WBEZ | Half Acre Beer http://www.wbez.org/tags/half-acre-beer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Maple Syrup Festival and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8578755265/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplefestivalpancakes.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup at the 2013 National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, March 23</strong></p><p>The Chicago Park District presents the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/maple-syrup-festival/Northparkvillagenaturecenter/3-241/">Maple Syrup Festival</a>&nbsp;at North Park Village Nature Center. If you didn&#39;t make it down to the&nbsp;<a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a>, you&#39;re in luck, you can still see the making-of from tree to syrup, and maybe if you&#39;re really lucky taste&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072">some maple sap</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Sunday, March 24</strong></p><p><a href="http://speed-rack.com/node/216"><u>Speed Rack Chicago</u></a> at Cobra Lounge, like March Madness with booze and Chicago&#39;s best female bartenders, benefits breast cancer education, prevention, and research. Expert judges include Blackbird chief mixologist Lynn House, Three Dots and A Dash mixologist/partner Paul McGee, bellyQ beverage director Peter Vestinos, and Miss Speed Rack USA 2012 Yael Vengroff. Drink along with snacks from Revolucion Steakhouse. Admission $20.</p><p><strong>Monday,&nbsp;March 25</strong></p><p>Half Acre presents a <a href="http://halfacrebeersocial.brownpapertickets.com/"><u>Beer Social, benefiting The Stewards Market</u></a>, a non-profit business incubator located in Humboldt Park.&nbsp;Unlimited beer will be paired with hors d&#39;oeuvres by CJK Foods, specializing in the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Admission $75.</p><p><strong>Tuesday,&nbsp;March 26</strong></p><p>The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum presents <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/programs-events-and-camps/adult-and-teen-programs"><u>Nature on Tap</u></a>, celebrating the opening of the new exhibit <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/food-the-nature-of-eating"><u><em>Food: The Nature of Eating</em></u></a>. Drink from local craft breweries, eat from local food trucks, plus compete in trivia teams, hosted by James Beard nominated <em>Reader</em> restaurant critic Mike Sula. Admission&nbsp;FREE for museum and Green City Market members, $10 for non-members, cash bar.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Wednesday,&nbsp;March 27</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/"><u>Soup &amp; Bread</u></a> presents this week&#39;s theme, Double A: Alliums and Asparagus (&quot;Soups of Tentative Spring&quot;), at the Hideout. This week benefitting <a href="http://www.teenliving.org/3.0/home.html"><u>Teen Living Programs</u></a> with special soup chefs including Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><strong>Thursday,&nbsp;March 28</strong></p><p><em>Chicagoist</em> presents <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/26/chicagoist_ucan_nisei_lounge.php"><u>a reader meet-up</u></a> with writers as guest bartenders at Nisei Lounge benefitting <a href="http://www.ucanchicago.org/"><u>UCAN. Uhlich Children&rsquo;s Advantage Network</u></a>, founded in 1869, strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><u><em><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</a></em></u></p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-17/axis_11.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/weekend.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 298px;" title=""></p><p>Jean Luc Godard’s 1968 film <em><a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-10-05/film/weekend-when-godard-burned-the-movie-house-down/">Weekend</a></em> is exactly the weekend you DON’T want to have!&nbsp; A couple jumps in the car, heads to the country, hits the mother of all traffic jams and then?&nbsp; Mayhem, murder, and cannibalism!&nbsp; What is it about a couple of days off from the grind that provokes anxiety in filmmakers?&nbsp; In <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037884/">The Lost Weekend</a></em> Ray Milland falls off the wagon – hard.&nbsp;<em> Weekend at Bernie’s</em> involves toting around a corpse and avoiding an assassin – played for laughs.&nbsp; And Chicagoan <a href="http://joeswanberg.com/">Joe Swanberg</a> explores the pains of a long distance relationship in <em>Nights and Weekends</em>.&nbsp; Now I’m pretty sure heading out to see Godard’s movie this weekend at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> won’t involve people trying to eat you for supper.&nbsp; But if you want to play it safe – here are a few other ideas to fill your Friday through Sunday.</p><p>Here are <em>Weekender</em>'s top picks:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-17/Tremulis.jpg" style="width: 159px; height: 111px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.nicholastremulis.com/index.php">1. Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday 9pm</p><p><a href="http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/">FitzGerald's</a> 6615 Roosevelt Road Berwyn, IL</p><p>Hear more from Nicholas Tremulis <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-17/chicago-rocker-nicholas-tremulis-keeps-rolling-94140">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Yellow-Ostrich.jpeg" style="width: 160px; height: 107px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.yellowostrich.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. Yellow Ostrich</strong></span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1525284&amp;cobrand=metrochicago">Friday 9pm</a></p><p><a href="http://metrochicago.com/">Metro </a>3730 N. Clark Street</p><p>Opening for <a href="http://delicatesteve.com/">Delicate Steve</a> and <a href="http://www.rarariot.com/">Ra Ra Riot</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-17/chi books expo.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 160px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://chicagowritershouse.org/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Chicago Book Expo 2011</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 12-6pm</p><p>Goldblatt's Building 4720 N. Broadway 1st Floor</p><p>Uptown Broadway Building 4701 N. Broadway Basement</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/axis_11.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 114px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.axisdance.org/">4. AXIS Dance Company</a></strong></span></p><p>Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm</p><p><a href="http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/">Auditorium Theatre</a> 50 E. Congress Parkway</p><p>Hear <a href="http://www.luciamauro.com/">Lucia Mauro</a>'s review of the performance <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-08/reimagining-dancing-body-93850">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Beer Carol.JPG" style="width: 160px; height: 136px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.drinkingandwriting.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. A Beer Carol!</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday at 4pm</p><p><a href="http://www.haymarketbrewing.com/">Haymarket Pub and Brewery</a> 737 W Randolph</p><p>Hear Gabriel Magliaro, founder and president of Chicago-based Half Acre Beer, discuss the local craft beer scene <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/brewing-strong-economy-94063">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/thumb.php_.png" style="width: 160px; height: 91px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/godards-weekend"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>6. WEEKEND</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday-Sunday</p><p><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> 164 N. State Street</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167