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Updated: September 24, 2011 12:20AM



T HE SCOOP: IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING that President Barack Obama will be celebrating his 50th birthday in the Windy City. The president’s actual birthday is Aug. 4 and a big blowout fund-raiser is being planned for him the day before.

THE president celebrated his 49th in Chi-Town, and during that time he came in to stomp for his good pal, Alexi Giannoulias, who was the state treasurer at the time and was campaigning for Obama’s old Senate seat, which he lost to Republican Mark Kirk. The POTUS also celebrated his b-day with his close friends Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Marty Nesbitt, Dr. Eric Whitaker and Valerie Jarrett at the Graham Elliot restaurant on West Huron, where Chef Elliot serves up unusual cuisine that is quite tasty and might just make you laugh out loud, as well.

I LOVE that our president is a Leo, because I celebrate my birthday on Aug. 6. And a little-known fact: Politicos Carol Moseley Braun (Aug. 16) and Roland Burris (Aug. 3), both of whom have occupied that prestigious U.S. Senate seat, are also Leos. And so was my late and great boss, Irv “Kup” Kupcinet (July 31).

JUST IN: THE NEW president pro tempore of the City Council, Ald. Michelle A. Harris (8th), will be honored June 29 at the Riva restaurant at Navy Pier. The co-chairs are Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Ed Burke, Ald. Carrie Austin and Ald. Patrick J. O’Connor. Harris will chair the Council meetings when the mayor is absent and, by the way, her aunt, the late Ald. Lorraine Dixon, held the same position in the late Mayor Richard J. Daley administration.

TASTY NEWS: WLS-Channel 7’s Janet Davies will be kicking off the Illinois Lottery’s new instant ticket game, “Wheel of Fortune,” at the opening festivities 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Taste of Chicago. A dozen Vanna White look-alikes will be on hand. On Monday, Davies will host the Broadway in Chicago Concert at Petrillo Music Shell at the Taste.

SUMMER BREEZE: “Fashion on My Mind” luncheon honoring Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown is Sunday at the Sabre Room in Hickory Hills. I heard she will be announcing that she is running for re-election for 2012.

POTTER FANS: Chief Warlock Tim King and his Urban Prep Academies students have snared, once again, an advance private screening of the next Potter phenom movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” The fund-raiser screening for the schools starts at 6 p.m. July 14 in the Navy Pier IMAX theater with a magical reception to follow. The organizers are offering an Early Owl discount for tickets purchased before June 30. So all you kiddie wizards and witches are welcome as long as you are over 9 years of age and, of course, accompanied by adult witches & wizards. So get on your brooms and fly in. The movie opens nationwide July 15. For more info: www.urbanprep.org/hp

BOOK IT: Radio’s Shirley Strawberry, a member of Steve Harvey’s TV/radio shows, in town to sign her new book Strawberry Letter from 1 to 4 p.m today at Walgreens at 35th & King Drive. . . . Comic/author Debbie Sue Goodman signing My Husband the Stranger at the Barnes & Noble at DePaul University at noon today. . . . Also, the legendary Chi-Sound Records exec/producer Carl Davis, 76, has written a most informative book on his illustrious career in the music biz titled The Man Behind the Music. His soulful artists from the mid-’60s included the Chi-Lites, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Tyrone Davis.

THE TV SCENE: Sports reporter Kenny McReynolds snared a one-on-one interview with Mayor Emanuel that will air at 7 a.m. Saturday on ME-TV and 10 a.m. Sunday on WCIU-TOO. The mayor talks about his love of basketball and said, “The gangs in Englewood left Derrick Rose alone because they knew he was going to be special.” . . . Consul General of Israel for the Midwest Orli Gil and his deputy, Shahar Arieli, will be guests on the Munir Muhammad show Sunday on Channel 19.

EATIN’ OUT: New CPS head Jean-Claude Brizard and new Police Supt. Garry McCarthy dined separately at Italian Village. . . . Actor John O’Hurley ate lunch at RL. . . . “Real Housewives of New York” star Ramona Singer dined at Sunda while Pauly Shore stopped by the Underground.

BIRTHDAY PEOPLE: Radio’s Joe Soto, Secretary of State Jesse White , WGN-Channel 9’s Nancy Loo and the Rev. Clay Evans. On Friday: Cuttie Bacon and publicist Iman Jefferson. On Saturday: Jamie Foster Brown, Channel 9’s Mark Suppelsa and daughter, Ava. On Sunday: Publicist Sheila King and golden sweetie Alice Kot, 80, and anniversary wishes to Mike & Hermine Leiderman. On Monday: Former Bear Doug Buffone.

Well, that’s Stella in the City!



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