Free Classical Concert

Free Classical Concert

The Roosevelt Conservatory of Music presents a free concert of classical music on Sunday, January 31st at 3 pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at 205 E. Randolph Drive with Paolo J. Carbone, conductor and Mizi Li, soloist

Samuel Barber
Overture to The School for Scandal

Johann Strauss, Jr.
Artist’s Life, Op. 316

Maurice Ravel
Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand

Mizi Li (MM, ’16), piano
2015 Student Solo Competition Winner

Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel
Pictures at an Exhibition

This is a free concert, but tickets are required. Reserve your tickets through the Harris Theater Box Office at, ,
or at 205 E. Randolph Dr.
Roosevelt University CCPA Symphony Orchestra

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Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village

Did you know that Two Urns is less than a mile from the heart of the Ukrainian Village?  Just southwest thrives a Chicago neighborhood rich in the history and culture of the Ukraine.  Take a short walk west on Division to Damen then south to Chicago and west to one of Chicago’s few Ukrainian restaurants, Old Lviv  (2228 W Chicago Avenue 773-772-7250 – closed Mondays), serving a full buffet with Ukrainian fare:  stuffed cabbage, chicken,  borscht soup and much more that will get you in the mood to explore the rest of Chicago’s Ukraine.  Across the street at Oakley is Sts. Volodymyr and Ohla church (2245 W. Superior) and north one block is St. Nicholas Cathedral (835 N. Oakley).  Ann’s bakery (2158 W Chicago) has freshly baked breads and other imported jams from the Ukraine available and is our go-to place for paczkis (poonch-kees) a traditional Pre-Lenten  treat.

The Ukrainian National Museum, is at 2249 W. Superior, just south of Sts. V&O at Oakley; the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art  at 2320 w. Chicago Ave. (open Noon -4 pm Weds-Sundays)  hosts local and Ukrainian contemporary art exhibits.

Ukraina Deli (2340 W Chicago) is also a favorite of ours with meats, cheeses and traditional Ukrainian desserts to-go.   If you wish a patisserie-style  cafe, a little farther down Chicago Ave. is Shokolad Pastry and Cafe (2524 W Chicago Ave.), a lovely spot to get a cappucino and dessert or brunch.

The Ukrainian Village is filled with lots of 3 and 6 flat apartment buildings and well-coiffed fronts, so feel free to weave your back through any of the residential streets between Chicago and Division.  Although the church is Russian ortpysanky2hodox, if you are still looking for ecclesiastical treats, Holy Trinity Orthodox church at 1121 N Leavitt (just off the end of Division’s Restaurant Row) is one of Louis Sullivan’s jewels.

An annual Ukrainian fest is held each September and you can pick up dyes and pysanky tools at the local gift shop, Delta Ukrainian Enterprise, 2222 W. Chicago Ave.  Orthodox Easter falls on May 1 st this year.

Kapra’s Mexican Strata

Kapra’s Mexican Strata

  • 2.5  c shredded potatoes (hash browns)
  • 1 package SOY chorizo
  • 2 c shredded cheddar/jack cheese
  • 2 jalapenos cut as “rajas”
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 1 zucchini grated
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • Olive oil
  • 8 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt/pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 350 F and sprinkle olive oil in bottom of an 8″ square glass baking dish.  Place potatoes in bottom and salt and pepper the potatoes.  Layer 1/3 cheese over potatoes.  Place grated zucchini next.  Sprinkle onions and rajas over zucchini.  Layer 1/3 cheese next.  Spread the SOY chorizo over the cheese.

Mix eggs and sour cream together.  Add milk, salt/pepper, pour over the casserole.  Sprinkle last 1/3 of the cheese and red peppers on top and bake for 45 min. Cover with foil if the top is getting to brown for the last 10-15 min.  Let set for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving. Cut in 4 quarters and then diagonally to create triangular servings.  Serves 8.

