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About-Face-Theatre-Artistic-Director-Andrew-Volkoff-to-step-down

About Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff to step down - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 23, 2017 ) — The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre announced today that Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff will step down at the conclusion of the company's 2016-17 season. AFT's Board has formed a committee to conduct a national search for Volkoff's successor and to oversee the leadership transition. A detailed job description and instructions ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-Productions-presents-Lady-X--A-Musical

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents Lady X " A Musical - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 22, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X — A Musical, a shocking exposé ripped from the headlines of yesteryear, playing from April 21 — June 10, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Single tickets and season ...


Bring-in-Da-Funk-celebrates-Illinois-Safe-Schools-Alliances-10th-Night-of-Noise-

Bring in Da Funk celebrates Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's 10th Night of Noise - From a press release - Each year, students all across the country participate in an annual protest to call attention to the silence LGBTQ+ youth endure. A lasting legacy from the merging of the Coalition for Education on Sexual Orientation ( CESO ) and GLSEN Chicago, Day of Silence is one of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's largest annual youth events. Thousands of pins, shirts, and ...


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Explore Wright's Robie House during April After Hours - The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will host its semiannual After Hours gathering at Wright's Prairie-style masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House in April. Robie House will be open 5-8 p.m. every Friday in April, beginning April 7, and continuing on April 14, 21 and 28. Robie House is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Drinks ...


Chicago-Force-Team-will-auction-off-Chicagos-Most-Eligible-Bachelor

Chicago Force Team will auction off Chicago's Most Eligible Bachelor - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 20, 2017 ) What started off as a prank after losing a Fantasy Football League has gained momentum and will now support a real football team, the Chicago Force. Known as the most eligible bachelor in Chicago, Ryan Stew will be auctioned off for a date on March 25. Stew's friends took out an ad on ...


Debra-Shore-of-Metropolitan-Water-Reclamation-District-to-run-for-re-election

Debra Shore of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to run for re-election - From a press release - Debra Shore, a two-term member of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD ) today announced her intention to run for re-election in the 2018 elections. In announcing her intention to run again, Commissioner Shore said "March 22 is World Water Day, a fitting time to announce that I intend to run ...


Vanita-Gupta-new-heads-Leadership-Conference-on-Civil-and-Human-Rights

Vanita Gupta new heads Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced today that it and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, had selected civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta to assume the leadership of both organizations. The chairs of the two organizations' boards made the announcement after a joint board meeting to ratify the consensus recommendation of ...


Trans-advocate-Wade-honored-by-state-Comptroller-Mendoza

Trans advocate Wade honored by state Comptroller Mendoza - Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza honored several individuals for women's history month, including Chicago-based trans advocate LaSaia Wade. The ceremony was March 24 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Wade is pictured here ( second from right ) with Mendoza ( middle ) and other honorees. Photo courtesy of Wade ...


Trans-veteran-running-for-board-position-at-Illinois-college

Trans veteran running for board position at Illinois college - During his Jan. 10 farewell address in Chicago, President Barack Obama suggested, "If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself." For the transgender community, seeking a leadership role in government of any kind has become essential ...


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Andersonville Honors April 5 - Andersonville businesses, residents and visitors have nominated 35 unique, local businesses in the neighborhood for 2017 Andersonville Honors awards highlighting the neighborhood's best food, drinks, shopping, and more. On Wed., April 5, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will present the 6th annual Andersonville Honors awards celebration and party at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark. St., 6:30-9 p.m. The pH Comedy ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-Spamilton-10-Out-of-12

DOUBLE REVIEW Spamilton, 10 Out of 12 - Spamilton Creator: Gerard Alessandrini. At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or Spamilton.com; $59-$99. Runs through: May 28 10 Out of 12 Playwright: Anne Washburn. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $24-$36. Runs through: April 23 Two recent acclaimed off-Broadway shows making strong Chicago debuts are allowing audiences to feel like the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Kid-Thing

