Wednesday, April 24th through Saturday, April 27th at 8:00pm. The theater is located at 1113 W. Belmont Avenue in the Belmont Theater District.

Jordan, an Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian, is best known for his standout roles in “Sordid Lives,” “American Horror Story,” “The Help” and as Beverly Leslie on NBC’s  hit series, “Will & Grace.”  He is also now playing a leading role in the new comedy series, “The Cool Kids” on FOX.

“We are thrilled to continue to expand the offerings at Chicago Theater Works,” says Bill Collins, General Manager of the venue.  “Leslie Jordan’s personal and hilarious stories will have guests captivated from the moment he walks onstage.  And the charming surroundings of Chicago Theater Works makes the experience all the more intimate.”

Mr. Jordan has been entertaining guests for over four decades.  In EXPOSED, Leslie invites his audience behind-the-scenes of his childhood and career.  His memoirs include his life experience as a flamboyant youth raised as a Southern Baptist as well as his treasured anecdotes from his renowned stage and television performances.  His show is laughter-inducing but at times also comes with a hint tears.

Tickets for EXPOSED are priced at $50 for Reserved Cabaret Table Seating and $35 for General Admission.  A full bar is available for beverage purchases.

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EXPOSED Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, April 24           8:00pm

Thursday, April 25                8:00pm

Friday, April 26                      8:00pm

Saturday, April 27                 8:00pm

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  • In Advance of the Final Season of Game of Thrones, Fans Will Be Able to Take a Trip to Westeros and Live Their Ultimate Fandom Fantasies

The countdown to Game of Thrones’ eighth season premiere is on, and Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield, Chicago’s favorite arcade bar, has announced it will extend its most ambitious transformation to date, a Game of Thrones pop-up experience for fans to enjoy in advance of the final season. Admission to the pop up is free, but guests may purchase a VIP Bucketlist Experience, which includes a glass of Ommegang Witte, Ommegang King in the North or Queen of the Seven Kingdoms or $10 towards a beverage of choice, a commemorative print, a commemorative t-shirt and express entry to the bar for $30.

Filled with charismatic-but-flawed warriors, ruthless monarchs, and a whole bunch of wonderful, likable, good-hearted characters that are sure to be killed off in heartbreaking fashion, Replay has been transformed into the seven kingdoms of Westeros, providing guests a variety of photo opportunities. Fans can explore Winterfell, Casterly Rock, Highgarden and other houses, take pictures with Dire Wolves, a Dragon-Slaying Ballista and more, in addition to the original Throne Room, the Wall of Faces, White Walkers and majestic dragons.

With the pop-up extension, Replay is hosting a variety of Game of Thrones events, including:

  • Game of Thrones Trivia: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17.
  • “For the Throne” Ommegang beer release: Ommegang is hosting an official beer release and raffling off prizes at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28.
  • Cosplay Karaoke: For the duration of the pop up, guests are invited to show up in cosplay, sing a song, and get a t-shirt. Karaoke kicks off Wednesday, March 20.
  • Crimson Wedding Feast: Guests are invited to experience a Crimson Wedding Feast, featuring bottomless Ommegang beers, Dornish wine and cider from 7 – 9 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Tickets to participate are $60 and may be purchased here.
  • The Wight Walk 5k: On Saturday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m., Replay will host a 5k race from Oak Street Beach to Replay Lincoln Park. Guests are invited to choose between being on team Zombie or Human, receive a t-shirt, a free beer, and some protein packed dragon jerky upon their arrival at the pop-up. Tickets to participate can be purchased for $25 here.
  • Game of Thrones Bingo: Cersei will host a free, themed Bingo at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Guests can enjoy themed prizes, challenges, and Game of Thrones swag.
  • A Thong of Ice and Fire Remount: With a new cast and several new Game of Thrones-themed performances, Replay is hosting its second Burlesque show at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
  • Finale Preshow Party!: Guests are invited to join Replay on Sunday, April 14 to toast the new season and petition George R. R. Martin to complete the book he’s been working on for literally eight years in the only language he understands – a screed hand-written on a gigantic scroll! Replay artists have handcrafted a wonderful petition that guests can sign before it is strapped to a flock of ravens and dropped in Martin’s P.O. box.

