Friday, October 29, 2010

Buzz from Kurman: Roundup of October News

October flew by. We've had a great media month at Kurman Communications. In case you missed the news, here's a rundown of some of our placements in October. If you're interested in learning more about how we can help you market your business, send us an email or give us a call at 312.651.9000. You can always check Got Buzz for the latest information:

Kurman Clients In The News
October 2010

10.08.10 The Town of Cicero: ASLF
10.06.10  Extra News: ASLF

10.04.10 Gozamos: ASLF 

10.03.10 John Mariani Newsletter: Bella Bacinos 

10.25.10 Left Bank Life: Chicago French Market
10.25.10 Crain's: Chicago French Market
10.21.10 Time Out Chicago: Chicago French Market
10.19.10 She's Shopping Now: Chicago French Market
10.15.10 Pour Taste Chicago: Chicago French Market
10.13.10 Eater Chicago: Chicago French Market
10.12.10 Tasting Table: Chicago French Market
10.11.10 Cheeky Chicago: Chicago French Market
10.11.10 Crain's Chicago Business, On-Line: Chicago French Market
10.06.10 Chicago Magazine, Dish: Chicago French Market
10.06.10 Fulton River District: Chicago French Market
10.04.10 Where's the Locals Eat: Chicago French Market
10.03.10 Joanna's Fitness and Nutrition Blog: Chicago French Market
10.03.10 Daily Candy: Chicago French Market 

10.28.10 Pioneer Press: Fleming's
10.21.10 Evanston Review: Fleming's
10.21.10 Wilmette Life: Fleming's
10.21.10 Crain's Chicago Business: Fleming's
10.21.10 Chicago Fleming's
10.21.10 Got Buzz at Kurman Blog: Fleming's
10.16.10 Chicago Tribune: Fleming's
10.15.10 Fleming's
10.15.10 Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce: Fleming's
10.13.10 Chicago Sun-Times: Fleming's
10.12.10 Fleming's
10.07.10 Evanston Review: Fleming's
10.07.10 Wilmette Life: Fleming's
10.03.10 John Mariani's Virtual Gourmet: Fleming's

10.28.10 Pioneer Press: Guanajuato

10.28.10 Time Out Mayne Stage
10.28.10 Pioneer Press: Mayne Stage
10.28.10 Chicago Mayne Stage
10.21.10 Loud Loop Press: Mayne Stage
10.21.10 Centerstage Chicago: Mayne Stage
10.21.10 Chicago Sun-Times: Mayne Stage
10.19.10 For Folks Sake: Mayne Stage
10.19.10 Mayne Stage
10.18.10 The Ins and Outs of the Universe: Mayne Stage
10.18.10 Chicago Tribune: Mayne Stage
10.15.10 Concierge Preferrerd: Mayne Stage
10.15.10: Loud Loop Press: Mayne Stage
10.13.10 Brooklyn Vegan: Mayne Stage
10.11.10 Baby Stew: Mayne Stage
10.11.10 Metromix: Mayne Stage
10.10.10 The Audio Perv: Mayne Stage
10.09.10 NBC Chicago: Mayne Stage
10.08.10 Independent Music: Mayne Stage
10.08.10 Parasites & Sychophants: Mayne Stage
10.08.10 Chicago Pride: Mayne Stage
10.08.10 Rogers Park Alliance: Mayne Stage
10.07.10 Have Media: Mayne Stage
10.07.10 Do 312: Mayne Stage
10.07.10 Metromix: Mayne Stage
10.07.10 Chicago Reader: Mayne Stage
10.07.10 Huffington Post: Mayne Stage
10.07.10 Hollywood Chicago: Mayne Stage
10.07.10 The Local Tourist: Mayne Stage
10.06.10 Chicago Studio Club: Mayne Stage
10.05.10 ChiTown Guide: Mayne Stage
10.03.10 Windy City Rock: Mayne Stage
10.03.10 Stark Online: Mayne Stage
10.01.10 My Old Kentucky Blog: Mayne Stage
10.01.10 Metromix: Mayne Stage
10.01.10 Metromix: Mayne Stage
10.01.10 Metromix: Mayne Stage 

