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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team

If you’re fascinated by an era in history when bands of ruffians pillaged their way across the seas, then you have to check out the new pirate exhibit at the Field Museum. It tells the story of a real pirate exhibit that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago.
Click here for more information.

If you’re looking for some happy hour fun in the ‘burbs, check out the Wine and Wii event every Wednesday at the swanky new Arista hotel in Naperville. Pop some bottles, play some video games and while you’re there, check the hotel’s very popular Sugar Toad Restaurant. Click here for more information.

If you’re sick of hearing annoying, repetitive dance music, it’s time for a change. Discover the lost art of story-telling at Red Kiva’s “Stories and Wine” series. Every last Wednesday of the month, the plus West Loop lounge dimes the lights and brings out professional story tellers paired with live musicians. And even better, the featured bottles of wine are half price. Click here for more information.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank

When second place Illinois hosts first place Michigan State on Sunday, the battle for the Big Ten title will be yet another chapter in a decade-long familiar story.

For the past 10 years or so, the Illini and Spartans have met each other at the apex of the conference. In 1998 and 2001, they finished conference co-champions. In the latter season, they both earned #1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. In 2005, both programs reached the Final Four. In ’99 and ’00, they met in the conference
tournament title game, in ’06 they squared off in the semifinals. Last season, both reached the Big Ten tourney semis. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the game between #20 Illini (23-6, 11-5) and the #9 Spartans (22-5, 12-3) will be nationally televised.

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Glenn Murray, NBC5 Street Team

Who’s Coming? The Poets Are Coming!!
That’s the call and response throughout an EarCandy show …The poetry troupe has been giving that call and response at least twice a month in Chicago for the past nine years. This Saturday, the team of spoken word artists celebrate their anniversary at Dance (also known as Big City Swing) 1012 West Randolph in the West Loop. The celebration starts at 9PM and will feature a number of local poets and live music by the band Urban Groove. EarCandy is the longest running open mic set in the Midwest and the creative talents of lead poets Miles and Passion show no sign of letting up. If you like spoken word or if you are interested in learning more about the art, EarCandy this Saturday is the place to be. Admission to the celebration is $10 ($5 if you are a poet and want to perform). Food, drink and an all out good time will be had by all but you better get there early, space is limited and every anniversary show has sold out in past years. For more information visit www.earcandyinc.com

Who’s Coming ? Although I’m not a poet..I’ll be there..come join me..

Glenn

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street_cara_1_headphones_wordpressCara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

U2 is definitely an “arena rock band” with the ability to instantly sell out any venue they book. Getting tickets, even if you’re willing to pay top dollar, is always a challenge.

Here’s spectacular news: you can see U2 up close & personal for free! U2 is celebrating the release of their new CD No Line on the Horizon next week by coming to Chicago for an awesome live event on Tuesday, March 10. This will most definitely not be a huge arena show. It will be much more intimate and private, with the location being kept top secret. Shirley Manson of Garbage will be the host and U2 will actually be “deejaying”! You cannot purchase these tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime-experience, you must win to get in. And I’m just the gal for that…

I’m giving away a bunch of free U2 tickets next week on “The Mix”. You’ll have three chances to win each day (Mon-Fri): at 10:20am, 11:20am and 1:20pm. Just be sure to be listing to 101.9 WTMX at those times and I’ll tell you what to do to win.

Good luck!!!

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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

Are you involved in the music scene in Chicago? ChicagoMusicGuide.com is offering its own Economic Stimulus Plan by providing free banner advertising to local businesses. If you’re a band, musician, or music-related business in Chicago sign up for an ad any time during the month of March and it will run through the rest of the year.

To take advantage of this offer, you must be one of the following:

  • Chicago based bands/musicians
  • Music stores/instrument repair (independently owned)
  • Music schools/instructions
  • CD shops
  • CD duplication/distributors
  • Recording studios
  • Practice spaces
  • Venues/Clubs/Coffeehouses (wherever music is performed)

Nonprofits are also invited. To participate email your banner (468X60, 120X600, 160X600, 125X125)  with code 09new0773 to advertising@chicagomusicguide.com.

Full disclosure: The Local Tourist is a content partner with Chicago Music Guide.

