Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza, Paris-based singer/songwriter Keren Ann, State Rep Sara Feigenholtz, and local comedic talents Susan Messing and Aaron Freeman are among the performers and VIPs who will lead Chicagoans in a wildly imaginative and interactive Passover seder dinner hosted by City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph, Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Plus, City Winery will screen a special video by comedian Lewis Black of his version of the "10 Plagues," created just for the venue.
The 2014 Downtown Seder will feature guests seated at elegant long family-style tables, each set with the traditional accoutrements, including seder plate and matzoh. Performers, who are seated with guests throughout the room, will creatively expound on various sections of the Passover Haggadah (seder text), which has been specially developed for this night. In approximately two hours, 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 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 sell-out event at his New York City venue for the past 14 years. The Downtown Seder was first produced here in April 2011 at the Cultural Center as a preview of the Chicago City Winery concept, and this is the second year being held in the West Loop location.
"The Downtown Seder is specifically being held the week prior to the start of Passover so that guests might bring the inspiration into their homes and make their own Seder dinner more relevant," said Dorf.
Among the talent confirmed to participate in the Seder are: David Broza, Keren Ann, Susan Messing, Aaron Freeman, Sean Altman as Jewmongous, JC Brooks, Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Louder Than A Bomb's Kevin Coval, South African Consul General of Chicago Vuyiswa Tuelo, the Chicken Fat Klezmer Orchestra, Chef Ina Pinkney, comedian Caryn Bark, and Jewish a cappella group Listen Up!
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) or visit www.citywinery.com.