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MUSIC Joan Armatrading on touring, inspiration - Out British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and her partner, Maggie Butler, may have not-so-secretly had their union legalized as a civil partnership May 2, 2011 in Shetland, United Kingdom, but their "Love and Affection" appears to have taken a back seat as of late. Armatrading is in the middle of a year-long tour spanning the globe. How is the gender-neutral storytelling ...


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Indiana backlash: Widespread condemnation of Indiana bill - - Many activists, politicians and business leaders continued to issue condemnations of a so-called "religious freedom" bill, passed in the Indiana General Assembly and hastily signed in a private ceremony by Gov. Mike Pence on March 26. [This week's cover story was first posted on this site March 30, 2015.] Critics say that the legislation, SB 101, or, the Religious Freedom ...


VIEWS-Paying-tribute-to-Andrew-Patner

VIEWS Paying tribute to Andrew Patner - What follows is the speech given by Lori Cannon at the memorial for Chicago writer Andrew Patner March 18 at Orchestra Hall: Good evening, everyone. My name is Lori Cannon. I am deeply honored and humbled to speak with you in this magnificent space about my friend, Andrew Patner, and his early, unsung legacy of contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. ...


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LGBT Equality Institute ponders next LGBTQ battles - The low-key tone of the 2015 LGBT Equality Illinois' LGBT Equality Institute held on March 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago differed quite significantly from last year's event, which was more heavily attended and reveled in a sense of community accomplishment with the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois. This year's sessions seemed to be centered upon ...


ELECTIONS-2015-46TH-WARD-James-Cappleman-aims-to-retain-aldermanic-seat

ELECTIONS 2015: 46TH WARD James Cappleman aims to retain aldermanic seat - Since the February elections, Ald. James Cappleman has been locked in a heated runoff with openly lesbian attorney Amy Crawford, who's looking to unseat him from his spot representing the 46th Ward on the Chicago City Council. Crawford has maintained that she'll be more responsive to constituents' concerns about development and public safety. She also received the endorsement of activist ...


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Duke Alden named to Human Rights Commission - Gov. Bruce Rauner, on March 27, announced that Duke Alden had been named a commissioner of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Alden, who is in charge of Information Governance for Aon, is also Chairman of the Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ). Alden's "experience in business and involvement with a number of non-profit organizations make him well-suited for the ...


Gov-Rauner-says-no-to-Indiana-travel-ban

Gov. Rauner says 'no' to Indiana travel ban - More cities and states have weighed in on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by issuing bans on nonessential state- or city-funded travel to Indiana. No such plans are presently in store for Illinois, however. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, calling the law "just wrong, plain and simple," said March 31 that Denver employees would not be travelling to the ...


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LGBT aging panels address topics of retirement, centers - The federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages regarding Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits has done little to alleviate the confusion many Americans have about those benefits, according to experts who spoke, on March 24, at the 2015 American Society on Aging's Conference at the Hyatt Regency. The programs have many "different parts, and different parts use different rules," said ...


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Open To Thinking: On Religion - In 1799 the German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher published a ground-breaking work, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers. In these speeches, Schleiermacher contested the arrogance of those philosophers of the Enlightenment who dismissed "religion" as either an irrational superstition or a purely subjective event in the private realm of the personal. Schleiermacher challenged these "enlightened" thinkers to investigate and understand ...


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Nightspots travels to Minneapolis/St.Paul - You're gonna make it ( after all ) to some of the hottest spots in the Twin Cities! Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, is totally driveable from Chicago ( but watch out for those overzealous Wisconsin state troopers, trust ) and well worth the trip. Here are some of my picks ( and pans ) from the nightspots of the north, you ...


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Sports: Women's soccer league; Chicago Quarter Marathon - Women's soccer league announces season The National Women's Soccer League ( NWSL ) announced the complete schedule for the 2015 regular season. The Chicago Red Stars has highlights such as a May 9 doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park and a four-game homestand to open the campaign. All but one fixture at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex ...


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BOOKS: Dying to Play; Ndegeocello; authors Sullivan, Conner - BOOK REVIEW Dying to Play by Mark Zubro $13.49; MLR Press; 229 pages Review by Lauren E. Childers Dying to Play is the first book in a new series by Mark Zubro that features a big-league private investigator based out of Chicago. When players on a minor-league baseball team start to receive personal threats, Mike King is initially hired to ...