Specialty cocktails, including a “Dothaquiri” and mead on tap are available throughout the pop-up, and the bar is also collaborating with Ommegang Brewery, offering limited quantities of their exclusive King in the North (barrel aged stout), Queen of Seven Kingdoms (sour blond ale), Hand of the Queen (barleywine) and Mother of Dragons (smoked porter blended with cherry kriek).

Replay Lincoln Park’s Pop Up Squad, a group of artists that create the concept, décor and artistic elements of Replay’s popular pop-ups, is behind the design for the Game of Thrones pop-up. The team for the pop-up includes Jeremy Steffen, Raquel Hung, Luis Colindres, Tom Molloy, Tristan Young and Adam Michaels with the help of special guest artists Hokulani Cabebe, Bryn Gleason, Olivia Love and Justin Jezewski.

Replay offers guests over 60 free vintage arcade games, including pinball, air hockey and more. They also have skeeball and billiards. With no cover or tokens needed, Replay invites guests for great fun 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday.

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First-of-its-kind, much-awaited 6-part series to launch on 25 Feb

Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan is taking Dubai to the world once again in a dramatically unexpected adventure-series, unlike any other part of the multi-global award-winning campaign #BeMyGuest that will be launched on 25 February across social media and online platforms. #BeMyGuest by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) adopts a revolutionary new style in its approach to providing audiences even more compelling reasons to visit and revisit Dubai with friends and family from across the globe.

Filming in Dubai for the latest sequel of the promotional campaign, ‘King Khan’, as he is popularly known, who is a lover of the city and a frequent visitor, finds himself on a surprising treasure hunt across the city, discovering ‘must-see’ attractions that showcase the diversity of Dubai’s destination offering even he’s never experienced. Throughout the campaign Shah Rukh lives his Indiana Jones moments, reaching out to his fans across the world, seeking their help in solving clues, and inviting them to find what other fantastic experience awaits them, only in Dubai. Each episode of the mystery – fantasy-entertainment laden series ladders on to a dramatic culmination in Episode 6 – an absolute ‘not-to-be-missed’ grand finale – by the superstar’s own admission.

Commenting on the film, Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) said:To us, Shah Rukh Khan is more than a Bollywood icon; He is a much-loved Dubai veteran, with long-standing connection to the city and our people. So who better to take on an unexpected and delightful new journey showing him facets he’s never seen before – and as such inviting all his fans to live his journey as ‘his guest’ in his second home. Following the success of the previous two editions of #BeMyGuest, we are delighted to partner with him once again on a completely different, yet predictably unmatched performance, in this latest narrative. This 3rd sequel film series captures both Shah Rukh Khan’s genuine enthusiasm for Dubai as he discovers many of the emirate’s ‘must-visit’ attractions, but also actively interacts with viewers, as we bring it all together in our finale, aiming to keep audiences excited and eager to visit Dubai themselves.”

Known to be his ‘home away from home’, the film captures the actor’s natural bond and dynamic relationship with Dubai and its multicultural society. Fans are able to watch the megastar enjoying a range of experiences (for everyone – from couples to kids, to families and friends) as he hunts for clues around the city with help from residents and his fans, taking him to key attractions and destinations including IMG Worlds of Adventure, City Walk, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Fahidi and also to the spectacular show – La Perle by Dragone at Al Habtoor City.

Playing a pivotal role in positively advocating for the emirate, Shah Rukh Khan said: “I have been travelling regularly to this wonderful city for years and each time I visit, I’m just amazed by so much that’s new, exciting and the best-of-its-kind in the world. But beyond the fresh and exciting things to explore, what I find truly memorable is the soul of the city – its people and hospitality – that make every visit even more remarkable. Dubai is a truly fantastic destination with so much to discover, whether it’s family entertainment, culture, adventure, or food, and its superlative service that makes it the must-visit destination for everyone.”

Since its launch in December 2016, #BeMyGuest has seen strong engagement across social media with the sequel, which was made in 2017, receiving over 100 million views worldwide. The film has also won international awards including the Grand Prix at the International Tourism Film Festival, ‘Tourfilm Riga’ held in Latvia and the Diamond Award at ITB Berlin’s ‘Golden City Gate’ tourism awards.


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Dubai marked the joyous occasion of Kuwait National Day with citywide celebrations; reflecting the strong and fraternal bond between the two nations. The festivities featured family-oriented social, cultural and entertainment events including a concert by the Kuwaiti Miami Band at Global Village and activities at Dubai Food Festival’s (DFF) signature event, swyp Beach Canteen.

