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Heatwave is less than 8 Weeks Away

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

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

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

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

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

get all the details  at  HeatwaveChicago.com

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

 

 

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Virgin Hotels in Chicago

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VIA Festival Chicago 2014

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Chicago House Speakers Series Oct. 15th

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Please join us for the Inspirational Event of the season!

The Chicago House

6th Anniversary Speaker Series Luncheon

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

Hilton Chicago | Grand Ballroom | 720 S. Michigan Avenue

  Featuring:

Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black Actress)

Jason Collins (NBA Player)

Dustin Lance Black (MILK Screenwriter)

Buy Tickets at www.chicagohouse.org

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

 

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

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

Buy Tickets at www.chicagohouse.org

Howard Brown Raises Minimum Wage

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

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

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

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

 

Andersonville    5404 N. Clark Street

Oak Park
217 Harrison Street,
Oak Park, IL 60304
708.445.0612

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

Taverna 750 Unveils New Look

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Taverna 750

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

750 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL 60657

773.904.7466

Coco Peru in Chicago Sept. 26th

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

Miss Coco Peru

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Coco Peru braves the perils of Los Santos…  WATCH  NOW

 

 

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Wisconsin and Indiana Get Marriage Equality

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

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

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

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

Call me Kuchu Sept. 12th

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Film About Ugandan LGBTs at Broadway United Methodist September 12th.

“Call me Kuchu,” a film about Ugandan LGBTs’ fight for freedom, and the tragic assassination of their foremost leader, David Kato will be shown at 6:30 PM, Friday, September 12, at the Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, Chicago.

 

The New York Times calls the film “inspiring.” The LA Weekly, “heart wrenching.” “Impassioned,” says Entertainment Weekly. “Excellent,” says NPR.

 

“Kuchu” is a Ugandan term for LGBTs. Recently Uganda’s “jail the gays” bill was repealed on a technicality.  Supporters of it are vowing to bring it back.  Meanwhile, anti-LGBT forces in Kenya are pushing a similar bill, and other “jail the gays” bills have passed in Nigeria and Russia.

 

The film showing is a fundraiser for the Chicago LGBT Asylum Project (CLASP). There will be a free will offering – no one turned away for lack of funds. Event sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network.  For more information, email LGBTliberation@aol.com

AIDS Foundation Chicago Walk Run Sept. 14th

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PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS TOMORROW on September 3 for the 2014  AIDS Run/Walk Chicago!

Sign up to join our community of passionate individuals and partner organizations gathering to support vital services for those living with HIV/AIDS in the Chicagoland area!
www.aidsrunwalk.org

Private Exclusive Gay Six Flags Event September 13th

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LESS THAN 2 weeks away!

GAY SIX FLAGS CHICAGO!  It’s like gay pride in the park.  FUN FUN FUN at this exclusive private night time event!  6  bars  for drinking in between riding.  And LADY BUNNY  to close out the night!

Get your $39 Advance tickets BEFORE SEPT. 8th

CHARLIES  is organizing  some buses. Space is limited!

$25 round trip –  – must be made in person at Charlies, 3726 N Broadway St, no phone calls please. Price includes drinks on the bus. Departs boystown 6pm.

EVERYONE with a Six Flags ticket gets into the Official After Party FREE!

WI and IN Gay Marriage Battle

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JUDGES  BLAST  BANS ON GAY MARRIAGE IN INDIANA  AND  WISCONSIN!

Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

As the legal skirmish in the United States over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, more than 200 people lined up hours before to ensure they got a seat at the much-anticipated hearing.

While judges often play devil’s advocate during oral arguments, the panel’s often-blistering questions for the defenders of the same-sex marriage bans could be a signal the laws may be in trouble — at least at this step in the legal process.

“It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away,” the 75-year-old judge said. Prohibition of same sex marriage, Posner said, derives from “a tradition of hate … and savage discrimination” of homosexuals.

 

READ  MORE  ON NEWS 8000.

