Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Upcoming Performances and Events Announced at Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago) adds more events to its well-rounded performance lineup including Swississippi Records, October 3; Vikings vs. Packers Party, October 24; Ross Johnson, October 30; The Giving Tree Band, November 6, and Fareed Haque, November 20. Tickets are available now for all shows except Ross Johnson and The Giving Tree Band, which are available Friday, October 1. Buy them at or call (773) 381-4554.

Swississippi Records, October 3
Swississippi Records, a new Chicago-based blues label, hosts Triple-Play CD Release Party at Mayne Stage Sunday, October 3 at 8:30 p.m.

The brains of the Swississippi Records operation, CEO Chris Harper and General Manager Dave Katzman, see their company as a bold venture into the world of the blues, music whose steady roots and ever-changing vision continues to be heard and praised across the globe. Launched on September 21, Swississippi Records plans to sign individuals and bands in the blues genre that have that little extra something. They want artists that have their own style and are contributors to the future of blues music.

The CDs released on October 3 include: Swississippi’s Chris Harper, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, Jimmy Burns, Bob Stroger and others’ 4 Aces and a Harp, Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues and Peaches Staten & The Groove Shakers’ Live at Legends. Live performances by Chris Harper, Rob Blaine and Peaches Staten will top off the event.

Come celebrate the release of these three CDs and the newly launched label on October 3. Tickets are $20 at or (773) 381-4554.

Vikings vs. Packers Party, October 24
Watch the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers for a thrilling Sunday night football game on October 24 at Mayne Stage. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Come cheer on the teams and watch touchdowns scored at Lambeau Field on a larger than life, 22-foot high definition screen. Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door 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 and $5 Southern Comfort and Coke.

Join Vikings and Packers fans at Mayne Stage Sunday, October 24 for an unforgettable game and viewing experience. Tickets are available at or (773) 381-4554.

Ross Johnson, October 30
Ross Johnson, magician and psychic extraordinaire, brings his unique array of gifts to Mayne Stage Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. for Halloween: Enigmas and Perplexities with Psychic Ross Johnson.

Johnson is a perceptive performer accomplished in many different aspects of magic including mind reading, fortune telling and telepathy. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the table along with a professional appearance and masterful showmanship skills. In 1988, he won the award for Distinguished Professionalism in the Performance of Mentalism by the International Psychic Entertainers Association.

Johnson boasts of interactive performances at many Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, IBM and General Electric. He travels across the country to different locations to showcase his talents in the psychic arts and turn skeptics into believers. Based in the greater Chicago area, Johnson comes to Mayne Stage to perform a special Halloween event.

Watch Ross Johnson perform spell-bounding magic on October 30. Tickets for the show are $20 on sale Friday at or (773) 381-4554.

The Giving Tree Band, November 6
Enjoy music by folk rock group, The Giving Tree Band, at Mayne Stage on November 6 at 8 p.m.

Brothers Todd and Eric Fink joined forces to make The Giving Tree Band, influenced mainly by their genealogy, in 2004. They celebrate a direct relation to Mike Fink, the legendary folk artist known for his exploits on the Mississippi River. Since then the band has grown to include other artists.

The band prides itself on being “The Greenest Band In The Land” according to Mother Earth News, touring in a bio-diesel van and releasing carbon neutral records. They live an environmentally green lifestyle and spread the word through their performances.

Look forward to songs by The Giving Tree Band from their third and recently released album, The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious, on November 6. Tickets are $15 on sale Friday, October 1 at or (773) 381-4554.

Fareed Haque, November 20
Fareed Haque, guitar virtuoso, reveals his new project, “Math Games”, at a performance at Mayne Stage Saturday, November 20 at 8:30 p.m.

Fareed Haque’s music spans a wider spectrum than the typical guitarist, playing all styles from Classical to Spanish, and American Jazz and Funk. He easily moves between jazz and classical idioms, and he has become an in-demand artist, performing with prominent jazz, rock and classical artists such as Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera and Dave Holland. Fareed has released seven recordings as a leader: Voices Rising and Manresa on Sting's Pangaea label, and Sacred Addiction, Opaque and Déjà Vu, on the prestigious Bluenote label, as well as Singh Song available on Haven Records.

Fareed has been featured on WTTW's ArtBeat, Ben Sidran's New Visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines Special for PBS, and on BET cable jazz channel. In 1989, he joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University, where he currently holds an associate professorship in jazz and classical guitar studies.

Watch Fareed Haque perform on November 20. Tickets for the show are $15 at or (773) 381-4554.

Supporting Acts Announced
Secret Colours
, a psychedelic rock band from Chicago, opens for UME on October 17 at 8 p.m. Learn more at Tickets are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

Tomas Medina, professional magician and native Chicagoan, opens for Ross Johnson on October 30 at 8 p.m. Learn more at Tickets are $20 at or (773) 381-4554.

Frontier Ruckus opens for The Giving Tree Band on November 6 at 8 p.m. Frontier Ruckus is a folk rock group currently touring throughout the country. Check them out at Tickets are $15 at or (773) 381-4554.
Another opening act for The Giving Tree Band on November 6 is Thrift Store Cowboys. The band, made up of six members, is an alternative country, indie rock group and has been touring together for a decade. Learn more about the band at Tickets are $15 at or (773) 381-4554.

Scattergun, a southern rock band from Seattle influenced by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers, also opens for The Giving Tree Band on November 6. Check them out at

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.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fleming's Fall Prix Fixe Menu Launches Today, September 28

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar launches its Fall Prix Fixe Menu September 28: three tantalizing courses for $39.95. The menu is available at two Chicago area locations: 25 E. Ohio St., Chicago; (312) 329-9463; and 960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, IL; (847) 793-0333.

In celebration of fall, Fleming’s executive chef Russell Skall has created an innovative three-course dinner inspired by the vibrant flavors of the season. The new Fall Prix Fixe menu offers the choice of appetizer, two entrées and dessert, available now through January 3, 2011.

