Friday, May 09, 2014

MILLENNIUM PARK ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL SUMMER FILM SERIES Favorite films to be presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen (Chicago)


MILLENNIUM PARK ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL SUMMER FILM SERIES
Favorite films to be presented on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen

Millennium Park will once again present outdoor movies on its state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen as part of the Summer Film Series, Tuesdays, June 24–August 26 at 6:30 p.m. Chicagoans and visitors are invited to take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or enjoy the show from the Great Lawn. This year’s lineup includes blockbusters, award-winning documentaries, family classics and more.
 
Ghostbusters • June 24
(PG, 105 mins)
A special tribute to Chicago filmmaker Harold Ramis

Top Gun • July 1
(PG, 110 mins)
With a special pre-screening program by the USO

20 Feet from Stardom • July 8
(PG-13, 91 mins)
Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary

O Brother, Where Art Thou? • July 15
(PG-13, 106 mins)

Field of Dreams • July 22
(PG, 107 mins)

This is Spinal Tap • July 29
(R*, 82 mins)
Presented with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions, and generous support from Music Box Theatre

The Birdcage • August 5
(R*, 117 mins)

American Graffiti • August 12
(PG, 110 mins)
Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture and Best Director George Lucas

Dreamgirls • August 19
(PG-13, 130 mins)
Featuring the Academy Award-winning performance by Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson

The Wizard of Oz • August 26
(G-102 mins)
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of this family classic

*Rated R for language and sexual references

All films are FREE and made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation. The Summer Film Series is co-curated with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Additionally, Millennium Park will present other FREE films, simulcasts, videocasts and documentaries throughout the summer on the outdoor screen at Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Millennium Park Presents, May 25–September 19 (select dates), is a series of one-night-only performances curated by DCASE to showcase symphonic music, dance, opera, Broadway hits and more—performed by some of Chicago’s best-loved cultural institutions. This summer’s lineup includes the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Simulcast of their Summer Series performed at Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m.; a special Madame Butterfly Videocast on Sunday, July 6 at 6 p.m.; The Audience Videocast on Sunday, July 27 at 6 p.m.; and a Chicago Dancing Festival Simulcast from the Harris Theater on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.

Chicago Bike Week is a citywide celebration of cycling June 13–20, with several FREE activities at the Park presented by DCASE and Goose Island Beer Company including Bike Chicago Film: Rushmore on Monday, June 16, 8:30 p.m. For details, visit bikechicago.us.

Also to be presented this summer is Jens Jensen The Living Green on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Millennium Park will partner with WTTW11 (PBS) for a public screening of this award-winning documentary about the life of Jens Jensen, a conservation hero who risked his career to create some of Chicago's most iconic parks and to save the Indiana Dunes. Join director Carey Lundin, WTTW11’s Geoffrey Baer and Lurie Garden designer Piet Oudolf for a discussion of Jensen’s influence on Chicago and its history. For details, visit luriegarden.org.

Chicago’s acclaimed outdoor classical music festival—the Grant Park Music Festival, June 11–August 16—celebrates its 80th season this year, with the Grammy® Award-nominated Grant Park Orchestra led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and the award-winning Grant Park Chorus led by Chorus Director Christopher Bell, in a summer of world premieres, Festival favorites, world-renowned guest artists, a weeklong composer-in-residency and two visiting youth symphonies. Audiences will not want to miss The Blue Planet in Concert on Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. After thrilling audiences with Planet Earth and Frozen Planet in Concert, composer-conductor George Fenton returns to the Grant Park Music Festival with his symphonic score to accompany some of the most spectacular underwater images ever seen, from the BBC/Discovery Channel series, shown on the Park’s state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen, 10 years to the date of the Park’s opening (July 16, 2004). For details, visit gpmf.org.

The Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration will feature dozens of FREE events and exhibitions including new, monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, designer of Crown Fountain; indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more.

Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph) and Grant Park North. For the latest news and events, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @Millennium_Park.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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THE RED BALLOON CO. HOSTS MIMOSA MONDAYS FOR MOMS (AND DADS) (Chicago)


 
 
 
THE RED BALLOON CO. HOSTS
MIMOSA MONDAYS FOR MOMS (AND DADS)
 

 Mom (and Dad) shoppers, listen up. The Red Balloon Co. wants to celebrate you! Beginning Monday, May 12th and all summer long, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Monday, both The Red Balloon Co. locations in Bucktown and Andersonville will offer complimentary mimosas to parents as they browse the season's hottest children's looks. Kids shopping never felt so good!

The Red Balloon Co. is at 1940 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown (773.489.9800) and 5407 N. Clark St. in Andersonville (773.989.8500). Both stores are open seven days a week. The Red Balloon Co. is popping up in Hyde Park this summer, bringing its brand of pint-sized cool to the high-profile Harper Court complex. The arbiter of style and whimsy for the 16-and-under set will set up temporary shop at 1504 E. 53rd St. from early August- just in time for back-to-school shopping- through the end of the year. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.theredballoon.com
or call toll-free, 877.969.9800.
 
 
THE RED BALLOON CO. 
1940 N. Damen Ave.                        
Chicago, IL  60647                       
773.489.9800

5407 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
773.989.8500


Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony is set for Saturday, May 24 Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth to serve as Grand Marshal


RESPECT. HONOR. REMEMBER.
Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony is set for Saturday, May 24
Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth to serve as Grand Marshal

The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events are pleased to announce the Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying on Saturday, May 24. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman, Illinois’ 8th District, will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq war veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Currently, Lt. Col. Duckworth represents the residents of Illinois’ 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Blackhawk helicopter pilot serving in Iraq for the Illinois Army National Guard, Duckworth was seriously injured when her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries and has since become an advocate for her fellow soldiers, veterans and wounded warriors. Duckworth declined a medical retirement and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.

The City of Chicago will give special recognition to our fallen heroes and their survivors at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony and Memorial Day Parade. Gold Star family members are identified by the Gold Star Lapel Pin and the Next of Kin Lapel Pin that are presented to families who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, the Gold Star Pins are not an award, but symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and the ultimate sacrifice they made.

Gold Star families are supported through the tireless efforts from countless individuals, including the recipient of the 2014 Major General John A. Logan Patriot Award, James L. Frazier. Frazier will be honored at the ceremony for his leadership, patriotism and selfless devotion to the Illinois Gold Star Families and to the men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In 2003, Frazier’s son Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier, USAF Special Operations, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Since the death of his son, Frazier has fully committed his time and efforts to supporting Illinois Gold Star Families as the Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator for the U.S. Army, Northern Illinois.

Memorial Day has a rich history. It began shortly after the Civil War ended when General John Logan proclaimed that the 30th day of May be designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of soldiers who died; the day was called Decoration Day. It was first observed on May 30, 1868. The modern day event is similar, but the original idea has been expanded and now honors all fallen soldiers.

The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Participants in the parade include area high school marching bands, drum and bugle corps as well as many veterans’ groups, 6,000 JROTC cadets and the military. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony is presented by the City of Chicago. For more information about the Illinois Gold Star visit, goldstarpins.org and for more information regarding the parade, please call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316 or visit cityofchicago.org/dcase


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Overhauled brunch menu at West Town Bakery & Diner from chef Chris “Chip” Davies and pastry chef Chris Teixeira to roll out Friday, May 9 (Chicago)

 
Overhauled brunch menu at West Town Bakery & Diner from chef Chris “Chip” Davies and pastry chef Chris Teixeira to roll out Friday, May 9
17 new brunch menu items; lower prices; half price cocktails & beers Monday thru Friday

 Executive chef Chris “Chip” Davies and executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira have overhauled the West Town Bakery & Diner daily brunch menus at the 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant (1916 W Chicago Ave) that will start on Friday, May 9.
 
An electronic version of the new West Town Bakery & Diner brunch, dessert, coffee, cocktail, and beer menu can be viewed here: http://www.westtownbakery.com/media/documents/cafe.pdf
 
 
Brunch at West Town Bakery & Diner – featuring both diner-style breakfast, lunch, and dessert options – now has 17 new dishes on more concise menu, lower prices on most existing dishes, and mostly re-worked existing dishes.
 
