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PrivateBank goes public on Neilson

David C. Neilson of River Forest has been named managing director of the new Gold Coast office of The PrivateBank and Trust Company, Chicago, a unit of PrivateBancorp Inc. The company provides financial services to individuals, professionals, owners of closely-held businesses and commercial real estate investors. Neilson has been in the financial services industry for 14 years, the last 10 at The PrivateBank. His experience includes commercial real estate lending, construction financing, commercial lending, residential real estate and personal lending. He received his bachelor's degree in finance from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and his MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

The ups and downs of indie films

Tom Palazzolo, an Oak Park artist and independent filmmaker, will present a screening and discussion on the pros and cons of independent filmmaking on Wednesday, April 20. The program, at 6:30 p.m. at Flatfile Galleries, 217 Carpenter, Chicago, is presented by the Chicago Artists' Coalition, a non-profit visual arts organization. Palazzolo will show some of his recent films and discuss his experiences. Cost is $5 for CAC members and $10 for non-members. For information call (312) 670-2060.

Impersonating Jolson

Oak Park resident David Perkovich is directing the Chicago premiere of Jolson & Company at the Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Ind. Running through May 8, the musical is a celebration of the life and songs of Al Jolson, known as the "world's greatest entertainer" during the first half of the 20th century. It's set during a 1949 live radio broadcast, and tells Jolson's story through flashbacks. Perkovich also has acted in and directed productions at the Goodman, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He owns and operates Fabile Gallery, an art glass/designer craft gallery on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

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