Category Archives: Dance

Hydrate Halloween Weekend!

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2  music and dance filled  nights  at  HYDRATE  this weekend!

Carnival Carnage with DJ Ale Maes
Friday, Oct. 28, 11:30 pm – 4:30 am
$10 cover starting at midnight
Carnival Carnage continues with DJ Ralphi Rosario
Saturday, Oct. 29, 11:30 pm – 5 am
$10 cover starting at 11 pm

Dance for Life Chicago August 20

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YEAR   25!!!

Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit dance concert presenting and showcasing the city’s unique diversity of talent, dance traditions and styles by bringing together the incredibly talented, world-renowned professional dancers of Chicago for one night on the same stage.

The dance community unites artistically to support those affected by critical health issues by generously donate their time, energy and artistry to the cause. Funds raised assist various organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS and other health issues as well as The Dancers’ Fund.

25th Anniversary on Saturday, August 20, 2016

Performances Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Dance Crash, Visceral Dance Chicago
World Premieres Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney
Emcees Carisa Barreca and Tim Mason of The Second City

 

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Parkway
7:30 p.m. Performance

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Avenue
5 p.m. Gala Reception

Tickets are now on sale!

 

Performance Level Tickets ($15-$75)- Enter promo code MAY2FOR1 to access Dance for Life’s 25th Anniversary Early Bird Special and receive 2-for-1 on $50 and $75 tickets for the month of May!

Gala Level Tickets ($250-$600) includes Gala Reception and Premium Performance Seating

Group Tickets (10 or more) 20% off Performance Level Tickets, $25-$75 (Phone only)

 

Online: click here
Phone: 312.341.2300
Box Office: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, click here for this week’s hours

 

NEVERLAND Market Days Party Aug 12

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NEVERLAND CELEBRATES MARKET DAYS WITH ITS MOST EXTRAVAGENT EVENT EVER – “IMPERIAL HAREM”

Neverland, the Chicago-based dance producer known for its elaborate themes and production, is celebrating Market Days this year with its most extravagant event ever. Drawing inspiration from the costumes, the story, and the men of the blockbuster film, 300, IMPERIAL HAREM will take place Friday, August 12th at Metro (3730 N Clark St, Chicago).  Mexico City-based DJ Alex Acosta will headline the event; his first time headlining since spinning the very first Market Days Neverland three years ago.  Chicago DJ Alex Cabot will open and Imp Queen, Nico and Sara Andrews will host.  $40 early bird tickets to IMPERIAL HAREM are available now at www.NeverlandMarketDays.com.

“Market Days is even bigger than Pride in Chicago so we’re making this party more epic than anything we’ve done before,” proclaims Anthony DiFiore, Neverland’s founder and Creative Director. DiFiore is drawing inspiration for the night from a recent trip to Jerusalem where he learned how years of Ottoman rule left its imprint on the city.  “We’re going to experiment with a lot of cool ancient Persian and Ottoman elements that complement Metro’s massive steel stage,” he says.

At last year’s Market Days, DiFiore and his creative team celebrated Mayan Aztec culture with their “Origins” event, transforming Circuit Nightclub into a jungle complete with palm trees, a pyramid, and performers in colorful headdresses.  This year’s party takes Neverland back to the opulent Metro, the former concert hall world-renowned for its large stage and high ceilings.

Designers are building a structure of steel bars that will create an interactive platform loaded with lights and special effects devices. “There aren’t any gay parties in the U.S. that utilize truss the way we do,” adds DiFiore.

Market Days is the popular Chicago festival with stages, live bands and DJs during the day, followed by late-night dance parties.  Neverland’s IMPERIAL HAREM is the official Friday night main event.

“Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” says DiFiore.   “What sets our team apart is that our artists are true set and costume designers who are working with Neverland to showcase their talents.”

For tickets and additional information, visit www.NeverlandMarketDays.com.   Ticket Prices: $41/$51 and $60 at door.  Hard copy tickets available at Egoist Underwear (3526 N Halsted) in Boystown.

Neverland Pool Party July 2

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The Neverland Pool Party is back! One of the most unique summer parties in Chicago (the ONLY big LGBT dance party with a pool) returns for 4th of July weekend on SATURDAY, JULY 2nd. All-day party from noon-8pm with music by Neverland alum DJ JALIL Z (Miami).  Deuce’s and the Diamond Club 3505 North Clark Street,  Chicago, IL 60657

 

PRIVATE CABANAS: There are 8 private poolside cabanas. Purchase of a cabana comes with a premium bottle of Belvedere vodka & mixers, and admission for 4 people.

 

VIP POOLSIDE LOUNGE: There are 2 premium VIP poolside lounges; chic setups along the pool with sofas, a bottle of Belvedere vodka & mixers, and admission for 4 people.

 

**BEEFED-UP SOUND** provided by ILC, the masterminds behind Neverland’s Metro stage installations & lighting.

TICKETS   ONLINE  NOW!!!

or Egoist Underwear (3526 N Halsted) has hard-copy tickets (no service fee) for $15 to the pool party.

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Neverland Gay Pride Chicago

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NEVERLAND CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY WITH ITS BIGGEST CHICAGO PRIDE EVENT EVER – “THE LOST BOYS” 

Neverland, the Chicago-based dance producer renown for its elaborate themes and production, is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year with its biggest Chicago Pride event ever. NEVERLAND PRIDE 2016 will take place Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th with three spectacular events including the main event, Saturday night’s “The Lost Boys” at Metro. Pre-sale tickets, including $95 weekend passes to all three events (a $35 savings), are available now at www.neverlandpride.com.

“It’s our four year anniversary and we’re finally doing a Neverland-themed Neverland,” proclaims Anthony DiFiore, Neverland’s founder and Creative Director. “Our parties are always a tribute to big imagination, so for this year’s Chicago Pride, our production team is building extravagant Peter Pan and Hook elements to the main stage.  Instead of traditional sets, we’re producing the night as more of a storyline with dancers and performers dressed as the famous characters.

