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Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company Hyde Park

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company  (Hyde Park) will perform Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri – regarded by many as Gilbert and Sullivan’s finest and most perfect collaboration. Three performances will take place at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall on March 10, 11 and 12.

Iolanthe drops England’s House of Peers into the middle of a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired forest enchanted by fairies and ruled by a no-nonsense Fairy Queen. Strephon is the son of the beloved eponymous fairy Iolanthe, the progeny of her marriage to a mortal, and as such is a HALF-FAIRY. The Fairy Queen sends him into Parliament as a Fairy Member when the Lord Chancellor and his House of Peers spurn his affections for his love Phyllis.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire is just as fresh today, with the clueless and bumbling Peers going up against a formidable fairy circle who’s special magic cannot be denied. And Strephon suddenly finds himself in charge of BOTH houses of Parliment! How much more resonant can we get?

Iolanthe has the strongest blend of dialogue and music of any other collaboration between this formidable duo,” says director Shane Valenzi, returning for a third year with the Company.

Highlighted by the most difficult patter song in the canon, and calling for a top-notch featured male ensemble, Iolanthe has long been revered in the United Kingdom as on par with The Mikado as one of the best and most popular works of operetta ever produced by the Savoy. And as the chorus has an exceptionally prominent role, Valenzi explains that now is the perfect time to mount this show. We’ve built a tradition of a supremely talented, active chorus over the last few years, and Iolanthe is the perfect vehicle for them to shine. I could not be more excited to see how the brilliant, professional-level performers that make up our chorus make this show their own.

Frequent performer Aaron Hunt will take a turn as associate director this year, collaborating with Valenzi. Also returning for a third year is conductor Matthew Sheppard, Director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra. The talented cast includes some of the Company’s favorites from past productions as well as
several outstanding newcomers. Nancy Levner will produce, aided by associate producers Trip Driscoll and Roger Huff.

Performances take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street, from March 10 through 12.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 general, $5 for students, $15 for groups and can be ordered online , or by calling the Logan Center for the Arts box office at 773.702.ARTS.

Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the Logan Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon through 6 p.m.

2017 marks the 33rd consecutive year the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company has partnered with the University of Chicago Department of Music for their annual production. The proceeds will benefit the Department of Music’s performance program, whose seventeen ensembles and programs present more than a hundred concerts each year.

ABOUT THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN OPERA COMPANY
The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Inc. is a non-profit, community arts organization dedicated to performing the works of Gilbert & Sullivan to the highest artistic standards. It has been a mainstay of Chicago’s Hyde Park cultural scene since it was founded in 1964 by three local G&S fans: Nancy Lorie, Robert Ashenhurst, and Roland Bailey. GSOC is supported by member donations, ticket sales, and local grants.

Home is Where the Art Is: Queer Ricans

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As many in the US struggle to understand and accept the LGBT community, join us to discuss the particular challenges faced by LGBT Latinos, as teens and others share their stories and celebrate their culture.

WHAT:  Home is Where the Art Is:  Queer Ricans –  A Conversation with Lawrence La Fountain

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM  October 22, 2016

WHERE: National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture | 3015 West Division Street

The Great Books Foundation, in partnership with several Chicago community organizations, is pleased to present author, scholar and performer Lawrence La Fountain. Raised in Puerto Rico, Mr. La Fountain teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is featured in the Great Books Foundation’s anthology, Immigrant Voices: 21 Century Stories.

The free, four-hour program will include an interview and Q&A session with Mr. La Fountain, a panel discussion with teens, and an interactive storytelling workshop for the audience, presented by Public Narrative.

The Home is Where the Art Is program is underwritten by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dance for Life: Inspiring Chicago, One Dance at a Time August 16th

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Dance for Life: Inspiring Chicago, One Dance at a Time

Chicago’s Leading Dance Troupes Unite to Raise Funds for

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services on Aug. 16

WHAT: Experience a night of awe-inspiring performances as six of Chicago’s top dance companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life, the largest performance-based AIDS fundraising event in the Midwest. With poignant choreography and moving music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention while promoting the art of dance in Chicago.

Since 1992 Dance for Life has raised millions of dollars to support the cause.

This year, Dance for Life Chicago features two electrifying, world-premiere performances by renowned choreographers Randy Duncan, Harrison McEldowney and Jeremy Plummer.

Funds raised through this year’s Dance for Life Chicago benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Dancers’ Fund, Agape Missions, NFP and MADE: Making A Daily Effort.

WHO: Participating Companies Include:

• Giordano Dance Chicago
• Joffrey Ballet
• River North Dance Chicago
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
• Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
• Visceral Dance Chicago

 

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom (720 S. Michigan Ave.)
8:00 p.m. – Dance for Life Performance – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Pkwy.)
*Complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues.

COST: $25-$75 (performance only)
$250- $600 (includes admission to 5:00 p.m. gala reception and premiere seating at the performance)
To purchase tickets, please call 312-922-5812 or visit www.danceforlifechicago.org

WHERE: Performance – Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago
Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago

Connect with Dance for Life on Facebook!

