Jan 31: Take a fashionable stand against heart disease at Macy’s Find Your Red Shopping Party, held in honor of the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Sport the hue to the shop’s Wear Red Sale to get an extra 20 percent off red apparel and accessories. While browsing the racks, snack on light refreshments, get an Estée Lauder makeover and watch a fashion presentation on the best ways to incorporate red into your wardrobe. Throughout, AHA volunteers and local heart disease survivors will share their stories and offer more information on the Go Red for Women movement. 5:30 p.m. 111 N. State. Admission: free. Call (866) 607-4422 to reserve your spot or visit Macys.com/events for more info. —Talia Beechick
Twins Henry and Lily Block always have been close, but the pair forged a deeper bond after facing an important milestone together: their b’nai mitzvah. The 13-year-old siblings held their ceremony during the holiday of Sukkot at Anshe Emet Synagogue (3751 N. Broadway), where they jointly led the traditional service and read from the Torah and Haftorah in Hebrew. Both spoke at length about their Torah portion, relating it to their lives and to their “mitzvah” projects, or charitable causes they championed: Lily worked with Sit Stay Read, an organization that uses dogs to improve child literacy, and Henry helped lead bingo games in a nursing home. “Bar and bat mitzvahs are first and foremost religious ceremonies,” says their mother, Julie Nerenberg Block. “Therefore, to me and my family, the service was the most meaningful part.”
As the team behind River North hot spots Mercadito and Tavernita, Alfredo, Felipe and Patricio Sandoval know how to produce a restaurant that combines gourmet food with a see-and-be-seen vibe. But for Little Market Brasserie, its third Chicago restaurant — and the second with chef/partner Ryan Poli at the helm — the group took a more low-key approach. “We wanted a casual neighborhood restaurant that wasn’t a scene, but was still bustling,” says Poli. “So we thought a lot about what people look for when they go to a place two or three times a week.”
Thanks to the undying support of its avid fan base, NBC’s cult hit “Community” is finally returning to network television. And Chicago native Danny Pudi — who plays socially awkward student Abed Nadir — is thrilled to be back. “It’s the fourth season of a show that I don’t think anyone expected to last four seasons,” he jokes. The pop culture reference-packed comedy, now gearing up for its Feb. 7 premiere after an almost yearlong hiatus, follows the shenanigans of an idiosyncratic seven-person study group at Greendale Community College. “The core of our show is a bunch of people doing really absurd things,” says Pudi, whose character is possibly the most absurd of them all (imagine an Indian Rain Man with a sense of humor and compulsion to make every moment cinematic). This season, the gang will enter their senior year at the not-so-elite educational institution, dealing with new levels of craziness as they head toward graduation and, possibly, the end of the study group.
Where to be and what to see this week: New openings at Lookingglass Theatre and American Theatre Company, ‘Cocktails & Cacti’ at the Goodman and the Hamburg Ballet at Harris Theater, a fundraiser at the MCA, an appearance by architect Jeanne Gang and a fun family event at the Cultural Center.
A reporter once asked me if I thought my date-night checklist was much different from a married girl’s date night checklist. So, I asked a married friend who I felt was somewhat similar to me to answer these questions. Her name is @SurferWife and she has been happily married for eight years.
If you recall noticing an in-love couple get kicked out of City Hall just over a year ago, chances are it was Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez. “I proposed at City Hall because it was the first place I ever saw her,” says Gilford, 30, who met his actor wife while filming a TV movie in Chicago — a romantic meeting point for the couple, who both hail from here (Gilford is from Evanston, Sanchez grew up in Carol Stream). “But after I proposed, we were hugging each other, telling each other ‘I love you,’ and the security guard came over and said, ‘I don’t know what you guys are doing, but you can’t do it here. Take it somewhere else.’ ” Despite the rocky start to their engagement, the wedding went off without a hitch: The couple tied the knot on Dec. 29 in Northern California, and after a two-week honeymoon in Asia and 36 hours at their home in Los Angeles, they’re currently residing in Miami, where Sanchez is filming the A&E series, “The Glades.”
Spring may be months away, but winter florals have blossomed on Chicago’s party circuit. Radiating femininity, a brightly colored flower pattern can add a playful twist to typical cocktail attire. The perfect petal-printed dress hugs the waistline, accentuating an hourglass figure and maximizing flirtation. Let the flower power flourish — keep jewelry minimal and accessorize with a simple belt, elegant handbag and a killer pair of pumps.
On Jan. 17, Cubs players past and present swapped the field for the runway as outfielder David DeJesus and wife Kim welcomed almost 300 guests to the Strike a Pose Celebrity Fashion Show. With the goal of raising funds for the David DeJesus Family Foundation — established by the couple to help families in need — players such as Shawn Camp, Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo strutted down the catwalk and Kerry Wood, Darwin Barney, Michael Bowden and Ian Stewart were joined by their wives on the runway at the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois), all sporting glam looks courtesy of the 900 North Michigan Shops.