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White-Sox-legend-Minnie-Minoso-passes-away

White Sox legend Minnie Minoso passes away - Minnie Minoso, the first Black player for the Chicago White Sox, passed away March 1, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 90. Minoso, called the "Cuban Comet," blazed a trail for Latin American players in the big leagues starting in the 1950s. Minoso drove in 100 runs four times for the Sox and hit .300 or better six times. ...


Entrepreneurs-event-hosted-for-youth

Entrepreneurs event hosted for youth - Windy City Times, StartOut, Center on Halsted and MB Financial Bank hosted a one-day seminar on entrepreneurship Feb. 28. About two dozen LGBTQ and allied youth worked alongside MBA students and other volunteers, discussing ideas and the "how-to" of starting and running your own business. Some of the youth came through Chicago-area organizations that help those who are unstably housed. ...


Deb-Mell-appears-to-win-tight-race-in-33rd-Ward-some-ballots-left-to-count

Deb Mell appears to win tight race in 33rd Ward, some ballots left to count - ELECTIONS 2015 - Incumbent 33rd Ward Ald. Deb Mell, the city's only openly lesbian alderman, may have won the race now that absentee votes have been counted from the Feb. 24 election. There are still a few ballots to go, so it may not be clear until March 9 if she has won. As of Friday at 5 p.m., the Chicago Board of ...


GLAAD-Hatter-brunch-April-4-will-support-the-work-of-GLAAD

GLAAD Hatter brunch April 4 will support the work of GLAAD - From a press release - GLAAD Hatter is a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality. Brunch and cocktails will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Pasteur, 5525 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago and is presented by Ketel One Vodka and MillerCoors. Impressive or understated, bridal or funeral, edible, perishable, sporty, floral, or with live birds in a ...


Ward-by-Ward-in-the-race-for-Chicago-mayor

Ward by Ward in the race for Chicago mayor - Chicago's incredibly gerrymandered new ward map boundaries certainly created some newly competitive districts in the 2015 aldermanic races, throwing more than a dozen into April 7 runoffs. The controversial 2012 map was considered illegal by some incumbents and voters, but the Democratic kingpins won their fight to create a new world order. The LGBT community can no longer be stereotyped ...


Emanuel-to-face-Garcia-in-April-runoff-gay-Latino-wins-big

Emanuel to face Garcia in April runoff; gay Latino wins big - [Originally posted on WindyCityTimes.com on Feb. 24] Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a runoff against challenger Jesus Garcia April 7. Emanuel did not get the simple majority of votes needed to win. The results shocked the political establishment and brought back memories of Harold Washington's 1983 upset victory to become Chicago first African American mayor. Incumbent Ald. Deb ...


Clarence-Darrow-symposium-to-explore-undocumented-laborers-immigration

Clarence Darrow symposium to explore undocumented laborers, immigration - From a press release - CHICAGO — On the seventy-eighth anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow's death, this year's annual Darrow symposium on Friday, March 13 explores contemporary activism on the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration. Darrow's attitude is summarized by a quote from a 1929 debate on "Is Immigration Beneficial?" in which he said, "I am a foreigner; my people didn't get here ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Catching-up-with-Jill-Grove-and-The-Property

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Catching up with Jill Grove and "The Property" - Lesbian mezzo-soprano Jill Grove has appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed new recent productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Who could forget her topless tribal Klytamnestra waging interfamily battle in Richard Strauss' Greek tragedy Elektra in 2012? Or Grove as the earthy swamp witch Jezibaba in Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka in 2014? Now Grove gets to put her ...


Alfre-Woodard-talks-State-of-Affairs-before-local-benefit

Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entering into its 15th season, the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival is holding a benefit and celebration this March. Bringing in big names to raise awareness of one of the largest youth culture gatherings in the world has the talented Alfre Woodard attending an all day event. She is not only an award-winning actress but a producer and political ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Those hopelessly idealistic missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are back to have their outlooks on life and faith severely tested in The Book of Mormon, the 2011 Broadway musical smash concocted by the irreverent South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with Avenue Q and Frozen co-creator Robert Lopez. If you missed this nine-time ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Other-Place

