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ACLU-files-Federal-complaint-School-board-segregates-trans-bathroom-use

ACLU files Federal complaint: School board segregates trans bathroom use - RICHMOND, Va. — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Justice and Department of Education against Gloucester County Public Schools ( GCPS ) for adopting a bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from using the same restrooms and locker rooms as their peers. The school board adopted the policy ...


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Santiago's spouse among those included in settlement - The surviving partner of a prominent community activist is among those included in a settlement after a 2011 Indiana stage collapse, Indy Star reported Dec. 19. Lawyers representing victims of an August 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair announced Dec. 19 that they had reached a settlement totaling nearly $50 million. Among the people killed in that accident ...


Illinois-court-ends-bias-against-unmarried-couples-

Illinois court ends bias against unmarried couples - From a press release - Today, in a landmark decision, the Illinois Court of Appeals for the First District ruled that courts may not discriminate against unmarried couples by preventing them from enforcing property claims against one another when they separate, ending the state's 35-year-long policy of closing the courthouse doors to unmarried couples. Today's unanimous decision, written by Justice Margaret Stanton McBride, held that ...


No-SCOTUS-stay-same-sex-marriages-to-begin-in-Florida-Jan-6

No SCOTUS stay, same-sex marriages to begin in Florida Jan. 6 - From press releases - From Human Rights Campaign WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order declining to extend the stay on a federal court ruling striking down Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay will expire at the end of the day on January 5, 2015, at which point same-sex couples can legally begin marrying in the Sunshine State. ...


PASSAGES-Albert-Mallett-dies

PASSAGES Albert Mallett dies - Albert Mallett, 70, world traveler, retired H.R. specialist at Burlington North Santa Fe Railroad, who enjoyed a second career as a chef, passed away unexpectedly at home December 14, 2014. Son of the late Albert and Cenida ( nee Turner ) Mallett. Dear friend of Earl Maupins, Marjorie Walton , Mary Síeradzka, and Charles Boyd. Memorial service, early 2015, Church ...


Trans-individual-missing-from-Warren-Michigan-area-

Trans individual missing from Warren, Michigan area - From a press release - WARREN - Equality Michigan is asking for help in locating Jay Ralko, a 22 year old missing Warren area trans individual. Jay was last seen on December 10th driving a Ford Escape Charcoal Gray, plate # CJK7951 with chrome pipe running boards and rain deflectors on the windows. Anyone with information should please call Equality Michigan at 313-466-4345 or Warren ...


PASSAGES-Harry-N-Stamm

PASSAGES Harry N. Stamm - Harry N. Stamm, "Chris", 58, former instructor at Harrington Institute of Interior Design for many years and Robert Morris College, passed away unexpectedly at home December 15, 2014. Beloved son of the late Harry J. Stamm and Lorraine A. Stamm ( nee Nelson ), brother of Barbara Stamm, cousin of many, and close friend to Joe Babula, John Kvedaras and ...


Lighthouse-hosts-vigil-against-police-brutality

Lighthouse hosts vigil against police brutality - Congregants and local supporters of Lighthouse Church of Chicago held a vigil and peaceful march Dec. 18 to protest against police chokeholds and other forms of police violence. The Lighthouse Church of Chicago was founded in 2013 by Pastor Jamie Frazier, an out gay African American minister, with the goal of creating a church, which is open to people of ...


Student-actors-present-poetic-novel-October-Mourning-

Student actors present poetic novel "October Mourning" - North Central College presents "October Mourning," a stage production based on Lesléa Newman's book, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard," Jan. 8-11. Student actors with direction by Carin Silkaitis, North Central College assistant professor of theatre, will present six performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-10, at 2 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in Madden Theatre ...


Chicago-protests-continue-to-take-place

Chicago protests continue to take place - "Black & Brown Lives Matter, at home & abroad," was a message of an International Human Rights Day ( Dec. 10 ) protest that started at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway, and ended near President Obama's Chicago home. Emmett Farmer—whose son, Flint, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in 2011 while he was lying on his stomach—was ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Lesbian-actress-Beth-Glover-gets-evil-in-Cinderella

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Lesbian actress Beth Glover gets evil in 'Cinderella' - There's a new madame in town, and this time she's played by the talented Beth Glover in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Glover returns to this touring gig after successful national tours of Promises, Promises, All Shook Up and Anything Goes. She has tackled roles in 9 to 5, Grey Gardens and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Windy City Times phoned her on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Pericles

THEATER REVIEW Pericles - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through Jan. 18 Modern audiences might find Pericles very hard to swallow. William Shakespeare's romantic drama set on and around the Mediterranean Sea during antiquity is filled with plot twists involving a Lazarus-like resurrection, thwarted seductions and coincidental reunions of ...


