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Memorial Day brunch Mexican Style

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              BONUS BRUNCH DAY! 

MONDAY,  Memorial Day ! Brunch & $5 House Margaritas

Experience some of the hottest brunch spots in the

East Lakeview neighborhood.  

 

Great places to enjoy with family & friends.  An amazing expansive brunch menu.     Brunch Done With A Mexican Twist!!!

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Serving Brunch From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dinner from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill   (773) 549-2932

www.elmariachitequilabar.com

and –

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse  (773) 661-9893

www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

 

***THURSDAY  COOKING/EATING CLASS – ALMOST SOLD OUT!

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Get Pampered at SPOIL ME Salon and Spa

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Hair and Spa Services  @

SPOIL  ME SALON  in Uptown.

Every couple deserves to look beautiful and feel confident on the most important and memorable day of their lives. There is no better place to pamper yourself than at Spoil Me Salon and Spa in Uptown at 4668 N. Broadway.

Whether some needed pampering for a couple or whole wedding party, Spoil Me offers a wide array of services in a very relaxing environment.

Esthetics, nails, massage, hair and make-up application, that will help you feel and look your very best.

They work with only professional, top of the line products to assure you quality service.

 

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EXPERIENCE and quality is what they offer and deliver. With over 20 years experience following and setting contemporary trends in hair, skin and nails. Specialty services include everything from manicures and pedicures to massage and facials. Their creative and innovative team of stylists are experts with all hair textures and their staff is trained with extensions and hair straightening as well.

We have grooms come in  for  pre-pampering and have manicures  and facials, sort of a boys night out, “explains owner Adel, “We have brides come a couple times before the ceremony, some try different hairstyles, some want make-up for the big day, we can do it all.”

It’s nice to have a plan leading up to the big day.  Here are some suggestions to think about….

These wedding preparation tips break down the pre-wedding planning to help you organize what needs to be done and when during the planning process.

6-8 weeks out: Have facial services and consult with your hair and makeup artist. It’s good to do a trial, ask questions and perhaps get inspired for your look.

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2 weeks before: Put your mind and body at ease with a massage. Mention this website at get a 20% discount on any massages in the month before the big day!

Week of:  Consider facial services or waxing with your pedicure and manicure service.

Day of: on site hair and make up services available. RELAX and ENJOY your big day, knowing you look great!

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Spoil Me Hair Salon and Spa

Engagement party, anniversary, weddings and special occasions are their specialty!
Call them today for a free consultation! 773-564-9483
4668 N. Broadway (Btwn Leland and Clifton) Chicago 60640

Many satisfied clients and stellar reviews on YELP!

Abraham Lincoln was a Faggot

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About Face Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of

ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS
A     F*GG*T

JUNE 5TH thru JULY 5TH
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 7:30p | Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 3:00p  @ The Greenhouse Theater Center

The past and present collide in this time-hopping, pop music-infused quest as 17 year old Cal sets out to uncover the colorful truth about his favorite president. ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A F*GG*T is a clever, touching and unapologetically gay comedy about history, truth and what it means to be a hero…then and now.

Grab your tickets early – Previews start June 5th!
Follow the hashtag #ALWAF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for behind-the-scenes content and Abe-inspired fun!  This week, learn what this vintage book has to do with the play’s saucy title (and why it’s not called ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A GAY GUY.)

Luxury Get Away Travel Prizes

aids-foundation-chicago-travel-prizesAIDS Foundation of Chicago celebrates next week with a huge   30th Year Gala held on May 16 to commemorate AFC’s innovative work and leadership in the HIV/AIDS community.

The Gala planning committee has worked hard to create these Luxury Vacation Raffle Packages shown below. If you can’t make it to the event, raffle tickets are the perfect way to support us as we turn 30 because you don’t need to attend the Gala to enter.

Raffle tickets are available online at the following levels: eight tickets for $200; three tickets for $100; one ticket for $50. Purchase tickets for your chance to win one of our alluring vacation packages.

Renaissance Resort & CasinoLuxury Vacation #1: Enjoy a private beach in Aruba for three nights at the Renaissance Resort & Casino (pictured to the right). This travel package includes GayOrbitz.com vouchers for round-trip travel for two and an Off-Road Island Tour. Get more details on this trip.

Total package value: $2,780

The SurreyLuxury Vacation #2: Stay on the Upper East Side of New York City at The Surrey (pictured to the left). This travel package includes a $500 American Airlines voucher, breakfast for two at Café Boulud and a Greenwich Village High Line Park and Food Tour. Enjoy a rooftop garden and so much more on this luxurious trip.

Total package value: $1,450

Purchase raffle tickets online.

Thank you for supporting AIDS Foundation Chicago!

