Thursday, February 07, 2013

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage" at Ed Debevic's for Valentine's Day!


enjoy PERFORMANCES by the I Love Lucy® Live on Stage cast

CHICAGO (Feb. 7, 2013) - I Love Lucy® Live on Stage stars Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, joined by Fred and Ethel Mertz (played by Sirena Irwin, Bill Mendieta and Chicago locals Curtis Pettyjohn and Joanna Daniels), will make a special guest appearance and perform classic hits from “I Love Lucy” at Ed Debevic’s (640 N. Wells St., Chicago), on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.  In honor of this special cast appearance, Ed Debevic’s will offer a Valentine's Day lovebird special for two: two hamburgers, one strawberry milkshake with two straws, and Mitchell's hand made chocolate candies, $19.99.
ABOUT I Love Lucy® Live on Stage
Imagine stepping back in time and into the Desilu Playhouse soundstage!  It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh so familiar “I Love Lucy” episodes.  A charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950’s hi-fidelity technology, and this brand new thing called ‘television’.  The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub.  In between scenes?  The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony.  Can you say ‘Brylcreem’?!
The iconic television hit sitcom “I Love Lucy” was most recently honored in September 2012 as the “Best TV Show Of All Time” and the “Greatest TV Comedy” by People Magazine and ABC’s "20/20
" special "Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time." I Love Lucy® Live on Stage is produced under license from CBS Consumer Products.
Individual tickets for I Love Lucy® Live on Stage are on-sale now for performances through March 17, 2013 and range from $35–$85. A select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets for groups of 10+ start at $25 and can be purchased by calling 312-977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut St.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775‐2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online
.  For more information, visit or
If you like what you’re eatin’, order more.  If you don’t – there’s the door.  Since 1984, Ed Debevic’s, at 640 N. Wells St. has been dishing out delicious food served with a side of sass– Chicago style of course.  Family-owned Ed Debevic’s warps guests back to the ‘50s and ‘60s with their diner décor and menu that features mouth-watering burgers, wieners, creamy milkshakes and desserts featuring Mitchell’s Ice Cream, and the best chili you’ll find on this side of town. 
Make sure to know what you’re ordering however, because Ed’s servers are all too willing to dish out a generous serving of attitude; and guests can’t get enough.  Fans can expect a memorable night of Ed’s servers’ quick wit, guffaw moments, jukebox music and catchy countertop dance moves. 

Ed Debevic’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Breakfast is served only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Also call Ed’s to host your next party or catering event.  Maybe they can pencil you in.  For more information visit
or call 312.664.1707.  Eat and Tweet @EatAtEds and join the fervor on Facebook.

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Valentine’s Day Specials at West Town Bakery & Diner

Valentine’s Day Specials at West Town Bakery & Diner

West Town Bakery & Diner executive pastry chef Chris Teixeria has created a host of unique Valentine’s Day specials for the 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant (1916 W Chicago Ave).

You can view all of the Valentine’s Day offerings from Teixeria (formerly of Sixteen) below. Orders can be placed via walk-ins at West Town Bakery & Diner, by emailing or by calling the bakery at 773.904.1414.

Heart Cake
Layers of devils food cake, and dark chocolate ganache, with a chocolate shiny glaze,
garnished with gold leaf and chocolate curls.

Hand Decorated Cookies
Shortbread Cookies garnished various ways.
$2.50 each

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Available dipped in coconut, praline grains, or just chocolate.
$1.75 each

* Chocolate with exotic fruit curd and chocolate frosting.
* Vanilla with strawberry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting.
$2.25 each and $25 per dozen

Chocolate Covered Bacon
Dipped in dark chocolate with red chocolate drizzle.
$3 per piece

* Red hearts macarons with raspberry and rose ganache.
* Chocolate macarons with mango ganache.
$1.50 per piece

Boxes of Chocolate
Assortment of truffles and candies.

