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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Filament Theatre Ensemble Rocks!!



As a fan of and now a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Filament Theatre Ensemble, I have come to appreciate just how incredible they are as a resource for my community in Chicago and the city of Chicago in general. The plans we have to expand our reach into the neighborhoods... to the young and old alike...are awesome. 

A community that supports the arts...receives a great deal in return. Take a look at this video..then click the link below to help us with our theater buildout campaign.

http://www.filamenttheatre.org/give/buildout-campaign/ 

<<<<All donations are welcome>>> to help support this non-profit group..big ....small...in between...

Thanks! DM



Saturday, December 7, 2013

45th Ward Alderman John Arena's Holiday Party Videos!

The Holiday Party to support the good work of Chicago Alderman, John Arena was a huge success. Many supporters came to enjoy the music, good food and great entertainment. The Sweet Potato Zydeco Boys played...and the Inside Out Art Studio was open as well. See the videos below:



















Friday, December 6, 2013

John Arena's Holiday Party Huge Success!

My mask creation
I went to Alderman John Arena's Holiday Party. It was held at the Filament Theatre Ensemble theater space and was very well attended. I also had a chance to meet some old friends and to make some new ones.

The Inside Out Art Studio was open as well (the studio is in the same building on the 3rd floor.....the National Veterans Art Museum is on the 2nd floor but was not open).

One of the new friends I had a chance to meet was  a fine fellow by the name of Kenji Kerin. Kenji is an incredible photographer who has his studio in the same building as the Filament Theatre Ensemble. He was taking pictures during this grand event.

I also talked to WLUW New Orleans Jazz radio host, Tom Jackson. He brought in much of the entertainment for this evenings festivities.

Below are some photos and videos of the event. Enjoy! Support a great Chicago Alderman....John Arena.

John Arena talking to the holiday crowd
 The Sweet Potato Zydeco Boys played during the evening. Artists from the Inside Out Art Studio showed off many of their creations and juggled!




Scroll down to see the mask I made at the Inside Out Art Studio.....



Inside Out Art Studio Juggler
My awesome mask!
Filament Theatre Ensemble Poster




My Mask!!!


My Mask and funny teeth!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Aussie Optometrist in Chicago

Dr. Dominick Maino and Mr. Craig Butler
 Dr. Dominick Maino has an international reputation in the areas of pediatrics, binocular vision, vision information processing disorders, vision therapy and patients with special needs. So it is not surprising that optometrists from around the world seek out his expertise whenever possible. Over the past few years, doctors from Japan, Korea, Mexico, China and other locations have come to work with Dr. Maino at the Illinois College of Optometry and the Illinois Eye Institute.

While presenting research and lecturing at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development meeting in Orlando, FL and at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Seattle, he had a chance to meet Australian optometrist, Craig Butler.
Presenting Research at the AAO

Craig is a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and has a strong desire to learn all he can while in the USA. When he asked Dr. Maino if he could come for a Chicago visit, it was easy for him to say yes! While in Chicago, Craig observed Dr. Maino and his patients in the Peds/BV Service and the Developmental Disability Service at the Illinois Eye Institute.

Craig will be returning to Australia shortly where he will use all of what he learned to open a new office dedicated to working with children and adults with functional vision problems.

In the vision therapy room
Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute and is in private practice in Chicago (Lyons Family Eye Care). His latest book was awarded First Prize in the area of Health and Social Care by the British Medical Association .

Lecturing at the AAO

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Research Presented at AAO

Dr. Dominick Maino along with two of his students (Caitlin and Rachael and Illinois College of Optometry colleague, Dr. Darrell Schlange (not pictured)) presented their research at the American Academy of Optometry annual meeting in Seattle this October.
 
 Their research compared the Binocular Vision Assessment (BVA) computerized vision screening program to a full comprehensive vision examination and visual efficiency assessment to evaluate its effectiveness as a screening for binocular vision problems. Their research suggests that the BVA can be used to screen for these important vision problems. Hundreds of Dr. Maino's fellow scientists and optometrists, stopped by to discuss the results of this project.
 
Dr. Maino is a Professor of Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry and an attending optometrist at Lyons Family Eye Care in Chicago. He specializes in children and adults with binocular vision problems, learning related vision problems and those with special needs. His latest book was awarded First Prize in Health and Social Care by the British Medical Association at an awards ceremony and banquet in London, UK recently.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Award Winning Photogaphy

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The Wright Camera Club judges gave several awards for the photographs I submitted during the competition year. These awards included Best of the Year in the Large Color Print Category and Best of Show/Award and an Award and Honorable Mention for several of my digital images.





















Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lurrie Bell at City News Cafe



City News Cafe

Time: Saturday, October 05, 2013 01:00PM

Location: City Newsstand & City News Cafe


City Newsstand is on Cicero at Milwaukee and Irving Park Rd in my neighborhood of Portage Park (Chicago) DM

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Renaissance Dance!

Beginning in October Casa Italia will be offering Renaissance Dance classes.  
 
        
Renaissance Dance!!!
 
Wednesdays 7:00pm to 9:00pm

(Starting Wednesday, October2, 2013)
 
Casa Italia Community Center Ball Room
 
Class Size is limited to 20
 
Cost is $40 per month
 
Learn 15th and 16th century Italian dance.
  
    - All are welcome but those younger than 15 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
 - Dances will require some physical exertion.
 
- Expect to learn period footwork and embellishments as well as several complete dances.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 20, 2013

2013 BMA Medical Book Award First Prize in Health and Social Care

The 




was awarded to



Taub M, Bartuccio M, Maino D. (Eds) Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. New York, NY;2012

This award was given this week by the British Medical Association at a banquet in London and was accepted on behalf of the editors by representatives from Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. This organization recognizes the very best medical books in various categories. 


Drs. Taub, Bartuccio and Maino have collaborated on several projects with Drs. Taub and Maino even being co-founding editors of the journal, Optometry & Visual Performance. Dr. Dominick Maino is also the immediate past editor of Optometry & Vision Development.



About the editors:


Dr. Marc B. Taub is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) and the College of Optometrist in Vision Development (COVD) and is active in the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP). He is currently Chief of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Services and an Associate Professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He teaches vision therapy and is currently active in clinical research. He is also the supervisor for the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency.

Dr. Mary Bartuccio was appointed Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry and is currently evaluating and managing patients in the Eye Center in the Pediatric, Teen and Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation clinics.She has participated in clinical research, including the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT). Dr. Bartuccio has chaired numerous committees and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). She also serves on the journal review board for the Journal of Optometry and Visual Performance.


Dr. Dominick Maino a professor of Pediatrics and Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute and an AOA spokesperson on 3D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed by news media extensively on this subject. He has authored some 200 books/chapters/articles, and has given more than 100 lectures worldwide. His latest book is: Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs (Lippincott). He is also the associate, consulting and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Dr. Maino is an adjunct professor, Centro Boston de Optometria, in Madrid, Spain, and provides eye care for those with intellectual disability and psychiatric illness at Neumann Family Services in Chicago. He’s also an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with disabilities. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is an avid Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn user and blogs excessively! His hobbies include singing in the church choir, blogging and photography. Dr. Maino is also in private practice at Lyons Family Eye Care.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Doc MacMaino's Whisky Experience: New Blends



I have been aging new make spirit (corn, rye and single malt barely) in first fill Oak, 2 & 5 liter barrels for several months. I then aged some of this a bit longer in heavily toasted French Oak wood chips or lightly toasted American Oak wood chips. In a limited number of these, I also put in some orange zest left over from my wife's home made Arangello, cinnamon sticks, ASADO coffee grounds, and dried hot peppers.

You can see how I blended them by looking at the labels I created for each bottling. These blends are 110 to 120 proof, so you should take them most seriously. Do I have a favorite? I don't know just yet.

I am going to try them neat, with a bit of water, on the rocks and then perhaps with a splash of soda or in Ginger Ale. I will keep you posted. DM

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Look deep into the spiral.....now...



















Look deep into the spiral.....now...do whatever Dr. Dominick Maino wants you to do. Optometry students are you listening? Work hard. Do well. DM

Thursday, August 15, 2013

On the days I wish to be.....invisible....

 















This is for use on those days I wish to be invisible....however, if another person is using this technique...and I am not currently "invisible" as well...please call "Lyons Family Eye Care"...and we will make your eyes feel better....and you will be able to see the dastardly fellow who invisualized himself to you as well... DM

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's not to late to join....

It's not to late to join the ranks of....













Sign up today! Avoid the rush and the possible sorrow of not being able to join the millions of Maino's Minions!! 

Positions are limited to the first 5,234,156,768,121,222,114,111.003 who sign up!!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

2013 Artists of a Italia Exhibition Great Success!

Artists of a Italia Exhibition Great Success!

The Artists of Casa Italia showed the work of famed artists from Italy and America in the Chandelier Room of the Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia in Stone Park, Il.

