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First-couple-to-adopt-looks-back

First couple to adopt looks back - Relatively few people in Illinois may know it, but many of the state's families headed by LGBT parents owe a debt of thanks to Elizabeth Strum and Becky Lowery. Strum and Lowery have been together for 30 years. They were the first same-sex couple in the state to be granted the right to adopt a child together. They won their ...


Dungy-clarifies-comments-about-Michael-Sam

Dungy clarifies comments about Michael Sam - A day after NFL coach-turned-NBC analyst Tony Dungy was criticized for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, he clarified his comments and provided context, The Chicago Tribune reported. Dungy had initially said, "I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to ...


Photographer-exhibit-at-SoFo-Tap

Photographer exhibit at SoFo Tap - The SoFo Tap will host the solo exhibition of new work by Chicago photographer Shannon Jenkins ( Flaming City Photography ). The "Man Pop Art Show" reception will be held Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Andersonville bar. In his first exhibition, Jenkins presents colorful artwork celebrating the male physique. The artist has manipulated photographs of his hairy male subjects ...


WCTs-Baim-named-to-NLGJAs-Hall-of-Fame

WCT's Baim named to NLGJA's Hall of Fame - Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim is one of three individuals named as inductees to this year's National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's ( NLGJA's ) LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame. Baim co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. Lambda Publications, the parent company of Outlines, bought Windy City Times in 2000 and merged it with ...


AIDS-policy-listening-session-Aug-5

AIDS policy listening session Aug. 5 - The White House Office of National AIDS Policy ( ONAP ) regional listening session will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3—5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. ONAP will review state and local efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy ( NHAS ), gather feedback from ...


PASSAGES-Raymond-G-Hughes

PASSAGES Raymond G. Hughes - Raymond Hughes died on June 25 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, surrounded by family and friends who loved him dearly. He was 57. He was born in Wyoming, Michigan, to Jean and Donald Hughes on July 27, 1956. He graduated from Godwin Heights High School as a National Merit Scholar, and received a B.A. from Loyola University with a ...


MUSIC-Lakeside-Pride-Freedom-Band-director-Zurcher-resigns-on-a-high-note

MUSIC Lakeside Pride Freedom Band director Zurcher resigns on a high note - Christy Zurcher loves music with a passion that has been nurtured since she was a child. It has been an unparalleled force of empowerment, community and expression for her. She also believes 10 is a nice round number ( her number of years in her capacity as a director ) and respects the concept of time as a precious commodity. ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Avenue Q, Mercury Theater Chicago, through Oct. 26. This Tony Award-winning hit musical that smartly spoofs Sesame Street feels right at home at the intimate Mercury Theatre. And now with an extension through October, the show is finally getting the long Chicago run it really should have had when it was brand new. SCM Brigadoon, Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 17. ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Grand-scale-Greek-drama

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Grand-scale Greek drama - Don't ever accuse The Hypocrites of thinking small. Not only is the high-profile storefront theater company moving into a new space at The Den Theatre, but The Hypocrites is inaugurating it with a world premiere called All Our Tragic by former artistic director Sean Graney that adapts and combines all 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides into ...


As-we-advance-LGBTI-rights-the-UN-is-a-key-ally

As we advance LGBTI rights, the UN is a key ally - As we move forward from Pride Month in June, and riding on the coattails of a successful 45-year anniversary of the Pride Parade here in Chicago, we must not forget the pervasive challenges for LGBTI rights that persist every day on a global scale. The facts can be sobering. Today, around 80 countries criminalize same-sex relationships. In some of these ...


