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Norman-Sandfield-to-speak-on-book-Awa-Tsireh-Pueblo-Painter-Metalsmith

Norman Sandfield to speak on book "Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter & Metalsmith" - Norman L. Sandfield will speak on his new book, Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter & Metalsmith at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission will be $10 or $8 for members. Sandfield is an internationally known collector and antique dealer in Chicago and longtime friend of the Mitchell Museum, will ...


City-moves-to-dismiss-lawsuit-ACLU-demands-commitment-to-Chicago-Police-reform

City moves to dismiss lawsuit, ACLU demands commitment to Chicago Police reform - From a press release - The below statement comes from Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois. "It has been one year since the U.S. Department of Justice issued its highly critical report, finding the Chicago Police Department in desperate need of reform. CPD remains broken. Leadership still does not sufficiently train, supervise, or discipline its officers. Black and Latino Chicagoans, and those ...


Dress-Code-exhibit-includes-Black-lesbians-in-South-Africa-dressing-as-a-statement

Dress Code exhibit includes Black lesbians in South Africa, dressing as a statement - From the Art Institute of Chicago website - The exhibit Dress Code at the Art Institute of Chicago shows in photos Black lesbians in their everyday attire. Runs through April 22, 2018 in Gallery 1. From the Art Institute of Chicago website: "It is through the cravat that the man reveals and manifests himself," wrote French author Honoré de Balzac in 1830, recognizing already at this early ...


Maria-Hadden-aiming-to-be-first-Black-queer-Chicago-alderman-in-2019

Maria Hadden aiming to be first Black queer Chicago alderman, in 2019 - Maria Hadden has lived in Rogers Park for 10 years. It was her first neighborhood in Chicago, and after brief forays west, she came back to stay for good. "Rogers Park definitely left a lasting impression," Hadden said. "There's a particular mix of people and a history. Having access to the lake and so much parkland and public space that's ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Winter-classics-true-and-reimagined

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter classics "true and reimagined - The classics—usually meaning plays by dead playwrights which have withstood the test of time—sometimes can be "reimagined" ( to use an au courant term ) and reinvigorated, or simply redone and redundant. People should be leery of radical revisions, deconstructions and updates of great works unless you've seen the works in their original forms. Only then can they understand the ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-World-premiere-plays-start-bright-and-early

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World-premiere plays start bright and early - It might have been the mild snows in the last few years that finally persuaded theater companies to acknowledge winter as a time for people to go out, or maybe more artists willing to rehearse through the holidays. Whatever the reasons, what is undeniable is the number of world premieres in evidence during the months when playgoers were formerly presumed ...


Insurrection-echoes-Nat-Turners-life-through-present-day

'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day - Try to define playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History would likely result in confusion. "I've been describing it, like, the playwright does Roots meets The Wizard of Oz meets In Living Color. With a big gay love story between two African Americans right in the middle of everything," said leading man Breon Arzell, who plays Ron, a gay historian swept ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - BLKS, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Jan. 28. Life is never easy for young, bright, urban hipsters confronting their future in all its high-velocity kaleidoscopic contradictions, but queer playwright Aziza Barnes shows us the exhilaration in the angst. MSB It's My Penis ( and I'll Cry If I Want To ), Pride Films and Plays at The Buena at Pride Arts Center, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Insurrection-Holding-History

THEATER REVIEW Insurrection: Holding History - Playwright: Robert O'Hara. At: Athenaeum Theatre, Studio Two, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: AthenaeumTheatre.org; $22-32. Runs through: Feb. 11 Insurrection: Holding History conspicuously breaks theatrical conventions, mixing comedy, drama, history, time travel and the supernatural in ways no-one but playwright Robert O'Hara could conceive. There are comedic moments splashed around subjects where society demands sober drama, characters breaking the forth ...


