Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bring on the foie!

The Stew reports that City Council has lifted the two-year-old foie gras ban. Ha!

Chicago Promoter License tabled. FOR NOW!!!

A message from Music 101 on the temporarily tabled Chicago's Promoter's ordinance:

"This is a small victory, but the battle is far from over. We have to stay vigilant to make sure the City does not try to sneak this through again. We got lucky this time that we caught wind of it. Next time we might not be so lucky. We have to be more proactive in the future. We have to know who is representing our interest and the interest of the community in City Hall. It seems that the people who are on the advisory board and pushing this ordinance through have other agendas and are not well versed in to realities of this ordinance. We have to get invited to these meetings and let others know what takes place there. If we become complacent, DBA will surely take advantage of it. I remember the only time that I was invited to a meeting, the attorney for the DBA said to everyone that no one should fool themselves, this ordinance will go through as it is, and it is only a matter of formality to get our opinions on it. After expressing my opposition, I was never invited back! With that kind of attitude, you can be sure, they will try again to push this ordinance through."—Arman Razavi, CEO of Music 101

‘Chill’ out in style

Support local businesses today like Berry Chill in River North. (Photo: Berry Chill)

Today’s all about supporting cool local stuff:

Michael Farah—the chilled-out biz-ness man behind Berry Chill—gets props from ABC-7’s “190 North” today when they come to tape a segment on the popularity of this frozen yogurt couture shop that’s taken the city by storm. They’ll be there 10:30-11:30am, so show some support and head there for a mid-morning snack—if you’re in River North.

Also happening today is Fashion Columbia, the annual student-produced fashion show taking place at Columbia College Chicago (1000 S. Wabash Ave.; 312-344-6600). The show explores the theme of fashion and technology, with a signature hue of purple worked into the designs. 1pm. $35-$60.

More fashion hits the runway at Sura Thai Bistro (3124 N. Broadway, 773-348-8608), featuring fabulous threads from Lake View-area boutiques such as P+L, Andrea Vangna, His Stuff, Kreative Soul and Buffalo Exchange. The cocktail reception kicks off at 7pm with cucumber martinis, wine, hors d'oeuvres and Thai tapas; runway portion of the show begins promptly at 8pm. The first 100 attendees get a goody bag. $15.

Head west to the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (2320 W. Chicago Ave., 773-227-5522) for Taste on Chicago, an event showcasing the wares from West Town. "Check, Please!" host Alpana Singh signs copies of her book "Alpana Pours," plus you’ll get to sample wine, bubbly and vittles at this inaugural event. Benefits Smith Park. 6-9pm. Call 312-925-4052 for the $40 tix.