 

 

 

Jess Godwin – Godwin Anthology Free Concert Aug. 27

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Join Center on Halsted for an evening of vocal performance from some of Chicago’s most talented singers, songwriters, and performers.

The Godwin Anthology consists of the following acts:

GODWIN has released five EPs. Her singles and voice have been featured on both television and radio and she has been the featured performer for a number of sports franchises, galas, funerals, masses, and weddings throughout the Chicago area and nationally.

JC BROOKS is an actor, musician, and poet whose main pastime is writing love letters to the Chicago arts scene. You can check him out this summer with his post-punk soul band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound with his new musical project the K.i.D.

DANIEL WADE is a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music sounds like a burst of rock ‘n’ roll sunshine that is both fresh and familiar. He has four EPs and performs with Ryan Powers and The Secret Weapons, Treaty of Paris, and Michael Chorvat. He has opened for both Butch Walker and Jack’s Mannequin.

RYAN POWERS and The Secret Weapons nod to the sunshine pop music of the past with their debut album The Goodnight, Goodbye Hour. They have garnered airplay on 93.1 FM WXRT, performed live on WGN Television, and have shared the stage with national acts such as: Gavin DeGraw, Collective Soul, Styx, Diane Birch, and REO Speedwagon. Ryan and the band set out to perform their summertime pop that sings of romance and escapes.

Snow White and 7 Drag Queens @ Hydrayte

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After a sold-out run in the spring, MidTangent is bringing “Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens” back to Hydrate Nightclub along with an all new rotating drag revue the “Ever After Show”.
 
Follow Snow White, the Queens, a dashing prince and an evil Diva through this high-speed, jukebox musical! Featuring Midtangent favorites Katerina Papdatos, Nicholas Reinhart, Debbie Fox, Erin Daly and Aaron Michael Adamkiewicz. Joining them are the fresh talents of Casi Maggio, Taryn Wood, Dixie Lynn Cartwright, Specificity Jones, Tequila Mockingbird, Suki Shore, Philip Soulides and Daniel Piechocinski.“Five years ago MidTangent worked with Hydrate nightclub to be the first theater company to produce a play on the small stage of their Boystown bar. “Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens” played to sold-out houses for two runs in 2009 and again in 2014. We have since found a happy home at Hydrate and have produced seven shows with them along with many other events and cabarets. With the recent rise in mainstream exposure to the drag culture thanks to TV and steps forward in equality, MidTangent thought 2014 would be the perfect time to revamp the show that started off our great journey at Hydrate. Given the response, we are thrilled that audiences agree! With a new cast, scenes and songs, we promise “Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens” will be a truly fabulous time! It’s a fantastic and different way to entertain your date or a group of friends!”
-Tony Lewis, MidTangent Artistic Director

“Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens”
Written and directed by Tony Lewis
Performances are on the first Friday of every month.
2014 Dates: September 5, October 3, November 7 & December 5
8:00 p.m. Showtime
Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL
Tickets $20, available at the door or at midtangent.com
Must be 21+

George Takei: “TO BE TAKEI” in Chicago

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“A unique blend of camp and conviction, To Be Takei deftly showcases George Takei’s eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements” ~Variety
To Be Takei
is a funny and moving film about how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for marriage equality and civil rights.
See this remarkable documentary about an extraordinary life at Facets Cinematheque.

CHICAGO THEATRICAL PREMIERE!

ONE WEEK ONLY!

TO BE TAKEI  

As Sulu on TV’s Star Trek, he boldly went where no man had gone before, and now, George Takei is on a new mission. Years after becoming one of the first Asian-American actors to appear on primetime television, Takei is the subject of Jennifer Kroot’s documentary, which follows the actor and his husband, Brad, who are the poster couple for marriage equality, as they fight for and promote rights for everyone. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows.