Residents and visitors to Dubai can expect to see the national flag of Kuwait displayed on the iconic Burj Khalifa on 25 February. On the same day, DFF’s swyp Beach Canteen will host a live cooking demonstration at 5:30pm by Kuwaiti Chef Jameela Al Lenqawi, followed by a celebration dinner by Chef Jameela and restaurateur Talal Al Rashid, starting 7:00pm.

In addition, the Kuwait Business Council will host a programme of cultural and sports activities in partnership with swyp Beach Canteen, which runs daily until 26 February and showcases a range of products by Kuwaiti retailers, performances by a Kuwaiti band and a series of fitness and martial arts workshops in collaboration with UFC Gym.


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Private Government Launches ‘Come and Take’

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Dubai Based Metal Collective’s second record now available at all Virgin Megastores and Online across all streaming services.

UAE-based metal collective Private Government have started 2019 with the release of their second album Come and Take (created and titled as Μολὼν Λαβέ in Greek) as a very limited “Olympus Bundle” digipak edition, which includes additional segue tracks and a Private Government plectrum in the package. This version is now available in all Virgin Megastore outlets in the country, distributed by Cavo Music, and is also available through CD and other online vendors for international fans. The collective hosted a listening event on Friday 8th at Moto Cafe to celebrate the release.

Inspired by a distant dystopian future, ‘Come and Take’ is a journey focusing on the human spirit’s resilience and endeavour to always rise again in the face of tyranny.

“What I tried to accomplish with this album is to create a timeless record”, says Miltiadis Kyvernitis, founder of Private Government. “I am very proud of what we have produced on this album, and I am certain that we will put Middle Eastern Metal on the global map with the theme we have chosen.”

Miltiadis Kyvernitis is joined on the album by lead guitarist and co-producer Joe Akkawi.

“We have produced something special here”, added Akkawi. “We see this record as a stepping stone in the right direction for the local music scene and we hope to inspire other bands to write, record and release music.”

‘Come and Take’ features a line-up of guest musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds including award winning hip-hop producer Swerte, internationally acclaimed bassist Rami Lakkis, industry vocalist Nadeem Bibby of regional progressive-metal band Anuryzm, guitarist Royden Mascarenhas of Point of View, Serge Lutfi of Aramaic and soul-singing sensation Hamdan Al-Abri of ABRI.

Tracking Listing

  1. End of Days (Τέλος Ημερών)
  2. Come and Take (Μολὼν Λαβέ)
  3. Eyes Wide Shut (Λαγνεία)
  4. Genocide (Γενοκτονίας)
  5. Thermite (θερµίτη)
  6. Lair of Hela (Πρωτοτοκία)
  7. Tainted with Blood (Αποκάλυψης)
  8. Exodus (Εξοδος)
  9. Four Minute Men (Ψευδής)
  10. Rising Sun (Ἀνατολή)

The album was originally released for digital download and streaming in August last year through all digital music platforms including Spotify, Anghami and Apple Music.

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SAE Dubai to Host ‘Study 4 A Day’ workshops for students interested in a career in creative media

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  • Students are invited to come for a taste of a career in the areas of Audio, Animation, Graphic Design, Film-making and Games Development

SAE, the world’s leading educator in creative media industries will host a study day at its Dubai campus on Saturday, 23rd February for students interested in a career in the creative fields.

The full-day workshops will give participants a chance to experience student life, learn from the industry professionals as well as provide access to hands-on training with a taster of coursework from degree programs. The study day is great way to experiment with the creative media fields and can provide great insight for those who are still unsure of their study plans. The lecturers will introduce participants to technical skills in their discipline of choice and provide insight into careers in the chosen field.

Study 4 A Day will cover the following curriculum across the various creative disciplines:

  • Animation: Participants will be introduced to the principles of Modelling, including both 2D and 3D Animation software, character animation, game art, 3D modelling and rigging and visual effects.
  • Audio: Participants will be introduced to the principles of Audio production, including recording and music production software, studio signal flow, microphone techniques, and other audio elements including mixing techniques.
  • Graphic Design: Participants will be introduced to the basics of the principles of Graphic Design, including Adobe design software, typography, logos, vector based designs versus raster based designs and poster collage design.
  • Film: Participants will be introduced to basic principles of Film production, including storytelling, cinematography and post-production.
  • Games: Participants will be introduced to the tools and software used in Games Development in addition to the basics of programming, games design and level design.

