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Store opening is a 'Torrid' affair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 8, plus-size clothing store Torrid opened a new location in Chicago, at 7 N. State St. in The Loop. Shoppers partied with champagne and appetizers from noon to 5 p.m. in the 3,000-square-foot space. This is the first central business district location for the popular trendy store. Long lines filled the room throughout the day, with associates ringing ...


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Artist-activists talk '50 Shades of Gay,' other projects - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Artist activists and straight allies Derrick Procell ( singer and music producer ) and Grammy-winner Terry Abrahamson ( song writer ) met each in the one of the most unlikely places, the jingle business. This occurred years ago during Chicago's reign as America's jingle capital. "I was introduced to Derrick since it was suggested to me that he had the ...


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Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a project directed by the University of Chicago's Center for the Study ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I'm trotting off to The Chalet, the giant plant nursery and retail plant nursery and garden center in Wilmette. My garden club was met by Tony Fulmer, the head horticulturist who's been on the job there nearly 30 years. Here are some of the tidbits I caught during his lecture: Snow mold ( which appears on some lawn grasses in ...


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Music and art: Menzie and Michael; NOW seeking artists - Menzie and Michael at Davenport's throughout April Famed local performance team Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael will perform at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Saturdays throughout April at 8 p.m. The duo is known for musical twists on jazz favorites, standards, contemporary pop, Broadway show tunes and film gems. There is a $20 cover charge with a two-drink minimum. ...


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Artist Doan visits local leather museum - William Doan, a fine-arts photographer from Ft. Dodge, Iowa, visited the Leather Archives and Museum ( LA&M ) in Chicago on March 22. Doan's work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums. He presented Rick Storer, executive director of the LA&M, with three of his photographs for their collection. ...


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CAKE Expo returning to Center in June - The fourth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) is taking place June 6-7, and with more programming and workshops for attendees. "It really stands out as one of the top independent comic shows in the country," said Chad Sell, Chicago comic artist. Some of the programming will include "A Conversation with the Hernandez Brothers," "Comic Books and Speculative ...


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Chicago artist Bautista increases presence - Julius DC Bautista has been doodling as long as he can remember, and it always caught the eyes of his grade-school instructors. As a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a professor inspired him to select a major in fine arts. Then when he returned from the military, Bautista finally paid attention to his creativity. "My artistic process ...


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Black dandy exhibit, symposium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Dandy Lion: ( Re ) Articulating Black Masculine Identity" is an exhibit that will run through July 12 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave. A press release stated, "The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities." A related symposium will take place ...


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Flower & Garden Show: Everything from show gardens to cakes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Flower & Garden Show Presented by Mariano's took place March 14-22 at Navy Pier. This year's theme was "Do Green. Do Good." As usual, there were the show gardens—an impressive 21 this year. They included "The Gardens of Mackinac"; "Tulip Splendor"; ""811 N. Greenline Parkway—Natural Gas Safety Garden" ( with builder Christy Webber Landscapes ); "Gardening with a ...


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Red Pump Project throws fashion show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Red Pump Project threw a Rock the RED Fashion Show on March 21 at Loft on Lake in the West Loop for the sixth year in a row. The Red Pump Project is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness for the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. The red pump has become a symbol of empowerment for the ...


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The Fairy Gardener: Spring tidbits - Some off-the-top-of-my-head garden tidbits: I left my goldfish outside in the pond ( with an ice melter and a circulating pump and, so far, no floating piscine bodies. ) Am I the only one smelling spring in the air? I go outside to cardinals singing and there are little green shoots at the edges of the snow banks. The grand ...


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D&G anger many; celebrities respond - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana made some statements about same-sex families that have caused a firestorm of controversy, The Huffington Post noted. According to translations, the pair—who dated for 23 years and broke up in 2005—stated that babies born through in vitro fertilization are "children of chemistry, ...


