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Gay Comedy Benefit

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Join us at R Public House restaurant and bar in Roger’s Park for a night of laughs, hosted by Chicagoan Gwen La Roka. This show will be raising funds to keep supporting the radical work that Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is doing in the city.

YEPP’s mission is to seek a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth experiencing homelessness to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths throughout the process of developing a theatrical performance piece.

The funding raised will be covering different operational expenses such as food, a monthly transportation card, space rental, stipend for the youth, among many others. To purchase your ticket you can go to:

The evening will feature five comedians, a raffle, and much more! You can bring your after Halloween Costume and laughed it out.


Jennifer Pritzker’s Year of Change


JENNIFER PRITZKER talks to CRAINS this week about her year of change. Coming out as transgender and her restoration and opening of  her STONE PORCH BY THE LAKE, luxury B & B  in Evanston.  Read it and see the video on Crains.

Stone Porch by the Lake is Evanston’s first beachfront luxury B&B.

The property is an exquisitely restored Tudor mansion, built in 1889.


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In special anticipation of Autumn, Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store welcomes
Chef Christopher Tong from My Private Chef to demonstrate the preparation of an exciting menu
based on Fall favorite flavors.

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, October 25, from 2-4 pm,
Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare a Fall menu featuring:
Butternut Squash, Ricotta, and Sage Crostini; Pan-Seared Duckbreast with Pumpkin Risotto; and Pumpkin Mousse with Ginger Snaps.

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Chef Christopher Tong has been creating distinctive cuisine at fine restaurants and hotels in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida for more than 25 years. Now, as the owner of My Private Chef,
a unique private chef and gourmet dining service, he’s getting rave reviews for offering that same world-class cuisine for special occasions from your own kitchen or chosen location.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
or visit :

HEATWAVE Chicago Austin Armacost Party Oct 16th



THURSDAY OCTOBER 16th – Come party with Austin Armacost   and his husband Jake Lees at SCARLET  BAR   (3320 N. Halsted)  as we kick off the countdown  to


We are about 70%  sold out  for Heatwave packages!  $200  gets  2 people  a room for 24 hours, waterpark fun indoors and dance party  12 hours of music and partying!

Don’t want a room  or  can not stay the night?   Buy a wristband  for just the  9 hour  water park  party  for  $85.

RESERVATIONS     for  room  packages  or  tickets   1-877-360-0403 MUST SAY “HEATWAVE” to have access to the ROOM and event. You are booking a room which comes with tickets and access to the entire complex!  or  Buy just the wristband for the waterpark party  6pm – 3am.  

If you don’t say  HEATWAVE  EVENT they will tell you November 15th  is sold out.  Must say  HEATWAVE!


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Halloween Chicago 2014

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HALLOWEEN  in Chicago’s  Boystown is officially celebrated  Friday  October 31st.


Live Acts, Curiosities, Costume Contest, Parade, and More! 


Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison

Halsted Street just north of Belmont near The Playground Theater from 5pm to 7pm

Costume Contest
Enter one of five categories:
Pet, Scariest, Drag, Group and Original
The top winners in each category will be featured in the parade and win an assortment of cash and prizes

Kicks off at 8PM on Halsted Street starting at Belmont traveling north to Addison

Afterwards all the bars will also be hosting events.

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SATURDAY  November 1st   Get an extra hour to celebrate!

Saturday, November 1st will be our official HALLOWEEN event so get ready for the biggest costume dance party Chicago has seen a very long time. ( “FALL BACK TIME CHANGE” AND STAY OPEN THAT EXTRA HOUR!!!)

“Hollywood” should BLAST the costume department wide open for everyone, so lets see whatcha got!. There will be a red carpet and photographers, so come dressed for the paparazzi.

We are creating an amazing night with all new lasers, our signature massive set designs, spectacular shows featuring the incomparable Aurora Sexton, internationally spectacular Jett Adore and an all new show from Circuit MOM. Grammy nominated producer, DJ Tony Moran is at the helm bringing his legendary sound sure to fill all 5 stories of House Of Blues with the best beats.

$40 Early Bird tickets are available now at Cram Fashion! We will post an online link here in the coming days.




Halloween Event and Contest Oct. 30th


Have a prize winning costume?

Get a jump on Halloween  October 30th at EL MARIACHI!

$50  to enter but it gets you a 2 hour hosted bar and passed appetizers! eat Drink and Have Fun!

773-549-2932  SPACE  IS LIMITED!   reserve today!  3906 N. Broadway.

Neverland Halloween Oct. 24th


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Start you Halloween celebrations  off October 24th  as NEVERLAND presents “Dia de los Muertos”, a Day of the Dead Halloween party at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago.

