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Emma Gonzalez part of June 15 march - Emma Gonzalez and other students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are scheduled to take part in St. Sabina Church's annual End of School Rally and Peace March on Friday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. Chance the Rapper is slated to be the special guest. The rally will take place at 1210 W. 78th Pl. The first 1,000 people ...


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Milwaukee Pride welcomes 45,000 - Milwaukee Pride's 31st Annual PrideFest Milwaukee welcomed a record-breaking crowd of 45,000 people, according to a press release. This number reflects a 21-percent increase over the previous record of 37,682 set in 2017—and is the single largest year-over-year increase in the event's history. This was a year of firsts for PrideFest Milwaukee, including: —PrideFest's first-ever four-day weekend as the festival ...


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Attorney General Lisa Madigan honored by fellow Attorneys General - From a news release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan received the prestigious Kelley-Wyman award Thursday from attorneys general across the country. The Kelley-Wyman Award is presented by the National Association of Attorneys General ( NAAG ) to an attorney general who has done the most to achieve NAAG's objectives, which include leading litigation on behalf of the state, reforming the law when needed ...


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Mayor Emanuel pursues landmark status for Legacy Walk - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that the City would seek Landmark Status for the Legacy Walk in Boystown. With its Northalsted "Rainbow Pylon" Streetscape with conjoined outdoor museum, the half-mile Legacy Walk remains the only outdoor LGBTQ museum in the world. "The Legacy Walk is not only a historically significant legacy of the LGBT community of Chicago, but a signal ...


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MOVIE REVIEW Hearts Beat Loud - Director: Brett Haley Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons and Ted Danson. Time: 96 minutes. Currently in theaters In Hearts Beat Loud, actress Kiersey Clemons stars as medical student Sam Fisher—who receives guidance from her father Frank, played by Nick Offerman, to form a band together called We're Not a Band. You can't be more artsy with a name like ...


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Statement from CTU President Karen Lewis - From a news release - CHICAGO, June 22, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis issued the following statement today in the wake of reports that she has submitted paperwork for retirement as a CPS educator: Given my health challenges, it is unlikely that I will return to my beloved classroom. In light of that, and after much consideration, I recently submitted a retirement request to ...


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Peach presents the Water Pride Edition celebrating LGBTQ+ women, femmes - From a press release - Peach!, an event series that celebrates all LGBTQ+ women & femme family, presents the 2018 4-event series…'The Elements' ( Air, Water, Earth, & Fire ). Join us as we explore the resilient spirit, beauty, and power of our queer community through our interpretation of the elements. Now it's time to get wet with "Water"! We are swimming over to Whiskey ...


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For the first time, City Club invites Pride inside - The first time the City Club of Chicago held an LGBTQ event, it did so with what panel moderator and Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson called "leaders" of the LGBTQ community. City Club chairman Edward Mazur began the June 19 luncheon, held at Maggiano's, 111 W. Grand, by invoking the name of a long-ago memberz—legendary social worker and lesbian Jane ...


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Point Foundation names 45 LGBTQ students for scholarships - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, JUNE 20, 2018 — Point Foundation ( Point ), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, today announced its 2018 scholarship recipients. The 20 LGBTQ students were chosen to be Point Scholars from more than 2,000 applicants. Point is also welcoming 25 LGBTQ students to its Community College Scholarship ...


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Hell in a Handbag cast announced for The Artificial Jungle - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 20, 2018 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for The Artificial Jungle, the final play by the legendary master of camp, Charles Ludlam. The Artificial Jungle will feature an all-ensemble cast including Chazie Bly*, David Cerda*, Sydney Genco*, Ed Jones* and David Lipschutz*. Who better to direct this criminal tale of ...


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Chicago women launch LGBTQ travel companies specializing in same-sex weddings in Italy - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( JUNE2018 ) —To Italy lovers, Rome is the most romantic city in Europe — sorry Paris! Amid passionate residents, spectacular natural beauty, great food, and flowing wine, Italy inspires love for all couples. Chicago's Lesley Pritkin and Rosanne Cofoid, owners of two "Italy-only" travel companies, marvel that despite Italy's long-standing popularity among LGBTQ travelers, no travel brand ...


