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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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: ...


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'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 ...


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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 ...


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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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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 ...


The-fairy-gardener

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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