Category Archives: Art

IGNITE Chicago Rooftop Party for AFC May 16th


Light our fight. Ignite our future.

Igniting our 30th year of service –

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

IGNITE  Fantastic Rooftop party coming May 16th!

Open bar, delectable world fare and dancing. Guests will also enjoy live glass artistry, roof-top views of the sunset over the skyline, and chances to win Luxury Vacation Packages in our raffle.

Friday, May 16 – 6-9PM  |  Tickets: $185

Ignite Glass Studio – Map
401 North Armour Street
Chicago, Illinois 60642

Valet parking will be available upon arrival at 401 North Armour Street. 




Justin Jedlica Plastic Surgery Expert and Consultant

justin jedlica

If you could have free plastic surgery, what would you have done?

I think many gay people, especially gay men, pay A LOT of attention to their looks and to their body. Feeling good about yourself and getting compliments on how you look, give a person a boost of self confidence.

If I had the money, there are a number of things I would have done, trust me.

So why do so many judge Justin Jedlica, the human Ken doll,  which by the way, I hate that label.  Justin recently said, “I would say more of my inspiration stems from ‘manga’ or anime. I find that much more appealing in all honestly than a Ken doll. It’s sort of that over-stylized, cartoonish version of human form [that I like]. I have all these haters on my page being like, ‘Does that mean you want to cut off your penis?’ And I’m like actually, I wish it was dragging on the ground like anime. [Laughs] There’s actually this subgroup of people do that—they cut off their nipples and bellybuttons and castrate themselves!”

I have known Justin personally for about 2 years. He is very down to earth, very well traveled and educated. People assume he is a rich spoiled brat when in fact, he comes from a very simple lower middle class background. People who do not know him try to judge him and hate on him. I don’t understand that.

Justin and his husband of 5 years relocated to Chicago last year but Justin finds himself traveling all of time and most of his clients are in New York and Los Angeles naturally, where plastic surgery is more prevalent.

Your body is your temple, and Justin  can act as the architect–your design specialist. From his many years of personal experience within the body modification arena, Justin now retains an arsenal of the most skilled, accredited, cosmetic medical specialists who act with the utmost discretion. Through his discreet referral, consultative and coordinator services, Justin and his team can assure you the most direct and comprehensive route to achieve your desired result (whether subtle or more extreme).


He says, (and I totally agree), “Who are people to tell me that [my surgeries] looks weird? I mean, why is western culture the only correct perception of beauty? That’s just ridiculous. It’s a completely ignorant statement. There seems to be this overwhelming idea that you should be happy with what God gave you or what you were born with. There’s this weird stigma around allowing yourself to feel ownership over your own body and really take charge of how people view it. I don’t understand that at all.”

Don’t Hate! Appreciate!



Audio Archaeology offers Vintage Records, Nostalgia and Vinyl Lifestyle

nick at vinyl store chicago audio archeology

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.”

vintage vinyl chicago

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.




SOFA Expo all this Weekend – Amazing Art

It’s cold outside and Halloween is over – so what are going to do this weekend?

Go to SOFA  at Navy pier!

Urban Expositions presents the 20th annual SOFA CHICAGO, the world’s foremost fair devoted to Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design,
at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall from Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November

Celebrating SOFA CHICAGO’s landmark
20 years with a fantastic selection of  art and design presented by nearly 70
galleries from across the U.S. and around the world.

Friday  11am-7pm
Saturday  11am – 7pm
Sunday  Noon – 6pm

The entrance to SOFA CHICAGO 2013 will be at the east end of Navy Pier,   Entrance 2

Tickets are available online, or at the door.
Cash and credit cards (VISA, American Express & Mastercard) are accepted.

General Admission   $15 or 3  Day  Pass   $25

For more information about group tickets, call our office at 800.563.7632 or email


A free trolley runs between Navy Pier and State Street, along Grand
Avenue and Illinois Street during SOFA CHICAGO general admission. 

Trolley service begins 1 hour before the fair opens and runs 1 hour
after the fair closes.  Trolleys typically run every 20 minutes, pick-up
points are indicated by ‘Navy Pier Trolley Stop’ signs along the route.

Complimentary art shuttle service between SOFA/Navy Pier (Entrance
2). The Museum of Contemporary Art (Front Steps) and the River North
Gallery district (Superior and Franklin Streets).

Sponsored in part by Chicago Gallery News and participating galleries.

