I On The Scene

Stars Stud the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Celebrating the start of the new year in cinematic style, the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival took place from Jan. 1st-11th. In its 27th year, the prestigious festival in the desert resort, has featured more than 180 films from over 70 countries, an Awards Gala that has lately become a highly anticipated prelude to the Oscars, as well as the appearance of Hollywood’s finest, including Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, and Matt Damon.

The Unforgettable Natalie Cole

The outpour of heartfelt condolences continues as funeral services are arranged for Natalie Cole who passed away on Dec. 31 at the age of 65. Her website reads: “It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister’s passing. Natalie fought a …

Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham : Farewell to Yet Another Candidate

This week marks the departure of yet another contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina struggled from the very beginning to gain any traction, rarely polling better than one-percent and being perpetually relegated to the undercard debates.

I On Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It’s a great thing this review comes after the film’s opening weekend and not before. Otherwise, I’d have no idea how to tell you what needs to be told without saying too much. As a matter of fact, numbers for the opening weekend of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are already available. Variety reports that, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens micronized box office records this weekend, racking up a monumental $238 million opening and justifying the Walt Disney Company’s $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm.”

Nacho Figueras at the World Snow Polo Championship

Congratulations to everyone involved with the success of the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship, which took place Dec. 17 – 19 in Aspen. A little information about the sport: Snow polo is played on a snow-packed arena with teams made up of three players, as in standard polo.

Frank Sinatra’s Musical Legacy

This year marks the 100th birthday celebration of Francis Albert Sinatra, one of the greatest American singers in music history. Sinatra created art out of his music; he made pop music glamorous and played a pivotal role in empowering the masses with his engaging performances on stage and screen.

Andrea Bocelli and Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night founder Jimmy Walker joined Andrea Bocelli for the unveiling of a new basketball/sports court at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix. Funds for the new space were raised at the 2nd Annual Celebrity Fight Night in Italy charity trip with Bocelli. The new Celebrity Fight Night Sport Court will serve as a recreation and basketball court for those who find themselves in need of services from St. Vincent de Paul.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

All-Female Band Mariachi Flor de Toloache join The Arcs at The Vic (Dec. 2 & 3)

The Arcs announced that female mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache are set to open their shows as part of their Fall 2015 North American Tour. Dan Auerbach’s side project also features the ladies on The Arcs’ new album, Yours, Dreamily, as backup singers. Both bands perform on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2 and 3 at the Vic Theatre. Tickets available here.

The Chicago Police Foundation Hosts Triumphant True Blue Fundraiser

It brings me an incredible sense of comfort knowing our beautiful city is protected by Chicago’s finest. That feeling has recently intensified with the introduction of an organization near and dear to my heart, the Chicago Police Foundation.

Ben Carson

Election 2016: Ben Carson’s Feet of Clay

The success of Ben Carson has baffled the political establishment (and me) since he began his rise in the polls. I certainly thought after each of three low-knowledge, low-energy debate performances that the good doctor would fade. Yet he has only risen, and even pipped Donald Trump, the longtime frontrunner, in recent polls.