Drinking with the Experts

WHAT:

TUTA’s flagship fundraising event, Drinking with the Experts. An evening of captivating discussion with some of Chicago’s most interesting individuals, the event brings together curious minds and palates in TUTA’s home in Ravenswood Manor. Experts from a variety of disciplines will lead intimate conversations while guests sip on a selection of locally crafted cocktails. 

2017 EXPERTS INCLUDED:

Eric Spitznagel, Journalist & Humorist, published in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Rolling Stone and more. His celebrity interviews include everyone from Sam Raimi to Ice T, William Shatner to Buzz Aldrin, Grandmaster Flash to Dolph Lundgren. He is currently co-writing the memoirs of Jeff Tweedy.

Tom Crawford,  Astrophysicist, who works full-time with the South Pole Telescope collaboration. He helped design and build a 10-meter telescope at the geographic South Pole to study the cosmic microwave background, relic light left over from the first fraction of the history of the Universe. 

Natasha Bogojevich, an award winning Serbian composer, whose opus includes works for symphony orchestra, numerous scores for theatre and film, and more. Her music has been performed by major ensembles and orchestras on four continents. Among other books, her biography appeared in “The World of Woman in Classical Music” by Dr. Anne K. Gray, Seven Locks Press.

Evan Chung, Producer for WBEZ' Sound Opinions, a discussion show about music hosted by critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis. Evan edits and creates content for the show, including segments such as a classic album dissection of Pet Sounds, interviews with the legendary Mavis Staples, and an investigative report on the strange story of C.W. McCall's novelty hit "Convoy," involving hamburger buns, conflict in the Middle East, labor unrest, and Christmas music.

Elisabet Head, Volcanologist, who has studied the sulfur emissions and magma geochemistry of volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands and the East African Rift. Her current research focuses on the use of geochemical proxies to evaluate pre-eruptive magma degassing with collaborators at the Argonne National Laboratory.

Cathryn Crawford, Criminal Defense Attorney & Criminal Justice Reform Advocate. Notable among her many accomplishments is her role in helping to ending the death penalty in Illinois, in which she represented two of the four men pardoned by Governor Ryan and accompanied the governor and one of her clients on a tour of Europe to lobby the United Nations General Assembly for support of a moratorium on the death penalty. 

Noel Taylor, Founder of the Golosa Russian Choir, which dedicates itself to the study and performance of Russian folk songs, especially those of the Semeiskie Old Believers of the Siberian Trans-Baikal. The members of Golosa strive to inspire in their audiences not only an enjoyment and appreciation of the songs themselves, but of the wider Russian folk culture that created them. To this end, the group has thrice traveled to Siberia to hone their craft in its native environment.

Garrett Karp, one of Chicago’s most recognized advocates for public access to typically off-limits architecture, is currently a consultant working on the second Chicago Architecture Biennial. Before that he spent 5 years at the Chicago Architecture Foundation where he was the Program Manager of Open House Chicago, the world’s largest free architecture and urban exploration festival.


PASt Experts 

Shoni Currier - Director of Performing Arts for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Cindy Savage - Co-Founder of Crafty Broads, Wedding Planning and Custom Garments.
Jenn Gibbons - Athlete and activist.  "Recovery On Water".
Daniel Billups -Documentary filmmaker.
Paul Karner - Musician and producer based in Chicago and Haiti.
Boleslaw Osinski - Neuroscientist at University of Chicago.
Lance Adams - Filmmaker.  Bridgeport Film Club.
Neil Blackadder - Translator of contemporary French and German drama.
Pat Loboyko - Graphic novelist.
Mina Bloom A reporter/producer for DNAinfo Chicago.
Lori McClain - Performer in Sirens, the country's longest running all female improv group.
Sarah Beth Tanner - Director of Operations - First Slice Pie Cafe.
Evan Chung - Producer of WBEZ's Sound Opinions.
Christopher Kidder-Mostrom - Theatre Critic for Newcity.
Erin McEvoy - Co-Founder of Sirens Improv.
Branimira Ivanova - Creator of House of Idolatry Clothing.
Margaret Hartmann - Project Manager of Corner Farm Chicago.
Bergen Anderson - Founder of Lilla Barn, an urban childre's clothing line.
Andrew Schultze - Singer and Voice Educator.
Vera Kulezic - Co-Owner of Acubalance Wellness Center, LLC.


TUTA is partially supported by Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Light A City Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City Arts I and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, The Saints, and Promet Source.