The workshops will run from 10 am to 4 pm and students will receive a certificate of attendance. The event is open to anyone in Year 10 and above or aged 16 years and above.

With over 50 campuses throughout the world, SAE is renowned for delivering outstanding industry focused education as a mix of theory and practical trainings and have set the benchmark for higher education in creative media.

For more information or to register your interest, please visit Call 971 4 360 6456 or email the SAE Dubai at for more details.

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ZEE5 Originals for Feb 2019 starring Arjun Rampal, Kunal Kemmu

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Zee network’s video on demand platform ZEE5 available in 190+ countries, including the MENA region has a wide range of exclusive ZEE5 Originals lined up for February 2019. Actor Kunal Kemmu stars in his first digital film with Hindi crime thriller Abhay, and Arjun Rampal debuts with The Final Call. ZEE5 also has Bengali Original, Sharate Aaj, Tamil Originals D7 & Kalavu among others for its South Asian global audience.

The Final Call: premiering on 22nd February stars Arjun Rampal, in his digital debut, as a suicidal pilot on duty. Based on Priya Kumar’s book, ‘I will go with you, this gripping thriller also stars Sakshi Tanwar and Jaaved Jaaferi.

Abhay: Kunal Kemmu in his digital debut plays an investigative officer who solves bone chilling murder cases while dealing with his own personal demons, in the first procedural format crime thriller Abhay which premiered on ZEE5 on 7th February

Sharate Aaj: ZEE5’s biggest Bengali Original yet, Sharate Aaj, debuts on February 21st and stars well known Bengali actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay. Shot completely in London, the show traces the lives of a close-knit Bengali community getting set to celebrate Pujo while being hit by a terror attack conspiracy.

Also lined up for February are Tamil originals like D7 and Kalavu, Malayalam originals like Mirror and Aarpoo as well as Marathi original Sex, Drugs and Theatre. While ZEE5 Originals, Rangbaaz and the Marathi show Date with Saie are now also available in Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, Kannada, Marathi and Malayalam.

“We’re constantly working to layer our offering with a range of high- octane Originals, handpicked movies and our ever-popular TV Shows, across languages and genres for our global audiences. We’ve got a tremendous response for ZEE5 especially in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. With such a fabulous lineup of shows, we’re looking forward to replicating this success very soon across other markets too.” said Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer – ZEE5 Global

With over 1,00,000 hours of Indian TV Shows, Movies, News and Videos, ZEE5 offers the largest bouquet of content across 12 languages to South Asian audiences across the globe. ZEE5 also offers 60+ popular Live TV channels, including ZEE’s best loved channels.

ZEE5 is available on Google Play Store, iOS App Store, as well as on Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TVs and Amazon Fire TV.

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  • Dubai-based fashion label being recognized at the New York Fashion Week

From Hollywood celebrities such as the Kardashians, Ariana Grande, Cardi B, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Ciara, and now, Ollia – the queen of luxury faux fur brand Tzarina by Ollia, conquers the universe after Miss Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray, the reigning Miss Universe 2018 wears her creation during the Valentine’s Day Wonderland event at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City and New York Fashion Week guest appearance arranged and coordinated by YUGEN PR, a boutique celebrity, entertainment and fashion PR based in Dubai.

Miss Universe Catriona is all smile while wearing a gray Faux Fur matching with Pink silky cocktail gown.

Catriona is the fourth Filipina crowned as Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand last December 2018. She is now in New York City to fulfill her duties as the title holder and expected to travel the world to amplify awareness on her advocacies such as access to quality education and AIDS awareness.

Commenting on the partnership, Josh M Yugen, Founder and Managing Director of YUGEN PR said, “We are extremely happy to work with the Miss Universe team and the reigning Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. We are humbled that the Dubai-based brand Tzarina by Ollia was chosen to be Catriona’s glam outfit for her special appearance during the New York Fashion Week, it’s a proud moment for us and the whole Dubai fashion industry to be continuously being recognized not only on a regional scope but globally.”

