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DISH: SAVOR The Florentine; Cafe Robey - Sure, it's good to sometimes shake up things—but consistency can be a good thing as well. Example one is The Florentine ( in the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 151 W. Adams St.; https://the-florentine.net/ ). It's still warm and welcoming—and the quality of the dishes is still quite high. Chef Zachary Walrath recently unveiled the menu for spring/midsummer ( three menu alterations ...


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National tour of Broadway production of Falsettos opens here May 28 - CHICAGO ( May 14, 2018 ) — Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the 2019 National Tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Broadway Production of Falsettos, William Finn and James Lapine's groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical, will play Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph ) for a limited engagement May 28 — June 9, 2019. This production ...


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Broken Nose will receive award May 21 - The League of Chicago Theatres announced Broken Nose Theatre as the recipient of the 2018 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award. The award will be presented at the League of Chicago Theatres Gala on Monday, May 21, at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Pl. The Broadway In Chicago Emerging Theatre Award was created in 2007 to encourage, ...


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Chicago street renamed in honor of Chuck Renslow - Dozens of community members gathered just outside Full Kit Gear, 5021 N. Clark St., the afternoon of May 19 as a portion of Clark Street was renamed in honor of gay businessman Chuck Renslow, who passed away in June 2017. Renslow, the proprietor of the former Man's Country bathhouse on the same block, owned a number of businesses and was ...


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LGBTQ comedy company GayCo Productions to present P.ride C.omedy P.arty - From a news release - CHICAGO—- Wanna party in the Chicago comedy scene like it's 1999? Tired of underage twinks asking for cigarettes when all you want is to smoke in peace? Looking for what's next after Bey's Coachella act? Bring that twerking booty to our seats and join us for GayCo's PRIDE COMEDY PARTY. For this year's Pride weekend, let GayCo Productions bust your ...


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Grauer to leave A Wider Bridge - Laurie Grauer announced May 16 that she was leaving her position as Midwest Manager of the LGBT Israel advocacy organization A Wider Bridge ( AWB ). In 2017, Grauer and others were asked to leave the Dyke March when they carried a rainbow flag with a Star of David upon it. A weeks-long controversy subsequently ensued. Grauer had been with ...


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'Foster and Adopt' June 29 at Center - The town-hall event "Foster and Adopt Our Children: Recruiting Within the LGBTQ Community and for LGBTQ Children"will take place Friday, June 29, 5-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The event will include representatives from licensing agencies as well as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The guest speaker will be foster and adoption-in-process parents. ...


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Pride Action Tank report and project address issues concerning LGBT older adults - From a news release - CHICAGO - In conjunction with May as Older Americans Month and the upcoming Pride Month in June, Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, announces its final report for "OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities" and launches a three-pronged collaborative campaign to respond to concerns and recommendations raised by LGBT older adults, service providers, and stakeholders during ...


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49th annual Pride Parade June 24, Grand Marshal Orlando "El Fenomeno" Cruz - From a news release - Orlando "El Fenomeno"Cruz, the first openly gay active professional boxer, is scheduled to serve as Grand Marshal of the Chicago 49th Annual Pride Parade on Sunday June 24 at 12 Noon. When he came out in 2012 he stated, " ....I want to be true to myself. I want to be the best role model I can be for kids ...


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Chicago-made Freelancers Anonymous film releases teaser - From a news release - Take a first look at director Sonia Sebastian's new comedy feature Freelancers Anonymous, written by Amy Dellagiarino and Lisa Cordileone, starring an ensemble cast of women including: Lisa Cordileone, Natasha Negovanlis, Alexandra Billings, Jennifer Bartels, Mouzam Makkar, Megan Cavanagh, Amy Shiels, Cassandra Blair, Jamison Scala, Grace Rex, Jennie McNulty and Haviland Stillwell. Freelancers Anonymous will have its world premiere at ...


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LGBTQI-inclusive initiatives at Urban Prairie Waldorf School - Urban Prairie Waldorf School on Chicago's Southwest Side began more than a decade ago with the goal of educating students from early childhood to eighth grade in the traditional Waldorf model of engaging the whole child intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. Waldorf students are encouraged to be curious, compassionate and self-reliant. They also use critical thinking skills in every subject ...


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LGBT activist, volunteer Kea "Kookie" Kelly dies - Kea M. ( Kookie ) Kelly, age 74, passed away on May 15, 2018 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, following a short illness. Kookie's sisters, Patti King and Veronica Kaiser, and her dear friend/adopted son Martin Ridge, were at her side. Kookie was born in Chicago Feb. 2, 1944. She lived in Chicago and the near west suburbs all of her ...


