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.
While attending the NAB Show in Las Vegas, I noticed some beautiful fresh flowers in the Bellagio Hotel lobby. I decided to get down on the floor and photograph the flowers at an angle so as to have the Chihuly sculpture on the ceiling as my background.
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.
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.