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TONY & TINA’S WEDDING RETURNS

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IT’S BACK! Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding returns to Chicago!   Even Funnier than the first time!

 

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, returned to the Windy City last week and  will run through December 30 only!

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained more than one million audience members of all ages. Presenting a hilarious, full wedding experience from the I do’s to the buffet to the bouquet toss, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will take place, for the first time in Chicago, at a real church – another nod to the fully immersive nature of the original Off-Broadway smash hit.

Guests will begin with the ceremony at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave., and afterwards, walk over with the cast for a  meal and reception immediately following just one block away at Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), 1113 W. Belmont Ave., right in the heart of the Belmont Theatre District.

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Considered one of the hottest tickets in town and an excellent theatre/dinner ticket value, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an all-inclusive night of entertainment presented with the 1980’s throwback feel of the original NYC production.

You laugh, you eat, you drink (cash bar) and  you dance! While it’s certainly not required, guests are encouraged to attend in their finest 1980’s regalia as they speak now or forever hold their peace, toast to the happy couple at dinner and cut a rug to 80’s style hits.

Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom.

From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, complete with an Italian-style meal, champagne toast and wedding cake, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends.

 

“We are so thrilled to be back in Chicago.  Our unique show is a two part event in two different venues that pulls out all of the wedding stops,” said original New York Producer Joe Corcoran. “Familiar and new audiences are going to absolutely love the nostalgia in the awesome full experience that is our show, interacting with more than 20 fun and very familiar characters throughout the entire wedding celebration.”

 

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Hailed as “Audaciously imaginative!” by The New York Times, proclaimed “It’s a Hit!” by People Magazine, and said to be “Just like a real wedding … only funnier!” by the Chicago Tribune, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has won over the hearts of fans in more than 150 cities worldwide. Now, a new generation of theatre goers and fun lovers get to experience this national treasure.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding stars Mitchell Conti as “Anthony Angelo Nunzio Jr (Tony),” Hannah Aaron Brown as “Valentina Lynne Vitale (Tina),” Rob Johnson as “Barry Wheeler,” Luciana Bonifazi as “Connie Macogni,” Rory Jason Zacher as “Dominick Fabrizzi,” Robin M. Bousel as “Donna Marsala,” Nik Kmiecik as “Johnny Nunzio,” Jessica Rzucidlo as “Marina Gulino,” Ryan Milord as “Joey Vitale,” Alisha Fabbi as “Sister Albert Maria aka Terry Vitale,” Tommy Taylor as “Tony Nunzio, Sr.,” Jessica Scott as “Madeline Monroe,” Billy Minshall as “Father Mark,” Matt Bausone as “Michael Just,” Eustace Allen as “Sal Antonucci,” Brian Noonan as “Vinnie Black,” Dominic Rescigno as “Rick Demarco,” Micah Spayer as “Donny Dulce,” Mary McHale as “Josephina Vitale,” Susan Gaspar as “Aunt Rose,” Marssie Mencotti as “Grandma Nunzio,” Jan Godshaw as “Loretta Black,” Ben Schlotfet as “Mikey Black,” and Serena Pomerantz as “Nikki Black.”

Tickets for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are $75 for the two-part event, which includes the ceremony and reception, featuring an Italian-style buffet dinner, dancing to 80’s hits and a champagne toast. Tickets for premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $85. Show times vary on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Discounts are available for groups of 16 or more by visiting GroupTix.net or by calling 773.327.3778. Seating is limited so make your plans now.   For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://tonylovestina.com/.

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Upstairs Inferno September 25th

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NEW ORLEANS GAY MASS MURDER DOCUMENTARY, UPSTAIRS INFERNO, REELING FILM FESTIVAL CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY

From award winning director, Robert L. Camina and Executive Producers behind “Back on Board: Greg Louganis”, “Kiss Me, Kill Me”, “Beautiful Something”, “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” and “Southern Baptist Sissies”, comes UPSTAIRS INFERNO, a poignant and timely documentary chronicling the deadly 1973 New Orleans gay bar arson: an event that remained the Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History for 43 years.

Camina Entertainment is honored to announce that UPSTAIRS INFERNO will have its Chicago Premiere as the CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY during Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, on Sunday, September 25th at 7:00pm at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60657)! For tickets and more information, please visit: http://reelingfilmfestival.org.

On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. For 43 years, it was the deadliest single event to affect the gay community in U.S. history. Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy. Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy. The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives. There were also the delayed injuries: lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families. The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO (96 minutes) is the most comprehensive and authoritative film about the fire and its aftermath. However, UPSTAIRS INFERNO isn’t simply a stagnant exposition of facts. UPSTAIRS INFERNO brings humanity to the headlines by shining a light on the very painful effect the tragedy had on survivors, witnesses and loved ones. Their interviews are gut wrenching, yet insightful. Some of the people interviewed in the film haven’t publicly discussed the fire until now, especially on camera. The film is narrated by New Orleans’ own New York Times Best Selling Author, CHRISTOPHER RICE.

Audiences should expect to see a balance between investigative reporting and very intimate profiles of people lost or affected by the tragedy. The victims are more than statistics, more then names in a newspaper clipping or even names on a plaque. These were unfinished lives, tragically cut short by a senseless act. The victims and their families and friends left to cope with the aftermath deserved better treatment than what they got.

This is a gruesome story, there is no way around it and in light of the recent mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Florida, the parallels strike a painful chord. Hopefully, now, more than ever, audiences walk away from the film with a renewed call for compassion: Compassion for those unlike us. Compassion for those who are hurting. Compassion for those in need. Because there definitely wasn’t a lot of compassion when the deadly arson occurred. In addition, I hope the film acts as a stark reminder that we need to seize the day. We need to make sure we tell our loved ones every day that we love them, because we don’t know what lies ahead. Life is fickle and unpredictable. Today may be our last chance.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO recently received the JURY AWARD: HONORABLE MENTION at Frameline: the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, citing its “Special Contribution to Queer History”, the JURY AWARD: BEST MEN’S DOCUMENTARY FEATURE and AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST MEN’S FEATURE at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD at the Long Beach QFilm Festival, the JURY AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the AUDIENCE AWARD: FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY at the North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the JURY & AUDIENCE AWARDS: BEST DOCUMENTARY at FilmOut San Diego.