The diner portion of West Town Bakery & Diner is open for brunch from 7am until 3pm daily. West Town Bakery & Diner is open for counter pastry and coffee service from 7am until 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, and from 7am until 10pm Friday thru Saturday.
 
New menu highlights include the following:
 
MORNING POUTINE … 10
Hand-cut fries, braised short rib, traditional sausage gravy, a poached egg, Brunkow cheddar cheese curds, and roasted red peppers.
 
ELVIS PANCAKES OR WAFFLE … 9
Bacon, caramelized banana puree, banana chips, whipped peanut butter, and brownie crumbs.
 
VEGAN S’MORES PANCAKES … 9
Dark chocolate pancakes topped with torched vegan marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and graham cracker crumbles. 
 
LOADED BAKED POTATO PANCAKES OR WAFFLE… 9
Potato batter, bacon, Wisconsin cheddar mornay, green onions, sour cream, and an egg your way.
 
JUICY LUCY PATTY MELT … 10
House-ground beef patty stuffed with Brunkow cheddar cheese curds, caramelized onions, and special sauce on marble rye toast.
 
MEATLOAF SANDWICH … 12
Thick-cut meatloaf, onion straws, pickled red cabbage slaw, and pickled pepper aioli on a pretzel roll.
 
VEGAN BANH MI … 9
Marinated tofu, pickled carrots and turnips, cilantro, and Veganaise on a toasted baguette.
 
HOMESTEAD SALAD … 8
Kale, local apples, and Wisconsin cheddar cheese with bacon-cider dressing.
 
OLD FASHIONED BROWNIE SUNDAE ... 8
Warmed Old Fashioned brownie, your choice of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, peanuts, whipped cream, and cherries.
 
West Town Bakery & Diner continues to a specialty West Town blend of Dark Matter Coffee and Dark Matter has on specialty coffee drinks such as the Spice 1 Mocha, Horchata Latte, and a Dirty Chai Latte.  All of West Town Bakery & Diner’s cocktails and tall boy canned beers are half price Monday thru Friday as well.
 



About West Town Bakery & Diner: Dining scene vets Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner (The Fifty/50, Roots Handmade Pizza, Homestead On The Roof, The Berkshire Room) co-own this West Town sit-down breakfast and lunch spot and bakery that specializes in local, organic, and sustainable far where Chris Teixeira is the executive pastry chef and where Chris “Chip” Davies is the executive chef. A 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant, West Town Bakery & Diner diner-style brunch fare. West Town Bakery & Diner prides itself on its Dark Matter Coffee program, fresh-squeezed juices, cocktails, and canned beer.  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 10pm Friday thru Saturday. Additional information, full menus, and online ordering available at http://www.WestTownBakery.com
 
. Follow West Town Bakery & Diner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WestTownBakery

 

Mrs. Fields Owns National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (May 15th)



National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (NCCCD) is around the corner (May 15) and family-favorite Mrs. Fields is celebrating with Cookie Cakes and new Milk-&-Cookie Boxes! As a sweet treat, Mrs. Fields is offering 20% off (valid May 15-20) with the promo code: NCCCD

                                   

The beloved cookie makers recently partnered with Rovio Entertainment to offer kid-friendly Angry Birds cookie boxes - perfect for an after school treat or sweet picnic dessert - and party size cookie cakes.  The goal with this epic kids program is to bring families together to create special moments and lasting memories.






Wednesday, May 07, 2014

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER TO HOST NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT MONDAY, MAY 19, AN EVENING OF COMMUNITY AND QUALITY CINEMA(Chicago)


GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER TO HOST
NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT MONDAY, MAY 19,
AN EVENING OF COMMUNITY AND QUALITY CINEMA

Gene Siskel Film Center member price offered to all screenings

CHICAGO—The Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago Loop Theatre District’s only movie theater, is hosting its second Neighborhood Night on Monday, May 19. With the success of July 2013’s and February 2014’s Neighborhood Nights, the Film Center is excited to welcome back Loop workers, visitors, and most notably area residents to a local and unique cinema experience. Attendees will enjoy the membership price of $6, while Film Center members pay $5. All guests will also be invited to a reception courtesy of Whole Foods Market. Screenings are at 6:00 pm, 7:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. The reception is from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

