Four Global Dancers Join The Joffrey Ballet For The 2021-2022 Season

L to R Yuchan Kim, Blake Kessler, Miranda Silveira and Brian Bennett – Image Credit: The Joffrey Ballet

Welcome to Chicago!

Today, The Silverman Group shared an official Joffrey Ballet press release announcing Yuchan Kim, Blake Kessler, Miranda Silveira and Brian Bennett’s celebrated arrival. The four dancers hail from South Korea, Spain and America.

Here is what Joffrey’s Ashley Wheater (MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director) and Greg Cameron (President and CEO) said about the new additions:

Ashley Wheater: “As we prepare to launch our first-ever season at the Lyric Opera House, we are thrilled to welcome Brian, Blake, Yuchan, and Miranda, who embody the exceptional level of artistry and creativity that makes the Joffrey unique. For Brian in particular, this is a full circle moment as he returns to Chicago after graduating as a Trainee at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, an experience that launched him into the professional dance world at Oregon Ballet Theatre. We are happy to have him back.”

Greg Cameron: “The Joffrey Artists are the foundation of The Joffrey Ballet. It is especially gratifying when that foundation is made up of so many different backgrounds and experiences, talents and personalities, which is exactly what Brian, Blake, Yuchan, and Miranda bring to the company. It is what makes the Joffrey so special. We welcome our new company members and look forward to seeing them shine on stage this season.”

Blake Kessler joined last September and debuted in the virtual premiere of Boléro.

Learn more about these gifted dancers and the Joffrey’s upcoming season by reading the complete press release.

A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group  and The Joffrey Ballet for the info.


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[Interview] Erica Wiggenhorn: “There Is Always Hope”

Credit: Moody Publishers & Sarah Hoag Photography

This week, Erica Wiggenhorn’s brand new bookLetting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free” was officially released to the public. In her new project, she tackles Imposter Syndrome and gives assurance that anyone can overcome with God’s guidance. 

Today, she opens up to BTSCelebs about the humble beginnings of “Letting God Be Enough”,  Moses connection to the story and how people from all faiths can be encouraged.

BTSCelebs: Who is Erica Wiggenhorn professionally?

Erica Wiggenhorn: Erica is an author and speaker who is passionate about getting people’s face in The Book and living like it’s true! She loves to open God’s Word with anyone who will listen through her in-depth Bible studies, or speaking at conferences, retreats or around her own kitchen table.

What inspired you to write “Letting God Be Enough”?

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BTSCelebs To Review Lynn Austin’s “The Wish Book Christmas”

This Fall, BTSCelebs plans to bring Christmas cheer early with a review of Lynn Austin’s new book “The Wish Book Christmas”!

This family-friendly story promises to be about two single (British) moms, Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson, adapting to life in postwar America in the 1950s. Their young sons, Harry and Bobby, are excited about the holiday season and blinded by the fantasy of numerous toys from Santa. We are suppose to see positive changes in the moms and boys as the novella progresses.

Stay tuned for BTSCelebs’ complete review of “The Wish Book Christmas” in the coming weeks.

A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the advance reader copy of the book and cover image.

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“The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire” Releasing In Theaters For A Limited Engagement

Credit: Thinking Man Films and RevelationMedia (Patmos island Greece. View of the port of Skala from the city of Chora)

Were you a fan of “Patterns of Evidence” and “Pilgrim’s Progress“? If your answer is “yes”…. this new film is a must see! The creators behind those powerful films made “The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire”. 

Thinking Man Films, RevelationMedia, and Fathom Events plan to bring the first in a series of films about the churches referenced in the biblical book of Revelation, according to a press release from Biscuit Media Group.

“The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire”, which is scheduled to be released in October, is a documentary highlighting Christophe Hanauer and acclaimed global scholars investigation into the letters written to the 7 churches and linking it to modern times.  Christophe is a well known French Christian Producer and the founder of Millennium Productions (part of the Thinking Man Films family).

In the documentary, Christophe travels to the island of Patmos to walk in the apostle John’s shoes. John experienced the holy vision there and wrote the book of Revelation in that location.

Producer/Director Timothy Mahoney: “For centuries, there has been a profound mystery surrounding the meaning of the Book of Revelation. We are honored to share Christophe’s film with an English-speaking audience, so Americans can experience these scriptures from a historic, educational perspective, breaking down the messages given by Christ to each of the churches referenced and seeing how it applies to our lives today. At a time when we are living with much uncertainty, this film asks one of the greatest questions of all, “Are you ready?”

RevelationMedia founder Steve Cleary: “Throughout the centuries, the church has gone through times of fire, where their faith was tested in one way or another. Sadly, little has changed when we consider how Christians are being persecuted around the world without mercy. We hope Times of Fire begins a conversation. What part do we play in history as the Bride of Christ? How do these letters apply to us now? And most importantly, are our hearts prepared for when our faith will be tested?”

“The 7 Churches of Revelation: Times of Fire” will be released in select theaters for two nights only on October 11th and the 12th.

Watch the trailer below to discover more about this intriguing documentary –

A Special Thanks to Biscuit Media Group for the info. 


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An Award-Winning Author Tackles Identity Through New Book, “Letting God Be Enough”

You are valuable promises to be the resounding theme in author Erica Wiggenhorn’s fourth book “Letting God Be Enough: Why Striving Keeps You Stuck and How Surrender Sets You Free”.

According to an official press from Biscuit Media Group, her new project takes a different path from her previous releases (“An Unexplainable Life”, “The Unexplainable Church”, and “Unexplainable Jesus”), because it compares the present-day to Moses’ life.

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SuperM and NCT’s LUCAS Teams Up With Hendery For “Jalapeno”

Credit: SM Entertainment (@wayvofficial)

Lucas and Hendery are following in Ten and Yang Yang’s footsteps by forming their own unit group. Teaser images promoting their music were revealed today alongside their debut single name “Jalapeno”.

In the photos, the pair is on fire in their brightly-colored clothing that resembles hot peppers.

LUCAS is a member of SuperM, NCT and WayV, while Hendery is his fellow co-worker in the latter groups.

The single “Jalapeno” is currently postponed until further notice.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company Announces Loft Teen Arts Project Commission Winners + DreamHack Beyond Fest Celebrates Successful Run Which Includes 1.7 Million Viewing Hours

Steppenwolf Theatre Company recently created The Loft, and they plan to honor young Chicagoland talent through the Loft Teen Arts Project. According to an official press release from The Silverman Group,

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Megan Nicole Ends One Year Hiatus With New Single

Today, musician Megan Nicole released a refreshing song titled “Sunshine”! The new track was previewed on her Instagram and Twitch channel days prior to the release, and fans (like myself) were excited to hear the tunes after the long wait.

Check out her exclusive YouTube video below:

I’m looking forward to hearing more great original music from her and her husband in the near future!

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[Guest Blogger] Stephanie Landsem: Fashions of the 1930s, from Hoover Dresses to Hollywood Glamour

Fashion is always a reflection of the events of the time and place around it, and the fashions of the 1930s were no exception. From the poverty of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression to the excesses of the golden years of Hollywood, the clothing reflected the decade.

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Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini Embrace Next Chapter

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