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Rogers Park transgender woman, her landlord both file lawsuits - A transgender woman, who has already filed a discrimination complaint against her landlord, alleging that he tried to throw her out of her Rogers Park apartment because of her gender identity and because her fiancé is Black, is now suing the landlord for violating the city's Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance. The landlord in turn formally filed to evict the ...


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PASSAGES Dorothy Chvatal dies at 64 - Dorothy Chvatal, 64, devoted daughter of the late Lorraine and Joseph, beloved partner of Pat Davis, cherished godmother of Jenna Barnet, faithful sister of Sarah Brindis ( the late Jim ), Eugene ( Lee ), Ralph, Francis, Lawrence ( Cathy ), the late Michaeline ( Karen Mooney ) and the late Joseph, loving aunt and great aunt, steadfast friend of ...


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aChurch4Me observes Transgender Day of Remembrance - Members of aChurch4Me, as well as community members from the transgender community and their friends and loved ones, gathered Nov. 20 at United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave., to observe the 2014 Transgender Day of Remembrance. Rev. Jacki Belile of the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, which co-sponsored the event, said the observance was to "remember the ...


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Pride at Work Chicago calls for minimum wage vote in veto session - From a press release - ( Chicago ) — Pride at Work Chicago, a coalition of LGBTQ persons in labor seeking to build LGBTQ worker power, called on the state legislature to take immediate action and vote to raise the minimum wage during this year's legislative veto session. Pride at Work Chicago has approximately thirty members and is part of the national organization, Pride at ...


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AFC prepares for 30th anniversary - It was an evening draped in celebration, excitement and reflection as staff members, supporters, volunteers and donors crowded into the Chicago Cultural Center Nov. 13 for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC )'s 29th annual meeting and reception. When AFC began its mission in 1985, 13-year-old Ryan White was told he could not attend school because he had become ...


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Frerichs prevails in treasurer's race - More than two weeks after the Illinois general election, Republican Tom Cross conceded the state treasurer's race to Democrat Mike Frerichs. In his acceptance speech Nov. 19, Frerichs said he will begin discussing with his staff some of the issues he addressed during his campaign, WGN-TV reported. Those issues, he said, include investment in agriculture and addressing banking deserts in ...


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Empowerment from loss at the Transgender Day of Remembrance - Video below - Kandy Hall, 40, Sarito do Sopao, 39, Tiffany Edwards, 28, Thifani, 18, Vitoria, 16, Alex Madeiros, 8, unknown woman … unknown woman. These were just a fraction of the names of murdered transgender people read at the 2014 Trans*gender Day of Remembrance and Resilience held at the Center on Halsted ( COH ) Nov. 20, part of events held around ...


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VIEWS Stigma continues with new HIV-criminalization case - Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma. A new case under an outdated HIV criminalization law in Illinois demonstrates the media's inability to handle sensitive ...


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Leaving a legacy: Danny Kopelson reflects on Hall of Fame life - Danny Kopelson is heading west—bound for Palm Springs, California—leaving behind a multimillion-dollar legacy to Chicago's LGBT community. Escaping the polar vortex is part of the reason for his departure, too. "Chicago is an amazing city and will forever be my hometown," he said. "Moving has been one of the most difficult things I have ever done, [but] I think now ...


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Social Security plaintiff on love, loss and the fight ahead - Born in Florida in 1957, David Williams has always been a practical man; intelligent, soft spoken, gentle in nature and ruled as he put it, "much more by my mind than by my heart." That keen mind propelled Williams through service both to his country as a judge advocate general in the Air Force and to American justice as an ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bearly Legal - Playwrights: The ensemble. At: GayCo Productions at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.. Tickets: 773-871-3793 or www.gayco.com/bearlylegal; $13-$18. Runs through Dec. 20 Chicago's longest-running LGBTQ sketch comedy troupe GayCo Productions turns 18 years old with a new revue called Bearly Legal. Yet it's odd that GayCo didn't mine that milestone age for a series of comedy sketches involving newly ...


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THEATER REVIEW Iphigenia in Aulis - Playwright: Euripides, translated by Nicholas Rudall. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472; www.CourtTheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through: Dec. 7 Director Charles Newell and translator Nicholas Rudall's admirable new version of Iphigenia in Aulis is one Euripides ( 480-406 BCE ) himself would recognize, and that's good. It's lucid, vigorous and musical without gimmicks or condescension to its audience, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Tamer of Horses - Playwright: William Mastrosimone. At: Teatro Vista at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $25-$30. Runs through: Dec. 14 William Mastrosimone's reputation as a playwright is based in bunker-dramas premised on a few people in a small space exploring a single underlying question until its possibilities are exhausted. The thesis for this three-handed exercise—premiering in 1985 and twice ...


