Monthly Archives: June 2011

Can’t Knock the Hustle…For Trying

By Wendy Simmons

Fresh to DVD, The Hustle starring Charlie Murphy and Al Shearer engulfs us in a day of mishaps as the main characters (Murphy and Shearer) attempt to hustle their way out of trouble.

Directed by Deon Taylor, this Friday meets First Sunday comedy will make you laugh out loud with silly yet satirical comedic slapstick.  Filled with an ensemble of great comedians and actors that include David Alan Grier, John Witherspoon and Tamala Jones, it’s surprising this movie was not released in theaters.  And it was great to see Charlie “Eddie’s Little Brother” Murphy take a leading role.

While the film abruptly ended with quick resolutions, it managed to tie up loose ends and will leave viewers with the idea that a sequel may be in the works.

Definitely pick this one up and enjoy a good laugh at home.

I give it $$ 1/2

Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2011

Multitalented singer, songwriter, producer and musician, Cee Lo Green, known for his most recent chart-topping hit “Forget You” as well as co-writing and singing Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” will headline the 13th annual Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2011 set at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago on Friday, August 12th at 8 pm.

The artist debuted his first album earlier this year, entitled “Lady Killa,” and also stars as a judge on the NBC hit series, “The Voice.” Also set to perform at Macy’s Glamorama this year is electro-pop quartet Far East Movement who shot to fame with chart-topping singles, “Like a G6” and “Rocketeer” from their debut album, entitled “Free Wired.” The group’s latest single, “If I Was You,” features rap artist Snoop Dogg.

This year’s show – themed ARTRAGEOUS – brings high fashion and fierce performances together for one unforgettable night. Topping the list of featured designers: Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel and more! The evening concludes with an over-the-top “artlandish” post-party at Macy’s on State Street. The event will once again benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland® and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI).
Ticket prices range from $50 to $1,000 and can be purchased now through RMHC®-CNI at or by calling 630.623.2309. Tickets will also be available for purchase starting June 8th through Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000, or through The Chicago Theatre box office. For more information on Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, please visit