Berwyn's Arts Blog
Friday, May 15, 2009
Weekend of May 15, 2009
First, Unveiled is still happening at the 16th Street Theater.

Good stuff. The reviews are in! Rohina's UNVEILED is "provocative", "illuminating", and "riveting!" Don't miss "this powerful solo show" (Chicago Reader) about five Muslim women who wear the veil. Read excerpts from reviews below. So, what are you doing tonight?! We have post-show dialogues after each Thursday and Friday night performance. We would love you to join us tonight. Thursday May 14 is already sold out, so buy your tickets now, so you don't miss out. We look forward to seeing you at 16th Street!
-- Ann Filmer

Unveiled offers a provocative, insightful and uplifting theater experience. --Tom Witom, Pioneer Press “A compelling 70-minute piece rich with illuminating surprises, drawing the audience into worlds that are both unique and truly universal. Terrifically entertaining.”-- Catey Sullivan, Chicago Examiner This powerful solo show, written and performed by Chicago playwright Rohina, tells five riveting tales of Muslim women. --Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader “I have now seen one of the attractions that might be bringing people to a community only 6 miles from the Loop, the 16th Street Theater where they are hosting a marvelous premiere production of Rohina's Unveiled. Tickets are a mere $16, a great value for an experience this rich and rewarding as well as educational.” -- Alan Bresloff, Steadstyle Chicago Call (708) 795-6704 ext 105 for group sales. BUY NOW

Tea by Todd Holland Tea Merchants
You may have heard we will be serving tea by Todd & Holland before every performance. Yes, it's true! When you come to UNVEILED by Rohina, arrive early and sample tea from across the world compliments of our partner Todd & Holland Tea Merchants of Forest Park.

Buy your seats now to Chicago Reader's Best Emerging Theater (hey - that's 16th Street!) (708) 795-6704.

We are honored to present the work of Sadaf Syed in the theater's lobby in the Berwyn Cultural Center. Come early to take in the striking images of Muslim women wearing the veil. A photojournalist and a portrait photographer, Sadaf Syed has been on her own journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she found another perspective on the American Muslim women who cover. Taking the same medium that's being used to misrepresent them, she focused her camera lens on women who graciously sacrificed their privacy in order to show their fellow Americans the commonalities we all share.

16th Street Theater / Berwyn Cultural Center
6420 16th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-6704

The Mutt Show

The Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) is teaming up with Comcast and PAWS Chicago to host the Third Annual Great American Mutt Show for the Chicago area on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

The event will be held at Morton West High School, 2400 Home Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402. Chad Lopez of will be our celebrity MC this year. Also included will be a DockDogs agility competition on May 16th & 17th.

Please visit if you would like to sign up your dog for their agility tournament. Participants, vendors, sponsors and volunteers who wish to be a part of the Great American Mutt Show can email for more info. You can also download participant and vendor forms from this website or Spectators who wish to bring their dogs may do so as long as their tags have up-to-date vaccine information or a copy of their up-to-date vaccine records is presented at the gate.

The Mutt Show will again feature a variety of entertainment-based competitions for mixed breeds and pure-breds alike. However, only mixed-breeds that have won an individual contest are eligible for the final “Great American Mutt Show Best in Show” title. Ribbons will also be awarded to each contest winner. Contests currently open for registration are listed below (maximum of 2 contests per participant).

Note: the contests below may be subject to change pending registration results. Please return your registration form and payment as soon as possible to reserve your spaces. A maximum of 12 dogs will be allowed per contest on a first-come, first-served basis for those with completed registration forms and payment.

Contest Availability-Spaces Remaining *

+ Best Lap Dog Over 50 Lbs. 8
+ Looks Most Like Owner 9
+ Most Creative Pet Trick 8
+ Best Kisser 1
+ Best Catcher 10
+ Waggiest Tail 4
+ Most Unusual Markings 8
+ Most Unusual Mixture 5
+ Looks Most Like Another Animal 4
+ Best Vocal Performance (howl/bark) 6
+ Best Smile 5
+ Most Obedient 6
+ Favorite Rescue CLOSED
+ "A Face Only A Mother Could Love" 10
+ Crowd Favorite CLOSED
+ Most Energetic 9
+ Friendliest Dog 2
+ Best Dressed 8

* Due to the short time between now and the show, we are requesting that no more entries be mailed. Please drop them off in person at 3322 S. Oak Park Avenue, Berwyn, IL or register the day of the show. Registration closes at 10:00 the day of the show, and contest spaces are limited, so please arrive early to ensure contest availability.

A portion of the fees collected at the event will be donated to PAWS Chicago to help support animal rescue and raise awareness of their programs.

Fees include the following:
+ Individual & Dog: $10
+ Family & Dog: $15
+ $5 for each additional dog

Entry fee for Spectators:
+ Adults: $5
+ Family: $10

Join today! We need show participants and volunteers!!!! 708-788-8100

News articles on Chicagoland's Great American Mutt Show
"No papers? No problem Best-mutt contest gives unpedigreed dogs a chance to shine"

Some great reads about the GAMS NYC event:
"In praise of mutts," by Janine Adams
"Great American Mutt Show"
Who I'd like to meet:
Show participants, Vendors, Visitors, Sponsors... All are invited! (Spring 2009)

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