Hi everyone, I’m JenChicago and you’re watching The SAUCE. We had a very full week, last week so let’s get into it, shall we?
Starting Wednesday, Tiffany Junta, Karen Kovach and I hosted the learning of the Thriller dance downstairs in the retro room. We were joined by Steve Green, of course, Angela Woodward, Sarah Vargo John Abels, Chris Mahlmann and Michelle Reed. We practiced until we were sweaty, ate some pizza and then remembered to commemorate the union of fun with a picture. I love you guys for playing with me! Meanwhile, upstairs, Stella Foster of the Sun Times chatted with “I on The Scene’s” Irene Michaels, birthday girl Roni Siegel, and Irina Kaiser. The classy ladies had such a good time listening to Kenny and the Deep City Band, Stella mentioned it in her Sun Times column . Mm-hmm. If you don’t know what you are missing on Wednesday nights, here’s a taste. [video of Kenny singing]
In the words of Stella Foster, on a Wednesday night. “That’s a jam!”
Then, Thursday night, Chef Lloyd and I are discussing the menu when Junta rolls in. Tiffany is one of my many smart and pretty friends and is also the Director of Sales over at Devon-yum!- So once she hears of the impending menu redesign, she whips off her jacket and 4 hours later, we have a new menu called “small bites for late nights” and it even includes dessert. Mmm! I love it. And so will you.
So then, the Halloween celebration started off on Friday and one of the highlights has to be DJ Jack dressed up as Stan. He had the slicked back hair, the draping tie, and even walked around with a snifter of Crown Royal. Only the “die hards” dressed up on Friday, but Saturday was a different story…
First of all, Stan and Paul’s costumes didn’t make it here in time, even though I paid $40 in priority shipping and the site said it would. There was only ONE site that had sheep costumes, which I found rather odd, but anyway, it’s in the past and I have every confidence they will refund ALL of my money, yada-ya, but… in the meantime, I was short 2 black sheep costumes and knew I would have to MAKE costumes! More like “I wanted to” but whatever. So, I come up with a plan that consists of black sweat suits, with socks for ears and black batting all over. Batting is like stuffing for a quilt, so of course, you can’t buy it at your Walgreens or 7-11. No problem. I go to Michaels and buy WHITE batting. Then I beg Stan to buy me some contraband black spray paint with his commercial account. Long story short, I spray painted the batting on Paul’s costume first and shortly realized those guys would be high as a kites with a killer headache if I made them wear spray paint all night. But it would have looked cool. So Stan was a good sport and let me sew some ears and a tail on a hoodie as he took Theresa, Karen and I to Ari’s party. BTW, Ryan and Jack- you guys owe me $5 a piece because anything with ears definitely counts as a costume.
So, The Graveyard Millionaire Party!! What an amazing concert of coordination and attention to detail! Ari, dressed as Wolverine had multiple bands, multiple rooms, great decorations and EVERYONE was dressed up, which made it incredibly fun! Awesome party, Ari! My birthday is in June.
So, with a good buzz, and Stan as the designated drive, who had apparently had enough of costume-time, we all came back to The Joynt and had a blast with new friends, old friends and some people that we will probably never know the true identity of! Birthday Boy, Bill Zheme came by along with prisoner/CBS news anchor Jim Williams. He doesn’t look sad at all about being captured does he? DJ Architect was sweet enough to play Thriller for 5 girls who practiced for 2 days but apparently couldn’t seem to remember what comes after the third round of head-snaps, so they just made some stuff up at the end. I guess we should have drank while we practiced too. Oh well, it was fun and we looked cute trying, so everyone cut us some slack and clapped anyway. Ahh! What a night! We want to thank everyone who came out, and “double dog” thank you to everyone who dressed up! We all had so much fun looking at each other and taking pictures. I have got to give a huge shout out to Batman characters Zach Cox, Justin Buhmann, Michael Fox and James Helgerson. You guys TOTALLY made our night!
Well, Halloween IS over, and the smell of Thanksgiving turkeys are beginning to waft in the air, and YOU know what the means…
• Hi Santa!