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PARADE INFORMATION 49th Annual Chicago Pride Parade Sun., June 24 - Courtesy of PRIDEChicago - DATE: Sunday, June 24. TIME: 12 Noon. STARTING POINT: Broadway & Montrose. MAP WITH KEY here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/2018PPmap.pdf . LINE UP: North Broadway ( both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson ); West Montrose ( both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark ); Sunnyside Ave. from Broadway to North Sheridan Rd. and ...


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TELEVISION A fortified spirit, Angelica Ross of 'Pose' - Angelica Ross is busy. She's filming a movie in the fall with Whoopi Goldberg. She's the CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a firm she founded in 2014 that helps employ trans people. She's curating a shorts program at Outfest. And she also plays Candy Abundance on FX's new drama Pose, a series that American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy and Brad ...


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BOOKS Rebecca Makkai on 'The Great Believers,'Chicago, Paris and AIDS - More than half of The Great Believers takes place in Chicago during the height of the AIDS epidemic. As someone without first hand experience of the disease or the place, author Rebecca Makkai threw herself into research, conducting dozens of extended interviews and reading enormous amounts of reportage from the era. The effort paid off. The resulting novel does an ...


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Lauren Heckathorn on being a genderqueer special-education teacher - Lauren Heckathorn's ( pronouns they/them/their ) dream of becoming a special education teacher began at a young age when their third grade class was paired with students with special needs in another third grade class at their public elementary school in Evanston, Illinois. "We would do a variety of activities together," said Heckathorn. "After that experience, I knew, without a ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Trauma Cleaner - By Sarah Krasnostein. $26.99; St. Martin's Press; 291 pages Wash your hands thoroughly. That's good advice, no matter where you are. At the risk of sounding germophobic, you never know what lurked on that which you just touched. Stay healthy, keep clean, be tidy and wash your hands because, as you'll see in Sarah Krasnostein's new book The Trauma Cleaner, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mavis Staples - It was both appropriate and depressing to have Mavis Staples close out the Thirty Fifth Annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 11. As one of the few remaining straight-up African-American soul singers who emerged in the late 1950s to change the world with their voices ( Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, and Bettye LaVette being the others ) and ...


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DOUBLE BOOK REVIEW Hiding Out and Dad 1, Dad 2 - Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives By Tina Alexis Allen $26.99; Dey St. Books/ Harper Collins; 275 pages Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet By Natalie Perry $14.99; Red Cricket Press; 191 pages All families have secrets. Many are toxic and can lead to shame, guilt or a lifetime of misunderstanding ...


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ART Paul Heyer in solo show presented by MCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago features artist Paul Heyer's first-ever solo show, "Chicago Works: Paul Heyer," through July 1. Heyer is a native of Chicago's south suburbs. Growing up in an arts appreciative household, he said art was always what he was drawn to do. "I was always one of those kids who was always drawing," ...


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30 Under 30 to be honored June 20 in 19th annual award ceremony - June 20, Polo Cafe, 3322 S. Morgan St. Reception: 5:30pm. Program: 6-7:30pm. Admission: Free Windy City Times is proud to welcome co-sponsors AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago House, Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health and Polo Catering. NOTE: See photo coverage of the event at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Windy-City-Times-30-Under-30-Awards-held-in-Bridgeport/63285.html . Grayson Alexander Grayson, 19, is a rising sophomore at Loyola University ...


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'Artist Pride' event held at Virgin Hotels - Subscription streaming service INDISTRY tasted the rainbow by presenting an Artists Pride event on June 15 at Virgin Hotels. The night was filled with colorful layered liquor shots, burlesque dancing, heartfelt singing and creative drag. Proceeds benefitted the It Gets Better Project that empowers LGBTQ youth. Out singer Michael Blume performed several songs with a full band and back-up singers. ...


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THEATER 'The Cher Show' takes center stage - File this in the dreary catalogue of sentences most of us mere muggles will never be able to say: "The best conversations with Cher are the ones that happen after you've been hanging out at her house for four or five hours and she just starts meandering. Her stories are so amazing. Of course, so is her house." Director Jason ...


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THEATER Disability storytelling aims to focus on intersectionality - "I didn't come out as a little person until I was 26." So begins a story written and performed by Tekki Lomnicki, artistic director of Tellin' Tales Theatre and director of Divercity, Tellin' Tales fifth annual solo performance showcase whose cast members all have disabilities. This year's Divercity opens June 22 at Prop Thtr, and performers' disabilities include blindness, brain ...


