John Mahoney to honor Kelsey Grammer at Hugos

AN ADDED SPECIAL TREAT for Hugo Awards attendees.  John Mahoney will be on hand to honor his “Frasier” co-star Kelsey Grammer at the Hugo awards ceremony Thursday, April 19 at the new Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive. 

Mahoney, an Oak Park resident, and Grammer, star of Starz series “Boss,” played Dr. Martin Crane, father of Dr. Frasier Crane in the comedy series that ran a record-breaking 11 years on NBC. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased at or by calling 312/683-0121.

HOOTENANNY’S SPRING PARTY April 25 will feature about a dozen fine art photographs of Todd Baxter, whose Todd Baxter Photography serves a variety of agencies and editorial clients.  Although Hootenanny has always exhibited the art and photography of local artists – actually, the first company to do so – “This is the first time we are focusing on one artist,” notes editor/partner Liz Tate.

When not admiring Baxter’s work, guests will enjoy food and drinks from hot new Bucktown restaurants Big Star (noted for Tex Mex staples) and Belly Shack (a fusion of L.A. and Asian street food cultures) and music by DJ Heaven Malone.

A NAB CHICAGO HIGHLIGHT: Second City’s co-chairman/CEO and executive producer Andrew Alexander of The Second City will accept the NAB Spirit of Broadcasting Award at the NAB Show Television Luncheon this week.

“Every day, millions of broadcast TV viewers bear witness to the influence it has had on both comedy and drama. NAB is proud to honor The Second City with this special award for all its contributions to the entertainment industry.” Hear, hear!

ZACUTO’S RED BALLOON will lead NAB visitors to its booth share with Kessler Crane where they will introduce more than 30 new products and kits, including new recoil concept products for for a shorter and lighter package that keeps the camera on a shoulder.  Visitors will also screen the eight-camera shootout of test footage as captured in the web doc,  “Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012,” shown throughout the four-day exhibition. 

BARBIZON AT NAB hosts lighting seminars with Emmy award winning lighting directors Jim Sippel and John Gates, Monday-Wednesday, at 10:30-noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Sippel will talk about short film lighting on a short budget, and Gates will cover DSLRs and LED lights.

FIVE TELLYS WERE WON Evanston-based Rotary International’s Broadcast Media Department, led by executive producer/manager Stephen Guenther in the recent 33rd annual awards.  Their video, “Doing Good in the World: Growing Local Economies,” won a Silver Award in the non-profit category, and Bronze awards for “Doing Good in the World: Introduction” categories of cinematography, animation and non-profit.  Plus, a Bronze for editing the video “Saving Warren Easton.”

The Tellys honor outstanding film/video productions, local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs and web productions.

A SNEAK PEEK at the 2012 AICP Show and Next Awards Shortlist of top spots in the annual June AICP MoMa awards comes to Chicago April 26.  The Preview Cocktail Party at Epic, 112 W. Hubbard, is being held simultaneously with Shortlist parties in New York at The Standard, East Village and in Santa Monica, at the Victory Santa Monica.

The event also honors the dedication of the AICP show judges, board of governors, show committee and curatorial committee.

“PHUNNY BUSINESS: A BLACK COMEDY” from writer/producer/director John Davies and producer Reid Brody of Filmworkers will be one of the three films opening the 14th Annual Roger Ebert’s Ebertfest April 25-29 at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. 

Thirteen features and one short will screen, and the filmmakers, including producers, directors, writers, actors, will be present after their films.

For “Phunny Business” it’ll be  Davis, Brody, writer/producer Raymond Lambert and comedian Ali LeRoi. Fans of actor Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire”) will see him Saturday, April 28 after the screening of “Take Shelter.” See

THE 28TH CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL, running now through April 26, will screen 140 films from 17 countries, and will honor filmmakers from Argentina and Brazil.  Film lineup and theatres at

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