Thursday, February 14, 2013

AMERICAN IDIOT Tickets On-Sale February 15


 Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that individual tickets for the national tour of the explosive Broadway hit AMERICAN IDIOT called “wonderfully raucous” and “emotionally charged” by The New York Times and “flat-out electrifying” by the Boston Globe, will go on-sale to the public Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. AMERICAN IDIOT will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 West Randolph Street) for one week only, April 16 – 21, 2013.
AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer (“Spring Awakening”).
The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”) and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal ”). The Tony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.
Alex Nee will star as Johnny along with Trent Saunders as St. Jimmy, Casey O’Farrell as Will, Thomas Hettrick as Tunny, Alyssa DiPalma as Whatsername, Jenna Rubaii as The Extraordinary Girl and Kennedy Caughell as Heather.
AMERICAN IDIOT will also feature Aurie Ceylon, Carson Higgins, Antwaun Holley, Daniel C. Jackson, Brandon Kalm, John Krause, Alison Morooney, Turner Rouse, Jr., Jamal Shuriah, Dustin Harris Smith, Ashley Tobias, Chelsea Turbin, and Jared Young.
“I am thrilled that we get to continue sharing AMERICAN IDIOT with audiences across North America ,” said director Michael Mayer. “The creative team and I couldn’t be happier with the stellar group of actors we’ve assembled. All of them are talented new additions to the AMERICAN IDIOT family.”
Winner of two Tony Awards®, AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, AMERICAN IDIOT has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.
“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.
The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
AMERICAN IDIOT premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and the Toronto Star naming it “the first great musical of the 21st century!”
The performance schedule for AMERICAN IDIOT is as follows:
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.
Please note: Ticket prices and performance schedule are subject to change.
Tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $18-$85.  A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (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), 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 at

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Hydroponically Grown Ravinia School Lettuce Featured at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook

601 Skokie Boulevard . Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Telephone: 847.205.4433 .


Hydroponically Grown Ravinia School Lettuce Featured
at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook

Chicago North Shore restaurant, Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL.; 847-205-4433) has partnered with Ravinia School students by featuring their hydroponically grown lettuce on the menu. Each week the members of the Green Growers Club along with program head, third grade teacher Dennis Brosseau, deliver a shipment of freshly harvested green butter lettuce to Prairie Grass Cafe chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris. The lettuce is featured as the special Ravinia School Salad that is served with blue cheese dressing, apple slices and warm croutons ($9.50).

"The lettuce is delicious and the children have been a joy to work with. It's rewarding to see their energy and enthusiasm. Supporting this in-school project is foundational in what we hope to achieve at Prairie Grass Cafe. Our country's future is dependent on the health and education of our children. Our partnership with Ravinia Elementary School hits to the heart of how business and community can work together to empower our children. Everyone benefits. I strongly believe that having a food curriculum in school is paramount. The kids get to see where food comes from beginning to end and each step of the way. It changes the way they think and ultimately educates them in making smarter food choices," said Sarah Stegner.

"The experience has been wonderful!" remarked Brosseau. "Sarah, George, and Dan [Sviland, general manager of Prairie Grass Cafe] have embraced the opportunity to feature our product. We deliver it by 4:15 p.m. each Friday, and it sells out by Sunday. My family and friends have eaten the salad at the Cafe and it is wonderful like all of their food."

The Green Growers Club operates in two sessions; from September to April they focus on the hydroponically grown lettuce. Thirty-five students are involved in the program, divided into five teams. The school's greenhouse contains seven growing tables where students plant the lettuce on a staggered basis, ensuring a crop harvest each week. Every Monday additional plants are germinated. By 4 p.m. Friday, 24 to 36 heads of lettuce are ready to be harvested and sold to Prairie Grass Café as well as teachers, the Highland Park Board of Education, and to other buyers.

In April for the spring session, the club switches its focus to soil plants. Students in grades kindergarten through second grade plant dwarf sunflower plants. By May the students have an opportunity to present those plants as Mother's Day gifts. The third grade students will plant and nurture upwards of 600 zinnia and cockscomb celosia plants to sell at the upcoming Third Grade Plant Sale in early June. Several hundred of these plants can be found throughout the school, beautifying the grounds. Students also grow medium sized tomato plants and basil pots to sell. The Green Growers Club follows the students throughout their time at Ravinia, and when the students are ready to move on to another school they are gifted with a potted basil plant.

