I On The Scene

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.

Galaween Party Benefits Chicago’s Youth

Honoring founder Nikolas Mirkopoulos, the first annual Galaween was a success and will be able to continue to help families affected by violence in their communities.

2015 Chicago International Film Festival

The 51st annual Chicago International Film Festival was a luminous celebration of cinematic visions from around the world. With more than 130 films on display, representing over 50 countries, the longest running competitive film festival in the US continues to brilliantly “bring the world to Chicago.”

Soup’s On for Winter in Chicago

From broth to bisque, you’re going to enjoy taking a tour of soup across the city. Check out these five belly-warming soups.

Winter Warmers: 6 Cocktails Guaranteed to Stave Off Autumn Chills

Despite the harsh winters that tend to accost the Midwest as the calendar year ends, the City of Big Shoulders is not one to shy away from seeking refuge. Especially if it means sipping on a cocktail sure to warm you up. Here are six of the Windy City’s best offerings to stop the winter chill.

International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival Returns Triumphant in its 51st Year

Frank Sinatra said it best: “Chicago is my kind of town”. The same emotions I feel when I hear Sinatra croon those lyrics about my city were evoked in the pride and passion filling the historic Auditorium Theater on October 15, 2015. The 51st Annual Chicago International Film Festival kicked off an amazing red carpet ceremony for the opening night of the much-anticipated independent film Mia Madre. The arts showed up dressed to the nines for a beautiful night of appreciation of cinema.

Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson – The Face That Changed It All

When I hear the name Beverly Johnson, I immediately think of the beautiful African-American woman I grew up emulating in the mirror when I was a little girl. Idolizing the first woman of color to grace the cover of the prestigious Vogue magazine in 1974, many young black girls hoped …