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Openly-gay-South-Bend-mayor-seeks-Democratic-leadership-post-

Openly gay South Bend mayor seeks Democratic leadership post - Openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he is running as chair of the Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) so he can help give his party "a fresh start." "We've got to get, as a party, to a place where we have a clear vision for the future, one that acknowledges that the lifeblood of the party ...


CTA-denies-immigration-component-to-Lake-View-security-checks

CTA denies immigration component to Lake View security checks - Chicago Transit Authority ( CTA ), on Feb. 15, denied online rumors that CTA security checkpoints, some of which have taken place in Lake View in recent weeks, were being performed in order to verify passengers' immigration status. Word of a checkpoint—which normally entails a search of a CTA-riders' bags for explosives—at the Addison Red Line stop circulated online Feb. ...


Music-art-advocacy-Sleep-In-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Music, art, advocacy, Sleep In to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


Chicagos-Blooming-Flower-Garden-Show-at-Navy-Pier-March-18-26-

Chicago's Blooming Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier, March 18-26 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( Jan. 27, 2017 ) — Spring arrives in vivid splendor as the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, blooms March 18-26, 2017 at Navy Pier. With more flowers, foliage and fragrance in 2017 — and the theme, "Chicago's Blooming!" — the show is a welcome feel of spring at the end of Chicago's winter. Opening the ...


New-art-by-Erik-R-Sosa-on-display-at-Sleep-In-Feb-24

New art by Erik R. Sosa on display at Sleep In Feb. 24 - "No Paint Left Behind," a one-night art exhibition of new paintings by Erik R. Sosa will be unveiled Friday, Feb. 24 at the Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. It is part of the 2nd Out in the Open Sleep In to benefit 13 homeless agencies seeing youth. Sosa is a self-taught Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico ...


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Attorney: Legal loss validates church-based conversion therapy - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Feb. 16 that challenged whether the Illinois law prohibiting so-called conversion therapy on minors applied to pastors. But the plaintiffs in the case say that the ruling against them ultimately gives clergy more latitude to practice such therapy. The suit, which named Attorney General Lisa Madigan as a defendant, was filed in August 2016 ...


Human-Rights-Watch-plans-Kiki-screening-panel-Mar-10

Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by a panel. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color, who demand happiness and political power. The film is ...


Concert-for-America-March-20

Concert for America March 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets are on sale now for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, at the Auditorium Theatre one night only on March 20. Featuring entertainment's brightest stars, Concert for America debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at the Town Hall in New York City on January 20, 2017. The innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley ( ...


Immigrants-march-to-protest-Trump

Immigrants march to protest Trump - Immigrant-rights supporters marched in the Loop Feb. 16 as part of a national protest, following those individuals gathering in Union Park for a rally. Across the country, organizers of A Day Without Immigrants AJWS immigrants to stay home from work and school as a way to protest the Trump administration's policies on immigration. ABC 7 Chicago noted that celebrity chef ...


New-AVille-Restaurant-Week-Feb-17-26

New A'Ville Restaurant Week Feb. 17-26 - Coinciding with the end of Chicago's Restaurant week, more than 20 Andersonville restaurants have signed on for Andersonville's first official neighborhood restaurant week, Feb. 17-26. With the support of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Ashley Wright, co-owner of Hamburger Mary's and Andersonville Brewing, has led the effort in recruiting restaurants to sign-on for a menu price point they are comfortable ...


Kodo-ensemble-performing-Feb-26

Kodo ensemble performing Feb. 26 - The all-male taiko ensemble Kodo returns to Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., as a Symphony Center Presents ( SCP ) Special Concert on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. Kodo's program, Dadan, exclusively uses taiko drums of all shapes and sizes, as well as other forms of percussion. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; online ...


Joan-Baez-Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-Amy-Ray-and-Emily-Saliers-in-Chicago-June-11

Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in Chicago June 11 - From a press release - Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. These exclusive summer tour dates will include Chicago's Chicago Theatre on June 11 among many others. Tickets go on-sale beginning the week of Feb. 20 ( check individual venues for details ...


