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Wednesday, Mar 29
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here first and third Wednesdays, #108  1:00pm - 5:00pm  
Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108
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Betwixt, Between and Beyond, Stories of Becoming Your story at 17 is not your story at 72. A night of stories that explore the fluidity of identities and way we continue becoming ourselves. UIC Gender and Sexuality Center's 3r annual story telling extravaganza in collaboration ith 2nd Story. Free and open to all. Require accommodations? 312-413-8619 or lgbtqa@uic.edu  5:30pm - 8:30pm  
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, Chicago


LGBT Chamber of Commerce of IL Quarterly Soiree Spring networking event. Free drink and hors d'oeuvres with your paid registration.  6:00pm - 8:30pm  
Carnivale restaurant, 702 W Fulton St., Chicago  Ticket Link


Cirque D'or Acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists.  7:30pm    815-726-7171 Ext. 204
Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet  Ticket Link




Thursday, Mar 30
Panel: Impact of the ACA within the LGBTQ community United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and the AIDS Foundation present, Baker McKenzie host. Breakfast and networking 7:30 am. Register by Monday, March 27.  8:30am - 9:30am  
Baker McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph St.  Ticket Link


HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here Thursdays  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 151 N. State St.
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Violence Survivors' Group Reserve a spot in the group by emailing avp@centeronhalsted.org or by phone.   5:30pm - 7:30pm    773-472-6469, ext. 438
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Talk/Shout/Work It Out Evening of drinks, snacks, sweets, conversation and cool people sharing problems, offering advice, seeking solutions, and meeting new people who can unite in defeating gender bias. Part of a week-long series of conversations to spark discussions, ideas to end gender bias. Free with suggested donation  6:00pm - 8:00pm  
Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., Chicago
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Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/ AIDS Care Unit 371 Book launch featuring Czerwiec will be hosted by Art AIDS America  6:30pm  
DePaul Art Museum, 935 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
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Know Your Rights Have questions about immigration, police interactions, housing, family law, employment and/or criminal records? Join Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA), SWOP-Chicago Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago, and Center on Halsted for Know Your Rights workshop and legal clinic. Free. No registration needed. English/Spanish interpreters available  7:00pm - 9:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Friday, Mar 31
Theological Seminary anti-racism seminar for white people A six-session anti-racism seminar for white people will be held through May 20 led by Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom & Lois McCullen Parr. $485. Registration online limited to 18. Questions to melaniemorrison@alliesforchange.org .  9:00am - 5:00am  
Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.
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Behavioral Health Training Luncheon What's next in work with LGBTQ communities. Free. RSVP by 3/29.  10:00am - 2:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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LGBTQ business expo And nighttime "Executive Realness Ball." Father George Clements and U.S. Congressman Danny Davis will kick off the event. Business attire required.   10:00am - 8:00pm  
Martin Luther King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
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Seeds of Change annual benefit Join grantees, board members, and friends of Crossroads Fund to celebrate. $135  5:30pm - 9:30pm  
Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Hall
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Transgender Day of Visibility, first Trans Artist Showcase Unique and eclectic celebration of the transgender community, a wide range of artistic talent from all over the Chicagoland transgender community. Free but pre-registration is strongly encouraged for a seat in the Hoover-Leppen Theater.  6:00pm - 9:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Hairspray It's 1962 and a plus-sized teen is determined to fulfill her show business dream. Winner of eight Tony Awards. Red Horse Theatre Company in association with Forte Productions will present a concert version of the hit Broadway musical, with a 15-piece on-stage orchestra. $20-$30.   7:00pm  
Wentz Concert Hall
171 E. Chicago Ave Naperville, IL 6040
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Bernadette Peters Joins Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program, tribute to George Gershwin and medley of Broadway hits and classics. $33   7:30pm    312-341-2300
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E Congress Pkwy
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Love is Love is Love Handles GayCo is back in the northwest burbs with their over-the-(muffin)-top sketch comedy revue for the LGBT-etc community with funniest scenes from their 20 year history. $25. Seats are assigned, so best to buy in advance.   7:30pm    847-577-2121
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell, Arlington Heights
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Saturday, Apr 1
Socialism Conference Topics: What is Socialism? Stopping Trump's Attacks. Black, Brown and Red Liberation. Marxist Feminism. LGBTQ Freedom. Registration 10:30 am. $10 for conference and $3 for lunch.   11:00am - 4:00pm  
Centro Autonomo, 3460 W. Lawrence, Chicago  Ticket Link


