Category Archives: Cabaret

EDIE in Chicago August 18

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DIRECT FROM HER 4000TH SHOW 
ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP

DRAG SENSATION    EDIE!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18th

@ DAVENPORTS PIANO BAR & CABARET

On a break from her ten-show-per-week schedule as the emcee of one of Las Vegas’ hottest shows, drag sensation EDIE brings her solo show to Davenports for one night only!

EDIE just celebrated her 4000th show as the Mistress of Sensuality in Cirque du Soleil’s ZUMANITY. After 8 years in the role, the gender-bending entertainer has performed for more than 3 million people.

On August 18, the leggy showgirl will sing and dance her way through a high octane hour of original songs and standards all with her signature 60s go-go style. Add her famous high-kickin choreography, stories from her new life in Sin City, and her witty, off-the-cuff audience banter and you have the reason the San Francisco Chronicle “strongly advises seeing the incredible EDIE whose talent and legs go on forever.”

A native of Portland, OR, EDIE began her professional dance career at the age of 17 with Ballet Oregon. For the next eleven years she danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Pennsylvania Ballet before moving to New York to pursue musical theater. EDIE quickly became a fixture in New York City where she racked up a bevy of awards including Best Drag Queen (HX Award), Best Dance Artist and Entertainer of the Year (Glammy Award). She starred in her autobiographical, off-Broadway show “LEGS!,” performed on the MTV Video Music Awards, appeared on “Sex and the City,” was featured at Wigstock and Broadway Bares, and made her Broadway debut alongside Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming in the Tony-nominated revival of “The ThreePenny Opera” at Studio 54.

EDIE will perform her solo show at DAVENPORTS PIANO BAR & CABARET (1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Thursday, August 18th at 8PM. Tickets may be purchased at reservations.davenportspianobar.com

 

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BIG BOOK OF DRAG AND ART

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WHAT A GORGEOUS BOOK! And for a coffee table art book, its very affordable at about $35! Why Drag?

224 pages of the biggest and most diverse queens across America and beyond, all answering the question, Why drag?

Everyone loves to gag over photographs of their favorite queens, and chances are, some of the photographs have been taken by talented drag queen photographer, Magnus Hastings. His popular Facebook page, Dragged Around the World, archives some of his best work.

This celebrated artist has been photographing drag queens for the past 10 years- and his artwork showcasing queens is taking the world by storm! LAST YEAR, Hastings’ first photo exhibition in New York, Why Drag?, ran during Pride, at the OUT HOTEL. The best part about this unique exhibition is that each queen he photographs explains why it is that they do drag (but you’ll have to the exhibit to see that!) – Now, you can get the book!

Magnus Hastings came up through the London Gay scene and quickly gained recognition as one of the forerunners of his type of the pop art photography. playing with campy ideas when it was not fashionable to do so and embracing drag queens as a subject and study. He says, a “child of drag,” prone to putting on his sister’s clothes and dancing around his childhood home. But he didn’t truly discover the drag world until much later, long after he himself had stopped dressing across gender lines.

He completely revamped the Gaydar franchise in 2009 and has been published worldwide in magazines such as Glamour (uk), GQ (uk), Cosmopolitan (Italy),People (usa) , US weekly (use), Attitude (uk) ,AXM (uk), Bent (uk), QX international (uk), Blue (australia), Boyz (uk), Nois (spain) to name a few.

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In 2003, on a visit to Sydney, Hastings walked into the Arq nightclub and saw the drag queen Vanity Faire lip-syncing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz in a flawless Dorothy outfit. The experience changed his life.

“I started shooting drag because it’s my home and my world and it feels like my family,” Hastings said.

Watching that performance connected Hastings to a part of himself that he’d abandoned due to social pressures as a child but that he still longed to explore.

 

With Vanity’s guidance, Hastings began photographing the city’s vibrant drag scene and developing a polished, dynamic style of portraiture reflecting his subjects’ creativity and humor.

 

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As he traveled the world, he continued capturing local queens with a focus on those who best represented the art’s diversity and daring, from the bearded to the “fishy,” or ultrafeminine.

