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


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


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


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


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Gay superhero event touches on gender stereotypes, diversity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I sit quietly in Dimo's Pizza, 1615 N. Damen Ave., and cut out various articles of clothing to design the outfits of my biologically male and female superheroes. It is fascinating to examine the nuanced characteristics of masculine and feminine heroes, and this is one of several thought-provoking interactive experiences that took place during the Illinois Humanities Council's event "Heroes ...


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Frank Lloyd Wright Trust seeks volunteers - Frank Lloyd Wright Trust volunteers present world-class historic sites and their neighborhoods to an international audience, cultivate long-lasting relationships and receive ongoing education and training on topics related to history, design and Frank Lloyd Wright. Prospective volunteers must attend a 60-minute orientation session prior to training. An orientation session will take place Wed., Aug. 20 at the Frank Lloyd Wright ...


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Fashion Fest/New Orleans Fest Aug. 23-24 - The Chicago Fashion Fest, celebrating its sixth year, will pair with Chicago's all-new New Orleans Festival. The "threading" of the two events ( aka Chicago Fashion Fest featuring Chicago's New Orleans Festival ) takes place on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 23-24, at Division Street and Damen Avenue in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Hours are noon-10 p.m. each day. For Fashion Fest, there ...


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


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


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


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


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


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ICAH art installation brings beauty, social messages - Art can please the eye and/or illuminate and educate. Youth from the Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) gathered in the courtyard of University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., to create beautiful messages through art, some of which they left behind after the event. Some of their creations brightened the sanctuary the following Sunday; others are being displayed ...


-Public-invited-to-view-youth-led-art-installation

Public invited to view youth-led art installation - Youth leaders in Chicago are invited to participate in a public art installation called "Make/Art/Space." The project will be led by youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) in partnership with Affinity Community Services, University Church and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to explore how families talk about sexuality through public art. This public art initiative ...


Youth-led-public-art-highlights-need-for-family-conversations

Youth-led public art highlights need for family conversations - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ( July 1, 2014 ) Youth leaders in Chicago are invited to participate in a public art installation called "Make/Art/Space." The project will be led by youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) in partnership with Affinity Community Services, University Church and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum to explore how families talk about ...


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Gay rodeo photo exhibit at Indy museum - "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" is taking place at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. "Blake Little" will feature 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by Los Angeles-based photographer Little. The exhibition will run through July 13. See www.eiteljorg.org. ...


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Art/birdhouse auction benefits Chicago House - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Original designs and birdhouse structures dotted the display walls and showcase floor at the Room & Board furniture store, 55 E. Ohio St., for Chicago House's 20th annual auction. Designs from people from all around the city and suburbs donated art for the silent-auction event. Chicago House CEO the Rev. Stan Sloan explained that the birdhouses symbolize a safe space ...


Human-Space-about-gender-sexuality

'Human Space' about gender, sexuality - "The Human Space"—an exhibition of works from Chicago-based photographers Andy Karol and Oli Rodriguez—will take place through July 26 ( complete with opening and closing receptions on those dates ) at Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery & Think Space, 3501 W. Fullerton Ave. Karol's "Eden: Expressions in Gender" brings gender fluidity and variance center stage with its 30 black-and-white, fine ...


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Lakeview East Festival of the Arts Sept. 13-14 - The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce will host and produce the 10th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14. The 2014 festival will showcase more than 150 juried artists with original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. Unique to the festival this year will be a special Friday, Sept. 12 evening anniversary ...


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Indy museum showing gay-rodeo photos - "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" is taking place at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. "Blake Little" will feature 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by Los Angeles-based photographer Little. The exhibition will run through July 13. See www.eiteljorg.org . ...


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Artist captures punk look and feel at entrance to Chloe's - Homo Riot, the moniker of the noted Los Angeles-based street artist, spent about 22 hours ( June 14-15 ) creating the new, colorful, graphic—and certainly gay, in words and images—stairwell entrance look and feel down into Chloe's, the new dance club that occupies a portion of what once was Spin Nightclub near the corner of Halsted and Belmont streets in ...