The program was started by now retired teacher, Paul Grant, "My friend... now retired, started growing basil hydroponically in his classroom many years ago. I apprenticed with a table in my classroom, too. In 1999 he approached the Parent Teacher Organization about building a greenhouse for the students to use. After a conscientious fund raising effort by the parents and staff, the greenhouse was built in 2000. The Green Growers Club grew basil, Paul's baby, for many years. When he retired, I took over and lettuce became our main cash crop, along with the annual, June Third Grade Plant Sale," said Brosseau.

About Hydroponics
Hydroponics is a controlled system, used as an alternative to growing plants in soil. The process yields a consistent quality product with little or no trouble from the natural elements such as insects, pests and weather. The entire process produces a tasty and nutritious plant.

About Ravinia School
Ravinia School is located at 763 Dean Avenue, Highland Park, IL on Chicago's North Shore. The school currently serves more than 300 kindergarteners through fifth grade students. Ravinia now has 20 classrooms and 8 additional instructional areas including a greenhouse. More information can be found by calling (224) 765-3700 or by visiting

About Prairie Grass Cafe
Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Monday through Sunday. Dinner is served Tuesday - Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Monday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prairie Grass Cafe also serves breakfast Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Light fare is available in the bar Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit

Gene Siskel Film Center Announces March Offerings and Annual European Union Film Festival


“See Europe by Film” With the 16th Annual European Union Film Festival in Conjunction With the Festival of New Spanish Cinema
CHICAGO – Gene Siskel Film Center’s March line-up includes an extensive and diverse roster of new European films through two festivals, three exciting encore engagements and two ongoing series, including more than 60 Chicago premieres and a host of special guest appearances. The Film Center’s 16th Annual European Union Film Festival, the only film festival in North America dedicated to new films from the nations of the EU, runs March 1 – 28. This year's festival presents 61 films, all Chicago premieres, from 26 of the 27 EU nations. In conjunction with the EU Film Festival, the Festival of Spanish Cinema, Pragda’s annual sampling of recent Spanish films, will be presented March 6 – April 3.

March’s short runs will include encore engagements of 2012’s Academy Award-nominated biopic “Hitchcock,” a revival of Hitchcock’s own 1960 masterpiece “Psycho,” and the return of “The Iran Job,” Till Schauder’s documentary account of African American basketball player Kevin Sheppard’s adventures in Iran.

The ongoing Thursday series “Conversations at the Edge” continues with personal appearances by Phil Morton archivist Jon Cates, Toronto Film Festival curator Andréa Picard, “L.A. Rebellion” curator Jacqueline Stewart, and filmmaker Hannes Schüpbach. The Film Center will also continue to offer Professor Mary Patten’s takes on experimental films from 1955 to 1975 through the series “Revolution in the Air: The Long Sixtiesevery Tuesday evening. For more information please visit

The 16th Annual European Union Film Festival

From March 1 – 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes The 16th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. This year’s festival presents the Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films, providing a broad picture of the creativity of Europe’s most adventurous filmmakers.

The festival screens the latest films by a host of major directors including Alain Resnais (“You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet”), Margarethe von Trotta (“Hannah Arendt”), Marco Bellocchio (“Dormant Beauty”), István Szabó (“The Door”), Ken Loach (“The Angels’ Share”), Sally Potter (“Ginger & Rosa”), Ulrich Seidl (“Paradise: Faith and Paradise: Hope”), Sergei Loznitsa (“In the Fog”) and Jan Hrebejk (“4Some”).

This year’s festival selections include an unprecedented number of films directed or co-directed by women, ranging from newcomers including Kristina Nikolova (“Faith, Love and Whiskey,” Bulgaria) and Alexa Karolinski (“Oma & Bella,” Germany) to established world-class artists like von Trotta and Potter.

The festival’s opening night, as is tradition, will be presided over by the nation currently holding the presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 1, Honorable Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland, Chicago, will host the opening of Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s “Stella Days” starring Martin Sheen in a critically acclaimed performance as an embattled Catholic priest who tries to introduce the movies to his conservative rural flock.

