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Feminist-book-group-turns-40

Feminist book group turns 40 - In 1975, Connie Kiosse and Pat Becker decided to form a book club. The two had met four years before at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has gone on to found Feminist Voice, one of Chicago's first feminist newspapers. The paper folded two years later, but the two weren't ready to give up. "We were looking for some ...


THEATER-REVIEW-After-Miss-Julie

THEATER REVIEW After Miss Julie - Playwright: Patrick Marber, adapted from the play By August Strindberg. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $28. Runs through: Sept. 26 It was 1945 when England's Labour Party scored a victory over the Conservatives in the general election—translated for Yanks, this meant that the rich lazy aristocrats had been toppled by the poor working blokes, who ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Conjoined-anew

THEATER REVIEW Conjoined anew - When Porchlight Music Theatre included the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show as part of its 2015-16 season, it was initially announced that it would be the original 1997 version and not the thoroughly revised 2014 revival edition overseen by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon ( Gods and Monsters, Chicago ). But it was Side Show's book writer and lyricist, Bill ...


Chef-Art-Smith-artist-Jesus-Salgueiro-talk-parenting-activism

Chef Art Smith, artist Jesus Salgueiro talk parenting, activism - When Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro met 15 years ago, they never dreamed they'd become parents to four siblings all at once, but that's just what happened when they decided to foster Angel ( 12 ), Brando ( 9 ), Zumy ( 7 ) and Zuky ( 6 ) in February 2014. The siblings were on the verge of being ...


Open-To-Thinking-A-personal-tribute-to-Julian-Bond-

Open To Thinking: A personal tribute to Julian Bond - A recurring column - It was Spring of 1965. The high hopes raised by the 1964 Civil Rights Act had been dashed by the failures encountered in implementation. Everyone agreed that these failures had one root cause: voter disenfranchisement. Voter registration workers were being threatened, beaten up, and intimidated by local law officers and courts. Voter-rights activists James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael ...


No-new-infections-in-large-scale-PrEP-study

No new infections in large-scale PrEP study - A California study of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) use amongst gay men—the first conducted in a clinical practice setting—showed no HIV new infections among more than 650 people who were followed for 32 months, according to researchers. The study, published Sept. 2 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, was conducted by Kaiser Permanente and tracked 657 individuals, 99 percent ...


Play-to-mark-10th-anniv-of-Katrina

Play to mark 10th anniv. of Katrina - The Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., will observe the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with The Play About My Dad. The Play About My Dad, by Boo Killebrew, opened at New York's 595 E 59 Theatres in June 2011. It tells of the author's father—a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi—who stayed behind to take care of patients as the storm ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The sex-positive variety show Menage-A-Hah returns for another stint at Mary's Attic, this time featuring standup comedy sets from Zach Peterson and Shannon Noll, burlesque stripping from Stephanie Hawking, a rope-bondage demonstration from BadKitty Bondage and the chance to win prizes from The Pleasure Chest. Mary Zee and Eric Barry are the co-hosts. Menage-A-Hah plays 8 p.m. Thursday, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-October-Sky

THEATER REVIEW October Sky - Playwright: Aaron Thielen ( book ), Michael Mahler ( music/lyrics ) At: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 1-847-634-0200; www.MarriottTheatre.com; $50-$55. Runs through: Oct. 11 This world premiere musical is based on a popular 1999 movie and, in turn, an autobiographical novel by Homer Hickam. It tells of four teenage boys—with Homer as hero—who rebel against limited expectations imposed ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Price

THEATER REVIEW The Price - Playwright: Arthur Miller. At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or www.timelinetheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through Nov. 22 The instant you walk into TimeLine Theatre's production of The Price, you're confronted by stacks of antique furniture piled up haphazardly to the ceiling by scenic and lighting designer Brian Sidney Bembridge. And soon enough, all that left-behind excess turns out ...


Dancing-About-Architecture

Dancing About Architecture - Rihanna and the lost album saga - Recently, our beloved Rihanna tried very hard to break out of her pop shell and go with an "edgier" sound, via Kanye West, and failed. All three singles off of the planned R8 album tanked, despite the help of a Beatle, an epic Tarantino-esque video for "Bitch Better Have My Money" and a warm reception for the politically relevant—but tepid—"American ...