THEATER REVIEW The Other Place - Playwright: Sharr White. At: Profiles Theatre, The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815 or www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through April 5 Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member Laurie Metcalf received a slew of critical raves and a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sharr White's drama The Other Place. With the unreliable narrator character of Boston neurologist Julianna Smithton, White ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Marie-Antoinette

THEATER REVIEW Marie Antoinette - Playwright: David Adjmi. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: May 10 From A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the juxtaposition of history's icons with familiar contemporary culture has never failed to amuse playgoers. At its best, this translation serves as a teaching aid, rendering the events of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Trial-of-Moses-Fleetwood-Walker

THEATER REVIEW The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker - Playwright: Ervin Gardner. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: March 15 There's nothing like a courtroom drama for spelling out the issues of its day to audiences. This is no less true when the play under scrutiny is a 2015 world premiere proposing to recount the events of a real-life trial transpiring ...


Chicago-endurance-athlete-Hupe-excels-in-marathon-Ironman

Chicago endurance athlete Hupe excels in marathon, Ironman - Twice during a 10-week stretch last fall, Curt Hupe heard those magical six words—"Curt Hupe, you ARE an Ironman"—that he had spent countless hours, over several years, building up to hear. On Sept. 7, in Madison, Wisconsin, Hupe completed his first Ironman, which culminates with the finish-line announcer barking out Hupe's name and accomplishment. It took him more than 15 ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor; Knuckles movie;'Louder than a Bomb'; Armatrading; Writers - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the 2015 WREN Award ...


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Upcoming: Kim Gordon; Kelly Clarkson; Women's Day Dance; 'Frost Fest' - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


Arts-news-Harris-Flower-Garden-Show-Brave-Face-Project-Ronnie-Kroell

Arts news: Harris; Flower & Garden Show; Brave Face Project; Ronnie Kroell - Harris Theater in the midst of $5M renovation project The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., is in the midst of a $5-million renovation project. The physical renovations of the Harris Theater patron space is one component of a $38.8-million fundraising campaign launched during the theater's 10th anniversary last season. The plan will involve adding two ...


DISH-Weekly-Dining-Guide-Dive-Bar

DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Dive Bar - Most people associate the term "dive bar" with a casual sort of neighborhood watering hole where residents gather to throw back a few and socialize. However, Boystown's Dive Bar ( 3445 N. Halsted St.; http://chicagodivebar.com/ ) is a nautical-themed restaurant ( get it? ) that specializes primarily in seafood. And, yes, it's complete with decor items ranging from punny signs ...


MARK-MY-WORDS-Loss-of-a-pioneer

MARK MY WORDS Loss of a pioneer - My friend Jerry Hoose died recently. You most likely don't know the name, but he affected your life; he certainly affected mine. In 1969, I was 18 and, knowing I was gay, like many other LGBT people, I didn't want relatives or friends to know. About 99 percent of our community was in the closet at that time. There was ...


Upcoming-Patner-memorial-StoryCorps-El-Rescate-homelessness-panel

Upcoming: Patner memorial; StoryCorps; El Rescate homelessness panel - Patner memorial set for March 18 The memorial service for Andrew Patner has been rescheduled for Wed., March 18, at 7-9 p.m., in Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave. There will be a reception following the service. Patner, a longtime Chicago critic in print, radio and television, passed away Jan. 3. He was 55. Patner was active within both in ...


Milwaukee-LGBT-center-names-new-executive-director

Milwaukee LGBT center names new executive director - The board of directors of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is pleased to announce the selection of Karen Gotzler as the organization's new executive director, effective immediately, according to a press release. Gotzler will take the role after serving as interim executive director since July. Gotzler has been consulting with a wide range of organizations from businesses to government and ...


In-the-Life-Matt-Lind

In the Life: Matt Lind - Matt Lind brings a long and successful family slapshot to the Chicago Gay Hockey Association ( CGHA ), which he joined last fall after learning from some friends that there was such a club in Chicago after moving here in 2012 from Washington D.C. He didn't immediately join the CGHA because it had been a few years since he'd played ...