Shuttle Hours:

Friday, November 1
Noon – 8 pm
Saturday, November 2
Noon – 5 pm
Sunday, November 3
11 am – 2 pm


SOFA 20 Expo at Navy Pier Oct 31 – Nov 3

Latchezar Boyadjeiv      Freedom-1, 2013
Cast glass     40 x 25 x 6 in       Habatat Galleries

GORGEOUS ARTWORK  at  SOFA  EXPO  2013!  Atlanta‐based show management company Urban Expositions has acquired the
international Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA)
from The Art Fair Company. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this
year, SOFA is the largest and longest continually running art fair in

Urban Expositions plans to build a division specializing in art
fairs and SOFA is their first such acquisition. The Art Fair Company
will continue to run the fair during a transition period and Urban
Expositions will take over at the completion of the upcoming 2013 event.
SOFA will take place at the Navy Pier’s Festival Hall in Chicago,
October 31 – November 3, 2013.

Vivian Beer     Low Rider, 2013
Steel, patina and ferrocement     (concrete)     48 X 42 X 34 in         Wexler Gallery

Nancy Josephson   Killer, 2013
Fly ashtray, insecticide spray pump, glass beads, rhinestone, Scrabble letters,
assorted embellishments          5 x 8 x 24 in       Judy Saslow Gallery

“We are thrilled to take ownership of an event that is so well known and
respected by galleries, collectors, museum curators, artists, dealers
and countless other members of the international art and design
communities,” says Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “With the
expert guidance and invaluable industry insight of Mark Lyman, Donna
Davies and the entire SOFA team, we will initiate a seamless transition
process through to the 2013 fair that builds upon the event’s solid
foundation and impressive reputation by continuing to grow its exhibit,
educational, and networking opportunities.” 

“Urban Expositions is the perfect management team to take over
the ownership of SOFA,” explains Mark Lyman. “Urban partners Doug Miller
and Tim von Gal have built their own company through a hands-on
management style and keen desire to truly understand and serve the
specialized needs and business goals of their customers. When we began
talking about the acquisition opportunity, they instantly understood
that this fair’s distinctive focus, unique educational programming and
sense of community were the underlying keys to its longevity. I have
every confidence they will continue to enhance the SOFA experience for
the international art community.” 

Caprice Pierucci      White Seafoam
pine     36 x 54 x 12 in        Diehl Gallery

Lyman launched SOFA CHICAGO at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in 1994.
The first edition drew 58 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors. Located at
Navy Pier since 1995, today SOFA CHICAGO attracts around 80 exhibitors
each year and its average attendance is close to 34,000. 

The artwork exhibits are presented from dealers around the world
in a host of media, including glass, ceramics, textiles, wood and
metalwork by artists at every stage of their careers. SOFA CHICAGO
features a signature lecture series, including presentations by renowned
artists, collectors, curators, critics and designers. In addition, a
number of special exhibits, tours and live demonstrations further
enhance the educational outreach of the fair.

OPENING NIGHT  is  October 31st!

7 – 9:00 pm

Friday  11am-7pm,  Saturday   11am – 7pm   and  Sunday Noon – 6pm

Tickets are available online, or at the door.
Cash and credit cards (VISA, American Express & Mastercard) are accepted.

Groups (10 or more) 
$12.00 (in advance)



Sacha’s Bling Bow Ties

The Ravenswood Art Walk continues TODAY  Sunday Oct 6th, 2013, 11am – 6pm
and at  3711  N. Ravenswood #  144 and 146  is a group of deaf artists. This event is a celebration of the visual arts and enjoys an attendance of thousands visitors from the Ravenswood Art Walk,
which the festival also coincides on the same dates and location. The
festival gives patrons the FREE and special opportunity to meet and talk
with Deaf visual artists.
One of my favorites  is  Sacha’s  BLING BOW TIES!   Gorgeous ties perfect for any event – for men or women.  Stop by and see him work and see his site an order a tie for that fabulous holiday party coming up!

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.




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


Chicago House Bird House, Art Auction and Cocktail Party June 20th

Birdhouse extravaganza! June 20, 2013

Join Co-Chairs Jerry
Sanfilippo, Spyros Petros, Denise Antonucci, Erik Retzer & Jim
Josephson for the Pride Kickoff event EVERYONE is crowing about!

Toast the Summer Season with
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on artwork and birdhouses
from the city’s Most unique designers! Functional birdhouses, funky art,
and auction pieces for any shopper!

Where: Room & Board Downtown Chicago Store

55 East Ohio Street    Chicago, Illinois

Time: 6-9 p.m.


