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Updated: November 21, 2011 10:25AM

J UST IN: THE VERY controversial Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is blowing into the Windy City.

The Friends of Herman Cain Inc. are hosting a fund-raising luncheon for Cain Monday at Morton’s Steakhouse, 65 East Wacker Place, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cain, the former CEO/president of Godfather’s Pizza, wants to throw out the current tax system and implement his “999” tax reform plan.

SECRETARY OF STATE Jesse White is hosting the “Wings in Red — A Night of Charity and Celebrity” event Sunday at the Cobbler Square Garden, 1350 North Wells, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The evening will benefit his renowned Jesse White Tumbling Team, comprised of talented inner-city students whose acrobatic skills have been entertaining audiences worldwide for the past 50 years.

R&B artist R. Kelly will headline the evening, and a posse of sports jocks such as the Cubs’ Randy Wells, Hall of Famer Richard Dent and the Bulls’ Carlos Boozer are expected to attend. For more info:

UNBELIEVEABLE BARGAINS: Hey, you fashionistas, the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is auctioning off fabulous (and now affordable) couture and avant-garde designs gathered from the 50-year run of the legendary Ebony Fashion Fair show. The auction takes place 10 a.m. Saturday at 1338 West Lake St. However, if you really want a bargain on Thursday and Friday, there is a tag sale of thousands of fab clothes, shoes, purses, sweaters, dresses, pants from the Ebony shows in the price range of just $10-$30 starting at 10 a.m. WOW!

A STELLAR REMINDER: Director Andy Shaw’s Better Government Association luncheon with CBS anchor Scott Pelley is Thursday at the Sheraton Chicago. Alden Loury, former publisher of The Chicago Reporter, has joined the BGA staff as a senior investigator.

IN CELEBRATION of Italian Heritage Month, Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown is hosting an awards luncheon Oct. 26 at Ristorante Al Teatro. The honorees are NBC 5 anchor Allison Rosati, state Rep. Anthony DeLuca and Forest Park Mayor Forest Park Anthony Calderone. Channel 2’s Vince Gerasole will emcee.

LIONS, TIGERS & Bears, Oh My! I am sure the PETA folks are not happy over the news that 48 exotic animals had to be put down after being released by their allegedly depressed owner, who later committed suicide on a farm in Ohio. I say get over it . . . better they were put down than to read that some innocent person became a happy meal!

ARE KIM KARDASHIAN and new hubby Kris Humphries already having some marital woes? Star magazine is reporting that the reality star is not happy with the NBA hunk’s partying ways and has consulted with a “top divorce lawyer.” Hey, when I watched that recent two-part wedding special on cable, I thought something is up with those two. He is not one to be bossed around, that’s for sure!

POLITICAL Strategist Donna Brazile in town Oct. 25 to speak at the Columbia College “Conversations in the Arts” event at the Film Row Cinema. The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell will introduce her and moderate the Q&A session. . . . Actress/playwright Regina Taylor getting a humanitarian award Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Center gala at the Fairmont. Channel 5’s Art Norman is the emcee for that event.

ABOUT TOWN: Actor Zac Efron celebrated his 24th birthday at the Cuvee Lounge. . . . Director/Actor Bill Duke, Greg Hinton and Craig Gilmore dined at Norman’s Bistro, which is celebrating its first anniversary. . . . The Chicago Crusader’s Dorothy Leavell celebrates 50 years in the publishing business with a gala Thursday at Navy Pier with Cong. Maxine Waters hosting. . . . Baseball’s Frank Thomas, actor Billy Zane, NBC “Dateline” Lester Holt and Jay Doherty all on separate evenings at Tavern on Rush. ROCKIN’ BIRTHDAYS:

Rick Jasculca, Darryl Davis and anniversary wishes (60) to Joe and Sally Bredemann. On Friday: George Randazzo, Gil Stern and anniversary wishes to Floyd & Betty Brown. On Saturday: WBBM-Channel 2’s Pam Zekman, Spencer Leak Jr., Marty Lescht and anniversary wishes to Mark & Angela Ingram. On Sunday: Liz (Ernie) Banks and to golden sweetie Catherine Flowers. On Monday: Dr. Laura Berman, attorney Joe Morris and actor John Atkins.

Well, that’s Stella in the City!

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