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Shore's Associate Publisher and Editor Pat Colander brings you up-to-date on what's going on in the Shore universe-evenings, weekends and all times in between issues.
From play and restaurant openings to premiere parties and red carpet movie screenings around Chicago and Northwest Indiana, columnist Philip Potempa reports on celebs and notable names from near and far.
Food/Wine columnist and features writer Jane Dunne never runs out of ideas when it comes to cooking for family, entertaining at home or dining out. Her blog covers the gamut-literally from soup to nuts.
As with Shorecast by Fran Smith, which appears regularly in Shore magazine, the 12 sun-signs are highlighted; here, the focus is on how every planetary move affects each of the 12 sun-signs. Its contents include specific-and fun-information that readers won't find anywhere else.
Food correspondent-at-large Jane Ammeson will travel far and near to write about her latest foodie finds. From tastings to chef profiles, Jane will whet your appetite.
As expert analysis of contemporary fashion morphs up to fine art, Marcia Froelke Coburn knows who, what, when and wear this season. From celebrity statements to fashionistas in the streets, this blogger and bold face name's commentary channels the mind behind the designs.
Receptions for two great artists on both sides of Lake Michigan tonight and a preview event for the Great Chicago Fire Celebration which begins September 30th.
Opening Reception Tonight for John H. White Retrospective: Though John H. White is not a name that sticks out in most memories, everyone who has spent time in the world of Chicago journalism knows about the work of this legendary photographer. The exhibit is called “Faith, Focus, Flight,” which gives an indication of the nature and depth of the work. According to Mike Zajakowski, a former colleague and now editor at the Chicago Tribune, the exhibit was made possible by Michael Ensdorf, Founder and Director of Gage Gallery, and co-curator Tyra Robertson, Media Coordinator. The exhibit is explained by the John H. White this way:” I have witnessed war, unrest, pain, death, hate, tragedy, and chaos, and have been close enough to capture daily doses as a photojournalist. They are a large part of the ingredients of life, but many of the images in this exhibition are “just because” moments, the other side of pages of life, the joy, hope peace and love. Here are glimpses that have captured my heart, and it’s my hope that some will cause your heart to smile, also. These photos, just moments, those little moments, frozen visual timeless treasures, precious moments in time. Life is an open book. Photography preserves its pages.”Gage Gallery is at 18 S. Michigan and the reception starts at 5 p.m. The photos will be on displahy through December 20th.
An Event Around the Great Chicago Fire: A start-up lab known as 1871 and now a festival as the historic re-building of the city celebration gains momentum all the time. This year the memorial starts with a preview event, movie-screening of Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, and a disussion afterwards with Executive Producer Lori McGunn, Director Amelia Dellos and Chicago historians Sally Sexton Kalmbach and Richard Bales set for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6:30-8pm (CT) at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington Street. The event is free and open to the public.The screening is presented by Redmoon in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District. The Great Chicago Fire Festival will culminate on Saturday, October 4 with interactive activities and a fire spectacle that will take place on the Chicago River between the State Street and Columbus Drive bridges in the heart of downtown.
Welcome to “Starcast” – a compelling look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. There’s always so much unrelenting activity going on in our solar system – which has its own time schedule. Unique, of course, but a time schedule, nonetheless. This ongoing, and silent, activity matters a great deal. Because whatever takes place in our solar system – like the planet, Mars (raw energy), about to enter the sun-sign of Sagittarius, the Centaur (half human/half horse) – actually influences everyone (worldwide). Constantly. Here’s how it works. Whatever your sun-sign (there are 12), this powerful planetary placement (Mars in Sagittarius) affects you directly – since Sagittarius governs one the twelve houses within your own birth chart (also known as the zodiac wheel).
Let’s investigate: In your mind’s eye, move ahead to tomorrow, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 5:51 p.m. (ET). That’s when the planet, Mars raw energy), enters the dazzling sun-sign of Sagittarius, the Centaur – and will be traveling through there until Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 6:43 a.m. (ET), when it leaves the adventuresome Sagittarius and enters the no-nonsense sun-sign of Capricorn, the Mountain Goat (forever climbing the narrow ledge upward toward success). It’s definitely a “Starcast” for another time. However, during this particular cycle – fortified with a fresh charge of energy – work closely with this newfound energy. Relax – mentally, emotionally, physically – and focus on your most positive ideas, plans, projects, and relationships. Do quietly what needs to be done. Wait. Repeat, if necessary. Adjust, only if needed.
