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U.S. Supreme Court blocks marriage in Virginia - On Aug. 20, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to delay an appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's marriage-equality ban. The nation's highest court, in McQuigg v. Bostic, granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to delay a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would have allowed for same-sex couples to marry beginning Aug. 21. The ...


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Honors roll in for UIC researcher - Dr. Tonda L. Hughes will receive the inaugural Distinguished Research Award, one of the most prestigious honors presented by the UIC ( University of Illinois at Chicago ) College of Nursing Sept. 26, marking the third career award she's received this year. And those go alongside her 2003 induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame—and countless other ...


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Celebrating NLGJA with a look back at LGBTs and media - NLGJA national confab, summit in Chicago Aug. 21-24 - Special LGBT Press History Printout Ssction: The four-page display at the link www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/LGBTandMediaNLGJA2014.pdf features images that tell part of the story of LGBTs in mainstream and community media. These are excerpted from the book Gay Press, Gay Power, by Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim. The artwork will be on display as large banners at the National Gay & Lesbian ...


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Kiss of 'Meth' Writer/performer Strafford on play on addiction - Methtacular!—Steven Strafford's autobiographical account of the three years he spent as a sex-crazed crystal-meth addict in Chicago—is told through a series of stories, songs, and Facts of Life references. But Strafford is not just blowing smoke here; Methtacular! is an authentic, potent, piece of theater that explores addiction in the LGBT community. After playing to sold-out crowds in New York, ...


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Depression: Not just the word of the day - I am not sure how I got there. I am not sure how many hours I was curled in the corner on the bathroom floor. I am not sure how loud my cries were or how long the screams of despair choked the breath from my body. The folded towel I clutched in my rigid arms stifled the sobs as ...


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UIC symposium on John D'Emilio Sept. 11-12 - The University of Illinois at Chicago's gender and women's studies department is hosting a two-day symposium honoring Professor Emeritus John D'Emilio's work. On Thursday, Sept. 11, a reception and a lecture, "Sexual Violence and Citizenship: Rape Reform in American History" will take place at Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave. The reception is 6 p.m., which Stanford University's Estelle ...


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ALMA hosts DACA renewal info session - The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ( DACA ) renewal process was the topic of an informational session Aug. 12 at the Chicago Commons Paulo Freire Family Center. The event was hosted by the Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ) in collaboration with the Chicago LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition. DACA is the result of an executive order President ...


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Appeals court judge speaks about equality - Equality Illinois kicked off the release of its Raising the Bar 2014 Report Aug. 13 with a talk by Diane Pamela Wood, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Wood, who was speaking about the benefit of diversity in the legal workplace, was speaking to an LGBT organization for ...


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Sept. 7 Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor - Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the featured guest at The Victory Fund's annual Chicago Champagne Brunch. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. Others slated to speak include Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Chair Debra Shore; Gay & ...


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Report has what youth of color think about LGBT agenda - The Black Youth Project's latest report provides answers to these questions using a nationally representative survey of 1,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 conducted during June 2014. The main findings are as follows: —More Black ( 80.2 percent ) and Latino ( 74.9 percent ) youth believe the marriage-equality movement has taken too much attention away ...


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Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced the naming of its youth scholarship program in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality-television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who passed away 20 years ago from an AIDS-related illness, according to Business Wire. At age 22, the openly gay and HIV-positive Zamora appeared on MTV's The Real World 3: San Francisco ( 1994 ). Officials ...


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Streisand's new CD; Bourdain's support; Latifah's kiss - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Columbia Records has announced the release of Barbra Streisand's Partners album as Sept. 16, according to a press release. The album features 12 new Streisand duets with a variety of male vocalists. Among the duet partners on this CD are Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, her openly gay son Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend, ...


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Steppenwolf First Look Repertory of New Work - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Tanya Saracho, Joshua Conkel, Martyna Majok. At: Steppenwolf Garage Theater, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 24 Each of the three plays running in repertory under the collective banner of Steppenwolf Theater's First Look festival raises the question of whether suicide is the answer when you think you've hit bottom. Only one sends us ...