But To Be Takei also explores George Takei as the social media icon and after leading the starship Enterprise, he now guides over five million Facebook fans in his rally for equality. Firmly believing homosexuality to be an “orientation” (as opposed to a “lifestyle”) in his civil rights advocacy, Takei graces cyberspace with his quirky humor and abundance of heart, in his signature voice. To Be Takei is a funny and moving film about how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for the liberty and love that matters to so many of us. George Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continues to challenge the status quo well into the 21st century.

Directed by Jennifer Kroot, U.S.A., 2014, 90 mins.

SHOWTIMES

Fri., Aug. 29 at 7 & 9 pm

Sat., Aug. 30 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm

Sun., Aug. 31 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm

Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 1-4 at 7 & 9 pm

  Tickets are $9 for general admissions.

Gay Bowling Comes to Naperville

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Out Bowling is a LGBTQ and Ally bowling league that seeks to bring together the west suburbs of Chicago through fun times, good music, and sportsmanship.

This is perfect, for anyone 18 years and up, to enjoy a night out without having to go downtown Chicago or shuffle through a busy nightclub. Official code of conduct will be developed soon but this is meant to be a safe place for ALL LGBTQ and allies.

Don’t be afraid to sign up as a single bowler!! Teams are made up of two but we can find you a teammate for the season! How easy is that for meeting people?

Your best friend want to come but doesn’t want to bowl? We have plenty of seating behind all the lanes for everyone to sit in on the fun!

That can’t be very fun you say? Well every Thursday night we have karaoke in our full service bar! While you are bowling for that 300 your friends can be singing away! Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the fun! Karaoke keeps going all night!

Please be sure to join the Facebook group or message if you have any questions regarding sign up or otherwise.

Mr Heatwave Contest at Scarlet Aug 21st

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DRUM ROLL please………………..
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Announcing the Mr Heatwave

contest for 2014!

On Thursday August 21st, there will be MR HEATWAVE 2014 contest at Scarlet bar.

3320 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Event is  7-10pm. All Interested contestants can IN BOX ME on Facebook saying they are interested. OR that evening in person between 7-8pm!

Wear your sexiest and hottest look.
It’s not necessarily about the best body.
Be fun and creative. Show your personality!

It’ll be a very simple process.
Maybe a fun question or 2.

Attendees in the club will cast votes for their favorite guy.

Winner gets a $600 package that includes free room for 2 for the Heatwave event, 2 tickets for the Heatwave Recovery Gospel Brunch, a 2 hour professional photo shoot, and 2 tickets to OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags.

Top 2 runners up will get a Swag Bag of goodies.

FREE Pizza from BoJonos Pizza will be served at 9:00 while votes are counted. and Scarlet will offer a special Ketle One + Red Bull Heatwave drink for the evening @ a special price!

Join us at 7pm to enter the competition or cheer on your friend to help them win a prize package worth over a $600!

Hopefuls should come dressed to impress. Audience votes will choose the winner so grab all your friends!


 

In case you did not know…..

From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA comes a brand new charitable event! The country’s FIRST EVER 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration. HEATWAVE!

Taking place at Key Lime Cove, right across the street from Six Flags in Gurnee, IL. Key Lime has an amazing 65,000 square foot INDOOR water park where it’s always 82 degrees! and a complete hotel resort attached.

The 24 hour event will begin Saturday, November 15th, 2014 . Room/Party Packages $98 Per Person/double occupancy, includes ROOM + PARTY TICKETS! ONLY 400 rooms and at press time, it was a little over half sold out. (You must say HEATWAVE event when calling Reservations 1-877-360-0403).

Five DJ’s and 12 hours of music with 9 hours inside the waterpark! Cazwell, Traver Rains, Trannika Rex, Austin Armacost, hot models and fashions by J Prince Studio – it’s going to be Epic fun! Restaurants, bars, coffee shop, ice cream, spa, massive arcade..everything you need for 24 hours is one complex.

Legendary Chita Rivera in Chicago September 27th

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The cheers for Chita started with the overture. By the time she had risen from the stage floor in New York last year, and stood front-and-center a few minutes later, the roar for her was deafening. Basked in a single spotlight, Chita Rivera owned the August Wilson Theatre  last Fall.

