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PRIDE-MONTH-CALENDAR-

PRIDE MONTH CALENDAR - compiled by PRIDEChicago - JUNE ( various dates ) - CENTER ON HALSTED - During June Pride Month, the center will be hosting a variety of LGBTQ events. 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. www.centeronhalsted.org JUNE ( various dates ) - PLAY - "Bright Half Life" by About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Wed.-Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun. at ...


SUMMER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Summer-theaters-hottest-picks

SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summer theater's hottest picks - For those of you preferring a Windy City "staycations" to a traveling vacation, here's a selected look at live indoor theater options for the summer. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Of LGBTQ interest —Loud & Proud, MCL Chicago, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave. Musical acts, comedy sketches and more are a part of this LGBTQ variety show co-hosted ...


Spotlight

Spotlight - Lesbian love songs are in the mix of Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis. Refuge Theatre Project presents the local premiere of this "theatrical rock concert" in a venue that describes itself as "Chicago's Original Punk Bar since 1981." Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis continues through Sunday, June 18, at Exit Chicago, 1315 W. North ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ideation

THEATER REVIEW Ideation - Written by: Aaron Loeb. Directed by: Gus Menary. At: Jackalope Theater Company Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: JackalopeTheatre.org: $15-25. Runs through: June 17 What if you were assigned a task at work that could potentially kill other human beings? That is the premise behind Ideation, Aaron Loeb's drama/comedy being produced by Jackalope Theater company at the Broadway Armory. ...


Critics-Picks

Critics Picks - 3C, A Red Orchid Theatre, through June 4. David Adjmi's comically critical deconstruction of the TV series Three's Company can be unbalanced, but an outstanding acting ensemble shows how there can be palpable pain behind all those sitcom laughs. SCM Into the Beautiful North, 16th Street Theatre, Berwyn, through June 3. A young woman travels north seeking heroes to protect ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Little-Miss-Sunshine

THEATER REVIEW Little Miss Sunshine - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: William Finn ( music and lyrics ) and James Lapine ( book ). At: The Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-999-9541 or ChicagoTheatreWorkshop.org; $32.50-$42.50. Runs through: June 4 There's something very savvy on paper about Chicago Theatre Workshop's Chicago premiere production of Little Miss Sunshine, a musical retelling of the 2006 indie movie. Director Maggie Portman and Music ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Radiant

THEATER REVIEW The Radiant - Playwright: Shirley Lauro. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $32. Runs through: June 11 In recent years, plays about working women have evolved from waitresses, hairdressers and secretaries obsessed with personal family issues to female CEOs, senators and nuclear physicists obsessed with personal family issues. Traditional gender assumptions die hard,you see, making even women ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Black-Pearl-A-Tribute-to-Josephine-Baker

THEATER REVIEW Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker - Playwright: Daryl Brooks. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: June 18 An Art Deco motif nowadays considered only fit to be invoked in the rarefied environment of museums is that of a smiling young African girl wearing a bikini-length skirt fashioned of bananas and very little else. Far from being an anonymous colonialist ...


Levithan-wins-literary-prize

Levithan wins literary prize - Writer David Levithan has received The Chicago Tribune's Young Adult Literary Prize. Levithan is the award-winning author of many bestselling works which explore a wide range of adolescent themes, including Boy Meets Boy ( 2003 ): Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist ( 2006 ); Will Grayson, Will Grayson ( 2010 ); Every Day ( 2012 ); Hold Me Closer ( ...


Registration-open-for-AIDS-Run-Walk

Registration open for AIDS Run & Walk - Registration has opened for the 16th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 1. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5K walk and the 5K/10K runs will stretch along Lake Michigan. Those runs start at 8:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. ( The opening ceremony will ...


King-to-speak-atNU-on-June-16

King to speak atNU on June 16 - Advocate/sports icon Billie Jean King will deliver this year's commencement address at Northwestern University on Friday, June 16. King was ranked six times as the year's number one women's tennis player and won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 championships at Wimbledon. She is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, ...