About West Town Bakery & Diner: Dining scene vets Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner (The Fifty/50, Roots Handmade Pizza, Homestead) co-own this West Town sit-down brunch spot and bakery that specializes in local, organic, and sustainable far where Chris Teixeria (formerly of Sixteen) is the executive pastry chef. A 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant, West Town Bakery & Diner brunch fare specializes in eggs benedicts, pancakes, waffles, skillets, and omelets and is well known for its innovative donut sandwich. West Town Bakery & Diner prides itself on its organic and fair trade Chicago-based Passion House Coffee Roasters coffee program, Rare Tea Cellars loose leaf teas, fresh-squeezed juices, organic cocktails, and organic beers. The bakery portion of West Town features scratch-made and organic cupcakes, cake balls, scones, whoopee pies, tarts, donuts, croissants, muffins, breads, whoopie pies, fruit bars, gelato, custom cakes, and more. Located at 1916 W Chicago Ave (773.904.1414), West Town Bakery & Diner serves sit-down brunch from 7am until 3pm daily. West Town Bakery & Diner is open for counter service pastry and coffee service from 7am until 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, and from 7am until midnight Friday thru Saturday. Additional information, full menus, and online ordering available at
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

California Pizza Kitchen Debuts New Colby Red Wine & LTO V-Day Menu


CPK Will Donate up to $10,000 to Charities Focused on Heart Health This Year

 California Pizza Kitchen (CPK)
the authority on California-style pizza and creator of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, is proud to announce their partnership with Colby Red, a beautifully crafted wine whose proceeds support charities that promote heart health. CPK has also launched a special Valentine’s Day menu for two that will be available from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17, 2013

Colby Red is a wine inspired by Colby Groom who endured two back to back open-heart surgeries as a child and enlisted his winemaker father to create a wine that raises money to help others. California Pizza Kitchen will proudly support this cause by serving Colby Red wine by the glass or bottle across all of its locations through the end of April. Additionally, the company will donate up to $10,000 to charities that focus on heart health throughout the course of the year. Colby Red is a bold, flavorful California cuvee with rich fruit flavors and a soft finish and pairs well with their Original BBQ Chicken Pizza.

“We are so inspired by Colby and are honored to feature Colby Red wine on our menu to help raise awareness for a great cause,” said G.J. Hart, Chief Executive Officer for California Pizza Kitchen. “We are committed to donating up to $10,000 this year to charities that are focused on heart health. Valentine’s Day also presents a unique opportunity for us to spread the message of heart health while couples share a special three-course meal together. We encourage guests to toast each other with a glass or bottle of Colby Red this Valentine’s Day.”

California Pizza Kitchen will be offering guests a special Valentine’s Day menu for two that includes an appetizer, two entrees and a dessert for $30. The promotion will run over Valentine’s Day weekend for four days from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17. 

To learn more about California Pizza Kitchen’s partnership with Colby Red, please visit CPKTelevision
on YouTube or click here to view the new uploaded videos. 

About California Pizza Kitchen
Born in Beverly Hills in 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is a leader in authentic California style cuisine and is widely known for its innovative menu items. California Pizza Kitchen provides a range of creative dishes, from signature California-style hearth-baked pizzas, creative salads, pastas, soups and sandwiches. A SoCal classic, CPK incites international cravings in over 10 different countries. For more information on California Pizza Kitchen visit
. Follow them on Twitter @calpizzakitchen and like on Facebook at

DCASE February 2013 Newsletter

DCASE Enewsletter - Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
FEBRUARY 2013    Bookmark and Share
February brings new exhibits and music to the Chicago Cultural Center. Planning for the lakefront music festivals and summer events is underway!
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in this issue
Ongoing Do YOU Have a Story to Share? Artistic Connections Jazz Music That Will Definitely Move You Needles And Spins Parent Tested/ Kid Approved - Juicebox Music Series! MUSIC! - Upcoming Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center Wired Fridays Dance Party Continues In February Theater And Dance Visual Arts Meets Dance