10.04.10 Searchable Me: JunoWallet
10.14.10 The Point of Sale News: JunoWallet

10.15.10 Time Out Restaurant Michael
10.11.10 LA Splash: Restaurant Michael
10.05.10 Restaurant Michael

10.26.10 Examiner: Saigon Sisters
10.20.10 Centerstage Chicago: Saigon Sisters
10.13.10 Time Out Saigon Sisters
10.06.10 Chicago Mag's DISH: Saigon Sisters
10.05.10 Tasting Table Chicago: Saigon Sisters
10.03.10 The Deef Blog: Saigon Sisters

WIN Free Lasik from Dr. Mark Golden

Dr. Mark Golden of Doctors for Visual Freedom Laser Center (5201 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago; 773-774-2102; and 2010 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Ste. 121, Arlington Heights, Ill.; 847-621-0633) is giving away Free Lasik eye surgery. To enter, simply send your name, e-mail address and phone number to Dr. Golden at The winner will be drawn at random Saturday, October 30.

About Mark Golden, MD, FACS, FICS
Dr. Golden is a board certified ophthalmologist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons where he holds the role as one of its Vice Presidents. He has more than two decades of experience performing refractive surgery and was one of the earliest pioneers in the field of Lasik Laser Vision Correction. He personally has performed more than 22,000 Laser Procedures operating on pilots, truck drivers, professional athletes, eye doctors and their families, malpractice attorneys and even his own wife. He started teaching the flap making process to international surgeons starting in 1993 before US FDA approval and after US approval of the laser, trained hundreds of surgeons in the techniques of Lasik and helped open laser centers throughout the United States. He is a well-known teacher and has lectured extensively at ophthalmology and optometry meetings held by organizations including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS),the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA). Dr. Golden can be contacted by calling 877-855-5961 or at

Halloween Strip Steak Special at Restaurant Michael, Oct. 31

Trick or Treat?

Restaurant Michael's weekly special will be a Halloween "Treat" on Sunday, October 31. It won't be scary or spooky, but it's a little different that Michael's normal specials. This Sunday, enjoy a 14 oz. Center Cut, Prime New York Strip Steak, grilled and served with a caramelized shallot and garlic twice-based potato, baby French green beans and the classic Sauce Bernaise This beautiful steak is $29 per person.

As always, remember to indicate your preference for the steak special when making your dinner reservation. Call to reserve your steak at (847) 441-3100.

Restaurant Michael is located at 64 Green Bay Rd. in Winnetka, Ill. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 4:30 p.m. -9 p.m. Learn more about Restaurant Michael and chef Michael Lachowicz at Tweet Michael at @RestoMichael

Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

This Year, Let Restaurant Michael host Thanksgiving Dinner

North Shore restaurant offers gourmet family-style holiday dinner, including carry-out

It’s that time of year once again to begin making holiday plans. In order to help make your choices easier and less stressful, Restaurant Michael is hosting Thanksgiving for you. This Thursday, November 25, Restaurant Michael hosts Thanksgiving dinner from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are accepted in 15-minute intervals. Dine-in reservations may be made through OpenTable or contacting the restaurant directly at (847) 441-3100.

Restaurant Michael also offers “Thanksgiving To Go” with carry-out dinners available for pick up between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. All carry-out orders must be placed in advance by Sunday, November 21. Contact Chef Michael Lachowicz directly to place carry-out orders at (847) 404-6916.

Both Thanksgiving dine-in and carry-out dinners are $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include a family-style presentation of the following

Everyone receives:
Warm Baguettes and Whipped Honey Butter
Candied Squash Bisque with Toasted Brioche Croutons
Tossed Field Baby Greens with Champagne Herb Vinaigrette
Each party has a choice of Two of the following entrées:
Brown Sugar-Brined and Roasted Organic Turkey with Pan Gravy
Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs Grande Mere (Red Wine Sauce, Pearl Onions and Bacon Lardons)
Roasted Tenderloin of Berkshire Pork with Rosemary Jus
Roasted Rack of New Zealand Lamb with Truffle-Scented Natural Jus

Each guest receives all of the following sides:
Sage and Organic Ground Beef Dressing (Stuffing)
Creamy Whipped Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato and Celery Root Gratin
Green Beans Tossed with Garlic and Bread Crumbs
Grand Marnier and Toasted Walnut Cranberry Sauce

Each guest receives all of the following desserts:
Individual Upside-Down Caramel Apple Tart
Individual Pumpkin Pie Tart
Cinnamon-Nutmeg Gelato
Grand Marnier Chocolate Truffles
Toasted Almond Biscotti

Michael Lachowicz and Restaurant Michael look forward to making new holiday memories with friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Restaurant Michael is located at 64 Green Bay R. in Winnetka, Ill. (847) 441-3100. Complimentary parking is available. Learn more at Be sure to “Like” Restaurant Michael on Facebook at and follow Michael on Twitter at @RestoMichael.

