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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

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Updated: September 29, 2011 12:27AM



THE SCOOP: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA and her two darling girls, 12-year-old Malia Ann and 9-year-old Natasha a k a Sasha Obama apparently eluded the press over the Memorial Day weekend.

The dynamo trio came in May 27 and left the city May 29. While in town they helped send the son of their best couple friends, Marty Nesbitt and his lovely wife, Dr. Anita Blanchard, off to his prom. Alex graduates from the University of Chicago Lab School this month and is heading to Harvard. Also, Malia attended a bar mitzvah of a close friend. Everything went very smoothly and they were in and out of the Windy City without the press getting wind of it. Dear ol’ dad was busy elsewhere running the country.

RETIRED NBA GREAT Magic Johnson in town June 18 for the Sinai Community Institute’s “Connecting to the Community” gala at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. The evening’s host is WLS-Channel 7’s Hosea Sanders and the general chairs are Merri Dee and David Vitale. The awardees include actress Regina Taylor, Everett and Tim Rand of Midway Wholesalers and Riteway Construction’s Larry Huggins.

THE BUILDING of the new Museum of Broadcast Communications is getting closer to fruition and a “Sneak Preview Open House” will be held for Chicago’s political, civic, community leaders and movers & shakers June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 360 N. State. Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and state Senate Prez John Cullerton will be on hand for the celebration. Hall of Famer Dick Biondi will be there broadcasting live via WLS-FM radio.

The museum is 62,000 square feet and will be energy-efficient. “The core and shell outside of the building is totally completed, but right now they are working on completing the inside exhibitry,” a museum spokesperson told me.

CELEB MAKEUP artist Reggie Wells, who was Oprah’s makeup artist for over 20 years and has been responsible for 80 of her gorgeous O magazine covers, as well as other high fashion mags, will work his magic at the “Makeup Show Chicago” June 13 at the Venue One on West Randolph from 3 to 4:30 p.m. His other celeb clients include Whitney Houston, Iman and Beyonce. Wells’ new product line is called Hissyfit! The Makeup Show kicks off Sunday.

NICE NEWS: Prominent attorney Robert Clifford will be installed as the 135th president of the Chicago Bar Association at its luncheon June 16 at the Standard Club. Clifford will celebrate later that evening at a very private reception at the Peninsula. . . . Another prominent attorney, Marty Castro, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as the first Latino chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, was the keynote speaker Saturday for the Illinois Education Foundation’s annual scholar awards. . . . Retired NFL star James “Big Cat” Williams will be the captain for the night when he heads up a fund-raiser cruise for the Maryville Crisis Nursery on June 22. . . . Channel 7’s Evelyn Holmes emceeing the Seguin Services gala Thursday at the Pavilions at Brookfield Zoo. . . . Khloe Kardashian Odom celebrates her birthday at the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens on June 17 in Vegas.

AROUND TOWN: Comic/actor Jamie Foxx gave an impromptu performance at the Underground Saturday night while “Glee” stars Amber Riley, Kevin McHale and Chris Colfer were in the house. Foxx also dined at Carmine’s with boxing promoter Bobby Hitz before heading to the club. . . . “Community” TV star Alison Brie dined at HUB51 with friends Saturday. Also, her co-star on the show, Danny Pudi, who was in town Sunday to throw out the first pitch at Sunday’s Cubs game, along with the show’s creator Joe Russo, all partied late into the night at SUB51.
. . . The Sox’ Ozzie Guillen dined with Grammy-winning actor Ruben Blades at Italian Village.

A STELLAR REMINDER: This columnist will present the Saving Black Males/Par Excellence in Education award (which I created) to Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines, rapper Common’s mom, Friday at the Coalition for United Community Action gala at the Palmer House Hilton with Rep. Danny Davis emceeing. Gov. Pat Quinn and city treasurer Stephanie Neely and NFL Hall of Famer Richard Dent are among the honorees.

BIRTHDAYS: Oprah’s photog George Burns, Herb Rozoff, Lester Crown, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, and belated anniversary wishes (24) to Grant DePorter and Joanna, and to Northern Trust exec Connie Lindsey and hubby, John Blackburn. On Wednesday: Aaron Freeman.Well, that’s Stella in the City!



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