She may not be a Bond girl, but she certainly could be considered a Donald Darling. The man with the mighty mouth and the signature comb-over—yes, the Trumpster himself—has said, “You’re hired,” on more than one occasion to talented Twin Cities vocalist Maria Stukey. She’s one of the fringe-wearing local ensemble and entertainment powerhouse, Belladiva. However, it appears that Donald and wife Melania have clearly taken a liking to our Minnesota girl. After performing with East Coast band The Sultans at Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Club, the songstress was booked on the spot to perform again for the club at the Red Cross Ball. While there, Serena Williams stormed the stage wanting to sing a few bars, so the always-professional Miss Stukey politely passed the baton. (Rock legend Rod Stewart was not as interested in joining the band on stage.) Maria found it a bit challenging to sing with her jaw on the floor as she spotted William Shatner and Shirley MacLaine busting a move right in front of her. Trump may need to keep his eye on Stukey as her performance singing back up at the event for Wayne Newton included more than a few winks from Mr. Las Vegas.
Uri and Melissa Camarena opened their home, the former residence of the late Alfred Pillsbury, to the American Craft Council to raise funds for the organization’s education programs. Uri welcomed guests to the Whittier mansion while Melissa shared stories of the life of this Minneapolis treasure, including a tour of the secret passageways Pillsbury frequented to store his ancient jade and bronze collection, which can be seen at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Don’t miss the wood-paneled library that was originally part of an English home. Every inch of the room was completely disassembled, shipped to Minnesota, and then reassembled in 1903 when construction of the English Gothic Tudor home began.
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Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.