Select from one of two entrées and the option of Oysters Rockefeller or Autumn Salad: Veal Osso Bucco, veal shank served on a creamy risotto with seasonal vegetables; or Cioppino, shrimp, seabass, clams and black mussels in a spicy tomato broth, served with a toasted sourdough crouton. Dessert is a Dark Chocolate Cheesecake served on crème anglaise, topped with raspberry coulis.

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 is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Wine Enthusiast’s annual Awards of Distinction and Wine Spectator’s annual Awards of Excellence.

For more information visit

Act One, Chicago's North Side Gastropub, Expands Menu for Fall

Act One (1330 W. Morse Ave.; 773-381-4550) has launched a new fall menu, including more pub fare and vegetarian dishes while maintaining its modern-day gastropub roots.

"Gastropubs traditionally feature high quality food without a stuffy environment, and that’s exactly what Act One offers," says Act One general manager Mike Cordis. "The new dishes expand our offerings, and we’re confident the community will be pleased with the additions."

The fall Act One menu includes favorites like Lobster Mac and Cheese ($8) as well as a number of new options. Appetizer selections include Lobster Bisque, smooth and creamy soup with lobster and sherry cream ($7); Jerk Chicken Spring Rolls, fiery jerk chicken and caramelized plantain filling with sweet sugarcane dipping sauce ($7); and Tuna Carpaccio, shaved raw tuna served with sesame dressing, wasabi, avocado and arugula ($7).

Salads at Act One include a Spinach Salad, Champagne vinaigrette tossed with spinach leaves and topped with sliced strawberries and pears, candied pecans, shaved red onion and bacon ($7); Act One Caprese, goat cheese, tomato and grilled artichokes on a bed of arugula with balsamic reduction ($7); and a Chop Salad of lettuce, tomato, red peppers, avocado, onion, black beans, bacon and cheddar tossed in honey mustard dressing ($8).

The sandwich selections feature The Burger, 8 oz. Dietzler Farm burger with Gruyère, bacon and sautéed mushrooms on a brioche bun ($10); The Ribwich, slow-cooked short ribs on a brioche bun with pickled red onions, and Dunbarton cheddar blue cheese ($10); The Wrap, spicy arugula, Brie, sun dried tomato pesto, tomato and pears in a tomato basil wrap ($8); and The Club, sourdough bread with turkey, capicola, candied proscuitto, lettuce, tomato and garlic aioli ($9).

Entrées at Act One are served with a Vegetable du Jour and include options like Pork Wellington, pork tenderloin wrapped in mushroom duxelles and pastry, topped with Sauce Robert ($16); Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, served in a cast iron pan and topped with whipped potatoes ($13); Fish ‘N’ Chips, beer-battered haddock with crispy chips, housemade tartar sauce and coleslaw ($15); and Bistro Steak, grilled hangar steak in a red wine reduction and Duchess potatoes ($20).

Save room for dessert at Act One with selections like Tootsie Roll Cheesecake, housemade cheesecake served with Tootsie Roll ganache and a cinnamon wafer ($5); White Chocolate Panna Cotta with candied orange wheel and citrus caramel ($5); Roasted Pineapple Upside Down Cake with brown sugar cherry coulis ($5); and a Root Beer Float, Sprecher root beer with vanilla ice cream ($5).

Act One continues to offer a hearty brunch buffet every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served daily beginning at 5 p.m. Check the chalkboard for daily dinner specials.

About Act One
Act One is located at 1330 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Act One is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brunch is served on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (773) 381-4550 or visit Follow Act One on Twitter at

Free Release Tuesday: Chicago French Market Sponsors The Good Food Project Oct. 2

Chicago French Market is proud to be among the first Chicago-area businesses to support the outstanding work of The Good Food Project, a not-for-profit organization that brings fun and interactive food tastings to schools to teach kids to become young food critics and help them develop a lifelong love of good food.

Join Chicago French Market as it welcomes the Good Food Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. With help from Susan Taylor, a Chicago Tribune food critic, children will learn how to taste like a pro. Each child will be among the first in Chicago to taste the new SweeTango apple along with three other varieties of apples. Upon selecting their favorite apple, the children make an apple slinky to bring home to show friends and family. $5 donation to the Good Food Project per child ages 5-10 (includes one guardian) and tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Good Food Project’s mission is to introduce different flavors of produce to children in order to develop a lifelong love of good food and healthy living. Visit for more information.

Chicago French Market’s support has already provided apple tastings to children at Cleveland Elementary School, Saint Ann Catholic School, CICS Longwood and CICS Washington Park with more to come. Chicago French Market vendors City Fresh Market, Produce Express and Chicago Organics provide produce for the event.

For information about The Good Food Project or to arrange an apple tasting in your child’s school, visit and contact Susan Taylor at file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/ or 773-648-0068. The Chicago French Market is a proud sponsor of The Good Food Project. For more information, visit

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Monday, September 27, 2010

River North OctoberFeast Strolls October 5

Eat. Drink. Stroll. Repeat.

River North will showcase some of the best restaurants and bars in the area. 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Oct. 5 at the second annual OctoberFeast presented by the River North Business Association.

Participating venues will provide their specialty food items, along with a specialty drink, with the evening topped off with an After Party at Hard Rock Cafe - all included in the $65 ticket price.

