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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.




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 !
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. 
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.


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. 


‘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


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
gigantic shadow shows, build masks, experience DJs on mobile
contraptions and play in Redmoon’s indoor park of swings and

 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


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


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
Spring Spectacle will provoke audiences’ imagination with giant machines, larger-than-life visuals and original music.


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


About Redmoon

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


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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
$1.50 BEER Specials
$1.50 Drink Specials
$10 (Each way) LIMO SHUTTLE to and from the city

Our Shuttle Pick Up Location is:



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)

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

Time: 7pm-
9:30pm (coincides with Pilsen Art Walk)

Location: Lacuna Loft Studio Rooftop 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 (
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!!!

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 or at the door.


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.


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.


                                    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 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 (

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


CULT Dance Party at Berlin comes to an end Jan 31

Stardust presents: 3 year anniversary, which will be the Last CULT Ever!

CULT in saying hello to  a solid 3 years,  yet goodbye to the monthly
dance party that united an eclectic mix of Chicago seapunks, goth kids
and Internet celebrities under one roof!

Since 2010, CULT has brought you up-and-coming artists from around the world,
highlighting local talent, live acts, DJs, and hosts from the underground’s finest. It is built around combining indie qualities to a
mainstream atmosphere.

Overthe past 3 years CULT has been the first to introduce you to notable
national acts such as OoOoo, Picture Plane, Teengirl Fantasy, Brenmar,
GHE20 GOTH1K, Chippy Nonstop, AB Soto, Ultrademon, Zombelle, Alexis
Penney, Le1f, Mykki Blanco, Beni, Lil Internet, and Plastic Plates. Plus
appearances by White Mystery, Maluca, Lady Fag, Judi & Kristen from
Bad Girls Club, Jessica Wild & JuJubee from Rupauls Drag Race, and
even Lady Starlight from the Lady Gaga’s camp. Plus so many more!

The last CULT (January 31st 2013) will boast a live set by LA’s
“post-apocalyptic Lil’ Kim”, Brooke Candy (Chicago Debut), and DJ sets
by Jesse St. John (Chicago Debut) with residents Teen Witch Fan Club
& Matt -Matt. Hosted by Zombelle, Molly Soda, 

Clairy Pear, & the Stardust crew.

Forthe last time ever, come dressed up in all colors shapes and sizes, and
embrace this much-needed entity in Nu Chicago nightlife. Stardust will
continue every Thursday, however this will be CULT’s last dance.

Drink specials: $1 Select Shots / $3 Bacardi Bombs /

$5 “Tropical Sex” pints / $2 PBR / $5.50 42 Below

Photos by ASL
RSVP for no cover:
Doors open at 10pm.

“‘[CULTis] one of the only places in Chicago where you’ll hear a SALEM track
mixed into a tribal mix of [Willow Smith’s] ‘Whip My Hair’ along with
juke, bitch tracks, acid, Drone, UK funky and house.’ Mixing emerging
dance styles with a hint of pop, CULT has lived up to its name, often
drawing capacity crowds.”
Time Out Magazine


Pamper Yourself with Great Personal Services in Boystown

In the last few months, some new personal service businesses
have popped up in Boystown, joining the ranks of long time style makers like
Tim Weber  of Restorations Salons .

We have been a fan of Tims Restoration salon since it’s
first opening in 1993, in Lincoln Park. (2151 N. Sheffield)  Tim steadily grew his business and
later opened 2 more locations, one in Andersonville (5349 N. Clark) and the newest spot in
Lakeview (3255 N. NBroadway).

What makes 
restoration different? or special? “Restoration Salons’ pride themselves on having experienced
professional stylists, a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, and the focus is on
hair and our goal is to restore
,” says Tim.

 Do guys in Chicago follow the trends?  or do their own thing, when it comes to

 “Trends can be tricky, by the time some of them catch on, its
time to move on… Some heads can pull off trends and some should never try
them… I usually try to make the client look there best; whether it is a trend
or timeless!”