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THEATER REVIEW Women at War - Playwright: Megan Carney. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N.Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728; www.rivendelltheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: Dec. 6 Women at War does for the female front-line grunts in the Iraqi wars what Tracers did for their male counterparts in Viet Nam, breaking from conventional depictions of women-in-uniform as wholesome all-American campfire girls—or, more recently, Hallmark-card moms skyping smiley greetings to ...


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VIEWS Gone - Life: A recurring column - On the road again. It was no surprise that I was moving once again. Ever since my adoptive mother kicked me out at 12 years old, it has become normal for me to move at least three times a year. Used to it by now. The drive to my new foster home was not that long. During the car ride ...


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DISH: SAVOR Old Crow Smokehouse; Kokopelli - Chef Tony Scruggs is Old Crow Smokehouse ( 3506 N. Clark St.; http://www.oldcrowsmokehouse.com/ ). This is something he told me directly, although he didn't need to. An engaging personality, Scruggs is an expert storyteller, talking about everything from his time on the Fox show Masterchef ( where he finished 16th ) to the fact that he travels 60 miles to ...


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BENT NIGHTS Reagan Youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The highly influential anarcho-punk rock pioneers Reagan Youth stormed Reggie's Rock Club Nov. 15 for what turned into a hardcore punk-rock celebration. After recording one album ( Youth Anthems for the New Order, 1984, R Records ) the original band disintegrated amid drug abuse and suicide. As an influence, the original Reagan Youth brought hardcore punk rock to the East ...


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OUT! Bowling in Naperville through Dec. 18; Sports news - OUT! Bowling in Naperville runs through Dec. 18 Organizer Nathaniel Miracle has put together an LGBTQ bowling league at Naperville Brunswick Zone XL, 1515 Aurora Ave., every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. League bowlers began Sept. 25, and will bowl every Thursday through Dec. 18 ( except on Thanksgiving ). Also on Dec. 18, a charity fundraiser will ...


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Entertainment: Auditorium marks 125th; concert fundraiser; Barlesque - Auditorium Theatre to mark 125th with gala Exactly 125 years from when the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University opened its doors in 1889, the national historic landmark, led by Board Chairman Melvin L. Katten and Executive Director Brett Batterson, will mark its 125th anniversary with a special performance, "Living the History: 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre" on Tuesday, Dec. ...


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Soap opera's Hall in 'Special Rudolph' Dec. 7 - Days of Our Lives star Deidre Hall will be featured in Hell in a Handbag's annual benefit "A Very Special Rudolph" Sunday, Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m., at Dank Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave. Hall will join Handbag for the evening's festivities and appear in a very special production of the perennial hit show Rudolph the Red-Hosed ...


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Film events: Scrooge & Marley; Indie film fest - 'Scrooge & Marley' has local screenings The holiday season moves into high gear on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, when the Chicago holiday film Scrooge & Marley returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., a little more than two years from the date of its red-carpet premiere at the historic venue in 2012. Both screenings ...


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Theater spotlight; Critics' Picks - The reconceived 2012 Broadway revival of Annie wasn't the smash hit that many in the theater industry hoped. So instead of replicating that revival, producers of a new non-Equity national tour turned to original Annie lyricist and director Martin Charnin ( who will turn 80 later this month ) to restage the beloved 1977 Tony Award-winning hit. Annie continues now ...


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Mapplethorpe; In These Boxes; Art Smith to be honored - Mapplethorpe exhibition through Nov. 22 "Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs from The Kinsey Institute Collection" will go on display through Nov. 22 at Indiana University's Grunwald Gallery. With the Grunwald Gallery and The Kinsey Institute jointly presenting, the exhibition marks the first time this group of photographs has been publicly shown. For further information, contact the Grunwald Gallery at 812-855-8490 or grunwald@indiana.edu. ...


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Transgender Day of Remembrance; LGBTQA activism exhibit; PFLAG - 'Transgender Day of Remembrance' Nov. 20 "Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience" will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be a program of performances, reading of the names of those who have passed, a march around the neighborhood, and an interactive mural to celebrate trans and gender-non-conforming ...