This is an incredibly important story in LGBT history and U.S. history. While we never imagined there would  be another LGBT mass murder in the United States, we MUST UNITE as a community AND a country and NEVER allow this to happen again. Especially in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, we must continue to educate and enlighten people. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” UPSTAIRS INFERNO can open the door to a cathartic and constructive conversation.

Some of the images in UPSTAIRS INFERNO are graphic in nature and may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/94900386 or www.UpstairsInferno.com

Best New Restaurant – The Lark

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Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark offers an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch. Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.

We recently  dined at the Lark  and  tried a sampling  of foods.  Everything  was  great!  They offer an assortment  of  “Moscow Mule cocktails”  in copper cups  and   Thursday’s  you can  enjoy them  for  half off!

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Not many places offer   Grilled Calamari.  It takes more effort  to prepare (and prepare correctly)  than fried Calamari. Here it was great!  Tossed with fresh green beans, some baby kale and served with a delicious homemade  marinara.

I had never had  Arancini.  It’s a  risotto ball that is fried. Very good  option! Meatballs were a nice appetizer as well.

For pizza  we tried  the Chicken Alfredo  and  the Ducktrap River Smoked Salmon and Pesto Pizza.  Usually  not a fan  of  smoked  salmon myself,  but this was unique and  delicious!

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Our waiter raved  about the burgers  and I love a good  Cubano  sandwich. So we tried the Mushroom and Blue Jack Cheeseburger  and  the Cubano. (Needless  to say, we had a lot of  to-go boxes, with all that food!) Both were excellent.  The burger used grilled trumpet mushrooms  and this amazing  marbled blue jack cheese and was topped with balsamic roasted tomatoes.

The Cubano  was piled high with braised pork shoulder, smoked ham, applewood smoked bacon and topped with jack cheese. Pretty  much  perfection!

All of the food  was  fresh,  tasty and cooked  to perfection. Lark proved itself  to be a  bar  AND  a  restaurant, serving very good quality  eats. With prices that won’t break the bank. Pizza’s  run $11-$15, Burgers $12, Sandwiches $11-$13, and Homemade Pasta $15.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville,  leads the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs  incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, curate’s drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

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The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

Lark is open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am.  Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

Please visit http://www.larkchicago.com/ to sign up for updates and special events, and “like” us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larkchicago, Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkChicago, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkchicago/.

Finding Prince Charming

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Chicago Native to Star in Logo TV’s “Finding Prince Charming”

 

 The cast for Logo TV’s “Finding Prince Charming” includes  men selected to compete for interior designer Robert Sepúlveda Jr’s affections is more gorgeous than the next. Surprisingly, Chicago is only being represented by one eligible bachelor,  32-year-old Chicago Entrepreneur, Sam Provenzano.

Hosted by Lance Bass, “Finding Prince Charming”  includes 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.

Provenzano  may look familiar to some people, as from 2007-2009 he was a popular television news anchor in Kentucky and is heavily involved within the LGBT community in the Windy City. Provenzano  now works in Higher Education and is President/Founder of Right Fit for You (www.rightfitforyou.com), an LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainer & Fitness Network in Chicago with plans to expand to other markets later this year. A middle child, Sam’s interests include working and supporting different charities, spending time with his family and of course,  fitness.

Italian Cooking Chef Tong Sept. 24

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CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF SHARES A DELICIOUS ITALIAN MENU

AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME & FURNITURE STORE, MEDINAH TEMPLE

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef,is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine. He has been invited back to present anItalian-themed menu inspired by his travels.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare:

Lemon Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Rigatoni with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower, Mint and Pecorino

Tiramisu Mousse

 

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 2-4 pm, at theBloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.Demo Kitchen on 1.

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

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

 

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love doing cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

Some recent appearances include cooking classes and demonstrations on local television,at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Stores, Whole Foods Market, Gilda’s Club Chicago,Taste of Chicago and the Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden

 

For more information about My Private Chef, call Event Services at 773-370-8131 or visit www.myprivatechef.net.

Flamingo Run Club

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While not a LGBT establishment – I thought  this was noteworthy….

 

Chicago’s newest Cuban-inspired restaurant and cabaret, FLAMINGO RUM CLUB will be opening in the fall of 2015 at 601 N. Wells St. in River North. Two very passionate men in hospitality, Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia, are joining forces on the project.

The property at 601 N. Wells St. is owned by Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants. Stefani and his team had been looking for the right concept – a boutique style restaurant and intimate experience. Having looked up to Mr. Stefani for many years, Adolfo was thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring his latest concept to life in the vacant space.

The meeting happened not long ago while the two were catching up over a drink. News surrounding the Cuban embargo being lifted sparked a conversation about its rich history and culture, the music and the cuisine.

Lustful thoughts of Cuban cigars, rum cocktails and the Caribbean led to a promise that they would soon take a trip together to Cuba.While talking about how the embargo lift would affect the hospitality industry and culinary trends it was agreed that rum is already becoming the next big thing. Cuba and its people have brought so much to this world: music, art, culture and delicious flavors. The traditional Spanish recipes made distinct by African influence and local tropical flavor make Cuban cuisine unlike any other.

At Rum Club guests can expect nothing less than the largest rum selection in the country, bartenders in pink tuxedos, waitresses in floral dresses, simple and true ingredients, Cuban cuisine and the feeling of an intimate speakeasy cabaret with a small center stage to host Cuban bands and Afro-Cuban jazz.

The décor will be 1940s and 50s island chic with palm tree wall paper, gold leaf oval ceilings, a brass bar, 8-foot mounted marlin, and cement tiles imported from the Dominican Republic.

Can’t Wait!

Get Odd Jobs Done with NAYBR

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A new and clever concept!  Sell your  services –  or  search  for  services!

