“Elm Street” underway at suburban schools

“NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET” began shooting last week at Elk Grove high school in that suburb, moving onto Hersey high in Arlington Heights. “Elm Street” producers cleverly gained the ability to move around to different high schools after signing a contract with Illinois School District 214.

District 214 covers Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elk Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling.

WHO WILL THE LOTTERY PICK to be its multicultural ad agency? The three worthy contenders are Carol H. Williams, Burrell Communications and E. Morris. The winner will be named shortly.

SOME 40 TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES are expected to show their latest products directly from NAB at Roscor 09, a Communications Technology Exhibit being held May 20-21 downtown at Resolution Digital Studios. In addition, five expert-led seminars will explain what it all means.

There’s shuttle service, valet parking, lunch and snacks, all with Roscor’s compliments.

LUMINAIR’S GEORGE ELDER wrapped another 13 weeks of “Mexico One Plate at a Time’s” season seven, with restaurateur Rick Bayles of Topo Lobampo.

Producer/director Elder shot with Bayles in his Bucktown home and restaurants and two weeks in Mexico City in January. This season features the authentic cuisine of Mexico City. The first half-hour of the season will air over PBS in the early fall.

RECESSION BLUES are being chased away by a plethora of parties lately. Following ARU’s festive salud to Cinco de Mayo last week, AICP hosted a party for agency creatives and producers who jammed Rockit as though this was their school prom.

This party was the first time in memory that AICP held an event other than its annual MOMA Show that brings out a thousand socially starved guests in November. (The Reel included.)

NEXT PARTY UP is Bridges Media’s May 29 Economic Stimulus Package Party at its Kinzie St. studios. The party is billed as demonstrating their hope that what looks to be more positive will stay that way. Business right now, however, is as slow as a turtle crossing the Expressway at rush hour.

TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN. Chicago Dramatists, founded by artistic director Russ Tutterow, celebrates its 30th anniversary with the Blue Moon Ball May 31 at the Galleria Marchetti.

And for true theatricality, the evening includes jazz-gypsy music by Swing Gitan and fire spinning and dance by Pryotechniq urban fire masters, topped off by a raffle.

AND FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT The Facetini Awards June 12 to benefit Facets’ programs asks guests to dress as their favorite chracter for a film, or just dressed to kill for the red carpet.

Facets assures “fabulous prizes will be awarded by celebrity judges” for the best (most outrageous?) costume.