Participating venues include Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge, Blue Frog 22, Buca di Beppo, Bull and Bear, District Bar, Elate, English Bar and Restaurant, Hub 51, Italiasia, Kinzie Chop House, LaMadia, Maxwell's at the Club, Mercadito, NAHA, Prosecco, The Redhead Piano Bar, Rockit Bar & Grill, Scoozi!, Sullivan's, Sunda, Sushisamba Rio, Theory, and Watershed.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Bella Bacinos in La Grange hosts wine event with respected Australian winemaker John Duval

Bella Bacinos in Downtown La Grange (36 S. La Grange Rd., Downtown La Grange, Ill.; 630-352-8882) is honored to welcome back one of Australia's most respected winemakers, John Duval, from the famous Barossa Valley, Australia's premier wine growing region, for a wine event 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. This event features six wines and light fare with Artisanal cheeses. Cost is $39 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited; RSVPs are required. Reserve a seat by calling Dan at (708) 420-9600 or emailing

Duval has enjoyed a long and highly successful career. Some highlights worth mentioning include:

- Winemaker of the Year 1989 - London International Wine & Spirit Competition.
- Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London in 1991 and again in 2000.
- The 1990 Penfolds "Grange" - (Australia's most celebrated wine) was named Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine in 1995. Duval has crafted 15 vintages of "Grange" during his illustrious career at Penfolds.

Today he focuses his talents on wines bearing his own name. "I love working with the fruit that comes from the old vines of the region, so I started with 'Plexus', a Rhone style blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and in 2006 released my first Shiraz, 'Entity'," Duval says. "I also plan to release small quantities of reserve Shiraz 'Eligo', further highlighting the premium quality fruit from the Barossa. John Duval Wines will never be another Penfolds - it is simply my chance to express my 30-odd years of premium winemaking knowledge using some of the best fruit in the world."

At Bella Bacinos' wine event, guests will enjoy six wines and learn about the beautiful land they come from. Light Fare & Artisanal cheeses will compliment the wines, so come along Mate!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 6:30pm
$39 pp excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited RSVP is required.
RSVP: or call Dan @ 708-420-9600.

For more information on Bella Bacinos, visit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Enjoy Restaurant Michael’s Maine Lobster Special and Jazz Duo, Friday, September 24

Restaurant Michael (64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, Ill.) serves mouth-watering Whole 1.25-pound Maine Lobsters on Friday, September 24. The lobster is poached in butter and served over Brown Butter and Tarragon Spatzle. Baby fall squash is the vegetable side and the lobster dish is topped with Cognac Lobster Butter ($29).

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. but the Maine Lobster is limited to 30 orders so be sure to get there early. Entertainment is provided from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from a lovely Jazz Duo (vocals and guitar). Mention the special when making your reservation and it will be ready upon arrival.

Restaurant Michael is located at 64 Green Bay Rd. in Winnetka, Ill. Please call (847) 441-3100 to make a reservation or visit for more information. Follow Restaurant Michael on Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall Chicago French Market News

A round up of fall food and entertainment events at Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St., Chicago; 312-575-0306)

Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck Sept. 25—Free Scoops!
The newly-launched Cooking Channel has created a one-of-a-kind ice cream truck to satisfy fans’ cravings for this year’s most delicious ice cream flavors. Join Food Network star and host of “Kelsey’s Essentials” on the Cooking Channel Kelsey Nixon from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 25, the Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck visits Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St., Chicago; 312-575-0306), the hub for the West Loop/Fulton River District Community. Cooking Channel ambassadors will give away Cooking Channel apparel and scoops of Capannari Ice Cream, including Mint Mousse, 10 Year Aged Madagascar Vanilla, Black Licorice and more.

“After Cooking Channel’s successful launch, we wanted to celebrate with fans across the country with ice cream, a summertime favorite,” says Susie Fogelson, SVP Marketing, Creative Services & Brand Strategy at Food Network and Cooking Channel. “Along the way, in the spirit of what Cooking Channel is all about, we are partnering with local ice cream shops to give them the recognition they deserve within their communities. Visitors can also indulge in finding out more of what Cooking Channel is all about from some of the stars themselves. The idea is to engage and have fun with food people from the chefs to the enthusiastic eaters to the bloggers town by town.” “Chicago French Market proudly welcomes the Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck to the center of the West Loop/Fulton River District as we say farewell to summer and kick-off fall with these cool treats,” says Leslie Cahill, Chicago French Market manager. “We invite our neighborhood friends and family to visit the truck and share their cooking and food stories with one another.”

About Cooking Channel
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Upcoming Events at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
Formaggi and Miele Sept. 27
Visit Pastoral from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 for a sampling of different products. Taste Italian honey and a variety of cheeses at no cost. Take a look at the breads and wines that Pastoral also offers.

Taste of Italy Oct. 1
Come to Pastoral from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 to taste wines and cheeses. Receive an assorted Italian cheese plate as well as small portions of four Italian wines: Bele Casel Prosecco, Inama Soave, La Corte Solyss Negroamaro and Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo. Reserve tickets in advance. Sampling costs $15. The tasting begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until the final drop of wine is poured. The event takes place in the public seating area of Chicago French Market. Event registration includes a 15 percent in-store discount the evening of the event.

Owned by partners Greg O’Neill and Ken Miller, Pastoral was named as 1 of 6 Outstanding Specialty Food Retailers by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) in 2007. The company prides itself on offering the highest quality of European-inspired fine and artisan cheeses from around the world, small production wines and freshly baked breads.

Apple Tasting with the Good Food Project Oct. 2
Join Chicago French Market as it welcomes the Good Food Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. With help from Susan Taylor, a Chicago Tribune food critic, children will learn how to taste like a pro. Each child will be among the first in Chicago to taste the new SweeTango apple along with three other varieties of apples. Upon selecting their favorite apple, the children make an apple slinky to bring home to show friends and family. $5 donation to the Good Food Project per child ages 5-10 (includes one guardian) and tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Good Food Project’s mission is to introduce different flavors of produce to children in order to develop a lifelong love of good food and healthy living. Visit for more information.

Oktoberfest Beer Tasting and Belgium Fries at Frietkoten Oct. 7
Quench thirst at Frietkoten’s Oktoberfest Beer Tasting at Chicago French Market from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Taste samples of six seasonal beers, from Pilsner to Bock, and munch on a cone of Belgium fries for $15. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event.

