Saturday, May 26, 2012

New summer cocktails and beers at Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe

New summer cocktails and beers at Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe

  Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe (1916 W Chicago Ave) is now offering a full list of specialty cocktails made with organic ingredients and organic liquor, and is also serving organic and gluten-free beers.

The full cocktail and beer list is only available during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. However, the Bloody Mary and mimosa are available from open to close seven days a week.

All of the cocktails and beers are listed below.


Rare Tea Cellar Organic Regal English Breakfast Tea infused Death’s Door Gin, orange marmalade, organic egg white, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Lion's Pride Organic Whiskey infused cappuccino with Monin Toffee Nut syrup and a chocolate cigarette.

Lion's Pride Organic Whiskey infused banana split mocha topped with whipped cream, peanuts, and a cherry.

Casa Noble Crystal Organic Tequila, Monin Habanero Lime syrup, muddled cilantro, and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Our margarita riff: Casa Noble Crystal Organic Tequila, fresh-squeezed sour mix, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and a smoked Hawaiian salt rim.

Mionetto Organic Prosecco, Rain Organic Vodka, muddled orange slices, and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Rain Organic Vodka, Lakefront Brewery Organic E.S.B. beer, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and simple syrup.

Mionetto Organic Prosecco and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Rain Organic Vodka and our housemade Bloody Mary mix in a pint glass rimmed with a mixture black, grey, red, and white salts.

Mionetto Organic Prosecco and seasonal organic fruit puree.

Death’s Door Gin and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Rain Organic Vodka and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Rain Organic Vodka and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.


Almar Orchards; Flushing, Michigan; 6.0% ABV; 22 oz bomber
J.K.’s Scrumpy is the real thing. It’s not a “made using” or “contains” product. It’s real cider: pure, natural, and uniquely flavorful. Almar Orchards grows, harvests, and presses the apples right on their farm. “Scrumpy” describes a type of English farmhouse cider that first made its way to the United States in the early 1800s.

Lakefront Brewery; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 5.5% ABV; 12 oz bottle
A rarity: brewed using 100% certified organic ingredients. This classic British-style Extra Special Bitter pours amber in color and is surprisingly refreshing due to its German Perle hops.

Lakefront Brewery; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 5.75% ABV; 12 oz bottle
New Grist was the first beer brewed without malted barley or any gluten-containing products that was authorized by the United States government. It’s brewed with sorgum, hops, water, rice, and gluten-free yeast.


Chicago Style Fun at Navy Pier!

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Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

May 26 – September 1
Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 p.m.

Navy Pier is the destination for spectacular fireworks perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. The summer schedule begins this Saturday, May 26 with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. to kick-off the season. Look forward to fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Whether viewing from the dock or on board an evening cruise, watching the fireworks is the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier!

Click here for the summer fireworks schedule

Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon

Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon
Now Playing through September 3rd!
Pepsi® Skyline Stage

Get ready for high intensity fun as Cirque Shanghai returns to Navy Pier’s Pepsi® Skyline Stage with a magnificent new show, Year of the Dragon. This acrobatic spectacle for audiences of all ages features performers from China. Witness dare-devil tumbling and death-defying Wheel of Death with five motorcyclists riding at break-neck speed inside a steel globe! For tickets call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or click the link below.

Save with special packages including the Fun Pack and Nightlife Package. Click here for more information.
Click here to purchase tickets to Cirque Shanghai

Live Music at the Landshark Beer Garden

Live Music at the Landshark Beer Garden
Begins Memorial Day weekend!

Look no further than the Landshark Beer Garden for the perfect date night, place to hang out you’re your friends or a cool spot to unwind after a long week. Live music and entertainment plus great food and skyline views can be found every Wednesday through Sunday all summer long. Plus - new this year is “Pianos on the Pier” featuring dueling pianos playing all your favorite requests every Thursday. This weekend’s bands include arena rock band Supernaut and Soul/R&B band Chicago Catz. Lurie Bell, Sixteen Candles and Hi Infidelity are just a few of the featured bands playing in June.