MotorBall Returns to Detroit June 5th

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Detroit isn’t necessarily on everyone’s radar as a gay summer dance destination, but a non-profit organization is changing that. MotorBall, back for its second year, kicks off LGBT Pride Month with a weekend of events June 5-7, 2015.
After a nearly 11 year hiatus, MotorBall was resurrected in 2014 for a 20th Anniversary celebration. With a limited budget and a small group of volunteers, MotorBall 2014 was a success, raising nearly $7,000 for Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC). Thrilled with the results, MAC reached out to the founders of MotorBall, Geared For Life (GFL), and brought the event into MAC’s portfolio of fundraisers, which provide much needed funds for outreach, education, and prevention services in Michigan’s HIV/AIDS community.
MotorBall’s history is rich and spans over a decade. Originally created in 1994, the “GEAR Party,” which stood for “Generating Education, Awareness, and Respect,” was held at The Majestic Ballroom in Detroit. “The first party was so fun and went off without a hitch – even after two power surges blew the circuits at The Majestic,” says Tracy Hoffman, one of the founding members of Geared for Life.
The first event raised more than $15,000 for area HIV/AIDS organizations providing critical services in the height of the epidemic. The following years continued to raise funds – $200,000 in total – until the event was retired in 2005.
The parties, in their heyday, were held at various venues throughout Metro Detroit and brought in major DJs, entertainers, and out-of-town supporters. Centaur Music even produced three albums for MotorBall in its Party Groove lineup. MotorBall’s storied and proud history as one of the great circuit parties in the US and included performances by DJs Susan Morabito, Paulo, Tracy Young, Julian Marsh, Manny Lehman, Teri Bristol, Billy Carroll, Chuck Arida, the late-great BUC, Alyson Calagna, Maryalice, David Knapp, and so many more who all spun at the event.
The current organizers of MotorBall are a mix of alum from years past and some new faces.  Terry Ryan, CEO of MAC, says, “I’ve always cherished my memories and the friends I made at this event and am glad that we’ve been able to bring the MotorBall brand back.”
Eddie Mulak, MotorBall’s Event Director for 2015, remembers the first MotorBall and aims to bring the event back to its must-attend status. “Detroit it primed to host a world-class event for the LGBT community again. I’m proud to be entrusted with guiding this party back to a must-attend event.”
Joining the team again this year is Derek Zachariah, who originally became involved with Geared For Life and MotorBall twenty years ago. Asked to play a key role in last year’s Anniversary party, Zachariah also sits on the Board of AIDS Walk Detroit and is deeply involved with Michigan Greyhound Connection and other local non-profits. GFL founders and alum Tracy Hoffman and John Joanette join the team as consultants.
MotorBall kicks off in Detroit with its Opening Party 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, June 5 at Club Gold Coast with DJ Josh Karmin (Detroit/Toronto). MotorBall 2015 will be held from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 6 at St Andrew’s Hall and The Shelter, featuring DJ Chris Spinazzola (Chicago), DJ Steve Dearborn (Detroit), DJ Lena (Detroit), and DJ Mike Trombley (Macho City/Detroit).  MotorBall is an Official After-Party of Motor City Pride. To purchase tickets, and more information, please visit www.MotorBall.org or www.MichiganAIDSCoalition.org.

Hell in a Handbag’s MIRACLE! by Dan Savage

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Hell in a Handbag Productions    Presents 

Midwest Premiere of

        MIRACLE!

        By Dan Savage

Directed by Derek Van Barham

May 14 – July 10, 2015 at Mary’s Attic

(PHOTO left to right) Jamie SmithDavid CerdaEd Jones and Kristopher Bottrall in a publicity image for Hell in a Handbag Productions’ Chicago premiere of MIRACLE! by Dan Savage, directed by Derek Van Barham. Photo by Rick Aguilar Studios.

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to kick-off its 2015-16 season with the Midwest premiere of MIRACLE!, the wickedly funny parody of The Miracle Worker as reimagined by Dan Savage, one of the country’s leading writers/speakers/podcasters on sex, sexuality and GLBTQ issues, and directed by Derek Van BarhamMIRACLE! will play May 14 – July 10, 2015 at the newly-remodeled Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.

Tickets are currently on sale at www.handbagproductions.org.

 

Miracle will feature Kristopher BottrallDavid CerdaLaura ColemanSydney GencoRachel HadlockCaitlin JacksonEd JonesElizabeth LesinskiSteve LoveJoshua PetersonJamie Smith and Christopher Young.

 

MIRACLE! tells the story of Helen Stellar, a young deaf and blind drag queen who loves to perform under the watchful eye of her drag mother who just happens to be her biological father – Crystal Pain. Crystal is owner of The Brass Connection, an old school drag club where the performers are just like any other normal family – crazy as hell.  When the state assigns Annie Sullivan to teach Helen to better communicate, all hell breaks loose and we soon discover that Helen is the most normal of all of the inhabitants of The Brass Connection. MIRACLE! is about family (biological and chosen), a father and son, gay and lesbian subculture and finding your voice.

The production team for MIRACLE! includes: Zachary Gipson (set design), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (costume design), Cat Wilson (lighting design), Mikey Moran (sound design), Jacob Christopher Green (wig designer), Mealah Heidenreich (props design) and Victoria Rector (stage manager).