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 LaShonda Matlock, NBC Chicago Street Team
Of all the issues surrounding the White House these days, believe it or not, fashion is causing an uproar.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s green, sleeveless, tea-length dress was a hit Feb. 25 when she presented the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize to Stevie Wonder. And with all eyes on the First Lady, Obama choose another unknown designer for the high profile event, Wonder’s wife Kai Milla.

But the First Lady’s affinity for unknown designers and modern taste has come with its share of criticism. And her main love for all things sleeveless seems to be the source of the controversy.

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Glenn Murray, NBC5 Street Team

Jennifer Cooper calls her form of artistic expression a “Creative Diversion” it doesn’t come in the form of music, spoken word, or even dance. Jennifer’s “thing” is photography. She would describe her style as abstract, at times. There’s not one particular area that Jennifer favors. She photographs nature as well as people, but she wants there to be more that peopel get out of her work. Jennifer wants people to look at her photos and wonder about what was going on right before she took it; not just the standard “oh that’s pretty”, but genuine emotion, similar to emotion that comes from listening to a favorite song.

"Abstract Thoughts"

"Abstract Thoughts"

Taking pictures for over 20 years. The things that got her started were seeing her father with his fancy camera taking all kinds of pictures of the family when they were growing up. She has photographed CD Covers, Brochures and even had few pieces published.

"Reflections"

"Reflections"

Jennifer never really thought about taking photography seriously, but the signs encouraging her were hard to ignore.Experience her work and her “Creative Diversions”.

View More Works By Jennifer Cooper at  www.kreationsart.com.

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

It has become generally acceptable to frequent a club or a bar for the chance to flirt with the hot bartender with the great smile, or the sexy server with the smoldering body. But what about the DJ’s? While normally relegated to an unseen elevated tier above the dance floor, here are some of the hotties who will be raising the roof–and the temperature, tomorrow night:

DJ Voxbox
As one of the most interesting DJ’s to emerge in the scene in recent memory, this handsome sexpot orchestrates his Retromash symphony every Friday night at Wild Pug. Recently named one of the most eligible bachelors by Time Out, this Illinois native weaves his unique techno-robot-futuristic beat into some of everyone’s favorite tunes, from the 1960’s to present day.

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Tevis Jory
If Dita von Teese had a younger, sassier sister, DJ Tevis Jory would be it. Tall, slender, and with the perfect mix of punk, spunk and style, this Wicker Park beauty takes command of the booth every Friday night at Northside. Spicing up the night with tunes that will have you dancing, singing and rocking it out, this girl is at least as entertaining as the music she so deftly mixes.

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DJ Greg Haus
With his boyish good looks, a funky blond mop, and green eyes, this veteran DJ knows how to throw his crowd into ecstasy. Working his magic at Berlin every Friday night, Haus has been sending electric shockwaves through some of the most buzzed about parties in town, including the bluechip MCA’s debut for Wolfgang Tillmans. Don’t be surprised if you also happen to catch him at Neo, Hydrate, Smart Bar or the Funky Buddha Lounge–that’s what happens when you’re in demand.

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DJ Shaka 23
The grand dame of electronic beats, this former New York City model has amassed one of the most impressive repertoires in town. Lavish New Year’s Eve parties at the Sofitel and W hotels? Been there. Collaborating with Boy George on Glamourama? Done that. This sought-after trendsetting femme fatale concocts what could only be described as musical cocktails: part disco, part electro, and a good squeeze of funk. Watch her serve it at the Victor Hotel.

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DJ Ryan Paradise
Something about the combination of chiseled features, a smooth ‘tude and perfect mastery over just about any kind of music always gets us off our feet and up on the dance floor. Come watch this self-proclaimed “Graphic Mad Man” kick it off at the Wicker Park staple Debonaire tomorrow night.

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One encounter with any of these sexy Chicagoans, and the conversation with the hot bartender and the smiley server will be limited to: “Hey, think you could introduce me to the DJ?”

