By Jorge G. Zavala | Creative Director
All images by Jorge G. Zavala
Being a gentlemen is not always easy, but it's a heck of a ton of fun. On June 26, 2014, 3 Gents Chicago, one of Chicago's newest additions to the insider industry, hosted Bourbon abd Bowties, an evening of chivalry, class, and pure gentlemen style as the team raised funds for Hockey on Your Block, a non-profit dedicated to promoting hockey and physical activity among youth. From 6:30pm to around 9pm, decked out gals and their beau pals came together for cigars, plenty of high-end bourbon, and some of the most dappered-out bros in the city.
An eclectic group of Chicago's finest came together to celebrate summertime in the city while knowing that their donation was going to a fine cause: sports programs for our city's youth.
Bourbon, and plenty of it, was one of the key ingredients in the evening's developments. Cocktails, anyone?
These young belles made it a point to mingle, savor some of the delicious drinks, while also admiring the Mile North Hotel's beautiful rooftop bar, the 52 Eighty Lounge.
A silent auction was a part of the evening's fund raising endeavors, which boasted awesome Blackhawks gear along with custom-fit shirts for men and plenty of other couture goodies.
If bourbon or whiskey wasn't your style, there were plenty of other elixirs present.
Mike Schuette, Co-founder of 3 Gents Chicago, stated that their team's mission is to "inspire the gentlemen in Chicago to live a more passionate life filled with character, integrity, chivalry, and philanthropy...it's about helping guys understand that they have the ability to give back to their city no matter what age, race, demographic, and (that) every little bit helps."
Even as the evening glamorously turned into night, guests made sure to look their best for the camera.
The evening's philanthropic mission was only surpassed in excitement by the folks who made it a success. Smile, you've been PdM Captured!
Congrats to the 3 Gentlemen team and their fans for an awesome evening full of memorable experiences (and plenty of legit cocktails). We look forward to the next rendezvous, pals.
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By Xavier LeBlanc | Entertainment Correspondent
Photography by Xavier LeBlanc
After promoting his latest boxing venture In Chicago, this time outside the ring, legendary boxing icon Mike Tyson arrived in Hammond, Indiana. There to present a one man stage show at the The Venue inside the Horseshoe Casino, a location which in past times could have easily held the former fighter's infamous matches. Aptly titled 'The Undisputed Truth', the new show proposed to enlighten and entertain respective audiences on the exciting and often times controversial life of 'Iron Mike' himself. Professionally known to decimate opponents inside the ropes while living unpredictably in his personal life. Prison sentences, addiction, fight disqualifications and more have marred the popular boxing figure's life.
This has changed much in recent years and for audiences at his latest show, they are there to witness the positive transformation firsthand.
Before Tyson makes his way to the stage, those attending are greeted by a luxurious wide open auditorium space filled with a sleekly designed layout and state of the art lights highlighting the modern stage. Guests eagerly take their seat as they await with anticipation for the show to begin. Turning to each other as they express their expectations for Tyson's performance and their thoughts. Its clear they are curious and anxious.
The lights dim down and suddenly a figure appears onto the stage, not quite clear but everyone seems to know who this person is before any announcement or word is made. Walking across the stage to an audibly thunderous enthusiastic reception, styled in a firm fitting fashionable suit, Tyson looks upon the audience with a humble smile. A great contrast from the Tyson most were accustomed to years before.
Exhibiting a charismatic yet humorous demeanor he begins by recounting origins of his Brooklyn, New York upbringing. Detailing stories of his mother as her vintage photograph appears on a large screen behind him. Then discussing an absent unknown father and how they both left a lasting impact on him, although not necessarily a positive one. "I came from the gutter, a place where dreams are broken and memories are better forgotten" said Tyson retrospectively. We begin to envision a fallible boy navigating the streets surviving as best he can.
Tales of early brawls and troubled directions lay the track for his eventual passion. Fighting. It was not long before he found direction in boxing trainer Cus D'Amato who was to become detrimental to his life and eventual career. Seeming to fulfill a father-like role for Tyson which was previously left vacant.