Advance tickets: $70     Door tickets: $80


Get Dosed! At Dose Market Sunday April 14

Get DOSED! on Sunday, April 14th at the River East Art Center, 
435 E. Illinois St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

is a monthly market featuring the finest selection of vendors in one
place: the modern, lofted halls of the River East Art Center. Join us
once a month to celebrate Chicago’s most dynamic gathering of innovative
fashion, artisan food and high design.

 There’s no better way to spend a

$10 gets you in – Free cocktails and food tastings and Fabulous shopping!
Serving up a stunning selection of the finest in food and fashion, join us and 50 Dosers !

You heard it here first: this is the finest drinking vodka on the planet and it wears its Chicago stars with pride. Next Star Vodka make
their DOSE debut with gratis pours of their stellar Chicago mule —
ginger beer, lime juice and their fanatic-inspiring spirit — the perfect
way to get ready for your Très Awesome photoshoot.

You heard us right: this DOSE is your time to shine. Wear your
favorite outfit (or build it at the Market and get plenty of help) and
find yourself on the sweep in front of Chicago’s reigning street-style
maven, Emma Arnold of Très AwesomeWith
seriously cool technology, you’ll not only get a great shot, you’ll
have a shot at winning some fantastic Spring accessories.
Your ticket to DOSE always includes the opportunity to try the
finest brews, wines and spirits free of charge if you’re the appropriate
age. We realize, though, different strokes for different folks. You may
now trade in your drink ticket for DOSE h2o!

Dose Market

Check this out!
Need a free ride there??  Have you heard of the SIDE CAR app?

CHI will be providing DOSE-goers the opportunity to try the service and
snag a free ride to the Market this Sunday! Just enter the code
ILOVEDOSE for a $15 credit toward your first ride.

Chicago House, Willis Tower and Absolute Wrapture Jan 24th

Chicago House & Co-Chairs Dennis Remer, Sean Kotwa, David Kaufman,Tom Segal, Christopher Hubbard & Sean Ward invite you to enjoy a fresh new fusion of  one-of-a-kind artwork up for auction and windy city views alongside the premiere of a tasty new tune from Absolut!

Thursday, January 24th

Willis Tower Skydeck   99th Floor
233 South Franklin (Building’s East Lobby Entrance)

5PM: VIP Early Arrival

6PM-9PM: General Guest Arrival

LIMITED VIP TICKET 50% Sold Out: $150, includes EARLY ARRIVAL at 5PM, a commemorative visit and photo opportunity on The Ledge, plus a VIP swag bag of treats from Garrett Popcorn, Kiehl’s, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and much more!  


New In 2013!
Expedited Entry through Willis Tower’s multiple passenger elevators!

Early arrival for VIP’s!

Paperless auction with cellular bidding!

More unique artwork!

 NEW year, NEW tune, SAME great cause

 Tickets at or phone (773) 248-5200 x. 303


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


$500 Poster Contest for 2013 Gay Six Flags Event

“Out in the Park” at Six Flags Great America returns in 2013 with a BANG!  

A private LGBT event featuring unlimited riding of  ALL  Six Flags Great America’s amazing rides (X-Flight, Superman, Batman, etc.) , live music by an internationally sought after DJ who calls Chicago home, Matthew Harvat, delivering a complete party-celebration dance area everyone can enjoy! Plus some surprise celebrity guests and niche entertainment venues! and (Sponsor) are excited to return with an all new LGBT Celebratory event and fundraiser at Six Flags Great America. “We are very excited to be asked to return this year to Six Flags Great America and their excitement in allowing us this unique opportunity to produce such an awesome private event for our community at their park,” said Derrick Sorles, owner of “We are proud to have another charity benefiting this year.”
In preparation for the marketing campaign for Chicago’s 2nd Annual “Out In The Park”  2013, is seeking  artists interested in creating a prize-worthy poster and postcard design promoting the 2013 Six Flags Great America Celebration.

500 Posters and 30,000 Postcards will be printed and distributed in
Chicagoland, Wisconsin, parts of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana! 
Plus we’ll have ads and banners on websites everywhere including
Facebook. Your name will be on everything, giving the artist amazing exposure!

This was last year’s poster:

  • The competition is open to all interested artists and graphic designers.
  • All submissions must be received before the deadline to be considered in the competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions entered.
  • There is no cost to submit.
  • Entries will be accepted from individuals, collaborative teams, or design firms, with prize money being split between the entrants listed on the submission.
  • The winner will be given credit for design on artwork to include a name or website reference on all printed material and on, and other websites that run the official press release.
All interested artists are asked to complete and submit their work for review and judging before 5pm, March 1st, 2013.