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Santorum at NU event - Anti-gay ex-U.S. senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum will speak at Northwestern Nov. 19 at the College Republicans' fall speaker event at Fisk Hall at 8 p.m., The Daily Northwestern reported. Santorum will talk about national security. The politician represented Pennsylvania in the Senate from 1995 to 2007. In addition, Santorum ran for the Republican nomination in the 2012 ...


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Lypsinka back on stage after almost a decade - By Frank Pizzoli - John Epperson's legendary Lypsinka is now on the New York stage until Jan. 3, 2015. The character is his lip-synching drag alter ego. He brings to the stage Lypsinka! The Trilogy consisting of three different productions—two revivals: Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, a revue featuring excerpts from films and musical recordings, and The Passion of the Crawford, a recreation of a ...


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NUNN ON ONE Talking with Mr. Grinch - The Chicago Theatre goes green this holiday season with a new production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The show will feature songs such as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the classic animated special. Max the Dog serves as the narrator to the tale of the Grinch attempting to rob Christmas from the ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Da' Von Doane embraces all facets of himself - After a 16-year absence, Dance Theatre of Harlem ( DTH ) comes into town Nov. 21-23 to perform at Chicago's stunning Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University ( who happens to be celebrating its 125th birthday this year ). Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson feels privileged to present DTH, whose program will include a beautiful program of mixed repertory by ...


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TWO has 'Religion Freedom Farce' campaign; Plaque honors Washington - Chicago-based organization Truth Wins Out ( TWO ) has announced the launch of its "Religious Freedom Farce" campaign. The campaign aims "to highlight the real-world consequences of bills that purport to protect religious liberty, when in reality they only promote prejudice." The campaign comes on a week that Texas state Sen. Donna Campbell introduced a measure, Senate Joint Resolution 10, ...


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National Women's Hall of Fame hosts forum in Chicago - "Does equality ask us to settle for less?" was the topic of a National Women's Hall of Fame forum at Roosevelt University Nov. 17. The National Women's Hall of Fame is "the nation's oldest membership organization dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of distinguished American women," according to its promotional material. Charles Middleton, president of Roosevelt University, and Susan ...


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Thanksgiving options; award-winning restaurants - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Coco Pazzo Cafe, 636 N. St. Clair St., will be open Thanksgiving, offering a meal for $45. Some of the items on this menu include acorn squash soup; carnarolli rice folded with shrimp, basil pesto and kale; pan-roasted whitefish; herb-roasted turkey breast; and panettone bread pudding with amaretto sauce. Visit www.cocopazzochicago.com. —This holiday season, The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St., ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I have many rose of Sharon shrubs in my yard and, of course, many seedlings that I eventually give away or pull. One such bloomed, and is this glorious mixture of red and purple/pink. I hope its seeds come true ( tho' it's a very promiscuous tribe ). A sensible friend marked this seedling with a necktie that was around ...


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COMEDY Todd Glass admits to some dos and don'ts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Todd Glass is eager to come to Chicago's UP Comedy Club Nov. 20-22 as he shares some words about his recent memoir The Todd Glass Situation and some of his personal views about what it means for him to be a comedian who also happens to be gay. The Todd Glass Situation is about his process coming out in the ...


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Gay environmentalist wants to create a 'fabulous planet' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT runners and avid readers don't find it too difficult to locate groups that pair personal interests with their identities. However, when Gerod Rody was coming out in 2004, he said it was hard for him to find other gay men—or any members of the LGBTQ community, for that matter—who shared his common interest in environmental sustainability. "I was looking—there's ...


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Lakeside Pride, Lea DeLaria and Artemis celebrate Women In Music - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles celebrated Women in Music Nov. 16 with Lea DeLaria as host. DeLaria, currently staring as "Big Boo" in Orange is the New Black, has a long history as a stand-up comic, actor, writer, and jazz musician. DeLaria helped welcome to the stage the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band with special guests, the Artemis Singers. For the occasion ...


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Chicago Artists Chorale inaugural concert Dec. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2014 — The Chicago Artists Chorale, a new group of more than 50 members entirely from the area's professional theatre community, will present its inaugural concert on Dec. 16 at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. A smaller 20-member Chicago Artists Ensemble will also sing at the 7:30 p.m. concert. Led by Founding Artistic ...


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Ministry fundraiser to benefit homeless LGBT youth - From a press release - The Love's in Need of Love Concert will be presented Nov. 21 by The Lighthouse Church of Chicago to benefit the church and homeless LGBT youth. The concert fundraiser will take place at the Glessner House Museum at 8 p,m, is to be a night of music focused on the subject of love—romance, friendship, family—as well as the care and ...