Theater-spotlight-Salome

Theater spotlight: Salome - Lesbian soprano Patricia Racette makes her first stab at the title role of Salome, Richard Strauss' controversial 1905 opera based upon Oscar Wilde's oft-banned Biblical play. Racette is teaming with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor James Conlon, for this special concert to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Strauss' birth. No word yet whether Racette will reveal all during ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Jungle

THEATER REVIEW The Jungle - Playwright: Matt Foss, adapted from Upton Sinclair's novel. At: Oracle Productions, 3809 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.publicaccesstheatre.org; free ( but reservations essential ). Runs through: Sept. 6 This world-premiere adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel extends Oracle Productions' examination of U.S. capitalism, this time shifting from the not-as-silly-as-it-seems satire of The President ( the troupe's previous show ), to the tragic ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Marvelous-Marvelettes

THEATER REVIEW The Marvelous Marvelettes - Playwright: Reginald Williams. At: Black Ensemble, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Sept. 7 Even for those with personal memories of the era that spawned the so-called youth market, it comes as a shock to recall just how young some of its early "teen idols" were. ( Paul Anka had his first hit at the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Me-My-Mom-Sharmila

THEATER REVIEW Me, My Mom & Sharmila - By Jerry Dye. Playwright: Fawzia Mirza. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or theaterwit.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 9 Presented by Catharsis Productions, Fawzia Mirza writes and stars in a one woman show with a lot of heart called Me, My Mom & Sharmila. The set is a simple row of chairs where Mirza performs a 75-minute ...


Team-Chicago-hosts-Gay-Games-9-senf-off-party

Team Chicago hosts Gay Games 9 senf-off party - Team Chicago will be hosting a Gay Games 9 send-off party on Thu., August 7, 6-9 p.m. at The North End bar, 3733 N. Halsted St. Team Chicago shirts for the opening ceremony and other items will be provided, plus the latest news from Cleveland for those heading to the Gay Games. The Gay Games open Sat., August 9, at ...


King-to-speak-at-CFW-annual-luncheon

King to speak at CFW annual luncheon - Activist/tennis icon Billie Jean King will be the keynote speaker at The Chicago Foundation for Women's ( CFW's ) 29th Annual Luncheon on Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr., at 12 p.m. The luncheon will celebrate the achievements of women and girls by bringing together a diverse audience that includes business, philanthropy, government, nonprofit, media ...


Events-Wed-July-30--Thursday-Aug-7

Events Wed., July 30 - Thursday, Aug. 7 - Wed., July 30 Trans Youth Resources and Advocacy Youth Drop-In Center Every Wednesday, safe, confidential place for transgender people between the ages of 14 to 24. Meet other youth who also identify as transgender, or are questioning their gender identity. Free food, snacks and refreshments, music, peer support, adult supervision, referrals and education. 5:00pm - 7:00pm Broadway Youth Center, 615 ...


Wachowskis-to-open-studio-to-benefit-TransLife-Center

Wachowskis to open studio to benefit TransLife Center - Andy and Lana Wachowski ( the award-winning directors and producers of films such as Cloud Atlas, the Matrix series and V for Vendetta ) are offering the chance to join them at their private, 20,000-square-foot industrial movie production studio in Edgewater—all to benefit Chicago House's TransLife Center. The inaugural event, "TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio," will give ...


-Obama-honors-Bill-T-Jones-with-arts-medal

Obama honors Bill T. Jones with arts medal - On July 28, President Obama awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. Among the honorees was openly gay dance legend Bill T. Jones, who won a Tony Award for his choreography of Fela! Some of the other awardees included musician Linda Ronstadt, arts patron Joan Harris, director/CEO Jeffrey ...


Storytelling-show-OUTspoken-at-Sidetrack-Aug-5

Storytelling show OUTspoken! at Sidetrack Aug. 5 - OUTspoken! is a new storytelling show presented at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Storytellers identify as LBGTQ. The first performance will be on Tuesday, Aug. 5, and the shows will occur monthly on the first Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this event. Performers on ...