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DIFFA 'Crystal Gala' June 7 - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) will hold its 26th annual black-tie fete—The DIFFA/Chicago Believe 2014 Gala, "The Crystal Ball"—scheduled for June 7. The event will take place at the Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom. Visit diffachicago.org. ...


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Comics expo at Center takes the CAKE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) returned May 31-June 1, with than 200 local, national and international exhibitors at Center on Halsted, at 3656 N. Halsted St. Free and open to the public, CAKE celebrates the diverse community of underground and alternative comic artists, publishers and fans in Chicago. Comics, prints and artwork were available for purchase. Among ...


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ART: Center features works by Kirk, Riley - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 30, Center on Halsted's LGBTQ Artists Gallery unveiled two new collections featuring gay artists Paul Riley and Sam Kirk. In the second-floor gallery, Riley's "photo mash-ups" question the capability of viewers to identify both familiar and unfamiliar images in a layered context. One floor up, Kirk's paintings possess a theme of provocation developed through her lived experiences and ...


Gay-rodeo-photographs-

Gay-rodeo photographs - "Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo" is taking place at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. "Blake Little" will feature 41 black-and-white images of cowboys and cowgirls from the gay rodeo circuit, taken by Los Angeles-based photographer Little. The exhibition will run through July 13. See www.eiteljorg.org. ...


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Chicago Alternative Comics Expo May 31, June 1 - From a press release - CHICAGO — May 2014 - The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ), a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, returns to Chicago Saturday, May 31 through Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11am — 6pm with over 200 local, national and international exhibitors at Center on Halsted located at 3656 N. Halsted Ave. Free and open to the public, CAKE is ...


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Joan Rivers gets animated in new show - There has never been an animated cartoon aimed at female viewers—until now. Comedy icon and fashion know-it-all Joan Rivers is launching her newest project, an animated series titled Fashionista and Glamour Girl, on Thursday, May 15, at www.FashionistaandGlamourGirl.com . "We took a superhero, made her a woman and a sidekick who is woman, and that is who Fashionista turned into," ...


Chicagoan-writes-nationally-from-the-T-perspective

Chicagoan writes nationally from the T perspective - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - So often, when Parker Marie Molloy read stories impacting transgender individuals, they would be botched, she said. Even LGBT media outlets weren't immune to basic mistakes, confusing pronouns, names, and using outdated information on topics like trans healthcare and policy reform. And, a number of important trans issues were going largely ignored by the media, she said. "I saw a ...


Tim-Gunn-vs-Anna-Wintour-Antonio-Banderas-defends-gays

Tim Gunn vs. Anna Wintour; Antonio Banderas defends gays - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Project Runway guru Tim Gunn says Anna Wintour is still angry at him for comments he made about her years ago, according to Page Six. The bad blood runs so deep, when Gunn sees Wintour, "I don't look her in the eyes, because I will be turned into stone," he said. The brouhaha began in 2010, when Gunn wrote in ...


The-Human-Space-looks-at-gender-and-sexuality

The Human Space looks at gender and sexuality - CHICAGO — The Human Space is an exhibition of works by two Chicago based photographers: Andy Karol & Oli Rodriguez. The exhibition will be on display at Logan Square's Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space with an opening reception on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. and a closing reception on July 26, 2014 from ...


SAIC-holds-annual-drag-burlesque-show

SAIC holds annual drag/burlesque show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a three-part series of "werkshops" on drag and burlesque performance in the last two weeks, the School of the Art Institute celebrated a new direction ( the recognition of drag and burlesque as art forms officially ) with the close of the school year and the unofficial start of spring. The manifestation of the "werkshops" ( the school's spelling ...


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Thousands attend art/antique/jewelry show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thousands of patrons attended the first-ever Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, which took place April 24-27 at Navy Pier. Additional photo spread at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-04-29&AGALLERY=ArtDesignJewelry . Palm Beach Show Group presented the event, which featured more than 120 international exhibitors showcasing collections of fine art, jewelry, silver, textiles, porcelain, Asian art and more ( including three ...


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Chefs and the City serve up changes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Heartland Health Outreach, Inc., benefitting Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care, presented "Chefs and the City," its annual soiree, at the prestigious Union League Club of Chicago on April 23. Not only was the venue new to the fundraiser in 2014, but the format and time of year were different. Instead of serving stations like past years, there was a ...


