Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Guy’s Guide To Valentine’s Day: Picking The Perfect Flowers!

The Guy’s Guide To Valentine’s Day: Picking The Perfect Flowers...according to Kensington Florals & Events

It’s a simple, universal truth: men despise Valentine’s Day as much as women love it.  As every guy knows, planning and shopping for this Hallmark holiday can create a ridiculous amount of stress.  It doesn’t matter whether your Valentine’s Day date is your wife or a gal you recently started seeing, flowers are a must!  According to floral expert, Victoria Thanoukos, there are two assumptions men make when it comes to Valentine’s Day flowers: red roses are NOT the best way to go and a beautiful bouquet doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  “It’s a myth that a gorgeous flower arrangement has to break the bank,” she says.  Just in time for February 14th, Victoria has some tips for avoiding the dreaded “you screwed up the most romantic day of the year” fight and get it right. 

For The Trendy Girl…Radiant Orchid
Gain serious points by giving her a bouquet of these stunning purple flowers (impress her even further by casually mentioning that “radiant orchid” is the official 2014 color of the year.)

For the Classic Girl…Geraldine Roses
These light pink flowers exude romanticism – plus they have a sweet, subtle fragrance she’ll love.

For The Girl You Just Started Seeing…Freesia Flowers
These gorgeous white blooms have a powerful and intoxicating fragrance.  Their beautiful and make a statement (in a non-committal kind of way.)

For Your Long-Term Lady…Matsumoto Aster Flowers
At this point you’ve probably gifted her with every flower known to man.  Step outside of the box and give her something unique that she’s likely never received before.  (Bonus: she’ll probably think you had to special order these buds but they are actually available at almost any florist in the country.)

About Kensington Florals & Events: Founded in 2007 Kensington one of Chicagoland’s premier floral design and event planning companies, servicing clients all over the country.  With over a decade of combined experience, the Kensington team is widely known and respected for their attention to detail and ability to turn their clients’ visions into reality.  Weddings, engagement parties, anniversaries, corporate gatherings, holiday parties and birthdays are just a handful of the types of events Kensington handles on a regular basis.  Whether creating a floral arrangement for an intimate at-home dinner party or planning and executing a 500-person charity gala, everything Kensington produces is nothing short of spectacular.  Kensington Florals & Events is located at 3701 W. Dempster in Skokie, IL.  For more information please visit
or call 847.675.3789.

Waterleaf Restaurant to Host Alexander Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner February 6

Waterleaf Restaurant to Host Alexander Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner February 6 2014

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Glen Ellyn, Ill. - Waterleaf restaurant, located at 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (telephone: 630-942-6881), overlooking the scenic lake on the campus of College of DuPage, will host a special 4-course wine dinner with wine pairings on Thursday, February 6, featuring the wines of the Alexander Valley Vineyards in northern Sonoma County. The price of the dinner is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Alexander Valley Vineyards has earned numerous awards, with recognition given to many of their varietals, including their Cyrus, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandels, Chardonnay, Estate Syrah, Estate Pinot Noir, Estate Cabernet Franc and Rosé of Sangiovese.

Waterleaf’s special wine dinner begins with a Champagne reception and Amuse Bouche at 6:30 p.m., followed by a special four-course menu, prepared by Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, at 7 p.m. The first course features Seared Foie Gras with Kumquat Compote, Toasted Brioche, paired with 2012 Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurztraminer. The second course presents Duck Consommé, Baby Leeks, Carrot, Duck, paired with 2012 Alexander Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 4. For the third course, guests will enjoy Osso Bucco, Mirepoix of Vegetables, Persillade and Veal Reduction, accompanied by 2011 Alexander Valley vineyards Redemption Zinfandel and 2009 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus Cabernet. The fourth course is a dessert finale featuring Trifle, Vanilla Cake, Vanilla Cream and Pear Jam.

About Alexander Valley Vineyards
AVV_Winery_Tasting_Room 300 pixels ETAlexander Valley Vineyards were founded by Maggie and Harry Wetzel in 1962 when they purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake, in northern Sonoma County. In 1963 the Wetzels began planting premium grape varieties, among the first in the area. They sold the grapes for a number of years to other wineries and often produced a little homemade wine as a family project.