“The goal of Neighborhood Night is to bring awareness about our venue’s movies which vary greatly on any given night and are presented as they should be—on the big screen—and that we’re a convenient location for the growing Loop residential population. While we are one of downtown Chicago’s many cultural offerings, we are uniquely positioned as the only art cinema in the Loop. We feature ground-breaking independent cinema, provocative documentaries, retrospectives highlighting noted directors and actors, and classic films celebrating the legends of bygone eras in cinema, and at select screenings, filmmaker appearances which are opportunities to discuss movies in-depth to further enhance the film-going experience,” said Gene Siskel Film Center Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin.

The Film Center will show four different movies during Neighborhood Night: A Short Film about Killing, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski and part of Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, and a feature admired by both Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick; a British couple attempt to spice up their long-time marriage with a Parisian anniversary getaway in Le Week-End; The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, a breathtaking historical drama; and the Mumbai-set, crowd-pleasing romantic comedy The Lunchbox. Showtimes are as follows:

• 6:00 pm: A Short Film about Killing
• 6:00 pm: Le Week-End
• 7:45 pm: The Wind Rises
• 8:00 pm: The Lunchbox

All screenings 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 Neighborhood Night screening are $6/general admission and $5/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 the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/tickets
or through the individual films’ weblinks on www.siskelfilmcenter.org. A surcharge of $1.50 per ticket will be charged per transaction. 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.

A Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Individual Memberships are $50 and Dual memberships are $80. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org
.

Discounted parking is available for $18 for 10 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate sticker can be obtained from the Film Center box office.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA 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. 
For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org
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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 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. www.siskelfilmcenter.org

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also enables adults, high school students, middle school students, and children to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. 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 www.saic.edu
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Homestead On The Roof launches its updated 80-seat outdoor rooftop patio and all new spring menus tonight(Chicago)


Homestead On The Roof launches its updated 80-seat outdoor rooftop patio and all new spring menus tonight

  Homestead on the Roof – a literal farm-to-table restaurant from executive chef Chris “Chip” Davies, pastry chef Chris Teixeira, and beverage director Patrick Henaghan – launches its first seating of its updated 80 seat outdoor rooftop patio for the season along with brand new spring savory, dessert, cocktail, and wine menus.

Homestead’s 80-seat outdoor rooftop patio sits next to its 1,000 square foot organic rooftop garden, two massive vertical hanging gardens, and dozens of planter boxes all filled with vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Homestead will also continue to seat its 65-seat indoor air-conditioned indoor enclosed second story space as well.

Homestead’s new hours are now 5pm until 10pm Tuesday thru Sunday. Homestead is closed on Mondays. Homestead reservations can be made via OpenTable (www.opentable.com/homestead-on-the-roof) or by calling the restaurant at 773.332.2354. Homestead is located at 1924 W Chicago Ave – just enter thru Roots Handmade Pizza and you’ll be guided upstairs to Homestead.

All of the new spring Homestead menus are attached to this press release.

Davies’ all new savory menu is broken down into three sections: “Snacks & Salads” (including “Little Gem Salad” with Werp Farms little gem, black barley, English peas, braised artichokes, and smoked Caesar dressing), “Medium Plates” (including “Orecchiette” with smoked oxtails, fava beans, pickled ramps, house black truffle ricotta, and candied fennel), and “Large Plates” (including “Slagel Farm Lamb” with smoked ramps, spiced carrot caramel, frika, caramelized yogurt, and truffle aioli).
 
Teixeira has four new spring desserts including “S’Mores” which features flexible ganache, marshmallow cream, cara crakine clusters, and spiced cookie ice cream. Teixeira also has a “Plum” cheese course featuring Humbolt Fog blue goat cheese, pickled plums, milk chocolate & corn richer, and frisee tossed in plum pickling vinaigrette.
 