THEATER REVIEW The Kid Thing - Written by: Sarah Gubbins. Directed by: Jake Fruend. At: Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org: $20. Runs through: April 15 Nothing Without a Company presents Sarah Gubbins' play The Kid Thing—the first time it has presented a known work over a new one. It's easy to see why Gubbins' play about two lesbian couples debating parenthood ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sycamore-

THEATER REVIEW Sycamore - Playwright: Sarah Sander. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Tickets: 773-338-2177; RavenTheatre.org; $46. Runs through: April 29 I don't understand this play's title. No one is named Sycamore, or lives on Sycamore Lane, or talks of sycamore trees. What the play does have is a helluva lot of angst. Only one character appears angst-free, and that may be because she's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wiz

THEATER REVIEW The Wiz - Playwright: Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, book by William F. Brown. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33-$38. Runs through: April 16 If the brothers and sisters of Huckleberry Finn, Peer Gynt, Alice Liddell or Ebenezer Scrooge were not to be found in every culture the world over, their stories would have faded from ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Alessandrini riffs on 'Spamilton' - Started in New York by author Gerard Alessandrini, Spamilton has now moved to Chicago in a cabaret space. This hilarious production takes the popular Hamilton and lampoons it along with dozens of other musicals in 90 minutes. The story begins with Barack and Michelle Obama listening to the Hamilton soundtrack before they go to sleep, and the jokes keep coming ...


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Gentlemen, start your engines ... - RuPaul's Drag Race viewing parties throughout Chicago - Spring is never really sprung until the new crop of queens from RuPaul's Drag Race make their first showing. And March showers are gonna bring drag flowers this Friday, March 24, when season nine debuts at 7 pm on VH1. Here is our breakdown of the best viewing parties, both for the premiere and the whole hot mess of a ...


Happy-48th-anniversary-Baton-Show-Lounge

Happy 48th anniversary, Baton Show Lounge! - A million thanks to special Nightspots envoy Mercedes Tyler for snapping these few pics last weekend at the big 48th anniversary celebration for The Baton. Ya don't look a day over 30! ...


Progress-For-Childhood-Cancer-Research-show-Sun-March-26

Progress For Childhood Cancer Research show, Sun., March 26 - Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted St., and Vanité will host Progress For Childhood Cancer Research, a special drag show and party, with all proceeds going to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, Sunday, March 26, from 3 to 7 pm. The party will feature raffles, cash giveaways and, of course, performances by local drag luminaries Mercedes Tyler, Mimi Marks, Whitney Gaytan ...


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Children's Museum hosts inclusive castle exhibit - Children's Museum hosts inclusive castle exhibit Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) invites young imaginations to reign in a castle fit for royalty at their new Once Upon a Castle, now open. In this original exhibit, children hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting ...


-Newton-John-in-Joliet-on-May-8

Newton-John in Joliet on May 8 - Olivia Newton-John will perform at Joliet's Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. Newton-John's career includes include four Grammys; numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People's Choice awards; an Emmy; 10 number-one hits; and more than 15 top 10 singles. Among her many hits are "Physical," "Magic" and "Make a Move on ...


Television-festival-through-March-23

Television festival through March 23 - Cinema/Chicago announced initial programming details for the 53rd Chicago International Television Festival, which runs March 21-23 at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St. Called a "micro-festival," the event celebrates the best in local, national and international television and advertising productions with free screenings and insightful panel discussions. The festival culminates with an awards night honoring the achievements of producers, ...


Strawdog-moves-to-North-Center

Strawdog moves to North Center - Strawdog Theatre Company announced that the company has signed a three-year lease for the former Signal Ensemble Theater, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. The space was also briefly home to Oracle Productions following Signal's closure, and has a 99-seat venue. Strawdog's 30th-anniversary season, to be celebrated during 2017-18, is to be announced. Strawdog Theatre Company's final production of the 2016-17 season ...


Carmen-ends-March-25

'Carmen' ends March 25 - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen, directed by Tony and Emmy Award-winning director/choreographer Rob Ashford, who returns to Lyric after Carousel. Carmen runs through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34; visit LyricOpera.org/Carmen or call 312-827-5600 . ...