Sign up and Post jobs

Post jobs for local naybr’s, anything from painting, lawn care, or home clean up. Posting jobs is totally free. Pay securely when the work is done! Posters only pay the price of the job they set (plus a $2 safe Jobs fee)!

Search and Accept

Looking for work? Search and Accept local jobs to make extra money. Get paid on approved work. Naybr gets a 20% finders fee (for getting you the work) and deposits the rest in your bank account on a 2 day rolling basis!

Complete and Approve

Your local naybr’s complete what you need, when you need it. You approve the work, we charge your card the price you set (plus that $2 Safe Jobs fee). You’ll rate your worker and they’ll rate you to ensure high quality jobs and high qualtiy work!

Gay Chicago Loves Gay Palm Springs

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LOT’S  of  Chicago  LGBTQ   folks   head to Palm Springs  EVERY  YEAR!  And  where do they  stay?  Many  guys  choose  INNdulge.

Their    2 for 1 Special will soon be over!

Don’t miss out.

Now through September 15, 2016.
Pay for one weeknight and get the 2nd one FREE!

Valid from Sunday – Thursday

50% off 3rd night on weekends
(not valid with any other offers)

 

  • 24 Poolside Rooms & Garden Suites
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Large Heated 24-hr Pool
  • Pool chiller during summer months
  • In room DVD PlayersDVD Library
  • 12 Man 24-hr Jacuzzi
  • Wi-Fi Property Wide
  • Full Kitchens in all Suites
  • Microwaves
  • King Sized Beds
  • Refrigerators
  • Coffee Makers
  • Hair Dryers
  • On Site Gym
  • In Room Safes
  • Cool Misters For Hot Days
  • Irons & Ironing Boards
  • Onsite laundry facility
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Internet Station

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Celebrate Diversity Sept. 10th, 2016

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Just about 3  weeks   away! The BIGGEST  Private  Diversity Celebration in the Midwest.

You  +   4,999   other  fun people enjoying  SHORT LINES   for  rides!   And  raising  money  for  charity!  Just  $41  (until September 5th)  and  FREE  PARKING.  Ride all your favorite  rides  in about  3  hours! If you have never been to a private event, you are missing  out!

 

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And  we are SO EXCITED   to have Todrick Hall! He is finishing up his  STRAIGHT OUTTA  OZ  tour this month, he’s  coming to our event to perform, then he is headed to BroadwayTo star  in Kinky Boots!

SEASON PASS holders always  ask, “Can we use our Season Pass?”  –   I am sorry to say, NO.   Six Flags hosts  about 20 private events  in the fall.  They can not let Season Pass holders attend these private events.  Season Passes  are  good  for  regular operating  days  only. You must buy the special  $41  ticket  to  get in.

DON’T WANT TO DRIVE? 

Bus  Shuttles are handled By Charlies

CHARLIES BUS SHUTTLE $30 round trip – THESE  ALWAYS  SELL OUT- DON’T  WAIT!!!

Reservations  and  pre payment must be made in person at Charlies, 3726 N Broadway St, no phone calls please.

Price includes drinks on the bus +  Admission  to Official  After Party.  Departs boystown 6pm.

Charlies will  host the official party!

  Check the Facebook Page for Updates

INVITE  YOUR FRIENDS!

COME CELEBRATE!

 

 

Howard Brown Chicago

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Howard Brown Health Unveils New Sliding-Scale Fees

$5–$25 Nominal Fee to Further Increase Access to Full-spectrum Healthcare Services

 Howard Brown Health unveiled a new sliding-scale fee for all patients as part of its efforts to increase the accessibility of of health and wellness services. Charges under the new sliding scale start at $5 for patients whose self-reported income is at or below 100% of federal poverty (annual income of $11,880 or less for a family of one).  The new fee structure is effective immediately at all Howard Brown clinic locations.

“Our sliding-scale fee is the bedrock of Howard Brown Health’s commitment to provide high quality, affirming healthcare to everyone who needs our services, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Kristin Keglovitz-Baker, Chief Operating Officer for Howard Brown Health. “As we continue to grow, we hope that the new fee structure will make healthcare even more accessible. Anyone needing our holistic healthcare services is encouraged to choose Howard Brown – the charges we collect from insurance and the sliding-scale enable us to extend care to thousands of low-income, uninsured patients.”

With the new sliding-scale, eligible patients may access a visit with a primary care provider or behavioral health specialist and receive lab work, most procedures, and vaccinations for as little as $5.

For eligible patients, fees range from $5 to $15 based on reported income. People with income up to 200% of federal poverty (annual income of $23,760 for a family of one) are charged $25 under the new free structure.  Other benefits apply for patients access Howard Brown’s HIV/AIDS Ryan White program services.  See complete sliding-scale fee information at howardbrown.org/fee-and-insurance-information/sliding-fee-schedule.

“Our commitment to low-income, uninsured patients is made possible in part by the thousands of privately insured patients who choose Howard Brown as their medical home,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO.  “We are a unique healing community, attending to diverse needs of LGBTQ people and allies.  We take pride in our ability to serve everyone with equal respect, care, and professionalism.”

For more information about Howard Brown, including accepted insurance plans, sliding-scale fees options, and assistance applying for insurance, go to howardbrown.org.

Todrick Hall August 7th

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Todrick Hall is a self-proclaimed queer, American singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer, and wildly famous YouTuber!

He auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube.

As of January 31, 2016, Hall has exceeded 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Videos on his channel have been played over 270 MILLION TIMES!

Videos of note include a flash mob thrown for Ariana Grande, a reinvention of the Wizard of Oz starring Pentatonix which was directed by and also stars Hall, and a Beyoncé themed flash mob performed in the middle of an actual Target store, which has garnered over 14 million views as of January 31, 2016, and which Beyoncé personally, publicly congratulated Hall on.

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Todrick’s current North American Tour titled “Straight Outta Oz” is in full swing!

” Straight Outta Oz,” follows the triple threat performer as he embarks on his most ambitious tour yet: a full-length musical with original score by Hall, inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

The tour kicked off last week in Vancouver, and will continue through August. He’ll make a stop in Chicago at Thalia Hall, Sunday August 7th, 2016. GET TICKETS HERE – BEFORE THEY ARE GONE.