Upcoming-events-YEPP-with-Crys-Matthews-SWOP-anti-violence

Upcoming events: YEPP with Crys Matthews; SWOP anti-violence - Jan. 10 YEPP show to feature Crys Matthews On Friday, Jan. 10, the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., will host singer songwriter Crys Matthews in a concert to benefit the Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ). Matthews' music blends American, folk, funk, blues and jazz, with influences ranging from Otis Redding to Ani DiFranco, according to a ...


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Myles Brady: Howard Brown's first transgender outreach coordinator - Myles Brady, a Chicago native from Hyde Park, has been named Howard Brown Health Center's first-ever Transgender Outreach Coordinator. He has taken those first steps to make Howard Brown his home and to reach out to an often marginalized cross-section of the LGBT community. Windy City Times: As a trans man, when did you first know that you were trans? ...


-LoBianco-now-at-Chicago-House

LoBianco now at Chicago House - Jim LoBianco, formerly executive director of Streetwise, Inc., has been appointed chief development officer at Chicago House and Social Services. He started Dec. 1. In an open letter, LoBianco said, in part, "While leaving StreetWise after 4 ˝ years was bittersweet, I am very proud of the great things that I and the staff accomplished. Together we housed, trained and ...


LGBTQ-Task-Force-leader-talks-equality-anti-trans-violence

LGBTQ Task Force leader talks equality, anti-trans violence - Engaging, vocal and passionate about her work and her community, Stacey Long Simmons is the director of public policy and government affairs for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Active in various advocacy groups, including being past chair of the DC Commission for Women, Long Simmons strives to never be a "boring policy wonk." Windy City Times: Tell us about your ...


Ruth-Messinger-talks-human-rights-issues-justice

Ruth Messinger talks human-rights issues, justice - "I dedicate my days to the struggles for human rights of some of the people who have the least access to power—women and girls, the LGBT community and indigenous peoples in the developing world whose communities are threatened," said Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service ( AJWS ). That was just one of the messages that Messinger ...


AFC-webinar-shows-other-PrEP-methods-may-join-Truvada

AFC webinar shows other PrEP methods may join Truvada - by Margo Anderson - On Dec. 11, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) conducted an informational webinar on potential new methods of PrEP ( pre-exposure prophylaxis ). PrEP is a set of preventative antiretrovirals taken consistently by an HIV-negative person who is at high risk for becoming HIV-positive. Jim Pickett, the director of prevention advocacy and gay men's health at AFC, said ...


Life-might-be-getting-better-for-LGBT-steelworkers

Life might be getting better for LGBT steelworkers - Anne Balay has become an advocate for LGBT steelworkers, which is interesting since she's never worked in a steel mill. Balay did however work in Gary, Indiana, previously as an instructor at Indiana University Northwest. She said the proximity to the steel mills as well as a background in blue-collar work led to her searching out LGBT steelworkers to find ...


March-vigil-stress-that-sex-workers-lives-matter-too-

March, vigil stress that sex workers' lives matter, too - Sex workers and their allies gathered to celebrate life and remember lives lost on Dec. 17. Sex Workers Outreach Project ( SWOP )-Chicago began commemorating the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers with a march in downtown Chicago. A program and candlelight vigil at Jane Addams-Hull House followed. "It's important to remember the people we've lost this year ...


