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Garden Chefs July 24th

Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden

JULY 24-CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN GARDEN CHEF SERIES 

Chef Tong will appear again this year at the Garden Chef Series sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Board and Food Network Magazine.

Chef Tong will show how to make a delicious dish featuring Colorado bison.
Bison Steak with Ancho Chile Blueberry Sauce and Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, please call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as ne of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and  hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skillsto the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing
cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new
dishes!”

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

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XANADU onstage in Chicago!

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FREE TICKETS!!!!  first  email  I get,  wins   2 tickets!  

Choice of  dates;  Friday     June 24 8pm

                                   Sunday   June  26  2pm

                                     Wednesday June 29th  8pm

                                      or  Thursday June 30th  8pm.     BestGayCities@gmail.com

 

AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY OPENS          XANADU

A TRIBUTE TO LATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PJ PAPARELLI

DIRECTED BY LILI-ANNE BROWN

NOW PLAYING THROUGH JULY 17, 2016

 

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, on Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC’s late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli—a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic—Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown with choreography by Brigitte Ditmars and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title.

 

Single tickets for Xanadu range from $48-$58. Student tickets are available for $15 with valid student ID in-person at the Box Office. More information and tickets are available by visiting the ATC Box Office at 1909 W. Byron Street, by calling 773-409-4125 or visiting www.atcweb.org

 

The cast for ATC’s tribute production of Xanadu includes Missy Aguilar (Calliope), Kasey Alfonso (Erato) Karla L. Beard (Melpomene), Jim DeSelm (Sonny), Landree Fleming (Kira), Aaron Holland (Danny Maguire, Zeus), Michelle Lauto (Kira U/S & Swing), Hanah Rose Nardone (Euterpe), James Nedrud (Terpsichore/Sonny cover), Daniel Spagnuolo (Thalia/Danny cover), and Cameron Turner (Swing).

 

Xanadu takes place in Venice, California in 1980. Struggling artist Sonny Malone seeks to create his own version of the American dream by renovating an abandoned warehouse into a venue for world-class entertainment – a roller disco! A hilarious and modern update of the1980’s camp classic, Xanadu celebrates the artist’s muse, even when it comes from the most unlikely of places.

 

Xanadu Performance Schedule

Regular Run: June 7–July 17: Tuesday–Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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Rooftop Pride June 24th

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Center on Halsted presents TKO!

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

DJ Billy Brown vs. DJ Gemini Jones

Lady Bunny PERFORMS & OFFICIATES

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

 

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

 

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

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Gay Queer Rap Hip Hop June 23rd

 

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

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

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

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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!

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Chicago PrideFest 2016 Jordin Sparks

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IT’S OUR STORY | TAKE PRIDE

As the Northalsted Business Alliance prepares to welcome thousands of celebrants for Chicago Pride Fest on June 18-19, the organization marks the month by sharing Pride stories. Be it individual, collaborative community memories, or examples of neighborhood initiatives, NBA will share narratives across social media using the #OurStory hashtag.

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Christopher Barrett Politan explains the initiative. “As our collaboration with The Legacy Project continues to take shape, it’s an honor to celebrate Pride Month with the LGBT trailblazers who adorn the neighborhood on The Legacy Walk. Most importantly, it is a reminder to take pride in not only our individual accomplishments, but our collective pride in the neighborhood and community.” Collective Pride is weaved throughout the festival as Pride Fest goers are encouraged to donate at the gates to support the neighborhood initiative to provide a clean, beautiful and safe space for everyone to celebrate.

A centerpiece of Pride Month is the two-day Chicago Pride Fest, which celebrates the past, present and future of the LGBT community. Entertainment options abound with Jordin Sparks lighting up the stage on Saturday, while former Danity Kane members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex of the Dumblonde duo shake things up on Sunday.  pridefestRising star Daya of ‘Hide Away’ fame joins Dumblonde in the Sunday line-up.

Other performers over the two-day festival include:

Boy Band Review, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Chicago Spirit Brigade, Emii, Fabio Campos, Goldhouse, Jason Maek & Zaena,  Lakeside Pride Orchestra, Luciana, My Gold Mask, One Night Band, Rod Tuff Curls, Sushi Roll and Wedding Banned.

 

In addition, the perennially popular Pride Pet & Family Parade at 12:30PM on Sunday Funday, hosted by Ms. Foozie will open the second day of the festival.