 

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Awesomeness Films announced the start of production on their behind the scenes film following Todrick Hall’s upcoming tour and will be filming in Chicago at Thalia Hall!

Directed by Katherine Wright (Call Me Kuchu), the film will go behind-the-scenes as Todrick mounts the musical, which tells the story of his life growing up in small-town Texas, his struggle to come to Hollywood and eventually succeed.

 

Check out the video style album STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ here!

Get it on iTunes Here.

 

Then Todrick returns to Chicago Spetember 10th, for the 5th Annual OUT IN THE PARK event at Six Flags Great America! There will be a meet and greet with fans before the gates open at 7:30. Then Todrick will kick off the evening at 8pm with a couple live numbers! www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

HYDRATE and Market Days

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DJ’S    DJ’s  and MORE   DJ’s  @   Hydrate,  Market Days  Weekend  Aug 12-13-14!

Market Days is around the corner! Hydrate will not only host its usual weekend DJ sets, but also continue its annual tradition of hot beats on its outdoor stage.
Since we all know how hectic it can get, Hydrate is offering a chance to Skip the Lines! People can enter to win VIP 3-day passes (no line, automatic re-entry) next Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at Hydrate. 
Outdoor lineup:
Saturday
    12:30-6 pm: DJ Laura B
    1:30-4:30 pm: Drag Show
    6-8 pm: DJ Seth Cooper
    6-10 pm: Go Go dancers
    8-10 pm: DJ Alyson Calagna
Sunday
    12:30-4 pm: DJ Xtasy
    4-6 pm: DJ Jesse Mercado
    6-8 pm: DJ Cindel
    6-10 pm: Go Go dancers
    8-10 pm: DJ Grind
Indoor lineup:
Friday – DJ Alyson Calgana at 11:30 pm. Party till 4 am
Saturday – DJ Grind at 11:30 pm. Party till 5 am
Saturday and Sunday Funday – Go Go dancers inside 2-7 pm

Chicago AIDS Run Walk 2016

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August 13-14 Market Days booth  (details here)
September 9 Want your race packet mailed? Then, this is your registration deadline.
September 14 Team Supplies Order due.
September 22  RSVP deadline for Team Packet Pickup – RSVP to runwalk@aidschicago.org
September 25 Pre-registration Deadline
September 28 Packet Pickup **RSVP REQUIRED FOR TEAM PICK UP**
Email runwalk@aidschicago.org to RSVP
October 1 AIDS RUN & WALK CHICAGO at Soldier Field

Pre-Registration Fees – through 9/25/16
$30 Walker – online registration
$35 Walker – offline registration
$40 5K or 10K Runner – online registration
$45 5K or 10K Runner – offline registration

Note: An additional $7 charge will be added for those who choose to have their participant packet mailed prior to the race.

Race Day Registration Fee – 10/1/16
$60 Walkers, 5K and 10K Runners

Dance for Life Chicago August 20

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YEAR   25!!!

Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit dance concert presenting and showcasing the city’s unique diversity of talent, dance traditions and styles by bringing together the incredibly talented, world-renowned professional dancers of Chicago for one night on the same stage.

The dance community unites artistically to support those affected by critical health issues by generously donate their time, energy and artistry to the cause. Funds raised assist various organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS and other health issues as well as The Dancers’ Fund.

25th Anniversary on Saturday, August 20, 2016

Performances Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Visceral Dance Chicago
World Premieres Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney
Emcees Carisa Barreca and Tim Mason of The Second City

 

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Parkway
7:30 p.m. Performance

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Avenue
5 p.m. Gala Reception

Tickets are now on sale!

 

Performance Level Tickets ($15-$75)- Enter promo code MAY2FOR1 to access Dance for Life’s 25th Anniversary Early Bird Special and receive 2-for-1 on $50 and $75 tickets for the month of May!

Gala Level Tickets ($250-$600) includes Gala Reception and Premium Performance Seating

Group Tickets (10 or more) 20% off Performance Level Tickets, $25-$75 (Phone only)

 

Online: click here
Phone: 312.341.2300
Box Office: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, click here for this week’s hours

 

EDIE in Chicago August 18

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DIRECT FROM HER 4000TH SHOW 
ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP

DRAG SENSATION    EDIE!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18th

@ DAVENPORTS PIANO BAR & CABARET

On a break from her ten-show-per-week schedule as the emcee of one of Las Vegas’ hottest shows, drag sensation EDIE brings her solo show to Davenports for one night only!

EDIE just celebrated her 4000th show as the Mistress of Sensuality in Cirque du Soleil’s ZUMANITY. After 8 years in the role, the gender-bending entertainer has performed for more than 3 million people.

On August 18, the leggy showgirl will sing and dance her way through a high octane hour of original songs and standards all with her signature 60s go-go style. Add her famous high-kickin choreography, stories from her new life in Sin City, and her witty, off-the-cuff audience banter and you have the reason the San Francisco Chronicle “strongly advises seeing the incredible EDIE whose talent and legs go on forever.”

A native of Portland, OR, EDIE began her professional dance career at the age of 17 with Ballet Oregon. For the next eleven years she danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Pennsylvania Ballet before moving to New York to pursue musical theater. EDIE quickly became a fixture in New York City where she racked up a bevy of awards including Best Drag Queen (HX Award), Best Dance Artist and Entertainer of the Year (Glammy Award). She starred in her autobiographical, off-Broadway show “LEGS!,” performed on the MTV Video Music Awards, appeared on “Sex and the City,” was featured at Wigstock and Broadway Bares, and made her Broadway debut alongside Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming in the Tony-nominated revival of “The ThreePenny Opera” at Studio 54.

