Category Archives: Alternative

Chicago’s Angelique Munro Seeks Your Support

I think it’s  a hard thing to do for  most of us, to ask  anyone  for  money  or help.  Requesting assistance from colleagues or friends, whether it be for a work assignment or to help when times are down for us,  is something many people have trouble doing.

Trans activist and entertainment professional Angelique Munro has been a pillar in the Chicago community for  many years  now. And she  is  THIS  CLOSE  to  having GRS ( Gender Reassignment Surgery). But she could use our help and support.

After talking with a Healthcare Advisor from Howard Brown Health Center and they contacted her insurance agency they will consider her GRS  and she will be responsible for only $6000.  She  has  already raised  $3,000  of that.

Tis the season of giving and sharing ….please  read her story  and consider a contribution here.

Gay Voting in Boystown Chicago 2016

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“Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me” ~ Harvey Milk

LISTEN UP POLITICALLY ACTIVE CHICAGO QUEERS AND ALLIES!

Chicago Votes and Organized Grime Crew Present: Out of the Bars and Into the Street. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR VOICES HEARD IN 2016.

DATE: Saturday, November 5th
TIME: 12:00PM
LOCATION: Replay Beer & Bourbon & Hydrate Nightclub Chicago
POLLING LOCATION: Merlo Branch Chicago Public Library
LQQKS: POLITICAL REALNESS

The queer community has a history of marching to protect the rights of all. After the unprecedented tragedy at Pulse Orlando, it is clear that queer visibility this election year is key to ensuring that people have the ability to be who they are.

Meet at Replay Beer & Bourbon promptly at 12:00PM November 5.
Dress in your best LQQKS.
We will hold a rally, and march down Halsted St. to the EARLY VOTING polls at the Merlo Branch Public Library on Belmont Ave.
ALL WHO MARCH WILL BE GIVEN 25% OFF ON ALL DRINKS AT REPLAY.
AFTER PARTY and FREE BARBEQUE to follow at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago with Harry Cross of Men’s Room Chicago and headliner, Cindel starting at 3:00PM.

If you cannot vote in the city of Chicago, or have voted already, please join us at the march, anyway.

If you are ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, you can register SAME DAY at the polling location.
BRING YOUR ID’s in the event you are turned away from the polls.

Be unapologetic. Be seen. Make our voices heard..
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW.

Rooftop Pride June 24th

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Center on Halsted presents TKO!

Start your Pride Parade weekend with community for Center on Halsted’s annual pride bash overlooking Halsted Street on the Richard M. Daley Roof Terrace. Jump in and groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs:

DJ Billy Brown vs. DJ Gemini Jones

Lady Bunny PERFORMS & OFFICIATES

$20 entry includes admission with two drinks, nibbles, and cash bar

 

PRICE
$20 entry includes admission with two drinks, nibbles, and cash bar

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Purchase tickets here: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

Gay Queer Rap Hip Hop June 23rd

 

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Thursday, June 23rd
7:30 – 11:30PM   @   MANHOLE

VIP Access $35 (Buy Tickets)
-Includes: 1 hour premium hosted bar
-Artist Lounge Access

Platinum Table Package $500 (Buy Tickets)
Includes:
-1 hr premium hosted bar
-Artist Lounge Access
-Premium bottle service w/ table for 5 people
-Artist Meet & Greet
-Express entrance to AfterParty (Berlin)  w/ Champagne service

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Cuddle and Touch for Emotional and Physical Needs

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We all want love, acceptance and connection with other people. We’re social beings, and this connection with others is part of our emotional, physical and spiritual DNA.

Touch plays an important role in building these connections, increasing scientific evidence clearly shows a connection that lack of touch can lead to depression, anxiety and a myriad of heath issues, and an inability to connect with others.

Most of us don’t get enough touch in our lives.

We’re touch-deprived, and most of us don’t even know it consciously. All we know is that there’s loneliness and stress and a deep sense of missing out. We feel this because there’s a biochemical yearning for something that is missing in our lives. And there is something missing: touch and the connection with others that it fosters.

“That’s why we started Cuddlist,”  says  Adam Lippin, Co-founder and  CEO  of  CUDDLIST. Safe, non-sexual, consensual touch fills a need that’s badly neglected in our society. Cuddling relaxes us and reduces stress at the very least, and on the deeper level it nourishes our soul and helps us get in touch with our higher self. Much like yoga and meditation, non-sexual touch is healing and transformative.”

Cuddlist brings together those who need touch (and that would be just about all of us!) with Certified, professional cuddlers who are experienced, safe, well-versed in cuddling techniques and follow a code of conduct that set the conditions for a great session. There  have been  LOTS  of press on this group  over the last year – check it out  HERE.