How to choose a good salon or stylist?

“I  always say that a client needs to find 3 things: A salon that they like (the atmosphere,location,style) a stylist that they love (enjoy talking too, and happy to see them) and a stylist that can achieve a great cut/color. If you can find all three you will be happy for a long long time! Our staff is always ready with a friendly smile. We ensure you a great service and a high quality experience, that will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and restored!”

The new girl on the block is Kinley Preston, owner of the new VANITE‘  Paul Mitchell Focus Salon at  3161 N. Halsted. There are only 5 Focus Salons in the entire Chicagoland area and this is the 3rd such salon, in the city. 

So what is a “focus salon”? Kinley explained, “We carry the entire Paul Mitchell product line, including the pet products. The staff is Paul Mitchell trained and educated. 

We are happy to be a flourishing Local
Independent Business and active
in giving to our community. 
As a “Paul Mitchell Focus
Salon” we have the opportunity
to receive advanced training
from Premier National Award
Winning Stylists several times
each year. We are committed to
keeping up to date and pleased
to deliver these techniques with
the latest ideas to you! 
Cut and Coloring is our
specialty. We don’t settle for
average and neither should you! 
We offer you more than just a
cut.. get an experience! We think we offer a better quality service for the same price as some of our competitors.

Kinley’s new salon is sleek and elegant. I was pampered with a shampoo and cut recently. The comfort experience begins with the chairs and shampoo bowls. Both from Japan. Both providing comfort and allowing the guest to fully relax and enjoy the 5 minute scalp massage in the dimly lit, LED glowing room!

Kinley herself was a graduate of the Paul Mitchell School but chose to be an owner and manager, instead of a stylist.  A great side story –  FYI – John Paul Jones DeJoria, the mastermind behind Paul Mitchell, was born the second son of an Italian immigrant father and a Greek immigrant mother in Los Angeles. His parents divorced by the time he was two years old, and at nine he began selling Christmas cards and newspapers with his older brother to support his family. When his single mother proved unable to support both children, they were sent to an East Los Angeles foster home.

DeJoria spent much of his youth in a street gang in East Los Angeles, but changed when he was told that he would “never succeed at anything in life” by a math teacher at John Marshall High School. He graduated in 1962 and spent two years in the United States Navy, after which he floated through a series of jobs ranging from janitor to insurance salesman.

DeJoria entered the world of hair care as an employee of Redken Laboratories. He was fired from this position and in 1980, he formed John Paul Mitchell Systems with hairdresser Paul Mitchell and a loan for $700. In 1989, Paul Mitchell died and was replaced by his son, Angus as company co-owner. As of 2011, John Paul Mitchell Systems had revenues of $900 million annually.

So DeJoria understands personal struggles and hurdles. And he in fact, played a key role in Kinley’s life and was instrumental helping making her salon, a reality. “Three years ago, I was destitute. Living in my car. He really took a personal interest in my story, at a time when I was going through a lot. I wrote a business plan, and the company loved it.”

Now Kinleys salon is a reality and she is very involved with the community and sits on various boards from the local Chamber of Commerce to the Joffrey Ballet Auxiliary board.

The world is all about pure, natural  and organic these days. People are willing to pay a little more, for better products and services. 

There has been a global shift taking place in the food, water and health sectors, as we face consequences of environmental damage due to pollution, global warming, agricultural trends and pesticide usage. 

Enter Vincent Dinh of Savon Spa. (3635 North Halsted Street) “Growing up in Vietnam, everything we ate was organic.” explains Vincent. “There were no chemicals used. Poop was used to fertilize! With that experience growing up and then moving to America, it was like culture shock. OMG, the cucumbers are so big here! And no taste. My food was growing up was small, beqautiful and SO MUCH TASTE.

At Savon Spa, Amy, Vincent and their staff strive to give clients a luxurious, purifying organic spa experience in an elegant setting reminiscent of old world Paris. In fact,  much of the furniture inside the spa is eco-friendly reclaimed and/or refurbished.

