Archive for January, 2009

Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

One of my favorite things about the city of Chicago is, as many of you might have guessed, the weather. Now, before you all make frantic conference calls plotting my death (hint: I’m fatally allergic to flannel shirts and Mel Gibson), I strongly urge you to sit down, take a deep breath, cough, blow your nose, pop a Tylenol, drink some yerba matta tea, lay down, and let me explain. While the current weather has reduced many of us, like me, to hapless, miserable lumps of DNA with a running spigot for a nose (before that I was just hapless and miserable), it has also given us an excuse to appreciate indoors happenings that much more, and if anything, allowed us to get that much pickier about the four walls within which we’d rather spend our time.

That said, you would be hard-pressed to find anything better than world-renowned Bat-Sheva Dance Company performance at the Auditorium Theatre on February 7th and 8th. The company will be making a stop in Chicago for the first time in 35 years, making this a truly memorable occasion. The lovechild of dance icon Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, the company will be performing “Deca-Dance”, as choreographed by international superstar Ohad Naharin. Or, of course, you could simply stay in, put on your finest lumberjack attire, and watch “Mad Max”. I’m just sayin.

Special discount ONLY for NBC Chicago Readers: When you go to ticketmaster, be sure to type in “OHAD” in the special promotions field, and you will get a $10 discount (and who doesn’t love those!) off of tickets in levels 2 and 4. See you then!


To learn more about on Shlomi’s take on the latest happenings in Chicago click here.

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candace-small2Candace Jordan, NBC Chicago Street Team

On Thursday, February 26th, join the Junior Board of
Heartland ART AGAINST AIDS at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St.  They will have a reception and silent auction from 6- 10 PM and a live auction at 8 PM.  One of the 2009 honorary co-chairs is my friend

Art Against Aids

 Aaron Baker who is the curator for Playboy’s corporate art collection. (If you ever get a chance to view the Playboy art collection with him as a tour guide, don’t miss it!) Princess Kasune Zulu, a human rights activist, is the other honorary co-chair.  The auction will feature unique art works from across the country and there will be gourmet food, cocktails and music.  To preview some of the artwork that will be offered or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.artagainstaidschicago.com Tickets start at $125.

Katherine Chez, Executive Director Linda O’Keefe, and me, Candace Jordan

Katherine Chez, Executive Director Linda O’Keefe, and me, Candace Jordan

Common Thread’s World Festival and mark your calendars to save this date—Monday, March 23rd! The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, will be transformed into a gourmand’s feast as chefs from all over the world strut their stuff at this uber popular event!   Gail Simmons from Food & Wine and Bravo’s Top Chef will serve as honorary chair and mistress of ceremonies.  The event co-chairs are Mayari Pritzker, Katherine Chez and me!

World Festival celebrates food and how it teaches us about the world around us.  Guests will experience culinary and cultural traditions practiced all around the globe.  VIPS will enjoy a pre-party at the MCA celebrating Latin flavors and the Bambi Airstream Trailer after party will be at the James Hotel featuring a surprise musical guest.  A silent and live auction will be available to guests to purchase one-of-a-kind items.  One of the top live auction prizes will be a custom designed Airstream Bambi trailer.  And get this! It will be designed by Michael S. Smith —the Obama’s White House decorator!!!  Michael is a 44 year-old Californian who has designed for Steven Spielberg, Cindy Crawford, Evelyn Rothschild, Rupert and Michelle Pfieffer to name a few. General admission is $250 per person and VIP tickets are $500 per person.  Sponsorships range from $3500 to $50,000.  For more information on this event, please contact Kristin Weiss, Kristin@commonthreads.org or call (312) 752-2692.  Again, if you have an auction item idea, please let Kristin know.  There is still time to donate an item and make a difference.  Hope you can join me, be inspired, have fun AND help the children!  For complete event info, click on http://www.commonthreads.org/events/eventList.aspx

Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith


Our own Brian Atwood has tapped long-time supermodel, Christie Bally CampaignTurlington, for his first ad campaign for Bally.  The pics were taken by Mario Sorrenti poolside in Miami Beach.  They will debut in the February magazines and will also feature the hot Spanish male model, Oriol Elcacho.  Jonathan Ryan, creative director for “A Perfect Event”, just did birthday flowers for Oprah that took 10 hours to create and used over 3,000 orchids.  Did I say this was for ONE arrangement?  Happy 54th birthday O!  (January 28th)

That’s the scoop for now!  Check out my website for more information….. www.CandidCandace.com

