By STELLA FOSTER firstname.lastname@example.org March 8, 2012 2:28AM
Louis H. Rago, President of the Original Rago Brothers Funeral Homes
Updated: April 10, 2012 11:05AM
T HE SCOOP ON “MOB WIVES”: I received the following e-mail from Lou Rago, president of the Italian American Human Relations Foundation of Chicago in reference to the controversy about the filming of the Chicago spin-off version of VH1’s popular “Mob Wives” series.
“Stella, by their own admission, the producers of the reality series ‘Mob Wives Chicago’ are having difficulty securing film locations here. So now, we’re hearing several businesses, including a major downtown hotel, were duped with misinformation as to the nature and title of the project,” said Rago. “We’re hearing that customers, patrons and employees were treated rudely and crudely by the crew and were shocked and outraged at the language used and actions staged by the pathetic women cast members. Owners and managers were told that an ‘untitled’ reality documentary was to be filmed about four single women living in Chicago,” Rago said.
“To those folks who were misinformed and want to lodge a complaint with the proper authorities, e-mail us at I.A.H.R.F.ofChi@comcast.net”
The Backstory: On Dec. 8, 2011, I ran an article about Tony Durpetti, owner of Gene & Georgetti’s steakhouse, refusing to allow the producers of the “Mob Wives” reality show to film at his restaurant and saying, should they come to the restaurant, he would personally escort them out. Rago had asked that owners not participate. “The Italian community is sick of the stereotypical and negative images that are promoted through media about Italians,” Rago said.
SWEET HAPS: TCW mag’s “Chicago’s Top Singles Party” Friday at Enclave nightclub benefitting the Today’s Chicago Woman Foundation. The Bears’ Kahlil Bell is one of the singles . . . Penn & Teller at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino on June 8.
AROUND TOWN: The Bears’ Chris Williams lunched at LuxBar . . . The Plain White T’s Tom Higgenson and De’Mar Hamilton partying at Rockit Bar & Grill. . . . WLS-Channel 7’s Ben Bradley will be the grand marshal of the Irish Day Parade Sunday in Tinley Park.
OUTSTANDING actors Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane in town March 13 to begin rehearsals at the Goodman Theater for “The Iceman Cometh,” with director Robert Falls. Previews start on April 21.
KUDOS TO Kevin Hull, chairman of the Union League Club’s Military Affairs Committee, for organizing Thursday’s daylong conference on how to give aide to our vets and their families . . . The Bulls’ C.J. Watson’s Quiet Storm Foundation’s annual “Black History Essay Contest” event for CPS students is Sunday at the Crowne Plaza City Metro Hotel . . . Jarrett Payton unveils his new wheat ale at Public House Thursday .
MOVIE MOGUL Tyler Perry is starring in “Madea Gets a Job” at the Arie Crown theater March 22-25. You can bet that the Rev. Corey Brooks, who was the recipient of that $100,000 gift from Tyler to help build a community center, will be in the audience.
MAYOR Rahm Emanuel and daughter, Leah, visited Brooks’ New Beginnings Church last Sunday and announced that he will personally give the church $2,500 towards the building of that center. “Pastor Brooks is proof that one individual voice, one individual action can make an entire ripple effect throughout a community,” Emanuel said.
TALKIN’ POLITICS: Retired Mayor Richard Daley, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, former state Rep. Robert Molaro, political gadfly Frank Coconate and Water Reclamation Commissioner Frank Avila all dined together at Macello’s on Lake Street. And I understand the talk was in support of Water Reclamation Commissioner candidate Patrick Daley Thompson . . . Former Channel 2 broadcaster John Davis now works in Judge Aurelia Pucinski’s campaign for the Supreme Court. Also my condolences to Davis on the death of his dad.
BIRTHDAYS: Ald. Bob Fioretti, Marc Brooks, Charlene Williams and belated to Audrey (311) Mathis and anniversary wishes to Marc & Maureen Schulman. On Friday: WGN-Channel 9’s Julian Crews. On Saturday: WFLD-Channel 32’s Corey McPherrin, Tom Schraeder, Mario Lavorato and Dan Jiggetts. On Sunday: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Channel 7’s Valerie Warner. On Monday: TV’s Rich Koz, Jim Houlihan and WMAQ-Channel 5’s Rob Elgas. Hey, don’t forget — I’m a tweetin’ chick!
Well, that’s Stella in the City!