Chicago-Bar-Foundation-honors-Jill-M-Metz

Chicago Bar Foundation honors Jill M. Metz - At its 16th annual awards luncheon, The Chicago Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Chicago Bar Association, honored Chicago attorney Jill M. Metz with the Edward J. Lewis Pro Bono Award. This award distinguishes attorneys displaying a deep commitment to equal justice through outstanding pro bono service. Metz has devoted her 35-year law career to litigating, advocating and educating ...


Claudia-Mosier-receives-honor

Claudia Mosier receives honor - Claudia Mosier, Psy.D., former director of mental health at the Center on Halsted, recently received the Supervisor of the Year award from Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern McGaw Medical, Center for graduate medical education. The award was for her supervision of the interns in the LGBTQ internship program. This is the first APA-approved LGBTQ psychology internship in the country. Mosier ...


LeAnn-Rimes-releasing-dance-remix-CD-Aug-5

LeAnn Rimes releasing dance remix CD Aug. 5 - Grammy- and World Music Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes is set to release her 19th album on Aug. 5. It's a dance remix of her greatest hits titled Dance Like You Don't Give a… Greatest Hits Remixes. "Dance Like You Don't Give a…" features remixes of Rimes' hits by DJs such as Dave Aude, Kaskade, Cahill, Fear of Tigers, Soul Seekerz ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hellish-Half-Light

THEATER REVIEW Hellish Half-Light - Playwright: Samuel Beckett. At: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Compay at Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 773-871-0442; www.ticketweb.com; $25. Runs through: Aug. 30 Actors love the plays of Samuel Beckett for the same reasons that audiences hate them. As with his successors, Harold Pinter and Vaclav Havel, they propose a universe steeped in ambiguities itching for performers to lend them coherence. ...


Dance-for-Life-on-Aug-16

Dance for Life on Aug. 16 - Six of Chicago's top dance companies ( Giordano Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Visceral Dance Chicago ) will come together Aug. 16 at the annual Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. A gala reception will take place at 5 p.m. at ...


LETTERS-Staying-north-Quinn-is-in

LETTERS Staying north; Quinn is in - Staying north LGBT people, their friends and families are everywhere, of course, but the heart of Chicago's ( Illinois/Midwest U.S. ) gay community is still in the Lake View/Uptown area. The various LGBT community events—like Pride Fest, the Pride Parade and Northalsted Market Days—are also located in the area for the financial benefit of the many local LGBT-friendly businesses, especially ...


A-Gay-in-the-Life-Rick-Aguilar

A Gay in the Life: Rick Aguilar - Rick Aguilar started in photography in high school, taking photos for the yearbook and newspaper—and he shot his first wedding while still a high school student, using a camera he borrowed from his yearbook advisor. He now has more than 20 cameras of his own ( mostly Canon ) and he's been a professional photographer for 10 years. "It's remarkable ...


Life-The-Beginning

Life: The Beginning - A recurring column - No tears shed. You would think at seven months old I would have screamed and cried for hours. Guess I have always been a soldier. From what I was told later about the incident, my face was bubbled. It probably looked like hamburger meat—I never quite understood the story of why I was taken away from my biological mom. There ...


Illinois-takes-step-to-end-trans-insurance-bias-

Illinois takes step to end trans insurance bias - From a press release - CHICAGO — Several Illinois-based advocacy groups joined together today to praise the Illinois Department of Insurance for taking a crucial first step in addressing discrimination against transgender Illinoisans in insurance coverage. The groups — the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Lambda Legal and the TransLife Center of Chicago House & Social Service Agency — ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Fed-Up-Fest-2014

BENT NIGHTS Fed Up Fest 2014 - From a press release - From a quick glance at the Facebook Event page for the first Fed Up Festival, one could be misled into believing the event was simply a punk LGBTQ friendly blow-out. The event—which took place July 25-27 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport—was far more then just that. With many participants and punk bands coming in from as far away as ...


