WBEZ | Halloween costumes http://www.wbez.org/tags/halloween-costumes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago’s Lyric Opera hosts costume sale http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago%E2%80%99s-lyric-opera-hosts-costume-sale-110751 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Image6.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Already on the lookout for a Halloween costume? Or possibly your next Comic Con or Renaissance Faire outfit? The Lyric Opera of Chicago has got your back.</p><p dir="ltr">This Saturday marks only the second time in Lyric history that the company will be selling some 3,000 pieces of their handmade costume collection to the public. Costume Director Maureen Reilly said the Lyric doesn&rsquo;t have enough room in their storage for all of the costumes - some dating back almost 100 years.</p><p dir="ltr">Some costumes, she said, have even become a bit repetitive.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I think our Madame Butterfly and our Boehme are really gorgeous, but they&rsquo;re 30 and 40 years old. So if you&rsquo;ve been a season subscriber since you&rsquo;ve been 20 or something, you&rsquo;ve seen the same Boehme every 10 years or 8 years, so you want something new and different,&rdquo; Reilly said.</p><p dir="ltr">Prices range from $1 to $200, but Reilly said most garments are actually worth thousands of dollars. Some of the costumes come from as far away as Europe, while others were made in the United States. Shoppers will find items from operas like Pirates of Penzance, Voyages of Edgar Allen Poe, Anna Bolena, Otello, Flying Dutchman, Rigoletto, Don Carlo and more.</p><p dir="ltr">The last and only other time the Lyric held a sale like this was in 2004, when the company&rsquo;s warehouse in Pilsen was sold. They sold around the same amount of costumes, and brought in nearly $77,000. All the money goes back to the Lyric Opera.</p><p dir="ltr">This weekend&rsquo;s sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Civic Opera House.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ reporter. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p><p><em>Andrew Gill is a WBEZ web producer. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/andrewgill">@andrewgill</a></em></p></p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago%E2%80%99s-lyric-opera-hosts-costume-sale-110751 Eat this, drink that: Costumes, Cake Boy, BBQ http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/eat-drink-costumes-cake-boy-bbq-103435 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/madisonmarketpumpkins.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Pumpkins at the Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison, Wis. (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p><u><strong>Saturday, October 27</strong></u></p><p>I can&#39;t even tell you how much I&#39;ve been looking forward to this: I&#39;m judging the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/events.php">Bucktown Kids and Pups Costume Contest</a> at <a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door restaurant</a>&nbsp;with <a href="https://twitter.com/kibachu">my dog, Kiba</a>!&nbsp;We&#39;ll be joined by our friends&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoFishDude">Supreme Lobster</a><a href="https://twitter.com/ChicagoFishDude"> fishmonger Carl Galvan</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/lisashames"><em>CS</em> magazine Dining Editor Lisa Shames</a>. Our&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/cheftroygraves">chef friend Troy Graves</a> is creating special hot dogs and pup-sized burgers for the event and a portion of those proceeds will benefit the amazing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/">Red Door Animal Shelter</a>. (There&#39;s no relation between the restaurant and shelter!) Red Door shelter rescues cats, dogs, rabbits and the occasional chicken or duck. Please save the date for the shelter&#39;s wonderful annual <a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/events.php">Gift Bazaar and Famous Cookie Sale</a>. Plus you can easily <a href="http://www.reddoorshelter.org/donations.html">donate now</a>. Admission FREE, food and drink additional.