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Priscilla Queen of the Desert in January

Pride Films and Plays’ Chicago premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert will open in January as the company’s inaugural production in their two-stage Pride Arts Center. The musical will be performed in The Broadway, the center’s 85-seat theatre at 4139 N. Broadway. Executive Director David Zak will co-direct the production with Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham. Artistic Associate Robert Ollis will be Music Director, Jon Martinez will choreograph and Jeff Award-winner John Nasca is designing the costumes. The trio of performers – two drag queens and a transgender woman – who traverse the Australian Outback in a beaten-up bus nicknamed “Priscilla” will be played by Honey West, Jordan Phelps and Luke Meierdiercks, with Jill Sesso, Tuesdai Perry and Rebecca Coleman as the three Divas and John Cardone as Bob.

 

Performances will begin with previews January 12-14, 2017. The run will continue through February 12, 2017. Tickets are now on sale at www.pridefilmsandplays.com.

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Charles Busch in Chicago!

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Pride Arts Center presents Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy in The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2017.

This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of theater, music, film and more in the newly opened Pride Arts Center.

 

Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, brings an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote, “He has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent, he also has claws. For an audience, the possibility of being scratched, although remote, lends his humor a bracing edge.” Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret.

(Photo by Frederick Aranda)
Performances are on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30 at 7:30 pm both nights in The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center at 4139 N Broadway. Busch will fittingly perform on the set of PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT which will be PFP’s first production in their new home.

Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy
Performed by Charles Busch
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center
4139 N. Broadway, Chicago
Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30, 2017
7:30 pm
Tickets: $75 reserved seats, $40 general admission
Visit http://bit.ly/charlesbuschatPAC  or call 1-800-737-0984 to order

CHARLES BUSCH is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tribute Artist and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film ‘The Lady in Question is Charles Busch.’ He is a two-time MAC award winner and has performed his cabaret act in many cities including San Francisco, Provincetown, Palm Springs, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, London, Paris and in New York at 54 Below. In winter of 2016, his show ‘The Lady at the Mic’ premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.  For more information visit www.Charlesbusch.com.

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WILLAM @ Roscoes Oct. 25th

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The ever fabulous Willam Belli (  FYI;  686K YouTube subscribers, and over 100 million views)  will be in Chicago    TUESDAY   OCTOBER  25th  @    ROSCOES!

His “unorthodox” self help book which embraces tough-love and unapologetic honesty, titled: Suck Less: When There’s a Willam, There’s a Way  was  just released  last week!!!
Willam is a marquee LGBTQ celebrity from working as Neil Patrick Harris’ Drag Queen coach around his residency on Broadway as Hedwig, to ongoing appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, LOGO TV, MTV, etc. Willam was appointed as the first Transgender model for American Apparel and recently earned an award at Cannes Lions for his Magnum Ice Cream ad campaign called “Be True to Your Pleasure”.
Suck Less offers a forward written by Neil Patrick Harris and is a new approach on advice from “the only honest friend you have, Willam”. Topics include:

Suck Less at covering bad skin

Suck Less at shoes

Suck Less around famous people

Suck Less at having a great body

Suck Less at sex and relationships

Suck Less at break-ups

Willam is also gearing up for the 4th season of his popular web series, The Beatdown, in which is tears apart everything happening in Pop Culture News and The Internet.

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EDIE in Chicago August 18

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DIRECT FROM HER 4000TH SHOW 
ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP

DRAG SENSATION    EDIE!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18th

@ DAVENPORTS PIANO BAR & CABARET

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Latrice Royale in Chicago March 14th

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

18+ Unless Accompanied by an Adult

Park West  Theater  Tickets  and  INFO  HERE

 

 

 

 

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Hydrate TURN ABOUT Show for TPAN

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IT’S  BACK!

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

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

Doors at 8 pm
Show starts at 9:30 pm

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

 

Join the Facebook  page  HERE

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BRUNCH at Kit Kat Lounge Chicago

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

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

 

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

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


Dia de los Muertos Brunch

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

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

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SEVEN NIGHTCLUB is proud to present RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar, LATRICE ROYALE performing live on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Latrice Royale was a fan favorite in both RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 4 and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and featured as a guest start on multiple follow up seasons of the hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked.

The LARGE AND IN CHARGE, Latrice Royale, will perform two performances, at 10pm and 11:30pm. Advanced general admission tickets will be $7 dollars and VIP Meet N’ Greet tickets will be available for $15. Both options will be available for purchase via our website.

Seven Nightclub and Lounge is located at 3206 N Halsted, on the northwest corner of Halsted and Belmont. For most up to date information and to view our entire entertainment line-up, visit our website at www.whatisseven.com.

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Chicago Market Days BRUNCH Boystown

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GET A RESERVATION – Before it’s filled up!

