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Conservative groups file suit against District 211 and feds - On May 4, Alliance Defending Freedom and the Thomas More Society filed suit on behalf of 51 area families against the United States Department of Education, United States Department of Justice and Township District 211, claiming that the district violated students' privacy by allowing a transgender student to use locker room facilities of the sex with which she identified. The ...


API-LGBTQ-acceptance-workshop-May-22

API LGBTQ acceptance workshop May 22 - There will be an Asian/Pacific Islander ( API ) LGBTQ family-acceptance workshop on Sunday, May 22, at Lake View Lutheran Church, 835 W. Addison St., 3:30-5:30 p.m. Attendees will "hear Asian American and Southeast Asian parents share their experiences of confusion, fear, love, acceptance and celebration of their LGBTQ children," according to a press release. Speakers will include Marsha, the ...


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Theater spotlight on Too Much Light, Critics' Picks - Spotlight on Too Much Light The Neo-Futurists Andersonville home known as The Neo-Futurarium isn't exactly accessible to those with mobility issues. So as a way to make up for that, The Neo-Futurists offer its second-ever "Neo-Access" performance of its long-running flagship show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Biograph Theater operated by Victory Gardens Theater. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Connected

THEATER REVIEW Connected - Playwright: Anthony Moseley. At: Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-226-9633 or www.collaboraction.org; $15-$30. Runs through: May 29 The sentiments expressed in Collaboraction's world premiere Connected are certainly noble. Created by artistic director/writer Anthony Moseley to celebrate Collaboraction's 20th anniversary, Connected makes no bones about being an expansively reflective work stressing the importance of storytelling ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dry-Land

THEATER REVIEW Dry Land - Playwright: Ruby Rae Spiegel. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728; www.RivendellTheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: May 28 Elsewhere this week I review Taste, in which two men perversely bond over a blood sport with psychosexual manifestations. Just blocks away from Taste, Rivendell Theatre's Dry Land concerns two adolescent women who bond over blood—a harrowing DIY abortion—although without ...


THEATER-REVIEW-180-Degree-Rule

THEATER REVIEW 180 Degree Rule - Playwrights: Barbara Lhota and M.E.H. Lewis. At: Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391 or www.babeswithblades.org; $14-$22. Runs through: May 21 It's generally poor taste to speak ill of the dead. But in the case of Babes With Blades' world-premiere lesbian mystery drama 180 Degree Rule, I'm sorry to suggest that one major ...


Black-Lives-Matter-co-creator-talks-about-movement-protests

Black Lives Matter co-creator talks about movement, protests - The dynamic, passionate ascendancy of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was felt in Chicago from the NFL Draft to the more intimate setting of the Chicago Humanities Festival April 30. That afternoon, BLM co-creator and Special Programs Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) Alicia Garza took the stage at the Chicago Athletic Association for a beautifully candid ...


Open-To-Thinking-Discrimination-Religious-liberty

Open To Thinking: Discrimination: Religious liberty?! - A recurring column - The discussion of the principle of 'Religious Liberty' in our current presidential electioneering has generated so much darkness and so many red herrings that I have been reluctant to take on the topic. Since candidate Ted Cruz and others, however, keep raising this important issue, I would like to review some of the philosophical issues at the heart of this ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Reality show features football, gender fluidity - Esquire Network's Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country is bringing attention to a gender-fluid 8-year-old this season. One of the cast members prefers to be called Abby Scott some days and Adam Scott on others while being raised in Monaca, Pennsylvania. The Esquire reality show centers around six football teams in the Beaver County Youth Football League, in which Scott plays. ...


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SAVOR Imperial Lamian; Mary's on 'Boss' - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide, Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The northwest corner of Hubbard and State streets ( in Chicago's River North area ) has seen its fair share of restaurants come and go, including Bar Umbriago ( which I still miss ), Centro and Vong's Thai Kitchen. However, one hopes the restaurant gods will smile upon Imperial Lamian ( 6 W. Hubbard St.; Imperial-Lamian.com )—an Indonesian-based restaurant making ...


