Superstar Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, the outrageous Berlin-based Yiddish Punk Cabaret band Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, blues harmonica master Corky Siegel, and New York's Sean Altman as Jewmongous! are among the line-up of performers who will lead Chicagoans in a wildly imaginative and interactive Passover Seder dinner hosted by City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph, Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
The 2013 Downtown Seder will feature guests seated at elegant long family-style tables, each set with the traditional accoutrements. Performers, who are seated with guests throughout the room, will creatively expound on various sections of the Passover Haggadah, which has been specially developed for this night. In an approximately 90-minute program, all of the customary traditions will be followed, including drinking of four glasses of wine (produced by City Winery), discussing the four different children, reciting the four questions, and eating a delicious kosher-style or vegetarian meal prepared by City Winery Executive Chef Andres Barrera.
What makes the Downtown Seder different from all other Seders is the addition of artists each offering their unique interpretation of the important lessons from the timeless Exodus story-the universal message of going from slavery to freedom.
The Downtown Seder is produced by City Winery impresario Michael Dorf who has presented this annual event at his New York City venue for the past 13 years. The Downtown Seder was first produced here in April 2011 at the Cultural Center as a preview of the Chicago City Winery concept, which opened in August.
Other talent expected to participate includes a myriad of musical acts, from the Klezmatics' trumpeter Frank London, members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Eddie Holstein, Jon Spiegel, Silver Rose (Barb Silverman and Steve Rosen), and Listen Up! a cappella, plus New Beginnings Church Pastor Corey Brooks, local comedians Caryn Bark and Aaron Freeman, and via video: the cast of "Old Jews Telling Jokes."
Only 300 tickets for the City Winery Seder are available, priced at $70, $110 and $145 (based on seating location).Vegetarian and kosher-style meal is included, with a Kosher option available for an additional $25.00/person.To purchase a Seder ticket or for more information, call (312) 733-WINE (9463) orvisit www.citywinery.com.