Category Archives: Dance

Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding Extended!

It’s  BACK  and  extended  indefinitely! TONY n TINA’S  WEDDING!

Now in its second run in Chicago, the current production opened in the fall of 2016 to rave reviews. Every weekend, neighbors of the Resurrection Lutheran Church on Seminary Avenue watch the same couple getting married on Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Sundays – and walk in the company of revelers to the nearby Vinnie Black’s Coliseum for a reception!  Everyone that has seen it  raves  about the good  time.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a one-of-a-kind night of entertainment – an immersive comedy show staged as an evening of nuptials for two Italian-American families.

It invites the audience to actively participate in all festivities: everyone is a welcome guest at the ceremony and reception, there’s real food, real dance, and real mingling with the cast of loveable characters.

 

And because there is so much action,  so much  improve,  you have a different  experience each time you see the show!

 

 

F A Q – 

What is the menu, and can we buy drinks?

In Chicago, we serve Italian buffet dinner consisting of pasta, sausage, tossed salad, bread and wedding cake. Gluten-free and vegetarian meals are available upon request: we recommend you inform us in advance so we are prepared. All other productions are usually similar though not necessarily the same. For further information on menus outside of Chicago (unless the information is found on the specific city page,)  you can email us at info@tonylovestina.com and we’ll be happy to help you. A full bar is available. Bar packages are also available upon request.

Pricing

All prices include the 2-part event, including the ceremony and reception, Italian Buffet dinner, including rigatoni, sausage, tossed salad, wedding cake, dancing and a cash bar.

YES – it’s  gay  and  gay  friendly!  Joey  the cousin  is  gay(at least in the show)  and  I did the $1  dance  with the groom  TONY! He actually LIFTED ME UP in the air!  #swoon!

WHAT ARE WAITING FOR?  Get a bunch of friends  and check it out!  For Chicago shows, please call 312-391-0414 or buy tickets online at www.tonylovestina.com. Just click the “buy tickets” button, choose “Chicago”, and select the desired showtime by scrolling down.

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House Music 5 Magazine Event

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The leader in HOUSE  MUSIC  NEWS!  5 Magazine  will  celebrate their 12 Year Anniversary this month!

“It’s been a long road and we thank you all for continuing on with us. For this year we are so very excited to be having Baltimore and Phily representing!”

Karizma (R2/Kaytronik, Baltimore)
DEL (Do You Wanna Boogie, 5 Magazine, Philly)
CZBOOGIE (5 Magazine)

$12 Advance, $15 Before Midnight, $18 after

21 & Over / 10PM

http://5chicago.com/
https://soundcloud.com/kaytronik
soundcloud.com/a-DEL-mix
https://soundcloud.com/czboogie

*Because of an early evening concert happening in Wrigley Field that night, we highly encourage people to take either the red line train (exit Addison) or an Uber. The nearby streets will be closed off until approximately 11pm.
Another option would be is to park several blocks away from Smartbar & then take an Uber from there. We will have more specific street information closer to the date.
We can’t wait to see you all!!! ♥

DJ BIOS:

KARIZMA
Kris Klayton is an award winning International DJ and electronic music producer/artist from Baltimore, Maryland, known for his wide genre of music production in Deep House, Deep Techno, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Broken bBeats, being sponsored by Pioneer because of

 

DEL
DEL is a senior editor for the leading house music source in America, 5 MAGAZINE, and his column, FOUNDATIONS, has connected music fans across generations. He is a resident partner in the Do You Wanna Boogie? events which are “must do” parties in the U.S. and Mexico! DEL has created edits and original productions including “NO FAKE” on Ospina Digital.

A true “selector” with knowledge and experience across nearly every dance genre… DEL always shares his positivity, energy, and soul! Dancers and music lovers know that when DEL is in the middle of it, SOMEBODY’S GONNA GET…

facebook.com/DELMIX
soundcloud.com/a-DEL-mix
mixcloud.com/DELmix
Twitter: discobush
Instagram: discobush

 

CZBOOGIE
Czarina Mirani (aka Czboogie) was originally a professional actress and dancer for most of her life with a serious love affair for House. In 2005 she launched 5 Magazine, North America’s only publication dedicated exclusively to underground House music. She has interviewed and worked with almost all of the House community’s biggest stars and continues to push for the next generation of talent.