Click here for the full band lineup

BIGart at Navy Pier

BIGart at Navy Pier
Gateway Park
Now through October!
BIGart at Navy Pier is the Pier’s annual, free, public outdoor art exhibition featuring sculptures and artistic works of various sizes and designs from international artists. This year’s signature piece is the colorful 30-foot-high Lichtenstein sculpture entitled Brushstroke Group. More BIG works of art will be added in the weeks to follow. Come out and explore BIGart at Navy Pier!

Click here to learn more about the sculptures

Summer Operating Hours at Navy Pier

Summer Operating Hours at Navy Pier
May 25 – September 3
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Summer is awesomer when it’s a day spent at Navy Pier. You’ll find the biggest blockbusters on the six-story soaring screen of the IMAX Theatre including Dark Shadows, now playing. Or, come see 14 billion years of history performed in 90 minutes by Belgian theater company Ontroerend Goed in A History of Everything, now playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Explore three floors of fun for kids and their families at the Chicago Children’s Museum featuring the special exhibit “Circus Zirkus” and new extended summer hours. Or, take to the water on a dining or sightseeing cruise, tour Chicago on a Segway at Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours, race against time at Amazing Chicago’s all-new attraction Time Freak and, finally, when you’re hungry, the Pier has plenty of dining options to satisfy every taste.

Click here for information to plan your day at Navy Pier

Pose for the Pier

Pose for the Pier
Like Us on Facebook for Your Chance to Win!
Now through September 3rd

You’re invited to Pose for the Pier and hit us with your best shot! Like us on Facebook and submit a photo of your Planking, Owling, Tea-Potting or any other creative pose you can think of for your chance to win an iPad. A winner will be chosen once a month through September 3rd.

Click here to friend us today and learn more about the contest

Friday, May 25, 2012

Open House Chicago Is Back!

Open House Chicago is back!
October 13-14, 2012
we wanted to let you know that Open House Chicago is happening again in 2012! Visit the sign-up page to receive monthly updates on the event
Organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago (OHC) is an annual weekend festival of FREE behind-the-scenes access to many of Chicago's greatest places and spaces. In 2011, the program's inaugural year, OHC welcomed nearly 25,000 individuals who made more than 85,000 self-guided visits to 131 different locations across Chicago -- all in two days. ADDITIONAL DETAILS >
25 neighborhoods  |  175 buildings  |  48 hours  |  No reservations  |  Go.

Are you a Chicago Architecture Foundation member?
As a CAF member, you will have priority access at all Open House Chicago sites -- over 175 buildings in over a dozen communities -- that allows you to see Chicago’s great places and spaces without the wait! Plus, CAF members receive year-round benefits including over 65 free walking tours and a discount on merchandise in the CAF shop. DETAILS >

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jenny McCarthy hosts autism fundraiser at Rockit Ranch!

Actress Jenny McCarthy hosted the "Rescue Our Angels" fundraiser for her Generation Rescue organization  that helps families that are affected by autism. Jenny posed for media minutes before the crowd was let in.In this photo she is posing with Billy Dec,CEO and Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions.She was wearing a body hugging turquoise blue dress and matching stripy sandals.The event was   at Rockit Bar and Grill in Chicago Illinois.

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June Events at Women & Children First,Chicago,IL

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Friday, June 1st - Jeanne Cordova in conversation with Achy Obejas


7:30 p.m.
Jeanne Cordova
In conversation with Achy Obejas
Spinsters Ink

In her sweeping memoir, groundbreaking queer journalist Jeanne Cordova presents a raw and intimate chronicle of an activist torn between personal longing and political goals. When We Were Outlaws presents the true story of a brash young radical lesbian during the early struggles for gay and women's rights. Featuring an introduction by renowned scholar Lillian Faderman, When We Were Outlaws paints a vivid portrait of political engagement and the search for self-identity, set within the maelstrom of the 1970s social and sexual revolutions. Tonight's program presents Cordova in conversation with two-time Lambda Award-winning novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Achy Obejas (Ruins, Days of Awe).