HIV-AIDS-advocates-tackle-ACA-drug-costs

HIV/AIDS advocates tackle ACA drug costs - According to officials at AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), only one insurer has so far responded to its letters expressing concern for coverage and cost of HIV medications on plans that are being offered on the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) Marketplace. Federal officials, meanwhile, noted in their parameters for insurers participating in 2016 Marketplace coverage that ...


Youth-homelessness-behind-teaming-of-AFC-Vida-SIDA

Youth homelessness behind teaming of AFC, Vida/SIDA - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and Vida/SIDA—a project of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center ( PRCC )—are teaming on a new initiative, El Rescate 2.0, to help HIV positive homeless youth get a new lease on life. This isn't the first time that the AFC and Vida/SIDA has worked together on an initiative. AFC provides case management ...


At-the-heart-of-Mama-Gloria-Allen

At the heart of 'Mama' Gloria Allen - It was Gloria Allen's mother Alma, grandmother Mildred Johnson, great-aunt Fannie Hearn and actress Sophia Loren whom she has said were the most inspirational in the past and present development, sensibilities and unshakable determination of a woman so beloved by all the souls she has touched that they call her "mama" without a moment's hesitation or doubt of kindred familiarity. ...


A-year-of-marriage-equality-shows-high-demand-diversity

A year of marriage equality shows high demand, diversity - On Feb. 18, the Cook County Clerk's office released a report providing data from one year of same-sex marriage in Cook County. The report shows a high number of marriage licenses and also shows great diversity in the gender, age, race, occupation and area of residence of these marriages. Cook County Clerk David Orr was granted clearance to issue marriage ...


Transcending-the-Blacklist-Coalitions-consist-of-distinct-communities

Transcending the Blacklist: Coalitions consist of distinct communities - A recurring column - On Jan. 20, 2015 President Obama became the first sitting president during the annual State of the Union Address to make the socially conscious decision to distinctly recognize three communities: 'Transgender', 'Bisexual' and 'Lesbian' Americans. The President remarked, "And there's one last pillar of our leadership, and that's the example of our values. As Americans, we respect human dignity […] ...


Quigley-vice-chair-of-equality-caucus

Quigley vice chair of equality caucus - U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) was appointed vice chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus for the 114th Congress, according to a press release. "As an active member of the Equality Caucus since I was elected to Congress, it has been an honor to advocate for the LGBT community on issues ranging from marriage equality and immigration reform ...


The-Skew-explores-trans-identity-topics-through-satire

'The Skew' explores trans-identity topics through satire - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television has so refined the model of caddy woman-centric talk shows that nearly every major network has one. The "by women for women" panels of hostesses typically include a stand-up comedian, an African-American woman ( or two ), an A-list headliner and a lesbian. Then there's the wildcard: likely to be Asian or Republican, possibly both. Discussion points run the ...


RuPauls-Battle-tour-comes-to-Chicago

RuPaul's 'Battle' tour comes to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several stars from previous seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race graced the stage at the House of Blues Feb. 19 for the annual "RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons." Among the Chicago line-up were Alaska 5000, Ivy Winters, BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Manilla Luzon and Raja, hosted by Michelle Visage. "I'm happy to be in this frozen tundra with ...


LGBT-activists-talk-community-and-why-Black-lives-matter

LGBT activists talk community and why 'Black lives matter' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A discussion on how the "Black Lives Matter" movement incorporated the LGBT community became a widely encompassing meditation on the nature of community itself Feb. 19, as activists from myriad backgrounds gathered to ask what justice looks like for LGBT African-Americans. The forum, "What is Justice for the Black Same Gender Loving and Transgender Communities?," came at the end of ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Sleater-Kinney-Glitter-Creeps

BENT NIGHTS Sleater-Kinney; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As someone who was merely aware of the band in itsheyday, I was mystified by the effect that the Sleater-Kinney reunion had on me. It certainly didn't hurt that No Cities to Love, the first CD from the group in 10 years, was called one of the best releases of 2014, or that tickets for this show were snapped up ...


Dining-news-Ceres-Table-dinner-Alpanas-new-place-

Dining news: Ceres' Table dinner; Alpana's new place - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Ceres' Table, 3124 N. Broadway, will host an intimate five-course dinner Wed., Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. that features wines from the Italian winery La Stoppa with winery representative Nico Sciackitano. Among the fare being offered are salumi assortiti, braised cuttlefish, boneless pork loin and almond cake. The cost is $95, and seats are limited; call 773-922-4020. —Seven Lions—the contemporary ...


