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Gay artist and noted historian hold talk at NU - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 20, The Mary and Leigh Block Museum at Northwestern University presented a discussion and question-and-answer session with noted avant-garde artist, professor and influential Fluxus Movement member Geoffrey Hendricks and noted art historian/author David Getsy. The event—in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit "A Feast of Astonishments," also at the museum—looked at the Fluxus Movement in the 1970s and how ...


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'Wright Plus 2016' on May 21-22 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 21, Wright Plus 2016 traces the arc of the Prairie School's early 20th-century architecture with interior tours of nine private homes in Oak Park and River Forest. The walk features four homes designed by Wright and five buildings by the architects who worked in his Oak Park studio. Buildings on the tour include the Thomas Gale House ( ...


Upcoming-Andersonville-Flower-Show

Upcoming: Andersonville Flower Show - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 14, 2016 ) - This weekend, Andersonville's Clark Street welcomes spring with the Second Annual Andersonville Flower Show. An event unique to the neighborhood, participating home and design shops display vintage and floral furniture and decor in the forefront of their shops and windows. Founded by the owners of Mercantile M, Mark McKee and Sherman Trombley, the ...


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Genderqueer designer talks clothing line, schooling, inspirations - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Designing garments and accessories has been a part of Sky Cubacub's life since their early teen years. They also showcase their designs through performance art. Cubacub, a graduate of Northside College Preparatory High School and the School of the Art Institute ( SAIC ), grew up in the North Center neighborhood and has lived in the same house their entire ...


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CHM presenting 'Style' spring festival - The Chicago Humanities Festival has presented the full line-up for its inaugural spring festival, "Style." The title does not simply relate to fashion, according to a press release: " Style governs where writers break a line, how activists present and represent a movement, how we dance to the records, and which we spin over and over and over." There will ...


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Upcoming: Piano Men, Vintage Garage, Kinsey Sicks, Hannah Free, Sound of Music - Big Noise's 'Cabaret' April 22-May 8 Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, continues its 2016 season with the musical play Cabaret. Cabaret will be performed at the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines, from April 22 through May 8. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors; visit www.bignoisetheatre.org or call 847-604-0275. ...


Flower-Garden-Show-winners-announced

Flower & Garden Show winners announced - Several competitions were held during the 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, which ran March 12-20 at Navy Pier. They are: —AFID Tablescapes Competition: The American Institute of Floral Designers ( AFID ) evaluated the tablescapes based on a variety of technical and visual factors and chose Kehoe Designs as the winner of the 2016 competition. —Popular Vote Tablescapes Competition: ...


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Exhibit spotlights women and HIV/AIDS - The University of Illinois at Chicago is presenting "In Plain Sight: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS in Chicago," an exhibition featuring oral histories, photos, documents and hand-written stories from Chicago women living with HIV. "In Plain Sight" will run through Saturday, April 2 ( on Thursdays through Saturdays ), at the Pop Up JUST Art Center, 1255 S. Halsted St. ...


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Upcoming: Paris Is Burning, HUMP festival, MoCP at 40, lesbian film Hannah Free - 'Paris Is Burning' at Logan on March 31 Paris Is Burning—Jennie Livingston's 1990 award-winning documentary about the Harlem drag-ball scene—will screen at Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. Solveig Nelson, an art critic and Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Chicago, will introduce the film. Admission is free. See http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/events/2016/paris-burning. ...


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Pop-culture expo C2E2 comes to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo ( C2E2 ) packed the showroom of McCormick Place in Chicago March 18-20. While not heavy on the celebrities, the convention instead focused on the fans and their experience. Since last year things have continued to evolve such as newly instated gender-neutral bathrooms and a panel discussion on gender in comic books. Bullying is ...


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Flower & Garden Show celebrates Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, took place at Navy Pier ( celebrating its 100th anniversary this year ) March 12-20. To celebrate Chicago, the show had a full slate of garden builders creating gardens interpreting "CHICAGO IS," the show's 2016 theme. Among the show's offerings in 2016 were "Mariano's Garden," an extension of the horticulture featured ...