In 1975 the family built a small winery and Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyard’s first wine in 1975. AVV quickly established a reputation for estate grown wines with distinctive varietal character. Acclaimed for crisp Chardonnay and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the appellation and became a leading winery in Sonoma County.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot constitute over one-half
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Today the Alexander Valley is a prominent appellation known worldwide as the source of elegant, age worthy wines. The Wetzel Family Estate grows fourteen grape varieties, on diverse sites stretching from the banks of the Russian River up onto the hillsides. Each grape variety is matched to a specific soil type and exposure. Barrel fermentation and aging take place in the cave, where the cool, constant temperature and high humidity are ideal for aging wine.

About Waterleaf
Nadia Tilkian_Headshot ETWaterleaf restaurant is located at 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn, IL. The 150-seat restaurant led by General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian is a hidden gem, nestled on the campus of the College of DuPage.

Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, expect to find locally-sourced ingredients on its approachable menu. In addition to a seasonal a la carte menu, Waterleaf features specials events like wine dinners, a prix-fixe 3-course dinner for $35 and an annual food & wine festival every fall.

The contemporary light filled dining room is the understated counterpart to exciting eclectic cuisine. The main dining room has a modern decor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra. There’s a cozy bar area to enjoy libations and light snacks.

Waterleaf  restaurant has earned Diner's Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on, where it maintains a 4.8/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its second consecutive 2013 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, acknowledges that Waterleaf's beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. The restaurant is widely recognized as the dining destination of choice for foodies living and visiting Chicago’s western suburbs.

Waterleaf serves lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 630-942-6881 for information or reservations or  

Thursday, January 16, 2014



Director Jehane Noujaim will be present via Skype for post-show discussions on Friday, January 17 at 8:15 pm* and Saturday, January 18 at 7:45 pm
*Note: The Friday, January 17, 8:15 pm screening is sold out.

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present the Chicago premiere of The Square. Just nominated for an Academy Award® and winner of the audience award at both the 2013 Sundance and Toronto film festivals, The Square is a uniquely immersive experience that sizzles with the energy, danger, and spirit of history in the making. This thrillingly chaotic chronicle filmed at street level in Tahrir Square carries Egypt’s revolution from the heady days of the overthrow of a dictator through the crackdown of martial law and to the deposing of a president. Enemies become friends, friends become rivals, and the will of the people is seen vividly as a seething, breathing force. In Arabic and English with English subtitles.  

The sold out Friday, January 17, 8:15 pm screening is presented in partnership with Egyptians Abroad for Development with DePaul University Religious Studies Department co-hosting. Noujaim's
discussion will be moderated by Ahmed Rehab of CAIR - Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The Saturday, January 18, 7:45 pm screening is presented in partnership with Northwestern University's Middle East and North African Studies Program with Egyptians Abroad for Development co-hosting. Noujaim's discussion will be moderated by Jessica Winegar from Northwestern University's Middle East and North African Studies Program.

Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL.

When: One week only: January 17-23:
Friday, January 17, 6:15 pm and 8:15 pm*
Saturday, January 18, 3:15 pm and 7:45 pm*
Sunday, January 19, 5:30 pm
Monday, January 20, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Tuesday, January 21, 6:15 pm and 8:15 pm
Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 23, 6:15 and 8:30 pm

*Director Jehane Noujaim will be present via Skype for post-show discussions on Friday, January 17, at 8:15 pm and Saturday, January 18, at 7:45 pm.
Note: The Friday, January 17, 8:15 pm show is sold-out!

How: Tickets are $11/general admission; $7/students; $6/Film Center members; and $4/School of the Art Institute of Chicago faculty, staff, and students, and Art Institute of Chicago staff. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. 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. For tickets and more information, 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

Discounted parking is available for $16 for 10 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146. 
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The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 42 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 80,000.

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

Target credit card breach goes back further than stated November 2013 date!

Target  is allegedly not being up front with their customers in regards to the  credit card breach info!

A family member has just rec'd an email from Target that their acct was one of those breached.
They also stated that the hackers have all of their info including email,home address,telephone,credit card number.

They  purchased online in October 2013. Yet Target stated to the media and government that the breach took place between November 27 and December 15 2013(story here: one has heard nothing that this goes back even further than the November 2013 date...

Advice:Sign up with Experian for the credit monitoring service!
Monitor all your bills for suspicious charges. Contact your credit card company and tell them to issue you a new number.

Change any pin numbers you might have.

Sassy B Worldwide Productions Inc is looking for a National Business Development Director (Chicago)

Sassy B Worldwide Productions Inc. is growing! 

We are a boutique entertainment consulting/production company with a diverse clientele. Our company is accepting applications for a National Business Development Director. 