Body-painter-Barsallo-delights-gallery-crowd

Body painter Barsallo delights gallery crowd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orlando Barsallo made robin b gallery, 1123 W. Armitage Ave., "ooh" and "ahh" on April 17 with his one-of-a-kind body painting creation. Barsallo festooned a live model in paint and added finished touches with some construction paper, plastic and tinfoil. The finished piece, a winter queen, belied its humble orgins in its glamor. The theme of robin b's show was ...


Antique-jewelry-show-April-24-28

Antique/jewelry show April 24-28 - The Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, which the Palm Beach Show Group will present, will debut at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., April 24-28. Exhibitors from all over the world will be present. Tickets are $20; see www.ChicagoSpringShow.com or call 561-822-5440. ...


Queer-As-Art-concert-series-kicks-off

'Queer As Art' concert series kicks off - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With Windy City Media Group sponsoring along with Lake View nightspot Sidetrack, which also provided the location, the "Queer As Art" concert series came out loud and proud on April 9. Comedian Dana Austin hosted and told stories of adventures in her neighborhood while singer and poet Storie Devereaux spoke her patented rhymes. Guests drank pineapple mixed with Remy Martin ...


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SAIC art sale April 11-12 - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) will hold its 14th annual "Spring Art Sale" April 11-12 in its ballroom at 112 S. Michigan Ave. Open and free to the public, this event gives prospective buyers the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items from nearly every discipline. Visit www.saic.edu/springartsale . ...


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Internat'l Vintage Poster Fair dazzles attendees - The International Vintage Poster Fair, the world's oldest and largest sale and exposition of original vintage posters, took place March 28-30 at the Chicago Cultural Center Thousands of posters, dated from the 1890s-1980s, were on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend. Exhibitors from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and the United States attended at the event. Styles include ...


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Flower/garden show exhibits theme, 'Do Green, Do Good' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - With the theme "Do Green, Do Good," The Chicago Flower & Garden Show ran March 15-23 at Navy Pier. Thousands of patrons enjoyed many highlights, including tablescapes; show gardens; culinary demostrations by gourmet chefs; speakers who talked about subjects such as hummingbirds and edible gardening; and a marketplace with items ranging from plants and gardening accessories/tools to food and even ...


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Jay Franke, David Herro Public Humanities Award honorees - From The Illinois Humanities Council - CHICAGO, IL- January 14, 2014— The Illinois Humanities Council ( IHC ) has announced it will be honoring Jay Franke and David Herro with the 2014 Public Humanities Award at the IHC's annual benefit luncheon on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Given annually by the IHC since 1984, the Public Humanities Award recognizes individuals ...


Internatl-Vintage-Poster-Fair-March-28-30

Internat'l Vintage Poster Fair March 28-30 - The International Vintage Poster Fair, the world's oldest and largest sale and exposition of original vintage posters, returns to Chicago March 28-30 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. Thousands of posters, dated from the 1890s-1980s, will be on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend. Exhibitors from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and the United States ...


-Borris-Powell-expresses-Freedom-at-fashion-show-

Borris Powell expresses 'Freedom' at fashion show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fashion designer Borris Powell unveiled his new accessories collection at his "Freedom" show on Friday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m. at Block 37, 108 N. State St. In 2011, Powell won the Oscars Designer Challenge with his "Black Swan" dress. He has since expanded to ready-to-wear, men's custom suits and handbags. Powell's fall/winter 2014 collection is "American"-inspired, with dark, rich ...


-Orchid-show-in-Glencoe-through-March-16

Orchid show in Glencoe through March 16 - The Orchid Show will take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, through Sunday, March 16. Among other things, there will be classes, hula dances ( Feb. 15-16 ), a weekend marketplace and a rare-book exhibition. See www.ChicagoBotanic.org. ...


-Powells-fashion-show-March-14-at-Block-37

Powell's fashion show March 14 at Block 37 - Fashion designer Borris Powell will unveil his new accessories collection at his "Freedom" show on Friday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m. at Block 37, 108 N. State St. In 2011, Powell won the Oscars Designer Challenge with his "Black Swan" dress. He has since expanded to ready-to-wear, men's custom suits and handbags. Powell's fall/winter 2014 collection is "American"-inspired, with dark, ...


