How The Beatles Nearly Ruined My Life… and David Bowie Saved It

By | April 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  How The Beatles Nearly Ruined My Life… and David Bowie Saved It  Written and Performed by Ben Hollis with musical support by John Siegle Directed by Paul Quinn       Too late to live the life you were meant to live?  “Frick No!” says Ben Hollis. The eight-time Emmy-winner (Wild Chicago, WTTW) and local [...]

The 10(0) Things Entrepreneurs Should Always/Never Do

By | April 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  The 10(0) Things Entrepreneurs Should Always/Never Do with Danny Schuman   A recent study shows that nearly 54 million people participated in some form of independent work in 2015, which is more than 33% of the U.S. workforce.   The gig economy, the side hustle, the entrepreneurial dream. They aren’t just alive and well, they’re [...]

Bring March in Like a Lion with Ignite Chicago!

By | March 28th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for [...]

TIME Salon: The Plagiarists Fundraiser

By | February 27th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Plagiarists' mission is to steal from literature, visual art, history, and the culture at large to create new creative expression that finds the familiar in the strange, the unique in the commonplace, and ultimately enlarges the world. Plagiarist Salons are another way we put our theory into practice, providing a forum for artists to share [...]

Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Creative Spaces, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Levi is an innovator and entrepreneur who is bringing together other innovators and entrepreneurs in a spirit of collaboration in a no-pressure environment.  He brings this spirit to the West Loop when Coffee & Conversation comes to Catalyst Ranch in February. Name: Levi Baer Name of Your Company: Second Shift, teacher at DePaul University, and leader [...]

February 2017 Artist Calendar Page

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Calendar|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite Chicago is Making Your New Year Fun!

By | January 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents the Election Monologues

By | January 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Election Monologues - A Nationwide Event of Unity & Resistance On inauguration day in the United States, an event of resistance and unity will take place in 14 cities across the country, bringing together people of all ages, colors and political dispositions to share their personal stories about the 2016 election. The Election Monologues will take [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol

By | December 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

PRESENTS Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Ignite Theatre presents A Christmas Carol like you’ve never experienced before. This interactive, immersive new take on the holiday classic brings the audience along on a 1 hour tour through the unique and creative rooms of The Catalyst Ranch. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the beloved story from dancing [...]

The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Art, Create, December, Design, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So you say you always wanted to see lifelike animals sculpted out of newspaper but never knew where to find them?  Well, look no further!  Paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly detailed three dimensional sculptures (the sleeping one above looks like Pogo's long-lost cousin!) out of everyday newspapers. By binding rolled and twisted wet newspaper, using the [...]