Duties include leading new business initiatives resulting in partnerships and opportunities. The Director Will also secure speaking and appearance engagements for our clients. Ideally knowledge in the entertainment and motivational speaking market locally and nationally is a plus. Must be willing to work on a commission basis, end of year bonus based on performance. Our client base is diverse with a wide range of speaking topics. Would love to have you on board leading biz development and securing speaking engagements for our clients! Please include your resume and join our team! 

When sending application please include resume with Cover Page to:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

John O'Hurley to play Billy Flynn in CHICAGO The Musical!

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Broadway In Chicago and producers Barry and Fran Weissler are pleased to announce that John O’Hurley, award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film, will reprise the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago. CHICAGO will play the Bank of American Theatre (18 W Monroe) February 25 through March 2, 2014.
John O’Hurley (Billy Flynn) the award-winning actor is best known as "J. Peterman" on "Seinfeld," which is now the #1 syndicated series in the world in 85 countries.  He danced his way into the hearts of America as the ultimate champion of the highly rated ABC show “Dancing with the Stars,” and after hosting the hugely successful popular syndicated show “Family Feud,” he returned to the stage in front of sold out audiences on Broadway in CHICAGO, as the male lead “Billy Flynn” and headlined a tour of duty stint as the head of the Round Table, King Arthur, in Eric Idle’s hilarious musical comedy “Monty Python’s Spamalot.
As a follow-up to his Billboard chart topping CD Peace of Our Minds, O’Hurley released Secrets from the Lake, a collaboration of his piano compositions with cellist Marston Smith. It is available on his website
and at O’Hurley has written 2 books including his New York Times Bestseller It’s OK to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons Learned from Dogs, and Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have To Do It.  His first children's book, The Perfect Dog, was released last fall, and was selected for the Children's Book of the Month Club.
Murder. Greed. Corruption. Violence. Exploitation. Adultery. Treachery. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.
With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

The national tour is directed by David Hyslop and choreographed by David Bushman.  Walter Bobbie is the director of the original New York Production and Ann Reinking was the original choreographer in the style of Bob Fosse. CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO has become a worldwide phenomenon with productions in 24 countries and 11 languages since 1996.

CHICAGO is a production not to be missed. And all the reviewers agree. Time Magazine calls it “A Triumph,” Newsweek raves “Smashing” and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO “Broadway’s Most Electrifying Show.”
or for more information.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The What's Percolating? Teleconference is a FREE, online, 4-day tele-event. February 4-7, 2014. Peace, Passion, Prosperity, Longevity and more!

The What's Percolating? Teleconference is a FREE, online, 4-day tele-event. February 4-7, 2014. Peace, Passion, Prosperity, Longevity and more!

Los Angeles, CA , Boston, MA, Chicago, IL- - The What's Percolating? Teleconference is a FREE, online, 4-day tele-event discussing the latest in heart-felt Mind, Body, Spirit, Sport, Peace, Passion, Prosperity, Longevity and more.
Hosts Gary Kobat, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino and their special guests are bringing you over 20 hours of relevant and enlightening conversations from today's foremost Longevity Experts, Spiritual Psychologists, Olympic and Professional Athletes, Best-Selling Authors, Feature-Film & TV Stars, Event Planners, and other leading Health & Well-Being Experts.
Whatever your personal or professional goals are, our entire team is here to assist & guide you to look within to improve all areas of your life. Join us February 4-7, 2014 to listen to any or all of these insightful conversations for FREEThe entire team of hosts and speakers are live on social media starting now!  Please tweet us and use #BestEverYou2014 and tweet conference hosts and media partners at @BestEverYou,@GetFoundFast, @GaryKobat@Greenskydeb @blogtalkradio.  
Please refer to your teleconference registration information for complete twitter speaker access. All conference tweets are also located at
Hosts: Gary Kobat and Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino. Direct link to website:
Featured Speakers: Dr. Margaret Paul, don Miguel Ruiz, Jr, Kevin Sorbo, Noah St. John, Sam Rose, Michelle Phillips, Mitch Gaylord, Deena Kastor, Lauren Galley, JP & Heather Howell, Katana Abbott, David James Elliott, Deb Scott, Dave McGillivray, Shea Vaughn, Wendie Pett, Fred Cuellar, Debra Oakland, Dr. David Allen
For further information contact:
Phone: 773-370-1005

2014 Opportunities from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events!

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New Year Greetings from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events!

Please note the following upcoming deadlines for DCASE opportunities:

Apply for Grants:  

Apply to Perform at a DCASE Festival or Event:

Ongoing Deadlines:

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