DIFFA-holds-winter-ball-at-Center-on-Halsted

DIFFA holds winter ball at Center on Halsted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) Auxiliary Board held its second annual DIFFArence ball Feb. 28 at Chicago's Center on Halsted. The event—"Kiss for a DIFFArence"—celebrated making a difference in the Chicago community in support of area service agencies that provide direct services, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or ...


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Pianist creates music for Langston Hughes poems - Local pianist/composer Stuart Mindeman is releasing In Your Waking Eyes, a CD that features musical settings of 11 Langston Hughes poems. Jazz, soul music, West African and Caribbean musical styles as well as the stories of the poems themselves serve as inspirations for the album. On the CD, Mindeman plays Wurlitzer electric piano, organ, clavinet and piano. Featured musicians are ...


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Powell's fashion show March 14 at Block 37 - Fashion designer Borris Powell will unveil his new accessories collection at his "Freedom" show on Friday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m. at Block 37, 108 N. State St. In 2011, Powell won the Oscars Designer Challenge with his "Black Swan" dress. He has since expanded to ready-to-wear, men's custom suits and handbags. Powell's fall/winter 2014 collection is "American"-inspired, with dark, ...


Exhibit-incorporates-queer-thought-feminism

Exhibit incorporates queer thought, feminism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - #FOLLOWUS, which opened Feb. 28 at the Gray Center Lab, 929 E. 60th St., is presented as a history of the untold, forgotten and unofficial narratives from the University of Chicago from 1893 to 2013. A collaboration between Chase Joynt, Kristen Schilt and a group of undergraduate students, the installation also includes a variety of images, artifacts and memorabilia linking ...


The-fairy-gardener-Evolutionary-ghosts

The fairy gardener: Evolutionary ghosts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It may be stretching it a bit to include the concept of "evolutionary ghosts" in a garden column but I find the topic absolutely fascinating and it does have to do with plants, after all. Evolutionary ghosts are the effect of extinct species of plants or animals on living plants or animals. On the campus of Taft High School in ...


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DIFFA issues grants - DIFFA/Chicago ( The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS ) recently awarded $200,000 in grants to 26 Chicago community service agencies that provide direct services, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at risk for infection. Ann Hilton Fisher, of the AIDS Legal Council Chicago, was the keynote speaker at the "Believe" Grants Presentation ...


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'Olympic City' photo exhibit in Loop - Chicago Loop Alliance ( CLA ) is presenting photographers Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit's The Olympic City project as part of its Pop-Up Art Loop initiative through March 7. It will take place at CLA's Pop-Up Art Loop space at 29 W. Randolph St. ( Block Thirty Seven ), Monday-Friday, 12-7 p.m. "The Olympic City" is an ongoing photography project ...


100-Butches-at-UChicago

'100 Butches' at UChicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 13, Elisha Lim's "100 Butches" had its opening reception at the University of Chicago's Center for Gender/Race Studies, 5733 S. University St. The Artists' Salon of the Center for the Study for Gender and Sexuality presented the show, which included an exhibit talk from artist Kim Crosby. The show consisted of Lim's color drawings of butch and transmasculine ...


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Borris Powell's fashion show March 14 at Block 37 - Borris Powell's fashion show March 14 at Block 37 Fashion designer Borris Powell will unveil his new accessories collection at his "Freedom" show on Friday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m. at Block 37, 108 N. State St. In 2011, Powell won the Oscars Designer Challenge with his "Black Swan" dress. He has since expanded to ready-to-wear, men's custom suits and ...


SloMos-Kristen-Kaza-lets-it-all-hang-out

SloMo's Kristen Kaza lets it all hang out - THE Q LIST - In the queer community, what does it mean to create a safe, affirming space? I discussed space and intentionality with Kristen Kaza, the creator and curator of SloMo, a monthly R&B-and-soul night thrown at Logan Square's The Whistler. As a part-time professor at Columbia College in the marketing department, Kaza understands the importance of representation not only in media but ...


