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Updated: July 20, 2012 6:10AM

C HICAGO’s Joe Perillo recently opened the one and only Maserati of Chicago dealership at 834 N. Rush. And in conjunction with Maserati North America, it is hosting a two-day event for select local VIPs to test drive the Gran Turismo Convertible Sport car and a variety of Maseratis Tuesday and Wednesday. The Consul Generale Alessandro Motta of Italy will attend.

WMAQ-CHANNEL 5’s Art Norman will be honored by the Loretto Hospital Foundation at its annual golf outing July 18 at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club. The hospital is establishing the Ondina “Ondi” Norman Breast Cancer Screening Programs & Services in memory of Art’s wife.

JUST IN: Chicago’s Diane Latiker and her Kids Off the Block agency will be featured July 1 on the ABC “Secret Millionaire” show. Latiker is hosting a fund-raising viewing party at Moe’s Cantina that evening. For more info:

THE SUN-TIMES’ Lynn Sweet and Laura Washington will discuss politics with a sold-out audience over dinner Tuesday at Yoshi’s Cafe.

THE “Generations of Creativity” gala/awards fund-raiser is Friday at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. Legendary actress Ruby Dee will be a special guest. The awardees include Black Ensemble theatre’s Jackie Taylor, radio’s Richard Steele, Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell, state Sen. Donne Trotter and posthumously Maggie Daley.

A STELLAR Reminder: The play “Immediate Family” at the Goodman Theatre and directed by award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad is a must-see. Dorothy Tucker, Juanita Jordan and Connie Payton have caught a performance.

ABOUT TOWN: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali relaxed with friends at the Three Forks ... Actor/director Mario Van Peebles, and daughter Maya dined at Gibsons ... The Pane Caldo eatery on Walton has closed but will reopen somewhere else on the Gold Coast ... The Cubs’ Carlos Marmol is renting a three-bedroom unit in the Lake Shore East community ... After gracing Clark Street for over 30 years, the Panache Boutique is closing its doors at the end of July ... The Food Network’s Guy Fieri dined at LaScarola.

DR. PATRICIA Novick, widow of civil rights leader Al Raby, will be ordained June 23 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Rev. Jeremiah Wright will speak.

HANDSOME Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx are part of the stellar cast starring in the Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained” out in December.

BIRTHDAYS: Nina Mariano, Adrienne Pitts, Paul Lisnek and Susan Ahern.

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