 

  THE   CHICAGO  NETWORK  IS  GROWING!

Become a certified CUDDLIST or  FIND a CUDDLIST in Chicago


 

While any two people can cuddle, of course, what sets Cuddlist apart is that we are  creating the marketplace for transformative cuddling, and we bring the professionalism and best practices that make it work; Cuddlist training is overseen by my co-founder, Madelon Guinazzo, and she both has years of experience as a full-time Cuddlist and knowledge of what works in practice.

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While Cuddlist is something special, and fills an important gap in our world, I also want to share what it means to me personally.

“I’ve been a yoga and meditation practitioner for more than 20 years. Yoga has been an animating principle in my life that has seen me through college, drug addiction, the corporate world in New York, loss and death, and the birth of my son and my relationship with my amazing  spouse. I’m also a touchy-feely “hugger,” and when I go to shake someone’s hand I’m keenly aware how restricted touch is in our society.”

Most would agree that touch is therapeutic, and the rush of oxytocin we produce when we cuddle is great, but in my experience cuddling also can be something deeper.

American Buddhist Jack Kornfield, in his book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, talks about how the simple act of being present can be a deeply spiritual practice. I think cuddling, if non-sexual and approached without expected outcomes in mind, can help us be present and raise our spiritual awareness.

So while I’m a “hugger,” and I immediately see the value that cuddling can play as a corrective in our society, I also think it contains a deeply spiritual component.

Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi said we must be the change we want to see in the world, and I want to play my part by encouraging non-sexual touch and the emergence of what might be called cuddle yoga.

“Touch is important, and we don’t get enough of it. I want to change that, and that’s why I, along with my Co-Founder, started Cuddlist.  Will you join us?”

 

Are you ready to give yourself the gift of nurturing touch?

Book a therapeutic, non-sexual, cuddle session with a Certified Cuddlist today.

Find out more at CUDDLIST. Learn more;   FIND  a  CUDDLIST  and/or  become a CUDDLIST!

Zip Line in Chicago Feb 13-15

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So it’s not very high – not very long –  and it’s  COLD!  But hey, you can Zip Line  for free this weekend  in Millennium  Park.  Folks  will have an opportunity to enjoy the vacation-like thrill of zip lining right here in Chicago… in the chill of winter.

Florida tourism company Experience Kissimmee is taking its campaign to Chicago’s Millennium Park this month, where it will provide a 200-foot zip line for Chicagoans to enjoy among the brisk February air.

The company says the zip line will run from a three-story platform “down to a warm winter welcome below.” The company hopes the stunt will encourage Chicagoans to plan a vacation in Kissimmee, Fla., a city near Orlando that is known for several amusement parks.

The company’s zip line is free to the public and will be in Millennium Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 13-15. Experience Kissimmee is encouraging attendees to donate coats.

“For this campaign, we decided to bring some of the warm-weather fun to our freezing friends here in Chicago,” DT Minich, president & CEO of Experience Kissimmee, said in a statement.

Shirtless Chicago Guy Spreads Prayer

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A couple weeks  ago Ethan Renoe,  a  hot shirtless jogger crashed a TV weather forecast in Chicago. During the rainy broadcast Renoe said, “It’s a great day for a run. Too wet to wear a shirt, you know?” He added, “I love running in the rain, and I’m also single!” – the video  went  Viral!

Renoe, an evangelical Christian, also made sure to get in a shout out to Jesus during the impromptu interview he did with WGN.

Now, NBC Chicago reports that Renoe, who attended a Christian Bible college and says he is a virgin who is saving himself for marriage, founded a ministry that has been offering “free prayers” outside gay bars in the city’s Boystown gayborhood for the last four years!  –  Damn, I keep missing him!

“My primary purpose of going there is to show this community love that has been severely damaged by those who claim to be Christians. That area has been hurt by people who claim Christ’s name.” –  – Is  it good?  or  bad?  how  do you feel  about this?

One student member remarked that he understood the backlash the group sometimes receives while in the gay community:

“Some people come at us angrily, but I can understand that because that community is their stronghold and that’s where their identity lies and they feel like we’re attacking it, but that’s before they talk to us,” said student Andy Wood. “Regardless of lifestyle decisions we have the same opportunity to share the gospel and love people.”

Gay Queer LGBT FREE Films

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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)

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.

 

Chicago House THE TEASE Feb 28th

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Nadine DuBois is a commanding addition to this year’s production of The Tease. Renowned for her masterful ability to transform shows into a “more cohesive and pure slice of burlesque,” DuBois will provide a “glamorous framework for The Tease‘s incredible cast of artists.”