The winning design as chosen by will receive $500 and 2 tickets to the “Out In The Park” at Six Flags Great America 2013 Celebration ($80.00 Value).

There are also prizes of $39 complementary “Out In The Park” tickets from for their other favorites and Facebook fan favorite art designs. and the artist(s) will share equal rights to the uses of the image.

*This was the BACK of last years postcard – we’ll be looking to totally redesign the back, with much less information:


Information the artists need to know:

On Saturday, September 14, 2013, (from 9pm – 1am), the park will be closed to the general public for this private event. ALL the rides will be open. There will be NO LINES to ride rides – ride as much as you want. Ticketholders will  enjoy the music of DJ Matthew Harvat as it is heard live throughout most the park. Matthew will do what he does best as he creates a signature dance area experience never seen before at Six Flags Great America. This amazing event welcomes all LGBT friendly folks from the five surrounding states coming together to pride-fully celebrate on this once-a year extremely special Saturday night!

Tickets for admission to the park are $39 includes FREE PARKING!  A portion of all  tickets sold will benefit (Charity TBD 2/1/13).

Example below of artwork retooled for ad: is looking for artwork and a design that immediately grab your attention visually and look like something REALLY FUN that you feel compelled to buy a ticket for , grab some friends and get out and have a BLAST!

Entries must include:

  • OUT IN THE PARK official logo
  • official logo
  • All text necessary to create the sell message
  • Additional sponsor/media partner logos
  • Beyond bright and colorful!
  • Use of park ride(s) and feeling of fun and/or movement
  • The rest is up to you and your vision!

Entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Overall impact of eye-catching appeal
  • Visual attractiveness
  • Ability to draw the viewer in
  • Clear and concise messaging
  • Appropriateness of graphics used
  • Off the-chart creativity
  • Must be appropriate for all ages.

Include your name, address, email and phone number on with each submission to
BestGayCities (at) gmail (dot) com.
All submissions will be judged based on content, appeal and marketability. The decisions of the judges will be final.

Guidelines are as follows:
   – Size 11″ X 17″ Entries should be developed at least 300dpi, but can be submitted at a lower resolution.
 – Final winner will submit 300dpi  PDF – and be able to tool poster theme into postcard size and various sized ads.
   – Must be original artwork. Do not submit copyrighted work. BE CAREFUL using stock images for rides that do not exist at Six Flags Great America. We can not show a full ride image, of a ride that does not exist. However, you could  cut out portions of a generic ride and riders, if needed.

PLEASE call or email for more information needed or ANY questions!
Michael or Derrick   773-878-5323

Special Holiday Sale and Party Dec. 5th
invite you to Celebrate the Holidays and Shop LOCAL.

2 of our favorite new small businesses at one Boystown address!

MEBLE Design Studio & Vanite’ Paul Mitchell Focus Salon

Meet and greet the dynamic mother-daughter duo Agnes & Danuta at Meble Design where they sell antiques, artwork, unique interior design pieces, upholstery and accent items – all AMAZINGLY PRICED.

From pictures and accents to couches and chairs – it’s ALL HERE!
Need a custom piece created or have an item you would like refurbished, updated or bedazzled? That’s their specialty!
ALL guests will enjoy 30% off store items or services discussed during this special event!

ALSO, meet Kinley Preston and her staff at the brand new Vanite Paul Mitchell Hair Salon for men & women.

Kinley will be on hand showing off her gorgeous new salon space and you can pick up Paul Mitchell samples and ENJOY 30% OFF all Paul Mitchell products.

PLUS, everyone gets a swag bag of goodies, just for stopping by!

Come have some wine and cheese and shop and mingle!
Please RSVP, if you can.

Its an Open House event party 5-9pm, so stop in and peruse and mingle anytime convenient and bring a friend.
But if you do stop by during the day, just mention and the 30% off special will apply.

It is so important that we are aware of the small businesses in our community so that we can refer them to friends and support and shop local when we can so that they continue to be in business in the future.

3161 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657


World Aids Day

                                            What does AIDS look like?

Sci-Fi Meets Theatre as Intergalactic Nemesis hits Chicago

How It Works:
Three actors voice dozens of characters, one artist creates hundreds of
sounds, and one keyboardist accompanies while more than 1,000
hand-drawn, blow-your-mind comic-book images blast from a large screen.