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Music and art: Menzie and Michael; NOW seeking artists - Menzie and Michael at Davenport's throughout April Famed local performance team Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael will perform at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Saturdays throughout April at 8 p.m. The duo is known for musical twists on jazz favorites, standards, contemporary pop, Broadway show tunes and film gems. There is a $20 cover charge with a two-drink minimum. ...


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SAVOR Pinstripes brunch; Compass Bar - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The last time I went to the space that Pinstripes Chicago ( 435 E. Illinois St.; http://pinstripes.com/chicago/ ) currently occupies, it was called the River East Arts Center and I saw a Borris Powell fashion show. However, time goes on, properties are sold and sites are transformed. Now, there's a large restaurant ( that can hold up to 600 people, ...


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Artist Doan visits local leather museum - William Doan, a fine-arts photographer from Ft. Dodge, Iowa, visited the Leather Archives and Museum ( LA&M ) in Chicago on March 22. Doan's work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums. He presented Rick Storer, executive director of the LA&M, with three of his photographs for their collection. ...


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Upcoming: Music for Matthew; Trans, adult, queer film events; Lollapalooza - and more - Andrew Sullivan at Elmhurst April 2 Journalist, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan will present "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage" on Thursday, April 2, at Elmhurst College. Sullivan's talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave. Through his blog The Dish—which began in 2000 and ended in February—Sullivan chronicled major political and cultural moments, reaching ...


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CAKE Expo returning to Center in June - The fourth annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) is taking place June 6-7, and with more programming and workshops for attendees. "It really stands out as one of the top independent comic shows in the country," said Chad Sell, Chicago comic artist. Some of the programming will include "A Conversation with the Hernandez Brothers," "Comic Books and Speculative ...


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MUSIC Spandau Ballet's frontman talks comeback, Market Days - The British band Spandau Ballet crossed over the pond to have a number one hit in 1983 with "True." Across the way in the UK the group dominated with eight top ten albums. The lineup for this tour includes all five original members Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Steve Norman, John Keeble and Martin Kemp. Spandau Ballet was part of a ...


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Book group thrives at Center at Halsted, looks to expand - The Gay Men's Book Group dates back about 20 years, to the Gerber/Hart Library & Archives. But for almost three years, the peer-group has called the Center on Halsted its now—with two-hour meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, starting at 7 pm. "We're a group of guys who enjoy coming together for stimulating discussions once a month, ...


Filmmaker-Michelle-Citron-looks-at-pre-Stonewall-lesbians-

Filmmaker Michelle Citron looks at pre-Stonewall lesbians - Imagine inheriting a house and finding a treasure trove of more than 2,000 photos depicting lesbian life in Chicago during the pre-Stonewall era. That's just what happened to case worker Patrick Gourley. Gourley first met Norma Roos ( Aug. 1919-Dec. 1, 1999 ) and Virginia Kaitchuck ( Nov. 1919-Oct. 18, 2001 ) a little more than 20 years ago. They ...


Chicago-artist-Bautista-increases-presence

Chicago artist Bautista increases presence - Julius DC Bautista has been doodling as long as he can remember, and it always caught the eyes of his grade-school instructors. As a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a professor inspired him to select a major in fine arts. Then when he returned from the military, Bautista finally paid attention to his creativity. "My artistic process ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Libby Lane explains Ethel Merman - Actress and singer Libby Lane now tackles a new role and this time she's channeling an icon. Playing the part of Ethel Merman in the new show Book of Merman has Lane teaming up with two missionaries searching for entertainment. Libby Lane is an artistic associate with Pride Films & Plays. Some of her past works have included The View ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Commedia Beauregard posed a challenge for a six playwrights to create short one-act plays inspired by sculptures, paintings and other pieces of "folk" or "outsider" art. See how the results panned out and vote for your favorites in MASTER WORKS: The Intuit Plays, which features pieces by Kevin Alves, Jackie Davies, Brenda E. Kelly, Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, Laura Nessler ...