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Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity - 10F0LD Productions presents the Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash, suite #108. The exhibit is being put together by Kru, an archivist, DJ and CEO of 10F0LD Productions. "The importance of exploring and preserving our history is more crucial than ever," said Kru. "During this exhibit we explore Chicago's Black Lesbian history ...


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OUT AND PROUD! A Rainbow Celebration with Melissa Young June 3 - Melissa Young's tour of the LGBTQ movement through song and comedy returns with a little help from Chicago's best Cabaret stars at the Pride Arts Center. Celebrate Pride month with Melissa Young and Nick Sula as they return with Young's historical hit, OUT AND PROUD: A Rainbow Celebration. Nine years ago, Young performed the music of the World's most loved ...


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Wonka Ball keeps it light with 'SNL' theme' - About Face Theatre held its annual gala at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on May 11. Even though it was a Friday, you would have sworn it was a Saturday night. Wonka Ball at Saturday Night Live: The Experience! proved to be the perfect theme for the LGBTQ-focused theater company. Guests were encouraged to dress as their favorite comedy characters, ...


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Beverly Arts Center to host its first LGBTQ show - Sunday, May 20, will mark at least two firsts for the Chicago community of Beverly: the first time the Beverly Arts Center will host an LGBTQ art show, and the first time this South Side neighborhood to have a queer art event. That's according to Steve English, an artist and floral designer who helped organize "abOUT ART: The Collective Works ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Ten wonderful shows to see - Whether you love big flashy musicals or intimate black box dramas, Chicago theaters have something special in store. Here are 10 fantastic shows to heat up your summer. Having Our Say—Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., through June 10. Bessie and Sadie Delany lived to be 104 and 110 years old, respectively. Their stories of living as proud Black women ...


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Global play readings through May 31 - International Voices Project ( IVP )—marking the ninth season of play readings by playwrights from around the world—will take place at Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, through May 31, with performances at 7 p.m. The series is presented in collaboration with consulates and other cultural institutions throughout Chicago and this year's engagement features plays from Spain, Serbia, Poland, Syria, Finland, ...


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Holocaust museum's architectural honor - The Illinois Council of The American Institute of Architects ( AIA Illinois ) has named Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center as one of Illinois' 200 Great Places, in honor of the state's bicentennial in 2018. The announcement was made as part of National Architecture Week, on April 12. Nominations came from architects from all parts of the state and ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Unusual offerings heat up summer - Dance this summer starts with a bang and ends with a slow, satisfying burn. Front load your dance card in June, take a beach break in July and return for some glitz, glamour and guts in August. Here are the top picks for Chicago dance this season: —The Pivot Arts Festival on Chicago's North Side returns for its sixth season ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Hot recommendations - Summer theater productions are rising in temperature with some hot upcoming performances heading to Chicago. If you don't want to leave the air conditioned house, watch the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10, on CBS at 7 p.m. CT to see if Mean Girls is more "fetch" than SpongeBob Squarepants, both leading with 12 nominations. For those that ...


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International Mr. Leather Official Guide - Download the official guide to IML 2018: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/IMLGUIDE_2018_web.pdf . ...


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Taste of Chicago headliners announced - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE ) have announced the full music lineup for the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago, being held July 11-15 in Grant Park. The festival will present a diverse mix of national and international acts at the Petrillo Music Shell, including Brandi Carlile, Juanes, yasiin ...


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'Ethical Sluthood' May 24 at the Center - "Ethical Sluthood"—the second in the COUP/3 GOALS series—will take place Thursday, May 24, 7-9:30 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. During this session, COUP/3 GOALS collaborates with Janet W. Hardy, author of The Ethical Slut, to discuss foundations of non-traditional lifestyles. COUP/3 GOALS celebrates individuals who are single, monogamous, non-monogamous, polyamorous, queer, non-binary, or who care about ...


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Rivendell extends 'The Cake' to June 2 - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE )—Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core—will add four performances to the run The Cake. Eight performances have been added to the run, which must close June 2 at RTE, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. The plot is as follows: Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed ...


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Second City to host Pride sketch show - The Second City has announced a June run for "The Second City's Let's Make It Perfectly Queer: A Salute to Pride," a sketch show performed entirely by an all-LGBTQIA cast. Under the direction of Mick Napier and with Nick Gage's musical direction, "Let's Make It Perfectly Queer" is Second City's first foray into celebrating all things Pride with a rainbow ...