JunoWallet Adds Sharing and Social Gifting to JunoPoints and Foursquare Check-Ins

JunoWallet, the nation's #1 promotional gift card application available to iPhone and Android users, has taken another leap forward by introducing "Social Gifting" to its industry leading mobile gift card platform. Last week JunoWallet announced it had launched the JunoPoints loyalty program, through which JunoWallet users can earn 20 JunoPoints or more every time they check into a Foursquare merchant (retailer, restaurant, and so forth) who has "GoneLive" with the JunoPoints program. When a user accumulates 10,000 JunoPoints at that specific "Live" merchant, they earn a $100.00 gift card from the venue using those JunoPoints honored at that venue for all purchases. With its JunoPoints program, JunoWallet has monetized Foursquare check-ins and added a social gifting environment for consumers to engage with merchants around a loyalty program with tangible rewards.

Merchants can "GoLive" by going to the dashboard at or by contacting Cindy Kurman at (312) 651-9000 or

Now, with the new JunoWallet version 6.1, JunoWallet users can "gift" their JunoPoints to other JunoWallet users and vice versa, helping each other to earn their $100 gift cards much sooner. "It is the first ever loyalty program that allows and encourages users to share and trade JunoPoints to help their friends get to the promised reward. Now users can actually get the carrot associated with a loyalty program instead of just chasing it-and their friends can help," said Chris Sweis, Chief Mobile Officer. "We hope to create a dynamic Social Gifting environment where friends are monetizing their loyalty and using JunoPoints to earn gift cards from their favorite venues."

For example, if an out of town visitor to Chicago checks into a "live" Chicago coffee shop to buy a morning cup of Joe, he or she will earn 20 JunoPoints by checking in via Foursquare or JunoWallet. However, since the traveler may travel to Chicago only infrequently, he or she may not accumulate enough JunoPoints to earn the $100 gift card. Now, the traveler can "gift" those JunoPoints to a Chicago friend who can accumulate enough points to get the $100 gift card.

Similarly, the Chicago friend can return the favor by "gifting back" JunoPoints that the traveler could use back home at a "live" merchant.

The new social gifting capability also means that friends can team up to share a tangible reward. They could, for example, choose a "designated JunoPoint recipient" and send all of their individually earned JunoPoints at a particular "live" venue, such as a restaurant, to that designated recipient, keeping the process going until that person has 10,000 JunoPoints. Then they can all go to the restaurant together to share in the $100 gift card reward. "It will become a peer-to-peer activity that pays off in real rewards and reinforces the concepts of brand engagement and community," explained Sweis. "That's what Social Gifting is all about."

JunoWallet is a free mobile gift card app available for download by iPhone and Android phone users (and by Blackberry users in the near future). Once these smart phone users download the JunoWallet app and set up their JunoWallet account, they have access to a wide range of free promotional gift cards and gift certificates offered by a growing list of retailers, restaurants and other businesses. The gift cards stay on the smart phone and do not have to be printed out to be redeemed.

For additional information regarding JunoWallet, visit, contact or download JunoWallet for your iPhone or Android today.

JunoWallet is headquartered out of San Jose, CA and Chicago, IL. JunoWallet is a free mobile application and is available for download from the iPhone App Store and Android Market. JunoWallet is the number one gift card app for both iPhone and Android users with market penetration in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Mexico, Australia, and Japan. With more than $700 million dollars worth of promotional gift cards, JunoWallet offers users an incentive to try out mobile gift cards for their favorite merchants everywhere. With its patent pending technology, JunoWallet offers businesses the ability to start a mobile media gift card campaign within 5 minutes and, with a single click, push the campaign to Android and iPhone users worldwide. JunoWallet can be fully integrated and ready for use by any business in any country worldwide. For more information, visit or call 312-651-9000.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mayne Stage Adds to Fall Entertainment Calendar

Tickets for new shows will go on sale Friday, Oct. 29

Mayne Stage announces its new "Movies at Mayne Stage" program November 16, Family Groove Company November 24, plus WildClaw Theatre's Deathscribe 2010 on December 6. Tickets for new shows are on sale Friday, October 29 at or (773) 381-4554.