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Chicago couple builds arts-enpowerment program for girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Meredith Montgomery has been working as a teaching artist for almost five years—first in Austin, Texas, and now in Chicago—which is both incredible and challenging, she said. "I created my own method of devised theater as a junior in college; I call it a 'journaling to performance method.' It values the art of journal writing and original self-expression, while honoring ...


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Upcoming: UChicago LGBTQ; Creating Change; Latin@ week; Trans pres appointee - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life By Jonathan Jones From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a ...


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Rosy outlook for Chicago Flower & Garden Show - Roses have been growing since last December, so they will be in bloom and ready to dazzle at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, that runs March 14-22 at Navy Pier. There will be a variety of rose colors and numerous types, including a focus on many disease-resistant roses and easy-to-grow roses. There will be two ...


Exhibition-History-of-LGBTQ-Life-at-the-University-of-Chicago

Exhibition: History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago - From a press release - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago's history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition. Drawing ...


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Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entering into its 15th season, the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival is holding a benefit and celebration this March. Bringing in big names to raise awareness of one of the largest youth culture gatherings in the world has the talented Alfre Woodard attending an all day event. She is not only an award-winning actress but a producer and political ...


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Arts news: Harris; Flower & Garden Show; Brave Face Project; Ronnie Kroell - Harris Theater in the midst of $5M renovation project The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., is in the midst of a $5-million renovation project. The physical renovations of the Harris Theater patron space is one component of a $38.8-million fundraising campaign launched during the theater's 10th anniversary last season. The plan will involve adding two ...


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FashionBar puts on fall/winter '15 show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 19, FashionBar Chicago presented its fall/winter 2015 fashion show at the legendary Drake Hotel's Palm Court on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This show—co-hosted by Jeff Conway, host of Social Avenue, and Renee Fecarotta Russo, star of Chicago Mob—featured five local fashion designers. Featured designers included Benjamin Cottrell of Bengamin Cotrell Designs, Nicole Nannetti and Angie Babbitt of Seamingly Sisters, ...


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Queer artistry amplifies Black love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - People celebrated Black love through the spoken word, poetry and song Feb. 10 during a February open-mic night at Jeffrey Pub, 7041 S. Jeffrey Blvd. Quare Square, Inc. co-sponsored the event, which brought amateur and professional artists together. While the venue offered free expression, Quare Square Executive Director M. Shelly Conner stressed its geographical benefit. "It's important that we have ...


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Kim Gordon; MCA trans* forum; Women, Work, and Gender exhibit; Driehaus jewelry - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


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Artist hosts 'ap[ART]' benefit, celebration - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Family, friends and fans came together as a community to support Erik Sosa's "ap[ART]" fundraiser at Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art on Jan. 24. Wayne Johnson of NBC made an appearance for the live auction. Sosa donated four paintings from his 2015 collection to be displayed and then auctioned for three non-profits—Museum of Mexican Art's Yollocalli Arts Initiative, AIDS ...


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Beck Kramer shines with sci-fi Web comic - Beck Kramer created a comic to submit for an anthology from LGBTQ writers and artists, yet her work was not accepted for publication. But Kramer brought the characters to life in another form. Kramer, 32, a lesbian who lives in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood and grew up in Elmwood Park, launched her comic, Relativity ( www.relativitycomic.com ), last May. It is ...


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Upcoming events: Art and performance - Sosa exhibit at Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art UNICEF, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art will be the beneficiaries of proceeds from Erik Sosa's new art show, "ap[ART]," at the museum, 1852 W. 19th St.,on Saturday, Jan. 24, 6-10 p.m. The museum's galleries will stay open after hours for this special event. This new ...


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Man makes impression as a nude model - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a freshman at the University of Michigan, Roger Billhardt saw flyers on campus for various clubs, organizations, and more. He spotted the one for the art school, which was looking for figure models. He had never done anything like that, but admittedly is a thrill-seeker, "and that seemed like a thrill." So he signed up for the gig. "I ...