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THEATER REVIEW Flies! The Musical! - Playwright: Cindy O'Connor ( music ), Larry Todd Cousineau ( book and lyrics ) At: Pride Films and Plays at The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20-25; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; 773-857-0222. Runs through: June 10 Theater kids never change. No matter the era, they'll always be a ragtag bunch radiating earnestness while humming the latest Broadway hit. In Flies! ...


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Theater Spotlight on Don Quixote - Think Don Quixote, and most invariably think one of a ziggitygillion crooners going for the money notes in "The Impossible Dream." If you have a memory for Lit 101, you may also picture a guy with a vaguely Ren Fairish aesthetic galloping after windmills. This is not that Don Quixote. It is instead the Ballet Nacional de Philharmonic, dancing to ...


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Critics'Picks - Buddy, American Blues Theater at Stage 773, through May 26. Far more concert than story, the short, mostly sweet life of Buddy Holly features 16 rocking vocal and instrumental stars. Don't miss! JA Macbeth, Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, through June 24. Chicago Shakespeare's new Yard space still needs work, but the duo that brought us the magic Tempest ...


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THEATER REVIEW ThroatPunch - Playwright: Sharon Krome At: Chicago Mosaic School, 1101 W. Granville Ave. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org; $10-$20; free on select days. Runs through: June 3 It's morning in America, but the kids aren't all right. In fact, they're mad as hell. They're also restless, yearning, questioning—and sometimes falling-down drunk. In Sharon Krome's ThroatPunch, three young punks find solidarity and heartbreak in the ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summer promises: Theater in and around the city - One might not believe it from the climate-change weather people are getting now, but summer is on its way and, with it, outdoor warm-weather picnic-welcome entertainment and no-brain indoor spectacles. ( Note: Asterisks indicate productions with no admission charge. ) Under suburban stars Oak Park Festival Theatre, Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park: The highlight of the season ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Walking for immigrant justice and dignity - To whom it may concern: On April 28, Rev. Jose S. Landaverde, of the diocese of Quincy, Illinois—and chaplain of The Latin American Labor Council—in the company of many supporters from Chicago and the surrounding areas devoted to the cause of immigrant rights began an 800-mile journey walking toward Washington, D.C., from Aurora, Illinois. We are walking to demand justice ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL The six-foot table solution - Yes, we can solve all our problems with six-foot tables—even world peace. I'm surprised no one thought of it before. It was my fairy goddaughter ( FGD ) who opened my eyes to the concept. She, also a writer, was the one who designated me her fairy godmother—in my opinion, a great honor. She was in the process of moving ...


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Emma Gonzalez part of June 15 march - Emma Gonzalez and other students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are scheduled to take part in St. Sabina Church's annual End of School Rally and Peace March on Friday, June 15, 7-9 p.m. Chance the Rapper is slated to be the special guest. The rally will take place at 1210 W. 78th Pl. The first 1,000 people ...


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CPS holds annual 'Queer Prom' - On May 11, the Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) held "Candyland 2018," its seventh annual prom for LGBTQA students, at Lindbloom High School, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. This year's event was the first held on the South Side, with many students bused in from other areas ( thanks to a grant, according to event co-founder Noa Padowitz ). Precious ...


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Local dealership settles anti-gay discrimination suit - A Chicago car dealership will pay $100,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) lawsuit, after an employee alleged that they were discriminated against for being gay and having a disability. The agency announced the settlement in an April 26 statement. EEOC alleged that an employee at Evergreen Kia, 9205 S. Western Ave., was discriminated against ...


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Illinois LGBTQ leaders part of internship program - Victory Institute announced the 12 young LGBTQ leaders it selected for the 2018 class of the Victory Congressional Internship program. Three individuals from Illinois are among the interns. They are: —Donna Gary, from Chicago ( New York University ): Gary has been placed with U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. —Sydney Mudd, from Gurnee ( Georgia Institute of Technology ): Mudd has ...


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Experts say large health disparities exist between Chicago LGBTQs - by Jesse Arnholz - During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made overt attempts to reach out to LGBTQ residents. In June 2016, for example, he tweeted, "I will fight for [LGBTQ people] while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs." White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah even promised in a statement: "The policies of the Trump administration ...


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Lightfoot speaks with local LGBT leaders - Just one day after officially announcing that she was joining the crowded field of candidates who will be challenging incumbent Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, attorney and former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot met with members of the LGBT community at a May 11 presentation at the downtown offices of the Locke Lord. After ...