His images attracted a larger audience when he started posting his photos to his Facebook group, “Dragged Around the World.”

Magnus now lives in Los Angeles with his Jack Russell named George and is heavily involved in photographing the drag scene.

Why Drag?‘ with photographs by Magnus Hastings and a foreword by Boy George, was published in May by Chronicle Books. BUY THE BOOK!

Why Drag?

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DISENCHANTED Brunch Kit Kat May 15th

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DISENCHANTED Musical Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

Win Tickets to the Broadway in Chicago Show

 
Sunday, May 15       11 a.m.-4 p.m.
SURE TO SELL OUT-  GET YOUR RESERVATION  NOW!
Like fairy tales with a twist? Head to Lakeview’s Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club on Sunday, May 15 for a DISENCHANTED! themed brunch. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Diva Madam X will pay homage to the hilarious hit musical by performing as a sassy Snow White, saucy Sleeping Beauty, racy Rapunzel and other parodies of the Disney princess posse.

Five lucky brunch guests will receive a pair of tickets to see DISENCHANTED! at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. In addition to half-priced martinis, Kit Kat’s mixologists will offer $5 Poison Apple shots, made with Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Fire and served with an Angry Orchard Cider chaser.

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu will be available, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Chilaquiles, Eggs Florentine and more. For table reservations, call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.


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

About DISENCHANTED!:
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!
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Latrice Royale in Chicago March 14th

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We are SO EXCITED   for this!  Something  very  different and special  from a RuPauls Drag Race Alumni.

A true life story, live on stage featuring her debut CD,  singing live with her band onstage.

One of the nation’s most recognizable drag queens, Latrice Royale brings her larger-than-life persona to Park West in support of her debut album Here’s to Life. This is the sneak peak WORLD TOUR PREVIEW!!

 

In this celebratory journey of song and story-telling, Latrice shares tales of growing up gay in Compton, the events leading up to her “unfortunate incarceration,” and her infectious, ever-positive perspective that got her through it all. This intimate experience is the first chance to hear Latrice sing the songs from her album live.

In addition to performing a full-length concert, she’ll regale the audience with tales of show biz and drama on the set of Ru Paul’s Drag RaceGET A GLIMPSE HERE!~

 

Murray & Peter presents
Latrice Royale Here’s to Life Tour
 

$30, $45, $60 Show at 9pm Doors at 8pm  

RIGHT  NOW,  Buy 1 admission  and get another FREE.  WHILE  THEY  LAST!!!

18+ Unless Accompanied by an Adult

Park West  Theater  Tickets  and  INFO  HERE

 

 

 

 

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Boy Toy Male Revue @ Hydrate Thursdays

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Boy Toys Pocket Cabaret

present a new weekly all male revue in Boystown!

By bringing the art of performance, circus, singing, and striptease to the stage, boytoy is sure to tantalize the tastebuds of all genders and gender-nonconformists. Featured in ChicagoNow, boytoy is guaranteed to be like nothing you have seen before!

With Performances by:
Jimmie “Boy Toy” Swagger (Founder & Executive Producer)
‘Glamonster’
Duke LeSling
and more!

With Guest Host: Kat Sass!

HYDRATE NIGHTCLUB

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

 

Best part: NO COVER!

$5 Corona/$5 Fireball/$6 Belvedere Cocktails

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Valentine’s Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

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Pretty In Pink Valentine’s Day Brunch at Kit Kat
 

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Brat Pack Classic

 

Sunday, February 14     

11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 

 

 

Calling all “Brat Pack” fans! Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic love triangle between Andie, Duckie and Blane at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. On Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14), Kit Kat will hold a Pretty in Pink themed brunch party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the midday soiree, Madam X will perform ’80s love songs while the beloved John Hughes film plays on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens. Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherel’s savvy brunch fare, while sipping half-priced martinis, including Kit Kat’s list of “Valentinis” ($7 each; see below). 
 