Theater-Spotlight-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Gay actor Steven Strafford, famed for his one-man show Methtacular!, goes solo once again to star in William Spatz's world-premiere play Jesus the Jew As Told By His Brother James for Forum Productions. Strafford plays a modern-day biblical history professor who tries to make sense of a recent tragedy by imagining himself as a Jewish brother of Jesus ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wolf-at-the-End-of-the-Block-

THEATER REVIEW The Wolf at the End of the Block - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; TeatroVista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: March 5 Abe ( Gabriel Ruiz ) shows up beaten, bloody and discombobulated in the middle of the night in a marginal Chicago neighborhood. Next day he tells his boss/friend Nunley ( Bear Bellinger, in a witty and energetic performance ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Faceless

THEATER REVIEW Faceless - Playwright: Selina Fillinger. At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300 or Northlight.org; $30-$81. Runs through: March 4 Selina Fillinger's world-premiere courtroom drama Faceless for Northlight Theatre was clearly meant to be up-to-the-minute current when it was first commissioned. But now that Faceless has opened with the erratic and right-leaning Trump administration in power, Fillinger may have to add ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Scottsboro-Boys

THEATER REVIEW The Scottsboro Boys - Playwright: Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $45-$51. Runs through: March 12 The real-life story related in our play is of how nine African-American teenagers, one day in 1931, all happened to be freight-hopping on the same Chattanooga-to-Memphis train. Their discovery ...


The-Book-of-Joseph

The Book of Joseph - Playwright: Karen Hartman, based on the book by Richard Hollander. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, 800 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: $38-$58. Runs through: March 5 Joseph A. Hollander was a hero. We know this because his son, Richard, says so several times during his book-tour account of his father's escape from Poland during the Nazi invasion of 1939—a ...


Bisexual-candidate-runs-for-Elgin-Township-supervisor

Bisexual candidate runs for Elgin Township supervisor - Franklin Ramirez, who is openly bisexual, is running for office to better call attention to the role of the Elgin Township government. In Elgin, "The township government flies under the radar," said Ramirez, who wants to be elected township supervisor this spring. "The current supervisor [Annette Miller] is a Republican who has been in office for 12 years and has ...


Hubbard-Street-Dance-ED-retiring

Hubbard Street Dance ED retiring - After 10 years at the helm of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ), Jason D. Palmquist will retire as executive director at the end of the company's 39th season. Palmquist will continue his service to the arts community as an associate consultant for Management Consultants for the Arts, a 34-year-old firm with national scope specializing in executive search, planning ...


SAVOR-Latinicity-Pata-Negra

SAVOR Latinicity/Pata Negra - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Variety is the spice of life. That's the idea behind Latinicity Food Hall and Lounge ( 108 N. State St.; Latinicity.com ), described on its website as " a multi-sensory experience featuring 10 innovative kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee cafe, full bar, market and lounge." The venue also aims to bring elements of Spain, Portugal and Latin America to Chicago—and, ...


Faith-groups-to-host-diverse-trans-inclusive-Evanston-book-fair

Faith groups to host diverse, trans-inclusive Evanston book fair - ovelist Marcel Proust once noted that "there are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book." InterfaithFamily ( IFF )/Chicago. the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation ( JRC ) in Evanston and PJ Library ( a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which sends free Jewish children's books and music to kids ...


Gender-Breakdown-looks-at-gender-equity-on-and-offstage-Feb-16-March-19

'Gender Breakdown' looks at gender equity on and offstage Feb. 16-March 19 - Gender Breakdown is Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017. The production, with 10 female identified performers and an all-female identified production and design team, responds to the lack of gender equity on and offstage. It takes place Feb. 16-March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white ...


AIDS-film-kicks-off-Legacy-LIVE-series

AIDS film kicks off Legacy LIVE series - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 kicked off on Feb. 5 at the Alphawood Gallery with a screening of the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist. The hour-long documentary, which originally aired on PBS, explores the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Immersed-in-Merce-at-the-MCA

DANCIN' FEATS Immersed in Merce at the MCA - Through April 30, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ( MCA ) highlights the life and work of an iconic U.S. choreographer: Merce Cunningham ( 1919-2009 ). The "Common Time" exhibit is presented in partnership with Minnesota's Walker Art Center, which opened a simultaneous exhibit Feb 8. The sprawling displays span a combined 42,000 square feet and feature Cunningham in ...