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What's happening to Pride? - I like to say there was something in the air that made Pride 2017—here and abroad—one of the most contentious events in its history. Many, however, in our LGBTQ communities say the tension was always present. Pride parades will be taking place across the country this month. And, as we all rev up for this year's festivities so, too, will ...


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LGBTQ-owned car repair service aims to expand nationwide - Chicago-area resident Brian Moak is working to change the perception that the car-service industry and LGBTQ individuals do not mix. A year ago, he rebranded Duxler Complete Auto Care, the company he bought from his father, and renamed it HEART Certified Auto Care, with the aims of promoting tolerance, respect and diversity as well as creating a comfortable, accepting environment ...


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Jan Dee looks back on 45+ years as custom jeweler - For as far back as Jan Dee can remember she has always been interested in arts and crafts and has parlayed that into her own business, Jan Dee Custom Jewelry, now located at 1425 W. Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park. "When I was a child, I loved creating things with my hands," said Dee. "My art teachers told me I ...


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A brief history of LGBTQ students and proms - In recent years, many LGBTQ students have attended their high school proms across the country without any "controversy" but that was not always the case due to school officials denying them entry into the annual dance. "Ever since its creation in the 1920s, prom has been a powerful ritual that shapes the gendered and sexual culture of American youth in ...


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'Bewildered' author Ron Weaver remembered - In his program notes for the 2017 Hell in a Handbag production Bewildered—a musical parody of Bewitched told from the vantage point of nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz—playwright Ron Weaver wrote of his two things he loved most beyond his friends and family: musical theater and classic sitcoms. Weaver explained, "I've always been especially drawn to the shows where one person ...


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Remembering Anita Bryant and 'Orange Tuesday' - By Eric Holeman - On June 7, 1977, voters in Dade County, Florida overwhelmingly voted to repeal the county's recently passed gay-rights ordinance, concluding a campaign that put gay rights—and gay people—on the evening news and daily newspapers across the country. Chicago photographer Jerry Pritikin lived in San Francisco at the time, and remembered how the Florida election was a wake-up call for gay-rights ...


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Gay commissioner candidate holds Pride fundraiser - Kevin B. Morrison, the gay democratic Cook County Commissioner candidate for the 15th district, held a Pride month fundraiser June 13 at Sidetrack. Morrison is running against incumbent and Illinois Republican Party Chair Timothy Schneider. Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris said this night will be remembered because Morrison "is going places" politically. Harris noted that the 15th county commissioner race ...


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Gay boxer reigns over Puerto Rican parade - On June 16, Orlando "El Fenomeno" Cruz, the first openly gay active professional boxer, served as "king" of the annual Puerto Rican People's Parade in Chicago. This year's event not only honored the parade's founders but sought to bring attention to recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Other honorees at the event included Angel Arroyo, City Councilman of ...


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Report: Only 559 LGBTQ elected officials in U.S. - LGBTQ Victory Institute's 2018 "Out for America" report says that there are 559 known openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States—and the country needs to elect more than 22,000 LGBTQ individuals to achieve equitable representation. Among the report's key findings: —559 known LGBTQ elected officials are currently serving in the United States, which equals 0.1 percent of all elected ...


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Precious Minds project seeks to mentor youth - Precious Minds Mentoring Program is a program for young women, founded by a youth who has experienced her own struggles and who now seeks to help others. Keonza Phillips is a young entrepreneur adult who grew up on the North and South sides of Chicago. Her main passion was finding a way to give back to the youth in her ...


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West Side event to take aim at stigma - A upcoming gathering on the West Side will confront issues surrounding stigma against persons reentering the community from prison as well as persons with HIV/AIDS, among other demographics. The event—to be held Wed., June 27, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sankofa Cultural Arts Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave.—will launch the "Stigma Stops with Me" campaign that Men & Women in ...


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Mokena Pride event held at Yunker Farm - Pride Fest: Mokena took place June 10 at 10925 W. La Porte Rd. According to the event's Facebook page, it was the first Pride event in this area, as Southwest Suburban Activists ( SWSA ) staged their first Pride Fest at Mokena's Yunker Farm, The Chicago Tribune noted. There were bands, speakers, readings of children's books, yard games, informational booths, ...


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Bolingbrook holds Pride picnic - Adding to the Chicago suburbs holding festivals to mark Pride Month, Bolingbrook held its own picnic June 10. The picnic was held at the James S. Boan Woods, 410 N. Schmidt Rd., Bolingbrook. Bolingbrook Pride put on the event, which included everything from chalk art to puppies, among family-friendly items. Photos courtesy of Bolingbrook Pride ...


