Last Girl Standing

June 2007

7 years
ago

 

Celebrity Beat: Heather Graham at the Gen Art Chicago Film Festival

Film festivals usually mean open bars and swag bags—and true to form, this inaugural fest had both. Tuesday was the opening night of the first-ever Gen Art Chicago Film Festival. “Five premieres. Five parties,” the invite read. New York has been hosting the fest for 12 years now, but Chicago scored a stop this year as well. “We are the first Gen Art office to carry on the festival,” says Amanda Nosal, director of Gen Art Chicago. “We’re proud that we were chosen over L.A., San Fran, and Miami [where Gen Art also has offices]. It makes sense, though; Chicago is really making its mark in the film world, and, well, we also love a great party.”

7 years
ago

 

Team of Two

’Tis the season for weddings. On Friday night, I attended yet another bachelorette party, this time for S. R., a founding member of Team Lush, who’s getting married at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego this coming weekend. About 10 girls got together to shower the bride-to-be with lingerie and advice before sending her off into matrimonial bliss. Of the 10, two are single; one is in a serious relationship; another has been married for a year; two are pregnant with their second children; and three have at least one kid each already. Conversation throughout the night hovered around husbands, pregnancy, children, grocery shopping, and sex. Only one of those topics I could personally relate to—OK, two, if you count grocery shopping for one.

7 years
ago

 

The Goodbye Girl

A friend of mine is moving to L.A. in a couple of weeks, so a group of us girls got together last night at Piazza Bella in Roscoe Village to send her off. She picked the restaurant: “This is my new Settimana,” she said on the ride over, referencing the shuttered Wicker Park café. “I still can’t believe that place closed.” Soon, though, she’ll have to find a new, new Settimana.

7 years
ago

 

Celebrity Beat

Summer in the city really means celebrities in the city. Seen on the scene, in the last week alone:

Thursday, June 7
Perhaps the most celeb-studded party Chicago has seen in recent years, the official Ocean’s Thirteen opening bash took place at Jerry Kleiner’s Room 21 last Thursday, following the movie’s premiere at AMC River East 21. Hosted by Vanity Fair, the party doubled as a charity event for Darfur; the cheapest ticket went for a cool $2,000. “Everything was draped in red, and it looked like the VIP-VIP-VIP room of Las Vegas’s best casino,” says guest Jonathan Landan, president of the marketing company A-Life Group. “George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle,…

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