“All the weekend’s events will be even more theatrical than ever before,” he promises.

NEVERLAND PRIDE launches Friday, June 24th at 11pm with a special edition of GayGlow at Charlie’s spun by NANDO, one of the most energetic and happening DJs on today’s national club scene.  The fun continues Saturday at 11pm when NEVERLAND presents “The Lost Boys” at Metro, a two-story concert hall that boasts one of the finest stages in Chicago.  It will be a surreal night of character-driven fantasy featuring a massive set. Barcelona-based DJ Ivan Gomez will man the decks alongside Chicago’s own Alexis-R.

Wrapping the weekend will be the Sunday night Closing Party at Mid, headlined by International superstar DJ Paulo. Paulo will present a dark and visceral production amidst one of Chicago’s most powerful sound systems.  Opening DJs Sean O’Hara and TVG will start the night at 10pm with Paulo taking over until 4am.

The first NEVERLAND took place July 2012. Billed as a costume party with club music, it was kind of like Halloween in the middle of the summer.   “We were an instant hit with the young crowd,” remembers DiFiore.  In order to create a big dance party brand, he needed everyone to come. “Guys in their late 30s and 40s would tell me they were too old for a costume party.”

In 2013, NEVERLAND introduced themes to the events, along with more elaborate production.   At “Walt Disney is Dead”, Brazil’s DJ Ana Paula dressed up as Maleficent while she was spinning. For the “Ratchet Ball”, producers brought in a graffiti artist from Michigan to create graffiti on large canvases hanging from the walls of Hydrate Nightclub.

Soon, every group was represented, from muscle guys to hipsters to drag queens and more.  “Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” says DiFiore.

Last year’s Pride party was a “Bougie Ball”.   Producers went all out with the theme, from putting fake rolls of hundred dollar bills as toilet paper in the bathrooms, to firing off fake money as confetti during Sasha Colby’s performance of “Bitch Better Have My Money”. Giant gold birdcages flanked the stage with gogo dancers wearing three-foot long lion headdresses.

“What sets our team apart is that many of our artists don’t even go to big dance parties. They’re a set designer who cares deeply about what the set is going to look like, or a costume designer who is developing their own label and is working with Neverland to showcase their talents.”

Even the crowd gets in on the act, with many of the attendees arriving in full costume. “Revelers are always welcome to wear whatever they want,” says DiFiore.  “Some will come in simple jeans and tees, and that’s fine! I’m excited to see lot of Pans, Hooks and of course, Tinkerbells.”

For tickets and additional information, visit www.neverlandpride.com.  Pre-sale tickets, including $95 weekend passes to all three events (a $35 savings), are available now.

Navy Pier LGBT Event June 25th

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“Navy Pier Pride 2016” Celebration Salutes Chicago’s LGBT Community

Chicago’s first-ever family Pride celebration outside of Lakeview

takes place at Navy Pier on Saturday, June 25

WOW!!!   THIS  IS  BIG  NEWS!

As it marks its 100th anniversary, Navy Pier will make Chicago history as it proudly hosts “Navy Pier Pride 2016,” the city’s first LGBT Pride celebration outside of the Lakeview neighborhood. This family-friendly event features entertainment and events throughout the Pier on Saturday, June 25. As part of the celebration, and for the first time in 28 years, Navy Pier is especially honored to display Chicago-centric sections of the internationally renowned The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. All events for “Navy Pier Pride 2016” are free and open to the public, as part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration®.

 

As one of Chicago’s top cultural destinations, “Navy Pier Pride 2016” is one of Navy Pier’s new arts, cultural and community programming initiatives. In addition to a lively atmosphere and a pier adorned in rainbows, highlights of this special Pride day-long event will include (times are approximate):

Noon – About Face Theatre’s IT’S FOR REAL is a collection of stories that connects issues around race, class, sexuality, age, gender, self-esteem, and family. Based on the true experiences of the performers in the show.

·         1 p.m. – A kickoff parade, led by the Lakeside Pride Marching Band.

·         1:30 p.m. – Performances by the legendary MILLY’s ORCHID SHOW, featuring Brigid Murphy as “Milly” and with an entire cast of such celebrities as Yuri Lane (“The Harmonica Beatbox Man”) and introducing rising gay icon, his 8-year old daughter, Delilah Rose, along with Alexa Grae, Robert Cornelius (former member of the group, “Poi Dog Pondering”), House-O-Matic, and many others. 

·         5 p.m. – “Chicago’s Biggest Wedding,” officiated by Angelica Ross (a leading figure in the movement for transgender and racial equality, and star of the hit series, “Her Story”). Make history with us and your loved one, as we hold a massive marriage ceremony on The Pier.

·         7 p.m. –  For outdoor dancing, with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, join house music superstar and Grammy Award-nominated producer, DJ RALPHI ROSARIO, in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

·         10:15 p.m. –Guests will observe a moment of reflection to honor those lost in the tragic events in Orlando, followed by a celebration of life with a special Pride-themed fireworks spectacular.

 

Another historic and moving part of the day is the return of The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. The much-celebrated Quilt began to take shape in 1987 with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco. Today, it weighs 54 tons and is composed of more than 48,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who was lost to AIDS. In 1988, Navy Pier became one of the first venues nationally to put The Quilt on public display.

 

“Throughout its 100-year history, Navy Pier has led the way in demonstrating compassion and commitment, while celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. Welcoming people of all backgrounds is at the heart of Navy Pier’s core values. We are, truly, ‘the People’s Pier,’” said Marilynn Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer for Navy Pier, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates Navy Pier. “We believe ‘Navy Pier Pride 2016’ will be an event that embraces the ideals of respect, tolerance, love, and inclusiveness.”

