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Visibility-Art-AIDS-America-exhibit-converts-Chicago-bank-into-gallery

Visibility: Art AIDS America exhibit converts Chicago bank into gallery - Beginning in June 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) began to gather reports of "19 cases of biopsy-confirmed Kaposi's sarcoma ( KS ) and/or Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ) among previously healthy homosexual male residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties." One month later, on July 3, the CDC noted in its Morbidity and Mortality ...


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Comic Con welcomes thousands, honors heroes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Aug. 18-21, thousands of science-fiction and pop-culture fans attended Wizard World Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Vendors of practically every stripe, artists and celebrities were on hand to greet the attendees. Among the highlights were Star Wars' Carrie Fisher ( Princess Leia ) joining the Back to the Future trio of Michael ...


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National Gay Media Association names inaugural Ad POP awardees - From a press release - NEW YORK — The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs ( Pride in Online and Print ) reward the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. Ad POP is a production of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the nation's ...


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National Gay Media Association announces inaugural Ad POP awardees - NEW YORK — The National Gay Media Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Ad POP awards. The Ad POPs ( Pride in Online and Print ) reward the best representations of LGBT individuals in online and print advertising in regional LGBT media. Ad POP is a production of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the nation's ...


Wink-and-a-Nod-at-Driehaus

'Wink and a Nod' at Driehaus - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., will present the special exhibition "With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age," has opened. The exhibition features 74 rare original drawings created for Puck magazine, as well as published cartoons and more than 20 vintage publications. According to a press release, "the pages of Puck are a ...


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Earles Architects and Associates marks 25 years in the business - By Tarina Hargrays - Earles Architects and Associates ( EAA ) have been going strong for a little more than 25 years. Dan Earles, the principal and owner of EAA, is a Detroit native who has worked for several architect firms until 1991, when he decided to start his own firm, EAA. The mid-sized firm consists of 19 people and, since its founding, has ...


-The-fairy-gardener

The fairy gardener - This is an image I wouldn't want to see but since it's already out there I thought I might as well tell you all: I have some metal deck chairs which haven't been painted in years, way beyond shabby chic so I decided to paint them. Got some Moroccan blue paint and discovered it was as hot as, umm, Kansas ...


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OUTspoken! marks two years of community stories - About 150 participants have, since 2014, taken to the stage at Sidetrack for OUTspoken!, the monthly storytelling program for members of the LGBT community, according to its co-emcee Kim Hunt. August marked the two-year anniversary of OUTspoken! Hunt, who is executive director of Pride Action Tank, reflected on its significance in her opening remarks at the August 2 installment. "They ...


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Poet Richard Blanco keynotes National Archives LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights discussion - Speaking at the Chicago History Museum July 16, poet Richard Blanco said that his work has long been dominated by a search for and a remembrance of "home," adding that he frequently evoked "a universal longing to 'belong' to someone or someplace." Growing up as part of a Cuban family in Miami, Blanco said there were two representations of 'home' ...


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'Art AIDS America' coming Dec. 1 - From a press release - (CHICAGO) July 14, 2016 — Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art, culminates its U.S. tour here at the Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago). This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest ...


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Stained-glass experts to lead tours of local sites - Two unique bus tours of important Chicago stained glass will take place on Friday, July 8, 2016. The tours are co-sponsored by the American Glass Guild and the Stained Glass School of the Stained Glass Association of America, bringing together national and international experts in the field of stained glass for conferences in the Chicago area the same week, along ...


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Leather Archives exhibit on LGBTQ leather people of color in Cook County - From a press release - Groups and organizations often rely on the talents of individuals to encourage participation, education, growth and camaraderie, and a new exhibit opening at the Leather Archives & Museum seeks to unearth the contributions made to Chicagoland area BDSM/leather/kink/fetish communities by people of color. Excavating Experience: The Presence of LGBTQ People of Color in Cook County is a multi-media exhibit which ...


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Stained Glass experts to lead tours of Chicago stained glass sites - Two unique bus tours of important Chicago stained glass will take place on Friday, July 8, 2016. The tours are co-sponsored by the American Glass Guild and the Stained Glass School of the Stained Glass Association of America, bringing together national and international experts in the field of stained glass for conferences in the Chicago area the same week, along ...