LETTERS-House-of-lies

LETTERS House of lies - An open letter to Donald Trump: How on earth can you be my president when you continually lie to me? I am sick and tired of your mindless mendacity. Your latest fib is to blame Chicago's violence on "undocumented immigrants." This is a ludicrous lie. You said recently that terrorists are "pouring" into our country—another ridiculous untruth. You have no ...


Activist-Maxx-Boykin-on-HIV-AIDS-fight-and-new-challenges

Activist Maxx Boykin on HIV/AIDS fight and new challenges - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) Community, Advocacy and Social Justice Manager, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance co-manager and Black Youth Project ( BYP ) 100 member Maxx Boykin is prominent not only in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS but through his seemingly tireless efforts for Black empowerment. Now Boykin faces a new set of challenges in a cause to ...


GUIDE-TO-THE-GAYS-Primary-Feb-28-general-election-April-4

GUIDE TO THE GAYS Primary Feb. 28, general election April 4 - Besides Franklin Ramirez, who is running for Elgin Township supervisor, a number of other openly LGBT individuals will be running in municipal elections in Evanston and Berwyn. In both locations, a primary takes place Feb. 28 and the general election takes place April 4. —Evanston: Ald. Mark Tendam is running against four other candidates in a Feb. 28 primary for ...


Chicago-Dem-Rep-Dan-Lipinski-has-mixed-LGBT-record

Chicago Dem Rep Dan Lipinski has mixed LGBT record - Rep. Lipinski's votes on LGBT issues, donor charts - Congressional Republicans said in December that they planned to reintroduce a 2015 bill this year that protects individuals and businesses who discriminate against LGBT people and cite their religious convictions as their reasons. Among the co-sponsors of that legislation, which has yet to be reintroduced in this Congress, is Illinois 3rd District Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat who has opposed ...


Music-art-advocacy-Sleep-In-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Music, art, advocacy: Sleep In to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit from the Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


Rep-Lipinskis-votes-on-LGBT-issues-

Rep. Lipinski's votes on LGBT issues - U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has the lowest score of any House Democrat on Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Congressional Rating Index. Among the actions Lipinski has taken, and statements he's made, on LGBT-rights, are the following, according to HRC: 2006: Lipinski voted "present" on a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting marriage equality. Lipinski dismissed the amendment as a Republican ploy at ...


RELATIONSHIPS-THE-LAW-TODAY-Guardians-for-disabled-have-new-responsibilities

RELATIONSHIPS & THE LAW TODAY Guardians for disabled have new responsibilities - Newly enacted responsibilities of a guardian making personal decisions for a disabled person in Illinois While the law presumes that an adult 18 years of age or older is capable of handling their own affairs, a guardian may be appointed to serve as a substitute decision maker if a person is disabled because of mental deterioration, physical incapacity, mental illness, ...


LGBTA-college-confab-at-Navy-Pier-on-Feb-17-19-

LGBTA college confab at Navy Pier on Feb. 17-19 - The Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Ally College Conference ( MBLGTACC ) will take place Feb. 17-19 at Chicago's Navy Pier, and will kick off with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. Cullors, an openly queer performance artist from Los Angeles, started the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter ( with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi ) in response to George Zimmerman's 2013 acquittal ...


Rep-Takano-LGBTQ-groups-speak-out-against-Puzder-for-Labor-Secretary

Rep. Takano, LGBTQ groups speak out against Puzder for Labor Secretary - From a press release - Washington, DC: Representative Takano ( D-Calif. ) joined leaders of Pride at Work, Equality Federation, and Wyoming Equality today to hold a press conference opposing Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary. Mr. Puzder faces a broad and growing opposition, including prominent Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski ( Alaska ) and Susan Collins ( Maine ), as his anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ record comes to ...


Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-to-honor-girl-groups-in-Lipstick-Lyrics-The-Dragtones

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to honor girl groups in Lipstick & Lyrics: The Dragtones - CHICAGO, February 15, 2017—Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will honor girl groups in Lipstick & Lyrics: The Dragtones at Uptown Underground on Friday, February 24, 2017 and Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM each night. This year's vivacious, no-lip-syncing drag extravaganza delves into the world of girl group stardom, asking our queens to emulate such groups as ...


Strive-Village-fitness-facility-Unapologetically-intense

Strive Village fitness facility: 'Unapologetically intense' - Walking into the Strive Village fitness facility, a person cannot claim a lack of warning. In large letters on one of the walls is the mantra "Hard Work. Integrity. Juice." ( This writer would be the first to admit that he had to look twice, especially because of the last word—but more on that later. ) Focused and intense coaches ...


Hairspray-on-stage-in-March

Hairspray on stage in March - From a press release - Naperville ( February 13, 2017 ): A plus-sized teen is determined to fulfill her show business dream in Hairspray, the winner of eight Tony Awards. Red Horse Theatre Company in association with Forte Productions will present a concert version of the hit Broadway musical, with a 15-piece on-stage orchestra, for two performances only, 7 p.m. March 31 and April 1 ...


HRC-releases-buying-guide

HRC releases buying guide - To help direct consumers to companies that value LGBTQ inclusion in their workplaces, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has released its annual Buying for Workplace Equality guide. The guide, which the foundation first issued a more than a decade ago, provides consumer information based on company scores reported in the HRC's Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ), ...


Radclyffe-Hall-has-seniors-writing-stories

Radclyffe Hall has seniors writing stories - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At a table off to the side of Sidetrack's main bar, a group of seniors are pulling out notebooks and pulling up stools. This is Radclyffe Hall, Goodman Theatre's LGBTQ senior writing group and part of the theater's GeNarrations program for older adults. On the particular day this writer saw the class, it didn't stay seated for long: Led by ...


Nightlife-photos-Smart-Bar-Sidetrack

Nightlife photos, Smart Bar, Sidetrack - QUEEN at Smart Bar, SIA 'SYNC-IT at Sidetrack ...


Law-firm-receives-perfect-score-on-HRC-index-for-nine-years

Law firm receives perfect score on HRC index for nine years - For the ninth year in a row, the global law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP ( which has a branch in Chicago ) has earned a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's ( HRC ) 2017 Corporate Equality Index ( CEI ). HRC's CEI is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices applicable to LGBT ...


Streaming-service-benefits-Equality-Florida

Streaming service benefits Equality Florida - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's been revealed that hoopla digital—a Netflix-like service that partners with libraries across North America—will be the first digital service to bring IDW'S Love Is Love to library cardholders for free. The program allows library patrons to use their cards to help raise funds for those affected by the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy. As the comics industry unites to honor ...


Bernadette-Peters-in-Chicago-with-Boston-Pops-on-March-31

Bernadette Peters in Chicago with Boston Pops on March 31 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will make her Auditorium Theatre debut—and her first Chicago appearance in more than a decade—on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., when she joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program that features a tribute to George Gershwin and a medley of Broadway hits and classics. The Pops, led by conductor Keith Lockhart, ...


TRUST-Collective-Chicago-hosts-retreat

TRUST Collective-Chicago hosts retreat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TRUST Collective-Chicago, Chicago's emerging community and intersectional voice for justice, peace, support, creativity and collaboration, recently hosted a retreat to address its focus on Latinx, Muslim and/or LGBTQ+ community issues in the "Post Orlando" environment. The TRUST Collective's mission is to bridge, respect, support and foster relationships across the Chicago area toward building a unified front and reducing targeted violence ...


Dining-news-Ramenfest-Taco-Fest-Marigold-Maison

Dining news: Ramenfest, Taco Fest, Marigold Maison - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Ramenfest will take place Sunday, Feb. 19, at urbanbelly, 1400 W. Randolph St. Twenty chefs from across Chicago will compete against one another to prepare their best ramen dish and be named champion. ( Among them are chefs from Antique Taco, Green Zebra, Sunda and Smoque BBQ. ) General admission tickets to Ramenfest include a sampling of each ramen and ...


