Chicago Gourmet 2013 September 27-29

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Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. Guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers, and winemakers.

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Maggie Daley Park Opening October 2014

Scheduled to open in October 2014, the Maggie Daley Park will transform the sites of Daley Bicentennial Plaza into a single continuous public landscape that will operate at a variety of scales, serve a growing residential community, and join Millennium Park as a new international destination on the Chicago lakefront.
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Festival de la Francophonie: Chicago premiere of Yves Sioui Durand’s film MESNAK with director Q&A at Alliance Francaise of Chicago

Alliance Francaise of Chicago
March 23, 2013 at 1:00 – 9:00 pm
In partnership with the Festival du Film Francophone de Kalamazoo, curated by Vincent Desroches from Western Michigan University.

7:00 p.m. Mesnak (2011, 96 min.) – Québec / First Nations Introduced by director Yves Sioui Durand While rehearsing the role of Hamlet in Montreal, Dave, an Aboriginal actor in his twenties, receives a photo of Gertrude, his biological mother, about whom he knows nothing. The young man immediately leaves in search of the Kinoganish reserve, where he meets Chief Claude St-Onge, who is preparing a referendum on the cutting rights of a logging company. Without realizing it, Dave has stumbled on Gertrude’s future husband, and an old love triangle involving his dead father, the chief and his mother.

Also being screened will be: 1:00 p.m.: Matière Grise/Grey Matter (2011, 100 min.) – Rwanda, by Kivu Ruhorahoza. Winner Best Actor and Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival; Ecunemical Jury Award at Warsaw International Film Festival. First film ever made in Rwanda. Followed by a café & conversation.

3:00 p.m.: Toussaint Louverture (2012, 180 min.) – France / Haïti, by Philippe Niang. Nominated for outstanding mini-series at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Toussaint Louverture tells the story of the liberation of Haiti. Followed by an apéritif & conversation

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Auditorium Theater

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Venue: Auditorium Theatre – IL
Start: 3/8/2013 7:30:00 PM
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About Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents — as well as millions more through television broadcasts.
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ARTBAR at Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center
On Friday, March 8, from 6 to 9 pm, Hyde Park Art Center invites you to roll up your sleeves, rock out to some tunes, and feel inspiration flow as your inhibitions fall away at ARTBAR, a new ARTventure for creative adults, featuring live music and art making workshops like clay hand building, screen printing, and darkroom photography. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago. For more information call 773-324-5520 or visit for More Information

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