Look at a numerical (1 through 12) clock. That’s your birth chart; that’s the zodiac wheel – which are one in the same. And each pie-shaped wedge (5 to 4 o’clock, for example) is a house – an area of activity (love, money – in every currency imaginable – work, and so on) in your day-to-day existence. So, know that this influence (Mars in Sagittarius) energizes your thoughts and actions. Still, keep both confidential. They’re a power source – all the more powerful for being kept hidden.
Donna Blue Lachman gets a second wind in Three Oaks and local galleries feature Michiana artists in upcoming exhibitions including Mitch Markovitz, Dora Natella, Photographer Marc Ullom, Sara Sokol and Kevin Gross.
Donna Blue Lachman Seeks 50-Somethings: The Director resets her newly-minted Second Wind Theater Company designed for people 50+ willing to commit to a four-month long, weekly improv workshop (Pure speculation on my part but this may get developed into a show something like the very funny and reality-based Mixed Nuts set at the Acorn last June.) If you are interested bring a story to tell September 13, 20 and 27 to Strip Mall #3 next to Ipso Facto in Three Oaks between 1-3pm (ET).
Ellen Firme Gallery Hosts South Shore Posters Artist Mitch Markovitz: An opening reception for Mitch Markovitz will be held from 5-8 pm on Friday at the Ellen Firme Art Gallery in Beverly Shores. Wine, cheese, brownies, and spice cake will be served and the show will be open for the next few weeks. Markovitz, best known for his “Just Around the Corner” series of South Shore, was the founding artist and art director for the modern series of posters that consider life in Northwest Indiana cities. Markovitz also co-authored and illustrated the poster collection book, Moonlight in Duneland.
Zucchini cakes – one savory, one sweet, to aid you in using up all that squash. And if you’re not a gardener with a bumper crop on your hands, then I urge you to buy some zucchini as soon as possible. The recipes are that good! Nowhere should it be written that these cakes be made only in September either. I could definitely see both of them popping up over the holidays.
ZUCCHINI CAKES WITH SMOKED TROUT (6 servings)
Serve on a platter with drinks or as a first course for six, four to a plate atop a bed of olive oil-kissed arugula. In either case, ice cold champagne is great with these. You can also make them in advance (see recipe).
The force is with Benton Harbor, Anna Russo Sieber and the ARS Gallery “I Am The Greatest” project, kicking off the season on Friday night with the second annual beach party and a season of strengthening ties with the Ali Center in Louisville.
This Friday the “Second Annual I Am The Greatest Beach Bash”: Anna Russo Sieber is the force behind many of the great things that are happening in Benton Harbor but the past few years her dedication has been focused on support and awareness for the “I Am The Greatest,” project. While it started as an art project the scope has grown on multiple levels helping kids with education, inspiration and nourishment. (And that would be tangible, food nourishment, as in making sure the children in the program have enough to eat!)
Sieber’s program started as a celebration of the life and impact of Muhammad Ali, who maintained a home in the area and supported countless organizations and youth-oriented causes for over 30 years, with a public art installation involving 16 sculptures by Detroit-based artist John Sauve placed throughout the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area in 2012. But this quickly grew beyond a one-time commitment, the I Am The Greatest has maintained and grown from its base at the ARS Gallery Arts and Culture Center, part of the New Territory Arts Association.
Interested in being a beneficiary? Bentwood Tavern is looking to give back and serious Labor Day weekend fests at CTG in Valpo and also beautiful downtown Buchanan, Michigan.
New Buffalo’s Bentwood Tavern Give-Back Program: Looking towards the 2015 season of give-back dinners at Bentwood Tavern, the restaurant is soliciting applications for five local non-profits to benefit from the program originally established in 2007. The premise is simple: Everybody is invited to have dinner at Bentwood and 50 percent of the proceeds from the selected evening go to charity. The program has raised over $71,000 since it began and organizations that have benefitted include Chikaming Open Lands, Fernwood Botanical Garden, Michiana Humane Society, Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Berrien and Cass Counties, and the Samaritan Counseling Centers.Chefs Jenny Drilon and Alberto Ilescas lead Bentwood Tavern’s culinary team, which specializes in ‘artisan comfort cuisine’ crafted from seasonal and, whenever possible, locally grown ingredients. Bentwood has eight Michigan craft beers on tap and a carefully curated wine list with over 20 by-the-glass selections.If your organization would like to benefit from a give-back dinner, an online application can be found on Bentwood’s website, www.bentwoodtavern.com. Applications for the 2015 season are due September 7, 2014.