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Sidetrack hosts 'Havana in Chicago' - On April 30, First Hand Aid presented the fourth annual "Havana in Chicago" at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack. The event, which was sponsored by Bacardi Rum, is a benefit to help and support the needy and disenfranchised in Cuba by supplying badly needed food and medical supplies. This version of Havana in Cuba featured a live and silent auction, a Cuban ...


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Upcoming: Kisses From Mom at Sidetrack May 8, UN Assn Chicago chapter to talk human rights - PFLAG event by Sidetrack May 8 PFLAG's "Kisses From Mom" event will take place on Mother's Day—Sunday, May 8—at 3-9 p.m. in front of Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. About two dozen PFLAG moms will give back this Mother's Day by rotating shifts throughout the event. PFLAG Northern Illinois Council president Toni Weaver said that "PFLAG is accepting donations in ...


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LGBTQ program part of Sinfonietta season - Chicago Sinfonietta has announced programming for its 2016-17 season, entitled "Chromatic"—and its diverse offerings include its first-ever program dedicated to LGBTQ composers and musicians. "Concert IV: More than a Letter"—a night devoted to LGBTQ composers and musicians—will take place Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; and Monday, March 27, 2017, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Taste

THEATER REVIEW Taste - Playwright: Benjamin Brand. At: Red Theatre Chicago & Aperture. Entertainment at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: www.redtheater/org/tickets; FREE ( donations accepted ). Runs through: May 22 How many people would you trust with your life, seriously? One, two, none? Rarer still, how many people would you trust to take your life, assuming you wanted it taken? Those ...


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Letters to the editor: One tiny Tiny Home improvement - Dear Editor, The exterior of the Tiny Home ( in the April 27 issue of Windy City Times ), as shown in side view, looks like a marvel of design hardly to be improved upon. That is, unless the wooden front porch upright support columns were shortened a foot or so, and a simple flat climbing ladder was made from ...


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VIEWS Is dead white Christopher Isherwood still relevant? - The basic tenant of the artfully edited The American Isherwood, by James J. Berg and Chris Freeman ( University of Minnesota Press, 305 pages ), is that a writer owns nothing else but his experience. In this sense, Christopher Isherwood was an "existentialist," not in a murky hopeless way but by firmly clutching the idea that experience counts as primary ...


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Storage project gears up to help youth experiencing homelessness - CHICAGO—Imagine trying to get to work or school or a doctor's appointment while carrying everything that matters to you. Now add some of Chicago's extreme weather elements and one has a sense of what young people experiencing homelessness navigate. Left with unreliable or infrequent storage options, young people hide their belongings in alleys, dumpsters, yards, abandoned buildings, bushes, and under ...


Suburb-to-institute-gender-neutral-restrooms

Suburb to institute gender-neutral restrooms - The Chicago suburb of Highland Park has instituted that all new single-occupancy bathrooms must be designated as "gender-netural" or "all-gender," WLS-TV reported. Officials contend the policy is designed to accommodate the transgender community. Legislation involving transgender individuals and restrooms have been in the spotlight recently. Laws in Mississippi and North Carolina require transgender people to use restrooms that correspond to ...


Chicago-Fed-looks-at-TRANSitioning-in-the-Workplace

Chicago Fed looks at 'TRANSitioning in the Workplace' - If there is any light to be found between the hatred, intolerance and antagonism cast by North Carolina's anti-LGBT bill HB2 and its counterparts in legislative committees or on House and/or Senate floors across the United States, it is in organizations like Target. Despite concerted efforts by hate groups such as the American Family Association and One Million Moms ( ...


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Staceyann Chin coming to Chicago with 'MotherStruck!' - From a press release - CHICAGO—"MotherStruck!," written and performed by Staceyann Chin, co-produced in New York by Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Dragotta and Culture Project, and originally directed by Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon begins Greenhouse Theater Center's "Solo Celebration" at the Greenhouse ( 2257 N Lincoln Ave ). This audaciously funny and powerful off-Broadway hit explores Chin's deeply personal journey to motherhood, as ...