Gal Uchovsky Event May 11th

gay-chicago-israelOver the past few decades, there has been an incredible change in the visibility and portrayal of LGBT people in Israeli media.

Gal Uchovsky,  screenwriter and producer of noted Israeli films Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble (and husband of  Director Eytan Fox), joins us to view screen clips from his films as he discusses the media’s role in advancing LGBT progress in Israel.
 
On May 11th, A Wider Bridge is excited to host Israeli film producer and LGBT icon Gal Uchovsky(“The Bubble,” “Yossi and Jagger,” “Cupcakes”) for a film presentation and discussion on the Israeli media’s role in shaping perceptions of LGBT people. Gal, no stranger to controversy, will surely weigh in on the recent elections – and give his take on where Israel’s LGBT community is headed.
Click here to purchase your ticket.  ($8-$15)
We hope you can join us!

Chicago House Spring Fashion Brunch

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A sell-out year after year, the Spring Brunch and Fashion Show is an annual rite for Chicago House supporters and sponsors alike. After a lavish brunch,  attendees  were treated with a  runway fashion show  featuring  exclusive men’s and women’s fashions from local greats.

MANY MORE PHOTOS  HERE

In the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US, nearly 100 activists met at the historic Baton Show Lounge to address the dire need for housing for Chicagoans living with AIDS. On September 9, 1985, Chicago House was incorporated in Illinois as not-for-profit the goal of providing housing for those with AIDS.

FOR 30  YEARS  Chicago House and Social Service agency  has served individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services and other supportive programs.

 

Please visit  their site and be sure to LIKE them on Facebook!

AIDS Foundation Gala May 16th

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The BIGGEST Gala of the year  is just 2 weeks  away!

An incredible evening to remember and raise funds!

Plan to arrive at 6 pm! You will punch your way to prizes at our interactive and celebrated punch board (details coming soon) and enter chances to win a luxury vacation to Aruba or New York City in our raffle while sipping on spirits and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres

·         Amy Landecker, star in Amazon Prime’s series Transparent and former AFC staff member, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies

·         Tom Kehoe will receive the Community Impact Award; Ernie Rodriguez will receive the Lori Kaufman Volunteer Award

·         Paddles will raise during our live auction for luxury vacations to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Coronado Island

·         Paddles will raise again in honor of AFC’s innovative work in the community

·         DJKiss will get you grooving to the best beats in town—dancing until midnight!

TICKETS HERE!

 

ALSO Save these dates!

Team to End AIDS Endurance Training Program Registration

August 15, 2015—Dance for Life

September 26, 2015—AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

December 3, 2015—World of Chocolate

BEST Cinco De Mayo Deals!

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5 Days of Parties!      2 Locations!

El Mariachi  and  Revolution!!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla. Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has gained huge popularity!

Come celebrate in Lakeview   at  El mariachi  or  Revolucion…or  BOTH!

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Leann Rimes at Roscoes May 8th

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Roscoe’s Presents LeAnn Rimes LIVE
on the Dance Floor Stage, Friday May 8!

LeAnn is One of Pop/Country Music’s Biggest Superstars of the Past Century

with over 37 Million Albums Sold Worlwide and Countless Awards Including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1997!

Known for her Hits “How Do I Lie”, “Can’t Figth the Moonlight” & “Blue” – Join us for this Spring’s Biggest Night on Halsted as LeeAnn Performs Remixes of All Your Favorites!

Doors Open at 10PM
$40 Advance Ticket Sale*
$20 General Admission**

*Tickets guarantee admission & are extremely limited. They can be purchased by calling 773.281.3355 ext 2 or by emailing shawn@roscoes.com.

**Cannot be purchased in advance and is based on availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Chicago Pride Fest Entertainment Announced!

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TWO DAYS and LOTS of Entertainment!

CHICAGO PRIDE FEST TO SHOWCASE ECLECTIC MUSIC MIX
‘Keep Pride Proud’ Motto Transcends Festival

Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown June 20 – 21 with a mix of national headliners and festival favorites. The annual event, hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance, debuts the ‘Keep Pride Proud’ catchphrase to capture the enduring spirit of not only the festival, but the neighborhood and community at-large.

This year’s entertainment line-up is a blend of big names and beloved local bands. On Saturday Deb Gibson, Jessica Sutta and The Veronicas take to the Main Stage. Sunday features Big Freedia, Estelle and St. Lucia.

The Red Bull Dance Stage and Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club Runway add to the celebratory scene. The ever popular Pet Parade returns, led by Miss Foozie and serves as Sunday’s opening ‘act.’

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Christopher Barrett Politan expanded on the ‘Keep Pride Proud’ movement. “Our vibrant neighborhood has an enduring respect for both our history and future and that is something we want to share with everyone who visits Boystown, be it for a festival or event, or just an average day.”