 

Chicago Pride Fest       June 18-19         11 am – 10 pm

Halsted from Addison to Grace         $10 Entry Donation

 

 

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)

Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 100 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days, Frost Fest, Pride Prom and the Halloween Parade. For information about NBA and The Legacy Project visit www.northalsted.com

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HYDRATE Chicago for IML Weekend 2016

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Join  us on Thursday May 26th as
Spitshine Promotions and Hydrate Nightclub Chicago present…

INITIATION

with Mega Producer & DJs Barry Harris & Steve Henderson (IML Black and Blue Ball 2015)
…. bringing the thunder back to Chicago!

 

Arrive early and party late!

Hosted by Slade Travis
Lights by Ethan Lederer

 

 

 

 

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Join us the Friday Night of Memorial Day weekend  (MAY  27th)  as we take a ride down Hydrate’s Route 69! Featuring the return of International/DJ Producer Guy Scheiman (tel aviv)!

Based in Tel Aviv, Scheiman is known for his high-energy sound that combines house, progressive, tribal and tech house with strong melodies and memorable vocals. His live sets feature strong grooves and powerful bass-lines that ignite his dance floors and create euphoric experiences. And, his official remixes and original productions stand out as massive club anthems that combine his love for high-energy beats with passionate melodies and memorable breaks

Also returning to Hydrate on Friday May 27 is the one and only Ruby Dee!!

No Cover till midnight
Get there early to avoid the line

 

 

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On Saturday Night May May 28, we welcome all IML/Bear Pride/Grabby participants as Hydrate Nightclub present STRAPPED with DJ SHANE STIEL!!

Celebrating its Fourth year Strapped has become one of the most highly anticipated events over Memorial Day weekend where hundreds of hot men and women come and let loose while enjoying the sexy sounds of Shane Stiel.

Set starts at 11:30pm and goes till 5 AM!!

Lights by Nick Mansuri

Sexy GoGos all night long!!

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X MEN PARTY May 22nd Elixir

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Elixir Lounge in Lake View will celebrate the release of X-Men: Apocalypse with a cosplay-themed party, specialty cocktails and a costume contestSunday, May 22.
Guests can enjoy three $11 X-Men themed cocktails from 5 pm to 2 am and wear their favorite X-Men costumes anytime throughout the night.
The costume contest will be held at 10 pm – guests must be present to win.
The bar staff and host, The Lady Ivory, will judge the costumes.
The winner, who will receive LKH gift certificates, will be chosen based on best conceived concept and overall theme.
DRINKS!
  • Mystique’s Destiny: Reyka Vodka, Rose Syrup, Violette Syrup, Fresh Lemon, Luster Dust…..
  • Phoenix Rising: White Rum, Passion Fruit Puree, House Grenadine, Fresh Lime……
  • Storm’s Gathering: Gin, Lavender Simple, Lemon Bitters, Luster Dust

ELIXIR LOUNGE / 3452 N. HALSTED / CHICAGO, IL. 60657

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GRABBY Awards Chicago 2016

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GRABBY  WEEKEND  is  almost here!  Thursday  May 26 – Sunday  May 29th, 2016.

Parties, porn stars and awards!  See the full  list of events  HERE.

The first Grabby Awards (formally known as Adult Erotic Gay Video Awards) were given in 1991, when the awards were listed in the year-end issue of Gay Chicago Magazine.  26 years later  this  has  grown into a weekend  of  events  and  parties with  porn stars and producers from around the world  who fly in for it! (This is the 18th year  for the live  awards  show).

The MAIN EVENT    is  Saturday May 28, 2016
Metro Theater – 3730 N. Clark St    Doors Open at 6:30pm
   TICKETS  ON SALE NOW  and selling  fast!

 


GRABBY OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY
Charlies – 3726 N. Broadway
10pm till Close
PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

LATE NIGHT WITH THE MEN OF TITAN
Touche 6412 N. Clark St – 1am

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My Private Chef Cooking Class $10

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GET A TASTE OF SPRING WITH CHEF CHRISTOPHER TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF

AT THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET-LINCOLN PARK COOKING SCHOOL, CHICAGO
Chicagoans appreciate when the calendar turns the corner toward spring. Celebrate spring and attend a cooking demonstration hosted by the popular Chef Chris Tong, of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef.
He will present some delicious recipes perfect for spring entertaining. The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site classroom at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, 1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago. It will be held on Monday, April 11 from 7pm-8:30pm. The cost is $10.00 per person.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation, and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Chris will provide tips on shopping

for the finest ingredients. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

 

Chef Tong’s Spring menu features:

Fresh Pea Soup, Crème Fraiche and Chives

Sautéed Pork Tenderloin, Red Beet and Heirloom Carrot Salad with Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette

and Jasmine Rice

Fresh Strawberries, Champagne Sabayon

 

Advance registration is requested to reserve your place in the class.

