Milly’s Orchid Show: 29 Years and Holdin’

You never know what you’re going to see when you go to a Milly’s Orchid Show. Fire eaters, singers, dancers, rope-twirlers, storytellers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and those less easily categorized.  Over the years she’s had guests such as Blue Man Group, David Sedaris, Eric Begosian and Poi Dog Pondering.

Murphy was, and is, Milly May Smithy, a sassy, saucy, bespangled character, a sort of weird combination of Dolly Parton and a Las Vegas showgirl. She dresses in crazy outfits, has a huge beehive hairdo, giant eyelashes and some fitting gaudy makeup.

This show featured Karol Kent’s Cubs trilogy, the band Expo ’76, Wendy Clinard & Company Flamenco Dance, Marc Smith (the poet and creator of the Uptown Poetry Slam), actresses Paula Killen and Consuelo Allen, Blue Man Group and a hilarious letter written by David Sedaris.

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Ben Harper – Grant Park – July 7, 2017

Thanks to WXRT, Lin Brehmer and Sam Phelps for throwing me such a great birthday concert yesterday in Grant Park. Here are four photos I took of Ben Harper performing.
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Salsa in the Park – Chicago Summers

UPTOWN — Uptown Saturday Nights will celebrate the 21st anniversary of Chicago Summerdance with Salsa lessons and live Latin music.

Chicago Summerdance is a summertime celebration that transforms parks across the city into dance space, according to the City of Chicago website.

The monthly event hosted by Uptown United will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Road.

Shutterfest 2017 – St. Louis

Shoot. Learn. Party. That’s the mantra here.

ShutterFest is all about growing as an artist and being around like-minded people who share the same love and passion of photography.

Had a great time networking with peers and working side-by-side with some of the leading professional photographers and educators in the world!

Here’s a photo of just a few of the Canon support staff at Shutterfest.

R.I.P. Lonnie Brooks

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., December 18, 1933 – April 1, 2017) was an American blues singer and guitarist.

The musicologist Robert Palmer, writing in Rolling Stone, stated, “His music is witty, soulful and ferociously energetic, brimming with novel harmonic turnarounds, committed vocals and simply astonishing guitar work.”

I had the pleasure of seeing Lonnie Brooks play live several times.  He always put on a great show.  Here’s one of my photos from a 90’s show at Grant Park.

Chicago Polar Plunge 2017

The ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE is a unique event which benefits Special Olympics Chicago and the programs it delivers to 6,800 athletes throughout the year! On March 5th more then 5,000 people jumped in Lake Michigan.  Dax Shepard was one of the first to dive in wearing his police uniform from his upcoming movie “Chips”.  That was followed up by the crew from the t.v. show “Chicago Fire”.  Maybe next year I’ll join in……maybe.

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