Indulgent, Earth-friendly, organic products, hand-made organic soaps, scrubs, masks, lotions and treatments.  In atmosphere of serenity, warmth, and beauty, Savon Spa offers a soothing array of services. From  various massages (60 minute deep tissue $110), advanced facials (24k gold mask or placenta treatment $200), body treatments (Hungarian mud wraps $80), manicure, pedicure, waxing for men and women and non-surgical skin rejuvenation services by cutting-edge aestheticism Dr. Randa Sawan. “We offer a great no lift, non-yellowing nail treatment. There is no chemicals and no odor. And it’s stronger than acrylic or gel nails,” explained Vincent.

Every experience can be customized to the guests’ desires to provide the perfect escape from the city, whether it’s for a quick massage or an entire day devoted to absolute bliss. 

Savon Spa even offers “Beauty on the Go”, a mobile spa, designed to pamper you at home, in the office, or wherever your travels lead you.

Savon Spa is committed to giving you a perfect, joyful spa day every time you come in. “I have always had expensive taste.  And when I was a computer consultant I was able to travel the world a lot and stay at 5 star hotels and spas. Our goal here is offer a high end experience and make it more affordable. You’ll leave Savon Spa with brighter, softer skin and a brighter, softer soul.”


Getting Into Face with JoJo Baby and Sal-E

Legendary club kid, doll maker, makeup artist, costumer, and penis-sculpture enthusiast JoJo Baby costars with his clubbing companion, Sal-E, in Bernard Colbert’s lush new  12″ x 12″ coffee-table book Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e

Bernard’s lifelong passion is to capture high energy, emotionally charged portraits of interesting people.

For 17 years, Bernard has been perfecting his craft, working in the field of commercial and advertising photography.

‘In the vibrant community where I live and work, I find what I have
always been searching for- a sublime energy. Nightlife activity blends
with the arts and diversity of self expression abounds. Here, I can
freely pursue my dream: to document and celebrate that spark within,
which defines the unique nature of our human experience.’

GETTING INTO FACE is a visual feast in the tradition of 1990s club kids. See
performance artists JoJo Baby and Sal-E use their bodies as canvases to
become inspired and whimsical conceptual characters, executed with
expert skill using original, theatrical makeup and costumes. In more
than 100 portraits, photographer Bernard Colbert rigorously captures
these two performance artists in genius moments as psychedelic Hindi
gods, comic book villains, fantastical creatures, astronauts, and much,
much more.

 Colbert’s stunning portraits document these delightful
transformations over a five-year period and are the same body of work
featured in the Clive Barker documentary titled JoJo Baby. Through
Colbert’s collaboration with JoJo and Sal, viewers can experience a
front row seat to an ongoing show which has been entertaining club goers
in Chicago for two decades. This is a portfolio for the visually
adventuress and fans of true creative vision.

Every Monday night, JoJo Baby with friend Sal-E have gone to work as
hosts of Chicago’s largest and longest running house-music dance party,
the Boom Boom Room, which is currently on hiatus from its usual location
at Green Dolphin St., 2220 N. Ashland Ave., while the building
undergoes renovation. It took the duo hours to prepare, and Colbert was
there every week to capture the endlessly entertaining process. He said
he usually only had 10 to 15 minutes to photograph them before they went
on stage.

“Sometimes they would show up and I would look at what they were
wearing and try and quickly comprehend what they were up to, because
sometimes it’s high concept and it’s not obvious right away,” Colbert
said. “It’s interesting right away, but it’s like, ‘What the heck is
going on?’ So I scramble and try and make it happen.”

Colbert, who took courses in commercial photography at Columbia from
1989–1991, said he loves portrait photography and has been drawn to
performers such as models, musicians and athletes—people who are both
interesting and like being photographed.

The combination of unplanned imagination and spontaneity kept Colbert
continually inspired. He said the most successful images captured an
indescribable magic that would often occur.