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OUTspoken! takes place at Sidetrack - The first installment of 2015's OUTspoken!, the monthly showcase of LGBTQ oral storytelling, took place Jan. 6 at Sidetrack in front of an SRO house of enthusiastic supporters and participants. The event, which takes place on the first Tuesday of each month, focuses on personal stories that LGBTQ individuals share. Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack and LGBTQ-rights pioneer ) ...


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Richard Blanco, August Wilson part of poetry series - Openly gay poet Richard Blanco and the late playwright August Wilson will be among those featured during Poetry Foundation's winter/spring 2015 events season. On Thursday, Jan. 8, "Las Chavas: Poetry and Film from Honduras" will feature Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States; Brad Coley, director of the forthcoming documentary Las Chavas; and Cheryl Chapman, executive director of ...


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MCA Bowie exhibition breaks records - From a press release - More than 193,000 people visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ( MCA ) during the 15-week run of the David Bowie Is exhibition ( September 23, 2014—January 4, 2015 ), setting a new attendance record for the museum. As the most successful exhibition in the MCA's 47-year history, David Bowie Is also set new attendance records for all of ...


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MUSIC St. Vincent bonds with Bowie at MCA talk - Closing down the David Bowie exhibit over the Jan. 3 weekend, singer Annie Clark—also known as St. Vincent—spoke to a packed Ediis Neeson Theater downstairs inside the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ), selling out tickets for her talkback within three hours of first announcement. Some patrons waited in lines down the block during the day for one of ...


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Arts, music headlines - Richard Blanco, August Wilson part of poetry series Openly gay poet Richard Blanco and the late playwright August Wilson will be among those featured during Poetry Foundation's winter/spring 2015 events season. On Thursday, Jan. 8, " Las Chavas: Poetry and Film from Honduras" will feature Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States; Brad Coley, director of the forthcoming ...


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Chicagoan Sam Kirk shines through art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sam Kirk was always drawn to use her imagination. As a kid, for instance, she'd ride her Mickey Mouse-themed Big Wheel Racer in Bridgeport, and Kirk's imagination would soar in different directions, creating scenes out of the big brick buildings that surrounded her. "Some of my favorite childhood memories include sitting on the edge of our sofa with my twin ...


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Temple Sholom launches Holocaust series focused on LGBT impact - After months of planning, Temple Sholom's LGBT group—known as Am Keshet, which translated from Hebrew is, people of the rainbow—launches a series of three stand-alone sessions about the Holocaust and its impact on the LGBT community. Overlapping Triangles: Hidden Stories of the Holocaust kicks off Thursday, Dec. 11, with a viewing of the film Paragraph 175 and an interactive discussion ...


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Runway show marks World AIDS Day - On Nov. 30, the sixth edition of "Strut"—the annual fashion show designed to acknowledge World AIDS Day—took place at Castle Nightclub in front of an enthusiastic SRO crowd. This year's event was again produced by designer John Fleming, in partnership with Project VIDA and Dr. John Schneider of The Chicago Center for HIV Elimination. The runway was filled with traditional ...


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Trans Canadian photographer part of unique Chicago event - Initially, the focus of Dale M. Reid's photography was related to landscapes ( maritime, urban and seascapes ), along with floral studies and still life. During the past four or five years, her subject material has switched to floral studies and still life shot in the studio. In the still-life category, her recent series is the "Oyster Mushroom." Due to ...


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DIVERSIONS Notebaert offers 'Rainforest Adventure' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has opened "Rainforest Adventure," a multisensory expedition that will introduce adults and children to tropical rainforests from around the world. The exhibit highlights the challenges facing these ecological wonders and offers ways people can make a difference right here in Chicago to help preserve rainforests across the planet. Senior Curator of Urban Ecology Steven Sullivan ...


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Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cher has cancelled her "Dressed to Kill" tour on doctors' orders, Gay Star News noted. The legendary gay icon said she was "devastated" and has pledged to finish it next year. The 68-year-old "Strong Enough" singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection. Almost 30 dates were cancelled, including shows in ...