NEVERLAND returns to Hydrate for Halloween with “Dia de los Muertos”, a journey into the Day of the Dead. The famous Mexican holiday will be celebrated in our costumes and decor, but since it’s Halloween, feel free to dress as anything! Resident of the NYC’s popular ViVa Saturdays parties, DJ Alexander, headlines his very first Neverland party.

Looking for costume inspiration? Check out our Instagram @NeverlandParties, as we’ll be posting photos from our Mauricio Zapata photoshoot all month long leading up to the dance party.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES by Kandy Ho (Puerto Rico) and Kim Chi

HOSTED by Kim Chi & Eddie Couture

DRAG CARNAGE: “Day of the Dead” kicks off the night at 9:30pm starring Gia Gunn, The Princess (from RuPaul’s Drag Race), Kandy Ho (Puerto Rico), Eddie Couture, Shea Coulee, and Trixie Mattel. The dance party follows at 11:30pm.


Door: $20 general admission

THE BIRDS by Hell In a Handbag

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Looking for some good inexpensive fun this Fall?    Back by POPULAR demand! Hell in a Handbag Productions is proud to present a re-imagined remount of one of their most popular shows, their adaptation of The Birds.


A  wonderfully entertaining cast! Comedy, drag, excitement and more!

The Birds is both a ridiculous parody of the classic Hitchcock film and a look inside the mind of lead actress, Tippi Hedren.  Camille Paglia, author and American social critic, serves as your guide in this odyssey and there’s a touch of David Lynch thrown in for good measure.

The space, The Coach House at Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. (Sheridan and Granville), is so charming and perfect! From the moment you walk in, the fun begins. Mr. Hitchcocks assistants meet you in the main house and walk you back to the coach house,  which is the set of The Birds. You get to witness  the “filming”  of the Birds movie, but also get a sneak peak into what being on set, might have been like.

Meet newcomer, Tippi Hedren. Famed director, Alfred Hitchcock, has hand-picked her to star in the much anticipated follow-up to his smash hit film, Psycho.  This film was to be called The Birds and it seemed like it would be a dream come true for any up and coming actress.  And for a while it was…until it wasn’t.

Catherine McCafferty returns as fledgling actress, Tippi Hedren, whose journey begins her first day playing blonde socialite, Melanie Daniels.  Melanie pursues the very dashing bachelor/lawyer, Mitchell Brenner, after a chance meeting in a pet shop.  She secretly follows Mitch to Bodega Bay, a sleepy Oceanside town in Northern California. Melanie’s arrival marks the beginning of a series of bird attacks on the town. Movie history is about to be made.

Off camera, Alfred Hitchcock’s seemingly innocent interest in Ms. Hedren grew daily and he began teaching her film making. Unfortunately, what started as a brilliant director taking a novice under his wing suddenly turned into a harrowing experience for the naïve actress. Ms. Hedren experienced a terror far greater than any bird attack.  We learn Alfred Hitchcock had a  ravenous appetite for blondes and really sort of sexually harassed  Hedren! In fact in 2012,  HBO made THE GIRL  which focused on Hitchcocks obsession  with Hedrin!


While The Birds receives the full parody/homage treatment audiences have come to expect from Hell in a Handbag, the story takes a dark turn going inside the mind of Tippi Hedren who, as filming progresses, has trouble distinguishing the movie’s reality from her own.


Handbag ensemble members Ed Jones, Alex Grelle, Michael Hampton, Michael S. Miller, Lori Lee, Steve Love, Lolly Extract, Amber Marsh, and David Cerda are part of the large cast of characters. Also returning to the cast from 2013 are Steve Kimbrough (POSEIDON!) and Jamie Smith (Christmas Dearest).  All the guys  who perform as  ladies, are just a riot of laughs!

Newcomers include Chazie Bly taking on the role of Mitchell Brenner/Rod Taylor, Lauren Miller as Peggy Robertson, the steely assistant to Mr. Hitchcock, Caitlin Coleman, and Christea Parent (Caged Dames) as Camille Paglia.

Handbag ensemble member, Cheryl Snodgrass (HAYWIRE!, Die! Mommie, Die!, The Rip Nelson Halloween Spooktacular, SCARRIE -The Musical, Límitation of Life) directs this year. “The Birds was my favorite film growing up so it feels like kismet to direct The Birds, my favorite Handbag script” says Snodgrass. “There are some big surprises in this year’s production, too While we’re still using Lake Michigan as Bodega Bay and Berger Park for the bird attacks, the newly renovated Coach House has inspired brilliant new concepts from the design team.  More birds.  More fun. Even if you’ve seen Handbag’s The Birds before – you have never seen anything like this one.”


Endorsed by none other than Ms. Tippi Hedren herself, The Birds stands out as one of Handbag’s most critically acclaimed and memorable shows. The environmental staging at the Coach House in Berger Park on Lake Michigan makes it a unique experience you won’t soon forget.

