HYDRATE Labor Day Weekend Events

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For those who stick around the city, Hydrate wants to upgrade the entertainment for a fun-filled trio of high-energy events you won’t soon forget!

Start the three-day weekend off with a bang Friday night to celebrate the return of DJ Deanne, who visited Hydrate from Miami in June. Drag queen Khloe will greet everyone.

 

Come back Saturday to dance the night away to the beats of internationally renowned London DJ duo Moto Blanco. Both shows will start at 11:30 pm with a $10 cover after midnight.

Close out the weekend on as high a note as you started it with an extended Sunday Funday featuring DJ Xtacy and extra Go-Go dancers. If you don’t work Monday, stick around and welcome the morning with DJ Spinsters, performing until 4 am. Hydrate opens at 2 pm. $5 cover after midnight.

 

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/463724247122014/

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Pandora Boxx at Center on Halsted

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TKOSeptember 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!

TKO: greatest t-dance ever.

battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out

jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.

Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar……mc Pandora Boxx officiates

 

sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm……..coh rooftop & indoors

$20 entry/one drink, cash bar      feat. our one-two rum punch

community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

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Pride Films & Plays: LezPlay Weekend – September 11th – 13th, 2015

LezPlay Weekend features five outstanding new works* – the finalists of this year’s Pride Films and Plays’ LezPlay contest!
LezPlay enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays. The program not only advocates for more dyke drama; it honors excellence in scripts written by women in which lesbian characters and themes – past, present, and future – play a pivotal role.
The finalists’ scripts showcase Sapphic-centric narratives with a positive outlook. These are stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. Regardless of how you identify (or ident-defy) and even if your identity is not queer-cut, you’ll have a gay old time at LezPlay Weekend, where we’ll introduce you to women whose writing reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to your lives.
*The scripts will be presented as enhanced staged readings.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Friday, Sept 11, 7:00 pm
Black-Hearted Bitch, a teleplay by Lynn Kear
Saturday, Sept 12, 2:00 pm
The Patron Saint of Dead Dogs, a stage play by Katie Grotzinger
Saturday, Sept 12, 7:00 pm

Resolution, a play by Nancy Nyman & Heather McNama
Saturday, Sept 12, 2:00 pm
Missed Connections, a play by Hallie Palladino
Sunday, Sept 13, 5:00 pm
The Terror Fantastic, a play by Nicole Jost
For play synopses, visit the Pride Films and Plays website.


 

Queer Clothing Swap – September 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!
This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!
Say you’re attending on Facebook!

 

 

Margaret Cho in Chicago Oct 3rd

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I’m so thrilled to announce

that I will be back out on the road with an amazing new show this fall!

This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.

It makes me so crazy – hence the title: “THE PSYCHO TOUR” because there is no “I” in team but there is a “CHO” in psycho”. I’m trying to bring some joy to the hysteria and insanity. It’s great when you can take something that’s very tragic and turn it around. That’s what I am doing! Please join me in the madness!

The tour kicks  off  10/1 and comes to
Chicago @ Chicago Theatre  10/3.   GET TICKETS HERE.

 

AND CHECK THIS OUT…

I’m excited to announce the #MarryMeMargaret campaign!

I want to marry YOU – well, sort of, I want to get you two crazy kids onstage during my PsyCHO Tour which starts October 1 and I will serve as your officiant. Don’t worry I’m licensed to do so. Just imagine, by the power vested in me, you as willing participants will have a chance to unite your love officially onstage in front of hundreds of strangers.

Here’s how to enter:

Qualified participants must submit a homemade video between 0:15-0:30 seconds prior to the closing date for the show in their respective city. You must be present in the city in which you want to be married and be present on
show date. The homemade video must answer the question: “Why I want you to #MarryMeMargaret.”

Each video (hereinafter “Submission” or “Entry”) must be uploaded to one of the Cho Sites and comply with the terms of conditions of the relevant site that the Entry is uploaded to.

Each Entry must use hashtag #MarryMeMargaret and Participant must tag their partner in the Entry and @MargaretCho in each Submission.

Each Entry may not be profane, offensive, pornographic, defamatory or inappropriate as determined by Sponsor (Sorry!).