Shigellosis-increase-traced-to-North-Side-gay-bi-individuals

Shigellosis increase traced to North Side gay, bi individuals - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In recent months the gay and bisexual male community in Chicago, especially in the Lake View and Uptown neighborhoods, has seen an uptick in the number of shigellosis ( shigella infection ) cases—many of whom are HIV-positive, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) has reported. A number of those infected have had to be hospitalized. To combat ...


FashionBar-puts-on-fall-winter-15-show

FashionBar puts on fall/winter '15 show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 19, FashionBar Chicago presented its fall/winter 2015 fashion show at the legendary Drake Hotel's Palm Court on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This show—co-hosted by Jeff Conway, host of Social Avenue, and Renee Fecarotta Russo, star of Chicago Mob—featured five local fashion designers. Featured designers included Benjamin Cottrell of Bengamin Cotrell Designs, Nicole Nannetti and Angie Babbitt of Seamingly Sisters, ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Kaki-King-Melk-Belly

BENT NIGHTS Kaki King; Melk Belly - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After having been called one of the most exciting experimental guitarists of her generation, it could be assumed that out musician Kaki King's SRO show at Lincoln Hall on Feb. 11 would have the solemnity of the coronation of a pope. The idea of her "in recital" is something that fans have come to anticipate with bated breath, but what ...


Enrique-Iglesias-Pitbull-thrill-fans-with-fast-paced-show

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull thrill fans with fast-paced show - On Feb. 20, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull returned to Illinois, bringing their successful act to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The dynamic duo put on a fast-paced, fun show, selling out the venue to the top of the rafters in the process. Rotating nights where one of them follows the other has kept this tour fresh and unexpected. This time ...


Her-HRC-event-Feb-15

Her HRC event Feb. 15 - "Chicago Her HRC Presents: 4th Annual Va ~ Va ~ Vaudeville!" took place Feb. 15 at Mayne Stage. The event featured burlesque dancers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, musicians, sword swallowers, painted ladies and belly dancers. Gwen La Roka hosted this year's event, with Lady Gia, Aerin Tedesco, Cruel Valentine and Shana Vaughn-Gabor among the slated performers. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ...


Windy-City-Times-rates-the-mayoral-candidates

Windy City Times rates the mayoral candidates - Surveys and printable election charts at the links - WCT - In this election cycle, Windy City Times mailed questionnaires to every registered citywide and aldermanic candidate, to their address on file with the board of elections. The questions were about a wide range of issues, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, minimum wage, crime, youth experiencing homelessness, and more. Some questions did not have a yes/or no or "correct" answer, but involved ...


Lakeside-Pride-Music-Ensembles-presents-Champagne-Showcase-A-Night-in-the-Jazz-Age

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age - From a press release - CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 16, 2015 — With swing and sass, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," at Center on Halsted ( 3656 N. Halsted ) on Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come out in their best dapper wear and flapper attire to celebrate a bygone ...


Women-Children-First-celebrates-renovation

Women & Children First celebrates renovation - Andersonville business Women & Children First Books celebrated their recent major renovation of the store, including new wood floors, a new layout of sections, freshly painted walls and overall a more open floor plan. New owners Sarah Hollenbeck ( left ) and Lynn Mooney are pictured in the re-designed space. They featured music and other programming Feb. 21, and plan ...


-Pritzkers-foundation-funds-trans-oral-history-project

Pritzker's foundation funds trans oral history project - From a press release - MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL—Chicago-based Tawani Foundation has generously awarded a major multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest. This will be done through the collection of up to 400 hours ...


-Quigley-addresses-his-LGBTQ-Leadership-Council

Quigley addresses his LGBTQ Leadership Council - The downtown Chicago offices of law firm Jenner & Block served as the location for Congressman Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ) to host a Feb. 20 meeting with LGBTQ community and non-profit leaders, advocates and activists who form his LGBTQ Leadership Council for an update on the status of LGBTQ issues on Capitol Hill. "You are the eyes and ears ...


