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Spotted: Detroiters enjoy Tony Bennett NYC arts gala

Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, hosted the 11th annual Exploring the Arts 2018 gala Tuesday night at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC and honored Richard Bressler, president, COO and CFO of iHeartMedia Inc. and TedSarandos, chief content officer of Netflix. Bennett closed the evening with a showstopping performance, singing a medley of some of his timeless classics. The event included welcome remarks by Ryan Seacrest and special guest performances from Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell. Among the VIP guests were Detroit’s own Ed Welburn and Jessie Elliott. “It was an amazing evening, and always great to see my dear friend, Tony Bennett,” says Welburn. “He’s created a wonderful organization, and I’m proud to serve on the Exploring the Arts Inc. board of directors.”

Detroit exhibit highlights accomplished black women

Noted photographer and visual artist Tafari K. Stevenson-Howard will unveil his latest visual showcase called “Couch: Beautiful — An Exploration of Beautiful Black Women” at Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique in Detroit on Feb. 10. The exhibit will show some of Detroit’s internationally renowned female artists, activists and thought leaders photographed by Tafari. Some of the featured subjects include poet/activist/artist jessica Care moore; rapper/wordsmith Mahogany Jones; model/Mahogani Music ambassador Tracy Washington; visual artist maven Sydney James; and songstress/writer/composer Ideeyah (Johnson). The series will show through April. Visit photographybytafari.com.

The good doctor recognized on national TV

Dr. Tony Abood got a shout-out the other day on national television. Loni Love, a native Detroiter who is a co-host on the talk show “The Real” (1 p.m. weekdays on Fox 2), took a moment to wish her mom a happy birthday. She said all her mom wanted her to do was shout out her doctor, Tony Abood. “Dr. Tony, thank you for all that you do for my mom,” Lonnie announced, “you and your wife, Cherokee.” Actually, Tony’s wife’s name is Charity, but it was all good intentions and happily received. The segment ended with co-host Adrienne Houghton commenting, “Is that what we’re going to be asking for when we’re older? Make sure you shout out the man that’s keeping me alive?”

Chuck Bennett hosts “Chuck’s Closet” at 4 p.m. Saturdays on Superstation 910 AM.

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