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Party Noire events all about female Black joy - Chicagoans can dance it out when Party Noire plays Black joy on repeat. Party Noire is a dance party that began as an idea to bring Black creative millennials together for the celebration of "melanin+women," as the organizers call the concept. Lauren Ash, Nick Alder and DJ Rae Chardonnay co-founded Party Noire and kicked off the series in September 2015 ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Chicagos-Coulee-competes-for-the-crown-on-Drag-Race-

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicago's Coulee competes for the crown on 'Drag Race' - The drag scene in Chicago continues to grow each year and Hollywood has taken notice. RuPaul's Drag Race has cast several of our dolls in past seasons, starting from the very first with Jade Sotomayor. Over the years the Windy City has been represented with fierce competitors like DiDa Ritz, Monica Beverly Hillz and Phi Phi O'Hara. Pageant queen Naysha ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch, former 30 Rock star Scott Adsit and Community creator Dan Harmon are the headliners for the 20th Annual Chicago Improv Festival. More than 145 improv groups from the U.S., Canada and India are in the mix, including returning troupes like Frangela, SIRENS and Damaged Goods. The 20th Annual Chicago Improv Festival ...


Letter-to-the-editor-Reaching-out-to-Ron

Letter to the editor: Reaching out to Ron - I am both amazed and humbled by Ron Clewer's letter to the editor in Windy City Times ( the March 15 issue ) concerning his late brother's murder. Ron. my prayers are with you and your family. You honor your brother's memory by this act. In this age of unbridled ego, as is shown by the me generation, you gave ...


In-the-Life-Alberto-Lazcurain

In the Life: Alberto Lazcurain - Alberto Lazcurain works in construction and repair, which he likes although it is hard work. But dancing is his passion. "I remember dancing [when] I was very young [and] easily adapted to any rhythm," said Lazcurain, who won multiple dancing competitions while growing up. "I like to dance differently [than most], but sexy [dancing]." Lazcurain came to Chicago on vacation ...


LGBTQ-military-and-veteran-monument-backers-gather-at-Sidetrack

LGBTQ military and veteran monument backers gather at Sidetrack - Supporters of a new monument to honor the service of LGBTQ military members and veterans gathered at Lake View spot Sidetrack on March 18. The Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) has spearheaded the design, construction and approval of the installation of a stone monument near the former police station at the northwest corner ...


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PFLAG official talks transgender workplace support - Jean-Marie Navetta, director of learning and inclusion for PFLAG National, led a March 16 workshop on being a supportive and respectful ally to transgender people in the workplace. Among the issues Navetta addressed were pronoun usage, disclosure etiquette and gender-based stereotyping. About 80 people attended. Navetta's talk was presented under the auspices of PFLAG's Straight for Equality Project, a national ...


City-Council-to-open-meetings-for-public-comment

City Council to open meetings for public comment - Following a 2016 lawsuit from gay-rights activists, city lawyers, on March 17, said that they would not appeal a ruling forcing public comment during City Council meetings. Activists Andy Thayer and Rick Garcia filed the lawsuit when they were barred from entering council meetings, ostensibly due to space concerns, in 2016. Although Thayer and Garcia were among the first in ...


Adler-president-reveals-HIV-status

Adler president reveals HIV status - For Raymond Crossman—president of Adler University, a Chicago school for social and health sciences—the recent weeks under the Trump Administration have played out eerily similar to the years under the Reagan Administration. That unease led Crossman to make an important decision. On March 11, Salon printed a commentary wherein Crossman publicly disclosed his HIV status for the first time. "I ...


PASSAGES-Remembering-Fernando-Ponce-Jr

PASSAGES Remembering Fernando Ponce Jr. - By David Thill - When Kathy Kelly first met Fernando Ponce Jr.—or "Junior," as his family and friends called him—he had just walked into her home "decked out in a sparkly pink jacket, dyed blond hair, and a perfect French manicure," said Kelly. He was also holding a baby goat. The goat—and with it, Ponce—stayed for the birthday party Kelly was hosting in her ...