WFMT Live from Mayne Stage series continues
WFMT continues to broadcast live from Mayne Stage every Sunday at 11 a.m. Tickets to attend are $10. Check for a complete schedule of performers.
Will Ferrell's Anchorman at Mayne Stage, Nov. 16
Movies at Mayne Stage, November 16
Mayne Stage announces its new "Movies at Mayne Stage" program with life-size feature films on its 22-foot screen. Tickets are just $5, and when two film tickets are purchased, guests receive 20 percent off dinner prior to the movie. The first "Movies at Mayne Stage" is Will Ferrell's Anchorman Tuesday, November 16 at 8 p.m.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The discounted dinner promotion is only available on the same night as the film. Tickets are available at or (773) 381-4554.

Family Groove Company, November 24Family Groove Company, November 24
Groove to the music of Family Groove Company, a four-piece band hitting Mayne Stage Wednesday, November 24 at 9 p.m.

Chicago-based Family Groove Company has been turning heads and catching ears with a fresh sound since 2002. Family Groove Company integrates the groove sensibility developed by funk/jazz crossover artists, enveloping audiences with the fun, excitement and passion that radiates from the stage. Band members include Jordan Wilkow (keys), Janis Wallin (bass), Adam Lewis (guitar) and Mattias Blanck (drums). Learn more at

Thinner Teed opens for Family Groove Company with a kaleidoscope of musical genres including jazz, funk, blues, reggae and rock 'n' roll. Learn more at

Listen to the "groove informed jazz/rock" sounds of Family Groove Company November 24 at Mayne Stage. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 on sale Friday, October 29 at (773) 381-4554 or

Deathscribe 2010, December 6WildClaw Theatre's Deathscribe 2010 at Mayne Stage, December 6
Mayne Stage hosts WildClaw Theatre's Deathscribe 2010: 3rd Annual International Horror Radio Festival Monday, December 6 at 8 p.m.

WildClaw Theatre brings the world of horror to the stage, attracting an audience craving strange journeys of dread, suspense, horror and wonder. Deathscribe 2010 features five original horror plays, selected from nearly 1,000 submissions. Guest directors for Deathscribe 2010 include Lance Baker, actor/director and A Red Orchid Theatre ensemble member; Nic Dimond, director/scenic designer and Strawdog Theater artistic director; Bob Fisher, director of The Mammals Theatre Company; Carolyn Klein, actress/director and Seanachai Theatre ensemble member; and Greg Kolack, director. Learn more at

Enjoy a "horrific" performance with WildClaw Theatre's Deathscribe 2010 December 6 at Mayne Stage and see which play wins the "Best of the Fest" bloody axe award. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at or at (773) 381-4554.

Supporting Acts Announced
Chicago-based indie rock group Kelroy, opens for Rough Cut Thursday, November 4. Learn more at Doors open at 8 p.m., the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 on sale now at (773) 381-4554 or

About Mayne Stage
Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, on the north side of Chicago. A wide range of performances are held at Mayne Stage including concerts from varied music genres, comedy acts, theatrical shows and more. Mayne Stage is also the perfect place to host a private party or event. Visit or call (773) 381-4554 for more information, to buy tickets, or see a list of upcoming shows. "Like" Mayne Stage on Facebook at and follow Mayne Stage on Twitter at @MayneStage.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Restaurant Michael's Friday Specials and Upcoming Wine Dinner

Michael Lachowicz offers TWO dinner specials this Friday, Oct. 22 at Winnetka's Restaurant Michael (64 Green Bay Rd.; 847-441-3100): The 1.5-pound Maine Lobster served over Creamy Polenta with Drawn Lobster Butter, and the Roasted Filet of Veal Tenderloin stuffed with Foie Gras and wrapped first in a Savory Veal and Pistachio Pate, and then in a Golden Brown Puff Pastry, served over a lovely and perfectly balanced Pinot Noir sauce.

Each special is just $29 per person, but not that availability is limited so be sure to make your preference known when making a reservation.