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Gay man running for Cook County office - Kevin Morrison is running for Cook County commissioner ( 15th District ), adding to the record number of LGBT candidates in electoral races this year. A Democratic resident of Elk Grove Village, Morrison—who studied environmental sciences at DePaul University—is running against incumbent Commissioner Tim Schneider. The Chicago Federation of Labor is among those endorsing Morrison. His website is KevinBMorrison.com. The ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Queer-theater-to-chill-to

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Queer theater to chill to - LGBTQ audiences who want to see their lives reflected onstage have plenty to choose from this winter. Productions ranges from developmental festival works to lavish and established Broadway-scale musicals. Here's a sampling of some of those productions. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Premieres of note Blue Over You, Spot On Company at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Flamingo-and-Decatur

THEATER REVIEW Flamingo and Decatur - Playwright: Todd Taylor At: Block St Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33. Runs through: Feb. 18 Audiences whose notions of Las Vegas are restricted to tourist brochures may encounter difficulty accepting the concept of gambling as a career choice. However, since playwright Todd Taylor admits to having himself once been a poker pro ( evidenced ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-My-Kinda-60s

THEATER SPOTLIGHT My Kinda '60s - Playwright, performer and drag legend Charles Busch ( Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommy Die ) returns to Chicago to perform My Kinda '60s. With the assistance of musical director/arranger Tom Judson, Busch shines a spotlight on his difficult adolescence while also tapping into his musical memories of the era. Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s plays two shows only at 7:30 ...


Joffreys-Modern-Masters-Feb-7-18

Joffrey's 'Modern Masters' Feb. 7-18 - The Joffrey Ballet presents Modern Masters—a mixed repertory program showcasing works by contemporary icons along with top emerging choreographers—Feb. 7-18 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The program will include the world premiere of Beyond the Shore, by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc; and the Chicago premiere of Glass Pieces, by Jerome Robbins, in honor ...


Country-star-Kinder-at-Schubas-Jan-27

Country star Kinder at Schubas Jan. 27 - Country-music singer/songwriter Ryan Kinder will perform Saturday, Jan. 27, at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7 p.m. In addition to headlining his own shows, he also maintains a busy touring schedule opening for such artists as Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Zac Brown Band, Brett Eldredge and Tim McGraw. Last year, he was one of the artists who performed at ...


Charles-Busch-at-Pride-Arts-Jan-21-22

Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, in January 2017, will return on Jan. 21-22 with "Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s." Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the ...


New-club-to-open-in-Berwyn-in-former-gay-clubs-space-

New club to open in Berwyn in former gay club's space - Angel's Palace, located at 6319 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, is set for its "royal grand opening" in February 2018. The new venue hosted an invite-only exclusive sneak peek at the space this past weekend, Sat., January 13 and Sun., January 14. This new bar occupies the space left by Antronio's, which was opened in 2012 by owner Jose Antonio ...


Julia-Sweeney-show-through-March-18

Julia Sweeney show through March 18 - Saturday Night Live veteran, author, actor and TED- talk veteran Julia Sweeney will make her stand-up debut this January in a new workshop production staged in Judy's Beat Lounge, 230 W. North Ave. In Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider, the Grammy-nominated comedian will tackle parenting, religion, cancer, feminism and even her iconic androgynous character, SNL's "Pat," through a 2018 lens. ...


Chicago-Sky-hire-assistant-coach

Chicago Sky hire assistant coach - The Chicago Sky have hired former NBA player and Chicago native Awvee Storey as an assistant coach. Storey, 40, joins head coach Amber Stocks' coaching staff after spending five years as a player personnel manager for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Storey spent three seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets ( 2004-5 ), Washington Wizards ( 2005-6 ), ...


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Siskel showing three LGBT films - The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., is showing three LGBT films of note during January. Until Jan, 18, the center is showing the biopic Tom of Finland. The life behind the legend is the subject of this biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen ( played by Pekka Strang ), who became world famous under the pseudonym Tom of ...


Kelly-McGillis-flag-football-event-Jan-22-29

Kelly McGillis flag-football event Jan. 22-29 - Teams of women and girls from around the world are to meet for adrenaline-packed sporting events and activities Jan. 22-29 during the 27th annual Kelly McGillis Classic International Women's & Girls' Flag Football Championship. The event will take place in Key West, Florida. Named for and endorsed by the critically acclaimed actress and former Key West resident who starred in ...