End of August at Chicago Street Theatre: CTG will be presenting a new adaptation of a fairy tale favorite- Beauty and the Beast by Nicholas Stuart Gray starting Friday August 29th through September 13th. On Friday night there will be an Opening Night party at nearby South Bend Chocolate Cafe. Children and their families can also join the cast for games and activities at CST's Beauty and the Brunch event at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 13 at 12:30 PM. Details on the brunch and performances can be found on the theatre's website.
“The secret is very simple,” Jackie Shen tells me as I bite down on her messy but oh-so-delicious egg foo young sandwich which is a big seller at her newly opened Jackie’s Café in New Buffalo.
Let’s qualify that—simple that is if you’re a graduate of the Houston Hilton School of Management, worked at the Ritz Carlton, Water Tower Hyatt and Hyatt Regency before opening and running your own Asian-French restaurant in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area for 13 years, receiving the accolade along the way of “Queen of Fusion.”
But Shen did make it look easy as I stood next to the large gas stovetop as she sautéed ham and vegetables in a skillet before adding eggs in what looked like the beginning of an omelet but would turn out to be the filling for her egg foo young sandwich. While the mixture was cooking, Shen grabbed a couple of slices of brioche bread, popped them in a toaster and when they shot back up, slathered them with a combination of mayonnaise and sriracha sauce—the Eastern Thailand hot sauce consisting of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt and named after the city of Si Racha where it was first made.
Welcome to “Starcast” – an interesting look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. Let’s go over the celestial terrain – as it pertains to the sun-sign of Virgo, the Virgin. As we start, let’s note that the Sun (vitality, the source of all life, and one’s own personal efforts and endeavors) enters the hard-working sun-sign of Virgo, the Virgin, in just a few hours – on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 12:46 a.m. (ET). And it will move steadily forward until it reaches the next significant (to all human beings on Earth) Sun and Moon occurrence in the Sky.
And that will be the stunning New Moon (when the Sun and the Moon are in the same sun-sign – always signifying new beginnings) that takes place on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:13 a.m. (ET) – in the reserved and incredibly glamorous sun-sign of Virgo, the Virgin. Know this: Wherever you are on Earth – this cosmic occurrence affects you (in a very positive way), since Virgo rules one of the twelve houses within your own birth chart (also known as the zodiac wheel). This approaching event is nothing less than superb, for it gifts everyone (no matter who you are) with the opportunity to start anew in a particular area of Life for the 12 to 14 days that follow. Note: this New Moon – which highlights the traits of Virgo: a keen eye for detail and a willingness to adapt to any task – is to be carefully, as well as lovingly, worked with. It’s not be to rushed, not to be treated haphazardly; certainly, not to be overlooked.
Although we’ve looked at this before – let’s look at it, again. Originally the sun-dial, think of a numerical (1 through 12) clock or wristwatch. That’s the zodiac wheel – that’s your birth chart. And each pie-shaped wedge (9 to 8 o’clock, for example) is a house, an area of activity (love, money – in every currency imaginable – work, and so on) in your Life. This influence (at the moment, it’s the New Moon in Virgo) continues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and never stops – even when you’re asleep or not consciously thinking about it. Go slowly – working with situations as they surface. If you do, it’ll create the wonderful results that you desire.
Time is running out if you want tickets to the Green Sense-Whole Foods-Miller Bakery Café collaborative dinner on Sunday and a very special weekend of music at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joe.
Beach Foodie Alert: Green Sense-Whole Foods-Miller Bakery Café Dinner is 75% Sold-Out: The dinner coming up on Sunday represents a unique collaboration with Green Sense Farms, a pioneer in vertical indoor agriculture growing vegetables in a very large space in the Portage Ameriplex and harvesting every two weeks, is teaming up with Whole Foods and Miller Bakery Café for an extravaganza. “ The Farm-To-Table, Wine-Paired, Dining Experience,” menu:
Boy, have I been waiting for late summer tomatoes! I felt like buying out my local farmers market on my last visit as I eyed jewel-like yellow, orange, purple and bright red cherry tomatoes, the large, luscious red and yellow beefsteaks, and perfect romas. Biting into a freshly-picked, still warm from the sun tomato is one of my best food memories and something I still love to do today, although I’m prudent enough these days to do it over the kitchen sink. A pinch of salt and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven.
Two of my favorite recipes follow. While the crostata is prettiest with red tomatoes of a similar size, the tomato and watermelon salad shines with a selection of cherry tomatoes, so go wild. Hope you will try both recipes as these never disappoint if made in season.
HEAVENLY TOMATO-CHEDDAR CROSTATA (6 servings)