Pride-Fest-veteran-Neon-Hitch-talks-new-music-freedom

Pride Fest veteran Neon Hitch talks new music, freedom - NUNN ON ONE: SUMMER MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer, gypsy and hula-hooper Neon Hitch ( her actual name ) grew up traveling in a circus of a family in Britain. Although she has released many singles in the past, such as "Fuck U Better" and the radio hit with Gym Class Heroes "Ass Back Home," this fall she is slated to release her debut album, Eleutheromaniac. The single ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Who-Is-Gabi-Grayskull

THEATER REVIEW Who Is Gabi Grayskull? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwrights: Becca Levine, John Loos and Alex Vanover-Miller. At: The Brendas at The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-650-6449 or www.pubhousetheatre.com; $10. Runs through: Aug. 28 It could be easy to write off The Brendas' new sketch comedy show Who is Gabi Grayskull? That's because the answer to the show's title is essentially lifted from Noel Coward's ...


DISH-SAVOR-Beatrix-Ombra-

DISH: SAVOR Beatrix; Ombra - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Times have certainly changed. Once, the term "neighborhood restaurant" conjured images only of greasy spoons that served the most sinful of comfort foods. ( However, in their defense, some of those places serve the tastiest food. ) However, the people behind Lettuce Entertainment You ( LEYE ) restaurant Beatrix ( 519 N. Clark St.; http://beatrixchicago.com/ ) aim to change that ...


Lakeside-Band-entertains-at-directors-farewell

Lakeside Band entertains at director's farewell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago Lakeside Pride Freedom Band celebrated a 30-year legacy of music, visibility and pride at Northeastern Illinois University on July 27. A part of the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, the Freedom Band played an array of music, including "Sweet Home Chicago," "Born This Way" and "I'm Coming Out." The performance was also a farewell concert for Freedom Band Director Christy ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Brothers-Moving-Boz-Scaggs

BENT NIGHTS Brothers Moving; Boz Scaggs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a day packed with gay pride events on June 29, I came home to what could best be described as an unexpected surprise. Parked in front of my apartment building was a friendly and scruffy crew of vaguely odd sounding young men and women with an assortment of video cameras, guitars and babies. It turned out I stumbled into ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-dazzles-audience-raises-5000

'An Evening of Magic' dazzles audience, raises $5,000 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 27, award-winning magician Patrick Livingston's "An Evening of Magic" took place at the Center on Halsted as eight illusionists performed. Said performers included David Kovac, Trent James, Robert Charles, Benjamin Barnes, Eugene Burger, Jan Rose, Danny Orleans and Livingston. The event generated $5,000, with all proceeds benefitting the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. "An Evening of Magic" was well-designed ...


Knight-and-Bailey-wed

Knight and Bailey wed - Jim Bailey ( left ), event designer at J & L Catering, and Windy City Times film critic and Scrooge & Marley co-writer and director Richard Knight, Jr. with their "son" Barnie on July 16, 2014 ( Richard's birthday ) just after converting their July, 2011 civil union to a marriage. Together for 17-1/2 years, Jim and Richard ironically met ...


Sneyers-prepares-for-15-mayoral-challenge

Sneyers prepares for '15 mayoral challenge - 2015 ELECTIONS - Dennis Sneyers said that he has been tempted to run for public office since he was a kid, but not for an office as big as the one he'll be vying for soon. "I always thought that some day I might run for Congress or something like that," Sneyers said. "I never thought that I would decide to run for ...


TransPride-beach-party-draws-more-than-400

TransPride beach party draws more than 400 - The 400-plus trans* people and their allies, friends, spouses, partners and children who gathered July 27 at Ardmore Hollywood Beach in Edgewater were a living, joyful testament to how much has changed in such a short period of time. The first Chicago TransPride beach party was celebrated fewer than three miles from Montrose Harbor where the body of Selma Diaz—a ...


4th-Circuit-Court-of-Appeals-strikes-down-Virginia-ban-

4th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Virginia ban - From a press release - RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today affirmed a district court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The decision will not take effect immediately, but will go into effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion to stay the ruling. The ruling will also be stayed if the ...