EDIE will perform her solo show at DAVENPORTS PIANO BAR & CABARET (1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Thursday, August 18th at 8PM. Tickets may be purchased at reservations.davenportspianobar.com

 

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NEVERLAND Market Days Party Aug 12

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NEVERLAND CELEBRATES MARKET DAYS WITH ITS MOST EXTRAVAGENT EVENT EVER – “IMPERIAL HAREM”

Neverland, the Chicago-based dance producer known for its elaborate themes and production, is celebrating Market Days this year with its most extravagant event ever. Drawing inspiration from the costumes, the story, and the men of the blockbuster film, 300, IMPERIAL HAREM will take place Friday, August 12th at Metro (3730 N Clark St, Chicago).  Mexico City-based DJ Alex Acosta will headline the event; his first time headlining since spinning the very first Market Days Neverland three years ago.  Chicago DJ Alex Cabot will open and Imp Queen, Nico and Sara Andrews will host.  $40 early bird tickets to IMPERIAL HAREM are available now at www.NeverlandMarketDays.com.

“Market Days is even bigger than Pride in Chicago so we’re making this party more epic than anything we’ve done before,” proclaims Anthony DiFiore, Neverland’s founder and Creative Director. DiFiore is drawing inspiration for the night from a recent trip to Jerusalem where he learned how years of Ottoman rule left its imprint on the city.  “We’re going to experiment with a lot of cool ancient Persian and Ottoman elements that complement Metro’s massive steel stage,” he says.

At last year’s Market Days, DiFiore and his creative team celebrated Mayan Aztec culture with their “Origins” event, transforming Circuit Nightclub into a jungle complete with palm trees, a pyramid, and performers in colorful headdresses.  This year’s party takes Neverland back to the opulent Metro, the former concert hall world-renowned for its large stage and high ceilings.

Designers are building a structure of steel bars that will create an interactive platform loaded with lights and special effects devices. “There aren’t any gay parties in the U.S. that utilize truss the way we do,” adds DiFiore.

Market Days is the popular Chicago festival with stages, live bands and DJs during the day, followed by late-night dance parties.  Neverland’s IMPERIAL HAREM is the official Friday night main event.

“Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” says DiFiore.   “What sets our team apart is that our artists are true set and costume designers who are working with Neverland to showcase their talents.”

For tickets and additional information, visit www.NeverlandMarketDays.com.   Ticket Prices: $41/$51 and $60 at door.  Hard copy tickets available at Egoist Underwear (3526 N Halsted) in Boystown.

Best Hotels in Boystown and Lakeview

 

It’s funny, we have lived here about 10 years and have always known about these three hidden gems.

Yet, I talk to people who have lived here their whole life! And they are not familiar with City Suites, The Majestic and The Willows.

Willows and Majestic are tucked away in quiet neighborhoods, where you can blend right in with the locals. While City Suites is right on Belmont amidst the buzzing energy!

Summer and Fall are fantastic times  in Chicago!  Whether you are a local and have friends traveling that will need rooms or you are a traveler reading this – it’s NEVER TO EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM. The small inventory of rooms in Boystown and Lakeview always sell out.


IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

Market Days August 13-14, 2016

Halloween  in Chicago – October 29-31, 2016
Out in the Park at Six Flags Sept. 10, 2016

(not to mention, every weekend is a great weekend, in Chicago!)


In Boystown/Lakeview you get small, intimate restaurants and a treasure trove of shopping neighborhoods with unique shops and art galleries! Golf courses, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigleyville and the Cubs Stadium, Old Towne, marinas and harbors, Hollywood gay beach, Andersonville, plus endless waterfront walking and bike paths, are all very accessible!

 

For years, visitors and locals alike have branded The Majestic Hotel the pre-eminent boutique hotel in Chicago. Offering the atmosphere of a well-appointed, upscale English country estate, this 100 percent, non-smoking Hotel offers the perfect haven of relaxation amidst the energetic city life found in the popular Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Broughton Hotels has 3 properties in the area. The Majestic Hotel, The Willows Hotel & The City Suites – each welcome you with an abundance of personality, style and charm that epitomizes the essence of their environments.

Exuding the charm of historic buildings – circa 1920s – They are a collection of boutique hotels that combine a stylish, unique and alluring atmosphere with a location that is ideal and accessible – just 10 minutes north of downtown Chicago’s business, financial and shopping districts – and brimming with the quintessential qualities of an upscale, city hotel. You can be just steps away from all of the gay events, in a cool neighborhood!

 

All three properties in Boystown pride themselves on their personalized care, premier service and exceeding the needs of their discriminating leisure and business travelers. The staff is passionate here and ensure an enjoyable and memorable stay – something you don’t often see in the big hotels downtown. These properties boast a welcoming “neighborhood” charm yet with all the luxury boutique services and amenities of a full-service hotel.

Many packages are available depending on your interests. Everything from theatre and dining to comedy and baseball!

Use CODE BGC When Booking!

CITY SUITES HOTEL

THE WILLOWS

MAJESTIC HOTEL
The Majestic 773.404.3499
The City Suites 773.404.3400
The Willows 773.528.8400

The Best of Gay Chicago

Market Days Chicago 2016

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Northalsted Market Days® is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days® gathers a crowd of over 180,000 people from across the globe to celebrate right here on Halsted Street. Past performances include En Vogue, Jennifer Holliday, Lynda Carter, Salt n Pepa, Wilson Phillips and David Cassidy.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Northalsted Market Days® is set to be the biggest and best it has ever been!

A $10 suggested donation helps keep our neighborhood safe, beautiful, and fun. Also benefiting from your donation is The Legacy Project, the worlds first outdoor museum, featuring LGBTQ icons throughout history, serving to tell their stories.

Todrick Hall in Chicago August 7 and September 10

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Todrick Hall  is a self-proclaimed queer, American singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer, and wildly famous YouTuber!

He auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube.

As of January 31, 2016, Hall has exceeded 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Videos on his channel have been played over 270 MILLION TIMES!

Videos of note include a flash mob thrown for Ariana Grande, a reinvention of the Wizard of Oz starring Pentatonix which was directed by and also stars Hall, and a Beyoncé themed flash mob performed in the middle of an actual Target store, which has garnered over 14 million views as of January 31, 2016, and which Beyoncé personally, publicly congratulated Hall on.