Saturday, June 20
Main Stage (Halsted and Grace)
2:45 pm Deb Gibson
4:55 pm Adam Barta
6:40 pm Alicia Madison
8:15 pm Jessica Sutta
9:00 pm The Veronicas
South Stage (Halsted and Addison)
3:30 pm Ginger
7:45 pm Wedding Banned

Sunday, June 21
Main Stage (Halsted and Grace)
12:30 pm Pet Parade
1:30 pm Estelle
3:00 pm Crystal Waters
3:50 pm Big Freedia
5:05 pm Cazwell
6:15 pm Inaya Day
7:30 pm St. Lucia
South Stage (Halsted and Addison)
2:15 pm Catfight
4:10 Rod Tuffcurls
6:50 pm 16 Candles

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11 am to 10 pm        $10 Suggested Donation

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)
Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 80 businesses along the North Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days and the Halloween Parade.

For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

 

PLUS – the party continues

MONDAY  JUNE 22nd  5pm- 10pm

PRIDE SPLASH!  @  Hurricane  Harbor!

Best Hair Replacement Techniques in Chicago

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Many men and women are very self-conscious about thinning hair and hair loss.

While aging may be the most obvious culprit,  many doctors  suggest  that various factors may be to blame — ranging from a thyroid issue to disease to even  stress.

Dr. Yates Hair Science Group is a premier hair restoration practice located in Vernon Hills, Illinois led by Dr. William Yates. Dr. Yates, MD is the top hair loss doctor and hair replacement surgeon for the Midwest. He is a leader in new technologies and is  passionate about hair restoration.

He specializes in several hair restoration procedures and will work with clients to find the right method for their needs. “We are committed to the best technologies, products, and methods to complete and assist your hair regrowth or hair replacement goals,” says Dr. Yates. (All   of products to assist your hair regrowth goals can be easily shipped to your door).

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Many people wonder what it is going to cost?

The cost of your hair transplantation depends on the amount of hair being transplanted and is generally considered plastic surgery, therefore is not covered by medical insurance. However, Dr. Yates understands the important investment in your future, life, and self-confidence and offers great financing options, from interest-free financing to longer term options. You can call their office to see if you qualify for a financing option.

I have personally seen some of the results in person – and YES, it looks totally natural!

When hair transplantation is done correctly by a proficient surgeon, the results look so natural that nobody would know you had a procedure. To achieve the best, natural, and attractive results, you need a meticulous surgeon with proven results. Dr. Yates prefers the advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure that involves harvesting individual follicles for the best results.

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Dr. Yates is a published writer and international lecturer and teacher. His office offers state-of-art techniques and he is constantly working on ways to improve results. HE IS THE BEST!

 

“As a medical doctor I am trained to not make excuses but get the best results. I want hairloss not to be a burden but something we can conquer together.” – Dr. William D. Yates, MD

 

Board Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery
    • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
    • Critical Care/Trauma Surgery

Medical Memberships

      • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
      • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
      • American Medical Society

Call their office @ 866.810.6402  and send them a note through their site, to start the conversation on how they can help you!

Spring Fashion Brunch May 3rd

GOING…GOING…..ALMOST  GONE!

This event sells out every year – and there are only a few seats  left!

The Chicago House  annual

Spring Brunch & Fashion Show 2015!
Sunday, May 3             Noon – 3:30 PM

Winter Garden Ballroom

Harold Washington Library | 400 S State Street

BUY TICKETS

This year’s Brunch event is all about celebrating Chicago House’s 30 Years of Service and the last three decades of fashion. In fact, all guests are invited to come dressed in his or her favorite fashion moment or trend from the past 30 years. The fashion certainly won’t be limited to the runway this year! EVERYONE  dresses to impress!

Sip  cocktails  and mingle  and browse the fantastic silent auction items.

After a lavish brunch by Jewell Events Catering, guests will turn to the runway and feast their eyes on elite fashions from Chicago’s best boutiques and most forward-thinking designers! Intermingled with the amazing displays of fashion will be thrilling musical and dance performances.

GET  A TICKET WHILE THEY LAST! BUY TICKETS

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Chicago Dining Out For Life April 30th

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Local Chicago nonprofit, EdgeAlliance, has this month announced more than 70 restaurants to participate in city-wide event, Dining Out for Life, to benefit and geared towards improving the lives of homeless persons living with AIDS.

In its 22nd year, Dining Out for Life brings restaurants and diners across the city together to rally around a pressing cause for Chicago; homelessness. Be part of a movement where millions of people across 60 cities come-out to dine-out on April 30th, “Dining Out for Life”, a campaign that annually raises $4 million in support of those impacted by HIV/AIDS.

EdgeAlliance is doing their part in Chicago by connecting more than 12,000 people and 115 community partners with over 80 restaurants in support of our mission of providing quality and affordable housing to those who are most in need.