This is a protein packed veggie dish and I no longer use pork soyrizo in anything I make – the SOY version is just as tasty and so much healthier – even the meat eaters in your family will love this dish!fall garden 2012 007

Lomography Scavenger Hunt – no Irish luck needed!

Most St. Patrick’s Day celebrations end in fuzzy tongues and memories. That’s why Lomography Embassy Store and Emulsion Gallery Chicago are offering an alternative way to create a night to remember with their third annual St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, March 15.

Here’s how it works: your team of 3-5 people (friends, family or strangers, if you’re feeling adventurous) will have three hours to photograph a list of items with a provided Diana Instant Camera and a twin pack of Instax Mini Film. There will be some day drinking involved, so this event is 21+. There will be bonus points awarded for the team with the most green (clothing, that is) and after the points are added up top winners will receive some sweet prizes.

The scavenger hunt will run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will begin and end at the Lomography Embassy Store and Emulsion Gallery storefront (1422 N. Milwaukee Avenue). Admission is $20-$25 per person. You can sign up online or in store.

Russian Tango Cabaret on Valentine’s Weekend

 Tanya Melamed in Russian Tango Cabaret
Dancing Jorge Niedas & Liz Sung 
Sunday, February 15th – 6:30 p.m.
International pianist, singer and composer Tanya Melamed, ignites your Valentine’s weekend with her dynamic blend of world music stylings: Argentine tangos, French chansons, Russian romances, Klezmer melodies and much more. Accompanied by brilliant musicians Alex Koffman on violin, Richard Scofano on bandoneon and Paul Goldman on piano. Exquisite dancing by Jorge Niedas & Liz Sung from Tango 21.
Ticket includes entrance to Milonga La Baldosita, IMMEDIATELY following the Russian Tango Cabaret show, with guest DJ Natasha playing classic Argentine and mesmerizing Russian tangos for you to dance to all night! The perfect blend for your Valentine Weekend!

Alhambra Palace Lounge
1240 W Randolph St. Chicago
Plenty of street parking – Valet parking available


$25 in advance / $30 at the door
No assigned seating

6 pm: Doors open
6:30 pm: SHOWTIME
8 pm to midnight: Milonga La Baldosita

Ticket includes entrance to Milonga La Baldosita, immediately following the show. Stay and tango until midnight!

Free Classical Concert January 27th – Harris Theater

Roosevelt University’s College of Contemporary Music is offering  a free concert at Harris Theater (north end of Millennium Park) – you only have to request tickets in advance for this event:

More info at:

Love on Paper

Love on Paper

valentineA new, free exhibit, Love on Paper, at the Newberry Library (just 15 min. east on the#70 Division Street bus) opens January 15th, 2015 with a collection of valentines, love letters, books and even heart-shaped maps.  A perfect exhibit to celebrate St. Valentine – exhibit runs through April 1, 2015.  On Weds. February 11th from 4-7 pm in Ruggles Hall you can make your own valentines as part of their “Make Love on Paper” event.

Handmade Market Chicago

Handmade Market Chicago

Every 2nd Saturday of the month this free market features 30 vendors selling handmad jewelry, confections, paper items, vintage clothing and more.

  • Noon – 4 pm
  • Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Avenue

The Hypocrites: H.M.S. Pinafore through Feb. 7th

One of our favorite local theatre companies is at the Den Mainstage, 1329 N Milwaukee Avenue until February 7th with what local theatre critic, Hedy Weiss, calls “magic at work” when “…a director can turn a crowd of about 200 mostly young…Wicker Park types into the happily participatory members at a loony pajama party set to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.”  Just a short walk  from the Two Urns and pajamas are optional.

Winter Break Rates as low as $69

Winter Break Rates as low as $69

nutcrackerJoin us this winter from December 8, 2014 – March 15, 2015 when we have deeply discounted room rates that start at $69 for our economy rooms and go up to $139/night – Some black out dates exist around holidays or special weekends. Book today for a great rate this winter.