Upcoming-events-in-sports

Upcoming events in sports - AIDS Run & Walk Sept. 26 at Soldier Field This year's AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and benefiting 35 other community organizations—known as CommunityDirect partners—on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Chicago's Soldier Field. This year's message is "Put your foot down." In a statement, AFC President/CEO John Peller said, "We want ...


Rugby-player-makes-history-in-England

Rugby player makes history in England - A British rugby league player has become the first professional in his sport to come out as gay, Messenger Newspapers reported. Keegan Hirst, 27, told the Sunday Mirror, "At first I couldn't even say 'I'm gay' in my head, let alone out loud. Now I feel like I'm letting out a long breath that I've held in for a long ...


MLB-inclusion-ambassador-talks-about-newly-out-player

MLB inclusion ambassador talks about newly out player - Billy Bean received a random text message during spring training for the 2015 baseball season from David Denson, who said he plays baseball—although was a bit short on specifics—and was hoping Bean, Major League Baseball's ambassador for inclusion, would call him back. They talked the next day, and Bean sensed Denson was young. Denson said he played for the Milwaukee ...


Chicago-Opera-Theater-gets-largest-single-gift

Chicago Opera Theater gets largest single gift - Andreas Mitisek, general director of Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ), announced that the company has received a $1.5-million gift from Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. Their gift is the single largest contribution in the company's 42-year history. Combined with a recent, anonymous $500,000 gift, this gift brings COT $2M closer to meeting its goal of raising an additional $5M ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Jacksonian

THEATER REVIEW The Jacksonian - Playwright: Beth Henley, At: Profiles Theatre Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: Oct. 11 Beth Henley's plays have always hinted at the dark side of the rural/tribal values lingering at the cultural roots of our country's southern regions, but smug Yankee directors and audiences usually prefer to chuckle complacently at the droll antics of their ...


SAVOR-Seven-Lions

SAVOR Seven Lions - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - \Honestly, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Seven Lions ( 130 S. Michigan Ave.; SevenLionsChicago.com ). Before visiting restaurants, I try to conduct research—after all, it wouldn't be right to be unprepared, I feel. However, during the course of researching, I made the mistake of stumbling across reviews on certain websites—and they were among the most widely divisive ...


LETTER-Research-oriented

LETTER: Research-oriented - Statement on NIH efforts to focus research to end the AIDS pandemic: Extraordinary progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research over the last 34 years, transforming what was once a terrifying and almost inevitably fatal disease into a treatable disorder. People with HIV/AIDS can now experience an almost normal life expectancy if antiretrovirals are started promptly and continued for life. ...


MOMBIAN-Back-to-school-reflections-and-resources

MOMBIAN Back-to-school reflections and resources - Back-to-school time always raises mixed feelings in me. On the one hand, years of being in academia make me see September, not January, as the start of the year ( or maybe it's just a Jewish thing ). On the other, the lazy days of summer are giving way to school time's hectic rush, with my son's after-school activities, homework ...


Trans-beach-party-a-success

Trans beach party a success - The 2nd Annual Chicago Trans Pride Beach Party took place Aug. 30 at Ardmore Hollywood Beach, 5800 N. Lake Shore Dr. Dozens of people attended, taking part in various festivities. According to a pre-event release, the event "is an independent and public gathering to celebrate the beauty, diversity and resilience of the trans community in Chicago." Photo courtesy of Crispin ...


Nightspots-calendar-The-Big-To-Do

Nightspots calendar: The Big To Do - OUR WEEKLY PICKS TO PLAN YOUR NIGHTLIFE CALENDAR LQQKS: Wigshock w/Lady Bunny Thursday, Sept. 3, 10 pm Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago's homage to the legendary festival and movie, Wigstock. Featuring hair-raising LQQKS and performances from Lady Bunny ( pictured ), Saya Naomi, Rosemary Maybe, Betti Kyle and more. $2 PBR, $3 Berlin Bombs. Photo by Kirk Williamson DILF: ...


SIDETRACK

SIDETRACK - 'Sync It!: 2.0, Wed., Aug. 26. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


Reeling-LGBTQ-film-fest-offers-movies-showcasing-queer-diversity-

Reeling LGBTQ+ film fest offers movies showcasing queer diversity - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, is back with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the diversity of the queer experience. From the hilarious gay dude comedy FOURTH MAN OUT on Opening Night, the hotly anticipated Julianne Moore-Ellen Page real-life drama ...


