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Michael-Pacas-named-Mr-Leather64TEN-2015-

Michael Pacas named Mr. Leather64TEN 2015 - From a press release - Eric Kugelman and Michael Syrjanen, owners of Leather64TEN, Chicago's custom-made leather shop, are proud to announce Michael Pacas as the first Mr. Leather64TEN 2015. He will be entered into International Mr. Leather 2015, to be held Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, 2015 ( Memorial Day weekend ), in Chicago. A resident of Chicago, Pacas is a founding member ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Let me just get one thing off my chest right quick, in case there is any scuttlebutt. I posted on my personal Facebook page last weekend about a disturbing comment made during a fundraiser I was covering and I swore I would not divulge the location or the speaker of the comment, in hopes that the offending party would see ...


Tamale-Rocks-exposes-2-way-mirror-in-club-restroom

Tamale Rocks exposes 2-way mirror in club restroom - A comedian who is well-known in the local LGBT community made the news after a bizarre discovery—a two-way mirror in the women's washroom—at a bar in suburban Berwyn. Tamale Rocks, on April 25, was using the washroom after performing at Cigars and Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden Ave., and was unsettled by the mirror, which was attached to a door with ...


Sidetrack-event-aids-Cubans

Sidetrack event aids Cubans - On April 25, Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, along with Bacardi, hosted "Havana in Chicago," a benefit in support of First Hand Aid, a volunteer organization that works to deliver badly needed medical supplies to the people of Cuba. The event, now in its third year, featured silent and live auctions, live Cuban music, salsa dancers, appetizers and a Cuban buffet. With ...


Upcoming-Rita-Moreno-Gender-Fusions-Film-Festival

Upcoming: Rita Moreno; Gender Fusions; Film Festival - Moreno speaking at NEIU commencement Award-winning actress Rita Moreno will be the speaker for Northeastern Illinois University's spring commencement ceremony on Monday, May 11. The event will take place at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., at 4 p.m. Moreno belongs to an elite group of performers, having won each of the entertainment industry's most prestigious awards: the Oscar, ...


The-Baton-becomes-Transformative

The Baton becomes 'Transformative' - Chicago's Baton Show Lounge has entertained crowds for more than 46 years with female impersonators. Now the producers of a new endeavor called Transformative are hoping to capture that success in a unique way. Tibsen Entertainment Productions and 47th Street Studios have collaborated on a new project that aims to not only entertain but inform people on the daily life ...


Upcoming-Bon-Foster-Wainwright-Fashion-Lean-Times-dance-more

Upcoming: Bon Foster; Wainwright; Fashion; Lean Times dance; more - Bayard Rustin event April 25 at church An event focused on civil-rights icon Bayard Rustin will take place 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Walter Naegle, Rustin's partner, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists Jamie Frazier of The Lighthouse Church of Chicago, Kim L. Hunt of Affinity Community Services and community organizer ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Scot's Easter bonnet contest has been, for me in the last 10 years or so, the official ushering in of spring. And when I saw the winning entry enter the room, seasons changed. His headpiece was so wide, folks had to back up against the wall as he walked by. Gay men and their unrepentant pageantry ... In keeping with ...


Havana-in-Chicago-to-benefit-people-of-Cuba-with-medical-supplies-services-

Havana in Chicago to benefit people of Cuba with medical supplies, services - From a press release - First Hand AID will host Havana in Chicago on Saturday, April 25, from 4-8pm at Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted in Chicago. Cost is $50 per person. 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. Because of our generous sponsors, all the money raised ...


Baton-Show-Lounge-marks-46th-anniversary-

Baton Show Lounge marks 46th anniversary - Jim Flint marked the 46th anniversary of his Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., with a special show for clients and friends March 18. Host Ginger Grant welcomed the crowd to the celebration. In addition to Grant, other performers were Chilli Pepper, Maya Douglas, Sheri Payne, Victoria La Paige, Regine Phillips, and male dancer Angel Saez. Photo by Hal ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Aside from a brief late-ish jaunt to my local The Glenwood, I personally did not dare leave the house on St. Patty's Day ( observed ). I no longer have the constitution. But leave it to our own constitutional scholar Anthony Meade to get all the green goodness. He rode the Dougie bus all over this fair city with the ...


-Out-Chicago-live-from-Boystown-March-22

Out Chicago live from Boystown March 22 - Out Chicago, the city's only LGBT-themed traditional radio program, will host a 'super-sized, star-studded' live radio broadcast from D.S. Tequila, 3352 N. Halsted, Sunday, March 22. "We have always described the show as Sunday brunch with your gay best friends," said comedian Scott Duff, the show's producer and host. "To kick off our second year, we have taken that to ...