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Todrick’s current  North American Tour titled “Straight Outta Oz” is in full swing!

” Straight Outta Oz,” follows the triple threat performer as he embarks on his most ambitious tour yet: a full-length musical with original score by Hall, inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

The tour kicked off last week in Vancouver, and will continue through August. He’ll make a stop in Chicago at Thalia Hall,  Sunday  August  7th, 2016.    GET  TICKETS  HERE – BEFORE THEY ARE GONE.

 

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Awesomeness Films announced the start of production on their behind the scenes film following Todrick Hall’s upcoming tour  and will be filming in Chicago at Thalia Hall!

Directed by Katherine Wright (Call Me Kuchu), the film will go behind-the-scenes as Todrick mounts the musical, which tells the story of his life growing up in small-town Texas, his struggle to come to Hollywood and eventually succeed.

 

Check out the video style album STRAIGHT OUTTA  OZ  here!

Get it on iTunes  Here.

 

Then Todrick returns to Chicago Spetember 10th, for the 5th Annual OUT IN THE PARK  event  at  Six Flags Great America! There will be a meet and greet with fans  before the gates  open  at  7:30.  Then Todrick will kick off the evening at  8pm with a couple  live numbers!   www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

 

 

A Walking Play – NATURE

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Here is something really unique and different, in Chicagoland for a limited time!

TigerLion Arts presents Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, this virtuosic production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple. Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.” A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience.

Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendly journey that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world. This original work is collaboratively created with writer/actor Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

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In today’s world, we are so estranged from our natural environment, and at TigerLion Arts, we feel that humankind must reconnect with nature in order to survive.

As oil spills into our oceans, as we race through our lives, as we look further and further outside ourselves for the answers, it is our hope that Nature can be a catalyst for our collective healing.

 

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The 2016 tour of NATURE is currently making it’s stop at the 1,700 acre Morton Arboretum in Lisle – about 45 minutes west of Chicago.

Here through July 31st!

Thursdays through Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Thornhill Shelter at Parking Lot P21

How long is the show?
90 mins/No Intermission
Come early for a 30-minute pre-show performance that includes bagpiping and choral music to enjoy! If possible, plan your trip so you can spend some time on the grounds. Bring a picnic to enjoy before or after the show.

 

BUY TICKETS HERE!

More details about the show HERE!

Avatar Meets Cirque Du Soleil

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THIS IS GOING TO BE  AMAZING!

The new Cirque du Soleil touring  arena show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATARTORUK –  The First Flight, will be presented at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, on August 3-7, as part of a global tour in arenas. The show is presented by Visa Signature® in association with United MileagePlus®.

 

The show

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATARTORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

 

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

 

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

 

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

 

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

tickets start at $38 !

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk

 

Six Flags Private Night September 10

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Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America

Returns in 2016 for  Year 5!

 

A Private Night in the Park to Celebrate Diversity

Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & Fireball

That Will Help Benefit TPAN’s  Ride For Aids

 Saturday, September 10th, 2016 from 7:30PM to 12AM

 

Singer, actor, director, choreographer and YouTuber TODRICK HALL performs live this for this year’s  fifth annual Out In The Park Celebration of Diversity!

 

All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago/Honolulu, hostess  Khloe and some dancers will keep the party jumping.

 

 

Out In The Park is an annual private  diversity fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides (with much shorter than usual lines!)  with a portion of all ticket sales each  year help benefit various non-profits.  “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBTQ community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to  short lines and without homophobic hassles from anyone. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”

 

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $35,000  to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 17 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that the amazing Todrick Hall  has signed on to be with  us this year. He is in the middle of his  “Straight Outta Oz” tour and took a break to be with us and perform!”

 

“We are honored that some of our peers including GRAB Magazine, ChicagoPride.com and QUEST Magazine in Wisconsin also help us by donating advertising space for this event! It’s truly a community event where everyone comes together for the greater good!”  says  Derrick Sorles.

 

 

Advance $41 tickets can be purchased  NOW  at www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

Attendees  get FREE parking  for this special event!  September  5th the price goes up to $46. $51  at the gate, IF AVAILABLE. This event is capped at only 5,000  tickets,  to enure  lines  stay  short  for the rides.   All ages  event.  Drinks  are available  for purchase to  those  21+

 

 

Hotels –if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of Boystown! CITY SUITES, WILLOWS HOTEL  and MAJESTIC HOTEL. All the hotels are on our website GaySixFlagsChicago.com

 

 

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Garden Chefs July 24th

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JULY 24-CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN GARDEN CHEF SERIES 

Chef Tong will appear again this year at the Garden Chef Series sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Board and Food Network Magazine.

Chef Tong will show how to make a delicious dish featuring Colorado bison.
Bison Steak with Ancho Chile Blueberry Sauce and Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, please call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as ne of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and  hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skillsto the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing
cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new
dishes!”

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

Mimi Marks Joins Hydrate’s Show

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LKH Management (LKH), the group behind Lake View’s Hydrate NightclubElixirReplay and Lark (coming this Summer),  have announced that legendary entertainer Mimi Marks has joined the cast of Beauties & Beaus, which pairs female impersonators with hot guys and danceable beats every Friday and Saturday night.

Marks, acclaimed for her show-stopping performances at The Baton Show Lounge, brings an effervescent energy to the stage with co-hosts Naysha Lopez (RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 contestant) and Mz. Ruff N’ Stuff.

The fun-filled, interactive Beauties & Beaus show, which keeps the audience roaring with laughter, is one of Chicago’s hottest ways to celebrate bachelorette parties, birthdays and girls’ nights out on the town. Marks’ addition to the lineup adds a new dimension to the show, bringing her remarkable talent and unparalleled glamour to the stage.

“We’re proud and excited to have Mimi take the stage at Hydrate,” said Mark Liberson, President, LKH Management. “Mimi has an charm about her that leaves the audience begging for more. Her amazing energy is the perfect complement to our already outstanding Beauties & Beaus cast.”