To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648

or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card payment will hold your place for the class.

 

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

 

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities.

Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

 

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131

or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

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Kitty Glitter @ Hydrate March 12

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Come out and celebrate the shenanigans of the St Patrick’s Holiday at Hydrate Nightclub with the Debut of DJ DJ Kitty Glitter from Sydney, Australia

Since launching as a DJ in 2007 , multi Diva award winning Sydney’s Favorite Drag Queen and Most Popular DJ, the KITTY GLITTER storm has swept through cities around the globe with devout fans demanding their frequent fix. Following her dreams and following Summer around the world, Kitty Glitter is the dancefloor sensation everyone loves to see…and hear at the party!

Most loved for her unique brand of bouncey remixed pop and uplifting vocal house music, Kitty’s glitter sparkles on every dancefloor she plays on. Whether its fun and camp, or deep and sexy, Kitty Glitter always delivers in a grand way. Featured in the line-up for major festivals worldwide including Sydney Mardi Gras, White Party Palm Springs, Matinee Las Vegas, and Pride New York, Toronto and Montreal, Kitty is tickled pink to be invited back to play year after year. There is no denying, a little bit of glitter goes a long way.

No Cover till midnight

Lights by Naveid Mansuri

Dance till 5 AM

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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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Academy Awards Viewing at Kit Kat Lounge

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Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge 

Tune in to Tinseltown with Divas and Half-Priced Martinis 

Sunday, February 28        6 p.m.

Kit Kat will roll out the red carpet on Sunday, February 28, for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. The Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club’s seven HD projection screens will be tuned in to Hollywood, from the red carpet arrivals at 6 p.m., to the award ceremony taking place at 7:30 p.m. What better place to view the Oscars?!

Throughout the star-studded evening, Diva Dulce Andrews will entertain the crowd with live performances while guests sip half-priced martinis, including “The Academy” (Effen vodka, Le Fleur liqueur and a splash of white grape juice, $7). Kit Kat’s theatrical-themed dinner menu will be available, featuring “Opening Act” small plates (sriracha glazed tempura shrimp; bacon truffle mac n cheese; crab cakes; chicken satay), “Show Stopper” entrees (Elizabeth Taylor fish & chips; Cary Grant burger; Mae West chicken and waffles; Lauren Bacall ravioli) and “Grand Finale” desserts (decadent chocolate cake; carrot cake; brownie sundae a la mode). In addition to the regular menu, Chef Joann Witherell will offer a special Steak Oscar entree, featuring a trio of filet medallions finished with bearnaise, served with mashed potatoes and tempura asparagus for $29.

Be sure to make your predictions and fill out your Oscar ballot! Kit Kat will dish out dining gift cards to the participants with the top Oscar winning picks. 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

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Paula Poundstone in Chicago / Skokie

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THE NORTH SHORE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS WELCOMES THE COMEDIC BRILLIANCE OF PAULA POUNDSTONE


The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL welcomes comedian Paula Poundstone on Saturday, March 19th.

 

Thirty two years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went.  She went on to become one of our country’s foremost humorists. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Paula lent her distinctive voice to the character “Forgetter Paula” in the Academy Award nominated Disney Pixar film “Inside Out.”

 

Poundstone tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”  Audience members may put it a little less elegantly: “I peed my pants.”

 

While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that probably separates her from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd.  Poundstone says: “No two shows I do are the same. It’s not that I don’t repeat material. I do. My shows, when they’re good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves.  Then, someone says, “Tell that story you used to tell,” and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them.  No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”

 

Paula’s interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval less artful comics have received.

 

Her most recent comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was recorded during a performance at the Wilbur Theatre in the heart of the city and was released on April fool’s Day 2013.  This was a follow up to her successful first CD I HEART JOKES:  Paula Tells Them in Maine that was released in 2009.

 

Over the span of her career, Paula has amassed a list of awards and accolades that stretch the length of a great big tall guy’s arm. She not only shot through the glass ceiling, she never even acknowledged that it was there.  Never one to stereotype herself as a ‘female comedian’ or limit herself to comedy from a ‘female’ point of view, in the early 90’s she was the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special and the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner where she joined the current President as part of the evening’s entertainment.

 

In November, 2012 in Washington DC, Paula was honored, along with Nina Totenberg, NPR correspondent; David Brooks, New York Times columnist; and Bob Mankoff, New Yorker Cartoon Editor, with the 2012 Moment Magazine Creativity Award at their 35th anniversary symposium and dinner, followed by a one-hour panel on the intersection of humor and politics. Just weeks later Paula was hand-picked to interview Calvin Trillin for the Los Angeles-series-darling, Writers Bloc, a series that presents conversations between the featured author and another interesting thinker.