To learn more about what makes Shlomi spin right around in Chicago click here.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Bartenders, as we once knew them are becoming extinct.  They are being replaced by professionals that are more creative, specialized and that take their craft a lot more serious.  The  new age bartender has emerged to become a “mixologist” and many of them were on hand at the recent “10 Cane Rum Ministry of Bartenders” at Le Lan restaurant downtown Chicago.b87791

10 Cane Rum is considered by some to be the best rum, based on how it is extracted from the best cane and distilled.   The ability to concoct creative cocktails from this spirit makes it fun for mixlogists.  The Ministry of Bartenders event featured four different specialty cocktails that were paired with appetizers and a three course dinner.  One of the notable mixologists on hand was Adam Seger of Nacional 27.  Adam discussed how he uses organic ingredients to mix up his creations and lent a hand to make a couple of the featured cocktails for the evening.  The cocktails included:

Georgia Peach – 10 cane rum, ginger peach jam, ginger beer, peach bitters

10 Cane Spiced Pear Daiquiri – 10 cane rum, fresh comice pear juice, lemon juice, spiced syrup, (clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, black pepper corns, sugar, water) garnish pear slice

Rhubarb Sour – 10 cane rum, rhubarb sour, aperol, lemon juice, egg white

Swan Song – 10 cane rum, tamarind syrup, licor 43, coconut water, lime juice

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Nacional 27 Mixologist Adam Seger prepares a 10 Cane Rum cocktail.

Log onto www.10cane.com for more information and recipes.  Watch Fete Select TV on www.efete.net for the newest and hottest restaurants in Chicago.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank, NBC5 Street Team

Check it out! I’ll be guest hosting the Morning Break sports talk radio show on Friday, February 27th from 10am-noon AM 1240. Listen online, at work, or in your car and maybe call-in too 773 792 1240 http://www.morningbreak1240.com/.

We’ll be discussing Chicago sports, the beginning of baseball, the coming of March Madness, thesportsbank.net, maybe the Soxman and much more. Part of the reason we sports fans love watching our teams play is because we have plenty of people out there to discuss and debate the players and games that we find so compelling. So NBC and Sports Bank commenters, be sure to come on out and partake in the discussion on Friday!

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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

Brian Duncan and Bin 36 have been acknowledged often by the wine and restaurant industry for expertise in their field. He’s been titled Gourmet’s Chicago Wine Director of the Year and is a James Beard nominee; the restaurant is winner of the Best Wine Pairing System by Wine & Spirits Magazine, and recipient of the Award of Unique Distinction from Wine Enthusiast. Yet despite the accolades in a profession known for its exclusivity, he’s managed to develop for Bin 36 a reputation of a comfortable and welcoming approach to wine.

Duncan is also a winemaker, and at a tasting of some of the 2006 and 2007 Bin 36 wines his enthusiasm was palpable. In fact, he was so entertaining it seems to me the best way to capture it is to let you “hear” him.

On making wine:

“I think of myself as more of a wine chef than a wine maker.”

“They ask me ‘where’s your vineyard, where’s your winery. But if I were a chef they wouldn’t ask me where’s your farm, where’s your cow.”

On the hospitality industry:

“I should not have to be a tailor to get my suit altered.”

“I don’t want to talk somebody into the wines.”

“I want to see wine at every table. At $100 a bottle I can’t do that.”

“We’re in the hospitality industry first. We’ve got no business making anybody feel uncomfortable.”

On Chicago:

“We’re not a great restaurant city because (just) one of us is good.”

“That’s the reason Chicago is unlike any other city.” (after pointing out several other restaurateurs and the sense of community they share)

On wine & wine tasting:

“Approach food and wine like a kid who’s had cotton candy for the first time and the top of his head is about to blow off.”

“I don’t care if it’s from Mars or Timbuktu as long as it tastes good.”

And my favorite quote of the night:

“If somebody’s making you feel bad about a wine that you like, tell ’em to getcha hell outta yo face.”

When Theresa’s not tasting wine, she’s posting wine tastings on The Local Tourist.

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Marcus Riley, NBC Chicago Street Team

A Hyde Park woman is on track to becoming PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door.”

Sheena Spikes is one of 12 finalists chosen out of more than 1,000 entries in the United States and Canada for the contest.

Spikes adopted the vegan lifestyle after reading the book Skinny Bitch, and felt the need to combat a hereditary predisposition to heart disease.

Click here to read the rest of this post on nbcchicago.com.

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

At first glance, it seems that with the holidays and the awards seasons officially over, all major excuses to indulge in delightfully hedonistic activities have been exhausted.

However, a closer look at the calendar reveals that one more indulgence — and the most delectable one — is left. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for Mardi Gras.

