Agency bands rock to benefit OTSC at the Cubby Bear

A CONCERT OF FIVE ROCK BANDS will compete in a “Battle of Hope: The Battle of the Bands: Chicago Agency Battle of the Bands” to benefit the Off the Street Club Thursday, April 25 at the Cubby Bear bar in Wrigleyville, starting at 7 p.m.

So far, bands from Leo Burnett, Digitas, Energy, BBDO, Havas and Answers Media will perform. Winner of the “Battle” will be decided by judges including Jimmy Chamberlin, Smashing Pumpkins’ founding member and drummer; Cullen Omori, lead singer from Smith Westerns, and an industry expert from Vibe.

Tickets are $15 at the door; VIP tickets $75 at the door and include a concert T-shirt and open bar.

VETERAN EDITOR JACK TOHTZ, former owner of Skyview, at one time one of Chicago’s biggest and busiest post houses, and past president of Midwest AICE will be the honored inductee into the AICE Hall of Fame, as part of the 12th annual National AICE awards Thursday, May 18 at the new Museum of Broadcast Communications,

Tohtz’ Skyview was one of the first of the high-rise luxury facilities to materialize along the skyline, remaining in business from its 1989 beginning as Szabo Tohtz until 2000, the year of the disastrous SAG strike and other factors that also saw the disappearance of several other large old-line post companies.

Previous Chicago Hall of Fame inductees were Bob Blanford, Tony Izzo, Jimmy Smyth (Optimus), Bob Sinise (The Reel Thing) and James “Yamus” Mudra.

UTOPIC EXPANDED its editorial staff to four, with the recent addition of award-winning Suzie Moore, joining Utopic co-founder/editor Jan Maitland, and editors Tim Koehn and Katherine Pryor.  She just wrapped a spot for Donatos and is currently working on projects for Noble Communications and G2 Worldwide.

Moore most recently had spent nearly five years with now-defunct Foundation Content/Chicago, where she collaborated with clients Mitsubishi, Unilever, The Chicago Wolves, Sharpie, Vitamin Water and DePaul University.  She started her editorial career as an assistant director at Avenue Edit.

IN HONOR OF THE RELEASE of the book, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing,” by Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood will be hosted at the home of Kartemquin documentary director Maria Finitzo on Thursday, April 24.   

RED CAR HAS GENEROUSLY DONATED its spacious facility overlooking the Chicago River and skyline as the venue for Free Spirit Media’s annual fundraiser, Thursday, May 30.

Founded by and passionately led by Jeff McCarter in 2000, capping a success career in visual media, the nonprofit provides visual media education, access and opportunity to more than 500 underserved urban youth each year.  

AICP MIDWEST holds a production assistants seminar Saturday, April 27, providing professional guidance and overview training on prep, shoot and wrap days.  At Essanay Studios and Lighting, 1346 N. North Branch, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To reserve a seat, RSVP to

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