Rick Roman, co-owner of The Signature Room at the 95th, and Honorary Chair of Dining Out for Life/Chicago 2015, reaffirmed that local restaurants have always been fully supportive of HIV/AIDS research and programming in this city. “We at The Signature Room at the 95th welcome the opportunity to show support for EdgeAlliance and their Dining Out for Life campaign by being a participating restaurant. Our shared support with residents of Chicago – to uphold the traditions of good taste and community engagement – makes this venture a natural fit,” he said. Participating restaurants around Chicago will donate a portion of their proceeds to EdgeAlliance, allowing its residents to sustain healthy lives through affordable housing and programming. Chicago is one of 60 cities across the United States and Canada participating in the event, making Dining Out for Life the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country!

Actress and advocate Pam Grier joined Dining Out For Life as co-spokesperson (with Food Network host Ted Allen) to help raise support. “There is a resurgence of HIV among youth, gay men, women and ethnic minorities due to lack of education and the misperception that the epidemic is over and curable. Awareness and funds are declining – but you can help. Dine out on Thursday, April 24th for the most satisfying meal you’ll have all year.”

For more information on Dining Out for Life, please contact Joey Wasserman, Campaign Development Manager at 202-765-7442 or Jwasserman@edgealliance.org. Visit the official Dining Out for Life website at www.diningoutforlife.com/chicago for full list of participating restaurants.

Chicago Soap Makers Expanding

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Chicago soapmakers Real. Soaps is expanding into a studio to increase production and begin teaching classes on soap making and natural products.  But they need your help.

Shamus McClain started Real. Soaps because many “soaps” are not actually soap; they’re detergent, and the chemicals in them make them far less than natural – some are potentially dangerous.  Sadly, it is this way with a lot of products, so I learned how to make them myself with REAL ingredients.   I am self taught and since the beginning have been focused on taking what I have learned and sharing it with people so they can make smarter choices about the products they use.

What started as handmade, small-batch soap has grown over the past 3 years.  I now have an ever-expanding line of all natural products.  I continue to make every product in small batches with intention & care and with my own two hands.   Real. Soaps has gained popularity through word of mouth, friends and family, Etsy, working with local shops, farmer’s markets, craft fairs and pop-up shops.  I now stock over 20 stores here in Chicago and several out of state.

“Through 4 apartments I have been growing this company – and now Real. Soaps finally has a space to call its own!   I have been offered an opportunity to grow my business in the form of my own work space.  I will use this space to increase my own production and continue spreading the natural/green beauty message by teaching classes on how to make similar products on your own!  As a maker, this will be my work space and a retail space for my product. As a teacher, I will share my knowledge with my community. ”

HELP THEM OUT HERE!

Gay Queer LGBT FREE Films

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Hydrate-Bianca Del Rio and Crochet Jockstraps

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SUPER JOCKS  in  SUPER  JOCKS! 

Sunday  May 10th  @  Hydrate.

The FABULOUS BIANCA DEL RIO will be on hand to host the First Annual Crochet Empire Jockstrap Fashion Show!

Andy Boyer of Chicago founded The Crochet Empire after making a gag gift for his boyfriend. Little did he know that this gag would be taken very seriously and explode. He took up crochet after wanting to make a connection back to previous generations in his family.

Badass handmade items for men.

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Andy started crochet as a hobby because both of his grandmothers worked in the craft. He wanted to feet a connection to the generations that came before him. Then  a jockstrap for his boyfriend was LOVED by friends and EVERYONE wanted one!  A Kickstarter  program was launched and Crochet Empire was born.

“At The Crochet Empire we pride ourselves on custom orders and designs. Solids, stripes, checks, college logos or whatever. If you can think it up, I bet we can come up with a way to make it. Most jocks hold too tightly or don’t cover enough ground, but I’ve now learned about the power of crochet! We use a very thin yarn, which makes them super comfortable.”

Alex  from UNB  did a video review HERE. He emphasizes the best part of these, is they gently hold and cup you, unlike most jockstraps.

They also offer sleek, hand made bow ties that are extremely fashionable and easy to wear. Each one is adjustable to fit your neck size and are made out of materials that will not irritate you skin. They hold their shape and will not stretch.
There are lots of color and custom options.

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Sunday  MAY  10th, The first annual Crochet Empire jockstrap fashion show to benefit TPAN and The Ride for AIDS Chicago  happens  at  HYDRATE.

The evening will include a sexy fashion show, comedy and a live auction for fabulous prizes and the jockstraps worn in the show.  BIANCA  DEL  RIO will host the evening!

Doors open at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:00.

$20 general admission IN ADVANCE.  ($25 at door)
$35 VIP (includes two drink tickets and a meet and greet with Ms. de Rio.)

All proceeds benefit Test Positive Aware Network (www.tpan.org) and Chicago House.  Facebook page  HERE.

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3458 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 975-9244

Spring Brunch and Fashion Show Chicago House

The Chicago House Board of Trustees enthusiastically

invites you to the annual 

Spring Brunch & Fashion Show 2015!
Sunday, May 3

Noon – 3:30 PM

Winter Garden Ballroom

Harold Washington Library | 400 S State Street

THIS ALWAYS SELLS  OUT!   DON’T  WAIT!