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Mapplethorpe; In These Boxes; Art Smith to be honored - Mapplethorpe exhibition through Nov. 22 "Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs from The Kinsey Institute Collection" will go on display through Nov. 22 at Indiana University's Grunwald Gallery. With the Grunwald Gallery and The Kinsey Institute jointly presenting, the exhibition marks the first time this group of photographs has been publicly shown. For further information, contact the Grunwald Gallery at 812-855-8490 or grunwald@indiana.edu. ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I have many rose of Sharon shrubs in my yard and, of course, many seedlings that I eventually give away or pull. One such bloomed, and is this glorious mixture of red and purple/pink. I hope its seeds come true ( tho' it's a very promiscuous tribe ). A sensible friend marked this seedling with a necktie that was around ...


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Accelerate Culture launches with survey on arts, city livability - From a press release - CHICAGO — A new public opinion survey released today shows Chicago residents overwhelmingly agree arts and culture attract tourists, improve the livability of Chicago, make significant contributions to the economy, and prepare students for future success. Chicagoans also participate in the arts at a higher level than national rates. The survey of 800 Chicago residents is being released today by ...


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BUSINESS Calif. clothiers for masculine-identified opens pop-up store - Saint Harridan will be popping up in the Andersonville area of Chicago at 1748 W. Balmoral Ave. Nov. 15-23. The pop-up shop will be between two lesbian-owned businesses Joie de Vine and Karma Salon. The businesses will be doing several cross promotions including wine tastings. Humboldt House will be providing furniture from their retail store for the pop-up. Gender-bending Oakland, ...


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Steve Quick Jeweler: Longtime supporter of LGBT community - Business has increased at the Steve Quick Jeweler stores in Chicago since same-sex marriages became legal in Illinois, yet company owner—and the store namesake—has been supporting the LGBT community for decades. Steve Quick, 61, who is straight and married to Melissa, took a stance back in the mid-1990s. He placed ads in several major publications, stating, "We believe in the ...


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Events coming up in film, arts, music, performance - Lea Delaria, Artemis at 'Women in Music' Nov. 16 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Women in Music"—a celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers—at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's lesbian feminist ...


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'Human Ken Doll' dreams of stardom with own form of perfection - He wants a reality-TV show about his ever-changing life—and looks. He's planning a documentary about an upcoming procedure. He's also writing a book with two co-authors, a collaboration about his life of plastic surgery, body modification, sexual identity and more. And he's also looking to set the Guinness World Record for most cosmetic surgeries. Welcome to the wild journey of ...


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Studio opening marks fashion/film event - On Oct. 18, guests gathered at 400 N. May St., where fashion designer Borris Powell and filmmaker/director Kyle Thomas unveiled a joint venture. Earlier this year, Powell and Thomas teamed for the new series SEX + LOVE, and announced Thomas as the face of Powell's brand-new men's line. Midway through the event, Thomas screened a sneak preview of SEX + ...


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Alison Bechdel: Artist, genius and instigator of change - - In September, Alison Bechdel became the second cartoonist to receive a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, and received acclaim for its witty depiction of lesbian life and the challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community for acceptance. Bechdel's graphic memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic ...


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EXHIBITS 'David Bowie Is' wows patrons at the MCA - Having opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Sept. 23, "David Bowie Is" offers audiences an intimate and immersive journey into the multifaceted personas and creations of an artist widely considered to be one of the most significant of his time and genre. At a preview on Sept. 19, MCA chief curator Michael Darling was joined by ...


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Fashion fundraiser helps Indian nonprofit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sararose Krenger—wardrobe stylist, fashion designer and owner of luxury and eco-friendly lifestyle boutique Sararose on Oak—hosted the "Designer Saree Challenge" Oct. 16. Proceeds from this Project Runway-style event will directly support White Rainbow Project, a nonprofit helping women in India who are isolated and abused as a result of becoming widowed. Photos by Bahar Partow ...


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Library exhibit: Gay cartoonist's view of same-sex marriage - From a press release - As recognition of same-sex marriage grows the Chicago Public Library presents Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh! by cartoonist Jeremy Sorese. In this engagingly illustrated exhibit, Sorese, a gay man, explores the idea of getting married. Selected from The Best American Comics 2013, Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh! is on display through March 8, 2015, in the Congress Corridor, ...