 

“Navy Pier Pride 2016” has been in the planning stages for months and is one of the initial projects as part of Navy Pier’s bold, new Arts & Discovery programming initiative. Leading the vision and direction of this 18-month Arts and Discovery strategic planning initiative is Navy Pier’s leadership team, consultants from Dickerson Global Advisors, as well as more than 100 Chicago non-profit arts and culture organizations. Navy Pier’s cultural and community programming is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation.

Recently appointed Guest Artistic Director, Steve Abrams, brings creative leadership and vision to the first series of Arts and Discovery programs. The programs launch this summer as a pilot initiative. As a driving force in Chicago’s diverse cultural landscape for the last three decades, Abrams brings an innovative arts background to Navy Pier. His prior experience includes senior and executive leadership roles at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, and producing numerous theatrical productions.

 

For more details on “Navy Pier Pride 2016,” and the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration®, please visit the Navy Pier website at www.navypier.com or the Navy Pier Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

 

About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top-attended leisure destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. In 2016, Navy Pier celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of special events and programming, the grand opening of its new Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the “Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.” Navy Pier, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, maintains and oversees Navy Pier and its redevelopment into a bolder, greener and more contemporary urban space. For more information, visit our website at www.navypier.com.

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

 

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

 

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

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!!

Salsa Dancing Lessons April 28th

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Our friends at  El Marichia  have  something  special  planned  this week – April 28th – A  SALSA  LESSON  plus  drinks  and  eats!!

Limited Seating ~ Reserve Today!  773-549-2932

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill – www.elmariachitequilabar.com 
3906 N. Broadway Chicago Il 60613

Chicago Gay Pride Prom May 21

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Northalsted Business Alliance Aims to

                   Make Prom Proud with May 21 Event

 

As prom season approaches, The Northalsted Business Alliance announces a right of passage redux in the form of Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History, set for May 21, 2016.

 

As part of the newly formed collaboration with The Legacy Project, NBA invites revelers to enjoy an unforgettable evening of entertainment and celebration in the heart of Boystown. The elaborate set-up will include an expansive outdoor tent on Waveland, between Halsted and Broadway. 350  Guests will savor light fare by featured neighborhood restaurants, beverages (?)  and dancing  7-10pm.

Early bird tickets are available for $100 thru April 21 at www.northalsted.com. ($150  after  April 21).

Christopher Barrett Politan, Executive Director of the Northalsted Business Alliance, describes what the night means for the neighborhood.

“For many in the LGBTQ community prom was a less than welcoming environment to express gender identity or sexual orientation. Our Pride Prom gives everyone the chance to rewrite their prom experience. Furthermore, we are thrilled that Alderman James Cappleman and his husband Richard Thale will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the evening”

The event marks the first joint initiative for The Northalsted Business Alliance and The Legacy Project, which recently announced their collaborative agreement to advance Boystown cultural programming, business efforts and tourism plans.

Curled, styled, tanned, waxed and painted, neighborhood businesses are joining in the celebration by offering Prom goers discounts at their establishments leading up to, during, and after the event. Couples can expect to get VIP treatment at salons, a personal stylist at fashion boutiques, and amazing dining specials before the dance. Afterwards, local bars and nightclubs are offering specials and line privileges at their establishments. Attendees are encouraged to stay the evening at neighborhood hotels to continue the fun the next morning with Boystown’s infamous Sunday Funday complete with bottomless brunches and all-day entertainment.

Victor Salvo, the Founder and Executive of The Legacy Project, expresses his enthusiasm for Pride Prom.

“I cannot think of a better event to kick-off our collaboration with NBA. As we look back at our history, while also embracing our future, Pride Prom is an historic event and one we look forward to celebrating across generations.”

 

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

Neverland Chicago Purity Ball Dec. 30

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New Year’s in Chicago: Neverland’s 4th annual Purity Ball white party featuring DJ Alain Jackinsky inches closer to New Year’s this year with a major event on Wednesday, Dec. 30th. Take off the 31st and plan on house parties that night, because we’re making the 30th the biggest gay party of the holiday season.

 

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The Facts

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 30th
Time: 10:30pm-4am
Venue: Circuit Nightclub (3641 N Halsted)
DJ: Alain Jackinsky, spinning his 3rd Purity Ball
Theme: White Party

2 performances, a massive set, hot costumed dancers, and the magic of Boystown’s most creative and hard-working team.

For tickets, visit Egoist Underwear in Boystown, or CLICK HERE

2 HOT GAY MEN @ SEVEN Chicago

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ANDREW  CHRISTIAN SUPERMODEL & YOUTUBE SENSATION, PABLO HERNANDEZ LIVE!

SEVEN Nightclub and Porn Superstar, Topher DiMaggio are proud to present Pablo Hernandez, performing live at Seven Nightclub.

Advance general admission tickets are only $7.

Photos along with Meet N’ Greets will be available post performance.

Doors open at 8pm, with performance at 10:30pm.  GET YOUR TICKET NOW!

 

BITCH  I’M  A  BOTTOM!

 

HYDRATE October Special Events

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HYDRATE October happenings!

Five shows only, Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30! The show’s stars, Katerina, Erin Daly, Casi Maggio, Stephanie Hansen and Erika Lecaj, will sing Halloween, pop and musical classics throughout the hour-long comedic set that’s sprinkled with dark moments. Hosted by the one and only Dixie Lynn Cartwright.

