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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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Upcoming in local art, music, sports - Sam Kirk art exhibit Sept. 11-12 CHICAGO—Windy City Times and Prairie Avenue Gallery will present artist Sam Kirk's show "Do you see me?" The art show will be Sept. 11-12, 1900 S. Prairie Ave., and will benefit youth homeless projects of the Pride Action Tank. The show represents Kirk's visual study of youth homelessness and the role it plays in ...


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Designer Dolce apologizes for comment - Italian fashion designer Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana has apologized for controversial comments he made opposing gay adoption and in-vitro fertilization, The Huffington Post reported. "I've done some soul-searching," Dolce told Vogue. "I've talked to Stefano a lot about this. I realized my words were inappropriate, and I apologize." The designers, who are both openly gay, came under fire ...


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Iddy Id Design holds 'A.U.C.T.I.O.N.' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Aug. 14, Iddy Id Design held "A.U.C.T.I.O.N."—a group exhibition of new works featuring mixed media, visual and performing artists—at Space 1858, 1858 W. Grand Ave. Several artists were featured, including Iddy Id Design, Ayodele Drum and Dance, Nish Hamilton, Alycia Davis, Jeremy Royster, Wanda Rosado-Johnson, Kia Givhan and Kim Ferguson, among others. In a pre-event release, organizers stated, "The ...


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Open TV's 'Nupita Obama Creates Vogua' explores queer love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a network executive for Open TV, an online platform for indie arts and artists, Aymar Jean Christian would rather promote the careers of others than worry about himself. But even he admitted that the network's latest pilot, Nupita Obama Creates Vogua, which he wrote and directed, was influenced by his own affairs. The episode ( https://player.vimeo.com/video/134807299?color=c1f9bb, https://vimeo.com/134807299 ) explores ...


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Entertainment: Lambert; NPH; Cher's 50 years; Alexander Skarsgard - Adam Lambert shut down an Australian radio host for perpetuating gay stereotypes, Gay Star News reported. While Lambert promoted his new album, The Original High, on a breakfast radio show, co-host Jackie O suggested that the Ghost Town singer date The Voice Australia judge Ricky Martin—because they're both single and gay. However, Lambert would have none of that, saying, "Don't ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It certainly hasn't been a typical Chicago summer, but at least it's not been like the West coast or the East coast, where they've had fire and floods, respectively. You may have had to improvise—I've only had to put on my sprinkler twice so far this year but parts of the city have been drier. The big but semi-hidden news ...


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Public art statue in 44th Ward benefits Police Memorial - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ald. Tom Tunney ( D-44th Ward ) purchased a horse statue as part of the Horses of Honor public art installation benefitting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. It was unveiled July 28 in the 19th Police District. This citywide project features life-size police horse statues that are designed to resemble Chicago's mounted patrol unit horses, and represent support and assistance ...


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Chicago's iconic statues speak through mobile technology - From a press release - CHICAGO — August 7, 2015 —Statue Stories Chicago, a new innovation in public art is launching in the city that brought America the famous Cows on Parade. This new city wide arts project, gives voice to Chicago's most important statues and sculptures. The project enables statues to speak their mind from August 6th, 2015 through the summer of 2016, offering ...


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Sam Kirk 'Do You See Me' exhibit Sept. 11-12 - From a press release - CHICAGO—Windy City Times and Prairie Avenue Gallery will present artist Sam Kirk's show "Do you see me?" The art show will be Sept. 11-12, 1900 S. Prairie Ave., and will benefit youth homeless projects of the Pride Action Tank. The show represents Kirk's visual study of youth homelessness and the role it plays in working-class communities, communities of color, and ...


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Upcoming: TransReelization; Tiki Holiday; Kristin Lems release CD - TransReelization fest Aug. 29 The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the ...


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Upcoming: Fashion Fest; Pantry ground-breaking; dating app; Disability event - Chicago Fashion Fest Aug. 29-30 in Wicker Park Chicago Fashion Fest is returning to Wicker Park for a seventh consecutive year Aug. 29-30. The event will feature local designers, retail and couture runway shows under the stars. The weekend celebration of local fashion talent also features summer street-fest fun, including local food vendors, a Shopper's Row, family and pet activities, ...