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LETTER Lesbian and Gay Bar Association Pres to Gov.-elect Rauner - Dear Mr. Rauner, A photo of you published on Nov. 5, 2014, with your completed ballot indicates that you voted "No" on every judicial candidate for retention to the Cook County bench, according to Republican Judge James G. Riley's letter to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ( published on November 10, 2014, and enclosed here for your reference ). I, ...


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U of C hosts LGBTQ homelessness discussion - From a press release - UChicago's new RSO Queers United in Power Presents: Action & LGBTQ Homelessness—A Panel Discussion, Wed., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., at The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, 5733 S. University Ave., Chicago. Organizers stated: "This is an issue that is incredibly important to the queer community, yet sometimes gets lost in certain spaces ( such ...


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Roosevelt U. hosts Equality vs. Liberation forum - From a press release - Roosevelt University will host the National Women's Hall of Fame forum, "Does Equality Ask Us to Settle for Less?" at 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 17. The event will take place in the Library, on the 10th floor ( 430 South Michigan Ave. ). Please bring photo ID. National Women's Hall of Fame is the nation's oldest membership organization dedicated ...


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Artemis Singers to present "Loves Lost, Loves Found" in 2015 - Artemis Singers presents "Loves Lost, Loves Found" concert Feb. 6 & 7, 2015 Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ), Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus, will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln ...


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Accelerate Culture launches with survey on arts, city livability - From a press release - CHICAGO — A new public opinion survey released today shows Chicago residents overwhelmingly agree arts and culture attract tourists, improve the livability of Chicago, make significant contributions to the economy, and prepare students for future success. Chicagoans also participate in the arts at a higher level than national rates. The survey of 800 Chicago residents is being released today by ...


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Former Chicago Mayor Byrne dies - One-term Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, the city's first and still-only female mayor, died Nov. 14 at age 81, according to her family. Byrne was the first Chicago mayor to show support for the gay community. She issued an executive order banning discrimination in city employment and hiring, spoke out against police raids on gay bars, and she backed Chicago's gay-rights ...


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Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame honors new inductees - LGBT community members and their supporters gathered at the Chicago History Museum Nov. 12 for the induction of the 2014 members of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Fifteen individuals and two organizations were inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is the country's only government-sponsored hall of game honoring the LGBT community. "Twenty-four years ago, the idea ...


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Survey: LGBT youth in Illinois often hear anti-LGBT remarks - From a GLSEN press release - Illinois ( Nov. 13, 2014 ) — GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) today released state-level data from its biennial National School Climate Survey report that show that schools remain unsafe for the majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) students. The latest edition of GLSEN's National School Climate Survey, which first began ...


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PASSAGES Eraineya Stone Newell dies - Eraineya Stone Newell, a Chicago native and entertainer locally for about 25 years, particularly at North Side bars, died in her sleep Nov. 13. She was 50. She died of complications associated with diabetes. Known on the drag circuit as Eraineya Stone (pronounced uh-rain-knee-uh), she performed at Hydrate, Circuit, Charlie's and Jackhammer, among other area bars. She was partners with ...


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About Face Theatre presents Big Red and the Boys - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 12, 2014 ) — For that special mix of naughty and nice, About Face Theatre, in association with Theater Wit, presents Big Red and the Boys, a non-traditional evening of songs, stories and spirits starring Meghan "Big Red" Murphy, John Francisco*, Patrick Andrews* and Nick Davio. This sexy and spicy holiday concert plays five performances only December ...


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Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows - A community of lesbian feminist women who sing, Artemis Singers has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for 35 years. Artemis Singers holds the distinction of being the first lesbian feminist chorus in the United States and, in 2008, the group was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The group is open to any ...


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Politics: Guide to the gays; groups congratulate Rauner - Guide to the gays Most of the gay and lesbian candidates running for office in Illinois fared well. —Kelly Cassidy Race: Illinois state Representative ( 14th District ) The result: Democratic incumbent Cassidy took on Republican candidate Denis Detzel, a consultant—and won handily. At last report, she had secured 85 percent of the vote. —Sam Yingling Race: Illinois state Representative ...


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'Over the Rainbow' at Sidetrack Nov. 12 - The 4th Annual Over the Rainbow, a benefit to raise money and awareness for those who struggle with cancer in the LGBT community, will be held Nov. 12 at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, 7-10 p.m. Performers appearing in Over the Rainbow include Matt Alber, Amy Armstrong, Molly Callinan, Circuit Mom, Get On The Floor Dance Company, Sharriese Hamilton, Kelly Lauren, ...