Several images I created, (using my Canon 50D and printed on aluminum, metallic paper, glossy and flat black print) are on display as well. A few photographs are below. To see more, click the title above. DM









Sunday, August 4, 2013

Leonardo and His Flying Machine: Northwestern University Summer Choir

Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
THE JUBILANT  VOICE  SUMMER CHORUS
Stephen Alltop, conductor ; Guillermo Mufioz Kuster, assistant conductor
Eric Budzynski, piano and organ

Northwestern University Summer Choir 2013

I had a wonderful opportunity to sing tenor with this outstanding group of muscians this past July. (I'm in the upper left towards the back) All were most talented and I had an opportunity to learn a great deal under the direction of  Dr. Stephen Alltop. I hope to do this again next year! Listen to Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine. DM


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bluebird by CHARLES STANFORD

Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
THE JUBILANT  VOICE  SUMMER CHORUS
Stephen Alltop, conductor ; Guillermo Mufioz Kuster, assistant conductor
Eric Budzynski, piano and organ

Northwestern University Summer Choir 2013

I had a wonderful opportunity to sing tenor with this outstanding group of muscians this past July. (I'm in the upper left towards the back) All were most talented and I had an opportunity to learn a great deal under the direction of  Dr. Stephen Alltop. I hope to do this again next year! Listen to Bluebird. DM

Friday, August 2, 2013

Gabriel by PAUL CALDWELL & SEAN IVORY

Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music

THE JUBILANT  VOICE  SUMMER CHORUS

Stephen Alltop, conductor  
Guillermo Mufioz Kuster, assistant conductor
Eric Budzynski, piano and organ




NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SUMMER CHORUS 2013

I had a wonderful opportunity to sing tenor with this outstanding group of muscians this past July. (I'm in the upper left towards the back) All were most talented and I had an opportunity to learn a great deal under the direction of  Dr. Stephen Alltop. I hope to do this again next year! DM

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Artists of Casa Italia Art Exhibition

The Artists of Casa Italia are a group of Italian-Americans who come together annually to show their creations. This group includes the internationally famous and the novice and all inbetween. Although the theme is "Faith of Our Fathers" the artists will show many other works as well that demonstrate other "themes" within their lives.

I am lucky enough to be able to show my photographic image creations at this incredible event. Hope to see you there Friday August 9th at 7PM for the opening and artists's reception. DM

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Northwestern University Summer Choir 2013

Northwestern University Summer Choir 2013

The Program

I had an opportunity to sing tenor with this outstand group of 90 voices with brass and organ, under the direction of Dr. Stephan Alltop.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Victory in Victoria! The 2013 Victoria Conference

Victoria, BC, Canada


The 8AM lecture wasn't so difficult.

Sure, it was early in the morning. The audience may have been recovering from an overindulgence of Candadian hospitality, good food, and powerful drink.

But no worries....this early morning lecture our intreprid presenter could handle with ease....but the next day, well, that could have been different.

The cards (and perhaps, even the fates) were stacked against Dr. Dominick Maino. His 2 hour lecture was preceded by 3 hours of presentions by others.

Dominick's presentation was just before lunch and to make matters worse, the earlier effect of the coffee induced, caffeine mediated audience attentiveness was wearing off.

Dominick was on his own. Left to his own devices.

Pulling out all the stops and using principles of neurolasticity (and a bit of theatrics and edutainment) to asist him in keeping his audience awake...he was determined that the learning process continue...even when the stomach growled....   He began the lecture...

Victoria Bay Reflections
Was he successful? By all accounts, yes! Victory was realized in Victoria. Learning about Binocular Vision Problems, Optometric Vision Therapy and 3 D Vision Syndrome was accomplished by those optometrists in attendance and this knowledge will be put to use to improve the lives of their patients. Awesome!
Mission Accomplished!

I want to thank all the good folks at Pacific University College of Optometry responsible for this continuing education program. I deeply appreciated the ability to play a role in its success. (A really big shout out goes to Jeanne Oliver, Director of External Relations, Marti Fredericks (she seemed to be all over the place helping out), and Bob DeGroat (a fellow techy who made sure all of the technology worked perfectly!) And finally a special thanks to the sponsors: Alcon, Allergan, Genzyme and Luxottica. Without your support, this meeting  could not have happened!

The 2013 Victoria Conference was incredible. I hope to be invited back soon. DM




Friday, July 19, 2013

Northwestern University Summer Choir Concert

On Tuesday July 30th at 7PM in the  beautiful Alice Millar Chapel, I will have the honor of signing tenor with the almost 100 voices and muscians that make up this years' Northwestern Uiversity Summer Choir. The program is incredible and brings out the very best in all the choir members. Mr. Stephen Alltop is a conductor of great skill who utilizes both the art and science of conducting for getting the very best out of all of us. If you miss this concert, you miss will something very special. I hope to see you there! DM

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Irish Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center

I had an opportunity to be the photographer for the Irish American News during the Irish Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago this past weekend. Here are a few of the images I took of that event. (To see more photos of the Irish Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago go here http://www.flickr.com/photos/92160342@N07/sets/72157634635759192/). DM