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Gay man attacked in Edgewater - A man walking to the Bryn Mawr L stop, 1119 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., in Edgewater was assaulted the evening of Jan. 13, and he said the perpetrator used anti-gay slurs while doing so. The victim's shoulder was broken in the attack. Scott Peterson, who lives nearby, first encountered the perpetrator at about 5:15 p.m. while inside the Dunkin' Donuts ...


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Judge in Schock trial recuses herself - The federal judge overseeing the criminal corruption case against former Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock recused herself Jan. 19, citing information about Schock's efforts to delay her from becoming her court's chief judge. U.S. District Court Judge Sue Myerscough agreed with defense attorneys who said that information showing that Schock worked with Sen. Mark Kirk ( R-Ill. ) in 2011 ...


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RISE UP! Women's March on Chicago draws more than 250K - Videos below - History was made Jan. 21 at the Women's March on Chicago. It was 8 a.m. in the morning at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago. Through an early, cool mist, the small army of organizers and volunteers for the Women's March on Chicago were completing work on and around the rally stage in preparation for ...


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Anti-LGBT lawyer suspended for misogynist comments - A Chicago attorney who has litigated against LGBT causes was, on Jan. 18, suspended from practicing in federal courts for a year, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jason R. Craddock Sr., has argued cases on behalf of the conservative Thomas More Society advocacy group, which, among other anti-LGBT and conservative Christian causes, disputed marriage equality in court. Craddock also represented ...


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A Love Supreme wedding celebration April 9 - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL; January 19, 2016 ): In the largest wedding celebration in the history of the hotel and the building that houses it dating back to 1893, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel ( 12 S. Michigan Ave. ) is proud to announce A Love Supreme, an inclusive, joyous celebration of marriage and unity, taking place in Stagg Court on ...


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Chicago's Women's March announces new rally site and march route - CHICAGO, IL ( Jan. 19, 2017 ) — The expected number of attendees for the Women's March on Chicago continues to grow exponentially. Due to the large crowds expected for Jan. 21 march, organizers today announced a new rally site and march route. So far, more than 50,000 people have confirmed attendance on march social media channels, and many more ...


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Chicago rapper comes out as bi - On Jan. 18, local hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett came out as bisexual. "My birthday is tomorrow and moving into next year I'd like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues," Bennett—the brother of Chance the Rapper—wrote on Twitter. "Growing up I've always felt indifferent about my sexuality and being attracted to one ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World and local premieres abound - There are plenty of offerings this winter for theater lovers who prize new-to-Chicago and never-seen-before works. Here's a sampling of world and local premieres to watch out for. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. World premieres Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, Second City e.t.c., 1608 N. Wells St. You can bet that this 41st revue will feature ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL The winter classics: Old and not-so-old - Classics... The very word is an attraction for some but a turn-off for others, which is understandable if an old play is presented as a stodgy museum piece, or used as a springboard for some ill-conceived deconstruction. Fortunately, the finest and greatest theater pieces remain pulsing and pertinent for contemporary audiences through the universality of their characters, stories and ...


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Theater spotlight on Chicago Children's Theatre, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Chicago Children's Theatre is simultaneously celebrating its future and its past this month. The recent opening of Chicago Children's Theatre's new headquarters for classes and small-scale shows in the former 12th District police station in the West Loop conincides with the revival of one of the company's biggest hits. Back in 2009, Ralph Covert ( Ralph's World ) ...


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Charles Busch in Chicago Jan. 29-30 - Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, will present Charles Busch: That Girl, That Boy on Jan. 29-30 in The Broadway in the center. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of ...


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The Sofo Tap presents Lumbersexual Jan. 21 - In its third year, The Sofo Tap's Otter gets hotter than ever as Chicago's ultimate otter mascot, Woody Woodruff, hosts this year's Lumbersexual, Saturday, January 21. Lumbersexual, much like Chicago winters, brings out the rugged side in all of us. Join fellow Chicago otters in sporting your sexiest flannel, plaid or whatever gets you in the mood to tackle some ...