GUEST-COLUMN-I-Dont-Mind-Your-Asking

GUEST COLUMN I Don't Mind Your Asking - This question, again, was asked of me recently. Good naturedly, with love, and with sincere caring ... but always unexpected. It caused me, in my explanation, to once again have to articulate my feelings and I decided to share them with you here, even though somewhat personal. How is that for a set up? The question usually runs like this: ...


Center-on-Halsted-to-host-Black-History-Month-Series-At-the-Intersections-

Center on Halsted to host Black History Month Series, At the Intersections - CHICAGO ( January 11, 2018 ) — Center on Halsted is proud to announce the Center will be hosting a series of Black History Month events in February. The At the Intersections series will kick-off on Thursday, February 1 with Quiet Storm: The Art & Times of Black LGBTQ Life. The event is a showcase of Black LGBTQ life through ...


Last-Night-at-Mans-Country-Jan-16-2018

Last Night at Man's Country Jan. 16, 2018 - Ron Ehemann, partner of the late entrepreneur Chuck Renslow, welcomed a few final guests to Man's Country men's bathhouse in Chicago, Jan. 16, 2018. The property was sold to a developer after Renslow died in the summer of 2017. The new owners will develop a four-story condo and retail space called The Renslow, and plan to have black leather walls ...


Chicago-City-Council-approves-55M-in-TIF-funds-to-Presence-Health-ACLU-responds

Chicago City Council approves $5.5M in TIF funds to Presence Health, ACLU responds - From an ACLU press release - CHICAGO — In response to the Chicago City Council's vote to approve $5.5M in TIF funds to Presence Health to build their downtown headquarters — despite concerns over the Catholic organization's opposition to contraception and reproductive health care - the below statement can be attributed to Lorie Chaiten, Director, Women's and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois: "It is extremely ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Emma-Willmann-talks-stand-up-Louis-CK-and-more

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Emma Willmann talks stand-up, Louis C.K. and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian/actress Emma Willmann—who describes herself as "gender-wiggly" and "extremely gay"—is coming to Chicago for three stand-up dates. The Maine native graduated from Simmons College Boston and received a masters from The New School New York City before moving into performing. She made her television debut with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and is currently on a hot streak with ...


PASSAGES-Mathilde-Krim-pioneer-in-fight-against-HIV-AIDS-dies-at-91

PASSAGES Mathilde Krim, pioneer in fight against HIV/AIDS, dies at 91 - Dr. Mathilde Krim, a pioneer in the battle against HIV/AIDS, passed away Jan. 15 at age 91, according to NewNowNext.com . The cause of death is currently unknown. In 1983, Krim founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organization dedicated to AIDS research. In 1985, AMF merged with a like-minded California-based group to form the American Foundation for ...


Sarah-DeLappes-The-Wolves-to-launch-Goodmans-2018-Owen-Theatre-season

Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves to launch Goodman's 2018 Owen Theatre season - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Game on! The Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, a "smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer" ( The Village Voice ), directed by Vanessa Stalling, launches Goodman Theatre's 2018 Owen Theatre season. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life's big questions and ...


WINTER-DANCE-SPECIAL-Contemporary-dance-ballet-and-much-more

WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Contemporary dance, ballet and much more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - One thing's for sure: dance artists are not hibernating this winter. Working with themes like perception, heritage, anger, displacement and joy, a bevy of local choreographers as well as national and international touring companies will grace Chicago stages this season. Here are some highlights: —Links Hall ( 3111 N. Western Ave.; LinksHall.org ) starts off with dance maker Paige Caldarella ...


ELECTIONS-2018-GOVERNOR-Bob-Daiber-discusses-political-plans

ELECTIONS 2018: GOVERNOR Bob Daiber discusses political plans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber is the only person in the Democratic pool of candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018 who hails from downstate Illinois. Daiber has years of experience working with education-related issues, but the Marine, Illinois, native thinks he is the right person to harness progressive energy from what's traditionally been a ...


Dining-news-Jake-Melnicks-Fat-Rice-42-Grams-movie

Dining news: Jake Melnick's, Fat Rice, '42 Grams' movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., is offering free delivery through Jan. 31. ( Jake Melnick's will deliver orders with a $25 minimum for free when diners use code "CHEERS." ) It's also offering limited-menu items such as its take on The Cubano ( burger patty topped with Swiss cheese, crispy pork, ham, pickles and Creole mustard ); ...


