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Celebrity doctor launches BlackHealthTV.com, says primary care model is falling short in addressing African-American health problems

Posted by Admin On October - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Celebrity doctor launches BlackHealthTV.com, says primary care model is falling short in addressing African-American health problems

New Health Website Works to Reach African Americans Where They Are – Online and Mobile

New Orleans, LA (BlackNews.com) — Black Health TV announces the launch of BlackHealthTV.com, a groundbreaking, online video and social media website focused on the health issues of African-American consumers and physicians. Co-founded by Dr. Corey Hebert, the award-winning medical journalist and frequent contributor to the Dr. Oz. Show, Black Health TV plans to establish its website as a global brand amongst people of African descent.

As the Internet and television continue to merge and connected TVs slowly move into consumers’ living rooms, Black Health TV is there. Black Health TV is the first health media company to explore new technologies in order to connect with African-American viewers online to watch the latest health topics that matter most including: diabetes, cancer, women’s health, kids’ health and more.

“I’m so proud to be at the helm of Black Health TV. We offer the African-American community, for the first time ever, culturally relevant on demand health information,” said Dr. Corey Hebert, CEO of Black Health TV.

According to the U.S. Office of Minority Health, African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group in several major disease categories from stroke to infant mortality, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS. Moreover, according to previous research reports from Pew Internet & American Life Project, as a percent of Internet users within each demographic group, African-Americans search for health insurance, fitness and how to lose or control their weight more than other groups. African-Americans also download more health applications or “apps” on their phones to help them track or manage their health more than any other group and are the second most active users of the mobile Internet including involvement in activities such as creating or posting individual or group blogs, listening to podcasts, downloading or streaming online video.

Black Health TV is setting out to change how African Americans receive their health information having formed content relationships with Morehouse Medical School, Harvard Health Publications (a division of Harvard Medical School), American Council on Exercise, and a host of other prestigious health information providers. BlackHealthTV.com provides a consumer-focused interactive health and wellness website that delivers integrated and dynamic health information and videos on a wide variety of subjects. The website will also offer areas for interactive support communities, health and wellness tools, and answers to frequently asked medical questions.

For more information, visit www.blackhealthtv.com


Black Health TV is the largest provider of health video on the Internet geared toward African-American consumers. Black Health TV contains a broad portfolio of service offerings that span the health spectrum, from in-depth medical content for condition prevention and management to fitness and cooking videos to recommendations for achieving a healthy lifestyle. Black Health TV is based in New Orleans and is led by CEO Corey Hebert, M.D.

Photo Caption: Dr. Corey Hebert, CEO and co-founder of Black Health TV

Women’s Business Development Center offers November programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership

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Center provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance.


CHICAGO, IL – Among workshops/events offered in November by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nationally and internationally recognized women’s business assistance center providing services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy, are:

Thursday, November 8, 6 to 9 p.m., “Guiding Your Success Through Building a Business Plan”

Description: This workshop is designed to be taken by both new business owners and owners of emerging or established businesses. You will write a draft of your executive summary as an outline for creating your full business plan and your planning process. You will learn all the parts of an effective plan and why it’s important that you get it on paper.

Location: Women’s Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $45.00 in advance, $50.00 at the door

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/Events/UpcomingWorkshopsEvents/tabid/107/vw/3/itemid/54/d/20121108/Default.aspx

Tuesday, November 13, 9:30 to 11 a.m., “Is Certification Right for You?”

Description: Have you been asked, “Are you certified as a minority or woman owned business?” by corporations and government agencies? If so and you don’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. Presented by the WBDC Certification Program Manager, you will learn: What certification you should obtain based on your business needs; the differences and benefits of Minority (MBE) and Women (WBE) owned business certifications on Federal, State, Local and Private levels; benefits and process of WBE certification offered by the Women’s Business Development Center through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Location: Women’s Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/Events/UpcomingWorkshopsEvents/tabid/107/vw/3/itemid/30/d/20121113/Default.aspx

Wednesday, November 14, 1 to 4 p.m., “Starting a Business in Illinois”

Description: Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? Put yourself ahead of the curve and gain the knowledge you need to assist with a successful launch. This Women’s Business Development Center workshop will address if business ownership is right for you, the transition from being an employee, volunteer, homemaker and/or independent contractor to business owner and more.

Location: Women’s Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Registration: http://www.wbdc.org/events/upcomingworkshopsevents/tabid/107/ctl/viewdetail/mid/765/itemid/29/d/20121114/Starting-a-Business-in-Illinois.aspx

Thursday, November 29, 6 to 9:30 p.m., “Profit from Your Personal Brand”

Description: Your personal presence can be profitable, or it can cost you.  This session explores how personal branding hits the bottom line of your business. This exciting Women’s Business Development Center workshop gives participants immediate feedback on how they are perceived and arms them with the tools necessary for making a memorable and positive impression in business affairs, personal relationships and casual everyday interactions.

