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Holiday Happening – Taliiva A. Tillman, president of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., together with Dushon Brown, Jetaun Corker-DeBerry and Kristine Hansberry, co-chairs of their annual holiday extravaganza, are prepar

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Holiday Happening Taliiva A. Tillman, president of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., together with Dushon Brown, Jetaun Corker-DeBerry and Kristine Hansberry, co-chairs of their annual holiday extravaganza, are preparing for “Every Year … Every Christmas,” a Christmas celebration on Dec. 11 at the multi-level U.S. Cellular Field (a.k.a. White Sox Park), located 333 W. 35th St.

The yearly holiday extravaganza begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., then an evening of non-stop dancing and lots of holiday revelry. Attire for the traditional gathering, which is expected to attract hundreds of guests: colorful and festive, so say the party planners. Yep! We’re there!

Backstage Benefit James Vincent Meredith, Steppenwolf Theatre’s ensemble member, emcees its “Behind the Curtain” fundraiser Saturday at Chicago Cultural Center, celebrating the world of theatrical costume design with an interactive flair. Guests can “mix and mingle” over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while gaining unprecedented access into Steppenwolf’s backstage world, featuring interactive displays guiding guests through each stage of the costume design process – from the original sketches to 15-second quick-changes – to trying on memorable costumes or winning a spot in a live show co-hosted by Meredith and playwright Tanya Saracho. Tickets start at $150; call (312) 654-5632.

Newsy Names Richard Dent, former defensive end for the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Team and MVP for Super Bowl XX, shows up as a special guest this Wednesday when Don Keptra, president of Dominick’s, and Wynona Redmond, the chain store’s community relations guru, host “Celebrating Holiday Traditions – 85 Years” at the newly-built store at Foster and Sheridan, beginning at 4 p.m. The opening benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation … Pop culture expert Kyra Kyles, the popular high-powered reporter, columnist, blogger and broadcast correspondent for the Trib’s Red Eye, is a panelist on the new Chicago Live! show at the Chicago Theatre Downstairs, 175 N. State. Jam-packed with comedy, musical performances and commentary, it’s the weekly one-hour live radio show taping at 6:30 p.m. that showcases who and what’s making news in our town each week. Kyra also is president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists … Meta Brown, a third-year student at John Marshall Law School, has received a monetary award from the Fred Hampton Scholarship Fund to help with her educational pursuits. The presentation, hosted by William “Bill” Hampton, president of the Scholarship Fund and Fred’s brother, was made by scholarship organizers at west suburban Maywood’s Public Library to recognize those who have made a positive impact in Hampton’s hometown. The founder of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party was killed Dec. 4, 1969, during a raid by police. At the program State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (7th) renamed Oak St. “Fred Hampton Way.”

Happy b’day to Steve Hopson, who celebrated at the Rat Pack’s Marmon Grand Steppers’ Set with an “x-rated” chocolate cake and “x-rated” suckers (use your imagination!),Bob Conner, Marmon Grand co-owner, with never-ending free-flowing bubbly; to Frank Horton, Rupert Graham, Lisa D. Lenoir, Paul Montes II, “Aruba” Tommy Bennett, Gerald Griffin, Marietta-Griffith Crowder, Jackie Austin, Lorenzo Clemmons, Sarah Duffin Ayers, Valerie McKinney, Roland Martin, Robin Price, Art “Chat Daddy” Sims and Othel Owens. and to

Congrats – to newly inducted members of the Chicago chapter of the National Women of Achievement Inc. Chapter president, Shirley Venerable, and former national president, Dr. Carrie Filer Davis, welcomed eight new Achievers, Valerie Cadenhead, Atty. Jacqueline Eaton, Verlane Franklin, Monica Munoz, Dr. Mercedes Martinez, Angela Venerable Joyner and Lillian Smith. NWOA’s mission, say Achievers Atty. Gina R. Davis and Dr. Helen Davis Gardner: “to provide scholarship opportunities for our youth, our future.” Achievers Vivian Branton, Betty Brown, Marian Bond, Dorothy Lockett, Jewel Sims, Rose Carter, Josephine Aldrich Anderson, Frances Wright and Clara Smith assist in teaching and inspiring young folk. Drs. Sandra Givens, Dollie Taylor and Thelma Evans are anticipating the group’s Annual Scholarship Bridge, Whist, Bingo & Shopping Luncheon at the Oak Lawn Hilton. Proceeds will fund college scholarships.

Curtain Call! Louise Sibley directs the legendary Center Aisle Players in Spin Off, written by Jack Sharkey, in four performances, Nov. 19-21, at St. Thaddeus Church, 9550 S. Harvard. Co-stars: Tyrone Laury, Sam Williams, Vinnie Laury, Pearlita Brown, Ava Butler, Rosalyn Gaither, Edward E. and Ted Caine. Assistant director, Georgia Hunt. There’s plenty of free parking available in a lighted, guarded area. Donation: $10; call (773) 821-4205 for show times and group rates … Brian McKnight and Vivica A. Fox co-star in Je’Caryous Johnson’s Cheaper to Keep Her, Nov. 18-20, at Arie Crown Theatre in McCormick Place. Also performing in this hilarious romantic comedy: Karen Malina Willis, Christian Keyes, comics Jonathan Slocomb and Gary “G Thang” Johnson. For tickets and other info, call Ticketmaster @ (800) 745-3000 … The Renegade Performance Group (dancers) presents Project: Co-Op, An Evening Length Work of Two Pieces, Nov. 19-20, 8 p.m., at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, featuring Holiday by Alia K.C. Zachery, and Trenches by Andre M. Zachery. Tickets: $25/$15 for students

Music Spotlight Roy Ayers, funk, soul and jazz composer whose instrument of choice is the vibraphone, celebrates his 70th b’day at Saturday’s concert, Jazzin’ at the Regal, with Tom Browne of Jamaica Funk and Reggie “Rajah” Helm. It gets underway at 1645 E. 79th St. with a 5:30 p.m. reception; showtime hits at 7 p.m. Call (773) 768-9900 Blues guitarist B.B. King (The Thrill is Gone), indeed one of the most influential guitarists of all time, brings his famous blues chops to The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on Tuesday. And watch for John Legend, recording artist, musician and actor who is the recipient of six Grammys, on the same stage come Dec. 17 … Grammy winning all-female a capella vocal ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, which is strongly committed to creating music from the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, comes to Christ Universal Temple on Dec. 5, 7 p.m., on their world tour, singing songs of hope, love, justice, peace and resistance. The group whose repertoire speaks from the music of the Black church, the calls of the civil rights movement and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere, consists of the powerful voices of Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolande Casel, Aisha Kahill, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and sign language interpreter Shirley Childress Saxton. Tickets: VIP, $75, includes a 5:30 p.m. pre-reception; $43 and $38; group discount for 25 plus; students and seniors, $2.50 off with proper I.D. We hear tickets are going fast, so call (773) 910-7089 … Vocal entertainment by Howard Hewitt highlights the Museum of Science & Industry’s 2011 Black Creativity Gala on Jan. 29. Enjoy an ultra swanky affair while celebrating 40 years of programming.

Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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