In Chicago opens in October
Highlights of this season include much anticipated World Premiere musical:
One of North America’s most ebullient producers, Garth Drabisky, is reigniting high-profile theater in Chicago this fall with Paradise Square. A galvanizing story of racial harmony undone by a country at war with itself. Premieres November 2 to December 5 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre.
For all seasonal shows of Broadway in Chicago, contact your CUI Concierge for more information and the best seats today!
In New York opens in September
Much anticipated World Premiere musical, a story of the most famous woman of the modern age: Diana, Princess of Wales. Directed by Tony Award®-winner Christopher Ashley and written by the Tony Award–winners Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. The show’s first performance will be December 1st at the Longacre Theatre.
MJ The Musical – Broadway New York
Michael Jackson, this much anticipated, electrifying new Broadway musical that takes the audience inside the creative process of one of the greatest entertainers in history, Michael Jackson. Directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon and featuring two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Set to begin on December 6th at the Neil Simon Theatre.
For all seasonal shows of Broadway in New York, contact your CUI Concierge for more information and the best seats today!
“None of us will ever forget this day,” George W. Bush pledged on the evening of September 11, 2001. Upon the 20th anniversary, Concierge Unlimited will never forget the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attack on 9/11. We also remember those who responded and risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks.
For almost 45 years, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts have brought top-tier, free classical music performances to the people of Chicago. After a nearly 18 month absence, the concert series will again welcome in-person audiences on September 1st in a new venue: the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, 55 East Wacker Drive, Chicago.
The church building is an iconic mid century monument on the Loop’s Upper Wacker Drive designed by famed architect Harry Weese. Audiences will enjoy excellent acoustics with increased capacity and much improved sightlines. Virtual and radio audience members also welcomed to listen live through WFMT and via video on Facebook and YouTube. Concerts will take place every Wednesday from 12:15-1pm through October 13th.
Chicago’s popular Taste of Greektown festival returns for its 31st year from Friday, August 27th through Sunday, August 29th. It will take place along Halsted Street from Adams to Van Buren. The neighborhood’s acclaimed Greek restaurants will be the stars of the show, along with live music, entertainment, Greek dancing, unique shopping, retail, family friendly activities and more. Opa!
The City of Chicago presents the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. They will be performing along the Lakefront between Oak Street and Fullerton Avenue. The event will be free and the best viewing locations along the lakefront are between Oak Street and Fullerton Avenue.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will have practice runs on Friday, August 20, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Pictures Courtesy: Chicago Architecture Center
CUI recommends and honors Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture, a new exhibit now opened at the Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr. The exhibit is opened daily since July 23rd running through October 31st. The hours are 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $15.00 for public, free for CAC members. CAC Exhibit Voucher | Events | Chicago Architecture Center. Info@architecture.org.
Happy Summer from Concierge Unlimited – Enjoy!
A Chicago tradition returns! The Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus return to Millennium Park with a thrilling lineup of Festival favorites, including the Grieg Piano Concerto, the New World Symphony, the William Tell Overture, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun plus plenty of family fun with Carnival of the Animals, Classic Broadway and the annual Independence Day Salute.
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July 14, 2021
What is Bastille Day?
Bastille Day is one of the most important days in the French calendar. The 14th of July has been celebrated in France since 1880. But the story starts, of course, with the Bastille and its storming by the angry citizens in 1789, a major event of the French Revolution, as well as the Fete de la Federation that celebrated the unity of the French people. The Bastille has long since lost its primary role of being a prison. In fact, when it was stormed, there were only supposedly, 7 prisoners in total. It was the symbol of the Bastille and what it represented that pushed the people to the brink. It was the day that the French people stood up for themselves. The people took matters into their own hands and became masters of their own destiny.
Credit: Jancis Robinson
|Dear wine lover |
We are having a ball reading the 136 entries in our 2021 wine writing competition (WWC21) and are hugely impressed by the general standard of writing about old vines. Nick, making a good recovery from his gut surgery, has been recruited to help us decide which ones to publish over the next few weeks, the process being hugely stimulating but usefully sedentary. On Tuesday we published a first report on the response to our writing competition.
Yesterday we published a pretty gloomy report on Burgundy 2021 so far, written by Burgundy expert Anthony Hanson MW, who has just come back from several weeks spent there, where summer has been exceptionally slow to arrive.
On Monday I published a very long-overdue set of tasting notes and updates on the glamorous properties owned by the French Pinault family’s wine arm, Artémis Domaines.They include, inter alia, Ch Latour, Clos de Tart, Ch Grillet and Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley. The tasting on which my article was based took place just before the pandemic struck last year, and was designed to herald the launch of Ch Latour 2012, the first vintage to be released as part of Latour’s innovative plan to withdraw from the en primeur circus. The jury is still out on whether this brave move is profitable or foolish as (a) it’s too early to judge and (b) everything last year was exceptional.
But it was Thorman Hunt’s tasting of top California wines reported on later in the week that reminded me I still had some unpublished notes on the excellent wines of Eisele, the estate that used to be known by the name of the previous owners, Araujo. Elaine wrote a fine profile of it under new French management back in 2017. This week’s California line-up includes stalwarts such as Harlan Estate, Shafer and Turley as well as some exciting new names.
Our esteemed Spanish specialist Ferran Centelles profiled the Garnachas of Navarra on Tuesday. The region’s signature grape, for long rather despised, is enjoying its moment in the sun (for evidence, just put ‘Garnacha’ in our search box) and so Ferran went off to explore how it is doing this far north.
Yesterday I allowed myself to be wooed back to the charms of Sauvignon Blanc with a tasting mainly of cutting-edge Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, appellations I have been guilty of rather taking for granted. And in today’s tasting article, Andy Howard MW assesses whether the M&S buying team, to which he used to belong, has its mojo back. I was particularly fascinated by Max Allen’s column on Monday, about Australia’s swerve back to cork after its complete espousal of the screwcap. Read about the reasons for this.
From corks to bottles, with my Saturday article about the extent to which empty bottles are being shipped around the world (most of America’s wine bottles now come from China) and, yet again, my whinge about unnecessarily heavy bottles and their impact on wine’s carbon footprint. Also on Saturday, Nick managed to summon the energy to write about three veteran restaurant critics in the UK. We continued our series on applicants for Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships with a profile of Jai Singh, whose wine journey has taken him from India to London to Italy and who wants to open a wine school and winery back home in India. And today’s wine of the week is a superb sherry chosen by Richard. Santé!