Join us for a special viewing of A New Leaf followed by a discussion led by The Field Museum’s Matt von Konrat, PhD.
A spoiled and self-absorbed man who has squandered his inheritance, Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) is desperate to find a way to maintain his lavish lifestyle. Henry sees an opportunity when he meets Henrietta Lowell (Elaine May), an awkward, bookish heiress and botany professor who discovers a new species of fern. Though Henry courts Henrietta, he has no intention of remaining with her, and he develops a surprisingly sinister scheme. As Henry attempts to execute his plan, he finds that seeing it through may not be as easy as he had thought.
Plants: In Search of a New Species
The Field Museum's Matt von Konrat, PhD., FLS, Head of Botanical Collections, Adjunct Curator & McCarter Collections Manager (early land plants and ferns) will lead a discussion on the science of plants (ferns in particular) and answer questions pertaining to the theme of the film. How scientifically accurate is the portrayal of the discovery of a new species? What is the process of discovery and description of a new species to science? Forty years later, and after 250 years of botanical exploration, are we still discovering new species? Dr. von Konrat will also share some experiences of seeking new species in remote areas of the world – and fun fern facts!
When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called “the most beautiful woman in the world” and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called “frequency hopping” that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself.
Rfor sexual content, nudity and some language
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
Conversations With Weigel:
A Series Exploring Spiritual Enlightenment
Jenniffer interviews Paul Selig
"Authentic, straightforward truth straight from the sourcefield."
-Deepak Chopra describing Paul Selig
The channeled literature of Paul Selig -- who receives clairaudient dictation from unseen intellects called the Guides -- has quickly become the most important and celebrated expression of channeling since A Course In Miracles rose to prominence in the 1970s.
Jen will interview Paul about his Guides' techniques for aligning to a new life and their their practical program for personal growth. Paul will also do some live channeling and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to his Guides.
Join us for a truly transformational evening of learning about new levels of healing, self-awareness, life purpose and aligning to your highest self.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available. These tickets include front section seating, a private group audience after the program and a signed copy of Paul's book.
Jen interviews internationally known healer Pat Longo. Pat came into her gifts in her 30s, after watching her mother beat inoperable cancer when she experienced a powerful spiritual healing. Today, Pat teaches classes and workshops on healing, meditation, mediumship development and manifestation, and has been a mentor to many, including famous Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo.
Over time, she began using Past Life Regression Therapy to help remove and heal the pain and traumas that are carried over from the past into the present. I have committed myself to finding and using as many tools that I can to heal others and to enable them to heal themselves. Pat’s worldwide mentoring has enabled many more psychics, mediums, teachers, and healers to move forward with their gifts to help and heal others. Pat will do selected healing exercises at the event.
Advance tickets $20 or 2 for $35
At the door $25
Note: that if you are purchasing 2 for $35 only enter the quantity 1 on the purchase page.
RRated R for language, sexual content and drug use.
A satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular African American-themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.
Set in 1912 New England, the story takes place in the summer home of aging actor James Tyrone (Ralph Richardson) and his family. Tyrone, patterned after Eugene O'Neill's father, has long abandoned any aspirations to be a truly great actor, choosing instead to tour in the same weary stage vehicle year after year. His wife Mary has turned into a rambling morphine addict, with little or no contact with reality. Oldest son Jamie is a troublemaking alcoholic, envious of the writing talent of sickly younger brother Edmund (the Eugene O'Neill counterpart). The long's day journey concludes with a hellish night in which the three Tyrone men sit about drunkenly as Mary Tyrone hallucinates about her younger, happier days.
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock [Daniel Day-Lewis] and his sister Cyril [Lesley Manville] are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma [Vicky Krieps], who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
A look at conservation efforts by working families in America's heartland that help preserve the natural resources that are crucial to their livelihoods.
Story Jam is an edgy, exciting performance series that features great music and Moth-style stories.
January is the perfect time for stories and music!
Enjoy the personal, true stories of some of Chicago’s hottest writers and performers. Story Jam presents a fantastic 12-piece band performing original music specifically written for each story. There will also be surprises, a contest, and dancing at intermission.
Don't miss out on this amazing, lively, entertaining, unique experience! Each Story Jam is wholly original and committed to diversity.
Ages 17+ please.
Field at the Movies Viewing and Discussion:
Join us for a special viewing of The Birds followed by a discussion led by The Field Museum’s John Bates, PhD.
The Birds is a 1963 American horror-thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. It focuses on a series of sudden, unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California, over the course of a few days.
The film stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren (-in her screen debut)- supported by Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright. The screenplay is by Evan Hunter, who was told by Hitchcock to develop new characters and a more elaborate plot while keeping du Maurier's title and concept of unexplained bird attacks.
The Birds: Fact versus Fiction
Some of the greatest horror films often have grains of fact associated with them – The Field Museum’s John Bates, Associate Curator of Birds and Head of Life Sciences, will discuss the fascinating scientific detective story that provides the biological backdrop for Alfred Hitchcock's classic film The Birds. Truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction!
PG-13Language and brief war violence.
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light. The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, and the film features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.
Rfor sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
New Year – New You
Unplug and Connect
How to Succeed With On Line Dating
Jen Weigel interviews Bela Gandhi, the Founder of the Smart Dating Academy, a personal trainer for dating. She will share her expert tips for successful dating including finding love on line, how and where to meet great singles and dating for divorcees and widows.
Bela has an uncanny sixth sense about people, and what they need to do for dating success. The Huffington Post and Steve Harvey call her "The Fairy Godmother of Dating!" Prior to founding the Smart Dating Academy, Bela worked for 12 years as a top global executive for Akzo Nobel, a large multinational corporation. Bela has two degrees from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Finance & German), and has been happily married for 20 years with 2 children.
Bela will provide guidelines and lead an exercise for developing your best on line profile.
Tuesday February 27th @ 7:00
Tickets $20 or 2 for $35, $25 at the door.
How you handle your finances impacts your emotional and physical health. Understand your financial past and present. Get educated and lay the groundwork for a successful future. What you can do now to get unblocked and make your financial goals consistent with your values. Join experts Julie Murphy Casserly and Chad Coe as they educate, enlighten and empower you to a better financial future.
Julie Murphy Casserly, a Chicago-based Certified Financial Planner(TM), is founder and CEO of JMC Wealth Management, Inc. She and her team serve a wide range of clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Julie is a CFP with a unique approach. She works with each client to uncover their "relationship" to their assets. Her time-tested program, PACT (P: Picturing Yourself, A: Accepting Reality and Awakening, C: Choosing to Change, T: Taking Action) has transformed countless client's lives. These four pillars of awareness form the basis of her new book, Awaken Your Wealth. Creating a PACT For Your Money and Your Life.
As the President and Founder of Coe Financial Group, Chad embraces a values-based approach and focuses on the personal well-being and financial security of his clients. A universally recognized expert in wealth management strategies, he specializes in structuring programs based on a client’s personal values, goals, and risk tolerance. He works with clients to bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be in the future.
Faced with an unresponsive mother and a criminal father, Ozark teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) does what she can to manage the household and take care of her two younger siblings. Informed by the sheriff (Garret Dillahunt) that their father put their home up for bond and then disappeared, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find him. Her entire family's fate now in her hands, Ree challenges her outlaw kin's code of silence and risks her life to learn her father's fate.