Hollywood and indie film directors, comedian and philanthropist Dick Gregory, former Playboy chair Christie Hefner and the president of Sony Pictures Classics will join other celebrities, friends and colleagues to pay tribute to Roger Ebert‘s life and prolific career at “Roger Ebert: A Celebration of Life,” this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.
As Ebert loved gospel music, the evening will include musical performances by Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago and the Grammy-award winning Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Choir. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program will start promptly at 7 p.m.
Guests will be treated to footage of great moments with Ebert and his co-host of many years, Gene Siskel, from their movie review shows. There will be heartfelt tributes from his wife of 22 years, Chaz, stepdaughter, Sonia Evans, and granddaughter, Raven Evans, in addition to the following confirmed speakers:
Andy Davis, director of “The Fugitive,” “The Package,” and “Holes”