Friday, September 01, 2017

Lina & Mason's Summer Send Off (Chicago,IL)

Join Lina and Mason Cole for an end-of-summer celebration and fundraiser for the SBAC at one of their favorite small businesses, Trader Todd's! Guests will enjoy an appetizer buffet; open bar with beer, wine and spirits; and karaoke entertainment. 

Ticket Prices
Early Bird: $25 | Online: $30 | Door: $35
Wednesday, September 20
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Trader Todd's
3216 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago

Labor Day Weekend With A Special Brunch at Prairie Grass Cafe

Start Labor Day Weekend on the Right Note with Jazz Brunch
at Prairie Grass Cafe
Kick off the holiday weekend with a special Saturday Jazz Brunch at Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433)! Featuring live music from bassist Jim Batson and his crew from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 2, the restaurant’s Saturday Jazz Brunch is the perfect way to fuel up for Labor Day.
Enjoy the live music while savoring delicious dishes like the special Crab and Local Corn Omelet ($16). A fall dish featuring seasonal, locally sourced sweet corn and succulent crab, the fluffy omelet is served next to sliced avocados and cucumbers and garnished with microgreens.

Other Prairie Grass Cafe favorites on the regular brunch menu include the Local Omelet, with farmer eggs, River Valley Ranch mushrooms, and Capriole Farm goat cheese ($11.50); Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with maple syrup and whipped butter ($12) or topped with raspberry sauce and Crème Anglaise ($17); and Ancho Marinated Skirt Steak with two eggs any style, breakfast potatoes and choice of toast ($27).

View the full brunch menu online. Call 847-205-4433 to make a reservation.

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 a.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 Follow Prairie Grass Cafe news at and on Facebook at

About Jim Batson Duo
A regular on the Chicago jazz scene for more than 25 years, Batson has had the great fortune to work with some of the top pianists in Chicago area including Marshall Vente, Bobby Schiff, Mike Flack, Jose' Valdez, and many others. These collaborations will be showcased during Prairie Grass Cafe’s Saturday Jazz Brunch.


Chicago >> DCASE News & Events - September 2017

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Chicago Jazz Festival

World Music Festival _Sahba Motallebi pictured_
August 31 - September 3
Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park
A Labor Day weekend tradition, the free Chicago Jazz Festival presents four days of local and international jazz artists on four stages. This year's festival features Dizzy Gillespie's Centennial Celebration with Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Festival Big Band, Jason Moran Presents In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959, Ellabration! 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald and the Rebirth Brass Band. More information at
September 8-24
Citywide including Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park
Celebrating diverse music from across the globe, this free citywide festival presents over 40 artists from 20 countries at 23 venues across Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. Highlights include Salif Keita, the all-night Ragamala and a debut of the Bharat Symphony by Dr. L. Subramaniam to commemorate the 70th anniversary of India's Independence.  
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September Events
Chicago SummerDanceUniversity of Chicago First Friday Lecture SeriesMillennium Park Summer Workouts
Chicago SummerDance
September 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
September 14
Willye B. White Park
Chicago Cultural Center 
Millennium Park
Millennium Park Summer Film Series_ Wayne_s WorldChicago International Film Festival 2017 International Screenings ProgramDame Myra Hess Concerts
Millennium Park 
Chicago Cultural Center
September 6, 20 & 27
Chicago Cultural Center
September 13
Millennium Park 
Stars of Lyric Opera presented by Lyric Opera of ChicagoInternational Greeter DayGarden of Peace_ Heart of Gratitude
Millennium Park
September 9  
Millennium Park
September 9  
Millennium Park, Lurie Garden
Stories_ Songs_ and Circle GamesSenior FestChicago Architecture Biennial
Millennium Park, Lurie Garden
Senior Fest
September 14
Millennium Park
Chicago Architectural Biennial
September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center & Citywide
Chicago_s River Edge Ideas LabGreat Lakes Music FestivalOVERRIDE _ A Billboard Project
Chicago's River Edge Ideas Lab
September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Expo 72
Millennium Park
OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project
Through September 17
WTTW Community Cinema_ My Neighborhood_ PilsenMaxwell Street MarketChicago City Markets
Chicago Cultural Center
Maxwell Street Market
Chicago City Markets
Through October
Various Locations