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Upcoming: Joel Hall dance; 'Downton'exhibit; Shakespeare - Joel Hall to premiere 'Anja' in August In celebration of his dance company's 40th anniversary, choreographer Joel Hall will present the Joel Hall Dancers in the world premiere of "Anja: The Unexpected" over two weekends—Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 14-15—at the University of Chicago's Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. "Anja" is a collaboration with ...


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Upcoming: Queer graphic novelist; Iddy Id art exhibit; Kinsey Sicks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer graphic novelist in Chicago Aug. 7 Drawn, Out Press will celebrate the fifth issue of Steve MacIsaac's graphic novel series Shirtlifter with an author reading on Friday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway. This issue, the first in four years, concludes Steve MacIsaac's Unpacking graphic novel. The series follows Matt, a gay graphic designer ...


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Upcoming: Tommy Tune; EXPO Chicago; 'Loving'; 'Dance for Life' - Tommy Tune at July 30 tap event The Chicago Human Rhythm Project ( CHRP ) welcomes 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at its 25th-anniversary Jubalee Gala. This evening, hosted by WGN's Dean Richards, takes place Thursday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. At the Jubalee, Tune will perform his ...


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Vives Q showcases Hispanic LGBT culture - By Sebastian Saenz - On July 7, the National Museum of Mexican Art hosted Vives Q, advertised as "an independent cultural arts project committed to creating an LGBTQ movement building experience through art, music, food, spoken word, dance and oral history that enables intergenerational dialogue across multiple identities and communities." Emmanuel Garcia, Antonio Elizondo and Christopher Avalos curated the event. On this occasion, attendees ...


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Animated series to feature transgender actress, lead character - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new animated comedy will make history when it launches later this year as the first animated series to feature a transgender character in a lead role that is also voiced by a transgender actress, Julie Rei Goldstein. The series, Gen Zed, is about four college-age individuals who come together through the online gaming community and decide to move into ...


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BUSINESS Gay Chicagoan opens Wrigleyville hairstyling facility - At age 5, Jacob Leatherman got a pair of dance shoes and his first blow dryer for Christmas. He was ready for his future. Now 34, Leatherman spent 12 years as a professional dancer—in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and on board cruise ships. "As my knees started to give out, I knew it was time to move on to something ...


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Upcoming: Kelly Clarkson, Black Alphabet Fest, Knuckles CD, Iddy Id art - Iddy Id art exhibition Aug. 14 at Space 1858 Iddy Id Design will present a group exhibition of new works featuring mixed media, visual and performing artists. "A.U.C.T.I.O.N." will be a one-night-only run Friday, Aug. 14, at Space 1858, 1858 W. Grand Ave. Several local and out-of-state artists will be featured, including Iddy Id Design, Ayodele Drum and Dance, Nish ...


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Cece Peniston 'finally' finds fashion - CeCe Peniston scored five number one Billboard dance hits within three years. Her signature song "Finally" has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. ( She wrote the massive hit song when she was only 21. ) Now, at 45, she enters a new chapter in her life with a fashion line. Windy City met Peniston at her hotel room ...


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DIFFA/Chicago holds 'Imagine' ball - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Attendees of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) Believe 2015 Gala: The Imagine Ball celebrated the organization's 27th annual black-tie event with pomp, circumstance and passionate calls to action, raising nearly $500,000 to help fund Chicago-area service agencies dedicated to assisting men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. The organization also secured a much-anticipated fundraising milestone by ...


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Upcoming in music, sports, art, comedy - 'Witches' cabaret event June 22, 29 No One Here but Us Witches, a witch-themed cabaret that Harmony France has conceived, will take place June 22 and 29 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707N. Broadway. Featuring Chicago actresses Missy Aguilar, Harmony France, Amanda Horvath and Danni Smith, the two-night only cabaret is directed by Geoffrey Bleeker with musical direction by ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a high school teacher, one witnesses some pretty baroque things vis-a-vis the Chicago Board of Education. School libraries receive funds for new books every year. Rules come from on high: Books older than, say, 10 years must be discarded to make way for new books. This includes books that don't need ( and can't get ) updates like Moby ...