Former-bodybuilder-is-advocate-for-LGBTQ-Asian-Pacific-Islander-youth-

Former bodybuilder is advocate for LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander youth - May is Asian American and Pacific Islander ( AAPI ) Heritage Month, and one AAPI activist the LGBTQ community might want to look out for is Amazin LeThi. LeThi, a Vietnam native who grew up in Australia, began bodybuilding at the age of six, and went on to compete professionally for 20 years. Now, she uses her platform as a ...


SAVOR-Italian-Village

SAVOR Italian Village - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ninety years... That's how long Italian Village ( 71 W. Monroe St.; https://italianvillage-chicago.com/ ) has been in the Loop, serving traditional and well-done Italian dishes. However, the 90-year tag only applies to The Village, which is on the second floor of the venue. The thing is that Italian Village is actually three restaurants in one: La Cantina ( the lower-level ...


The-ties-that-bind-15-IML-Patrick-Smith-launches-new-kink-encyclopedia

The ties that bind: '15 IML Patrick Smith launches new kink encyclopedia - Leatherpedia—an online bible of BDSM—was launched earlier this year by Patrick Smith, International Mr. Leather 2015, after an experience he had with curious kinksters in Trinidad and Tobago. "One of the things I tried to do in my title year was to go around to places where it is still scary to be gay and learn about it, and then ...


IML-2017-International-Mr-Leather-in-Chicago

IML 2017: International Mr. Leather in Chicago - Check out these official International Mr. Leather 2017, International Mr. Bootblack 2017, Chicago Bearfest Midwest and other related events throughout Chicago over Memorial Day weekend! Download the official guide to IML 2017: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/IMLGUIDE_2017_web.pdf . Wednesday, May 24 IML Best of Chicago Welcome Party A big welcome from "the city of big shoulders." Come meet and greet the city ...


Web-series-looks-at-South-Side-queer-women-of-color-

Web series looks at South Side, queer women of color - Quare Life is a comedy web series centering the lives of a group of Chicago queer women of color on the city's South Side. The series centers on Michelle Jones ( played by Ambria Sylvain ) who has a nice home, a girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. When her marriage proposal is rejected and work ...


Cinema-Chicago-promote-Kutza-Plauche

Cinema/Chicago promote Kutza, Plauche - Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, announced the promotion of two longtime employees. Mimi Plauche has been named artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago, effective immediately. Michael Kutza, who founded the festival in 1964 and has since served as artistic director, will continue to serve as the president and CEO. The 53rd ...


Chicago-Underground-Film-Festival-May-31-June-4

Chicago Underground Film Festival May 31-June 4 - The Chicago Underground Film Festival will showcase more than 100 unique visual works May 31-June 4 at the Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Among the LGBT movies that will part of the festival are Whatever Happened to Gelitin, The Magic Hedge and Cruising Elsewhere. "Gelitin" ( 82 minutes ) features artist/art dealer/actor Salvatore Viviano setsting out on a cinematic ...


Chicago-Home-Theater-Festival-through-May-29

Chicago Home Theater Festival through May 29 - The Chicago Home Theater Festival will take place through May 29 in various spots around the city. Some of the featured artists will include xicana cultural producer Afr@cubarican DJ and performance artist Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero ( CQQCHIFRUIT ), transfeminine dance artist Darling Shear and Surviving the Mic Executive Director Nikki Patin. International women's-rights advocate Bernardine Dohrn and writer and activist ...


Musician-Chelsea-Shag-wants-to-spread-the-love

Musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread the love - With her new single "One Kiss," musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread a message of universal love. Shag released a video recently for the song that shows a mix of diverse couples sharing a kiss. The couples include a lesbian couple, a gay couple and two mixed-race straight couples. I think it's important in this time," Shag said. "I'm all ...


WCT-writer-in-Steppenwolf-event

WCT writer in Steppenwolf event - Windy City Times senior entertainment writer Jerry Nunn will be part of "You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE," which will take place the first three Wednesdays ( 7, 14 and 21 ) of June at 8 p.m. at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, an 80-seat cabaret-style space connected to Steppenwolf's Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks at 1700 N. Halsted St.. Nunn plans to ...


Black-Pearl-benefit-June-3

'Black Pearl' benefit June 3 - A benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker will take place Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at the theater, 4450 N. Clark St. The $50 ticket includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Proceeds benefit The Legacy Project, which educates the public about the many roles LGBT people have played ...