Don your shoulder pads and rat out your hair, as the dining guest with the best ’80s style will win brunch for two (bonus points go to those who made their own clothes).  DON’T  WAIT!!!  For reservations, call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111
DRINKS!    “Valentinis”       $7 each on 2/14


Fool in Love
Cruzan pineapple, Cruzan coconut, pineapple juice, passion fruit juice, Nerds candies 
 
Love Game
Pinnacle citrus, Le Fleur Elderflower liqueur, lychee liqueur, passion fruit juice, lemonade, lychee garnish
 
Hello, It’s Me
Pinnacle orange, grape pucker, splash of sprite, garnished with a sugar rim and a rubber ducky
 
Red Hot Desire
Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Fire, Apple Pucker, splash of cranberry, heart sucker garnish 
 
First Kiss
Pinnacle Vanilla, Creme de Cacao, strawberry puree, splash of cream, chocolate dusted rim
 
Love Spell 
Jim Beam Fire, RumChata, cinnamon dusted rim 


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

kitkatchicago.com

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Judy and Liza in Chicago

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Pride Films & Plays presents two stars of The Boy From Oz in

“Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime:

The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute”

Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show entitled Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute, featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer).  This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza’s singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show.

 

Accompanied by a jazz combo, this lively cabaret show will feature those solos, duets and medleys that are Judy and Liza classics.  This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique  mother/daughter relationship that they shared and to see how Liza learned so much in performance from Judy — the consummate song stylist.

 

Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute previews Sunday, January 31st (7:00 p.m.) at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago.   Tickets range between $15 and $25. For ticket information call 773-867-1946 or order online at www.uptownunderground.net, Tickets are not for sale at the regular PFP phone number.

THE STARS!

Nancy Hays (Judy Garland) recently returned to theatre to portray Judy Garland in The Boy from OZ, presented by Pride Films & Plays, after performing for years as an opening act for Tommy Tune, Rita Rudner, Smothers Brothers, George Burns and others. Her country song Come Dance with Me is an international hit, and she was featured in the film The Minnesota Connection. Nancy has also made numerous TV appearances (including one on ABC dancing with Mario Lopez). Nancy has recorded five albums and toured the UK multiple times.

 

Michelle Lauto (Liza Minnelli) is so proud to be playing one of her idols again after an exciting run as Liza in The Boy From Oz with Pride Films & Plays this past summer. Favorite credits include Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago), Next To Normal and Spring Awakening (NY Regional Premiere). Up next for Michelle is the Chicago premiere of 35mm (Circle Theatre), and Xanadu with the American Theater Company. www.michellelauto.com

 

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Steve Grand @ SEVEN Jan 15th

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Seven Nightclub brings you ‘All American Boy’ Steven Grand Live In Concert! Doors open at 8 show starts at 9.

Steve Grand became an overnight internet celebrity and was acclaimed by some to be the first openly gay male country musician to attract mainstream attention in the United States. The music video of his first hit “All-American Boy” went viral on YouTube in less than a week in July 2013. This attention landed Grand on Good Morning America, CNN and other national media. Buzzfeed ranked the video on its list of the “24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013”, and Out magazine named Grand to its annual “Out100” list of the year’s most compelling LGBT people. In addition to being a musician, Grand has become an active figure in the LGBT equality movement.

VIP Meet and Greet Tickets (also includes seating in the first 3 rows) are only $30.

General Admission Tickets are only $20 before January 10, 2016.

SEVEN

3206 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60657
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Chicago Queer Comedy Dec. 20th

Join About Face Theatre Artistic Associate, Scott Duff and a host of Chicago’s Best Queer comics at Chigaygo on 12/20 at 9:00pm at Laugh Factory Chicago (3175 N. Broadway). It’s a fabulously funny night of gay and gay-friendly comedy.
Exclusively for friends of About Face Theatre, enter the promo code “pride” when you order to receive $10 tickets!  www.laughfactory.com
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About Face Theatre THE HOMOSEXUALS Dec. 19th

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Holiday Reservations Chicago Celebrations

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Don’t Wait Till The Last Minute!!!

Christmas  and New Years  in just a few weeks  away!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining at Kit Kat

Divas, Dining, Drinks and Donations this December

Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host festive holiday celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, guests will receive half-off martinis, cocktails and Kit Kat’s Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for a canned good donation. The non-perishable food donations will benefit Heartland Health Outreach, an organization that provides care to more than 12,000 needy individuals in the Chicago metropolitan area each year.