Aside from being the publisher and editor-in-chief, she also does 5 Magazine radio shows and podcasts, promotes several House events in Chicago and has her own dance company (Fivestarboogie Productions) with dance performances and classes throughout the city. Her House dancing classes have been named by the Chicago Reader as the “best dance class in the city.”

Czboogie’s style of sexy vocal House music has made her an in demand DJ all over Chicago and in cities around the U.S. as well as in Asia. She has had DJ residencies at Smartbar (Chicago’s number one club for electronic music), Grandbar, Hydrate, 3 Degrees at Primary, Circuit, Evil Olive, Crocodile, Uptown Lounge, Cocktail, Drop Chicago, Urban’s House and with the legendary Boom Boom Room (the longest running House night in the world and renown host to world class DJs). One of the highlights was her Nu-Breed Residency with world-class House legends Cajmere and Chez Damier at Smartbar in 2012.

Check out www.5chicago.com for the digital version of 5 Magazine.

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FREE TICKETS for SUPERHERO Resistance @ Aragon Aug 12

Market Days Saturday night will never be the same. After six consecutive years of sold out dance parties at House Of Blues, Circuit Mom / Matthew Harvat has  moved the wildly successful Superhero themed party closer to Lakeview and into an epic venue that doubles our party’s size.

More lights, more lasers, more production, more sound and more people from around the globe to dance with.

After thirteen years, The Aragon Ballroom welcomes us back for what will become the biggest event of the year. You will not believe your eyes once you enter the space. They have tons of surprises in store for you and  will welcome over 2,500 party goers to this new Market Days home.

PLUS this is the Chicago debut of DJ Grind and DJ Gauthreaux spinning together for this main event.

WHO WILL YOU COME AS????

WHO WANTS TO GO FOR FREE???

Leave a comment, any comment  below  with your email – your  email is hidden from the public and we are not adding you  to any lists.  Just  click  READ MORE  and you can leave a comment!

We will randomly  draw  2  names,  MONDAY  Aug 7th  2  NOON.  We will email the winners.

Each winning name  will get one free ticket  for the event!

This is going to be an amazing event, not to be missed!    CircuitMom.com   for  ticket  info

Tickets are available online now and with a new VIP option.
Visit www.circuitmom.com for all options.

People of any colour, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome. Bigotry will not be tolerated. Must be 21+ to attend.

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Northalsted Market Days 2017

 

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Northalsted Market Days Brings Bevy of Entertainment Options

 

The Northalsted Business Alliance brings a bevy of entertainment options to this year’s Market Days, set for August 12 and 13. The Boystown bash, known for its five stages of entertainment, features a veritable bazaar of shopping and food options in addition to the live music.

The sheer diversity in entertainment guarantees there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From national headliners like Jody Watley to local favorites, from cabaret style singers to funk and beyond, Market Days delivers on its reputation as a must-do fest in the Midwest.

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Chad Honeycutt expands on the appeal of the festival. “To host one of the biggest and longest running festivals in Chicago in such a vibrant neighborhood, naturally draws people from all over the city, state, country and beyond. It’s truly a welcoming and wonderful weekend to experience a fantastic array of music and enjoy the area and all of our offerings.”

 

 

 

Northalsted Market Days/Saturday, Aug 12th

North Stage

1:30P-3:30PM             Drag Show

345P-4:30PM              Prince Poppycock

4:45PM-5:30PM          Inaya Day

5:40PM-7:30PM          Drag Show

7:45PM-8:30PM          Linda Clifford

845P-930PM               Jody Watley

   Jody Watley

  Steve Grand

7-11 Stage

1PM-2PM                    DJ

2PM-2:45PM               Steve Grand

2:45PM-3:15PM          DJ

3:15P-4PM                  TIFFANY

4PM-445PM                DJ

445P-5:30PM              Brian Justin Crumb

5:30-7PM                    DJ

7PM-7:45PM               ROBYN S

7:45-9PM                    DJ

9PM-945PM                Maxine Nightingale

  Maxine Nightengale

Belmont Stage

2PM-3PM                    KC Ortiz

3PM-3:30PM               DJ

3:30P-5PM                  Michael McBride & Friends

  Michael McBride

5PM-5:30PM               DJ

5:30P-7PM                  Wedding Banned

7PM-7:45PM               DJ

745PM-945PM            Satisfaction

Jazz Stage (Aldine)