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LGBT Aging Network holds winter social - The Chicago LGBT Aging Network held its winter social Jan. 10 at the Boystown restaurant Wood, 3335 N. Halsted St. For more information about the organization, email jacqueline@the-care-plan.com or visit http://the-care-plan.com . ...


PASSAGES-Therese-Curran-dies-

PASSAGES Therese Curran dies - Therese Curran passed away Jan. 8 unexpectedly from a tragic fall. She was born in Newry, Northern Ireland on July 4, 1966 to Dan and Nuala. Curran is survived by her beloved wife, Sharon Mylrea, together 14 years and married in 2014; her loving siblings Maeve (Eugene) Gallagher, the late Danny (Barbara) Curran, Michael (Roberta) Curran, Rosemary (Frank) Mooney, John ...


Artist-singer-Sandra-Antongiorgi-talks-career-upcoming-benefit-

Artist/singer Sandra Antongiorgi talks career, upcoming benefit - Puerto Rican-born singer, songwriter Sandra Antongiorgi will bring her unique brand of music to City Winery ( 1200 W. Randolph St. ) on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. with ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat, Los Pecados de Maria and DJ Cqqchifruit. The event will help raise funds to rebuild Puerto Rican farmlands that were devastated by Hurricane Maria. "Art is a ...


Chicago-based-E3-radio-goes-live-24-7

Chicago-based E3 radio goes live 24/7 - After eight years of shows, E3 Radio is going live 24/7/365 from http://e3radio.fm . "This is a very exciting time for us and we hope you are excited too," said founder Anna DeShawn, who is also president of the board of Affinity Community Services. "To launch on MLK Day is as perfect as it gets. We are playing Dr. King's ...


DISH-SAVOR-Hewn-Prosecco-Restaurant-Week

DISH: SAVOR Hewn; Prosecco; Restaurant Week - There are your standard bakeries—and then there are places like Evanston's Hewn ( 810 Dempster St.; HewnBread.com ), which specializes in hand-forged artisan breads. How seriously does Hewn take its breads? So much so that the website has a page on how to care for and how to properly freeze your bread ( as well as how to thaw it ...


Tret-Fure-to-perform-folk-concert-Jan-22-at-Oak-Park-Public-Library

Tret Fure to perform folk concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library - From a press release - Tret Fure Performs Folk Concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library Folk musician Tret Fure will perform a free Folk Concert on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. The concert is free and open to the public. CDs will be for sale and signing. Tret Fure began her career at ...


Black-Lives-Matter-co-founder-Cullors-in-Chicago-Jan-23

Black Lives Matter co-founder Cullors in Chicago Jan. 23 - Patrisse Khan-Cullors brings her book tour to Chicago Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., at the Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago, hosted with Women & Children First Books. Cullors is co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her book is When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, written with Asha Bandele, with a foreword by Angela ...


ACLU-asks-City-Council-to-reject-tax-money-for-Presence-Health-Care

ACLU asks City Council to reject tax money for Presence Health Care - From a press release - CHICAGO — Calling on members of the Chicago City Council to reject $5.5 million in tax-increment funding ( TIF ) for Presence Health at its upcoming meeting this week, the ACLU of Illinois noted Presence's "policy of turning away patients seeking basic health care." The letter noted that Presence has imposed its own religious beliefs in order to deny patients ...


Victory-Gardens-Theater-announces-2018-Next-Generation-Fellows

Victory Gardens Theater announces 2018 Next Generation Fellows - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces Jess McLeod and Aaron Todd Douglas as the 2018 Next Generation Fellows. Beginning in February 2018, the Next Generation Fellowship will provide comprehensive mentorship, requisite training, and experience for these future leaders of color, preparing them to helm arts institutions or departments on the national and local level. The program is made possible by ...


Visit-Oak-Park-Announces-First-Ever-Oak-Park-Theater-Month

Visit Oak Park Announces First-Ever Oak Park Theater Month - From a press release - OAK PARK, IL — For the first time, the Oak Park Area is celebrating its world-class theater scene with Oak Park Theater Month. Presented by Visit Oak Park, the convention & visitor's bureau for Oak Park and 18 neighboring communities in Western Cook County, the inaugural event takes place throughout the month of February 2018 and features seven discounted productions ...