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Dining news: Steppenwolf's cafe, Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day options - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced that its new cafe/bar at 1700 N. Halsted St. will be named Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks. The cafe/bar also connects to Steppenwolf's existing main building creating an expanded lobby space. Steppenwolf is collaborating with friends and neighbors Boka Restaurant Group ( BRG ), along with interior designer Karen Herold of Studio K and the marketing ...


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A Sister's Hope Takes a Swing at Breast Cancer - From a press release - Making a difference in the fight against cancer can be fun and invigorating. A Sister's Hope, the Chicago-based charity that has placed more than $6 million since 2007 into breast cancer researchers' laboratories, is holding its annual "Take a Swing at Breast Cancer" golf tournament Friday, July 29, at Highland Park Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois. Golfers can participate ...


Sidetrack-hosts-Havana-in-Chicago

Sidetrack hosts 'Havana in Chicago' - On April 30, First Hand Aid presented the fourth annual "Havana in Chicago" at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack. The event, which was sponsored by Bacardi Rum, is a benefit to help and support the needy and disenfranchised in Cuba by supplying badly needed food and medical supplies. This version of Havana in Cuba featured a live and silent auction, a Cuban ...


AFC-joins-lawsuit-against-Rauner-and-state-agencies-for-breach-of-contract-

AFC joins lawsuit against Rauner and state agencies for breach of contract - From a press release - CHICAGO, May 4, 2016 —This morning, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) joined Pay Now Illinois, a coalition of 64 Illinois-based human and social service agencies and companies, in a lawsuit against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the directors of six statewide agencies. The suit seeks immediate payment in full of more than $100 million owed for work ...


Chicago-House-Announces-Scott-Ammarell-as-its-next-CEO

Chicago House Announces Scott Ammarell as its next CEO - From a press release - Following an extensive national search yielding many great candidates, on May 3 the Chicago House Board of Trustees approved Scott Ammarell as the next Chief Executive Officer of the agency. Ammarell brings a history in housing services, having most recently served as the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority. In that role Ammarell was involved ...


GLAAD-Hatter-Brunch-on-May-15

GLAAD Hatter Brunch on May 15 - The GLAAD Hatter Brunch and Tea Dance will take place Sunday, May 15, at Pasteur, 5525 N. Broadway. The brunch will be 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; the $80 admission includes the food buffet, bottomless mimosas, Ketel One Bloody Marys, coffee and tea. The tea dance, 2-5 p.m., will be $20. A brunch-and-tea bundle is $95. The grand marshal will be Emerson ...


GoFundMe-account-set-up-for-dancers-medical-aid

GoFundMe account set up for dancer's medical aid - A GoFundMe account has been set up for Frank Chaves, the famed dancer, choreographer and former artistic director of River North Dance Chicago. Chaves suffers from syringomyelia, a degenerative spinal-cord condition that has no cure. While surgery has shown some signs of success in his upper body, his legs have declined even further and he will now need in-home health ...


Downstate-man-charged-after-Target-disturbance-over-restroom-policies

Downstate man charged after Target disturbance over restroom policies - A Bourbonnais, Illinois, Target Store and its neighboring businesses were placed on lockdown for two hours, on May 2, after a man created a disturbance over the retail chains' restroom policies for its transgender customers, NBC 5 reported. Initial reports said that an "active shooter" situation had broken out at the store, located about 52 miles southwest of Chicago, but ...


Chefs-and-the-City-to-benefit-Heartland-Health-Outreach-

Chefs and the City to benefit Heartland Health Outreach - From a press release - CHICAGO—Savor the flavor of a great cause! Heartland Alliance and Heartland Health Outreach, Inc. ( HHO ) are delighted to announce the return of its annual Chefs and the City tasting event at the fabulous Montgomery Club ( 500 W Superior ) on Thursday, June 2 from 6:30 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Featuring delicious bites ranging from fine dining to ...