Halloween Massacre
Hydrate kicks off Halloween weekend Friday, Oct. 30  with London’s international DJ duo, SEXSHOOTERS, from 11:30 pm to 4 am. Hydrate’s dance floor won’t stop moving to David and Claudio’s addictive, uplifting house beats. Hostess Serena Fierce will make sure the party is a ghoulish good time.
$10 cover after midnight

On Saturday, Oct. 31, stop by Hydrate’s outdoor stage before or after the Halsted Street Parade to catch Dee Jay George G from 2-9 pm and DJ Greg Drescher from 9 pm to midnight. Mz. Ruff N’ Stuff and Naysha will host on stage from 4-8 pm.
Head inside to catch the Hydrate gogo dancers from 5-9 pm. Stick around for the announcement of the winner of the costume contest at 7 pm, where $250 in cash and prizes will be handed out to first, second and third place. Grammy nominated house icon, DJ Ralphie Rosario, will tear up the dance floor from 11:30 pm to 5 am.
 $10 cover after midnight

Neverland is hosting Chicago’s largest gay Halloween party

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Neverland is throwing Chicago’s largest gay Halloween party with “Alien Invasion“, 10pm-5am at Circuit Nightclub.

DJ Escape of NYC’s infamous Sunday Service parties spins alongside Alexis-R, for a night of high-energy music. The backdrop is a theatrical set by Timmie Foley and Jasmine Quintana, who transformed Circuit into a Mayan jungle for our Market Days party.

CLICK HERE for NEVERLAND tickets, special pre-sale offer

WHO is PERFORMING: We are teaming one of Chicago’s best dancers, The Vixen, with Alberto Arias, the choreographer behind Aurora Sexton’s killer Market Days “Origins” performance. Not to be missed.

WHO is HOSTING: Neverland’s main host & muse Kim Chi is joined by a new generation of hosts: Imp Queen, Nico, and Sara Andrews. We have sought out some of the best walking art in Chicago for this event.

Dance for Life Breaks Records

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A record-breaking number of more than 2,200 guests arrived at the Dance for Life benefit performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on Aug. 15.

The awe-inspiring performance, featuring seven of Chicago’s top dance companies, grossed more than $335,000 to support the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dancer’s Fund.

 

Dance for Life remains the only annual opportunity for the incredibly talented, world-renowned professional dancers of Chicago to unite artistically to help those in their own community and the greater Chicago area affected by HIV/AIDS and other critical health issues,” said Anthony Guerrero, Dance for Life’s director.

 

This year’s performance was preceded by a gala reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, where guests enjoyed a variety of savory and sweet appetizers and refreshing cocktails. Guests also tried their luck in the annual raffles to win one of three different travel and dance packages. Prizes included round-trip Southwest plane tickets, dance classes, tickets to the Sesame Street Studio Tour, and much more.

 

After the reception, shuttle buses were provided for the dance enthusiasts to the Auditorium Theatre for the unique performance, featuring the hilarious and talented Joey Bland and Tim Mason of The Second City as emcees. In between the dances, the actors entertained the audience with jokes and showed video footage of them attempting to learn how to dance.

 

The show opened with the graceful Joffrey Ballet, who performed an excerpt from “Viva Vivaldi”. The dancers displayed crisp and clean choreography while the joyful music from the classic composer filled the auditorium.

 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago had the house in awe with its two contrasting numbers. The first was “Second to Last”, which showcased elegant dancers gliding across the floor. The second number, “Wicked Heart” was from its collaboration with The Second City’s “The Art of Falling”, which featured a comical duet between a man and his blow-up doll.

 

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s toe-tapping number “In the Beginning” was unique because the dancers had no soundtrack to go with their performance – the only thing the audience could hear was the blend of different rhythms from their tap shoes.

 

Act I closed with Giordano Dance Chicago’s jazzy arrangement of “Feelin’ Good Sweet”, which featured sultry, Fosse-style dance moves to an original arrangement of “Get Happy” and incidental music.

 

C5 opened Act II with “Garland Suite”, featuring the nostalgic music of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. Dancers performed on five large swings wearing gowns and tuxedos to keep the performance lighthearted while channeling Garland’s spirit.

 

After C5 left the stage, the emcees drew the raffle tickets while the artists of LEVELdance danced to various uplifting tunes that matched the “lucky” theme.

 

Same Planet Different World was next with “To Have and To Hold,” a jaw-dropping, mesmerizing spectacle of tumbling and rolling on and off rows of long wooden benches.

 

River North Dance Chicago impressed the audience with its strong yet vulnerable choreography in excerpts from “In the End”. The dancers were only wearing briefs, so every single movement stood out.

 

To close the show, renowned choreographer Randy Duncan brought down the house with the passionate finale “Stand By Me,” dedicated in memory of choreographer Paul Christiano, who passed away this year. This was the first time Duncan held open auditions for the finale, so there were many enthusiastic and fresh new faces onstage.

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Cirque du Soleil in Chicago this Month

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THEY’RE BACK!

Cirque du Soleil  returned to Chicago this week  with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities.  Now through  September 20th!

The stage is magical  and  the acts amazing, as always!

The stage moves and turns, giving everyone unique views, no matter where are you seated. The shows mixes vaudeville, Broadway, aerial stunts, and old world charm in an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes.

In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

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Of course, my favorite act  was the “Siamese twins” hanging in the air from straps are separated at last when they fly high above the stage in a series of acrobatic figures, sometimes as a pair, sometimes solo. The two artists soar to impressive heights and crisscross above the stage while performing synchronized figures that require flawless timing.  (ABOVE). – Reminded me of the sexy Atherton Twins from the Varakai show….

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The show was filled  with a huge cast of talent. A group of 13 artists perform spectacular sequences of perfectly synchronized acrobatics and human pyramids that showcase the amazing agility of the human body. In addition to standing three and four high on each other’s shoulders, the artists take off, somersault and crisscross in the air on three levels: the ground, a monolith positioned centre-stage, and in the audience.

Whether you have seen Cirque before  or not – this show  will  wow you!

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Cirque Du Soleil Returns to Chicago

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Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, premiering under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top August 6 – September 20th at the United Center Parking Lot K. Tickets starting at $35. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/kurios now for tickets.

Want to go for FREE?   We’re  giving  away  2  pairs of tickets – for the August 11th show!  Leave me a comment  below  and we’ll have a random  drawing  On August  1st!

Out in the Park Six Flags Chicago

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Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America
Returns in 2015 BIGGER Than EVER!