Monday, June 4th - Women for Lisa Madigan Book Party
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Women for Lisa Madigan Book Party
Reception, book sale & signing
Jodee Blanco, featured author
Studio Paris at Paris Club, 59 W. Hubbard

Please join us for a very special fundraiser for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, so she can continue her important work protecting and supporting women and children in Illinois! Blanco is a pre-eminent authority on school bullying and the author of the best-selling Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story
, referred to by many as the "anti-bullying bible." For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Tuesday, June 5th - Eva Gabrielsson

7:30 p.m.
Seven Stories Press
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
*Tickets required

In her internationally renowned memoir, Eva Gabrielsson, life partner of writer Stieg Larsson, offers a series of revealing vignettes about the Millennium Trilogy author and their 32-year relationship. In short, lyrical chapters, Gabrielsson regales Larsson's readers with insight into how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters, and all of the real-life issues--racism, anti-Semitism, and the mistreatment of women--that Larsson focused on in his writing. *This is a ticketed event, and seating is limited. Tickets are free with the purchase of Gabrielsson's book (now available in paperback). To order a copy of the book and reserve a ticket, stop by the store or call us at 773-769-9299.  

Friday, June 8th - Richard Russo and Kate Russo

7:00 p.m.
Down East Books

Tonight's special event presents the father-daughter collaboration of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo and his daughter, the artist Kate Russo. Interventions, a very special four-volume set of novellas (including the never-before-published title story) that includes frame-worthy original artwork by Kate Russo, is a celebration of the tactile aspect of reading. Bringing together four short tales about obsession and interventions, Interventions is a beautifully bound tribute to the relationships among books, book binding, and art.

Friday, June 8th - Sunday, June 10th - 47th Annual Andersonville Midsommarfest
Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10
47th Annual Andersonville Midsommarfest

Every year, thousands of people throng Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for music, dancing, shopping, family entertainment, and great food. This year, the festivities will begin a day early, kicking off with a concert by the group 16 Candles, on Friday, June 8, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please be aware that Midsommarfest will hinder some neighborhood parking; our lot can be reached from the east on Farragut. Clark St. buses will be diverted to Ashland (1 block west). We also recommend taking the Red Line and walking 4 blocks west from the Berwyn stop. Donations for Midsommarfest are requested at the gates, but if you're just coming to the store, you can let gate tenders know. 

Tuesday, June 12th - Annual Pride Open Mic Reading
7:00 p.m.
Annual Pride Open Mic Reading

Join us tonight for one of our most popular annual events: our LGBTQ Pride open mic. Every year, seasoned pros and nervous first-timers come to share their work with our supportive audience. Bring a short piece of original poetry, prose, or song lyrics to read or perform. Everyone is limited to three minutes--seriously--so time yourself before you get up on the stage to make sure you're within the limit. Readers are encouraged to sign up in advance by dropping by the store or calling 773-769-9299. (Please note time slots fill up quickly.)

Saturday, June 16th - Sappho's Salon

7:30 p.m.
Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions
Featuring Deidre McCalla and Monica Del Castillo, 
with guest host Vernita Gray
$10 cover charge includes food and wine

At this month's Pride edition of Sappho's Salon, we are honored to present the internationally acclaimed women's music legend Deidre McCalla. Since coming of age in New York City's folk music heyday, McCalla has released five albums (three on the Olivia record label) and performed everywhere from the main stage at Michigan Womyn's Music Festival to Carnegie Hall. Opening for McCalla will be Chicago-based folk-rock singer and songwriter Monica Del Castillo. Guest host Vernita Gray is a legend in her own right. A long-time civil rights activist, and Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame inductee, Gray's life of adventure and activism is currently being chronicled in a biography by Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen. Cover charge benefits the artists and the Women's Voices Fund. 

Wednesday, June 20th - Frances Osborne

7:30 p.m.
Vintage Books

In a novel that will delight Downton Abbey fans, bestselling author Frances Osborne (The Bolter) introduces two strong and determined women whose lives collide in the halls of a pedigreed London townhome on the cusp of WWI. When 18-year-old Gracie Carlisle's plans of securing a secretarial job are unsuccessful, she takes a job as a housemaid at Number 35, Park Lane. There she is quickly caught up in the lives of its inhabitants, including Beatrice, who has just returned from America after being jilted by her fianc√©. Unknown to both women, their subsequent choices will connect their chances of future happiness in dramatic ways. 

