Sacred Keepers Break Bread Pancake Fundraiser

February 15, 2016 at Peach’s Restaurant in Chicago.



Address: 4652 S King Dr, Chicago
Sacred Keepers Break Bread Pancake Fundraiser

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Flamenco Try-Me Event for Total Beginners

February 12, 2016 at Flamenco Chicago LLC in Chicago.

This introductory event for flamenco-curious and flamenco beginners offers:
7-7:15pm introductions
7:15-8pm background and history of flamenco and presentation on scientific research into how power poses transform us (something flamencos have known all along)
8-8:45pm Try a beginning-level flamenco class
8:45-9pm Special offers available only at this event, in case you’re interested in joining us for a 6-week class session
Tickets: Just $10 each. Seating is limited!

Address: 2914 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Flamenco Try-Me Event for Total Beginners

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Open Studio

March 24, 2016 at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Explore anthropology and social science in the Grainger Digital Media Studio, the Field Museum‘s FREE teen hang-out space. Come once or return every week to design your own digital media project.

During Spring 2016 we’ll work on building a virtual museum. Explore the museum collections and create a digital artifact to add to the Teen Open Studio Digital Museum! Use Twine to code a conservation story, design and record a Chinese shadow puppet performance, or come up with your own project to contribute based on the Museum’s collections. Monthly Teen Open Studio Workshops will introduce new tools and ideas, then finish or expand your projects during open studio time.

You’ll have access to digital design software (including Adobe Creative Cloud and 3D design software), 3D printers, vinyl cutters, iPads, MacBook Pros, and video production equipment. Teens can enter through the West Door of the Museum, and must be at least 14 years old to participate. We have snacks and Ventra assistance is available upon request.

Preregistration is not required, but lets us get in touch with updates about the program.

Questions? Contact us at

Address: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago
Open Studio

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Phil Blaetz’ Yoga Essentials @ Oneness

February 04, 2016 at Chicago Oneness Center in Chicago.

Yoga is a practice is derived from hundreds of years of contemplation on the mind and body. I try to continue that practice and use it to create greater health, ease, and satisfaction for those in class. To do this, I emphasize that every person in the class do what is best for them to get what they want out of the practice. My goal is to give you the Essentials so you are safe to seek out what you want in the practice.
-Phil Blaetz

$10 – $20 suggested contribution

Address: 4003 N Broadway, Chicago
Phil Blaetz

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Jessie Kanelos Weiner – “Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables”

March 26, 2016 at 57th Street Books in Chicago.

Jessie Kanelos Weiner discusses Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.”

At 57th Street Books

About the book: Coloring books for adults are all the rage these days. The provide hours of entertainment, allow us to relax, and explore our creative side. For all food lovers comes “Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.” This beautiful, artfully illustrated coloring book is an enchanting journey to discovering the seasonal delicacies found in forests, fields, gardens, and urban farm stands. The user will get lost in the intricate and hypnotizing details of delectable images of strawberry patches, bouquets of fresh herbs, beehives and honeybees, fall harvest baskets, and nuts rolling on the forest floor. This tactile and creative activity book encourages participants to turn off their screens and de-stress, and perhaps inspires them to take out their gardening gloves to plant some radishes or to take a trip to the farmer’s market.

So dig out the colored pencils, pens and ink, and watercolor paints—”Edible Paradise” is a treat for the senses, guaranteed to inspire home cooks, nature enthusiasts, gardeners, and parents wanting to encourage their children to appreciate the wonders of nature’s bounty.

About the author: Illustrator, cookbook author, and food stylist Jessie Kanelos Weiner is best known for her vibrant watercolor illustrations and fine line drawings. Her international clients include Nespresso, Google, and Hachette Book Group. Her work has appeared in international style publications like Vogue, The New York Times T Magazine, Alla Carta magazine, Cherry Bombe, and M Le Magazine du Monde. She writes a popular blog about her life and work called Her latest book is an illustrated American pastry cookbook “Pâtisseries et gâteaux d’Amérique.”

Address: 1301 E 57th St, Chicago
Jessie Kanelos Weiner - "Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables"

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CSDS Valentine’s Day Dance

February 06, 2016 at Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago in Chicago.

Join the Chicago Swing Dance Society for our annual Valentine’s Day Dance with live band!

It will be on Saturday, February 6th in the Ida Noyes Library Lounge.

We’ll start the night with a Beginner East Coast Swing lesson at 7:30 pm, and continue with open dancing from 8:30 pm to 11 pm. The Petra Van Nuis Quartet will be perforrming live music the whole night.

$5 for students (from anywhere, at any level), $8 for non-students.