Owned by Netherlands-native, Jeroen Hasenbos, Frietkoten, meaning ‘fry shack’, serves hand cut Belgian fries complemented by a variety of both tap and bottled Belgian beers. Three organic style brews are also on the menu. The Divine Art of Chocolate with Canady Le Chocolatier Oct. 15
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Swiss-trained master chocolatier and owner of Canady Le Chocolatier located in Chicago French Market, Michael Canady, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. Come listen to a presentation from Canady about his background and the art of making chocolate. Attendees will receive a gift of hand-crafted chocolate. The event costs $15. RSVP by calling (312) 212-1270. Walk-ins are accepted the evening of the event.

Studying chocolate in Switzerland and beginning Canady Le Chocolatier out of his former home in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Canady is well-known across the globe for his treats. Canady Le Chocolatier offers a wide variety of homemade, artisan chocolates including: bon bons, truffles, nougat, ganache and dipped fruit slices.

Bánh Mi, Beer and Blues at Saigon Sisters Oct. 21
Saigon Sisters, owned by sisters, Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, hosts a Bánh Mi Vietnamese sandwich sampling and beer event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Choose samples of four different Bánh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches at Saigon Sisters, wash them down with one domestic draft or non-alcoholic beverage of choice, and enjoy live music. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased the day of the event at Saigon Sisters.

The concept for Saigon Sisters was inspired by the family business, run by the sisters’ grandmother and mother, in a Vietnamese market similar to Chicago French Market, which sold produce, rice, seafood, and prepared food. The two sisters moved to a more modern environment in Chicago but still maintain the same principles of offering fresh and healthy Vietnamese food.

Trick-or-Treat at Chicago French Market Oct. 30
Celebrate Halloween by bringing the kids out to Chicago French Market Saturday, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 for Trick-or-Treating. Each individual vendor is distributing candy and other treats to the children throughout the day. Enjoy a fun-filled, all day event at Chicago French Market with spooky decorations for Halloween. Also take a peek at the wide array of foods that Chicago French Market has to offer.

For a full list of upcoming events at Chicago French Market, press here.

New Performances Announced at Mayne Stage, Tickets On Sale Friday

Mayne Stage continues to boast an impressive performance lineup with the addition of Tommy McCracken and the Force of Habit Band September 25, Super Jamzz III September 30, Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra October 15, UME October 17 and Sam Friend October 21. Tickets for the shows are available at or (773) 381-4554.

Tommy McCracken & the Force of Habit Band, September 25
Veteran Chicago Blues artist Tommy McCracken brings his high energy, gospel sounds with his “Force of Habit” band to Mayne Stage Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m.

In his early years, McCracken traveled extensively with his grandparents as a featured gospel soloist, and began singing professionally in 1974, forming “Force of Habit” a year later. McCracken has been committed to the Blues since the early 80s and has since become one of Chicago’s top Blues vocalists and entertainers.

McCracken’s singing has brought him to forty American states and several countries, performing at many of the top Blues venues in the U.S. and the world. McCracken has performed alongside other internationally recognized Blues entertainers including B.B. King, Shirley King, Chicago Beau, Jimmy Dawkins, Deitra Farr, Katherine Davis and the Blues Ice Band from Iceland. He is fortunate to have worked with or shared the stage with such talented artists and draws strength from the fact that as a young man, he had the opportunity to share the stage with Mahalia Jackson and Gospel and Blues icon Otis Clay.

Listen to McCracken and the multi-talented “Force of Habit” band led by Chicago entertainer, Bob Johnson on September 25. Tickets for the show are $10 and on sale at or (773) 381-4554.

Super Jamzz III, September 30
Mayne Stage hosts Super Jamzz III Thursday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m. featuring Bill McFarland & The Chicago Horns, plus Vince Willis, Mike Manson, Clyde Davis and other special guests.

The third installment of the largest jam session in Chicago features Bill McFarland and The Chicago Horns, Chicago’s premiere jazz band. McFarland, who plays trombone, and the sextet group have been one of the most prolific horn sections in blues and jazz for the last 10 years. Trumpet player Kenny Anderson is a long standing professional who is well known and one of the leading salsa performers from the Chicago music scene. Hank Ford, on saxophone, has played with many of the great performers of blues and jazz including Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield, and has played on the "Wiz" and Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Ladies" stage shows. Band leader and founder McFarland has played on the late, great Albert Collin's Frostbite album, and on Fenton Robinson's and Lonnie Brooks' albums. McFarland has also played live with Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Otis Clay, just to name a few.

McFarland and the Chicago Horns are joined by other Chicago jazz artists including Vince Willis, Mike Manson, Clyde Davis and others for Super Jamzz III on September 30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at or (773) 381-4554.

Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra Concert, October 15
Hear original rock and funk at Mayne Stage with the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra Friday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Formed in 1982, the first incarnation of Nicholas Tremulis was described as “punk jazz,” drawing on early punk music, as well as James Brown funk, and the harmonic jazz movement of Ornette Coleman. By 1985, the band had morphed into a large modern funk/soul unit releasing two records in the late 80s: Nicholas Tremulis, produced by Craig Williams, and More Than the Truth, with guest artists Maceo Parker (James Brown) and Bonnie Raitt, produced by Rob Fraboni (Stones, Dylan, The Band).

The band released several records in the late 90s with Black Vinyl Records and QRS Records. From 2000 to 2004 the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra, along with WXRT, The Metro and Jam Productions, hosted a charity concert for Neon Street for Homeless Youth titled “The Waltz”, inspired by The Band’s filmed farewell concert “The Last Waltz.” NTO was featured as the backing band to guest artists from across the American musical landscape.