As the most festive day of the year, Mardi Gras celebrates anything hopelessly addictive, senselessly decadent, and outrageously pleasurable. So whether you like boys, girls, or both, here are just some of the events going on in Chicago this Fat Tuesday.

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Marcus Riley, NBC Chicago Street Team

A North Side bar believes it has just the cure if you’re suffering from a case of the winter blues.

Kirkwood (2934 N. Sheffield) is hosting its first annual Polar Bear Party on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., two hot tubs will be set up in the beer garden.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team

This week’s Word on the Street segment took place at the Street Team Divas party at Crimson Lounge. So of course, we used the divas to tell us all about the events.

Forget Friday, it looks like Wednesdays may be the new date night, because there’s restaurant deals all over the place. Le Colonial (937 N. Rush St.) has three course dinner for only $20 per person which includes a shared appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert. Click here for more information.

C-House in the Affinia Hotel has a deal on Wednesday nights as well. Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., diners can enjoy two customized seafood tacos and a beer for $9 — or 121 pesos if you’re counting.

Bin 36 is the place to be every last Wednesday of the month for the Wine Around Series. The tastings are held in the upstairs loft area, and each event has a different theme. On Feb. 25, you can experience Brian Duncan’s own award-winning wines which were featured in Food & Wine and Wine Enthusiast magazines. Three new varietels will debut, including the signature 10th Anniversary Sparkling Cuvee.

Learn all about the story of hip hop and a variety of social issues in the production of “I Still Love Her,” playing new at the
Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.

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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team

About a year ago a very dear friend of mine, Chemin Miller, along with his business partner Damien Pearson, opened Par Lounge at 1415 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the venue that housed the old Evuli’s, a popular Wicker park hang-out from back-in-the-day.

According to Chemin, “It felt like the neighborhood needed a new and different element.” And based on how quickly Par has caught on, he wasn’t too far off! Not long after opening, Par became a popular neighborhood post.

The patrons can be described as locals looking for an unpretentious after work lounge to sip cocktails and unwind after a long day at the office, and on weekends the party-goers show up in droves to groove to the up-tempo sounds of the resident DJ.

As if being one of the newest kids on the block wasn’t enough of a draw, Chemin and Damian have decided to give Par a swanky face lift. The enhanced décor includes slate tables, a new dj booth and a spanking new bar surrounded by multiple flat screens. But, my fave addition is the full bar and dinner menu featuring delicious Carribean and Moroccan dishes such as Pan Roasted Cod and Plantain Chicken Nachos. And a big extra is that the kitchen is open late, until 1am.

Par hosts weekly special events and offers nightly drink specials like $3 martinis and $5 cosmos.  And as if that’s not enough, the friendly and ridiculously personable staff at Par is the cherry on top.

Par Lounge

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 Rikki Greenberg, NBC Chicago Street Team

I would like to congratulate Photoshop on another outstanding job today.

Former 80’s icon and current modelizer Madonna looks absolutley nothing like herself in the latest edition of W magazine. The 50-year-old pop grandma and W magazine cover girl is completely free of any wrinkles, sun spots, spider veins, grey hairs, saggy skin or any other indication that she’s over the age of 25. I find this new youthful image to be suspect, because of how drastically different she appears without a Brazilian model and professional photographer in her face.

Madonna has never shied away from controversy, so the details of her sweltering romance with 22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz (super tan, exotic and a “Jesus Luz” tattoo on his upper back? Hook a girl up Madonna!) told through photographs doesn’t surprise me. Doing so without crows feet or mouth lines is just unnecessary.

The age difference between the model and Madge is an alarming 28 years. She should be proud of that age difference by gracing the matte pages of W Magazine with at least one natural wrinkle or strand of grey hair.

Is the Queen of Kabbalah saying that you have to keep a young-looking appearance in order to date someone 2 decades younger than you? She might not be but it’s hard not to think that when every shred of age-revealing evidence is covered up by computer magic.

Take a look for your self.

