Category Archives: Entertainment

SNL The Experience

No matter what age you are, you’ve  no doubt watched SNL for years!

Now relive 40 years of the show in a way you never imagined. At Saturday Night Live: The Experience at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, you can become immersed in the show’s fast-paced creative processes and see how ideas become reality in just days. Interact with sets, original props and costumes. Take selfies on the Jeopardy set, rock out on the Wayne’s World couch, and deliver the “news” from behind the Weekend Update desk.

 

 

Get a sneak peak  HERE

Get a look behind the scenes!

People  are calling it  “amazing!”   and  “A  must-see!”

SNL – The Experience!

 

 

Chef Tong Returns to Taste of Chicago July 15th

Once again, Taste of Chicago is delighted to welcome one of Chicago’s favorite Chefs, Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef. He will present a delicious dessert featuring Lifeway Kefir – the ingredient that every cook needs in their kitchen.

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 12:30pm at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on the northwest corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances. People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and discuss preparation.

The Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11-15 in Grant Park. Admission is free.

For complete details, visit www.TasteofChicago.us.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Mentalist Joshua Kane April 7

Can he read your mind?

Discover your inner superhero in Mentalist Joshua Kane’s amazing interactive performance. Entire audiences experience simultaneous
telepathy, and witness dazzling feats of lie detection and what must be psychic phenomena.

 

Borders of the Mind is for everyone who wishes that they had gotten a letter from Hogwarts, that what was odd and strange about themselves as teenagers would turn out to be a latent superpower, or that someone would point a finger at them and say “You are the one!” People of all ages leap to participate in the strange happenings at the Borders of the Mind.

joshuakane.com/onstage/borders-mind-psychic-show-whole-family

“A voice that mesmerizes…”
– NY Daily News

 

Raised in an illegal boarding house and obsessed from an early age with books, magic, spoken word, fire-eating and the theatre, Joshua Kane was destined for a career on the stage, or as an international spy.

Kane is classically trained actor who has studied with Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and Marcel Marceau. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Kane has toured internationally. His work as a voiceover actor can be heard every day on radio and television in spots for clients ranging from Pillsbury to the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Borders of the Mind blew me away!”

Thomas Weidemann
Clemens Center, Elmira, NY

“You had everyone in the palm of your hand from beginning to end.”

Lillian Harder
Clemson University, SC

“Borders of the Mind exceeded even my high expectations, selling out all three performances on Super Bowl weekend …; garnering enthusiastic audience response…; and attracting great press.”

Deborah Sommers
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT

Isaiah Grass Holiday Music and Giving Back

Chicago’s  Isaiah Grass is an American Singer & Song Writer who is quickly gaining recognition as “the one to watch” as his fan base and music career continues to grow both locally, nationally, and overseas.

His interest in music began at childhood. At the age of 7 he started singing in his church choir, where it didn’t take long to be noticed by his unusual powerful vocal range and from that moment on he began to sing at charity events, school assemblies, talent competitions and many other venues.

Graduating from a performing arts academy, Isaiah was then scouted by modeling agencies in NYC, who encouraged him to pursue a career in the fashion industry. In 2010, Isaiah was scouted by LEDOM MODEL in Chicago, who signed Isaiah to their agency, and in return launched his music career to the public in 2011.

His debut single, “I’m a Freak”, was released worldwide on 01/11/11, becoming an internet hit with nearly 100,000 views in less than a month. Due to the phenomenal acceptance Isaiah received since the launching of his career as a singer, he released his debut album titled “Expect The Unexpected” on 12.12.12. This album contains 13 songs written by Isaiah, full of pop, dance, and acoustic songs which helped introduce his music to a wide range of diverse listeners demographically located around the world

Isaiah is currently ranked No.1 on the Chicago Reverbnation Pop Charts, and has over 300K followers combined on his social media (Twitter, Instagram, FB) and 2 million views on his YouTube channel.

If you haven’t gotten a copy of his CD “Christmas with You” get it TODAY!  He is  donating part of the proceeds to The Salvation Army.  Remember, this is A Christmas Song To Celebrate The Spirit of Giving. Get it at: shop.isaiahgrass.com

 

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111 Cool Places in Chicago

When ever I travel anywhere,  I see a  few of the big tourist  things  but then  I ask  around, talk to locals,  about  what they like  to do.  So I love books like this!