German actress Barbara Sukowa, renowned for her work with von Trotta, Fassbinder, and von Trier, appears in person on Friday, March 8, to discuss her tour-de-force starring role in “Hannah Arendt.” Chicago director, writer, and radio personality Mike Houlihan appears in person on Wednesday, March 13, with his personal documentary “Our Irish Cousins” and Director Robert Mullan appears at screenings of his Lithuanian historical drama “Letters to Sofija.”

The festival closes on Thursday, March 28, with Ken Loach’s greatly anticipated “The Angels’ Share,” the Scottish-themed, whisky-loving comedy that brought down the house at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, to be followed by a reception hosted by Whole Foods Market, including a scotch tasting with Johnnie Walker and The Classic single Malts hosted by Master of Whisky Kyle McHugh. Visit
 for updates on appearances and additional special events.

The Festival of New Spanish Cinema

In a special collaboration with Pragda, the Gene Siskel Film Center is integrating Pragda’s Festival of New Spanish Cinema with this year’s European Union Film Festival. In its fifth consecutive year, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema is the most important itinerant festival of contemporary Spanish Cinema in North America. Once again, the festival will screen six of the riskiest and most innovative Spanish films of the year, four of which are Chicago premieres.

The festival opens on March 6 with Paco León’s “Carmina or Blow Up,” the popular phenomenon that has been winning over audiences since its release. Other films selected include David Trueba’s “Madrid,” 1987, a sensual and intelligent encounter between two very different generations; Gabriel Velázquez’s “Iceberg,” an insightful study of adolescence; “Wilaya,” a window into the lives of a Sahrawi family living in a Saharan refugee camp, directed by Pedro Pérez Rosado; “The Double Steps,” Isaki Lacuesta’s gorgeously shot award-winning film; and “Sleep Tight,” the latest chiller by mastermind of suspense Jaume Balagueró.


Hitchcock” (March 29 – April 4): The imagined secret life of Alfred Hitchcock, a man who notoriously kept his private life private, has been irresistible catnip to filmmakers lately. Loosely based on Stephen Rebello’s book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho,’” “Hitchcock” delves into a juicy behind-the-scenes look at the great director’s (Anthony Hopkins) marriage to his formidably savvy but long-suffering wife Alma (Helen Mirren) as the production of “Psycho” veers from near-disaster to triumph with her help. Hitchcock fans will love the film, whether fact or fiction, especially Scarlett Johansson’s characterization of Janet Leigh.

Encore Presentation! More than fifty years old and still revolutionary, “Psycho” (March 29 –April 4) has become an American icon, impossible to describe without giving away too much. The film's plot and central imagery have become a part of modern folklore, instantly evoked by the mention of the shower sequence or the Bates Motel. Made at the height of Hitchcock's most productive Hollywood period, “Psycho,” with its story of guilt, obsession, and mother love gone awry, is one of the most masterful and suspenseful manipulations of audience point of view ever put on film.

Back by Popular Demand! “The Iran Job” (March 29 – April 4): Striking out in his bid to play for the NBA, lanky, charismatic basketball player Kevin Sheppard ends up on the international circuit, playing for the Iranian Basketball Super League for a brand new underdog team in the ancient city of Shiraz. As the only African American most of his new friends and teammates have ever seen in the flesh, he encounters some double takes. The culture shock cuts both ways, and Sheppard’s friendship with three outspoken but properly veiled young women, who defy the law to befriend him, becomes the definitive experience of his new life.


“Conversations at the Edge” is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by some of the most compelling media artists of yesterday and today:

Artists in Person! “Remix-It-Right: Rediscoveries in the Phil Morton Archive” (March 7): Chicago video pioneer Phil Morton (1945 – 2003) anticipated remix in his genre-defying individual and collaborative projects that share characteristics with what we now call “New Media.” Radically open, committed to process, collaborative, contentious, and charismatic, Morton embodied what he dubbed “copy-it-right:” an alternative to copyright, this ethic encourages making, sharing, remixing and distributing media art, its systems and technologies. To illuminate Morton’s continued influence and inspiration, Jon Cates, founder of the Phil Morton Memorial Archive, asked an international roster of contemporary video and new media artists to remix, rework, and re-imagine Morton’s original tapes.  This program interweaves Morton’s work with his remixes, resulting in a generous mash-up of past, present, proto-digital, and cyber psychedelic. Jon Cates and various artists will be present for audience discussion.