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THEATER REVIEW All Our Tragic - Playwright: Sean Graney. At: The Hypocrites at The Den, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.com; $30 ( $75 for a four-part marathon ). Runs through: Oct. 5 The works of auteurist director Sean Graney divide me, and All Our Tragic is no different. A prodigiously gifted storyteller, Graney dazzles with showmanship and pure theatricality. He inspires the best from actors, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Coraline - By Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. At: Black Button Eyes Productions at City Lit Theater,1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: http://coralinechicago.brownpapertickets.com; $25. Runs through: Sept. 6 Neil Gaiman's work is as beloved as any writer's, and a theatrical setting makes a great deal of sense for Coraline, the abstract, twisted kid-tale-for-grown-ups. And a ...


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CRITICS' PICKS - Apes of Wrath, The Second City e.t.c., an ongoing run. Deep existential despair and sci-fi matters make for great comic gold in this hilarious and new sketch comedy revue directed by Jen Ellison. The writer-performers are all unashamedly brainy and funny at the same time. SCM Down Range, Genesis Theatrical Productions at Preston Bradley Center, through Aug. 31. War is ...


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THEATER REVIEW Some Men - Playwright: Terrence McNally At: Pride Films and Plays at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com; $15-$30. Runs through: Sept. 13 Until 1900, there was no recognition of men who love men as a distinct subculture. The responsibility of male children was to ensure continuance of the family name; procreative duties, once discharged, allowed those preferring the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Steppenwolf First Look Repertory of New Work - Playwright: Tanya Saracho, Joshua Conkel, Martyna Majok. At: Steppenwolf Garage Theater, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 24 Each of the three plays running in repertory under the collective banner of Steppenwolf Theater's First Look festival raises the question of whether suicide is the answer when you think you've hit bottom. Only one sends us ...


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Sugar & Spice: Little Vietnam - Authentic Vietnamese cuisine has trickled up Broadway from the Arglye strip to Bryn Mawr Avenue. Earlier this year, Little Vietnam, a no-frills eatery serving up super-fresh versions of Vietnamese classics opened in Edgewater. You might miss the space if you're not looking for it. The small storefront is marked only by a simple vinyl banner. Inside, Little Vietnam is unremarkable. ...


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VIEWS The stigma of Black suicide is killing us - When the first news reports of Robin Williams' death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country's most beloved comedian had committed suicide. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was found dead in his home after committing suicide with a firearm. ...


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Gay in the Life: Richard Biasi - Just two years ago, Richard Biasi started crafting bowties from recycled vintage neckties to sell on Etsy. It was a new-found creative outlet for a man whose creativity has taken on many forms ( more on that later ). This love of tailored menswear quickly snowballed into selling a larger range of vintage men's fashions and, ultimately, to the opening ...


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Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Effective Aug. 31, Kevin Beaulieu is resigning as executive director of Pride Toronto, according to an Interpride press release. During his time at Pride Toronto, Beaulieu oversaw the most successful Pride festival in Canada's history. WorldPride 2014 Toronto was a 10-day festival that drew record attendance, hosted almost 250 affiliate events across the city and featured 575 days of programming ...


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Israel LGBTQ leaders discuss history, state of movement - On Aug. 12, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar granted same-sex spouses of Jews the right to citizenship under the country's Law of Return—originally passed in 1950 providing Jews all over the world with the legal ability to settle in Israel. The Times of Israel reported that Sa'ar issued a statement saying "The gates of Israel will from now on be ...


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Possibilities - A recurring column - In the words of Audrey Hepburn, "Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I'm possible." This is a motto I naturally felt when I began working with Teen Living Programs and once I moved into Belfort House. Before that, I felt as if the more I did, the less recognition I received. And even worse, the more I expressed myself, ...


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Red Pump Project talks HIV/AIDS awareness - Health advocates and community members gathered Aug. 13, at Little Black Pearl Workshop, 1060 E. 47th St., for Red Pump Project's annual "Condoms and Cupcakes" discussion and party. The gathering aimed for a frank discussion about HIV awareness and prevention among women of color. Red Pump Project is a national organization, based in Chicago, dedicated to educating women and girls ...


