Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Robert Plant Joins Los Lobos on Stage at the 30th Annual Taste of Chicago 2010


Robert Plant encore performance at the Taste of Chicago with Los Lobos


Robert Plant, who is considered one of the greatest front men of all time with Led Zeppelin, made a surprise appearance at the Taste of Chicago 2010. Los Lobos encore presentation brought Robert Plant to join them on stage to finish of a beautiful cool night in Grant Park.

Sometime during the middle of Los Lobos set, David Hidalgo, made an announcement that they just finished shooting a video earlier in the day with Robert Plant. Could that have been a hint? Of course it was... when Plant made his appearance on stage the fans who were seated during Los Lobos hour long set got up with excitement as the true rock and roll rock star hit the set with Los Lobos. Plant and Los Lobos, treated the fans right by performing "Treat Her Right."


The Taste of Chicago is on for another week, so head to the lakefront, get some food and listen to some jams. You do not know who might show up... so far we had Plant and Gwen Stafani... who else?


Los Lobos and Robert Plant

30th Annual Taste of Chicago 2010

Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park

Chicago, IL, USA

June 29, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Aloe Blacc Performs at the Shrine in Chicago


Aloe Blacc is the Reincarnation of Legends
The Shrine – Chicago, IL, USA – June 17, 2010
by Toyin Alaka

Aloe BlaccRight at 12:30 a.m. a band called Grand Scheme does a warm up for Aloe Blacc. Just the name Aloe Blacc would raise a few eyebrows; however if you watched the HBO series How to Make It In America, then you've heard Aloe Blacc in the theme song "I Need A Dollar" and you quite simply as I did, had to find out who he was.

From the tilt of his hat to the dark jacket's popped lapel along with a scarf around his neck down to the pants and shoes he could easily be a reincarnation of Marvin Gaye or from the first wail of his voice could be Bill Withers or easily Al Green. He gives us all our beloved favorites and yet he is quite simply Aloe Blacc.

Aloe Blacc is a funky, soulful and passionate singer all is evident as he sang Bill Withers "Use Me," and then his own song "Hey There Brother." He does a rendition of "Love & Happiness" that acts as an intro to a song of his about people who make you smile. He performed a bluesy rendition of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" before performing "I Need a Dollar."

He held the audience in the palm of his hands the entire evening with his storytelling and soulful voice. He is comfortable with himself and his music. I cannot wait to hear more when his album entitled "Good Things" drops September 14, 2010.


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Second City Alumni Reunion Show – Class of '79 Part of Just for Laughs



The Second City Alumni Reunion Show – Class of '79
Featuring: George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, Nancy McCabe-Kelly, Bruce Jarchow, Danny Breen and more
Chicago in 1979 featured a blizzard that cost Mayor Michael Bilandic his job, a fifth-place Cubs team that cost Manager Herman Franks his job and a far more successful visit to the city by Pope John Paul II, who remained fitfully employed. At The Second City, a hilarious and seasoned ensemble was creating timely comedy that would soon land many of them roles on some of television's most legendary programs. For one night only, the cast of 1979 will reunite in a benefit for The Second City Alumni Fund as they recreate some of their classic scenes from The Second City archives.---Read more at UnRatedMagazine.com

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER HONORS ACADEMY AWARD™-NOMINATED ACTOR ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AT ANNUAL BENEFIT SATURDAY, JUNE 19 AT THE RITZ-CARLTON CHICAGO






GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER HONORS ACADEMY AWARD™-NOMINATED ACTOR ROBERT DOWNEY JR. AT ANNUAL BENEFIT SATURDAY, JUNE 19 AT THE RITZ-CARLTON CHICAGO

Downey to Receive “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award,” and Participate in Insightful Discussion with Director Todd Phillips

Chicago — The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) proudly presents “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” for its annual benefit in honor of Academy Award™-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr. on Saturday, June 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton (160 E. Pearson Street). Downey will attend and engage in a discussion led by director Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover.” Tickets are on sale now, available by calling (312) 846-2072. Prices start at $400 / single ticket and $5,000 / table.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award” to Downey.

“It is a privilege to honor Downey with the Gene Siskel Film Center’s award designed to recognize a person whose career has exemplified the art of filmmaking,” says Jean de St. Aubin, executive director, Gene Siskel Film Center of the SAIC. “From ‘Less Than Zero’ to ‘Chaplin’ to ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ and most recently ‘Iron Man 2,’ Downey has certainly had a lasting and multidimensional career that showcases his wide array of talents.”

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Raffle Prize winners will be announced at 8 p.m., followed by the evening’s program. The discussion with Downey and Phillips will feature film clips from Downey’s career. At the conclusion of the program, Downey will receive the “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award.”

The award was designed specifically for “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar® statuette.

Cocktail attire is suggested for the evening. Limited valet parking is available.

Proceeds from “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” will support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s presentations as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers that provide the opportunity for public high school students, college students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the Gene Siskel Film Center can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.