Nicholas and the band have performed with such artists as Rick Danko, Billy Corgan, Alejandro Escovedo, David Amram, Ian Hunter, Blondie Chaplin, Lonnie Brooks, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Louris, Steve Earl, Graham Parker and more. In 2006 and 2007, NTO embarked on a yearlong digital musical journey entitled “52 Reasons,” in which the band wrote and recorded a song each week for an entire year available for download by the masses. The music debuted on The Eclectic Company on WXRT radio.

Listen to the Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra play Mayne Stage October 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at or (773) 381-4554.

Ume, October 17
Ume brings its “snarling guitars” and “catchy melodies” to Mayne Stage Sunday, October 17 at 8 p.m.

The Texas-based Ume (pronounced ooo-may), is a trio with an explosive, yet sweet aesthetic that catches folks off-guard—in a very good way. Their sound has been described as balancing “pop hooks and sweet female vocals with crazy, heavy riffing” and “powerful and charming.” Ume’s 2009 self-released EP Sunshower received four stars from the Austin Chronicle and Irish Times.

Ume (Eric Larson, bass; Jeff Barrera, drums; and Lauren Larson, guitar, vocals, keys) has self-booked more than 300 shows and participated in three national tours, including dates with Polvo, The Meat Puppets and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Learn more at

Check out Ume at Mayne Stage October 17. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and on sale Friday, September 24 at or (773) 381-4554.

Sam Friend, October 21
Sam Friend brings his atmospheric folk style to Mayne Stage Thursday, October 21 at 8:30 p.m.

Born and bred in what he calls “Unincorporated Dade County” (meaning Kendall and Pinecrest), singer/songwriter Friend is quickly making a name for his young self among Miami music junkies. Maintaining structural integrity through Hurricane Andrew, Friend has since fessed up to the elements. Friend and his eponymous band, which also includes Emily Westman (keys, percussion, vocals), Ashley Miller (flute, vocals), Ben Lindell (bass), Josh Sheinman (guitar), released an EP titled Sam Friend in the summer of 2007. Recently, the band completed its first album.

During the day, the University of Miami School of Music graduate teaches music to elementary school children in Little Haiti, letting loose come sunset at consistent gigs around Miami. Friend, whose manner is between The Little Prince and Art Garfunkel, has something to sing and say, and is slowly, surely coming into a voice of his own.

Catch Sam Friend and his band make their Mayne Stage debut October 21. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and on sale Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. at or (773) 381-4554.

Supporting Acts Announced
Alexendar Webb opens for B1GT1ME Wednesday, October 6. Webb offers an acoustic blend of classic motown and modern rock, soulful melodies wrapped around fearless words. Learn more at Tickets are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

Chicago based acts Suns and The Thin Man open for Old Canes Saturday, October 16. Learn more at and Tickets are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

The Part Five opens for Two Hours Traffic Wednesday, November 10. The Part Five is Chris Brantley, Brett Barton and Gary Pyskacek. Learn more at Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door at or (773) 381-4554.

About Mayne Stage
Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Mayne Stage showcases emerging and established local and national musical acts, theatrical performances, comedy and more. It is the ideal location for a variety of private events. For more information, or to see a list of upcoming shows, call (773) 381-4554 or visit “Like” Mayne Stage on Facebook at and follow Mayne Stage on Twitter at @MayneStage

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FREE RELEASE TUESDAY: Wish Upon a Wedding hosts First Annual Blissful Wishes Ball in Chicago, November 1

Join Wish Upon a Wedding 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday, November 1 at the First Annual Blissful Wishes Ball at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel (163 E. Walton Place, Chicago; 312-751-8100). Wish Upon a Wedding is a non-profit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness regardless of sexual orientation.

The First Annual Blissful Wishes Ball includes a three-course meal, open bar and desserts by Sarah’s Pastries & Candies and Katherine Anne Confections. Cocktail attire is required. Other entertainment includes:

• Hip alternative band, Larry King Orchestra
Shutterbooth’s photo booth
Gerber & Scarpelli Photography
I DO Films videography
• Party Decorations by BBJ Linen, Classic Party Rentals, Frost Lighting, The Meetinghouse Companies and Tablescapes Party Rental

Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 per table of 10 and can be purchased by pressing here. For more information about the Blissful Wishes Ball, visit or call (312) 920-9330.

About Wish Upon a Wedding
Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first nonprofit wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances regardless of sexual orientation. By celebrating the courage & spirit of these couples, Wish Upon a Wedding helps create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come. It is our hope that others facing similar situations will find hope, strength and the promise of eternal love.

For more information about Wish Upon a Wedding Chicago Chapter, contact Claudia Antony, Public Relations/Media Chair at, call (312) 920-9330 or visit Become a fan on Facebook. Follow Wish Upon a Wedding on Twitter.

Free Release Tuesdays at Kurman
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Just Announced: Locavore Green City Market Menu for September 22

Join Chicago Green City Market September 22 for an all local family style dinner to celebrate the Locavore Challenge and share recipes and stories with other supporters. The event takes place 5:30pm-7:30pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Tickets are just $25 and can be purchased at the Market, or online here.

Herb Crusted Lamb with Natural Juices

Whole Roasted Herb Chicken with
Caramelized Apple and Onion Compote

Three Sisters Herb Pasta with Spinach

Pickled Genesis Cucumbers and Radishes
over Green Acres Asian Mesclun Greens with Mint

Yogurt Dressing

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Delicata Squash Tart

Cauliflower and Hard Cooked Egg Salad

Market Bread and Whipped Butter with Chives

Poached Plum Galette with Limelight Honey Whipped Cream

Decaf Coffee, Hot Tea, Mint Iced Tea

Everyone will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive community discussion based on their Locavore experience!  Help The group frame this discussion by filling out our Locavore Discussion Survey - just 6 simple questions!

Growing Organic Vegetables in Your Own Backyard with Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, Green City Market's Project Manager of The Edible Gardens, and founder of The Organic Gardener, Ltd.