And there’s even more rules…

Gay Milwaukee Fun August 22nd

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Billed as, “The podcast where straight men talk about gay things,” Yeah, Bro! is hosted by Milwaukee funny man/T.I.M. The Improvised Musical guru Jacob D. Bach.

 

Yeah, Bro! is doing it’s second ever live show this weekend, AUGUST 22nd at ComedySportz 420 S. 1st Street in  Milwaukee.


Come watch as we do a special midnight show, where three guest panelists compete (for nothing) in games and trivia on gay history, pop culture, and personal questions!

Some categories: Hanky Panky, Who is that Person?, and But Maybe Just Once?

GUESTS:
Nick Young (So You Think You Can Dance, GLEE, Ted 2)
Justin Barney (88.9 Radio Personality)
Kyle Ullsperger (Vollyball player and Model)

Tickets… $10
Reservations… 414 272 8888
Full Bar and Kitchen

Chicago Green City Market Event

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Chef Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, will share his culinary
expertise as he presents a cooking demonstration featuring locally
produced seasonal ingredients offered by the Green City Market. The
demonstration is on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. 

You will learn how to prepare Chef Tong’s delicious recipe, and, of course, be
able to taste it on the spot.
The Green City Market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park
between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1750 N. Clark).
The  event is free.– 
We hope to see you there!

Chicago Center on Halsted Events

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Something for everyone  at  CENTER  ON HALSTED  in  the upcoming weeks!

Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and PlaysAugust 17th, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us as Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and Plays

Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays ‘utilizes stories with GLBT characters or themes and creates powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.’  Pride Films and Plays, founded in 2010, has already established itself as a leader in the Chicago arts scene.  Come get to know the company that the Huffington Post recently called “a powerful and empowering entity.”

7:00PM-7:30PM

Mix and mingle with PFP & COH staff and the program’s artists

7:30PM-9:00PM

Performances including a sneak peak of Design for Living, a talk from author Rick Kinnebrew about his new play Ten Dollar House, music from James Nedrud, performance artist Katherine Hawbaker-Krohn, one of our favorite short films from the Queer Bits Short Film Fest, songs from The Boy From Oz, PFP’s current smash hit!

You don’t want to miss this evening of arts and entertainment as we get to know one of Chicago’s great theater companies!

For more information on Pride Films and Plays, please visit:

http://pridefilmsandplays.com/

Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series gives you a chance to spend an evening with some of Chicago’s most creative people and organizations.  Each event highlights the Windy City’s vibrant arts scene – from music and dance to literature and theater.  Join us as we take a closer look at the creators and leaders of Chicago’s cultural landscape.

FREE

Register & reserve your seat by clicking the following link:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/PrideFilms

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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay StoryAugust 22nd & 23rd, 2015

A solo show, written and performed by Javier Rivera*, remounted specifically for Center on Halsted, following a sold-out run at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC

*Winner of 2014 Best Actor Award at United Solo

 

Born in Puerto Rico to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy, especially when it’s likely you are a big Queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, or candles to be lit. In this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet… a holy intervention. Thank God for Madonna.

 

Follow the coming of age story of Javier, a young Puerto Rican man, as he triumphs and stumbles in his journey to self-discovery aided by the only person who ever understood him…

 

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!

 

Saturday, August 22nd @ 7:30PM

Sunday, August 23rd @ 3:00PM 

$10.00 (Tickets may be purchased online as well as at the door prior to performance – cash only!)

*All profits will go to Center on Halsted, helping to support future events like this one!

 

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Saturday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina22

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Sunday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina23

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3rd Annual Feel Good Health FairAugust 29th, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

On Saturday August 29th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Center on Halsted will host its 3rd Annual Feel Good Health Fair, a community health and resource fair with a focus on healthy living for LGBTQ individuals.

 

The Feel Good Fair will be hosted in the Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall and Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted. This year the fair will feature free fitness classes throughout the day, product giveaways from health-related vendors, and nutritious cooking demonstrations.

 

The primary goal of Center on Halsted’s Feel Good Health Fair is to educate participants about making healthy choices and creating good habits for healthy living in the LGBTQ community. Vendors for the resource fair will focus on physical health, mental and social well-being. Participants are also encouraged to stop by tables to learn more about Center on Halsted’s programs and services.