Art AIDS America closing weekend The groundbreaking traveling exhibition must close at the new Alphawood Gallery. Final public tour to be led by Alphawood Gallery Director of Exhibitions Tony Hirschel   1:00pm  
Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St.
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Riot Grrrls Celebrates brash and adventurous paintings by female artists and responds to sexism that pervades the art world, from male artists garnering the highest prices to disproportionate representation in exhibitions. Through June 4, 2017.  7:00pm  
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
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Lesbian fronted rock band, Forbidden Fruit Cover tunes of Melissa, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Hole, Meridith Brooks, Garbage, Kinks and more.  8:30pm - 10:30pm  
Chicago Loop Sports Bar and Grill ,7 W Streamwood Blvd., Streamwood
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Sunday, Apr 2
aChurch4Me Sunday Worship Service Find inclusiveness, peace, comfort and prayer  11:00am    773-373-9916
aChurch4Me, 7366 N. Clark St., Chicago
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The Twink on the Fire Escape The new walking tour/show during which Chicago comedian and writer Zach Zimmerman tells how a twink wound up on his fire escape in three parts and three locations: a Swedish breakfast restaurant (enjoy a cinnamon roll and a mimosa), a hot dog restaurant/bar (enjoy a shot) and the fire escape where the story reaches its climax. Sundays through April 16. No show April 9.   2:00pm  
Begins at corner of Clark Street and Belmont Avenue  Ticket Link




Monday, Apr 3
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services at outside locations.  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 2817 N. Clark
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Hamilton company members kick off Chicago Dance Month Chicago Dance Month highlights the breadth, diversity and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community. Opening celebration and other events are free  6:00pm - 7:15pm  
Aon Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier
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SMART Recovery Gay men's self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Anyone with addictive behaviors (eating, shopping, gambling, sex, or codependency) or who wonders if they have a problem is welcome. Self-management and recovery training (SMART) uses cognitive-behavioral methods. Room 205. Each Monday.   7:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted


RiseUP ACLU benefit with 'Hamilton' cast Headlining artists from the cast of Hamilton Ari Afsar, Wayne Brady, Miguel Cervantes plus Rafael Casal and Samora Pinderhughes host music and entertainment to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois  7:00pm - 8:30pm  
Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St.
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Tuesday, Apr 4
Equal Pay Day Chicago Speakers TBA   12:00pm  
Daley Center lobby, Clark and Washington
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OUTspoken! LGBTQ Storytelling at Sidetrack Great stories first Tuesday of every month. Minibar doors open at 6pm. Curated by David Fink. No cover.  7:00pm  
Sidetrack
3349 N Halsted St
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Jessie Mueller Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy award winner for starring role as Carole King/Beautiful-The Carole King Musical. Performing at the Goodman Theatre's annual Education and Engagement Luncheon. $250 single tickets.  11:30pm    312-443-3881, ext. 586
The Standard Club, 320 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago  Ticket Link




Wednesday, Apr 5
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here first and third Wednesdays, #108  1:00pm - 5:00pm  
Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108
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6th Annual Andersonville Honors Awards celebration and party honoring the top 35 businesses nominated in 2016: Presented by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and hosted by The pH Comedy Theater. $25 tickets available online   6:30pm - 9:00pm  
Mary's Attic
5400 N Clark
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Howard Brown Health Annual Meeting Strategic plans are developed with input from community, supporters and patients. The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Reception at 6:00. RSVP to Events@howardbrown.org by noon on April 5.  7:00pm - 8:00pm  
The Brown Elephant Andersonville, 5404 N. Clark St., Chicago
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Bring It to the Table Film Screening and Live Table Talks A fresh, provocative, often humorous, study of political identity and how to reach for true conversation, deliberation, civil debate, and social activism in an age of immobilizing partisanship and deeply dug-in beliefs. $12 general admission, $10 student/senior discount.  7:00pm - 9:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Author Reading: Brian F. Harrison & Melissa R. Michelson "Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes About LGBT Rights"  7:30pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St
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Thursday, Apr 6
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here Thursdays  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 151 N. State St.
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Violence Survivors' Group Reserve a spot in the group by emailing avp@centeronhalsted.org or by phone.   5:30pm - 7:30pm    773-472-6469, ext. 438
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential offsite services here first Thursdays of the month  6:00pm - 9:00pm  
FFC Halsted, 3228 N. Halsted