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ELECTIONS 2019 CHICAGO Mayoral candidate Lightfoot on LGBT issues, police board work - Lori Lightfoot, an attorney and former federal prosecutor who for three years headed up the Chicago Police Board, announced her candidacy challenging incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel on May 10. Should Lightfoot win, she'd be both Chicago's first female Black mayor as well as the city's first openly gay one. Lightfoot faces many challenges should she run. She said at a ...


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'P.O.W.E.R. Project' to run in June - The Art Leaders of Color Network ( ALCN ) and the Comfort Station join forces to present the P.O.W.E.R. Project during June. In lieu of traditional arts programming, the Logan Square multidisciplinary art space known as Comfort Station ( 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. ) will be transformed into an "empowerment hub" with a series of lectures, discussions, happenings, self-care exercises ...


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DINING Stan's Donuts, royal wedding desserts, 'Star Wars' drinks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Stan's Donuts & Coffee has partnered with Passion House Coffee Roasters on two custom coffee roasts that will be freshly brewed in all nine Stan's stores starting Friday, May 18. To celebrate the launch, Stan's is designating May 18 as Free Coffee Day; all guests will get one free cup of coffee each, no purchase necessary, at all nine Stan's ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Days Are Shorter - Playwright: Corinne J. Kawecki At: Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; 773-857-0222. Runs through: June 3 Contrary to popular stereotype, women's midlife crises are not always easily remedied with hormone supplements and jewelry. Sometimes it takes a full-blown visitation by a spectral succubus or two to dispel the unsettling prospects of ...


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NUNN ON ONE THEATER Heath Saunders takes lead in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' - Extended for the online version of Windy City Times - The 1970 groundbreaking musical Jesus Christ Superstar—which Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice created—continues to rise in popularity to this day, thanks to a recent live version on TV and a new production at the Lyric Opera. Set in 30 A.D., Jesus Christ Superstar opens with Judas Iscariot criticizing Jesus; the plot unfolds in song from there. There is little ...


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Authorities searching for missing suburban man - Chicago Police Department and River Forest Police Department are asking for information as to the whereabouts of a Western Suburban resident who disappeared last weekend, Chicago Tribune reported. Howard Wax, 51, was last seen at his River Forest home the morning of May 12. His car was found unoccupied several hours later on the Chicago Skyway bridge. No foul play ...


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MOVIES Director, writer talk star-studded 'Book Club' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cashing in on the book club craze, four seasoned stars have come together to make a movie about relationships and starting anew. Diane Keaton plays Diane who is recently divorced after 40 years of marriage; Jane Fonda, as Vivian, can't settle down with one man; Candace Bergen is Sharon, who is still working through divorce; and Mary Steenburgen's Carol has ...


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Andersonville Wine Walk on May 20 - The 12th annual Andersonville Wine Walk ( featuring 30 local businesses ) will take place Sunday, May 20, 3-6 p.m. This year, the event is undergoing a growth spurt. Instead of the two routes of years past, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has expanded the offerings this year to include a third route of tasting destinations for ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL 'The Days Are Shorter' on aging, from women's perspectives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The male midlife crisis has been examined in exhaustive detail in everything from John Updike's novels to plays such as Tracy Letts' Linda Vista at Steppenwolf last spring. But it's harder to find stories that center women's existential conflicts around aging, especially from a lesbian point of view. ( Claudia Allen's plays remain a prominent exception. ) In The Days ...


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SAVOR Vine and dandy, Checking out Michigan wineries - DISH Weekly Dining Guide Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Michigan is known for various things, from cars to apples to Wolverines ( the ones from the University of Michigan, not the large, ferocious weasels—or the comic-book character, for that matter ). However, the state is becoming a nirvana for oenophiles—a point that was recently made abundantly clear during a media trip to southwestern Michigan to check out a few ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Theater on the open road - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most of the year people go to theater despite the weather, but during thesummer people can go because of the weather and combine play-going ( or concert-going ) with picnics, wine and the sun and stars. Indeed, dozens of theaters throughout the Midwest operate only in the summer, and several are destinations all by themselves. Elsewhere in this issue we ...


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SUMMER MUSIC PREVIEW Chicago to host Janelle, Sam Smith and much more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago is heating up in the next few months, with tons of concerts coming to town, including outdoor festivals featuring multiple musicians for a one-stop aural experience. More than ever, the LGBT community is represented in the live music scene this summer and we are here for it. There's a rainbow of out artists releasing fresh music to a whole ...