An Evening with Robert Downey Jr. Ticket Information & Calendar Listing

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents “An Evening with Robert Downey Jr.” in honor of Academy Award™-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr. Downey will engage in a discussion led by a special guest to be announced. The evening begins with a reception, followed by dinner and a raffle prize drawing. The discussion with Downey will feature film clips from his career. The evening concludes with the presentation of the “Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award” to Downey. Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, 160 E. Pearson Street. Single tickets range in price from $400 to $1,000. Table sponsorships range in price from $5,000 to $50,000; call (312) 846-2072 for tickets, tables or more information.

About the Gene Siskel Film Center

For more than 30 years, The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented independent and international cinema, film festivals, cutting edge programs, premieres, retrospectives and classic films. Recognized internationally for its original film programming, the Film Center annually presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances to more than 65,000 film enthusiasts at its unique, sophisticated, modern facilities at 164 N. State Street. For more information, please visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is a public program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

A nationally accredited leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon a multidisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu.

The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit www.artic.edu---Read more at UnRatedMagazine.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Borders Extends Offer to Donate 10% of Sales to Gulf Coast Relief Efforts

Borders Extends Offer to Donate 10% of Sales to Gulf Coast Relief Efforts


Customers can contribute to recovery efforts with a special Borders voucher through Thursday, June 17

In a continued show of support for the Gulf Coast , Borders has extended by three days the period in which 10% of customer transactions will be donated to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) to aid in oil spill relief efforts. Now customers have until Thursday, June 17 to team with Borders to contribute up to $50,000 to the recovery efforts by visiting www.bordersmedia.com/coup/crcl.html to download a special voucher and presenting that voucher at any Borders, Waldenbooks and Borders Express store nationwide. (Borders.com purchases made using promo code CRCL6114B will also be counted toward the recovery efforts.)

Over the coming days and weeks Borders will add another layer of support by teaming with CRCL to recruit volunteers and host educational and informational sessions in select Borders stores near affected areas.



According to the organization, more than 24,000 people from all over the world have signed up at www.crcl.org to assist with oil spill recovery efforts. Up until recently, CRCL was focused on “thinking ahead of the oil,” dispatching volunteers to clean up beaches and wetlands expected to be hit with oil. Now CRCL has also begun responding to areas where oil has made landfall and is moving to recruit, educate, train and mobilize volunteers. Borders' donation will directly support these vital efforts.



About the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
For over 20 years, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) has worked to restore and protect a sustainable coastal Louisiana . CRCL is comprised of businesses, local governments, industries, scientists, conservation groups and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens who all share a common vision and commitment to Louisiana 's coast. Please visit www.CRCL.org for more information.


About Borders Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor , Mich. , through its subsidiaries Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE: BGP) is a leading specialty retailer of books as well as other educational and entertainment items. The company employs approximately 19,500 throughout the U.S. , primarily in its Borders® and Waldenbooks® stores. Online shopping is offered through borders.com. Find author interviews and vibrant discussions of the products we and our customers are passionate about online at facebook.com/borders, twitter.com/borders and youtube.com/bordersmedia. For more information about the company, visit borders.com/media


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Tuesday, June 15, 2010



CHICAGO, -- Horseshoe Casino, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, hosted a once-in-a-lifetime event ? the Playboy Club's 50th anniversary celebration at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino on June 10, 2010. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the original Playboy Club in Chicago. To honor this event, Playboy had invited 50 select venues across the globe to celebrate with them on the same night. 100s of people joined to turn the Horseshoe $70 million playground, The Venue, into the ultimate Playboy Club for this exclusive event! For a legendary experience!

The June 10 event was hosted by Q101's Steve Tingle and Chicago location special guests included:

* Bridget Marquardt, former star of "The Girls Next Door"
* Ida Ljungqvist, Playboy's 2009 Playmate of the Year
* Crystal McCahill, Miss May 2009 and Chicago area native
* Sounds by S.K.A.M. artist DJ OB-One



Playboy 50th Anniversary Chicago Bunny Search

The June 10 party at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino is part of Playboy's global, year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Playboy Club and Playboy Bunny. Playboy is also commemorating the milestone with a uniquely-commissioned art exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum; newly-designed Playboy merchandise; and unique features in the June issue of the magazine and on Playboy.com and Playboy Radio.---Read more at UnRatedMagazine.com

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ron Howard gets award



The 46th CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
THE 2010 SUMMER GALA HONORING RON HOWARD

The Chicago International Film Festival honored one of this generation's most popular director's at the 2010 Summer Gala. Ron Howard has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films, from the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash. The night will feature an award presentation of the Silver Hugo Career Achievement Award and a celebration of Mr. Howard's career with film highlights.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kansas fighting fire on their 2010 summer tour!


Kansas fighting fire on their 2010 summer tour!
Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island - Chicago, IL, USA – June 5, 2010
by Anita Maree Lande

Sometimes the classics still rock the hardest. For 35 years and going strong, the timeless songs from the band Kansas are still some of the best around. This summer Kansas is the special guest on the United We Rock Tour that also features the bands Foreigner and Styx.