Holocaust-Museum-to-debut-Speak-Truth-to-Power-touring-exhibition

Holocaust Museum to debut Speak Truth to Power touring exhibition - From a press release - ( January 12, 2018 — CHICAGO, IL ) Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents the Midwest debut of Speak Truth to Power, a major touring exhibition based on the book, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World by Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The photographic exhibition will highlight the experiences ...


Chicago-March-to-Defend-Immigrant-Rights-Jan-17

Chicago March to Defend Immigrant Rights Jan. 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO — On Wednesday, Jan. 17, a broad coalition of faith, labor, and community allies will rally and march to defend immigrant rights ahead of Friday's federal funding deadline, when Congress has the biggest opportunity yet to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrant families by passing a clean DREAM Act and saving Temporary Protected Status ( TPS ). Last year, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Light

THEATER REVIEW The Light - Playwright: Loy Webb At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20. Runs through: Feb. 4 Loy Webb's world-premiere drama The Light wasn't supposed to be part of The New Colony's season. But it's immediately clear why outgoing co-artistic directors Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood rushed this powerful drama into production, and the Chicago ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Jitney-

THEATER REVIEW Jitney - Playwright: August Wilson At: Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs Through: Feb. 11 In a time where there was no Uber, Lyft or ridesharing, people were still looking for discounts on traveling from place to place. The word "jitney" refers to transportation using a vehicle for a lower fare. The setting of August Wilson's Jitney takes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-For-the-Loyal

THEATER REVIEW For the Loyal - Playwright: Lee Blessing At: Interrobang Theatre Project at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $32. Runs through: Feb. 4 Exhortations to be "loyal, brave and true" are commonplace in songs designed to rally the troops—military, religious or athletic—but what happens when the actions spurred by these values come into conflict? This is the query posed in this Chicago premiere ...


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Hundreds attend annual Affinity Burning Bowl - Founding National Director of the Black Youth Project ( BYP100 ) Charlene Carruthers gave the keynote address at Affinity Community Services' annual kick-off event, Burning Bowl: Re-Imagining Tomorrow: Serving Our Communities Future, Jan. 13 at Morgan Park United Methodist Church. This event celebrates the work completed during the previous year and allows individuals to burn the things, written on specially ...


Rep-Kelly-hosts-LGBT-roundtable

Rep. Kelly hosts LGBT roundtable - U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly—a progressive Democrat who represents part of Chicago's South Side, south suburbs and rural areas—hosted an LGBT roundtable Jan. 12 at Matter's space in the Merchandise Mart. Guests included leaders and advocates from the LGBT community. Kelley's special guest was Erin O'Flaherty. O'Flaherty, Miss Missouri 2016, was the country's first open lesbian to compete in the Miss ...


-Womens-March-Chicago-March-to-the-Polls-Jan-20

Women's March Chicago March to the Polls Jan. 20 - Women's March Chicago announced an initial list of speakers for the 2018 March to the Polls Saturday, Jan. 20, including women and their allies dedicated to the shared goal of empowering voters to support women's rights and social justice. The list of speakers includes Suzette Wright, a former Ford worker whose experience of sexual harassment was recently featured in The ...


Lambda-Legal-employees-win-union-election

Lambda Legal employees win union election - Employees at Lambda Legal voted 42-8 in favor of forming a union at the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV. Eligible staff in all six regional offices, including lawyers, fundraisers, communication and administrative and support staff will be members of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Alexis Paige, a ...


-Commissioner-Bridget-Gainer-honors-Equality-Illinois-

Commissioner Bridget Gainer honors Equality Illinois - From a press release - Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer honored Equality Illinois at this month's Cook County Board Meeting on Jan. 9, 2018. Gainer invited Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson and staff member Elise Malary to receive an official resolution honoring Equality Illinois and recognizing its 2018 Gala, the Midwest's largest LGBTQ formal celebration. Gainer also passed a resolution honoring the Chicago Women's March ...