SUMMER-DANCE-SPECIAL-Dance-heats-up-this-summer

SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Dance heats up this summer - by Joanna Furnans - Although summer doesn't officially begin for another couple of weeks, the 2017 Chicago summer dance season wastes no time getting started. Here's what should fill your dance card this season: —The free grand-finale performance of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's third annual "STOMPING GROUNDS" series will celebrate five of Chicago's percussive dance companies. This is an exciting opportunity to see ...


Spacey-honored-while-Billings-hosts-Steppenwolf-gala

Spacey honored while Billings hosts Steppenwolf gala - There were two major theater fundraisers on May 13 in Chicago. One celebrated one of the most respected actors working in movies today, and the other a multifaceted actress returning to her roots in a city that sparked her bright career. Kevin Spacey received the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award at the Four Seasons Chicago after a cocktail reception ...


SUMMER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Chicago-theaters-offer-warm-staycations

SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Chicago theaters offer warm staycations - Your favorite neighborhood playhouses don't close from Memorial to Labor Day, like they did when many of them didn't have air-conditioning. However, the summer season also hosts a number of theatrical entertainments suited for balmy temperatures and lengthy daylight hours. Here are some of them. ( *= free event ) One-stop destinations First Folio Theatre, Peabody Estate at ...


LETTERS-Trumps-fail

LETTERS Trump's fail - Trump's "Religious Liberty" Fail Shows That He Can Be Stopped As a real-estate developer, President Donald Trump was no doubt used to saying "Build It!" and, after dispensing with pesky zoning and NIMBY matters, getting others to do so forthwith. Not so with his Muslim ban and, now, his nixed "religious liberty" executive order to discriminate against LGBTQs and women ...


In-the-Life-Monroe-Stevens

In the Life: Monroe Stevens - A photographer found his profile and asked if he'd be interested in doing some modeling; after determining it wasn't a scam, he leapt at the chance. Now, four years later, Monroe Stevens has participated in approximately 15 photo shoots and continues to build his brand. The offer from the photographer didn't take Stevens completely by surprise. Modeling had been something ...


Activist-reflects-on-Berwyns-LGBT-transformation

Activist reflects on Berwyn's LGBT transformation - Activist Ted Korbos said "he could never have dreamed" that, 22 years after the formation of Berwyn United Gay and Lesbian Organization ( BUNGALO ), that the city of Berwyn would have this many openly LGBT public officials about to take office. "I was very proud and very happy," said Korbos, who said that the election of lesbian Marge Paul ...


Sarah-Buino-changes-the-tune-of-therapy

Sarah Buino changes the tune of therapy - Using her head and heart, Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF brings her own colorful touch to the therapy field. As a child growing up in southern Ohio, Buino wanted to be a Broadway star. Singing was her first passion and she considered her school's theater department and show choir life. Over the years, she has moved away from musicals and ...


Center-on-Halsted-museum-host-Boystown-event

Center on Halsted, museum host 'Boystown' event - By Molly Sprayregen - On May 18, the Chicago History Museum held an event at the Center on Halsted ( "The Center" ) that both explored the development of Boystown and debated the positive and negative ramifications of the changes the neighborhood has undergone throughout the gay rights movement. This particular event, the first ever held outside the museum, featured speaker Jason Orne, author ...


Dignity-Chicago-marks-45-years-with-dinner-awards-ceremony-

Dignity/Chicago marks 45 years with dinner, awards ceremony - DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke was the keynote speaker at Dignity/Chicago's ( the advocacy organization for LGBTQI Catholics and their allies ) 45th anniversary celebration May 20 at Francesca's on Taylor. Ramon Rodriguez, president of Dignity/Chicago's board of directors, spoke about what it must have felt like to be one of the founders of Dignity. "Just a few years earlier, ...


9-11-friar-to-be-honored-June-10-

9/11 friar to be honored June 10 - Father Mychal Judge—an openly gay Franciscan friar who was one of the first responders who showed up to the twin towers once disaster struck on Sept. 11, 2001—will be among those honored at this year's Irish-American Hall of Fame Awards Gala on Saturday, June 10, 6:30-10 p.m., at The Erin Room at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox ...