 

The fitness class schedule for the day is:

10:00AM-10:25AM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

10:30AM-10:55AM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

11:00AM-11:25AM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

11:30AM-11:55AM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

12:00PM-12:25PM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

12:30PM-12:55PM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

1:00PM-1:25PM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

1:30PM-1:55PM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

 

*A limited number of yoga mats will be provided – if possible, please supply your own

It is highly suggested that you pre-register for the exercise classes by visiting the link below:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/FeelGood

 



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TKOSeptember 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!

TKO: greatest t-dance ever.

battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out

jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.

Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar

mc Pandora Boxx officiates

 

sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm

coh rooftop & indoors

 

$20 entry/one drink, cash bar

feat. our one-two rum punch

community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

 

Say you’re attending on Facebook!



 

 

Pride Films & Plays: LezFestSeptember 11th – 13th, 2015

 

More details to come!  Check back soon!

 

Queer Clothing SwapSeptember 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!

This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!

Say you’re attending on Facebook!

About Face Theatre Fundraising

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For the last two decades, About Face Theatre has been committed to giving a voice to stories that express the diverse, complex, emotional lives of the LGBTQIA community. In that time, you’ve filled our theatres, contributed to our fundraising campaigns, volunteered your time and otherwise expressed your support for our vision and for that we are so grateful.  Without you, we wouldn’t be the organization we are today!

 

This summer, we close out a star-studded 19th year of rave reviews, Jeff recommendations and sold out houses.  As we set our sights on a momentous 20th season, we invite you to renew your commitment to presenting adventurous LGBTQIA theatre by joining us as a 20th season donor!

 

The Gay Gayme – Drinking and Fun

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A gay boy, a kickstarter campaign and an idea! Last year Matt Sauve had an idea for an innovative party game for gays and allies that will have you laughing, drinking, and doing random yoga poses.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED  THEM  AT  MARKET DAYS – The Gayme is an innovative party game that consolidates the gay lifestyle and coming-of-age experience into hundreds of stimulating cards. The best part is anyone can play! LGBT or ally, it doesn’t matter.

There are 500 unique cards, each crafted to promote bonding, story-telling, and maybe a bit of intoxication. Unlike traditional games, The Gayme changes each time you play. You can play with 2 players or 20, it’s versatile. You can play in your kitchen, in your bed, at your mom’s house, in a bar: all you need is a surface, drinks, and people!

Created by Matt Sauve ( 3rd guy to the right in picture), 2-20 players can play and a game runs around 60-90 minutes. Matt and his partner live here in Chicago.

  • All players have a beverage
  • Each player takes a turn picking a card, reading it out loud, & doing what it says
  • Most cards are normal All Play without a title, meaning anytime that a card applies to you, you play.
  • All Play cards with a title include: Question, Categories, Storytime
  • Individual & Rule cards refer to the person reading the card
  • Trivia cards are for the person sitting directly across from you

Matt invented The Gayme in 2012 when he discovered a lack of “social lubrication” at a party he was hosting. Originally hand-written on colored notecards, The Gayme’s popularity at college parties encouraged Matt to start his own company. He spends his spare time entertaining his friends and constantly conjuring new Gayme cards. Each card has been carefully crafted to promote bonding, story-telling, and laughter.

It’s clever, cute and fun! ORDER today for $25!

Chicago House Trans Event August 29

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TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio will again take place at Kinowerks Studio, founded by the Wachowski Siblings, Creators of The Matrix Trilogy.

 

The 2nd annual TransReelization film fest, features a selection of films highlighting Transgender characters and stories. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House – TransLife Center, which continues to deliver the nation’s most comprehensive programming to Chicago’s transgender community.

This years honoree is COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), who is being honored for her continued advocacy and support of the Transgender community. Read her full bio here.

VIP Guests will meet and mingle with stars from Netflix’s new hit show, “Sense8,” receive a private tour of Kinowerks Studio led by movie writer, producer and director, Lana Wachowski, watch an exclusive behind the scenes film about the making of “Sense8,” with live commentary by Lana Wachowski, and receive a gift bag of swag from some of Netflix’s top shows.