AVER Monthly Meeting Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, the national organization of LGBT veterans formerly known as Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).  7:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Celebrate life and legacy of poet Gwendolyn Brooks Evening kick-off at DuSable of a conference of scholars, writers and musicians including Robin Coste Lewis, Ishion Hutchinson, Ed Roberson, Evie Shockley, Nicole Mitchell and Jamila Woods. Through April 8.  7:00pm - 9:00pm  
Tonight at DuSable Museum, following days at Logan Center for the Arts
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Friday, Apr 7
Spring 2017: The Frontrunners Couch-To-10K Program membership and kick-off event Running and walking club for Chicago's LGBT community and friends announces a unique training and social program with free coaching and training from accomplished running coaches with annual membership in the club, $20. Saturdays at 9 a.m. from April 8, 2017 until Proud to Run, June 24, 2017, culminating in participation in Proud to Run, June 24, 2017. Frontrunners/Frontwalkers is open to all, even those who do not participate in this training opportunity.   5:00pm - 7:00pm  
Sidetrack
3349 N Halsted St
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After Hours at Howard Brown Howard Brown Health is staying open late every first and third Friday of the month for transgender and gender non-conforming people ages 18 and up. Talk to a healthcare provider about your health concerns. Free refreshments with other members of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. Medical and testing appointments are limited and scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early to reserve an appointment.  6:00pm - 9:00pm  
Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N Sheridan Rd
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LGBTQ Artists' Gallery Opening Julius D.C. Bautista and Brad Leslie. $5 suggested donation.  6:00pm - 8:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Off Center: Live Music at Center on Halsted Live sets from The Joans, Carolyn Reynolds, and Homer Marrs. $10 suggested donation benefitting homeless youth initiative.  7:00pm - 9:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret How to keep positive when it feels like everything is falling apart? Check in with Brown Paper Box Co. and friends for this cathartic cabaret as we explore how we're experiencing the present moment through storytelling and songs.   7:30pm  
Mary's Attic
5400 N Clark  Ticket Link


Author Reading: Laura Sook Duncombe "Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas"  7:30pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St
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Everything that Rises, The Other Wo[man] Live Music and Storytelling. Hoted by DJ Howard. $10 suggested donation. RSVP online. Doors open 8:30pm.   9:30pm  
The Orphanage, 643 W. 31st St., Bridgeport  Ticket Link




Saturday, Apr 8
Men Having Babies Midwest Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo. Two days. $20 advance, $25 at door. Lunch and reception included.  5:30pm - 8:30pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Spring Dance Holy Covenant MCC us an affirming and inclusive Church, serving the western suburbs of Chicago, with a congregation that is 75% LGBTQ. $15 per person for dancing, fun, beer, wine, soda and food plus auction for goods and services. Theme for this year's dance is "Bless the Beasts - a Celebration of the animals that enrich our daily lives".   7:00pm - 11:00pm  
Holy Covenant MCC, 9145 Grant Ave., Brookfield
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The Kid Thing Two lesbian couples handling relationships, sperm donation, pregnancy, and parenting. Written in 2007 by Sarah Gubbins, it shows where the LGBTQIA community is today and how it has grown over the past decade. Thursday to Sunday through April 15.  7:30pm  
Berger Park Cultural Center, Sheridan at Granville, near Granville Red Line Stop
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Stop Kiss After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. Through May 7.   8:00pm  
The Vault, Collaboraction Studios, The Flat Iron Arts Building  Ticket Link




Sunday, Apr 9
Men Having Babies Midwest Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo. Two days. $20 advance, $25 at door. Lunch and reception included.  9:00am - 6:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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aChurch4Me Sunday Worship Service Find inclusiveness, peace, comfort and prayer  11:00am    773-373-9916
aChurch4Me, 7366 N. Clark St., Chicago
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A Love Supreme, an inclusive celebration of marriage A nuptial affair put on in collaboration with Slo 'Mo, Rose Photo, Marquette Avenue Events, Artistic Blooms, and LEAP Weddings. LGBTQ couples exchange their vows in a nontraditional, shared ceremony with 15 partner couples Portion benefiting Howard Brown Health. Contact alovesupreme@chicagoathletichotel.com  Time:TBA  
Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave.
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The Kiki - Queer Comedy with Variety Monthly show, second Sunday of every month, will feature video clips, audience interaction, games, and, of course, comedy. Doors 4pm.  5:00pm  
The Laugh Factory Chicago
3175 N Broadway
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Crystal Bowersox Blues, country, folk and rock, known from the ninth season of American Idol and open about her bisexual identity. All ages. $28/$32/$35/$38  8:00pm  
City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph St