Tzarina by Ollia started last 2015 with showroom in Milan, with headquarters located in Los Angeles, California and Dubai in United Arab Emirates. Ollia’s jackets are made by faux fur- a type of textile fabric fashioned to simulate genuine animal fur. Because of its luxurious, elegant, and fashionable appearance, no doubt that it was worn by many Hollywood celebrities. The 29-year-old faux fur fashion queen shares the story on how she started.
I literally set the brand up by accident, I couldn’t find a fur coat of a certain color and really needed one, so I had it made. I took some photos for my Instagram and everybody went crazy for it.” says Ollia.


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  • Plenty of thrills and spills with weekly Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ladies’ night every Tuesday at the first-of-its-kind new hotspot at Atlantis, The Palm

Cyndi Lauper was definitely on to something when she sang “girls just wanna have fun”, and it’s the soundtrack to the unmissable new ladies’ night at Atlantis, The Palm’s uber-cool new hangout, Wavehouse. Taking place every Tuesday night from 7pm to 1am, girls can take advantage of free drinks from a selected menu, 50 percent off bowling, free access to Surf’s Up, as well as AED 100 bonus credit for gaming at Levels.

Enjoy live beats from the resident DJ on the tropical-themed Wavehouse terrace as the girls sit back and sip on a well-earned Margarita, Pina Colada or a premium selection of grape and spirits. Feeling adventurous? Test your skills on Surf’s Up Wave Rider, free exclusively for the girls. And the fun certainly doesn’t end there.

Challenge the girl gang and make a bee-line for the adjacent arcade games haven, with classics such as Pacman, air hockey, shoot ‘em ups and even the world’s first three-axis rotation simulator Stereo VR. There will also be a chance for friends to battle it out on one of the four lanes at the licensed ten-pin bowling alley with 50 percent off the lane fee.

Wavehouse, which opened on 1stFebruary 2019, is shaking up Dubai’s definition of dining, entertainment and nightlife with an all-in-one venue boasting something for everyone. Located in The Avenues at Atlantis, The Palm and overlooking Aquaventure Waterpark, it brings together live music, gaming, bowling, great food and chilled drinks with high tides and good vibes. The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ladies’ night is part of a string of exciting new events at the rustic beach bar and gastropub fusion.

Ladies’ Night 19:00pm- 1:00am every Tuesday. Three complimentary drinks from house beverages, frozen cocktails and grapes. Complimentary credit of AED100 for LEVELS and a ride on Surf’s Up. 50 percent off bowling.For reservations please email

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FUNN Opens Registration for Seventh Edition of Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival

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  • This year’s edition comes with added new award categories and an extended age-group

FUNN, the Sharjah-based organization that promotes and supports media arts learning for children and the youth, has announced the opening of registration for the 7th edition of Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival (SICYFF).

Children and youth, who are aspiring and/or professional filmmakers with a passion for cinematography, are encouraged to submit their entries to the organisation, no later than 31st March 2019.

It is notable that organized annually as Sharjah International Children Film Festival, this year the event has been renamed Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival to reflect the extended age-group and new added categories for this edition.

As per its youth-focused theme, the festival, this year, comes with three new award categories in addition to the existing seven award categories, namely Best Child-made Film, Best Student-made Film, Best GCC Short Film, Best International Short Film, Best Animation Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Feature Film. The added new categories are Best Teenage-made Film, Best Youth-made Film and Best UAE Short Film.

Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival, said: “Widening the scope of the Festival, this year we have set new objectives, thereby including participation of youth aged 18-30 years, in addition to children and teenagers. Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the Festival has been renamed reflecting the interest and commitment of His Highness to support youth in contributing towards uplifting the filmmaking industry.”

Sheikha Jawaher added: “The festival is open for all cinema professionals, aspiring filmmakers, and young film enthusiasts, in all categories. We hope that the seventh edition will take the festival to another new level, giving young talents the opportunity to promote the Arab film industry and make a mark in the regional and global film market.”

The annual celebration of cinema and movies aims to promote creativity and talent in children and young people by providing them a platform to nurture and develop their skills in visual arts and showcase their filmmaking talent to the world. The purpose of the festival is to allow the young aspirants to thrive as creative and inspiring filmmakers, who can make competitive Emirati and Arab movies, based on their dreams and ideas.

Submissions are now open online via Deadline is 31 March

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