Posted by: trailerpilot | 06:04::2009

Weekend at bennies.

Julia Rhoads. Photo by Karen Wade.

Lucky Plush Productions AD Julia Rhoads. Photo by Karen Wade.

Two of my favorite groups in the city could use your love this weekend: Lucky Plush Productions, flying into its tenth anniversary with a killer website, a show next weekend at Link’s (more on that later) and a fall production at Columbia, is hosting a benefit this Saturday from 8-11pm. 40 bucks buys a lot: Open bar and food, a private front-row seat for the Navy Pier fireworks, costumer extraordinaire Jeff Hancock‘s fashions and a signature cocktail, the Plucky Lush. Get your party on at a purdy little pub with a fabulous bunch of people and help support their great ’09 season with an RSVP to katie (at) luckyplush (dot) com.

DanceWorks Chicago is also anniverserating — this is their second year at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. This Sunday is Tributes, three events (a cocktail party, performance and dinner) in the neighborhood available a la carte or as a package ($150). The 5pm performance ($50) pays tribute with two dedications: Harrison McEldowney’s Blues for Ann honors the legacy of the late Ann Barzel, while Gina Patterson’s My Witness is presented to Pamela Crutchfield, integral to the creation of DWC and an endlessly generous advocate for and benefactor of dance all over the city. Tickets and more information on how your donation can pay tribute to a hero of your own are available here.

Two nights, two benefits, one weekend. Dust off your karma and have a great time doing it.

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