Feb 2013: Upcoming Events

Pointe of Departure – The Joffrey Auxiliary Board presents this 3rd annual event with silent auction, art exhibition and sale of works inspired by Joffrey’s Winter Program American Legends. Meet the artists at a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception. Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6-9 pm at Block 37, 108 N State St., 3rd floor. Tickets are $75.

What is This Thing Called Love – Enjoy an evening of music with singer Shelley McArthur and special guests Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon along with The City Lights Orchestra on Valentine’s Day to benefit The Joffrey Ballet. A cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception starts at 6 pm, followed by the concert with an after party featuring champagne and chocolates. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Murphy Auditorium, 50 E. Erie St. Tickets are $350-$500. Call 312.386.8921 or email: love@joffrey.org.

One Billion Rising Chicago – On Valentine’s Day, why not go to a block party with dance performances, djs and live singers? This hour-long event benefits One Billion Rising Chicago, a non-profit dedicated to ending violence against women. Thursday, Feb. 14 from 2-3 pm at Grace House, 1801 W. Adams St. This event is free, but you can donate at www.onebillionrising.org.

Wholehearted Wellness Jam 2013 – The Dance COLEctive and The Big Hearts Fund team up again for an event promoting family and animal wellness featuring 30-minute sessions of ZUMBA, yoga, pilates and more. Healthy refreshments will be provided. The first 50 participants registered receive a gift bag. Saturday, Feb. 16 from 12 – 2:30 pm at Menomonee Club, 1535 N. Dayton. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Register at http://wellnessjam2013.eventbrite.com.



Eat Pizza, Feel Good

Three of my favorite things come together to raise money for two causes on Wednesday, May 23rd:  pizza, dance and puppies (sorry kitties, I’m allergic, but you sure are cute!).  The Dance COLEctive, The Big Hearts Fund and Pizzeria Serio are coming together for a one night deal that helps the arts and the canine/feline community with Hungry Hearts, Feed the Arts!  From 5 – 10 p.m. on May 23rd, Pizzeria Serio will donate 25% of your bill to both organizations.  It even works on delivery!  If you can’t make it the restaurant at 1705 W. Belmont, you can order in, sit on your couch watching Revenge and enjoy a brick oven, New York style pizza pie while giving support to a great local dance company and helping fund medical care for pets with heart defects.  A great idea, two great causes and…pizza!  Really, the only tough decision is what toppings to put on your pie.

Pizzeria Serio, 1708 W. Belmont Ave. 773.525.0600

Wednesday, May 23rd, 5 – 10 p.m. In house or delivery.