Restaurant Michael also announces a wine dinner co-hosted by Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe next Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner features six courses paired with seven wines from the Domaine de la Solitude winery. The dinner is $95 per person inclusive of sales tax and gratuity. Contact Kevin at Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe for more details at (847) 498-9300.

Restaurant Michael is located at 64 Green Bay Rd. in Winnetka, Ill. 60093. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. To learn more or make a reservation, call (847) 441-3100 or visit Follow Restaurant Michael on Twitter at @RestoMichael

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar Named Winner of 2010 Breakthrough Award

Innovative Interactive Wine Dinner Takes Signature Wine Program To a New Level

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was recently recognized by Hospitality Technology magazine and presented with its 2010 Breakthrough Award. The restaurant was recognized for its innovation in workforce management with its use of TANDBERG videoconference technology to create the Fleming’s Video Network. Jennifer Capler, Vice President of Training & Development, and Craig Sheppard, National IT Training Coordinator, were on hand to accept the award in San Diego, California.

Craig Sheppard (Left) and Jennifer Capler (Middle) of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar were recently presented with Hospitality Technology magazine's 2010 Breakthrough Award in San Diego, Calif.

Through the use of this technology Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse has been successful in reducing the cost of traveling for its restaurant operators and executives. Additionally, TANDBERG is available to restaurant guests seeking an effective communications tool that allows them to interact with people in other parts of the country, whether it’s for business purposes or a special social occasion. All restaurants have a private dining room that is equipped with TANDBERG’s capability to communicate with all 64 Fleming’s locations and also any other video conferencing system in the world.  The network has been designed to utilize the industry standard protocols which allow calls from non-Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse locations as well.  Known for its ease of use and reliability, TANDBERG also has the capability to play PowerPoint presentations, DVDs and slide shows on a large LCD screen. 

According to Capler, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse recently hosted an Interactive Wine Dinner for wine enthusiasts across the country using the video network at each of its 64 locations.  This unique event provided guests with the opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner and signature wines from the award-winning Caymus Vineyards while listening to the owner and winemaker, Chuck Wagner, converse with Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Director of Wine Marian Jansen op de Haar and Executive Chef Russell Skall.  Through the live video feed from Northern California they collectively responded to guests’ questions from across the country.

“We were thrilled to provide to our guests cutting-edge technology to enhance the overall Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar experience,” said Capler.  “These technological advances have opened new doors, allowing our wine lovers to directly connect with key winemakers and enthusiasts.”

About Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
The nationally acclaimed Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders—with a unique wine list known as the “Fleming’s 100” that features 100 wines served by the glass.  Fleming’s was launched in Newport Beach, California in 1998 by successful restaurant industry veterans Paul Fleming and Bill Allen.  Today there are 64 restaurants nationwide.  Fleming’s is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Wine Enthusiast’s annual Awards of Distinction and Wine Spectator’s annual Awards of Excellence.

About TANDBERG/Cisco
Recognized as a leading global provider of telepresence and high-definition videoconferencing solutions for unified communications, the TANDBERG video conferencing system is the preferred system by Fortune 100 companies for its state-of-the-art features, functionality and reliability.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chicago French Market hosts events with Art Loop Open

Celebrate the inaugural city-wide Art Loop Open now through October 29 at Chicago French Market! Located at 131 N. Clinton St., the market serves as a hub for the West Loop/Fulton River District neighborhoods. Enjoy special Art Loop Open events all month long and don't forget to vote for your favorite piece of art! Voting runs through October 29, when winners are announced. The art will be on exhibit and for sale from October 30 - November 12.

Throughout the month, visit Chicago French Market for these events:
Art Loop Open Presents: Station

Join Art Loop Open for Station at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. Station is a performance transfiguring the sound scape of the MetraMarket. Station brings local sound artists to manipulate a fixed bank of field recordings collected on-site at Ogilvie Transportation Center, enacting an improvised performance launched during rush hour. Station inaugurates a site-specific exhibition of sculpture and installation exploring themes of transport, transience and industry as part of Art Loop Open. Artists on display - and in competition - include Nick Azzaro, Bill Boyce, Lynn Carlson, Barbara Cooper, Daniel Lavitts, Stefan Eichhorn, Taylor Hokanson and Shin Soo.

Art Loop Open Presents: Meet the Artist

Stop by anytime from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 for the opportunity to meet the creators of the inspired artwork displayed at Chicago French Market!