 

Join us from 11AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, for a divalicious pre-party brunch to celebrate the famous Northalsted Summer Market Days!

Enjoy $7 Stoli Cocktails, a build-your-own Bloodys, Bellinis and Sangrias bar, as well as legendary performances from Kit Kat’s own Madam X!

Call the Kit Kat Lounge at (773) 525-1111 to reserve your spot! Don’t miss it, this party is sure to be sizzling!

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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

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Chicago Pride Fest Entertainment Announced!

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TWO DAYS and LOTS of Entertainment!

CHICAGO PRIDE FEST TO SHOWCASE ECLECTIC MUSIC MIX
‘Keep Pride Proud’ Motto Transcends Festival

Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown June 20 – 21 with a mix of national headliners and festival favorites. The annual event, hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance, debuts the ‘Keep Pride Proud’ catchphrase to capture the enduring spirit of not only the festival, but the neighborhood and community at-large.

This year’s entertainment line-up is a blend of big names and beloved local bands. On Saturday Deb Gibson, Jessica Sutta and The Veronicas take to the Main Stage. Sunday features Big Freedia, Estelle and St. Lucia.

The Red Bull Dance Stage and Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club Runway add to the celebratory scene. The ever popular Pet Parade returns, led by Miss Foozie and serves as Sunday’s opening ‘act.’

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Christopher Barrett Politan expanded on the ‘Keep Pride Proud’ movement. “Our vibrant neighborhood has an enduring respect for both our history and future and that is something we want to share with everyone who visits Boystown, be it for a festival or event, or just an average day.”

Saturday, June 20
Main Stage (Halsted and Grace)
2:45 pm Deb Gibson
4:55 pm Adam Barta
6:40 pm Alicia Madison
8:15 pm Jessica Sutta
9:00 pm The Veronicas
South Stage (Halsted and Addison)
3:30 pm Ginger
7:45 pm Wedding Banned

Sunday, June 21
Main Stage (Halsted and Grace)
12:30 pm Pet Parade
1:30 pm Estelle
3:00 pm Crystal Waters
3:50 pm Big Freedia
5:05 pm Cazwell
6:15 pm Inaya Day
7:30 pm St. Lucia
South Stage (Halsted and Addison)
2:15 pm Catfight
4:10 Rod Tuffcurls
6:50 pm 16 Candles

Chicago Pride Fest-June 20-June 21
Halsted from Addison to Grace
11 am to 10 pm        $10 Suggested Donation

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)
Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 80 businesses along the North Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days and the Halloween Parade.

For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

 

PLUS – the party continues

MONDAY  JUNE 22nd  5pm- 10pm

PRIDE SPLASH!  @  Hurricane  Harbor!

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Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge

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What better place to view the OSCARS??? Dinner, drinks  and big  screens!

87th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat


Watch Hollywood Icons on Screen and on Premise 

Sunday, February 22        5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.Kit Kat will roll out the red carpet on Sunday, February 22, for the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club’s seven HD projection screens will be tuned to Hollywood, from the pre-show arrivals at 6 p.m. to the award ceremony at 7:30 p.m. During the commercial breaks, Diva Dulce Andrews will entertain guests with fabulous female impersonations of pop stars, songstresses and Hollywood icons.

In addition to the regular dinner and cocktail menus, Kit Kat will offer Oscar-themed specials including Chef JoAnn Witherell’s Filet Oscar entree ($28) and half-priced martinis such as The Red Carpet, The Academy and Meryl Streep ($7 each; outlined below).
Who will take home the gold statue? Guess correctly and win! Kit Kat will pass out prediction ballots before the show, and the guest who predicts the most winners will be awarded $100 cash (second place: dinner for two; third place: gift bag with spirits and liqueur courtesy of Beam Suntory).Table reservations are available by calling Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Oscar Night Dinner Special

Filet Oscar
6oz filet mignon topped with crab cake and bearnaise sauce, served with a side of grilled asparagus $28

Oscar Night Martini Specials

$7 each
The Red Carpet
Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, crème de cacao, splash of cream and grenadine with a chocolate dusted rim

The Academy

Effen Cucumber, Midori and fresh lime juice garnished with a cucumber wheel

Meryl Streep 

Effen Vodka, Pama liqueur and champagneKit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
KitKatChicago.com

 

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Lady Bunny and RuPauls Season 7 Girls

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Meet the new queens of Season 7, enjoy LIVE gag-worthy performances by the ENTIRE cast, catch a special advance screening of the premiere episode before it airs and dance to the beats of DJ Lady Bunny!

Hosted by Shangela and this season’s celebrity judges.

