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Upcoming: Pride 5K; Comics; Brave Face; Lambda Literary awards; HER app
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2015-05-12

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Pride 5K run/walk June 25 in Boystown

The second annual Pride lakefront party and Pride5K run/walk will take place Thursday, June 25.

The race kicks off at 7:30 p.m. near the Lakefront at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. When the run is over, DJs Matthew Harvat and Adam LeBlanc of Sixteen Candles will be the featured entertainment.

The fee is $45 ($50 after May 15). Packet pick-up will take place on Friday, June 19 (6-10 p.m.), and Saturday, June 20 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Visit http://starevents.com/events/pride-5k/.

CAKE comics expo June 6-7 at the Center

CAKE ( Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ) will take place June 6-7 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Among the scheduled programming are a conversation with brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez; a roundtable discussion on how comics fits into the New Wave of speculative fiction that began in the 1960s; a talk about comics in cyberspace; drawing and inking demonstrations; and an exhibit with publishers.

Visit CAKEchicago.com .

'Brave Face Project' features women in society

As part of its 125th-anniversary season, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University presents the "Brave Face Project," a bold new endeavor aimed to shine light on women's roles in society.

The project—led by Auditorium Theatre Director of Creative Engagement Christina Bourne; Chicago artist and arts education specialist Annie Rezac; and playwright Scott Woldman—will call for everyday women in the community to submit their own stories.

Select stories will be scripted into a piece that will be workshopped and presented June 22-28 in the theater's Katten/Landau Studio ( 425 S. Wabash Ave., fourth floor ).

For more information or to submit personal stories, visit AuditoriumTheatre.org .

Lambda Literary honors Balay, Hern��ndez

Lambda Literary has announced the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award: Anne Balay and Daisy Hernandez.

The Emerging Writer Award—made possible by Teresa DeCrescenzo, and named after her late partner, the author/psychotherapist Dr. Betty Berzon—consists of two cash prizes of $1,000. To qualify, recipients must have published up to two books, or one book and additional literary work such as short stories, essays or journalistic articles.

Balay has worked as a car mechanic, an English professor and a truck driver. She work has appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture, the Oral History Review and American Literary History, and she is about to be a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College.

Hern��ndez is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism.

The awards will be handed out June 1 at the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony in New York City.

The judges for the Dr. Betty Berzon prize were award-winning writers/poets Achy Obejas and Eduardo C. Corral.

HER app launches in Chicago

HER, an app for LGBT women, is about to launch in Chicago after closing a $1-million round of investment. Already live in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Boston, Chicago was the highest requested city in the country.

Founder Robyn Exton said: "I'm so excited to bring HER to Chicago. ... We're partnering with hundreds of existing [organizations], from colleges to lesbian venues to support the great LGBT network that already exists in the city".

"HER is about creating a space where lesbian, bi, queer, curious, flexisexual, pansexual and not-so-straight women can meet and find out what's going on in their lesbian world, Exton said. "More social, less dating. Women aren't looking for a 'Hot or Not'—they want to chat and meetup, make friends, meet girlfriends, find events. HER is a complete lesbian community and we can't wait to bring it to Chicago."

HER is available to download on the Apple App Store and will be available on the Android Play Store soon. For more info, visit weareher.com/ .

View full calendar at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/chicago/events/upcoming.php .


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