111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss (111 Places in …. That You Must Not Miss)

    • The ultimate insider’s guide to Chicago, fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs!

Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides!

This book is great  for locals and tourists!

Chicago. City of the Big Shoulders. What started off as a small fur-trading settlement is today a bustling metropolis. Once considered the “hog butcher of the world, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler”, Chicago’s colorful past remains hidden in the nooks and crannies of this wonderful windy city.

Adventures await, from the glamorous to the gritty. Sip dirty martinis in an elegant, underground, 1920’s bank vault. Paddle a kayak down the infamous Bubbly Creek of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. While away an afternoon in a salt cave, or smoke a classic cigar in the oldest family-run tobacco shop in the U.S. Snorkel a 32-acre, limestone sheet shoal, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Midwest. Dine outdoors in a 23rd floor Beaux-Arts cupola overlooking the Chicago River.

Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a diehard Chicago dweller who thinks you’ve seen it all, these 111 hidden places are waiting for you to discover them.

Author: Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri is a freelance writer specializing in family fun and travel, a Chicago public schools world language teacher, and an avid reader. She lives with her two kids – a tween boy and a toddler girl – in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Follow Amy and her adventures in Chicago and beyond on her personal blog, AmyWrites312.com.

Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL – Ice Show

Cirque du Soleil Fuses Excitement, Breathtaking Artistry and

Unique Creativity with Ice in     Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience

 

Opening in Chicago on Thursday, November 16, 2017- 4 Days ONLY!

 

Chicago (October 4, 2017) – Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to venture into uncharted territory with its brand-new creation, Crystal by Cirque du Soleil, exploring the artistic attributes of ice for the very first time. Specifically created for arenas, the state-of-the-art production will create a fresh innovative experience, pushing the boundaries once again by combining outstanding skating and sliding, remarkable aesthetics and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Crystal will perform at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL in six performances only, November 16-19, 2017. Tickets for Crystal start at $30.00.

 

Crystal, the show’s main character, sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered.

 

Crystal is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways. Discovering one’s individuality and uniqueness requires venturing out on thin ice.

 

Show Schedule: November 16 – 19, 2017

  • Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m.and 5 p.m.

 

Crystal is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has over 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

 

Forsythe Technology is the Official Sponsor of Crystal in the United States

 

Tickets                      cirquedusoleil.com/crystal.

 

Social Media          Facebook:           facebook.com/CrystalbyCirqueduSoleil

                                    Twitter:                @Cirque, #CRYSTAL

Instagram:          @cirquedusoleil, #CRYSTAL

 

Video                        https://youtu.be/HXHyPLXEYB4

Day of the Dead Chicago Events 2017

The National Museum of Mexican Art unveils this years Day of the Dead exhibit!
The Day of the Dead is one of the most stunning and important living traditions in Mexico, classified in 2003 by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Mexican community north of the US/Mexico border conserves and participates in the traditions of Day of the Dead by gathering in cultural spaces such as the Museum to honor and remember loved ones no longer present. Fine art and folk art are integrated into this exhibition to bring to life a Mexican celebration that bridges borders. This year more than 100 artists are represented in the exhibition via 10 ofrendas, The Xoloitzcuintle Project, folk art, and fine art pieces. This exhibition is curated by Dolores Mercado.
The exhibition will continue through December 10, 2017.
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Day of the Dead: Xicágo
Join the National Museum of Mexican Art for the annual Dí­a de los Muertos Xicágo celebration on Sunday, October 29th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and loved ones to celebrate Día de los Muertos as we transform the Museum and surrounding area into a beautiful work of art. To commemorate this special day, guests will enjoy face painting, art activities, ofrenda (altar) demonstrations, live musical performances, and Pan de Muerto (traditional Day of the Dead Bread). This year we are thrilled to be joined by Fernando Sic (Rimiyoho), who will create live animations projected on the Museum’s exterior.
Additionally, families and individuals are invited to participate by creating their own ofrenda (Day of the Dead altar) or sharing a photograph of a departed loved one as part of the large illuminated ofrenda. Read more about the event and how you can contribute.

Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Masquerade
The National Museum of Mexican Art’s Auxiliary Board cordially invites you to join us for a special celebration that honors life and the spirits of los muertos.
Save the Date!
Saturday, November 4th, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art

Enjoy a spectacular fall event complete with live musical and DJ entertainment, delicious culinary treats, and cocktails, all in support of the Museum’s programs.