All guests will enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and be able to bid on unique silent auction items. Guests will also have an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the 20,000-square foot movie production studio. Renowned for its “cleverly sustainable design elements and the best of green technology,” the studio is a museum of Wachowski artifacts, trophies and memorabilia from their films.

 

MORE  INFO   HERE

Kit Kat Madonna Brunch Aug 16th

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Madonna Birthday Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

Midday Soiree in Celebration of the Material Girl’s Birthday

Sunday, August 16

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

In honor of Madonna’s 57th birthday, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will celebrate with a Madge-themed brunch party on Sunday, August 16.  Throughout the afternoon, Madonna impersonator Diva Madam X will perform live, as Madonna’s movies, music videos and concerts play on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens.

 

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu will be offered, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Steak Quesadillas and more. In addition to half-priced martinis, guests may add a build-your-own beverage package ($14.95) that includes mimosas, bellinis, sangria, and “Bitch, I’m Madonna” cocktails with Stoli Oranji, fresh squeezed orange juice and champagne float. Lucky participants will win gift bags full of Madonna goodies and Stoli vodka products. 
 
For table reservations, please contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club 
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613 
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com

AIDS RUN WALK Chicago 2015

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AIDS Run & Walk Chicago is AFC’s grassroots fundraising event where people from all walks of life help change the story of HIV in our lifetime.

As beneficiaries of the event, AFC and our CommunityDirect partners are greatly impacted – beyond just the obvious ways.

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago stands up to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS allowing progress to continue toward ending the epidemic. Run & Walk invigorates the sector by increasing awareness for the cause, growing our passionate community and allowing new leaders to emerge.

In 2014, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago raised over $394,000 net to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Over and above that, we granted $240,000 to our CommunityDirect partners. These funds allow us to continue saving and improving the lives of those living with or at risk for HIV.

SIGN UP TODAY!!

Boy Toy’s Male Burlesque August 14th

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Boy Toy’s Pocket Cabaret is a Male burlesque and variety show.

With a sensual but upbeat theme and performers from all genres of entertainment industry, no two shows will be alike!

Having started at the beginning of 2014, Jimmie Swagger (the “Boy Toy” of burlesque) brings a unique flavor to the art of boylesque. Jimmie has performed in cities all over the US, and brings some additional acrobatic and contorting experience to the Chicagoland area, Jimmie guest spots in local shows and produces his semi monthly show Boy Toy’s Pocket Cabaret.

Come join them the second and fourth Fridays of every month at 8PM to see a male dominated cast of circus performers, live singers, boylesque performers, comedians, and much more!  (At  Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640).

Check out boytoyspocketcabaret.com for information on individual show dates!

GET TICKETS  IN ADVANCE  AND SAVE!

Cirque du Soleil in Chicago this Month

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THEY’RE BACK!

Cirque du Soleil  returned to Chicago this week  with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.  Now through  September 20th!

The stage is magical  and  the acts amazing, as always!

The stage moves and turns, giving everyone unique views, no matter where are you seated. The shows mixes vaudeville, Broadway, aerial stunts, and old world charm in an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

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Of course, my favorite act  was the “Siamese twins” hanging in the air from straps are separated at last when they fly high above the stage in a series of acrobatic figures, sometimes as a pair, sometimes solo. The two artists soar to impressive heights and crisscross above the stage while performing synchronized figures that require flawless timing.  (ABOVE). – Reminded me of the sexy Atherton Twins from the Varakai show….

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The show was filled  with a huge cast of talent. A group of 13 artists perform spectacular sequences of perfectly synchronized acrobatics and human pyramids that showcase the amazing agility of the human body. In addition to standing three and four high on each other’s shoulders, the artists take off, somersault and crisscross in the air on three levels: the ground, a monolith positioned centre-stage, and in the audience.

Whether you have seen Cirque before  or not – this show  will  wow you!

GET TICKETS

Joey Kisling Fund Raiser

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Most everyone in Chicago is thinking about the upcoming weekend and Market Days  and how they plan to celebrate  and party  with friends……no one really thinks  about  if they will even be alive to enjoy it. They just assume, they will be.

 

If you knew how much time you had left in this world, what would you do?  Quit your job?  Travel?  See all the places you ever wanted to see?  Take every risk you feared before?  Eat all the things?  Would you make a bucket list?

