Thursday, November 10 I Cupcakes & Cocktails – This evening will feature cupcakes prepared by Blue Sky Inn’s staff, paired with custom cocktails created and poured by expert mixologists from the U.S. Bartenders Guild. Guests can also enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. They’ll also be hosting a cupcake contest: they’ll supply the cake, icings, fillings, nuts, chocolate & other assorted goodies, and you can assemble it to eat or enter into a contest we’ll be holding that night. The contest will be judged by Amanda Rockman, pastry chef at The Bristol and contestant on Top Chef: Just Desserts. Our silent auction includes items from Avec, the Paris Club, Purple Pig, Big Jones, the Dana Hotel, Lush Wine & Spirits, AND Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks tickets. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy delicious food and cocktails and support Blue Sky Inn’s job training program for homeless and formerly incarcerated youth.
Friday, November 11 I The Neoccasion: 30 Beers for 60 Minutes – An evening to celebrate & support The Neo-Futurists. Featuring over 30 local and regional brews for tasting and a variety of Chicago’s finest pizza. Confirmed Breweries to date: 5 Rabbit, Argus, Finch’s, Goose Island, Half Acre, Hamburger Mary’s, Haymarket, Metropolitan, New Glarus, Stone and Three Floyds. There will also be a 30-minute beer-themed artistic program and live auction with brewery-tours, home-brew kits and other exclusive prizes on tap. This is a guaranteed enjoyable evening, but the true measure of the night will be the funds raised to support the Theater’s expansive programming.
Saturday, November 12 I The Nutcracker – From the bizarre battle of the mice and soldiers, to the mesmerizing snow scene, to the delectable dances in the Kingdom of the Sweets, Midwest Ballet Theatre’s highly acclaimed annual production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker will be presented at the beautifully restored Tivoli Theatre in downtown Downers Grove. Danced by the unsurpassed young talent of Midwest Ballet Theatre, this year’s guest artists will be April Daly and Mauro Villanueva, both principal dancers with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, returning to the Tivoli stage, along with Matthew Geiger, former American Ballet Theatre II dancer. Based on the original late 19th Century libretto, MBT’s full-length production has sold out or almost sold out every performance since its premiere in 1994. Choreography is by artistic director Mim Eichmann.
Saturday, November 12 I A Happy Ending and Thankful at CIC – A Happy Ending is written and performed by Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Artistic Director Farrell Walsh. Farrell allows his darker impulses to lead the way in this sketch review. Thankful, starring Jo Scott and directed by Phil Meister, satires who we love, what we love, and the things we do to them.
Sunday, November 13, Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15 I twentyone – t’s Existentialist Spring Break: When everything is permissible, how do we decide what’s right and wrong? An alcohol-soaked week in Mexico serves as an unlikely backdrop for self-reflection among a disparate group of twenty-somethings.Don’t miss the show deemed “one of the finest new plays in town” (nytheatre.com) during its 2004 NY premiere. A Midwest Premiere by Brett Neveu, directed by Brant Russell.