City Markets Presented by
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Featured News
Chicago Architecture Biennial Chicago Architecture Biennial Opens September 16
The Chicago Cultural Center is excited to host the Chicago Architecture Biennial this September 16 through January 7, 2017. For the second edition, 100 firms from more than 30 countries will display surprising new works that "Make New History, " about how the present informs the past and how local resonates globally.
***In preparation for this special event, the Chicago Cultural Center will be closed to the public from Saturday, September 9 through Friday, September 15. When the building reopens on Saturday, September 16, it will have new public hours: 10am-7pm Monday through Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Chicago Stories Chicago Stories Podcast with Gift Theater
Michael Patrick Thornton, co-founder and artistic director of The Gift Theatre, sat down with Mayor Emanuel for his Chicago Stories podcast. The Gift Theatre is a quintessential example of one of Chicago's storefront theaters, the intimate venues presenting new work and developing talent throughout Chicago's neighborhoods. The Gift Theatre recently participated in the tribute to Steppenwolf Theatre Company at the Fifth Star Honors, and Michael Patrick Thornton is a member of DCASE's Cultural Advisory Council.
Public Art Festival Save the Date for Fall Festivals & Events
Oct. 1-31 - Public Art Festival
Throughout the entire month, a series of neighborhood programs and events will highlight public art - the new and the iconic - throughout the city.
Oct. 21 - Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade
Chicago's diverse creative community will come together for a magical family-friendly spectacle and nighttime parade.
Free, Free, Free!
Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry
September 5-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, 2017, 9:30am-4pm
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.

One of the largest science museums in the world, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) has both an illustrious history and a focus on the future of science and science education. In September, MSI will be holding several Illinois Free Days where museum entry is free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residency. For more information, please visit their website.
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Mel Gibson's Jungle Vacation Home Is For Sale!

 The Costa Rica 403-acre jungle estate that Mel Gibson discovered while scouting a movie location is for sale at $29.75 million and featured this week at

“Mel Gibson's Jungle Vacation Home”
With its year-round tropical weather, democratic government since the 1940s and proximity to the U.S., Costa Rica was one of the first getaway outposts for semi-expat Americans when having an off-shore home - a practical alternative to Florida and California. Consistently rated by the Happy Planet Index as the happiest country in the world with safe streets, cheap cost of living, beautiful parks, dozens of sandy beaches, excellent medical care, a thriving economy and only a 2.5 hour flight to the United States, about 70,000 Americans have moved to Costa Rica and thousands more have purchased vacation homes - including Mel Gibson.
Gibson, whose paternal grandparents were an Australian opera star and American tobacco millionaire, was born in Peekskill, New York in 1956. His family moved to Australia when Gibson was age 12 where he studied acting. After he became an international movie star in the 1980s, Gibson began buying a string of luxury homes in California, Montana, Connecticut, Australia and Fiji. While scouting locations for his 2006 film Apocalypto, Gibson went a bit further than most Americans who tend to buy Costa Rican beach condos and bought an entire 403-acre beachfront jungle on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.
Gibson’s Costa Rican estate includes three homes which are separated from each other by an extensive canopy of trees stretching across the entire property. Each of the two smaller single-story homes have two bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, kitchens, verandas and their own swimming pools, BBQ area and are fully air conditioned. Of the two, Casa Barrigona has its own poolside cottage and Casa Dorada has a loft, giving each additional sleeping space. The main two-story hacienda-style residence, Casa Guanacaste, overlooks the long, wide beach and has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a large courtyard and pool and multiple terraces affording both ocean and jungle views. All three villas have been constructed of Costa Rican wood with Spanish and Italian tiles with red-barrel tile roofs that create a tropical ambiance. Located on the country's northern Pacific Coast, beach lovers will find white-sand beaches along with nearby steep cliffs. Animal lovers will enjoy the howler monkeys, get an occasional glimpse of an ocelot and watch sea turtles lay eggs on Mel’s private beach. The listing is held by Robert Davey of Plantacion Properties and Rick Moeser of Christie’s International Real Estate and priced at $29.75 million.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Space Foundation>> September 2017 Space Watch

September 2017: Vol. 16, No. 9
Bryan DeBates, Space Foundation Vice President - Education

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