Tyson would become the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. He won his first 19 matches, two thirds of them by knockout. He briefly reenacts moves that were taught to him but signs of exhaustion are soon evident. He is no longer that same fighter, although still physically imposing.
He recounts meeting "the love of his life" Robin Givens as he humorously sings a love ballad and dances to the crowd whom are rolling in laughter. At one point, he even dons a Jheri curl wig to mock one of his former opponents, Mitch “Blood” Green. Tyson ironically displays maturity through humor as he looks back at those moments while easily entertaining the audience. Characteristics most attending seem surprised by yet embrace.
Though inevitable controversies and damaging events of his life begin to loom in. He describes the events surrounding the court case that would result in his conviction after being accused of rape by Desiree Washington. His account of the night the act was reported to have taken place however is absent. “I did not rape Desiree Washington, and that’s all I’m going to say".
He also blames promoter Don King for much of his misfortune including appointing an inexperienced attorney, Tyson's bankruptcy and underhanded business practices. "Charged me $8,000 for towels" cited Tyson as example.
Tyson also became very animated as he described the divorce of his former wife Robin Givens and finding her with none other than superstar Brad Pitt. He also touches upon the infamous incident where he bit Evander Holyfield's ear during a match for which he was disqualified. Though he claimed they are now "good friends" as he shared photos of the two together on the large screen on stage.
Before the show ends the audience has laughed, become tense, smiled again and even shed tears after Tyson sadly tells of the loss of his young daughter. "Iron Mike" seems to no longer be the hardened unapologetic man of past and has expressed great growth. "My older kid will need more time to forgive my absence and relapse but I just want 'em to know I love them and will be there for them" he says in a way that appears heartfelt. With a new wife and family to look after he has evolved from the dangerous reckless image he once portrayed.
"This is my story, my mistakes, my heartaches, my joy, my sorrow, my gift, my life, my undisputed truth."
Tyson delivers on these words. The crowd has been through a proverbial roller coaster throughout the performance and may even view the boxing icon in a manner previously not thought possible to many. He paints a flawed but sympathetic picture of himself that is difficult not to feel. For fans of Tyson the show proves to be a must see.
He also heads to additional cities on his nationwide tour after leaving the always entertaining Horseshoe Casino for those wanting to see the show in person.
By Jorge G. Zavala | Creative Director
On October 4th, 2013, Panaderia Azucar officially inaugurated its 2nd bakery in the Albany Park community in Chicago. PdM was present to capture some of the magic developing throughout the early evening.
By Jorge G. Zavala | Creative Director, Cesar di Lupe | Photography
"Le corps de l'homme est à la fois la beauté et l'élégance subtile."
Energetic, charismatic, and full of youthful energy, Cesar di Lupe is a household name (if you live near Ocean Drive or Miami Beach) in Miami. One of the most sought-after photographers of the moment within the male model and fitness realm, Cesar, in addition to being able to capture the essence of the male figure, believes that one's personality cannot be separated from personal style. "Style is very much tied to personality," di Lupe stated. "Style means a significant aspect for a person; it also means taste."
Cesar has great taste. His taste in angles, natural light, and figures are crafted to fit the diverse needs of both clients and the high-profile lifestyle magazines he works with. As a photographer, Cesar prides himself on both professionalism and a strong eye for capturing the je ne sais quoi that each model brings. "The location is vital to a good shoot, but it is even better when a model knows how to be hot."
At the age of 39, di Lupe has developed a unique style of translating the creative energy of each model unto a digital image for viewers to enjoy. "I would love to work in Europe," Cesar mentioned. "I like to travel, and a hot city with amazing people to have fun is always ideal." Based in Miami Beach, Florida, this talented photographer is passionate about showcasing fit, young men while also compiling the best of the best for a personal goal of his. "I would love to print my first coffee table book," Cesar noted. "This is my current goal."
Di Lupe is dedicated to his work. He doesn't drink alcohol, but instead prefers fresh mango juice to quench his thirst while on location. Photography is Cesar's passion, and he hopes that others will see his success as an opportunity to pursuit their own goals and aspirations.
