Michelle Obama’s hair stylist, Ted Gibson, to guest at ABS

One of the most sought-after celebrity hairstylists, Ted Gibson, “first stylist” to First Lady Michelle Obama, comes to McCormick Place March 12-14 for America’s Beauty Show (formerly Midwest Beauty Show), the trade extravaganza where

One of the most sought-after celebrity hairstylists, Ted Gibson, “first stylist” to First Lady Michelle Obama, comes to McCormick Place March 12-14 for America’s Beauty Show (formerly Midwest Beauty Show), the trade extravaganza where creative and business leaders of the salon industry show thousands of salon professionals what’s new, what’s ahead, what’s hot and what’s not! Gibson, of The Housewives of D.C. and What Not To Wear fame, is best known for the tresses of such A-list celebs as Gabrielle Union, Tatyana Ali, Rashida Jones (Quincy’s daughter), Joy Bryant, Angelina Jolie, Zoe Saldana, Anne Hathaway, Debra Messing and Renee Zellweger. His work has appeared in Essence, Ebony, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone and Allure and at such runway shows as Chanel, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana. His luxurious line, available at Target, offers unique, innovative products that been honored with industry accolades and awards. His newest launch, Ted Gibson Clip-in Extensions, heat-styleable synthetic hair extensions, was an immediate success and sold out in hours on QVC. He was recently named Hair Guru on the hit show What Not To Wear. Because of the all-out success of his NYC salon, Flatiron, frequented by models, actresses, fashion and beauty insiders and influential women, he’s opened a second salon in Washington, DC and is working on a third in Ft. Lauderdale. Gibson’s a regular contributor to The Today Show and has appeared on Oprah, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The Insider, Good Morning America, Movie and a Makeover, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, The Early Show, FOX News, CNN American Morning and ABC News. (Visit tedgibsonbeauty.com and americasbeautyshow.com.) Movin’ On – After 40 years as president and producer of eta Creative Arts Foundation, co-founder Abena Joan Brown has stepped down. Assuming the position of president/CEO of the non-profit arts organization, one of the oldest and most prominent African American cultural institutions in the city, is Phillip Thomas, eta’s development director from 1994-1998. Until mid-February, he was senior program officer of community development at Chicago Community Trust. Brown, an internationally acclaimed arts administrator, co-founded eta in 1971. In 1982, she became its full-time president responsible for its overall operation. Over the years, she distinguished herself as a masterful businesswoman as well as an artist. Under her tenure, eta purchased three parcels of land covering an entire city block as the first step in an expansion plan to build a state-of-the-art cultural and performing arts facility, the first phase of a long-range plan to develop a cultural district on Chicago’s South Side. Also, over 150 professional productions were mounted under her leadership. She has a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt Univ., a master’s degree in community organization and management from the University of Chicago and an honorary doctorate from Chicago State University.  “Speaking on behalf of eta’s board of directors, we are extremely pleased that Phillip has accepted the position,” said Dorothy Odell Foster, personnel committee chair. “We have the utmost confidence that he brings the knowledge, experience and vision to steer the organization well into the future.” Remembering Nina – Dee Alexander, premiere jazz vocalist, sings the music of Nina Simone on Sunday, 3 p.m., at DuSable Museum, along with snippets of Nina’s life, providing an insightful look into her songwriting and lifestyle and celebrating her power as a woman and understanding the trials and tribulations of womanhood. Dee will perform such favorites as Mississippi Goddamn and I Loves You Porgy. Also, Muntu Dance Theatre performs Suite Nina, choreographed by Deidre Dawkins and Kwame Opare. All this for only a $20 ticket! Sorors Say – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Xi Mu Zeta Chapter and The Pearl Foundation present Bowling 4 Babies, a fundraiser on Friday, 10 a.m., at Lan Oak Lanes, 2524 Ridge Road in south suburban Lansing. Donation: $20. Call (877) 960-1989 … Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Alumnae Chapter will make a major impact on the community with Get FIT (Forging Initiatives Together) on Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Malcolm X College, focusing on domestic violence awareness, eco-friendly lifestyles and financial stability – all designed to offer expert advice on the issues concerning Chicagoans today. Free admission! Newsy Names – Happy b’day to Valerie Warner, Ch. 9 morning co-anchor and traffic reporter who’s been named co-host (with Ch. 7 sports/anchor reporter Ryan Chiaverini) of ABC 7’s new hourlong morning talk and entertainment show set to debut in late May after the Oprah Show wraps its final season … Also b’day wishes to Diona Jackson, Willie Gray, Marcia Thomas, Freda Foard, Ron Stewart, Larry Rollins, Clara Kirk, Steve Dejoie, Rev. Marshall Hatch, Toure Muhammad, Pamela Watson-Pitts, Ernest A. Greene, Kimberley Egonmwan, Beverly Egonmwan, Samella Abdullah, John Register, Katherine Jones, Yolanda Jackson, Sondra Hoard and Marcia Sinclair … Condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnson (Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson) on the loss of her dad, Benjamin Lubin. Services were Monday at Trinity United Church of Christ … Hyde Park Jazz Society remembers legendary tenor sax man, the late Gene Ammons, at Sunday Jazz, 7:30 p.m., at Norm Bolden’s Room 43. “Three Tenors Celebrate” features Eric Schneider, Ari Brown and Hank Ford … Playwright Ella Lacey, “a visionary director with a gift for artistic expression, dramatic storytelling and compelling performances,” presents The Answer is Love, a mixed-media production, Saturday, 8 p.m., at IIT’s Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal. Tickets: $40; $50 at the door. Group rates and half-off tickets are available. Call (312) 768-8515 … Rev. Mike Pfleger and Faith Community of St. Sabina church present John Legend in concert at Christ Universal Temple on Friday, 7:30 p.m. Call (773) 483-4300. BTW, didja know Legend’s birth name is John Stephens? … Jacqueline Jackson and her daughter, Santita, are among the Defender’s selection of 50 “Women of Excellence” (Class of 2011) to be celebrated at High Tea hosted by State Farm on April 29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Among others: Terisa Griffin, Andrea Zopp, Jackie Sharp, Dr. Iva Carruthers, Frances Guichard, Gleatha Glispie, Alisa Starks, Susan Peters, Judith Rice, Midge Kimberly, Dorothy Leavell, Norma Williams and Eve Bridgeforth. Curtain Call –  A new rock musical, White Noise, produced by Whoopi Goldberg, is in rehearsals for its Chicago premiere at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted, April 1-June 5. Inspired by real life, it follows two sisters discovered by a powerful record producer and groomed into a well-packaged rock/pop band. It fuses today’s headlines and blogs into a cautionary tale that challenges conventional notions of free speech, media and the power of pop culture. For tickets, go to the box office, call (312) 988-9000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Copyright 2011 Chicago Def


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