Chicago-Equality-Rally-on-June-11

Chicago Equality Rally on June 11 - The Chicago LGBTQ community and allies will be gathering Sunday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and musical performances will promote visibility, unity and pride. The rally will be held at the intersection of Clark Street and Balmoral Avenue—an intersection that is home to ...


Queer-Prom-May-26-

'Queer Prom' May 26 - The 12th Annual Queer Prom will take place Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. There will be food, music ( by DJ OCD ) and information booths. Tickets are $20-$30 each; visit "Queer Prom 2017" on Facebook. ...


Lea-DeLaria-Pride-Chicago-2017-Grand-Marshal

Lea DeLaria Pride Chicago 2017 Grand Marshal - Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her SAG Award—winning, standout role as Carrie 'Big Boo' Black in the Netflix hit series, Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria's multifaceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades. DeLaria holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America, ...


March-on-McDonalds-ahead-of-Companys-Shareholder-Meeting

'March on McDonald's' ahead of Company's Shareholder Meeting - From a press release - CHICAGO —Thousands of workers fighting for $15 an hour and union rights, joined by members of more than a dozen groups at the forefront of the resistance to President Trump's extremist agenda, flooded downtown Chicago Tuesday for a massive "March on McDonald's" ahead of the company's annual shareholder meeting. Chanting "Ronald, Donald, You Can't Hide, We Can See Your Greedy ...


Treatment-Action-Group-Condemns-White-House-Budget-Cuts-to-Health-Research

Treatment Action Group Condemns White House Budget Cuts to Health, Research - From a press release - New York, NY, May 24, 2017- The full disclosure of President Trump's FY18 budget yesterday reaffirms the current administration's intention of scaling-back critical progress in programs and research made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, HCV, and other domestic and global health issues. Treatment Action Group, alongside many partner organizations, calls on all members of Congress to immediately ensure these ...


Ald-Dowell-Chairman-City-Council-Committee-on-Human-Relations-addresses-hate-crime

Ald. Dowell, Chairman City Council Committee on Human Relations, addresses hate crime - From a press release - Alderman Pat Dowell, Chairman of the Committee on Human Relations, together with colleagues introduced a Resolution, at the May 24, 2017 City Council, to urge the Governor to restore the Illinois State Hate Crimes Commission and for lawmakers to pass House Bill 3711. HB 3711 strengthens the Illinois Hate Crimes Act by "expanding protections, provides civil enforcement authority to Attorney ...


NBA-returns-2019-All-Star-Game-to-Charlotte-HRC-responds

NBA returns 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte, HRC responds - From a press release - RALEIGH — Today, Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) responded to the NBA's decision to bring back the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019. The NBA had previously moved their 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte in response to HB2, the deeply discriminatory law that put LGBTQ North Carolinians in harm's way and cost the state over ...


Chuck-Hyde-remembered-

Chuck Hyde remembered - A memorial for former Sidetrack manager Chuck Hyde was held May 21 at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Hyde, inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( now the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame ) in 2001, began work at Sidetrack in July 1982, three months after it opened. He died in South Florida where ...


Goodman-shows-Sequins-Stamos-hosts-Wish-Ball-

Goodman shows 'Sequins;' Stamos hosts 'Wish Ball' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 20, Goodman Theatre held a "Sequins and Soul" extravaganza at the Fairmont Chicago. This year, the annual gala invited the talented Broadway performer Billy Porter ( who has a new CD, Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richad Rodgers ) to entertain attendees. He kicked things off with Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain on My Parade." Porter kept the ...


Artemis-Singers-Family-of-Friends-concert-June-17

Artemis Singers "Family of Friends" concert June 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


Rent-cast-thrills-Sidetrack-attendees

'Rent' cast thrills Sidetrack attendees - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jonathan Larson's Rent has captivated audiences for more than 20 years. The story, loosely based on Puccini's La Boheme, shows the struggles of starving artists living in New York City. Tuberculosis is replaced by HIV/AIDS and Paris is switched for the East Village in this Pulitzer Prize-winning production. The show went on to garner four Tony wins, become a motion ...