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Sidetrack, nightlife photos - Open wide for Sync It!: Dudes, Wed., Jan. 11 Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


SAVOR-Mamas-Boy

SAVOR Mama's Boy - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Mama's Boy Peasant Italian ( 445 N. Dearborn St.; RosebudRestaurants.com/restaurant/mamas-boy-peasant-italian/ ) is in an interesting spot. The eatery is located in River North—and at a location that would seem to invite many patrons. However, there has been substantial restaurant turnover over the years—including with Rosebud venue Joe Fish. ( Mama's Boy is also a Rosebud restaurant. ) Hopefully, Mama's Boy ...


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Cartooning AIDS' at Gerber/Hart - A new major exhibition is in the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St. "Cartooning AIDS" features the political cartoons of Danny Sotomayor and looks at how issues surrounding AIDS were engaged through political cartoons, comic books, trading cards and 'zines for the purpose of political critique, education, and awareness. The exhibition will be open through ...


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Laura Jane Grace in Chicago on Feb. 5 - On Sunday, Feb. 5, trans singer Laura Jane Grace will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Grace is a musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Her solo debut EP, Heart Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as transgender, ...


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VideoOut hosts story-sharing event - NYC-based nonprofit VideoOut ( created to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people by sharing coming-out stories and building community ) and Chicago-based film-production company Strangewaze hosted Chicago Story Collection Day Sunday, Jan. 15, at Center on Halsted. Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) Kim Hunt ( left, back row ) was one of those who took part. Photo by Gretchen ...


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Forum on LGBTQ bars on Jan. 26 - Out at CHM—the Chicago History Museum's annual three-event series exploring LGBTQ issues—is launching its 14th year of programming with "Our Bars: Community, Safety, Violence, Sex, and Activism," an exploration of the movement that developed from LGBTQ bars and clubs. The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. The panel discussion begins ...


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Bill T. Jones to speak at DuSable - Art AIDS America and the DuSable Museum of African American History are hosting dancer/activist/Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Jones, who is a passionate HIV-positive artist, will offer a one-night-only presentation ( entitled "Return" ) touching on his decades-long relation to HIV/AIDS. This program is free and ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBT plays to chase away the darkness - Don't put away that gay apparel yet. After a stressful 2016, it's time to rally around LGBT plays to raise consciousness and morale while having a good time as well. Gay history The Temperamentals, About Face at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Before Stonewall sparked the creation of Gay Alliances, Coalitions or Liberation Fronts, the Mattachine Society ...


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LGBT critics to announce Dorian Award nods - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA )—composed of more than 170 film/TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. The selections come across 24 categories, and are mainstream and LGBTQ-focused, with 20th Century Women and The Lobster among the titles in the ...


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Siskel's Oscar panel Jan. 24 - The Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), 164 N. State St., will present the 89th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. A reception will follow. Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival Alison Cuddy will moderate a panel discussion about this year's ...


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Riva Lehrer talk on Jan. 25 - Project& will present a conversation with Riva Lehrer, who's a Working in America exhibit participant, artist and activist. The event will take place Wed., Jan. 25, 12-1 p.m., at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. She will talk about her working life. Lehrer is known for depictions of those who have rarely been the subjects of portraiture. ...


-National-comedy-benefit-Jan-19-21

National comedy benefit Jan. 19-21 - In response to what the event's organizers have called President-elect Donald Trump's "repeated threats on human rights," comedians in more than 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and ...


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Goodman to light up new marquee - Goodman Theatre will illuminate its brand-new marquee for the first time during a public ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The illumination event is aligned with The Ghostlight Project, a national effort of U.S. theater. The iconic vertical marquee above the Goodman's Dearborn Street main entrance will match the look and dimensions of the original sign, which was ...


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Wayne Brady joining 'Hamilton' - Five-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady is joining the Chicago cast of Hamilton ( as Aaron Burr ) Jan. 17-April 9 at The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Brady will return for his eighth season as the host of CBS' Let's Make A Deal as well as the fifth new season of Who's Line Is it ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Her-America

THEATER REVIEW Her America - Playwright: Brett Neveu. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $34-$48. Runs through: Feb. 12 In theater jargon, the term "vehicle" indicates a play or production designed to showcase the talents of a particular artist, often—but not always—at the expense of other dramatic factors ( plot, character, plausibility, etc. ). Brett Neveu's conveyance for Chicago icon ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Sundial - Playwright: adapted by Paul Edwards, from the novel by Shirley Jackson. At: City Lit Theatre at the Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $29. Runs through: Feb. 12 In an uncertain world, rarely is there a shortage of free-floating dread ( dubbed "anxiety" by the shrinks ). Since putting a name to unseen terrors provides an illusion ...


