Birthday Sex

aahhfest4Ok, so now that I have your attention, no, this post is not about Birthday Sex, well not actually.  However I did see Jeremih this weekend and he did perform this song.  This past weekend was my birthday (Libra Season) and I spent my birthday at AAHH!Fest, a two day festival hosted and organized by Chicago’s own Common, to provide needed resources to Chicago’s communities.  Proceeds from the festival go to support the efforts of the Common Ground Foundation, Common’s Foundation, as well as Donda’s House, the foundation named in honor of the late Donda West, mother of Kanye.

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The two day festival includes a community day where festival participants are treated to local talent and activities.  There was also food, games, heath information and a college and career area.  Local performers graced the stage and local youth were showcased.  This year there was a performance by Chance the Rapper, who actually hosted his own sold out event, Magnificent Coloring Day, later that day.  His dedication to support both events demonstrate the level of commitment artist have to Chicago and to improving the City and the neighborhoods within the City.

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Sunday I was excited to see The Roots.  And I have to say they did not disappoint.  It was an awesome way to spend my birthday.  In addition to Jeremih, Vic Mensa, The Roots,  Bilal, Common, Ice Cube and J.Cole all performed.  There was even a surprise appearance by R. Kelly.  The show was hosted by comedians Deon Cole and Damon Williams who is know all over town for Funny First Saturdays.  There were also local DJ’s featured, such as Vince Adams, one of my favorites.

The weather was perfect, I even managed not to get eaten by any mosquitoes.  This was my first time attending the festival, however it will not be my last.  More than anything else I took away from the event, in the wake of the recent killings of innocent people over the past few years, the passion and the messages that many of the artists left us with.  The names of the victims were not forgotten.  Another thing that stood out for me was that Chicago was well represented.  The best and the brightest of the City let us know that they have not forgotten home.  That is the message that will resonate with me until the next festival.  There is no place like home!

 

Be Blessed!  Be Fabulous!

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About Last Night…At the Goodman Theater

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Last night I had the pleasure of attending the season opening celebration of the Goodman Theater.  The evening began with cocktails and a reception at the Walnut Room at Macy’s followed by dinner and wine.  During dinner each guest was presented with a gift (Frango Mints and a Macy’s Gift Card) and then we headed over to the theater for the opening night of Wonderful Town.

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The show began with a musical overture highlighting the music that would be showcased throughout the show.  The musical chronicles the lives of two sisters from Ohio, one an aspiring actress, the other an aspiring writer and their adventures in the Big Apple as the set out to pursue their small time dreams in the Big World.  The production plays out what happens when two small town girls attempt to take on the big city without giving up on their dreams.  The opening dance and music sequence demonstrates what could be expected throughout the show.  Wonderfultownopening.pngThe performance had the audience laughing, the music was enjoyable and actors were great.  The lead actresses had the comedic timing of Laverne and Shirley and watching their stories of love, frustration, rejection and growth play out kept you wondering and waiting for what was going to happen next.  There were so many laugh out loud scenes in production and the audience appeared to enjoy the performance as much as the actors.

wonderful-townThe music, the dancing the timing just came together so well.  The cast of characters, from the artistic slumlord, to the stylish and hip club owner to the jock and his constant The lessons and the experiences the characters have are personal while yet comedic at the same time.  It was a wonderful show and I would highly recommend it.  If you are in to theater and enjoy laughter head on down to Wonderful Town at the Goodman.