All Show times: 7:30 Admission: $17-$37

Matinee performances Oct. 18 and 25, 3pm

Reservations: (800) 838-3006 or go to Brown Paper tickets online

Hell in a Handbag Mission Statement

HIAH is dedicated to the preservation, exploration, and celebration of works ingrained in the realm of popular culture via theatrical productions through parody, music, and homage.

Handbag is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Corporation.

All photos by Rick Aguilar Studios.

Chicago House Celebrity Luncheon Oct. 15th



Chicago House is elated to announce its 6th Annual Speaker Series Luncheon, a conversation about Gender, Race, and Economic Disparity under the LGBTQ umbrella on October 15th, 2014 at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. The Panel Discussion and Moderated Q&A will begin at 12:30 PM with our esteemed speakers, Laverne Cox, an Emmy nominated transgender actress and LGBT activist, Jason Collins, a 13-year basketball veteran and the first openly gay NBA player, and Dustin Lance Black, social activist and Academy Award winning screenwriter for MILK. This year’s moderator is Gautam Raghavan, former LGBTQ advisor to President Obama and Vice President of Policy at the Gill Foundation. These three icons follow in the footsteps of previous speakers Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Whoopi Goldberg and Kenneth Cole, who have all shed light on the work of Chicago House relative to their efforts around the world.

The 6th Annual Speaker Series Luncheon marks a critical fundraising event for Chicago House’s desperately-needed services, and is an opportunity for a larger conversation on our nation’s growing inequality and disparity of wealth. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ are significantly more likely of being disadvantaged socio-economically. LGBTQ persons, despite having more education than the national average, make less money than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, particularly if they are African American. Chicago House seeks to respond to these alarming statistics by highlighting not only the great need, but also the moral imperative that the LGBTQ community has to care for its own members living in poverty.

As we approach our 30th anniversary, Chicago House looks to its origins focusing on HIV/AIDS, poverty, and LGBTQ persons. With the nation’s first and largest employment program for those with HIV/AIDS and our recently opened Translife Center, Chicago House continues its commitment to engage in action and conversations building towards a movement of inclusivity and economic advancement for those marginalized in the LGBTQ community. This is a conversation the entire community should be having; this is the next big issue we face.

Together, we stand at crossroads of progress in HIV/AIDS stigma, civil equality, and economic disparity. With your continued support, we may celebrate our victories and the lives of individuals and families that Chicago House serves.

We encourage you to be present for what we are sure will be a revolutionary event. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, contact Lori Byars at  773-248-5200 x209. Additional information is also available at

Donna McKechnie in Chicago Oct. 20


Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit Simply Sensational: Legends will reach new heights this year when Tony Award Winner Donna McKechnie headlines the event on October 20. WGN’s Dean Richards serves again as the emcee, which features a preshow reception at 6 pm, the performance at 7, and a post show champagne toast with Ms. McKechnie.

McKechnie created the role of Cassie in the original production of A Chorus Line, and her breathtaking song and dance number “The Music and the Mirror” are part of American musical theater lore.

A full line up of talent – including performances from many of Chicago’s esteemed musical theaters, along with Spoken Word performer C.C. Carter and Performance Artist Kimberly Dark. There will be a dance from The Chicago Academy for the Arts Repertory Dance Company, Randy Duncan, Artistic Director. You will see excerpts from PFP’s upcoming productions of The Submission by Jeff Talbott and Angry Fags by Topher Payne. And we will be introduced to the first number from the world premiere of Jeff Award winning composer Leo Schwartz’ new musical The Book of Merman, featuring Libby Lane as Ethel Merman, with musical director Robert Ollis on the piano.

VIP Tickets for Simply Sensational are $100 for the center section of Stage 773’s Thrust Stage. For VIP ticket holders, the evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-show cabaret reception featuring an appetizer buffet and cash bar at Cooper’s, 1232 West Belmont. Members of Pride Films and Plays Artistic Ensemble will perform cabaret style songs to provide entertainment during the pre-show.
General Admission side seating is $75. Admission at either the VIP or General Admission level includes one free cocktail from Stage 773’s bar.

The program will be performed at 7 pm in the thrust space of Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont, on Monday, October 20, 2014.

And tickets to a post performance reception with Ms. McKechnie, including post show chocolates and champagne, can be purchase for an additional $25.
There will also be a raffle for terrific fabulous door prizes, including airline tickets, theater tickets, hotel stays, dinners and more.

About Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award winning star of A CHORUS LINE, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. Most recently she created the musical staging for a production of Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks starring Leslie Caron at the Laguna Playhouse which has received a rave review from the Los Angeles Times. Donna is also co-starring in a new production called 4 Girls 4 with Maureen McGovern, Andrea McCardle and Faith Prince produced by Wayne Gmitter and John McDaniel.



Here is a link to buy tickets.