No partner required, no experience necessary!

We will be serving snacks and drinks.

Find more information about Petra and her quartet at

Address: 1212 E 59th St, Chicago
CSDS Valentine

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IL NORML May Lobby Day

May 18, 2016 at Illinois chapter of NORML in Chicago.

Before arriving at the Capitol, you will want to know your State Senator and State Representative’s name & Springfield office address and what they look like. Visit and type in your zip code and address. Click on the State Senator and State Representative’s names to view their contact information and pictures. If you would like to print both of these and bring it to the Capitol it can be very helpful in locating them among the crowd of lawmakers. It is extremely encouraged to call ahead of time and set up an appointment time with both your State Senator and State Representative. Since you are taking the time to go to Springfield you should be able to get at least a few minutes with each of the lawmakers who represent you, however without calling ahead to setup an appointment there is no guarantee that they will be able to meet with you.

Upon arriving at the Capitol, you will go through security and a metal detector and then proceed to the Illinois NORML info table located on the first floor of the Capitol. Usually we are in the south hall but always on the first floor. Pick up any info sheets you will want to leave with your elected officials from the Illinois NORML table. We will have info sheets on all the bills we are tracking along with how we want the lawmakers to vote.

Go to your State Senator and State Representative’s offices (these will be two different offices) and ask the Legislative Assistant if you can have a few minutes of the lawmaker’s time or that you are there for your scheduled appointment. If you are able to speak to them, let them know that you are a constituent and have traveled to Springfield to share your feelings about legalizing cannabis, the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program and industrial hemp farming. Ask them how they would vote if our bill came up today. If the lawmaker is not in their office, ask the assistant where they are.

If they are in a committee hearing or caucus meeting it helps to go to that specific room and wait for them to come out. Visit to view their picture and print it out if you feel so inclined. Once they exit the room, approach them, introduce yourself and let them know why you came to Springfield. Feel free to share your thoughts with them but be polite and respectful of their time.

If they are in the Senate or House Chambers, take an IL NORML business card provided at the Illinois NORML table and proceed to the third floor. Go to the Senate or House Chambers entrance. Write your name and address and their name on the card. Give it to one of the doormen who will enter the Chambers and deliver it to the lawmaker. Hopefully he/she will come out to talk to you, so watch for them.

If you are unable to speak to them, leave the info sheets available at the Illinois NORML table with their assistant so that they will know you visited. Please feel free to write your own note on the paper too.

Address: 1321 N Milwaukee Ave, # 446, Chicago
IL NORML May Lobby Day

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Winter Love Reception

February 13, 2016 at Elephant Room, Inc. in Chicago.

Show your love for your fellow artists, professionals, and our gallery’s mission during this special reception for our Winter Group Show! Exhibiting artists include Jennifer Cronin, YAMS, Chantala Kommanivanh, Abraham, Barry Dwyer and Bunny XLV. This event is BYOB so bring what you’d like to drink. We’ll have special valentine’s treats and name tags for guests to easily network. Bring your business cards and make the most of the evening! We will also be making an exclusive announcement at 7pm about the gallery that guests will hear first! Come network with us, check out some amazing artwork and spread the love!

Address: 704 S Wabash Ave, Chicago
Winter Love Reception

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Odd Obsession Movies presents “My Bloody Valentine” (1981)

February 06, 2016 at The Empty Bottle in Chicago.

2pm // FREE // 21+

As if the title of that event doesn’t say it all, this February we’re teaming up with the folks at Odd Obsession to host a little afternoon soiree during Bottle Brunch. Oh yes, at 2pm we’ll be showing a very special screening of the 80s Valentine horror flick My Bloody Valentine (1981). This obscure gem of a movie is a good treat for all you lovers out there who are looking to lose your hearts. To give you a brief synopsis, we’ll let IMDB take it from here: “A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead.” Oh BOY!

Address: 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago
Odd Obsession Movies presents "My Bloody Valentine" (1981)

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Old School House Music Night

February 20, 2016 at Hard Water Bar and Grill in Chicago.

Come on out and JACK 2 the music. By popular demand, Xanadu returns to the Hardwater……If you missed out before, well here ya go! Old School House Music pumped all night by the maestro’s of ceremony – Mark Grusane & EZ, with plenty of wattage to rattle your body… We also will be celebrating one of our favorite lady’s Angie S. Birthday! So, if you’re a far north head, went to Sullivan or Senn H.S., Roger’s Park, Edgewater, Evanston, This is especially 4 you! Early arrival suggested. No Cover. Kitchen open late. Muture Adults. Free Parking.

Address: 7545 N Clark St, Chicago
Old School House Music Night

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