Hayford-to-receive-Liberty-Bell-award

Hayford to receive Liberty Bell award - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association named Justin Hayford, longtime case manager and paralegal, its 2016 Liberty Bell winner in honor of his quarter century of direct service, educational outreach, and public policy work on behalf of people living with HIV. The Liberty Bell award is the bar's highest honor awarded to a non-lawyer. For 25 years, ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Here are at least three garden myths: —Myth: There is a type of person I call a "horc" which is short for "horticulturally correct." The horc is a country cousin of the politically correct, those sanctimonious people who know they are always right and you are wrong. The horc's biggest myth is the idea of the invasive alien plant. ( ...


Chicago-Public-Schools-Guidelines-Support-Trans-Students-Employees-Adults-

Chicago Public Schools Guidelines Support Trans Students, Employees, Adults - Chicago Public Schools, on May 3, issued revised guidelines pertaining to its transgender students, staff and volunteers, tackling head-on questions surrounding restroom and locker room use that have been vexing school districts across the country in recent months. The guidelines—which revise policies that CPS issued in 2014—explicitly state that students will be able to use the lavatory and changing facilities ...


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Alice Walker withdraws from event; Sandburg Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Due to personal reasons, author Alice Walker will not come to Chicago on May 25 for an appearance at the Harold Washington Library Center. Walker is being honored with the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. The event at which she was to be honored has been canceled. This fall, Sandburg Awards will be presented to best-selling authors Erik Larson ( Devil ...


Comedian-Tig-Notaro-at-BookCon-in-Chicago-May-14

Comedian Tig Notaro at BookCon in Chicago May 14 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at BookCon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


Business-leaders-discuss-LGBT-certification

Business leaders discuss LGBT certification - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Members from Chicago's LGBT business community, on April 27, gathered at Fulton Market Kitchen to discuss the certification process for LGBT-owned businesses. The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce grants certification, which verifies that a business is majority-owned by LGBT individuals. It can provide an entryway into corporate procurement processes that designate LGBT businesses as being minority-owned. The LGBT ...


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Mary Lambert talks music, emotions at NU event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 26, the Northwestern University Arts Circle hosted a live interview featuring out singer-songwriter/Grammy nominee Mary Lambert and celebrated music journalists Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis at Lutkin Hall on the school's Evanston campus. Kot, who is the popular music critic for the Chicago Tribune, and DeRogatis, a noted author and former music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, are ...


Chicago-Force-wins-home-opener-in-dominant-record-setting-fashion

Chicago Force wins home opener in dominant, record-setting fashion - The Chicago Force continued to steamroll over opponents, moving its record to 4-0 after a 68-0 win over the Columbus Comets on April 30 at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech College Prep. Now things get serious for the Force. Chicago will host the defending Women's Football Alliance (WFA) national champions, the DC Divas, on May 7. Kickoff ...


Chicago-House-holds-spring-fundraiser

Chicago House holds spring fundraiser - Chicago House and Social Services Agency's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show, held May 1 at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St., had a twinge of the bittersweet as community members came out to give their regards to CEO Rev. Stan Sloan, who will leave his post at the end of June. It was the 30th anniversary of the spring ...


Garden-of-Eve-celebrates-women-in-fiery-atmosphere

'Garden of Eve' celebrates women in fiery atmosphere - The glow of the unrelenting flames radiating from the furnaces used by the West Loop's Ignite Glass Studios to create exquisite art was the perfect backdrop for Howard Brown Health ( HBH ) to celebrate all women at their Garden of Eve event April 29. The rest of the studio was transformed by the Chicago-based organization Kehoe Designs into the ...


GLAADs-Studio-Responsibility-Index-Glaring-lack-of-LGBT-images-in-2015-films

GLAAD's Studio Responsibility Index: Glaring lack of LGBT images in 2015 films - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released its fourth annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2015 calendar year. GLAAD ...