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THEATER REVIEW End Days - Playwright: Deborah Zoe Laufer. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$45. Runs through April 26 The folks behind the new Windy City Playhouse are certainly on a mission to impress. Despite its unprepossessing location where you'd expect to find a laundromat rather than a subscription-based professional theater, the Windy City Playhouse instantly ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Outside-Mullinger

THEATER REVIEW Outside Mullinger - Playwright: John Patrick Shanley. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 N. Skokie Rd. In Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300. www.northlight.org; $25-$78. Runs through: April 19 Some stories have been retold so many times that they should come with assembly instructions, like IKEA furniture. Before his venture into issue-driven dramas, John Patrick Shanley's reputation rested ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Genius

THEATER REVIEW Genius - Playwright: Kate Walbert. At: Profiles Theatre Alley Stage. 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: May 3 When somebody offers to give you a large sum of money, the prudent response is either, "I'll believe it when I see it," or ( more diplomatically ), "That's very kind of you." Characters in plays, however, are presumed to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Balm-in-Gilead

THEATER REVIEW Balm in Gilead - Playwright: Lanford Wilson. At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.griffintheatre.com; $35. Runs through: April 19 Missouri-bred Lanford Wilson ( 1937-2011 ) lived in Chicago for five years, taking writing classes and living near Clark and Division streets, then a hangout for sex workers, junkies and gays. In 1962 he bought a one-way bus ticket to ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Feeling all 'Grown-Up' - Most mid-life crises hit people when they're 40, but for Brooklyn-based gay playwright Jordan Harrison it was turning age 35 two years ago that sent him into spirals of self-examination over his life and chosen career. It also inspired the creation of his play The Grown-Up, which has its second-ever production this month courtesy of Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater ...


Letters-Trick-and-no-treat

Letters: Trick and no treat - Dear Editor: The magic show The Illusionists was in town recently. One of the performers was Jeff Hobson, known as "The Trickster." In the magic community, Hobson is a controversial figure. His persona on stage is a flamboyant gay man. ( You can catch him on YouTube. ) He may ask a man in the audience, "Are you happy? Are ...


Senators-advocates-decry-budget-cuts

Senators, advocates decry budget cuts - A standing-room-only crowd filled the hearing chambers at the Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., as the Illinois Senate Appropriations Human Services Committee met to discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Acting Human Services Secretary Gregory Bassi testified about the importance of the cuts, and faced grilling from some committee members, while service providers and their clients urged the ...


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CHART: Election 2015 runoffs; Early voting info - WCT - In this election cycle, Windy City Times mailed questionnaires to every registered citywide and aldermanic candidate, to their address on file with the board of elections. View resulting Windy City Times chart at www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/chartapr1.pdf . The questions were about a wide range of issues, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, minimum wage, crime, youth experiencing homelessness, and more. Some questions did not ...


In-the-Life-Anthony-DiFiore

In the Life: Anthony DiFiore - Anthony DiFiore and his partner used to throw house parties, which gave birth to Neverland mega parties after a Boystown bar manager came to one of their small house parties and suggested they try it in a nightclub. The first few Neverland parties were theme-less costume parties, "and then suddenly we started to get really ambitious when we realized we ...


Black-dandy-exhibit-symposium

Black dandy exhibit, symposium - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Dandy Lion: ( Re ) Articulating Black Masculine Identity" is an exhibit that will run through July 12 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave. A press release stated, "The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities." A related symposium will take place ...


Shift-to-LGB-identity-in-early-adulthood-tied-to-depressive-symptoms-

Shift to LGB identity in early adulthood tied to depressive symptoms - From a UIC press release - People whose sexual identities changed toward same-sex attraction in early adulthood reported more symptoms of depression in a nationwide survey than those whose sexual orientations did not change or changed in the opposite direction, according to a new study by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist. "Sexual Orientation Identity Change and Depressive Symptoms: A Longitudinal Analysis," published in the ...


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AFC forum at Center to deal with Rauner budget - From an AIDS Foundation of Chicago press release - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago presents an opportunity to hear from elected officials and community leaders about how Governor Rauner's proposed budget will impact the Medicaid program and prevention, care, treatment, housing and other services for the HIV community. WHAT: The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Rauner's proposed ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Alyx Pattison - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Attorney Alyx Pattison says she's in a position to make change—provided she can survive a runoff against challenger Brian Hopkins in the 2nd Ward, which now consists of parts of seven neighborhoods thanks to redistricting. In a recent face-to-face interview at a 2nd Ward cafe, Pattison discussed everything from HIV/AIDS funding to development issues in a talk in which each ...


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ELECTIONS 2015 RUNOFFS: 2ND WARD Brian Hopkins - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brian Hopkins has done everything from interning for the Illinois State Senate to helping advise President Bill Clinton's transition team to leading the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents ( SOAR ). He now faces Alyx Pattison in the April 7 runoff election. In a recent phone interview, Hopkins talked about minimum wage, a reduced city council and a sick-time ordinance ...


