Ashleigh Axios: In from DC

August 13, 2016 at Braintree in Chicago.

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Agenda
11:00 to 11:30 AM — Registration and networking
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM — Presentation

Enter the building from any entrance, head to the central lobby and take the elevator bank labeled for the 8th floor. Upon exiting on the 8th floor, the Braintree lobby will be immediately on your left. Sign in with security and follow the wayfinding to the Mess Hall for coffee and donuts.

Ticket Pricing
$10 Student Members
$20 AIGA Members
$40 Non-Members

Ashleigh Axios: In from DC
How does innovative design happen in the most important house in the country? Ashleigh Axios will share her experiences as former creative director and digital strategist at the White House, where she led design from within the Office of Digital Strategy. Axios is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed and leads DotGovDesign, an initiative connecting and empowering government designers, and the annual DotGovDesign Conference.

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Special thanks to Valerie Craig, AIGA Chicago Event Chair, for organizing this event and to Braintree for hosting this event.

Address: 222 Merchandise Mart Plz, Chicago
Ashleigh Axios: In from DC

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Vietnamese Street Food

September 10, 2016 at Bespeak Studios in Chicago.

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It’s summertime in the city and to cool off, we’re taking a culinary ride to Vietnam with a cooking class dedicated to Vietnamese Street Food. Come join us in the kitchen as we prepare a delicious spread of Vietnamese fare and enjoy them with boba teas. This is a hands-on culinary class where everyone will learn, make, and of course, eat the themed menu we prepared.

This class is geared to those who enjoy Vietnamese cuisine and/or would like to learn how to prepare a few classic dishes. We will cover some popular street food and have fun with a refreshing bubble tea bar. By taking this class, you’ll have a greater appreciation of Vietnamese cuisine and learn how to make classic dishes to keep cool this summer!

MENU:
// Bun Noodle Salad
// Bahn Mi Sandwiches
// Fresh Spring Rolls
// Bubble (Boba) Tea Shakes

$35

Address: 737 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago
Vietnamese Street Food

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Noche de Boleros III: Las Damas de la Bohemia

August 04, 2016 at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago.

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It’s romance, nostalgia, and vocalists’ showcase all in one. Chicago‘s Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center becomes a torch song cabaret when Frankie’s People bring their special brand of Spanish ballads to the stage. This third installment features some of Chicago‘s finest female voices. Suggested donation is $10, with proceeds to benefit Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) and its non-profit arts and cultural advancement programs.

Address: 4048 W Armitage Ave, Chicago
Noche de Boleros III: Las Damas de la Bohemia

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The Vig Bourbon Release Party!

August 10, 2016 at The VIG Chicago in Chicago.

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You’re invited to be apart of our very own Custom Select Woodford Reserve bottle Launch party! This bottle was hand crafted just for The Vig and we would love for you to be there to celebrate! We will have complimentary appetizers and bourbon tasters. All guests will have an opportunity to purchase a bottle of our one of a kind bottle to take home! We will have a glass etcher and a specialty cocktail made from our bourbon to check out.

Address: 1527 N Wells St, Chicago
The Vig Bourbon Release Party!

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Option: Mars Williams / Donkey No No

August 15, 2016 at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

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Photo: Ted Lee + Dan Mohr

Chicago multi-reedist extraordinaire Mars Williams will play a set of solo improvised music, followed by a set of improvised music by Donkey No No.

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Donkey No No is a trio with guitarist Omeed Goodarzi, violin/electronics goddess Jen Gelineau, and cymbal bower Edward “Ted” Lee. The trio is bent on an improv-only approach to playing, and their previous cassettes have been about as cautiously wrought as junk pile. Their new album, however, possesses a real sense of instant composition, meaning the music aligns in ways that don’t sound purely chance-based. Omeed’s guitar is a fine engine of rural-völk dreamtime, and the bowed accompaniment just seems to weave around it like a very fine spider web of sound. The sonic effect is delightful and fully capable of floating blimp-like over every head that encounters it. Long may they rise.
—Byron Coley, 2016

Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock, Mars has played and recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Jerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City’s “downtown” scene.

John Zorn credits Mars as “one of the true saxophone players–someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn. This tremendous enthusiasm is an essential part of his sound, and it comes through each note every time he plays. Whatever the situation, Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.”

In 2001 Mars received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Record with his group Liquid Soul. Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, Mars manages to stay active on the Chicago underground improvising scene. In recent years he has toured and recorded with the Peter Brötzmann Tentet, Switchback, Full Blast, Scorch Trio, the Vandermark 5, and Cinghiale, teaming him with such musicians as Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Fredric Lonberg Holm, Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mike Reed, Jeb Bishop, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Rempis, Kidd Jordan and Matts Gustafson.

He performs weekly in Chicago along with Jim Baker, Steve Hunt, and Brian Sandstrom in the improvising quartet “Extraordinary Popular
Delusions”. As a bandleader, he continues to perform and record CDs with his own free-jazz groups, the NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Slam, XmarsX, Mars Trio, Boneshaker and The Soul Sonic Sirkus which features improvising musicians and aerial circus performers. Along with Die Warsau’s Van Christie, Mars has started Ratking Music, a production company focusing on music for film and television.

Option is sponsored by Sketchbook Brewing Company

Address: 5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago
Option: Mars Williams / Donkey No No

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Gary Olson’s annual birthday bash!

August 27, 2016 at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve in Chicago.

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Gary Olson’s annual birthday bash! This years bands: Avenge 7X (On at 1:00 PM), Vicious Circle, High Alert & Rival.
Located at Bunker Hill Forest Preserve – Grove 4 – Touhy and Harts Rd. Niles, IL.
All are welcome! All Ages!!
Come early and spend the day. A beer truck will be on site. Donations accepted and appreciated.

Address: 5500 W. Devon Ave., Chicago
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Big Shoulders Fund Ball

September 30, 2016 at Revel Fulton Market in Chicago.

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Celebrate the difference the Auxiliary Board is making!
For the last ten years, the Auxiliary Board has supported Big Shoulders Fund Schools by actively engaging in them as mentors, tutors, school board members, stock market teachers and more. Join us as they raise funds and spread the word about the Auxiliary Board Scholarship.

VIP RECEPTION 6:30-7:30PM
EVENT 7:30PM-12AM

Ticket Prices
$100 before 9/5(Labor Day)
$125 after 9/5 (Labor Day)
$900 for group of 10
$150 for VIP Reception

Great Gatbsy Theme
Guests are encouraged to wear Great Gatsby or Cocktail Attire. Have fun with it, we’re gonna party like the roaring ’20s!

Address: 1215 W Fulton Market, Chicago
Big Shoulders Fund Ball

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