Patti Blajojevich tapes “The Rosie Show” in Chicago
By STELLA FOSTER firstname.lastname@example.org February 8, 2012 9:22PM
Actress Olivia Wilde attends the Details Magazine/ Ryan Reynolds Party held at Dominick‚Äôs Restaurant on June 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For DETAILS Magazine) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\GYI0065051012.jpg
Updated: March 11, 2012 8:34AM
ROSIE REVIEW: Patti Blagojevich, whose husband, ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, heads to jail shortly, taped “The Rosie Show” Thursday in Chicago, sources say. The show, which airs on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, recently moved out of Harpo Studios on the Near West Side to a smaller location.
T HE LOCAL CS mag’s February issue has the lovely actress Olivia Wilde on the cover with the heading “Bold and Beautiful.” The 27-year-old New Yorker, whose acting career took off with her recurring role on TV’s “House M.D.” and whose film credits include “Cowboys & Aliens” (which I hated), “Tron: Legacy” and “Alpha Dog,” next stars in the satirical comedy “Butter,” with Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman.
THE AWARDS SET: The Fifth Third Bank presenting leadership awards to the Bears’ Israel Idonije, WVON radio’s Melody Spann-Cooper and broadcaster/AARP exec Merri Dee at the DuSable Museum Feb. 29 . . . WMAQ-Channel 5 anchor Allison Rosati will be honored by the Chicago Latino Network April 25 at Moe’s Cantina in River North. The emcee will be Daniella Guzman, who joins the station as a co-anchor for the NBC 5 morning newscasts in mid-March.
MOREHOUSE NEWS: The Internationally renowned Morehouse College Glee Club out of Atlanta performs March 6 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. This event is sponsored by the local Morehouse Alumni Association and civic leader Joan Harris and alumnus Walter Massey and wife, Joan, are co-chairing the evening, which will benefit the Masseys’ scholarship fund. Mesirow Financial exec Les Coney and former Chicago Urban League boss/Morehouse alumnus, Jim Compton, are the honorees. Dr. Robert Franklin, president of Morehouse and a former Chicagoan, will be attending. For tickets: (312) 334-7777.
THE STELLAR AWARDS: The “27th Annual Stellar Awards” with co-host gospel greats Dr. Marvin Sapp and Dorinda Clark Cole airing 6 p.m. Saturday on GMC cable network with a repeat 7 p.m. Sunday on WCIU-Channel 26.
Chicago’s Don Jackson and his Central City Productions company owns and produces this annual gospel show that also will feature recording artists Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Kim Burrell, Smokie Norful, Shirley Caesar and others.
RETIRING: Not only is ComEd Chairman/CEO Frank Clark retiring soon, but his colleague and executive vice president John T. Hooker also has announced he is retiring on Feb. 24. There will be a joint retirement reception for the two in March
. . . And I want to add my best wishes to Boeing Co. Chief Financial Officer James Bell on his retirement, and his successor is former Boeing Controller Greg Smith. His good pals Les Coney and Ariel Investments’ John Rogers hosted a party for Bell at Mastro’s.
CONGRATS TO airline pilot/aviation consultant and former Channel 5 and WBBM-Channel 2 weatherman Jim Tilmon on publishing his first book, Age Is An Attitude: Tips and Tricks for Young People Over 60. Tilmon, who is no longer flying or predicting the weather, lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with wife, Joan. “One’s personal journey through the years should be filled with joy, happiness and fulfillment. I know because I am living it,” said Tilmon. This inspiring book is on Amazon Kindle, iTunes, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony ReaderStore.
COOL SIGHTS: Trendy RL was poppin’ with VIPs this week. Rosie O’Donnell and OWN network’s Sheri Salata dined at one table and at another, media divas Deborah Norville, Linda Yu, Terry Savage and Joan Esposito . . . Dr. Steve Stryker and new sweetie, Macy’s Andrea Schwartz, attended the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Muti Conducts Franck” performance as guests of violinist Albert Igolnikov . . . V-103 radio’s Ramonski Luv and daughter, Samone, lunched at Ruth’s Chris . . . Actor Bill Murray and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s press secretary Tarrah Cooper dined on separate evenings at Gibsons . . . “Extra” A.J. Calloway, Danny Glover, Eric Benet at The Joynt with Soul 106.3’s George Daniels.
THE MUSIC SCENE: The Isley Brothers and Chrisette Michele at Chicago Theatre Saturday . . . Morris Gearring’s “Something About Oscar” with Nikki Giovanni on Friday at DuSable Museum.
BIRTHDAY PEOPLE: Golden sweetie Willie Mae Coleman celebrates her 108th birthday. On Friday: Derrick Blakley and Bill Von Dahm. On Saturday: Jennifer Aniston, Nancy Menjivar and anniversary wishes to Dan & Suzanne Jedlicka . . . On Sunday: Allison Rosati, Allison Payne and Vic Kastil. On Monday: Tony Navarro, Jerry Springer, Charles Ifergan and Lynn Norment.
Well, that’s Stella in the City!