Rock the Boat,’ DuSable Museum’s 2nd annual fundraising cruise

Anchors Aweigh! – Deborah O. Brown, NBC 5’s director of station relations, chairs Rock the Boat!, DuSable Museum of African-American History’s second annual fundraising cruise.

Anchors Aweigh! – Deborah O. Brown, NBC 5’s director of station relations, chairs Rock the Boat!, DuSable Museum of African-American History’s second annual fundraising cruise. It happens Sept. 18 aboard the deluxe four-level Spirit of Chicago, which is docked at Navy Pier. The event begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. as nautical chic-attired guests arrive to pick up cruise credentials. They will be welcomed by Dr. Carol Adams, museum president-CEO, and joined by fellow passengers. From 6 p.m.-8 p.m., guests will sail along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, dine from a Seafaring Grand Buffet Supper, sip cocktails, enjoy special entertainment and dance, dance, dance — all while experiencing one of Chicago’s most spectacular views. The ship returns at 8:30 p.m., “drops anchor” and guests will get their final fill from a Dock-Side Dessert Buffet ‘til 10 p.m. Tickets at $150 may be reserved online at or call Diane McCain, development director, (773) 420-2727, for additional sponsor opportunities. Proceeds benefit DuSable’s exhibits and education programs. Bon voyage!

Brunch Bunch – Diasporal Rhythms presents the third installment of its “ArtSmart” series on Sunday at Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E. 43rd St., beginning with brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by a two-hour workshop, Getting A Head, conducted by Juarez Hawkins, painter, ceramist and sculptor. Hawkins, who has over 20 years of exhibition experience and 11 years teaching art, will demonstrate techniques she uses to build figures from clay. Also on tap: a silent auction. Tickets – $50 for brunch and workshop, $25, workshop only! – must be purchased in advance. Hurry and call Dan Parker (773) 268-2209 or visit

Sweet Memories – Curtis Joplin and Troy Yates, both peacock proud members of Wendell Phillips High School’s Class of 1951, are gearing up to celebrate with schoolmates, friends and family at their 60-Year Class Reunion Dinner-Dance at the Crystal Light Ballroom, 84th Street and Cicero Avenue, on Sept. 18. The celebration starts at 4 p.m., then dinner at 5:15 p.m. and dancing with music by Tracey “Dion” Williams. Others on the committee planning for the black-tie optional $50 per person affair, themed Still on the Move, are Frank Brown, Parnell Brown, Valjean Brown Hill, Ann Lyles Jackson, Marion Burnell Joplin, Lorne Cress Love, Consuelo Neil Milburn, Josephine Torrence Norman, Clyde Phillips, Cornelia Dawkins Phillips, Irma Bell Reed, Helen Edmonds Scates and Mary Jo Heard Taylor. Mail a check payable to Phillips Alumni Class of 1951 to Curtis Joplin, 8355 S. Dante, Chicago, IL 60619. Call (773) 721-5765 or (773) 978-4488.

Fashion Focus – Join Alexandra Elderberg, president of eWomen Network and co-proprietor of The Insurance People, at the Mid-America Club (high atop the 80th floor of the Aon Bldg., 200 E. Randolph) on Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m-8:30 p.m., for The Spirit of Giving, the inaugural fashion extravaganza to benefit I Am You, a local non-profit. It was founded to provide an entrepreneurial training environment for young girls and women between the ages of 14-24 who live in some of the city’s impoverished communities and to teach teenage entrepreneurship skills through creating clothing lines and running a retail outlet, the Red Dot Resale Boutique, among other life-enrichment skills. Shawna Spencer is founder and executive director of I Am You. Also sponsoring the event: the Thomlinson Law Firm.

Donation to the evening of fun and fashion is $50 and tickets can be purchased online at, by calling (773) 769-9080 or e-mailing There will be a live auction of fashions and accessories designed by the students. Funds raised will cover some of the organization’s expenses, such as general operating costs, fabric and notions, computers, sewing machines and repairs, as well as outings where students will be exposed to entrepreneurial experiences.

