Newcity founders and publishers Brian & Jan Hieggelke were awarded American Blues Theater’s Focus Award, recognizing “integrity and commitment to Chicago theater,” at its Blue Bash fundraiser on February 28, 2013. Brian’s remarks delivered that night are below.
The Show Must Go On
Remarks by Brian Hieggelke
Back in the mid-eighties, some starry-eyed young dreamers embarked on an artistic undertaking that would allow the fullest expression of their burgeoning spirit. It was the beginning of a long and challenging journey, fueled by a passion for quality and integrity that never diminished. Slowly and surely, this new company grew in size and stature. This last decade, however, was a harrowing one. Mistakes they made and forces outside their control pushed them to the very brink of extinction. But they fought back. And today, they’re growing again, against all odds and expectations, with a renewed optimism about the future, and a strengthened commitment to the work they do. Read the rest of this entry »
ABT describes the award thusly: “We proudly recognize those who bring integrity and commitment to Chicago theater. This year’s 2013 Focus Award is presented to the publishers of Newcity—Chicago’s only locally owned and operated cultural weekly—where they’ve been covering the turf for more than 25 years. During the Blue Bash, we’ll celebrate their focus on the arts.”
We’re extremely honored by this, and hope you’ll come out that night and celebrate with us in support of one of Chicago’s most important theater companies. You can buy tickets here: americanbluestheater.com/tickets/
We’re officially announcing a new program to donate marketing inventory in the print, online and social media realms to Chicago cultural nonprofits in drawing attention to their fundraisers. If you’re interested in supporting the arts in Chicago, you wont find an easier way to make a huge difference in helping these organizations survive and thrive. We’ve just completed our support for a Literature Party for Young Chicago Authors, and now supporting American Blues Theater’s annual fundraiser, the Blue Bash on March 22. For complete details, including how to buy tickets, or how cultural organizations can participate, click here.
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Photographer Lisa Predko recounts on her blog how she put together this week’s cover.
Outside the Loop Radio interviewed Newcity publisher Brian Hieggelke and much of the Chicago Weekly leadership team about the publication and its unique mission. You can listen to it here.
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