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank, NBC5 Street Team Before budding Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose came to the NBA, he owned Chicago prep courts during his career at Simeon. Along the way, he befriended St. Joseph product and current Illinois sophomore Demetri McCamey,  who leads the #19 Illini in scoring. McCamey a.k.a. “Cames” is also fifth in the Big Ten in assists at 5.0 apg. In Big Ten games only, McCamey leads the Big Ten in assists (6.0 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (4.0). Earlier this season, Illini Head Coach Bruce Weber gave McCamey a Sports Illustrated article about the work habits and development of Rose, the 2008 #1 overall NBA Draft pick. demetri

“It talked about how he matured and some of the things he does before games and I took it to heart. It helped,” McCamey said. Cames mentioned how happy he was to see his friend Rose and how hard he wants to work being a “student of the game” to try and reach the league just like the Bulls’ point guard.

“That’s what all the great ones do, that’s how you get better- what Derrick said in the interview. The coaches gave him cards of what defense they play. They’re doing it in the pros and you gotta do it in college {in order} to get to the pros, so you just gotta keep working,” McCamey said.

Cames still has a LONG way to go to reach the NBA “Rose” garden: his shot selection is sometimes suspect, his work ethic needs improvement and his defense can often be non-existent. However, he’s also the Illini player with the most athleticism and star potential. bulls_rose_300

“If you study him over the course of time, he has very good games and a tendency not to be real consistent, this goes back way to high school and AAU and that’s where he’s got to mature. He has the big one and then average, average. He needs to be more consistent if we’re going to be a very good team because he can do things that other people can’t do,” Coach Weber said.

If Demetri matures into a consistent player, the Illini could make a deep tournament run in March and Derrick Rose could possibly see another Windy City friend in the NBA.

See more of Paul M. Banks’ work at the NBC Street Team, the Washington Times and The Sports Bank

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

Volunteers and supporters of President Obama got all dolled up and gathered at McCormick Place on Tuesday evening, January 20th, to celebrate the inauguration of our 44th president! Go Obama!

PS: Fellow Street Teamer, Reggie Brown, does an awesome Obama impression in the video!

Check out more celebratory videos at JenChicago.com!
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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

With the recent softening of stringent borders defining race, political affiliations, and gender characteristics, the clever (and overly optimistic) folks at Uggs thought it was time that their boots made their way over to the men’s shoe department. What’s the word we’re looking for here? Hmmm… how about “no”? That will do–no. While there is much to be said for men embracing their soft, cuddly side, wrapping your feet in a mangled teddy bear will hardly do the trick. It seems that the marketers at Uggs thought that like skinny jeans, form-fitting button-downs, and shorter jackets, their lovechild, with its only-a-mother-could-love appearance, could jump on the gender-bender bandwagon. Not gonna happen.


To learn more about Shlomi’s take on what’s a definite “yes” click here.

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Joy DiNaro, NBC Chicago Street Team

A lot of single women don’t believe men are interested in taking care of them, but the guys at The Fifty/50 (2047 W. Division) are going all out for their female patrons with a Valentine’s Day party.

The “All the Single Ladies” party will be held Feb. 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Click here to read the rest of this story on nbcchicago.com.

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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

The other day I was in a particularly profound and introspective mood, which got me thinking about the truly important things in life: finding one’s true voice, figuring out the meaning of happiness, and trying to imagine what Ellen would look like if she got a red perm, or, perhaps, a short, spritely Jewfro. With each sip of my Chicagotini (vodka, crushed ice, organic snow flakes, giant ice cubes and natural hail), I could feel myself getting smarter. It was not until Andy came home, turned off the strobe lights, opened a window to let out the smoke, and demanded that I “put on some normal clothes”, that I got off cloud nine and realized that one of the most truly important things in life is finding someone who’ll take you just the way you are.

And a great place to find that special someone is Flirting For Disaster at Hydrate, on Thursday, February 5th. The event benefits the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago , which has been hosting a series of the Flirting events throughout the city since 2001. Advance tickets are $20 and will buy you delicious hors d’oeuvres by HB Home Bistro and Halsted’s, performance by the beautiful divas of Kit Kat , a leather fashion show by Shel-Don, and oh yeah–a room full of potentials! All proceeds from the event will go to facilitating response to disasters in the Chicagoland area, which should be enough reason to get anyone to put on their finest, look their cutest, and start getting their flirt on.


To learn more about Shlomi’s take on the greatest city in the world click here.

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