Hailing from Minneapolis, DuBois laces a glimmer of sexuality into her Minnesota-nice demeanor. She brings experience performing throughout the Twin Cities in large theatrical productions such as Grown and Sexy PRIDE, which every year features a special guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and in big-stage shows that have toured across New Zealand and Australia with Chicago burlesque artists Jett Adore, Bazuka Joe and Ray Gunn. DuBois has also made appearances in venues such as Chicago’s Subterranean and Music Box Theatre.

For DuBois, burlesque is truly an innocent, fun and freeing experience. “When I’m on stage, it’s the most present I ever am.”

This love affair started one hot summer night in Minneapolis when DuBois walked past an unnamed bar. Inside, she saw mystic artists who looked like they truly belonged. Trained as a singer, DuBois sought the perfect platform from which to share her talent, but she had yet to find the right fit. On this warm night in 2003, Nadine DuBois fell in love.

From there grew the persona that DuBois describes as “comedic in a real way.” Opening shows with the question, Have you ever been to a burlesque show before?, DuBois channels the audience’s nervous energy into her comedy. She responds suggestively to those new to the art form, eager to pop the cherries of burlesque virgins around the world.

This month, DuBois will host The Tease. Tying together performances by aerialists, dancers, jugglers and contortionists, DuBois will provide the scaffolding for The Tease’s portrayal of the turmoil of love. As a fierce ally to the communities Chicago House serves, Nadine DuBois intends for her performance to “highlight and encourage the powerful compassion and immense resources that Chicago House provides for its clients.”

  Two shows  7:30  and  10:30!!!  Saturday  Feb. 28th!

Buy tickets to this year’s production of The Tease on our website or by calling 773.248.5200 x 304.

The Welcoming Committee Chicago

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The Welcoming Committee launched in Chicago in October, but it has been active in a few  of the major neighborhoods and cities   DC and  Boston…for several years now.  La  and NY  coming in the Spring.

TWC is a movement of LGBTQ folks that takes over typically straight bars, sports games, special events, and major travel destinations for one-time-only experiences.

BEST GAY, our brand,  took over Six Flags in 2012 and OUT IN THE PARK is now an annual event.  Last fall we took over Key Lime Cove  for 24 hours and it was EPIC! This summer, we’ll be taking over Six Flags Hurricane Harbor  and the Brookfield Zoo  during June!

TWC Chicago has a really cool  wine event planned for March 19th at Adler Planetarium.

LIKE them  and  on get on the list to see whats happening!

 

 

HEATWAVE CHICAGO IS HERE!

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THE TEMPERATURES

ARE PLUNGING!
There is a polar invasion in the Midwest…..

but don’t fret…HEATWAVE  IS ALMOST HERE!  After  more than 1 year of planning, the party, like no other, is arriving this weekend. BUT IT’S  ALMOST  SOLD  OUT!

24 hours at Key Lime Cove.  We bought out the ENTIRE COMPLEX and portions of rooms booked  will go the benefit the Chicago Gay Mens Chorus!

400  rooms.

12 hours of music with 4 DJ’s  and  CAZWELL!

Don’t want a room?

Can’t stay the night?

Get a party ticket  for  $85.

Room packages  start at  $200  for  2 people  for  24 hours!

Yesterday  EVERYONE wis trying to call and book rooms for Heatwave.  Is that a Midwest thing…waiting to the last minute?? LOL – Because this is a special private event, each reservation can take time to process and answer everyone’s questions – hence, phone hold times may be annoying.

SO, WEDNESDAY NIGHT (Nov. 12th)  8pm-10pm the Key Lime Cove folks are coming to Scarlet Bar (3320 N. Halsted)  to do reservations live one-on-one in person. And we only have about 50 -55 room packages left – where you get a room and party admission! So if you have not booked a room yet – come on out and book your room and we’ll celebrate with some Fireball shots on me!!

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An event like Heatwave HAS NEVER BEEN DONE.  You do not want to miss this!


Friday night we’ll be at Scarlet bar for another event –  Heatwave Kick Off Party!

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Come hang with Trannika Rex,  designer Traver Rains and the fabulous Jasen Kaplan!

 

See YOU  at  HEATWAVE!

Chicago LGBTQ Youth – FACES

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FACES is Back!

November 7th, 8th, and 9th

This performance looks at the different faces that society and systems have defined for the ensemble members versus the different faces they strive to build and present for themselves.
The ensemble members will bring the audience through a journey of self-deconstruction that finishes up in a re-construction of new and self-empowered identities.
In FACES we address topics such as: homelessness, spiritual struggles, police brutality, suicide, trans physical-emotional development, drug use, physical and emotional abuse, HIV stigma, queer liberation, and many others.
FACES provides the opportunity for the audience to reflect and create consciousness about street-based queer youth experiences and creates space for community healing.
Go behind the scenes with this YouTube clip.  
You can also visit the Facebook Event Page for more information. 