“It was something that would elevate it from an interesting time to
really high art, and it’s something that fascinates me,” Colbert said.
“It feels elusive, but when you find that you can do it time and time
again, it’s really fun to keep trying to do it.”

The book will also be available at local
bookstores in Chicago and
Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e


Steamwerkz The Musical Selling out! And Extended!

Even Steamworks!


In a brand new musical from The Annoyance, a wide-eyed gay boy comes to Chicago and makes friends with a ragtag group of characters at Chicago’s most beloved gay bathhouse – Steamwerkz.

“Steamwerkz The Musical” is directed by Clay Goodpasture. Goodpasture is a writer, actor, producer and director that has worked at The Second City, iO, The Playground, and The Annoyance.  He is an ensemble member of GayCo Productions and is fresh off of a year-long run of last summer’s blockbuster hit spectacular, “The Boy Scout Musical, Knot Prepared” which he co-created with Mick Napier.  His directing credits include “Cockettes: A Christmas Spectacular” and “Dread Pirate.” 



“Steamwerkz The Musical”  plasy every Friday at 10:00PM.

 Tickets are $20, $15 for students and  can be purchased at the company’s website or by calling the box office: 773.561.HONK (4665). The Annoyance is located at 4830 N. Broadway, Chicago, Illinois. AND it’s a cute little space.  You can have a drink and see some cool shows!

Steamwerkz-The Musical

Think Alice in Wonderland with glory holes. In this delightfully filthy
musical comedy, a lunkhead from Nebraska follows the stud of his dreams
into a Boystown bathhouse and finds himself in an alternate universe
full of eccentric inhabitants (twinks, trolls, the “King of Steam”),
mind-altering substances, and unique customs (everybody wears towels,
humps anything that moves). Though the comedy goes limp (sorry) as the
through-the-looking-glass premise gives way to a story about lonely
souls “looking for love and settling for less,” the show is redeemed by
Tara Trudel’s peppy score and some sharply drawn characterizations from
the cast. Zach Zimmerman and Chris Kervick are especially good as a pair
of empty-headed front-desk clerks
. -Zac Thompson” 
Chicago Reader


Gay Liberation Network August 1st Meeting

Chicago ’s Multi-Issue, LGBT
 Direct Action Group!

attention to equality and liberation for LGBTs, against America ‘s wars,
supporting labor and immigrant rights, and more, the 
Gay Liberation Network
is there. 

We meet at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at the
Berger Park Cultural Center , at the northeast corner of Sheridan Road
and Granville Avenue (about 3 blocks east of the “Granville” Red Line el

See you AUGUST 1st!  at 7pm.


Gay Deaf Men in Chicago Host 5 Day Event


A group of Deaf Gay men from the Chicagoland
is proud to present the third Deaf Queer Men Only (DQMO) gathering to
take place in Chicago, IL on August 1-5, 2012 for Deaf Gay men from all
over the world to socialize, network, and celebrate our identity as Deaf
Queer Men! DQMO 2012′s theme is ‘A Time to Debrief

This event is a very unique opportunity for Deaf Gay men who love
other men to get together and have fun! The long weekend extravaganza
includes exciting workshops, team building and bonding activities,
multiple contests, touring in the city of Chicago (you will be surprised
with what Chicago have to offer), nightly gatherings and many more.



The People Speak Live with MATT DAMON Jan 31

Based off of the 2009 documentary, The People Speak, The People Speak, Live!
is a benefit performance that features dramatic readings of written
works from people of the past.

This month’s performance will include
readings of a fifteenth century priest documenting Columbus’ arrival in
the New World, a fugitive slave’s scathing letter to a former master,
the words of pathbreaking Chicago labor organizers, testimony of civil
rights activists and more.

The People Speak, Live! performance has officially added
Academy Award Winner Matt Damon
to host the event and compliment a cast
of local talent. The supporting cast includes Robert Breuler and Alana
Arenas of the Steppenwolf Theater, various local poets and Rick Kogan of
the Tribune.