Spin-owner-to-re-open-Belmont-and-Halsted-space

Spin owner to re-open Belmont and Halsted space - The longtime owner of Spin—who sold the nightclub in 2014, but still owns the building in which it was located—will be taking the space back, according to eater.com. He has not yet determined whether the nightclub at Belmont and Halsted will once again go under the Spin moniker, or have a new name, once it reopens. David Gassman sold the ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Well, I reckon I trekked way out west over yonder to Beauty Bar for their thumping tribute to Jay and Bey ( Z and -once, respectively ). Alwways tragically cute at that place. Look for more Beauty Bar events on these pages. And on my way, I pulled my stagecoach up to Seek Vintage, as I ran into my friend ...


Nightlife-photos

Nightlife photos - MARY'S ATTIC Momma's always on stage. Photos by Kyle Henderson PHOENIX What would YOU call his facial hairstyle down there? Photos by Kirk BERLIN Saturday night's alright for Berlin-ing.Photos by Kyle Henderson BEAUTY BAR Bump & Grindcore present a Tribute to Jay and Bey. Photos by Kirk Chicago House presented its second annual burlesque event, The Tease. Oh, you tease!: ...


The-Bijou-Chronicles-Steven-Toushin-

The Bijou Chronicles Steven Toushin - Is Schroeder in Peanuts Gay? Well, Not Really ... - Now, many of us remember Schroeder's tempestuous relationship with Lucy, he being the object of her doomed, unrequited infatuation. Schroeder is so NOT interested. For example, on one occasion, Lucy remarks to Schroeder, "Beethoven wasn't so great." Irritated, Schroeder asks Lucy to explain her comment. Lucy replies, "You've never seen his face on a bubblegum card, have you?" Face it, ...


Equality-Illinois-2015-gala

Equality Illinois' 2015 gala - Something to celebrate: Equality Illinois' 2015 gala, Sat., Feb. 14 at Hilton Chicago. ...


BERLIN

BERLIN - Freak out with your Geeks Out! Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


BIG-CHICKS

BIG CHICKS - Fuckin' A, it's FKA! Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


REPLAY

REPLAY - Gaymes people play. Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


THE-SOFO-TAP

THE SOFO TAP - Mardi Gras with DILF. Guess what they had to do for beads. Photos by Kirk ...


JACKHAMMER

JACKHAMMER - People. People doin' thangs. Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


MARYS-ATTIC

MARY'S ATTIC - Wig Night Out for Point Foundation! Photos by Kirk ...


Fireball

Fireball - FLAME ON!: Who else but Circuit Mom could bring back Fireball, Chicago's historic Valentine's party?! These lovely hotties partied the night away Sat., Feb. 14, at House of Blues. Photos by Anthony Meade ...


DANCING-ABOUT-ARCHITECTURE

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - With distance—as in life and love—those things that once felt tired and overplayed, at some point feel pleasant and fresh in hindsight if it was good in the first place. It might take you a year, a decade or just a month to feel "he wasn't so bad after all." Same goes for music. Especially in the DJ world where ...


Crew

Crew - The spice of life: 10th annual chili cookoff for Care For Real. Photos by Kirk ...


BERLIN

BERLIN - In the Cosmix. Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


Ride-For-AIDS-kickoff

Ride For AIDS kickoff - Ride or die: TPAN kicked off the 2015 Ride For AIDS at Sidetrack, Sun., Jan. 25. Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


FULL-KIT-GEAR

FULL KIT GEAR - Kicking off Mr. Chicago Leather weekend ... with a grand opening. Photos by Kirk ...


TOUCHE

TOUCHE - Luis' victory party. How many IMLs can you spot? Photos by Kirk ...


Mr-Chicago-Leather-2015-contest-

Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 contest - Yes, Mister: The Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 contest, which was bigger than ever, moved this year to Leather Archives & Museum. Congratulations to MCL 2015 Luis Tipantasig! Photos by Kirk ...


SIDETRACK

SIDETRACK - Gypsies, tramps, and so forth at the Cher and Cher Alike party. Photos by Kirk ...


DIVE-BAR

DIVE BAR - Dive into these specialties at Boystown's newest nautical spot. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


SMART-BAR

SMART BAR - The Queen! scene. Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


BURLY

BURLY - Beard to the future! Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


BOBBY-LOVES

BOBBY LOVE'S - Showin' love at Creaoke's karaoke night. Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


ELIXIR

ELIXIR - Where it's always cocktail-o'clock. Photos by Kyle Henderson ...


