Tag: Bill Natale

My Holiday Gratitude Journal--Top 25 Picks

My Holiday Gratitude Journal--Top 25 Picks
I love anyone and anything with a positive message. There’s enough madness and sadness in the world so we sure don’t need more of that. Oprah had the right idea with her Gratitude Journal and America’s Pastor, Joel Osteen, always delivers a feel-good message on Sunday mornings to his over 7 million followers. I never... Read more »

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 Watch312.com 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 »

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 »
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Jennifer Hudson and the Voice's Jamar Rogers Perform at House of Blues for Michigan Avenue Magazine Party

Interviewing Jennifer for "Candid Candace Chicago" on Watch312.com
Sometimes it can be hell on the Red Carpet, especially when you’re waiting for a star as big as Jennifer Hudson but, on this night at the House of Blues, everyone behaved for Michigan Aveneue Magazine’s second cover party, “A Hudson Holiday”,  for this beloved Chicago icon. Michigan Avenue Magazine, President/publisher Dan Uslan and Editor-in-Chief... Read more »

What did Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan do at PAWS Chicago Fur Ball that raised $90K?

Billy Corgan poses with the winning bidders and honorary chairman Bonnie Spurlock (R)
Rocker Billy Corgan made the 11th annual PAWS Chicago Fur Ball one that its sell-out crowd won’t soon forget!  He thrilled the attendees, first by BEING there, and secondly, by offering the top live auction prizes of the night! His initial donation was a private acoustic performance for four at his 1930’s style Chinese tea... Read more »

The Chicago International Film Festival: What did Al Pacino, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken tell me on the Red Carpet? (on Watch312.com!)

The Chicago International Film Festival:  What did Al Pacino, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Arkin and Christopher Walken tell me on the Red Carpet?  (on Watch312.com!)
I have never attended a more exciting red carpet event than the one recently hosted by the Chicago International Film Festival.  For its 48th event, formidable founder Michael Kutza called in the big guns of show biz who included Al Pacino (with stunning girlfriend Lucila Sola), Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Jon Bon Jovi for... Read more »
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A Story of Love and Hope: Building the World's Largest Ronald McDonald House (A Watch312.com Production)

A Story of Love and Hope: Building the World's Largest Ronald McDonald House (A Watch312.com Production)
From humble desires to complete fruition, the story of the building of the World’s Largest Ronald McDonald House is an inspiring one. This love-filled documentary will make you laugh, make you cry and make you believe that goodness and hope can overcome all obstacles. The new Ronald McDonald house near Lurie Children’s opened June 26th... Read more »

Playboy Playmates (Past and Present), Cyber Models and Pinups Featured at Glamourcon 53

Playmate Jessa Hinton (7/11) poses for amateur photogs during the Playboy Photo Session offered by former Playboy legends Jeff Cohen and Gary Cole at Glamourcon 53.
Glamourcon 53 featured Playboy Playmates (past and present), Playboy cyber girls and special edition models plus pin-ups at this weekend’s convention at Crowne Plaza O’Hare.  It was great seeing some of my fellow Playmates like Janis Schmitt, who I was also a bunny with at the St. Louis Playboy Club.  Patti McGuire, Janis and I... Read more »

City Porch's Grand Opening Brings Locals to Navy Pier (PICS!)

It was one of those perfect nights in Chicago that we wait all winter for.  Everyone was dressed in their best with smiles from ear to ear.  If you live here, you know what I’m talkin’ about.  And it was on this night, appropriately, that a new, chic soon-to-be hotspot opened on Navy Pier called... Read more »
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Didn't Make it to the Hugo Television Awards? See the Stars and Watch it ALL Here!

Didn't Make it to the Hugo Television Awards?  See the Stars and Watch it ALL Here!
The 48th annual Hugo Television Awards brought the stars to Chicago and celebrated the best in television from nine countries around the globe.  Starz’ “Boss” star Kelsey Grammer was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by his long time co-star, John Mahoney,  at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel recently. Hear what Grammer thinks about Chicago,... Read more »