HIV-Aging-panel-at-Alphawood-March-22-

'HIV & Aging' panel at Alphawood March 22 - The Care Plan Presents: HIV & Aging Panel—part of the Art AIDS America Chicago series—will take place Wed., March 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St. Jackie Boyd—a longtime aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate and Founder of The Care Plan—will lead this discussion, which will address a generational shift in HIV/AIDS culture. SeeArtAIDSAmericaChicago.org. ...


Community-trust-CEO-to-retire

Community trust CEO to retire - Terry Mazany has announced his plan to step down at the end of September after 16 years at the Chicago Community Trust—13 as president and CEO. According to a statement, the trust has doubled in size and more than tripled its grant-making under Mazany's leadership. "Since our founding in 1915, the trust has awarded more than $2 billion in grant ...


GUEST-COLUMN-No-judgment-No-shame-No-guilt-

GUEST COLUMN No judgment. No shame. No guilt. - Who I am internally is so far removed from how I am seen. I have felt invisible and uncomfortable in my own skin for as long as I can remember. Moving to the Midwest and pursuing a career in the legal field have only amplified the discomfort and alienation I feel on a daily basis. The legal world is as ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Phantom-Pain

THEATER REVIEW Phantom Pain - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Barbara Lhota. At: Organic Theater Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 2 Barbara Lhota's fondness for procedurals is no secret to playgoers familiar with the canon of this prolific playwright. Although employed most often in crime stories, this literary construct may be applied to any plot proposing a riddle at the outset ...


National-LGBTQ-Health-Conference-Bridging-Research-and-Practice

National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University and The Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute at Center on Halsted are pleased to host the 5th annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice. This is the nation's only research conference that brings together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers to improve ...


Attorney-General-Madigan-pushes-to-strengthen-Illinois-hate-crimes-law

Attorney General Madigan pushes to strengthen Illinois hate crimes law - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged members of the Illinois House to pass legislation to strengthen Illinois' hate crimes law. House Bill 3711 better protects Illinois residents from escalating incidents of hatred and bias. House Bill 3711, sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace and Sen. Omar Aquino, passed out of the House Judiciary — Criminal Committee by a ...


BENT-NIGHTS-The-Growlers-Meat-Wave

BENT NIGHTS The Growlers; Meat Wave - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How California rockers The Growlers suddenly became the latest "it" band is rather unclear. The act's latest full-length, City Club ( on Cult Records ), is hardly a departure from its previous five, and the involvement of co-producer and Strokes front man Julian Casablancas counts as irrelevant. ( He has been involved with the band for years. ) What is ...


Aging-in-America-advocates-discuss-aging-issues-feds-erasure-threat

Aging in America, advocates discuss aging issues, feds' 'erasure' threat - Even as awareness of issues surrounding LGBT aging becomes more prevalent, numerous challenges remain for seniors in the LGBT community. One of the newest challenges, according to many presenters at the National Forum on LGBT Aging, held March 22 in conjunction with the Aging in America ASA ( American Society on Aging ) Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, emerged ...


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Pride Films and Plays announces the Great Trans* Play Contest^ - From a press release - Chicago, IL - The Chicago-based performing arts company Pride Films and Plays announces its inaugural The Great Trans* Play Contest. The international competition is open exclusively to playwrights who are transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, non-binary, or of other gender nonconforming identities, all referred to here as "trans*." The mission of this new competition is to specifically encourage new stories ...


Affordable-Care-Act-before-House-March-23-actions-planned

Affordable Care Act before House March 23, actions planned - From Illinois Protect Our Care Coalition - The Affordable Care Act repeal goes before the US House on Thursday, March 23. Phone actions are planned for Tuesday, March 21, social media for Wednesday, March 22, and street action on Thursday, March 23. urging our Representatives to vote No on Repeal. Tuesday, March 21st ACA events: Phone Banks: Springfield at Schnucks 4:30-7:30pm 2801 Chatham Road, Springfield, ...