Monday, Apr 10
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services at outside locations.  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 2817 N. Clark
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SMART Recovery Gay men's self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Anyone with addictive behaviors (eating, shopping, gambling, sex, or codependency) or who wonders if they have a problem is welcome. Self-management and recovery training (SMART) uses cognitive-behavioral methods. Room 205. Each Monday.   7:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted


Anne Lamott, author Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy Women & Children First presents bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches and her new book on mercy, its limitless, sometimes hidden, presence and why we ignore it. Ticket includes copy of the book at door night of the event.  7:00pm  
The People's Church 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago
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Just Want to Try You On, Big Girl Stuff Two new performances, one by Current Biography a queer performance collaborative, one by Jiana Estes + Alex Hovi who work in pop culture and looped choruses. $10 cash at the door, no RSVPs   8:00pm  
DFBL8R Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago, Chicago
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Tuesday, Apr 11
Chicago Gender Society Social, and educational organization for members of the transgender community, supporters and the public. Meets every month on the second Tuesday. Doors open at 7pm.  8:00pm  
Stardust Banquet Hall, 5688 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
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Just Want to Try You On, Big Girl Stuff Two new performances, one by Current Biography a queer performance collaborative, one by Jiana Estes + Alex Hovi who work in pop culture and looped choruses. $10 cash at the door, no RSVPs   8:00pm  
DFBL8R Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago, Chicago
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Wednesday, Apr 12
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here first and third Wednesdays, #108  1:00pm - 5:00pm  
Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108
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Activism: Love & Protect and Assata's Daughters Love & Protect supports those who identify as women and gender non-conforming persons of color who are criminalized or harmed by state and interpersonal violence. Assata's Daughters is a grassroots intergenerational collective of radical Black women located in the city of Chicago.  7:00pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St
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Thursday, Apr 13
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here Thursdays  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 151 N. State St.
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Violence Survivors' Group Reserve a spot in the group by emailing avp@centeronhalsted.org or by phone.   5:30pm - 7:30pm    773-472-6469, ext. 438
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Author Soiree with Greer Macallister & Renee Rosen Wine, cheese, and a book talk featuring the two authors discussing their new books: Macallister's GIRL IN DISGUISE and Rosen's WINDY CITY BLUES.  7:00pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St
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Friday, Apr 14
HUMP! Film Festival Dan Savage-the writer behind the 20-year-running Savage Love advice column, LGBTQ and political activist, and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project is back with the 12th Annual HUMP! Film Festival with all new short dirty movies-each less than five minutes-all created by people who aren't porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. 7:00 pm.   9:00pm  
Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport  Ticket Link




Saturday, Apr 15
Ka Bodyscapes screening A gay painter, a rural kabaddi player and an activist struggle to find happiness in a conservative Indian city, against predatory capitalism, community and class oppression. South-Indian Malayalam language, closed captioning in English. Skype Q&A session with director, Jayan Cherian and, in-person, Chicago-based writer Yasmin Nair. Trikone-Chicago serves South Asian heritage queer and trans people. $5.   3:00pm - 6:00pm  
1104 S Wabash Ave, Room #402, Chicago  Ticket Link


Stop Kiss After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. Through May 7.   8:00pm  
The Vault, Collaboraction Studios, The Flat Iron Arts Building  Ticket Link


HUMP! Film Festival Dan Savage-the writer behind the 20-year-running Savage Love advice column, LGBTQ and political activist, and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project is back with the 12th Annual HUMP! Film Festival with all new short dirty movies-each less than five minutes-all created by people who aren't porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. 7:00 pm.   9:00pm  
Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport  Ticket Link


Tax March Chicago Inspired by the last few months of protest, particularly the Women's March, marchers will demand release of the President's tax returns.  10:00pm - 2:00pm  
Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago
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Sunday, Apr 16
aChurch4Me Sunday Worship Service Find inclusiveness, peace, comfort and prayer  11:00am    773-373-9916
aChurch4Me, 7366 N. Clark St., Chicago
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PFLAG DuPage Guest speaker Katie Slivovsky of the Chicago Children's Museum. PFLAG DuPage meets the third Sunday of each month   2:00pm  
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton
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The Twink on the Fire Escape The new walking tour/show during which Chicago comedian and writer Zach Zimmerman tells how a twink wound up on his fire escape in three parts and three locations: a Swedish breakfast restaurant (enjoy a cinnamon roll and a mimosa), a hot dog restaurant/bar (enjoy a shot) and the fire escape where the story reaches its climax. Sundays through April 16. No show April 9.   2:00pm  
Begins at corner of Clark Street and Belmont Avenue  Ticket Link