2015-Trans-100-set-to-debut-under-new-management

2015 Trans 100 set to debut under new management - The profound sadness and somber commemoration of the names of those transgender individuals who have fallen over the past year and are the focal point of the annual Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance ( TDoR ) takes place one month before the onset of a season renowned for darkness and bitter cold. In the comparably short span of three ...


PASSAGES-Chicago-activist-Barbara-Robbie-Smith-dies

PASSAGES Chicago activist Barbara 'Robbie' Smith dies - Family and friends have announced the passing of beloved Chicago community member and mentor to many, Barbara "Robbie" Smith. Born May 25, 1946, Smith died Feb. 14, 2015. Her gay community activism started in the 1960s. Smith was a longtime Affinity board member, managed the organization's finances for 12 years, was a founding member of Forty Plus, and was a ...


Chicagoans-join-Lambda-Legal-national-board

Chicagoans join Lambda Legal national board - ( New York, February 9, 2015 ) — Lambda Legal announced it has elected three new leaders to serve on its Board of Directors, including: Dr. Beth Meyerson, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy & Administration at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; Roderick Hawkins, Vice President of External Affairs with the Chicago Urban League; and David de Figueiredo, Senior Vice ...


Frankly-Speaking-Expert-tips-to-plan-your-wedding-expertly

Frankly Speaking ...Expert tips to plan your wedding expertly - The first thing most newly engaged couples ask is "where do I start?" My advice is to first decide on two key elements: the number of guests you want to invite ( actually make a list ), and what your budget is for the wedding. Both are vital to have decided before you start any planning. From here you might ...


Advocates-oppose-25-cut-to-HIV-funding-in-2015-budget-

Advocates oppose 25% cut to HIV funding in 2015 budget - From a press release - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today proposed a $31.5 billion budget for the state's next fiscal year that contains draconian cuts to the Illinois Department of Public Health and HIV services. The state's last fiscal year saw $26 million appropriated for HIV-related services, but Rauner proposed slashing HIV services in FY 16 to $20 million, a nearly 25% reduction. "The AIDS ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Guide-to-the-gays

ELECTIONS 2015 Guide to the gays - In the 33rd Ward, lesbian Ald. Deb Mell will face off against Tim Meegan, a social studies instructor at Roosevelt High School; Annisa Wanat, a nonprofit consultant; and Tyler Soloria, a student and activist for veterans' causes. Openly gay Ald. Tom Tunney faces challenges to his 44th Ward seat from businessman Mark Thomas and management consultant and activist Scott Davis. ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MOVIES-Siskel-board-member-on-Oscars-party-fave-gay-movie

NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Siskel board member on Oscars party, fave gay movie - Gene Siskel Center board member David E. Martin is throwing an Oscar party and everyone is invited! Known for being one of the more glamorous events in the city, during the event once again promises to throw a great party. "Hollywood on State: A Red Carpet Celebration" happens to be the longest-running award-show viewing party in Chicago. In addition, local ...


Lesbian-PAC-names-first-ED

Lesbian PAC names first E.D. - From a press release - LPAC, the country's first lesbian political action committee, announced political veteran Beth Shipp has been hired as the organization's first executive director. "As LPAC continues to grow and flourish, we are thrilled to have Beth as our first executive director," said LPAC Board Chair Laura Ricketts. "Her experience, knowledge, relationships, and political acumen are ideally suited for LPAC as we ...


ELECTIONS-2015-1ST-WARD-Proco-Joe-Moreno-on-accomplishments-Chick-fil-A-

ELECTIONS 2015: 1ST WARD Proco 'Joe' Moreno on accomplishments, Chick-fil-A - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2011, Proco "Joe" Moreno was elected as 1st Ward alderman with 74 percent of the vote, according to his ward's website. ( Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Moreno to succeed Manny Flores in 2010. ) However, things may be tougher this time around, with the alderman going up against four contenders. In a recent interview, the aldermanic ...


ELECTIONS-2015-1ST-WARD-Andrew-Hamilton-Attorney-plans-to-take-Morenos-seat

ELECTIONS 2015: 1ST WARD Andrew Hamilton: Attorney plans to take Moreno's seat - Attorney Andrew Hamilton sees himself as a voice for the people. Among his desires, if he is elected alderman, are increasing community safety; making the 1st Ward greener; and improving the arts, music and theater presence. Hamilton talked about those plans, safety concerns, his idea for a mobile app and LGBT-related issues recently with Windy City Times. Windy City Times: ...