130PM-3PM                Joe Policastro Trio

330PM-5PM                Whiskey & Cherries

530PM-730PM            BMR4

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NORTHALSTED MARKETDAYS 2017/Sunday, Aug 13th

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North Stage

115P-3PM                   Drag Show

3:15-4PM                    BIG FREEDIA

4-6PM                         Drag Show

615P-755PM               Rod Tuffcurls

8PM-8:30PM               DJ

835P-955PM               Purple Xperience

Belmont Stage

130P-230PM               Girl Power Night

2:30-3:15PM               DJ

3:15PM-4PM               Cece Peniston

Frenchie Davis

4:15-5PM                    Frenchie Davis

5-6PM                         DJ

6P-7:30PM                  Boy Band Review

7:30-8:15PM               DJ

815PM-9:45PM           Catfight

7-11 Stage

1:15PM-2PM               Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

2:15P-3:30PM             Don’t Speak

3:30PM-4PM               DJ X-Tasy

4P-515PMJC               Brooks & the Uptown Sound

5:15PM-6PM               DJ X-Tasy

6PM-720PM                10,000 Maniacs

7:20PM-7:50PM          DJ X-Tasy

7:50P-9:50PM             16 Candles

Jazz Stage (Aldine)

130PM-3PM                The Winchester Sound

330PM-5PM                The Flat cats

 

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, Pride Prom Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade, Frost Fest and the Legacy Live Series. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

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SUPERHERO Chicago Markets Days Event Aug. 10

After 6 straight years of sold out dance parties at House Of Blues, Matthew  Harvat/ Circuit Mom/ Revolution have moved their Superhero party closer to boystown and into an  EPIC venue, that MANY of you have never seen before and   doubles the parties size!

More lights, more lasers, more production, more sound, more men and women from around the globe to dance with. After 13 years, The Aragon Ballroom welcomes us back for what will hopefully become our biggest event of the year.

 

You will not believe your eyes once you come upstairs into the space.

 

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Tons of surprises in store for you and cannot wait to welcome over 2500 party goers to our new Market Days home AND the Chicago debut of DJs Grind and Gauthreaux spinning together for this main event.
SAVE $10 PER TICKET NOW! USE PROMO CODE: MOMSHERO
*General admission only. Offer expires on 7/9/17
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SUPERHERO: THE RESISTANCE • AUGUST 12, 2017
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3  STELLAR PARTIES ALL MARKET DAYS WEEKEND LONG!
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Chicago Pride Fest 2017

Chicago Pride Fest. Taylor Dayne, Thelma Houston, Kristine W. and many more are ready to take over the Chicago Pride Fest stage June 17-18! Held during National Pride Month, celebrates our achievements as a community in our annual two-day street festival leading up to Chicago’s world famous Pride Parade.

The non-stop entertainment features strings, queens and everything in-between.

Two main stages deliver a host of national and local talent. Well Strung brings the strings with their fuse of classic music meets pop blend, while Taylor Dayne delivers her iconic hits and local legends 16 Candles go retro. The DJ stage at Waveland pumps with dance ready beats, while the best divas in the business strut their stuff on the Kit Kat Runway.

Chicago Pride Fest (June 17-18)

11 am – 10 pm         North Halsted from Addison to Grace          $10 Suggested Donation

Saturday, June 17
North Stage
12:30PM Drag Show
2:30PM Thelma Houston
3:30PM Drag Show
5:30PM Vassy
6:00PM Drag Show
7:30PM David Hernandez
8:30PM Taylor Dayne
South Stage
1:00PM Gay Men’s Chorus
2:00PM Catfight
4:00PM One Night Band
6:00PM Girl Power Band
8:00PM Boy Band Review
Sunday, June 18
North Stage
12:00PM Pet Parade
12:30PM Drag Show
2:30PM Carlito Olivero
3:30PM Drag Show
5:30PM Well Strung
6:30PM Pride Talent Show
8:00PM Symon
8:30PM Kristine W.
South Stage
1:00PM Pet Parade
1:30PM 2 the 9s
3:30PM Rod Tuffcurls
6:00PM Abba Salute
7:30PM 16 Candles

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, Pride Prom Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade, Frost Fest and the Legacy Live Series. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

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Paul Taylor Dance May 13

Moraine Valley to host Paul Taylor dance documentary AND performance

 

Dance enthusiasts are invited to Moraine Valley Community College for a documentary and a performance, both featuring Paul Taylor, a modern dance artist who is among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history.