PUSH Physical Theatre


Seeing award winning PUSH Physical Theatre is like watching a live action-movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx.


A cross between fine art sculpture and “The Matrix,” PUSH Physical Theatre will express the power of the human body at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

PUSH Physical Theatre is cool, athletic, entertaining, and impossible to resist. This theater of the body features performers who appear to manipulate time and space in a live environment. The performance is all about stories, the narratives of life played out with hope, strength and optimism. Experience PUSH to know the strength of the human soul.

“Our Physical Theatre is an art form created from borrowing,” said Darren Stevenson, founding director of PUSH Physical Theatre. “We have been inspired by the concepts and ideas of corporeal mime, modern dance, non-traditional partnering, and the areas of acting technique that relate to the use of the body as a tool of discovery; even gymnastics play a part. We attempt to create a true synergy between these theater forms.”


PUSH’s unique form has transformed it into a national company that has performed all over England, the United States and Mexico, and has appeared on PBS and NPR.

The performers will defy gravity in the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students and seniors.


More info  at  PUSH


Roundtable Salon with Top Authors

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Join  Melissa G Wilson and Four Great Authors for an Invigorating Evening with the Written Word!

When:  Wednesday, October 15th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Where: Space (a most unique connection space!) 444 N Wabash, Chicago, IL, 5th floor

Have you been longing for a fun, more connective way of meeting new people?

Do you like to learn new things in a warm, inviting social setting?

Are you ready for a very unique, interactive experience?

Then you will want attend this first of its kind authors roundtable adventure.

What to Expect

  • You will start by arriving at 5:30 where you will meet me as one of your hosts as well as other hosts who will introduce you around the room to others attending as well as the authors.
  • At 6:00 p.m. We will have a brief introduction to the authors and their tables of conversation around each of their books.
  • At 6:30 you will choose your first table to sit down at. Note that once a table is full you will have to go to one that has openings. At your table you will get the chance to not only listen to the author’s overview of his or her subject but also get to meet the other participants at your table and exchange ideas and ask questions to create great, stimulating conversation.
  • At 7:00 you will again switch to another table of your choice and, once again, meet new people and have create a great exchange of ideas.
  • At 7:30 you will have your third and final opportunity to sit down and converse with an author.
  • From 7:30 – 8:00 we will have an open room conversation sharing the insights and highlights from the authors and you and the other participants.
Note: This event is not just for other writers or people who want to be authors. It’s a social and professional, creative idea-exchange. My goal is to provide an environment where you can experience what I hope will be a more rich and beneficial way to connect to other.
Did I Hear Food and Wine?
We will have a nice amount of both red and white wines as well as water. However, if you wish to drink something else feel free to BYOB (eg your own fun wine or beer to share).
Food? We will have tasty and healthy food (and some sweets) to hopefully satisfy your hunger. It won’t be a heavy dinner but one that we think will be sufficient. Again, if you wish to bring something for yourself that would be just fine and/or something to share.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am about paying it forward and giving back. So, with this in mind half of the money made this evening will go to a very worthy cause called A Silver Lining Foundation. This organization ensures dignified, respectful and equal access to quality cancer education and services for all and is located right here in Chicago.
Our Great Roster of Authors

Craig S Wilson, Author of Dating for Life (

John St. Augustine, Author of Notes from the North, Living an Uncommon Life and Every Moment Matter (www.johnstaugustine)
Dan Tepke, Author of Hatching Your Million Dollar Business (
Dan Weinfurter, Author of Second Stage Entrepreneurship (
Mike Klein, Author of Million Dollar Sales Conversations (
What’s Next? 
We hope to make this a regular event so let us know what you would recommend to make it even better once you have had the opportunity to experience it!
Maestro of the Event
Melissa G Wilson, Author of Networlding and 15 other books on leadership, networking, social media and publishing (
FINAL NOTE! – Only  a few seats available for the optimum connective experience!


Andersonville Dessert Crawl October 26th

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On October 26, from 2-5 p.m.

Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through this delightful neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl.

This neighborhood event celebrates the festive spirit of fall. It’s a gourmet Trick or Treat experience with delectable desserts at every turn. Participating restaurants are sure to “wow” visitors with delicious and decadent gourmet desserts.

Chef Chris Tong of My Private Chef, an upscale private chef and gourmet dining service, will be serving a delicious Blood Orange Mousse with Ginger and Pirouette Wafer.

Look for him on the Caramel Apple Route at one of his favorite wine shops, In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark.

This year you can choose between TWO great routes. Tickets for one route are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.

Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street, and then proceed to the participating restaurants and stores for tasting-sized portions at each location.

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For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit


Chef Christopher Tong has been creating distinctive cuisine at fine restaurants and hotels in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida for more than 25 years.

Now, as the owner of My Private Chef, a unique private chef and gourmet dining service, he’s getting rave reviews for offering that same world-class cuisine for special occasions from your own kitchen or chosen location.