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Billy Masters - "I will see anything with Chris shirtless in a field of flowers. Or Chris looking like Jesus in the rain."—Channing Tatum's comments after seeing stills of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth in Bad Times at the El Royale. To recap, Tatum's divorcing his wife and lusting after a shirtless Hemsworth. Happy Pride! Let's start with a story about Jeff Lewis from ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Charlies - Taking their positions at a special Pride Fest Boylesque. Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Roscoe's - Dance, dance, dance to Dave Aude and Bimbo Jones. Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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PRIDE Pushing buttons - A retrospective of the official buttons from Chicago's Pride Parade going back to 1980, from the collection of Windy City Times assistant publisher Terri Klinsky. ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Mr. Moral's Guide to Surviving Dark Times Without Losing It - A splatter anthology with a queer point of view? Bring on the blood. In El Bear Productions' Mr. Moral's Guide to Surviving Dark Times Without Losing It, audiences are treated to a quintet of playlets hosted by a Mr. Rodgers-adjacent master of ceremonies. Set in a time when bigotry is seen as downright presidential, the stories (primary writer: Rauly Luna) ...


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Money bond, pretrial incarceration hurting Chicago's LGBTQ Communities - GUEST COLUMN - On any given day, more than 90% of people in Cook County Jail ( "CCJ" ) are presumed innocent and yet are locked up pretrial while waiting their trial. Although the number of LGBTQ people at CCJ is not officially available, we can assume that a disproportionate number of them are part of the LGBTQ community since national studies have ...


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THEATER REVIEW Guards of the Taj - Playwright: Rajiv Joseph At: Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$94. Runs through: July 22 Legend has it that after India's Taj Mahal was completed in 1648, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the hands cut off from the 20,000 laborers who constructed the world wonder. The tale is apocryphal but enduring, a brutal addenda to an epic monument ...


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Critics' Picks - The Opportunities of Extinction, Broken Nose Theatre at the Den, through June 30, A smart low-key trio of actors lend a glimmer of hope to Sam Chanse's discussion of climate change and the coming apocalypse on a cozy campsite in the Mojave desert. MSB Southern Gothic, Windy City Playhouse, extended through July 29. A summer birthday party deep in magnolia ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Wild Women of Planet Wongo - by Regnia Victor - Playwright: Dave Ogrin ( producer/music/lyrics ), Ben Budick ( lyrics ) and Steve Mackes ( book/lyrics ) At: the Basement Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: $20-40; PlanetWongo.com. Runs through: July 14 The Wild Women of Planet Wongo is an immersive experience, best enjoyed with a group of enthusiastic friends and a couple of Wongotinis ( vodka, tequila, midori ...


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THEATER REVIEW From the Mississippi Delta - Playwright: Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Ph.D. At: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Ctr, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: $15; Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre; 847-866-5915. Runs through: July 1 There is something marvelous about any story of overcoming a difficult life and finding your joy. There is something even more marvelous when the protagonist is a Black woman in the United ...


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THEATER REVIEW Don't Smoke in Bed - Playwright: Aurin Squire At: Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $15-23; ChimeraEnsemble.com. Runs through: July 8 Even in the most liberal of environments, interracial couples still face an uphill battle. Not just with society and older generations, but within themselves: How do you navigate different upbringings, cultures and beliefs and forge a meaningful relationship of which many ...


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Walgreens, AIDS group offering free testing - Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a national public-information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, AIDS-service organizations and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in more than 180 cities on National HIV Testing Day on Wed., June 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Local agencies will be at ...


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HRC Responds to Trump-Pence Executive Order, House GOP Immigration Bills - From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to Donald Trump's executive order retreating from his cruel and dangerous policy of separating families at the border and two bills scheduled for votes tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives that fall far short of addressing the needs of refugees, dreamers, and other undocumented immigrants. HRC will ...


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Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards held in Bridgeport - The 19th annual Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards were held June 20 at Polo Cafe in Bridgeport. A diverse group of people from 18 to 30 were honored for their activism, cultural work, entrepreneurship, promotional work and more. Windy City Times welcomed co-sponsors AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago House, Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health and Polo Catering. ...