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WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Winter dance is warming up - This year is shaping up to be mellower one for many local dance companies, many of which are still recovering from a prolific fall dance season filled with ambitious projects and world premieres—scaled back, perhaps, but no less exciting for all brands of dance fans. —The Harris Theater has a very full calendar this winter, of which the notable engagements ...


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Poll: 10M LGBTQs reside in U.S. - The portion of adults identifying as LGBTQ increased to 4.1 percent in 2016, from 3.5 percent in 2012, according to Gallup.com. This translates to 10 million LGBTQ adults living in the United States—an increase of approximately 1.75 million from 2012. This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of ...


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Writer Maggie Jochild dies - Writer Maggie Jochild—whose Twitter account described her as a "third-generation lesbian," "a sixth-generation Texan" and "radical poet pacifist novelist disabled optimistic"—died Jan. 6. She was 61. Alison Bechdel, on her blog Dykes to Watch Out For, had sent out good wishes to Jochild in a Jan. 3 post. Bechdel added that Jochild "met her partner, Margot [Williams], through this blog ...


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UMC's Bishop Karen Oliveto visits Chicago - United Methodist Church ( UMC ) Bishop Karen Oliveto was in Chicago over the weekend of Jan. 13 for the Winter Warming conference that, according to its website, is "a reconciling United Methodist gathering for a fully inclusive church co-hosted by NIC Reconciling Task Force & MFSA." Oliveto is UMC's first openly lesbian bishop having served, for eight years, as ...


Inauguration-day-protests-in-Chicago

Inauguration day protests in Chicago - Activist Andy Thayer reports on actions this Friday, Jan. 20 in Chicago: Two huge protests are going to meet up. One starts at Daley Plaza at 3 p.m. ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daley-Plaza-Downtown-Chicago/524104144279966 ), which will then march to Trump Tower ( really, just south of it @ Wacker and Wabash ) for a 5 p.m. protest organized by another group ( https://www.facebook.com/events/359935351008861/ ...


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Torres to work with Howard Brown - Crispin Torres is moving from Lambda Legal to Howard Brown Health. Torres, the community educator at Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office, will start at Howard Brown on Feb. 1. He will concentrate on policy and legislative work there. In an email he said, "I am very excited for this new opportunity, albeit sad to say goodbye to some of my ...


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Planned Parenthood prepares for fight of its life - In as much as conservative Republicans have waged their crusade against the civil and human rights of the LGBTQ community, they have sought to wield the same authority in both clandestine and overt efforts to control the reproductive lives of women. A woman's right to the governance of her own body has been a battleground of increased intensity ever since ...


-Activists-want-to-quash-Uptown-TIF-subsidy

Activists want to quash Uptown TIF subsidy - From a press release - Lawyers for activists who last year filed an Open Meetings Act lawsuit against the Chicago City Council, have moved for the court to quash a City Council vote last June that approved a TIF subsidy for hi-rises in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The City Council approved the Montrose-Clarendon $15.8 million TIF subsidy for what they call "luxury housing on prime lakefront ...


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Dining news: Monkey's Paw chef, 'Dolly Parton' event, Care Bear cupcakes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Monkey's Paw, a Lincoln Park gastropub established in 2012, has announced Adam Allen as its new executive chef. Allen previously cooked under former The Dawson Executive Chef Shaun King, and has also held roles at Davanti Enoteca, Epic, Baume & Brix and, most recently, with Footman Hospitality as sous chef at Bangers & Lace in Wicker Park. See TheMonkeysPawChicago.com. ...


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Von Teese tour to kick off Feb. 1-3 - Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese is set to kick off her striptease spectacle, "The Art of the Teese," Feb. 1-3, 2017, at Chicago's House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. In this all-new burlesque revue, Von Teese is performing some of her best-loved acts that have never been seen on tour before, including a fresh version of "Lazy" that she ...


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'Love Is Love' at Sidetrack on Jan. 20 - Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., is throwing a " Make J20 Great Again = Love Is Love" party all day and night on Friday, Jan. 20. Coinciding with the date of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Sidetrack's event is meant, according to a press release, " for people to come together and reminding all of us that love is still love, ...


