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SC: Chris Rock hits Parc twice with pals

Chuck Bennett

Chris Rock hits Parc twice with pals

Chris Rock, who was in town for his Total Blackout Tour, dined and entertained at the hot new Parc restaurant at Campus Martius Park on Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, he showed up after his performance at around 11:45 p.m., with a group of about a dozen friends, which included comedian Tim Meadows. On Saturday, he returned, a bit earlier in the evening, again with a group of pals. Both nights, they sampled the entire menu (with the exception of prawns — Chris apparently has a shrimp allergy). Chris was very gracious and shook hands and took photos with several diners.

Ed Welburn becomes part of Exploring the Arts

It comes as no great surprise that after several recent visits and speaking engagements to Exploring the Arts partner schools in New York and Los Angeles that legendary retired General Motors VP of Design Ed Welburn would soon become a part of the organization. Singer Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, who are personal friends of Ed’s, founded Exploring the Arts in 1999 with a goal to transform the lives of young people through quality arts education in public schools. Welburn has been appointed to the board of directors. “I began drawing cars at a very young age, and I was fortunate that classes in art supported my dream of becoming a car designer, so giving the next generation access to art education in the classroom, and helping young artists realize their goals and capabilities has become a personal passion.”

Alfred Edmond speaks at Jackets for Jobs party

Alfred Edmond, senior VP at Black Enterprise magazine, discovered you have to bring your fashion A-game when you visit Detroit. Edmond, a highly sought-after speaker, was in town to deliver the keynote at the 17th anniversary celebration for Alison Vaughn’s Jackets for Jobs. “In fact,” he said to his wife, who was seated nearby, “I’d better get a pair of ’gators.” Edmond, who also has his own line of men’s fashion accessories, spoke about the importance of appearance in business. Honorees at the event, which was held at Greektown Casino, were Dennis Archer Jr., Lucius Vassar, Ex-Mayor Dave Bing, and Judge Craig Strong. Jackets for Jobs is a nonprofit organization that provides employment etiquette and professional clothes to low-income individuals. Founded by Vaughn, who just published a new book, “Ms. Goal Digger, Success is Sexy” the organization has assisted more than 20,000 people with employment.

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■Singer Trey Songz and record exec Kevin Liles showed up for a private dinner at Bistro 82 Tuesday night. Songz performed to a sold-out audience across the street at the Royal Oak Music Theater on Wednesday.

Chuck Bennett hosts “Chuck’s Closet,” which broadcasts every Saturday from 4-5 p.m. on Super Station 910AM. He also is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.