February has tons of events and happenings. If you don't have Valentine's Day plans, don't worry I've got you covered. Plus, February is Black History Month so I share the best ways you can celebrate black excellence. And as always I've included a list of events that you need to put on your calendar. 

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Weekend Snapshots
This weekend was definitely an eventful one. I started the festivities
by seeing the Bruckner Orchestra Linz perform at Harris Theater
with Anlique Kidjo. I interviewed the international artist on the
blog ahead of her performance and both she and the orchestra were
absolutely phenomenal. The crowd enjoyed the performance so
much they gave us an encore. I highly recommend checking out the
Harris Theater for some great theatrical and artistic programs.
Next I explore my daredevil side and had my first cryotherapy
treatment at Chicago Cryospa. I survived negative 250 degrees. Yes,
you heard correctly. To be honest I enjoyed the experience very
much. I’m not too fond of the cold so I was very surprised to learn
that I enjoyed the cryo chamber. I can now check off freezing in sub-
zero temperatures off my bucket list. That experience is coming to
the blog soon.
After my treatment, I went down the street to check out the
Alphawood Foundation’s Art Aids in America. I knew what the
exhibit was about but nothing could prepare me for what was in that
gallery. Each work was made by an artist who was either affected by
AIDS or knew someone affected by the disease. It was incredibly
moving and it was an emotional experience. My full reflection on the
gallery will be coming to the blog soon.
WHAT'S NEW
The Flamingo Rum Club – We’ve all seen the
famous pink flamingo wall on
Instagram. However, the restaurant that
it belongs to is now open and it’s taking
Chicago by storm. Meet The Flamingo Rum
Club. For those of you looking for a taste of
Havana because you can’t quite make it to
Cuba, then you’ll want to check out this new
Latin inspired hot spot. The bar is meant to
feel like old Havana and features a weekly
array of cabaret performances and exquisite
cocktails and of course the city's finest
selection of rum. If you wish to entertain
guests with something new, then this is the
place you’ll want to check out. Hint, make
reservations because this place is always
packed.
Harvest Moon Wicker Park has a new bar
that features a very swanky vibe. Harvest
Moon is filled with art deco inspiration with
giant murals on the walls and a ceiling
covered in picture frames. The space itself is
reminiscent to castles in Austria which pays
homage to the owner’s Austrian heritage. The
food is traditional American fare. I highly
recommend ordering the spinach and goat
cheese dip as well as the short rib. Plus, they
have TV’s and a projector so this is for the
sports fans who want to watch the game with
a chic environment.
VALENTINE'S DAY
AceBounce’s Anti Valentine’s Day Party February 11th
For those of you feeling a little jaded about V-Day then you’ll
want to check out AceBounce’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party.
Party goers will party the night away in the UV lit ping pong
room. The “love police” will roam the room making sure no
one is getting frisky. However, Bumble (yes that Bumble)
will be giving out specialty cocktails to all guests. The bar
will be open for 2 hours with passed bites, unlimited ping
pong, and much more. I don’t know about you but this
sounds like my kind of party. You can get tickets HERE.
Be My Valentine with Michelle L’amour February 11th
For those of you who wish to let out your inner seductress
for Valentine’s Day then have Michelle L’amour teach you all
the right tricks with her Be My Valentine workshop. This
workshop will teach students how to best let out their inner
sexy and they’ll learn a routine that’ll be perfect to showcase
to their loveror friend. All you need is a bra and a robe.
I’ll be there too so I would love to see you guys! You can sign
up for the class HERE.
Sam Trump Love Notes EP Release: February 12th – For a
more soulful and laid back approach to Valentine’s Day, sit
back and enjoy the melodic sounds of Sam Trump. The
Revival will host the official release of Sam Trump’s newest
EP Love Notes. The evening will feature Sam performing his
original songs as well as a special acoustic ensemble. Gifted
Keys will open the romantic affair and 2 Wrongs: Adrienne
& Drgnflyy will showcase their satirical wordplay. Tickets
are going fast but you can reserve your seat HERE.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I know a lot of us have mixed
feelings about this day but this does not mean you can’t
have a little bit of fun. Here are my top Valentine’s Day
activities but stay tuned because the full list is coming to
the blog soon!