The Story:
The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winner Molly Sloan and her intrepid
assistant Timmy Mendez have traveled to Transylvania to meet a key
contact for a story about illegal pelt smuggling. As the crackling
fireplace warms the room against the blizzard outside, their contact,
Vlad, tells them that their story is at a dead end: all of the smugglers
have either disappeared or been killed by … something.

 There are
rumors of monsters in the Carpathian Mountains. Vlad hands Molly and
Timmy a map of something called the Central Hive when suddenly an
assassin appears in the doorway and Vlad falls dead, a knife in his

Almost as suddenly, a mysterious and handsome stranger appears
behind the assassin, throws the assassin into the roaring fire, and
tells Molly and Timmy to run for their lives. Reporter Molly Sloan and
her assistant Timmy Mendez have stumbled upon the story of the century.

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2012.  7:30 pm

Grab your seats now . . . before it’s too late!

“Totally nuts and a ton of fun! Do not miss it!” — The Austinist

“Something you simply must experience if you are a fan of awesome.” —

Moraine Valley Community College
Fine & Performing Arts Center
9000 West College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Phone (708) 974-5500


Beautiful Art from Around the World – SOFA Nov. 2-4

If you want to see jaw-dropping eye-popping Art and Design
                                                 the SOFA exhibition is a MUST SEE!

The Art Fair Company, based in Chicago, presents the critically
acclaimed international art fair SOFA CHICAGO 2012 at the historic Navy
Pier Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4.

This popular three-day event
features masterworks of contemporary and modern arts and design,
sculpture, functional art, outsider, ethnographic, non-traditional folk
and visionary art, plus related special exhibitions and a lecture

SOFA CHICAGO enjoys the prestigious position of being the largest and
longest continually running art fair in Chicago, a mainstay of the
city’s cultural and social calendar. “In 2010 we added a new dimension
of art to SOFA CHICAGO with the Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider
Art,” says Donna Davies, Director of SOFA art fairs in Chicago and New
York. “We’ve been thrilled to see our collectors fully embrace the
Intuit galleries and artists, so this year we are integrating those
galleries under one unifying fair umbrella, SOFA CHICAGO 2012.”

“It really is a feast for the eyes!” says Derrick Sorles, of

Glass will be a major focus this year as SOFA will be celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of the Studio Glass movement. The pioneers of the movement
have Midwest roots that
has since expanded and developed to be international in scope. In fact
Chicago’s Floating World Gallery will be showcasing 10-12 works by a
Japanese artists who was so excited about SOFA the she created new works
which will be shown for the first time at SOFA!
There are special exhibits, lectures and more.

The Corning Glass Road
Show will once again be on site.

There are a couple of artists with Chicago connections that
might make for a fascinating chat:
Barbara Cooper,  (left) whose work is showcased by Chicago’s Perimeter Gallery, and
Brian Dettmer 
(below – who  grew up in Naperville and until 2006 resided in Chicago), who will be
featured by the Chicago’s Packer Schopf. 

Both create extremely
fascinating work using existing materials.
Both Cooper and Dettmer will be on site at SOFA.

PLAN TO SPEND A DAY at SOFA. There is so much to see and do.
Lots of Booth talks,
book signings,film screenings
and lecture series. There is something here for everyone’s taste.

There are some very special exhibits this year, including:

Eye of Mr I : A retrospective of artwork by legendary self-taught artist Gregory
Warmak, a.ka. Mr. Imagination (1948-2012), known for his transformation
of discarded objects into works of art.

Bags Across the Globe (BAG) is a global intervention conceived and
carried out by Ann Savageau from 2008 to the present. The large-scale
installation addresses the disastrous unintended environmental
consequences of one of the most widespread consumer products on the
globe, the single use plastic shopping bag.

Among Fellows : An Exhibition of Work by the 2012 College of Fellows.  Since 1975, the American Craft Council (ACC) has recognized significant
contributions to the field of craft by awarding the distinction of
Fellow of the Council.

Part of the ACC’s commitment “to honor those who
have made an outstanding contribution to the crafts in America,” this
special exhibit features significant works by 2012 elected Fellows
Sharon Church, Anne Currier, Andrea Gill, Lewis Knauss, Tom Loeser,
Dante Marioni, and Sherri Smith, and Gold Medalist Stephen De Staebler.

Dates & Hours
Friday, November 2   
    11 am – 7 pm

Saturday, November 3
    11 am – 7 pm

Sunday, November 4
    Noon – 6 pm

    Photography is not permitted. Cameras must be checked at coat check for a fee.