Location: Women’s Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $50.00 in advance, $60.00 at the door

Registration:   http://www.wbdc.org/events/upcomingworkshopsevents/tabid/107/ctl/viewdetail/mid/765/itemid/56/d/20121129/Profit-from-Your-Personal-Brand.aspx

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. The WBDC is headquartered at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60603.


The Chatham ICE Theater will reopen Friday

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Partner vows to go digital


By Chinta Strausberg

Having temporarily closed last week due to an ongoing dispute between a partner and the owners of the West Chatham’s ICE Theater, Alisa Starks, co-owner, said the theater would reopen this Friday, October 26, 2012.

According to a reliable source, the ongoing battle that led to the closure is between Mrs. Starks, her husband, Donzell, and prominent businessman Michael Silver who became a partner with the couple in 2007. The dispute began in late 2010 when the Starks fought to upgrade the theater and Silver allegedly blocked their efforts.

“As a result, the theater has suffered over the last two-years,” said the source who asked not to be named. When asked how, the source said, “The Starks wanted to convert to a digital system and to make other capital improvements but Silver has blocked their efforts.”

Under the partnership, the Starks own the property and the theater with Silver that sits on 11-acres once owned by Home Depot. However, the Starks separately own the operations of the theater.

Sources said because Silver is the manager of the partnership, he reportedly fired the black security firm the Starks had employed and hired a white one. Sources say there was no cost benefit for the transition. Sources said the Starks are still upset over that exchange. Sources said Silver allegedly blocked their efforts to go digital like other large movie theaters.

When contacted, Mr. Silver said, “I never managed the theater. I have ownership interests.” He also denied firing the black security guard company and replacing it with a white firm. “This is a good community and it should be there for the community,” Silver told this reporter.

“As a property owner, I am very committed to Chatham, to the community and continuous improvement programs for the theater. I’d rather not say it. I will show it,” said Silver who also denied allegations that he blocked the Starks from going digital. “We are committed to a digital program.”

Asked about the eviction notice, Mr. Silver denied allegations that he was trying to evict the Starks. “I wasn’t trying to evict the Starks. We are reopening the theater as of this Friday. The Starks were attempting to buy” out his interest.  “We gave them a lot of months to do that. There was an understanding that they agreed to if they can’t purchase the theater, they would allow us to manage the building. That was agreed to,” said Silver.

“The theater is in need of a continued modernization program. We need to keep it for the community. It requires capital, maintenance and the outreach programs. I am not the manger of the theater.  The theater is being operated by John Scaletta,” Silver said.

But, reliable sources say the Starks are quite upset and stunned over Silver’s latest move to evict them from the theater and property they own, and his move came at a time when the Starks was close to a deal to refinance the theater without Silver in the picture. They had an agreement to buy Silver out of their partnership. They had set a date to close their theater at the end of September and reopen it without Silver.

Sources said, “It appears Silver, who was a trusted friend for years, is trying to force the Starks out through an eviction process. As a partner, Silver controls the lease, capital improvements and real estate.”

The Starks mission has always been to have minority involvement specifically with African Americans at the ownership and theater levels to reflect the community. She and her husband have been in business for the past 15-years.

“It would never have been our decision to close the theater for even a day,” Mrs. Starks said. “We’ve been through many partnerships. When we opened our doors, we had Cineplex Odeon as our partner. Shortly after we opened our doors, they merged with Loews Cineplex. We never closed to make that transition,” she said.

“When Sony Lowes went bankrupted, we hired Marcus Theatres to run our theater operations. We never closed the theaters. We later terminated our agreement with Marcus Theatres and hired a smaller more affordable company…. We never closed the theater,” she said.

“It is a little disheartening this time to have an investor make such a drastic decision to impact the business. Closing the doors like that impacts the employees who will not be able to work. They are without a job. There was resistance to even giving them their paychecks,” Mrs. Starks said disagreeing with the way in which this was handled. “It doesn’t make sense,” she said.

 “We’ve been in battle for awhile. We are partners, but we knew he had gone behind our backs and started an eviction process without our knowledge. But, once we found out, we entered into an agreement to buy him out. The closing was imminent. He had a stay on the eviction and was adamant about taking it all the way,” Mrs. Starks said. “Once the agreement was reached to take him out of the partnership, he put a stay on the eviction. Why do this is beyond me.”