Chicago-HIV-AIDS-funding-rally-Sept-4-

Chicago HIV/AIDS funding rally Sept. 4 - The American Medical Student Association chapters of Chicago, Partners in Health Engage-Chicago and HIV Prevention Justice Alliance ( a project of AIDS Foundation of Chicago ) will gather Friday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. in the Federal Building Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn St., to call on U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to restore $300 million in cuts to ...


Project-Expo-Chicago-Collaboration-focused-on-social-aesthetics

Project&/Expo Chicago Collaboration focused on social aesthetics - From a press release - This September 2015 heralds the inauguration of the annual Project&/Expo Chicago Collaboration Focused on Social Aesthetics. In honor of this dynamic partnership, Project& will present internationally-celebrated artists Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Alexiev and Jim Ricks of the Cause Collective's In Search of the Truth ( The Truth Booth ) on Navy Pier at Expo Chicago. Project& is an arts organization ...


Pride-at-Work-takes-aim-at-HRC-and-Equality-Index

Pride at Work takes aim at HRC and Equality Index - Pride at Work, a group of LGBT union activists affiliated with the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations ( AFL-CIO ), on Aug. 30, issued a resolution calling on unions to stop supporting the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ). The resolution was nearly unanimously approved at a vote taken at Pride at Work's triennial convention in Orlando, Florida. ...


Study-Multiple-barriers-to-HIV-testing-for-teens-

Study: Multiple barriers to HIV testing for teens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although younger men who have sex with men ( MSM ) are often at the highest risk of HIV infection, only 30 percent of the respondents in a new study from local researchers had ever been tested. The greatest barriers to their being tested, according to research conducted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the San Clemente, ...


Gender-Odyssey-Conference-breaks-new-ground

Gender Odyssey Conference breaks new ground - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gender Odyssey Conference was held at the Washington State Convention Center Aug. 20-23 and, in its 14th year, surpassed all attendance goals. According to conference founder and Gender Specialist Aidan Key, there were 105 kids under the age of 12 in attendance ( double the amount from 2014 ); 95 teens ( double the amount from 2014 ); and ...


HIV-AIDS-funding-rally-Sept-4

HIV/AIDS funding rally Sept. 4 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ...


Theater-now-on-stage-and-soon-to-come

Theater, now on stage and soon to come - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Now on stage: Not Suitable For Textbooks. Improvised omissions and additions from history. At Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, Chicago. $12. Saturdays through September 5. Tickets www.undertheguntheater.com or ( 773 ) 270-3440 . SMUT: The Improvised Romantic Book Club. Improv/comedy. By Corn Productions at Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. $10. Runs through 9/18 ...


Dining-news-New-Freshii-Chicago-Independents

Dining news: New Freshii; Chicago Independents - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Aug. 25, Freshii—the fast-casual, fresh food franchise—opened its doors at Citigroup Center at 500 W. Madison St. Freshii offers healthful options in 70-plus cities and 15 countries. The customizable menu includes breakfast, soups, salads, wraps, bowls, burritos, Lifeway frozen kefir, juices and smoothies. —A new organization aims to have diners know of the Chicagoland's "hidden gems." Chicago Independents ( ...


Tips-for-traveling-abroad

Tips for traveling abroad - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As summer 2015 comes to a close and your travel wallets turn to fall and winter escapes, it is good to review a few tips when you are traveling far away from home—especially out of the country. Here are five tips to make your trip safe and fun. Keeping in mind that some trips to nearby Canada and Mexico are ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Nothing-Looks-Familiar-

BOOK REVIEW Nothing Looks Familiar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Shawn Syms, $15.95; Arsenal Pulp Press; 184 pages And they lived happily ever after. Even today, years after you've outgrown fairy tales, those words make you smile. Ohh, how you love a happy ending, even though ( and maybe because ) life doesn't always work out that way. As a matter of fact, in "Nothing Looks Familiar," a ...


Upcoming-events-in-politics-parties-health-art-music

Upcoming events in politics, parties, health, art, music - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sept. 20 rally to support Clinton On Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m., U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is hosting a rally in support of Hillary Clinton at Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard St. Clinton is not slated to attend. Others scheduled to be there include state Sen. Heather Steans, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Commissioner Debra Shore, Cook County Commissioner Bridget ...