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, October 28</strong></u></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/about/junior-board.asp">Green City Market Junior Board</a> presents their second annual <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271934">Halloween Harvest Ball</a> at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ravenswoodeventcenter.com/">Ravenswood Event Center</a> benefitting the <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/programs/">Green City Market&#39;s Link card program and other programs</a>&nbsp;that educate shoppers on local, seasonal eating. Costumed chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists will serve seasonal food and drink&nbsp;using&nbsp;the Market&#39;s farm products. Admission&nbsp;$75, $65 for <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/about/membership.asp">Friends of the Market</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Monday, October 29</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CulinaryHistoriansOfChicago.html">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents French pâtissier and British celebrity chef&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/eric_lanlard">Eric Lanlard</a>,&nbsp;aka Cake Boy, in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/making-pastry-chef-journey-childhood-passion-apprenticeship-heights-profession-102773">The Making of a Pastry Chef: The Journey from Childhood Passion to Apprenticeship to the Heights of the Profession</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. Lanlard will speak and sign copies of his newest book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1845337190?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1845337190&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Tart It Up!: Sweet and Savoury Tarts and Pies</em></a>. <a href="http://pleasanthousebakery.com/">Pleasant House Bakery</a> will make two pies from&nbsp;<em>Tart It Up!</em>: pork and cider pie (page 77) and butternut squash and mushroom pie (page 67) available for <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/281036">pre-order by October 26 only</a>.&nbsp;This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>.&nbsp;Admission $3; FREE for Kendall students and staff with ID, pies $10.</p><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/IBBQA">Illinois BBQ Alliance</a> presents <a href="http://Autumn Smoke">Autumn Smoke</a>,&nbsp;a&nbsp;dinner by 10 of our state&#39;s top pitmasters,&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.carmichaelsteakhouse.com/private-events/">The Warehouse at Carmichael&#39;s</a>. Join IBBQA to&nbsp;eat, talk Q, drink craft beers, and raise funds to fight breast cancer. The menu includes Chicago hot links injected with chile de árbol BBQ sauce by Barn &amp; Company&#39;s Gary Wiviott; smoky pumpkin and bacon soup by Brand BBQ Market&#39;s Sweet Charity Smith; pulled pork on pretzel slider rolls by Chicago Q&#39;s Lee Ann Whippen; smoked salmon by Smoque&#39;s Barry Sorkin; triple brisket sandwich with KC Burnt Ends by Sweet Baby Ray&#39;s Dave Raymond; smoked meatloaf by Uncle Bub&#39;s Mark Link; caramel bread pudding with bourbon sauce by Real Urban BBQ&#39;s Jeff Shapiro; biscuits and banana pudding by Lillie&#39;s Q&#39;s Charlie McKenna ; and peach cobbler by Honky Tonk BBQ&#39;s Willie Wagner &mdash; and much, much more. Admission from $35 for IBBQA members to $50 for dinner and 1 year membership.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, October 31</strong></u></p><p>Happy Halloween! What are you giving out this year?</p></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/eat-drink-costumes-cake-boy-bbq-103435 Reliving good, bad and ugly Halloween costumes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/reliving-good-bad-and-ugly-halloween-costumes-93633 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-31/Gordon Tarpley.jpg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many share the humiliation of a costume gone terribly wrong. It is one of the scariest things about Halloween. WBEZ's Steve Edwards shared the horror of his worst Halloween costume on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.</p><p>I still have not recovered from my worst costume disaster and it happened more than 30 years ago. I was in the second grade, and like many second grade boys in 1977, I was addicted to <em>Star Wars</em>. So, naturally, I decided to dress as a <em>Star Wars</em> storm trooper that Halloween. I found the mask and the costume at the local Kmart, and I was ready to play out my Death Star fantasies on the Trailwood Elementary School playground. The only problem was that my parents were too cheap to spring for the full costume. My dad, in a fit of uncharacteristic creativity, said he had a much better idea: We would buy the mask and do the rest at home. So that’s how I showed up to school that Halloween day, dressed in a storm tropper mask and my white waffle thermal long underwear. Now, second graders aren’t sophisticated about many things. But, friends, let me tell you, they know Halloween costumes. They also know underwear. And, they know there’s a big difference between the two.</p><p>It turns out that I’m not alone when it comes to Halloween disasters. <em>Eight Forty-Eigh</em>t hit the streets of Chicago to get some personal stories of triumphs and tragedies this Halloween.</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/reliving-good-bad-and-ugly-halloween-costumes-93633