The Starks had asked the lender for 30-more days to buy Silver out. Instead, their partner slapped an eviction notice on the theater. “It’s devastating because we are torn over the loss of jobs for our 35 or 40 employees.”

Asked about their theater at 62 and Western theater, Mrs. Starks said they still own that and like their West Side Theater they do not have a partner. Explaining, she said, “We closed Lawndale and Western in 2007 and brought in this partner (Silver) to help us go forward with Chatham so we never had to close Chatham.

“We reopened Lawndale in 2011 with some new market tax credit funding and we’re planning to redevelop the Western property and reopen in 2013,” Mrs. Starks explained.

Asked if it is true they owed the city amusement tax, Mrs. Starks said, “That was false. We are basically current.” When asked about allegations that they were having ongoing legal battles with movie studios, she also denied those news reports. “If that were the case, they would not be giving us film to show movies,” she said calling the allegations “ridiculous.”

Mrs. Starks also denied allegations that the Inner City Entertainment owns the Biograph, Water Towers and other theaters. That is not true. It was a company called Meridian Entertainment. Don was president and I was vice president of marketing. That was a separate company. Our three theaters never had issues” with the city’s amusement tax.

“In fact, if anything, the city owes us,” she said. “In 1996, the city awarded us TIFF money for our Western Theater (62nd and Western). We were awarded $9.75 million. We had started to get reimbursement but before we closed we only got half the money. That money could have prevented us from ever closing if the city had disbursed those monies timely.

“In Chatham, we didn’t start getting reimbursements until the spring of 2008 and we got most of it all at once and Western we never got. We probably got about $4.5 million of the $9.75 million we were supposed to get. Reporters like to keep talking about we got awarded money that we never got. The city approved the TIFF; however, the Starks never received all of the funds that were approved.

Starks said the money is probably still sitting there targeted for Tax Increment Funds (TIF). “The city had conceptually set aside the financing for us. We had fulfilled all of our obligations in building the facility…and we got distracted because we were in the midst of partnership changes. It became Don and I’s fight to get it (the TIF funds) back. They dragged the process on and on. We got less than half the money,” she stated.

When contacted, Scaletta denied firing a black security firm and replacing it with a white one. “When I called looking for security during the transition, I did not ask about race.  I hired a company to provide us with temporary security during this transition.” He said the movie companies were very concerned about the safety of their trademark movies.

What ever their disagreements are, the Starks, Silver and Scaletta said the show will reopen this Friday.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.


Recording Artist Wilton Banks releases new song in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama

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Wilton Banks Is Best Known For His Appearance on “The Cosby Show” and “Entertainment Tonight”

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Recording artist, Wilton Banks has released a single in honor of First Lady Michelle Obama. His song entitled “First Lady”, respectively mentions her charm, elegance, intellect, and states that she is the standard for the world, the pride of man, woman, boy and girl. In addition to honoring the First Lady in Chief, Wilton says that this song celebrates women everywhere.

“Singing and songwriting are my gifts,” says Banks who started singing in church at age three. He penned his song after the election of President Obama and decided to release it on a national scale at this time. He states, “Recently I read a letter written to the First Lady by Beyonce` Knowles. I am amazed that many of the comments she made are similar to the words in my song. I would love to hear her sing it.”

As to whether First Lady Michelle Obama has heard the song Banks states, “I’m not sure, but I do have a note from Secretary of Education, Ernie Duncan stating that he passed on a copy of the song to the White House.” The education tie-in seems fitting in that Wilton has a degree in education from Grambling State University, and his father, the late Rev. Henry Banks Sr. received an award for sending the most students from one family through Grambling. A total of (9) children attended, with (7) graduating with degrees in education. In addition, Rev. Banks is responsible for getting the first school bus running for blacks in Northern Louisiana. Wilton plans to use proceeds from the song to help establish The Henry Banks Sr. Scholarship Fund in honor of his father.

A trailblazer, Wilton also wrote, “Rap the Facts”, a musical educational series that teaches math through singing, rapping, rhythm and rhyme. His innovative method of teaching math netted “Uncle” Wilton, an appearance on The Cosby Show. Banks states, “As a teacher, I noticed that my students really enjoyed the catchy rhythms and rhymes that I would come up with on the spot to help them learn. I decided to set them to music and students are able to learn the multiplication facts/times tables, in a fun way.”

To see The Cosby Show (Episode Title- Live and Learn) featuring Wilton Banks along with legendary drummer Max Roach, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTuZFNRbFX4.

To hear the song “First Lady”, visit www.wiltonbanks.com.