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INCITE! conference comes to Chicago with defiance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was 15 years ago that a group of women of color activists, including five from Chicago, decided that something had to be done about the systematic and systemic social, political and institutional violence they faced in the United States which was then disregarded by most advocacy groups. They came together to, according to the website, "organize a little conference" ...


States-attorneys-office-launches-hate-crimes-council

State's attorney's office launches hate-crimes council - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an effort to address hate crimes that occur in communities throughout Cook County, state's attorney Anita Alvarez has formed the Hate Crimes Advisory and Prosecutions Council. The council will be tasked with creating and maintaining partnerships with communities that are typically targeted by hate crimes. "I believe strongly that law enforcement cannot effectively address hate crimes in isolation and ...


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Latin@ issues focus of community strategy session - Wesley United Methodist Church of Cicero's Queer Youth Exploring Spirituality ( Q-YES ) group hosted a community strategy session, "Latin@ LGBTQA United For Action" March 28 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Cicero. This was the third Latin@ community strategy session of its kind. ALMA Chicago hosted the first session in July 2014 and United Latin@ Pride and Lambda Legal ...


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Equality Illinois summit ponders youth-related issues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The challenges facing LGBT youth were among the issues highlighted at Equality Illinois' LGBT Equality Summit on March 20-21. Jane Clementi, who continues mourning the loss of her 18-year-old son, Tyler, stressed the need to combat bullying. Tyler jumped from the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after his roommate broadcast an encounter with his boyfriend online. But, there's more to ...


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Final tipoff of the annual Coady Roundball Classic - The Coady Roundball Classic turns 25 this year, and then it's sayonara. Yep, the annual gay basketball tournament tips off April 10 with a registration party at Roscoe's Tavern in Lake View, and games will be played April 11-12 at the Ratner Center and Henry Crown Gymnasium at the University of Chicago. The finals will be played Sunday afternoon. And ...


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Chicago gay filmmakers Fawzia Mirza, Robert-Carnilius in film series - From a press release - Chicago-based film production company Full Spectrum Features today announced the films included in volume one of Chicagoland Shorts, a new, specially curated collection of short films by Chicago filmmakers. The series highlights the incredible diversity of The Windy City and its surrounding communities, celebrating the vastness of the Chicagoland experience, and providing an outlet for cinematic voices that sometimes go ...


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Workshops look at legal system's treatment of trans individuals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reports such as the 2011 National Center for Transgender Equality- and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-authored "Injustice at Every Turn," along with the February 2015 Movement Advancement Project study entitled "Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans" have both detailed extensive discrimination against members of the transgender community by the criminal-justice system. Workshops for attorneys and judges designed to educate them ...


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'Excellence in Care' recipients announced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 25 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, DIFFA/Chicago ( Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ) held an event honoring the recipients of this year's Excellence in Care Awards. The panel looked specifically for programs and projects that stood out as innovative within their area of service and showed past or expected impact in the stated areas of focus. The following ...


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Camp Aranu'tiq: A place for transgender and gender-variant youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times byMarissa Novel - For many, sleepaway camps are a childhood tradition. Some, however, were excluded from this custom because of their gender identity until 2010. Nick Teich, a 31-year-old transgender man, has attended conventional summer camps since 1993. While working as a volunteer in 2009, he decided to transition. "When I announced I would be transitioning genders, they told me I was no ...


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DeGeneres show to air to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC has ordered eight episodes of First Dates, an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air. Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of ...


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Dining news: Passover, Easter options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Maxwell's at the Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St., is offering a special Passover Dinner, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., on Friday, April 3. Passover favorites will include matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, braised brisket of beef and roast lamb. The Passover buffet is $45 for adults and $15 for children up to 10. Reservations are recommended; call 312-527-5800, ext. ...


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Trans 100 celebrated in Chicago - The annual Trans 100 event recognized individuals from across the country March 29 at The Mayne Stage in Chicago. The standing-room-only audience was comprised of allies and an empowered transgender, gender non-conforming and genderqueer community. The evening's co-hosts were community ambassador and trans evangelist Precious Davis and advocate Myles Brady. They were still soaring from both their recent engagement and ...


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Emanuel among those attending Center's gala - "Kinfolk" was the theme of Center on Halsted's 2015 Human First gala, held March 28 in the Great Hall at Union Station. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the speakers calling attention to the Center's work and honoring community members contributing to its impact. CEO Modesto "Tico" Valle said the Center's work fit in with the LGBT community's historical role of ...