Three perfromances only!       7pm…….$15 
Links Hall,   3111 N. Western Ave, ChicagoLimited seating. Wheelchair accessible.

Click here to purchase tickets online!

Our Mission

YEPP’s mission is to seek a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer street-based youth to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece.

Neverland Halloween Oct. 24th

 

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Start you Halloween celebrations  off October 24th  as NEVERLAND presents “Dia de los Muertos”, a Day of the Dead Halloween party at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago.

NEVERLAND returns to Hydrate for Halloween with “Dia de los Muertos”, a journey into the Day of the Dead. The famous Mexican holiday will be celebrated in our costumes and decor, but since it’s Halloween, feel free to dress as anything! Resident of the NYC’s popular ViVa Saturdays parties, DJ Alexander, headlines his very first Neverland party.

Looking for costume inspiration? Check out our Instagram @NeverlandParties, as we’ll be posting photos from our Mauricio Zapata photoshoot all month long leading up to the dance party.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES by Kandy Ho (Puerto Rico) and Kim Chi

HOSTED by Kim Chi & Eddie Couture

DRAG CARNAGE: “Day of the Dead” kicks off the night at 9:30pm starring Gia Gunn, The Princess (from RuPaul’s Drag Race), Kandy Ho (Puerto Rico), Eddie Couture, Shea Coulee, and Trixie Mattel. The dance party follows at 11:30pm.

$15  TICKETS   NOW

Door: $20 general admission

PUSH Physical Theatre

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Seeing award winning PUSH Physical Theatre is like watching a live action-movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx.

 

A cross between fine art sculpture and “The Matrix,” PUSH Physical Theatre will express the power of the human body at Moraine Valley Community College on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

PUSH Physical Theatre is cool, athletic, entertaining, and impossible to resist. This theater of the body features performers who appear to manipulate time and space in a live environment. The performance is all about stories, the narratives of life played out with hope, strength and optimism. Experience PUSH to know the strength of the human soul.

“Our Physical Theatre is an art form created from borrowing,” said Darren Stevenson, founding director of PUSH Physical Theatre. “We have been inspired by the concepts and ideas of corporeal mime, modern dance, non-traditional partnering, and the areas of acting technique that relate to the use of the body as a tool of discovery; even gymnastics play a part. We attempt to create a true synergy between these theater forms.”

SNEAK  PEAK

PUSH’s unique form has transformed it into a national company that has performed all over England, the United States and Mexico, and has appeared on PBS and NPR.

The performers will defy gravity in the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students and seniors.

BUY TICKETS

More info  at  PUSH

 

David Bowie Exhibit in Chicago

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GET READY CHICAGO!

David Bowie Is   opens tomorrow at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the exhibit has traveled from London to Toronto, Brazil, and Berlin, making its only US stop in Chicago. David Bowie Is will stay through January 4th, before continuing onto Paris.

The exhibition follows his evolution as an artist and performer, starting with his teenage years in the 1950s to the early 2000s when he retired from touring and highlights his influence on fashion, sound, graphics, theater, and film. Visiting this exhibit will be a must! Tickets are available online.

For Bowie fans visiting from out of town or residents looking for the a Bowie-filled staycation, Thompson Chicago is running a special offer in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The package includes two VIP tickets to the David Bowie Is exhibit and private Meet & Greet by a MCA Museum Concierge.

 

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.

Grabby Awards Return to Chicago May 24th

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GRABBY Weekend!   Memorial Day Weekend!

Parties and porn Stars!

Thursday May 22, 2014  –
Grabby Official Kickoff Party with Chi Chi LaRue
Hydrate
3458 N. Halsted from 9pm till 2am $5 Cover.


 

Friday May 23, 2014
To Be announced please check back


 

Saturday May 24, 2014.
The 2014 Grabbys! THE MAIN EVENT!

@  Metro 3730 N. Clark
Red carpet / doors open at 5:00 PM.
Tickets now on sale     CLICK HERE


 

GRABBY OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY
Charlies 3726 N. Broadway – 10pm till Close…
$10 online or    $15 at the Door
Tickets available by     Clicking HERE


 


Sunday May
25, 2014
Naked Sword Post Grabby Recovery Brunch at
 
North End   3733 N Halsted Doors open at 11am.
$10 Cover. $15 at the door.
Tickets will go on sale soon….please check back.

 

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Audio Archaeology offers Vintage Records, Nostalgia and Vinyl Lifestyle

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This place is way cool! If you like nostalgia, vinyl, cool bar sets, consoles, vintage furniture and  some local artwork, this store is a treasure  at 1324 W. Devon.

Repurpose. Refurbish. Revinylize.