Monday, Apr 17
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services at outside locations.  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 2817 N. Clark
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SMART Recovery Gay men's self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Anyone with addictive behaviors (eating, shopping, gambling, sex, or codependency) or who wonders if they have a problem is welcome. Self-management and recovery training (SMART) uses cognitive-behavioral methods. Room 205. Each Monday.   7:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted


Bending Genders: A Swingin' Cabaret Annual Season of Concern Benefit with some of Chicago's best with gender-bending songs to raise funds for those in the theatre community living with AIDS-related illnesses or experiencing health related emergencies and life-threatening medical issues. Hosted by E. Faye Butler and Honey West $75/$35. VIP reception 6:00 p.m.  7:00pm    312-332-0518
Steppenwolf
1650 N Halsted  Ticket Link




Tuesday, Apr 18
Book Launch Party: Sara Paretsky, FALLOUT Sara will be in conversation with Women & Children First co-founder, Ann Christophersen.  7:00pm  
The Swedish American Museum Center
5211 N. Clark St.
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Wednesday, Apr 19
Chicago Bar Association celebrates 20th Anniversary of LGBT Rights Committee A gathering of past chairs, vice chairs, legislative liaisons, and committee members to recall particular highlights in LGBT rights law over the past two decades. RSVP to CBA Committee Chair, Malcolm 'Skip' Harsch, 312.988. 5137 or skip.harsch@americanbar.org  12:00pm  
Chicago Bar Association
321 S. Plymouth Ct.


HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here first and third Wednesdays, #108  1:00pm - 5:00pm  
Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108
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Beauty Sick Renee Engel reads and signs her book.  7:30pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St




Thursday, Apr 20
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here Thursdays  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 151 N. State St.
Website Link


Violence Survivors' Group Reserve a spot in the group by emailing avp@centeronhalsted.org or by phone.   5:30pm - 7:30pm    773-472-6469, ext. 438
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential offsite services here third Thursdays each month  7:00pm  
Cell Block
3702 N Halsted St
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Book Launch Party: Of This Much I'm Sure: A Memoir by Nadine Kenney Johnstone At twenty-two, Chicagoan Nadine Kenney is thrilled to meet her future husband, Jamie, while vacationing in Florida.  7:30pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St
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Friday, Apr 21
After Hours at Howard Brown Howard Brown Health is staying open late every first and third Friday of the month for transgender and gender non-conforming people ages 18 and up. Talk to a healthcare provider about your health concerns. Free refreshments with other members of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. Medical and testing appointments are limited and scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early to reserve an appointment.  6:00pm - 9:00pm  
Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N Sheridan Rd
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BTQ Book Group 3rd Fridays  7:00pm - 9:00pm  
Gerber Hart Library and Archives
6500 N Clark St
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Of Time and Tide Hedwig Dances' two-weekend repertory concert featuring Jan Bartoszek's Four Strong Winds in each show, while Kate Corby's Harbor is paired the first weekend and Victor Alexander's Parting Shadows is seen at the concluding two shows. Four shows through Saturday, April 29   7:30pm  
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn
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When the Chant Comes by Kay Ulanday Bennett Poetry Reading  7:30pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St


Big Fish, the Musical A traveling salesman lives life to its fullest with thrilling larger-than-life stories. His son, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales. Overflowing with humor and heart. $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $16 students -12.  7:30pm  
Plaines Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E Thacker/Dempster, Des Plaines
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About Face Theater's Wonka Ball: Forbidden Planet Strap on moon boots and asteroid belts to enjoy celestial food and cosmic cocktails, celebrate with a supernova of live entertainment, music, and dancing. Silent and live auctions for which Wonka Ball has become known. Portion of ticket tax-deductible. Early bird tickets $175 VIP, $125 general   8:00pm  
Venue Six10
Spertis Institute 610 S. Michigan Ave.
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Saturday, Apr 22
The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival Artisanal Foods & Charity Wine Tasting Designed for chocolate lovers of all ages, this delectable event will feature tempting chocolate tastings from delicious local vendors, celebrity chef demonstrations, event to feature 40+ vendors, charity wine tasting, artisanal food exhibits. Benefits Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  11:00am - 6:00pm  
Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium at Plumbers Hall,1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago  Ticket Link