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ART Woman Made exhibits works from 'The Danish Girl' - Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., has opened an exhibit of 15 restored pieces by Lili Elbe ( born Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener, which is the name used to sign these paintings ) called "One in Herself & Entirely Myself: A Solo Exhibition by Lili Elbe," with an opening reception held March 11. Elbe's life has been dramatically portrayed ...


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CHM presenting 'Style' spring festival - The Chicago Humanities Festival has presented the full line-up for its inaugural spring festival, "Style." The title does not simply relate to fashion, according to a press release: " Style governs where writers break a line, how activists present and represent a movement, how we dance to the records, and which we spin over and over and over." There will ...


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PWR BTTM talks Ra Ra Riot and RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Punk group PWR BTTM leaves out the vowels and rocks the house. Composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins, this queer band is known for outlandish live shows and frenetic energy. Meeting at Bard College in New York, the two teamed to create a symbol of empowerment rising to the top after starting at the bottom. Opening for indie rockers ...


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New FYI TV series includes gay male couple, starts March 15 - From a press release - NEW YORK — FYI's new original series, "Bride & Prejudice," follows star-crossed couples as they decide to make a life-long commitment and get married in the face of staunch opposition from their friends and family. Six episodes are set to premiere on Tuesday, March 15 at 9pm ET, beginning with a two-hour season opener. The remaining hour-long episodes will premiere ...


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Upcoming: CHM 'Style' festival; Mr. Leather64TEN; Flower & Garden Show - The Chicago Humanities Festival has presented the full line-up for its inaugural spring festival, "Style." The title does not simply relate to fashion, according to a press release: " Style governs where writers break a line, how activists present and represent a movement, how we dance to the records, and which we spin over and over and over." There will ...


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ART Woman Made hosts rare exhibit from brush of 'The Danish Girl' - Beyond its ornately framed windows, the unambiguous walls of The Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ) in Chicago's West Loop are not simply stations upon which to display two floors worth of impassioned expression by female-identified artists. Even when bare, they carry a story of audacious resiliency first given life in 1992 when, faced with the same roadblocks thrown up ...


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Upcoming: DIFFA; Women and HIV/AIDS exhibit; Red Dog Space - DIFFA event on March 3 The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) Auxiliary Board will host its fourth annual DIFFArence event on Thursday, March 3, at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., 6-9 p.m. The event will have a burlesque theme, with dancers from Chicago Starlets and Naughty Little Cabaret performing. Raffle items include an original pilot script ...


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Mapplethorpe book out in March - Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs ( J. Paul Getty Museum, March 2016 ) offers an examination of the artist's oeuvre and influence. Drawing from the extraordinary collection jointly acquired in 2011 by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, as well as the Mapplethorpe Archive housed at the Getty Research ...


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Driehaus hosting 'Downton' exhibition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., is running the special exhibition "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"—based on the popular PBS show Downton Abbey—through May 8. ( The museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays for the exhibition. ) A recent tour took this writer throughout the museum's three floors. Rooms are divided into ...


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UN group issues LGBT stamps - The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has released six new postage stamps that aim to promote equality for LGBT people, according to The Guardian. The stamps—by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradat—were unveiled in a ceremony at the UN general assembly building that included a performance from the New York Gay Men's Chorus. It has marked the first time ...


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Upcoming: Hoodie author Feb. 27; Sexual-assault exhibit; Dance; Mapplethorpe - Author Jarrett Neal in Chicago Feb. 27 Jarrett Neal, author of What Color Is Your Hoodie: Essays in Black Gay Identity, will discuss and sign his book Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., at Revolution Books, 1103 N. Ashland Ave. In 13 essays, Neal reports on the status of Black gay men in the new millennium, examining issues such as classism, ...


World-Prime-minister-vs-church-pope-and-patriarch-Tom-of-Finland

World: Prime minister vs. church; pope and patriarch; Tom of Finland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rejected the Roman Catholic Church's interference in a parliamentary debate on legislation that offers same-sex couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights, according to Reuters. Renzi spoke a day after the head of the Italian bishops' conference, Angelo Bagnasco, urged the upper house Senate to allow secret balloting when it votes on the bill. "Parliament ...