Big-Gay-Brunch-June-4

'Big Gay Brunch' June 4 - Pride Month will kick off at Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., with queer nightlife personalities at the Big Gay Brunch on Sunday, June 4, at 1 p.m. The hosts will include bearded beauty Lucy Stoole, high-energy drag king Tenderoni and queer fashion designer Sky Cubacub as well as members of LezBe and Peach, along with DJ Teen Witch Fan ...


Five-Worth-Finding-Popcornopolis-The-Baton-Show-Lounge-and-more

Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate Peanut Butter, Three Cheese, Zebra Chocolate Striped, Pesto Mozzarella, White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Karamel Kiss. In addition, the company has staunchly been behind a cause: Popcornopolis has raised more than $10 million for non-profit groups by ...


Dining-news-Travelle-series-The-Barn-Nutella-cafe

Dining news: Travelle series, The Barn, Nutella cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Travelle "Chef Collab" dinner series kicks off on Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. as Travelle Kitchen + Bar's Chef Ricardo Jarquin opens his kitchen to Chef Daniel Espinoza from new taqueria Holy Taco! for a family-style dinner. The five-course event will begin with guests seated at communal tables in Travelle's wine cellar. Admission is $65 per person, excluding ...


Clinton-to-speak-at-ALA-conference

Clinton to speak at ALA conference - Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the American Library Association ( ALA ) Annual Conference's closing general session speaker on Tuesday, June 27, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place ( west building ). She was the 67th secretary of state ( 2009-13 ) after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf ...


Working-In-America-Lunch-with-Ai-jen-Poo-Dir-Domestic-Workers-Alliance

Working In America Lunch with Ai-jen Poo, Dir. Domestic Worker's Alliance - From a press release - Working In America will hold a last Working Lunch with Ai-jen Poo, Director of Domestic Worker's Alliance, Thursday, May 25. 11:45am-1:30pm at Harold Washington Library. Programming begins promptly at noon. Ai-jen has been organizing with immigrant women workers for over two decades, forging pathways to sustainable quality jobs for the caregiving workforce, and working to ensure access to affordable care ...


Center-on-Halsted-gala-marks-10th-anniversary

Center on Halsted gala marks 10th anniversary - Scroll down for videos - According to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Center on Halsted is the "beating heart for the gay and lesbian community of the City of Chicago." Emanuel spoke May 20 at the Center's 10th anniversary Human First gala, held for the second year at the Geraghty on the Near Southwest Side, and reminisced about the organization's impact on the city's LGBT community, ...


Family-law-firm-forges-new-LGBT-partnership-

Family-law firm forges new LGBT partnership - With the freedom to marry won, naturally the LGBTQ community discovered that it has also come with some heavy baggage including everything from estate planning to divorce. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, a Chicago firm, was well-positioned to take on such a thriving new set of challenges. Now they have forged a partnership with LAGBAC—a Chicago-based association of LGBT legal professionals ...


Belmont-Sheffield-Music-Fest-May-27-28-adds-second-stage-

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest May 27-28 adds second stage. - From a press release - CHICAGO—May 4, 2017—Top local tribute bands… food… libations… artisans… and an all-new second stage featuring entertainment booked by two popular neighborhood mainstays ( Berlin nightclub and Trader Todd's ) are on tap for the 33rd annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest. One of the first of many Windy City warm weather fests, the party in the Lakeview neighborhood takes place in the ...


LGBTQ-veterans-to-dedicate-Halsted-monument-celebrate-25-years-on-Memorial-Day-

LGBTQ veterans to dedicate Halsted monument, celebrate 25 years on Memorial Day - The Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) will hold public events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Notably, on Monday, May 29, at 1 p.m. the Chicago chapter of AVER will dedicate a new granite monument to the military service of LGBTs on the corner of Halsted and Addison followed by the celebration of the chapter's ...


Nothing-Without-a-Company-Announces-2017-18-Season-

Nothing Without a Company Announces 2017-18 Season - From a press release - CHICAGO, May 17, 2017 - Chicago non-profit theatre company Nothing Without a Company has announced their 12th season, "Identity." The season will feature three plays: Bobby Pin Girls, Cornerstone, and Not One Batu. These productions show characters figuring out their artistic and personal identities, trying to find themselves in larger social structures, and establishing new relationships as people in recovery ...