 

Paula has starred in comedy specials on HBO and BRAVO, won an Emmy Award, served as “official correspondent” for The Tonight Show during the 1992 Presidential race, pioneered the art of backstage commentary during an Emmy telecast, steps up to the plate for causes she believes in, and is almost always included in any compendium – be it film, television or print, noting comedic influences of the 20th/21st century, most recently, We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy (October 2012, Sarah Crichton Books). Paula also appears on “Late Night w/Craig Ferguson” about 3 times a year and she’ll do an occasional editorial for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.

 

In April 2013 NPR Laughter Therapy (Highbridge Audio) released a 2-CD collection of NPR’s best interviews and stories with “funny folks” including Paula’s Talk of the Nation interview.  If it means anything to anyone, she is recognized as one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-ups of all time.  Paula won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 she was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.

 

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me is now heard in 5 million homes across the country, including all of the major markets, internationally on NPR Worldwide and on the Internet via podcast.  In 2008 it received a Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence.  On the show Paula gets to match wits with some of the country’s leading pundits.  In May 2013 the show filmed its first Cinecast from New York’s Town Hall and Paula was one of the Panelists.  The show made its television debut on BBC America with a “2011 Year In Review.”  Paula was on that panel as well.  Poundstone quickly goes on record about how much she loves being part of the show saying: “I am a proud member of the endorphin production industry.  They allow me to say whatever I want on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.  The panelists are unscripted, so it’s perfect for me. I feel like I’m a batter in a batting cage. I get lobbed topics. Sometimes I just watch them go by, but every now and then I get a piece of one. If the others didn’t cheat, it would be an almost perfect work experience.”

 

Paula is also a published author and lecturer.  Her hard cover book, There is Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say (Crown, 2006, with a forward by Mary Tyler Moore) is still in release on audio (Highbridge) and in paperback.  Other writing credits include the back page columnist of Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Glamour magazine.

 

Not only a writer, but an avid reader, Paula continues her role for the American Library Association (ALA) as the Nat’l spokesperson for United for Libraries, their “Friends of Libraries” national network – a citizens support group who work to raise awareness and much needed funds to support their local libraries.  Paula has appeared as the headliner at the ALA’s annual conference for their Laughs On Us panel the last four years, and to quote Sally Reed, the ALA Nat’l Director:  “…you’d have to come to one of these events to see how adored Paula is by librarians.  We love her and it’s never repetitive.”   Paula has hosted many events to great success, including the Art Directors Guild Awards an unprecedented 4 times.

 

The National Endowment for the Arts recently requested Poundstone to sit down for a chat about the art of comedy and her career.  Take a listen:  http://arts.gov/audio/paula-poundstone

 

 

GET A LAUGH with Paula’s comedy CD:

I Heart Jokes – Paula Tells Them In Boston

cdbaby:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paulapoundstone1/

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-heart-jokes-paula-tells/id632789944

 

Watch Paula on Craig Ferguson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6WnBZ5G6fc

Visit Paula at:  http://www.paulapoundstone.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/paulapoundstone

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/PaulaPoundstone

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Showtimes: 8:00PM / Tickets: $45-$52 / Call: 847-673-6300

Visit:  http://www.northshorecenter.org/

The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd.

Skokie, IL 60077

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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

boytoychicago.com

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All Star Blues Bash Feb. 13th

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The best blues artists in the world give a high dose of southern-style soul blues, house-rocking blues, contemporary blues, and genuine Chicago blues all rolled up into one awesome blues show that will be stuck in your memory forever. Bobby Rush headlines the All-Star Blues Bash bringing his Billboard R&B and Blues  chart topping hits to highlight the bash.

Joining the bash as co-headliner is Joe Louis Walker, who is without a doubt one of the most exciting and innovative  artists gracing contemporary blues. Kicking things off is Chicago’s very own and Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Wayne Baker Brooks, bringing his distinctive  contemporary style of Chicago Blues with a fully formed new vision that updates the sound of the blues without falling into the same tired blues-rock clichés.  Joining this all-star lineup is rising blues star Shawn Holt, son of blues legend Magic Slim.

Dorothy Menker Theater  @   Moraine Valley
Tickets: $40 General Public /    $35 Seniors, Students, Staff
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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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Steve Grand Christmas Song

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WATCH THE NEW VIDEO AND SHARE IT

Download the song: https://stevegrand.bandcamp.com/track…
ONLY AVAILABLE on BANDCAMP! It will not be made available on iTunes.

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Shirtless Chicago Guy Spreads Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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