-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliance-to-host-LGBTQA-youth-Night-of-Noise

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance to host LGBTQA youth Night of Noise - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL, Mar. 23, 2015—The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will be hosting the 14th Night of Noise at 5:30 pm on April 17 at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street. Hundreds of Gay/Straight Alliance ( GSA ) students from schools across Chicago will gather to conclude the Day of Silence, which protests the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...


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Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band to do Mr. Holland's Opus - From a press release - CHICAGO, MARCH 25, 2014 — With gusto and nostalgia, the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band ( www.lakesidepride.org ) honors music educators with selections from the Academy Award-winning film Mr. Holland's Opus at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Northside College Prep, 5501 N. Kedzie, Chicago. Be sure to bring along the educators and musicians in your life that have had ...


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PASSAGES Former Chicagoan Stan Dale Boyer dies - by Larry Scantland - As I begin to write this, it is hard to keep the tears from streaming down my face. First, because I never got to say good bye, and second, because I never even knew he was sick. Stan Dale Boyer died March 22, 2015 of colon cancer. He was 53. Stan played sports for the North End in CMSA, Chicago' ...


PASSAGES-Carl-Sharp

PASSAGES Carl Sharp - Carl Sharp—a Boystown regular and gay softball fixture—passed away on March 27 in Chicago, surrounded by friends. He was 70. Sharp often was seen playing pool at Roscoe's, with his sassy, quick-witted sense of humor that crossed all generations. He was a long associated with the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ) open division softball league—as a player, coach, ...


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Group defends the Illinois religious freedom law - From a press release - Statement by Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois Equality Illinois denounces new laws in Indiana and under consideration in other states allowing the use of religious beliefs to discriminate and refuse service to LGBT people and other minorities, and rejects comparisons to the religious freedom law in Illinois. We oppose legalized discrimination in Indiana under the guise of religious freedom. ...


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Veterans speak on love and secrets in military - Video below - Out at CHM, the LGBTQ series of discussions at the Chicago History Museum, focused on "Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or Tell" March 26. Megan Carney opened the program by sharing what she'd learned while interviewing military women for her theater production Women At War with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. She set the stage for stories of the human heart ...


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Windy City Times' writer nominated for Lisagor award - Windy City Times' writer Gretchen Rachel Hammond has been nominated by the Chicago Headline Club for a Peter Lisagor award in the category of non-daily, best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper. The award recognizes work done by local journalists last year. Hammond is the author of a series on transgender women targeted on Chicago's West Side, beginning with A ...


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Quare Square event with Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, M. Shelly Conner - From a press release - Quare Square Collective, Inc. presents a reading by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan from her debut short story collection Blue Talk and Love ( 2015 ). The event will also feature M. Shelly Conner reading an excerpt from her novel everyman. Gallery 400, located at 400 S. Peoria, will host the event from 3-5 p.m. April 11. Blue Talk and Love will ...


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LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative hosts Chicago meeting - The LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative, a new national network of individuals and organizations fighting economic disparities, hosted a forum for Chicago-area foundations March 26 at the offices of Clark Hill PLC. Reverend Stan Sloan, CEO of Chicago House and Social Service Agency, has working on this national poverty visibility effort for the past couple of years. This collaborative will have a ...


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Art Smith hosts pro-family benefit - There was a little more than the usual delicious Southern fare happening at the restaurant Table fifty-two on March 22. In response to the statements about same-sex families that fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana made, Chef Art Smith held a fundraiser. Smith donated and matched all restaurant sales from brunch that day to support the pro-LGBT organization the Family Equality ...


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Barney Frank at Center on Halsted for book promo - As part of a promotion for his book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, former United States Congressman Barney Frank was at the Center on Halsted March 25 for a candid discussion about his life, days on Capitol Hill and opinions on LGBTQ issues including and beyond marriage-equality. Prior to the sold-out evening, Frank ...


Ald-Emma-Mitts-videotaped-making-anti-LGBT-comments

Ald. Emma Mitts videotaped making anti-LGBT comments - Video below - Facing a run-off election against challenger Tara Stamps, 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts attended a candidates forum March 21. There, she was videotaped by audience member Brandon Johnson making the following comments concerning marriage-equality: "I don't want to be biased here but I don't support the fact that we can have two women marry, two men marry and we then ...