More details to come! But early birds can purchase tickets now and take advantage of discounted pricing.

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National Museum of Mexican Art
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE every day!

Tony N Tina Still Going Strong!

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, has officially announced that they are extending their performances indefinitely, due to popular demand, and are officially “here to stay”! Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained more than one million audience members of all ages.

“It’s back, and it’s a blast!” raves the Chicago Tribune. This new production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, “a guaranteed good time” according to the Chicago Reader, is presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works.  Its previous run was one of Chicago’s longest-running, smash hit shows.

Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom.

The evening starts with the wedding at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave. immediately following the ceremony, guests are invited to Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), 1113 W. Belmont Ave, for a flashback 80’s reception.  From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends.

Tickets are $75 for the two-part event, which includes the ceremony and reception, featuring an Italian-style buffet dinner, dancing to 80’s hits and a champagne toast. Tickets for premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $85.  Additionally for 2017, a new opportunity is available to sit in the VIP section with members of the family for $99 per ticket. Discounts are available for groups of 16 or more by visiting GroupTix.net or by calling 773.327.3778. Seating is limited at each show so make your plans now.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://tonylovestina.com/.

Flip FabriQue October 7th

“Flip FabriQue projects an irrepressible spirit of fun and, yes, it’s catching.”
–The New York Times   (Photo by Benoit Lemay)

In the mood to party with friends? Then join Flip FabriQue for their stunning, gravity-defying show Catch Me! Leave your troubles behind and settle in for an astonishing, lively show that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Spectacular acrobatics, a one-of-a-kind trampowall and humor are all part of the spellbinding fun.

The company was created in 2011 by graduated students of Quebec City Circus School. They performed extensively with esteemed companies around the world such as Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize.

The company adopts a creative and collaborative approach developed entirely by its artists and director. This approach spotlights each performer’s qualities and strengths to create pure magic on stage.

The identity of the troupe comes from the true emotions behind each artist’s eyes. They are all true friends that journey in the same direction. Their show is about their friendship and the feelings they have for each other. The public can still feel their raw emotions even when they perform very high acrobatics and hard circus skills during their performances.

Flip FabriQue wants to promote joy, playfulness and friendship.

Tickets: $30 General Public
$25 Seniors, Staff
$15 Students

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Diversity Night at Six Flags Sept. 9th

Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America

Returns in 2017 for Year 6!

 

A Private Night in the Park to Celebrate Diversity

Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & BestGayChicago.com

That Will Help Benefit Howard Brown Health

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from 7:30PM to 12AM

 

Out In The Park is an annual private diversity fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides (with much shorter than usual lines! The park is only 35% full!) with a portion of all ticket sales each year help benefit various non-profits. “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBTQ community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with shorter lines and without homophobic or bigotry from anyone. It’s like a Fall Pride Celebration!”

 

This event started in 2012, as an LGBTQ night. In 2015 there was a huge shift in the public’s opinion on Marriage Equality and Equal Rights. (Joe Biden says Will & Grace was a huge influencer for the shift in public opinion!) Friends and allies “came out of the closet” as the showing of support more than doubled. It is for this reason, we chose to change the theme to a Celebration of Diversity. People of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are all welcome. Bullies and Bigotry will not be tolerated.

 

It’s important to us that everyone—no matter who you are, how you identify, or where you’re from—feel comfortable and confident. Our message is simple: You are welcome here.

Singer, model, author SIR JET will do a meet and greet in the parking lot at 7pm, as we await the gates to open for the evening. Then he will perform live at 1:30am, at Charlie’s, the host of the Official After Party! 3726 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613. $5 cover.

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $40,000 to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 18 years and business partner,

 

 

“We are honored that some of our peers including GRAB Magazine, ChicagoPride.com as well as Our Lives Madison and QUEST Magazine in Wisconsin also help us by donating advertising space for this event! It’s truly a community event where everyone comes together for the greater good!” says Derrick Sorles.

 

Advance $42 tickets can be purchased NOW at www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

Attendees get FREE parking for this special event! September 5th the price goes up to $47.

$52 at the gate, IF AVAILABLE.

This event is capped at only 5,000 tickets, to ensure lines stay short for the rides.

Season Passes cannot be honored for special events. All ages event.

Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+