Records represent more than just a superior sound; they’re a little bit of nostalgia – in the richness of the music, the style of the album design, even the smell of the vinyl. It’s the tangible feel as you stack albums on a changer, and pause to flip to the B-side.”  explains owner John Arnsdorff  of his new store Audio Archaeology.

As a child, I combed thrift shops for 78 records, and took tube radios apart so see how they worked. Audio Archaeology is the culmination of a lifetime of collecting, decorating and tinkering.

If you have an idea for a unique system, or if you’re looking for something classic, we can help. From Mid-Century Modern consoles or Bakelite Portable Record Players to Contemporarily-styled Systems and Component Turntables, we have something for every purpose. We offer a full line of Crosley record players, for a new take on classic styles.”

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Owner Arnsdorff, with friend and Marketing Director Nick Kuttin ( aka Nikutn ) have created something very special here.

“I’ve been an antique collector pretty much my whole life and I’ve always had a thing for archaic technology and also for music and really started getting back into vinyl the last few years,” said Arnsdorff. “I love the sound, especially of the older systems. The things they’re making today, there are some you can find that are high-end audiophile, but most of it’s kind of pedestrian. I’ve enjoyed finding things, fixing them up, refurbishing them.” – (Taken from Windy City interview  HERE).

PLUS they plan to feature an artist every month. This months event takes place this Saturday, March 22nd   from 7-11pm.  Sean Walker.

There’s more to a ‘vinyl lifestyle’ than just music! Check out the awesome home accessories and gifts, sure to compliment a modern, classic style.

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Revolucion Steak House TONIGHT! Day of the Dead Celebration

 

Day Of The Dead Holiday:

 

Day of the dead is a Mexican holiday
celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures.
 The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and
remember friends and family members who have died.

 

 

Try Our Featured Day Of The Dead Beers

They Will Be Gone Soon

High School Crowns Gay & Lesbian Best Friends As Homecoming King & Queen

How cool is this?!   High
School Crowns Gay & Lesbian Best Friends As Homecoming King &
Queen !
Eric
Irizarry and Ariana Reiff are close friends, and they are also the
newly crowned Waukegan High School homecoming king and queen. Upon
finding out at the school bonfire Wednesday night, both students said
they were surprised. – Both are gay. 
“Ariana
and I are both out and open about our sexuality,” Irizarry said. “Our
attitude is we are who we are and if that bothers people, that’s OK, but
we have so many friends who accept us for who we are.” 

REDMOON Announces New INDOORS 2013-14 Series

Chicago’s acclaimed Spectacle-driven theater Redmoon
announces its 2013-14 series of indoor events and performances, known
as “Redmoon INDOORS,” its first season inside its mammoth new warehouse
headquarters in Chicago’s diverse Pilsen neighborhood at 2120 S.
Jefferson Street.  Under the direction of Producing Artistic Director
Frank Maugeri with Executive Artistic Director Jim Lasko and Managing Director Sophia Wong Boccio, the new “Redmoon INDOORS” begins November 1, 2013 and runs through April, 2014.

 

Redmoon’s
new home is a massive, multi-purpose performance space, open access
build shop and Chicago’s new hub for the production and presentation of
Spectacle art – interactive, imagistic and immersive experiences. 
“Redmoon INDOORS” includes six large-scale ticketed events and
productions, with revenue directly funding Redmoon’s core civic mission:
to present powerful summer Night Out in the Parks
, community celebrations throughout the City of Chicago, all for free and all outdoors. 

 

“The
‘Redmoon INDOORS’ Spectacle Series amplifies the best of our work,”
said Maugeri.  “This includes family-friendly events geared toward
children and their parents, 21-and-over happenings that Chicagoans look
forward to each year, and the professional Spectacle productions that
have earned Redmoon critical acclaim and a national presence.
 Importantly, the ‘INDOORS’ series makes our ambitious free outdoor
events like
Night Out in the Parks possible.”


2013-14 “Redmoon INDOORS” Spectacle Series

Boneshaker

Friday, November 1, 2013

Time:   9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

 

Redmoon kicks off the Spectacle Series on All Saints Day (a.k.a. the Day of the Dead) with its 3rd annual Boneshaker
celebration, a night of costumed fun that combines interactive
site-specific design and unique contraptions with hours of unexpected
entertainment.  Among the many offerings of this festive, immersive
world of Spectacle are
large-scale projections, a chance to be in a live-feed movie, several mobile DJ contraptions, a Redmoon signature “wow” piece the Fire Organ and performance by punk marching band Mucca Pazza.