Newsy Names – Happy b’day to Jackie Taylor, major domo of Black Ensemble Theater, celebrates “her 60th” with family, friends and fans on Wednesday at The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, and to former U.S. Sen. Roland W. Burris, Rev. Sen. James Meeks, Natalie Yvonne Moore, Melody Spann-Cooper, Beverly Reid Scott, Amy Hilliard, Buddy Guy, Birdge Givens, Robin Robinson, Stephanie Neely, Stella Foster, Matt McGill, Sandra Finley, Diann Bishop, Landis, Phyllis Banks, Sheri Lynn Smith, Yvonne Lane, Jackie Craig, Ald. Walter Burnett, Johnny Blair, Richard Porter, Lun Ye Givens March, Roxanne Atkins, Rikki Jones, Marvin Gray, Krystal McAllister, Keisha Smith, Bomani Obadele, Vivienne Cornell, Patricia Crenshaw, Barbara Samuels, Ranoule Tatum, David Ibn Sharrieff, Aman Wilkes and twin brothers, Bryce and Benjamin Daymond … Sax man Geof Bradfield plays A Tribute to Charlie Parker on Sunday, 7:30 p.m., hosted by Hyde Park Jazz Society at its “new home,” South Loop Hotel’s L26 Restaurant. And on the next Sunday, check out Ava Logan on vocals. As always, entry cost is only $10, $5 for students.

Breakfast Bonus – U.S. Cellular’s Greg Hinton, program chair of Chicago Chapter of the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources, and Airies Davis, chapter prez, are in final mode for Monday’s Kraft Foods-sponsored breakfast, EXCELerate Through Peer Mentoring, discussing strategies and hearing real world examples. The speakers, top-level HR Kraft execs, are Karen J. May, Diane Johnson May and Sandra Stenico. The free event, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., will be held at Kraft offices in suburban Northfield. Register online at

Touchdown! – It’s 14th annual Nike-sponsored Chicago Football Classic time, Alabama A&M Bulldogs v. Hampton Pirates on Sept. 3 at Soldier Field; kick-off at 3:30 p.m. Four community stalwarts – Larry Huggins (Riteway-Huggins Construction Co.), Tim and Everett Rand (Midway Wholesalers), the three co-founders, and Bill Garth (Citizen Newspapers) – are major spearheads of the yearly scholarship event that attracts sports enthusiasts from across the Midwest. Among weekend activities: presidents’ reception, golf outing, Friday night madness, pep rally, pre- and post-parties, HBCU college fair, battle of the bands, The Classic, and Sunday brunch and cruise. For tickets or more info, call (773) 874-8000 ext 4025.

Reunion Union – Dorothy Tucker, CBS 2 news reporter, Cong. Danny K. Davis, D-7th Dist., and Herb “Kool Gent” Kent receive special honors “for outstanding contributions to the community” when Austin Reunited Together hosts Austin High School 1970-1980 Alumni Classes’ 50th Birthday Gala on Saturday, 5 p.m., at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. The “all-white affair” will feature entertainment by Ultimate Concept Band, says Greg Faulkner, gala co-chair. ART is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand community opportunities via education, civic improvements and networking. There’re limited seats so RSVP ASAP. Call Nachee Miller at (301) 213-5437 or e-mail AustinReunited@yahoo.

This just in– Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are mourning the passing of their dear soror, Elizabeth Darden, 114, a former teacher at Howalton Day School. A memorial service will be held and High Tea served on Saturday noon at the AKArama Foundation Community Service Center, 6220 S. University … And a memorial service for Al Tyler, the visual artist who died in late June, is Saturday, noon-3 p.m., at the South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan. A School of the Art Institute of Chicago grad and an artist for more than 60 years, Tyler also operated a gallery and was a 30-year employee of the City of Evanston. His works are included in important private and public collections. The longtime resident of Rogers Park presented samplings of his life’s work during each African American History Month. Condolences to his family.

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