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Monday  December 9, 2013 at 7:00pm                                                                          
Albert Theatre at the Goodman in Chicago




NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE
CHICAGO SPEAKER SERIES



 

★★★★
"Some of the most beautiful and adventurous photos you will ever see."
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Spirit of the Wild
Spirit bear in trees. Photo by Paul Nicklen
Spirit of the Wild
Paul Nicklen
Wildlife Photojournalist
Mon, Feb 10, 2014, 7 p.m.
Albert Theatre

“They say I am a street photographer for the underwater world. I get dangerous animals close, personal, and intimate.”—Paul Nicklen



review by Ed Vincent


Paul Nicklen, a perfectionist with his assignments, failure is not an option, the end results are beautiful images to move and motivate people.  Paul Nicklen is one of the hardest working reporters/photographers for the National Geographic, so says it's Vice President Mr. Andy van Duym.

Paul Nicklen, now living on Vancouver island in Canada had spent a fair amount of time as a youth living with some of the Inuit Indians on Baffin Island.  Baffin Island is north, far north, and very cold.

Paul is currently working on six stories simultaneously.  He has been working on orcas (
Killer Whales-Orcinus orca) in Norway and in extremely cold and interesting conditions, above and below the water.  Paul Nicklen's work takes him much further south to Antarctica to work with Emperor Penguins, leopard seals and walruses.  The Emperor penguins have found a way of increasing their speed in times of need (when being hunted as food).  The Emperor penguins can swim at speeds greater than 30 miles an hour for short spurts. While under the water they achieve these speeds by squeezing the air bubbles from between their feathers, injecting them as a form of lubricant into the water to allow them less resistance while transiting the water.

The speed that the Penguins can release these bubbles from their feathers and make use of their speed increase is only a matter of a few fractions of a second as witnessed by the photography Paul Nicklen showed. 

The polar bears in the Arctic, the opposite end of the world from Antarctica
are in a precarious situation where we are seeing the polar ice shelf diminishing
significantly.  Global warming's effect is visible as the white snow ice sheets of the North Pole region begin to melt, as they warm up they lose their reflective capabilities and become darker blue, as they become darker blue and/or green they absorb more solar energy and hence more warmth and their melting is expedited. 

The ice thickness in the North Arctic should be 12 feet or more in thickness for to be a year-round event (permanent ice) when the ice melts away it can only gain maybe 3 feet in a year or less and the ecosystem for the seals and the polar bears is threatened or destroyed with the destruction of the ice.

Global warming should be a global warning and concern for the lives of humans and the lives of those seeing the changes right now to their lives.




This renowned photojournalist doesn’t run from fear. In fact, he chases it. From capturing the beauty of emperor penguins in the icy waters of Antarctica to photographing Canada’s elusive Spirit Bears, Nicklen faces incredible hardships and danger in pursuit of powerful, close-up images of iconic wildlife.


PAUL NICKLEN’S ‘SPIRIT OF THE WILD’ COMES TO CHICAGO

FEB. 10 AT GOODMAN THEATRE

Award-winning National Geographic wildlife photographer presents a behind-the-scenes look at capturing iconic images in Earth’s most challenging environments.



CHICAGO (Jan 21, 2014)— The National Geographic Live speaker series brings Chicago even icier temperatures with a journey into the arctic during a one-night-only event at Goodman Theatre on Feb. 10. Award-winning National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen will reveal what it takes to get the shots while on assignment in some of the world’s coldest places during “Spirit of the Wild.”


Paul Nicklen faces incredible hardships and danger in pursuit of powerful, close-up images of rare wildlife. His early years on Canada’s Baffin Island, spent growing up alongside the Inuit, taught Nicklen an intense love of nature, an understanding of harsh, icy ecosystems, and survival skills essential to his work.


Recently, Nicklen also completed a years-long study of bears, an animal he is fiercely dedicated to protecting. His photos of Canada’s elusive spirit bear (also known as the Kermode bear), rare black bears with cream-colored fur and white claws, made the cover story of the August 2011 National Geographic. Nicklen’s recently released National Geographic book, Bear: Spirit of the Wild, features compelling photo essays on four signature species—polar bears, black bears, grizzlies, and spirit bears.

 


In “Spirit of the Wild,” Nicklen will entertain audiences with harrowing stories, awe-inspiring photographs and enlightening observations about life behind the lens.

 

Tickets ($31-50, see pricing details below) are on sale now and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at (312) 443-3800, or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn Street).

 

WHEN:             Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. 

WHERE:          Goodman Theatre, The Albert Theatre Venue, 170 North                                                Dearborn Street

TICKETS:        Mezzanine: $31.00- 37.00

                           Main Floor: $31.00- 50.00


Goodman Theatre member pricing available by phone (+1 312 443 3800) or in person at the Ticket Office. For tickets or more details on this event, visit GoodmanTheatre.org or call (312) 443-3800.

 


About National Geographic Live

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films and dynamic presentations by today's leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers, covering a wide range of topics including exploration and adventure, wildlife and habitat conservation, natural phenomena and relevant issues such as climate change. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration and education. For more information, visit www.nglive.org.

 

About National Geographic Society:

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and

educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

 

About Goodman Theatre          

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago’s downtown Theatre District. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has welcomed nearly two million patrons to productions and events and served legions of students through Education and Community Engagement programs. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage — one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. www.GoodmanTheatre.org

 

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Jamie Dutcher with wolf.
Photo by Jim and Jamie Dutcher


The Hidden Life of Wolves
Jim and Jamie Dutcher
Filmmakers + Wildlife Activists
Mon, Apr 7, 2014, 7 p.m.
Albert Theatre

“We thought if people could see the way these animals lived and played together, and witness their subtle acts of compassion and care, perhaps some of the fear and misunderstanding swirling around wolves would dissipate”—Jim and Jamie Dutcher

In a tented camp in Idaho, the Dutchers spent six years observing the social behavior of the Sawtooth wolves—as documented in a series of Emmy Award-winning films. Recognizing the need to educate the public about the alarming eradication of these animals, the couple founded the nonprofit organization Living with Wolves in 2005.



HOW TO PURCHASE SERIES TICKETS:

Four-part series tickets for National Geographic Live’s Chicago speaker series are on sale now and start at $101 (members) and $115 (general public). Single-event tickets are available now for a limited time only. Call 312.443.3800 to order, and get the best seats at the best prices today. Join the Explorers Circle and develop a closer connection with National Geographic.

Explorers Circle members support Nat Geo Live programs that fulfill the Society’s mission of inspiring people to care about the planet. Discounted pricing for series tickets is available for National Geographic magazine subscribers and Goodman Theatre subscribers.  To subscribe to National Geographic magazine, call 1.800.NGS.LINE (1.800.647.5463).

Goodman Theatre is located at 170 N Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60601. GEICO is the presenting national sponsor of National Geographic Live. www.goodmantheatre.org/natgeo

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ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, featuring live concerts, films, and dynamic presentations by today's leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers, and photographers covering a wide range of topics including: exploration and adventure; wildlife and habitat conservation; natural phenomena; and relevant issues such as climate change. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration, and education.  For more information visit www.nglive.org.



ABOUT GOODMAN THEATRE

Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.




















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