Excess is Exhilarating

May 23, 2011
Terrence Chappell


"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit."
- W. Somerset Maugham

I couldn't agree more Mr. Maugham! Ain't nothing wrong with a little excess here and there, especially when cocktails and openings are involved. Although William Somerset Maugham is one of France's greatest writers, if he were around today, he'd say, "Passe-moi un croissant, je vais à Chicago! "

The Joffrey Ballet's Annual Spring Gala welcomed Chicago's jet set to an evening of dance, extravagant auctions, and fine dining – not to mention delish. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University before the ballet performance. A huge congrats and two thumbs up to all the Joffrey dancers on a fantastic performance. Now, I'm not showing favoritism, but it must be said, and I'm sure I'm not the first to say it, but the Joffrey's lead dancer Fabrice Calmels is hot, and very talented – and actually from France as well! I promise didn't plan for this. Fabrice exemplified grace and strength on stage. And I'm sure Fabrice's time on stage was one of those times where even Maugham would agree that a little exhilarating excess is in order! Guests were then whisked away in trolleys to Chicago's famous Palmer House for dinner, cocktails, and a plethora of desert platters that would even have the Pillsburry Dough Boy saying, "No more." If that wasn't enough, guests could continue the night at CS Magazine's afterparty at Mercat inside the Blackstone Hotel. Although I do appreciate and enjoy all of the work, garnishes, and special features of the Joffrey Sping gala, my absolute fave part next to the food (always a big girl at heart) are when people are on their probably sixteenth cocktail, they lose their inhibitions and image-conscious habits, and just have fun with it! Always makes for a fun time, and I always walk away with new friends.