My Private Chef continues it’s tradition of supporting Andersonville culture and special events.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
or visit our web site:

World of Chocolate AIDS Foundation Benefit

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WORLD OF CHOCOLATE: The Sweetest Event of the Year
Annual Holiday Gala Benefit for  the AIDS Foundation of Chicago


Indulge in a night of sweet and savory treats at the 13th annual World of Chocolate winter gala on Thursday, Dec. 4, presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) returning again this year at the historic Chicago Union Station. Arouse your senses with tasty morsels from 30 of Chicago’s finest chocolatiers, chefs and caterers.


AFC hosts this one-of-a-kind gala to commemorate World AIDS Day and celebrate the progress the HIV/AIDS community has made in ending the epidemic. This is one of my favorite events of the year and the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!


From traditional truffles and white chocolate ganache to more savory delicacies like chicken in a chocolate mole sauce, guests will delight their taste buds with a wide array of chocolate-infused creations amid stylish decor. Celebrity judges will crown the night’s best creations. Attendees will also be treated to a light buffet, specialty cocktails, a raffle and punchboard with lavish prizes and music.

Funds raised through World of Chocolate support AFC’s policy, public education and community care programs.


World AIDS Day, observed on Dec. 1, is a worldwide effort to increase public awareness about the epidemic. It encourages support and programming to prevent the spread of HIV. The movement originated in 1988, when an international summit of health leaders called for a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS in every country around the globe.


WHEN:            Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


WHERE:          Chicago Union Station, 500 West Jackson Blvd.


TICKETS:        For more information and to reserve tickets, call 312-334-0935 or visit


Chicago Gay Mens Chorus Oct. 25th


Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC)

starts off their 2014/2015 season with Lipstick & Lyrics, “Into the Hood: A Mary-Tale”, on October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm at the fabulous Park West. Join CGMC for the 12th edition of this live-singing drag performance, with increased production values, presented by Michael Leppen under the direction of Tony Lewis, of Mid Tangent Productions (Snow White and The Seven Drag Queens), and musical direction of Patrick Sinozich.

Hear your favorite fierce drag princesses sing live while on a quest to be the fairest at the ball, all while evading the scheming, evil villainesses. Talented fair maidens in fun costumes, sexy dancers in skimpy costumes, and amazing music highlight this see-and-be-seen event benefitting CGMC.

The evening will feature the opportunity for all to bid on the Princess-For-A-Night Drag Auction, where the winner will join the performers on stage at the end of the show. Come with a few friends or host a table at the front of the stage, there’s a price-point and fun experience for everyone this year!

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
Park West – 322 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets range from $35 to $100 for VIP seating. For ticket information and general information about Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, please visit or call 773-296-0541.

About Face Theatre Gala October 10th


About Face Theatre Presents:
The 2nd Annual Black & Tan Supper Club
The Pansy Craze
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00PM
Benefiting About Face Theatre & About Face Youth Theatre

For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago’s Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 7 pm – 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired by the 1930s cultural phenomenon known as the “Pansy Craze” will feature an evening of cocktails, dining and thrilling performances.


Travel back to Prohibition-era Chicago, when underground gay social clubs flourished in neighborhoods like Towertown on the northside and Bronzeville and Woodlawn on the southside. During the aptly-named “Pansy Craze,” gays, lesbians and other “non-conformists” flocked to these clubs known for their glamorous fashion, provocative performers, drag balls and rousing music.

Dress to the nines and step out with your friends at the most exciting event of the season!


Presented at the wonderful and historic InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. 505 N Michigan Ave.

Tickets for THE BLACK AND TAN SUPPER CLUB are available at or by calling (773) 784-8565.


Lakeside Pride WOMEN IN MUSIC


Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents Women in Music, a festive celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers, at Preston Bradley Center (941 W. Lawrence, Chicago) on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago’s own Artemis Singers, the first lesbian feminist chorus in the U.S. The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kyle Rhoades, will perform the masterworks planned for this special event.

“Butch Queen of Hollywood,” Broadway diva, stand-up comic, actor, writer and jazz musician Lea DeLaria is currently starring in the hit series Orange is the New Black, as prison inmate Carrie “Big Boo” Black. DeLaria broke new ground more than two decades ago as the first “openly gay” comic to appear on national television, with appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show and as host of Comedy Central’s all-gay special, Out There. This stocky, cocky, loud-mouthed Italian-American lesbian hails from Belleville, Illinois. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she sang in jazz clubs as a teenager, before extending her talents to stand-up comedy. Lea has recorded both comedy (Box Lunch and Bulldyke in a China Shop) and jazz albums (Double Standards, The Live Smoke Sessions, Play it Cool, and Be a Santa) to great acclaim. Her film credits include Edge of Seventeen (1998) and The First Wives Club (1996).