BUY TICKETS

This year’s Brunch event is all about celebrating Chicago House’s 30 Years of Service and the last three decades of fashion.  In fact, all guests are invited to come dressed in his or her favorite fashion moment or trend from the past 30 years.  The fashion certainly won’t be limited to the runway this year!

After a lavish brunch by Jewell Events Catering, guests will turn to the runway and feast their eyes on elite fashions from Chicago’s best boutiques and most forward-thinking designers!  Intermingled with the amazing displays of fashion will be thrilling musical and dance performances.

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Todd Kiech Wins Stoli Drink Contest Locally

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“Todd Kiech, the Chicago winner for THE Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic creates the winning drink, Blue Marlin, featuring Stoli Bluberri, on Wednesday, April 15, at Sidetrack.”

2015 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Champion for Chicago is Todd Kiech from SideTrack!

Todd was crowned winner for creating his Blue Marlin cocktail, featuring Stoli Bluberri. Todd will move on to finale week during Key West Pride, competing for his charity of choice, Chicago House.

 

Black Ensemble Theater Limelight Series

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From the Center on Halsted:

“As we expand our cultural programming here at Center on Halsted, we are excited to continue our Limelight Series with the next arts icon: The Black Ensemble Theater.

 

We hope you’ll consider joining us at this FREE event , APRIL 28th, as we celebrate this theater’s amazing contribution to the vibrant arts scene that Chicago has to offer.  Just click the image to learn more and to register!

 

Feel free to share with friends – and please keep an eye out for future Limelight and cultural events here at the Center.

Book of Mormon Chicago Cabaret April 20th

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Next Monday, join the cast of Book of Mormon as they ditch the white shirts, the black ties and the nametags and belt out their favorite cabaret tunes! Be a part of the captivated audience for this special event featuring some of the biggest voices on Broadway! Proceeds benefit Chicago House and Broadway Cares. Bring your friends…what else do you have to do on a Monday night?? 

 

$30 Balcony Seating Ticket

$50 General Seating Ticket

$100 VIP Seating: includes exclusive after-party meet & greet with cast at Wilde Bar & Restaurant!

more information, please visit www.chicagohouse.org

Purchase your tickets now for this one-of-a-kind cabaret event!

Mothers Day Brunch at Kit Kat

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Don’t be left without a reservation!  Mothers  Day  May 10th, 2015.

“Mamma Mia!” Mother’s Day Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Midday Meal with Mom, Music, Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, May 10        11 a.m.-4 p.m.               $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Mother’s Day meal at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and music from Mamma Mia! On Sunday, May 10, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis and bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will performance hits from Mamma Mia! while the film version of the musical plays on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo projection screens.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Mother’s Day Menu

$39.95 per person       includes mimosas, sangria, bellinis or bloody martinis

First Course
House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of:   Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course 

choice of:    Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:
Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake
Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street     Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111           KitKatChicago.com

Gay Queer Contra Dance Chicago April 25th

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Queer Contra Dance Chicago will hold its next dance on Saturday, April 25 2015 from 6:00-9:00pm in the community hall at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, located at 2649 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago, near the Blue Line Logan Square stop.


Contra dance is a form of folk dance, similar to square dancing, but with lines of dancers rather than squares. This dance will feature live music by Common Taters performing dance music from the British Isles. The caller will be Maggie Jo Saylor.


Admission to Queer Contra is a sliding scale of $ 0-10, payable at the door. No advance planning or experience is needed and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone, gay, straight and in-between is welcome! Potluck snack and beverages encouraged. For more information, contact the new organizers Stephen Ulrich at scu@pobox.com and Das Janssen (mitsein9@gmail.com) or www.facebook.com/ContraChicago.


SCHEDULE FOR Saturday April 25:
6-6:30pm             LESSONS FOR NEWCOMERS
6:30-8:30pm         CONTRA DANCE FOR NEWCOMERS AND EXPERIENCED DANCERS
8:30-9pm             POTLUCK REFRESHMENTS


We think Contra Dancing is a great way to have fun, stay active physically, and connect socially. And we have some great people who help make this all happen. It’s a welcoming, diverse community and we hope you can join us.  Additionally, Pastor Erik Christensen, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square adds: “St. Luke’s firmly believes that music and all the arts build community across lines of difference by bringing people together in an environment of creativity, self-expression, and joy.  We’re proud to have queer contra dancing coming to St. Luke’s, and excited to see how we can be part of supporting a diverse, inclusive neighborhood.”


We organizers are currently making arrangements for a dance on May 30 as well, and will provide additional information on that as details become available.