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'Artists Monument' unveiling Feb. 20 - Presented by the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, as well as Kavi Gupta, "Artists Monument," by Tony Tasset, will be unveiled in Chicago's Grant Park on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. On view at Michigan Avenue near 9th Street, the the monument's appearance in Chicago coincides with Tasset's solo ...


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Ravinia poster competition chooses first international winner - From a press release - Ravinia's Womens Board today announced their first-ever international winner to the annual Ravinia poster competition. The winning Untitled poster came from 18-year-old Teodora Šćepanović, a senior at The School of Design Bogdan Suput in Novi Sad, Serbia. She will receive a $1,000 cash prize and her design will be featured in the promotion of the upcoming 2016 Ravinia season, distributed ...


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Sheriff Tom Dart and human trafficking survivors to speak tonight - Sex trafficking exhibit launches at Loyola University Museum of Art - From a press release CHICAGO, February 9, 2016 — Human trafficking claims an estimated 27 million victims worldwide, producing nearly $31 billion in revenue each year through the largest exploitation of innocent men, women, and children ever seen in history. As human trafficking continues to be a growing problem in America, there is increased education and awareness efforts on ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I am spending next Sunday discussing a not-so-interesting book but after the discussion I have arranged a kind of dessert for myself: A good friend and I will have a seedfest—we're going through umpteen seed catalogs and ordering for next summer. ( When you're 70, excitement is different from when you were 22. Fortunately, I can still dance two or ...


South-Side-Community-Art-Center-gets-300000-Alphawood-Foundation-grant-

South Side Community Art Center gets $300,000 Alphawood Foundation grant - From a press release - CHICAGO — February 8, 2016 — The South Side Community Art Center, the oldest African American art center in the country, announced today that it has received a grant totaling $300,000 from the Alphawood Foundation. The grant is intended to allow the South Side Community Art Center to devote more resources to fundraising and development, increase staff capacity and operating ...


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Upcoming: 'Beauty in Exile' Feb. 9; Joffrey's 'Bold Moves' - 'Beauty in Exile' event Feb. 9 The lecture/discussion event "Beauty in Exile," featuring artist Riva Lehrer, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., 2-4 p.m. This talk is, in part, a memoir of sexual identity and, in part, an examination of the societal wall that excludes the disabled. This series is free and open ...


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Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body at Woman Made Gallery - From a press release - CHICAGO - Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ) is pleased to announce Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, a group show that challenges the supremacist systems under which black female bodies are marginalized. Juried by Chicago-based curator Janice Bond, the works in Abandoned Margins "explore how representations of black women in US popular culture and public discourse frequently depict ...


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Series with Riva Lehrer to examine intersections of disability, art, and culture - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, January 29, 2016 — Presented by Bodies of Work, 3Arts, UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development, and the Disability Resource Center at UIC, EXPOSURE features the work of the 2015 - 2016 3Arts UIC Fellows, Riva Lehrer, Arlene Malinowski, and Barak adé Soleil. This new series offers insight into the practices of artists exploring the intersectionality between ...


Riva-Lehrer-to-give-Beauty-in-Exile-talk-with-clips-from-film-Self-Preservation

Riva Lehrer to give Beauty in Exile talk with clips from film "Self-Preservation" - From a press release - Beauty in Exile: A Lecture and Discussion with Riva Lehrer featuring clips from the film "Self-Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer Tuesday, February 9th, 2:00-4:00pm at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL, 60607 This program is part of EXPOSURE: A Series of New Developments in Disability Arts & Culture We live in a world utterly obsessed with physical ...


Flower-Garden-Show-in-March

Flower & Garden Show in March - To celebrate Chicago, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, has a full slate of garden builders creating plans to develop gorgeous gardens interpreting "CHICAGO IS," the show's 2016 theme. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show will take place March 12-20 at Navy Pier, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Among the show's offerings in 2016 will ...


