Posts in category "Entertainment"

Brandi Carlile at Thalia Hall in Chicago on December 30, 2015

Brandi Carlile at Thalia Hall in Chicago on December 30, 2015
Brandi Carlile in the first of two sold-out shows brought church tinged with equal parts hoedown to Thalia Hall last night. Not just in her  soulful delivery of staples like “The Story,” “The Eye” or “Wherever Is Your Heart,” but also in the way she engaged the crowd. (See also her performance of “The Things... Read more »

Stargazing in Chicago

Stargazing in Chicago
I have contributed to over six-dozen national and international publications as a writer and photographer, covering world leaders, famous actors, athletes and rock stars, alike. Enclosed you’ll find one-of photos of my weekly entertainment escapades. Gosh, I love my work! Check back often as I add more images to my gallery.

Bryan Ferry at the MCA Gala for David Bowie Is - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bryan Ferry at the MCA Gala for David Bowie Is - Saturday, September 20, 2014
A day before his Chicago Theater appearance musician Bryan Ferry performed at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) gala for David Bowie Is. Chicago is the only U.S. venue for this retrospective, outlining Bowie’s 50-year career. The exhibition (which runs from September 23, 2014 and January 4, 2015) assembles more than 400 objects for the first time, including photography,... Read more »
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Garth's Got Friends in Low—and High-Flying—Places

Garth's Got Friends in Low—and High-Flying—Places
After a 13-year hiatus from performing,  the country star produced a humdinger of a comeback. The Garth Brooks World Tour opened with seven sold-out nights at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Noting how long he’d be out the game, Brooks during his press conference on September 4, 2014, remembered the venue by its previous name of the Rosemont... Read more »

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Actress Chloe Grace Appears at Sprinkles Cupcakes

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Actress Chloe Grace Appears at Sprinkles Cupcakes
A line of fans clamoring to see Chloe Grace Moretz at Sprinkles Cupcakes wrapped around the corner yesterday. Fans began arriving as early as 9 a.m. in anticipation of Moretz’s 4:30 p.m. appearance. The actress appeared alongside best-selling author Gayle Forman whose book “If I Stay” was made into a film, in which Moretz stars. The pair... Read more »

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: William H. Macy Kicks Off Chicago Ideas Week Early

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: William H. Macy Kicks Off Chicago Ideas Week Early
A week ago Saturday, the Chicago Ideas hosted a “Conversation with William H. Macy,” in which the television and film actor was interviewed by Chicago Tribune entertainment reporter Mark Caro. The event is part of the organization’s move to year-round programming, which had previously culminated into a full week of activities in October called Chicago... Read more »
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CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Jim Belushi at the Habitat for Humanity’s “Raise Your Hand Chicagoland”

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Jim Belushi at the Habitat for Humanity’s “Raise Your Hand Chicagoland”
From May 29 through June 1, Habitat for Humanity hosted its “Raise Your Hand Chicagoland” building blitz in the heart of downtown Chicago, at Pioneer Court Plaza. Volunteers came together with partner families to complete the initial construction of 13 homes. Immediately following the event, these new homes were taken into communities across the region,... Read more »

Thank You, Holly Robinson Peete!

Thank You, Holly Robinson Peete!
I’ve worked the red carpet as a journalist since the 1990s and being the fashion maven (I think I am) when the opportunity presents itself I ask the celebrities what they are wearing, particularly the ladies. That is so that I can either steal the look or simply share with readers who may themselves be... Read more »

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Dr. Ian Smith of Celebrity Fit Club Meets Chicago Public Schools

On the evening of April 29, 2014, the Chicago-based Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) hosted a reception at Presence Health in Chicago with Shellie Pfohl, executive director of President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and Dr. Ian Smith of Celebrity Fit Club and 50 Million Pound Challenge fame. Dr. Smith is also a member of the President’s Fitness Council. The fitness duo... Read more »
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CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Taking a Break from "Stargazing in Chicago" to Stargaze at the White House

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Taking a Break from "Stargazing in Chicago" to Stargaze at the White House
To be fair our President has a home in the Hyde Park section of Chicago, Ill. President Barack Obama and First Michelle Obama hosted the 136th Annual Easter Egg Roll. Like Tareq and Michaele Salahi, I won’t be invited to the Lincoln Bedroom. But then I won’t be deemed a White House “party crasher” either.