I know that thinking about your fatality is not necessarily enjoyable, but imagining that you could live out the rest of your life without worry, without financial burdens, and instead with freedom and clarity certainly sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Magical, even; romantic, like something that only happens in movies.

This is a chance for YOU to make this dream a reality for someone.

Boystown’s beloved Joey Kisling, at the young age of 31,
has fallen victim to the monster that is cancer.  An aggressive, rare, and terminal cancer, and he needs our help.

Joey has been a bartender and DJ in Chicago for years.  He’s probably poured you a shot, danced with you, inspired you to Shazam something from one of his mixes; he’s probably made you smile.

Now it is our turn to make him smile, to help him live out the rest of his life just as he wants.  Let us work together to send him to sandy beaches in far away lands, let’s send him to rooftop pools in swanky hotels in Paris and Berlin.  Let’s send him to The Big Easy and then Tahiti to enjoy cocktails with tiny umbrellas at swim-up bars.

Let’s help him do it because he deserves it; let’s do it because it would be amazing if someone did the same for you.

Please consider donating any amount to this fund.  No amount is too big or too small; Joey will appreciate every cent.  And he will appreciate every single one of you- even more than he did before.

TUESDAY  August 11th    TAT TUESDAYS @ REPLAY for also host a fund raiser!

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Chicago Market Days BRUNCH Boystown

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GET A RESERVATION – Before it’s filled up!

 

Join us from 11AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, for a divalicious pre-party brunch to celebrate the famous Northalsted Summer Market Days!

Enjoy $7 Stoli Cocktails, a build-your-own Bloodys, Bellinis and Sangrias bar, as well as legendary performances from Kit Kat’s own Madam X!

Call the Kit Kat Lounge at (773) 525-1111 to reserve your spot! Don’t miss it, this party is sure to be sizzling!

Hydrate and Market Days and Dinosaurs!

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Northalsted Market Days is upon us!
Bringing party goers from across the country and around the block to Boystown for a weekend of friends and fun!
Why not kickoff the holiday weekend right with a can’t-miss event at Hydrate on Friday, August 7 at 10 pm? Halsted’s hottest dance club is planning a party of Jurassic proportions, featuring two nationally acclaimed spin masters that will unite for the first time in Chicago.
DJ Nina Flowers, who shot to fame as the runner-up on season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Puerto Rican superstar DJ Cindel, will perform at mixing unstoppable beats and keep the crowd moving until 4 am. Transforming for its Jurassic World theme, Hydrate will transport guests to Isla Nublar for the night without the risk of being hunted…at least not by dinosaurs.
Entry to the show is FREE from 10-11 pm and $10 after 11 pm.
Join the Facebook page HERE.

Matt Yee in Chicago September 3rd

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Matt Yee’s

OUTRAGEOUS ADULT SING ALONG SHOW 2015!

Hits Davenports Piano Bar & Cabaret for one nite only!

Thursday September 3, 2015. 8pm

 

 

Matt Yee, that wonderfully funny Entertainer, Artist, Comedian from Hawaii, & evidence that “Asian Men Are Huge” brings his “Outrageous Adult Sing Along Show 2015!” to Davenports Piano Bar & Cabaret.  Madness, Tiaras and Boas will be flying!  And expect to sing and laugh your way into the Labor Day weekend.  Matt’s shows all over the country sell out, so get your tix now!  You may have seen his standing room only shows on Atlantis Cruises & Royal Caribbean Cruises where he’s been a Signature Entertainer for over 14 years.  For more info, including Matt’s duet with Frozen/Wicked/Glee star Idina Menzel and video with Broadway’s Chita Rivera, please visit www.mattyee.com

 

Advance discount tix available NOW

Davenports Piano Bar & Cabaret

1383 N. Milwaukee Avenue     Chicago, IL60622     (773) 278-1830

 

Tix are only $20 plus $3 paypal fee (still cheaper than paying at the door, if available) Plus you’ll have tix while the other poor schmucks might not get in if we sell out!   All the details are on the link including directions, etc.

 

Ages 21 and older invited.