That-Guy

That Guy - No matter which portmanteau you want to employ, be it Snowmageddon or Lowdown Snowdown or Snow Way, Jose, this blizzard this past weekend was snow joke. The Facebooks were replete with gay-boy jokes about excessive inches and bottoms and such, but some of us actually had to strap on our big boy boots ( yes, I'm a top ) and ...


That-Guy

That Guy - I lived through the '90s. I was there in the trenches with Color Me Badds and the Hansons and the flannels and the Rachel haircuts. I know what the definition of "is" is. So when I walked into Progress Bar this past Friday and Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" came on, my first memory of it was that it was a mid-grade, ...


Man-makes-impression-as-a-nude-model

Man makes impression as a nude model - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a freshman at the University of Michigan, Roger Billhardt saw flyers on campus for various clubs, organizations, and more. He spotted the one for the art school, which was looking for figure models. He had never done anything like that, but admittedly is a thrill-seeker, "and that seemed like a thrill." So he signed up for the gig. "I ...


End-of-Year-cover-Looking-back

End of Year cover: Looking back - 1 A menagerie of critters from the June 25 cover. Photos by Ryan Kolodziej, Marisa KM, Anthony Meade and Kirk. 2 Halloween revellers from the Nov. 12 cover. Photos by Anthony Meade. 3 Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 Miguel Torres from the April 30 cover. Photo by Anthony Meade. 4 Monica Beverly Hillz at Spin from the Feb. 5 cover. Photo ...


That-Guy-looking-back-at-2014

That Guy, looking back at 2014 - Another year, another treasure trove of astounding/embarrassing photos of you all, my dear readers. Here's a look back at what I've been up to ( and down to ). Have fun, fuck safe and see you in the one-five. 1. With "Good Ginger" Adam and cousin Dolly Woods at Scot's. 2. Undie-oke-ing at Jackhammer. 3. Dirty southin' with Jason at ...


DANCING-ABOUT-ARCHITECTURE

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - THE 2014 MOOSEY AWARDS - In my life, I've been pretty lucky in love, work and family, but if there's one thing that alludes me, it's my desire for tradition. Luckily, one thing has remained constant in an ever-changing world for me: The Moosey Awards. The Mooseys are my little slice of annual tradition shared with you, my friends, every year and given out to ...


TRAVEL-Adults-only-spots-in-Cancun

TRAVEL Adults-only spots in Cancun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cancun has long welcomed sun-seekers of all sorts, including spring-breakers, families, international travelers, and gays and lesbians. Whether you are lusting after a romantic getaway or a rowdy escape, this Mexican coastal city is sure to delight. But perhaps you prefer to indulge your leisure-time tastes in a grown-up setting, without the presence or distraction of children—yours or anyone else's. ...


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 ...


LGBT-groups-hold-holiday-mixer

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 ...


That-Guy

That Guy - What, with all the turkey preparations, I just don't have the brain energy for a new column this week. So enjoy this past blast from the January 17, 2007, issue. Oh, how things have changed ... Astute readers of this column will remember that my very favoritest Prince song is "The Beautiful Ones" from Purple Rain. How stoked was I, ...


THE-SOFO-TAP

THE SOFO TAP - Photos by Kyle Henderson - Ride 'em, otter cowboys! ...


Bijou-Chronicles-RETROSTUDS-OF-THE-PAST-FOCUS-ON-LEE-RYDER-

Bijou Chronicles RETROSTUDS OF THE PAST: FOCUS ON LEE RYDER - We at Bijou carry back issues of Manshots magazines, which was, I think, in its heyday ( the late '80s and early '90s ), offered a sophisticated approach to gay porn; its video reviews were generally cogent and intelligent, even scholarly. It treated gay porn in all its variety of genres like something that deserved thoughtful analysis, especially the movies ...


TOUCHE

TOUCHE - Photos by Kirk - Miguel selling his wares for Barlesque 7. ...


HYDRATE

HYDRATE - Photos by Anthony Meade - 29 and the tongue still works. ...


SIDETRACK

SIDETRACK - Photos by Anthony Meade - Somewhere, Over the Rainbow. ...


ROGERS-PARK-SOCIAL

ROGERS PARK SOCIAL - Photos by Kirk - For the love of Leo! Raising Barlesque bucks. ...


CLUB-KRAVE

CLUB KRAVE - Photos by Kirk - These bitches always turn it out for Barlesque! ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Turning 40 never felt so good, thanks to the guys at The Sofo Tap and all the over-35s ( and unders ) who helped make the Day of the DILF party such a smashing success on such a difficult night. There was a bunch going on! And props to Graeme for the face goo. Look out, Collin Wood, I'm comin' ...


