TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 5:30-8:30 PM
19 S. Wabash Av, 2d Floor
|The Cigar Society
is in for a treat this Tuesday, with an evening of jazz, cocktails,
and cigars. We begin at 5:30pm with drinks
and cigars in the Lounge. Joining us will be Amanda Wolff, chanteuse of the Green Mill, the Palm
Court, and the Coq d'Or, who will ease us further into the mood by
singing a short set of jazz numbers. Lauren Viera,
cocktail expert for the Chicago Tribune and author of the
popular Nightcap column, will talk about the culture of the
cocktail, what makes the cocktail hour special, and
how to achieve greatness in Mixology.
With the assistance of our own
Bill Daley, Lauren will show how to construct a
new cocktails for the spring season and in the course of the
presentation pass out generous samples.
Cocktails, cigars, and discussion will continue until 8:30pm. This
will be a fine evening to relax to some jazz classics and to try out a few
new cocktails (or sop up some old favorites) all while enjoying the comforting -- and increasingly rare -- ambience of a smoke-filled room.
Cocktails at 5:30,
presentation 6:00-6:45 followed by discussion and more
cocktails. $40 includes special
cocktails, premium open bar, two cigars, and snacks.
Reservations are required.
is a feature reporter for the Chicago Tribune,
where she writes about subjects from monster truck rallies to
Matisse exhibitions. Her current focus is on Chicagoís vast
and varied visual arts scene, as well as local and national trends
in spirits and mixology. Her cocktail column, The Nightcap
celebrates the resurgence of classic cocktails and related culture.
Lauren was hired onto the Tribune's Travel desk in 2007, for which
she spearheaded an online guide to Midwestern getaways while writing
long-form travel features that took her from Milwaukee to
Martinique. Previously, she was a Senior
Editor at Time Out
Chicago and a contributing writer to the Los Angeles Times,
the Village Voice, the Cleveland Free Times.
She currently also teaches in Columbia College's professional
writing program, hosts a monthly cocktail club at her home bar,
plays bass-guitar on the sly. She is a graduate of Oberlin
Amanda Wolff is a Chicago native who discovered her
passion for music at an early age, first picking up a violin at the
age of 7. She received a BA in Music from Augustana College and an
MMEd from VanderCook College of Music. In 2006, Amanda joined the
Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra as lead female vocalist, and the
following year began fronting the swing/jump blues band the Flat
Cats. She is also a co-founding member of the Merry Janes, a female
a cappella trio. Amanda performs regularly at the Green Mill Lounge,
the Drake Hotelís Palm Court and Coq díOr, Alhambra Palace, and the
Willowbrook Ballroom. She has also appeared at the Chicago Theatre,
Navy Pier Ballroom, Park West, Green Dolphin, Star Plaza Theatre,
and NYCís Lincoln Center. Additionally, Amanda has performed at the
Taste of Chicago, Chicago Summerdance, WGN morning news, and
participated in three USO tours across the Mediterranean. Along with
performing, Amanda teaches choir and piano classes for Merit School
Tuesday, April 26
Michael Turner, University of Chicago, on
God, the Multiverse, and Cosmic
19 S. Wabash, 2d floor.
Tuesday, May 3
Dominican Cigar, Rum, and Food Fest. Sponsored
by the Tourist Bureau of the Dominican Republic, Iwan Ries,
and the Cigar Society.
Tuesday, May 10
Robert Wallace, Northwestern University, on
Why did the Athenians Kill Socrates?
19 S. Wabash.
Tuesday, May 24
A B Rasho (formerly Roxie Media) , on
Making Short Documentary Films.
19 S. Wabash.
|Thurs, May 31
Nahid Sewell will talk about society, culture, and regime
change in Iran, and read from her new book,
the Cigar Society of Chicago
ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest
traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is 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 Informal Smokers,
University Series lectures, and 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
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