Auditorium-gala-brings-LuPone-

Auditorium gala brings LuPone - From opening night on Dec. 9, 1889 to an anniversary night Dec. 9, 2014, the Auditorium Theatre has entertained audiences for decades. To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, the venue brought in the legendary Patti LuPone, who is the great-grandniece and namesake of Adelina Patti, the opera star who first brought down the house on opening night at this iconic theater. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Twist-Your-Dickens-or-Scrooge-You

THEATER REVIEW Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! - Playwright: Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. At: The Second City at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$61. Runs through: Jan. 3 A rite of passage on the road to maturity is to deny the power over your emotions exercised by childhood icons—acts of defiance including, but not restricted to, posing Barbie dolls in provocative postures or ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Newsies

THEATER REVIEW Newsies - Book: Harvey Fierstein; Music: Alan Menken; Lyrics: Jack Feldman. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $40-$130. Runs through Jan. 4 The Disney film musical Newsies was a big fat critical and financial flop when it was first released in 1992. So imagine everyone's surprise 20 years later when Newsies became a big fat critically acclaimed ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Andrews-away

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Andrews away - Attention, Chicago theater fans! It might be a very long time before you see out actor/musician/choreographer Patrick Andrews on or around a Chicago-area stage after the holiday season. That's because the auburn-haired Andrews plans to leave the Windy City in an attempt to make it in the Big Apple. Andrews is bound to receive some big-time exposure in New York ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Clean-House

THEATER REVIEW The Clean House - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.remybumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: Jan. 11 Sometimes a play needs to be separated from its author—or, to be more specific, from audiences' expectations of the author. How many years passed before Neil Simon was perceived as more than a-laugh-a-minute, Beth Henley as more ...


Dining-news-Winter-doughnuts-260-chocolate-bar

Dining news: Winter doughnuts; $260 chocolate bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The artisan doughnut shop Glazed and Infused has created two new items for custom catering orders, the Christmas Tree Doughnut Tower and Snowman Doughnuts. Glazed and Infused's 18-inch-tall tower ( $80 ) is composed of more than 100 doughnut holes decorated in seasonal green and red sprinkles. Also, hot-drink options include a Hazelnut Macchiato, Iced Dark and Iced White Mocha; ...


Boystowns-Bountiful-Eatery-Food-fitness-environment

Boystown's Bountiful Eatery: Food, fitness, environment - Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Eat24 Top Rated restaurant award, in addition to the Lakeview East Healthy Choices Award, Bountiful Eatery, 3312 N. Broadway, is a gluten-free choice for fresh, healthy eating. The décor is clean and modern, and it's easily a great place to chat or do work on your laptop. Healthy magazines are strewn about to peruse ...


Music-news-YuleTube-ends-Dec-20-Menzel-holiday-album-out-

Music news: YuleTube ends Dec. 20; Menzel holiday album out - CGMC's 'YuleTube' to conclude Dec. 20 Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will perform the last version of its holiday show "YuleTube: Holiday Favorites from Television" on Dec. 20. CGMC will re-enact holiday specials from Rankin and Bass ( Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch ), Charlie Brown, The Muppets and a dozen more. The chorus will perform Saturday, Dec. ...


Critics-Picks-and-Theater-Spotlight

Critics' Picks and Theater Spotlight - Theater Spotlight Get a dose of circus-infused Christmas-style spectacle with Cirque Dreams Holidaze. The touring holiday show features 20 international acts performing feats of acrobatics, balancing and magical illusions as they're dressed up as snowmen, penguins, reindeer, toy soldiers and more. Cirque Dreams Holidaze plays six performances only at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. ...


LETTERS-

LETTERS - Slide rule Dear Editor: The Mister International Rubber ( MIR ) event needs to be moved out of the gymnasium at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). While the gym works well most of the year, safety is severely compromised following the MIR event. The extensive use of talc and silicone transforms the usually good gymnasium floor into ...


In-the-Life-Ricardo-Sebastian

In the Life: Ricardo Sebastian - Ricardo Sebastian, a Chicago native who launched Luxury Management ( LUX MGT ) eight years ago while the student president at Robert Morris University, has shined ever since—with some celebrity sparkle along the way. "One of my favorite success stories is with Julius LaCour, [who] I met in 2011," Sebastian said of the fashion designer/creative director. "We created a four-year ...


Lighthouse-Church-hosting-prayer-vigil-Dec-18

Lighthouse Church hosting prayer vigil Dec. 18 - Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., is hosting a candlelight prayer vigil—"Prayer with a Purpose"—on Thursday, Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. Ministers and community activists will offer prayers. In addition, attendees will be encouraged to sign a letter to their alderman in support of a chokehold ban for police offers in the city of Chicago. At 7:30 p.m., attendees will ...