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s Christmas prix fixe menu (outlined below) includes a holiday martini, Kit Kat salad, herb-marinated roasted turkey breast, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart for only $25 with canned good donation ($49.95 without donation). Kit Kat’s regular dinner menu will also be available.

Diva Kinley Preston will entertain guests each evening starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.


 

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New Year’s Eve at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Glitz and Glam Gala Starring Diva Kinley Preston 

Thursday, December 31

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold an over-the-top “Glitz and Glam Gala” this New Year’s Eve. The fabulous affair will feature a four course prix fixe menu, martinis and live entertainment. Diva Kinley Preston will captivate dining guests with intermittent performances as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, P!NK and more.

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s modern American supper club menu features the choice of starter, salad, entree and dessert. The menu, outlined below, includes two martinis, champagne toast and party favors for $65 per person (7 p.m. seating) and $85 per person (10 p.m. seating).

For New Year’s Eve dining reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773.525.1111. The lounge will be open for bar guests from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

New Year’s Eve Menu
7 p.m. $65 per person   /       10 p.m. $85 per person

Includes two martinis and champagne toast 

Starter
choice of:

Smoked Salmon, creme fraiche, minced red onion, capers, toast points

Shrimp, avocado, chipotle mayo
Potato Leek Soup

Salad 
choice of:

Beet Salad – roasted beets, orange segments, arugula, pistachios, goat cheese crumbles, champagne vinaigrette

Kit Kat Salad – romaine and spinach blend, sliced pears, dried cranberries, spiced pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Entree
choice of:

Surf and Turf – filet and crab cake with bearnaise sauce and grilled asparagus

Seared Chicken Breast – creamy mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, bacon and parmesan vinaigrette

Seafood Pasta – bay scallops, rock shrimp, crimini mushrooms, light brandy cream, curry

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – spinach, artichokes, goat cheese, rice medley


Dessert 

choice of:

Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans, whipped cream

Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Layer Cake

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Amy and Freddy PLUS LESLIE JORDAN

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A HOLIDAY SHOW

       NOT TO BE MISSED!

Music and comedy legends, Amy & Freddy, are celebrating 20 years together in show business with Emmy Award winning funny man Leslie Jordan!
How the Diva Stole Christmas at Hydrate Nightclub will showcase Freddy’s incredible musicianship, Amy’s amazing voice and Leslie’s hilarious stand up.
There will be three shows:
  • Friday, Dec. 11: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 12: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 13: Hydrate opens at 2 pm for Sunday Funday, show at 7:30 pm
General admission is $30, VIP seating in the first three rows is $45.  DON’T MISS IT!!!
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Holiday Fun at Kit Kat Lounge

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge

Entertainment, Dinner and Drinks During the Live Broadcast
 
Tuesday, December 8       9 p.m.
 
Bust out your bustiers, fluff up your feathered wings and catwalk over to Kit Kat Lounge for the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Tuesday, December 8. Catch all of the racy, runway action on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo projection screens starting at 9 p.m. During the commercial breaks, Kit Kat’s glittered and glamorous Divas will perform live as pop stars and Hollywood icons, while guests sip half-priced martinis, including the VS Angel made with Pinnacle Citrus Vodka, Domain de Canton Ginger and agave nectar ($7).

Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s full dinner menu, featuring “Opening Act” small plates, “Show Stoppers” (entrees) and “Grand Finale” desserts. To make table reservations, call 773-525-1111.

DECEMBER  BRUNCH

Jingle Bell Brunch Series at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate with a Midday Meal and Martinis

 

Sunday, December 13, 20 and 27           11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kit Kat’s over-the-top,“Divalicious” brunch will have a holiday twist for three consecutive Sundays in December. On December 13, 20 and 27, Diva Madam X will welcome guests for a midday meal complete with seasonal martinis, festive tunes and holiday films from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, rice krispie french toast, crab cake benedict, chilaquiles and more, while imbibing with mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis, sangria and specialty martinis ($14.95 drink package available).

