Ryan Dempster--Dempster Foundation Casino Night
Updated: June 4, 2012 11:01AM
C UBBIES GALORE: Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and wife Jenny are hosting the Third Annual “Dempster Foundation Casino Night” May 9 at the Palmer House Hilton. “American Idol” finalist Crystal Bowersox and local crooner John Vincent, who is a mainstay at the Ditka Restaurant, will entertain the guests. The dealers will be most of the Cubs players including Geovany Soto, Randy Wells, Starlin Castro, Kerry Wood and Darwin Barney.
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT, star of TV’s “Client List,” reportedly is smitten with her co-star Colin Egglesfield. . . . Pop singer Katy Perry now dating Florence + the Machine’s Robert Ackroyd. . . . “The Iceman Cometh” opens Thursday at the Goodman with Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane.THE MUSIC SET:
The fabulous Temptations with Dennis Edwards will perform Mother’s Day — May 13 — at Christ Universal Temple with saxophonist Ray Silkman. . . . The bootyful Nicki Minaj brings her Pink Friday Tour July 16 to the Chicago Theatre and will launch her own fragrance this fall. . . . Nan Mason & Terry Higgins at the Drake Friday and at Twelvewest on Thursdays.
ACTRESS/Playwright Sarah Jones will be the special guest at the Shriver Center benefit event Friday at Northwestern’s Thorne Auditorium. WBBM-Channel 2’s Bill Kurtis and his sweetie, producer Donna LaPietra, will co-emcee.
CNN/TV ONE’s political host Roland Martin was in town Monday to conduct an interview with Gov. Pat Quinn at the Alliance of Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs (ABLE) meeting/reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art. While here, Martin and wife Jacquie dined with Chicago Skye star Swin Cash at the Cheesecake Factory, and singer Jennifer Hudson was at another table. By the way, Quinn will speak May 14 at the City Club of Chicago’s breakfast. It sold out in less than an hour.
THE CS mag (Chicago Social) Men’s issue is out and the “Men of Style” article includes the Bears coach Lovie Smith, Adam Beltzman, co-owner of the Haberdash store and financier Anthony Contrucci, who is still celebrating the birth of baby girl, Aspen, with wife, Melissa. The men of style are hosting a private bash to celebrate the issue that has British actor Hugh Dancy (hubby of actress Claire Danes), on the cover May 10 at the Ritz-Carlton Residences.
STELLAR AWARDS: WLS-Channel 7 boss Emily Barr and the station are honored by the League of Women Voters of Illinois this week. . . . “Windy City Live” co-hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner hosts the Publicity Club of Chicago luncheon May 9 at the Palmer House Hilton. Among the honorees, Michelle Flowers Welch, founder of Flowers Communications, getting the Lifetime Achievement award. . . . Nielsen exec Cheryl Pearson McNeil received an alumni award from Purdue University. . . . Ariel Investments’ John W. Rogers Jr., Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and sister Sarah Duncan, founders of the Ariel Community Academy in Chicago, were recently awarded the Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy’s leadership award.
SIGHTS: Kelsey Grammer ate at Tavern on Rush. . . . Former Bulls stars Tyson Chandler and Charles Oakley dined at Mastro’s. . . . Actor Dennis Farina hung out at Ditka’s. . . . The Bears’ Brian Urlacher, the Red Sox’ David Ortiz and Secretary of State Jesse White dined separately at the beautifully renovated Volare eatery on Grand. . . . And congrats to Marco Micheli, who will open the new Burger Bistro on the old Boston Blackie’s site on Grand this summer. . . . Controversial “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams made an appearance at Dragon Fly nightclub and later dined with Juanita Jordan, Catrice Armstrong, Alicia Duerson, designer Abi Ferrin and rapper Bow Wow’s mom, Teresa Caldwell, at the Pump Room. . . . The Sox’ Robin Ventura at Mia Francesca’s on Taylor. . . Singer Otis Clay will perform Saturday at Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Ave. with George Daniels emceeing.
BIRTHDAYS: Frankie Valli. On Friday: Phil Rock, Neil Hartigan, retired state Sen. Art Berman, Sue Fisher Yellen and belated anniversary wishes to Roy Curry Jr. and Adrienne. On Saturday: Channel 7’s Rafer Weigel, the Chicago Defender’s Theresa Fambro Hooks turns 77, the Defender turns 107 and Harold Clark Sr., 86. On Sunday: Maestro Bert Rose, financial consultant Toi Salter, Sunny Feeley and George Clooney. On Monday: WGN-Channel 9’s Dina Bair and anniversary wishes to Ed & Rita McElroy.Well, that’s Stella in the City!