Thursday, June 21st - Elizabeth Crane

7:30 p.m.
Harper Perennial

Elizabeth Crane's funny and moving debut novel traces a typical American family as each of its members confronts a moment of crisis. With empathy, humor, and wisdom, We Only Know So Much brings to life an eccentric cast of characters that includes a difficult daughter, a sweet-but-weird son, a know-it-all dad, a mother with delayed potential, a controlling matriarchal grandmother, and a grandfather who is losing it. Shot through with her unique, sharp-witted voice, Elizabeth Crane (All This Heavenly Glory, You Must Be This Happy to Enter) offers the unforgettable story of what one family finds when everyone goes looking for meaning in the wrong places.

Friday, June 22nd - St. Sukie de la Croix

7:30 p.m.
University of Wisconsin

Join us as we celebrate this groundbreaking new release by journalist and historian St. Sukie de la Croix. Chicago Whispers illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city's beginnings in the 1670s as a fur-trading post to the cusp of Stonewall. Through years of archival research and personal interviews, de la Croix reclaims a unique Chicago history long forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked. 

Wednesday, June 27th - Teresa Milbrodt

7:30 p.m.
ChiZine Publications

Welcome to the contemporary Freak Show. A woman trying to have a child has a parasitic twin--an extra lower torso and a set of legs named Bianca. Should she have Bianca's body removed to improve her chances at conception? A bearded lady considers coming out of the closet about her hirsute nature, and a woman with four ears gets a chance to become the mascot of a tattoo parlor. Meet "the freaks"--mothers, wives, and lovers--trying to negotiate a world that is quicker to stare than to sympathize.

Friday, June 29th - Natalie Bakopoulos & Patrick Somerville


7:30 p.m.
Natalie Bakopoulos
Simon & Schuster
Patrick Somerville
Little, Brown

In her award-winning debut novel, Natalie Bakopoulos vividly illuminates a seminal yet little-explored moment in Greek history--the 1967 coup d'√©tat that ushered in a 7-year-period of devastating brutality and repression. Set in Athens and Paris, The Green Shore introduces sisters Anna and Sophie, their widowed mother Eleni, and their Uncle Mihalis, whose heartbreaking stories play out against the backdrop of that turbulent period. In Patrick Somerville's follow-up to his acclaimed debut, The Cradle, a man and a woman cross paths when both return, for varying reasons, to the same small Wisconsin town. Could each be exactly what the other needs? The weight of secrets, the price of success, and the cost of love linger at the heart of this surprising, unsettling, and deeply satisfying novel.  

A Call For Used Books!
Our annual used book sale is coming right up (Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29), and we need lots of good books to sell to raise money for our Women's Voices Fund and children's programming. If you'd like to donate your gently used books to our fundraising effort, we'll be more than delighted to receive them.

This year we are looking for quality paperback books for adults in good enough shape that someone would want to purchase them for $3 and feel like they got a terrific deal! We'd be happy to accept donations of fiction, poetry, essay collections, art, graphic novels, memoir and biography, history and current events, women's studies and history, LGBTQ books, and children's books for all ages (in paperback or hardcover).

Books we definitely don't want (and please don't burden us with) are mass market paperbacks (the small, inexpensive paperbacks), hardcover mysteries or science fiction, textbooks of any description, hardcovers with damaged covers, magazines or journals, or anything that is damaged or out of date.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Book Groups
Sunday, June 3rd - 2 pm - Family of Women Book Group - The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Tuesday, June 5th - 7:15 pm - Women's Classics Book Group - The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

Sunday, June 17th - 6 pm - Feminist Book Group - Inside This Place, Not of It by Ayelet Waldman

Tuesday, June 19th - 7:30 pm - Women's Book Group - The Warmth of Other Suns - by Isabel Wilkerson 

Orvis Announces Spring 2012 FREE Fly Fishing 101 and 201 Clinics

Orvis is bringing the joys of Fly Fishing to EVERYONE!  