Social-media-campaign-launched-supporting-suspended-Saucedo-teacher

Social media campaign launched supporting suspended Saucedo teacher - The groundswell of support for suspended Saucedo special education teacher Sarah Chambers has grown both locally and online since the April 18 rally that called for her reinstatement ( she was suspended April 6 ) at the school. In addition to the 100 people who attended the rally, the #LetSarahTeach hashtag reached over 3.1 million people on Twitter that day. ...


Performance-of-Black-Pearl-A-Tribute-to-Josephine-Baker-to-benefit-Legacy-Project

Performance of Black Pearl, A Tribute to Josephine Baker, to benefit Legacy Project - From a Legacy Project press release - Kick-Off LGBT Pride 2017 with us on Saturday, June 3rd with a special Legacy Project Benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's acclaimed "Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker." $50 ticket ( $15 below market value ) includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Indoor valet parking is available for an additional $10. See the Legacy Project's ...


City-expands-HIV-services-400-increase-people-served-

City expands HIV services, 400% increase people served - From a press release - Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced more than 3,600 people living with HIV in the city received vital services in the first year of new, innovative partnerships between CDPH, the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) and Howard Brown Health. These results represent a 400 percent increase in individuals served in ...


Financing-of-Pennycuff-apartments-nears-completion

Financing of Pennycuff apartments nears completion - The developer of an LGBT-friendly affordable housing project in Logan Square is nearing completion of financing, and a final plan should be ready to present to city officials by the end of summer, according to local officials. The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Castillo Plaza were first announced in May 2016 and will be located at the site of Congress ...


TPAN-Moving-to-New-Office-Partnering-with-Howard-Brown-Health

TPAN Moving to New Office, Partnering with Howard Brown Health - From a press release - Chicago, IL. ( May 18, 2017 )—This month, Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) will move its offices to the Edgewater neighborhood, opening a co-located medical clinic operated by Howard Brown Health. The move returns TPAN to its former storefront location, 5537 N Broadway. According to CEO Patti Capouch. "TPAN has grown in our 30 year history—and the face ...


Pickers-in-Illinois-throughout-June

'Pickers' in Illinois throughout June - The show American Pickers—a documentary series that explores the world of antique "picking"—will be filming throughout Illinois in June. The History Channel show follows Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for the country's most valuable antiques. They find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. Those with large private collections of antiques that the ...


Southwest-suburban-progressives-to-host-equality-march

Southwest suburban progressives to host equality march - The progressive group Southwest Suburban Activists will hold the Equality March for Unity and Pride on June 11 at Breidert Green in Frankfort. Southwest Suburban Activists is a group committed to fostering more progressive and diverse political candidates in Frankfort, a community that has historically been quite conservative, said Emily Beigel, who founded the group. Since its inception in January, ...


Gay-teacher-fired-after-being-outed-by-students

Gay teacher fired after being outed by students - Democratic candidate for Congress Marie Newman, who will be challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-CHicago) in the 2018 elections, on May 19, expressed outrage over the firing of a gay Catholic high school teacher. DNA Info, on May 18, first reported on Matt Tedeschi, a Chicagoan who was fired from St. Ignatius College Prep after students found his online ...


WELCOME-to-the-39th-International-Mr-Leather-Weekend

WELCOME to the 39th International Mr. Leather Weekend - I am so happy to be able to again welcome you to Chicago, the home of the International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack competitions! Once again, we get to celebrate our annual family reunion and partake in all the things that make our city so special. We're so happy you're here and hope this is your best IML yet! ...


OUTAging-confab-May-23-25-

'OUTAging' confab May 23-25 - "OUTAging: Summit on Our Possibilities" will take place May 23-25 in Chicago. With Pride Action Tank hosting, the summit will open with a free reception at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. The remainder of the event will take place at AARP Illinois, 222 N. LaSalle St. The summit is being organized by a small, diverse planning committee that ...