The-Reel-Strategy-Workshop-to-train-in-branding-funding-and-distributing-films

The Reel Strategy Workshop to train in branding, funding and distributing films - From a press release - In a rare opportunity for the Chicago film community, two principals of Los Angeles' Legacy Entertainment Partners, LLC ( "Legacy" )( with offices also in New York and Budapest ), and Chicago's Benjamin Warsinske, Founder & CEO of BrandedWorld.co, and author of Groundwork: The Foundation for an Unshakeable Brand, have teamed up to offer an intensive training on the latest ...


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Lambda Legal appeals case of lesbian harassed in senior housing facility - From a press release - Lambda Legal announced today that it will appeal its case on behalf of Marsha Wetzel, a lesbian woman harassed at her senior housing facility, after the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Glen St. Andrew Living Community's request to dismiss the lawsuit. Lambda Legal, along with its co-counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, filed the lawsuit on ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mutts, Archie Powell, Hemmingbirds and Jesse W. Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I should have learned from the recent past to pay attention to omens. Not one month after reviewing a show jam-packed with surprises and unexpected dangers ( Foxing, Tiny Moving Part, etc. in the Dec. 28 edition of Bent Nights ), I found myself at an equally loaded show with three of Chicago's most beloved bands. When Mutts frontman Mike ...


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TRAVEL Miami Beach has arts, culture and beaches with flair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - That wicked, pre-Christmas winter punch to the face from Mother Nature made me wish I was back in Miami Beach. Forget the layers and layers of clothes needed, and the fact you're still ridiculously cold when Chicago hit single-digits in mid-December, and the temperature even dipped below-zero. Forget the horrendous terms "polar vortex" and "real-feel temperature." Forget the nasty look ...


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Rebell: All about fitness--and teamwork - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As people figure out how to stick with their New Year's resolution regarding fitness, Lake View fitness spot Rebell Strength and Conditioning might be an intriguing option. Of course, the five-year-old Rebell ( pronounced "ruh-BELL" ) is about the bells ( as in barbells and kettlebells ), hence its name. However, it's also about teamwork and community. Co-founder Mike Connelly ...


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KaraokeCares Presents the anti-inauguration party Jan. 20 at Davenport's - On Friday, January 20, performers will be hosting more than five hours of karaoke in one of the most beautiful bars in Chicago, Davenport's. The event is to counteract the inauguration that many people in Chicago are looking to avoid. The event will be 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Sonic Lizard Karaoke has hosted karaoke in this venue ...


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'The Dolphin Show' running 'Little Shop' Jan. 20-28 at NU - The Dolphin Show—advertised as this country's largest student-produced musical—announced that Little Shop of Horrors will be its 75th annual ( "Diamond Dolphin" ) show at Northwestern University. Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Northwestern School of Communication senior Maggie Monahan and co-produced by School of Communication senior Janie Dickerson and Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences senior Bailey Sutton, ...


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GayCo to present Cntrl+Alt-Right+Delete - CHICAGO—-In a world run by a man with tiny, quick thumbs, and a sidekick as terrifying as a broken condom, GayCo has managed to dismantle the alt-right movement in 3 simple keystrokes: CNTRL + ALT-RIGHT + DELETE. GayCo is back with a brand new show to take down the alt-right movement in a battle of sass, wit and sexual innuendos. ...


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LGBTs attend legislative breakfast on next Congress - Video below - U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Robin Kelly and Bill Foster, all Democrats from Illinois, attended a legislative breakfast Jan. 17 hosted by AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Pride Action Tank ( PAT ) and Equality Illinois ( EI ), at the offices of Clark Hill law firm downtown. Also attending were representatives for Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, ...


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Women's march hosts press event - The Women's March on Chicago held a press conference Jan. 17 at City Hall. More than a dozen supports, organizers and speakers for the march attended, with several giving passionate reasons why they are marching Jan. 21 in Chicago's Grant Park. Lead march organizers Liz Radford, Ann Scholhamer and Jessica Scheller introduced some of the march's movers and shakers, including ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Jeremy Ashley Owens riffs on Cher and being ridiculous - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeremy Ashley Owens is showing the funny side of life with his popular Chicago series You're Being Ridiculous. In the show, a different topic is featured each run. Currently, family is front and center, with games, choices and lightbulbs all planned for the future. Sounds ridiculous? It is all part of the fun. Founded in 2010 by Owens, the cast ...


