Posts in category "Entertainment"

From camel riding to Pacino, thanks for the memories

From camel riding to Pacino, thanks for the memories
As some of you may know, I’ve had an award-winning internet show, Candid Candace Chicago, on for a few years.  I’ve been very lucky to work with some heavy duty talent like Illinois Center for Broadcasting’s Bill Natale, whose past media history reads like a who’s who,  my uber-talented editor Kes Akalaonu, my camera... Read more »

Why I won't be seeing The Interview

Why I won't be seeing The Interview
“The Interview”, a Sony comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco is scheduled to open to wide release on Christmas Day, but a lot of theaters are choosing to pull the plug including Carmike Cinemas that operates 278 theaters with 2,917 screens in 41 states.  An unconfirmed threat from hackers threaten violence to those who... Read more »

PAWS Chicago: Fur Ball 2014 a record-breaker for homeless pets

PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas and Billy Corgan.
PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest No Kill animal shelter, hosted its 13th Annual Fur Ball at The Drake Hotel on November 14.  This event is one of my favorites, not only because it supports this great organization, but because it’s the largest event in town that welcomes pets!  So, not only do you see elegantly... Read more »

Vanessa Williams and Jessye Norman shine at Chicago Urban League Dinner

Andrea Zopp, UL president, Vanessa Williams and Jessye Norman.
The Chicago Urban League (CUL) hosted its 53rd Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner themed, Opportunity, Community, Impact: A Movement that Matters at the Hilton Chicago recently.  Andrea L. Zopp, CUL President/CEO, highlighted some of the organization’s success stories over the past year but challenged the crowd of more than 1,700 guests to do more to improve... Read more »

Ryan Seacrest and American Idol's Lee DeWyze kick off Macy's awesome holiday festivities in Chicago

Lee DeWyze and Ryan Seacrest take selfies before Macy's State Street's 107th Great Tree Lighting festivities.
It doesn’t take much to get me in the mood for the holidays.  Heck, a pine scented candle will throw me into a deep reverie about Santa, Christmas, holiday decor…I could go on and on.  So, it was no surprise that Macy’s State Street’s recent (107th!) Great Tree Lighting and its animated windows unveiling just... Read more »

Stars of the culinary world toast Chef Charlie Trotter at tribute (VIDEO!)

Chefs toast Charlie Trotter's legacy at Venue One.
More than a dozen celebrity chefs from across the country came together for one special night in Chicago to honor the life and legacy of renowned Chef Charlie Trotter.   ”A Toast to Charlie Trotter” benefited the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation (CTCEF) founded by the late chef in 1999.  Chef Emeril Lagasse served as emcee... Read more »

Advanced Style: Women 50+ celebrated in unique fashion documentary

Advanced Style:  Women 50+ celebrated in unique fashion documentary
I didn’t know what to expect from this documentary, Advanced Style.  I knew I loved fashion, I know I’m over 50, but sometimes these sorts of films can get going in the wrong direction.  Some see aging and fashion as being mutually exclusive.  This film definitely dispels that notion. Based on street style photographer Ari... Read more »

Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night will include Colin Farrell, Liv Ullmann and Kathleen Turner

Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night will include Colin Farrell, Liv Ullmann and Kathleen Turner
The 50th Chicago International Film Festival will begin with a star-studded Opening Night on Oct. 9 when “Miss Julie” Director Liv Ullmann, “Miss Julie” star Colin Farrell, Festival Jury Member Kathleen Turner, Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza and “The Fugitive” Director Andrew Davis walk the red carpet!    We are starstruck! The opening film,... Read more »

Glamourcon 57: Playboy Playmates, pin-ups and a visit with Hef

With Monique St. Pierre (PMOY 1976), Hef, Patti McGuire Connors (PMOY 1977).
Glamourcon is described as a “celebration and marketplace of the glamour arts.”  It features dozens of Playboy Playmates from 6 decades as well as many other past and present glamour and pin-up models.  As Playboy’s December 1979 centerfold, I’ve attended quite a few of these get-togethers which, for me, is not only a chance to... Read more »

Go behind the scenes at Macy's Glamorama 2014 with Jason Derulo and Before You Exit (Video and Lotsa Pics!)

Before You Exit with Jason Derulo
For this year’s Glamorama presented by Macy’s, a sell-out crowd of nearly 1,500 enjoyed an hour long show at the Harris Theater that featured fall fashions from Calvin Klein, Ryan Seacrest Distinction (is there anything this guy isn’t involved in?), I.N.C., Tommy Hilfiger and more!  For the 5th year, this high profile event benefited Ronald... Read more »