Petterinos-celebrates-8th-anniversary-of-Monday-Night-Live-Sept-14-

Petterino's celebrates 8th anniversary of Monday Night Live Sept. 14 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 2015 )—Petterino's ( 150 N. Dearborn St., at Randolph in the heart of the theater district ), is celebrating eight smashingly successful years of its impromptu musical showcase Petterino's Monday Night Live on Monday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. Since its debut in September 2007, more than 700 singers have graced the stage for Petterino's' Monday Night ...


Equality-Illinois-announces-statewide-expansion-

Equality Illinois announces statewide expansion - LGBT advocacy organization Equality Illinois, on Aug. 29, announced an expanded statewide strategy that included a central Illinois field office and the first in a network of local partnerships. In a statement, CEO Bernard Cherkasov said that the strategy allows the organization to better engage with Illinoisans in parts of the state still lacking in resources needed to obtain full ...


2nd-Annual-TransReelization-opens-hearts-and-unlocks-doors-

2nd Annual TransReelization opens hearts and unlocks doors - Award-winning filmmaker Lana Wachowski opened her art and the Chicago studio that forges it to more than 170 people on Aug. 29. Those who attended the second annual TransReelization event held at Kinowerks Studio not only received an intimate tour through the boundless imagination of Wachowski and her brother Andy but three of the stars from their critically-acclaimed Netflix series ...


Equality-Illinois-announces-statewide-expansion

Equality Illinois announces statewide expansion - LGBT advocacy organization Equality Illinois, on Aug. 29, announced an expanded statewide strategy that included a central Illinois field office and the first in a network of local partnerships. In a statement, CEO Bernard Cherkasov said that the strategy allows the organization to better engage with Illinoisans in parts of the state still lacking in resources needed to obtain full ...


Chicago-Sky-clinches-2015-playoffs-berth

Chicago Sky clinches 2015 playoffs berth - From a press release - CHICAGO — With tonight's 98-96 Chicago Sky victory over the Atlanta Dream and the Connecticut Sun's 80-66 loss to the New York Liberty, the Sky has clinched its third consecutive playoffs berth. Amidst a tight race in the Eastern Conference, each remaining game holds implications as teams position themselves for the highest possible seeding and subsequent home court advantage. Tickets ...


Springfield-bishop-implements-guidelines-for-Catholic-schools-

Springfield bishop implements guidelines for Catholic schools - Following a same-sex married couple attempting to enroll their child in an area Catholic school, Springfield, Illinois, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has attempted to implement far-reaching agreements that would require parents of students to live within church guidelines, State Journal-Register reported Aug. 21. Among the requirements in the document are that families must tithe 8 percent of their income and ...


Women-Children-First-to-host-Gloria-Steinem-talking-with-Roxane-Gay

Women & Children First to host Gloria Steinem talking with Roxane Gay - From a Women & Children First press release - CHICAGO, IL — On Thursday, October 29th, Women & Children First bookstore is thrilled to bring together two giants of feminism—Gloria Steinem and Roxane Gay—in conversation for one night only. This momentous event celebrates the release of Steinem's forthcoming memoir, My Life on the Road ( Penguin Random House, October 2015 ), and will be held at The People's Church ...


Project-Fierce-Chicago-buys-building-in-North-Lawndale

Project Fierce Chicago buys building in North Lawndale - PIt's all smiles these days at Project Fierce Chicago ( PFC ), but now the real work starts—and that's a good thing. Project Fierce Chicago—which promotes itself as a grassroots collective of radical social workers, youth advocates and other community members who are working together to establish community-driven, identity-affirming housing in Chicago—announced in late August that it had purchased a ...


Chicago-momentum-building-for-2016-Creating-Change-

Chicago momentum building for 2016 Creating Change - Far more people than expected crowded into an Aug. 27 patio party at the North Side bar SoFo Tap that the host committee of The National LGBTQ Task Force's 28th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change organized. It was a clear sign of the excitement and enthusiasm already gathering momentum for the conference coming to the Chicago Hilton on ...


Broadway-in-Chicago-turns-15-in-the-park

Broadway in Chicago turns 15 in the park - Chicago took a bite of the big apple in Millennium Park on Aug. 17 with a free summer concert that celebrated 15 years of Broadway In Chicago reigning in the Windy City. More than 10 scenes were performed from the upcoming season of shows hosted by ABC 7's Janet Davies. The iconic 42nd Street cast kicked things off with classic ...


