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IT's time for the Academy Awards, and that means it’s time for the return of “Hollywood on State: A Red Carpet Celebration,” Chicago’s longest-running awards show viewing party. Moviegoers will become the stars of the evening as they walk the red carpet on February 22 when the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosts the viewing party for the 87th Academy Awards. The party includes food, cocktails and a high-definition telecast of the show presented in the Film Center’s two state-of-the-art movie theaters. Guests, who will be making their own predictions on the red carpet, are urged to dress in their finest Oscar attire. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show’s telecast begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($100 general admission and $200 VIP) can be purchased online at or by calling 312/846-2072.
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'Hollywood On State: A Red Carpet Celebration' 
A Feature Film To Celebrate House Music's Frankie Knuckles And The Warehouse
LAURIE Metcalf, an Emmy Award-winning and Obie Award-winning actress, and an original ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will be honored during the annual "Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts" fundraising luncheon on March 9 at the Standard Club. Metcalf, currently starring in CBS-TV’s The McCarthys, joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 1976 and has gone on to enjoy an extraordinary career in theater, television and film. In addition to being nominated for two Tony Awards, she has been widely celebrated for her role as Jackie Harris on TV’s Roseanne, and she has been cast in a long list of movies, including Desperately Seeking SusanMaking Mr. RightMiles from HomeInternal AffairsMistressA Dangerous WomanUncle BuckBlinkThe Secret Life of HousesToy StoryBulworth, Runaway Bride, Georgia Rule, Meet the Robinsons and Leaving Las Vegas. An estimated 300 leaders from Chicago’s business and civic communities are expected to attend the event to honor Metcalf for her contribution to the field. The luncheon raises funds for Steppenwolf’s professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the nationally recognized education program, the School at Steppenwolf, as well as the Professional Leadership 
A Salute To Award-Winning Actress Laurie Metcalf 
​Programs, providing apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312/654-5632 or
Chrisette Michele at City Winery
WITH a voice that some listeners say is reminiscent of Billie Holiday’s, Chrisette Michele, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, will showcase her smooth and infectious sound during two shows at City Winery on March 6. A jazz aficionado, Michele, as a teenager, spent extended time alone in a room learning jazz standards by Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and other legends. Known primarily for hit songs such as “A Couple of Forevers,” “If I Have My Way” and “Blame It On Me,” Chrisette also will sing tunes such as “Together” from her new CD, The Lyricists’ Opus. For tickets to the 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows, go to
THE yet-to-be-filmed The Warehouse will celebrate both the Grammy Award-winning visionary Frankie Knuckles and the Chicago club, The Warehouse, where the world-renowned phenomenon that came to be known as house music was born. The film will focus on the life story of The Warehouse owner Robert Williams and the legacy of the “Godfather of House Music,” Knuckles, who died last year. "Growing up in Chicago, I always
​knew about The Warehouse and its ties to house/dance music,” says Bob Teitel, one of the film’s four producers (also including Billy Dec, Randy Crumpton and Joe Shanahan). “What amazes me is what started as a fad in a small Chicago club in the late '70s has evolved into the biggest genre of music in the world." To kick off The Warehouse film production, the producers will host a launch party and Frankie Knuckles Foundation Benefit at The Underground, 56 W. Illinois Street, at 6 p.m. on March 31 (one year after Knuckles' untimely death). Tickets start at $20 and include a two-hour cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Limited VIP tables are available. To purchase tickets, visit www.TheUnderground Producers say 100 percent of ticket proceeds will benefit the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.