"If you have a dream, go for it. Fight for it and never give up," he mentioned passionately. "You are the only one who can achieve them and succeed: nobody else can do it for you."
Always the fervid professional, immediately after our interview Cesar was off to another shoot for VIP Male, his ongoing project. PdM enjoys talent that is both sincere and committed to providing excellent services while bringing together great individuals. After all, les gens font tourner le monde.
Por Jorge G. Zavala | Director Artístico, Xavier LeBlanc | Filmografía
Nuestra querida modelo Latina y reportera del entretenimiento, Ruth Díaz, nos cuenta de su trabajo en la industria de la moda y los medios de comunicación, sobre todo modelando, bailando, y actuando como una reportera para Chicago 3 Media.
En el 2011, ganó el título de Miss Fotogénica en el concurso de Modelo Latina Internacional 2011 y ha aparecido en importantes revistas nacionales e internacionales, incluyendo Cosmopolitan Latinoamerica y Cosmo E.U.A.. Además, Ruth apareció en la quinta temporada de la serie de Univision, Nuestra Belleza Latina, y - en el mismo año - representó a Chicago en la serie Protagonistas Univision. También, nos cuenta de su libro que próximamente se llevará a cabo. Disfruten, amigos!
Entrevista Exclusiva con Ruth Díaz, Modelo, Reportera, y Sensación Latina de Chicago [Primer Segmento]
Por Jorge G. Zavala | Director Artístico , Xavier LeBlanc | Filmografía
Inteligente, elocuente, bella y carismática, Ruth Díaz es una sensación local cuyo su talento se extiende por los escenarios nacionales e internacionales.
Esta modelo Latina y reportera del entretenimiento ha estado trabajando en la industria de la moda y los medios de comunicación desde hace más de 6 años, sobre todo modelando, bailando, y actuando como una reportera para Chicago 3 Media. En el 2011, ganó el título de Miss Fotogénica en el concurso de Modelo Latina Internacional 2011 y ha aparecido en importantes revistas nacionales e internacionales, incluyendo Cosmopolitan Latinoamerica y Cosmo E.U.A.. Además, Ruth apareció en la quinta temporada de la serie de Univision, Nuestra Belleza Latina, y - en el mismo año - representó a Chicago en la serie Protagonistas Univision.
Gocen del primer segmento de nuestra entrevista exclusiva con Ruth mientras nos platica de su fuerte ética de trabajo, manteniéndose fiel a su herencia y cultura, y lo importante que es tener un impacto socialmente responsable en la sociedad. For the exclusive interview with Ruth in English, click here.
Interview: Model and Entertainment Reporter Ruth Diaz Discusses Chicago, Culture, and Character (Part 1)
By Jorge G. Zavala | Creative Director, Xavier LeBlanc | Filmography
Intelligent, articulate, beautiful, and charismatic, Ruth Díaz is a local icon whose talent spans the national and international scenes.
This Latina model and entertainment reporter has been working in the fashion and media industry for over 6 years, primarily acting, modeling, dancing, and acting as an on-scene reporter for Chicago 3 Media. In 2011, she won the title of Miss Photogenic for the Modelo Latina Internacional 2011 pageant and has been featured in prominent national and international magazines, including Cosmopolitan Latinoamerica and Cosmo USA. Additionally, Ruth appeared in the 5th season of the Univision series, Nuestra Belleza Latina, and - in the same year - represented Chicago in Protagonistas Univision.
Catch Part 1 of PdM's exclusive interview with Ruth as she discusses the importance of a strong work ethic, staying true to one's heritage, and making a socially-responsible impact on society. Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí.
By Jorge G. Zavala | Creative Director, Richard Chiang | Resident Media Director
Chicago differentiates itself from other major US cities in several ways. First, it is located in the Midwestern region of the USA, the famously-dubbed "heartland". Its residents come from a wide-range of backgrounds, ranging from farmer's children to Asian businessmen to aristocratic foreign diplomats. It's nickname, "The Windy City", derives not from the heavy winds received due in part to Lake Michigan, but from the flowery words the city's politicians are infamously known for.
