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A centennial celebration of two of music’s most legendary vocalists will highlight the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne in the tribute “Ella & Lena: The Ladies and Their Music” at the Auditorium Theatre on November 17. The event will feature Chicago favorites Joan Curto, E. Faye Butler, Beckie Menzie Tammy McCann, Paul Marinaro, Tom Michael and Sophie Grimm. With music by Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra, the big-band celebration will include iconic songs from each legend, perhaps including “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “Stormy Weather,” “Dream A Little Dream,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” “Summertime,” “Blue Skies” “The Man I Love,” “It’s Only A Paper Moon,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Satin Doll,” “Just One Of Those Things,” “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “At Long Last Love” and “Too Marvelous For Words.”
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'Ella & Lena: The Ladies And Their Music' 
Terisa Griffin And The Quad County Urban League
FOR the 17th consecutive year, Winter WonderFest, the popular event for kids and adults alike, returns to Navy Pier from December 1 through January 7, 2018. For the second year in a row, Fifth Third Bank will serve as the title partner. Just as it has been in previous years, Navy Pier’s Festival Hall will turn into a spectacular indoor wonderland that will feature the opportunity to ride the 200-foot-tall Centennial Wheel with enclosed, temperature-controlled gondolas. Guests will also enjoy holiday décor and a collection of 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments. This winter wonderland provides more than 170,000 square feet of varying entertainment for people of all ages. General admission tickets, ranging from $13 to $28, can be purchased online or at the on-site box office. Each ticket includes a complimentary Centennial Wheel ticket that will be valid through March 31, 2018. Call (312) 595-5300 or e-mail navypierevents@navypier.com for more information or to book a private event.
Gateway To Oz Cures Gala 2017
INTERNATIONALLY renowned music group Earth, Wind & Fire will headline the 26th annual CURES Gala on November 18 in the grand ballroom at McCormick Place. The event benefits Gateway for Cancer Research, a non-profit dedicated to funding pioneering cancer research trials throughout the world. Other entertainers will include Matteo Bocelli, the son of Andrea Bocelli who will be performing in Chicago for the first time; Billy Gilman, the youngest singer to reach No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts and Laura Bretan, an America’s Got Talent finalist. "Our mission instills a sense of urgency to accelerate the pace of cancer research," said Teresa Hall Bartels, president of Gateway for Cancer Research. "Our dedication to investing in novel patient-centric approaches, combined with the increasing rate of treatment advances, leads us to believe that together we can conquer cancer in our lifetime."
WITH a repertoire that included a wide range of sultry and dance tunes, Terisa Griffin, affectionately known as “The Empress of Soul,” delivered a dynamic performance at the 2017 Quad County Urban League Equality Gala at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook Hotel. One of the many highlights was her unique version of the popular Marvin Gaye tune “Distant Lover.” A former contestant on TV's The Voice, Griffin’s strong, distinctive delivery has given new life to a 1973 favorite that became one of Gaye’s signature songs. After a recent concert to record a live CD at City Winery, Griffin’s entertaining performance at the gala was further evidence that she’s a Chicago favorite. The funds generated by the gala supports racial justice, civil rights and economic empowerment for residents of the Quad Counties of Illinois.
Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest 
Photograph by Heidi Zeiger/Navy Pier
Photograph by Georgina Heard Labonne