NOW, Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center is bringing living legend Chita Rivera to Chicagoland!

Chita: A Legendary Celebration, is  a sizzling evening of song and dance!

Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating the Broadway legend’s 80th birthday! The two-time Tony Award winner recreates signature moments from her legendary career, including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kissof the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie; and The Rink. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander and Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, JerryHerman, and Stephen Sondheim are featured with orchestral accompaniment.

Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 27   @  7:30 p.m.    @  Dorothy Menker Theater

GET TICKETS   NOW!!

Chicago North Halsted Market Days 2014

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I met someone the other day who just moved here to Chicago a couple weeks ago and had never heard of Market Days.

MARKET DAYS  101:

North Halsted Market Days is an annual two-day festival and celebration in Chicago. It is the Midwest’s largest two-day street festival with annual attendance between 200,000 and 300,000 people. It is the second largest festival in Chicago, next to Taste Fest.

Market Days takes place in the Boystown section of Lakeview up and down North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Avenue. The half-mile long event usually is scheduled for the second weekend in August. For 2014, the dates are August 9th and 10th. Market Days first began in 1981 with humble and gay-centric beginnings. Over the years, the overall vibe of the event is still very gay but welcoming and open to all. Halsted Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Saturday morning at 7am until Monday morning at 1am to accommodate the event.

The festival consists of 3 head-liner music stages, 2 local band stages and several areas where guests can dance to DJ’s spinning in the street. Spanning six city blocks, North Halsted Market Days features numerous musical acts throughout the weekend. Many of these artists are top-name headliners, some are local and some are more classic in nature. In the last couple years, Taylor Dayne, Wilson Phillips, Olivia Newton-John, David Cassidy, and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter have all performed at this Chicago festival.

North Halsted Market Days showcases a vast array of different types of food, artwork, unique crafts, clothes, jewelry and just about anything you can think of. There are also tents showcasing local Halsted Street businesses, as well as public service organizations and companies both large and small. Many give away small souvenir items and offer special deals and discounts to attendees.

Most of the businesses along Halsted Street are open during the day with many staying open late each night. The 20+ bars and restaurants on Halsted Street see a significant increase in patronage. If you go to any of the clubs or restaurants after 11pm, be prepared to wait in long lines.

Visitors come from all over the US to celebrate, party and truly experience this unique festival weekend in Boystown. Keep in mind the crowds swell from about 1pm-7pm, making it very difficult to move along the street. There is a suggested donation of $10 each day to attend.

SEE THIS YEARS TALENT LINE UP

 

Selecting Wedding Rings with Gregg Helfer Jewelers

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The Helfer family has been importing diamonds and making jewelry for three generations starting with Gregg’s Grandfather David Helfer. David opened his first wholesale office in downtown Chicago in 1933.

With over seven decades of family experience now behind them, Gregg and Michael carry on their family’s belief that all clients deserve one on one service in a pressure free, personalized, professional, and private environment.

Their website provides a great Education section. Where you can learn about the different gemstones, cuts and quality ratings  as well as information about different metals.

If you have an idea, Gregg Helfer Jewelers can work with you on creating a unique custom design.

The Gregg Helfer Ltd.

Policy On Conflict Diamonds

Along with the global diamond industry, Gregg Helfer Ltd. has a zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. Through measures such as the Kimberley Process, which tracks diamonds from mine to market, the industry in partnership with the United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations, polices diamond exports to prevent the trade of illegal diamonds.

We only purchase diamonds through the largest and most respected suppliers who, like us, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. All of our diamonds are warrantied to be conflict free. If one of our suppliers was ever found to be in violation of that process, we would immediately sever that relationship. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade.

Diamonds are mined throughout the world, including major mines in Australia, Africa, Russia and Canada. Diamonds are a major source of good in many African nations, employing and providing healthcare to thousands.