Teixeira’s “Homestead Bread Basket” will feature laminated brioche with Jamón Serrano and Manchego, jalapeño cream cheese cornbread, pain d’epi, and ciabatta served with olive tapenade, pickled local vegetables, and Oaxacan honey butter.
 
Henaghan’s opening spring cocktail menu features seven light and refreshing cocktails on his opening Homestead menu that will rotate every few weeks. One highlight is Henaghan’s “Aquavit” cocktail (North Shore Aquavit, Heering Cherry liqueur, pomegranate-infused amaro, fresh pineapple juice, yuzu, and orange bitters served over hand-carved ice in a Collins glass) that’s a riff on a Singapore Sling.
 
Henaghan’s other spring menu highlight is his “Gin” cocktail featuring Death’s Door Gin and housemade tonic served over cucumber-makrut lime ice. Henaghan is making is own tonic from cinchona bark, agave, grains of paradise brewing spice, lemongrass, juniper, grapefruit zest, orange zest, lime zest, fresh lime juice, fresh grapefruit juice, citric acid, and Q Club Soda.
 
The Homestead small-production wine list includes 16 total sparking, rosé, white, and red wines by the glass and an additional 30 wines available by the bottle. Homestead rotates in featured breweries about every two weeks and only serves that brewery’s beers (the current offerings are from O'Fallon Brewery in Missouri). Homestead also sports a tightly curated 100-bottle spirits list as well.

 


Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts will present Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar This Weekend (Chicago)

Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts will present Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar This Weekend


Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts will present a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 9 and 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10. The seminar will be taught by 4th degree BJJ Black Belt and 5 time BJJ World Champion Robson Moura. The seminar takes place at Degerberg Academy, 3596 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The cost for attending is $30 in advance, $40 at the door for Friday’s 1-hour session and $80 in advance, $95 at the door for Saturday’s 3-hour session. Call 773-728-5300 to register in advance. Participants are required to wear Jiu Jitsu Gi.

About Robson Moura
Robson “Robinho” Moura is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a 8X World Champion. He is from Teresopolis (a small town in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and currently resides in Tampa, FL. where he established The Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy. Robson has been competing in BJJ competitions since the age of 13. With an excellent martial philosophy, hard working style and love of the game, he is among the greatest of the world’s Jiu-Jitsu players. Robson holds his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under world renowned Master Andre Pederneiras. Robson attained the rank of 1st degree black belt at the age of 18 under Andre!

The History of Robson “Robinho” Moura.
The sport history of this ‘Carioca’ begins in 1988 at the age of 10 when he started training Jiu Jitsu in his hometown of Teresopolis (a small town in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). His first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher was Jucao. Robinho was supported and encouraged by his family, especially his father.

Robhino quickly grew his skills, becoming a champion of many competitions, and collecting a number of regional titles. When his instructor Jucao moved to Rio, Robson started training under Master Andre Pederneiras and Wendel from their elite team.

He continued to grow his skills and abilities, achieving national and international titles, becoming very well respected and esteemed. He is considered to have a very proficient and competitive way of fighting. By 18 Robson had achieved his greatest dream by becoming a Black Belt and today his is one of the most valued players in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

About the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts
The Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, founded in 1980 by Grand Master Fred Degerberg and his beloved wife of 32 years, Katie Degerberg, is one of the world’s most famed schools of martial arts. The Academy offers daytime and evening classes Monday through Saturday for children and adults. Disciplines taught include Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Savate, Kali Silat and Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. Classes in Mixed Martial Arts and XTreme Fitness combine techniques from several of these disciplines to build all-around fitness and martial arts skill. DAMA’s most popular and effective experience is the Degerberg Blend of Martial and Fighting Arts, a hybrid self-defense lifestyle that incorporates the best of more than 300 styles for the participants’ enjoyment.

Classes are available for children ages 3-7; 8-13 and adults from teens to 90s. Classes are ranked by skill level, beginners, beginners-intermediate, intermediate, intermediate-advanced and advanced. DAMA hosts monthly seminars in a variety of martial arts, yoga and fitness with their instructors and guest instructors from all over the world. Students range from moms and dads, to tech, engineers, lawyers, doctors, architects, actors, carpenters, electricians, policemen, firemen, etc.