Chicago-panel-calls-for-awareness-action-for-murdered-Black-trans-women

Chicago panel calls for awareness, action for murdered Black trans women - Just as the Aug. 25 sun began to set outside the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Social Justice Initiative's Pop Up JUST Art (PUJA) center on South Halsted Street, activist Monica James read off the names of the 18 transgender women of color murdered in 2015. James asked the more than 100 people who gathered in solidarity with the ...


Federation-of-Gay-Games-honors-Ireland-for-popular-vote-for-marriage

Federation of Gay Games honors Ireland for popular vote for marriage - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA ( 27 August 2015 ) The Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board of directors announces 2015 Medal of Honour Legacy Award to "The People of the Republic of Ireland" to commemorate the first nation to approve Marriage Equality by National Referendum. The public vote took place 23 May 2015 and over 60 percent voted ...


Trans-led-documentary-series-launching-soon

Trans-led documentary series launching soon - From a press release - The Trans Oral History Project ( TOHP ), the oldest transgender-led organization dedicated to sharing trans stories, announced it's launching a new documentary web series. America in Transition ( AIT ) [ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/america-in-transition#/story ] will highlight social issues and positive role models from underrepresented trans communities across the US. "America in Transition is inspired by my experience coming out and ...


Upcoming-Sondheim-honored-Play-marks-10th-Katrina-anniversary

Upcoming: Sondheim honored; Play marks 10th Katrina anniversary - Sondheim to receive Sandberg Award The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library have announced that the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award will be presented to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Heralded for his immense contributions to musical theater in a career spanning more than 50 years, Sondheim will be honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary ...


Upcoming-Fashion-Fest-Downton-exhibit-Jeff-Awards-Haymarket-reading

Upcoming: Fashion Fest; 'Downton' exhibit; Jeff Awards; Haymarket reading - Haymarket Riot reading Aug. 29 In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of Chicago's Haymarket Riot, there will be a table reading of Bloody Haymarket on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Actors Ben David Garza and Eric J. Coleman will be bringing to life an original theatrical performance of the grisly ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chicagos-Role-in-the-Crime-of-the-Century

THEATER REVIEW Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century - Playwright: Hillel Levin. At: The Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. Tickets: 800-838-3006; www.assassinationtheater.com; $49. Runs through: Nov. 7 Even with the current fashion for talking-heads symposiums posing as docudramas ( but leaving out the drama ), Hillel Levin's decision to present his journalist's investigation of the role played by organized crime in the 1963 assassination of U.S. ...


THE-AMAZON-TRAIL-Dykey-Dorothy-and-friends-

THE AMAZON TRAIL Dykey Dorothy and friends - Near where I live, closeted lesbians built and installed a bench on a mostly hidden concrete path between grassy sand dunes, out of sight of any casual observer. The bench was created in the mid 1990s to pay respect to members of the group who had died. These women did not dare to name their dead. Even the full name ...


Cook-County-Dems-slate-2016-candidates

Cook County Dems slate 2016 candidates - The slating committee of the Cook County Democratic Party met, on Aug. 18-19, to determine its election slate for the March 2016. The slating process determines which candidates can enjoy the full backing—and thus financial and manpower resources—of the party. Candidates pitch their platforms to party officials, often receiving support from various members. Only one member of the LGBT community ...


Transgender-murders-in-Aurora-IL-and-Kansas-City-MO-

Transgender murders in Aurora, IL and Kansas City, MO - From a NCAVP press release - NCAVP mourns the deaths of Jasmine Collins of Kansas City, MO, and Keyshia Blige of Aurora, IL. These are the 18th and 19th reported homicides of a transgender/gender nonconforming person NCAVP has responded to in 2015. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) has learned of the homicide of Jasmine Collins, a Black transgender woman who was killed ...