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Ben Soldinger, NBC5 Street Team (video)

If you haven’t yet been to Ristorante Prosecco, (312-951-9500) you will find out that one of Chicago’s most elegant dining rooms has the Italian cuisine and service to match its decadent decor, while promising not to put a dent in your budget. Prosecco’s bar is absolutely beautiful which makes it one of Chicago’s best places to sit down and enjoy a drink. The brilliant team of Kathryn Sullivan Alvera & Jason Clark , who was an integral part of the creative process of the Narcisse Champagne and Caviar Salon (I miss those days), has joined forces with the highly talented and very personable Chef Mark Sparacino who heads up the kitchen team.

Next week on Wednesday February 25th, Prosecco is celebrating its one year anniversary in style by having a Cosentino Wine Dinner co-hosted by yours truly. I can attest that the food and wine pairings have gone through great depths of attention to detail for all the revelers’ delectible enjoyment. This would be a good time to go for your first visit, or if you have already been fortunate enough to experience Prosecco previously, this will be a great time to return! Space will be limited so be sure to make your reservations and not miss this event! Hope to see you there.

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LOCO FOR TOCCO!!!

candace-small2Candace Jordan, NBC Chicago Street Team

I’m loco for Tocco!!!  Last night we went to Bruno Abate’s latest restaurant venture called Tocco located at 1266 N. Milwaukee Ave. (773) 687-8895.  I don’t know how he does it but just like his other eponymous restaurant Follia, Tocco is imbued with style and artistry.  While Follia showcases new designer talents, Tocco will be featuring the latest artists tocco-segment1around town.  I love how Bruno promotes young talent and mixes it with the best and freshest Italian dishes AND a great crowd.  No wonder the place was packed!  You saw everyone there from the top neurosurgeon in the world to the sexiest men and women.  It’s people watching at its finest!  I highly recommend this chicest of chic new restaurants.  And wait until summer comes when the whole restaurant will open up to a giant side patio!  You better start working on your tans AND reservations now!  I have the number on speed dial…..:-)tocco-owner1

 

The Joffrey Winter series is a must see!  Just like the title dancer in “Sacre Du Printemps”, the Joffrey Ballet danced their little hearts out on the opening night of their Winter Series which began on Wednesday, February 18th and runs through March 1st at the Auditorium Theatre.  There was something for everyone beginning with a happy and lively tribute to Vienna choreographed by Gerald Arpino.  Next up was Mobile – a breathtaking meditation on balance inspired by the mobiles of Alexander tocco-dining-room1Calder and choreographed by Tom Ruud and then a stirring pas de deux from the ballet Cotillon.  But the star of the evening was a ballet that caused riots when it was first performed in 1913.  Choreographed by Nijinsky, it stands as one of the most magnificent musical and dance pieces of all time.  It is introduced by an informative video that explains its origins.  World renowned dance historian, Millicent Hodson, was instrumental in setting this ballet for the Joffrey.   Sacre is one of the most difficult dances for the company to dance and you’ll see why when you experience it for joffrey-segmentyourself.  It comes “highly recommended” by Heidy Weiss, the Sun-Times dance critic.  For tickets and more info—(312) 902-1500 or www.Joffrey.org.

 

Check out www.CandidCandace.com for more sights and sounds!

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stephanie_small1Stephanie S. Green, NBC Chicago Street Team

Well – I’ve got some great ideas for ya! From the incredibly expensive to the unbelievably free, there’s always something To-Do in Chicago!

For those of you who have managed to remain recession-proof, celebrate your accomplishment at the fabulous Night of 100 Stars!  This red carpet gala takes place at the DuSable Museum and honors Chicago’s African-American Historymakers.  Unlike some black tie galas, guests at the Night of 100 Stars honor “the code” and dress in their finest!  At $300 per ticket, you can mingle throughout the museum while sipping cocktails, enjoying lavish hors d’ouevres and being entertained by live music.  A brief program will honor the Historymaker Award recipients, yet provide ample opportunity for you to soak in the ambiance as you begin to realize that you, too, are one of the beautiful people!

John Francis Ficara

John Francis Ficara

If that price tag is a little too steep for you, for only the $3 cost of DuSable Museum admission, you can take a tour of “Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule:  Black Farmers Since Reconstruction.” 

Black family farms, formerly a way of life and source of pride for many, are fast disappearing. Explore the changes through the eyes of award-winning photographer John Francis Ficara.