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GayWeddings.com head talks about new book - When Kathryn Hamm's mother, Gretchen, set out to plan her daughter's wedding to Amy Walter in 1999, she was at a loss to find even the simplest of resources for a same-sex couple looking to wed. Her determination that no other proud mom should have to face similar road blocks led to the founding the following year of TwoBrides.com and ...


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'A Fireside Chat' with Victor Salvo on Oct. 1 - "A Fireside Chat" has announced that Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project, will be the next participant in the series. Salvo will discuss his personal history, community history and community involvement at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Fireside Chats are produced by Joanne Gaddy, Christina Court ...


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Out Chicago rabbi heads to Israel for advanced studying - Rabbi Carla Cenker was, fittingly, born in 1948—the same year Israel officially became a Jewish state. She was raised in an orthodox synagogue in the U.S., though her family was not a practicing Orthodox Jewish one. Still, she loves the Hebrew language and is fluent in it, too—reading, writing and talking. Back when she was in first-grade, some 50-plus years ...


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Campus Pride's LGBT-friendliest schools - Campus Pride has announced the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. According to a press release, "the listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way." Among area schools listed are Indiana University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the University of Chicago, the University ...


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Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter - Dozens of the nation's LGBT-advocacy organizations joined an open letter of solidarity in response to the tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager who was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a press release. Part of the letter reads, "The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) community cannot be silent ...


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Gay singer Matt Gold at Jackhammer Aug. 22 - As part of the Jackhammer Complex's LGBT Concert Series, openly gay singer Matt Gold will perform at the nightspot, 6406 N. Clark St., at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. His latest release is Let It Out. The EP was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-winning engineer David Bianco and world-renowned drummer Kenny Aronoff producing. Tickets are $10, and are ...


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That Guy - Doing a fine 10-year tequila shot with owners Brian ( above ) and Steve ( below ) to celebrate a decade in business at Crew Bar + Grill. We can still knock 'em back after all these years! Pre-showing off with Richie Rich ( left ) and Traver Rains ( right ) on a fantastic couch behind Scarlet, prior to ...


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Judge: Ind. must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages - Indiana's gay marriage ban took another hit Aug. 19 when a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The state attorney general has said he will appeal the ruling, which came just a just a week before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to begin hearing arguments on other cases challenging the state's ...


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LETTERS An uncertain future - Dear Editor: I'd like to thank you for printing Jason's Carson Wilson's "Montrose Rocks annual Event faces Uncertain Future" article in the Aug. 13 edition. Because Windy City Times continues to be "The voice of Chicago's Gay, Lesbian Bi and Trans Community," I'd like to take this opportunity to voice my opinion about what was reported. As the co-founder and ...


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22% of workforce protected from Gender Identity Discrimination - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — 22% of U.S. workers will be covered by the Department of Labor's announcement today that it will interpret prohibitions on sex discrimination in Executive Order 11246 ( EO 11246 ) to include discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status. As a result, federal contractors must take steps to protect transgender and other workers from gender identity ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL The executive order and you - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Q: I work for a local social service agency and read about President Obama's executive order protecting LGBT workers. What does this mean for me? A: President Obama's historic executive order banning employment discrimination against LGBT employees of federal contractors and protecting transgender federal government employees was a needed step toward equality. The executive order will provide explicit protection against ...


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Pot luck: Canna-business confab coming to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jason Carson Wilson - Cannabis, or marijuana, is credited with relieving pain and suffering from cancer to HIV/AIDS. KC Stark of the Marijuana Business Academy remembered how the recreational drug helped an uncle who died of AIDS in the 1980s. "I saw how the medicine he took would turn him into a zombie," Stark said. "When he rolled a joint, he could get up ...


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Gay superhero event touches on gender stereotypes, diversity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I sit quietly in Dimo's Pizza, 1615 N. Damen Ave., and cut out various articles of clothing to design the outfits of my biologically male and female superheroes. It is fascinating to examine the nuanced characteristics of masculine and feminine heroes, and this is one of several thought-provoking interactive experiences that took place during the Illinois Humanities Council's event "Heroes ...