The Chicago premiere will be at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., on Jan. 31st.

Tickets are available at $11 to $24. Doors open at 6pm. Performance at 7pm.

Premium tickets available also.


Arbonne Health and Wellness Products Come to Chicago

I recently discovered  ARBONNE!  

And  wanted to tell you about it!  Arbonne is a highly
regarded, premium brand with a Swiss heritage. The products are healthy,
botanically based and inspired by nature. The Arbonne experience starts
with changing the appearance of your skin, then it’s about changing
your life.  – And with harsh, dry, cold Chicago winters, we can all use a little Arbonne!

know that when it comes to buying skin care, cosmetics and nutrition
products, the recommendations and advice from people you trust are

pure, safe, beneficial™

I was on a search for better anti-aging products, than the ones I was using. And I found Arbonne. They have a line called  RE9  for Men. 4 easy to use products with ingredients to soften and minimize signs of aging and helping with fine lines!

I also love the beach and sun in the summer – and I found that they offer  before and after sun products. And again, these are made with natural ingredients, which is important to me.

Arbonne products are dermatologist-tested and botanically
based. Arbonne offers premium-quality beauty, health and wellness
products with targeted results. “We employ consumer and clinical testing
to reinforce our research and ensure our proprietary formulas deliver
unparalleled performance
.” –  and in most cities, there are local reps to help you make your purchases and offer advice.

Troy Karnoff is my local Chicago specialist.



In The Jungle – Final Weeks! Theatre in the Round

In the Jungle
 is a play about a fight between two men, George Garga and C Shlink.   –  and it is being staged inside  Brown Elephant in Andersonville!

Wakadoo Productions and the Howard
Brown Health Organization are pleased to present Wallace Dirge’s
adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, directed by
Emmy-nominee Keaton Wooden
. As part of an ongoing mission of Wakadoo
Productions to use Art to serve the community in tangible ways, half of
all ticket proceeds will go to the Howard Brown Health
Organization to
help promote sexual wellness in Chicago for the LGBT community.

Dirges’ In the Jungle, an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the
Jungle of Cities, is an allegorical story of the epic battle between a
wealthy businessman and a poor bookseller in 1912 Chicago.

production is running  until  Dec. 18th  at Brown Elephant, 5404 N Clark, at the site of the historic Calo
Theatre in Andersonville.
Each evening the thrift store will be
transformed into a 1912 makeshift boxing ring, with set designed by the
talented Shaun Renfro.

Edward Eberwine III plays  George Garga.  Written in Germany in 1921 but set in Chicago, 1912, In the Jungle portrays the arbitrary duel of a lumber merchant and a poor book clerk.  It takes place in the form of a boxing match, with each scene representing one round. Shlink is a wealthy lumber merchant at the start of the play and Garga is only a clerk in a book lending library. 

The setting was partially inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, but contains Brecht’s unique imagination and mistaken assumptions about America.  Among the many themes of the play are communism, capitalism, animalism, love, hate and human isolation.  It is a dense, nihilistic portrayal of the human condition. 

We want to make a powerful, memorable event that will not only affect Chicago emotionally, but also physically,” explains director Wooden. “This piece is a tale of the senseless power of hatred, its devilish intimacy and its ultimate destruction, how easily we resort to it and how painful the results are. The danger and perhaps even the draw of this story is its acknowledgment that we all have thought to resort to the vulgar actions made by these characters. I am thrilled to bring this haunting story to the Chicago community.”

“Overall, this a remarkable production, a powerful piece of work
performed in an unlikely setting, with a host of amazingly strong
performances – 9 out of 10 STARS… “

  you can all now get discounts to see the
Originally a $30 ticket, you can now get 1/2 price tickets! 

Go to and type
 in the promotional code “georgewins” for a $15.00 ticket.

For more information, please visit