Are you interested in the satisfaction of growing your own food? Come learn the basic principals of organic gardening with Jeanne Pinsof Nolan.  If you are a novice, this discussion will provide a start at giving yourself and your kids the very real and rewarding experience of growing your own food. For the more experienced gardener, get advice on organic gardening techniques and soil improvement. She'll talk about what to grow, when to plant, proper garden maintenance and more.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Saigon Sisters' Inspired Vietnamese Street Food Will Expand Into Chicago's Fulton River District This Fall

**Editor's note: To arrange interviews with or to obtain media materials on Saigon Sisters, please contact Kurman Communications at (312) 651-9000. To contact Saigon Sisters directly, call the Chicago French Market location at (773) 383-8828.** Saigon Sisters, the inspired Vietnamese street food kiosk that has gained a strong following at the Chicago French Market, will expand its horizons in late fall 2010 with the opening of a full restaurant at 567 W. Lake Street (at Clinton) in Chicago’s Fulton River District. The new location, Saigon Sisters Restaurant, will be open for counter service breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Saigon Sisters is the brainchild of sisters Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen. They were born in Laos, lived in Vietnam and Thailand as children and came to the United States with their family in 1976. “Our passion is to bring the delicious street foods we grew up with to Chicago, offering creative, contemporary interpretations but using authentic Southeast Asian ingredients,” said Mary. “Saigon Sisters Restaurant will be a contemporary casual restaurant where our guests can enjoy deliciously fresh, quickly prepared food during breakfast and lunch and can come back to relax and enjoy a frequently changing menu of interesting small and large plates at dinnertime.”

Saigon Sisters Restaurant, with a cozy atmosphere, will offer many of the delicious Pho (noodle), Bánh Mì (sandwich) and Goi Cuon (spring roll) selections that are so popular in its Chicago French Market location, but with expanded hours and menu. “We will raise the bar at dinnertime with a more inventive menu,” said Mary. Price points will be $5 for breakfast, $6-10 at lunch and less than $20 for dinner.

Heading the culinary team will be Executive Chef Matt Eversman, who has built his résumé at Charlie Trotter’s and May Street Market. “This will be a departure for me, and it’s an exciting one,” said Eversman. “I personally love the food and eating style of Southeast Asia and so it will be very rewarding for me to blend my French cooking technique with these wonderful Asian flavors. The food will be creative and modern.”
The Nguyen sisters bring a strong family food tradition to their restaurants. They were greatly inspired by their mother and grandmother, who were successful entrepreneurs in Vietnam and grew an open-market grocery into a large food market operation that was the main supplier to nearby embassies.

“We were immersed in a food environment with roots that went beyond Vietnam into neighboring Laos, Cambodia and Thailand and which also had a heavy French influence,” said Mary. “With Saigon Sisters we’re striving to offer recipes with a modern twist that reflect this international dynamic.”

The sisters have also been inspired by Korean-American restaurateur David Chang and his highly lauded Momofuku restaurants in New York City: “Great food, really casual and down to earth,” said Mary. “We think Chicagoans will love what we’re doing, which brings the concepts of Vietnamese quality and modern casual together to form the Saigon Sisters’ dining experience.”
For more information about Saigon Sisters, please visit the website at or contact Mary Nguyen Aregoni at her Chicago French Market location, (773) 383-8828.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Restaurant Michael's Five Year Anniversary and This Week's Dover Sole Special

Don't forget to celebrate Restaurant Michael's five year anniversary! At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, Restaurant Michael celebrates its five year anniversary with lovely wines and the fabulous cuisine of chef/owner Michael Lachowicz's esteemed guest chefs.

Guest Chefs? YES! Lachowicz has lined up several friends and mentors to join him in making this a memorable evening for everyone in attendance. The line up is as follows: Roland Licionni of Le Francais and Les Nomads Fame, Patrick Chabert of Le Francais, Paul Wildermouth from Red Light and Opera Restaurants, and John Bubala from Thyme Restaurant.

Each of these talented gents will create a signature course to be paired with the perfect wine by Lachowicz's guest wine steward and brother, Tom Lachowicz. Tom spent 7 years as Michael's partner at Les Deux Gros and Le Francais, so he completely understands Michael's style of cooking. Michael will also prepare a course or two!

The wines for the evening are: Bruno Paillard Champagne with hors d' oeuvres; Loire Valley Domaine des Baumard Savennieres with the first appetizer; a classic 1999 Roayl Tokaji will be paired with the next course; and with the fish course will be the 2007 Domaine Leflaive Meursault 1er cru Sous le Dos d'Ane. The entree course is Michael's to prepare and he chose a lovely mid- 90's Griotte Chambertin from Burgundy. Of course there will be a cheese course in order to finish the previous wine. To round out the evening, the pairing with dessert will be 2005 Taylor Quinta de Varellas Porto 2005.

An added bonus for the evening will be the piano stylings of Mr. Michael Benshish.

With this many chefs involved, it is impossible to give the exact menu for the evening, so the team of chefs focused their pairings on the flavor profiles and sent them back to each chef with descriptions of the wines. It worked out beautifully! The cost for the evening for 8 courses and 6 wines will $185.00 per person plus gratuity and sales tax. Don't miss this special!

Now, onto this Friday, Sept. 17. This Friday, Restaurant Michael features once again those lovely Dover soles. They'll be removed from the bone at the table and arranged over Brown Butter Spatzle and Baby Squash. The sauce will be the Cognac- scented lobster butter and the low price this week will be $28.50. Please reserve yours when making the reservation. We have just 40 to sell this week so get them while they last!

Call (847) 441-3100 or visit to make a reservation or more information.

Tickets on Sale Friday for New Performances at Mayne Stage

Mayne Stage continues to introduce new acts to its star-studded fall roster including the addition of An Evening with P.J. O’Rourke at 7 p.m. September 22, Liquid Soul at 9 p.m. October 1, Nervous But Excited at 7:30 p.m. October 10, The Black Swans at 8:30 p.m. November 3, and Two Hours Traffic at 8:30 p.m. November 10. Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, September 17. Purchase tickets at or (773) 381-4554.