Performance-artist-Athey-makes-graphic-impression

Performance artist Athey makes graphic impression - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In partnership with the Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery and Mana Contemporary Gallery, controversial artist Ron Athey presented two days of performances in Chicago last week and topped his stay with a lecture and book-signing for his new retrospective book, Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey. [Photo gallery at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-02-11&AGALLERY=AtheyHester .] For his first ...


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Bowie tribute to benefit Crib - Stardust The David Bowie Tribute Band will perform Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Underground Lounge, 954 W. Newport Ave. Now in its 16th year of production, Stardust features vocalist, Lair Scott, as Ziggy 2000 and includes Tooth_Eye, Alex James and Ross Markers. Appearing along with Stardust will be Queer Fest America comix Darren Marshall and Kate Cullen ...


THE-Q-LIST-Katie-Vota-pushes-boundaries-of-art

THE Q LIST Katie Vota pushes boundaries of art - When you think about art, what do you picture? For many of us, the word "art" conjures an image of a painting on a wall, but Katie Vota is one of a movement of contemporary artists who are thinking about genre differently. A graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) and an emerging ...


ART-Ron-Athey-Blood-ties

ART: Ron Athey, Blood ties - Pissing off U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms is a good sign that you have done something with your life. When Ron Athey performed his "Four Scenes in a Harsh Life" in Minneapolis in the early '90s, he did not expect the backlash from Helms to dismantle the National Endowment for the Arts ( NEA ). Athey's controversial work, along with artists ...


Bowie-tribute-to-benefit-Crib

Bowie tribute to benefit Crib - Stardust The David Bowie Tribute Band will perform Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Underground Lounge, 954 W. Newport Ave. Now in its 16th year of production, Stardust features vocalist, Lair Scott, as Ziggy 2000 and includes Tooth_Eye, Alex James and Ross Markers. Appearing along with Stardust will be Queer Fest America comix Darren Marshall and Kate Cullen ...


Body-painting-performance-Jan-16

Body-painting performance Jan. 16 - A body-painting performance will take place Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6-9 p.m., at Robin B Gallery, 1123 W. Armitage Ave. The event will feature artist Orlando Barsallo. There will also be a demonstration from artist Amy Van Winkle, and a wine-tasting. See "Body Painting Live Performance" on Facebook. ...


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Sam Heller celebrates 25 years in art, overcomes obstacles - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sam Heller began dealing in art in 1987, first at Merrill Chase Galleries, and then as Curator and a director of Atlas Galleries, at the time Michigan Avenue's two largest fine-art galleries. Born in New York City (his first home, the historic Ansonia Hotel, home of The Continental Baths,) the openly gay Heller, a longtime Northside resident, has surpassed the ...


New-trans-art-awards-recognize-Chicagoans

New trans art awards recognize Chicagoans - Chicago's transgender community has gained national visibility in recent years for its activism on housing and legal issues, but its artists have been less visible. That could be changing, thanks to a new award spotlighting four local artists. Trans Chicago artists KOKUMO, Andre Perez, H. Melt and Dalice Malice are recipients of Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art Awards ( ...


Isaac-Mizrahi-talks-Project-Runway-All-Stars

Isaac Mizrahi talks 'Project Runway: All Stars' - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Isaac Mizrahi has created fashion lines for decades and has become an icon in the process. He presented his first collection in 1987 and hasn't stopped since. He has worked for Chanel, Liz Claiborne and Xcel Brands as creative director. The 1995 movie Unzipped was about his fall fashion line, and he has appeared on Sex in the City, Spin ...


Daniel-Nolan-balances-creative-and-analytical

Daniel Nolan balances creative and analytical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Daniel Nolan's passion allows him to really use both hemispheres of his brain. The artist, who resides in the Ravenswood area of Chicago, is a former nuclear engineer who currently creates works with tinted resin, an organic substance whose properties allow Nolan to only use half an hour, at most, to manipulate the material. ( Incidentally, his items retail for ...


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Fashion event marks World AIDS Day - Sunday evening MadMan Productions presented its Fifth Annual Strut Fashion Event in recognition of World AIDS Day. "This is the first time that the event has actually fallen on World AIDS Day," commented MadMan President John Fleming. The event showcased local designers in fashion as well as jewelry and, for the fourth year, was held at River North's Castle Nightclub. ...