Curator Andréa Picard in Person! “Wavelengths: in the blink of an eye” (March 21):
Named for, but also infinitely inspired by Michael Snow’s 1967 masterpiece Wavelength, the Toronto International Film Festival’s avant-garde program presents films and videos that defy convention, suggest alternate ways of thinking, and sometimes re-emerge from a distant past in order to comment on the present. Curated by Andréa Picard, who has curated “Wavelengths” since 2006, this program is a compendium featuring a number of works from the 2012 line-up (including Nathaniel Dorsky’s “August and After,” Ernie Gehr’s “Auto-Collider XV” and Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan’s “View from the Acropolis,” which were all cited in The New York Times’ best films of the year wrap-up and screen as Chicago premieres) and highlights from previous editions, including a 35mm restored print from La Cinémathèque Française of Henri Storck’s too-rarely seen 1929 Surrealist gem, “Pour Vos Beaux Yeux” (“For Your Beautiful Eyes”). Blinking is not encouraged! Andréa Picard will be present for audience discussion.

Co-Curator Jacqueline Stewart in Person! “L.A. Rebellion” (March 28): In the 1970s and 80s, a group of young African and African American filmmakers emerged from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television with a body of provocative and visionary works that would have a radical impact on black cinematic practice and alternative filmmaking in the U.S. Now referred to as the L.A. Rebellion, these artists took up urgent social and cultural dynamics of their time, including black activism and militancy, everyday life, and spirituality to forge a cinema responsive to the lives and concerns of African American communities and the African diaspora. Introduced by co-curator Jacqueline Stewart, the program kicks off a multi-institutional series of screenings in Chicago, exploring the L.A. Rebellion and featuring short films by Julie Dash, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Elyseo J. Taylor, including stunning new preservation prints of Ben Caldwell’s “I & I: An African Allegory” (1979) and Barbara McCullough’s seminal “Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification” (1979). Jacqueline Stewart will be present for audience discussion.

Hannes Schüpbach in Person! “Spin/Verso/Contour: An Evening with Hannes Schüpbach” (April 4): The films of renowned Swiss artist Hannes Schüpbach are lyrical, often transcendent portraits of people, spaces, and everyday life. A painter, performance artist, and expert on textile art, Schüpbach weaves together light, gesture, and a keen attentiveness to the material world into meticulously structured compositions.  His films, notes curator Haden Guest, open onto “a multi-layered world, where superimpositions and reflections suggest the hidden depths of the places and people evoked within them.”  For this program, he presents “Spin/Verso/Contour” (2001-2011), an affecting trilogy about his parents, and “L’Atelier” (2008), a portrait of an artist’s studio in Paris. Hannes Schüpbach will be present for audience discussion.
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From January 25 – May 7, GSFC is offering a series of fourteen programs entitled “Revolution in the Air: The Long Sixties,” with weekly Tuesday lectures and discussions by visual artist, video-maker, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor Mary Patten:

The Arab Spring, the “movements of the squares” and Occupy have rekindled interest in other revolutions from the near and distant past, as well as their manifestations in film form. This series will bring together key films and experimental videos that emerged from the revolutionary moment of the “long 1960s” (1955-1975). The GSFC’s series will look at explicitly political films such as Gillo Pontecorvo’s “Battle of Algiers” and Chris Marker’s “A grin Without a Cat” (February 22 – March 6), where cameras were on the ground, recording or re-enacting the great upheavals of that era. The series will also include films that directed their gaze toward the ephemeral moments of how people lived--spheres of intimacy that reflected and anticipated bigger cultural shifts. Finally, the GSFC will screen a few “speculative fictions” of the period including Robert Kramer’s “Ice” (March 26) and Lizzie Borden’s “Born in Flames” (May 3-7). For a complete schedule and more information, visit
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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.
Tickets to each screening – unless stated otherwise – are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787,
, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.