In five distinct sections, Distant Echoes follows Black farmers through their daily struggles and triumphs. In Legacy of the Land, family farms are brought to life through images of husbands, wives, and children at work on the farm. African Americans have come to equate land ownership to independence, wealth, and full citizenship. Believing that owning and working the land makes them masters of their own economic fate, Black farmers have frequently sacrificed everything to keep their land and remain independent farmers.

Real Men Charities is hosting a Recruitment Breakfast on Saturday morning to recruit a few good (real) men for its annual Father’s Day Real Men Cook event.  Enjoy complimentary breakfast and find out how you can be a participant in this year’s 20 year anniversary for Real Men Cook.  They’ll also be offering a three-hour sanitation training session, which, I believe, is a prerequisite for participation in the event.

The African Festival of the Arts is also celebrating the big 2-0 this year!  The African Festival of the Arts is one of the most highly anticipated and widely attended neighborhood festivals.  Full of good food, good vibes and – oh yeah – great art, the festival energy is contagious!  The 2oth Anniversary Celebration begins this Friday with a free exhibition of the African Festival of the Arts Featured Fine Art Collection: 1993-2008.  How many posters have you collected over the years?  Come and check out what you’ve missed!

We’ve got a lot of culturally-themed theater productions in town at the moment and they cover a broad range of topics, which raises the issue of “traditional” versus “urban” Black Theater.  The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit takes this discussion head on with A la Carte:  The Candied Yams EditionThink that August Wilson is more of a cultural icon than Tyler Perry? Then come and “duke it out” with another fiery discussion that will sure to keep you coming back for more! Our panel consists of Adrian Dunn and Byron Johns from Hopera World Music Inc.’s Chronicles of a Fallen Hero and Rashida Shaw, a Performance Study PHD Candidate from Northwestern University, among other notable panelist and participants.

Looking for more To-Do?  Visit www.so-LAZE.com and make it a fabulous weekend!

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street_cara_1_headphones_wordpressCara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

Who says the stars are only out in Hollywood.  So many TV shows are now holding exclusive premiers right here in Chicago.   In fact, I have the pleasure of moderating a TNT Kenneth Johnsonshow premier next week – actor Kenneth Johnson will take part in a Q/A session right after the premier of  “Saving Grace” is viewed at Chi Bar inside the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago…this Tuesday, February 24, 7pm-9pm.

If you want to take part in the fun, the good news is that it’s free to attend – but you’ll need to preregister.  Tickets are first-come-first-served, so hurry and shoot an email to savinggracechicago@gmail.com if you’re interested.

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

It’s impossible not to feel like you’re under fire with the myriad of technological arrows shooting at us on a daily basis. Most days are spent trying to grab, or dodge, as many arrows as possible — a celebrity’s Tweet about giving birth; a friend texting dinner invitations; a significant other calling your cell; a backpacking cousin Skyping; an old classmate poking you on Facebook; your boss’ frantic email. In short, it’s a technological war zone.

It’s definitely time for a break, and that’s where Matt Leyes’ Men’s Grooming Parlor (5316 N Clark St.) comes in handy. The recently opened space in Andersonville offers a peaceful atmosphere in a handsomely decorated space that feels like a cross between a stately English library and a cozy bed & breakfast.

Click here to read the rest of this post on nbcchicago.com.

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Jim Grillo, NBC Chicago Street Team 

The Mitchell Dental Spa is a full-service facility in Chicago’s Water Tower Place

mitchell's dental spa

Unlike other cosmetic dental offices which are only spas or salons in name, the Mitchell Dental Spa is a full-service facility offering dentistry along with massage, facials, and skin rejuvenation.

Dental appointments include a complimentary 10 minute spa treatment, where clients can choose anything from a back massage to a lip hydration treatment.

I visited the the Mitchell Dental Spa for a teeth whitening, but as you can see in video below, this is not your ordinary dental visit which most of us dread.  It was more like a one hour stress free vacation that would make anyone look forward to going to the dentist.

Sample their fully-stocked refreshment bar. Let one of their massage therapists knead the tension out of your neck and shoulders. Then lay back with your own private flat screen TV while Dr. Mitchell creates the smile of your dreams. 30-90 minute spa treatments are also available.

Mitchell Dental Spa
Water Tower Place
845 North Michigan Ave
Suite 922 East
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312.642.1014

Jim Grillo, CMP NBC Chicago Street Team and Hereschicago.com

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