1. Stress is very unbecoming. Look at how happiness and stress affected the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wicked Witch of the East — and they were sisters!
Summer may be winding down for most of us, but for dance fans, the season hits its peak this month with the return of the Chicago Dancing Festival. Now in its seventh year, this free smorgasbord of dance — taking place Aug. 20-24 and featuring work from 13 different companies at four different venues — gives audiences plenty to feast upon. Each evening is a mixed menu, with up to eight different companies showcasing their work, from South Carolina’s Columbia Classical Ballet Company to the Camille A. Brown & Dancers of New York City to Chicago’s own Hubbard Street Dance.
Are you one of those people who can’t make up your mind about things? I’m talking about that type of person who spends hours, days and months on end making decisions. Spending too much time contemplating becomes even more confusing when you need to make a decision.
When Claire Danes accepted her Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in “Homeland” in January, she began her speech a bit unconventionally: “As a brand spankin’ — or Spanxing — new mom…” The star-studded audience laughed in recognition, and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, watching from home, rejoiced. “We’re usually mentioned on the red carpet, but it was so fun to be part of an actual acceptance speech,” says Blakely, 42. “Women love their Spanx.”
There are several subjects I consider myself to be proficient in, several more that I’m passable at. Cognac and Brazilian street art don’t fall into either category, so it’s fortunate that I got a crash course during lunch today at RM Champagne Salon (116 N. Green) with the famed South American contemporary art twins, Os Gemeos (literally, “The Twins” in Portuguese).
Last August, I was having breakfast with Justine Fedak at East Bank Club when she told me she had quit drinking. She found herself having to explain to people she barely knew that her MS medication had restricted her ability to enjoy alcoholic beverages – thereby outing her as someone who has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for more than a decade. (As a long-distance runner and high-energy bank executive, her “invisible disability” was easy for her to hide.) “That’s a story,” I told her, asking her to write a Daily Splash column for the Sun-Times. An hour later, it arrived in my inbox.
“We are living the impossible dream,” says Chicago member-turned-movie-star Lee Loughnane. Along with the rest of the legendary rock band, the trumpeter is starring as himself in the new Larry David film, “Clear History,” currently airing on HBO. The rockers, best known for crafting brassy ballads in the ’70s and ’80s, took a break from their current touring schedule to perform several of their hits in the unscripted comedy, in which they’re featured as a significant subplot. They even got the chance to show off their acting chops alongside David and other A-list actors, including Kate Hudson and Jon Hamm. “It was fun watching the way they work,” says Loughnane. “Everything was done from scratch.”