Please note the following:

Hitchcock Double-Bill Discount:
Buy a ticket at our regular prices to either “Hitchcock” or “Psycho” and get a ticket to any performance of the other film at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): General Admission $7; Students $6; Members $4.  (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office.)
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A Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit

Discounted parking is available for $14 for nine hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit

About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of The Art Institute

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 40 years of presenting cutting edge programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 89,000.

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit
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Charlie McKenna to host Cleetus Friedman/Dark Horse Brewing Company collaboration beer launch on Wednesday, February 20 at Lillie’s Q

Charlie McKenna to host Cleetus Friedman/Dark Horse Brewing Company collaboration beer launch on Wednesday, February 20 at Lillie’s Q

  Lillie’s Q chef/owner Charlie McKenna will host chef Cleetus Friedman’s latest brewery collaboration debut at the Lillie’s Q Bucktown location (1856 W North Ave) from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday, February 20.

Friedman, formerly the chef/owner at City Provisions, teamed up with Dark Horse Brewing Company (Marshall, MI) to create “I’ll Have More” – a chocolate, caramel, and toasted rice stout that’s flavor profile is based off Nestle’s 100 Grand candy bar.

“I’ll Have More” will debut at Lillie’s Q on draft during the launch party for $7 a pint. Including “I’ll Have More”, Dark Horse’s signature and rare beers will be on all ten of the Lillie’s Q taps that night (prices will vary).

Friedman, McKenna, and Dark Horse brewery operations manager Bryan Wiggs will be on hand throughout the “I’ll Have More” launch event. The event is open to the public. There is no cover charge.


About Lillie’s Q: Chef Charlie McKenna (formerly the sous chef at Tru and Avenues) opened Lillie’s Q restaurant in July 2010 specializing in award-winning competition BBQ, Southern favorites and sides in Bucktown as a homage to his family’s deep cooking roots. McKenna has competed on the competition BBQ circuit with his father and friends the last 10 years, and the team won the prestigious Memphis In May BBQ competition in 2007 in the whole pork shoulder category and placed in Top Ten every year from 2006 through 2010 and finished 12th in 2011. McKenna opened an outpost of Lillie’s Q in Destin, FL, with his parents in 2008. At Lillie’s Q in Chicago, McKenna is smoking pork shoulder for pulled pork, tri-tip, baby back ribs, and chicken in two custom built smokers over peach wood and lump charcoal. McKenna began cooking Southern favorites and sides with grandma Lillie and his mother at an early age and those standouts make their way onto the Lillie’s Q menu via shrimp & grits, pimiento cheese, fried pickles, boiled peanuts, Brunswick stew, baked beans, macaroni & cheese and banana pudding.  Lillie’s Q features moonshine-based specialty cocktails (like the “Morning Lillie” that’s a play on a Bloody Mary with a housemade meat stick), 10 All-American craft drafts and a rotating selection of about 30 All-American craft bottled beers. Located at 1856 W North Ave (773.772.5500), Lillie’s Q serves lunch and dinner daily from 11am-10pm Sunday thru Wednesday, and 11am-11pm Thursday thru Saturday. “Like” Lillie’s Q on Facebook at and follow Lillie’s Q on Twitter at and check out Lillie’s Q on YouTube at


Jan Lewis Designs’ Spring Line of Hand-Made Bangles, Included in 2013 Oscar® Nominees’ Gift Bags, Featured in Three Upcoming Trunk Shows at Bloomingdale's 
Jan Lewis Designs’ Exclusive Adornment Will Grace the Arms of the Academy Awards®
Nominees and Take The Red Carpet By Storm This February


Jan Lewis Selects an Array of Signature Bracelets to Adorn
Academy-Award® Nominees

CHICAGO – Chicago-based Jan Lewis Designs will bring glitz and glam to The 85th Academy Awards when the designer’s spring line of distinctive bangles will be included in the 2013 “Everybody Wins at the Oscars®” Gifts Bags.” Given to nominees in the best actor, supporting actor, actress, supporting actress and director categories as well as to this year’s host, each gift bag will include three uniquely hand-crafted, Fair Trade bangles—specifically picked for each nominee by Lewis herself—that will be hand-delivered the morning after the Oscars® telecast airing February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