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SAVOR Palm Restaurant; WingFest - DISH Weekly Dining Guide - Few dining spots have as storied a history as the Palm Restaurant ( now in the Swissotel at 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; https://www.thepalm.com/restaurants/chicago/ ). And after three decades in the city, this particular branch recently underwent an all-encompassing restaurant remodeling. There are new additions to the design ( resulting in a space that's much more open, reminding me of ...


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The Shepards keynote hate-crimes summit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Judy and Dennis Shepard gave the keynote address at the Matthew Shepard Foundation- and Center on Halsted ( the Center )-sponsored hate-crimes summit and community reception May 10 at the Center. The Shepards addressed approximately 50 law-enforcement officials, first responders and prosecutors on the importance of doing proper hate crimes investigations. Dennis explained that when he would speak to law ...


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THEATER REVIEW Suddenly Last Summer - Playwright: Tennessee Williams At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark Street. Tickets: 773-338-2177; RavenTheatre.com; $46. Runs through June 17 New Orleans is a drinking town, but in Suddenly Last Summer old Violet Venable has one lone daiquiri while everyone else stays dry. This play demonstrates that terrible things happen when you don't drink in the Big Easy. Or not. This taut ...


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Party promoters speak about lesbian spaces at Center in Halsted - Video below - Center on Halsted introduced the women's faces behind the spaces for the program "Courageous Conversations: What the L" on May 11. While lesbian bars in Chicago have been disappearing over the years, there are still women who create lesbian spaces that encourage women to be themselves and have fun. "Courageous Conversations" featured a panel of these driven women who have ...


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ACLU asking court to reverse allowing group to intervene in transgender student case - From a news release - CHICAGO — In November 2017, Nova Maday and the ACLU of Illinois filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Township High School District 211 in Palatine for denying Nova the use of the girls' locker room during physical education class and isolating her from other students because she is transgender. The goal of the suit is a ...


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Oklahoma First State in 2018 to Deny Children Loving Families - From a Lambda Legal news release - ( New York, May 11, 2018 ) — Today, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed SB 1140, a license-to-discriminate bill that would allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to reject foster or adoptive parents based upon the agency's religious beliefs. A similar bill, SB 284, sits on the desk of Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer awaiting signature. Currey Cook, Counsel and Director, Youth ...


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City Lit's 2018-19 season to span four centuries with comedies, dramas - For its 2018-19 season, City Lit Theater will reach across four centuries to examine ideas that continue to challenge us today. Artistic Director and Producer Terry McCabe today announced the season, which will open in September and include three full-length plays and a double-bill of one-acts. The season will open with George Bernard Shaw's ARMS AND THE MAN, to be ...


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The Condo Association presents year of queer, political, unapologetic community - From a news release - The Condo Association is an art collective comprised of anti-fascist, and anti-capitalistic humans seeking to empower and support the creativity and productivity of queer people, people of color, women, and other marginalized bodies. Saturday May 19th is your last chance to come see the anniversary show, Continental Breakfast. It will fill you up, but not too much. This group exhibition ...


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Lightfoot formally announces mayoral candidacy - "Inclusion and equity" were key words echoed throughout Lori Lightfoot's announcement for her mayoral candidacy. Joined by her wife Amy Eshleman and daughter Vivian, Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, held a press conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E Wacker, and in doing so, became the first Black, openly lesbian candidate for the mayor's office in Chicago's history. Recent ...


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Pride Arts Center plans cabarets, film screenings, comedy and WeFest - From a news release - Chicago - In addition to its just-announced "PAC Pride Fest" of five fully-staged plays, the Pride Arts Center will host another five special events and performances. The lineup will include the cabaret events OUT AND PROUD by Melissa Young, and Alan Palmer's FABULOUS DIVAS OF HOLLYWOOD; Pride Films and Plays' semi-annual WEFEST celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans ...


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Comedy Prep School opens May 12 - Stage 773 producers of The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival and Chicago Women's Funny Festival have announced the return of Comedy Prep School ( CPS ), a one-day festival for young comedians ages 12-17 on Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Comedy Prep School features four, age-appropriate workshops that are taught by highly skilled professionals in the comedy industry: Comedic Song ...


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WMG 26th-anniv. gala May 11 - Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ) will hold its 26thanniversary gala Friday, May 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Lacuna's Reverie Gallerie, 2150 S. Canalport Ave. There will be a cash bar, a silent auction, a three-prize raffle and musical entertainment by Emanon. Also, artist and WMG board member Sandra Perlow will be honored. Visit https://tinyurl.com/wmg-26anniversarygala2018 for tickets. ...