Susan Werner Styles ranging from folk/rock to Tin Pan Alley to gospel, country, chamber music to Broadway. Tickets on sale Mar 3.  8:00pm  
Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Ave Evanston, IL 60202  Ticket Link


Stop Kiss After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. Through May 7.   8:00pm  
The Vault, Collaboraction Studios, The Flat Iron Arts Building  Ticket Link


Chicago Red Dress Party Masquerade Ball, a national event dedicated to creating awareness and visibility for the HIV/AIDS movement and raising funds for organizations that provide vital community services. This year Howard Brown. Ryan Bejlovec Main Stage DJ, Miss Foozie host, Jade Sotomayor, Ben Mann and Group, Alexis Hex. VIP begins 7:30pm.  9:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Sunday, Apr 23
5th Annual Race to Zero Celebrates and coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Raise awareness and create a community of zero tolerance for sexual violence  9:00am  
Independence Grove, Libertyville
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aChurch4Me Sunday Worship Service Find inclusiveness, peace, comfort and prayer  11:00am    773-373-9916
aChurch4Me, 7366 N. Clark St., Chicago
Website Link


The Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival Artisanal Foods & Charity Wine Tasting Designed for chocolate lovers of all ages, this delectable event will feature tempting chocolate tastings from delicious local vendors, celebrity chef demonstrations, event to feature 40+ vendors, charity wine tasting, artisanal food exhibits. Benefits Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  11:00am - 5:00pm  
Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium at Plumbers Hall,1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago  Ticket Link


Harlem Comes to Halsted Jazz and Blues-infused Boystown Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, America's first urban queer subculture 1919-1929. Live music, drag, DJ Moose, historical artifacts, silent auction, period costumes, gourmet brunch by J&L Catering. Celebrate through the music of Bessie Smith, Ma Rainer, Alberta Hunter, Gladys "Bulldagger" Bentley and Josephine Baker and the art of Johnny Botts, Doug Etheridge, Darren Jones, Jay Stommen, Krzysztof Wasko and Joey Wozniak. Benefits the Legacy Project. $100 adults, $40 seniors, $20 youth.   12:00pm - 3:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted  Ticket Link


The Twink on the Fire Escape The new walking tour/show during which Chicago comedian and writer Zach Zimmerman tells how a twink wound up on his fire escape in three parts and three locations: a Swedish breakfast restaurant (enjoy a cinnamon roll and a mimosa), a hot dog restaurant/bar (enjoy a shot) and the fire escape where the story reaches its climax. Sundays through April 16. No show April 9.   2:00pm  
Begins at corner of Clark Street and Belmont Avenue  Ticket Link


Itzhak Perlman Program of masterpieces by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Schumann, and Ravel  3:00pm    312-827-5600
Lyric Opera Civic Opera House
20 N.Wacker Dr.  Ticket Link




Monday, Apr 24
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services at outside locations.  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 2817 N. Clark
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SMART Recovery Gay men's self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Anyone with addictive behaviors (eating, shopping, gambling, sex, or codependency) or who wonders if they have a problem is welcome. Self-management and recovery training (SMART) uses cognitive-behavioral methods. Room 205. Each Monday.   7:00pm  
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted




Tuesday, Apr 25
Illinois Women March on Springfield 50+ organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. A day for advocacy, lobbying and a large rally.  12:00pm  
Springfield, IL
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Feminist Craft Circle This event is BYOB & bring-your-own Crafting Materials. All levels of crafters welcome!   7:00pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St




Wednesday, Apr 26
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here first and third Wednesdays, #108  1:00pm - 5:00pm  
Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108
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Author Reading: Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass at Making Money Drawing on her own transformation--over just a few years--from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a business savvy jetsetter, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller.  7:30pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St
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Thursday, Apr 27
HIV testing and sexual health resources Center on Halsted provides free confidential services here Thursdays  3:00pm - 7:00pm  
Walgreen's Pharmacy, 151 N. State St.
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Violence Survivors' Group Reserve a spot in the group by emailing avp@centeronhalsted.org or by phone.   5:30pm - 7:30pm    773-472-6469, ext. 438
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
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Stephanie Danler: Sweetbitter - the Paperback Tour Book reading, conversation and signing.  7:30pm  
Women & Children First Bookstore
5233 N Clark St





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