Orvis Announces Spring 2012
FREE Fly Fishing 101 and 201 Clinics

Fly Fishing 101—Learn the basics; Fly Fishing 201—Chance to catch your first fish

Visit to register for a local class

SUNDERLAND, VT (Spring 2012) – From May through July, Orvis will offer free fly fishing lessons nationwide through Orvis retail stores and participating dealers (
). This season Orvis hopes to introduce even more outdoor lovers to the sport with Fly Fishing 101 and 201 beginning in May 2012. Classes are complimentary to the public and a great way for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors together. 
“The past two years' success of Fly Fishing 101 is truly amazing and encouraging,” explains Tom Rosenbauer, Marketing Director of The Orvis Company. “Based on the success of the program, we've been delighted to welcome many thousands of novice and advancing students to the joys of fly fishing through Fly Fishing 101 and 201. Our goal is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to come learn more about the fascination of fly fishing. The classes are unique opportunities to enjoy a new sport and the success of the program speaks volumes to what folks are seeking in terms of healthy outdoor recreational activities for themselves and their families.”

Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) will be lending their support again this year with volunteers at the event and free memberships to their organization for attendees of the class.

Fly Fishing 101/201 Highlights -- The 101 course will consist of two parts—one hour of casting instruction and one hour of rigging. Most participants are true beginners so keeping the focus on learning these basic skills is the best place to start. FF201 classes are conducted on the water, with a lower instructor/student ratio. The main thrust of the 201 course is getting those interested in taking the next step in fly fishing on the water at a local location where they have a great chance at catching their first fish. Private water, local bass/bluegill ponds, or a recently stocked river or creek are typical class sites.

Once instruction is completed, each group attendee will receive a $25 coupon off any purchase of $50 or more and other coupons good toward Orvis gear. Additionally, each group attendee will receive a certificate for a FREE Trout Unlimited membership and a FREE membership to the Federation of Fly Fishers—a $70 value. The total free package value including the instruction is valued at over $150.

To get started in fly fishing and to make it more accessible to start in the sport, participants will also receive discounted offers on a fishing lanyard with tools and a beginner's rod outfit—all the basics needed to hit the water after the class.

Event Dates (exact times determined by store):
Fly Fishing 101
Saturday, May 26
Sunday, May 27
Saturday, June 2
Sunday, June 3
Saturday, June 16
Sunday, June 17
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, June 24
Fly Fishing 201
Saturday, June 9
Sunday June 10
Sunday, July 1
About The Orvis Company
Founded in 1856, Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S. and the U.K. including its Flagship store in Manchester, VT; and maintains a network of over 400 dealers worldwide. Orvis donates five percent of pre-tax profits each year to protecting nature. You can read more about Orvis on their website at
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Local Orvis Store(s)/Dealer(s)
Orvis Company Store, Chicago
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL  60611

Orvis Company Store, Yorktown Center
306 Yorktown
Lombard, IL 60148

Trout and Grouse
840 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL  60062

for a full listing of participating stores/dealers)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Home Color Trend - Kelly Green

Moroccan Ottoman                                        Outdoor Pillow                                 Ethanol Indoor/Outdoor Fireplace          Ceramic Lime Drink Dispenser   

According to the design experts at the Foundary
  – top home and lifestyle flash sale site offering up to 70 percent off retail prices, this summer’s stand out color is kelly green.  Kelly green offers a refreshing contrast to industrial greys and blues and brings to life any living space for the new season.  For any summer decorating trend stories you may be working on, I’d like to suggest the kelly green inspired items currently featured on the Foundary.

With the Foundary’s new Speciality Shops and daily events, many kelly green items have been hand selected to prep for summer decorating projects.  From textiles to furnishings, the Foundary has beautiful accent pieces and accessories available for all your indoor and outdoor decorating needs.
Below are some kelly green inspired items available on the Foundary.