Greg Helfer Ltd Private Jeweler.  312-920-0970

Soul Train at Sidetrack August 20th

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Remember Soul Train?? 

IF NOT, CLICK HERE AND WATCH!

Soul Train was a musical variety television program, which aired in from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul and hip hop artists, although funk, disco , and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.

 

NOW, you can Take funky trip on the Soul Train with ALCC! Join us on Wednesday, August 20, for  their annual summer bash. They will  be dealin’ some good feelings on the hippest trip in America!

Cocktails, scrumptious fare, sweet tunes, prizes, and an incredible silent auction await you.

All Aboard the SOUL TRAIN!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tickets start at $50.

 

Chicago Market Days Parties

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We all know about Market Days daytime – but the NIGHT TIME EVENTS NOT TO MISS!!

NVRLND returns to the Metro!  On Friday, August 8th, Neverland kicks off Market Days weekend with massive production, costumes, walking art, one of the biggest DJs in the world, BORIS, and one of the hottest names on the circuit, Dj Cindel.

Our theme: GRAVITY…a deep-space fantasy from Neverland’s little set of crazy minds

Killer Hot Spots: Shea Coulee and Miss Continental 2014 Naysha Lopez

Your Hosts & Walking Art: Anaol Fetale (Boston), Eddie Couture (Chicago), Gia Gunn (Chicago), Joe Roszak (NYC), Kim Chi (Chicago), London Adour (Houston), Maddelynn Hatter (NYC), Porcelain (SF), Rhea Litre (LA), Ryan Work (Miami), The Princess (Nashville), and Trixie Mattel (Milwaukee)

DOOR by Brandon Edwards,   DRUMS by Mo Kabre

All-Star Drag Carnage show hosted by Trannika Rex from 9:30pm-11pm followed by BORIS and CINDEL from 11pm-4am.

Produced by Anthony DiFiore and Martin Luna

$40 hard-copy Neverland tix (no service fee) in  Boystown boutiques XO Studio and Egoist Underwear. Best way to avoid service charges or the $50 door cover.  THE METRO  3730 N. Clark

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Now in its 4th year, the epic Market Days Saturday night dance party returns with an all new production, massive set design, more smoldering hot go-go dancers and world class DJ’s.

Canadian super-star DJ David Picard will be joining forces with our powerhouse Revolution DJ Joe Gauthreaux, who is making his triumphant return to this legendary event.

Circuit Mom Productions is energized and ready to make crowds erupt with excitement with a theme decided by fans through an online vote. A wonder world is being created to transport you to the lush jungles and sexy, volcanic mountaintops like only Circuit MOM can do! A limited number of advance-priced tickets are on sale now at houseofblues.com, The House of Blues Chicago box office and CRAM FASHION located 3331 N. Broadway, Chicago.

Ticket prices will increase as the event date draws closer.

VOLCANIC REVOLUTION
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
House of Blues Chicago, 329 N Dearborn St

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil Brunch in Saugatuck

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Oprah Winfrey’s favorite gay royal, India’s Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, will be traveling to Saugatuck, Michigan on Sunday, August 17th to discuss his new public awareness campaign: “Free Gay India” during a royal brunch and Q & A session.

The event, which takes place at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas, MI), will be hosted by Chicago human rights attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, an accomplished author, playwright, screenwriter, and movie producer who wrote the GLAAD-nominated play “Haram Iran” – based on the true story of the hanging of two Iranian teenagers who were alleged to be gay.
“I have followed Prince Manvendra’s compelling story and the challenges he faced when he chose to come out about his sexual preferences in 2002,” says Deratany. “I’m honored to welcome him to The Kirby,” he adds. “I’m thrilled that he chose our community to discuss the important work he is doing with his Free Gay India campaign.”
The Hindu Prince is the 39th heir to a 650 year old Indian dynasty, and is the only openly gay prince in the world. In 2006, Manvendra received the UNAIDS Civil Society Award from the United Nations, and has appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share his story of struggle and how he ultimately found peace. After India recently re-criminalized homosexual acts, Prince Manvendra launched a global public awareness campaign (Free Gay India) to confront LGBT discrimination in his homeland and around the world.
The royal brunch is $30 per person and takes place on Sunday, August 17th from 11 am to 2 pm at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas), a historic mansion that Deratany recently purchased and renovated to create a boutique hotel and wine bar.  Space for the brunch and presenation is limited and reservations are required by emailing Mindy Trafman, General Manager for The Kirby, at mindytrafman@gmail.com.