About Dance for Life
Dance for Life raises awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education, while promoting the art of dance in Chicago. Realizing that AIDS had heavily affected the dance community, Dance for Life was founded in 1992 as an inventive way for dancers and dance companies, whose incomes do not normally allow for large donations, to be able to contribute time, effort and badly needed funds for existing AIDS agencies. Check us out online on the Dance for Life website or on Facebook.

About The Dancers’ Fund
The Dancers’ Fund, a funding program of Dance for Life, was created in 1994 as a one of a kind fund with the mission to provide emergency financial assistance to dancers living with HIV/AIDS and has since expanded to include any life-threatening illness. The Dancers’ Fund provides immediate financial assistance for those facing life-threatening illness, injury or circumstance. Designed to help qualified individuals meet their immediate financial obligations while dealing with life-threatening conditions, The Dancers’ Fund is available to Chicago-based, professionally trained working dancers and those whose primary source of income is derived by serving the dance community.

My Private Chef Demonstrates How to Cook Spanish Tapas October 19th

 Fresh
from his trip to Barcelona, Spain, Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale
Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, will
demonstrate how to cook and serve Spanish Tapas. 

 

Chef
Tong has been a favorite at Bloomingdales for several years because
lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation and
come away with recipes that spice up their meals. And, everyone gets to
have a taste!

 

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, October 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact 312.324.7678.

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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FREE Films March 20th – LGBT History

 

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011)
Blues history thru a lavender lens

The 1920s saw a revolution in technology, the advent of the recording
industry, that created the first class of African-American women to sing
their way to fame and fortune. Blues divas such as Bessie Smith, Ma
Rainey, and Alberta Hunter created and promoted a working-class vision
of blues life that provided an alternative to the Victorian gentility of
middle-class manners. In their lives and music, blues women presented
themselves as strong, independent women who lived hard lives and were
unapologetic about their unconventional choices in clothes, recreational
activities, and bed partners. Blues singers disseminated a Black
feminism that celebrated emotional resilience and sexual pleasure, no
matter the source.

PLUS!

Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100  (1999)
Ruth Ellis (July 23, 1899 – October 5, 2000) was the oldest known open lesbian, and an LGBT rights activist. Her life was the subject of the documentary directed by Yvonne Welbon. In this charming documentary, Ruth Ellis, a 100-year-old African
American lesbian, recounts her life. As a lesbian academic interviewed
in the documentary puts it, “Ruth is a gift to us” as she is able to
tell what it was like to suffer “triple oppression, being a woman, being
black, and being a lesbian.” Ellis tells about discovering her
sexuality some 80 years ago, and when discussing her romantic
involvements (which included one relationship lasting 35 years), she is
utterly honest. 
At one point she is even asked about the last time she
had sex, and she replies it was when she was 95, adding with a laugh,
“that was a one-night stand.” A businesswoman, Ellis lived openly as a
lesbian and often played host for an active social circle of gays and
lesbians in Detroit at a time when mainstream America scarcely
acknowledged the existence of the community. The film is illustrated
with vintage photographs of Ellis, her family, lovers, and friends, and
footage shot in the present day shows her at dance class, having fun at
her favorite bowling alley, and shooting pool with friends. This is an
engaging look at a special character, a woman who was always true to
herself.

Latin Latino Pride in Chicago this Week

 UNITED LATINO PRIDE  – ULP is a group of individual community members, organizations and buisness that identify as Latino LGBTQ and allies. The group was formed to meet the need to educate and celebrate who we are as community.

“There are over 1 million Latinos in the Chicago Land Area meaning that statistically at least 30,000 fall in the LGBTQ spectrum. With such a large population, how can we not celebrate who we are!”

This week ULP is organizing a series of event for Latino Pride in Chicago.  Including:


June 9, 2011     screening “I am the Queen” film Directed by Josue Pellot and Henrique Cirne-Lima


The Event will begin with a small reception and special performance, followed by the viewing of the film and a Q and A.    This event is open to ALL AGES


We are asking for a minimum donation of $10.00 to benefit the transitional living center for Trans identified people, “El Rescate” that Vida Sida is in the processes of… establishing in Humbolt Park, Chicago.


About the Movie: “I am the Queen” takes a look at the often unobserved life of Chicago’s
Puerto Rican transgendered community documenting the Cacique Pageant, the first annual transgendered pageant held in Chicago’s Humboldt Park
neighborhood.


The film exposes the restructuring of the family unit
experienced by pageant participants who are often distanced from their
biological family only to find kinship among others in the Puerto Rican
transgendered community.


AND      Saturday, June 11 · 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Latin@ PRIDE Summer Dance

Join us for Latin@ Pride Summer Dance at Harrison Park in Pilsen. Help us kick-off the pride festivities with music by some of Chicago’s leading queer Latin@ DJ’s and some of the queer friendliest DJ’s.


Spinning to the delight of your ears: Dj’s Reyna, Ang G., Feline and (((SONORAMA))).