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Illinois Holocaust Museum to open 'Half the Sky' exhibit - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and YWCA Evanston/North Shore are partnering to present the Midwest premiere of a special exhibition at the Museum titled "Women Hold Up Half the Sky," which identifies one of the central moral challenges of the 21st century: full equality for women. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women, ...


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Wife of Orlando shooter arrested - Noor Salman, the wife of the Orlando nightclub mass shooter at Pulse Nightclub, was arrested in San Francisco Jan. 16. Salman was charged with aiding and abetting as well as obstruction of justice in the case of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. She moved to the San Francisco area after the June 2016 shooting, in which her husband, ...


Womens-March-on-Chicago-Jan-21

Women's March on Chicago Jan. 21 - Chicago will be among more than 380 cities around the world hosting women's marches Jan. 21, the day after the U.S. presidential inauguration. While the largest march is expected in Washington, D.C., with thousands of people from Illinois attending, one of the largest marches outside of D.C. is expected in Chicago. Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of ...


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Berlin washroom vandalized - A washroom at the popular Boystown nightclub Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave., was vandalized the evening of Jan. 14, according to social media reports. The perpetrators drew swastikas and wrote "King Trump" on the washroom wall and smashed a mirror. On a post appearing on Berlin's Facebook page, employee Greg Haus wrote, "This is so upsetting to me. I've been ...


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Trans person: Nightclub's apology insufficient - A trans individual who was allegedly misgendered and denied entry to a Chicago nightclub said Jan. 12 that the nightclub's attempt at an apology was insufficient, according to DNA Info. Jay Graber said that when they—their preferred pronoun—as well as friends attempted to enter PRYSM Nightclub, 1543 N. Kinsbury St., on Dec. 30, they were turned away; Graber was wearing ...


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Legacy LIVE to present Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist, Sotomayor's story - From a press release - The Legacy LIVE Series for 2017 opens with the rarely seen, award-winning 1990 documentary Short Fuse: Story of an AIDS Activist about the fiery, funny, passionate life of Daniel Sotomayor, the nation's first openly gay political cartoonist and ACT-UP/Chicago AIDS activist. Follow his struggle to balance life, death, and protest cast against some of the most explosive footage of AIDS ...


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Love is Love, Sidetrack offering uplifting Inauguration Day alternative - From a press release - Lakeview, Chicago. ( January 13, 2017 ) Sidetrack The Video bar-famous for Show Tune Sunday, frozen slushies, and napkin tosses ( among other events and social activism )-is throwing a Love is Love Party all day and night Friday January 20. Sidetrack, along with partners Lambda Legal and Absolut, want to "Make J20 Great Again!" with a bevy of ways ...


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Local theaters to participate in The Ghostlight Project - From press releases - CHICAGO ( January 13, 2017 ) — Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz announce Steppenwolf's participation in The Ghostlight Project, an evening of advocacy at theater companies across the country to demonstrate a shared commitment to greater inclusion, participation and compassion in our theaters and our communities. On January 19, 2017, beginning at 5:15pm, Steppenwolf Theatre ...


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Women's March on Chicago announces new rally location - From a press release - Jackson Boulevard at Lake Shore Drive, immediately south of the Petrillo Bandshell, will be the new kick-off point for a Jan. 21 rally and march in downtown Chicago for women's rights. Organizers decided to locate the stage on Jackson rather than at the bandshell to protect Grant Park from damage. The combination of unseasonably warm temperatures, rain earlier in the ...


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1000s of Illinoisans traveling to Women's March on Washington Jan. 21 - As the date draws closer for what is expected to be one of the largest demonstrations in Washington, D.C. in recent times, Illinois marchers and the Illinois Chapter organizers are in final stages of preparation for the Women's March on Washington. The March is taking place Saturday, Jan. 21st, 2017, the day after the inauguration of the next president of ...