Dining-news-SideDoor-beer-dinner-Bowlero-opens-Auntie-Fee-dies

Dining news: SideDoor beer dinner, Bowlero opens, 'Auntie Fee' dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —SideDoor, 100 E. Ontario St., will host a paired beer dinner in partnership with the Lagunitas Brewing Company on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Executive Chef Leonard Delgado creates a five-course menu of American dishes with a dash of Southern flair, each paired with a Lagunitas beer or beer-based cocktail. The dinner is $75 per person, with offerings such ...


SAVOR-PR-Italian-Bistro-

SAVOR PR Italian Bistro - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times By Bronson Pettitt - Stefano Roman and Juliana Montebello-Roman love hosting parties—and it shows. Visit the married duo's PR Italian Bistro ( 3908 N. Sheridan Rd.; PRItalianBistro.com ) and it's as if you were going to their dinner party—a welcoming, friendly vibe where Juliana greets and seats you while chef Stefano prepares creative Mediterranean cuisine with international flavors. Somewhere between casual, romantic and rustic, ...


Biss-announces-campaign-to-unseat-Rauner

Biss announces campaign to unseat Rauner - State Sen. Daniel Biss, on March 20, announced that he is launching a campaign to unseat Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 gubernatorial election. Biss made the announcement via Facebook Live, where he said the campaign would be a more direct, grassroots effort to fix a stalemate between Rauner and Illinois Machine politicians, adding, "This is a campaign for ...


IL-Women-March-on-Springfield-April-25-for-progressive-agenda-responsible-budget

IL Women March on Springfield April 25 for progressive agenda, responsible budget - More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. They will bring together people across the state for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and responsible budget for all, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The bills include the Women's ...


Ald-Deborah-Mells-office-burglarized

Ald. Deborah Mell's office burglarized - The office of Chicago Ald. Deborah Mell, of the 33rd Ward, was apparently burglarized in the early morning hours of March 20, WLS reported. Authoriites said a male suspect threw an object through the glass door of the office at about 3:25 a.m.; he then stole a piece of computer equipment. Mell represents an area that includes the neighborhoods of ...


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IL Women March on Springfield April 25 for progressive agenda, responsible budget - More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. They will bring together people across the state for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and responsible budget for all, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The bills include the Women's ...


South-Side-trans-woman-reported-missing

South Side trans woman reported missing - A South Side transgender woman Sherry Nicholas ( AKA Sherry Berry ) has been reported missing for the second time since her first disappearance in April 2015. According to the Chicago Police Department ( CPD ), Berry was last seen in the area of 7900 S. Marquette Ave. on March 9 and may need medical treatment. Her father, Jerry Nicholas, ...


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Nominations open for 2017 class of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame - Nominations are now being taken for the 2017 class of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are recognized for their contributions to Chicago's LGBT community. Names can be submitted in one of three categories: Individual, Organization, or Friend of the Community. Through the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world ...


PASSAGES-Touche-bartender-Alan-H-Portnoff

PASSAGES Touche bartender Alan H. Portnoff - Longtime Touché bartender Alan H Portnoff passed away on Friday, March 10th after a prolonged battle following heart surgery. He was 66. Alan was born in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1950, to Hyman and Mollie (Stewart) Portnoff. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Alan went to New York to pursue his dream of acting, but soon returned to Chicago and ...


BAD-TASTE-A-Revue-of-Queer-Camp-Curiosities-on-stage-March-22

BAD TASTE: A Revue of Queer Camp Curiosities on stage March 22 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 15, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions and Mo Less presents BAD TASTE, a revue of queer camp curiosities, featuring a line-up of Chicago's most hilarious, outrageous and shocking performers. BAD TASTE dares to defy expectations of what can be put on stage, revealing horrors beyond your darkest imagination: Profanity! Bodily fluids! Strange odors! ...