Anti-racism-series-March-31-May-20-

Anti-racism series March 31-May 20 - A six-session anti-racism seminar for white people ( called "Doing Our Own Work" ) will be held March 31-May 20 at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. Allies for Change is hosting the series. The sessions, which are gender-inclusive, will be led by Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom and Lois McCullen Parr. "At this time in our nation, we are witnessing ...


About-Face-Theatre-to-Blast-Off-at-Wonka-Ball-Forbidden-Planet

About Face Theatre to Blast Off at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 14, 2017 ) — Get ready to blast off! About Face Theatre ( AFT ) invites guests to the final frontier — space — for an out of this world evening at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet. The company's annual gala will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 pm ( VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm ...


NC-Governor-Cooper-proposes-yet-another-HB2-repeal-deal

NC Governor Cooper proposes yet another HB2 repeal deal - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) and Equality NC responded to a new proposal announced today by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper that would fully repeal the state's deeply discriminatory HB2 law and introduce additional unnecessary legislation. After the North Carolina General Assembly failed to follow through on their end of a bargain the Governor brokered ...


Covenant-House-opens-in-Chicago

Covenant House opens in Chicago - Covenant House, an international youth homeless support agency, has opened its first new location in 17 years, choosing Chicago to expand its brand. They are staring as a drop-in center in the Lawson House, 30 W. Chicago Ave., but they plan to open an actual shelter later this year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Covenant House International for the official opening ...


World-premieres-in-Joffrey-Academys-Winning-Works-free-weekend

World premieres in Joffrey Academy's Winning Works free weekend - From a press release - CHICAGO — February 14, 2017 The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet in collaboration with Chicago Public Library present four world premieres in the seventh annual Winning Works program, the culmination of Joffrey's national call for ALAANA ( African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American ) artists to submit applications for the Joffrey Academy's ...


United-Working-Families-endorses-Berwyn-United-slate-in-2017-primary-elections

United Working Families endorses Berwyn United slate in 2017 primary elections - From a press release - BERWYN - United Working Families, an independent political organization powered by progressive labor and community organizations, today announced its endorsement of Berwyn United in the 2017 primary elections. Berwyn United is a 15-candidate slate mounting a progressive, volunteer-led challenge to the Berwyn political establishment. Following is the statement of Emma Tai, Executive Director of United Working Families, on today's endorsement. ...


Chicago-Auto-Show-through-Feb-20-

Chicago Auto Show through Feb. 20 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - North America's largest auto show, the Chicago Auto Show, is taking place through Feb. 20 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. This year's event spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space of the McCormick Place complex and displays multiple world and North American introductions and a complete range of almost 1,000 domestic and imported passenger ...


Howard-Brown-marks-natl-Black-HIV-AIDS-day-with-panel

Howard Brown marks nat'l Black HIV/AIDS day with panel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Howard Brown Health's Feb. 6 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event—held at Sikia Restaurant in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side—was both a purposeful examination of the crisis facing the Black HIV/AIDS population and a celebration of the people on the front lines of the battle on behalf of a community that, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...


Mitisek-to-leave-Chicago-Opera

Mitisek to leave Chicago Opera - The Board of Directors of Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ) announced that Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director Andreas Mitisek will leave his position at the conclusion of this season. Mitisek informed the board of his decision not to renew his contract at a board meeting. Beginning in September, COT will be led by Stefan Edlis and Gael ...


Pride-Films-and-Plays-presents-Chris-Pazderniks-gay-music-of-Broadway

Pride Films and Plays presents Chris Pazdernik's gay music of Broadway - From a press release - In His & His II Chris Pazdernik presents the second of three cabarets chronicling gays characters on Broadway, and the artists who create the shows, roles, and music. Join Pride Films and Plays in the Broadway on Feb. 14 to celebrate great theater, great music, with a special tribute to Jerry Herman! Act One will include songs from Kinky Boots, ...


Battling-Chicagos-HIV-AIDS-disparities

Battling Chicago's HIV/AIDS disparities - By David Thill - Panel discussion focuses on the challenges in raising awareness among minority communities who already face a multitude of obstacles meeting basic needs. While non-Hispanic Black individuals made up 14.2 percent of Illinois' population in 2013, they composed 48 percent of new HIV diagnoses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Disparities such as this—and infection rates that are significantly higher among ...