DISH-SAVOR-Commonwealth-Tavern-Kanela-12-Cocktails-of-Christmas

DISH: SAVOR Commonwealth Tavern; Kanela; '12 Cocktails of Christmas' - Roscoe Village's Commonwealth Tavern ( 2000 W. Roscoe Ave.; http://www.commonwealthchicago.com/ ) has replaced Mulligan's—and the results are striking, at least in terms of decor. Commonwealth, which opened in February, certainly has a welcoming vibe—and the food will appeal to patrons. At least the appetizers will. The nachos ( with pork, beer cheese, Chihuahua cheese, salsa verde, crema and escabeche ) ...


LoBianco-now-at-Chicago-House-

LoBianco now at Chicago House - Jim LoBianco, formerly executive director of Streetwise, Inc., has been appointed chief development officer at Chicago House and Social Services. He started Dec. 1. In an open letter, LoBianco said, in part, "While leaving StreetWise after 4.5 years was bittersweet, I am very proud of the great things that I and the staff accomplished. Together we housed, trained and placed ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Hanging-with-Wallpaper

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hanging with Wallpaper. - The hip-hop project known as Wallpaper. is more than just a fly on the wall. Producer Ricky Reed started exaggerating AutoTune before the sound became mainstream. The song "STUPiDFACEDD," played in the movie 22 Jump Street, took him on tour with groups like Gym Class Heroes. Reed produced hits for Jason Derulo with "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle." He recently teamed ...


Gerber-Hart-looks-back-at-2014-receives-major-grant

Gerber/Hart looks back at 2014, receives major grant - Officials of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., detailed their work streamlining the library's holdings, as well as a major donation, at their semi-annual meeting Dec. 11. Board President Carrie Barnett, who earlier in the evening was re-elected to serve for another year, said, "I don't believe the traction we're getting." During 2014, all of Gerber/Hart's holdings were ...


School-board-member-causes-controversy-with-anti-gay-remarks

School board member causes controversy with anti-gay remarks - A Warren Township High School District 121 board member, on Dec. 11, apologized for comments she made about the possibility of a gay or lesbian school superintendent, but said that she would not step down over the matter, NBC-5 reported. In a public meeting Dec. 2 in Gurney, Liz Biondi said, "I'm concerned that if we hired someone that we ...


LETTER-Honoring-one-dishonoring-many-

LETTER Honoring one, dishonoring many - Open Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Council: When a City Honors One but Dishonors Many On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, acting on behalf of "all" citizens of the City of Chicago, honored Francis Cardinal George with the city's highest honor, the Medal of Merit. Our elected officials inexplicably praised ...


Owners-Manhole-and-Whiskey-Trust-closing-temporarily

Owners: Manhole and Whiskey Trust closing 'temporarily' - From a press release - LKH Management ( Hydrate, Replay, Elixir, Halsted's ) assumed management of both Chloe's ( now Manhole ) and Whiskey Trust at the end of August 2014, hired by the owner of Chloe's and Whiskey Trust. They state that situations beyond the control of LKH are resulting in the closing of the business at this time. According to Mark Liberson, president ...


EI-wants-Warren-Township-School-board-member-to-resign

EI wants Warren Township School board member to resign - Equality Illinois is calling for the resignation of Warren Township High School District 121 Board member Liz Biondi for suggesting that the search for a new school superintendent exclude gay or lesbian candidates, thereby violating the clear Illinois law prohibiting discrimination against gay and lesbian job candidates. At a public meeting of the board on Dec. 2, 2014 in Gurnee, ...


Choucair-steps-down-as-CDPH-head

Choucair steps down as CDPH head - Chicago officials announced Dec. 11 that Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) Commissioner Bechara Choucair will step down from his post at the end of December. He is to be replaced by CDPH Chief Medical Officer Julie Morita, pending City Council approval. Choucair will be joining Livonia, Michigan-based Trinity Health as that organization's senior vice president for safety ...


Women-Children-First-to-host-Sarah-Ruhl

Women & Children First to host Sarah Ruhl - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — ON Monday, December 22ND at 7 p.m. Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago's iconic Andersonville neighborhood will be hosting playwright and author Sarah Ruhl for a reading, signing and discussion of her slyly brilliant new collection 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and ...


