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ArtFest Michigan Avenue 2019
SONG stylist Denise Thimes, who has become a Chicago musical treasure as a jazz vocalist, performed her captivating repertoire at the spacious Alhambra Palace Restaurant during the 50th anniversary tribute to Bishop Dr. Claude Porter, president and CEO of the Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action (PLCCA ). During the PNC Bank and PLCCA-sponsored event, Thimes entertained the crowd of supporters with an enchanting mix of popular tunes from legendary performers such as Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. PLCCA, which originated in 1968 and serves low-income residents in Cook County’s Proviso and Leyden townships (and the Chicago metropolitan area), is dedicated to “promoting community development and empowering people with education, training and supportive services.” A number of notable movers and shakers from the political, entertainment, business and media arenas (along with beneficiaries who have been helped by the organization) delivered tributes in honor of Porter’s 50-plus years of service to the agency that’s headquartered in Maywood.
The Magic Parlour
Denise Thimes At Bishop Dr. Claude Porter's Celebration
THE Magic Parlour, an elegant setting for some of Dennis Watkins’ most amazing close-up tricks, continues its eighth magical year at Chicago’s legendary Palmer House Hotel. Described as “a perfect evening of illusion and laughter,” the long-running, 90-minute show is performed weekly with two shows on Friday (7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) and three shows on Saturday (4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). Watkins, an award-winning, third-generation magician, delivers a memorable night of breathtaking magic and mind reading in an intimate environment. The Magic Parlour has hosted more than 30,000 guests during its more than 1,000 performances in its extended run. For more information and tickets, go to www.themagicparlourchicago.com.
THE 4th annual ArtFest Michigan Avenue will showcase a variety of talented artists during the two-day event on July 19-20 at the base of the Chicago Tribune building, overlooking the Chicago River. Admission to the “all art” show, which will feature about 65 juried artists, is free and open to the public. The variety of art on exhibit will include works from noted artists such as Maria Belokurova, Fred Albrecht, Sandra Erden, James Cole, Enrique Gonzalez, Isabelle Gougenhiem, Rachael Fine, Vivian Huang, Devin Johnson, Mary Arroyo-Ortiz, Jeff Hunter, Scott Maki, Stephanie Tantillo and Kevin Weinreich. For more information about the exhibit, go to www.amdurproductions.com.
Bishop Dr. Claude Porter and his wife, Earnestine.