Rent-leaves-a-legacy-of-love

'Rent' leaves a legacy of love - Many cast members of the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour were in Chicago on May 8 and stopped by Musical Monday at Sidetrack for a benefit concert titled A Season Of Love. The cast performed cabaret-style renditions of a variety of songs to raise money for The Legacy Project Chicago. Among the songs were Sting's "All This Time," jazz standard "All ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-OPERA-Richard-E-Grant-Movie-theater-actor-makes-Fair-case

NUNN ON ONE: OPERA Richard E. Grant: Movie/theater actor makes 'Fair' case - English actor Richard E. Grant tackled his first musical ever with the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady first at the Opera Australia; now, he is in the sam production at the Civic Opera House. He began his career in his native South Africa, where he founded the multiethnic Troupe Theater Company. His first film, Withnail & I, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Were-Gonna-Die

THEATER REVIEW We're Gonna Die - Playwright: Young Jean Lee. At: Haven Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $18. Runs through: June 4 Whether you think that life is a "walking shadow" like in Shakespeare, or a "vale of tears" like in the Bible, or just an old-fashioned unvarnished bitch, there's no disagreement on its ending. Oh, sure, we may invoke the D-word ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Tight-End

THEATER REVIEW Tight End - Playwright: Rachel Bykowski. At: Twenty Percent Theatre Company at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: June 3 "I'm a physical education teacher. My job is to protect the students," declares the coach of the Westmont High School Titans. "In a small town like this, football is life," insists the widow of former champion Adam Miller. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Objects-in-the-Mirror

THEATER REVIEW Objects in the Mirror - Playwright: Charles Smith. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Ave. Tickets: $20-$75. Runs through: June 4 Our play's author is Charles Smith; its director is Chuck Smith. If you confuse these two names, you will probably find yourself addressing the wrong person. This illustrates the importance of names, long before the house lights signal the start of our fable. More ...


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DANCIN' FEATS J'Sun Howard: Learning to excavate joy - by Joanna Furnans - J'Sun Howard did not grow up dancing—or he did, but not in a traditional dance studio. Raised in Tennessee, the young, introverted Howard taught himself to dance by feverishly studying the choreography in hip-hop and R&B videos. Originally thinking he would pursue a college degree in accounting or biochemistry, Howard eventually declared to his mother that he was going to ...


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PASSAGES Chuck Hyde memorial May 21 - A memorial for former Sidetrack manager Chuck Hyde will be held Sunday, May 21, 1-5 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Hyde, 55, a longtime general manager of Sidetrack bar in Chicago, passed away April 6 in Florida of heart disease. Hyde, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ( now the ...


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Dick O'Day's Big Lovely bingo to benefit Pride Action Tank - From a press release - After his historic return to the Annoyance Theater ( 851 W. Belmont ) in 2015, Dick O'Day is back for one show only Sunday, May 21, 5 — 7 pm with a special edition of his one of a kind bingo experience. Welcome to Dick O'Day's Big, Lovely Countdown to Summer Bingo, the show that has played the heartland ( ...


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SAVOR Joy District - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Ever heard of a "clubstaurant?" Well, that portmanteau perfectly describes Joy District ( 112 W. Hubbard St.; https://www.joychicago.com/ ), which offers everything from inviting eats to multiple spaces to explore. Housed in what was formerly Epic, Chef Matthew Wilde has unveiled a new menu that Windy City Times was privileged to try as part of a media event—and while there ...


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BOOKS 'Doll Parts': Talking with Amanda Lepore - Nightclub superstar and trans-visibility pioneer Amanda Lepore has just released her heavily illustrated and visually luscious new memoir, Doll Parts. In the book, Lepore tells the harrowing story of being a New Jersey child growing up with a mentally unstable mother and absentee father who trusts the vision she has of herself from a very young age. Windy City Times: ...


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Theater spotlight on Token, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight In Token, actress/comedian Kaye Winks shares lifelong tales of being that lone Black person in a world of white. This 60-minute one-woman show features Winks portraying family, friends, strangers, foes and more to examine what it can feel like to being a token Black person. Token plays 7:30 p.m. Fridays through June 9 at Judy's Beat Lounge on ...


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THEATER REVIEW Paradise Blue - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau. At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; TimelineTheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through: July 23 Paradise Blue is a challenging play that TimeLine meets admirably—if not quite perfectly—under veteran director Ron OJ Parson. The play seems part realism and part impressionism, with characters who are moods as much as real people. As Paradise Blue concerns late-1940s jazz ...







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