28 April 2009


Coming up

Randy Mosher, author of Radical Brewing and Brewer's Companion, will lead a cigar and beer tasting and sign copies of his new book, Tasting Beer, May 19.

Cigar Society Adventurers join our outing to Lake Geneva for a Cigar Dinner, Friday, and tours of Stone Manor, with Charles Hannon, and of the Driehaus estate, with John Nelson, Saturday.  May 29-30.

Bill Daley, Wine and Food Critic for the Chicago Tribune, will talk about wine and smoke, in June.

Events sponsored by the Cigar Society of Chicago include cocktails at 5:30pm, a lecture or reading starting at 6:00 sharp for about thirty minutes, followed by discussion.  We meet privately in the second-floor lounge of the
Iwan Ries Building
19 South Wabash


Tuesday, April 28, 5:30-8:30pm
Therapy for the Heart:
Music (and Wine)
Abraham Kocheril, MD
Director of Clinical Electrophysiology, UIC

Abraham Kocheril, Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Electrophysiology at UIC, will explain how music and wine hath charms to soothe a savaged breast. 

$40 inclusive covers the cost of the room, cocktails, cigars, and snacks.  Cash only.  Jacket and tie recommended; reservations required.  RSVP to the Secretary.

Physicians around the world emphasize that exercise, a healthy diet, and medical therapy can improve one's cardiovascular health.  They also recommend reducing stress, but with little advice about how to do it.  Classical music and moderate wine consumption are well known to the lay world as stress reducers.  What do the physicians have to say about it?  Among other research results, we know that music decreases sedative requirements during surgery under spinal anesthesia, and that it reduces anxiety, improves mood, and lowers heart rate and blood pressure after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. 

Abraham Kocheril (NYU AB '82 MD '86) is Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Electrophysiology at UIC.  He has also held positions at Yale and Brown.  His research interests include the effects of harp music on the heart.  He is also training to become a sommelier.

About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago was the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its fortnightly Informal Smokers, monthly University Series lectures, and quarterly Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at CigarSociety@logicophilosophicus.org.