Dressing-Downton-Changing-Fashion-for-Changing-Times-Opens-at-Driehaus-Museum

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Opens at Driehaus Museum - CHICAGO — Celebrate the sixth and final season of the beloved period drama Downton Abbey®, at Chicago's Own American Palace, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. On view from February 9 through May 8, 2016, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey. The award-winning costumes are produced by ...


Submissions-sought-for-trans-work

Submissions sought for trans work - The Living Canvas, in partnership with Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ), is developing a new work of theater created and devised by trans voices entitled [Trans]formation. As such, they are reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being transgender. Interested persons ...


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TELEVISION It's simply the 'Dress' for Chicagoan Precious Davis - Precious Davis is having a moment: last year she got engaged to fiance Myles Brady and to start 2016, the trans professional, activist and performer appears on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" on Friday, Jan. 15. "It was a dream come true," said Davis. "Everyone was so comforting.The entire experience of filming it was everything that I thought ...


Gallery-to-host-sexual-assault-exhibit

Gallery to host sexual-assault exhibit - The Awakenings Foundation—the home of the only known collection of rape-survivor artwork—has announced its first curated exhibit, "Graphic Relief," which will feature international comic book, graphic novel and zine media artists who deal with the topic of street harassment. There is an open call for art until January 2016 and all artists are welcome to submit, regardless of survivor identity, ...


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Upcoming: Burning Bowl; Sam Kirk show; Travel show; 'Cabaret'; APIs group; Dancemakers; Autos - Burning Bowl 2016 Theme: Passing the Torch For over a decade, Chicago social-justice and human-rights nonprofit Affinity's Burning Bowl event has kicked off a new year with attendees bringing past and future together in empowering affirmation on a deeply individual level. This year's event sees a move toward a new focus. former Executive Director Kim Hunt will speak. A reception ...


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Upcoming: 'Transfluent'; Carol Burnett; Sinfonietta; Adele; 'Menagerie' - 'Transfluent' series through Jan. 9 Transfluent—a public engagement that incorporates visual, performative and conversational expression—will take place at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., through Jan. 9. Two art exhibitions—"Pearly Foam" and "Trisha Shattuck: Machinations of a Monk"—are being held concurrently at Center on Halsted and David Weinberg Photography, 300 W. Superior St. Visit CenterOnHalsted.org and www.d-weinberg.com/pearly-foam-programming . Carol ...


Mack-Dihle-A-model-citizen

Mack Dihle: A model citizen - "Women can be handsome too." That's Mack Dihle's response when people address her as "sir" as she walks into the women's restroom. This confusion is usually a compliment because she knows she is succeeding as a male model. On the runway, the Chicago-resident, identifies as an androgynous genderqueer/unisex fashion model, but outside of the fashion realm, Dihle calls herself "a ...


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Trans artists submissions sought for New Devised Work: [Trans]formation. - From a press release - The Living Canvas in partnership with Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ) is developing a new work of theatre created and devised by trans voices titled [Trans]formation. As such, they are reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs, or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being trans. These works ...


Upcoming-Fabulous-panel-Precious-Davis-on-Say-Yes-to-the-Dress

Upcoming: 'Fabulous' panel; Precious Davis on 'Say Yes to the Dress' - Davis on 'Say Yes to the Dress' Jan. 15 Local transgender figure Precious Davis will appear on the TLC show Say Yes to the Dress on Friday, Jan. 15, according to TransGriot. The episode ( which will air a few days before the Creating Change conference that Davis will help kick off in Chicago on Jan. 20 ) chronicles her ...


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Ravenswood gallery plans exhibit on sexual assault, opens call for art - From a press release - The Awakenings Foundation, the home of the only known collection of rape survivor artwork, is announcing its first curated exhibit, Graphic Relief, which will feature international comic book, graphic novel, and zine media artists who deal with the topic of street harassment. There is an open call for art until January 2016 and all artists are welcome to submit, regardless ...


