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This article was published 14/6/2012 (2685 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The crew for the movie Imperfect Justice, featuring Rob Lowe, crowded into the Salisbury House on Roseberry and Ellice to take shelter Monday. High winds smashed giant planters in front of the restaurant, and the lighting crew wrestled with the wind and their expensive equipment. An unamused guard sat by the door in a big parka with a wool scarf up to his mouth.
Just the day before, yours truly spotted Lowe, who plays the prosecutor in the Casey Anthony story, running on North Drive in the hot sunshine wearing shorts and a T-shirt headed toward the Wildewood Club in Fort Garry. Dark curly hair, big blue eyes, long black eyelashes, medium height, slim build. Was it Lowe or a double? A staffer on the phone said smoothly: "I wouldn't know."
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CHOCOLATE GALA EARNS SWEET MONEY: Remember the stuffy mayor in the movie Chocolat who gorged himself on the food of the gods and ended up sleeping it off in the store's display window? Hundreds of Winnipeggers qualified to redo that scene after La Soirée chocolatée, the exotic St. Boniface Hospital Foundation gala fundraiser held at Le Cercle Molière on June 7. Event organizer Heather Olynick reports they made $90,000 with the help of lively auctioneer Gilbert Gauthier. Picture cakes and tortes from 16 bakeries and restaurants, most on yummy chocolate themes, with servers tempting attendees to try them all — and some people actually did! A multi-tiered chocolate fountain for dipping fruit created a lineup of chocoholics right inside the door.
Event chairwoman Brigitte Léger welcomed the happy gang to the fancy soirée and auction along with RBC honcho Kevin O'Connor from Montreal. Spotted: City councillors Dan Vandal and Brian Mayes, John Bockstael of Bockstael Construction, Karen Bryk, deputy chief of protocol for the province, Michael Guertin of Guertin Equipment and Carmine Militano of Stantec. Our own Free Press reporter and Pennies From Heaven angel Kevin Rollason scarfed down desserts beside his wife, legal aid lawyer Gail MacAulay.
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FATHER & DAUGHTER ART SHOW: Joe Grande, owner of Mona Lisa Restaurant, and his daughter, Giuliana, 23, are mounting a father-and-daughter art show on the walls of his popular restaurant on Corydon — her painting and his photography.
"I was also a fine arts student. When I was young, it was hard for me to figure out how to make money as an artist, so I had to become a restaurant worker to earn some money and raise a family," says Joe.
"I got married and we had our first child, Giuliana. I had to work, so I put my sketch pads and easels in the basement. When she grew up and wanted to go into fine arts, I asked her why. She said, 'Well, Daddy, when you were at work, I played with all your stuff!' "
Proud papa says his daughter is a great oil painter.
"She loves abstracts and earthy bold colours, and she's got some beautiful things. She also inspired me to get back into photography, so we decided we were going to put a show together." Grande will be showing his photos of Italy.
The show opens on the walls of the restaurant July 1, for the summer. Call 488-3684 for more information.
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WHAT, NO BROLLIES? Marathoners are tough. They don't carry umbrellas, and the Challenge for Life marathon walking gang got soaked on Saturday.
"It was literally second by second between 11:30 and noon on whether we would have to pull the race (already in progress) for the safety of the walkers," says Kate Gameiro, project leader on Challenge for Life. Scary storm cells were forming and she was on the phone with Environment Canada continually, asking, "Do you see lightning, hail, what?" But the sun came out at the end for "a phenomenal closing ceremony." They raised $955,000 for CancerCare Manitoba and are still taking donations at www.challengeforlife.ca .
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RUSH'S OLDEST FAN: Clockwork Angels, the new Rush CD, dropped Tuesday and 89-year-old Winnipeg fan Ralph Bent couldn't be happier for his personal buddy, Geddy Lee, just 58. Lee is the bass player of the Toronto-based band known for his wailing vocals. A mutual love of baseball creates the strongest bond between the two, who met through Bent's fashion-designer daughter, Brenda, who plays tennis with Lee. Ralph recently returned from Toronto where he went to the Blue Jays/Yankee game with his rocker pal. He now has a small collection of bats signed by famous baseball stars.
"Geddy has a fabulous collection of baseballs," says Bent, eyes twinkling.
And now Bent is a real Rush fan.
"When Rush was in Winnipeg last, I was invited down early to the meet-and-greet. I'd never been to a rock concert before. Geddy said, 'I've got some special earplugs for you.' After the show, I got home and I could hear all these noises — my ears were ringing and I thought the water was on outside the house, but it was from the concert!"
Before anybody was famous, Brenda, Geddy Lee and Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy worked in Toronto restaurant Peter Pan. Ralph also knows Cuddy now. Brenda later married the restaurant's chef, Susur Lee, who's dazzled the cooking world in TV chef competitions. Brenda's girlfriend Nancy Young married Geddy Lee.
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HARVEY'S ON THE STRIP: Guess what's happening at the empty Chicken Delight drive-thru location at Corydon and Stafford? Patio restaurants and shop owners have been dying to find out who the competition will be. Turns out a Harvey's drive-thru and restaurant is moving in. Though leased recently through Shindico, the restaurant won't open until November. Why so long? Sandy Shindleman, owner of Shindico, says Harvey's plans include landscaping, removing the atrium on the Stafford Street side and creating a patio.
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