Project-Fierce-buys-building-for-LGBTQ-youth-housing

Project Fierce buys building for LGBTQ youth housing - Chicago, IL —Project Fierce Chicago purchased a four-flat building on Chicago's Southwest side last week, that will eventually be home to LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness. The group, comprised of independent advocates, social workers and community members, launched in 2013; the purchase of the building is the culmination of collective organizing and fundraising by dedicated volunteers. Renovation to prepare the ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Fringe-options

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Fringe options - The Chicago Fringe Festival is back for its sixth season, returning again to the Jefferson Park neighborhood at five different venues. This time the Fringe features nearly 50 companies presenting 198 performances from Thursday, Sept. 2, to Sunday, Sept. 13. As in past years, all the shows selected were by lottery and a few are of likely interest to LGBTQ ...


SAVOR-Firefly-Kitchen

SAVOR Firefly Kitchen - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Most of the restaurants I've profiled here—no matter how amazing or unimpressive they are—have one thing in common: They're in Chicago. However, contrary to what some may believe, there are some interesting culinary experiences in the suburbs—and Wilmette's Firefly Kitchen ( 111 Green Bay Rd.; FFKitchen.com ) is definitely one of the area's more promising restaurants. Firefly has an interesting ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Patchwork-Drifter

THEATER REVIEW Patchwork Drifter - Playwright: Jennifer L. Mickelson. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit in Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $22. Runs through: Sept. 19 Wyoming granted women the right to vote and to serve as court officers more than 50 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified, so it's appropriate that Jennifer L. Mickelson's ...


Letters-to-the-editor-Make-some-noise

Letters to the editor: Make some noise - Dear Editor: After reviewing numerous recent articles concentrated on many ongoing controversies concerning purported LGBTQ issues, I thought I'd seek clarity on several unsettling observations and questions concerning what constitutes an importance to broader LGBTQ organizations. Firstly, I continue to wonder in utter amazement at the deafening silence among organizational leadership within the broader LGBTQ organizations, especially the LGBT ...


School-news-Campus-Pride-list-new-GBT-research-study

School news: Campus Pride list; new GBT research study - Wis., Ind. schools make Campus Pride list Campus Pride has released its list of the top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities in the United States. For seven years, the listing has highlighted the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education. This is the first year Campus Pride has released a Top ...


In-the-Life-Kevin-Lee

In the Life: Kevin Lee - Kevin Lee has an overflowing business card. Well, he would. He is a personal trainer, dating back to 2008—and still has the first receipt transaction for his training services. "I'm very proud of my training persona and take it very seriously. I'm a professional and love helping people reach their goals," he said. Lee also is a gay entertainer, who ...


ASA-forum-looks-at-infertility-treatment-disparities

ASA forum looks at infertility treatment disparities - Ann Bell ( assistant professor of the department of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware and author of Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America ) was one of the many people who presented findings at the American Sociological Association ( ASA ) annual meeting at the Hilton Chicago Aug. 23. Bell's talk, "Medicalization's marginalization: The role ...


Together-for-29-years-Hill-and-Jones-leaving-Chicago-for-Santa-Fe

Together for 29 years, Hill and Jones leaving Chicago for Santa Fe - It started as SID, named for a rabbit who had been named after Sid Vicious from the movie Sid and Nancy, which was the favorite for Chris Hill and Stephen Jones. Grohe Faucets had approached Hill to suggest he set up shop on his own so they could work with him directly. That was the simple formation of SID, which ...


Nightspots-The-Big-To-Do-

Nightspots: The Big To Do - OUR WEEKLY PICKS TO PLAN YOUR NIGHTLIFE CALENDAR 'Sync It lip-sync-off Wed., July 29 Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Lip-syncing is all the rage! Show your stuff at this second installment of Sidetrack's new monthly contest, hosted by the inimitable Dixie Lynn Cartwright. No drag required to perform. Enter to win great prizes. All Geeks: Saturday Morning Cartoons Fri., August ...


Nightlife-photos-Touche-Sidetrack-Progress-Bar-Berlin

Nightlife photos: Touche, Sidetrack, Progress Bar, Berlin - TOUCHE Western flair at the annual Cowboy Eye For the Leather Guy makeover contest, Sat., Aug. 22, with Alcala's Western Wear and IL Gay Rodeo Assn. Photos by Kirk Williamson SIDETRACK Showtunin' on Monday. Photos by Jerry Nunn PROGRESS BAR Joey's Bucket List benefit, Wed., Aug. 19. Photos by Kirk Williamson BERLIN Fantastic faces from the Plastics ...