Annual-World-AIDS-Day-fashion-show-Strut-takes-the-runway

Annual World AIDS Day fashion show: Strut takes the runway - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the evening of Nov. 22, John Fleming Jr. and his Mad Man Productions presented Strut, the annual World AIDS Day Fashion Show. The event, now in its seventh year, took place at Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph St., Chicago Modeled were clothing designs by graduating seniors of two of Chicago's most prestigious art and design schools, Columbia College ...


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Upcoming: Unabridged @ 35; Renee Fleming; South Side Art; Nutcracker; One of a Kind - Unabridged marks 35 years of business With Nov. 1 marking Unabridged Bookstore's 35th year in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, owner Ed Devereaux and the entire staff at Unabridged invite friends of the store and bibliophiles everywhere to celebrate this occasion at the Unabridged 35th-Anniversary Party on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3251 N. Broadway at 6 p.m. The literary festivities will ...


Trans-poet-H-Melt-releases-new-collection

Trans poet H. Melt releases new collection - Chicago poet/artist H. Melt, who uses gender-neutral pronouns, is releasing their new collection, The Plural, The Blurring at Women and Children First at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. It chronicles H. Melt's experience as a trans artist in spaces both deemed queer and straight. They talk about being misgendered at a queer art exhibit, threatened in gay bars and ...


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White House recognizes Chicagoan Pidgeon Pagonis among "Champions of Change" - From The White House Office of Communications - WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday, November 23, the White House will recognize nine individuals from across the country, including Chicagoan Pidgeon Pagonis, as "White House LGBT Artists Champions of Change." These individuals were selected by the White House for their artistry in advocating for the LGBT community. The program will feature remarks by Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett ...


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Larry Kramer's pivotal call-to-action honored in solo exhibition at Center - From a press release - A series of queer drawings from New York artist and illustrator Mark Addison Smith opens Nov. 20 at the Center on Halsted in conjunction with World AIDS Day. Friday, November 20, 2015 ( opening reception from 7-9pm ) Show runs November 20—January 5, 2016 Center on Halsted 2nd Floor Gallery 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago The series, entitled Years Yet ...


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Upcoming: Local entertainment - City Winery to host philharmonic series City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., is hosting the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra's fall Sunday brunch series. The three-part monthly series kicks off Oct. 25 with classical songs of longing, continues Nov. 22 with some groovy jazz and culminates Dec. 20 with Christmas cuts. The shows are as follows: —Nov. 22: Feelin' Good: ...


Transfluent-exhibit-highlights-trans-artists

'Transfluent' exhibit highlights trans artists - David Weinberg Photography and the Center on Halsted ( the Center ) have teamed to showcase the work of four acclaimed trans artists with "transfluent," a three month-long exhibit aimed at highlighting and supporting trans representation and advocacy with its "Pearly Foam" and "Trisha Shattuck: Machinations of a Monk" exhibits. "Pearly Foam," according to David Weinberg Photography's site and the ...


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Moto opens; SkinnyPop founder buys mansion - Moto opens in Loop Moto Shop officially opened to the public Nov. 7 at Block 37, 108 N. State St. Among other things, customers will be abel to create, customize and personalize their own Motorola devices. Moto Maker goes from online design studio to a mini hands-on workshop where people can choose among genuine leathers, real woods and a color ...


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CORPORATE DIVERSITY Fashion and business: The bowties of Dapper and Urban - By Sebastian Saenz - Pinterest, Instagram and fashion bloggers all over the world know it: Bowties are back, and stronger than ever. But it takes a true visionary to give this accessory the contemporary twist it needs—one provided by Jenny Urban and her brand, Dapper and Urban. This Chicagoan defines herself as an "official badass" and as a "dapper queer" who, aside from designing ...


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Project&, artists at White House Oct. 14 - Arts organization Project&, visual artist Cheryl Pope and arts director Nathan Diamond are part of the White House's efforts concerning National Youth Justice Awareness Month, according to a Project& press release. Pope and the Chicago poets of JUST YELL/POETRY as SELF DEFENSE are teaming with Diamond and poets from Washington, D.C. Along with Jane M. Saks of Project&, they will ...


