I felt like I was at an exotic film festival with Chaz and Roger Ebert when they celebrated their new show, "Ebert Presents at the Movies" recently with a grand, by-invite-only party at the Peninsula. The Red Carpet Girls greeted you at the top of the stairs and then you descended into the magic of movies. There were strobe lights everywhere with a curtained step-and-repeat. Photogs were snapping away and the bold-faced named crowd was sipping Ebertinis.
Once inside the ballroom, the scene was a film lover's delight with giant movie posters in every corner, massive columns with Roger's show title on the sides with faux flames bursting out of the top, short clips of great movies running and some of the best food offerings I've seen in a long, long time. Chaz had arranged this party to perfection...anything for her Roger. Theirs is one of the great love stories and I loved seeing them together. A terrific trio reminiscent of the Supremes entertained and then Alderman Ed Burke gave a stirring thank you speech to Roger for his incredible loyalty to Chicago over all of the years of his amazing career. Next, the show's two charming hosts were introduced, Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. After mixing and mingling the happy guests moved out onto the terrace which was so delightful after our long winter. The full moon and stars shown down and smiled with the knowledge that Roger is BAAAAAACK!
Watch "Ebert Presents at the Movies" on WTTW, channel 11, on Friday nights at 8:30 PM and also on Saturday morning at 11 AM.
Welcome back Roger!!!!
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