 

The documentary, entitled “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain,” will be shown Tuesday, May 9, at 6 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The 82-minute presentation is free and open to the public, and is made possible in part with funding from Arts Midwest. “Creative Domain” is a rare, in-depth documentation through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz of how Taylor creates a single dance. It is directed by Kate Geis and produced by Robert Aberlin.

 

The Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater. The show features dances that show cogent observations on life’s complexities and society’s thorniest issues. A virtuoso dancer himself for 20 years, Taylor turned exclusively to choreography in 1974.

 

Tickets for the May 13 performance are $30; $25 for students and senior citizens and are available online at morainevalley.edu/fpac or at the Box Office, located in Building F. For more information, call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500.

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Cavalia Odysseo is HUGE!

 

Whether you like horses  or  not –  this  show  is  so much more than horses.  It’s  beautifully  choreographed  art  and  showmanship.   BIGGER  THAN  LIFE!

Imagine,  21  semi  trucks  delivered  the  show  to Chicago  over  6 weeks  ago.  a $30 million extravaganza!  The main tent stands  over 125  feet tall  and  occupies  some  58,000  square feet. From your seat,  at least to me,  the  stage  looked  2-3 times  the  size  of the space that the audience  occupies.

 

This unprecedented ‘traveling theatre’ is also composed of several exceptional features including its grandiose stage – larger than the United Center ice rink – that enables large-scale, cutting-edge creative performances. Surrounded by bleachers with 2,074 seats, the 17,500-square-foot stage requires 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand to create so that it offers a vast space of freedom where 65 horses and 48 artists can display their intimate collaboration.

 

To help immerse the audience in the magical world of Odysseo, images of the most beautiful landscapes from around the world are projected throughout the show onto an 8,400-square-foot screen. Its technical grid, worthy of the largest permanent installations in Las Vegas, New York or London, can support 80 tons of equipment for the stage needs of the show, including a majestic life-sized merry-go-round.

Perhaps most amazing  is  when  40,000 gallons of water fills the stage!  Mind  blowing  what this show delivers! Music, Singing,  Dance, Acrobatic skills  and   65  of the most regal horses you ever see!

Get a  sneak peak NOW    and  get your  tickets  HERE!

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Chicago Red Dress Party April 22

HURRY!  Save 15% on all tickets.

Use Promo Code Red2017 at checkout.

Ends March 31th, 2017.

CHICAGO RED DRESS PARTY  will be Saturday, April 22, 2017!

The Chicago Red Dress Party is dedicated to creating awareness and visibility for the HIV/AIDS movement and raising funds for organizations that provide vital community services and to build a strong, unified LGBT and allied community.

The only rule: all attendees MUST WEAR RED to honor the spirit of the “Red Dress” (Guys are allowed to wear Red Shirts or Red Pants)

The VIP Party starts at 7:30 PM, with a Special Performance at 8:30pm. At the end of the night VIP’s don’t forget to pick up your Goodie Bags!

The Main Event will start at 9:00pm, with DJ Ryan Bejlovec, over a 3 dozen Silent Auction Items, The Host of the Night Miss Foozie, line up of entertainment feature Boylseque with Ben D Mann, Alexis Hex and a SPECIAL performance that is to big to announce!

Remember… You MUST wear a red dress/skirt/kilt/toga/dress shirt whatever in order to get in! There will be changing rooms/coat check available for getting into your red attire, so don’t be shy. So start planning and creating your very best, outlandish, and memorable RED DRESS outfit now!

Tickets Prices:    General Admission  $45

VIP Admission (includes entry to VIP Party & Main Event)  $65

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the door.

Pre Order tickets NOW::
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Chicago Red Dress Party is under a New Founder and New Board of Directors. 100% of the proceeds goes towards local non for profit organizations in Chicago that help those affected with HIV/AIDS.

 

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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
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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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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

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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.”

 

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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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