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Marquee Sports Network adds Chicago Bears content to fill its post-baseball programming void

In a bid to fill its post-baseball programming void, the Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network is partnering with the Chicago Bears on a half-hour program, “Bear Essentials,” that will be followed each week by a days-old, two-hour edit of the football team’s previous game.

The two schedule additions will debut Wednesday on Marquee, the TV platform launched as primary home of Cubs baseball earlier this year by the team and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

“Bear Essentials” is slated for 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by the abridged version of the Bears’ 20-19 victory over the Buccaneers from six nights earlier with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.

Typically, Marquee said, the Bears shows will run on Tuesday evenings.

“Bear Essentials” will be hosted by Marquee studio fixture Cole Wright, an ESPN and NFL Network alumnus. Wright will be joined by team personnel and analysts reviewing at the previous game and looking ahead to the next one.

“We’re excited to bring Bears fans more access to the news and information they crave,” Scott Hagel, the Bears’ senior vice president of marketing and communications, said in the announcement.

The Bears were tenants at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, from 1921-70 after leaving downstate Decatur and before moving to Soldier Field.

“Given our long and storied history together and the special relationship between the McCaskey and Ricketts families, a reunion of Cubs and Bears programming on Marquee feels incredibly natural,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney in a statement referring to the families that control the two franchises.


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Dynegy Donates $50,000 to Fund STEAM Programming at the Chicago Urban League

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dynegy today announced a $50,000 donation to the Chicago Urban League, aimed at ensuring access to quality education. The donation will directly fund the Chicago Urban League’s Youth Services Center (formerly the Center for Student Development), which offers services and programs to help students thrive academically and, ultimately, professionally.

“In this moment, we must acknowledge that fundamental building blocks – like a good education – are out of reach for too many people. As a corporation, Vistra is determined to be part of the solution,” said Curt Morgan, president and CEO of Vistra. “Vistra and our team at Dynegy are fully committed to strengthening the communities we serve. For us, that means driving inclusion, promoting equity, and investing in the organizations that serve as a springboard for the next generation of diverse, American leaders.” 

Dynegy’s donation will advance the Chicago Urban League’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs, which prepare middle school through college students to compete in a growing global economy.

“Our programming engages youth in hands-on applications of science, technology, engineering and math and helps many of them see themselves on a path to a STEAM career though exposure, equity, and access,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “Dynegy’s generous donation directly contributed to our ability to serve more youth through our virtual STEAM camp this summer and will continue to support our programming over the current academic year.”

Dynegy’s donation is part of a $10 million commitment from Dynegy’s parent company, Vistra, to support organizations that grow minority-owned small businesses, enhance economic development, and provide educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. Serving nearly 5 million residential, commercial, and industrial retail customers with electricity and natural gas, Vistra is the largest

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Goodspeed in East Haddam presents Judy Garland songs, stories from Chicago (to your computer screen)

Judy, Judy, Judy! Musical theater legend Goodspeed Musicals will be the regional presenter for the Sunday, Oct. 11, virtual concert event “Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland,” streaming live from Chicago at 7 p.m.

Ingersoll celebrates Judy Garland with virtuosic vocals, passionate storytelling and humor. Her two-hour concert (similar to one seen on PBS) features a six-piece orchestra and classic songs including “Over the Rainbow,” “The Trolley Song,” “Get Happy” and “The Man That Got Away.”

Goodspeed’s Executive Director Michael Gennaro said in a release that “Goodspeed is delighted to partner with (producer) Artists Lounge Live to give audiences across the region access to an exciting livestream event that they can experience from the comfort and safety of their own home.” The event will feature a talkback with online audience members immediately after the performance.

Ticket proceeds will provide needed support to participating arts organizations, which include San Diego Rep and Laguna Playhouse, that are struggling to survive during the pandemic. Tickets are available for $35 by contacting Goodspeed Musicals Box Office at 860-873-8668 Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at goodspeed.org

To view the concert, audience members must have a high speed internet connection that allows for streaming.Patrons only need one ticket per household to watch live but may choose to support Goodspeed and the performers by purchasing tickets for all those who will be enjoying the

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Chicago Philharmonic Fall Programming Starts This Sunday

The series begins on October 4th.

Chicago Philharmonic’s 31st Season: Together premieres its virtual Fall “Hear it Together” series this Sunday.

The series begins on October 4th with Scott Speck accompanied by special guest composer Augusta Read Thomas, revisiting the world premiere of Sonorous Earth, performed by Chicago Philharmonic and Third Coast Percussion. Inspired by Thomas’ 2012 Resounding Earth for percussion ensemble alone, Sonorous Earth was commissioned by the Chicago Philharmonic or percussion quartet and orchestra. The concerto features over 300 bells and gongs sourced from a range of cultures and historical periods, Sean Connors from Third Coast Percussion will talk about what it was like performing this work. Prior to the main program, NEXT! returns with Shift Youth Orchestra. Ayriole Frost, Executive Director of Shift:Englewood, will introduce their original work and performance Sick Beats.

Fall programming support for “Hear it Together” encourages loyal patrons and donors to make a suggested donation of $15.00 for each program, for full access to the three-concert series individuals are suggested to give $45.00 and $70.00 for families. In honor of supporting donations to Fall “Hear it Together” programming, donors will receive links to the program 48-hours before the event. Donations can be made by visiting http://chicagophilharmonic.org/HearItTogether.


Sunday, October 4 2020
4PM, Virtual Event
Digital access to recording of the live event will be available for 24-hours.

“Hear it Together” – Sonorous Earth


Sunday, October 11 2020
4PM, Live Event
Seating will be pre-assigned to maximize social distancing; patrons are expected to wear a face mask.

Chicago Phil Chamber: Brass Quintet


Sunday, November 1 2020
4PM, Virtual Event
Digital access to recording of the live event will be available for 24-hours.