ELECTIONS-2015-Out-gay-candidate-makes-play-for-15th-Ward-seat

ELECTIONS 2015 Out gay candidate makes play for 15th Ward seat - Raymond Lopez is one of several candidates eying the 15th Ward aldermanic seat. A 2012 redistricting resulted in a massive shift in the ward's demographics—its residents were predominantly African American but Latino residents are now the main constituency. The current alderman, Toni Foulkes, is currently campaigning for a post representing the 16th Ward, leaving the field open for Lopez, who's ...


ONE-Northside-responds-to-Gov-Rauners-Budget

ONE Northside responds to Gov. Rauner's Budget - From press releases - From ONE Northside Today, Governor Rauner laid out his proposals to address Illinois' fiscal crisis. The press release that ONE Northside's statewide alliance, Fair Economy Illinois, issued is included below. Governor Rauner's proposals are disastrous. He is attempting to fundamentally change the role of government. He is doing this by cutting almost every single program we care about. During ...


Advocates-and-politicians-react-to-proposed-budget-cuts-

Advocates and politicians react to proposed budget cuts - In his Feb. 18 address, Gov. Bruce Rauner opened by comparing to the occasion to president Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. "While the challenges before us are very different from those that faced our 16th president, here, in the land of Lincoln, we recognize that the road ahead—our road to a more prosperous future—is a difficult one, and, ...


Theater-Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - See the build-up and the aftermath of two lovers attempt to murder a cuckolded husband in Therese Raquin, composer Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer's 2001 operatic adaptation of Emile Zola's influential 1867 novel. Chicago Opera Theater presents the Windy City debut of Therese Raquin in a production shared with Long Beach Opera for four performances only at Millennium Park's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Finding-Grafenberg

THEATER REVIEW Finding Grafenberg - Playwright: Graham Brown. At: trip ( sic ), at Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.grafenberg.bpt.me; $20. Runs through: March 14 Finding Grafenberg concerns sex, office politics and the sexual subtext often lurking just underneath office politics. The dozen characters are white-collar employees of an anonymous company, ranging from the mail room clerk to a corporate vice-president. It ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Nice-Indian-Boy

THEATER REVIEW A Nice Indian Boy - Playwright: Madhuri Shekar. At: Rasaka Theatre Company at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 73-871-3000; www.victorygardens.com; $30. Runs through: March 8 In pre-literate ages, the purpose of marriage was transference of property, progeny serving as the vessels of the transfer, and while compatibility as a factor making for smooth transitions was generally acknowledged, approval of heirs to the family ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Kid-Like-Jake

THEATER REVIEW A Kid Like Jake - Playwright: Dan Pearle. At: About Face Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2557 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: March 15 We never meet Jake. We meet Jake's mom, Alex, the privileged and fiercely competitive daughter of a likewise privileged, fiercely competitive mother. Alex has suffered two miscarriages since having Jake, rendering her extremely protective of her surviving son. ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-A-second-marriage-for-First-Wives-Club

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A second marriage for 'First Wives Club' - The pre-Broadway engagement of the musical First Wives Club at the Oriental Theatre is billed as a "world premiere." However, this musical is more of a second marriage after the first one failed. First Wives Club initially played a pre-Broadway tryout at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre back in 2009. On paper, the musical's collaborators and stars all looked very ...


ELECTIONS-2015-2ND-WARD-Alyx-Pattison-in-aldermanic-run-handles-controversy-

ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Alyx Pattison in aldermanic run, handles controversy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Attorney Alyx Pattison has worked with numerous causes and communities over the years ( even mentioning the LGBT community several times on her website ). Over the years, she has done everything from working with her local school council to being on Congressman Jan Schakowsky's team. In a recent interview, the Northwestern University School of Law graduate talked about her ...


VIEWS-LGBT-parenting-is-a-reproductive-justice-issue

VIEWS LGBT parenting is a reproductive justice issue - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In 2002 there was heavy media coverage on a case that sent ripples around the country. Many LGBT families felt the impact and the possible implications it could have had for many of their own families. Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau, foster parents and a same-sex couple, gained national attention when they tried to formally adopt a 10-year-old boy they ...