 

“Go see Matt Yee!” Idina Menzel

 

“Utterly infectious. Any shyness you have about singing in public will be wiped out by Yee’s overwhelming tsunami of silliness. You will sing. You will dance. You will make synchronized hand gestures…” SF Agenda/Passport Magazine

 

“I love Matt Yee”  Chita Rivera & Patti Lupone

 

see more:

www.mattyee.com
www.facebook.com/mattyeefanclub
www.facebook.com/matt.yee.31
www.linkedin.com/in/mattyee
twitter: @mattyee
Itunes: matt yee

MYA at Seven – August 1

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The arrival of SEVEN happens this weekend, in the old SPIN  space. (3206 N. Halsted  at Belmont)

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST MYA! PERFORMING LIVE!

Join us for our Grand Opening Weekend Celebration and party with Grammy Award winning artist, MYA…live at SEVEN DANCECLUB!

Doors open at 8pm and MYA will be taking the stage at 10pm!

Advance General Admission Tickets are only $20!

MEET AND GREET TICKETS ARE ONLY $30! LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE!

Purchase yours at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2037827

VIP TICKETS AND TABLES AVAILABLE… E-mail us as vip@whatisseven.com for more information.

Beats by DJ Laura Bee

Cirque Du Soleil Returns to Chicago

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Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, premiering under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top August 6 – September 20th at the United Center Parking Lot K. Tickets starting at $35. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/kurios now for tickets.

Want to go for FREE?   We’re  giving  away  2  pairs of tickets – for the August 11th show!  Leave me a comment  below  and we’ll have a random  drawing  On August  1st!

Bette at the Continental Baths!

 

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On the heels of its hit production Miracle!Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to continue its 2015-16 season with BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS, a musical tribute to the legendary Bette Midler starring Caitlin Jackson, directed and choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow.  BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS will play July 17 – August 21, 2015 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently on sale at www.handbagproductions.org.  The press opening is Saturday, July 18 at 8 pm.

 

Join Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson as she pays tribute to the Divine Miss M’s legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring a live band, this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler’s stellar career will feature the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-ChooSuperstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette’s inimitable style. Well, nearly inimitable. Handbag transforms the newly remodeled Mary’s Attic into the legendary Bathhouse (just tell your great Aunt Gertie this is where young men went to clean up back in the day) complete with hot dancing boys wearing strategically placed towels… and steam… lots of steam.

 

The production team for BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS includes: Zachary Gipson (set design), Kate Setzer Kampausen (costume design), Mikey Moran (sound design), Mealah Heidenreich (props design) and Jacqueline Widman (stage manager).

 

PRODUCTION DETAILS:

Title: BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS

Director/Choreographer: Christopher Pazdernik

Music Director: Jeremy Ramey

Cast: Caitlin Jackson as Bette Midler and Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow with Adam Fane and TJ Crawford as The Bathhouse Boys.

 

Location: Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago

Dates: Previews:  Friday, July 17 at 8 pm

Press performanceSaturday, July 18 at 8 pm

Regular run Friday, July 24 – Friday, August 21, 2015

Curtain Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm.  Please note: there will not be performances on Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, August 22.  There will be added performances on Thursday, August 13 and Thursday, August 20 at 8 pm.

Tickets: Preview: $12. Regular run: $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Limited VIP reserved seating with drink $35. Big Gay Group Rate: $16 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are currently on sale at www.handbagproductions.org.

Chicago AIDS Walk Sept. 26th

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“Put your foot down.” That’s the message behind this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and benefiting 35 other community organizations — known as CommunityDirect partners — on Sept. 26 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

 

“We want supporters to put their foot down and make a difference in this epidemic, especially among communities most impacted by HIV,” said AFC President/CEO John Peller. “At the biggest annual HIV awareness event in Chicago, we want to make it clear that new HIV infections can be a thing of the past if we put the right resources in the right places — including AFC and our 35 CommunityDirect partners.”

The 35 CommunityDirect partners that will raise funds through this year’s event will receive 90% of all money raised by their teams. Last year, the 32 CommunityDirect teams raised a combined $270,000.

The aim of the event — and the CommunityDirect program — is to support HIV/AIDS programs and services across Chicago, particularly in neighborhoods most affected by the epidemic.