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MCA benefit raises $3.7M - The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn has announced that the MCA raised $3.7 million at the Benefit Art Auction on Oct. 23, making the event the most successful in the museum's 48-year history. The highest winning bid of the night was $700,000 for a new painting created specially for the auction by Chicago artist ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Derek J is the queen of fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fashion Queen Derek J rules on Bravo making yet another upcoming appearance on TV's The Real Housewives of Atlanta. He hosted Fashion Queens, which was modeled after Fashion Police, with friends Lawrence Washington and Bevy Smith. He also has been in Chris Rock's movie Good Hair and Oxygen's Hair Battle Spectacular. In addition, he runs the J Spot Salon in ...


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Comic-book creator talks masculinity, homoerotic stories - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dale Lazarov wants to know "Which comic book made you gay?" For him it was Superman—in particular, the volume that first introduces supervillain Vartox. "Vartox is your basic science-fiction daddy," Lazarov said. Lazarov is the writer and art director of several wordless, gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels, including his most recent work, Peacock Punks. He said coming across Vartox helped ...


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Transfluent program series runs through Jan. 9 - From a press release - Transfluent is a three month-long public engagement in support of trans representation and advocacy. Through varied forms of expression — visual, performative, and conversational — this program invites patrons and visitors to engage with the question: Am I transfluent? Now through January 9, 2016 In celebration, two art exhibitions — Pearly Foam and Trisha Shattuck: Machinations of a Monk — ...


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Evanston artist's exhibit depicts 75-year career - Evanston resident Peggy Lipschutz has had a colorful artistic career and the community will be able to view it up close and personal at what she is calling her last complete art show at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston. The exhibit titled, "Evanston Legend: The Art of Peggy Lipschutz" in the Noyes Art Gallery, will run through Nov. ...


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Upcoming: Andersonville Arts Weekend; By Women, For Women - Andersonville Arts Weekend Oct. 9-11 Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood will celebrate its art scene by showcasing the work of visual and performance artists in local businesses during the 13th annual "Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend" Oct. 9-11, which is centered at Clark Street and Berwyn Avenue. The highlight is a self-guided art walk on Saturday and Sunday, featuring work from mostly ...


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ART 'Gender Treason': Being queer in Kansas City - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times by Emily Von Hoffman - Artist and gay-rights activist Ryan Wilks told Polarr about his newest project, which includes long form interviews with and portraits of members of Kansas City's LGBTQIA community. The interviews focus on his subjects as people living more or less ordinary lives—rather than necessarily portraying them as victims of oppression. Emily Von Hoffman: Can you tell me how the idea for ...


Columbia-College-alumni-give-art-history-a-gender-identity-makeover

Columbia College alumni give art history a gender-identity makeover - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Photographer Niki Grangruth and multimedia artist James Kinser frame gender performance with a creative process in their exhibit titled "Muse," housed at Columbia College's C33 Gallery. The Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces ( DEPS ) at Columbia College selected Grangruth and Kinser as the inaugural DEPS Alumni Summer Residents. In this residency, the two will continue working on ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Chicago-designer-excels-on-the-Runway

NUNN ON ONE: TV Chicago designer excels on the 'Runway' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Project Runway, currently airing on Lifetime, is now making it work for a 14th season. The reality-competition show where one winner will headline at fashion week in New York continues to entertain viewers at home, thanks to Heidi Klum and the gang. This season has been no different, with unconventional challenges and at least catty gay fella. Local Chicago contestant ...


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Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend Oct. 9-11 - From a press release - Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood will celebrate its vibrant art scene by showcasing the work of visual and performance artists in local businesses during the thirteenth annual "Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend" on Friday, October 9; Saturday, October 10; & Sunday, October 11, 2015. The highlight of Andersonville Arts and Design Weekend is a self-guided art walk on Saturday and Sunday, featuring ...


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Upcoming: Avondale; Victory Fund; A Day With HIV; Ashley Judd; PrEP forum - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'A Day With HIV' on Sept. 22 On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Positively Aware and TPAN are inviting everyone, regardless of HIV status, to get in the picture and participate in "A Day with HIV," the magazine's sixth annual anti-stigma photo campaign. On that date, people across the world, whether HIV-positive or -negative, will visually capture and share a moment of ...