Artemis Singers will join the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band for an unforgettable finale to perform the powerful and uplifting song Light the Fire Within, which was written for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Artemis will also perform two choral works during this concert. As the first lesbian feminist chorus in the U.S., Artemis is comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women. The chorus works to effect positive change in cultural attitudes toward women and women artists, as well as to increase the visibility of lesbian feminists. Artemis Singers and Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles are both members of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

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Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased online at or at the Preston Bradley Center Box Office starting one hour before the concert. Discounted senior and student tickets can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call (773) 381-6693.

Limited tickets are available for a special VIP experience with DeLaria, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., before the concert. Tickets are $75 and include a meet-and-greet, admission to the concert, a signed CD, and a wine reception with hors d’oeuvres.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items throughout the event. All proceeds will help Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles continue its mission to help the LGBT community connect with diverse audiences through music.

The concert is conveniently located near the CTA Red Line as well as several bus routes. Street parking is available near Preston Bradley Center. Validated parking is available at Weiss Memorial Hospital’s main parking facility at 4650 N. Clarendon, Chicago, which is located less than a half mile from Preston Bradley Center. Parking is $5 with validation purchased from the box office on the day of the show.
The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band is part of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. Inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and shhh…OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble together reach more than one million people annually. Membership is open to anyone who can play a musical instrument. For additional information, visit




David Bowie Exhibit in Chicago

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David Bowie Is   opens tomorrow at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the exhibit has traveled from London to Toronto, Brazil, and Berlin, making its only US stop in Chicago. David Bowie Is will stay through January 4th, before continuing onto Paris.

The exhibition follows his evolution as an artist and performer, starting with his teenage years in the 1950s to the early 2000s when he retired from touring and highlights his influence on fashion, sound, graphics, theater, and film. Visiting this exhibit will be a must! Tickets are available online.

For Bowie fans visiting from out of town or residents looking for the a Bowie-filled staycation, Thompson Chicago is running a special offer in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The package includes two VIP tickets to the David Bowie Is exhibit and private Meet & Greet by a MCA Museum Concierge.


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Coco Peru in Chicago September 26th

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Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru aka Clinton Leupp got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NY after he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first show “Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret”  20 years ago.

Considered The Hostess with that something extra… Coco has hosted The GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles, Night of a Thousand Gowns in NYC, Chicago Takes Off, Hot and Dry in Palm Springs, The Black and White Ball in Reno and the BALIF (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom) Dinner in San Francisco.

She has also been honored to be involved with numerous charities over the years including work for Trevor Project, Aids for Aids, and God’s Love We Deliver. In fact, the list is so long, the L.A. GLBT Center honored Coco in 2009 at their 38th Anniversary Gala with the Board of Director’s Award. The award was presented to Coco by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes, So NoTorious).


Don’t miss this special Chicago appearance!  GET TICKETS  HERE.

Miss Coco

Chicago House Speakers Luncheon October 15th




6th Anniversary Speaker Series Luncheon

Wednesday, October 15th from 11:30am – 2:00pm

Hilton Chicago | Grand Ballroom | 720 S. Michigan Avenue


Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black Actress)

Jason Collins (NBA Player)

Dustin Lance Black (MILK Screenwriter)

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Spearheading a much-needed conversation about race, gender identity, class and solidarity, they will all be joined with remarks by Chicago House CEO Stan Sloan during this much anticipated and inspirational afternoon!


Heatwave is less than 8 Weeks Away


In about 8 weeks, HEATWAVE will be here! Summer fun in NOVEMBER!

From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS comes this new and unique event.

24 Hours of LGBT Paradise at Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort!

Be a part of the country’s first-ever 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration Benefiting a Chicago Non-Profit Organization each year. Year  one will be Chicago Gay Mens Chorus.

You get a room  AND  the party for $100 per person (based on double occupancy).

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You must call the hotel to book your room and you must say HEATWAVE EVENT.



Virgin Hotels in Chicago


There has not been significant innovation in the hotel industry since the rise of the boutique hotel segment. Innovation has been relegated to pillow fluffiness and nightclub vibe…


Virgin Hotels is going to change all that. “We are in it to provide something new, fresh and meaningful to the guest. Virgin has re-invented the upper class flight experience, created award winning clubhouses, developed superior entertainment systems that put control in our consumers’ hands, and built a reputation for brilliant service.


VIRGIN’s   Richard Branson  said, “I Enjoyed a visit to what will soon be our first Virgin Hotel in the US. It is an historic Chicago building filled with character – you can see the view from the roof above.

Walking around it on a crisp, blustery Windy City day left us with tremendous inspiration to see it transformed into a beautiful new hotel.

I could already envisage how it could soon be turned into one the friendliest, most stylish hotels around. We are starting work on it in the next month and it should be open within 15 months. Meanwhile,hear what people are saying about it alreadyand send us your own#virginrumors.