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The little red ribbon that changed the world - WORLD AIDS DAY 2013 - The story originally posted at this link incorrectly traced the origin of the Red Ribbon. For a history of the symbol, see "AIDS Red ribbon symbolizes AIDS fight" at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/AIDS-Red-ribbon-symbolizes-AIDS-fight/31635.html . For more about the Red Ribbon, see: www.visualaids.org/events/detail/red-ribbon#.Updi4mTuWPU . ...


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Lillstreet hosting holiday events - Lillstreet Art Center will host a series of holiday happenings at 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave. Nov. 22-Dec. 31. The center launches its 38th annual holiday season with the "Let There Be Light" curated ceramics exhibition and holiday party Friday, Nov. 22. In addition, there will be one-day gift-making workshops all season; a jewelry trunk-show series Nov. 29-Dec. 22; and a ...


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DIFFA fundraiser showcases table designs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago chapter of DIFFA ( Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS ) hosted its annual Dining By Design "Table Hop & Taste" on Saturday, Nov. 9 on the eighth floor of Merchandise Mart. The event was part of the "Dining By Design," tour, which ran Nov. 7-9 at the Mart. This year's program was themed "Beauty and the Feast." Designers, ...


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Nina Garcia hosts event at Armani - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Project Runway judge and Marie Claire Magazine Creative Director Nina Garcia hosted an event Nov. 7 at the Emporio Armani store just off the Magnificent Mile. Corri McFadden and The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presented an evening that was full of high fashion. Previous America's Next Top Model winner Jaslene Gonzalez was a surprise guest. Shoppers came ...


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Top 10 costumes for Halloween - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago's Fantasy Costumes has unveiled its top 10 list of the most popular costumes for Halloween—and it does not include Miley Cyrus. The list includes: 1. '70s and '80s era ( Disco man costume photo included ) 2. Superheroes and comic-book characters ( Batman costume photo included ) 3. Roaring '20s: Great Gatsby ( Flapper costume photo included ) 4. ...


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Celebrating 25 years behind the camera - Doug Birkenheuer was admittedly first hypnotized by the immediacy of photography, but truly got hooked—and turned his passion into his profession—when he started photographing people. Birkenheuer, 45, who lives in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, is now the owner of Birkenheuer Photography—with three high-dollar cameras in his collection, though only one is mostly used. "I remember [years back], when [photography] was ...


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Gay designers being showcased at Chicago Fashion Week - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Designers and fashionistas alike will descend upon Germania Place for Chicago's celebration of Fashion Week Oct. 17. Now in its third year, NEXT Fashion Chicago will showcase emerging and established designers in one show, including Tamra Ellingson, Elena Bobysheva, Sarah Church, Gary Gonzalez, Niala Conte, Meekis, Mira Couture, Cleons Clothing Co. and Bottega Contessa. "We've got a wide variety of ...


-Andersonville-Arts-Weekend-Oct-11-13

Andersonville Arts Weekend Oct. 11-13 - The 11th annual Andersonville Arts Weekend will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13. It will be centered at Clark Street and Berwyn Avenue. The art walk will be open on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Among the Friday ( Oct. 11 ) events is Unity Lutheran Church ( 1212 W. Balmoral Ave. ) hosting a night of art, theater and ...


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Rogers Park Arts Alliance: Round Trip art walk and ride - From a press release - Rogers Park, Chicago, Ill. — The recently formed Rogers Park Arts Alliance ( RPAA ) in conjunction with Chicago Artist s Month is excited to announce Art Round Trip ( ART ). ART is a celebration of the arts community in Rogers Park with tours of exhibits, open studios, theatres and galleries in Rogers Park. ART will take place Sunday, ...


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Patrons go 'Gaga' for Salgueiro's art show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Artist Jesus Salgueiro—the husband of popular chef Art Smith—exhibited his works in "Going Gaga for Love Mandalas" Sept. 20 at River East Art Center. The exhibit for charity combined a 12-piece Lady Gaga exhibit with dozens of intricate, hand-painted love mandalas. Among those attending were Smith and local TV news anchor Linda Yu. Photos by Ed Negron Related interview at ...







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