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Upcoming shows: Laramie Project; Brickman; McComas, Kuper, Kennedy - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


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Woman Made Gallery has new executive director - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - October 15, 2014 - Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ), Chicago's renowned feminist contemporary art gallery, is proud to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director. Claudine Isé will succeed Beate Minkovski as Executive Director and continue the non-profit gallery's mission to support, cultivate and promote the diverse contributions of women in the arts through exhibitions ...


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Akira fashion show attracts hundreds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's unlikely a vehicle dealership has had this kind of patronage—at least recently. Hundreds of people went to Grossinger City Autoplex, 1550 N. Dayton St., on Oct. 5 as the fashion retailer Akira held its 12th Annual Fall Fashion Show. Attendees enjoyed everything from small bites and drinks from businesses such as Umami Burger, neuro, SOCIAL Enjoyments, Municipal Bar + ...


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Upcoming: Fireside Chat; Mapplethorpe; Etta James tribute; Mamet's Cryptogram - 'A Fireside Chat' with Victor Salvo on Oct. 1 "A Fireside Chat" with Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project, will take place 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 and Douglas O'Keeffe, who also hosts the event. There ...


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Iu-Luen Jeng on art therapy, power of young people - By Hayleigh Syens - For most, science and art are polar opposites. But for Iu-Luen Jeng, the two make perfect sense together. Jeng, is a director for the Illinois Art Therapy Association. Art therapy combines the creative process with psychotherapy, making it easier for those affected by trauma to more easily express themselves when words fail. "When we talk about mental health services or ...


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Provocative art, theater events in Chicago - EXPO Chicago unveils provocative art EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, took place Sept. 18-21 at Navy Pier. Now in its third season, EXPO Chicago featured more than 140 of the leading galleries from around the world. Items ranged from the perplexing to the layered to the commercial to the unnerving—but were never boring. Among the ...


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FALL SPECIAL: ART 'David Bowie Is' opening in Chicago - Still rebuilding after the devastating German air raids of World War II, Britain's mood in 1947 was desolate. Rationing was still in force; meat, potatoes and even electricity were cut. The London streets that had taken the full force of Hitler's V1 and V2 rockets existed as parallel lines of rubble. To make matters worse, January of that year heralded ...


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Skrebneski unveils Chicago International Film Fest poster - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( September 11, 2014 ) — Bold, symbolic and undeniably unlike anything seen before from the world-renowned photographer Victor Skrebneski, The Chicago International Film Festival unveiled its 50th anniversary reimagining of the iconic 1974 Festival T-shirt poster on Wednesday, September 10 at Expo 72 ( 72 E. Randolph St., Chicago ). Famed Chicago photographer Skrebneski attended the unveiling ...


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Three artists depict grittiness of society in New York - From a press release - A new art show by Fernando Carpaneda, Frank Russo and Moses Jaen deals with the grittiness of society, as seen through the eyes of Punk Rock, Horror and Psychedelia. Each artist will be presenting some new paintings and sculptures depicting humans, monsters, and everything in between at the MF Gallery in New York. Fernando Carpaneda was one of the first ...


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Cartoon on DOMA wins Fischetti award from Columbia College - CHICAGO ( Sept. 3, 2014 ) — Nate Beeler has been selected as the 2014 winner of the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, for his image in The Columbus Dispatch depicting Lady Justice and Lady Liberty embracing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ). The editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch, Beeler ...


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Rosie in baby-boomer doc - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary American Masters: The Boomer List will premiere nationwide Tuesday, Sept. 23, on PBS in honor of the last baby boomers turning 50 this year, according to a press release. The film explores the story of the influential baby boomer generation ( 1946-1964 ) through the lives of 19 iconic boomers—one born each year of the baby ...