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BILLY MASTERS - "He's a lovely boy, but someone's got to tell him."—Lauren Bacall's quip in the wings of an AIDS benefit during Greg Louganis' less-than-inspired rendition of "I Can Do That" from A Chorus Line. RIP, Betty! I can't say that I knew Lauren Bacall very well. But I did know her. During my years working with one of her neighbors, we'd ...


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BOOKS Sociologist discusses the end of the 'Gayborhood' - On March 1, 1711, the very first issue of The Spectator magazine was published by British essayist and poet Joseph Addison and Irish writer Richard Steele. In his essay for the edition, Addison talked of his insatiable thirst for knowledge that carried him to all the countries of Europe in which there was something new and strange to be seen. ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Dog; The Giver; film note - On the sweltering afternoon of Aug. 22, 1972—when John Wojtowicz robbed a bank in Brooklyn, taking hostages and standing off with the police for hours—he entered the legion of New York's most memorable characters. He also became a gay-rights pioneer, of sorts, when the motive for the robbery came to light: Wojtowicz wanted the money to finance a gender-reassignment operation ...


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DANCE Francisco AviƱa's one-man show is about 'A.r.T.' - (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) - Francisco Aviña was diagnosed with HIV on June 16, 2011. Aviña, 38, is a professional dancer; presently, he represents Chicago's Hubbard Dance Company but over the past two decades, the Mexican artist has choreographed or danced alongside entertainers like Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, Elton John and numerous others around the globe. Three years ago, Aviña and his longtime ...


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Willa Taylor showcases Goodman's behind-the-script talents - THEATER PROFILE - Goodman Theatre Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor is a woman with a wide variety of projects. Whatever the project, social justice and education is always intertwined. On Aug. 11-12 at Goodman Theatre, Taylor led the eighth annual General Theater Studies ( GTS ) showcase. Taylor is well-known in the Chicago LGBT community, and is married to longtime ...


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Theater Spotlight: My First Time - Time is running out to relive My First Time, the interactive show of monologues and intimate stories focusing on the premiere sexual experiences of all kinds of people—including you, too, if you choose to participate. Broken Nose Theatre launched itself as a new Chicago theater company in 2012 by presenting the Midwest premiere of the 2007 off-Broadway show, which grew ...


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Three couples tie the knot in festive fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - TDiana Moreno heard about the 103.5 KISS-FM's wedding sweepstakes one morning and told her partner, Emma Rodriguez, that they should enter. The sweepstakes invited couples to submit their love stories and explain they should receive a free wedding. Moreno and Rodriguez submitted their 100-word story and a photo of them with their two dogs, a Yorkie and a Pit Bull. ...


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Dance for Life stuns audience and breaks records - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dance for Life did not disappoint. The 22nd Annual Dance for Life sold a record amount of tickets for the performance, filling the breathtaking Auditorium Theatre. Once again, the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for 28 different charities including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Dancers' Fund, Making a Daily Effort and Agape Missions, NFP. Dance for Life ...


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A group trip to Vegas? Plan it right now! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Planning a 40th birthday party? Getting married to your longtime companion? Looking for the ultimate bachelor or bachelorette party where the boys will only want to see boys? As for the girls, well, they tend to opt for the more refined fun than the boys. The Vegas Strip can be crazy to navigate. Vegas is so big and so exciting, ...


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Trans* woman McShan wins right to be herself - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to the most recent numbers, one in six transgender individuals report having been imprisoned at some point in their lives. The history of horrific abuses they often suffered in jail have been well-documented—trans* women housed with men and, so, subjected to rape and violent assault from fellow inmates while prison staff have looked the other way; denial of hormone ...


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The loss of queer space: Parlour on Clark - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by H. Melt - "Nikki and I took a run down tavern in an area of the city that we loved and turned it into a space that would provide a home for artists, musicians, comedians, drag queens, and many amazing dance parties."—Jennifer Murphy, co-owner of Parlour on Clark The first time I went to Parlour on Clark was after my first Dyke March ...


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A change is coming for out performer Darrian Ford - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke was created by the talented Darrian Ford. Backed by a live band, Ford interprets classic of Cooke's like "Chain Gang" and "You Send Me." Ford's resume began at age 13 in the show Great Nitty Gritty. He moved to New York for a Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair. He ...