These events are open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, visit or visit their Facebook or Twitter.

Mayne Stage Expands Performance Roster with New Shows and Guests

Mayne Stage schedules more performances to its extensive roster including World Music for Pakistan-A Benefit for Actual Size Global, Boss Tenors: A Tribute to Gene Ammons starring Ari Brown, Eric Schneider, Greg Fishman and Hank Ford, Rough Cut, Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce and Darrell Scott. Changes to previously announced shows have also been made. Visit or call (773) 381-4554 for more information.

**Immediate Price Change for Wednesday, October 27Ticket prices for Guy Mendilow Band on Wednesday, October 27 at 8 p.m. have been changed. General admission tickets purchased in advance are $15, or $20 on the day of the show. A select number of reserved seats can be purchased in advance for $25. Students can receive a discounted ticket price of $12 purchased at the door with student ID, although these tickets are limited. Please contact the Mayne Stage Box Office with any questions at (773) 381-4554 or online at

**Immediate Time Change for Tuesday, November 2Due to a scheduling conflict, the time for Dumb-ocracy at Work!: Election Night with Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead has been moved to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $25. Please contact the Mayne Stage Box Office with any questions at (773) 381-4554 or

**Immediate Time Change for Thursday, November 11The time of Johnny Flynn's performance at Mayne Stage has been changed to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 11. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 on sale now. Please contact the Mayne Stage Box Office with any questions at (773) 381-4554 or

Actual Size Global
Newly Announced Shows:
World Music for Pakistan - A Benefit for Actual Size Global, October 20
Mayne Stage hosts World Music for Pakistan - A Benefit for Actual Size Global on Wednesday, October 20 at 8 p.m. Performers include Kevin Leeds and Global Cooling, Eyes Manouche, Lamajamal, and DJ RomaSoul. Enjoy music in support of the flood victims of Pakistan.

Actual Size Global is a grass roots not-for-profit organization whose aim is to bring awareness to the extremity of global issues affecting children of the world today. With an objective to raise funds to help educate, nourish and support children affected by natural disasters, poverty and war, Actual Size Global raises funds through creative benefits and the sale of photography, video and artwork. Proceeds are used by group members and volunteers who travel to affected regions in order to help directly in the field, improve and rebuild schools, provide educational materials, establish scholarship funds and help heal communities through direct interaction.

The evening begins with performances by Kevin Leeds and Global Cooling. The group plays rock, soul and world fusion music and is a local Chicago band. Learn more at

Eyes Manouche, a Gypsy Jazz band, follows Kevin Leeds and Global Cooling. Heavily rooted in Balkan music, Eyes Manouche blends the styles of many genres to create a completely original sound. Learn more at

Next, Lamajamal performs with a unique blend of Balkan, Gypsy, Arabic and North African dance music. Look forwards to hearing Middle Eastern vocals, serpentine clarinet melodies and exotic instruments. Learn more at

The night ends with DJ RomaSoul, a Sarajevo native and war-refugee. DJ RomaSoul spins a mix of gypsy punk and reggae beats. Learn more at

Enjoy a night of music while giving to a great cause at Mayne Stage Wednesday, October 20. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $8 for students at Contact Mayne Stage at (773) 381-4554 or for more information.

Boss TenorsBoss Tenors: A Tribute to Gene Ammons starring Ari Brown, Eric Schneider, Greg Fishman and Hank Ford, October 26Enjoy Boss Tenors: A Tribute to Gene Ammons starring Ari Brown, Eric Schneider, Greg Fishman and Hank Ford at Mayne Stage Tuesday, October 26 at 8 p.m. Tenor sax master, Gene Ammons, is honored with a one-night-only concert.

Gene Ammons brings a fat, warm tone and relaxed swinging style to the stage as a hero and stylistic role model to many. The concert features an evening of classical Chicago Jazz "Jug" (Gene Ammons' nickname) Style as well as some of Ammons' best work from the early 60's. Hard swinging and melodic, Ammons continues to be a jazz legend according to jazz DJ, Daddio Daley, who also claims that Gene Ammons "set the tone for the Chicago Tenor Saxophone".
Other masters of the tenor saxophone, Ari Brown; Eric Schneider; Greg Fishman and Hank Ford, also perform alongside Gene Ammons. They bring love and respect of Ammons and are excited to honor him in this concert.

