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Two thumbs WAY up for "Pretty Woman The Musical"

Two thumbs WAY up for "Pretty Woman The Musical"
Hands clapping, heads nodding and a standing ovation greeted the pre-Broadway world premiere of “Pretty Woman The Musical” last night, March 28, at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Based on the Touchstone Pictures film “Pretty Woman,” written by J.F. Lawton and book by Lawton and the late Garry Marshall, the musical is a foot-stomping romp... Read more »

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Gala 2018 with Rainn Wilson and Chris Rock

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Gala 2018 with Rainn Wilson and Chris Rock
Steppenwolf Theatre Company celebrates 42 seasons of innovative ensemble theatre with an evening of celebration emceed by actor Rainn Wilson, who will be starring in The Doppelgänger (an international farce) at Steppenwolf this spring and is well-known for his role as “Dwight Schrute” on NBC’s award-winning comedy The Office. Comedian, actor, director and producer Chris... Read more »

THE LIST: Chicago Woman Magazine chooses its "Fierce 50"

THE LIST: Chicago Woman Magazine chooses its "Fierce 50"
Chicago Woman Magazine’s founder/publisher Kendra Chaplin is a woman’s woman. I knew that from the moment I met her and, with every issue of this relatively new magazine (the first print edition came out in September 2015), my initial instincts have been confirmed. With this latest issue, she along with Fierce 50 Revolution founder Catherine... Read more »
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The Joffrey Ballet's elegant Spring Gala raises $1.6 million

Co-chairs Sandy Deromedi, Jerrilyn Hoffman, Maria Smithburg and Shelley Farley.
The Joffrey Ballet’s Spring Gala welcomed over 700 supporters who gathered for a festive evening of world-class dance and fundraising hosted by its Women’s Board on April 21. The black-tie evening began at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University with an intimate performance by dancers from the Joffrey Company and the Joffrey Academy of Dance.... Read more »

Je ne regrette rien

Je ne regrette rien
When I saw this latest blog challenge (“Write about something in your life you’d like a second chance at”) suggested by beloved Chicago Now community manager Jimmy Greenfield, I had to stop and think…and think….and think. My lifelong motto has always been to never look back, only forward, so this one was easy for me.... Read more »

The Peninsula Chicago celebrates 15th anniversary with grand invite-only bash

Peninsula Chicago GM Maria Zec and husband Bob.
To say that the 15th anniversary party for the Peninsula Chicago was a fun party is like saying the Art Institute has a couple of nice paintings. I’m not sure I really have the words to describe it. This magical night, envisioned by the Pen’s Greg Hyder along with Kehoe Designs’ Phil Cooper and staff,... Read more »
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Chinese American Service League hosts "Winter Night Chic"

Chinese American Service League hosts "Winter Night Chic"
Rustic glamour and sweeping skyline views, supercharged celebrity tweets and chic VIP lounges—Join the Chinese American Service League (CASL) at Winter Night Chic on Friday, December 4!  With DJ Aileen Tie setting the mood up in the Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th St.), network with your guests, corporate leaders, and... Read more »

What Oscar Pistorius and the Kaufmans Have in Common

What Oscar Pistorius and the Kaufmans Have in Common
What do Oscar Pistorius and Charlotte and Eric Kaufman have in common?  In short, they are ALL f’ing nuts.  I just watched crybaby Pistorius try to influence the judge in his televised murder trial  by bawling his eyes out over the brutal murder of his girlfriend.  One news reporter even suggested this ploy might’ve worked... Read more »

We All Speak Dance: The Joffrey Ballet's Spring Gala Celebration

We All Speak Dance:  The Joffrey Ballet's Spring Gala Celebration
The Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet will host its 12th Annual Spring Gala on  Friday, April 25,  at the Chicago Hilton.  This year’s theme, “We All Speak Dance,” will be a celebration of the international language of dance, the company, and its educational programs.  Through its Community Engagement and Joffrey Academy of Dance programs,... Read more »
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Morgan Freeman will receive Gene Siskel Renaissance Award from School of the Art Institute Chicago

Morgan Freeman will receive Gene Siskel Renaissance Award from School of the Art Institute Chicago
The School of the Art Institute Chicago will Chicago (SAIC) will honor Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman, with the Gene Siskel Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson Street.) The festive evening will celebrate Freeman’s legendary career as an actor and director as well as give attendees the opportunity... Read more »