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Dining news: Chicago q specials; Ann Sather's honor - —Beginning Sept. 4, Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will offer four $4 menu items available through Sept. 7 to mark its golden annivesary ( turning four on Sept. 4 ). The specials are summer corn and squash fritters; pork skewers; braised pork-belly salad; and alligator tacos. On the actual anniversary—Thursday, Sept. 4—10 percent of all proceeds will be donated ...


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NBA referee weds partner - NBA referee Violet Palmer married her partner of 20 years, celebrity hairstylist Tanya Stine, Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, according to AOL.com. Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first female to referee an NBA game, and is now the first openly gay official in the NBA. Basketball Wives L.A. star Tanya Young Williams, the ex-wife of former ...


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Spurs hire NBA's first women assistant coach - The world-champion San Antonio Spurs made NBA history, announcing that six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon will join the team as an full-time assistant coach for the 2014-15 season, making her the first women ever in that position, USA Today reported. Hammon, a 16-year WNBA veteran who has played for the San Antonio Stars since 2007, will retire after the current ...


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CELEBRATIONS: Wojcik-Austin - Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago married Professor David W. Austin of San Diego's California Western School of Law on Aug. 14, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The marriage was performed by former Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson. In 1993, Justice Levinson wrote the world's first decision recognizing that government had to demonstrate a compelling ...


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'Epic Fail Challenge 5K' Aug. 23 at Soldier Field - The Epic Fail Challenge 5K—a TV-inspired event with inflatable obstacles—will make its Chicago debut Saturday, Aug. 23, at Soldier Field. Runners will have to deal with 12 obstacles such as Foampit Frenzy, Slippery Slope, Dodgeball Duck, and Swing or Swim. The event will take place in waves from 9 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., every 15 minutes. The minimum age to ...


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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust seeks volunteers - Frank Lloyd Wright Trust volunteers present world-class historic sites and their neighborhoods to an international audience, cultivate long-lasting relationships and receive ongoing education and training on topics related to history, design and Frank Lloyd Wright. Prospective volunteers must attend a 60-minute orientation session prior to training. An orientation session will take place Wed., Aug. 20 at the Frank Lloyd Wright ...


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Fashion Fest/New Orleans Fest Aug. 23-24 - The Chicago Fashion Fest, celebrating its sixth year, will pair with Chicago's all-new New Orleans Festival. The "threading" of the two events ( aka Chicago Fashion Fest featuring Chicago's New Orleans Festival ) takes place on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 23-24, at Division Street and Damen Avenue in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Hours are noon-10 p.m. each day. For Fashion Fest, there ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Divide: Book 2 Unity - By Kim Flowers. $13.50; Queerteen Press; 185 pages. Picking up directly after the events in The Divide: Book 1 Uprising, Kim Flowers' YA sequel novel The Divide: Book 2 Unity alternates between protagonists Serenity's and Malaki's points of view as both teens, their families and friends work to bring down the Family Protection Movement and their anti-LGBT agenda. While ...


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Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey on touring and Howard Jones - The British trio Thompson Twins were a staple of the '80s pop-music diet and they created a dent, both musically and stylistically. At a time when big hair and bright and bold colors made the cut, the group crafted songs like "Hold Me Now," "Doctor Doctor," "You Take Me Up" and "Lies," which became worldwide hits. Nearly three decades after ...


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Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 20-23 - The final program line-up is set for the 8th annual Chicago Dancing Festival, taking place at venues across downtown Chicago Aug. 20-23. The opening-night performance will be simulcast in Millennium Park. Visit www.ChicagoDancingFestival.com . ...


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'Jangleheart Circus' at The Den Aug. 21-23 - A Jangleheart Circus—a three-day sketch and improv comedy festival produced by Upstairs Gallery—returns to The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwuakee Ave., for its second year on Aug. 21-23. The festival will feature 111 acts on four stages, including celebrated local Chicago headliners The Nerdolouges, Dummy, Kill All Comedy and Rainbow Deli, with special guests Baltimore's Wham City Comedy. Other festival ...