Chicagoans take pride in the vibrant mix of Midwestern hospitality and international flair. D'Agostino's Pizzeria and Pub, a Chicago tradition, combines both elements and adds a third: delicious fun. D'Agostino's Pizzeria and Pub has been serving and delivering pizzas, traditional Italian dishes, and much more to residents of Chicago's north side since Joe and Jan D'Agostino established their first spot in 1968. Within walking distance of Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs), the D'Agostino name has become associated with some of the best thin crust pizza in the city.
By popular demand, Joe and his two sons felt it made sense to expand. The second location is in the River West neighborhood of Chicago, and is managed by Joe's youngest son, Scott. His eldest son, Jeff, manages the first suburban location, D'Agostino's Pizzeria at The Glen in Glenview, Illinois.
One of the latest additions to the D'Agostino's Pizzeria name is its Park Ridge location, managed by Ryan Johnson. While it has only been around for 3 years, D'Agostino's Pizzeria in northwest Chicagoland has already integrated into the local community. Ryan attributes the success of this location to providing quality food, service, and fun. Check out PdM's exclusive interview with Ryan where he discusses the history of D'Agostino's Pizza, the importance of staying true to one's goals and vision, and the wide-range of goods and projects this Chicago gem has in store for 2013.
By Jorge G. Zavala | Creative Director
Delicate spring breeze. Ellie Marleen is both the wind we feel and the energy we exhale. A native of Switzerland, Ellie's acting, modeling, and vocal talents have taken her to opposite ends of the world. From working within the tourism and hospitality industry in Laos to engaging with local and international talent in Thailand to performing in some of the most respected venues in Berlin, this young actress is currently taking Germany by storm.
In a recent interview with PdM, Ellie Marleen spoke of her goals, aspirations, and words of wisdom for those who wish to seek the most out of life. Her character, attitude, and façon d'être radiate positive energy that spreads to those who are fortunate enough to meet Ellie or watch her perform. Fusing elements from her experiences abroad and multicultural background, she believes in the philosophy that the only true constant in life is change. Cette belle est vraiment sage.
Name: Ellie Marleen
Current Job/Career: Actress
Favorite Travel Destination: All the places I haven’t been to yet.
Favorite Cuisine: My mom’s Thai food!
Favorite Cocktail: I prefer red wine.
Where in the world have you lived/worked: I grew up in a town in Switzerland, then moved to Zürich, traveled around South East Asia, lived and worked in Laos and in Bangkok, and now I’m based in Berlin.
Role Model(s): Every person I meet can bring me closer to the person I want to be.
Hobbies: Movies, theater, writing, reading, cooking, spending time with friends
How did you get involved in acting: Since I was in Kindergarten, I have always been fascinated by movies and plays and already loved to act. I joined a theatre group when I was in high school and, after graduation, I went to drama school.
What is your daily routine: I don’t have a daily routine! That’s one of the things I love about acting. I exercise and do voice and speech training every day. Depending on the role I play or the casting I’m preparing for, I have various ways of working on the character and the scene/play. Additionally, I have different side jobs.
For an actress in Berlin, what is essential to succeed in the industry: Patience and determination.
What are some of your goals for 2013: To make the best of every opportunity and to grow as an actress and as a person.
What is the best acting gig/opportunity you've had so far: The acting jobs I did were very different, and I learned something from all of them and enjoyed them. The last (and ongoing) job I had at the State Opera of Berlin, for example, opened up this whole new world of opera to me.
Where would you like to travel for work: I make it depending on the project, not the country. Because we are in the middle of the Berlin winter, heading somewhere warm would be nice...
Best thing about Berlin: Berlin is changing all the time, it is full of inspiration, creativity and opportunities, it is so very much alive!
One thing you would change in Berlin/Germany: The relation of income to the living costs.
What is your impression of Chicago: I have never been there, but when I think about Chicago these are the first things that come to my mind: my friends who live there, cold winter wind, business city, and the “Cell block tango” from the musical Chicago.
Any words of wisdom for our viewers:
The only constant in life is change.
Be aware of everything that is in your power.
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