Okay okay. We know it's technically spring and we all have summer travel on our mind. But when something crosses our desk as gay and great as half-off for spangles and spectacle and benefits our brothers and sisters in Japan we can't help but post. Even if it involves ice.
From the next two days, Midwest skate fans can get a 50 percent discount to the second annual Ice Dreams Starring Johnny Weir on April 30 in Bensenville, IL, a short triple salchow from O'Hare airport in Chicago. The outrageous Olympian and now Most Addictive Reality Star according to Logo's 2010 NewNowNext Awards (watch the trailer for his reality show on Sundance Channel and see if you don't agree) is headlining a gala figure-skating event with a buck from each ticket, plus silent auction, benefiting the Japanese Red Cross for earthquake relief.
This ain't no Disney frill: There will be song, there will be sparkles, but there will also be glutes to the boards skating wowing. Grapevines to Gaga? Indeed. Weir will be joined on the ice by other elite skaters, including World Junior medalist Agnes Zawadski and U.S. novice medalist Jordan Moeller, plus 100 young local skaters selected through live and web auditions. Think of it as one big skate-a-thon for a regional community to benefit the world at large. Spring for a VIP ticket ($200) to meet the stars for autographs and reception immediately following the show.
Visit www.IceDreamsTour.com or call 212-600-4330 for more info and to book. Half-off discount valid with code johnnyweir," ringing in at $20 a ticket. Or if you prefer a social buying option, Groupon.com/Chicago includes the same discount plus a free autographed photo of Weir.
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