Where to be and what to see this week: a Driehaus Museum concert, a “Sugar Rush,” Bright Pink’s pink carpet and the Chicago Auto Show’s first look.
● Feb. 7 | “From Latin America with Love: A Night of Tango, Music and Song” Flutist Julie Koidin and singer-guitarist Paulinho Garcia play a selection of tangos and sambas amid the opulence of the Driehaus Museum, with preshow bites and bubbly. Tickets: $45 members, $55 nonmembers. 40 E. Erie. Visit Driehausmuseum.org.
● Feb. 7 | “Sugar Rush:” Benefiting youth apprenticeship program SPARK, this dessert and wine tasting features sweets from leading restaurants and libations from Cannonball wines and Two Brothers brewery. Tickets: $75 ($100 at the door). Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph. Visit Sugarrushchicago.org.
● Feb. 8 | “Tickled Pink for Bright Pink:” Whether you prefer a rose hue or lean more bold and bright, this definitely is the place to sport the color pink. Now in its eighth year, the lively Tickled Pink — founded by Jodi Fyfe — benefits Bright Pink, the nonprofit devoted to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers. Walk the pink carpet, grab a pink-tini and hit the dance floor, then make tracks to Lizzie McNeill’s (400 N. McClurg) for the after-party. Tickets: $95. River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois. Visit Tickledpinkchicago.com.
● Feb. 8 | “Chicago Auto Show’s ‘First Look:” Socialites and car buffs alike gear up for America’s largest auto show at the black-tie “First Look for Charity” event. Stroll the McCormick Place showroom and explore more than 1,000 new vehicles and features, including debuts from manufacturers around the world. Also enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, live music and grand prizes while contributing to the 2013 beneficiaries, including Boys and Girls of Chicago, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Misericordia. 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $250. McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore. For more info, visit Chicagoautoshow.com.
● Feb. 8 | “Grand Chefs Gala:” This appetizing event is a gourmand’s delight, serving up fine cuisine from the city’s top chefs and mixologists to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus. Visit Grandchefsgala.com.
● Feb. 9 | “Fantasy of the Opera Gala:” The Civic Opera House is the setting for “Midnight in Paris,” the Lyric Opera’s annual black-tie affair. It’s an all-out production, with dinner, dancing and cabaret performances. Tickets: $275 and $500. 20 N. Wacker. Visit Lyricopera.org.
● Feb. 9: K.I.S.S. | Make like Scheherazade and hit the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research benefit, Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis. The Arabian Nights-themed event offers festive libations, a strolling dinner, music and more. Tickets: $175. River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois. Visit Stopsarcoidosis.org/kiss/kisstickets.htm.
● Feb. 13 | “Sound Opinions at the Movies:” It’s full of great one-liners, but “The Graduate” also had a memorable score. Pop music critics Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and WBEZ-FM’s Jim DeRogatis discuss the sounds at this Music Box screening. Tickets: $9 in advance, $10 at the door. 3733 N. Southport. Visit Soundopinions.org.
● Feb. 13-24 | “American Legends” at the Joffrey Ballet: The new program features the company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs,” plus new work from Stanton Welch, artistic director of the Houston Ballet. Tickets: $31 to $152. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. Stop by the Joffrey Tower at 10 E. Randolph or visit Ticketmaster.com.
● Feb. 15 | “Picasso and Chicago” opening night gala: Be among the first to check out this hotly anticipated exhibition, which also features Spanish fare and welcoming remarks from art historian and Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter, Diana Widmaier Picasso. Tickets: $500. Art Institute of Chicago, 159 E. Monroe. Call (312) 443-3615 or email Sstrother@artic.edu.
● Feb. 15-16 | “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth”: The heavyweight hits the stage for a solo show, opening up about his controversial career and over-the-top private life. Role model or rascal? You decide. Directed by Spike Lee. Tickets: $40-$147. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. Visit Broadwayinchicago.com.
● Feb. 16 | CLLAW XV: Tough but tender, the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers shows no mercy at this pumped-up benefit for Sideshow Theatre and Girls Rock! Chicago. Wagering highly encouraged. Tickets: $10 and $25. Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie. Visit Cllaw.org.
● Feb. 24 | Gene Siskel Oscar Experience: Enjoy Hollywood glamour with a delicious dinner and the HD telecast of the 85th Academy Awards.
● Feb. 25 | KIPP Foundation Talk: Partake in an evening of conversation with author Malcolm Gladwell and KIPP cofounder Mike Feinberg.
● Feb. 28 | Living Through Giving: Check out this fund-raiser and cocktail reception benefiting the James Tyree Foundation to help promote health and education in Chicago.
● March 2 | Gglassquerade: Join host Stephen Colbert in celebrating Lookingglass Theatre’s 25th birthday.
● March 7 | “Proof”: David Auburn’s Pulitzer-winning family drama set in the groves of academe plays at the Court Theatre.
● March 9 | 20th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball: Check out the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s largest fund-raiser, complete with dinner, dancing and auction items.
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