ChicagoTEN-Alumni-Challenge-Aug-29

ChicagoTEN Alumni Challenge Aug. 29 - From a press release - The 6th Annual ChicagoTEN Alumni Challenge sweeps through River North's bars with the goal of raising $50,000 for Chicago Public Schools Aug. 29. WHAT: The ChicagoTEN Alumni Club hosts the 2015 ChicagoTEN Alumni Challenge Bar Crawl benefitting Alumni for Public Schools ( APS ). The event brings together thousands of local Big Ten university alumni and fans to kickoff the ...


News-briefs-Marriage-in-MI-Clinton-rally-Sept-20-College-savings-accounts-

News briefs: Marriage in MI; Clinton rally Sept. 20; College savings accounts - Lesbian Michigan couple marries April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse—the lesbian Michigan couple who challenged the state's same-sex adoption and marriage bans—exchanged vows Aug. 22 in Southfield, The Detroit News reported. Strolling down the aisle to George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun," DeBoer wore a cream-colored wedding dress and Rowse donned a black tuxedo. Among the 250 guests were celebrity attorney ...


LGBT-groups-join-Amnesty-International-in-call-to-decriminalize-sex-work-

LGBT groups join Amnesty International in call to decriminalize sex work - From a press release - Today, several LGBT rights organizations across the country issued the following joint statement in support of Amnesty International's August 11th resolution supporting sex worker human rights. Joint Statement in Support of Amnesty International Resolution: As LGBT rights organizations in the United States, we join to applaud and support Amnesty International's recent resolution to protect the human rights of ...


-35th-Ward-Alderman-Carlos-Ramirez-Rosa-marks-100-days-in-office

35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa marks 100 days in office - 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa will mark his 100 days in office by releasing a comprehensive report on the state of the 35th Ward, and a 100 Days Progress Report. These reports will be discussed with constituents via conference call on Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 pm. The 2015 Ward Report will detail the state of the 35th ward's housing, ...


Theater-in-Chicago-Opening-soon-and-now-on-stage-

Theater in Chicago: Opening soon and now on stage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Opening dates August 25, 2015 Mom? A Comedy of Mourners. Clown siblings Victoria, Frank and Mango mourn the loss of their mother. By Box of Clowns at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets at www.gorillatango.com or ( 773 ) 598-4549 . August 27, 2015 Glory Days. Broadway musical nailing ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Things-You-Shouldnt-Say-Past-Midnight

THEATER REVIEW Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight - Playwright: Peter Ackerman. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Road. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$60. Runs through Oct. 4 Peter Ackerman's 1999 New York sex comedy Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, now being revived in a strongly acted production at the swanky Windy City Playhouse, certainly begins with a great premise. How do you react when your ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Jim Cartwright. At: No Stakes Theater Project at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $13.50-$34.50. Runs through: Sept. 5 Steppenwolf Theatre Company produced this play 21 years ago utilizing an enormous set with a moving house that swallowed the play alive. It still requires a two-story house ( Grant Sabin, set designer ) but this intimate ...


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Theater Spotlight on Bad Jews; Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The kvetching continues since Theater Wit's acclaimed production of Joshua Harmon's scathing comedy Bad Jews is back again in its fifth extension and third venue. So if you missed seeing this play involving three cousins doing battle over a family heirloom, then you can choose your favorites and take sides now in the intimate cabaret space of the Royal George ...


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Bryan Safi has it made in the 'Shade' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bryan Safi seems to be everywhere lately. The openly gay Emmy winner has done everything from writing on The Ellen DeGeneres to being a writer/performer on the website Funny or Die to acting in the Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption ( with Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell ) and the ABC Family series Young and Hungry. Then, there are his ...


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Celebrate with caution - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times, by Michael Kearns - This speech was in acceptance of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award "for groundbreaking and distinguished achievement in the LGBTQ playwrighting and arts advocacy." Presented to Michael Kearns by Celebration Theatre on Aug. 11, 2015, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. Celebration Theatre, during its halcyon days, was located on Hoover Street in Silver Lake, not in the land ...


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Alliance's Homecoming to honor visionary Safe Schools heroes - From a press release - Chicago, IL ( August 17, 2015 )— The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance will host An Alliance Homecoming, on Sept. 25 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N State St., with a VIP Reception at 5:30 p.m. and the general event at 7 p.m. The event features restaurant tastings, a silent auction, awards, dancing and drinks. Similar to the Alliance's ...







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