We-Must-Breathe-Dec-18-at-Victory-Gardens-Theater

'We Must Breathe' Dec. 18 at Victory Gardens Theater - On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets," a special event gathering members of Chicago's artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. "We Must Breathe"—which is free and ...


Theater-spotlight-Critics-picks

Theater spotlight, Critics' picks - About Face Theatre teams with Theater Wit to present the return of Big Red and The Boys for its fourth seasonal appearance. Hear traditional and off-kilter holiday songs and stories from the titular chanteuse, with added musical back up from her equally alluring band. Big Red and the Boys plays five performances only at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


PASSAGES-Judy-Baar-Topinka-dies

PASSAGES Judy Baar Topinka dies - Just weeks after being re-elected into her post by Illinois voters, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away from complications following a stroke Dec. 10. "The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen last night and I lost a friend," said Sen. Dick Durbin in a statement. "In a political world of cocker spaniels she could be a bulldog taking ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Urban-planner-Amara-Enyia-runs-for-Chicago-mayor

ELECTIONS 2015 Urban planner Amara Enyia runs for Chicago mayor - [Editor's note: On Dec. 10, Amara Enyia announced that she would be withdrawing from the race and throwing her support behind the campaign of Ald. Bob Fioretti.] Amara Enyia has been one of the lower-profile individuals in the race to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the city election in February. She's never held public office, but she thinks that her ...


AFC-document-sums-up-PrEP-costs-on-marketplace-

AFC document sums up PrEP costs on marketplace - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) on Dec. 1 released a document that summarizes what persons utilizing the Illinois Insurance Marketplace would have to pay in out-of-pocket expenses should they wish to access pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. The PrEP intervention significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection by over 90 percent and is mostly available to consumers in the ...


Report-New-HIV-diagnoses-in-Chicago-falling

Report: New HIV diagnoses in Chicago falling - A surveillance report that the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) released Dec. 1 said that new HIV diagnoses in the city continue to decline from year to year, with 1,091 new diagnoses in 2013, down 41 percent from the peak of 1,857 reported diagnoses in 2001. The report contains further positive news: Eight of 10 newly diagnosed ...


Black-Lives-Matter-protests-continue-

'Black Lives Matter' protests continue - Chicago faith communities responded Dec. 7 to the recent New York and Missouri grand-jury decisions not to indict in the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Windy City Times' Dec. 7 coverage with photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Chicago-faith-communities-call-for-justice-in-police-killings/49903.html . ...


THEATER-REVIEW-HMS-Pinafore

THEATER REVIEW H.M.S. Pinafore - Adapted by Sean Graney from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. At: The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.org; $36-$50. Runs through Feb. 7 Librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan collaborated together on 14 operettas in the late 19th century, though nowadays they're best known by their most-produced "Big Three" works: The Mikado ( 1885 ), The Pirates ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Desperate-Dolls

THEATER REVIEW Desperate Dolls - Playwright: Darren Callahan. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-528-9696; www.strawdog.org; $15. Runs through: Dec. 23 From the earliest tales of foolish maidens who ventured out to the Fair/the Ball/the Big City/Hollywood and later, to the Prom/Rock Concert, only to be seduced by Satan's homeys, entertainment engineered to titillate has trumpeted its value as a morality fable. Consumers ...


OPERA-REVIEW-Anna-Bolena

OPERA REVIEW Anna Bolena - Author: Gaetano Donizetti ( composer ), Felice Romani ( libretto ). At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera/org/bolena; $33-$207. Runs through: Jan. 16 Almost certainly, I expect too much. In theory, opera is the fusion and epitome of all musical and dramatic arts. It's breathtaking when it is, but opera rarely achieves that ideal. The ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Tis-the-season-of-Nutcrackers

DANCIN' FEATS 'Tis the season of Nutcrackers - In the dance world, December means Nutcracker, and in the Chicago area there are dozens. The famous story of Clara ( or, in some versions, Maria ) and her Nutcracker doll who turns into a magical prince is based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was originally choreographed as a ballet by Marius Petipa, and set to a 90-minute ...