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Elaine Dame hosts Matthew Shepard Foundation benefit - From a press release - Jazz vocalist and bandleader Elaine Dame will be holding down a Thursday night residency at SIP ( aka Southport & Irving ), 4000 N. Southport in Chicago, in April. The residency, which begins on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m., will be followed by a benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation Sunday, May 3, 6-10 p.m., which Dame will host. ...


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Chicago Quarter Marathon on April 4 - The Chicago Quarter Marathon returns to the city's southside lakefront for its second year on Saturday, April 4. In its debut in 2014, the 6.55-mile run—the only event of its kind in Chicagoland—attracted nearly 1,500 participants. The start time is for this year's run 9:15 a.m. ( a quarter past the hour ), and the start location is outside Soldier ...


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Accepting HIV status is 'strength' for Chicago athlete - On the first Friday in September 2005, Rob Campbell learned he was HIV-positive. "Although the individual from whom I contracted it had contacted me in advance, I was stunned," hearing the official diagnosis, Campbell said. "I sat in the doctor's office for about 15 minutes and cried while speaking with my sister on the phone. "Immediately [after], I attended a ...


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BOOKS Chelsey Clammer gets personal with 'BodyHome' - by Daniela Costa - After honing her craft over the last several years, award-winning essayist Chelsey Clammer is out with her first collection of essays, BodyHome. Sex, addiction, mental illness and assault—she covers these and more with an honest voice that will have readers laughing at times and completely silenced at others. Windy City Times spoke with the writer about her process and the ...


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SAVOR Taus Authentic Food & Drink - Housed in the former Prasino space, Taus Authentic Food & Drink ( 1846 W. Division St.; http://www.tausauthentic.com/ ) has a lot to live up to in terms of reputation—and pretty much succeeds. Any discussion of Taus has to start with the chef himself, Michael Taus. The last time I reviewed a place of his, it was the upscale River North ...


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Knight at the Movies: Spring LGBT movie preview - In spring this middle-aged gay man's fancy turns to—what else?—movies. Looking over the crop of releases over the coming season, the number of LGBT-tinged films seems a bit low. But fear not, there are plenty of enticing titles to look forward to ( and a nice group of queer-themed movies is heading our way by the end of the year ...


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Lake View voice lab helps trans clients find their voices - Jackson Voice Lab sits unassumingly in the basement of St. Peter's Episcopal Church near Broadway and Belmont Avenue. But once inside, the space swells voices, making it perfect for vocal training. Owner Liz Jackson finds Lakeview a great spot to attract young, artistic professionals, and as Jackson Voice Lab offers services to trans individuals looking to help their voice compliment ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Lyric Opera of Chicago general director Anthony Freud has reteamed the collaborators behind the world's first mariachi opera ( Cruzar la Cara de la Luna ) to create the second one, El Pasado Nunca se Termina ( The Past is Never Finished ). Set in 1910 on the eve of the Mexican Revolution, this work by librettist/director Leonard Foglia and ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Mecca Tales - At: Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 312-633-0630; www.chicagodramatists.org; $18-$40. Runs through: April 12 The pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, is one of the holiest obligations of Islam; a journey—with rituals and prayers—to be completed by every devout Muslim. The Hajj today is inseparable from overbooked, under-facilitated religious tourism, but that's a fact of the play and not its ...


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THEATER REVIEW Picture Imperfect - Playwright: Richard J. Zieman and Joel Z. Cornfield. At: Bread and Roses Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $20-$30. Runs through: April 4 Its publicity leads us to expect another jeremiad involving first-world families fretting over less-than-perfect offspring, but while its personnel includes a little boy afflicted with autism, the play is not about him. ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Hammer Trinity - Playwright: Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews. At: House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832; www.thehousetheatre.com; $30-$65. Runs through: May 3 The Hammer Trinity myth is based on two assumptions: First, that what we call "history" is actually nothing more than stories, their adherence to facts determined by the storyteller—ahem, historian—and, second, that the dramatic ...


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THEATER REVIEW Two Trains Running - Playwright: August Wilson. At: Goodman Thaetre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org; $37-$80. Runs through April 19 The Goodman Theatre lays claim to being the first theater in the world to stage all 10 of August Wilson's plays exploring African-American lives, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. A couple of those plays ( Seven ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Travis Turner heads 'Upstairs' - Gay actor Travis Turner is relishing his chance to return to The Upstairs Concierge, which is about to make its official world premiere at the Goodman Theatre. Travis previously appeared in the modern-day farce by Kristoffer Diaz ( a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the comedy The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety ) when it played the Goodman's New Stages Festival ...







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