“There are uncertain times ahead for many human services providers in Illinois,” said Simone Koehlinger, Senior Vice President of Programming. “AIDS Run & Walk Chicago  brings funds and awareness to organizations having a significant impact on the HIV community — organizations that are making communities healthier and stronger.”

The CommunityDirect partners serving the South Side are Black Methodists for Church Renewal, COIP/UIC School of Public Health, Greater Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, Men & Women in Prison Ministries, Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation and the University of Chicago (Care2Prevent).

Those serving the North Side are Asian Human Services, Center on Halsted, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Howard Brown Health Center and Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN).

CommunityDirect partners on the West Side include the Austin CBC Initiative, CALOR, Children’s Place Association, Erie Family Health Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, New Age Services, Project Vida, Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Vida/SIDA) and Taskforce Prevention and Community Services.

 

Organizations that provide citywide services are the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Chicago Recovery Alliance, Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, FCAN, Heartland Health Outreach, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), The Night Ministry, Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center and Season of Concern.

 

And finally, AFC is proud to partner with organizations that serve people outside of Chicago: Canticle Ministries, Open Door Clinic and Youth Outlook.

 

Event registration is $40 in advance for 5k walkers and $50 for 5k or 10k runners. To register as an individual or as a team, or to donate to a CommunityDirect team, visit aidsrunwalk.org or call 312-334-0946. Online registration ends Sept. 20

Put your foot down to end new HIV infections

To give both AIDS Run & Walk Chicago participants and HIV advocates a way to express their demand for better support for HIV prevention and services, AFC is leading a social media campaign from now through Sept. 26 that invites people to “put their feet down” for the cause.

Participants are invited to print a template and write the reason they “put their foot down” to change the epidemic. They can then take a photo of the template with their foot, post to their social media platforms with the hashtag #aidsrunwalkchicago and share it with their communities. More information about the campaign and a link to the template can be found at aidsrunwalk.org.

Southern Decadence Deals

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GAY TRAVEL HOT DEAL!

What began as a simple going-away party in 1972 has evolved into one of New Orleans’ premier annual events: Southern Decadence.

Hosted every Labor Weekend, Southern Decadence is the 5th largest event in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest. 2014 brought in over 160,000 participants.

Nicknamed the “Gay Mardi Gras,” Southern Decadence is one of those quintessential New Orleans occasions in which participants get to strut their stuff in elaborate costumes and high fashion or barely anything at all, the day of the Parade!

Everyone gets in on the action and all the bars will have their own drag shows, contests, DJs, music and events.

Don’t miss this giant 44th Southern Decadence celebration of LGBT life, music and culture. CALL David now FOR THE BEST DEALS! 1-800-942-1280!

Best Chicago Hotel Pools

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We love the site THRILLIST!  They  are  obsessed with everything that’s worth caring about in food, drink, and travel.

In a recent article, they visited 14 top hotel pools around Chicago to see which were easily diveable and which were just plain impenetrable.  You would be surprised how easy it is to get into  some of the pool areas  for FREE!

Check these out!

 

Gay Mens Dating Night July 15

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Out in the Park Six Flags Chicago

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Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America
Returns in 2015 BIGGER Than EVER!

A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment
Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & Ketel One Vodka
That Will Help Benefit Northalsted Business Alliance
Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 7PM to 12AM

Hosted by Amanda Lepore AND Pablo Hernandez this year! Attendees for this year’s fourth annual Out In The Park Celebration are in for a night of EPIC proportions.

All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago and Hostess Trannika Rex and some adorable go go’s well keep the party jumping.

Andrew Christian supermodel and “king of selfies” Pablo Hernandez will be riding rides with guests all night and taking photos. Then at 11:00 he will debut 2 of his new songs, followed by the Queen of New York nightlife, Amanda Lepore, with the worlds most expensive body!

Out In The Park is an annual private LGBT Saturday night fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides 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 LGBT community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to no 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 16 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that Amanda Lepore is flying in from New York and the handsome Pablo Hernandez (from Los Angeles) will debut his new music at our event this year!”