CDPH-launches-Project-CHAT-2014-survey-to-inform-HIV-plans

CDPH launches Project CHAT 2014 survey to inform HIV plans - From a press release - CHICAGO - Today, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) launched the fourth cycle of Project CHAT, the HIV behavioral survey for men who have sex with men ( MSM ) in Chicago. Since its inception, Project CHAT has interviewed and HIV tested more than 2,200 men at over 300 venues in Chicago. The data gathered from the ...


ALMA-LGBTQ-Immigrant-Rights-to-host-DACA-renewal-info-session

ALMA, LGBTQ Immigrant Rights to host DACA renewal info session - From a press release - The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action ( ALMA ), in collaboration with the Chicago LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition, is hosting a "DACA Renewal" Informational Session on Aug. 12, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. In June 2012, after a lot of pressure from immigrant youth activists, President Obama issued an executive order that provides ...


CLC-observing-Civil-Rights-Act-on-July-31

CLC observing Civil Rights Act on July 31 - The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law ( Chicago Lawyers' Committee, or CLC ) will host its 45th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, July 31, at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. Tickets are $150 per person, and $1,500 for a table of 10; visit www.clccrul.org. ...


National-Lesbian-Gay-Journalists-to-meet-in-Chicago

National Lesbian, Gay Journalists to meet in Chicago - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association ( NLGJA ) will hold its national convention and 10th LGBT Media Summit at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., on Aug. 21-24. The four-day assembly will begin with the LGBT Media Summit on Aug. 21 and three boot camps, followed by two full days of programming with more than 30 ...


Hall-of-Fame-accepting-nominations

Hall of Fame accepting nominations - The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its 2014 class. The deadline has been extended to Aug. 8. Interested persons can visit GLHallOfFame.org, click on the "Nominate" tab, download the application, have the nominee sign the form and mail as instructed. Another option is to visit http://glhalloffame.org/forms/nominate_2014.pdf. The ceremony will take place Wed., Nov. 12, ...


-Chicago-Trans-Pride-takes-to-the-beach-July-27

Chicago Trans* Pride takes to the beach July 27 - On July 27, Trans Pride will celebrate the broad spectrum of transgender identity and demonstrate trans* visibility with a potluck picnic at Chicago's Ardmore Hollywood Beach. The event was planned and announced by a group of independent Chicago community members. As beaches are traditionally not trans*-affirming or body-positive spaces, the gathering will stake claim in public space and join together ...


USDA-makes-pro-LGBT-changes

USDA makes pro-LGBT changes - The U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA ) has released a final rule that extends non-discrimination protections to transgender and gender non-conforming participants in many USDA services and programs. The rule amends the existing USDA non-discrimination rule, 7 C.F.R. 15( d ), to add "gender identity" as a prohibited basis for discrimination in programs or activities conducted by USDA. See ...


Chicago-native-takes-over-as-president-of-CMSA

Chicago native takes over as president of CMSA - Michael Erwin, a Chicago native who has participated in gay sports since 2006, was named July 22 as the new president of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ), one of the largest predominantly gay sports organizations in the world. Erwin, 42, who works as the director-global corporate communications at CareerBuilder and lives in Lincoln Square, replaces Brian Kupersmit, ...


Sharmila-through-Aug-9

'Sharmila' through Aug. 9 - Catharsis Productions' Me, My Mom & Sharmila—a one-woman show by Fawzia Mirza—will run at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., on July 24-Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A brief talk-back will follow every performance. See "Me, My Mom & Sharmila at Theatre Wit" on Facebook, contact Cara Thaxton at cara@catharsisproductions.com. ...


Next-Theatre-facing-eviction

Next Theatre facing eviction - Facing more than $76,000 in back rent, the Next Theatre Company in Evanston, Illinois, will be forced to leave its current home at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center following the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, according to The Chicago Tribune. Next Theatre, an Equity company that helped give life to the Off-Broadway musical Adding Machine, has been in residence at ...