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Organizer: Pride Parade will not become a march this year - Although other cities anticipate that their LGBT Pride events might be significantly changed—or even cancelled—thanks to a LGBT demonstration in Washington, D.C., in June and calls for more politically infused marches, organizers of the Chicago Pride Parade have no current plans to alter the format of their event, the organizer told Windy City Times. Gay City News reported March 16 ...


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Evanston High School committee to send locker room policy to full board - Officials from Evanston Township High School Board of Education Policy Committee, on March 16, said they would draft a policy permitting trans students to use the locker room facilities designated for the gender for which they identify; that policy will go before the full board at its meeting next month. ETHS already has robust diversity policies in place, but the ...


Concert-for-America-to-include-stars-from-Chicago-Fire-Glee-Hamilton

Concert for America to include stars from Chicago Fire, Glee, Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO — Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is proud to announce that Torrey Devitto ( Chicago Med ), Colin Donnell ( Chicago Med ), Yuri Sardarov ( Chicago Fire ), Alex Newell ( Glee ), Christine Pedi ( Spamilton, Forbidden Broadway ), and Chicago Children's Choir will join the previously announced cast of performers and presenters, including Chita ...


Indivisible-event-calls-for-action-on-state-federal-levels

'Indivisible' event calls for action on state, federal levels - Even though it was the second strategy meeting to combat the Trump agenda held in Evanston in as many weeks, an audience packed into the gymnasium of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center March 6. Much like the Feb. 27 Equality Illinois event which filled the Unitarian Church of Evanston, this session hosted by the Chicago-based grassroots organization Indivisible included a panel of ...


Chicago-has-an-opioid-epidemic-local-agencies-battle-growing-crisis

Chicago has an opioid epidemic, local agencies battle growing crisis - High-profile opioid-related deaths in recent years, including the singer Prince, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Glee's Cory Monteith have focused widespread attention on an epidemic affecting cities across the nation, including Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office found that in 2015, Cook County had 609 opioid-related overdose deaths, 403 of which were in Chicago. Though heroin is often blamed, ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Classics, revivals offer breath of fresh air - It might not all be jam and sunshine yet, but after the ominous rumblings of 2016, anything not heralding apocalypse is enough to lift the spirit. Classic plays serve to remind us of hard times that we survived, so restore your morale at some of these: Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. A corrupt ...


AIDS-care-nurses-life-is-rendered-in-comic-book-form

AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important person in their lives. Doctors and residents often spend a few perfunctory emotionally distant minutes, usually in the early morning, and family and friends come and go until, in many hospitals, they are barred completely in the ...


Center-relaunches-therapy-group-for-LGBT-violence-survivors

Center relaunches therapy group for LGBT violence survivors - The Anti-Violence Project ( AVP ) at the Center on Halsted "empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy." the Center states. Windy City Times spoke with Rachel L. Tillman, a licensed clinical professional counselor who runs the AVP, about ...


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PASSAGES: LGBT ally Cepek dies at age 69 - John Cepek—an LGBT ally ( through the group PFLAG, formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays ) who suffered a brain injury Feb. 27 while traveling in Croatia with his wife Char—died March 15 at age 69. Also on Feb. 27, in a separate incident, Char broke her wrist. Son Michael wrote on Facebook, "A truly ...


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THEATER REVIEW Skin for Skin - Playwright: Paul Pasulka. At: Agency Theater Collective at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-680-4596; WeAreTheAgency.org; $28. Runs through: April 2 This world premiere is a disturbing play, and partly effective because of that, but it isn't a good play. The plot and characters are thin and it's one-sided in the extreme. Skin for Skin is set in Bagdad ...


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Theater spotlight on Victory Gardens' A Jewish Joke, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight A Hollywood comedy writer in the 1950s faces a crisis of conscience when he's asked to name names before Sen. Joe McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities in A Jewish Joke. The comic drama, by Marni Freedman and writer/actor Phil Johnson, was first seen locally at Victory Gardens Theater and now appropriately returns in another time of heightened ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Source

THEATER REVIEW The Source - Playwright: Gabriel McKinley. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $25-$30. Runs through: April 2 They are both journalists. Vernon Jenkins is a newspaper correspondant and Oona Del Negro is a documentary filmmaker. He is armed with a laptop and all the latest apps, she packs old-school analog photography equipment. We are never told ...