The band line-up is lead singer and keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, violinist David Ragsdale, bassist Billy Greer, and drummer Phil Ehart. As the band took stage the crowd was ready to sing along to their opening song - Carry On WaywardSon. The band also did favorites like Fight Fire withFire, Portrait (He Knew), Point of No Return, and the breathtaking Dust in the Wind. Walsh (wearing a black Kansas hat) was in top notch as he sang these treasured songs. The band is also supporting a recently released DVD called - There's No Place Like Home where former members Kerry Livgren and Steve Morse along with the Washburn University Orchestra perform nineteen of the group's biggest hits.

Kansas has performed all around the globe and is a must band to see live to experience these world-wide hits! Carry On!

For tour information and more visit: www.kansasband.com



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The Kanye West Foundation held its 3rd Annual “Stay in School” event June 8th at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, IL


The Kanye West Foundation held its 3rd Annual “Stay in School” event June 8th at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, IL.

West, along with fellow Chicago hip hop artists Common and Lupe Fiasco, Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman, Kanye West Foundation CEO Joseph Collins, Farragut Principal Theresa Plascenica and others announced this year, Chicago Public School students with improved grades, attendance and behavior will be rewarded with in school appearances by West, Common and Fiasco.

Students from Farragut, John Marshall Metropolitan and Percy L. Julian high schools recieved mini concerts from the hip hop stars later that day. Last year the foundation awarded 3,000 CPS students with tickets to a Kanye West concert at the Chicago Theatre.

The mission of the foundation is to help combat the dropout problem in schools throughout the U.S. by partnering with community organizations to provide under-served youth access to music programs that will enable them to unleash their creative ability and reach their full potential.

Learn more about the Kanye West Foundation at www.kanyewestfoundation.org

Photo by Raymond Boyd


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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Ultimate Fashionista Event


The Ultimate Fashionista Event
Wit Hotel on State Street
Chicago, IL, USA
Saturday, June 12, 1001

SoftSheen-Carson Dark and Lovely and Essence magazine are partnering to search for the next star for the newest Dark and Lovely ad.

The national Are you Dark and Lovely? Show it off! will be in Chicago at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at the Wit Hotel in Chicago, 201 North State Street. All participating attendees will have their photo taken on site and must express in writing why they are Dark and Lovely.

The contest will run through July 6, 2010, with the winner announced in the October issue of Essence. The winner and one friend will be flown to NYC for a photo shoot, hair makeover by SoftSheen-Carson Artistic Director and celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright, plus a $5000 shopping spree with celebrity stylist Carlton Jones.

The event will also include a panel discussion entitled “Getting a polished look from head toe” with panelists: LisaRaye McCoy (The Real McCoy, TV One), Carlton Jones; celebrity stylist and Tasha Turner, Essence Contributing Editor.

To attend the event, RSVP at events@essence.com. For contest rules, please log on to www.essence.com/darkandlovely


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Monday, June 7, 2010

Bobby Dixon Kick off the Chicago Blues Festival at Daley Plaza on June 7th


Bobby Dixon Kick off the Chicago Blues Festival at Daley Plaza

Bobby Dixon plays and sings the Blues. Bobby Dixon son of legendary Willie Dixon is a songwriter, producer and artist that has earned respect all over the world. He has performed in concert with numerous Blues artists including: Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Junior Wells, Rolling Stones, and Kinsey Report. He also has performed at some of the most prestigious Blues fests in the country: New Orleans Jazz Fest, Mexico Blues Festival, Berlin Blues Fest, South America Argentina, Onterio Fest Toronto, Long Beach Blues Fest and of course this year’s Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park (June 11 -13). Bobby is an active member of his father's blues haven foundation that gives: scholarships to college students, distributes musical instruments to high schools and sponsors music history in U.S. grammar schools.

The Chicago Blues Festival (June 11-13) in Grant Park celebrates the life and music of Howlin’ Wolf on the centennial of his birthday with special performances and jam sessions. The internationally acclaimed and FREE admission festival is designed to celebrate and remember the blues tradition and heritage. The 3-day festival features five distinct stages that tell the story of the Blues using various Blues music styles. Daily festival hours are 11am to 9:30pm

Find out more at www.chicagobluesfestival.us

Photo by Adam Bielawski


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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rapper Nelly out at Carson Pirie Scott at North Riverside Mall signing the Apple Bottom Fragrance

Rapper Nelly out at Carson Pirie Scott at North Riverside Mall signing the Apple Bottom Fragrance on June 5, 2010

Nelly made his way to Carson Pirie Scott at North Riverside Mall located just west of Chicago. Although Nelly ran about an hour late when he finally arrived the fans cheered to greet the rapper enthusiastically. Nelly met about 300 people who purchased the new Apple Bottom fragrance at a price of $80 and $100. For the purchase of the Apple Bottom fragrance Nelly personalized the bottle and took a photos, in addition, Nelly did not hold back and signed just about anything that fans asked. To help launch the in store event, Chicago's on air radio personality Conseulla Williams, better known as Connie, from WGCI-FM 107.5 Chicago Radio helped MC the day's activities and kept fans excited while waiting in line.

Carson Pirie Scott at North Riverside Mall, North Riverside, IL, USA
North Riverside, IL, USA
June 5, 2010

Photo by Adam Bielawski

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