Goodman Theatre Scene Soiree

Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff                                                                                                        Japwoodruff@gmail.com   The Goodman Theatre’s third annual Scene Soiree took place on Saturday, June 21st at the National Hellenic Museum. The annual soiree is a fundraiser for the General Theatre Studies (GTS) program for young adults in the Chicago area. Upon arrival attendees walked the red Read More …

On Q with Curtis McClain

  Welcome to House Notes, where you get caught up and introduced to everything House.  House music is a genre of dance music that started here in Chicago in the early 1980’s.  It is derived from disco, but taken to another level.  It incorporates strong vocals, moving beats and percussions, but has the spirit of Read More …

Ruby Dee: Legends Live Forever … “The Somebodiness of Me”

  Her work, her spirit and her authentic love for the arts and humanity, sparked an interest in Ruby Dee that became infectious. The flash of her smile and the depths of the characters she transformed into acknowledged a woman set forth with purpose and a mission. Her spoken word poetry elicits a sense of Read More …

Young Womens Leadership Charter School: Annual Luncheon

By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff         JAPWoodruff@gmail.com   In its 6th year the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School has had another successful luncheon. Taking place on April 9th at Downtown Chicago’s Hilton, it was headlined by Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC and successfully raised over $500,000 in donations. The room was Read More …

The Blackmocrats

During the past primary election in March, I provided professional outreach services to Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner to meet and have dialogue with various sections of the Black community. My advocacy was controversial. Chicago Sun-Times writer Michael Sneed called and asked if it were true. Sun-Times “columnist” (a term I use loosely) Neil Steinberg Read More …

Arsenio Hall Late Night is Cancelled

It was just recently announced that “The Arsenio Hall Show” has been canceled. After just one season of the return of the ground-breaking late night show, CBS said in a statement: “Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did Read More …

Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration

    When Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, it transformed an industrial wasteland into Chicago’s showplace for cutting-edge art, architecture, landscape design, music and more. Today, the 24.5-acre park is Chicago’s second-largest tourist attraction – and the City will mark its 10th anniversary throughout the summer. The Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration Read More …