Follow Wilton Banks on Twitter @wiltonbanks

Photo Caption: Wilton Banks

The Auditorium Theatre announces new programming for Katten/Landau Studio

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CHICAGO, IL – “Life is a Cabaret” once more when The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University welcomes Chicago favorites to perform in the Katten/Landau Studio Series (425 S Wabash, 4th Floor). Husband and wife duo Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon debut their original cabaret show “Songs of a Dream”—co-produced by The Auditorium Theatre—Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm and on Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm, The Auditorium Theatre brings holiday magic to the stage with “Home for the Holidays with The Bourné Family.”

Tickets ($25 – $35) are available online at auditoriumtheatre.org by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787), or in-person at The Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E Congress Pkwy). Discounted packages ($40 – $60 for both shows) are available online at ticketmaster.com/auditorium or by calling (312) 341-2356.

“As we continue to expand the Katten/Landau Studio series, we are thrilled to introduce audiences to some of Chicago’s most beloved performers,” said Executive Director Brett Batterson. “Both Rod and Alfreda, as well as The Bourné Family, create an atmosphere that is inviting and intimate. To see them perform in this space gives both the audience and the performers a truly unique experience.”

Co-produced with The Auditorium Theatre, Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon bring their self-developed cabaret piece to the Katten/Landau Studio, Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm. Drawing from their own lives and relationship, Burke—hailed by the “Chicago Tribune” as a voice that’s… “voluptuous, creamy and luxuriant”—and Dixon whose “voice has a quality like polished steel under tension–flexible and ringingly resonant,” (“Chicago Tribune”) treat audiences to an intimate performance filled with a diverse lineup of songs including Broadway favorites, spiritual gems and operatic treasures. Directed by Linda Brovsky with musical direction by Matt Long, “Songs of a Dream” tells the story of two driven musicians whose passion for music and each other resonates throughout their lives.

“Alfreda and I are so thrilled to be back at The Auditorium Theatre performing something that is so near and dear to our hearts,” said Dixon. Added Burke, “We are grateful to The Auditorium for giving us the opportunity to tell our journey through song in such an intimate setting that the new Katten/Landau studio is able to provide.”

 “Songs of a Dream” is available for booking in 2013 and beyond through The Auditorium Theatre. Please contact Kathy Bliss for more information – (312) 341-2365 or kbliss@auditoriumtheatre.org.

The Bourné Family returns to The Auditorium Theatre’s Katten/Landau Studio with “Home for the Holidays with the Bourné Family” on Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm. Composed of 8 children and their mother Lisa, the modern day von Trapps combine unique vocal harmonies which blend in what is often referred to by their fans as “the voices of angels.” Through traditional carols, along with holiday songs from other countries, the family shares the meaning of the holiday season and celebrates the true spirit of family, friends and music.

“We are so honored to be back at The Auditorium Theatre performing at the Katten/Landau studio,” said Bourné Family singer Elizabeth Bourné. “To bring our own family traditions and holiday spirit to Auditorium audiences is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and share the magic of music with friends and family.”

Don’t let Online Goblins play tricks on you

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(From the Better Business Bureau)



CHICAGO, IL – October is the time of year for ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Generally, you will find them haunting houses, and graveyards. However, today you can also find them on the internet. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) urges consumers to be alert while doing business or shopping online and in particular to inspect online solicitations with the same attention as candy collected while trick or treating.


Many online scams or viruses can be disguised in virtual costumes, hiding their true identity. It is important to be aware of the different signs of foul play to avoid the trickery.


“While most consumers are concerned with buying candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters this month, cyber criminals may be spreading computer viruses, stealing identities and ruining the spirit of Halloween for all,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “As always it is important to keep personal information private whether the scammer rings your doorbell or knocks on your cyber-door.”

The BBB offers the following “online treats” to consumers:

Don’t trust “candy from strangers”. Finding something on the Internet does not always make it true or good for you. Before accepting the statement or advertisement as fact, verify that the source is reliable. If it’s a business, check it out first with the BBB at www.bbb.org. Since many scam artists “spoof” email addresses to appear they’re coming from a financial institution or an online payment service, be wary of any email requesting account verification information. Also, never open attachments or respond to requests for personal or financial information from someone unknown.

Don’t be “tricked” into falling for an offer that is too good to be true. Many emails promise outlandish rewards or monetary gifts. Here’s the trick: You can’t win a sweepstakes you didn’t enter and there are not wealthy strangers desperate to send you their money. These emails are phishing for your personal account information. Beware of pop-ups advertising free downloadable software – they may be disguising spyware or malware.

