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 [...]

What If Chicago Were NOT Broke

By | April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What If Chicago Were NOT Broke - Implications for Our Future by Tom Tresser We are told by the mayor and a host of experts that Chicago is broke. They sold our parking meters. They closed 49 public schools, They closed six public health centers. City services are being trimmed. Public school budgets slashed and hundreds [...]

WLCO Presents “it’s all about impact”

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

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 [...]

Embers: Longing Never Fades

By | February 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

EMBERS: Longing Never Fades An intimate evening of voice and piano. Conceived, produced and performed by Anastasia Royal, EMBERS is a 90-minute show of original song woven into a story. It is an evening to revel in a unique and engaging experience. An evening to rekindle flames extinguished long ago. Come be immersed in one or [...]

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 [...]

Jen Bosworth on Love, Cancer, & Jack White

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Art, Creative, Ignite Theatre, One-Woman Show, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Death is scary. There is no other way to put it. It is. Even thought it is going to happen to all of us. And even though we “know” everyone we love will proceed or follow us, still death is scary. I know this. I do.   When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in [...]

14th Anniversary Party: A Most Interesting Affair

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Anniversary Party, Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Meetings, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Now that we have had a moment to breathe and are back to the business of business, we can look back and bask in the afterglow of our Anniversary Party.  It was one to remember! On November 14th, 2016, a beautiful Monday night, Catalyst Ranch had the great fortune of celebrating 14 years in style; with [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents the kates

By | November 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Presents   the kates provide an intimate night of comedy different from anything you’ll see at a typical Chicago club or late night bar.  Our mission is to showcase talented and hilarious female identified performers by creating inclusive and positive environments; This encourages artists to express their comic point of view in unique and non-apologetic ways - From darkly [...]