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Rep. Feigenholtz introduces legislation protecting abortion access - From a press release - SPRINGFIELD — Earlier this week, Representative Sara Feigenholtz introduced House Bill 40, which reaffirms the State of Illinois' commitment to ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive health care including abortion for all women in the state. "House Bill 40 is a critical piece of legislation that ensures that women's health care will be protected in Illinois regardless of what happens to ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Fillet-of-Solo-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight on Fillet of Solo, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight There are plenty of LGBTQ artists featured in the 20th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, which celebrates the breadth of Chicago's storytelling and live literature scene. GayCo, OUTspoken, You're Being Ridiculous and the Sweat Girls are just a few of the 15 storytelling collectives gathered together for this three-week theatrical event. The 20h Annual Fillet of Solo Festival ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Rosenkranz-Mysteries

THEATER REVIEW The Rosenkranz Mysteries - Playwright: Eugene Burger, Jessica Fisch, Ricardo Rosenkranz. At: Opus Magna Musica at the Royal George, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $50-$75. Runs through: Jan. 22 It's not merely the nimble fingers—the mechanics are the same, whether the perpetrator is a professional illusionist charging hefty admissions in Las Vegas or a bartender short-changing an unwary customer. What makes us eager to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Women

THEATER REVIEW Women - Playwright: Chiara Atik. At: The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-882-8201 or TheCuckoosTheaterProject.com; $20. Runs through: Feb. 4 On the surface, the premise for Chiara Atik's world-premiere comedy Women sounds like so many Saturday Night Live sketches that run out of steam. Luckily with Women, that isn't entirely the case. Women is ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Before Stonewall - Right-wing conservatives are notorious for trying to blot out any mention of gay history in schools. Even so, most people know that the Stonewall Riots of 1969 were the flashpoint that kicked off the modern equal rights movement for LGBTQ people. "Our history is so important to us. In our current state, we're doing a much better job of tracking ...


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GLSEN: Illinois schools hostile for many LGBTQ secondary students - From a press release - ILLINOIS ( January 11, 2017 ) — GLSEN today released state-level data from its benchmark National School Climate Survey, which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students. The biennial survey, which began in 1999, found that harassment and discrimination negatively affect LGBTQ students' ...


In-the-Life-Gerald-Cernak

In the Life: Gerald Cernak - Over the past two years, Gerald Cernak has volunteered a combined 430 hours, mostly all within the LGBT community—such as for Equality Illinois, Center on Halsted, Gay for Good and the Chicago Leather Community Outreach. "It's extremely important [to volunteer within the LGBT community], and given our current political environment, the need for more people to step up and lend ...


SAVOR-Animale

SAVOR Animale - Animale ( 1904 N. Western Ave.; AnimaleChicago.com )—a restaurant owned by Aldo Zaninotto and Chef Cameron Grant—is definitely a non-traditional northern Italian spot. It's also different than Osteria Langhe, a much-buzzed-about eatery that Zaninotto and Grant also own. The differences show up almost immediately regarding the location ( right by the Western Blue Line stop, so it's more accessible than ...


Writers-Resist-event-Jan-15

'Writers Resist' event Jan. 15 - On Sunday, Jan. 15, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a "re-inauguration" of their shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Chicago #WRITERS RESIST organizers are planning readings Jan. 15 all over the Chicago area. Neighborhood readings are planned for Hyde Park, Humboldt ...


National-comedy-benefit-Jan-19-21

National comedy benefit Jan. 19-21 - In response to what the event's organizers have called President-elect Donald Trump's "repeated threats on human rights," comedians in more than 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and ...


Immigration-rally-on-Jan-14-

Immigration rally on Jan. 14 - The immigration-themed Rally for Resistance, Unity and Respect for All will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at 1901 W. Carroll Ave. The Chicago Teachers Union is hosting the event. For more information, visit "Immigration Rally for Resistance, Unity and Respect" on Facebook. ...


Sinfoniettas-MLK-concerts-Jan-14-16

Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


Lesbian-movie-to-premiere-at-SXSW

Lesbian movie to premiere at SXSW - Jennifer Reeder's coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move, starring Chicago lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza and featuring trans actor Malic White, will have its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The plot is as follows: A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes ...


Sinfoniettas-MLK-concerts-Jan-14-16

Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


Travel-show-in-Rosemont-Jan-21-22

Travel show in Rosemont Jan. 21-22 - The 13th Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show will take place Jan. 21-22, 2017, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Among other events, travel experts and celebrities will present seminars and answer questions. Speaking on the Travel Theater will be CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, Travel Channel host Samantha Brown, Johnny Jet ( of JohnnyJet.com ) ...







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