 

Tickets: $75

Includes food and drinks throughout the evening

21 and over



 

Skelebration (NEW)

Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2013

Times:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

On the Saturday and Sunday following Boneshaker, Redmoon presents Skelebration,
a new family-friendly event for parents and children to celebrate the
fall season and adventure together in the exploratory Spectacle
playground of Redmoon’s transformed space.  For two hours, families can
perform
in
gigantic shadow shows, build masks, experience DJs on mobile
contraptions and play in Redmoon’s indoor park of swings and
roller-skating.

 Families will find a way to explore, discover and connect with their
community through a diverse, multi-media experience celebrating the
ritual of Halloween in a new, alternative way.

 

Tickets: Adults $20, Kids $12, Kids under 3 FREE

Includes 2-hour entrance, food and activities



 

Winter Pageant

Directed by John Musial with Frank Maugeri

*Press Preview:  Tuesday, December 10, 7 p.m.

Dec 13 – 15, Dec 20 – 22, 2013

Times: Fridays – 7 p.m.

Saturdays – 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sundays – 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.

 

In December, the 15th Annual Winter Pageant features collaborators Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts and punk rock surf band San Andreas Fault.  The approximately 50-minute-long production is directed by John Musial with Frank Maugeri.  The 2013 Winter Pageant
presents a new original myth inspired by the poem “The Conference of
the Birds” by Farid ud-Din Atta and tells the story of a flock of birds
who journey to find their lost king.  The
production evokes themes of hope and community.  Audiences at this
nontraditional family production can expect Redmoon’s intricate
mechanics, inventive puppetry, expressive dance and unique style of
visual wonder.

 

On the Saturdays leading up to Winter Pageant, November 9 – December 7,
Redmoon will open its doors for Open Access Builds, where community
members of all ages can help Redmoon artists create art and objects for
the Winter Pageant production.

 

Tickets: Adults $25, Kids $15, Kids under 3 FREE



 

Revolution (NEW)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Time:   9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

 

To ring in the New Year, Redmoon presents the brand new Revolution.
 This one-night-only event is an evening of ritual and elegance that
includes Redmoon’s daring and unexpected interpretation of all the
classic elements of a typical New Year’s Eve celebration, though with a
typical Redmoon twist as attendees are invited to make not a
“resolution” but a “revolution.”  An indoor circus tent, local dessert
artisans, the 8-piece brass R&B band The O’My’s, a theme of
candlelight and bubbles and a spectacular “fire” midnight countdown make Redmoon’s
Revolution the hottest new Chicago New Year’s Eve tradition.

 

Tickets: $100

Includes food and drinks throughout the evening

21 and over



Spectacle Lunatique

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Time:   6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

 

Redmoon follows Revolution with its annual Spectacle Lunatique.  One of Chicago’s most anticipated galas, Lunatique includes
a decadent night of inspired performance, some of Chicago’s best food
and drinks and an exciting announcement of Redmoon’s upcoming summer
events. 

 

Tickets:  Call 312-850-8440 x100 for ticket packages and rates.

 

Spring Spectacle

Created by Jim Lasko and Directed by Blake Montgomery

*April Fool’s Preview Night: April 1, 2014, 8 p.m.

Weekends from April 4 – April 20

Times: Fridays – 8 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

 

Tickets:  Adults $25, Kids $15, Kids under 3 FREE

 

Redmoon
concludes its “Redmoon INDOORS” Spectacle Series in May with a massive
Spectacle production that captures the magnitude of Redmoon’s highly
acclaimed outdoor work,
Spring Spectacle,
an ambitious production guaranteed to expand the audiences’ heart and
mind. Created by Jim Lasko and directed by Blake Montgomery, the
family-friendly
Spring Spectacle will provoke audiences’ imagination with giant machines, larger-than-life visuals and original music.

 

All
productions and events are performed at Redmoon’s new home, located at
2120 S. Jefferson Street.  Ample free parking is available in both the
adjacent parking lot and on the street.

Programming details and scheduling are subject to change.

 

Tickets

Tickets to the new “Redmoon INDOORS” are available now by calling the Redmoon Box Office at 312-850-8440 x123 or online at www.redmoon.org



 

About Redmoon

Redmoon‘s
mission is to transform the experience of our city through free large
scale theatrical events that promote community, creativity and an
empowered democracy.
  Redmoon burst into Chicago’s cultural consciousness with its award-winning production of Moby Dick
in 1995. Commended for its unique aesthetic, the production boasted a
unique blend of puppetry, pageantry, gadgetry and robust physical
performance that became Redmoon’s signature.  While the indoor
productions continued to receive critical acclaim and popular support,
Jim Lasko chose to focus the theater’s energy outdoors, where Redmoon
sought to deploy spectacle to bridge difference and transform the ways
that people see and understand public spaces.  Over the past 23 years,
Redmoon has become a valued Chicago institution with its high-profile
collaborations, vibrant outdoor performances and genuine community
partnerships.  Site-specific performances opened in Millennium Park,
animated the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art and commemorated
the groundbreaking for the Modern Wing for the Art Institute.  At the
same time, Redmoon brought its work to the parks and streets of
Chicago’s neighborhoods.  Redmoon has performed for more than 250,000
people in 30 different neighborhoods.   More details  at  REDMOON.org

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MOMIX is back in the Chicago Area September 28th

MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists based in Washington, Connecticut, founded in 1981 by Moses Pendleton, with a worldwide audience base. Momix is unusual among contemporary dance companies for being a for-profit organization.

