Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Love that chocolate!

Ricky’s "Strappy Hershey’s Cocktail Dress" is on display at the Hershey's Store until March 23. (Photo: Bravo TV)

Who needs "27 Dresses" when contestants from wildly popular Bravo reality show "Project Runway" have created five ultimate frocks during a Hershey's challenge?! During one of the shows, contestants raided a Hershey's store for dress materials, and the most memorable, decadent ones are now on display at the Chicago Hershey’s Store (822 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-7711).

You've got until March 23 to check out Christian’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Wrapper Dress, Sweet P’s Silver Kisses Paper Dress, Ricky’s Strappy Hershey’s Cocktail Dress, Victorya’s Kisses Ruffle Dress and Elisa’s Hershey’s Velour Dress with Silver Cuffs.

The dresses are being trotted out one last time before all five are auctioned off to benefit the Young Survival Coalition, a charity and activism group devoted to young survivors of breast cancer.

A tune-full Tuesday

Ayo performs at Red Kiva tonight.

Live music and libations. You can't beat that, can you?

Newcomer acoustic soul singer Ayo hits Red Kiva (1108 W. Randolph St., 312-226-5577) for a show that's certain to send chills down your spine. She's already made memorable appearances on the "David Letterman Show" and the "Late Late Show," plus her video, "Down on my Knees" is in regular rotation on VH1 and BETJ. Check her out tonight during this free show before she blows the hell up. Also, if you get there early, you can enjoy complimentary Margherita pizza from 5-7pm. Ayo performs at 7pm.

Also, Torch Tuesdays premieres tonight at Martini Park (151 W. Erie St., 312-640-0577). They're reintroducing the classic concept of the cocktail party with a special lineup of crooners reminiscent of Harry Connick Jr., Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt and Etta James. Tonight's talent is Stephanie Browning, who will likely perform familiar hits. Signature cocktails for the evening include the Classic Side Car, Brandy Alexander, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Kir Royale and the Champagne Cocktail. All will be available for $7 (mixed drinks will be $5). And servers will pass out complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5-8pm, including filet mignon sauté skewers, chicken sauté skewers, tomato capri, salmon and crème fraiche served on toast points, chicken sliders, Kobe beef sliders, deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket and Martini Park’s signature mac and cheese sticks with truffled cheese sauce. Show starts at 7pm. Free.

And finally, head to Rodan (1530 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-276-7036) for The Cushicles, an alternating group of local jazz musicians every Tuesday. Artists include Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Josh Abrams, Nori Tanaka, David Boykin, Matt Lux, Aram Shelton, Jonathan Crawford, Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly, Nate Lepine and Anton Hatwich. Show starts at 10:30pm. No cover.