Paul-Oakley-Stovall-no-Qualms-about-Steppenwolf-show

Paul Oakley Stovall: no 'Qualms' about Steppenwolf show - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER - Steppenwolf Theatre Company has a brand-new show titled The Qualms, and one actor in the cast is playing for our team. Paul Oakley Stovall has built quite an impressive resume over the years. He was last seen in Steppenwolf's Words on Fire. He earned a Jeff nomination for Play On! His Off-Broadway credits include Dessa Rose and Notebooks of Leonardo ...


The-Qualms

The Qualms - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Bruce Norris. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: Aug. 31 At a well-planned sex party—or just about any kind of party, for that matter—there is an understanding that you don't have to engage in sex, but are free to enjoy the occasion in whatever manner you wish. At poorly-planned sex parties, ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Checking Boxes, About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at Austin Town Hall, then Willye White Park, through Aug. 1. Playwright and poet Shannon Matesky teams with the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble for a thoughtful and multifaceted look at immigration and the dangers faced by workers who come out as undocumented. SCM Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Enthusiasts at Athenaeum Theatre, ...


Men-Should-Weep

Men Should Weep - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Ena Lamont Stewart. At: Griffin Theatre Company at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 1-866-811-4111; www.griffintheatre.com; $35. Runs through: Aug. 10 Written in 1947, Men Should Weep is set a decade earlier in a Glasgow, Scotland, slum tenement. Its author was a smart literary cookie almost certainly familiar with the dramas of Dublin slum life written 25 years ...


The-Beverly-Hillbillies-The-Musical

The Beverly Hillbillies: The Musical - THEATER REVIEW - Playwrights: David Rogers and Amanda Rogers; Songwriter: Gregg Opelka. At: Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Tickets: 219-836-3255 or www.theatreatthecenter.com; $40-$44. Runs through: Aug. 10 Many theater aficionados bemoan how so many new musicals are adaptations of films with household names. So you can guess how negatively they might react to the news that the 1960s TV ...


Othello

Othello - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through: Aug. 24 Shakespeare never tells us how ethnically diverse the Venetian army was before an African soldier named Othello distinguished himself honorably in the war with Turkey for possession of Cyprus, but the recognition granted this valiant warrior would probably have stirred rancor among ...


Theater-Spotlight-LezFest-A-One-Night-Fling

Theater Spotlight: LezFest: A One Night Fling - Pride Films and Plays' upcoming Women's Words Week fundraising revue, LezFest: A One Night Fling, produced by Libby Lane and Chrystle Morman, features performances by Christy Hasselson ( 2006 winner of Windy City Gay Idol ), storyteller Lauren Sivak, slam poet and playwright Shannon Matesky, vocalist Liz Pazik, comedian Shanna Brown and more. LezFest: A One Night Fling is at ...


Hard-Choices

Hard Choices - BOOK REVIEW - by Hillary Rodham Clinton. $35; Simon & Schuster; 635 pages You may have already made up your mind. Political ads have barely started appearing on TV, but you already have an inkling of your future choice. Sure, there are a few important questions you'd like answered from the candidate who gets your vote; for the most part, though, you've ...


The-Guy

The Guy - As you may or may not be aware, before I gave my life over to the go-go world of queer bar picture taking, I was an accomplished poet. I was published on a few occasions and even used to run a weekly poetry open mic ( which is NOT the same as a slam, which, in my opinion, ruined popular ...


Dancing-About-Architecture

Dancing About Architecture - Music trends certainly come and go ( and come again ), and if you don't like something, stick around, it will change and change fast. In our time we've seen hybrids of Rap/Rock, Country/Club and R&B/Industrial ( Kanye's Yeezus if you're wondering ). Some trends are good, but some have to go away. Now. The quiet, twee girl singer: Five ...