Come to Mayne Stage for Boss Tenors: A Tribute to Gene Ammons starring Ari Brown, Eric Schneider, Greg Fishman and Hank Ford on Tuesday, October 26 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

Rough CutRough Cut, November 4Enjoy a night of music with pop, rock and blues group Rough Cut Thursday, November 4 at 8:30 p.m. at Mayne Stage.

Rough Cut developed as four musicians' vision of splicing pop-oriented rock and roll with a gritty, Chicago blues sound. Soaring vocals and angry guitars combine with a relentless rhythm section to form a radio friendly sound, only matched by that of their live sets which have been described as "refreshing," "crisp" and "loud." Rough Cut started as an unproven local band at the bottom of the Chicago music scene and has evolved into a headlining, weekend act at just about every major venue in their home city as well as a consistent success for talent buyers in unproven cities. Learn more at

Come listen to Rough Cut play Mayne Stage on Thursday, November 4 at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10, on sale Friday, October 22 at or (773) 381-4554.

Shannon McNally ET 091710Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, December 2Rock and Americana group, Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, perform at Mayne Stage Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally brings her alternative country music to Chicago. McNally has toured North America and performed with many highly regarded artists including Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Rufus Wainwright and others. She has appeared on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Mountain Stage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Learn more at

Enjoy music by Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce on Thursday, December 2 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on December 2. Tickets are available beginning Friday, October 22 at or (773) 381-4554.

Darrell ScottDarrell Scott, December 7Come listen to singer-songwriter Darrell Scott perform at Mayne Stage Tuesday, December 7 at 8 p.m.

Scott has written songs that have been recorded by more than 70 artists including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks and many more. His song, "Long Time Gone" performed by the Dixie Chicks was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2003 Grammy Awards. He also performs his own country music and recently released A Crooked Road, his sixth solo album. With a soul-saturated voice and dazzling instrumental chops, Scott's latest album is a hit with both long-time and new listeners. Learn more at

Darrell Scott performs Tuesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at Mayne Stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available Friday, October 22 for $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $40 for VIP seating at of (773) 381-4554.

Bears vs. Vikings Party, December 20Watch the Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings for a thrilling Monday night football game on December 20 at Mayne Stage. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Come cheer on the teams and watch touchdowns scored on a larger than life, 22-foot high definition screen. Tickets cost $15 and include a full football buffet starting at 6:30 p.m. with buffalo and barbeque wings, barbeque baby back ribs, chili, nachos, crudités and lobster macaroni and cheese. Drink specials for the game are $3 Miller Lites, $5 Jack and Coke, $5 Southern Comfort and Coke and more.

Join Bears and Vikings fans at Mayne Stage Monday, December 20 for an unforgettable game and viewing experience. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at or (773) 381-4554.

Third Coast PercussionThird Coast Percussion, May 24Enjoy music by Third Coast Percussion at Mayne Stage Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Third Coast Percussion uses an impressive array of percussion instruments to create a performance experience like no other. With exceptional talent and dedicated artistry, the quartet combines the driving intensity of drums, the beautiful warmth of marimbas and vibraphones, and the surprisingly exotic sounds of everyday objects to make music that is playful, memorable and profound.

Third Coast Percussion has established a reputation for its commitment to expanding percussion repertoire and setting the highest standard in new music performance. Passionately dedicated to modern music, Third Coast has commissioned, premiered, and performed pieces by many of today's preeminent up-and-coming composers, programming them alongside 20th century masterpieces for percussion. Learn more at

Enjoy a live performance by Third Coast Percussion Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Mayne Stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance, or $5 for students at the door. Visit or call (773) 381-4554 to purchase.

Supporting Acts Announced
Chicago performer SOVA opens for The Black Swans on Wednesday, November 3 at 8:30 p.m. Learn more about this ambient, psychedelic, punk performer at Tickets are $10 at or (773)381-4554.

About Mayne StageMayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Rogers Park, on the north side of Chicago. A wide range of performances are held at Mayne Stage including concerts from varied music genres, comedy acts, theatrical shows and more. Mayne Stage is also the perfect place to host a private party or event. Visit or call (773) 381-4554 for more information, to buy tickets, or see a list of upcoming shows. "Like" Mayne Stage on Facebook at and follow Mayne Stage on Twitter at @MayneStage.