Alvin-Ailey-in-town-on-March-22-26

Alvin Ailey in town on March 22-26 - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring four new programs to the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., for six shows on March 22-26. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, the company will present Chicago premieres of three new works: Deep, by Mauro Bigonzetti and set to the music of global music stars Ibeyi; r-Evolution, Dream., by longtime company member ...


Black-Ensemble-Theater-to-screen-Legacy-Leaders-of-Color-Video-Project

Black Ensemble Theater to screen Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater proudly announces a special, one-night-only event to screen Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project( LLCVP ), which features interviews with BE Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor. The event will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street in Chicago, on Monday, February 27, 2017, with a reception at 6pm ...


Clarence-Darrow-Symposium-to-explore-populism-March-13

Clarence Darrow Symposium to explore populism March 13 - CHICAGO — Famed attorney Clarence Darrow, inspired by his defense of Patrick Prendergast in Chicago in the 1890s, became attracted to a burgeoning populist movement. The Debs Rebellion, named for labor organizer Eugene Debs, was in full force, and Darrow began to see how judges were under the control of corporations. "The experience left him angry and alienated," author John ...


Effort-launched-to-overhaul-unfair-state-forfeiture-laws

Effort launched to overhaul unfair state forfeiture laws - From a press release - CHICAGO — A system that takes an average of $30 million annually from Illinois residents, often without a charge or a conviction, is being targeted for legislative reform in Springfield. Seeking to ensure that property is never forfeited in Illinois without a criminal conviction, Representative Guzzardi and Senator Harmon filed House Bill 689 and Senate Bill 1578 to overhaul state ...


PASSAGES-Yvonne-Hudson-of-Sons-of-Sappho

PASSAGES Yvonne Hudson of Sons of Sappho - Yvonne Hudson, 80 when she passed away in early February, was a force in two worlds: as a part of the Black women's group Sons of Sappho, one of the only organizations for gay women on the South Side, and as part of her church, Generation Church of Christ, for decades as a treasurer, trustee, and part of the choir. ...


Reading-of-LGBT-Themed-Sycamore-at-Center-on-Halsted-Feb-17

Reading of LGBT Themed "Sycamore" at Center on Halsted Feb. 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Center on Halsted will host a reading of Raven Theatre Company's world premiere production of Sycamore in the Hoover — Leppen Theatre on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 pm. In this new drama by Brooklyn-based playwright Sarah Sander, the Jacobses seemed to be the perfect suburban family until a personal crisis rocked their world ...


Theological-Seminary-offers-anti-racism-seminar-designed-for-white-people

Theological Seminary offers anti-racism seminar designed for white people - From a press release - A six-session anti-racism seminar for white people, hosted by Allies for Change, will be held March 31-May 20 at the Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, 1407 E. 60th St. The sessions, which are gender inclusive, will be led by Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom & Lois McCullen Parr. "At this time in our nation, we are witnessing an alarming resurgence of white supremacy ...


Casting-call-for-boy-in-Spielberg-film-Feb-12-

Casting call for boy in Spielberg film Feb. 12 - Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is hosting open casting calls for the role of Edgardo in the film The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. An area casting call will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, 300 Revere Dr., Northbrook. Online video submissions also accepted; visit https://www.castittalent.com/TKOEM by Friday, Feb. 10. No acting experience ...


Aville-businesses-to-give-back-Feb-10-14

A'ville businesses to give back Feb. 10-14 - For the weekend leading up to Valentine's Day, Feb. 10-14, 27 Andersonville businesses have joined forces to give back 14 percent of their sales to a charity or non-profit each business has chosen. With the support of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Hallie Borden, owner of Milk Handmade at 5137 N. Clark St., has organized the first "With Love from ...


PASSAGES-Olga-Augie-Flanigan-of-Augie-CKs-bar

PASSAGES Olga "Augie" Flanigan, of Augie & C.K.'s bar - "Daylight. I must wait for the sunrise. I must think of a new life and I mustn't give in." — "Memory," from the musical Cats. To everyone who knew Olga "Augie" Flanigan—whether her partner of 41 years Cary McNamara, their close friends, those thousands who frequented first Augie's bar and then Augie & C.K.'s—the words of Flanigan's favorite song "Memory" ...