There’ll be a dance contest, a guac-off (guacamole show down!) and so much more.  
Location Harrison Park in Pilsen ,  19th & Damen    Chicago, IL


More events and details at United Latino Pride.


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OUT IN CHICAGO opens at Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum
has presented the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Chicagoans since 2004 through the Out at CHM programming series.

Now, in its eighth year, the Museum will continue this educational programming and  will also present the exhibition Out in Chicago opening May 21, 2011. (this past weekend) and runs through March 26, 2012.

 The exhibition will explore how the evolution of these Chicago communities mirrors broader changes throughout the city over the past 150 years. Out in Chicago is the latest in the Museum’s ongoing series of exhibitions addressing Chicago communities and neighborhoods. 

Out in Chicago takes a new perspective on Chicago’s history through historical artifacts, documents, and individual testimonies. Based on research and new scholarship, the exhibition encompasses four thematic sections that reflect the evolution of the LGBT communities over the past 150 years: from the stories of individual Chicagoans, to the building of families and home life, to the evolution of communities and city neighborhoods; and to the communities’ expansion into political activism.

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago



LATER  THIS YEAR – special  events  include –

Secret Historian   Thursday, September 8
Author Justin Spring visits the Museum for a lecture and book-signing about his recent award-winning book, Secret Historian. Drawn from the never-before-seen stories of Chicagoan novelist, poet, tattoo artist, and university professor, Sam Steward, Spring re-creates a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. Tickets are $12/10 members.

In the K/Now: Gays in the Military   Thursday, November 10
This conversation about gays in the military led by community leaders and military veterans is presented in partnership with an array of gay military alumni groups. After more than a decade of debate, this is still one of the most controversial issues facing the LGBT community. FREE.

Chicago in Leather    December 1
The LGBT leather community in Chicago has made a historic, cultural, and meaningful impact on the city in a variety of ways. A panel will discuss these contributions to LGBT history, Chicago history, and leather history. This program is in collaboration with the Leather Archives & Museum. Tickets are $12/10 members.


Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago


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Gay Men Fight in Chicago’s Public Aid Office – Then Vogue

FIERCENESS IS
ALWAYS WELCOME!


Where am I? New York City?

No darling, you are in Chicago at the Welfare Office. A brawl broke out downtown and ended with a fierce attempt at Vouging!

Security guards were helpless to stop them.

Shocked onlookers began clearing the way as the two wielded chairs as weapons and used the floor space like a boxing ring as they engaged in a nearly minute-long battle.


But horrified gasps turned into bursts of laughter when the apparent winner of the fight began voguing to celebrate his victory. He even danced his way out of the building and blew kisses to the onlookers!


Best of Gay Chicago

Gay Men Fight in Chicago’s Public Aid Office – Then Vogue

FIERCENESS IS
ALWAYS WELCOME!


Where am I? New York City?

No darling, you are in Chicago at the Welfare Office. A brawl broke out downtown and ended with a fierce attempt at Vouging!

Security guards were helpless to stop them.

Shocked onlookers began clearing the way as the two wielded chairs as weapons and used the floor space like a boxing ring as they engaged in a nearly minute-long battle.


But horrified gasps turned into bursts of laughter when the apparent winner of the fight began voguing to celebrate his victory. He even danced his way out of the building and blew kisses to the onlookers!


Best of Gay Chicago

SKYY VODKA and Chicago’s REELING Gay Lesbian Film Festival


The  28th REELING Gay Lesbian Film Festival   in  Chicago is off and running this week! The opening night film and Gala were a blast! And many shows and Galas are starting to sell out!

IMPORTANT UPDATE about the FISH OUT OF WATER AFTER-PARTY – Sunday  November 8th!!    Due to the overwhelming demand for Fish Out of Water After-Party tickets, the party has moved to a bigger space and changed the venue to Skybar, 2242 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets previously sold out online for this event, HOWEVER, they are  now releasing additional after-party tickets. Snag them while they’re still available! (Note: Film-Only Fish Out of Water tickets remain available for purchase, as well.)


Reeling will close on a high note on Sunday, November 15th at Music Box Theatre with the 7:30 pm Closing Night screening of Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!!, featuring a star-studded cast that includes, among others, Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Jai Rodriquez (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), comedian Bruce Vilanch, and Carmen Electra!!!

Director Evgeny Afineevsky and Jai Rodriquez are scheduled to appear at the screening and after-party, which will take place at Architectural Artifacts. (4325 N. Ravenswood).

 


SKYY  VODKA  is  a  proud sponsor of this years  REELING   Gay/Lesbian Festival. And they have created a special drink which will be available at the Gala’s and you can also make it at home, of course.

Here’s  the  recipe –

The Reeling Passion

2 oz SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit
2 Lemon Quarters
1 oz Simple Syrup
 
Muddle the lemon quarters with the simple syrup until all the juice is extracted out of the fruit. 
Add the SKYY Infusions Passion Fruit and top with ice. 
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.


See you at the movies this week!



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REELING FESTIVAL tickets and information


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