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Thursday night, we mosied on over to check out 13th Annual LUNAFEST, benefiting the Step Up Woman’s Network and the Breast Cancer Fund, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in the heart of River North. Surprisingly, we found parking right next to Glazed and Infused (darn it was closed) and ran in a little late to find food lines off the chain! Our trusty friend, Melissa gave us the run down. Apparently, LYFE Kitchen had the best veggie goods but their table was all out of food. Sadness.
We squeezed our way over to the RA Sushi table and managed to grab a small plate of garlic chili edamame and then stood in the cheese line which ended with…no cheese. The lights flickered and we made our way over to prep for the films and finally scarfed down the SkinnyPop popcorn provided on our seats (yay food!!). After a couple of amazing speeches from leaders in the Step Up Women’s Network, the short films began!
Although all of them were unique and inspiring in their own way, we certainly had our VIP picks.
Kate: I adored “Flying Anne“. We are often encouraged to celebrate differences but are not always sure how to put this into practice. The main character of this short film has Tourette Syndrome and is learning how to manage in the sometimes unforgiving world of elementary school. Touching and inspiring, it’s a reminder that girls are so much more than their labels.
Monica: “Running Dry” made me smile brightly despite the harsh life circumstances such as the economic crises in Athens, Greece. The lead actress struggled financially and still gave her few precious euros to meet other people’s needs as she walked through the city. At the end, even though she had no more cash, she was full of grins and gratification.
After the show ended, we managed to grab tiny chocolate raspberry chia parfaits from LYFE Kitchen and then were treated with the pick of the litter of a 3 pack of LUNA Bars. Perhaps we dug a little for the Chocolate Dipped Coconut…perhaps.
Missed LUNAFEST? You can still catch the tour in several cities and archived LUNAFEST films are available here.
Now that Valentine’s Day has passed in all it’s choco heart shaped romance filled blaze of glory, we think it’s about time you show a little non-stereotypical love to your lady friends. How do you do this, you ask? Take them to LUNA Fest (coming to Chicago on Thursday, February 27th), the perfect opportunity to grab your gals for a night out that you can feel good about.
Luna Fest gives 100% of ticket proceeds back to the community.
- 85% of proceeds will be provided to Step Up Women’s Network, a Chicago based organization that promotes success for young women from often ignored communities.
- 15% of proceeds will be provided to the Breast Cancer Fund, a national organization that seeks to identify and eliminate environmental contributors to breast cancer.
So what will you be doing at this awesome event?
LUNA Bar and Style Chicago will be your hosts for the Chicago premiere of LUNAFEST and kick it off with a cocktail reception featuring wines from Clif Family Winery, PERONI beer, specialty LUNAFEST cocktails and local foods from LYFE Kitchen, RA Sushi and Tesori. Oh and we know from experience there will be tons of Luna Bars there to sample! We can’t wait to snag the chocolate dipped coconut ones.
The fest highlights nine inspiring short films by women filmmakers, for women, which may cause the following reactions as you may possibly be…a woman:
- Raucous laughter
- Intense conversation and serious debate
- Extra huggy behavior from your friends
- Tears (bring some tissue)
Or maybe a more meaningful symptom such as:
- A call to community action
To win a ticket for you and a friend, either comment on our Facebook page or this blog post about the friend you would bring to LUNAFEST and what makes her Luna-worthy. The winner must provide names of both guests and email addresses for ticket confirmation. The giveaway ends February 20th at 5 p.m.
What if you don’t win? Well, you can still come!
LUNAFEST Chicago takes place, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications – 360 N. State St., Chicago
Cocktail Reception: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Showtime: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
5 dolla dolla bills off when using the code: LUNA5. Tickets must be purchased in advance here.
Happy commenting and may lady luck shine upon you!