While in Chicago we also raised more than $800,000 for good causes with Virgin Unite, and took part in some interesting Q&A discussions that really involved the audience. Loved hearing answers from others, they often answer far more eloquently than I could ever do.

In a stroke of genius, Virgin  started crazy rumors about themselves. Like, “I heard the shampoo smells like Beyonce’s  hair.”

Virgin Hotels are now printing those rumors–on doormats–and dropping them off at other competing hotels in Chicago!

Here is a couple of shot of the upcoming hotel’s cheeky brand awareness campaign.

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VIA Festival Chicago 2014



VIA Festivalan- is an  audio and visual festival will take place for the first time ever in Chicago on October 1-5, 2014.

This year, VIA Festival will feature numerous LGBTQ acts in their different event spaces.


Queer rapper Cakes Da Killa will perform on October 3 with Mike Q, Juketastrophe and Street Beat DJ’s at VIA Festival’s secret location pop up space. Tickets are available for $15, and the event is 21+. Cakes has been recognized as the ‘Cunt Queen of New York’ and Mike Q dominates New York’s Ballroom/Vogue/House scene.


VICE Magazine reviews a previous Cakes Da Killa and Mike Q performance, “Back on stage, Mike Q is wrapping up his set—his own crew of vogue dancers doing their last twirls and drops to the bouncing, flamboyant beats. Cakes sashays up there in his custom-made Doc Martens. “Do ya’ll like house music?” he asks the crowd before launching into “I Run This Club,” a track set to the dark and dirty kick drums of Philly bass producer Siyoung.”

Other LGBTQ musicians on the line up include hip hop artist Mykki Blanco, who was reportedly arrested in May 2014 in Portugal for being gay, and Chicago DJ Teen Witch Fan Club (Voted Best DJ by Chicago Reader 2013, and Best Subversive DJ Who Plays Top 40 Pop). Mykki Blanco is set to perform on Saturday, October 4th alongside Princess Nokia (AKA Wavy Spice), Darren Keen, Starfoxxx, Jimmy Whispers and Jeremiah Meece (The-Drum). Tickets are $20, and the event will take place at a VIA Festival pop up space at 6:00PM. The event is 18+.


“Some of the most exciting music right now is being made at the intersection between hip-hop and underground club culture, where next-generation electronic sounds collide with classical ideals of MCing—and party-all-night hedonism gets mixed up with a deep personal-is-political commitment. This particular scene is especially strong in New York City, where it has produced microstars such as Le1f and Mykki Blanco—both on the verge of mainstream crossover—and 21-year-old Princess Nokia, who’s waiting in the wings. A Puerto Rican performer of Taino descent, she tackles club-banging beats with a nimble flow that recalls fellow NYC rappers Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj, giving the whole thing the giddily electrifying charge of a riot-grrrl band.”  – The Chicago Reader


VIA Fest is an audio & visual festival that uses traditional and unconventional spaces along with a heavy focus on visuals to create a unique one-time experience.  Each performing musical artist will be paired with a visual artist who will work in the months leading up to the event to create a unique visual piece.

Chicago House Speakers Series Oct. 15th

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Please join us for the Inspirational Event of the season!

The Chicago House

6th Anniversary Speaker Series Luncheon

Wednesday, October 15th from 11:30am – 2:00pm

Hilton Chicago | Grand Ballroom | 720 S. Michigan Avenue


Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black Actress)

Jason Collins (NBA Player)

Dustin Lance Black (MILK Screenwriter)

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Spearheading a much-needed conversation about race, gender identity, class and solidarity, they will all be joined with remarks by Chicago House CEO Stan Sloan during this much anticipated and inspirational afternoon!


Led by Co-Chairs Chicago House Trustee Todd Hamilton of Bolder Capital and the founders of Global Act, a nonprofit agency committed to accelerating “understanding, ideas, partnerships, and activities to solve pressing issues,” guests will enjoy a three-course lunch in the Chicago Hilton’s beautiful Grand Ballroom. The event, now in its sixth year, expects nearly 1,000 attendees, and will kick off with a VIP reception, followed by a lunch presentation and panel discussion featuring Cox, Collins and Black.

“This event is the follow up answer to the question of, ‘How can you possibly rival Hillary Clinton as your speaker last September?’” says CEO Rev. Stan Sloan. “Our answer is to have a conversation that the whole nation should be having about poverty, gender identity, race and solidarity. It is very exciting for us to feature the insights and perspectives of Laverne Cox as a black transgender woman as well as other nationally known voices like Jason Collins and Dustin Lance Black!”

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Howard Brown Raises Minimum Wage


Effective immediately, Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is raising the minimum wage for Brown Elephant employees to $10.10/hour. The increase, in concert with President Obama’s recent executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, represents HBHC’s investment in its hard working staff.