There are two locations: 4717 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625 (telephone: 773-728-5300) and 3600 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Old Irving Park, Chicago, IL 60641 (telephone: 773-545-3423). For more information about the Academy, its programs and instructors, please call or visit the website, www.degerbergacademy.com
    

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Enjoy an Elegant Mother's Day Brunch at Maxwell's at the Club in Chicago


 

Enjoy an Elegant Mother's Day Brunch at Maxwell's at the Club in Chicago 


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Maxwell's at the Club
500 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5800 ext. 301
www.eastbankclub.com
 
Pasta Station ET with BoardersMaxwell's at the Club, located in the East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury St. (telephone: 312-527-5800, ext. 301), will present its elegant annual Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extensive buffet, which is open to the public, will feature prime rib and roast turkey carving stations, an omelet bar, a waffle bar, assorted pastries and seasonal berries, as well as a variety of appetizers, salads and entrées. The entire family will enjoy the festivities. Because Maxwell's Mother's Day Brunch is very popular, reservations are necessary.



Mother's Day Brunch Menu
$45 Adults; $15 Children, 10 and Under

Appetizers and Salads
Chilled Shrimp
Chilled Poached and Roasted Salmon
Lox
Toasted Bagels
Sliced Tomatoes and Red Onions
Seasonal Fresh Fruit and Berries
Caesar Salad
Kale Salad with Blueberries, Sunflower Kernels and Lemon Vinaigrette
Mesclun Greens with Herb Vinaigrette
Shrimp and Artichoke Heart Salad
Tomato, Cucumber, Olive and Feta Salad
Blackened Chicken, Corn and Black Bean Salad
French Potato Salad
Garbanzo Bean and Tuna Salad
Lemon Quinoa Salad
Pasta Salad with Tomato, Basil and Garlic

Carved in the Room

Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Au Jus and Horseradish Sauce
Roast Turkey with Honey Mustard Sauce
Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint Jelly

Entrées and Sides

Eggs Benedict
Broccoli, Mushroom and Cheese Quiche
Waffle Bar
Omelet Bar
Sour Cream Pancakes and Blueberry Pancakes
French Toast with Peaches
Chicken Marsala with Wild Mushrooms
Seafood
Tomato and Mozzarella Ravioli with Basil Pesto
Bacon
Pork Sausage
Chicken and Apple Sausage
Breakfast Potatoes
Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Desserts
"On Mother's Day, Maxwell's continues its tradition of serving a beautiful brunch feast that is always festive and extraordinary, and we're looking forward to greeting every Mom on this special day," said Mike Romano, Food and Beverage Director for the East Bank Club.

Reservations are required for this very popular Easter Brunch. To make reservations, please call (312) 527-5800, extension 301, or schedule your table online at http://eastbankclub.com/dining/maxwells-at-the-club/events/mothers-day-brunch/
 


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Sacred Sound – Find Yours!
Interactive Sound Energy Healing with Elizabeth Tomboulian

Friday, May 9, 2014

8 - 10 pm
$25


Preregistration required
773-327-7224 
or info@LifeForceArts.org

Please join us for an Interactive Sound Energy Healing event. Raise consciousness through clearing disruptions in your vibrational state, gain insight into using Sound Energy Healing and learn to make your own personal Healing Sound. No previous experience required.

The workshop begins with an overview of the history of Sound as catalyst for creation in world cultures and spiritual systems. We will explore the universal nature of sound, developments in scientific research into sound, and tenets found in scriptures of different world religions about the spiritual power of sound. Next, we will do an interactive laboratory workshop, including a brief meditation to clear the energy bodies so that we can focus on techniques of overtone singing and finding our own personal healing sound (active participation is optional). Elizabeth will then present a performance of sound energy healing singing, accompanying herself on guitar. Included are inspirational songs Elizabeth wrote herself, as well as in collaboration with Jane Cross; a selection of poetry by Sufi mystic Rumi; and traditional uplifting songs from the USA and Brazil.