Her designs are currently available at Material Possessions. Chiaroscuro and will be featured in three upcoming trunk shows at Bloomingdales Michigan Avenue (900 N. Michigan Ave.) including the “Big Brown Bag Sale,” Feb. 16 and 17; “Fashionable Fundraiser,” Mar. 1 – 3; and “Hot,” March 16 and 17. For more information visit

 “We are ecstatic about this incredible opportunity to share our designs on such a momentous occasion,” said Founder and CEO Jan Lewis. “To have our bangles associated with the world’s highest profile entertainment and fashion event of the year is a terrific endorsement as well as an honor; one that we proudly share with both our customers and retailers.”

A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Janet Lewis has always been intrigued with the intricacies of various patterns and shapes in jewelry. What began as a hobby while travelling with her husband, famed jazz musician Ramsey Lewis, quickly turned into a thriving business as Jan began creating the lightweight bracelets for friends and family. Before long, more than 50 signature bangles, each hand-painted with a dot pattern adding texture and color to the ornate designs, grew into an entire line. Bracelets can be worn as a single piece of jewelry or stacked with other complimentary pieces in the collection. Designs have recently been featured throughout Chicago in various retail stores and trunk shows.

“I began this business focused only on creating a new line, a new look, for discerning women who appreciate unique, moderately priced jewelry,” added Lewis. “My focus was also on Fair Trade. Each bangle is a one-of-a-kind piece and all of our jewelry is individually hand crafted by our artists in India who are paid a fair wage.”

For additional photos of the bangles, click here:

About the Academy Awards®
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. More than two billion people in more than 90 countries tune in to celebrate the best the Motion Picture Academy has to offer. The Academy Awards is the premiere outlet for honoring achievements in motion pictures.  Distinctive Assets has been producing the “Everybody Wins at the Oscars®” Nominee Bag for 11 years. The legendary gift bag will surely soften the blow of not going home with an Oscar. Again this year, everybody will win at the Oscars®!
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Moto, Chgo Opera Theater, ABC's Michael Patrick Thornton, The Seldoms

Fear No ART Chicago

presents the February 25th
Elysabeth Alfano

Elysabeth Alfano
Elysabeth AlfanoElysabeth AlfanoElysabeth Alfano for lively conversation (and impromptu performances) with Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Andreas Mitisek, Artistic Director of the dance troupe The Seldoms, Carrie Hanson, and actor from ABC’s “Private Practice” and artistic director of The Gift Theatre, Michael Patrick Thornton. It all happens over dinnrer by wild chef Homaro Cantu of Moto with wine pairings from Domane Wachau and chocolate by Vosges. The audience shares in samplings of the food, wine and chocolate and the opening act is Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen of Dolly Varden. GET YOUR TIX before it sells out! Homaro is making his famed Cigar Sandwiches (video below) and we are trying out the Miracle Berry! Join us!
Elysabeth Alfano
Join host Elysabeth Alfano at the Mayne Stage theater on February 25th for THE DINNER PARTY
, a completely new and different kind of show. Alfano invites 3 celebrities and a known chef who cooks for them. Over food, wine, chocolate and artist performances, the conversations and the unexpected flow. Filmed in front of a live audience at the Mayne Stage, the audience shares in the food, wine, chocolate and conversation. Can't make the Mayne Stage? You can also watch THE DINNER PARTY on-line at and tweet in to be a part of this fantastic new multi-dimensional show.
When: February 25th, Doors Open at 6:30 pm, Show and food and wine start at 7 pm
Where: Live performace at the Mayne Stage Theater
and streaming live on and
Guests (Feb. 25): Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Andreas Mitisek, Artistic Director of the dance troupe The Seldoms, Carrie Hanson, actor from ABC’s “Private Practice” and artistic director of The Gift Theatre, Michael Patrick Thornton and chef Homaro Cantu of Moto.
including food, wine, chocolate tastings), or free on-line viewing.
More Information, click on Fear No ART presents THE DINNER PARTY

The Dinner Party would like to thank Moto Restaurant
, Vin Divino, Vosges Chocolate, Time Out Chicago, and Disaster Planning & Response Art Rescue.

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