Do YOU Have a Story to Share?
StoryCorps Chicago, Every Voice Matters
The Chicago Cultural Center will have a new resident this spring when StoryCorps Chicago will be the latest feature and exhibition in the grand old building.
In partnership with (DCASE) and Chicago Public Media, StoryCorps, the national nonprofit oral history organization, will launch StoryCorps Chicago, the opportunity for anyone to record an interview with a loved one. StoryCorps Chicago will begin taking reservations in the spring. Recordings will take place on Thursdays, 2 pm - 7 pm and Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm.
StoryCorps Chicago will feature an exhibition area that will allow visitors to listen to StoryCorps stories and watch a selection of StoryCorps Animated Shorts, as well as learn more about how to participate in a StoryCorps interview.
StoryCorps Chicago will partner with a wide array of local organizations and institutions to ensure that every Chicagoan has the opportunity to share their story. StoryCorps Chicago will also have its own local series airing on WBEZ 91.5, featuring stories collected through the project.

Artistic Connections
10th Annual Creative Chicago Expo, March 1-2, 2013, Chicago Cultural Center
The 10th annual Creative Chicago Epxo is March 1-2, from 10 am - 4 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. This free event connects artists and art organizations in music, dance, theater, film, fashion, design, culinary and more with resources, services and each other.
Anchored by keynotes by top Chicago creatives from Pitchfork, Thirst, and the Sunday Dinner Club, the Expo features two days of workshops and presentations from local and national experts. Topics cover Kickstarter Campaigns, App Development, Contracts and Copyright, Board Development, Creative Placemaking and more. Connect with 130+ vendors, services and spaces. Relax in the CAR Creative Lounge.
for more information.

Jazz Music That Will Definitely Move You
Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park
This year Chicago's longest running lakefront music festival will celebrate its 35th Annual in a new home when the Chicago Jazz Festival moves to Millennium Park, August 29-September 1. Some performances will take place indoors at the Chicago Cultural Center, and opening night will once again coincide with the finale of Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz, the six-week musical series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Then on Friday afternoon and throughout the weekend, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be held on three stages plus the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Also just announced is this year's Artist in Residence, Chicago Drummer/Percussionist Hamed Drake. His Artist Residency affords Chicagoans the rare opportunity to hear him in several contexts over the course of one weekend, and his appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival - 34 years after he first played this event - encompasses the festival's entire history
The Chicago Blues Festival is also enjoying a milestone year with a special added evening concert. The 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival will open on Thursday, June 6, with a concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park before moving to Grant Park for three full days of music on five stages.

Needles And Spins
Off The Record, A Listing Party
The monthly vinyl listening parties, Off the Record, continue in February when saki hosts a Sunday, February 10 event in the midday from 11 am -1 pm. saki is located at 3716 W. Fullerton in Chicago. Trouble in Mind Records will preview two upcoming releases: Cabinet of Curiosities from Jacco Gardner (Melodic Baroque Pop music) and Maston's Shadows (California Baroque Pop music). Plus Trouble in Mind will present a live performance from special guest Mikal Cronin (Fuzzy Garage Pop music).
And on Saturday, February 16, 8-11 pm, Off the Record moves to the Washington Park Arts Incubator at 301 E. Garfield Blvd. with hard bop/free jazz performer David Boykin and his latest release, David Boykin Trio: Live at the Dorchester Projects.

Parent Tested/ Kid Approved - Juicebox Music Series!
NEW! Parents and kids can enjoy Chicago's best music, dance and theater in a kid-friendly setting together. Juicebox, is a free music and performance series for the "stroller set". Performances are on alternate Fridays now through May at 10:00 am in the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall (78 East Washington) except where noted.
Juicebox is the chance to expose your little one to cutting edge performances, allowing them to learn and develop a lifelong connection to the performing arts. Plus, parents can enjoy a unique outing with their children as well as a wonderful performance to boot. Kids can sit on the floor, walk around, meet the artists, and sometimes even play with the instruments and puppets. BYO snacks, including juiceboxes, are welcome too!