Marks began her stage career in Milwaukee at the age of 20. Three years later, she moved to Chicago and quickly landed a full-time role at The Baton, where she would remain for 25 years. Her stunning beauty and unmistakable charisma earned her national attention, as well as the crown for both the Miss Continental and Miss Cosmopolitan pageants.

“It is an absolute honor to be a part of Hydrate’s Beauties & Beaus program,” said Marks. “As I begin the next chapter of my life, I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue doing what I love most: performing.”

Hydrate is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 pm – 4 am, Friday from 6 pm – 4 am, Saturday from 6 pm – 5 am, and Sundays from 2 pm – 4 am, closed Tuesdays.

Beauties & Beaus takes place every Friday and Saturday at 9:30 pm. For more information, visit hydratechicago.com and beautiesandbeaus.com

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Kenosha Pride July 15-17

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3  days  of  pride  in Kenosha!

Join us for the best Kenosha Pride yet!

The Pride March will begin organizing at Library Park in downtown Kenosha. We will begin around Noon with the March stepping off around 12:30 PM.

 

The Pride Party will begin at 1:00 PM with music by DJ Lomax. Entertainment for the day will include comedians, drag performances, and a band. There will be a Children’s Area with face painting and a bounce house. The Pride Party will be at Harbor Park Parcel A, the green space across from Trolley Dogs Restaurant on 6th Ave and 55th St.  Facebook page  HERE.

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Neverland Pool Party July 2

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The Neverland Pool Party is back! One of the most unique summer parties in Chicago (the ONLY big LGBT dance party with a pool) returns for 4th of July weekend on SATURDAY, JULY 2nd. All-day party from noon-8pm with music by Neverland alum DJ JALIL Z (Miami).  Deuce’s and the Diamond Club 3505 North Clark Street,  Chicago, IL 60657

 

PRIVATE CABANAS: There are 8 private poolside cabanas. Purchase of a cabana comes with a premium bottle of Belvedere vodka & mixers, and admission for 4 people.

 

VIP POOLSIDE LOUNGE: There are 2 premium VIP poolside lounges; chic setups along the pool with sofas, a bottle of Belvedere vodka & mixers, and admission for 4 people.

 

**BEEFED-UP SOUND** provided by ILC, the masterminds behind Neverland’s Metro stage installations & lighting.

TICKETS   ONLINE  NOW!!!

or Egoist Underwear (3526 N Halsted) has hard-copy tickets (no service fee) for $15 to the pool party.

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XANADU onstage in Chicago!

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FREE TICKETS!!!!  first  email  I get,  wins   2 tickets!  

Choice of  dates;  Friday     June 24 8pm

                                   Sunday   June  26  2pm

                                     Wednesday June 29th  8pm

                                      or  Thursday June 30th  8pm.     BestGayCities@gmail.com

 

AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY OPENS          XANADU

A TRIBUTE TO LATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PJ PAPARELLI

DIRECTED BY LILI-ANNE BROWN

NOW PLAYING THROUGH JULY 17, 2016

 

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, on Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC’s late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli—a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic—Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown with choreography by Brigitte Ditmars and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title.

 

Single tickets for Xanadu range from $48-$58. Student tickets are available for $15 with valid student ID in-person at the Box Office. More information and tickets are available by visiting the ATC Box Office at 1909 W. Byron Street, by calling 773-409-4125 or visiting www.atcweb.org

 

The cast for ATC’s tribute production of Xanadu includes Missy Aguilar (Calliope), Kasey Alfonso (Erato) Karla L. Beard (Melpomene), Jim DeSelm (Sonny), Landree Fleming (Kira), Aaron Holland (Danny Maguire, Zeus), Michelle Lauto (Kira U/S & Swing), Hanah Rose Nardone (Euterpe), James Nedrud (Terpsichore/Sonny cover), Daniel Spagnuolo (Thalia/Danny cover), and Cameron Turner (Swing).

 

Xanadu takes place in Venice, California in 1980. Struggling artist Sonny Malone seeks to create his own version of the American dream by renovating an abandoned warehouse into a venue for world-class entertainment – a roller disco! A hilarious and modern update of the1980’s camp classic, Xanadu celebrates the artist’s muse, even when it comes from the most unlikely of places.

 

Xanadu Performance Schedule

Regular Run: June 7–July 17: Tuesday–Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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Neverland Gay Pride Chicago

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NEVERLAND CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY WITH ITS BIGGEST CHICAGO PRIDE EVENT EVER – “THE LOST BOYS” 

Neverland, the Chicago-based dance producer renown for its elaborate themes and production, is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year with its biggest Chicago Pride event ever. NEVERLAND PRIDE 2016 will take place Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th with three spectacular events including the main event, Saturday night’s “The Lost Boys” at Metro. Pre-sale tickets, including $95 weekend passes to all three events (a $35 savings), are available now at www.neverlandpride.com.

“It’s our four year anniversary and we’re finally doing a Neverland-themed Neverland,” proclaims Anthony DiFiore, Neverland’s founder and Creative Director. “Our parties are always a tribute to big imagination, so for this year’s Chicago Pride, our production team is building extravagant Peter Pan and Hook elements to the main stage.  Instead of traditional sets, we’re producing the night as more of a storyline with dancers and performers dressed as the famous characters.

“All the weekend’s events will be even more theatrical than ever before,” he promises.

NEVERLAND PRIDE launches Friday, June 24th at 11pm with a special edition of GayGlow at Charlie’s spun by NANDO, one of the most energetic and happening DJs on today’s national club scene.  The fun continues Saturday at 11pm when NEVERLAND presents “The Lost Boys” at Metro, a two-story concert hall that boasts one of the finest stages in Chicago.  It will be a surreal night of character-driven fantasy featuring a massive set. Barcelona-based DJ Ivan Gomez will man the decks alongside Chicago’s own Alexis-R.

Wrapping the weekend will be the Sunday night Closing Party at Mid, headlined by International superstar DJ Paulo. Paulo will present a dark and visceral production amidst one of Chicago’s most powerful sound systems.  Opening DJs Sean O’Hara and TVG will start the night at 10pm with Paulo taking over until 4am.

