Monday, October 20, 2014

The Butterfly

"Legendary actor Michel Serrault stars as Julien, an ornery butterfly collector. When eight-year-old Elsa and her often-absent mother move into the apartment next to his, the persistent and curious Elsa adopts a reluctant Julien as her surrogate grandpa. But when Julien leaves town for a week-long hiking expedition in the Alps to find the "Isabella," an exotic butterfly as elusive as it is beautiful, he instead discovers an uninvited companion - Elsa!

What the Critics are Saying about the film:

"A perfect movie for the holiday season, sure to please children and adults."- New York Post

"Delicate, Intoxicating...its combination of psychological insight and emotional restraint helps it transcend sentimentality. A scrupulous, even-toned gentleness, clear-eyed intelligence and refusal to condescend." - New York Times

"Evokes with humor, poignancy and even suspense a sense of what is most important in life." - Los Angeles Times"

We need to talk about an injustice.

Bryan A. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
The power of identity speaks at TED.

"In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives."

Bryan Stevenson:  The opposite of poverty is Justice

Sunday, October 19, 2014

An Unforgettable Performance at Joie De Vine

On Thursday night, Joie De Vine, a great artistic wine bar, hosted the Chicago singer Julia Hawkins and piano player Michael Evans in its quiet area of Andersonville. In a warm, friendly ambiance, wonderful selections of wine and cocktails were served.   Dim poetic light, beautiful pictures of singers such as Nina Simone, added to the lyrical atmosphere where Julia performed the most inspiring songs such as SaraLee”, “Keep Young and Beautiful” and “It had to be you”, with her inspirational voice and passionate soul! What an unforgettable night was created with fantastic voice and music, in an elevated spirit of cabaret form, with encouraging, cheerful audiences! You could definitely be recovered from the horrific world news, the soreness of our daily life and be immersed in human love, universal compassion, kindness and empathy, and gain more encouragement to appreciate the beauty of life.