MORE ABOUT CONTRA DANCE: Contra dance is a centuries-old New England folk dance tradition. It’s the rowdy red-headed stepchild of English country dance (the kind of dancing you see in Jane Austen movies). Contra dancing is done to live traditional fiddle music in a variety of styles, from lilting Celtic-inspired tunes to rollicking bluegrass. All dances are taught by a caller, who “calls out” instructions throughout the dance. Queer contra dance takes the traditional division of the dance into “gentlemen” and “ladies” and gives it a queer twist. Instead of gender roles, dancers choose whether or not to wear an armband, which determines their role. (If you’re curious, the “armband” role corresponds to the traditional gentleman’s or leader’s role, but there’s not much difference between the two roles.) The caller uses the term “armbands” or “bands” to refer to the dancers wearing armbands, and “barearms” or “bares” (no, not bears) to indicate those without armbands. (Description courtesy of Lavender Country and Folk Dancers – www.lcfd.org)

Gay Wedding Chicago WINNER Brett Zelecik

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In March  Rainbow Wedding Network held their
7th annual Gay and Lesbian wedding expo at the
Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago Illinois. Hundreds of couples  flooded the show  and one lucky winner got a wedding package  worth $2,800 from Gay Wedding Chicago Site, Pine Manor.

CONGRATULATIONS TO
Dr Travis Schamber & Brett Zelencik,

both of Edgewater Beach /Chicago Illinois.

(Pictured: Brett with Rev. Pam)


Travis is an internist, currently working in Park Ridge.

Brett works on the north side of Chicago as a psychotherapist.

They met on Match.com, truly falling in love during their first date in September 2013. “We really have been inseparable ever since!” Brett writes, Travis moved from Schaumburg to Chicago in 2014 and we built a wonderful home together in Edgewater Beach.” Brett says he is very emotionally driven and Travis is highly analytical, likely a function of the training for their carriers, and found they complement each other in every way.  The couple are planning a winter wedding.

Plan your wedding with Rev. Pam and Pine Manor!

Justin Jedlica at Berlin April 16th

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On Thursday, April 16th Stardust will host The Plastic Factory at Berlin Nightclub (954 W. Belmont) in celebration of all that is plastic! Hosted by the famed Human Ken Doll, Justin Jedlica, who has been featured in US Magazine, E News!, the Oprah Network and Perez Hilton for his multitude of plastic surgeries.

Dance to DJ’s CJ Milli, Cachet and Dominic David all night while Daniella DeLuna, Alessa Schmalbach, Bon Bon, Jo Control, JPEG Papi, Ben Morino and Chase Anthony Davis host the party along with the Human Ken Doll.

RSVP for no cover until 11PM at Do312.com/Stardust. Photography will be shot by Kater Jayne Photography. Drink specials include $2 PBR / $3 Berlin Bombs / $6 Stoli.

FIRST DATE Brunch at Kit Kat

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First dates, whether fun or fearsome, always make for a great story.

“First Date,” a new musical comedy playing at Chicago’s Royal George Cabaret, will be the theme brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club on Sunday, April 12.  From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kit Kat’s Diva Madam X will be joined by “First Date” cast members for a musical meal like no other.

A raffle will be held awarding tickets to see “First Date” and mixologists will be shaking up “First Date” martinis (Pinnacle Citrus vodka, lychee liqueur, lemon juice, ruby red grapefruit juice, agave nectar, splash of lemonade, splash of champagne and a lemon squeeze, $7).

Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Chilaquiles and more, while sipping build-your-own bloody marys and mimosas ($14.95). For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

About The Show
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club 
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613 
773-525-1111
Kitkatchicago.com

David A. Shifrin – Award Winning Cosmetic Surgery

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How do select a great cosmetic doctor? Look at their credentials and awards.

Established in 2010, the award winning cosmetic surgery practice of David A Shifrin MD, provides the complete experience by combining excellent surgical results with personalized care.

Dr. David Shifrin specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body.

The nose can have a dramatic impact on our overall appearance. It is in a central position of the face, and when it is out of balance, it can create disharmony amongst other features. Nose shaping or rhinoplasty by Dr David Shifrin can have a profound effect on the appearance of the entire face. Rhinoplasty surgery utilizes techniques such as cartilage removal, nasal bone manipulation and/or tip shaping. It is designed to improve the appearance of the nose and, in some cases, to improve breathing. Dr Shifrin uses two techniques, closed and open, to modify nasal architecture.

Common Changes Include:

  • Shortening, narrowing, or straightening
  • Eliminating a prominent hump
  • Refining the tip or nostrils
  • Reducing a Wide or Bulbous Tip

Many of our patients comment on their longstanding desire to change the appearance of their nose. While there are classic descriptions of what the ideal shape and size of a nose should be, the final decision for nose shaping is uniquely tailored for each individual’s face and goals,” says Dr. Shifrin.

Whether your nose shaping goals are small or you desire a more profound change, Dr. Shifrin has the experience and skill to help you achieve your goal of a better looking, naturally balanced nose.

If you would like to learn more about the Rhinoplasty procedure, click here to request a consultation with Dr Shifrin today. Alternatively you can call our office at (312) 590-3572 to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Shifrin maintains multiple convenient office locations. He focuses his time at Shifrin Plastic Surgery, Downtown Chicago, on improving the aesthetic appearance of his patients through the use of state of the art skin care, botox and fillers and surgery. He prides himself on enhancing his patient’s physical attributes, blending his love of anatomy and science with his surgical expertise to artistically refine the outward beauty of his patients.