A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment
Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & Ketel One Vodka
That Will Help Benefit Northalsted Business Alliance
Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 7PM to 12AM

Hosted by Amanda Lepore AND Pablo Hernandez this year! Attendees for this year’s fourth annual Out In The Park Celebration are in for a night of EPIC proportions.

All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago and Hostess Trannika Rex and some adorable go go’s well keep the party jumping.

Andrew Christian supermodel and “king of selfies” Pablo Hernandez will be riding rides with guests all night and taking photos. Then at 11:00 he will debut 2 of his new songs, followed by the Queen of New York nightlife, Amanda Lepore, with the worlds most expensive body!

Out In The Park is an annual private LGBT Saturday night fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides with a portion of all ticket sales each year help benefit various non-profits. “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBT community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to no lines and without homophobic hassles from anyone. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $35,000 to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 16 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that Amanda Lepore is flying in from New York and the handsome Pablo Hernandez (from Los Angeles) will debut his new music at our event this year!”

Advance $40 tickets can be purchased NOW at www.GaySixFlagsChicago.com
FREE parking for this special event! In September the price goes up to $45. $50 the day of the event. All ages event. Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+
Hotels –if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of Boystown! CITY SUITES, WILLOWS HOTEL and MAJESTIC HOTEL. All the hotels are on our website GaySixFlagsChicago.com

Dance For Life Chicago August 15th

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Dance for Life: Dancers Unite to Inspire Chicago from Center Stage
Chicago’s Top Dance Troupes Raise Funds and Awareness for HIV/AIDS on Aug. 15

 

Experience a night of breathtaking performances as seven of Chicago’s top dance companies come together for one evening at Dance for Life. With thought provoking choreography and poignant music, this highly anticipated event is held annually to support organizations and dance community professionals dealing with critical health issues, including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS, through the art of dance. Since 1992, Dance for Life has raised millions of dollars to support the cause.

This year, the funny and talented Joey Bland and Tim Mason from The Second City will emcee the night. Choreographer Randy Duncan will bring his highly acclaimed work STAND BY ME with special music arrangement by Ira Antelis to the Auditorium Theatre as Dance for Life’s finale. Performing group C5 will also present a show stopping world premiere.

Dance for Life believes in cultivating young talent in the Chicago dance community and giving them the opportunity to shine. That’s why for the first time ever, the finale will feature local professional dancers that were selected through a special audition.

Funds raised through this year’s Dance for Life benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers’ Fund.

Participating Companies Include:

• Giordano Dance Chicago
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
• Joffrey Ballet
• River North Dance Chicago
• C5
• Chicago Human Rhythm Project
• Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre

 

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception – Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom (720 S. Michigan Ave.)
7:30 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: $15-$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

 

Connect with Dance for Life on Facebook!

Chicago pride Week new Events

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Now that PrideFest and the Parade have been pushed apart on 2 different weekends, promoters are filling in the week, to make Chicago a real destination for out of towners visiting the city!

6 new events this year!

Monday June 22nd – From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags Great America, comes a brand new exclusive LGBTQ Event; OUT IN THE HARBOR @ Hurricane Harbor! Hosted by Andrew Christian! SPLASH, DRINK AND DANCE! 5pm – 10pm

Music by the DJs of Scarlet and DJ Jalil Z from Miami. GO GO GODS! and Costumes by NVRLND!
Hostess with the Mostess Trannika Rex! Lots of food and drink choices available for purchase. Tickets $33 and FREE Parking (TAXES INCLUDED) SEASON PASSES ARE NOT VALID FOR PRIVATE EVENTS.
A portion of ticket price will benefit Northalsted Business Alliance this year! Transportation to and from Boystown $30! All ages welcome – must be 21+ to drink.

Get Tickets and Info @ www.PrideSplashChicago.com

 

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Thursday, June 25th –

Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo celebrates LGBTQ Pride! Brookfield Zoo becomes the 2nd Zoo in the country to recognize and celebrate PRIDE!

2 Events: Daytime and Evening:

During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be entertainment in the afternoon! During the day there will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and /or products. – There will also be a short program with inspirational speakers and some entertainment. $15 Advance Tickets and transportation info @ www.ZooPrideChicago.com

Then From 7-10pm, a very special exclusive evening cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area. TALK TO THE ANIMALS! Only a portion of the zoo will open from 7-10; Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.

Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions area! We’ll be able to sip cocktails and taste delicious lite snacks and sweets. Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to them! As curators create a very special experience for us, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them. Lounge music will set the tone with the Dj’s of Scarlet. Silent Auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses. Tickets are $60 includes open bar, food and the experience. Tickets and transportation info @ www.ZooPrideChicago.com

Chicago pride Week Events

June 27th   2 parties by Neverland

June 28th Parade day with another evening party by Neverland!

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The brilliant boys of Neverland Anthony DiFiore and Martin Luna are delivering  3 new events  for Chicago Pride Weekend!

Known for their high-concept themed dance parties, they are  ready to up to ante with a series of three fabulous, high-end Pride weekend parties designed to bring Chicago into the running with the other major cities holding Pride celebrations the last weekend in June.

On the Saturday before and Sunday of the Chicago Pride Parade (June 27 and 28, respectively), Neverland is hosting a daytime Pride Pool Party at Deuce’s & Diamonds on Clark Street, a fabulous all-night “Bougie Ball” themed dance party at the Metro and a post-parade Pride Closing Party Sunday night at The MID.

Tickets for all events are available online, both individually and as a “weekend pass” deal, and at Egoist Underwear at 3526 N Halsted in Boystown (for those who want to avoid paying the online service fee).

