A Crime Novelist, A Master Chef, A Burlesque Dancer And A Music Critic Walk Into A Bar ...

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 18, 2013 4:20PM

2013_11_15dinnerparty.jpg In most contexts that headline would be the set up for a joke. But it actually describes the next iteration of Elysabeth Alfano's show "The Dinner Party," which will be streamed on Nov. 25 from City Winery in front of a live audience. Alfano hosts Scott Turow, burlesque dancer Michelle L'Amour, and Sound Opinions' Jim DeRogatis for some conversation about ... well, it's unscripted, so who knows they'll talk about. But with an eclectic group like that, aren't you curious? Also joining in will be Sable's Heather Terhune, preparing a delicious spread (Risotto with Spinach, Mushrooms, Fresh Herbs and Fennel; and Smoked Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Puree, Maple Gastrique and Crispy Kale) for guests and audience members alike. Oh yes, there will also be chocolates from Vosges.

Jazz singer Kimberly Gorden will warm things up, and fashion Illustrator Rosemary Fanti will be sketching the proceedings live. Considering how much entertainment is involved, the $40 ticket price seems like a real bargain. But if you can't make it there in person, just tune in at the "Splash" page of the Sun-Times website.

City Winery is at 1200 W. Randolph St. Tickets are now on sale. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.