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'Lady in Denmark'
THE annual Quad County Urban League (QCUL) Equality Gala was attended by a wide range of politicians, members of the business community and other supporters to help QCUL raise funds for its community-based programs and services offered for African-Americans and others within DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. The event at the Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge featured a silent auction, a live auction (with auctioneer Tom Finch) and a rousing performance by St. Louis band Dirty Muggs, a popular R&B and funk group.  
'Real Women Wear Bates'
Quad County Urban League Gala 
THE annual “Real Women Wear Bates” fashion show, hosted by designer and breast cancer survivor Barbara Bates, presented its 2018 version at Bridgeport Art Center and offered a fashion-forward show that featured high-profile personalities and everyday people. The show highlighted a wide collection of Bates’ designs (made of various materials) that reflected pizzazz and panache. On the runway (above), Chicago-favorite Belvon Walker is stylish in a flowing, flattering design that complements her vitality and her zest for life. Bates (below, left), who has designed outfits for several big-name celebrities, makes an appearance on the runway. As has been the case with previous shows, the fashion event raised funds for breast cancer research and awareness.
THE world premiere of Lady in Denmark at the Goodman Theatre continues through November 18 and features stage and screen actress Linda Gehringer in the 90-minute solo performance. In the Dael Orlandersmith-written play that’s directed by Chay Yew, a mournful Danish American woman finds comfort after the death of her husband in the satisfying music of the legendary Billie Holiday. Orlandersmith’s play has its roots in an event that Holiday mentions in her 1956 autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. During her 1954 European tour, Holiday met a Danish doctor and his 12-year-old daughter in Copenhagen and became friends with them. That meeting is a central part of the production. For more information and tickets, go to www.goodmantheatre.org.
Photograph by Elyse Kennard