Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-01-17
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Artist Adam Guerino on 'We Are Halsted'
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2011-08-24

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Openly gay local producer/artist Adam Guerino is taking his expertise into the fundraising realm with his show, "We Are Halsted," which will take place at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, Wed., Aug. 31, 7-10 p.m.

The variety show—a part of the Lakeview Safety and Inclusion Coalition's (made up of, among others, business owners, young adults and public officials) efforts to build bridges in the community—will cost five dollars to attend and include an auction and a bevy of live entertainment.

Comedians, dancers, musicians and even a circus burlesque performer will join Guerino (the host of the event) on stage. "It's not going to be what you would imagine at most fundraisers," Guerino said. "This is going to be over-the-top, fun and grounded. I've put a lot of care into making sure that all ethnic backgrounds and sexualities are represented with the performers."

The goal of the event is to build awareness of LGBT youth homelessness issues and raise money for The Crib and other local youth homeless shelters. "It is a response to what was happening in the community with a lot of people pointing fingers at people that I thought were victims," Guerino explained. "They didn't really know what the facts were. They were calling homeless youth outside gangs from other neighborhoods and I don't think these people were doing any research and it was kind of disgusting how people were looking at each other."

With this fundraiser Guerino wants to give homeless youth a voice. That voice will be showcased in between the variety-show acts with two youth speakers telling their stories to the audience. Currently, there are 15,000 homeless youth in the city of Chicago; 20 percent are LGBT—twice the national average of 10 percent.

Guerino has been able to bring to his first-hand experience as a homeless youth, first in Hawaii and then in Chicago, to the table: "I moved to Hawaii when I was 19 after dropping out of college. ... I thought, 'Why not move to a tropical island where I didn't know anybody,' but things fell through, which was a terrifying experience. Then I moved back to Chicago because I didn't like Hawaii that much. I was bouncing around the city so I think that having experiences like that makes me appreciate the terror that goes through homeless youth that much more since I've been there before." Guerino went on to say that he has strong compassion for people who are in different stages of life than he is, and that he doesn't see barriers between himself and the extremely wealthy or the incredibly poor.

Since his years as a homeless youth, Guerino has built a career as a writer, stand-up comedian, MC/host, cartoonist and producer. So how did he get started? While he was recording a musician friend of his five years ago, someone said to him that he was funny and he should be a comedian. He laughed off that person's comments; however, after much prodding (helped by the fact that the person was a booker at that bar where he was doing the recording), Guerino began to do stand-up comedy and has been performing ever since. Becoming a producer started when he began calling venues to get himself booked; from that he started to rent out theater spaces and to do publicity.

As for Guerino's plans for the future, he'd like to accomplish much. He wants to have a couple ongoing shows and produce quarterly events like "We Are Halsted" that are financially successful so he can write either a book, screenplay or play during the day. Guerino added, "I hope to make 'We Are Halsted' an annual or semiannual event. Sometimes awareness needs continual reminding, and I'm always looking for more causes to donate my time and talent."

"If volunteerism or donating and charity is something that you are not usually used to; this show is a really great place to start. It's not going to have that stuffy, sterile smell that you might imagine a fundraiser would be like. It's going to be a fun variety show that just so happens to help people that are less fortunate."

To buy tickets for the event go to www.centeronhalsted.org/coh/calendar/newevents-details.cfm. To find out more about Guerino go to www.adamguerino.com .


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Contemporary takes on legendary playwright William Inge coming to Eclipse Theatre 2018-01-22
THEATER REVIEW Traitor 2018-01-22
PASSAGES Pioneering gay comic Bob Smith dies 2018-01-21
'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day 2018-01-17
Julia Sweeney show through March 18 2018-01-17
Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 2018-01-17
WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World-premiere plays start bright and early 2018-01-17
WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter classics "true and reimagined 2018-01-17
THEATER SPOTLIGHT My Kinda '60s 2018-01-17
Critics' Picks 2018-01-17
THEATER REVIEW Flamingo and Decatur 2018-01-17
WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Queer theater to chill to 2018-01-17
TELEVISION TV special, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart, tells Lorraine Hansberry's story 2018-01-17
THEATER REVIEW Insurrection: Holding History 2018-01-17
NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Emma Willmann talks stand-up, Louis C.K. and more 2018-01-16
Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves to launch Goodman's 2018 Owen Theatre season 2018-01-16
Visit Oak Park Announces First-Ever Oak Park Theater Month 2018-01-15
Victory Gardens Theater announces 2018 Next Generation Fellows 2018-01-15
THEATER REVIEW For the Loyal 2018-01-14
THEATER REVIEW Jitney 2018-01-14
THEATER REVIEW The Light 2018-01-14
Eye of the Storm: The Bayard Rustin Story at eta Creative Arts Foundation 2018-01-10
Salonathon's Beauty Bar finale Feb. 12 2018-01-10
Sarah Paulson to be honored at the Steppenwolf Women in Arts Luncheon Jan. 22 2018-01-10
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Telling gay WWII history 2018-01-10
THEATER REVIEW Blue Over You 2018-01-10
THEATER SPOTLIGHT on Artemis Singers' Rise Up! 2018-01-10
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole: Trans Hawaiian singer on home state, final CD 2018-01-10
Lookingglass names new executive director 2018-01-10
PODCASTS 'Mattachine' podcast creator brings the past back to life 2018-01-10
Comic Emma Willman at Zanies Jan. 20-22 2018-01-10
SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician 2018-01-09
NUNN ON ONE: POETRY Andrea Gibson: Gender queer poet makes inroads 2018-01-09
Celebrating David Bowie Feb. 23 at Vic Theatre 2018-01-08
THEATER REVIEW It's My Penis (and I'll Cry If I Want To) 2018-01-08
Flying Elephant Productions to present anti-Trump musical 2018-01-04
Final weeks for Lizzie, casting set for 9 TO 5 The Musical 2018-01-04
THEATER REVIEW Late Nite Catechism 2018-01-04
THEATER REVIEW The Magic Parlour 2018-01-04
Cyrano reimagined as part of BoHo Theatre 2018 season 2018-01-04
 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.