At-Gayby-Baby-screening-focus-on-LGBTQ-families

At Gayby Baby screening, focus on LGBTQ families - When Maya Newell, the director of the new documentary Gayby Baby, saw the 2010 movie The Kids Are Alright, it was the first time in 23 years she'd ever seen her family on the big screen. "Gayby Baby came from wanting to give voice to kids from families like mine," said Newell, an Australian filmmaker with lesbian parents. She recorded ...


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Panel discusses intersection of reproductive and LGBT rights - There is good reason for the LGBT community to be concerned with matters of reproductive choice, according to progressive activists: Those people and organizations bent on limiting women's reproductive rights invariably are the same ones seeking to subjugate the rights of LGBT individuals and families. At government hearings, according to Terry Cosgrove, president and CEO of Personal PAC, just a ...


Business-leaders-discuss-LGBT-certification

Business leaders discuss LGBT certification - Members from Chicago's LGBT business community, on April 27, gathered at Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon St., to discuss the certification process for LGBT-owned businesses. Certification is granted from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and verifies that a business is majority-owned by LGBT individuals. It can provide an entryway into corporate procurement processes that designate LGBT ...


Poll-69-of-Chicagoans-Oppose-Proposal-to-Restrict-Ridesharing

Poll: 69% of Chicagoans Oppose Proposal to Restrict Ridesharing - From a press release - As the Chicago City Council considers an ordinance that would greatly restrict ridesharing to help save taxi companies, a new poll commissioned by Uber indicates the vast majority of Chicagoans are opposed to the plan. According to the survey, conducted by We Ask America, 69 percent of Chicagoans oppose Ald. Anthony Beale's ( 9th ) ordinance. The poll also showed, ...


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Chicago Rhythm Fest at Auditorium Theatre - From a press release - The Auditorium Theatre presents Chicago Rhythm Fest, the culminating performance of Chicago Human Rhythm Project's two-month, citywide festival STOMPING GROUNDS, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30PM. STOMPING GROUNDS is a showcase of events, mini-concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and master classes celebrating the diversity of the percussive arts, highlighting some of the city's premier dance groups. Tickets to Chicago Rhythm Fest start ...


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Nominees Announced For the 43rd Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - The Jeff Awards Committee have announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee ...


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Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016: The Ava Plays - The fourth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival celebrates new short plays with underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. From hilarious comedies to thoughtful dramas, from angsty realism to sci-fi adventures, the plays and their characters grapple with love, feminism, LGBTQ communities, friendship, history, intricacies of language, activism, and a missing vibrator. ...


Foundations-join-forces-to-launch-Chicago-social-investment-tool-

Foundations join forces to launch Chicago social investment tool - From a press release - The Chicago Community Trust, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Calvert Foundation announced a new collaboration, called Benefit Chicago, that gives investors who care about Chicago a powerful new way to invest for impact and make the region a better place for all. The alliance aims to make $100 million available for "impact" investments for nonprofits and social ...


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1,300+ tradeswomen in Chicago for 2016 Women Build Nations Conference - From a press release - North America's Building Trade Unions ( NABTU ) and Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) will bring together more than 1,300 women, representing multiple crafts in the building and construction trades, for the Women Build Nations ( WBN ) conference in Chicago. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare Conference Center, Rosemont, Illinois. The conference offers attendees ...


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Harris Theater Presents Music & Dance 2016-17 Season - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is pleased to announce its thirteenth season of Harris Theater Presents performances spanning the farthest reaches of artistry, both from the United States, and globally. Bringing two Chicago Debuts for international companies, and presenting seven Chicago Premieres of new works, two Harris Theater commissions for Chicago-based dance companies, two World Premieres, ...


Engendering-Change-workshops-challenge-through-shared-info

Engendering Change workshops challenge through shared info - The 2016 Engendering Change Conference held at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC )'s campus April 23 established that an integral part of the future of social-justice activism is being sown in the classroom. Graduate students representing an array of disciplines demonstrated that confronting social inequalities and ensuring racial and gender justice can begin through an examination of ...