• Hello JenChicago!
• What are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be getting ready for Christmas?
• Ho-ho-ho, I’m not like you… I don’t wait until the last minute to do everything. [tap on head] Yes, I found time to swing down and deliver to the good people of Chicago an early present. The gift of knowledge.
• Because you know, Jen, many people are beginning to plan their holiday parties without the foggiest idea of where to begin. And since I host my “elf appreciation party” here at The Joynt, every year, I thought it quite Christian of me to share the good news.
• Thanks Santa!
• Now, Mrs. Claus and I always rent out the entire bar, but I’m rich and I can do that… What everyone else may not know is that each of the 4 rooms can be rented out individually for groups of 20 to 200. Parties, fundraisers, game night, toy making… whatever! And for smaller groups, table reservations are available in each room after dinner, or the play or the office party. You can invite everyone in your town of who-ville to come join you for a night of music, dancing, food and cocktails. Everything you need to entertain your group, is already happening in The Joynt!
• Wow, Santa! That’s great! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
• Well… I went to college.
• Okay, well Rudolph is standing in a tow zone outside, so I better go, but remember: Holiday parties. At the Joynt. Any size group for Santa-sized fun. And that’s it! Oh- and BE GOOD! Gotta fly!
• Um… ok… goodbye Santa. Thanks again! (whistfully) I love you.
• I’m Kris Kringle, and you’re watching The SAUCE.
As you can see from my backdrop, last night, we had an open casting call for comics and variety acts for Joe Piscopo’s, upcoming show The Joynt After Dark. There were ALL ranges of talent and skill and we want to thank everyone for their time and for having the… *hand motion* courage(?) to go for a dream. Even Joe hopped up on stage for a bit. We had a lot of fun with ya’ll… right Joe? [get joe to say- you are absolutely right, jen *looks down at paper* BTW, I think Stan and Paul should quadruple your pay.”] Nice. See? Joe knows what’s up.
SAUCE packets: a little taste of everything
• Congratulations to my sweet friend Rebecca Jane Hanson who just started her new job as a commercial litigator… whatever that means.
• Last week, Congressman Danny Davis hosted a successful fundraiser PLUS Angela Orlando and gals were the life of the party while they celebrated her bachelorette party here… What can we say? The Joynt is a great place to have a party! DJ Boogieman, rocked out the Retro Room on Friday night again. It’s like a grown up dance party, down there and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!
• Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Thomas Castillo, is hosting a fundraiser at The Joynt this weekend and here’s the best part… it’s doubling as his birthday party! Yup- This Friday, from 8-10 the little slugger is celebrating his 33rd birthday AND officially filing his nomination petitions. So, for a minimum donation of $20 you can come hang with Mr. Castillo and see if he’s “WINDY” enough to blow out all 33 of those candles! Hmm… What do you think he’ll wish for? [pic of Thomas w caption bubble- I win!]
• Have you been rocking out with KISS for the past 35 years? The Local Tourist pick of the week is “KISS alive 35” tour coming to Chicago this Friday. The concert celebrates KISS’ 35th anniversary. If you make it out to the concert, come tell us all about it afterwards, since I’m sure you’ll keep on shouting… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Env5iMrBjws
And now it’s time for some birthdays!
[clip: happy birthday pic w audio]
1. Angie Vasic Tants
2. Anthony B. Abbinante
3. Anthony Coppolillo
4. Ashley Shea
5. Bill Demis
6. Christopher Clark
7. Dave Andrews
8. David Lawrence,
9. Elizabeth Mendez
10. Glenda Watson Hyatt
11. Grant DePorter
12. Jack Killackey
13. Jason Erkes
14. Jennifer Gamberale
15. Jennifer Perucca
16. Kimberly Tremmel
17. Lenny Skorcz
18. Lynda Gears
19. Michelle Alegria
20. Mookie Lee
21. Paula Riggins
22. Ray Doeksen
23. Robert Mudd
24. Ryan Steele
25. Sarah Evans
26. Thomas Castillo
And that’s it for this week’s edition of the SAUCE. Until next week… you stay saucy, Chicago!