Sleep-In-music-art-advocacy-to-benefit-13-youth-homeless-agencies-Feb-24

Sleep In, music, art, advocacy to benefit 13 youth homeless agencies Feb. 24 - The Out in the Open Sleep In Friday night, Feb. 24 in Chicago's South Loop and Chicago's youth-serving homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers will benefit. Thirteen non-profits will come together for a night of advocacy and fundraising at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue. More than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Assembled Parties - Playwright: Richard Greenberg. At: Raven Theatre Company at Raven Arts Center, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: $43-$46. Runs through: March 25 Ben Bascov is New York Jewish, the pride of his Nassau County-dwelling kin. His wife, Julia, is Hollywood Jewish, a former teenage starlet raised by her single-mom fashion designer. On this Christmas day in 1980, their Central Park West ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Spahn: Hope and 'Gloria' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The unpredictable debut of stage play Gloria is currently shocking audiences at the Goodman Theatre these days. The story follows a group of people working for a popular New York magazine whose frustrations create unexpected results. Gloria made its off-Broadway opening in 2015 at the Vineyard Theater. The cast and creative team reunites to develop the show once again, including ...


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SAVOR River Roast jazz brunch - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ronnie Hicks, if not considered a national treasure, should at least be seen as a local one. Hicks is one of a rotating line-up of blues artists at the weekend brunch at River Roast ( 315 N. LaSalle St.; RiverRoastChicago.com ). I'm sure the other musicians sound great, but it's hard to top the vibe Hicks put out on the ...


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Black History Month edition of Black Girl Magic Feb. 9 - February brings aspecial Black History Month edition of Black Girl Magic at Berlin, Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 p.m. Scene staples Shea Coulée, Dida Ritz, The Vixen and Lucy Stoole herald the coming of the next generation, Petty Crocker, Eva Styles, Kenzie Coulée and Mikki Miraj. Hosted by Sasha Love. DJs Gucciroxx and All the Way Kay. 932 W. Belmont Ave. ...


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Uptown Underground presents Love Ball: A Masquerade - This Valentine's Eve, put on a mask and join the members of Red Tape Theatre in a night of singular strangeness and debauchery at Uptown Underground's Love Ball: A Masquerade, Mon., Feb. 13, starting at 6 p.m. 4707 N. Broadway. Artistic Director Max Truax will be announcing exciting news about Red Tape's future, including a sneak peek into next season. ...


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FILM REVIEW Below Her Mouth - Director: April Mullen. Starring: Erika Linder, Natalie Krill, Sebastian Pigott. Running time: 94 min. Chicago release date: Feb. 10 Canada Serendipity Point Films and Distant Horizon present the indie flick Below Her Mouth. Before we are even finished with the credits the sounds of sex are heard, setting the tone for the story. For date night this Mouth warms up ...


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Nick Cave: Cutting-edge artist is also a messenger - Dance, sculpting, performance, art, fashion—Nick Cave has done it all. Cave is the chair of the Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute. ( Late last year, he was named the Stephanie and Bill Sick Professor of Fashion, Body, and Garment at the institute, thanks to a $2-million endowment. ) In a recent phone interview, this ...


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Theater spotlight on Hot Buns & Beefcakes, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight What's a struggling mom-and-pop burger joint to do when a fast-food conglomerate moves in next door? The answer: Host a bachelor/bachelorette auction as a massive fundraiser. Find out how things go in Playlab Productions' Hot Buns & Beefcakes: Linda Belcher's Love Connection, by Sean Margaret Wagner, which she describes as an ode to the TV series Bob's Burgers. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Karen Finley homecoming - Famed performance artist and Evanston native Karen Finley returns home this month to perform over two weekends as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut series. It's a visit that provides Finley the chance to look back at past traumas and ahead to current and future fights against the Trump administration. "I'm thinking about Chicago on so many levels. I'm speaking about ...







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