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Upcoming events: NU Pride; women's tourney; SCOTCH bowling - 'Pride Day' at NU Feb. 21 Northwestern University's men's basketball team will host "Pride Day" on Saturday, Feb. 21. At its home in Evanston's Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern will face off against Penn State at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Feb. 21 basketball event are reduced to $20 with the promo code "NUPRIDE" at NUSports.com. ( Individuals will also receive a ...


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Upcoming events: Internat'l Women's Dance; gays on 'Hate in America'; Knuckles film - International Women's Day Dance on March 7 Chicago groups are bringing back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago, Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.-midnight, at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. The Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) LGBT Giving Council is sponsoring the event, which is open to people of ...


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Upcoming events: On the Red Carpet and Oscars party Feb. 22 - 'On the Red Carpet' at Park West Center on Halsted will hold its annual "On the Red Carpet" Academy Awards party Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The red carpet is at 6 p.m. The telecast will start at 7:30 p.m., with the silent auction ending and event drawing at 9 p.m. There will also ...


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Men's clothing and more shine at Andersonville store - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new, trendy, high-end Andersonville men's store opened Nov. 13, carrying unique, designer clothing, shoes, accessories and more. With four co-owners ( Michael Jaworowski, AJ Nordstrom, Jose Villanueva and Rob Wilce ) who have a combined 50 years in the fashion industry, Notre opened at 5202 N. Clark St.—and Jaworowski is the former, multi-year buyer for Haberdash, one of the ...


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Queer Fest America throws El Rescate benefit - On Feb. 13, QFA ( Queer Fest America ) threw a benefit show at the rock-and-leather bar The Liar's Club in support of El Rescate, an independent youth living program. El Rescate, which translates as "the rescue," has witnessed its programs and facilities triple in size as the need for housing and advocacy for queer youth has expanded. As the ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Sondheim on Sondheim; First Date - Sondheim on Sondheim Playwright: Bruce Graham At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie Tickets: 847-673-6300 or www.northlight.org; $25-$78 Runs through Feb. 28 First Date Book: Austin Winsberg; Score: Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000; www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com; $15-$59 In an open run It may take years for some Broadway musicals to ...


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LETTERS A need for change - It isn't just enough to get LGBT representation in city government; instead, we must start asking "What kind of representation do we want?" When a gay alderman, James Cappleman, harasses the homeless sleeping in freezing bus terminals or opposes a Christmas toy drive for homeless children—is this how we want society to see us as the LGBT community? The days ...


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Early voting info - - Early voting for the Feb. 24 municipal election will take place through Feb. 21. Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any early voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live. Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use early voting; however, voters do need to present government-issued photo identification. Ballots cast in early ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Stacey Pfingsten: Preservationist seeks to succeed Fioretti - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Last September, Stacey Pfingsten left the 2nd Ward office—to run for alderman of that same area. She did so, as her website states, "so that she may continue serving the residents of the 2nd Ward and in improving their collective quality of life." She presents a varied background, having studied everything from business administration to art. Windy City Times met ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Brian Hopkins on ward's challenges, Daley connection - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brian Hopkins has done everything from interning for the Illinois State Senate to helping advise President Bill Clinton's transition team to leading the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents ( SOAR ). In a recent interview, the first-time candidate discussed his platform, why he's the best person for the job, LGBT issues and his Daley connection. Windy City Times: You're a ...


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ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Cornell Wilson: Military vet aims for aldermanic post - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cornell Wilson is an attorney, military veteran and community advocate who feels he has the leadership ability to succeed current mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti as 2nd Ward alderman. Wilson, a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, talked with Windy City Times about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," his own platform and the aldermanic race. Windy City Times: I understand the ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - AGE, RELEVANCE AND THE BBC - This week it was announced by BBC Radio One, that after over 30 years of support, Madonna is no longer relevant enough for the mainstream BBC1, and being moved to BBC2, the UK radio equivalent of being put out to pasture for good. In a talk with an insider at the station, The Daily Mail reported, "At the end of ...







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