Big-Freedia-Explodes

Big Freedia Explodes - Who was twerking when Miley Cyrus was still in diapers? Big Freedia, that's who! Known for bounce music based out of New Orleans, this artist brought his unique style of dancing to the mainstream. The second season of the World of Wonder-produced reality show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce is now playing on Fuse. During publicity of the first season ...


The-Bijou-Chronicles-Steven-Toushin-Matt-Revira-

The Bijou Chronicles Steven Toushin: Matt Revira - Extreme Cheapskate and Hottie Wrestler - For brain candy, I often turn to TLC and its exploitative "reality shows," which seem in some ways to replace the live "freak shows" located outside of circus tents. One of my current favorites is Extreme Cheapskates. Recent exhibitionists include a frowsy, blowsy "hillbilly" woman who makes each member of her family use the same bathwater because it saves on ...


Events-July-23--Wed-July-30

Events July 23 - Wed., July 30 - Wed., July 23 Miss Gay Illinois America Pageant Theme: Intergalactic. Closed state pageant. Apply online. Winner $3,025.00 in cash and prizes, runners up also win cash and prizes. 12:00pm Ramada Ballroom 6900 N. Illinois Fairview Heights, IL 62208 314-484-5580 http://www.missgayamerica.com/preliminaries/Illinois.htm Tickets: http://www.missgayamerica.com/contactus.htm Trans Youth Resources and Advocacy Youth Drop-In Center Every Wednesday, safe, confidential place for transgender people between the ...


Sugar-Spice-Taxim-

Sugar & Spice: Taxim - On his recent visit to Chicago, my wife's uncle, a former food critic and discerning Los Angeles foodie, requested that we dine at Taxim. Not only did this man live for a bit in Athens, but whatever city he finds himself in, he knows how to find great meals with the precision of a Tomahawk missile. So, I knew before ...


Dining-news-RIVAs-Bloody-Mary-bar-restaurant-awards

Dining news: RIVA's Bloody Mary bar; restaurant awards - —Navy Pier's RIVA Crab House announces a new brunch menu available every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ( Items include steak and eggs, stuffed French toast and a pork belly benny in addition to Riva signature items like oysters, calamari and lobster corn bisque. ) Also, there is a Bloody Mary Bar that ranges in price from $8 ...


ICAH-art-installation-brings-beauty-social-messages

ICAH art installation brings beauty, social messages - Art can please the eye and/or illuminate and educate. Youth from the Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) gathered in the courtyard of University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., to create beautiful messages through art, some of which they left behind after the event. Some of their creations brightened the sanctuary the following Sunday; others are being displayed ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-to-benefit-AFC

'An Evening of Magic' to benefit AFC - From the front window of Patrick Livingston's apartment, visitors can glimpse the ornate facade of the Uptown Theatre, which stands eight stories tall and closed its doors to regular audiences in 1981. The theater is the largest movie palace in the United States, boasting more interior space then Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and many famous magicians ...


minibar

minibar - SPOTTED: Hot, bearded Craigery Morgan hits the swingin' scene. Photos by Kirk ...


CELL-BLOCK

CELL BLOCK - Ladies who raunch. Photos by Kirk ...


BOBBY-LOVES

BOBBY LOVE'S - Creaoke karaoke tunes up another Saturday night. Photos by Kirk ...


SCARLET

SCARLET - Don't get burned by the Fireball. Photos by Kirk ...


MARYS

MARY'S - Upstairs/downstairs. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


TOUCHE

TOUCHE - Mr. Midwest Rubber 2014 bounces into town. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


THE-SOFO-TAP

THE SOFO TAP - Charity is delicious at the salsa/dip contest to benefit Care For Real. Photos by Kirk ...


THE-GLENWOOD

THE GLENWOOD - Tuesdays get charitable with Velicity's new bingo night. Photos by Kirk ...







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