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Boxer Orlando Cruz leading Chicago's Pride Parade - Professional boxing's only openly gay star is coming to Chicago. Orlando "El Fenonemo" , of Puerto Rico, was the grand marshal in the Puerto Rican People's Parade on June 16—and will fulfill the same role in the 49th Chicago Annual Pride Parade. Cruz came out as gay in 2012—first to his family, then to the public a few weeks later—becoming ...


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THEATER Sullivan, Illinois, a theater and a thruple thrive - If a theater survives five years, a theater has reached a major milestone. A decade? That's a relative rarity. Endure for 60 years and it's not so much of a stretch to say you've defied astronomical odds and all common sense. Especially if you are located in the heart of Amish country more than two hours away from a major ...


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Activities in Sullivan, Boutiques, antiques, beaches and more - Sidebar to Sullivan, Illinois, a theater and a thruple thrive - From theatergoers to campers to shoppers, Sullivan caters to tourists. The Little Theatre on the Square is the marquee attraction, but there area is burgeoning with additional options. Read on for things to do and places to go. ( For more info, go to Sullivan-chamber.com. ) —The Great Pumpkin Patch and the Homestead Bakery: 1749A CR 1900 North, Arthur Illinois ...


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MORE ON SULLIVAN Reminiscing about Sullivan's theater - VIEWPOINT BY JONATHAN ABARBANEL - When I was 19 years old I was an Equity Apprentice at the Little Theatre-on-the-Square. At that time, being an apprentice was how you became a member of Actors Equity Association, the actors' and stage managers' union. The Little Theatre was the only Equity theater between Greater Chicago and St. Louis. Guy Little Jr., the producer, was in his late ...


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CMSA's Pride Bowl XI on June 22-23 - The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) announced that the football event Pride Bowl XI will take place on June 22-23 on Chicago's Montrose Lakeside Fields. All teams must be sponsored by a dues-paying NGFFL city in order to play in Pride Bowl XI. Registration is $52/player until May 11; $78/player May 12-June 8, and $104/player on June 8-21. ...


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Rugby to return to Chicago Nov. 3 - USA Rugby and TLA Worldwide ( TLA ), along with host city partners Chicago Sports Commission ( CSC ) and Soldier Field, announced that world-class international rugby will again return to Soldier Field in Chicago for the latest edition of The Rugby Weekend. All matches will take place at Soldier Field on Saturday, Nov. 3, with USA Women's Eagles opening ...


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World TeamTennis returning to Chicago - World TeamTennis ( WTT ) will make its return to Chicago on Friday, July 27, for WTT Chicago presented by Magellan when the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Washington Kastles face off in a regular season match at the XS Tennis Village, 5336 S. State St., at 7 p.m. The Philadelphia Freedoms, owned by Billie Jean King and coached by Grand ...


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'Will & Grace' revival out on DVD - The first-season revival of Will & Grace—out 10 years after the original show ended—is now out on DVD, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their respective roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen. Guest stars include Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Minnie Driver and many more. Bonus ...


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Ravinia season continues with Whoopi, Boy George - This year's Ravinia Festival's schedule has begun—in genres ranging from jazz to comedy to classical music to hip-hop will be part of the season. According to Ravinia's website, remaining shows involve quartet Well-Strung ( June 24 ); lesbian singer Janis Ian ( June 24 ); out actor/musician Alan Cumming ( July 13 ); Audra McDonald and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ...


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'Queer, Ill + Okay' June 21, 23 - Program Director Joseph Varisco, of Salonathon and the former Alphawood Gallery, has announced the "Queer, Ill + Okay" summer 2018 program of arts programming in partnership with multidisciplinary artist Kia LaBeija. "Queer, Ill + Okay," now in its fifth year, returns in an attempt to explore and better understand how people are living with HIV/AIDS. The programs are as follows: ...


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Dance for Life 2018 names companies - For its 27th annual event, Dance for Life Chicago presents a diverse group of companies and artists performing Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Joining the partner dance companies that perform each year—Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet—are Hanna Brictson and Dancers, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' NPH, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 announced that Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race has been greenlit for a new season, a press release noted. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, the network renewed the aftershow, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to ...


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Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police's Gang Database - From a press release - Chicago — The Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, gathered in City Hall on Tuesday to announce a new federal class action against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), targeting CPD's unconstitutional Gang Database, and urging City Council to take action. Read the lawsuit here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R-XOJaBqeqZew0thuzSqMb8GJytt1fqc/view ...