The holiday series will kick off with a “Sexy Santa” brunch on Sunday, December 13. Guests will receive a keepsake photo with a scantily clad Claus, while sipping Santa’s Sleigh martinis made with Viniq, New Amsterdam Peach, passion fruit juice, grapefruit juice and champagne.

On Sunday, December 20, an “Ugly Sweater” contest will take place with a $100 cash prize being awarded to the person with the most hideous holiday attire. In addition to the list of bottomless brunch beverages, Kit Kat will offer Madras martinis made with Effen vodka, cranberry and orange juice.

The holiday season at Kit Kat will commence with the “I Survived Xmas” brunch on Sunday, December 27. Christmas comedies will play on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens, while guests indulge with Sticky Bun martinis made with Pinnacle Cinnabon vodka, RumChata, coconut creme and maple syrup.
Throughout the month of December, Kit Kat’s talented team of mixologists will shake up special holiday martinis, including: Frosty’s Going Down; Eggnog; Fire Apple Cider; Pumpkin Pie; Banana Nut Bread; and Candy Cane. The complete martini menu is outlined below. For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

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Hydrate TURN ABOUT Show for TPAN

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IT’S  BACK!

Don’t miss your chance to see staff LKH doing DRAG for charity!

The annual LKH TURNABOUT SHOW proceeds go to benefit TPAN via Hydrate, The Den, Replay Andersonville, and Replay Lakeview participants in BARLESQUE!

Doors at 8 pm
Show starts at 9:30 pm

$10 suggestion donation includes Hosted Bar and Hors d’Oeuvres from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm!!

 

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Jess Godwin and Kristin Chenoweth

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DUET WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH AT CHICAGO THEATRE SATURDAY  October 24th

“I can’t believe I’m actually writing this…

Last spring, through the wonders of twitter, Kristin Chenoweth let me know that she liked my music. Crazy. This past week, I jokingly tweeted at her and said “Hey! When you’re in Chicago this Saturday, I’ll play Fool Me Once on the piano while you sing!” Didn’t think anything of it. That night, she messaged me privately and asked if I would sing “For Good” with her on stage. After MUCH deliberation (I screamed and jumped up and down on my bed at 1AM) I said YES.

I have looked up to Kristin, sung her music, and adored her performances in tv shows for years. She has been so kind to me about my songwriting, and she tells me to keep pushing forward. I try my hardest not to do this for the validation…it’s a constant struggle…but it’s so nice to get little pushes and words of encouragement like this along the way. So, thanks to her, I’m ready to put myself out there again with a new video today.” (Say Love).

 

“Say Love” was supposed to be a chapter from the very beginning of the anthology, but that relationship ended. The song has taken on a new meaning and life for me since then, and I’m so glad my friends encouraged me to release it anyway.

I’m incredibly grateful to director Bradley Bischoff for having a vision and pushing me out of my comfort zone. To Yuri Lysoivanov and students for tracking at Flashpoint Tribeca. To Brian Allison for laying down guitar. To Paula Heckenast for hair and makeup. I’m most grateful to actor Gabe Ruiz. We had just become friends a few weeks before, but he didn’t hesitate when I asked him to do a shoot at sunrise in the middle of Lake Michigan. It was SO COLD. Gabe had my back the whole time.

JESS GODWIN  DECEMBER 4 SHOW

Don’t forget to grab your ticket for the December 4 show. Why not do it today? I’m going to performing all of the songs from the past year live for the first (maybe the last?) time!

 

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BRUNCH at Kit Kat Lounge Chicago

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Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club is getting into the Halloween “spirit” with a bevy of boo-tastic brunch events and creative costume contests, from Rocky Horror Picture Show parties, to a Dia de los Muertos celebration.

In addition, the Lakeview lounge and supper club will offer an array of Halloween martinis ($14 each; half-priced Sunday-Thursday) and Poison Apple shots ($5 each) throughout the month of October. 

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch
Sunday, October 25         11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

“Let’s do the time warp again” this Halloween season, as Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club holds their sixth annual Rocky Horror Picture Show brunch on Sunday, October 25. Diva Madam X will perform songs from the campy cult classic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the film will be shown on seven large screens. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed as their best Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff or other costumed character for the chance to win a $100 cash prize. Kit Kat’s Sunday brunch menu will be available, and all martinis will be half-priced (all day). 