Elizabeth Tomboulian (www.elizabethtomboulian.com) has been a professional musician all her life. Her specialties are jazz, improvisation and South American music. She practices Sound Energy Healing, CranioSacral Therapy, and QUEST ™ at Meta Center NY, and is certified practitioner of Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy ™. Elizabeth has studied Sound Energy Healing with Rhiannon, Judith Kehealani Lynne, and Jonathan Goldman, founder of the internationally-acclaimed Sound Healers Association, of which Elizabeth is a member. 


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Boudica Rising:

Reclaiming Your Inner Warrior

with Raine Shakti

Saturday, May 10, 2014

2:30 - 5 pm

$50
Preregistration required
773-327-7224  info@LifeForceArts.org


Statue of Boudica by Thomas Thornycroft, London (photo: Wikipedia)

In 60 AD, Boudica, queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe, led a force of 100,000 against the mighty Roman empire and destroyed London in the pursuit of Justice.  Even today women who are audaciously bold and brazen are called bodacious in her honor. Boudica has many lessons to teach both women and men about facing our fears and claiming our inner warrior, the part of us that asserts our independence and sovereignty, knows how to stand on our own two feet, claim our space and stick up for ourselves.
  • Consider what it means to be a warrior in the 21st century
  • Name your fears and express them through drawing
  • Journey to meet your inner warrior and guides
  • Make a wooden shield with an image of your inner warrior to integrate your new consciousness
  • Publicly claim your inner warrior
This is a workshop you can’t miss if you are wondering why you lack momentum in your life, how you can be a warrior while maintaining your gentle heart, and are ready to face your fears. Wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to leave a warrior.

Raine Shakti is a writer, spiritual artist, and a Doctorate of Divinity candidate at Ocean Seminary College.   Raine has spent the last four years reclaiming her life and her inner warrior. Part of this journey was becoming an ordained priestess with the Fellowship of Isis. Raine has published a book on personal coaching called The Portable Coach: A Do-it-Yourself approach to Personal Coaching. Visit boudicarising.com

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Saturday, May 10, 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Wild Onion Grove Beltaine Celebration

 

Coming Soon
 


Online Class: Energetic Protection with Joan Forest Mage

Friday, May 9, 8 - 10 PM - Sacred Sound - Find Yours! Interactive Sound Energy Healing with Elizabeth Tomboulian

Saturday, May 10, 2:30 - 5 PM - Boudica Rising: Reclaiming Your Inner Warrior with Raine Shakti





Saturday, May 10, 5:30 - 7:30 PM - Wild Onion Grove Beltaine Celebration
Saturday, May 17, 2 - 6 PM - The Three Aettir & Beyond: Advanced Rune Lore & Practice with Vitki Kiel Milner


(registration closes May 21) May 22 - June 21 - Shamanic Journeying with Joan Forest Mage - a Mage Shamanic Certification Level 1 Seminar






Union of Reunion - Union of Opposites (c) Colleen Koziara
one of many beautiful works of art in LFA's exhibit
"Life Force Wheel: The Companion & The Warrior" running 4/25 - 7/15/14




Friday, May 23, 8 - 10 PM - Open Drum Circle with Cathy McManamon



Saturday, May 24, 7 - 10 pm - Opening the Priest/essing Path: workshop and ritual of self-ordination for priestesses and priests with Anne Key

Sunday, May 25, 2 - 5 PM - Journey Through The Elements: Using Your Inner Vision to Create Art with Colleen Koziara


Wednesday, May 28, 8 PM - Mariposa: Warrior Butterfly ritual performance with Sojourner Zenobia & King Lexie


Friday, June 27; repeated Saturday, June 28, both nights at 7:30 PM - "Bang to Hush; ishtar Envisions The World" puppet plays with Terry Reimer


Sunday, June 29, 1 - 4 PM - Pluto, The Moon's Nodes & Why You Are Here with Lin Ewing







 
Call for Artists  

Life Force Wheel:
The Phoenix & The Healer


the fourth in a series of multiarts shows exploring the deep Archetypes of human life through the Life Force Wheel


show runs August 3 - September 30, 2014
 
Deadline for submissions: Monday, June 23, 2014
 


 
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