Denzel Covers AARP The Magazine/ 21 "Men on Fire" List

The June/July issue of AARP The Magazine hits homes Thursday, May 24th
Denzel Washington is the sizzling cover star and is part of a list of AARP’s first-ever “Men on Fire” list celebrating 21 sexy stars who have proved that like fine wine, many men get better with age.
Other “Men on Fire” include:  George Clooney, Colin Firth, Jon Bon Jovi, George Strait, Yo-Yo Ma and more.
See below for quotes from the feature:

On his diet:
“I cannot pass an Arby’s or Taco Bell without swerving into the parking lot. I see folks who read the content label on a piece of chocolate. I don’t want to live that way. Eating mashed yeast and potting soil is not my idea of a fulfilling meal.”
On his grooming regimen:
“It consists of a disposable razor in the morning, and later, on set, our guy slaps me with makeup, and I just hope I don’t have a clump of hair sticking up.”
On aging:
“All guys wake up and expect to see an 18-year-old in the mirror. Lately, the guy I see looks a heck of a lot more like my late father, but there’s nothing you can do about it! Just live your life and realize it may be true that the only guy who really looks good with three days’ growth is George Clooney.”
On the benefits of environmental work:
“I spend a lot of my time, often with my children, in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes—kayaking in Chile, camping all over the United States.”
“Stress can take years off your life. I don’t get rattled about many things.”
“She thinks everything has to get done right now. My theme is, ‘What’s your hurry?’
– Brolin on his wife of 14 years, Barbra Streisand.

On aging well:
Your inner strength is as important as your outer strength.”
On his Playgirl cover:
“I’d been this guy on Quantum Leap, and I thought I’d mix it up a bit. If I’d posed naked, I would have regretted it, but happily I didn’t.”
“There are a lot of guys who are more famous and more good-looking than I am. They’re the sex symbols.”
On pressure to look younger:
I’m a little bald, but I don’t think the pressure is just a Hollywood thing. It’s a social thing.”Q:
On staying in shape:
I work out every morning, and when I’m finished, the first thing I put in my body is white tea. Everything is about balance.”
“Denzel’s mystique is that he projects self-confidence,”
“You see his performances and know you’re looking at a grounded person.”
--Don Cheadle, his costar in Flight
“His look is ageless—it was even when he was young.”
“He doesn’t need hair—and there aren’t many men you can describe that way.”
“He’s got so many personas, yet he’s always Sam: a down-to earth guy who can stop a crowd.”
-- Kasi Lemmons, director of Caveman’s Valentine and Eve’s Bayou

“I was obsessed in junior high with a certain pair of leather pants he wore, but it’s actually Jon’s brain that makes him sexy. It also doesn’t hurt that when he smiles, he lights up the room.”
-- Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles

“Liam is very manly onscreen.”
“He’s like a mountain. He doesn’t have to use a lot of words; he just has to be there.”
“He’s got the look that says he’s got more hidden inside.”
-- Olivier Megaton, director of Taken 2
On what makes a person sexy:
It’s deportment, comportment, grace, spunk, and character. Age is not a factor.”
On his best feature:
Probably my mischievousness. I can’t stay serious for too long. I’m basically up to no good.”

On using his looks to his advantage:
“I’m trying to demonstrate science in a very exciting but truthful way for the public. If you can communicate well, and your looks help to inspire young people, then use them.”

On staying youthful:
“I’m almost 60, going on 6. I look outside and think, ‘What mountain can I climb? How fast can I go?’ ”

