Society Confidential: Pilates queen comes home

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

Iyanla rocks

A tall, very thin Wendy Williams spoke for about 50 minutes at the Radio One Women’s Empowerment Expo at Cobo Center on Saturday. Her topic: “Ten Things Every Woman Should Know.” Wendy seemed um, a little distracted. But then inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant came on, entering Cobo the way Floyd Mayweather enters a boxing arena — from the back of the room, boldly walking through the screaming crowd of adoring fans with the music of Kelly Price’s “It’s My Time” blasting. Chic in a red, tapered Afro hairdo, Vanzant wore a cropped leather jacket over a white shirt, Kelly green pencil skirt and 5-inch stiletto leather booties. The audience was transfixed by her message about how to make it through each decade of a woman’s life. After the show, she was spotted swapping fashion tips with one of the sponsors, Janice Cosby-Bridges of Ascension Health.

Last weeks to ‘kick out the jams’ with the MC5 in Lincoln Park

If you haven’t seen that MC5 exhibit that’s been heating up the tiny Lincoln Park Historical Museum, it will be closing on Labor Day with a bang. The exhibit honors the Lincoln Park roots of the famed Detroit rock band, featuring works by artists and photographers including Leni Sinclair, Gary Grimshaw, CarlLundgren, Emil Bacilla,Mark Arminski, Charlie Auringer, Robert Alford and Sue Rynski.

There will be a party from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 5 to mark the closing, featuring two bands, and a video greeting from Brother Wayne Kramer, sent from Los Angeles. To see the exhibit, there will be special holiday weekend hours at the museum over Labor Day weekend: 1-6 p.m. Friday through Monday, Sept. 4-7. Admission is free. The museum is at 1335 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park. Call (313) 386-3137.

Queen of Pilates

At 8:30 a.m. Sunday, thanks to Nancy Hodari and the folks at Equilibrium Pilates Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Metro Detroiters will be able to practice Pilates with Mari Winsor at the Lululemon clothing store in Birmingham. Former Detroiter Winsor is credited with making Pilates — the low-intensity, calorie-burning workout — a worldwide, household name. With a roster of A-list clients that includes Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sharon Stone, Mari remains the most sought-after trainer in Hollywood and a celebrity in the world of health and fitness. However, a diagnosis of ALS a few years ago threw her for a loop.

“At first I thought, how could this be happening to me?” Winsor said. “My life has been devoted to health and fitness. The symptoms eluded me and my doctors for three years. Now that I know what it is, I can step up and fight with everything I have.” While she lost some of her mobility, Winsor still works with clients six, sometimes seven days a week, and works to spread awareness of neurological diseases. The class at Lululemon will benefit ALS of Michigan. Donations can be made at Lululemon or Equilibrium. There are also two Reformer Experienced classes scheduled with Mari at Equilibrium at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday.