“Liza’s back and she’s better than ever! After having played to sold-out audiences in 2012 at the Steppenwolf Garage and in concert at Joe’s Pub in New York this summer, I’m thrilled to bring back this hilarious and moving holiday musical,” comments About Face Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. “In this year of development at About Face, we are proud to support the continued growth of this project and the artists who’ve created it. Artistic Associate Scott Bradley and composer Alan Schmuckler have developed a sensational new book and score and we’re delighted to share it with Chicago audiences. If you missed it last year, get your tickets now: it’s bound to sell out again this year! And if you saw it last year, you’ve got to see this fantastic new version and make We Three Lizas your new holiday tradition!” adds Volkoff.
The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, Deecmber 21, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Demo Kitchen on 1.For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit their web site: www.myprivatechef.net
2) Then turn your receipts into the Lakeview Chamber for your Shop Lakeview gift cards!
3) Spend Shop Lakeview gift cards between 1/1/14-2/28/14.
Northalsted Holiday Bucks on sale now! For a limited time, people who purchase a Northalsted Gift Card will receive an extra 20% in value on their cards. (If you buy a $100 gift card, you'll get one with $120 on it, for example). Cards can be purchased at Northalsted.com, and there's a complete list of the many restaurants, bars, and retailers that accept the card on the site.
Here are some highlights:
Santa Speedo Run Supporting Center on Halsted
Sign Up to Run or Donate to Support the Local LGBTQ Community
Santa’s suit just got a lot less heavy. On Saturday, Dec. 7th, the Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run will raise money to support the Center on Halsted. Over 250 community members are expected to brave the cold this year for their annual one-mile run through the heart of Lakeview, clad in nothing more than Santa hats and speedos!
The spectacle is being held at Sidetrack Video Bar, 3349 N Halsted. Registration starts at 12:00pm, the 1 mile run begins at 2:00pm, with entertainment and prizes afterward. Participants are encouraged to wear swimwear and a Santa hat for the event, but it’s not mandatory. In fact, you’ll see a wide array of holiday costumes that are festive and sometimes hilarious! Runners are asked for a minimum $25 donation to participate. Donations may also be made directly to Center on Halsted. The full donation for the event will support Center on Halsted.
About the Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run
The Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run is an annual event organized by partners Karl Sponholtz and Jeff Colgan. They are dedicated to helping the LGBTQ community with the support of their friends, families, and volunteers. For more information please contact Karl (773)972-9292 or Jeff (773)9720-8292.
Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.
Project Fierce Chicago will provide transitional housing for 8-10 LGBTQ young people ages 18-25, for an initial term of one year. In addition to living space, food and hygiene products, residents will have access to services aimed at a successful transition to independence, including case management, professional and living skills training and educational support. These services will primarily be provided by dedicated volunteers.
A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.
His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Screen Actors Guild Award winner Jennifer Garner).
There will also be a casting call in the Chicago area on December 6th & 8th but if people apply to the link below, we can move them along quicker without them having to attend.
CHICAGO CASTING CALL
Friday, December 6 & Sunday, December 8
10 am to 5 pm
Theatre Momentum 1800 Cornelia Avenue Chicago, IL 60657
The owner, Craig was a former chef of the Chicago Yacht Club and the
Ritz Carlton. At the urging of his family Craig left the chef world to
open this business.
We moved into the neighborhood at the edge of Boystown/Buena Park/Uptown discovered BoJono's about 9 years ago and have been loyal customers ever since. I swear their Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings are the BEST I have ever had. And we love to order a thin crust Margherita-style pizza with fresh sliced tomotoes, fresh basil or spinach and their chopped spicy cajun chicken!
The pizza is available thin crust, pan or stuffed.
They do an awesome Vegetarian Delight Pizza with
Broccoli, Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Onions.
A Mexican-style Taco Pizza with Refried Beans, Tortilla Chips, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Ground Beef.
And a tangy BBQ Pizza with Chicken, BBQ Sauce & Onions.
also BoJono’s Cajun Pasta with Chicken, Red Peppers & Onions in a Special Tangy Cajun Cream Sauce.
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On Wednesday, November 20th 2013, members of the LGBTQ community and its allies are invited to participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. St., Chicago, Illinois 60613. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will include a reception and welcome address with light food and refreshments, a reading of names, videos and performances by several prominent members of the trans* community. This event is free, and open to the public.
A week before the event, Center on Halsted will tie purple ribbons in the trees outside its building to commemorate the lives of trans* community members who have lost their lives as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The ribbons will serve as a public memorial to those who lost their lives, as well as to the resilience of the community. During the ceremony, participants will be able to add ribbons to the trees with the names of someone they personally memorialize.
The 2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance is hosted in partnership with Howard Brown Health Center, Broadway Youth Center, Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, Chicago House Trans Life Center and Center on Halsted.
About Transgender Day of Remembrance:
Transgender Day of Remembrance serves to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, to publicly mourn and honor the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten and to express love and respect for trans* people in the face of national indifference and hatred. For more information, visit www.transgenderdor.org.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
7:00 pm Reception/7:30 pm Dinner
4 Course Food Pairings
4 Featured Craft Beers
5 Rabbit Golden Ale
5 Rabbit Huitzi Belgian Ale
5 Grass American Pale Ale
5 Vulture Oaxacan Dark Ale
$35/person (Excludes tax & gratuity)
EdgeAlliance will host its 21st Annual Gala, The YOU! Ball on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Venue One in the West Loop of Chicago. The party will benefit the nonprofit with funds going towards supportive housing programs that will provide the children, families and adults at the campus with a greater quality of independence.
Chefs from some of Chicago’s finest restaurants which include the Signature Room at the 95th, Hearty Restaurant, Crew Bar + Grill & Swirlz Cupcakes will create food stations featuring their signature specialties! Event Sponsors include: CS Modern Luxury, Exit Strategy Realty, Guaranteed Rate, and ROC Realty Group.
"As we enter our 22nd year of service, we invite everyone to join us
for a spectacular evening in urban chic attire while helping to raise money
that will positively impact the quality of life for hundreds of at-risk
families and individuals," said EdgeAlliance Board Member and YOU! Ball
Event Co-Chair Kevin Rocio.
The YOU! Ball is the agency’s major annual fundraiser which encompasses silent and live auctions featuring getaway vacations, entertainment and sports memorabilia, elegant dining, wine tastings, golf outings and more. “These additional funds will help support the critical programs and services we provide,” said Kevin, “so our guests will be doing a world of good by having an evening of fun.”
EdgeAlliance's philosophy of housing is simple: it should be safe, affordable, well-built and attractive. The developments should offer both respite and permanent supportive housing options. They should be located in areas where people are hurting. The housing should welcome diverse population including children, teens, young adults, people in midlife, and senior citizens. The property area itself should contain lots of green spaces and garden space, and it should be a major part of community.
The ticket price for the party is $125.00 or $175.00 for VIP admission.BUY ONLINE NOW
For more than 21 years EdgeAlliance has been a haven for individuals and families with special needs and medically complex conditions. The private nonprofit’s mission is to assists its members in developing and operating quality housing and providing life enriching services to vulnerable individuals and families.
Instead, the yearslong debate over changing retirement benefits to address a $100 billion shortfall may mean lawmakers head back to town in a few weeks after number crunchers finish their work and if a proposal can be agreed upon.
That delay shifts the attention this week to the issue of gay marriage and the fate of a bill the Senate passed in February that's been stalled in the House ever since......read more.
From GAY LIBERATION NETWORK.....With a vote by Illinois's House on the state's equal marriage rights bill expected by this Thursday, Nov. 7th,
regardless of the result, there will be a community response rally at 7 PM, Thursday at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe Streets in the heart of Chicago's LGBT entertainment district.
Tickets are available online, or at the door.
Cash and credit cards (VISA, American Express & Mastercard) are accepted.
General Admission $15 or 3 Day Pass $25
For more information about group tickets, call our office at 800.563.7632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Complimentary art shuttle service between SOFA/Navy Pier (Entrance 2). The Museum of Contemporary Art (Front Steps) and the River North Gallery district (Superior and Franklin Streets).
Sponsored in part by Chicago Gallery News and participating galleries.
Friday, November 1
Noon - 8 pm
Saturday, November 2
Noon - 5 pm
Sunday, November 3
11 am - 2 pm
This fall, TimeLine Theatre Company will breathe new life into one of the strongest historical dramas of the 20th Century.
For younger audiences who never knew the dark, deadly days of the early epidemic, the play relives the fear and panic of the early 1980s in urban America. To expose young viewers to this era—and the grassroots activism it galvanize—seemed to me its greatest virtue.
But of course The Normal Heart is so much more.
TimeLine Theatre Company graciously provided me a behind-the-scenes viewing of The Normal Heart, directed by Nick Bowling. I was moved to tears.
Yes, the drama chronicles the dawning of AIDS activism in the wake of unconscionable political and institutional neglect. Fueled by judgmental and homophobic disregard, the early crisis gained strength in the absence of a robust government response. Yet a humanistic virtue will always be at the heart of this drama.
Timeless and poignant, the play’s call to action is as relevant now as it was when play debuted in 1985.
Ned Weeks, played by David Cromer, is a confrontational activist in New York, fighting to bring attention to a disease plaguing gay men. He organizes likeminded individuals and creates a grassroots movement that struggles to gain steam in a culture that would rather turn a blind eye.
That’s not merely a glimpse at where we were. It’s a commentary of where we are today.
Modern medicine has given many affected individuals opportunities to survive and thrive with HIV, where once they faced certain death. Yet the stigma associated with HIV continues to result in delayed or deferred care for hundreds of thousands of Americans with HIV.
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) estimates that more than 35,000 people are living with HIV in the Chicago metropolitan area; however, less than half enjoy access to care. Half. That means that less than 50 percent of this population is living with a life-threatening disease. Without interventions, they will remain at risk of serious health decline. What’s more, studies indicate that more than 6,000 individuals in metropolitan Chicago don’t even know that they are HIV-infected. This group is at high risk for other serious medical conditions and may inadvertently be exposing others to HIV.
The Normal Heart confronts these disparities and it does so with gifted acting and storytelling.
Every character is deeply complex. Even in rehearsals, the acting was so crisp and powerful that I looked beyond the lack of costumes, beyond the missing props, beyond the bare stage, and I returned to the early ‘80s. I stood with Ned who knelt by his partner’s bed in the hospital room. I sat in the grassroots campaign office, as the fledgling organization struggled to get the government’s attention. I was there because the characters became real to me.
Yes, I encourage young people to see The Normal Heart for historical reasons. But more than that, this drama is about our time. It’s about spurring people into action whether they’re gay or straight, government officials or private citizens. Everybody has a role to play in ending this epidemic, and we can only end it if we work together.
AFC isselling tickets to The Normal Heart for two nights: Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, December 1, which is World AIDS Day. Proceeds benefit AFC—but only on these dates and only if you reserve your seat through AFC.