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Art Talk–Andre Guichard’s Gallery Guichard, 3521 S. King Dr., will be the setting of Monday’s Collectors Talk, a fundraiser to benefit the Chicago Bears’ Charles Tillman (#33) Cornerstone Foundation, whose mission is to improve the

Art TalkAndre Guichard’s Gallery Guichard, 3521 S. King Dr., will be the setting of Monday’s Collectors Talk, a fundraiser to benefit the Chicago Bears’ Charles Tillman (#33) Cornerstone Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children through Greater Chicago. The Foundation provides daily support and life-changing experiences. Being a young collector himself, Tillman will also use the event to educate guests on the importance of investing in fine art with the help of renowned collector, author (African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond) and educator, Daniel T. Parker. Entertainment will be provided by Khailfani Rivers & the Sound Therapy Ensemble. RSVP: (773) 373-8000.

Gallery Guichard (“art that touches the soul”) provides a wide range of products and services including – but not limited to! – fine art rentals, art from 40 international artists, home and office curations, gallery and fine art rentals, fine art commission and heirloom pieces. Visit the gallery or call (773) 363-8000 for an appointment.

Movie Madness–The Good Guys of WVON-AM/1450 host a special screening of the just-released film, Cadillac Records, at the ICE Theater (Chatham) on W. 87th St., on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The film chronicles the rise of Leonard Chess (Adrian Brody) and his Chicago-based Chess Records, which touted the careers of such artists as Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Chuck Berry (Moss Def), Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer), Howlin’Wolf (Emanon Walker) and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). Following the screening, there’ll be a discussion on the movie, the history of Chess Records and WVON with the Good Guys: Purvis Spann, the Blues Man; Lucky Cordell, the Baron of Bounce; Herb Kent, the Cool Gent; and Richard ‘the Best Music of Your Life’ Pegue. Admission: $9.25 for adults and $6.25 for “seasoned citizens” (60 years plus) and kids. Go to http://www.wvon.com or call (773) 247.6200.

Newsy Names–Happy b’day to Carol Bell, the Defender’s executive director of finance, and belated wishes to Rev. Leonard Barr, who celebrated last week at the Marmon Grand at Ken Bedford and Janet Conner’s weekly Thursday Steppers’ Set with Dennis Edwards & The Temptations, the night’s special guest entertainers, who were on hand to assist Kenny B with his ABCAP (Anaia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Program) and to enroll ladies for free mammogram screenings.

Barbara Wyatt, national chaplain of Top Ladies of Distinction, chairs Saturday’s “Blues in the Afternoon” benefit hosted by Chicago TLOD at the Crystal Light Ballroom for its Top Teens of America Scholarship Fund. Reserve $50 tickets by calling (312) 699- 6620. Entertainers: Vance Kelly and the Backstreet Blues Band. Chicago TLOD president is Oteal Wyatt Gilmore; publicity chair; Linda Stanford-Kirby; special guests, Drema Woldman, national vice president; Emily Jones, area director, Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr. and Atty. Larry Rogers Sr.

A fave media sis Darlene Hill, three-time Emmy winning Fox News Chicago television journalist gets a Sweet Singlemamahood Award on Sunday from The Neilson Co. and sweet singlemamahood.com. Held at Macy’s State St. store, the free event for 200 single moms will also honor eight Chicago-area women who are making extraordinary things happen in the lives of their children and their communities with “Super Single Mama” honors. The women were nominated by their families and peers for being an outstanding parent and community leader. Visit www.singlemamahood.com.

“Emilie & Friends,” hosted by another fave media pal, Emilie McKendall, hits the airwaves each Saturday, Noon-3 p.m., on WVON. “It’s a show by women and for women, but we welcome a man’s opinion,” she says. High profile sistahs will join her for great conversation, excitement and fun. If you miss a little, you’ll miss a lot!

Global Glory–Distinguished global leader Janet Nkubana, founder and president of the Gahaya Links Inc. and a basketweaver from the Rwanda Path to Peace Movement, received a $5,000 check from Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, president of The Links, Inc., Tuesday, that represented proceeds from an auction of Rwandan baskets donated by Macy’s. Nkubana, recipient of the 2008 Laureate for the African Prize “for leadership for the sustainable end of hunger for her work with the Rwandan Peace Basket Weavers” was being honored at Macy’s on State St. for her work empowering women to achieve economic stability. At the reception hosted by Ralph Hughes, Macy’s regional vice president of corporate communications, Nkubana described her work, demonstrated weaving and signed baskets that are giving hope to women throughout Africa.

Conference Call!Todd H. Stronger, president of the Cook County Board, addressed the 400 or more attendees from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, the U.K. and Kenya who were here at the Monday morning Welcome Breakfast for the 30th Annual Conference of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws at the Westin River North Hotel.

Cook County Government and the Cook County Board of Ethics hosted this year’s COGEL Conference, along with the City of Chicago, the Chicago Board of Ethics, the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission. COGEL is the preeminent professional organization for government agencies, organizations, law firms and individuals with responsibilities or interests in governmental ethics, elections, campaign finance, lobbyist laws and freedom of information.

“Each year, COGEL offers its members the opportunity to come together, exchange ideas and incorporate new information into the group’s abiding mission to encourage more open, transparent and ethical government practices,” says Stroger. “Cook County is proud and honored to co-host the 2008 COGEL Conference, and we are deeply committed to continuing to embrace their goals right here at home.”

Book Look–Bethel New Life presents “Invent Your Retirement: An Evening with Art Koff” (the author) on Thursday, 6:30 p.m., in Bethel’s Historic Chapel. 1140 N. Lamon. Admission is $20 and includes an autographed copy of the book, reception, refreshments and a discussion on “What about my future?” and “What does my retirement look like?” While trying to “make it” day-to-day in these tough economic times, have you asked yourself these same questions? All proceeds will benefit BNL.

Koff is founder of the Website, Retired Brains, and author of Invent Your Retirement, a complete reference guide for baby boomers and seniors planning retirement, retirees and people who have the responsibility for parents and grandparents who are retiring or retired. The book shares the author’s insight for making retirement more productive and offers tips for seniors wanting to stay in the workforce. Bethel’s “Evening With The Author” will provide timely information for planning your retirement as well as those who are already retired. For more information and/or to pre-register, call (773) 473-7870, ext. 140.

And More!–If you’ve been listening to the evening news, then you have undoubtedly heard that not since the Great Depression has the U.S. economy suffered such severe shocks. Credit markets seized up, the stock market plunged and the government was forced to throw a $700 billion lifeline to the financial industry in an attempt to prevent the economy from falling into a deep recession – or perhaps a depression. As a result of all of the economic turmoil, people are losing money on their IRA, 401(k), 403(b), SEP, Roth, Annuities, CD and are being hit from all sides having to delay their retirement plans or retire with less money to live in this ever-increasing cost to live.

You just might want to attend The Axiom Capital Funding, Inc. and Black Rhino Financial Group Forum to learn from an entrepreneur, a private equity investor, a C.P.A, and a commercial and residential lender.

The free forum is Friday, 11 a.m., Ramada Inn, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., Conference Room C, (773-288) 5800. Presenters: Darryl Cheeks, C.P.A. and CEO of Black Rhino Financial Group, and Dan Cordoba, CEO of Assets Exchange Strategies, LLC. RSVP: call (866) 421-2272 or (901) 574-9856.

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