Report Reveals Chicago Offers Best Live Entertainment Value! Announces First “Scoring Big in America” Report Highlighting Cities with the Best Entertainment Value
With the Secondary Market Marking Up Tickets by a Nationwide Average of 118 Percent, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Others Offer Event-goers the Most for Their Entertainment Dollar, a service that allows consumers to save between 10 to 60 percent off great tickets to their favorite pro and college sports, concerts, and theater events without any fees or shipping charges, today announced the results of its first “Scoring Big in America” Report. The report reviewed and measured the value, demand and variety of live events in different cities across the U.S. during April 2012, and named Los Angeles as the top city where you can get the most entertainment for your money. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the first “Scoring Big in America” Report showcases the top 10 cities where consumers are likely to find the biggest bang for their entertainment buck. 
“Some of the cities found on our first “Scoring Big in America” Report may surprise a few people. You might think that big cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angles are pricey and rarely offer deals on top teams and performances, but you can get tickets for great seats to great events at very reasonable prices in all of these cities, whether you get them below retail price at, or some other ticket seller,” said Adam Kanner,
 CEO. “There’s no better time than Memorial Day weekend to enjoy a concert, game or theatrical performance.”
“Scoring Big in America” Report
To compile the report, looked at all major cities across the United States during April 2012 to determine which ones offered the greatest overall entertainment value for live events like sports, concerts and theatrical shows. Each city was reviewed and ranked for three main factors:
·         Value (40 percent of the ranking): Defined as the following: a) general retail price of tickets, compared to b) the mark-up on the secondary market (StubHub, TicketsNow etc.), and c) the amount that customers have saved, below retail price, when buying sports, concert or theater tickets on
·         Demand (25 percent of the ranking): Defined as the following: a) overall volume of tickets available on the secondary market and b) the number of customers making ticket offers on
·         Variety (35 percent of the ranking): Defined as the following: a) total number of events (e.g., nights of performances, number of games, etc.), b) total number of performers (e.g., specific play, team, band, and artist) and c) combinations of events and performers by sports, music and theater. plans to continue to research and measure entertainment value across America and will issue the “Scoring Big in America” Report each quarter with the next one slated for September.
The “It” List for Entertainment Value
Los Angeles tops the first “Scoring Big in America” Report with the most ticket demand and one of the most diverse selections of live events in the country. In Los Angeles, there are more than double the number of tickets available on the secondary market than in other major US cities. Angelinos can catch American Idiot on May 30, Van Halen on June 9 or Angels versus the Dodgers on June 22. Following in Los Angeles’ footsteps is Washington, DC with solid rankings in value, demand and variety. While in DC, people can go see Drake on May 25, or go watch the Washington Nationals against the Atlanta Braves on June 2. New York rounds out the top three on the list with the most variety and one of the cities with the highest ticket demand. New Yorkers can get tickets to the Subway Series (Mets vs. Yankees) on June 24 or LMFAO party-rocking in concert on June 29.
Other cities offering great value, demand and variety include: San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Dallas and Kansas City. While Kansas City may not seem like a likely candidate for great value, demand and variety, the “Paris of the Plains” offers a full range of sports, concert and theater events with ticket prices 30 percent lower than in other markets. On top of that, Kansas City tickets experience an 18 percent mark-up on the secondary market compared to an average mark up of 118 percent nationwide. 
According to the “Scoring Big in America” Report, the top 10 U.S. places for value entertainment this quarter include:
Rank/City                                             Overall Rating                          Highest Scoring Category
1.       Los Angeles                                    923                                           Demand
2.       Washington, DC                              899                                           Variety
3.       New York                                        898                                           Variety
4.       San Francisco                                 808                                           Variety
5.       Chicago                                          792                                           Demand
6.       Atlanta                                            742                                           Variety
7.       Boston                                            724                                           Variety
8.       Denver                                            723                                           Demand
9.       Dallas                                             666                                           Value
10.   Kansas City                                    652                                           Value has offered consumers immediate access to millions of tickets to sports, concert and theater events across the U.S. works directly with venues, teams and ticket providers nationwide to offer great seats ranging from the floor to the rafters, all below retail price and without any fees. 
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About enables consumers to get great tickets for live sports, concert and theater events – at guaranteed savings of 10 to 60 percent below retail price. members pick their own price on seats from the floor to the rafters, always pay less than retail price, and never pay any fees. For its partners, is an entirely new “value channel” that creates a safe environment to move unsold ticket inventory in a way that doesn’t negatively impact their brand or cannibalize full-price sales. was founded in 2009, was named one of “America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbes Magazine, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Value Index Methodology
The Value Index is calculated using the data ScoreBig has compiled on millions of tickets for events across the US.    We use a combination of our own purchase data and the trends we see on the overall secondary (resale) market to determine the values for each index component.   We work to balance in our analysis the requirements of there being a wide selection (Variety) of events people want to see (Demand) at good prices (Value).