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CHM exhibition chronicles movement of disability rights - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act ( ADA ), the Chicago History Museum ( CHM ), in partnership with ADA 25 Chicago, hosted a preview event for its newest exhibition "Access For All: Tom Olin's Photographs of the Disabilities Rights Movement" June 5 at the museum. Olin's ( a disability-rights photographer ) 19 large framed ...


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'Lesbian Miniature Art Group' forming - A new "Lesbian Miniature Art Group' is being formed by Mary Anne Cataldi, a professional artist and teacher of computer illustration, visual arts, film animation and commercial arts. The group is limited to ten women. Each member will create their own works of art no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches culminating in a Group Miniature Art Show Artists ...


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ROOF on theWit unveils menu, hosts runway show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 21, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St., offered a sneak peek of its spring menu, courtesy of Executive Kevin Atkinson and Pastry Chef Toni Roberts. Items included fried calamari, cilantro falafel cakes, jerk-chicken flatbreads and macaroons, among other items. In addition, there was a Banana Republic ROOF runway show. Photos and text by Andrew Davis ...


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Fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Let's start this glorious May Day with a seemingly gloomy item from the New York Times: A woman, Katrina Spade, is trying to start a composting business—for human bodies. She has titled her enterprise the Urban Death Project & estimates the whole process would cost about $2,500, much less than any burial. Think about this a bit: I've kidded for ...


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MBC opens advertising icons exhibit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a first-of-its-kind exhibition in Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications ( MBC ), 360 N. State St., will present "A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons," running through Oct. 31. Among the "30-second stars" and brands being showcased during the exhibition are General Mills' Pillsbury Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant; Kellogg's Tony the Tiger ( Frosted Flakes ), Snap, Crackle ...


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MBC to exhibit icons of advertising - In a first-of-its-kind exhibition in Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications ( MBC ), 360 N. State St., will present "A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons," running through Oct. 31. Among the "30-second stars" and brands being showcased during the exhibition are General Mills' Pillsbury Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant; Kellogg's Tony the Tiger ( Frosted Flakes ); Snap, Crackle ...


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Woman Made Gallery studies gender representation in major galleries - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL- In conjunction with its forthcoming exhibition The Gallery Tally Poster Project, Woman Made Gallery has issued a Report on Gender Representation in US Commercial Galleries, based on data collection conducted by WMG staff in 2013. The resulting Report is a team effort on the part of WMG staff and Board: Former Gallery Coordinator Ruby Thorkelson led the study ...


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Designs for Dignity helps give LGBTQ spaces new looks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago-area organization Designs for Dignity ( D4D ) works with non-profits to redesign existing spaces or help complete new ones. Executive Director Jen Sobecki said it has grown tremendously since its 2000 start. "We've got a staff of three, a board of 20 and hundreds of volunteer designers that give back their time and connections with various larger firms [and] ...


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Upcoming: Mom kisses, Wright Plus, Pride Fest, Madonna, PianoForte - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MBC to exhibit icons of advertising In a first-of-its-kind exhibition in Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC), 360 N. State St., will present "A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons," running through Oct. 31. Among the "30-second stars" and brands being showcased during the exhibition are General Mills' Pillsbury Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant; Kellogg's Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes); ...


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"Guernica"-sized art honors Armenian genocide 100 years later - From a press release - To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the death and displacement of millions of Armenians, a descendant of the survivors has created an enormous work of art to both honor the victims and survivors and to celebrate the enduring strength and culture of the Armenian people. Chicago artist Jackie Kazarian has titled the piece Armenia ( pronounced ...


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Heroes assemble at comics convention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since 2010, comic fans have been treated to a pop-culture explosion at McCormick Place for C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. April 24-26 had the large venue overrun with heroes and villains collecting comics, toys and video games throughout the weekend. There were Q&A panels in various rooms, along with movie screenings. The popular horror movie Insidious immersed fans ...


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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 ...


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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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