 

 

Heatwave Party at Key Lime Cove

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HEATWAVE CHICAGO        Passport to Paradise

 

Saturday, November 15th, 2014  thru Sunday, November 16th, 2014

 

Imagine 24-Hours of PRIVATE LGBT Paradise at

                                       Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort

From the producers of Six Flags Great America and Six Flags St. Louis’ OUT IN THE PARK, comes this very exciting event. “We’re taking over Key Lime Cove’s Indoor Waterpark Resort, for 24 hours!” says Derrick Sorles of BestGayChicago.com.

 

“A party like this has never been done before where you check-in and never have to leave the property the entire time! And just like our OUT IN THE PARK events at Six Flags, this will be a totally private event and it will benefit a local charity.”

 

  • 414 Resort-Style Key West Guest Rooms and LUXE Suites
  • (As  of  July  20th,  HALF of the rooms   have been sold!!!)
  • Seven Room/Suite Options Sleeping/Connecting 2 to 12 Or More Guests
  • 12-Hour INDOOR  Water Park Dance Party Admission Included In Your Room Price
  • 5 Amazing DJ Sets and Poolside Dance Party from 3PM – 3AM
  • 45 Minutes Away from Chicago, Across From Six Flags Great America in Gurnee Illinois
  • 65,000 Square Feet of INDOOR Water Park FUN – Always tropically-inspired, 84 degrees and Humid
  • 10,000 Square Foot State-Of-The-Art Gaming Arcade
  • Restaurants, Bars, Confectionery Center, Convenience Store, Souvenirs EVERYTHING A Guest Needs
  • Party Packages As Low As $95 Per Person (includes accommodations and ticket to waterpark dance party!)
  • 21 and over only   BOOK  BEFORE IT’S TOO  LATE!

About Face Presents Methtacular in Chicago

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About Face Theatre,

in association with Justin Brill,

 Launches Its 2014-15 Season with the Chicago Premiere of

METHTACULAR!

Written and Performed by Steven Strafford

Directed by Adam Fitzgerald

 

August 21 – September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit

In this Chicago premiere, Strafford shares his brutally honest and often comedic story of survival in the underground world of Chicago’s crystal meth scene. Methtacular! plays August 21 – September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets are available at www.aboufacetheatre.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

Methtacular! is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs, and plenty of honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life.

“After playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in New York, Cincinnati and Portland, this unique piece of theatre is finally coming home to Chicago where it was born and bred,” comments AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. “Crystal meth addiction has been a serious national problem for years in the gay community, and especially here in the Midwest.  A talented artist and brilliant storyteller, Steven shines a light on addiction that is at once funny and thought provoking, turning his journey down the rabbit hole into a compelling and comedic evening.  Virtuosic and soulbaringly honest, Methtacular! is a play that audiences won’t soon forget,” adds Volkoff.

 

The production team for Methtacular! Includes David L. Arsenault (scenic design) Sarah Hughey (lighting design) and Paul Perry (sound design).

 

   Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.

Dates: Previews: Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pm, Friday, August 22 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 pm

Regular run Wednesday, August 27Sunday, September 28, 2014

Curtain Times:  Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 4 pm

Tickets:  Previews: $20 adults/$10 students & seniors. Regular run: $35 adults/$20 students & seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at www.aboufacetheatre.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

 

Tony Tripoli Chicago Cabaret Project Friday July 25th

 

 

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GET TICKETS NOW! $35-$45

Before Michael Sam there was Eric Lueshen

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“Well, this is one giant step for Nebraska Athletics. Are you ready?”

