SAIC Fashion 2011 showcased against Millennium Park backdrop

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The second $25,000 Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship along with the Swarovski Scholarship and additional surprise awards will be presented against the backdrop of Millennium Park in a tented venue at Chase Promenade North for the 77th annual School of the Art

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The second $25,000 Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship along with the Swarovski Scholarship and additional surprise awards will be presented against the backdrop of Millennium Park in a tented venue at Chase Promenade North for the 77th annual School of the Art Institute of Chicagofashion show on May 5. Sixty models from Factor Runway will wear designs down a 90-foot runway inside a 15,000-square-foot tent on Chase Promenade, a three-block walkway lined by nearly 200 trees centrally located in Millennium Park. Fashion 2011, presented three times on May 5 by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), will also to host The Walk 2011, an annual gala benefit held in conjunction with the fashion show co-chaired by Denise Gardner, among others. The 2010 event raised over $310,000, and included the first-ever presentation of the Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship by her daughter, Linda Johnson Rice, to a graduating senior. The Swarovski Scholarship will be included in the evening’s scholarship presentations and several students will incorporate Swarovski jewelry into their garments.

Another highlight: The SAIC Legend of Fashion Award to Ikram Goldman, owner of the renowned boutique ikram and trusted advisor to style-conscious women, First Lady Michelle Obama, among them. Since opening her Chicago boutique, ikram, in 2001, Goldman has showcased stand-out designers such as Jason Wu, whose flowing, full-length inaugural gown was personally selected by Goldman for First Lady Michelle Obama. Goldman also serves as an fashion advisor to other high-profile Chicago femmes, including DesirΘe Rogers, Mellody Hobson and Johnson Rice.

Event details: Fashion 2011 will be presented three times on May 5: 9 a.m., general admission dress rehearsal, $40; noon and 3 p.m., general admission, $75; tickets to the three shows are on sale now; tickets are available online only at www.saic.edu/fashionshow. The Walk 2011 presented by Swarovski begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by a runway show honoring Ikram Goldman and student awardees at 7 p.m., and concludes with an elegant post-show dinner at 8 p.m. Tickets: $500 to $1,000, and tables, $5,000 to $25,000. Call (312) 899-1439 for tickets, tables, sponsorships and more info. Additional sponsorship is provided by the MacLean Family, Exelon, Macy’s, Mesirow Financial, Ariel Investments, Grey Goose, Blue Plate, Aveda Institute, Frost, Factor Runway and Artists by Timothy Priano. Chicago Magazine is the print media sponsor.

Summit Scene – National Urban League president and former mayor of New Orleans, Marc H. Morial, keynotes the Chicago Urban League’s Summit 2011, Accelerating the Economic Recovery, April 12 at the Hilton Chicago. The event focuses on jobs, equal opportunity and workforce investment and will include remarks by Andrea L. Zopp, CUL president/CEO, and a roundtable discussion with Chancellor Cheryl Hyman of the City Colleges of Chicago, Warren Ribley, director of the Ill. Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Shelly Stern, citizenship director of Microsoft’s central and southwest regions. ABC 7’s Cheryl Burton moderates. Tickets, $75-$150, can be bought online at www.thechicagourbanleague.org.

Apollo Fame – Stevie Wonder, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist (whew!), joins “super-super” stars Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard when he’s inducted into the prestigious Apollo Theatre Legends Hall of Fame on June 13 at its Annual Spring Gala in Harlem. Each inductee is honored with a plaque installed in the Apollo Walk of Fame under the theater’s iconic marquee. The Gala Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony brings together “the best and brightest in business and entertainment” to raise funds in support of the non-profit theater’s remarkable legacy and its current initiatives for emerging artists and community and educational programs in New York City and beyond.

Grace & Beauty – Dr. Byron Brazier, pastor of Apostolic Church of God, is honored by the Grace Then Beauty Ministries’ For the Sake of the Call, a black-tie gala, on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency. Rev. Ruby Morris and Darlene Nich, pastor of D.A.N. Ministries, will also be cited at the event which will feature music by recording artists Darius Brooks, Marlene Allen-Harrison and Psalmist Sharon Pulliam. Effie Rolfe, 1390 AM, and Darryll King, 102 FM, host. Marta A. Bailey, Aaron Mallory, Psalmist Pulliam and Esther Sandifer created the event. Tickets: $100; $150 includes a VIP reception. Call (773) 980-4752 or email martabailey@gracethenbeauty.com.

Newsy Names – Happy b’day to Real Times’ head honcho Hiram Eric Jackson, United Parcel’s “tall drink of water” LaRue Martin, TUCC’s Ron Anderson, Lisa Miller-Holt, Joyce McCain-Doty, Joslyn DiPasalegne, Jim Parker, Senabella Gill, Jim Stricklin, Kimberly Edmonds, Charles Walker, Marcel Miller, Eric Thomas, Hank Meyer, Wanda J. Bishop and Midge Kimberly, who parties on Wednesday with Rat Packers at Marmon Grand Real Men Cook for Charity, the national Father’s Day initiative co-founded by Yvette Moyo-Gillard, will be honored at the 32nd annual Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner on Monday in Atlanta hosted by SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now Inc. Held in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his assassination, the award will be presented by Evelyn Gibson Lowery, the host group’s founding chair. Congrats, Yvette! Also on the honor role: Jasmine Guy, award-winning actor, dancer, singer and director.

Former gang member Wallace “Gator” Bradley and 20th Ward aldermanic candidate and rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith, are among eight to be honored by Urban Shake mag and Museum 44, the young adult division of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porters’ Museum on Saturday, 7 p.m., at the museum, 104th and Maryland, during a fundraiser, One People, One History, One Future Sob! Sob! Sniff! Sniff! After 25 years, the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show airs May 25. The talk show queen told us all in 2009 that she’d be ending her top-rated daytime “talker” after a quarter of a century. (She’s since launched the Oprah Winfrey Network.) Oprah Show has been in reruns for weeks; new ones begin April 7 …

Haitian High – The legendary 10-piece Haitian ensemble, Boukman Eksperyans, showcases its high-energy sound, fusing traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae on Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at Northwestern U.’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. The group, who ushered in a musical revolution with its Grammy-nominated debut album, Vudou Adjae, and regularly tours the world with an exhilarating amalgamation of popular and traditional musical styles, has appeared with Wyclef Jean, Femi Kuti, Baaba Maal and other world music stars. The concert is presented in conjunction with the One Book One Northwestern program, this year featuring Tracy Kidder’s Mountain Beyond Mountains. Tickets: $16-$8; for special group rates, call the ticket manager, (847) 467-4000.

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