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PAWS Chicago’s Ninth Annual Fur Ball

November 12, 2010 — More than 700 attendees gathered at The Drake Hotel for an evening of elegance and compassion, raising more than $700,000 for Chicago’s homeless animals. The event catered to both people and pets with a dinner buffet and dancing. Sponsors included A. Marek Fine Jewelry, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The Drake Hotel. Co-chairs were Janice and Philip Beck and Ashley and Jeff Quicksilver. Honorary chairs were Amy and Julian Mack.

Woodstock Institute to Screen Danny Schechter’s House-Crisis Documentary

When will the “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore” moment come in the housing crisis? In his new documentary, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time, the New York journalist Danny Schechter makes it clear that he believes that moment is long overdue—and he does his best in the film to birth it…

Weekend Staples

Our top five picks for things to do this week: We give thanks for Mavis Staples, Frankie Knuckles, and our favorite new Chicago band, Gold Motel … plus, a feeding frenzy at the Brookfield … Patti Smith, National Book Award winner … and what Broadway bigwig Gary Griffin is doing this weekend

Black Wednesday in Chicago: Out with the Old, In with the New

Yesterday I was tip-toeing along a three-foot-wide, ice-covered trail that clings to the south wall of the Grand Canyon—that’s right: It’s Thanksgiving, Southwestern-style, for The Chaser—about to inform The Creative Director that my terror barrier had been breached. To take my mind off the slip-sliding nature of that short-lived adventure (my Enough’s Enough barometer peaked when a pack of mules stalled in front of us on the trail; their refusal to budge seemed like a good time to cut our losses), I reflected on that nightlife invention and blatant marketing scheme known as Black Wednesday…