THEATER-REVIEW-24-Words-The-Equal-Rights-Musical

THEATER REVIEW 24 Words: The Equal Rights Musical - Playwright: Book and lyrics by Charles Kouri, music by Gary Bragg, additional songs by Dean Schlabowske. At: LingoStudio Productions at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. ( March 22 show at Steppenwolf 1700 ) Tickets: $25. Runs through: March 22 In an interview, Charles Kouri, book writer and lyricist for this history lesson framed in a musical revue, expressed concern ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch

THEATER REVIEW Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Playwright: John Cameron Mitchell . At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-200; BroadwayInChicago.com; $38-$108 . Runs through: March 19 Many of the gay community in Chicago came out in support for opening night on March 8 for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The fictional rock musical is helmed by East German singer Hedwig Robinson/Hansel Schmidt. The band and ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW New shows: Be around when they happen! - Year after year, half of all the shows produced in Chicago theaters are world or regional premieres. In other cities—even New York—audiences often are reluctant to see plays or playwrights unknown to them, but Chicago audiences embrace discovery and are eager to be astonished by new talent onstage or behind-the-scenes. Spring will offer 50-75 unknowns to local theatergoers. Here are ...


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Nominations sought for 30 Under 30 Awards - Windy City Times is seeking to recognize 30 more outstanding LGBT individuals ( and allies ) for its annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The honorees will be notified in May and officially recognized in late June. Nominees should be 30 years or under as of June 30, and should have made some substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT community, whether ...


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Isaiah Esquire talks about his role in new burlesque documentary - Isaiah Esquire, an award-winning international burlesque dancer, discusses the empowering nature of burlesque and the significance of the new documentary in which he appears. Windy City Times: You said in the film that burlesque celebrates the body in a way nothing else really does. How so? Isaiah Esquire: Besides the many different body types that are doing burlesque and being ...


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LGBTQ veterans plan Halsted St. monument honoring LGBTQ military service, seek support - The Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) is inviting donations in support of a new monument to honor the service of LGBTQ military members and veterans. The stone monument is to stand at the northwest corner of Halsted and Addison Streets and is to be dedicated in a ceremony on Memorial Day 2017. On Saturday, March ...


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SAVOR Kal'ish Vegan - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I remember going to a vegan restaurant ( that shall remain unnamed ) a few years ago—and it seemed that I had cardboard for an appetizer, entree and dessert. How times have changed. Uptown's Kal'ish Vegan ( 1313 W. Wilson Ave.; KalishVegan.com ), a fast-casual establishment, has shown the strides made regarding the cuisine. I wasn't sure what to expect ...


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Illinois Leather contests at Leather Archives - The Illinois Leather Alliance takes over Chicago this weekend for a host of leather contests, bringing in kinksters from all over the Midwest and beyond. These contests include the Illinois Leather Sir/Leather boy contest, the Illinois Ms. Leather Pride contest, the Illinois Puppy/Trainer contest, the Illinois Bootblack contest and the Illinois Master/slave contest. The weekend kicks off with a meet-and-greet, ...


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Amanda Lepore shows off her 'Lucky Charms' - There's gold at the end of this rainbow and her name is Amanda Lepore. The legendary trans icon is back for Lucky Charms 2, Thursday, March 16, at 10 p.m. at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave. DJs Spice Boy ( Teen Witch Fan Club ) and LA Spacer ( TRQPiTECA ) keep the beat going in the booth. The event ...


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AIDS/LifeCycle Team CÜR St. Patty's Day fundraiser - It's your lucky day: Guys in Spandex for St. Patty's Day! Team CÃR ( Chicago Urban Riders ) are riding 545 miles down the coast of California in June to fight HIV and AIDS with AIDS/LifeCycle. Join them in the fight on Thursday, March 16, at their our annual Bear Den fundraiser at Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Rd. The ...







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