Personal-PAC-endorses-JB-Pritzker-for-Governor

Personal PAC endorses JB Pritzker for Governor - From a Personal PAC press release - Personal PAC is endorsing JB Pritzker for Governor in the March 20th Democratic primary election. "Personal PAC is proud to join U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, Mike Quigley and Luis Gutierrez, Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, HB 40 Sponsors Senator Heather Steans and Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Chicago City ...


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Committee advances blood-ban resolution to city council - The Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 12 calling for the federal Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) to revoke its ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with other men in the previous year. The non-binding resolution was proposed in November by Ald. Tom Tunney ( ...


Resistance-songs-highlight-Artemis-Singers-Rise-Up-Concert-Jan-13

Resistance songs highlight Artemis Singers "Rise Up" Concert Jan. 13 - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Rise Up," a call-to-action concert of progressive, energizing music, with guest artist Melanie DeMore and students from Evanston Township High School ( ETHS ) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Ill. DeMore, an Oakland, California vocal activist and choral conductor, will also lead ...


Joffrey-Ballet-to-offer-Modern-Masters-of-dance-premieres-Feb-7-through-18

Joffrey Ballet to offer Modern Masters of dance premieres Feb. 7 through 18 - From a press release - ( January 11—CHICAGO, IL ) — For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Modern Masters, a mixed repertory program showcasing works by ballet's most celebrated contemporary icons along with today's top emerging choreographers, including the world premiere of Beyond the Shore by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc, the Chicago premiere of Glass Pieces by Jerome Robbins in honor ...


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Kenosha school district settles trans lawsuit - A Wisconsin school district will pay $800,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit that transgender former student Ash Whitaker brought, The Hill reported, citing The Kenosha News. The Kenosha Unified School District voted, on Jan. 9, to approve the settlement in the suit from Whitaker, who graduated in June 2017. Whitaker filed the suit in July 2016, alleging that Tremper High ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Record-number-of-LGBTs-running-in-March-Illinois-primary-election

ELECTIONS 2018 Record number of LGBTs running in March Illinois primary election - This year's elections feature a record number of openly LGBT candidates throughout Illinois. The following individuals have publicly stated that they are LGBT and were on the March 2018 primary election ballot as early January. Gaylon Alcaraz Race: Cook County Board of Commissioners ( 4th District ) Website: Gaylon2018.com The skinny: Alcaraz, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and ...


ELECTIONS-2018-Water-Reclamation-Debra-Shore-discusses-plans-during-a-third-term

ELECTIONS 2018 Water Reclamation, Debra Shore discusses plans during a third term - Debra Shore has served on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District MWRD board since 2006. She is a member of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership and served on the board ( and was past chair ) of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. She is running for her third six-year term in the 2018 election. Windy City Times: What changes ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-on-Artemis-Singers-Rise-Up-

THEATER SPOTLIGHT on Artemis Singers' Rise Up! - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus since 1980, presents a concert of protest songs with Rise Up! The performance features guest artist Melanie DeMore, who will also lead a vocal workshop earlier in the day. Artemis Singers' Rise Up! is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Concert-only tickets are $20 and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Blue-Over-You-

THEATER REVIEW Blue Over You - Playwright: Daniel Noonan At: Spot On Company at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston. Tickets:BlueOverYou.com; $20-$25. Runs through: Jan. 28 You probably know of musical-theater fanatics who can break out into song at the drop of hat. So be aware that this is the kind of guy you'll be spending 90 minutes with in Daniel Noonan's world-premiere solo ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Sidetrack - New Year's Eve at Sidetrack/ Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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MSI's Black Creativity events Jan. 15-Feb. 21 - The 2018 Black Creativity program, an annual tradition at the Museum of Science + Industry ( MSI ), kicks off Monday, Jan. 15, and runs through Wed., Feb. 21. According to a press release, "This month-long celebration honors the rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans while working to inspire children to develop their creativity in science, technology, engineering ...


Comic-Emma-Willman-at-Zanies-Jan-20-22

Comic Emma Willman at Zanies Jan. 20-22 - Emma Willmann will perform stand-up at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St., Friday-Sunday, January 20-22. The event is an 21+ show. Willmann has appeared on The Late Show with Steven Colbert and @midnight; and will appear on the upcoming seasons of HBO's Crashing and the CW's Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Also, she was featured in Time Out New York ...