An Evening with P.J. O’Rourke, September 22

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Illinois presents An Evening with P.J. O'Rourke, "the funniest hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative writer in Chicago," at 7 p.m. September 22. The event is hosted by Colonel (IL) J.N. Pritzker IL ARNG (Retired). A private reception and book signing of O'Rourke's soon-to-be-released book, "Don't Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards", begins at 6 p.m., followed by a show at 7 p.m. O'Rourke, a self-proclaimed libertarian, has been a writer for more than 40 years, specifically with political and conservative economic views.

Don’t miss P.J. O’Rourke at Mayne Stage Wednesday, September 22. There is no cost to attend the event; however, guests must pre-register at For more information, visit or call (773) 381-4554.

Liquid Soul, October 1
Mayne Stage welcomes Liquid Soul at 9 p.m. Friday, October 1. The Grammy-nominated combo that has built its reputation on a compelling mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk and hard-bop made its Telarc debut with the release of One-Two Punch (May 2006).

Pioneers of the acid-jazz movement during their early days in the Chicago club scene of the mid-1990’s, Liquid Soul has evolved over the past dozen years into a musical compendium of sounds and styles that starts with jazz and embraces hip-hop, R&B, dance, funk, techno, world, spoken-word and much more. Led by innovative saxophonist/composer Mars Williams, the eight-piece collective has conquered nearly every corner of the U.S. and is looking to turn up the juice in Europe and other parts of the world via their Telarc debut.

One-Two Punch is Liquid Soul’s fifth recording and clearly their most ambitious since their self-titled, mostly-live debut album in 1996. Make Some Noise, their follow-up effort in 1998, cemented their reputation for delivering the goods in a studio setting as well as from the stage. Since then, they have continued to hammer out infectious grooves with Here’s the Deal (2000) and Evolution (2002).

Catch Liquid Soul at 9 p.m. Friday, October 1. Tickets are $20 and go on sale Friday, September 17. Purchase tickets at or (773) 381-4554.

Nervous But Excited, October 10
Nervous But Excited plays Mayne Stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 10. Michigan-based, Pleasantly Aggressive Folk Duo Nervous but Excited (NBE; Kate Peterson and Sarah Cleaver) is two songwriters, two singers, three guitars, a mandolin, a violin, a ukulele, a few harmonicas, dead-on harmony, some vaguely choreographed dancing, an impressive amount of laughter and a glockenspiel. Their original repertoire ranges in topic from smart, introspective narratives to the tactfully political... and they still dabble a bit in the love/post-love variety every now and then.

Road warriors to the core, their endless passion has landed them on stages with folks like Ani Difranco, Iron and Wine, Utah Phillips, Ben Gibbard, Catie Curtis and Cheryl Wheeler to name a few.

When Kate and Sarah take the stage (or living room), the listener won't be able to deny the power of their laughter, combined with their genuinely emotive lyrics and arrangements. They are not afraid to sing loud and sing hard. The sensitive tug of their voices will pull you through worlds of progressive politics, and their harmonies have been described as the kind that builds so smoothly until suddenly they start to shake your insides.

The duo continues to navigate the endless road of music touring and are impressive in their search to find where their music lives within all of us. These are not two musicians that are just looking for audiences to play to. They are looking for audiences to sing to. To laugh with. To appreciate. To breathe in and to take home. Their humor has welcomed us all, their melody has held us, and their movement has energized us.

Off Our Backs Feministed News Journal described NBE as: "Kate and Sarah deliver high-quality, intelligent tunes with the skill and passion of legendary folksingers in the making." NBE is currently on tour supporting their latest project, a six-song EP entitled Just the Two of Us (Our Duo Doing Duos). This EP finds Kate and Sarah alone in the studio conquering the challenge of interpreting soul, R&B, indie pop-rock and 80's rock into their pleasantly aggressive style. NBE chose six duos - The Righteous Brothers, Indigo Girls, K-Ci & Jojo, The Weepies, Tegan and Sara, and Roxette - to cover as a fun challenge for themselves and their voices and as a treat for NBE fans. The EP is accompanied by a series of 6 short and quirk-filled YouTube videos, shot and edited by Kate and Sarah, explaining in one ridiculous way or another, why they chose each song.

In April 2009, NBE released Anchors, the first ever 100 percent carbon neutral CD release. Teamed up with their indie label Riot Grrrl Ink, NBE meticulously tracked all the energy used in the project, from the gas to get to the studio and the energy needed to power and heat it. All promotional paper items were produced using 100% post consumer materials. All energy that could not be avoided was offset through renewable energy credits. NBE and RGI are proud to call it Anchors: {the green album}.

Musically, Anchors is many steps beyond what NBE has done in the past. Kate and Sarah's unique vocal harmonies are enhanced by many talented players including Girlyman, Lyndell Montgomery and Chris Bathgate among others who joined them to color in the lines of the songs with a sweet-tasting assortment of warming-your-feet-by-the-fire-in-the-wintertime kind of instrumentation.

Since 2004, NBE has toured consistently in support of nine releases, Just the Two of Us (Our Duo Doing Duos) (2010 Covers EP), Anchors (2009 Studio), {home}spun (2008 Live), Bootleg from the Basement (2008 EP), Once More... With Feeling (2006 Studio), eight live songs (2005 Live), Torch Song Evolution (2004 EP). Previous independent albums include Kate Peterson's 2005 release of Undone and Sarah Cleaver's 2004 release From Where I Stand.

They have played many established rooms across the country and with artists such as Ani Difranco, Catie Curtis, Lucy Kaplansky, Utah Phillips, Melissa Ferrick, Cheryl Wheeler, Ferron, Toshi Reagon, The Butchies, Alix Olson, Bitch, Girlyman, Pamela Means, Chris Pureka and Ember Swift.