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Chicago Theatre Week expanding next year - Chicago Theatre Week is expanding in 2015. The upcoming celebration of theatregoing in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place Feb. 12-22, 2015, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as part of the 2015 line-up. Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League ...


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'The Marvelettes' at Black Ensemble thru Sept. 7 - 'The Marvelettes' at Black Ensemble thru Sept. 7 Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor has announced the world-premiere musical The Story of The Marvelettes, directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles. The Story of The Marvelettes will be presented at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St., through Sept. 7. Among the Motown ...


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Kinky Boots returning to Chicago in 2015 - Broadway In Chicago has announced that Kinky Boots—the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots )—will return to Chicago for a limited engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., on July 14-26, 2015. Directed and ...


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Jane Lynch to announce Jeff Award nominations - Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will announce the Joseph Jefferson Awards ( "Jeff Awards" ) Thursday, Aug. 21, in Chicago. Lynch—best known as Coach Sue Sylvester on TV's Glee—started her acting career in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City. The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in Chicago theatre which will be held on Monday, ...


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'Billy Elliot' at Drury Lane in 2015 - Oakbrook's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., will present the regional premiere of the hit musical Billy Elliot April 9-June 7, 2015. Rachel Rockwell will direct, with Roberta Duchak providing musical direction. The plot is as follows: Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ...


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BENT NIGHTS Soddy Daisy and Donkey Hotel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After hearing the brand-new split cassette with unheralded Chicago bands Soddy Daisy and Donkey Hotel, I may chuck my radio right out the window and forget I ever had one. To say that both bands are highly original, accomplished, smart and witty doesn't quite nail it. The words "arresting" and "otherworldly" will just have to do. The members of Soddy ...


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Tunney posts survey about Pride Parade location change - Ald. Tom Tunney's office has released a survey asking whether the Pride Parade should be moved downtown. "Each year, City departments meet to recap what went well and what can be improved upon after each Pride Parade," Tunney wrote in a Facebook posting Aug. 15. "I have created a Pride Parade survey to hear from you as we continue to ...


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PASSAGES Robert "Rob" Paradise dies - Robert "Rob" Paradise, a longtime and popular softball player and coach in the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ), died Monday—a day after the final game of the 2014 Open Division Sunday Softball League season. He was a local high school math teacher who lived in Uptown, and a diehard Chicago Bears fan. He is originally from Hammond, Indiana. ...


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John Barrowman talks 'Torchwood,' 'Arrow' and marriage equality - COMIC-CON CHICAGO - John Barrowman is that rare person: the multitalented heartthrob. Barrowman—who was born in Scotland and raised in Joliet, Illinois—may be best known for playing omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and its popular spinoff, Torchwood, although he's fulfilling many a fan's fantasy as Malcolm Merlyn on the CW series Arrow. ( This writer personally remembers him from the short-lived ...


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'Orange' wins Creative Emmys - On Aug. 16, the Television Academy presented the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch, Tony Hale, Amy Schumer, Allison Janney, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Joe Manganiello were among the presenters. HBO won the most awards, with 15. NBC was second with 10. Netflix won seven honors, ...


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WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged - WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged, USA Today reported. Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner posted, "Last Night was a Night to Remember( , ) I became ...


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Film about George Takei to screen at Facets - To Be Takei will screen at Chicago's Facets Aug. 29 through Sept. 4. As Sulu on TV's Star Trek, George Takei boldly went where no man had gone before. Now he is on a new mission. Years after becoming one of the first Asian-American actors to appear on primetime television, Takei is the subject of Jennifer Kroot's documentary, which follows ...


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Campus Pride lists 50 LGBT-friendly colleges, universities - From a press release - Friday, August 15, 2014 - Campus Pride announced today the annual Campus Pride 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students as well as the top institutions leading the way. University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Southern Illinois University Carbondale are in the top ...


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Chicago Rowing Union wins gold at Gay Games 9 - From a press release - ( Cleveland, August 13, 2014 ) — Chicago Rowing Union ( CRU ) — the Midwest's only GLBT rowing team — brought home the gold at Gay Games 9, finishing first in the Men's Four with Coxswain race. The event, according to the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, was one of the largest regattas in the history of the Gay Games, with ...







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