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LGBTQ night at the Shedd June 27, among other themed nights - CHICAGO — As Shedd Aquarium's popular Wednesday evening event series, Jazzin' at the Shedd, enters its 22nd year, the aquarium is introducing new, themed nights and programming throughout the summer schedule. This includes special evenings from June through September celebrating LGTBQ Pride, Shark Week and women in science and more. The new themed programming is meant to help connect new ...


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Cards Against Humanity Releases Pride-themed Expansion Pack - From a press release - CHICAGO — Cards Against Humanity announced today a new "Pride Pack," an expansion pack that contains 30 new cards about queer culture. "As a member of the queer community, it means so much to me when companies decide to put rainbows on products," Cards Against Humanity writer Eunji Kim said. "Our new Pride Pack can be enjoyed by everyone, even ...


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SAVOR Trans ice-cream social, Furious Spoon, Taste of Chicago - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - On June 13, Center on Halsted held its third annual transgender ice-cream social, a free event for members of the LGBTQ community—and, specifically, the trans community. With the participation of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, 3657 N. Clark St., the event was meant solely as a social gathering. Center on Halsted Director of Transgender Relations and Community Engagemen Vanessa Sheridan said, ...


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THEATER REVIEW You Can't Take It With You - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart At: Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: OakParkFestival.com; $32. Runs through: July 22 A collection of dream-chasing free spirits, some related by blood and others merely by the bonds of friendship, gather in one communal house to face the realities of an economically challenging United States together. No, this isn't the ...


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MUSIC Out musician Dave Koz releases his own 'Summer' sequel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Summer may be known for movie sequels—but out saxophonist Dave Koz is doing his own take on the phenomenon. On June 22, he'll drop Summer Horns II: From A to Z, five years after releasing Summer Horns, a Grammy-nominated album that paid tribute to classic songs featuring killer horn sections. "From A to Z" features collaborations with musicians such as ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Blake Jenner shows 'Animal' instinct in new film - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Blake Jenner first came into the spotlight with the reality series The Glee Project that led to him being a regular on the Glee television show. He broke into movies with the lead role of Everybody Wants Some!! and followed that with an indie hit, The Edge of Seventeen. His new movie, American Animals, has him playing a college ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Craig Johnson talks directing 'Alex Strangelove' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alex Strangelove is the story of teenager Alex Truelove, played by Daniel Doherty, who is in the process of losing his virginity. Life with his girlfriend becomes complicated when he meets a gay fellow at a party. This new movie is directed by Craig Johnson with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films as producers. It was released June 8 on the ...


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DINING Tallboy Taco, Mon Ami Gabi, The Peninsula - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Tallboy Taco, 325 W. Huron St., is showing its support by donating $1 from every rainbow Boozy Pride Paleta spiked with Brugal rum ( $3 each ) to the Center on Halsted. Operating out of Nacional 27, Tallboy Taco offers River North an assortment of tallboy beers and tacos for both lunch and dinner, as well as carryout. See http://tallboytaco.com/. ...


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NATIONAL Palm Springs, NYC Pride, Alan Turing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The California Legislature LGBTQ Caucus recognized the Palm Springs City Council June 11 in Sacramento for being the nation's first elected all LGBTQ Council, according to a VisitPalmSprings.com press release. The Palm Springs City Council—composed of Mayor Robert Moon and Mayor Pro Tem J.R. Roberts as well as Councilmembers Geoff Kors, Lisa Middleton and Christy Gilbert Holstege—were recognized on the ...


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WORLD Icelandic Pride, Peter Tatchell, World Cup - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Seyoisfjorour, a town in Iceland with only 700 residents, has created a rainbow path to show its support for its LGBTQ residents, LGBTQ Nation noted. The path, "Norourgata," was painted down the center of the main street through town, with both residents and local businesses taking part in painting the road in rainbow colors. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, hosts ...


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Northalsted Pride Fest photos - Pride Fest heated up Boystown on June 16 and 17 with record numbers and high temperatures. Fashion shows, a variety of vendor booths and talented performers were all part of the fun. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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Parkland students launch voter-registration tour from Chicago - The Annual End of School Rally and Peace March presented by Saint Sabina Church June 15 got a lift this year with the attendance of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida—the school which saw the murder of 17 students and teachers on Valentine's Day this year. Grammy winners Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and Will.I.Am, former ...







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