The Colonie’s April 24 party to show off new space

THE COLONIE won’t be exhibiting the work of new artists on its walls, as it usually does for its parties.  The big attraction at its Thursday, April 24 event will be showing off 1,500-sq. ft. of  expanded space, down the hall from its large editorial studio on Fairbanks Court.

Build-out began in January for the completed addition: Four design stations, the province of senior designers Lindsay McCully and Jen Moody, two large Avid suites and a comfortable living room for client screenings.  A custom-made, 8-ft. long Italian custom-kitchen will be completed by mid-May.  The festivities start at 6 p.m.

ENERGY BBDO recently won the Bud Light Lime business from Steve Stoute’s Translation, which could be the reason the agency just closed its Chicago branch.

EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST BRIAN PLANTE has joined global Quantum as regional sales manager, from VP/sales at Key Code Media. Quantum is a maker of specialized storage solutions and Big Data Management “for the tapeless workflow direction the industry has been going,” he says.

UTOPIC’S GALLERY NIGHT April 24 offers 50 works of art by local artists, displayed on the walls throughout Utopic’s Wabash Avenue studio, as its way of supporting local artists.   All the art — paintings, oils on canvas, sculpture, eclectic mixed media, and landscape photography –is for sale.  See

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS will receive training from AICP members on how to handle responsibilities on prep, shoot and wrap days, April 26 at Essanay Studio and Lighting, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will also provide PAs with networking for job opportunities. To attend, send your resume to

THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE at 3733 N. Southport has expanded its activities, by having purchased the building next door and is converting it into rental event space.  One of the theatre’s special events is “Sound Opinions at the Movies,” April 23, with critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special screening of Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous.”

A POST NAB EXHIBIT of the latest products for editorial, post and live production will be here May 8 as Key Code Media’s first event at its new Midwest headquarters at 1201 Wiley Road, Schaumburg. There’s no charge and you can register here.

One of the major exhibitors will be AJA. Get a sneak peek at its exciting new 4K CION cinema camera by watching Key Code’s video here.

A MUSICAL “Live from the Mayne Stage,” May 19, will benefit SAG AFTRA’s multi-use Kauffer Members Resource Center, with an all-star lineup of performers.

The artist include critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Dan Navarro, comedian Russ Williamson, chanteuse Claudia Hommel accompanied by Bob Moreen, song-and-dance man Dennis Kelly, rhythm and blues vocalist Lynne Jordan and world-class entertainer Greta Pope. Emcee will be Chicago broadcast legend Richard Steele.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $50 at the door and may be purchased at Eventbrite.

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