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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

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Updated: October 20, 2011 12:27AM



T HE OBAMA ZONE: Now comes word that the historic Aragon Ballroom in Uptown will be the site for the concert on Aug. 3 in celebration of President Barack Obama’s 50th birthday and re-election benefit. The Aragon will also be the venue for the private dinner with President Obama at $35,800 per couple. One of the acts being considered is Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson. Obama’s birthday is Aug. 4.

BOY, WHAT A SHOCKER! When that Florida jury found party girl Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, and also found her not guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a child and child abuse, my red lips fell open in disgust. Given all the details of that trial and the fact alone that when that precious baby went missing, Casey was seen out partying at a nightclub, told the nation that this young mom/hoochie was not worried or concerned about that child.

I predict that the court of public opinion will not be kind to her or her family from here on out. She will be treated with hostility and disdain . . . that’s for sure!

PEOPLE who do harm to children, i.e. abusive parents and pedophiles, should get the worst punishment that the courts can give out . . . but they always seem to get away with murder. Yeah, I said it!

ALSO, I’VE BEEN hearing from drivers who are pissed off with the bicycle crowd because the pedalers are not following the rules of the road and are breaking traffic laws around the city. Folks on bicycles better understand that a bike can hardly go up against an automobile and win, so if you don’t want to become a hood ornament, you best start adhering to and brushing up on the “Rules of the Road” book that is available through the secretary of state’s office. And kudos to my Sun-Times colleague Mark Konkol for his July 3 column on this subject.

ON THE SCENE: Bulls’ top brass Gar Forman, John Paxson and Tom Thibodeau relaxed at Mother Hubbard’s recently. . . . WFLD-Channel 32’s “Good Day Chicago” co-anchor Anna Davlantes, who surprised everyone by eloping to Paris in May with now hubby, David Gamperl, was treated to a shower/brunch at the Elysian Hotel’s Balsan eatery last week. The guests included her colleague Dawn Hasbrouck, Rochelle (Charlie) Trotter, Monica (Lou) Canellis and LXTV’s Bessie Tsionis. Michigan Ave. mag’s Susanna Negovan and Maria Davlantes ( Anna’s sis) co-hosted the affair. . . . Actor Freddy Rodriguez dined at Oak Tree Restaurant & Bakery . . . Ernie Banks and Ron Santo Jr. dined at Harry Caray’s. . . . Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy dined at Rosebud.

THE MUSIC MIX: “The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers” cast stars Dan Fletcher and Brad Henshaw (who portray Jake and Elwood Blues), the Bluettes, plus their band will be rocking out at the Thompson Center at noon Friday performing a few numbers from their hot show that is currently at the Auditorium Theatre through July 24. . . . Singer Morris Gearring presents his “Something About Oscar Brown Jr.!” show, including selections from the late entertainer’s “Joy” musical from the ’60s — July 11-12 at the Jazz Showcase. The special guest vocalists will be Maggie Brown and Raquelle Chavis. . . . Actress/vocalist Felicia Fields, who starred in Oprah’s “The Color Purple” on Broadway, is opening this evening in “The Wiz” at the Theatre at the Center in Munster.

THE HAPS: NFL Films is producing a doc on the late/great Chicago Bear Walter Payton and will be taping at the 50th anniversary dinner for the Better Boys Foundation at Carnivale July 12. At the event, Payton’s family will be honored for their support, and the Bears Israel Idonije will present the award. . . . The Boss Network’s second anniversary and screening of its new documentary “Behind the Business: Women in Leadership” takes place today at the Icon theater on Roosevelt. Chicago’s Deanna Morales, CEO of WiteGold PR, is among the divas featured. . . . Cook County Board prez Toni Preckwinkle will attend the Adler Planetarium’s opening of the Grainger Sky Theater this evening. . . . Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs eatery in Oak Park is a finalist in entertainer Steve Harvey’s annual nationwide “Hoodie Awards” in the best barbecue place category. This Friday from 5 a.m.-5 p.m is the ONLY day you can cast your vote at steveharvey.com.

BIRTHDAY PEOPLE: Ringo Starr, Jay Donald Doherty Jr. turns 7, attorney Tim Cavanagh , and belated to attorney Ed Genson. On Friday: Kevin Bacon. On Saturday: Gina Capitanini, Tom Hanks, Brian Dennehy and anniversary wishes to Bernie and KimBeth Judge. On Sunday: WMAQ-Channel 5’s Zoraida Sambolin and Mike Howlett Jr. On Monday: WGN-Channel 9’s Greg Caputo.



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