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Chicago Gay Mens Chorus Auction

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CGMC’s Annual Fundraiser, The Big Package Auction, is taking place on Saturday, April 18th at SIDETRACK from 5 – 8 PM with a special VIP reception from 4 – 5 PM.

The event will be hosted by the legendary Lady Bunny!

– Get Your Tickets Now –
(Seriously, before they’re all gone)
Tickets are limited with our early-bird prices:

VIP – $100
General Admission – $40 ($50 after April 13th!)

VIP Tickets include a pre-show Meet and Greet and photo opportunity with Lady Bunny, a preview of the Silent Auction, one-hour of open bar, Garrett’s Popcorn Bar, catered food from the delicious Shaw’s Crab House, a swag bag, and early admission to the Live Auction area before General Admission. Plus all the benefits provided the General Admission patrons.

General Admission tickets include two drink tickets, catering from Bar Pastoral, Petterino’s Restaurant, and Revival Social Club, and access to both our Live and Silent Auctions!

TAKE SNEAK A PEAK AT THE BIG PACKAGES
We’ve got six really great Live Auction Packages planned for this year’s event. See below for a sneak peak of two of them. Keep an out eye on our social media to learn more about these two fabulous packages and more this week.

The ultimate movie lover’s package will provide you with a trip to LA and an invitation for two (2) to the exclusive Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party on the night of the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony.

Bound to be a magical holiday treat, this package includes a trip to Washington DC with an invite for two (2) to decorate the White House for Christmas and to attend the opening White House Holiday Reception.

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LGBQ programs at CIMMfest 2015

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2015 CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES & MUSIC FESTIVAL

CIMMfest No. 7 TO ROLL OUT LGBQ PROGRAMMING

APRIL 16 – 19, 2015

The 7th Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest), the annual four-day showcase celebrating the inseparable connection between music and movies, is proud to announce the festival’s LGBQ programming include films The Dicks from Texas, Cakes da Killa: No Homo and a special video and music event Cruising TRACKS: a Radical Queer Video. For a complete lineup of confirmed films, musical acts and live scoring events for CIMMfest No. 7, visit http://cimmfest.org/.

 

CIMMfest’s queer film screenings and music event present documentaries, video art, short fictions and music videos. These presentations touch a wide array of topics: stretching notions of gender identity; kinship and sexuality; proper bodies and their organized functions while dealing with other social and political struggles such as the fight against HIV/AIDS, sexism, confinement, racism, and mental illness.

 


 

Thursday, April 16th         The Dicks from Texas (pictured)

The Dicks from Texas tells the story of the men, the myth and the music behind the band that defined Texas hardcore punk. Long before Austin made weirdness a civic virtue, The Dicks made it a cause. Three rawboned Marlboro Man types fronted by Gary Floyd, a fat queer with a penchant for fright wigs, this self-described “commie faggot band” helped put the Texas capital on the punk map in the early ’80s with anthems like “Dicks Hate the Police” and “Wheelchair Epidemic.”

7:00pm @ The Society for Arts, 1112 N Milwaukee Ave

A la carte tickets are $12


 

Friday, April 17th

CIMMfest’s Cruising Tracks – Radical Queer Video Program includes:

·         Queer Video Screening, videos & event curated by Rebecca Lavoie.

·         Live performance by Donzelle, Montreal’s Sassiest Rapper and her dancers; Douce Angoisse, provocative electronic musician backed by hypnotic disco/darkwave melodies.

·         Slo ‘Mo dance party: A throwback to old-school R&B, Slo ‘Mo seeks to unite people of all identities, bodies and expressions through soul music. Including the sounds of Anita Baker, Frank Ocean, Janet Jackson and more, Slo ‘Mo Dance Party is hosted by Kristen Kava with grooves by DJ Tess and Audio Jack of Slo ‘Mo.

8:00pm @ The Hideout Inn, 354 West Wabansia

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and $5 for the dance party only


 

Saturday, April 18th

Cakes da Killa: No Homo (short doc) playing with feature documentary The Hip-Hop Fellow

The short doc follows Cakes Da Killa (born Rashard Bradshaw), a 22 year-old up and coming rapper who also happens to be an out and proud gay man. With provocative lyrics that explore sexuality and gender politics, he’s not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might be your new favorite.

9:00pm @ The Society for Arts, 1112 N Milwaukee Ave

A la carte tickets are $12


 

CIMMfest No. 7 takes place April 16-19, 2015 along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor – from Wicker Park to Logan Square – with satellite events in the West Loop, Pilsen and beyond. Four-day festival passes, which include admission to An Evening of Music, Film & Wine with Spike Lee, are currently available for $110 at CIMMfest.org. Additional (non-Spike) CIMMfest passes – $75 (basic) and VIP ($100) – are also available now.