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Upcoming: Sam Kirk exhibit July 21 at IPaintMyMind - "Double-Dutch: An Exhibition by Sam Kirk" will open Thursday, July 21, 7-10 p.m., at IPaintMyMind Gallery, 2545 W. Diversey Pkwy. In the exhibition, Kirk shares her experience bouncing between Chicago and Brooklyn for the past two years. The showing will last through Tuesday, Aug. 30. For more, see "Double-Dutch: An Exhibition by Sam Kirk" on Facebook. ...


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Chigaygo at Laugh Factory Chicago Orlando benefit July 7 - From a press release - Chigaygo, Laugh Factory Chicago's premiere queer comedy showcase, is presenting a special one-night only event to raise money for The Center Orlando, the LGBT center providing victim relief in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Laugh Factory and its owner, Jamie Masada, have a long-standing history of philanthropic engagement in the community. Chigaygo is now in its third ...


NYC-Pride-to-launch-with-eight-days-of-queer-fashion-

NYC Pride to launch with eight days of queer fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer fashion and social consciousness will take to the runway to kick off Pride in New York City. Rainbow Fashion Week, now in its third year, will take place June 17-24, in conjunction with NYC Pride, which runs June 21-26. The annual event, which launched in 2014, is an eight-day celebration of queer fashion that includes several unique events highlighting ...


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Stained-glass competition for tiny home design display - CHICAGO—Solstice Stained Glass in Chicago is announcing a design competition for window displays in the winning entry of the recent Tiny Home Design competition. Solstice Stained Glass, which Emily Carlson founded 25 years ago, will host a free solstice celebration Thursday, June 23, 2010 W. Fulton St., 6-8 p.m., in Chicago's West Loop. Competition entries will be showcased at the ...


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Stained Glass competition announced for tiny home design display - From a press release - CHICAGO —Solstice Stained Glass in Chicago is announcing a design competition for window displays in the winning entry of the recent Tiny Home Design competition. Solstice Stained Glass, founded by Emily Carlson 25 years ago, will host a free solstice celebration Thursday, June 23, 2010 W. Fulton St., 6-8 p.m., in Chicago's West Loop. Competition entries will be showcased at ...


Love-Bravery-label-launches-at-Macys

Love Bravery label launches at Macy's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 19 at Macy's, the Love Bravery Collection debuted with an event in the atrium fountain lower level at the chain's State Street location. Musicians Lady Gaga and Elton John collaborated on the clothing and accessories line, which features items retailing for under $100 and has a mission to fight prejudice. In Chicago, treats were given out and photo ...


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Brown Elephant offers 'best of' fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Howard Brown Health held a "best of" event on the weekend of May 14-15, spotlighting special designer and vintage items. Everything from hip summer fashion to accessories were also included. Fashion icons such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Dior, among many others, were well represented. Ana Culajay, assistant to the director of retail operations, curated the donations brought in over ...


AROUND-CHICAGO-Pop-up-store-features-Chicago-themed-clothes

AROUND CHICAGO Pop-up store features Chicago-themed clothes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ChiTown Clothing is a pop-up shop at theWit, 201 N. State St., that specializes in—you guessed it—Chicago-themed clothes such as T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and even babies' onesies. ( However, there are other items such as stickers and beer mugs. ) The business launched in 2010. Sara Kmiecik co-owns the business with her husband, Kevin Kasarski, who she met at the ...


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ART Riva Lehrer and the evolution of 'Risk' - Riva Lehrer's career in portraiture has been long, and over time her discomfort with it grew. "It was really clear to me from the beginning that the people I was working with shared a really formative experience in my own life, which is that we'd almost all been stared at and screamed at and insulted and abused on a regular, ...


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


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


Upcoming-Andersonville-Flower-Show

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


Genderqueer-designer-talks-clothing-line-schooling-inspirations-

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


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


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


Flower-Garden-Show-winners-announced

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


Exhibit-spotlights-women-and-HIV-AIDS

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


The-fairy-gardener

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 ...


Mack-Dihle-A-model-citizen

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


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


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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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