Don’t advertise that you’re away from home. Some email accounts, especially within an organization, offer an auto responder that allows you to create a message if you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. Instead, use phrases such as “I will not have access to email between [date] and [date].” If possible, restrict recipients of this message to people within your organization or in your address book. If the away message replies to spam, it may increase the amount you already receive.

Don’t leave “treats” out in the open. Take steps to protect your personal and financial data by locking your computer when you step away; using firewalls, anti-virus software and strong passwords; installing appropriate software updates; and taking precautions when browsing or using email. Attackers and viruses are constantly scanning the Internet for available computers to target. To play it safe, whenever not online, disable your Wi-Fi connection, turn off your computer or modem, or even disconnect cables.

Don’t throw caution to the wind. Information on your computer is vulnerable – but if you make regular backups, all is not lost in the event of an equipment malfunction, an error or a cyber attack.


For more information on being safe online, visit www.bbb.org


Sec’y of State Jesse White honors Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau among others at the Secretary of State’s 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White hosted his annual National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Thursday, September 27th at the James R. Thompson Center, highlighting the historic strides of Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau and various local artists.

 Director Grau received the Lifetime Achievement Award. John Garcia of ABC 7 Chicago and Daniella Guzman of NBC 5 News emceed the event.

Honorees were awarded Distinguished Artists Awards for their creative contributions to the cultural education of Chicago communities. This year’s event also featured performances and contributions by vocalist Lily Perez, Mariachi Zapopan, Farragut Career Academy’s JROTC Color Guard, the Taki Sumak Folklore Dance Group and the Marimba Ensemble.

Artist David Datuna debuts Portrait of President Barack Obama

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Birnam Wood Galleries is showing David Datuna: Emblem and Image, an exhibition of the artist’s recent works. This timely exhibition running throughout the final month of the election season, will include several works from Datuna’s distinctive flag series in which the Stars and Stripes are distilled to a dialogue on American culture and identity. But the anchor of the exhibition is a portrait of President Barack Obama titled Mr. President: Legacy that touches on elements of the African-American political and social experience over 150 years. The black and white portrait is comprised of tiny images of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

David Datuna conceived the work to mark the climax of the presidential campaign. Seeing the direct link from Lincoln to Obama was simple and straightforward, according to the artist. “But I wanted more,” says Datuna. “I wanted to create a window into the legacy that made Barack Obama possible.” Dr. King and Rosa Parks form the eyes of the portrait.

Among other notable subjects of Datuna’s previous portraits are Vladimir Putin, Steve Jobs and Marilyn Monroe. In February 2012, his portrait of supermodel Natalia Vodianova led the sales at a benefit auction in Moscow for the Naked Heart Foundation, attracting a buyer at $780,000.

Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Datuna now lives and works in New York. He offers us a distinct viewpoint on national identity: a view that reflects foreign roots but is dominated by an embrace of his adopted American homeland. In some ways, it is the perspective of a visitor or keen-eyed guest in a long tradition of discerning foreign observers of America that goes back to de Toqueville.

Like Jasper Johns and other Pop artists before him, Datuna re-imagines our most potent national symbols as art and artifact. His work is a melting pot made visual. Rather than hewing to literal translation of shape and color, some of Datuna’s flag constructions are done in shades of white or black, or as virtual pools on the ground.

David Datuna’s work has been exhibited extensively, including shows in Europe, Russia, China and the United States. This is the sixth solo exhibition of his work and the second solo show in New York. The show runs through November 3rd. at Birnam Wood Galleries. located at 514 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011. Telephone is (212) 242-2270 and the email is info@birnamwoodart.com. The website is www.birnamwoodart.com and gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm or by appointment.

Mose Allison performance Saturday, November 3 at Elgin Community College Arts Center has been cancelled

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ELGIN, IL – The performance by Mose Allison originally set for Saturday, November 3 at the Elgin Community College Arts Center has been cancelled. The musician has cut back his performance schedule due to the advice of his physicians. A spokesperson for the Allison family states that he was looking forward to his Elgin performance and sincerely regrets the cancellation but at this time his physicians have suggested that he limit his performance schedule.
“Mose Allison is more than a mere national treasure,” says Steve Duchrow, ECC Arts Center Director of Performing Arts, “He has sent the breath of his art and music into the largest corners of the globe, and into the tiniest and most silent places of the human heart. I, and the staff at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, have relished our contact with Mose Allison, his wife Audre, and his family while scheduling this engagement during the last six months. We, and his many devoted fans, are disappointed at the cancellation but understand and fully support the need to protect his strength and well-being at this time.”
The ECC Arts Center will be contacting ticker holders. Refunds or exchanges will be offered to all patrons who purchased tickets to the event. ECC Arts Center patrons with questions may call the ECC box office at 847-622-0300. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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