Men’s fashion, Nashville singer in party fun

Uber-glamorous Donna Yost, who is married to Kim Yost (CEO of Art Van Furniture) and who is an author and runs the Life Chest, the modern-day memory box business, co-hosted a fun, invitation-only party Saturday night with Louis Vuitton at the Somerset Collection store. The theme of the party was flavored for men — cognac, cigar rolling, casino games — but women were certainly welcomed. The entertainment for the evening came about in an unusual way. While on the Life Chest clock, Donna went to Nashville to meet with legendary country singer GlenCampbell’s wife, Kim, and daughter, Ashley. Ashley’s best friend, Aija Clark, was also on the scene. Cut to the chase: Aija is an up-and-coming jazzy, bluesy singer ala Jill Scott or Lauryn Hill. Donna met her, loved her, listened to her pretty amazing work, and immediately booked her to perform at the party. Aside from the amazing food and entertainment that night, guests had a chance to discover the latest men’s collection from Vuitton and to hear about a couple of collaborations from Yost and Vuitton, including the exciting news that Michigan will be breaking ground for a Fisher House ( in Ann Arbor in 2018. Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

South Oakland Shelter ‘Rent Party’ features jazz and spirits

In the 1920s, certain families, particularly those who played a role in the historic development of jazz and blues, came up with a DIY solution to eviction — they hosted rent parties. In that same spirit, South Oakland Shelter presented its own version of “The Rent Party” on Saturday, at the Stanley Kresge estate in the Arden Park-Boston Edison Historic District. About 300 guests came to the party that featured three stages of jazz, including the Mike Jellick Quartet, Ralphe Armstrong and the I.D. Quartet, and RJ Spängler’s Planet D Nonet with special guest Thornetta Davis. There was an open bar featuring Two James Spirits, Motor City Brewing Works, Motor City Wine and a pretty impressive strolling dinner provided by Selden Standard, Wright & Company and Supino Pizzeria. The question of the evening was, “Where’s Ryan?” Ryan Hertz, the CEO/president of South Oakland Shelter, was unable to attend because his wife, Katharina, had just given birth to their first child. Money raised through the event will benefit SOS, which was established to address the problem of homelessness.

N.Y., Michigan artists’ works featured at Reyes Projects reception

Reyes Projects, the hot new gallery in Birmingham, had a packed reception for two solo shows Wednesday. Nationally acclaimed art dealer Terese Reyes welcomed about 100 art lovers into her renovated space on Old Woodward Avenue. “This show is indicative of our mission to put internationally and regionally renowned artists in dialogue together, and I’m very proud of it,” says Terese. On view at the gallery is New York-based artist CharlesAndresen’s work — he’s a bit of a local legend in New York, having moonlighted as a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 25 years, all while painting and exhibiting on the side. Michigan native Chris Riddell also has work on view at Reyes Projects. Terese says Reyes Projects will host five such exhibitions per year dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists.

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

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