It has been 11 years since Eric Lueshen asked his boyfriend this question at Nebraska’s student-athlete formal. At the time, there were no publicized gay athletes in major college football.

This was still the case until February  2014 when Michael Sam came out to the New York Times. Sam will be credited as football’s first openly gay athlete; however, that is not the whole truth.

Lueshen has been openly gay for the last 12 years. As a football player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (2003-06), his teammates knew his sexual orientation and generally accepted him for it.

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Yet it never became news.

He shares his story on YouTube.  Eric reaches out with his heartfelt personal story and a message of hope, love, and acceptance. In the wake of Michael Sam coming out, Eric Lueshen, a former openly gay kicker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 2003-2006, was approached to share his story.

He talks about his initial struggles of being accepted at a major collegiate football program over a decade ago, coming out to his Husker teammates, the transformation of homophobic players, a career ending back surgery, and ultimately being accepted and respected for who he is. He ends with a message of hope to everyone that “it gets better” and encourages them to live life on the other side of fear.

Eric lives in Chicago now and you can find him on Facebook  and Twitter.

Chicago House Film Night for TransLife Center Aug. 2nd

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CHICAGO HOUSE has a new and exciting benefit night they are launching! This is going to a very special event!!

AWARD-WINNING HOLLYWOOD DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS ANDY AND LANA WACHOWSKI TO OPEN UP PRIVATE STUDIO FOR “TRANSREELIZATION” ON AUGUST 2

The Matrix series. V for Vendetta. Cloud Atlas. For years, Andy and Lana Wachowski, the award-winning directors and producers of these films, have kept their Hollywood secrets hidden from the general public. But on Saturday, Aug. 2, the sibling duo is thrilled to offer an exclusive opportunity to join them at their private, 20,000-square foot industrial movie production studio in Edgewater – all to benefit Chicago House’s TransLife Center.

The inaugural event, TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio, will give attendees the chance to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a selection of films at the Wachowskis’ studio at 5645 N Ravenswood Avenue.

Kinowerks Studio is renowned for its “cleverly sustainable design elements and the best of green technology,” and is lined with Wachowski artifacts, trophies and memorabilia from their films.

“We are delighted to host this event supporting the TransLife Center,” Lana Wachowski said, “for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts.”
Lana herself identifies as transgender, and over recent years she’s accepted numerous awards for her work pertaining to trans issues, including the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Visibility Award in 2012.

“Invisibility is indivisible from visibility,” Wachowski said in her HRC acceptance speech. “For the transgender community this is not simply a philosophical conundrum – it can be the difference between life and death.”
VIP guests will have the opportunity for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studio guided by Lana prior to the start of the event.

All guests will get a comprehensive look into trans* issues with a full selection of short films that address gender-related topics set to play beginning at 7 p.m. The films include I Am A Girl!, I’m Yours, Gender Games, Sisterhood, a trailer for MAJOR!, and an exclusive sneak preview of Black is Blue.

The TransLife Center, Chicago House’s newest initiative, which opened its doors in July 2013, provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals that seek housing, health, legal and employment services.

Support the life changing work of Chicago House’s TransLife Center today, and buy your tickets for TransReelization online at www.chicagohouse.org.

Best Clothing Store Boutique in Milwaukee

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WELL, I was afraid to write about this place….because my best kept secret would be out of the bag! But it would be selfish of me not to share this gem WITH EVERYONE!

People ask me all the time where I buy my fantastic vintage shirts, and it’s usually here. – Plus they have a lot more than just vintage.

I have shopped at a LOT of vintage clothing stores from east coast to west coast, and LUV UNLIMITED is one THE BEST ever! (2649 S. Kinnickinnic in Milwaukee).

I Love them for their vintage finds but Luv Unlimited sells new, vintage & handmade clothing, accessories and jewelry for men and women.