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Sinfonetta's 30th-anniv. MLK shows Jan. 14-15 - Chicago Sinfonietta will present the Chicago premiere of Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman's three-time Grammy-nominated piece, "Ask Your Mama," for its 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. The Sinfonietta, with conductor Mei-Ann Chen, will perform "Ask Your Mama" Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at Pfeiffer Concert Hall at North Central College, Naperville; and Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in its ...


Lookingglass-names-new-executive-director

Lookingglass names new executive director - Lookingglass Theatre Company's board of directors announced the appointment of the theatre's new executive director, Rachel L. Fink. Fink will begin her tenure at Lookingglass on Monday, Feb. 19. She succeeds Rachel Kraft, who stepped down as executive director after 12 years with the company. Fink comes to Chicago from the San Francisco Bay area, where she was managing director ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole: Trans Hawaiian singer on home state, final CD - Transgender Hawaiian performer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole is making a rare appearance in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show will combine ancestral chants, singing, and hula practice. Having been on stage since she could walk has now earned her five Hawaiian Grammy Awards and also awarded the 2015 Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Telling gay WWII history - Yank! A World War II Love Story is a 2010 off-Broadway musical focusing on gay, lesbian and heterosexual U.S. service members of more than 70 ago. The critically acclaimed musical penned by brothers David and Joseph Zellnik has its belated Chicago premiere this month courtesy of Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Center. Music director Robert Ollis saw ...


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VIEWPOINTS Putting it to the test, 23andMe - More than 2 million people have taken part in genetic testing by 23andMe, a company founded in 2006 by CEO Anne Wojcicki. The company's impetus was to empower the consumer with information regarding their personal DNA and accelerate genetic research on a wide range of health conditions from Parkinson's disease to lupus and asthma. Customers are not obligated to take ...


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Orr issues final 1st marriage license - Cook County Clerk David Orr issued his final first marriage licenses of the year ( to opposite- and same-sex couples ) on Jan. 2. He was announced that he will not seek re-election. The clerk's office issued 1,689 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2017, according to the office. ( In 2016, it was 2,004. ) The total number of ...


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Annual 'Burning Bowl' Jan. 13 in Morgan Park - The Affinity Community Services annual event known as "Burning Bowl" will take place Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-4 p.m., at Morgan Park UMC, 11030 S. Longwood Dr. The event will highlight a community "burn" as a symbolic way of leaving things that are no longer serving us so that we can move confidently into the future. This year, Affinity will celebrate ...


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Health officials launch 'Getting to Zero' fact-finding tour - Speaking about the Getting to Zero project—a recent initiative launched by AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and other community collaborators to reduce new HIV infections—as well as increase viral suppression amongst those who are already infected, Project Manager Sara Semelka said success depends on cooperation from every corner of Illinois. "We can get there, but we have to ...


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Illinois' LGBTQ Laws Rated in HRC's Annual State Equality Index - From an HRC news release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of HRC, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its fourth annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBTQ equality across America and placing states in one of four categories based on their pro- and anti-LGBTQ state laws. Illinois falls into the category, ...


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Town Hall Apartments to open waiting list - Heartland Housing and Center on Halsted have announced that on Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the waiting list will open for Town Hall Apartments, the Midwest region's first LGBTQ-friendly, affordable senior housing development. This is the first time the waiting list has been opened since the launch of Town Hall Apartments, located at 3600 N. Halsted St., in September ...


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PASSAGES Art teacher/advocate Patrick Rand dies - Patrick Charles Rand Jr., 54, died Dec. 25. The cause of death is unknown. At the time of his death, Rand was an art teacher at Tilden High School. He previously taught art in Chicago at Pickard Elementary School, Agassiz for Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School, William F. Finkl Academy, John Smith Elementary, Willa Cather and Leif Ericson Schools and ...


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Blood-ban resolution hearing Jan. 12 - - On Friday, Jan. 12, the Chicago City Council's Committee on Health and Environmental Protection will hear a resolution that calls on the FDA ( Food and Drug Administration ) to remove the ban on blood donations by men who have had sex with men ( MSM ) within the last year. The hearing will take place at 12 p.m. in ...







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