Guest-column-Do-you-know-your-fair-housing-rights-

Guest column: Do you know your fair housing rights? - I am a student working at the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic hoping to spread awareness about LGBTQ fair housing rights. With the recent slew of anti-transgender laws being passed, this seems to be a relevant discussion of what the federal, state, and local laws do to protect the LGBTQ community in housing. The main question being, what ...


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Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for financial improprieties on April 27, according to Chicago Sun-Times. Hastert had admitted to arranging significant withdrawals from his bank account so as steer clear of federal reporting requirements. The withdrawals were to buy the silence of a man who claimed to have been molested by Hastert ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Producers

THEATER REVIEW The Producers - Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com; $30-$65. Runs through: June 26 Once again, director L. Walter Stearns shows what a master he is at refitting big and brassy musicals into smaller intimate spaces. Banish now any doubts you may have had about Stearns ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sender-

THEATER REVIEW Sender - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: May 29 Jeez—what is it about these self-absorbed millennials? Don't they know it's about me? So, exactly one year ago Lynx ( Steve Haggard ) disappeared. His girlfriend Tess ( Mary Williamson ), her best bud Cassandra ( McKenzie Chinn ), Lynx's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-In-the-Time-of-the-Butterflies

THEATER REVIEW In the Time of the Butterflies - Playwright: Caridad Svich, from Julia Alvarez's novel. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.teatrovista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 22 Caridad Svich has written remarkable plays—but I don't think this is one of them. It does, however, tell a story about remarkable people: the Mirabal sisters, martyred in 1960 in the bloody struggle against Rafael ...


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'Your Voice! Your Health!' researches, recruits for better healthcare - University of Chicago and Morten Group, LLC work together to encourage LGBTQ people of color to speak up about their healthcare with the research study "Your Voice! Your Health!" ( YVYH ) In 2014, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ( AHRQ ). Scott Cook, Ph.D.—the deputy director ...


Harris-appoints-1st-choreographer-in-residence

Harris appoints 1st choreographer in residence - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., has appointed choreographer Brian Brooks its first-ever choreographer in residence. This residency provides $600,000 over three years that will fund choreographer compensation, commissioning and production support. The new residency will provide encouragement and allow choreographers to focus on creating one to three new works each season. The first three ...


Game-on-Force-looks-to-regain-championship-form

Game on: Force looks to regain championship form - There are a lot of new faces this season on the Chicago Force roster, including recruits from local flag football leagues and several international players. But the team carries the same drive to land back in the championship game of the Women's Football Alliance ( WFA ). This is the team's 14th season and the Force has been nothing short ...


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Upcoming: Chicago House spring brunch, 'I Am Jazz,' fashion awards, - Chicago House's annual spring brunch May 1 Chicago House's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show will take place Sunday, May 1, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the brunch/fashion show commencing at 11:45 a.m. This year's event takes on a special meaning, as it will also serve as a farewell to Executive ...


Springfield-area-trans-student-wins-access-in-settlement-with-school

Springfield area trans student wins access in settlement with school - From a press release - A Springfield area high school student who is transgender has resolved a complaint against his school that results in fair and equal treatment for the student, and other transgender students in the district, including access to the gender-appropriate restroom and locker room facilities at the school. The student, Alex McCray, attends Williamsville High School, part of Williamsville-Sherman Community Unit School ...


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Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


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Theater spotlight on In the Heat of the Night, Critic's Picks - In the Heat of the Night Contemplate the current U.S. state of race relations and policing by looking back to the 1960s with Shattered Globe Theatre's production of In the Heat of the Night. This stage adaptation by Matt Pelfrey is drawn from the novel by the late author John Ball, and it explores what happens when an African-American ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Even-Longer-and-Farther-Away

THEATER REVIEW Even Longer and Farther Away - Playwright: Chelsea Marcantel. At: The New Colony at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: May 15 There are a lot of well-worn character stereotypes and storytelling tropes in Even Longer and Farther Away, Chelsea Marcantel's world-premiere drama for The New Colony. Yet director Thrisa Hodits' displays a clever way of rethinking a Den Theatre space ...