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Local groups, individuals react to election results - ELECTIONS 2014: RESULTS - Individuals and groups had their own varied responses to the Nov. 4 election results. Windy City Times garnered reactions from said organization and a cross-section of people. Reactions are below: —Equality Illinois: "The people of Illinois have spoken, giving Bruce Rauner the chance to lead. As do all Illinoisans, we hope that as Bruce Rauner turns to governing he will ...


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Anthony Papini takes over Illinois Safe Schools Alliance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anthony Papini has been named the second executive director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, which he labeled as "an incredible organization doing impactful work statewide to ensure LGBTQ youth have safe and supportive schools and communities." Papini, who lives in Edgewater and is a Seattle native, moved to Chicago about three years ago to become the LGBTQA Resource Center ...


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PASSAGES Veteran Michele Parisi dies - Navy veteran Michele Parisi was found dead in her room on the morning of Thursday Nov. 6, according to friends. Parisi joined the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( at the time named Gay Lesbian Bisexual Veterans of America ), in 1992. In 1997 she was elected chapter vice president for one year. Michele has been a faithful member attending ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics picks - The previous two national tours of The Color Purple that visited the Windy City featured Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame as Shug Avery in 2007, then American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino as Celie in 2009. Well now, the 2005 Broadway musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is back again, this time with Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer ...


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LGBT homelessness panel; LGBT-rights leaders in Chicago - LGBT homelessness panel Nov. 19 University of Chicago's new RSO Queers United in Power will present "Action & LGBTQ Homelessness: A Panel Discussion" at The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, 5733 S. University Ave., on Wed., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. This event will help to spotlight the action that is currently being done ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lotto Fever in the Sucker State - Playwright: Leigh Johnson. At: Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1641 W. Diversey Pkwy. Tickets: 773-404-7922 or saintsebastianplayers.org; $10-$20. Runs through Nov. 23 There is no reason why Leigh Johnson's drama Lotto Fever in the Sucker State should last nearly three and a half hours. If a play is going to be that long, it had better be something epic ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Inside - Playwright: Lydia R. Diamond. At: MPAACT at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.mpaact.org; $15-$25. Runs through: Nov. 30 In the context of a linear plot, it would be called a "soliloquy"—like when Hamlet ( or the King of Siam, for that matter ) stops to mull over his next course of action. Lydia R. Diamond, however, dispenses ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Bright Room Called Day - Playwright: Tony Kushner. At: Spartan Theatre Company at Chemically Imbalanced, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 636-373-0586; www.spartantheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: Nov. 23 "Moral exuberance" declares Zillah Katz, our story's narrator-guide, is the key to escaping creeping despotism. No playwright was more morally exuberant in 1985 than Tony Kushner, his outrage so great that it would require the two-part seven-hour ...


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THEATER REVIEW Featherstone - Playwright: Vincent Truman. At: Viable Theater Company at Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave. Tickets: 773-871-9046 or thecharnelhousechicago.com; $15. Runs through Nov. 23 It's not a crime to be an Anglophile. If it were, playwright and actor Vincent Truman would be found guilty. Just look at Truman's world-premiere comedy Featherstone for Viable Theater Company, in which he wrote and stars ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lyric brings back 'Porgy and Bess' in Zambello production - Lesbian director Francesca Zambello has some amazing and timely memories working on her production of Porgy and Bess, a work many critics consider to be "The Great American Opera." The first time Zambello staged the 1935 Broadway "folk opera" composed by George Gershwin with a libretto co-written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, it was in 2005 for Washington National ...


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LGBT veterans, supporters celebrate Veterans Day - The Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights held their 22nd annual Veterans Day Dinner Nov. 11, 2014 at Ann Sather restaurant on Belmont. About 70 people marked the occasion, including U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley. Special guest speaker was Major Steve Snyder-Hill, who joined the military in 1988. He spoke of his military career, and the moment in ...


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Music coming up: Carmen Carrera; Harris, Osborne at Staples event - Carmen Carrera at The Back Room Nov. 12 RuPaul's Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera will perform at The Back Room, 937 N. Rush St., on Wed., Nov. 12, 5-8:30 p.m. In 2014, Carrera was included as part of the Advocate's annual "40 under 40" list and has appeared on the CW show Jane the Virgin. This event is being filmed, ...