Dia de los Muertos Brunch

Sunday, November 1         11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Feeling like a zombie after a long night of Halloween revelry? Revive with the hair of the dog, and celebrate the Day of the Dead, at Kit Kat Lounge. On Sunday, November 1, Diva Madam X will lift your “spirits” with live performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Nosh on comfort food brunch fare (Bacon Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese; Biscuits and Gravy; Huevos Rancheros), while imbibing with a build-your-own beverage package that includes mimosas, bloody martinis, bellinis and sangria ($14.95).
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
KitKatChicago.com
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Alexandra Billings Nov. 2nd

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Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit – Simply Sensational –  celebrates Chicago legend Alexandra Billings.

WGN’s Dean Richards serves again as the emcee. Billings will headline the event on Monday, November 2 that will  feature Pride Films and Plays’ Company Members, along with several guest performers. It will be a magical and moving event indeed!

A select number of VIP tickets are available for the benefit at $175, and include a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. with appetizers and open wine bar at the Marketa Sivek Gallery at 1123 West Belmont.  VIP ticket holders also enjoy reserved center-section seating for the 7:15 pm performance at Stage 773 at 1225 W. Belmont, and a post-show meet-and-greet reception and photo opportunity with Miss Billings and the cast.  General Admission tickets are $75 and include the performance and a post-show reception. Tickets can be purchased here.

Alexandra Billings is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. She stars as Davina in Amazon’s multi-award winning television series ‘Transparent’  and she has been seen on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘E.R.,’ and ‘Nurses’ among others. She has acted in Chicago and across the United States, in many instances being the first transgender actress to tackle rolls like Mama Rose in Gypsy.  She has worked at Bailiwick Repertory, Court Theater, and Steppenwolf, and has performed Off-Broadway. Ms. Billings’ activism stretches across the continent. She was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2007. Living with AIDS since the mid-eighties, she chronicles her life’s journey in her blog ‘Stilettos and Sneakers’ and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her life story “From Schoolboy to Showgirl” produced by Alex Silets (WTTW) was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Documentary category.

Tickets for Simply Sensational can be purchased here.

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Miss Richfield at Hydrate Oct 9-10th

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2 Nights Only Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10!!


Join the Return of… Miss Richfield 1981 in her new show “Cone of Silence!!”

Ever want to talk about something, but felt you couldn’t? You can now! In her new show “Cone of Silence,” Miss Richfield 1981 opens the discussion up to all forbidden topics! When she lowers the Cone of Silence, anything goes!

Enjoy new music, new videos, and new activities with the audience!

Limited VIP tickets are available for $33 which include seating in the first three rows

General admission tickets are available for $23.

Doors open at 6 PM both nights and showtime is 7:30 PM

Facebook page  here

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Margaret Cho “psyCHO” Brunch at Kit Kat

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Margaret Cho “psyCHO” Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge 

Win Tickets to Cho’s Live Show at the Chicago Theatre 

 
Sunday, September 20       11 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Stand up comedian Margaret Cho is coming to Chicago in October, and Kit Kat Lounge is celebrating with a midday soiree and ticket giveaway on Sunday, September 20. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Lakeview lounge and supper club will host a Margaret Cho themed party featuring Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch fare 
(Chicken and Waffles; Rice Krispie French Toast; Crab Cakes Benedict) and half-priced martinis, including the “psyCHO tini” made with Effen vodka, blood orange liqueur and splash of cranberry ($7). 
 
Diva Madam X will provide live entertainment throughout the day, and lucky brunch guests will win a pair of tickets to see Margaret Cho’s “psyCHO tour” show at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, October 3. For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

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

 
About the Show:

MSG Entertainment and Live Nation announced that three time Grammy and Emmy nominee, comedian Margaret Cho will take The Chicago Theatre stage on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Margaret Cho has been developing brand new material over the last several months. “I’m so thrilled to announce that I will be back out on the road. This show is about insanity and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now,” said Cho.