BLACK HISTORY
MONTH
Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation February 10th Celebrate the
achievements and works of black composers with Fulcrum Point
with the program Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation! Guests will be
able to witness three generations of artists ranging from
impressionistic pop to jazz-improv. Renowned composer and
cellist Tomeka Reid will be bringing these diverse stylings to life with
a world premiere composition. The evening will end with a set of
free-jazz improv led by the legendary Kahil ElZabar and his Ethnic
Heritage Ensemble. You can buy tickets HERE.
Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry Now till
March 4th Head to the museum of Science and Industry to
celebrate both the artistic and scientific achievements of those in the
African Diaspora with the Black Creativity exhibit. Explore over 100
works of art in the Juried Art exhibit. Guests can also learn about the
achievements of blacks in STEM inside the innovation lab. While
learning about these achievements, visitors will also be able to
become innovators themselves by problem solving and creating their
own inventions and solutions.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin February 16th
& 17th Join the Chicago Humanities Festival for two moving and
thought provoking evenings with Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of
Trayvon Martin. Trayvon’s mothers Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
will provide an inside look into a story that’s rarely told on the news.
You’ll hear a firsthand account of how they felt during the whole
ordeal and how they used pain to launch a movement for national
justice that still remains relevant today. Tickets can be purchased
HERE.
ARTFLIX: Celebrating Black Brilliance February 20th On
President’s Day join the Hyde Park Art Center for a series of free
short documentary films that highlight black excellence. Films will
focus on the achievements of historical figures such as Mary
McCloud Bethune, Ida B. Wells and Shirley Chisholm. Films are free
and open to the public. More information can be found HERE.
We should celebrate the achievements of those in the
African Diaspora year round. However, for this month
there are some special Black History Month activities you
should partake in so here are my top picks.
WHAT'S
COMING UP
Neiman Marcus Project Beauty February 18th Neiman
Marcus Michigan Avenue invites you to learn about all
the latest beauty trends with their much raved about
event, Project Beauty. Guests will enjoy a runway
presentation, nibble on light bites, sip champagne as they
learn about all the latest trends. Plus, each guests will be
given a gift card so they can shop the products direct
from the runway. There will be a $25 reservation fee. To
make your reservation call Lauren at 312-642-5900 This
is must attend event so make your reservation ASAP.
Chicago Theater Week February 9th 19th Chicago
Theater Week kicks off on February 9th. For a little over a
week youll have the opportunity to see over 100 theater
productions for under $30. Special offers include Blue
Man Group, shows at the Lyric Opera, and the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. Personally, Im looking forward to
seeing Court Theatres Blues for An Alabama Sky. The
full list of shows is listed at ChooseChicago.com
Chicago Auto Show February 11th 20th Its that time
of year for all car enthusiasts. The Chicago Auto Show
returns to McCormick Place with the latest and greatest
in the world of automobiles. The show is here till
February 20th so get your tickets so you can take a peek
at your future hot ride. More information and offerings is
available at ChicagoAutoShow.com
JUNE 15, 2015
WAS WHEN I
WAS PUSHED
OFF THE
LEDGE AND
GOD SAID I
GOT YOU, NOW
FLY, GO DO IT.
IVE BEEN
DOING THIS
100 PERCENT
ON MY OWN
EVER SINCE .
-NICOLE MARIE
PITTMON OF NICOLE
MARIE EVENTS
Stay tuned for my full exclusive
interview with the fabulous creator
of experiences, Nicole of Nicole
Marie Events. You don't want to
miss it!
THANK YOU FOR
READING
I’m excited to get my sexy on with Michelle L’amour this weekend so checkout my
Instagram story for a sneak peek at the fun. Plus, as I mentioned I’ll be attending the anti-
Valentine’s Day party at AceBounce so I’m super excited about that. I refuse to be bored
during V-day weekend so I’m looking forward to my fun filled itinerary.
This week on the blog we’ll get an inside look into Pagoda Red. This gallery has rare
Chinese furniture and works of art that is perfect for your dream home. Plus, the owner
Betsy Nathan shares her vision for the space.
Plus, the full Valentine's Day post is coming so be on the lookout for my top Valentine’s
Day activities.
I'm also bringing back The Chicagolite Spotlight but with a slight twist. Let's just say you
can expect a lot more features with some people who truly inspire me.
Hope you all have a great week and talk soon!
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TomekaReid.com
Museum of Science and Industry
Michael Brosilow
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Photo Credits
Kori Coleman Letter to Editor Photo
Flamingo Rum Club
AceBounce
Michelle L'amour
Sam Trump
Tomeka Reid
Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit
Chicago Theater Week
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