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Ceremony honors interior designers - On Sept. 18, the American Society of Interior Designers-Illinois Chapter ( ASID-IL ) announced the winners of the 2015 Design Excellence Awards during an event hosted in The Ivy Room at The Tree Studios. The Celebration of Design Gala marked the 12th anniversary of the Design Excellence Awards competition, which recognizes the best in contract and residential interior design in ...


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EXPO CHICAGO expands boundaries of art - Once again redefining the boundaries of what constitutes art, EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art took place Sept. 17-20 at Navy Pier. Entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO presented artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world. Other intriguing parts of the event included EXPO VIDEO ( ...


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4th annual A Day In Avondale - From a press release - The arts and culture festival A Day In Avondale returns Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on an extended stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Kimball and Belmont in Chicago. Now in its fourth year, festival organizers expanded the size of the free and family-friendly event to allow more businesses and artists to participate. "There's an increasing awareness ...


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Bessie, Jane Lynch honored; first season Empire out; Project&, EXPO CHICAGO join - 'Bessie,' Jane Lynch win Creative Emmys The Creative Arts Emmys—which took place Sept. 12 in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater—had a definite LGBT bent. For instance, former Glee star Jane Lynch claimed the Emmy for Best Reality Host for her work on Hollywood Game Night, beating out So You Think You Can Dance's Cat Deeley and Project Runway's Heidi ...


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Final 'Vives Q' for 2015 takes place with Carlos Mock - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sebastian Saenz - On Sept. 1, Emmanuel Garcia, Antonio Elizondo, Christopher Avalos and their team presented the last edition in 2015 of Vives Q, at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen. This event was one of the many examples of the Latino LGBTQ community in Chicago getting stronger and more visible. The host, Elizondo, described Vives Q as "a community program ...


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LAKEVIEW EAST FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Todd Mack reflects on festival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 12-13, the 11th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, hosted and produced by the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, will take place along Broadway from Belmont Avenue to Hawthorne Place, with a special sneak-peek celebration on Friday, Sept. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. It will also mark the ninth time that artist and business owner Todd Mack ...


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Androgynous model aims to change world through fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - She might have been joking when she said her ultimate goal was "world peace," but androgynous and agender model Rain Dove does hope to use her burgeoning modeling career to support her activism. During her interview with Windy City Times, Dove was in the midst of a photo shoot in San Diego for Dapper Boi, a clothing company making clothing ...


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Upcoming: Fashion Fest; 'Downton' exhibit; Jeff Awards; Haymarket reading - Haymarket Riot reading Aug. 29 In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of Chicago's Haymarket Riot, there will be a table reading of Bloody Haymarket on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Actors Ben David Garza and Eric J. Coleman will be bringing to life an original theatrical performance of the grisly ...


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Entertainment: Josh Hutcherson; 'Atlanta'; Zachary Quinto; Adam Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has said he wishes he could shut down Straight But Not Narrow, an LGBT charity he helped co-found in 2011, as a way to combat homophobia in schools, and "positively influence the perception of and behavior towards LGBTQ peers," NewNowNext.com. The organization is still going strong, but he's hoping that one day soon, it won't ...


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World: Murder suspect charged; fashion figure fired; Montreal parade - Yishai Schlissel, the 39-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish man accused of attacking marchers in Jerusalem's gay pride parade, has been charged with the murder of a teenage girl and the attempted murder of six other people, according to an LGBTQ Nation item that cites the UK Telegraph. Schlissel was indicted at Jerusalem District Court for the assault on July 30 that resulted ...


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Comic Con hosts thousands of fans - Hordes of comic-book, sci-fi and pop-culture enthusiasts were present in Rosemont, Illinois, as Wizard World Chicago Comic Con took place Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Among the stars who appeared were two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Nathan Fillion ( TV's Castle and Serenity ), Ben McKenzie ( TV's Gotham ), Burt Reynolds, Stephen Amell ( TV's ...







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