MOMIX  BOTANICA  September  28th.
  MOMIX returns for a third appearance to present their thrilling signature work: Botanica. With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi,Botanica reveals nature’s changing imagery. An herbal remedy and natural aphrodisiac, it shows off the endlessly renewable energy of the superb MOMIX performers, with costumes, projections and custom-made props and puppetry adding an extra dose of fantasy to the elixir. This is dance at its most organic and inventive. The seasons will never be the same.

Saturday, Sept. 28      7:30 p.m.

Dorothy Menker Theater  @  Moraine Valley Community College

 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills, IL 60465.


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CREAM Nude Male Stripper Night in Chicago – Grand Opening August 5th

8pm – 4am Monday August 5th!
$1 SHOT Specials
$5 BOOBIE AND BLOWJOB SHOTS
$1.50 BEER Specials
$1.50 Drink Specials
$100 BOTTLE OF ABSOLUT
$100 BOTTLES OF CIROC
$10 (Each way) LIMO SHUTTLE to and from the city

Our Shuttle Pick Up Location is:
BELMONT AND HALSTED IN THE LOT NEXT TO THE PLAYGROUND THEATER

RSVP FOR THE SHUTTLE NOW:
http://www.creamchicago.com/getreserved.html

Live Nude Male Strippers Come to Chicago land : CREAM

CREAM is the newest night on Mondays featuring full on naked nude male dancers and strippers! Yep-  full on junk in your face – because it’s outside Cook county line.

Half naked shot boys, lap dances  and private dancers, CREAM delivers sexy men strutting their stuff.  $10 gets you a lap dance,  $25 is a 2 song private dance and $125, well that’s   VIP champagne private 30 minutes of fantasy. Mind you, this is not a sex club – it’s sexy and fantasy. There are rules – and camera’s to make sure customers do not get out of hand. 
The idea was developed by Fox Management who handle lots of entertainment needs around the city. They decided to take over a club called  SKYBOX  at  16702 S.  Halsted St.,   Harvey, IL 60426. (7pm – 4am).
The softly launched CREAM this past Monday and plan a Grand Opening for August 5th. As they grow, they want to add on female dancers for the lesbian customers. Later this year they will launch the Stallion Male Review for women on different nights – Mondays will always be LGBT focused. 
They offer Limo shuttle service from Halsted and Belmont for $20 round trip.  The limos run back and fourth throughout the evening.  There is also talk a party school bus, stocked with kegs and entertainment for more a  gay frat boys night out and they also may offer a  VIP  party bus fully stocked with drinks and entertainment.  All these variations will unfold as the business builds and they develop a following. 
Follow them on Facebook and get all the updates!

NVRLAND Neverland Art Exhibit in Chicago July 12-14

NVRLND (“Neverland”) is a circuit party based in Chicago that infuses
art and original design into its events. In addition to throwing
Neverland parties, our creative team also owns the brands GayGlow and
Drag Carnage, which are exclusive to Hydrate Nightclub.

Founder & Creative Director – Anthony DiFiore
Founder & Head of Production – Damian Martin
Artistic Director – Ian Bulla (Fierce Finder Studio)


NVRLND (www.facebook.com/NeverlandParties)
has partnered with Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in the Pilsen gallery
district of Chicago to present the “Neverland Art Exhibit” on July
12th-14th!!! This groundbreaking event–the very first time a circuit
party has held an art exhibit–will feature large-scale prints from our
photoshoots and events, original costumes from our parties, and
performance art, in addition to great house music and a NVRLND lighting
display.

OPENING RECEPTION – Friday July 12h
Time: 7pm-
9:30pm (coincides with Pilsen Art Walk)


Location: Lacuna Loft Studio Rooftop Deck (http://lacuna2150.com/media/roof-top-deck/)
DJ: Matthew Harvat of Circuit Mom Productions
Details: On Friday night we’ll be having a special opening reception on
Lacuna’s fabulous rooftop deck. This beautiful space overlooking the
Chicago skyline will be lit up with NVRLND lighting and the sounds of DJ
Matthew Harvat (Circuit Mom). We’ll be showcasing a sampling of the
prints and costumes that will be on display Saturday & Sunday in the
first-floor Gallery.