The first NEVERLAND took place July 2012. Billed as a costume party with club music, it was kind of like Halloween in the middle of the summer.   “We were an instant hit with the young crowd,” remembers DiFiore.  In order to create a big dance party brand, he needed everyone to come. “Guys in their late 30s and 40s would tell me they were too old for a costume party.”

In 2013, NEVERLAND introduced themes to the events, along with more elaborate production.   At “Walt Disney is Dead”, Brazil’s DJ Ana Paula dressed up as Maleficent while she was spinning. For the “Ratchet Ball”, producers brought in a graffiti artist from Michigan to create graffiti on large canvases hanging from the walls of Hydrate Nightclub.

Soon, every group was represented, from muscle guys to hipsters to drag queens and more.  “Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” says DiFiore.

Last year’s Pride party was a “Bougie Ball”.   Producers went all out with the theme, from putting fake rolls of hundred dollar bills as toilet paper in the bathrooms, to firing off fake money as confetti during Sasha Colby’s performance of “Bitch Better Have My Money”. Giant gold birdcages flanked the stage with gogo dancers wearing three-foot long lion headdresses.

“What sets our team apart is that many of our artists don’t even go to big dance parties. They’re a set designer who cares deeply about what the set is going to look like, or a costume designer who is developing their own label and is working with Neverland to showcase their talents.”

Even the crowd gets in on the act, with many of the attendees arriving in full costume. “Revelers are always welcome to wear whatever they want,” says DiFiore.  “Some will come in simple jeans and tees, and that’s fine! I’m excited to see lot of Pans, Hooks and of course, Tinkerbells.”

For tickets and additional information, visit www.neverlandpride.com.  Pre-sale tickets, including $95 weekend passes to all three events (a $35 savings), are available now.

Navy Pier LGBT Event June 25th

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“Navy Pier Pride 2016” Celebration Salutes Chicago’s LGBT Community

Chicago’s first-ever family Pride celebration outside of Lakeview

takes place at Navy Pier on Saturday, June 25

WOW!!!   THIS  IS  BIG  NEWS!

As it marks its 100th anniversary, Navy Pier will make Chicago history as it proudly hosts “Navy Pier Pride 2016,” the city’s first LGBT Pride celebration outside of the Lakeview neighborhood. This family-friendly event features entertainment and events throughout the Pier on Saturday, June 25. As part of the celebration, and for the first time in 28 years, Navy Pier is especially honored to display Chicago-centric sections of the internationally renowned The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. All events for “Navy Pier Pride 2016” are free and open to the public, as part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration®.

 

As one of Chicago’s top cultural destinations, “Navy Pier Pride 2016” is one of Navy Pier’s new arts, cultural and community programming initiatives. In addition to a lively atmosphere and a pier adorned in rainbows, highlights of this special Pride day-long event will include (times are approximate):

Noon – About Face Theatre’s IT’S FOR REAL is a collection of stories that connects issues around race, class, sexuality, age, gender, self-esteem, and family. Based on the true experiences of the performers in the show.

·         1 p.m. – A kickoff parade, led by the Lakeside Pride Marching Band.

·         1:30 p.m. – Performances by the legendary MILLY’s ORCHID SHOW, featuring Brigid Murphy as “Milly” and with an entire cast of such celebrities as Yuri Lane (“The Harmonica Beatbox Man”) and introducing rising gay icon, his 8-year old daughter, Delilah Rose, along with Alexa Grae, Robert Cornelius (former member of the group, “Poi Dog Pondering”), House-O-Matic, and many others. 

·         5 p.m. – “Chicago’s Biggest Wedding,” officiated by Angelica Ross (a leading figure in the movement for transgender and racial equality, and star of the hit series, “Her Story”). Make history with us and your loved one, as we hold a massive marriage ceremony on The Pier.

·         7 p.m. –  For outdoor dancing, with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, join house music superstar and Grammy Award-nominated producer, DJ RALPHI ROSARIO, in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

·         10:15 p.m. –Guests will observe a moment of reflection to honor those lost in the tragic events in Orlando, followed by a celebration of life with a special Pride-themed fireworks spectacular.

 

Another historic and moving part of the day is the return of The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. The much-celebrated Quilt began to take shape in 1987 with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco. Today, it weighs 54 tons and is composed of more than 48,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who was lost to AIDS. In 1988, Navy Pier became one of the first venues nationally to put The Quilt on public display.

 

“Throughout its 100-year history, Navy Pier has led the way in demonstrating compassion and commitment, while celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. Welcoming people of all backgrounds is at the heart of Navy Pier’s core values. We are, truly, ‘the People’s Pier,’” said Marilynn Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer for Navy Pier, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates Navy Pier. “We believe ‘Navy Pier Pride 2016’ will be an event that embraces the ideals of respect, tolerance, love, and inclusiveness.”

 

“Navy Pier Pride 2016” has been in the planning stages for months and is one of the initial projects as part of Navy Pier’s bold, new Arts & Discovery programming initiative. Leading the vision and direction of this 18-month Arts and Discovery strategic planning initiative is Navy Pier’s leadership team, consultants from Dickerson Global Advisors, as well as more than 100 Chicago non-profit arts and culture organizations. Navy Pier’s cultural and community programming is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation.

Recently appointed Guest Artistic Director, Steve Abrams, brings creative leadership and vision to the first series of Arts and Discovery programs. The programs launch this summer as a pilot initiative. As a driving force in Chicago’s diverse cultural landscape for the last three decades, Abrams brings an innovative arts background to Navy Pier. His prior experience includes senior and executive leadership roles at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, and producing numerous theatrical productions.

 

For more details on “Navy Pier Pride 2016,” and the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration®, please visit the Navy Pier website at www.navypier.com or the Navy Pier Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

 

About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top-attended leisure destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. In 2016, Navy Pier celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of special events and programming, the grand opening of its new Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the “Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.” Navy Pier, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, maintains and oversees Navy Pier and its redevelopment into a bolder, greener and more contemporary urban space. For more information, visit our website at www.navypier.com.