Tag: Frances Renk

Dancing, Vogueing and more at Giordano Dance Chicago's Legacy Ball

Legendary dancer, choreographer, teacher and author Gus Giordano, founded Giordano Dance company in 1963, and boy would he be thrilled to see how far it’s come now under the leadership and artistic direction of his daughter Nan Giordano. The dynamic dance company celebrated its 55th anniversary at its Legacy Ball on February 10 where nearly... Read more »

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 »

On birthdays and friendships

Celebrating with May birthday girlfriends at a party hosted by Kristina McGrath.
May 26 was my birthday, but I plan on celebrating all month long.  I can’t figure out why some people don’t enjoy these special days, like my husband.  As long as I can remember, I’ve loved, loved, loved celebrating birthdays–not just my own (although this is quite enjoyable), but anyone’s.  I’d even celebrate a birthday... Read more »
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See what happened at the Chicago Fashion Foundation Scholarship Awards show! (VIDEO!)

See what happened at the Chicago Fashion Foundation Scholarship Awards show!  (VIDEO!)
It was a night filled with fashion and hope as 15 of Chicago’s talented local design students showcased their creations at the 6th annual Chicago Fashion Foundation Awards show recently at the Hard Rock Hotel.  I was honored to be a judge along with Macy’s Andrea Schwartz, handbag designer Diego Rochas, Michigan Avenue Magazine’s JP... Read more »

Chicago Fashion Foundation Hosts 6th Annual Scholarship Benefit for SRO Crowd

Top prize winner Agnes Hamerlik
The Chicago Fashion Foundation hosted its biggest and best annual scholarship benefit at the Hard Rock Hotel on March 21.  Fifteen finalists, all students at local fashion colleges, competed for scholarship prizes amounting to $7K in front of a sold-out, standing room only crowd. I was thrilled to return as a judge for this sixth... Read more »

Comedian Jeff Garlin Hosts Allium's Opening Night Party at Four Seasons

Host Vincent Anzalone with Erica Bethe Levin, Jessica Zweig and friend.
The recent Grand Opening party for the new Allium restaurant attracted an overflow crowd of Chicago’s top 600 foodies and fashionistas to the 7th floor of the Four Seasons recently.  Host for the night was funnyman Jeff Garlin (see our interview coming soon on Watch312!).  This American restaurant with a farm-to-table menu is by Chef... Read more »
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TCW Magazine's A-List: 60 Chicagoans of Style

TCW Magazine's A-List:  60 Chicagoans of Style
TCW Mag:  “These women and men about town are fashion standouts They’ve got the look. Impeccably attired, perpetually polished and with an uncanny sense of personal style, these women and men about town are fashion standouts. They turn heads, and for all the right reasons. Click below to see who made TCW’s list of Chicago’s... Read more »