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MotorBall Returns to Detroit June 5th

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Detroit isn’t necessarily on everyone’s radar as a gay summer dance destination, but a non-profit organization is changing that. MotorBall, back for its second year, kicks off LGBT Pride Month with a weekend of events June 5-7, 2015.
After a nearly 11 year hiatus, MotorBall was resurrected in 2014 for a 20th Anniversary celebration. With a limited budget and a small group of volunteers, MotorBall 2014 was a success, raising nearly $7,000 for Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC). Thrilled with the results, MAC reached out to the founders of MotorBall, Geared For Life (GFL), and brought the event into MAC’s portfolio of fundraisers, which provide much needed funds for outreach, education, and prevention services in Michigan’s HIV/AIDS community.
MotorBall’s history is rich and spans over a decade. Originally created in 1994, the “GEAR Party,” which stood for “Generating Education, Awareness, and Respect,” was held at The Majestic Ballroom in Detroit. “The first party was so fun and went off without a hitch – even after two power surges blew the circuits at The Majestic,” says Tracy Hoffman, one of the founding members of Geared for Life.
The first event raised more than $15,000 for area HIV/AIDS organizations providing critical services in the height of the epidemic. The following years continued to raise funds – $200,000 in total – until the event was retired in 2005.
The parties, in their heyday, were held at various venues throughout Metro Detroit and brought in major DJs, entertainers, and out-of-town supporters. Centaur Music even produced three albums for MotorBall in its Party Groove lineup. MotorBall’s storied and proud history as one of the great circuit parties in the US and included performances by DJs Susan Morabito, Paulo, Tracy Young, Julian Marsh, Manny Lehman, Teri Bristol, Billy Carroll, Chuck Arida, the late-great BUC, Alyson Calagna, Maryalice, David Knapp, and so many more who all spun at the event.
The current organizers of MotorBall are a mix of alum from years past and some new faces.  Terry Ryan, CEO of MAC, says, “I’ve always cherished my memories and the friends I made at this event and am glad that we’ve been able to bring the MotorBall brand back.”
Eddie Mulak, MotorBall’s Event Director for 2015, remembers the first MotorBall and aims to bring the event back to its must-attend status. “Detroit it primed to host a world-class event for the LGBT community again. I’m proud to be entrusted with guiding this party back to a must-attend event.”
Joining the team again this year is Derek Zachariah, who originally became involved with Geared For Life and MotorBall twenty years ago. Asked to play a key role in last year’s Anniversary party, Zachariah also sits on the Board of AIDS Walk Detroit and is deeply involved with Michigan Greyhound Connection and other local non-profits. GFL founders and alum Tracy Hoffman and John Joanette join the team as consultants.
MotorBall kicks off in Detroit with its Opening Party 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, June 5 at Club Gold Coast with DJ Josh Karmin (Detroit/Toronto). MotorBall 2015 will be held from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 6 at St Andrew’s Hall and The Shelter, featuring DJ Chris Spinazzola (Chicago), DJ Steve Dearborn (Detroit), DJ Lena (Detroit), and DJ Mike Trombley (Macho City/Detroit).  MotorBall is an Official After-Party of Motor City Pride. To purchase tickets, and more information, please visit www.MotorBall.org or www.MichiganAIDSCoalition.org.

Gay Queer Contra Dance Chicago April 25th

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Queer Contra Dance Chicago will hold its next dance on Saturday, April 25 2015 from 6:00-9:00pm in the community hall at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, located at 2649 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago, near the Blue Line Logan Square stop.


Contra dance is a form of folk dance, similar to square dancing, but with lines of dancers rather than squares. This dance will feature live music by Common Taters performing dance music from the British Isles. The caller will be Maggie Jo Saylor.


Admission to Queer Contra is a sliding scale of $ 0-10, payable at the door. No advance planning or experience is needed and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone, gay, straight and in-between is welcome! Potluck snack and beverages encouraged. For more information, contact the new organizers Stephen Ulrich at scu@pobox.com and Das Janssen (mitsein9@gmail.com) or www.facebook.com/ContraChicago.


SCHEDULE FOR Saturday April 25:
6-6:30pm             LESSONS FOR NEWCOMERS
6:30-8:30pm         CONTRA DANCE FOR NEWCOMERS AND EXPERIENCED DANCERS
8:30-9pm             POTLUCK REFRESHMENTS


We think Contra Dancing is a great way to have fun, stay active physically, and connect socially. And we have some great people who help make this all happen. It’s a welcoming, diverse community and we hope you can join us.  Additionally, Pastor Erik Christensen, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square adds: “St. Luke’s firmly believes that music and all the arts build community across lines of difference by bringing people together in an environment of creativity, self-expression, and joy.  We’re proud to have queer contra dancing coming to St. Luke’s, and excited to see how we can be part of supporting a diverse, inclusive neighborhood.”


We organizers are currently making arrangements for a dance on May 30 as well, and will provide additional information on that as details become available.


MORE ABOUT CONTRA DANCE: Contra dance is a centuries-old New England folk dance tradition. It’s the rowdy red-headed stepchild of English country dance (the kind of dancing you see in Jane Austen movies). Contra dancing is done to live traditional fiddle music in a variety of styles, from lilting Celtic-inspired tunes to rollicking bluegrass. All dances are taught by a caller, who “calls out” instructions throughout the dance. Queer contra dance takes the traditional division of the dance into “gentlemen” and “ladies” and gives it a queer twist. Instead of gender roles, dancers choose whether or not to wear an armband, which determines their role. (If you’re curious, the “armband” role corresponds to the traditional gentleman’s or leader’s role, but there’s not much difference between the two roles.) The caller uses the term “armbands” or “bands” to refer to the dancers wearing armbands, and “barearms” or “bares” (no, not bears) to indicate those without armbands. (Description courtesy of Lavender Country and Folk Dancers – www.lcfd.org)

LGBQ programs at CIMMfest 2015

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2015 CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES & MUSIC FESTIVAL

CIMMfest No. 7 TO ROLL OUT LGBQ PROGRAMMING

APRIL 16 – 19, 2015

The 7th Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest), the annual four-day showcase celebrating the inseparable connection between music and movies, is proud to announce the festival’s LGBQ programming include films The Dicks from Texas, Cakes da Killa: No Homo and a special video and music event Cruising TRACKS: a Radical Queer Video. For a complete lineup of confirmed films, musical acts and live scoring events for CIMMfest No. 7, visit http://cimmfest.org/.

