The classic Charlotte Brontë novel about coming of age in late 18th Century England is coming to the Joffrey Ballet stage. The Chicago premiere of Cathy Marston’s enthralling adaptation of Jane Eyre opens Joffrey’s 2019-20 season this month. This production of Jane Eyre challenges the idea of a classic ballet heroine. After a difficult upbringing, Jane becomes the governess for the mysterious Mr. Rochester, discovering the struggles of society’s expectations. With stirring choreography and a captivating Victorian design, this avant-garde ballet shows that love can conquer any obstacle. “Cathy is breaking glass ceilings in the ballet world, and with Jane Eyre she creates an unconventional heroine whose trials and passions are beautifully articulated through choreography,” said Ashley Wheater, Joffrey’s Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director. (The position was created to honor Barrington Hills resident and longtime Joffrey supporter, Mary B. Galvin.) “We are thrilled to bring her adaptation of Jane Eyre to Chicago for the first time following its successful North American debut with American Ballet Theatre this past June.” Presented at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, in 10 performances only—from October 16 through 27—this marks the Joffrey’s final season at the historic space. The company moves to the Lyric Opera House with the start of the 2020-2021 season. For tickets and more information, call 312-386-8905 or visit joffrey.org.
Kids Can Cook
Paula Voska loves to cook, and to share her passion with both adults and children. That’s why she offers her “Cooking with Ms. Paula” classes for kids—at One Life Kitchen in Barrington and privately in peoples’ homes. “I love empowering children in the kitchen and few things are as rewarding to a child as tasting a delicious meal of their own creation,” she says. Voska taught at a preschool for 12 years and learned the importance of providing kids with the tools to be successful to build their self confidence. “Cooking requires reading, math, and science skills. You read the recipes, measure ingredients, and bake your bowl of deliciousness. Kids are explorers and the kitchen is the perfect place for them to be.” Upcoming classes include: October 22 “Halloween Gingerbread House Decorating” family event from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; November 5 “Breakfast for Dinner” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; November 12 “Pie Making Class” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and “DIY” on December 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Follow Ms. Paula on Instagram: CookingwithPaula. To enroll, text 847-921-2376 or email [email protected], onelifekitchen.com.
Louis Vuitton (LV) devotees may be intrigued to learn that the iconic French designer has unveiled a delectable new one-of-a-kind timepiece. This Escale Spin Time watch was created exclusively for the Only Watchan auction of exceptional watches to raise money for AMM, the Monaco-based association for research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For the sixth consecutive year in a row, LV artisans outdid themselves with creativity and function. Anita Porchet, one of the greatest independent enamellers in fine watchmaking, painted the white gold plaque dial by hand. Requiring 200 hours of work to create, the dial utilized Grand Feu champlevé enameling and miniature painting. To mirror the exquisite beauty of the dial, the bezel, lugs, and 41 mm diameter case crown made of titanium and white gold, are also set with white diamonds. The masterpiece is presented in a custom monogram canvas watch case, also hand-painted, recalling the floral patterns of the dial, along with four alligator straps and an 18-carat white gold buckle set with diamonds. The final auction (by Christie’s, of course) will be held at the Four Seasons in Geneva in November but the pieces will tour the world between now and then, stopping in Monaco, Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, and Singapore. louisvuitton.com
Get ready to taste bites, brews, wine, and spirits from some of the finest purveyors in the Barrington area. The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will host its 16th annual Great Barrington Area TasteFest from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23 at The Onion Pub & Brewery. The evening also includes business vendors and live music from the Amy Yassinger Jazz Ensemble. A popular highlight of the evening is the Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A. money machine, where guests can step in to grab some fast (moving!) cash. Guests will also get a chance to cast their vote for Great Taste Awards. Some of this year’s tasting vendors include Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge, Ciao Baby!, Cooper’s Hawk, Flesk Brewing Co., Francesca’s Famiglia, McAlister’s Deli, McGonigal’s Pub, Moretti’s-Barrington, Onion Pub & Brewery, Pinstripes, Poke Burrito-Deer Park, Remember Charlotte’s Pizza, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Shark Bait Co D.B.A. Tiburon Rum, Vin Chicago, Zin GastroPub, and more. The first 400 guests receive a collectible TasteFest glass at the door. Tickets to TasteFest are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. To purchase your ticket for TasteFest and save $5, visit the BACC website at barringtonchamber.com, or call 847-381-2525.