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CCS’ 91st Annual Student Exhibition Opening 2016

About 350 Metro Detroit social movers and shakers gathered at the Taubman Center for Design Education on Friday on behalf of the College for Creative Studies’ 91st Annual Student Exhibition Opening 2016, sponsored by Lear. Opening night included the Collectors’ Preview and Private Reception, providing an exclusive opportunity for VIPs to enjoy a private reception and browse and buy some pretty impressive artwork before the doors opened to the general public.

Those tickets were $350 each. In the private VIP room, top-notch food and full beverage service was provided by Forte Belanger. In the general admission areas (those tickets were 50 bucks), there was food from local eateries, wine and beer and entertainment from local musicians. More than $300,000 was raised for CCS, and more than $100,000 worth of art was sold with funds going directly to students. Event organizers are over the moon about this year’s event, saying attendance, ticket and artwork sales were all up compared to last year. The general exhibition is now open to the public for free and runs through May 27. For information, contact events@collegeforcreativestudies.edu or call (313) 664-7464.

Full press on for ‘Full Court’

“Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story,” a full-length feature film chronicling the life of the controversial basketball Hall of Famer from Detroit (by way of Mississippi) will premiere this week at the Seattle Film Festival. Detroit entertainment lawyer Greg Reed, who is working with Haywood to “properly resurrect his legacy,” says that most importantly, the film addresses how Haywood challenged the system and changed the early entry rules of the NBA at the age of 19.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor. “As a result,” adds Reed, “Spencer is the gateway for 95 percent of the young players who opted to play before graduating college to earn a living and are playing in the NBA and NFL; such as Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaq, Dr J, Kevin Garnet, Charles Barkley and the list goes on.” Reed says the movie also contains some of the juicy stuff, like Haywood’s tumultuous, drug-filled marriage to supermodel Iman (before she married David Bowie). In fact, Iman is in the movie. The word is that the Pistons may be planning a special premiere event for the movie in Detroit soon. For information, visit fullcourtfilm.com/.

Joumana Kayrouz adds a lawyer to the family

Attorney Joumana Kayrouz hosted a lavish party at her palatial Bloomfield Hills digs on Saturday, celebrating the law school graduation of her daughter, Stephanie Shamma, and her daughter’s boyfriend, Ari Ribitwer, who also graduated from the same University of Detroit Law School class. About 100 friends and family attended the party that featured Italian and Middle Eastern fare delightfully prepared by the Kayrouz family chef, Seta, as well as a full service bar offering five signature drinks created specifically for the law school graduation. We particularly liked the “the bar before the Bar” and the “Lemon Law.” Joumana said this was a particularly good day for her daughter because she was “surrounded by her mother, her father, his wife and four boys, and her sister — a first since our divorce 15 years ago.” No official word has been given on whether or not Stephanie will join her mother’s successful law practice.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of thesocialmetro.com and is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.

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