 

CIMMfest’s queer film screenings and music event present documentaries, video art, short fictions and music videos. These presentations touch a wide array of topics: stretching notions of gender identity; kinship and sexuality; proper bodies and their organized functions while dealing with other social and political struggles such as the fight against HIV/AIDS, sexism, confinement, racism, and mental illness.

 


 

Thursday, April 16th         The Dicks from Texas (pictured)

The Dicks from Texas tells the story of the men, the myth and the music behind the band that defined Texas hardcore punk. Long before Austin made weirdness a civic virtue, The Dicks made it a cause. Three rawboned Marlboro Man types fronted by Gary Floyd, a fat queer with a penchant for fright wigs, this self-described “commie faggot band” helped put the Texas capital on the punk map in the early ’80s with anthems like “Dicks Hate the Police” and “Wheelchair Epidemic.”

7:00pm @ The Society for Arts, 1112 N Milwaukee Ave

A la carte tickets are $12


 

Friday, April 17th

CIMMfest’s Cruising Tracks – Radical Queer Video Program includes:

·         Queer Video Screening, videos & event curated by Rebecca Lavoie.

·         Live performance by Donzelle, Montreal’s Sassiest Rapper and her dancers; Douce Angoisse, provocative electronic musician backed by hypnotic disco/darkwave melodies.

·         Slo ‘Mo dance party: A throwback to old-school R&B, Slo ‘Mo seeks to unite people of all identities, bodies and expressions through soul music. Including the sounds of Anita Baker, Frank Ocean, Janet Jackson and more, Slo ‘Mo Dance Party is hosted by Kristen Kava with grooves by DJ Tess and Audio Jack of Slo ‘Mo.

8:00pm @ The Hideout Inn, 354 West Wabansia

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and $5 for the dance party only


 

Saturday, April 18th

Cakes da Killa: No Homo (short doc) playing with feature documentary The Hip-Hop Fellow

The short doc follows Cakes Da Killa (born Rashard Bradshaw), a 22 year-old up and coming rapper who also happens to be an out and proud gay man. With provocative lyrics that explore sexuality and gender politics, he’s not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might be your new favorite.

9:00pm @ The Society for Arts, 1112 N Milwaukee Ave

A la carte tickets are $12


 

CIMMfest No. 7 takes place April 16-19, 2015 along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor – from Wicker Park to Logan Square – with satellite events in the West Loop, Pilsen and beyond. Four-day festival passes, which include admission to An Evening of Music, Film & Wine with Spike Lee, are currently available for $110 at CIMMfest.org. Additional (non-Spike) CIMMfest passes – $75 (basic) and VIP ($100) – are also available now.

 

Matinee Las Vegas Memorial Weekend

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We know Memorial Weekend in Chicago is all about the GRABBY  Awards  and  IML….but,  Las Vegas is drawing in more and more Midwest guys  to  the  Matinee Las Vegas Festival!

The Biggest Gay Dance Festival of the Summer returns for  a 5th Anniversary over Memorial Day Weekend: May 22-25, 2015. Plus, Barcelona’s Biggest Party makes its U.S. debut for our Saturday Night Main Event at America’s Newest Waterpark: Cowabunga Bay!

Reserve your passes NOW and save 25%!  A LIMITED  NUMBER OF THESE DISCOUNT TICKETS  ARE LEFT!! DON’T  WAIT!

Lots of Chicago boys will be there!

Use  KOBY GRANT at checkout and get a discounted fitness package in preparation for the sexiest party in Vegas!

Chicago House THE TEASE Feb 28th

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Nadine DuBois is a commanding addition to this year’s production of The Tease. Renowned for her masterful ability to transform shows into a “more cohesive and pure slice of burlesque,” DuBois will provide a “glamorous framework for The Tease‘s incredible cast of artists.”

Hailing from Minneapolis, DuBois laces a glimmer of sexuality into her Minnesota-nice demeanor. She brings experience performing throughout the Twin Cities in large theatrical productions such as Grown and Sexy PRIDE, which every year features a special guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and in big-stage shows that have toured across New Zealand and Australia with Chicago burlesque artists Jett Adore, Bazuka Joe and Ray Gunn. DuBois has also made appearances in venues such as Chicago’s Subterranean and Music Box Theatre.

For DuBois, burlesque is truly an innocent, fun and freeing experience. “When I’m on stage, it’s the most present I ever am.”

This love affair started one hot summer night in Minneapolis when DuBois walked past an unnamed bar. Inside, she saw mystic artists who looked like they truly belonged. Trained as a singer, DuBois sought the perfect platform from which to share her talent, but she had yet to find the right fit. On this warm night in 2003, Nadine DuBois fell in love.

From there grew the persona that DuBois describes as “comedic in a real way.” Opening shows with the question, Have you ever been to a burlesque show before?, DuBois channels the audience’s nervous energy into her comedy. She responds suggestively to those new to the art form, eager to pop the cherries of burlesque virgins around the world.

This month, DuBois will host The Tease. Tying together performances by aerialists, dancers, jugglers and contortionists, DuBois will provide the scaffolding for The Tease’s portrayal of the turmoil of love. As a fierce ally to the communities Chicago House serves, Nadine DuBois intends for her performance to “highlight and encourage the powerful compassion and immense resources that Chicago House provides for its clients.”

  Two shows  7:30  and  10:30!!!  Saturday  Feb. 28th!

Buy tickets to this year’s production of The Tease on our website or by calling 773.248.5200 x 304.

