Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change in the air, first Obama, now StreetWise

Since we've all be wrapped up in the elections, another significant change may have gone unnoticed. A few weeks ago we wrote about StreetWise changing from a weekly newspaper to a weekly magazine. The day has come. Today, along with celebrating President Elect Obama's triumphant victory, we are celebrating the launch of the new StreetWise magazine.

You are invited to join us at CloseUp2 Jazz Club, 416 S. Clark St., Chicago, tonight (Nov. 5) from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. It's a benefit with a minimum donation of $25 at the door. A number of terrific restaurants have donated goodies including pizza from Bella Bacino's, More cupcakes, Eli's Cheesecake, couscous from Tallulah and Eve, lettuce wraps and salmon hors d'oeuvres from Nostalgic Catering and sandwiches from Corner Bakery.


But wait, there's more.

The launch party is a smooth jazz lover's dream. Chicago's star saxman, Ray Silkman and his band is the featured jazz artist. He will play shows at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Also playing is rising star jazz guitarist Lee Alec Barrie . Famed Chicago bassist and smooth jazz radio star Michael Manson plans to stop by to show his support, and other Chicago jazz artists are expected to drop in.

What:
- StreetWise Magazine Launch Party and fundraiser
- Interview opportunities with StreetWise founder Judd Lofchie, Executive Director Michael Speer, and Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Hanney
Where: CloseUp2 Jazz Club, 416 S. Clark St., Chicago
When: 6-11 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Highlights:
After 16 years, StreetWise, the newspaper sold by Chicago's homeless and those at risk of homelessness, is turning into a full-color glossy magazine. The goal is to reach a broader readership, increase revenue to support its mission and to offer Chicago a vital, must-read publication.

StreetWise has directly helped more than 8,000 homeless or at-risk men and women since its founding in 1992. Currently more than 200 licensed vendors sell StreetWise in Chicago.
StreetWise's mission is more critical than ever as current economic hardships are creating more homelessness and unemployment.

The launch party is a smooth jazz lover's dream. Chicago's star saxman, Ray Silkman (left) and his band is the featured jazz artist. He will play shows at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Also playing is rising star jazz guitarist Lee Alec Barrie (right).Famed Chicago bassist and smooth jazz radio star Michael Manson (left) plans to stop by to show his support, and other Chicago jazz artists are expected to drop in.

StreetWise, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, has as its mission is to empower men and women who are homeless or at risk of being so, as they work toward gainful employment and self-sufficiency. Visit the StreetWise website at http://www.streetwise.org/.
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