A big part of Cho’s show are tributes to her “father in comedy,” Robin Williams and her “mother in comedy,” Joan Rivers, who passed away within a month of one another. Margaret was very close to both of them; her friendship with Robin encouraged her to start the #BeRobin campaign to raise awareness and funds for the homeless community. Her friendship with Joan reinforced Margaret’s desire to remain fearless. For more information, visit: margaretcho.com

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Something for everyone  at  CENTER  ON HALSTED  in  the upcoming weeks!

Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and PlaysAugust 17th, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us as Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and Plays

Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays ‘utilizes stories with GLBT characters or themes and creates powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.’  Pride Films and Plays, founded in 2010, has already established itself as a leader in the Chicago arts scene.  Come get to know the company that the Huffington Post recently called “a powerful and empowering entity.”

7:00PM-7:30PM

Mix and mingle with PFP & COH staff and the program’s artists

7:30PM-9:00PM

Performances including a sneak peak of Design for Living, a talk from author Rick Kinnebrew about his new play Ten Dollar House, music from James Nedrud, performance artist Katherine Hawbaker-Krohn, one of our favorite short films from the Queer Bits Short Film Fest, songs from The Boy From Oz, PFP’s current smash hit!

You don’t want to miss this evening of arts and entertainment as we get to know one of Chicago’s great theater companies!

For more information on Pride Films and Plays, please visit:

http://pridefilmsandplays.com/

Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series gives you a chance to spend an evening with some of Chicago’s most creative people and organizations.  Each event highlights the Windy City’s vibrant arts scene – from music and dance to literature and theater.  Join us as we take a closer look at the creators and leaders of Chicago’s cultural landscape.

FREE

Register & reserve your seat by clicking the following link:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/PrideFilms

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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay StoryAugust 22nd & 23rd, 2015

A solo show, written and performed by Javier Rivera*, remounted specifically for Center on Halsted, following a sold-out run at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC

*Winner of 2014 Best Actor Award at United Solo

 

Born in Puerto Rico to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy, especially when it’s likely you are a big Queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, or candles to be lit. In this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet… a holy intervention. Thank God for Madonna.

 

Follow the coming of age story of Javier, a young Puerto Rican man, as he triumphs and stumbles in his journey to self-discovery aided by the only person who ever understood him…

 

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!

 

Saturday, August 22nd @ 7:30PM

Sunday, August 23rd @ 3:00PM 

$10.00 (Tickets may be purchased online as well as at the door prior to performance – cash only!)

*All profits will go to Center on Halsted, helping to support future events like this one!

 

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Saturday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina22

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Sunday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina23

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3rd Annual Feel Good Health FairAugust 29th, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

On Saturday August 29th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Center on Halsted will host its 3rd Annual Feel Good Health Fair, a community health and resource fair with a focus on healthy living for LGBTQ individuals.

 

The Feel Good Fair will be hosted in the Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall and Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted. This year the fair will feature free fitness classes throughout the day, product giveaways from health-related vendors, and nutritious cooking demonstrations.

 

The primary goal of Center on Halsted’s Feel Good Health Fair is to educate participants about making healthy choices and creating good habits for healthy living in the LGBTQ community. Vendors for the resource fair will focus on physical health, mental and social well-being. Participants are also encouraged to stop by tables to learn more about Center on Halsted’s programs and services.

 

The fitness class schedule for the day is:

10:00AM-10:25AM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

10:30AM-10:55AM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

11:00AM-11:25AM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

11:30AM-11:55AM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

12:00PM-12:25PM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

12:30PM-12:55PM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

1:00PM-1:25PM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

1:30PM-1:55PM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

 

*A limited number of yoga mats will be provided – if possible, please supply your own

It is highly suggested that you pre-register for the exercise classes by visiting the link below:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/FeelGood

 



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TKOSeptember 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!

TKO: greatest t-dance ever.

battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out

jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.

Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar

mc Pandora Boxx officiates

 

sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm

coh rooftop & indoors

 

$20 entry/one drink, cash bar

feat. our one-two rum punch

community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

 

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Pride Films & Plays: LezFestSeptember 11th – 13th, 2015

 

More details to come!  Check back soon!

 

Queer Clothing SwapSeptember 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!

This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!

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