They also offer new and vintage iron-ons which they professionally press on new American Apparel & Alternative Apparel shirts and sweatshirts. AND they offer hand-dipped and imported incense, records and gifts. ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES!

Sage Schwarm and Becky Heck are the owners.We opened in the spring of 2004.” Sage says. “At that time there were no other buy, sell, trade stores in Milwaukee and it drove us crazy, so we figured we’d have to do it ourselves. Now there are several, although many have come and gone.”

The store is very meticulous. Everything is very organized, hung neatly, displayed neatly and the vintage finds are top notch quality at affordable prices. You can tell a lot of thought goes into the store, in every way.

 

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Sage explains:
“We are different than other businesses like ours in several ways.

 

1- We buy from the public by appointment only. Most other places you bring in your stuff, and they give you a number and tell you it could be an hour or two or three. Because we buy by appointment we are able to give the customer immediate attention. The average wait is 10 – 20 minutes. To make a selling appointment call 414-744-2540 during business hours. For selling rules check the web site at www.luvunlimited.com

 

2- We create original stuff. Becky is a seamstress and designs all kinds of clothes. She also sells her original paintings, jewelry, duct tape wallets, etc. All of her creations fall under her label HEX DESIGNS.

She concentrates heavily on recycled and upcycled materials in all of her creations. I do a lot of original silk-screened tees, totes, etc.
3- We sell records. We have a nice little section of new and used vinyl. We also sell on www.discogs.com. Our seller page is at http://www.discogs.com/seller/luvunlimited and we deliver worldwide.

–The record section is a good distraction for your partner who hates sitting around while you shop for clothes, and the rest of the store is a good distraction for your partner who hates to wait while you dig for records!

4- We also have incense, jewelry, accessories, and we have the occasional guest DJs spinning while you shop!

 

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Most of you young readers don’t even remember vinyl!

There were always record collectors who disdained the compact disc, arguing that an LP’s grooves yielded warmth and depth that the CD’s digital code could not match.

But the market largely ignored them. Record labels shuttered their LP pressing plants, except for a few that pressed mostly dance music, since vinyl remained the medium of choice for D. J.s.

As it turned out, that early resistance was not futile, thanks largely to an audience of record collectors, many born after CDs were introduced in the 1980s.

Today WAX is getting more and more popular with music aficionados! Placing the needle to a disc is like turning back time – to a sound that once was.

Luv Unlimited LOVES their vintage vinyl and every week show off their new finds on their Facebook page!

 

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Every time I wear a piece of clothing from Luv Unlimited I get countless comments – because the pieces I like and choose, are very unique. The owners have a definite eye for style. They are very particular about what they carry – which is why this store is so special. The piece may be 40 years old, but chances are it is in mint condition.

HOURS OF OPERATION
TUESDAY – THURSDAY 11AM – 7PM

FRIDAY – SATURDAY 11AM – 8PM

SUNDAY – MONDAY 11AM – 5PM
Luv Unlimited

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Sidenote: Sage is a musician as well – for several years he was in Codebreaker (www.codebreakermusic.com) and currently my project is called The Sounds of Time (https://www.facebook.com/SoundsOfTimeMKE ). Here’s a link to their latest video -

 

 

Skin Productions BEACH at HYDRATE July 18th

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Chicago’s #1 underwear party returns to Chicago’s #1 late night dance bar!

 

Come out to Hydrate on Friday, July 18 for the hottest, most daring party to hit the strip. Skin productions presents BEACH!

You’ve worked hard on your body, you’ve taken it to the beach, now we’re taking the beach to you! Come out wearing your sexiest underwear and prepare to dance the night away to the beats of DJ ROLAND BELMARES!

Party goes till 5am followed by  the official after-hours at STEAMWORKS, where the fun does never end!

 

 

 

 


 

DON’T FORGET TO BOOK YOUR ROOM  FOR  HEATWAVE

It’s not till November – but this WILL SELL OUT MUCH SOONER!

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