Since the late 1980s, Brown Elephant has been supporting HBHC’s health programs and services by selling gently used furniture, clothing, and media collected through community donations. Net proceeds on the resale of tens of thousands of donated items help HBHC offset the cost of charity healthcare for people who are low-income and uninsured.

“Brown Elephant employees assist more than 220,000 donors and shoppers annually and are the backbone of our mission providing LGBT-affirming healthcare that is accessible and affordable,” said David Ernesto Munar, HBHC President and CEO.
The policy change will help HBHC recruit and retain the skilled workforce needed to meet the demands of it retail social enterprise.

Thanks to the generosity of the Chicago community, HBHC’s Brown Elephant has grown to include three locations across Chicagoland:
Lakeview 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue


Andersonville    5404 N. Clark Street

Oak Park
217 Harrison Street,
Oak Park, IL 60304

Andersonville and Oak Park locations are open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Lakeview location is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Taverna 750 Unveils New Look

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Taverna 750

the most popular restaurant in the heart of Boystown known for their shared plates and martinis, is taking their dining experience to the next level this fall as they close to reconcept the entire dining experience to fuse the spirit of nightlife with dining out.


Taverna 750 will close September 8-18, 2014 and reopen on September 19th with a fresh new face. The entire interior, with the assistance of Greg Mathes Design, will be revamped to give a unique blend of dining, fashion and style.

Taverna 750 plans to execute a new brunch and dinner menus with a more global tapas approach with direction by celebrity chef, Arnold Myint.  Myint has been creating a fall preview menu that has been changing daily over this past weekend and will continue through Sunday, September 7th allowing the customers to get a taste of what is coming.


Arnold Myint is a Nashville native who is Executive Chef and Owner of three popular restaurants in Nashville; {blvd}, PM, and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. His establishments have been recognized locally on numerous occasions as “the best of” and he continues to grow his brand on the national level as reflected in publications such as GQ Magazine,, and as a contestant on the popular Emmy award winning television program Top Chef.

Along with Myint, Taverna 750 is strengthening its leadership team. Joining the team is Kitchen Manager Edgar Reyes (The Purple Pig), Senior Host William French (Blue Plate Catering) and Senior Bartender Tim Wells (Three Dots and a Dash). The new team is already working together on creating a great customer experience as they prepare for the reopening on Friday, September 19th.

Myint joined the team in early summer to restructure an already very successful mixology program for Taverna 750. Chef Myint introduced new flavor profiles that would pair well with the planned changes to the dinner and brunch menus with instant favorites as the Tequilla Spice, the Pistachio Sour, and Cucumber Caipirinha.

750 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL 60657


Coco Peru in Chicago Sept. 26th

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I have followed this gal’s career for about 15 years now I think.  LOVE HER.

Miss Coco Peru

is the drag persona of American actor, comedian and drag performer Clinton Leupp, known for her role in the 1999 independent film Trick and for her series of live theater performances.

Storyteller/monologist Coco is most recognizable by her “trademark copper-toned flip hairdo,” Peru also starred in Richard Day’s Girls Will Be Girls (2003) and was one of six performers featured in the Logo original stand-up comedy series Wisecrack (2005).

She has also appeared in a number of other supporting and guest-starring roles in film and television.

For 20 years Peru has starred in various “one-woman shows” across the US and other countries, and hosted LGBT events. Since 2005 Peru has appeared in the “Conversations With Coco” series in which she “interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of the LGBT community’s favorite icons.” Peru’s guests have included Bea Arthur, Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Black, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

She has traveled and appeared all over the world.  Now the Chicago Cabaret Project is bringing her to Chicago as part of their Divine Decadence Series  With AMY ARMSTRONG!  ONE NIGHT ONLY. One show only. September 26th in Circuit Nightclub. SURE TO SELL OUT!  With a hilarious and poignant blend of monologue, song and multi-media,  Coco will show audiences once again why Lily Tomlin calls Coco Peru “one the last great story tellers.  GET TICKETS


Need a laugh today?  Coco Peru always makes me laugh!

Coco Peru braves the perils of Los Santos…  WATCH  NOW



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Wisconsin and Indiana Get Marriage Equality

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Our nearby states celebrated a win last night, as a judge struck down marriage equality bans in both INDIANA and WISCONSIN!

Only nine days after hearing arguments in the case, a federal appeals court in Chicago declared the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin to be unconstitutional on Thursday, adding to the list of marriage cases that could wind up before the Supreme Court in the year ahead.

“The grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural; they are totally implausible,” said the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as it confirmed lower-court decisions that reversed marriage restrictions in the two states.

In each case so far, the rulings to permit same-sex marriages have been temporarily stayed, pending action by the Supreme Court, and the same appeared likely for Indiana and Wisconsin.