WEEKEND EXHIBIT – Saturday & Sunday July 13th-14th
Time: Noon to 7pm both days (coincides with Lacuna Art Walk & F.A.M.E. Street Festival)
Location: Lacuna Loft Studio Gallery (http://lacuna2150.com/gallery/)
DJ: Jalil Z (Miami) on Saturday and Phil DaBeatz on Sunday


Details: July 13th-14th, during Pilsen’s F.A.M.E. Street Festival and
Second Saturdays Art Walk, Neverland will be showcasing all of its
photography, costumes, and performance art at the beautiful warehouse
loft Gallery inside Lacuna Loft Studios. We will be transforming this
amazing space with art, lighting, music, hot dancers, and our most
talented drag performers. We’re giving you a fierce daytime party inside
an art exhibit!!

Help us celebrate our 1-year anniversary in a truly groundbreaking and unique way!!!

EVENT PRICING: FREE
Guest Photographer and Videographer: Marco Ovando
Photography by: Fierce Finder Studio and Jonathan Mathias
Original costumes by: Damian Martin, Raul Redaggio, and Eddie Couture
Music by: DJ Matthew Harvat, DJ Jalil Z (Miami), and DJ Phil DaBeatz

About Face Theatres WHATS THE T

About Face Theatre is pleased to present a remount of its wildly popular Youth Ensemble world premiere WHAT’S THE T? by Sara Kerastas and The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, directed by Artistic Associate Eric Hoff, playing May 19 – June 2, 2013 at the Prince Charitable Trusts Upstairs Loft at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., in Chicago. The production features members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or at the door.

 

Internet
personality/trans activist/fierce community leader Ms. Ma uses her
YouTube page to create community, serve glamour and spread the good word
about queer safe spaces in Chicago. WHAT’S THE T? tells the
story of Ms. Ma’s tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay
positive and what happens to her community when she disappears. Inspired
by issues of race, gender, age and class in Chicago’s “Boystown,” WHAT’S THE T? is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA youth and adults in and around Chicago.

 

WHAT’S THE T? began
with the theme of trans identity, but after year-one, the youth
ensemble chose to take it a step further by using this theme to address
the significant tensions arising in the queer community. As such, the
play examines issues of race, gender, class and age in the queer
community, with trans characters at the heart of the story. For 13
years, the Youth Theatre has sought changes within the larger community
through innovative thought, dialogue, and performance. AFYT hopes to
move their ensemble from positions of marginalization into positions of
inclusion and power.

 

“There’s
a whole storyline in the play that takes place on the Internet – with
two people documenting their lives through YouTube videos, and
ultimately building a relationship in that digital elusive space,”
comments playwright Sara Kerastas. “This play is so right now. The story speaks to how we communicate right now. How we build, how we own, and how we use space right now.”

 

The production team for WHAT’S THE T? includes: John Holt (set design/technical director), Mieka van der Ploeg (costume design), Jeff Glass (lighting design/production manager), Erik Roldan (sound design), Liviu Pasare (projections design), Nic K (choreography), Rupert Priniski (production coordinator) and John Rooney (stage manager).

 

Title:                           WHAT’S THE T?


Playwright:                Sara Kerastas and The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble

Director:                    Artistic Associate Eric Hoff

Featuring:                  About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble members


Location:                   Prince Charitable Trusts Upstairs Loft at Victory Gardens Theater

                                    2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.


Dates:                                                   

                                    Regular Run: Friday, May 24 – Sunday, June 2

Curtain Times:          Fridays at Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 3 pmNote: there will an added 3 pm performance on Saturday, June 1.


Tickets:                      $15. $5 youth tickets; $25 AFYT Support Ticket.

Tickets for WHAT’S THE T? are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or at the door.

Subject to Change Mx. QSA Pageant JAN 30

The Alliance is thrilled to be the beneficiary of Subject to Change’s inaugural Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant, which was selected as a Critics’ pick in this week’s Time Out Chicago!


 The night will be emceed by Joe Varisco, contestants will be a number
of previous Subject to Change hosts, and feature guest sets from DJ Wife
Material (
Britticisms).

 
Formed in late 2011, Subject to Change
aims to create a space of “no shame” when it comes to the music they
enjoy and the people they love and care about — family (both blood and
chosen) and our community via the events and publications they produce. 

They hope to generate positive energy within the community and channel
that energy to support the many organizations working to make this city a
better place for queer folks.

 
Date:   Wednesday, January 30
Place:  The Burlington Bar
            3425 West Fullerton, Logan Square (21+ with ID)
Time:   9pm
Cost:    $5 suggested donation