Queer Ballroom and Tango at Center on Halsted

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Queer Ballroom and Tango Return
                                                   Inclusive Dance at All Levels
Monday nights this January at Center on Halsted have been buzzing with rhythm and beat. Individuals and couples of all identities have ventured to Center on Halsted to let loose and dance in a welcoming, diverse, and fun space.

(3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613)

“This month we’ve brought accessible Ballroom and Latin dancing to the LGBTQ community here in Chicago and will continue to do so throughout the year,” said Steve Nasshan, instructor and owner of Get on the Floor Dance Company, whom Center on Halsted collaborates with to bring these classes to the building.

“I have seen too many same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals shy away from traditional dance instruction. Many feel as if others in the class wouldn’t accept them or that instructors would be uncomfortable teaching same gender pairs, for example, how to lead and follow,” said Steve. “Center on Halsted has created a really special space where everyone from beginners to experts can convene and dance with whomever they choose.”

Michael, a student this session, has seen tremendous growth in just a few weeks. “Before coming to the classes, I often felt clumsy and uncomfortable in my movements. Weekly dance at Center on Halsted has boosted both my self-confidence and esteem. I feel in control and elegant in a way I didn’t previously.”

“It’s an exciting time to offer these classes,” remarks Steve. “We’re seeing a lot of couples preparing for first dances at weddings and others who just want to gain confidence on the dance floor. It’s a true mark of how the LGBTQ community is growing.”

Interested in participating? Drop by on Monday evenings to see what all the heat is about, or sign up for the next 6 week session, beginning on February 16th, with a focus on Beginner Level Waltz and East Coast Swing.

All ability levels are welcome.

Reach out to Steve at 773-540-5901 or contact Lynnea Karlic, Director of Community & Cultural Programs at lkarlic@centeronhalsted.org for more information.

Brad Walsh in Chicago @ Scarlet Bar

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An “all-around Renaissance man” (Vogue Italia), singer/songwriter, producer, and visual artist Brad Walsh is “a chameleon extraordinaire” (ArjanWrites.com)

 

and an influential “modern-day St. Patrick” (Village Voice) whose music is “required listening” (Idolator.com).

 

 

Brad’s 2011 album Right Now was praised as “an 11-track tour-de-force of body-moving pop music” (Vogue Italia), “a dark yet club-friendly disc that delves into uncharacteristically personal territory” (The Advocate), and “an album of intelligence that inspires new thoughts upon every listen” (Electroqueer.com).

His remixes of songs by Adam Lambert (a #1 Billboard Hot Dance single), Sarah McLachlan, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, and others have achieved over 13 million digital downloads to date.

His music has appeared in shows and commercials on television networks including Bravo, E!, Showtime, MTV, Logo, and CBS; and he composes original runway music as well as DJ sets for fashion shows at New York Fashion Week. Brad is recording a new full-length album for release in early 2015.

Also an accomplished photographer, Brad’s portrait and fashion images have appeared most notably in The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire, Style.com, Nylon, Blackbook, Teen Vogue, and Spin; in promotion or advertisement for Victoria’s Secret, TreSemme, Gibson Guitars, Payless, and J Shoes; and on the covers of books from major trade publishers.

 

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Several of his portraits were purchased by GenArt to travel the country as a gallery tour called “Capture the Night,” and he was a featured artist with portrait sessions on Gilt.com.

Brad has served as a judge for fashion events around the country, and he designed a jewelry capsule collection available at retailers in the USA, UK, and Japan.

Brad and Christian Siriano, The Project Runway champ  were  engaged in 2013.

 

Brad will be at SCARLET  providing the beats on Sunday January 25th  for LIQUID BRUNCH!

3320 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657

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New Years Eve in Chicago

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Our top picks for New Years Eve  include:

Scarlet bar. Scarlet New Years Eve 2015
4th Annual Mustaches and Bowlers Party!   $5 Cover Charge

$199 Belvedere and Moet table package
Includes:Bottle of Belvedere, Bottle of MoetNo Cover For Table Guests

email party@scarletbarchicago.com
DJ Joey Luna and DJ Scotty T
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Looking to ring in the New Year with some class this year? Come join ELIXIR  for a night of sinful cocktails and fun! Seating is limited, so email chad@elixirchicago.com for table reservations!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1029758

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HYDRATE ….Join them as they lift the veil on a slew of treats and fantasies that are sure to tempt you throughout the night. Peek inside a world where excess is the norm, where inhibitions cease to exist, where the new year brings a clean slate to sin all over again.

Intoxicate your mind with the pulsating sounds of DJ Dan De León (Los Angeles) at the turntables until 4 a.m. His unique brand of body-shaking House rhythms will deliver a crowd experience that will tear up the dance floor and will live on long after the night has ended.

Hot gogo dancers will be at hand providing sinful visual stimulation within a totally immersive black, white and red experience unlike anything Hydrate has seen before.

Dress code is not enforced, but black, white and Sin City red are highly recommended.

No cover before 11 p.m.

Limited $35 VIP Tickets available, which include NO LINE/NO WAIT privileges as well as IN/OUTs all night long.

Champagne toast and party favors at midnight.
Opening set by DJ NMF

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Ring in the New Year in style at the Kit Kat Lounge!

On December 31st, we’ll be hosting a FABULOUS NYE party featuring world famous Kit Kat diva, Kinley Preston, AND amazing  specials!

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. bar package/$45 advance/$50 door: includes martinis, cocktails, wine, beer & party favors. For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

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The sexiest womens NYE is at HALSTEDS! All VIP are sold-out and now very limited General Admission remain …..$35.00

Doors Open at 9pm – General Admission
Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
DJ’s
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Breakfast Buffet After Midnight
Black and White Party Favors

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and at REPLAY, enjoy free arcade games, no cover all night, champagne toast at Midnight!

 

STAY IN THE HEART OF BOYSTOWN!  (2 night stay required).

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City Suites        Willows         Majestic

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!~