Photo: courtesy of Bob Fila
Blues Kids of America
3:30 p.m. at Columbia College Theatre/Music Center
The leader of the nation's first collegiate blues ensemble at Columbia College, Fernando Jones leads this instructional course in bridging public school achievement gaps with the blues. Targeting everyone from parents to school council members, Jones shows how literacy, attendance, discipline and overall academic success can increase ten-fold via harmonica workshops and musical-theory courses. In other words – keep cool in school with the blues, kids.
Pre-Valentine's Day Cooking Class
6:30-8 p.m. at Sabor Saveur; $25
The Mexican-born, French-trained chef behind this Wicker Park spot will show you how to create two of Sabor Saveur's signature dishes: lobster enchiladas with hazelnuts and tropical chutney, and figs-and-coconut ante with lemon, blueberry cream and glace sauce. You'll then get to sample the items, along with two champagne cocktails each. If you like the preview, stick around for dinner; class participants get 25 percent off their dinner bill. Sabor Saveur is BYOB, so make sure to grab a bottle at D&D Liquors across the street (2006 W. Division). Wondering what to bring? Check out Centerstage's guide to pairing wines with ethnic foods.
Flirting for Disaster
6-9 p.m. at Close Up 2; $20 in advance, $25 at the door
The latest installment in the networking series offers the chance to find a potential date while also doing some good. Proceeds from the Valentine's Day-themed event, which includes hors d'oeuvres, $5 Effen martinis, tarot-card readings, raffles and more, benefits the American Red Cross.