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Movies upcoming: Homeless teen film, Indie film fest - Screening of homeless teen film Nov. 13 A free screening of The Homestretch—a film about three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBT—will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt St., at 7 p.m. A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, the Gay Liberation Network and Berry United ...


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Honors: Burgess; Claps - Claps to be honored The Civic Federation and Motorola Solutions Foundation have announced the 2014 Excellence in Public Service honoree: Rocco Claps, director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The award recognizes a non-elected government official who has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of state and local government services in Illinois. Claps is the longest-serving director of ...


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Bow & Stern Oyster Bar - The way that seafood is prepared and served is pretty tried and true, so few restaurants deviate successfully from the established pattern. Wicker Park's Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, however, updates old standards with uber-fresh ingredients and creative pairings. The roomy Chicago Avenue space, which used to be a public library, is dressed in warm wood and soothing blues, with ...


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Eileen Myles reads from forthcoming dog memoir - On Nov. 2, the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival hosted well-renowned New York poet Eileen Myles at the Poetry Foundation. Myles opened with chronicles from poetry new and old, but dedicated much of the time for an extended reading of her forthcoming dog memoir, Afterglow, inspired by her now-late companion Rosie. As the Chicago Humanities Festival honors many artists and intellectuals ...


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BUSINESS Calif. clothiers for masculine-identified opens pop-up store - Saint Harridan will be popping up in the Andersonville area of Chicago at 1748 W. Balmoral Ave. Nov. 15-23. The pop-up shop will be between two lesbian-owned businesses Joie de Vine and Karma Salon. The businesses will be doing several cross promotions including wine tastings. Humboldt House will be providing furniture from their retail store for the pop-up. Gender-bending Oakland, ...


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In the Life: Bethany M. Minor - Bethany M. Minor is an ordained minister, a title she earned online about 10 years ago so she could marry a friend to her wife. "I always brag that I have a 100 percent track record because there have been no divorces and I suppose that all stems from my dad," she said. "My dad is a Baptist minister, so ...


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AFC gets ACA grant - For the second year, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) has been awarded a grant to fund in-person counselors ( IPCs ) to help individuals enroll for health insurance through the Get Covered Illinois In-Person Counselor Program. In collaboration with AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and Howard Brown Health Center, AFC will focus on connecting health-insurance plans to ...


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CPD: Underage drinking, robberies among Lake View priorities - Chicago Police Department ( CPD ) officials said at the most recent Town Hall Police District CAPS meeting, held Nov. 6, that crime in parts of Lake View has been going down. Police Commander Elias Voulgaris said that areas of the district—which is made up of police beats 1923, 1924 and 1925—had seen significant reductions in robberies in recent months, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Stephin Merritt; Boneshaker; Alice Cooper - Stephin Merritt As part of the 25th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival, out musician Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields made two rare appearances. Here to promote his debut book of poetry, One Hundred and One Two Letter Words ( W.W. Norton Publishing ), Merritt participated in a reading and live onstage interview with WNPR's Peter Sagal at Francis W. ...


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That Guy - Turning 40 never felt so good, thanks to the guys at The Sofo Tap and all the over-35s ( and unders ) who helped make the Day of the DILF party such a smashing success on such a difficult night. There was a bunch going on! And props to Graeme for the face goo. Look out, Collin Wood, I'm comin' ...


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Corporate event raises funds for LGBT groups - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To celebrate the end of LGBT History Month, members and allies of Chicago's corporate LGBT groups gathered for a social and fundraising event at Motorola Mobility's offices in the Merchandise Mart Nov. 6. Three local LGBT organizations—Center on Halsted, The Legacy Project and StartOut—were the beneficiaries of a silent auction featuring airfare from Orbitz and Motorola devices. Speakers included Dustin ...


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Kate Bornstein part of UChicago event on trans* representation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - According to its website, the "Representing Trans*" symposium held on the campus of the University of Chicago Nov. 8 was designed to "facilitate dialogue between academics, artists and activists working broadly on the politics and practices of trans* representation." Rather than arriving, delivering a speech and making a quick exit, event keynote speaker Kate Bornstein—gender outlaw, playwright, performer, mother, aunt ...


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Mary J. Blige brings 'London' to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, singer Mary J. Blige brought her London Sessions to Chicago. The new album was influenced by a trip to London and the popular sound found there. Having received a record 30 Grammy nominations, the R&B pioneer decided to visit overseas to see what she could find. On Nov. 3, there was a line down the block of The Logan ...







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