PASSAGES-Trans-activist-Joy-Morris-dies

PASSAGES Trans* activist Joy Morris dies - Joy Hightower Morris—the celebrated Chicago transgender and HIV activist, founder of TransActions, and organizing force behind the Legends Lunch All Stars Awards honoring the lives and resilience of trans* individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS—passed away Dec. 6 after a long battle with cancer. Windy City Times interviewed Morris on two occasions over the past two years. During both—and even ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Congratulations to the Windy City Empire on a successful investiture event at @mosphere. Emperor Neil Douglas St. James had many exciting announcements, including the reveal of the official charity for the current reign, Chicago House. Look for their events so you can support them in support of Chicago House. Are they in talks with a national gay-lebrity to co-host an ...


BOOK-REVIEW-I-Am-Jazz

BOOK REVIEW I Am Jazz - By Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, $17.99; Penguin Deal; 32 pages   You are a one-of-a-kind kid. There's nobody else like you. Nobody has eyes like yours, or fingers like yours, or ears that fold like yours. You think for yourself, have your own likes and hates, and people love you just the way you are. ...


About-Face-gets-grant-BETTY-canceled-YEPP-Crys-Matthews-Jan-10

About Face gets grant; BETTY canceled; YEPP, Crys Matthews Jan. 10 - About Face Theatre receives $10K grant Chicago's About Face Theatre is among the National Endowments of the Arts' ( NEA's ) 2015 grant recipients. The company received a $10,000 grant to support the commission and development of The Babe Didrikson Project with book and lyrics by Sarah Gubbins. The musical will portray Babe Didrikson, a famous early 20th-century lesbian athlete ...


WTTW-to-air-home-Moraine-presents-Humbug

WTTW to air @home; Moraine presents 'Humbug!' - WTTW to air film on homelessness WTTW-11 will broadcast the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17, at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area. @home—a film by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Chicago's Kindling Group—follows social-media activist Mark Horvath ( @hardlynormal ) on an 11,000-mile cross-country road-trip into tent cities and under bridges ...


Chicago-Oak-Park-screenings-of-Scrooge-Marley

Chicago, Oak Park screenings of 'Scrooge & Marley' - Chicago and Oak Park libraries will host screenings of the home-grown holiday film Scrooge & Marley this month. The movie, which was entirely shot in the Chicago area, is a modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. The Oak Park chapter of PFLAG, OPALGA ( Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ) and SAGE ( West ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hot-Georgia-Sunday

THEATER REVIEW Hot Georgia Sunday - Playwright: Catherine Trieschmann. At: Haven Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-697-3930; www.haventheatrechicago.com; $30. Runs through: Dec. 21 A sweltering day in the rural Deep South, when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees and the air conditioners crash, can make for volatile environmental conditions leading otherwise rational citizens to seek escape from the irritations, big and small, ...


LETTER-Take-action

LETTER Take action - The time has come for Archbishop Blase Cupich to make a gesture to Chicago's LGBT community about healing and reconciliation. Cupich, for his part, has said the altar rail should not be a place of politicization, unlike his predecessor Cardinal Francis George, who used the Holy Eucharist as a baseball bat to keep lay Catholic individuals and organizations in line. ...


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Gerber/Hart meeting Dec. 11 - Gerber/Hart open meeting Dec. 11 As Gerber/Hart Library and Archives completes its first year in the new location at 6500 N. Clark St., the board of directors is inviting the community to see the progress made in all areas of the organization and discuss the future of Gerber/Hart Library on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the library. Board ...


SNLs-Julia-Sweeney-Bill-Kurtis-BAM-at-next-Dinner-Party-

SNL's Julia Sweeney, Bill Kurtis, BAM! at next Dinner Party - Chef Kevin Hickey of Bottlefork & The Duck Inn will cook for "Saturday Night Live" alum, author and comedian, Julia Sweeney; anchorman Bill Kurtis; a mystery guest; host Elysabeth Alfano and the audience on Jan 12, 2015. Appetizer and entree include tastings from Bottlefork & The Duck Inn, a Lagunitas tasting, Bread from Nellcote, Roth Cheese, frozen Lifeway Kefir, and ...


Victory-Gardens-Theater-presents-We-Must-Breathe

Victory Gardens Theater presents We Must Breathe - From a press release - Chicago, IL—Victory Gardens Theater announces We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets, a special event gathering members of Chicago's artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality and engage Chicagoans in a discussion about these social issues. We Must Breathe features performances from poets and playwrights directed by Victory Gardens' Associate Artistic Producer Joanie ...


Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-tunes-in-with-YuleTube-show-

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus tunes in with 'YuleTube' show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nearly 1,200 audience members packed the Harris Theater Dec. 5 for the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) holiday show. A drag queen aptly named Christmas Queen served as narrator and stand-up comedienne in between songs, at times plopping down on a large throne. The theme this year was "YuleTube," playing off the website YouTube, with various festive renditions ...


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TELEVISION The Kevins of 'Marry Me,' Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC's new television show Marry Me has become a breakout hit this season. Set in Chicago, the series follows longtime couple Annie and Jake ( played by Casey Wilson and Ken Marino ) on their way to the altar. Annie has two gay dads with the same first name. Kevin 1 is played by Tim Meadows, who some may know ...


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Groceryland again delivers - For almost three decades, Groceryland has delivered meals to Heartland Health Outreach's homebound clients in coordination with Lake View restaurant Ann Sather—and did so again this year. Groceryland's Lori Cannon emailed, "Thank you, Tom Tunney, for 28 years of support and tasty dishes." Tunney, the 44th Ward alderman, also owns Ann Sather. Pictured are Cannon ( second from right ) ...


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Sugar & Spice: RPM Steak - RPM Steak, River North's glitzy new steakhouse is pure decadence, from start to finish, with a price tag to match. The Kinzie Street space is handsome and mod. There's a bit of a mid-century vibe to the decor and you can sort of imagine Don Draper chain-smoking his way through a mostly liquid lunch at one of the luxe leather ...


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Dining news: Gift-guide suggestions; Allis afternoon tea - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Gift guide alert: Artizone ( www.Artizone.com ) offers a lot. Consider subscribing someone to a Club of the Month (e.g., Spice or Tasting Menu of the Month) or a unique offering such as the Black Dog Gelato Hot Chocolate Kit (and that gelato is delicious, trust me). Plus, the company delivers locally and ships nationally. —Another gift suggestion? Wicked Good ...


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BENT NIGHTS Lydia Loveless at Lincoln Hall - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I flat-out couldn't buy it when Lydia Loveless got tagged as a country punk rocker following the release of her second album, Indestructible Machine ( Bloodshot Records, 2012 ). There is no question that her voice, music and band have an upfront edge and a lack of Nashville polish, but "punk" it ain't. That label implies that her work is ...


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LGBT groups hold holiday mixer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Dec. 4 at D.S. Tequila Company, 3352 N. Halsted St., doctors, lawyers and those in related fields mingled, imbibed and enjoyed light Mexican fare at a holiday mixer that the Lesbian & Gay Bar Association of Chicago, the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association of Chicago, Equality Illinois and SmithAmundsen sponsored. Under the festive seasonal decorations of D.S. Tequila's side ...


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HIV-positive beauty queen discusses journey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If there is one song that best sums up activist and blogger Michelle Anderson's early life, it was Johnny Lee's Lookin' for Love. Anderson said that she made many mistakes because she was "looking for love in all the wrong places" while speaking at Center on Halsted Dec. 6 as part of the Center's World AIDS Days observance. Most of ...


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Intergenerational 'Vives Q' takes place at renowned museum - The third and final edition of Vives Q for 2014 took place Dec. 2 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in front of an enthusiastic and packed crowd that included supportive families, engaged children, queer youth, drag queens, and one mayoral candidate. The symposium/show was designed as an intergenerational space, with LGBT trailblazers of color engaging with LGBT youth ...


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House of Infiniti founder dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ross M. Ramsey—the founder of House of Infiniti who lived in New York and had direct ties to many national ballroom cities, particularly Chicago—died Dec. 2. He was in his 50s. A memorial was held Dec. 9 in New York. Services were held Dec. 13 at St. John Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Brooklyn. Ramsey was a community advocate, mentor ...


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Lecturer Atshan talks 'pinkwashing,' life in the West Bank - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm pretty much a flaming queen and my whole life has been inspired by the legacies of Edward Said [Palestinian American academic, political activist and literary critic] and Audre Lorde [Black, feminist, lesbian, activist poet]" is how Sa'ed Atshan, postdoctoral fellow in International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown and lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies ...







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