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Wonka Ball on May 11 at MBC - About Face Theatre's annual gala, Wonka Ball ( theme "Saturday Night Live: The Experience!" ) will take place Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. ( VIP cocktail reception 7 p.m. ) at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. From Wayne's World to Celebrity Jeopardy to Weekend Update, patrons will interact with SNL sets, original props and costumes—all ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Roscoe's - RPDR stars Mayhem Miller and Monique Heart. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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THEATER Raven heats up with 'Suddenly Last Summer' - For iconic gay playwright Tennessee Williams, love was never about hearts and flowers. The passions that fuel his mighty body of work ( A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin roof ) are ruinous rather than rose-tinted. As Williams points out early in Suddenly Last Summer, the Venus Flytrap—a "devouring organism"—is named for the Goddess ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT on How to Use a Knife - Soul-crushing labor, intolerable co-workers, hour-long shifts that feel like days. We've all been there, no? Playwright Will Snider digs into the unlikely evolution of restaurant employees in the ( wait for it ) sharp-edged comedy How to Use a Knife, which is stuffed with memorable characters. Among them are a chef whose career is shredded by years of booze and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Macbeth - Playwright: William Shakespeare, adapted by Joseph Teller and Aaron Posner At: The Yard at Shakespeare, 800 E. Grand Ave. ( Navy Pier ). Tickets: 312-595-5600 or ChicagoShakes.com; $48-$88. Runs through: June 24 In the words of Macbeth's infamous witches, you might well "sleep no more" after taking in Chicago Shakespeare's gorgeously horrifying staging of the Scottish Play. In this adaptation ...


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CRITICS' PICKS - Gaslight District, The Second City e.t.c., open run. The 42nd revue at The Second City's "junior" stage waxes sardonic about Trump, improvises a song, cleverly incorporates an audience member and trumpets ( perhaps unnecessarily ) its multiethnic, multiamorous cast. JA Sweeney Todd, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at the No Exit Café, through May 20. Sondheim's operatic musical changed the history ...


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THEATER REVIEW Buddy - Playwright: Alan James and multiple composers/lyricists At: American Blues Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-325-5252; AmericanBluesTheater.com; $19-$49. Runs through: May 26 ( extension likely ) Conspiracy theorists are correct: Fluoridated water and rock 'n' roll music were 1950s Communist plots designed to rot the minds of young Americans. The result is that we now have Donald ...


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THEATER REVIEW To Catch a Fish - Playwright: Brett Neveu At: Timeline Theatre at Baird Hall, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: $40-$54; TimeLineTheatre.com; 773-281-8463. Runs through: July 1 If this scenario weren't almost all true, you'd think David Mamet plotted it. There's these three scruffy hustlers, you see—outlaw biker Dex, tattooed skateboard-bum Ike and Pam Grier-lookalike "G"—managing a pop-up dollar-shop outlet in Milwaukee's borderline-gentrified River North district. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Birds of a Feather - By Brian Kirst - Playwright: Marc Acito At: Greenhouse Theater Center at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $35-$45; GreenhouseTheater.org; 773-404-7336. Runs through: June 17 In Birds of a Feather, the audience witnesses a penguin singing show tunes and a proud hawk reveling in the abundant media attention that he receives. Surprisingly, the comedic nature of this piece is nicely counterbalanced by ...


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THEATER Fasten seat belts, Jessica Sherr returns in Bette Davis solo show - The editor who asked for a feature story showcasing the cast's "pre-eminent dragsters" may have been forgiven guessing Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies to be a cross-dressing camp comedy instead of a solo show written, directed and performed by the multitalented Jessica Sherr. Ironically, this error illustrates perfectly the misconceptions regarding the career of the Hollywood icon who vowed to ...


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'What the L' panel discussion May 11 - Center on Halsted's Courageous Conversations series continues Friday, May 11, 6-9 p.m., with "What the L: Meet the Faces Behind the Spaces." Even with the disappearance of lesbian bars in Chicago, lesbian spaces in Chicago are alive and thriving. This event will be with a panel of those who have and are creating these spaces. Panelists will include Brooke Webster ...


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HRC work report looks at LGBTQ people of color - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) released a new report underscoring the need for inclusive employer-paid family and medical leave for LGBTQ working people of color. Among the key findings are that: —27 percent of respondents of color say ...







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