DANCING-ABOUT-ARCHITECTURE-THRILLED-ABOUT-THE-DAME

DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: THRILLED ABOUT THE DAME - With almost two decades as a jazz vocalist, the great Elaine Dame is set to premiere her third CD, You're My Thrill on Dec. 1. Nightspots recently sat down with the sultry songbird ( and flautist ) to talk about what goes into a jazz recording artist in the new millennium. Nightspots: You're known around Chicago as a very ...


Sidetrack-becomes-jungle-with-Animal-Queendom

Sidetrack becomes jungle with 'Animal Queendom' - Miller Lite presented the 22nd Annual Night of 100 Drag Queens, this time with the wild theme of "Animal Queendom" at Sidetrack, the popular video bar in Boystown. For two nights—Oct. 22-23—entertainment was rotated on dueling stages from the front bar to the back glass bar for each lip-synching performance. Hosts Debbie Fox and Tequila Mockingbird kept the action moving. ...


HBHCs-Garden-of-Eve-Nov-7

HBHC's 'Garden of Eve' Nov. 7 - Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) supporters will have three of Chicago's most prominent entertainers gather for a battle of the DJs at the fifth annual Garden of Eve. Partygoers can expect to take sides on the dance floor at Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph St., on Friday, Nov. 7, 6:30-11:30 p.m. The entertainers will be DJ All the ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Holy crap, what a lot of big events coming up in the next few weeks! For the full monty, see our three—count 'em, three­—pages of calendar listings. But here's a brief smattering of highlights for your nightlife consideration. Mister International Rubber 18 squeezes its way into town, Wed., Oct. 29 through Sun., Nov. 2. See calendar for a listing of ...


Night-of-100-Drag-Queens-attendees-include-Modern-Family-star-

Night of 100 Drag Queens attendees include Modern Family star - Sidetrack's 27th annual Night of 100 Drag Queens features creatures of all stripes with this year's theme, Animal Queendom. Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, producer Justin Mikita, attended the event. The two-night affair began Wed., Oct. 22 and a second show is scheduled for Thu., Oct. 23. Over 50 drag queens performed numbers ranging from Liza Minnelli's ...


That-Guy

That Guy - Yay for boo! Halloween is beginning to creep upon the town. Consider this part one of our big Halloween issue. More boo to come next issue. But yay for Anthony's shot of the deadly hot Rob Racine on this week's cover. With the advent of the current season of American Horror Story, anything gay and Halloween-related this year will undoubtedly ...


Dancing-About-Architecture-

Dancing About Architecture - P!NK TURNS OVER NEW TREND WITH OLD WAYS - I'm a voracious music history and biography reader, so I've observed that certain patterns pop up in music history to where you can almost predict sea changes in sound. The dry, soft rock/prog rock of the '70s gave way to punk; overproduced hair metal gave way to grunge; MC Hammer-style rap crumbled under the gangsta rap of the '90s; and ...


Nika-Roza-Danilova-returns-with-a-new-album-titled-Taiga

Nika Roza Danilova returns with a new album titled Taiga - Nika Roza Danilova ( also known as Zola Jesus ) returns with a new album titled Taiga. While the music has pop sensibilities, there is a dark side that appeases fans throughout the world. This Wisconsin-raised singer returns to her northern roots on a tour that includes a stop in Chicago. Nunn called Jesus when out on the road to ...


SIDETRACK

SIDETRACK - Divas Going Wild in a Night of 100 Drag Queens preview. - Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


MARYS-ATTIC

MARY'S ATTIC - DJ FoxFonix foxin' it up on the ol' fox floor. - Photos by Kirk ...


Fall-Ball

Fall Ball - Moving and shaking at the 2nd annual Fall Ball, Sat., Oct. 11 at the Logan Square Auditorium. Photos by Kirk ...


THE-GLENWOOD

THE GLENWOOD - Bear-ly containing themselves at GlenWOOF! - Photos by Kirk ...


TOUCHE

TOUCHE - Feelin' the brotherhood with American Brotherhood Weekend and DJ Germ. Photos by Kirk ...


HALSTEDS

HALSTED'S - ALMA Chicago motivating some caliente Halsted action! Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


MANHOLE

MANHOLE - Happy birthday, DJ Jim Belanger! Photos by Anthony Meade ...


BOBBY-LOVES

BOBBY LOVE'S - Bobby loves everyone! - Photos by Anthony Meade ...


SCOTS

SCOT'S - The best of Oktoberfest! - Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


EM-LOUNGE

EM LOUNGE - West Side sexiness. - Photos by Anthony Meade ...


PROGRESS-BAR

PROGRESS BAR - The fierceness of Project Run-a-way. - Photos by Anthony Meade ...


SHAKERS

SHAKER'S - Happy birthday, Jason! - Photos by Kirk ...







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