Nervous but Excited is represented by Riot Grrrl Ink and distributed nationwide by Goldenrod Music.

Catch Nervous But Excited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 10. Tickets are $10 and go on sale Friday, September 17. Purchase tickets at or (773) 381-4554.

The Black Swans, November 3
The Black Swans make their Mayne Stage debut 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 3. In July 2008, The Black Swans’ friend and band mate, Noel Sayre, passed away. He was a great violinist and a great person who helped define the band in sound and spirit.

Columbus, Ohio natives, The Black Swans, are currently mixing their new album, Don’t Blame the Stars, a concept album about being agnostic and placing your faith in music and friendship instead of a higher power, with nods to R&B, country, and rock and name-checking Joe Tex, Roy Orbison, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, Iris Dement, and many others. It was recorded (mostly) in a garage and mixing in a kitchen. Noel played on most of the songs just weeks before he passed.

In late June 2007, DeCicca co-produced the first new recordings by 1970's Monument recording artist, Larry Jon Wilson, and they featured Noel Sayre on violin on four tracks. Wilson was featured in the cult documentary Heartworn Highways that also includes early portraits of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. These new recordings took place in Perdido Key, Florida. It was released in June 2008 on U.K. label 1965 Records. Drag City released it in the U.S. in summer 2009.

Currently, DeCicca is producing a new album by Bob Martin, whose 1973 RCA album Midwest Farm Disaster is a classic and a favorite. The Black Swans’ Chris Forbes (electric guitar) and Canaan Faulkner (bass) also lend their talents to the recording.

The Black Swans have a limited vinyl release coming out soon on St. Ives, called Words Are Stupid, a concept album that includes Noel.

Catch The Black Swans at Mayne Stage November 3. Tickets are $10 and go on sale Friday, September 17. Purchase tickets at or (773) 381-4554.

Two Hours Traffic, November 10
Two Hours Traffic plays Mayne Stage at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 10. Their most recent album, Territory, is the follow-up to the Charlottetown band’s Polaris Prize nominated and internationally acclaimed sophomore album, Little Jabs. Once again produced by Joel Plaskett, Territory builds on the promise of Little Jabs as the band continues to write and record sunny pop gems for the heart and head.

Territory, however, also finds Two Hours Traffic discovering the shadows at the side of the road. Right from the get go this becomes apparent as the gold into lead alchemy of the rousing opener Noisemaker kicks in and by the time the title track tells its tale of disillusionment and betrayal you know you are settling in for a drive on the darker side. Indeed, songs such as Weightless One, Drop Alcohol, Wicked Side, and Lost Boys all explore the approaching dusk but just like the more hopeful tracks on the album (Happiness Burns, Sing A Little Hymn) they all lock into the close your eyes, sing along choruses and instantly memorable lyrics that have put Two Hours Traffic on the melodic map.

Initially conceived as a two-piece, lead singer Liam Corcoran and guitarist Alec O'Hanley recruited bassist Andrew MacDonald and drummer Derek Ellis while attending university in their hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. After releasing their April Storm EP in 2003, a friendship was struck up with Halifax hero Joel Plaskett who offered to produce the band's first proper album. While their eponymous debut and their follow up Isolator EP were received warmly by critics, it wasn't until 2007's breakthrough Little Jabs that the world really took notice. Appearing on dozens of year-end best of lists, Little Jabs also garnered an ECMA for Best Pop Recording and was a finalist for the coveted Polaris Music Prize. Add to this, three coast to coast tours, appearances at festivals such as Hillside, CMJ and SXSW and shows across the Atlantic, and Two Hours Traffic is one of the most visible and successful Canadian independent acts of the last two years.

Don’t miss Two Hours Traffic at Mayne Stage on November 10. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance at or (773) 381-4554.

Supporting Acts Announced
Chicago artist Roy Ivy opens for Colin Tyler on September 16. Learn more at Tickets are $7 at or (773) 381-4554.

The Crombies, a ska band, opens for Drop Steady on Sunday, Sept. 19. The Crombies are an all-star, 2-tone styled side project of Deal’s Gone Bad guitarist Dave Simon and former Deal’s Gone Bad member Mike Park. Visit their Facebook page for more information:!/pages/The-Crombies/143443309023438?ref=ts. Following The Crombies is Tracer Bullet. Tickets for the show are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

Chicago artist Martha Berner opens for Darren Hanlon October 5. Learn more about Berner at Tickets are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

Guitarist Tim Sparks opens for The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo on October 7. Learn more about Sparks at Tickets are $15 at or (773) 381-4554.

Chicago artist In Tall Buildings opens for Drew Andrew & The Spectral Cities Friday, Oct. 8, following The Loneliest Monk. Learn more about In Tall Buildings at Folk rock group Zach Pietrini and The Broken Bones play after In Tall Buildings. Read more at Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance at or (773) 381-4554.

Michael Golden & Friends opens for Hosannas on October 14, followed by fellow supporting acts A Tundra and Conductive Alliance. Learn more about Michael Golden & Friends at Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance at or (773) 381-4554.

Village, a Chicago pop band, opens for Jaill on October 29, following special guest Team Band. Learn more about Village at Tickets for the show are $10 at or (773) 381-4554.

About Mayne Stage
Mayne Stage is located at 1328 W. Morse Ave. in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Mayne Stage showcases emerging and established local and national musical acts, theatrical performances, comedy and more. It is the ideal location for a variety of private events. For more information, or to see a list of upcoming shows, call (773) 381-4554 or visit “Like” Mayne Stage on Facebook at and follow Mayne Stage on Twitter at @MayneStage.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Top Chef Just Desserts Day Tomorrow, September 15

INCLUDING SWEET MISS GIVING'S @ The Chicago French Market!  Follow @Bravotv all day tomorrow to find out what's happening near you.   
just desserts