MUSIC! - Upcoming Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center
Grazyna Auguscik, photo by Magda Marczewska
Jazz fans don't want to miss the CD release event with Grazyna Aguscik on Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) in Preston Bradley Hall. This singer, composer, arranger, and producer will perform her newly released "Man Behind the Sun- songs of Nick Drake".
Auguscik has won the praise and admiration of music critics, jazz enthusiasts and non-jazz audiences alike with a singular voice that speaks a universal language. A prolific collaborator who has shared the stage with such jazz notables as Michael and Randy Brecker, John Medeski, Robert Irving III, and many others, she will lead a live concert as part of the Chicago Cultural Center Presents series during which material from the forthcoming album "Man Behind the Sun - songs of Nick Drake" will be performed by an all-star band.

TERAKAFT TO PERFOM - First U.S. Tour and Chicago Debut
The North African desert rock group, Terakaft, will make their Chicago debut as part of their first U.S. tour on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm in the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall. Terakaft's unique desert sound is the perfect mix of two rhythm guitars and deep tones of the bass combined with strong percussion.
Terakaft is a four-piece rock band comprised of nomadic Tuaregs from Northern Mali closely aligned with the more famous desert rock group, Tinariwen. Band members include Liya Ad Ablil (aka Diara, co-founder of Tinariwen), guitar and vocals; Sanou Ag Ahmed, guitar and vocals; Abdallah Ag Ahmed, bass guitar and vocals; and Mathias Vaguenez, percussions.
The group was scheduled to appear in Chicago in September 2012 as part of the Chicago World Music Festival, but they were unable to embark on their U.S. tour at that time. Their Chicago debut is a highly anticipated performance by this internationally acclaimed group.

Wired Fridays Dance Party Continues In February
Wired Fridays
The LunchBreak Series in the Randolph Café has taken off! Wired Fridays is a series of LunchBreak concerts featuring DJs and electronic music. From ambient to dance, the world of DJs and soundscape artists will be uncovered each Friday through May. The LunchBreak Series will continue to feature music of all genres on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

February DJs
2/8 - The Black Madonna
2/15 - Nate Manic
2/22 - Duke Shin
For more information visit

Theater And Dance
Laughing Hole - La Ribot
Laughing Hole - La Ribot - February 24
First Floor Garland Room - Chicago Cultural Center
Sunday, February 24 - 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Admission is Free

Born in Spain and based in Switzerland, La Ribot is known for her unique performance art involving laughter, action, and the spectator. Laughing Hole presents three performers shaken by eccentric laughter, often indistinguishable with crying, who continually throw themselves to a floor covered with countless cardboard panels, featured with bizarre handwritten words. La Ribot's work demonstrates how the terms "performance" and "exhibition" signify the difference between dance and fine art, and have now, in fact, merged into "performative" art. No reservations necessary. This is a durational piece during which audience is free to come and go as they please. Presented in collaboration with In>Time 2013

The Season Plays by Jon Fosse - Akvavit Theater
The Season Plays by Jon Fosse
Akvavit Theater - February 27
Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.)

February 27-March 24: Preview February 27
February 28: Opening
Performance Schedule
Thursday at 7:30 pm - Winter and A Summer's Day
Friday at 7:30 pm - A Summer's Day and Autumn Dream
Saturday at 7:30 pm - Autumn Dream & Winter
Sunday at 2:00 pm - Winter, A Summer's Day and Autumn Dream
Admission: $15

Visual Arts Meets Dance
Field Anatomy
Dance makes its return to the Chicago Cultural Center as part of a multi-disciplinary program that marries movement with visual arts. Beginning February 8 - May 5, the Yates Gallery plays host to Shawn Decker: Prairie, a sound installation mimicking sounds on the prairie and providing a dramatic background to several dance performances throughout. The Chicago Cultural Center Presents "On the Prairie", diverse works by four different dance companies that provide an alternative point of entry into Decker's work.
Elements Contemporary Ballet
February 16-17, 20 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St.) - Yates Gallery
Admission: FREE

Inspired by the Shawn Decker Prairie exhibit, Elemental is an original work composed of 10 short segments by 10 different choreographers. The intersection of the unique, individual voices of the choreographers parallels the random connections and systems of likeness perceived in Decker's sound and electronic media installation. No reservations necessary.

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Shawn Decker: Prairie
Shawn Decker: Prairie

Industry of the Ordinary
Industry of the Ordinary
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