In-the-Life-Daniel-Lewellin

In the Life: Daniel Lewellin - Daniel Lewellin started working in the hotel industry at age 15 at a small, limited-service property in Hinckley, Minnesota, where he was raised—and his first job was a houseman, thus he went into all of the dirty rooms and pulled the linens off the beds before the housekeepers got in to clean the rooms. He quickly worked up the industry ...


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Lynch, Warren among school's recipients - Columbia College Chicago has announced a roster of Emmy-, Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning artists and creative industry leaders as its 2016 commencement ceremony keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients on May 14-15. They are: —Tracy K. Smith: The author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction, will be honored at ...


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Center on Halsted starts housing initiative - Center on Halsted announced, on April 21, that it is accepting applications for its Youth Housing Initiative. The program is part of the Center's two-pronged Youth Housing Strategy, which it developed last year, according to a press release. The first goal was for the Center to operate a cluster site housing program for youth from the existing program, developing a ...


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Coalition aims for Servin firing, CSU funding - Activists gathered at Chicago City Hall, just outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, on April 20 for a rally to demand both the firing of Chicago police officer Dante Servin without benefits as well as the allocation of funds for Chicago State University ( CSU ). The protest was organized by a coalition that included members of Black Youth Project 100, ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Sometimes It Snows In April - My Darling Prince, They say U're never supposed 2 outlive your children, but your recent death has felt like we all lost not only a father of funk, but a very youthful man-child, who, like Cher or Madonna, we always expected 2 outlive all of us. At just 57, you were gone 2 soon like Bowie, Whitney, Amy, Donna and ...


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Lipstick City premiere - Chicago drag performer Shea Coulee is set to premiere her short fashion film, Lipstick City, May 1 at 7 pm at Soho House Chicago, 113-125 N. Green St. The film features the majority of Chicago's finest drag performers, including Kim Chi, current season-8 contestant on LogoTV's Rupaul's Drag Race. The event will feature performances by Coulee, Valentine Addams, DiDa Ritz, ...


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Havana in Chicago, Sat., April 30 at Sidetrack - First Hand Aid will host Havana In Chicago, Saturday, April 30, from 4 to 8 pm at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Proceeds will be used to help First Hand Aid fulfill their mission of delivering medical and day-to-day supplies, servicing families, and feeding seniors in Cuba. All money raised during this event—from ticket sales, silent auction and drink sales—will ...


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Tenn. gov. urged to veto anti-LGBT bill - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is being asked to veto a bill the Tennessee Legislature recently passed. House Bill 1840/Senate Bill 1556 states that no person providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client regarding goals or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist. Pro-LGBT groups have condemned ...


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Darby honored at AVER convention - Jim Darby was made an honorary lifetime member of AVER ( American Veterans for Equal Rights ) at the organization's national convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 21. Darby is the founder of AVER's Chicago chapter. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the 1950s at the time of the Korean War during the outright ban on ...


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Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy at Touche - Touche, 6412 N. Clark St., will team up with Leather64TEN, 6410 N. Clark St. to present the 11th annual Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy makeover contest, to benefit Vital Bridge's Groceryland Pantry. This year's contest will be held Friday, April 29 at Touche. The contest begins at 11 pm, with the winner announced at midnight. Along with over $500 ...


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SAVOR: Fig & Olive offers spring menu; Dining Out for Life - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide - Fig & Olive ( 104 E. Oak St.; http://www.figandolive.com/menu/chicago/ ) recently hosted a media dinner that showcased Chef Wilfrid Hocquet's spring menu. As expected, the dishes had a lighter feel—but still managed to be quite delicious Items sampled included a refreshing burrata and asparagus, complete with burrata, asparagus, snow peas, hazelnut, arugula, microbasil and blood-orange dressing; a solid crab salad ...







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