Advance $40 tickets can be purchased NOW at www.GaySixFlagsChicago.com
FREE parking for this special event! In September the price goes up to $45. $50 the day of the event. 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

Taco Party at El Mariachi July 23rd

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KURIOS from Cirque du Soleil August

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It’s back!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO CHICAGO THIS SUMMER
WITH KURIOS – CABINET OF CURIOSITIES!

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, the new touring production will premiere under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at United Center beginning August 6, 2015

TICKETS, STARTING AT $35, NOW ON SALE!

It’s been  too long!   Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™, performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at the United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison Street, August 6 – September 20, 2015.

Cabinet of Curiosities premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: “KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star) and “KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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  • Costume credit : Philippe Guillotel

 

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

Tickets are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets range from $35 – $145.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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Peter Allen is Boy from OZ

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Pride Films and Plays is very excited to be back at Stage 773 for the Chicago Premiere of The Boy From Oz, the Broadway musical that tells the boisterous yet heart-warming true story of a Australian song-writer Peter Allen who ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza.

Directed by multiple Jeff Award Winner David Zak, with musical direction by Jeff Award Winner Robert Ollis, and choreography by Cameron Turner, The Boy From Oz is sensational in every way! Chris Logan plays Peter Allen, with Nancy Hays as Judy, and Michelle Lauto as Liza. PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Michelle McKenzie-Voigt is Peter’s mother Marion, and 13-year-old Garret Hershey is Peter’s younger self.

Get a sneak peek at the first rehearsal of Boy From Oz here, and order tickets today!

The score features Allen’s most moving and exuberant songs including the Oscar winning ‘The Best That You Can Do,’ plus ‘Quiet Please,’ I’d Rather Leave When I’m In Love,’ ‘Love Don’t Need A Reason,’ and the international smash hit ‘I Honestly Love You.’

The Boy From Oz runs August 5 to 30, and is one part of an exciting series of works presented by Pride Films and Plays.   TICKETS  start  at  $20!
The Boy from Oz performances take place at
Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago IL 60657

Harrison Scott in Chicago July 9th

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Entertainment Weekly says “Harrison has a real knack for emulating the sounds of ’80’s synthpop” while Crossfadr states “His smooth vocals hark back to a time when the “pop” in synthpop and electro-pop mattered, while the production maintains timeless.” Fashionista said “Scott is a modern vision as he wears slick dark designs from Landeros New York and Nick Palmer.” He has also been featured on  VH1, MTV and LogoTV. 
Harrison  will be at Debonair Social Club this Thursday, July 9th.
1575 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-7990
There are no pre-sale tickets, it’s just $8 at the door.
Scott recently released his debut album, Spectral Evidence. Listen here .
His video  “Silence into Noise” can be seen here.

 

Dance For Life Chicago August 15th

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Dance for Life: Dancers Unite to Inspire Chicago from Center Stage
Chicago’s Top Dance Troupes Raise Funds and Awareness for HIV/AIDS on Aug. 15

 

Experience a night of breathtaking performances as seven of Chicago’s top dance companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life. With thought provoking choreography and poignant music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to support organizations and dance community professionals dealing with critical health issues, including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS, through the art of dance. Since 1992, Dance for Life has raised millions of dollars to support the cause.

This year, the funny and talented Joey Bland and Tim Mason from The Second City will emcee the night. Choreographer Randy Duncan will bring his highly acclaimed work STAND BY ME with special music arrangement by Ira Antelis to the Auditorium Theatre as Dance for Life’s finale. Performing group C5 will also present a show stopping world premiere.

Dance for Life believes in cultivating young talent in the Chicago dance community and giving them the opportunity to shine. That’s why for the first time ever, the finale will feature local professional dancers that were selected through a special audition.

Funds raised through this year’s Dance for Life benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers’ Fund.

Participating Companies Include:

• Giordano Dance Chicago
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
• Joffrey Ballet
• River North Dance Chicago
• C5
• Chicago Human Rhythm Project
• Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre

 

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom (720 S. Michigan Ave.)
7:30 p.m. – Dance for Life Performance – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Pkwy.)
*Complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues.

COST: $15-$75 (performance only)
$250- $600 (includes admission to 5:00 p.m. gala reception and premiere seating at the performance)
To purchase tickets, please call 312-922-5812 or visit www.danceforlifechicago.org

 

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