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Fashion is life for Borris J. Powell - About eight years ago, Borris J. Powell made a red silk skirt suit for his mom. It was the first thing he ever designed and made. She still has it—but is forbidden to wear it, he said with a smile. "My mom was my first and main influence," Powell said. "She was a seamstress as I was growing up and ...


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COMIC ARTISTS The urban legend of comic colorist Jeff Balke - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay coloring artist Jeff Balke is on a roll. Along with his husband, he's making his own comic book called Urban Legends ( launching now ) and has big plans for more series this year and next. This dynamic duo hit conventions all year long where they showcase his color sketching. He won the Shel Dorf Award for Coloring ...


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The Fairy Gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hold the presses! Thousands of garden gnomes have disappeared in Austria. Who knows where they'll reappear? Could perhaps some of those Central American children trying to get into the paradise of Texas illegally really be little German-speaking men? Wait till the Tea Party types hear about this! ********************** You may have seen chimney flue liners—they're the color of clay flower ...


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Toon commemorates Sotomayor birthday - This 1990 political cartoon by the late Danny Sotomayor commemorates his birthday. ( The artist/activist was born Aug. 30, 1958, and passed away Feb. 5, 1992. His partner, playwright Scott McPherson, died later that same year. ) Image courtesy of Lori Cannon ...


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Way-out Wizard World: costumes, characters, artists - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wizard World Comic Con Chicago hit the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 21-24. The front lobby of the convention center started the fun as a place to meet costumed characters upon entering the vast space. Two floors contained numerous vendor booths selling superhero toys, comic books, T-shirts and a variety of novelties. Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell ...


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Machnik wins Nate Berkus' reality show, looks at future - TELEVISION Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Lukas Machnik, an openly gay Chicago-based artist who owns a successful company called Lukas Machnik Interior Design ( LMID ) and winner of the first season of NBC's American Dream Builders ( ADB ), calls himself a minimalist. "Often enough, people don't get it; they say, 'Oh, it's an empty room,' but it's actually the hardest space to design because ...


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Poetry Foundation fall events include LGBTs - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation's fall event season embraces poetry in an array of offerings that range from an experimental oratorio to an audio installation of a Parisian soundscape to a special evening with superstar soprano Renée Fleming and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand. This season is variously local, with the Open Door Readings, focused on Chicagoland writing programs, and ...


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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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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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Skala paintings on exhibit at Center - "Dreams Are Like Water: Recent Paintings by Gene Skala" is on exhibit at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., through Aug. 19. Skala, a Chicago-based painter, said in a press release, "My paintings are about a dreamer's awareness of their own dream and their need to realize their own sense of occupancy within it." ...


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Glamorama rocks fashion once again - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama 2014 hit the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Aug. 8. The annual Ronald McDonald House fundraiser came complete with performer Jason Derulo, Macy's iHeart Radio Rising Star contest winner boy band Before You Exit, and a runway show. Macy's made it snow indoors for the winter collection at the start of the show. Even ...


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Poetry, public murals, print shop partner to build community - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill.—August 7, 2014—A poetry-vending machine popped up in Chicago's 45th Ward on Tuesday at Replica Chicago, a printer/gift shop. The machine, based on old-fashioned gumball dispensers, doles out verses of varying lengths and themes ( some gay-related ) for just 50 cents. "I love this! Especially since it goes back to a non-profit," enthused Carrie Johnson after seeing Replica ...


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Supermodel comes out as transgender - Earlier this year, androgynous male model Andrej Pejic underwent gender-reassignment surgery. As part of that transition, Pejic modified her name from Andrej to Andreja. She has been the toast of the modeling industry for the past four years, gracing the covers of Elle, i-D, Out and New York magazines. Pejic has been on international shows modeling haute couture, and has ...


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Photographer exhibit at SoFo Tap - The SoFo Tap will host the solo exhibition of new work by Chicago photographer Shannon Jenkins ( Flaming City Photography ). The "Man Pop Art Show" reception will be held Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Andersonville bar. In his first exhibition, Jenkins presents colorful artwork celebrating the male physique. The artist has manipulated photographs of his hairy male subjects ...







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