GET TICKETS ONLINE – 3 day passes  and  group tickets are available!

See you  at  SOFA 2012!


Chicago Lost and Found Benefit at The Victor May 24

Chicago Lost and Found is a not-for-profit organization
committed to art education and inspiring creativity throughout the city.

This organization re-purposes materials that otherwise become landfill, creating unusual art, fashion and functional furnishings. Sales from creations assist in funding art education throughout Chicago.

“Where most people see trash, I see possibility” says Mitch Pennell, founder and creative director.

The most recent creation from the CL&F studio is the clutch bag. This must-have bag is
fabricated from once fashionable men’s trousers or designer fabric samples headed for
the trash. Yesterday’s style relic becomes today’s chic fashion accessory.

Thursday May 24th, Chicago Lost and Found presents “The Big Picture” an annual
event where even the smallest contribution makes a huge difference.

Setting a new precedence in fund-raising, “The Big Picture” introduces a fresh concept
with a pop-up boutique presented by Andersonville Galleria, featuring an array of
hand-made goods by area artists and craftsmen. Total sales from the boutique will
be matched by pledges made prior to the event. This “shop-a-thon” allows guests to
purchase items they love or even gifts for someone special. In turn, each dollar spent is
multiplied through pledges to fund the mission of art education.

Top billing for this star-studded event includes delicacies from Chicago’s own Top Chef
favorite, Dale Levitski – Sprout/Frog N Snail
in cooperation with Pure Kitchen Catering
and A-list party planner, Debi Lilly /A Perfect Event. Entertainment includes international
cabaret duo Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen with fashion illustrations by Rosemary
And a special appearance and performance by the fabulous Cyon Flare.
Plus signature cocktails from Patron and Ultimat Vodka.

This ticketed event is a party to celebrate the arts and invite the community to learn
more about the unconventional mission of turning junk into art and art into education.
This is an event you do not want to miss! Get your tickets now, space is limited and this event will sell out.

While funding for the arts and education is on a constant decline, it is paramount
community organizations like Chicago Lost and Found step in to fill the void. CL&F
offers a unique way to help while providing additional benefits for the city and

 YES! Just $30 for an amazing event of art, food, and drink!

But only until May 18th! Then $40 @ the door – with limited availability.

For tickets and more information about the event:

Chicago Lost and Found May 24, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
 at The Victor, (311 N. Sangamon)


Chicago House Champagne Wrapture Benefit 2012 at Willis Tower

Champagne Darling, Champagne for Everyone!!
Notorious for its history of innovation! 
Through the centuries Veuve Clicquot has become known as The Champagne  House with cutting edge ideas!

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is both a champagne house in Reims, France, and a brand of premium champagne. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. The 1811 comet vintage of Veuve Clicquot is theorized to have been the first truly “modern” Champagne due to the advancements in the méthode champenoise which Veuve Clicquot pioneered through the technique of remuage.

Each year Chicago House hosts a Veuve Clicquot benefit at a different venue. This year the event  reaches  the highest high!

On the 99th floor of the Willis Tower, high flying treats and bubbly drinks await you!

Artists from around the city present their  various interpretations of Clicquot and a fantastic silent auction keeps everyone bidding throughout the evening as bubbly flows.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Time: 6pm

Where: The SkyDeck, Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL



World Aids Day – FREE HIV Testing Today


observed December 1 every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

has killed more than 26 million people.   and an estimated 35 million
people worldwide live with HIV,  making it one of the most destructive
epidemics in recorded history. It is NOT OVER.

in the U.S. about 50,000 people become infected with HIV annually. New
numbers from the CDC indicate that nearly 1 in 5 people (about 240,000)
don’t know they are infected.

Today from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., staff members from Howard

Brown will offer free HIV testing at the Brown Elephant

(Andersonville), 5404 N. Clark.

Model, actor,
athlete, designer  Jack Mackenroth
has quickly become the most visible,
out HIV+ advocate and educator in the country… if not the world. With the release of his  gorgeous, sexy 2012 calendar,
he is  raising  both money and awareness for AIDS research, and to
show through his photographs that a person living with HIV can be in top
physical form, healthy and sexy.All proceeds  Benefit  AMFAR.

His  AUTOGRAPHED, high-quality, glossy, limited  edition, 15-month calendar has been selling like hotcakes since September.

The calendar begins in January 2012 and continues through May
2013. Each month features a different photographer with a very different
style.  $14.95!!  Buy a couple. One for you and one for friends!  This
is sure to be a sell out!! And every calendar sold helps the fight!