TICKETS

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Ru Pauls Top Girls In Chicago

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IT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL BITCHES!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of The SeasonsCondragulations” Tour in a city near YOU, featuring a night of show-stopping performances by the world’s most talented drag performers, including winners and fan favorites from Logo TV’s hit series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Over 40 cities in the US, Canada and Europe. The largest drag tour in history!

Adore Delano, Alaska 5000, Ben Dela Crème, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Detox, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Raja and Sharon Needles. Plus Special Guest Cary NoKey and host Michelle Visage. (Lineup varies by city and is subject to change.)

Madison  WI   Feb  17th,  Chicago   Feb   19th   CHECK  CITIES  AND TICKETS!

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Jennifer Hudson, HRC and the W Hotel

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A FREE  EVENT – First Come First Served – SPACE IS LIMITED!

Turn it up for Change at The W Chicago – Lakeshore
Wednesday, January 14th @ 9PM

The W Chicago – Lakeshore (644 N. Lake Shore Drive) in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign will host Turn it up for Change, a fundraising and awareness initiative in the fight for nationwide LGBT equality with special guests Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson, DJ White Shadow, Legendary Damon along with local Chicago Queens Trannika Rex, Precious Jewel and Shea Coulee.

The event is free and will begin at 9:00PM CST

and entry is available on a first come, first serve basis.

TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE launched in October 2014 and combines W’s longstanding support of the LGBT community with its ongoing passion for music. In partnership with HRC and Jennifer Hudson, W hopes to bring about real and lasting change for LGBT Americans in all 50 states. As part of the program, W Hotels around the country currently host monthly TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE music events, in which a portion of proceeds (equal the number of states that currently recognize same-sex marriage) is donated to HRC. Some events, such as this one at W Chicago – Lakeshore, also include appearances by Jennifer Hudson.

 

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KIT KAT Lounge Christmas

 

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Christmas Eve and

Christmas Day Dining at Kit Kat


Divas, Dining, Drinks and Donations this December

Wednesday, December 24 and

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

 

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host festive and fun holiday celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, Kit Kat will offer dining and drinking guests a 50-percent discount off their Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for a canned good/nonperishable food donation. The collected items will be donated to local charity Vital Bridges, in support of their “Harvest for Hope” community food drive.

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

Kit Kat’s entire martini menu, including their seasonal holiday ‘tinis, will be half-price ($6.75 each). Live entertainment will be provided by Diva Kinley Preston each night starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Christmas Prix Fixe Menu
available on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
$25 per guest with canned good donation ($49.95 without donation)

Choice of Holiday Martini (menu below)

Kit Kat Salad
romaine and spinach blend with pears, dried cranberries and spicy pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Herb-Marinated Roasted Turkey Breast
served with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, haricot verts, cranberry and pineapple relish

Pumpkin Pie Tart
with whipped cream

HOLIDAY MARTINIS

Frosty’s Going Down
Pinnacle Whipped vodka, cream and simple syrup, garnished with a marshmallow snowman

Eggnog
Brandy, amaretto and egg nog, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Apple Cider
Cinnerator Whiskey, apple cider and Apple Pucker, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Pumpkin Pie
Pinnacle Whipped vodka, pumpkin pie puree, graham cracker rim and whipped cream

Peppermint MochaTini
Pinnacle vodka, coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, peppermint schnapps, splash of cream, garnished with a candy cane, whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.

Holiday Punch
Pinnacle Tropical Punch vodka, ginger ale, cranberry and orange juice, garnished with a holiday rubber ducky


Feliz Navidad

Lunazul tequila, Pama liqueur, triple sec, simple syrup, cranberry, orange juice and lime, garnished with a  small, wrapped gift ornament

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

About Vital Bridges: 
Vital Bridges’ mission is to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services. vitalbridges.org

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Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Returns

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Break out your high heels and fishnets

this holiday because Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer, David Cerda’s beloved parody of the classic children’s television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Now celebrating its 17th year, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer is the longest running holiday show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and quite possibly THE WORLD.

 

Santa (Michael Hampton) is depressed. Nobody believes in him anymore and he doesn’t even believe in himself.  Downsizing has taken its toll on the remaining elves. The North Pole morale and morals are at an all-time low and Mrs. Claus (Ed Jones) and her drinking have reached the point of no return.

 

When Tom and Jane Donner welcome the arrival of their new son, Rudolph, they are horrified to discover their new son’s predilection for women’s clothing and do all they can to stop him from being himself forcing Rudolph to run away from home. Can Rudolph, the North Pole’s biggest misfit elf, Herbie (Chad), and Yukon Cornelia (Lori Lee, returning for her 10th year!), the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -accidentally save Christmas?

 

“For me, Rudolph is first kid’s story that encourages you to “just be yourself,” says Artistic Director and playwright David Cerda. “It’s a tale about MISFITS, and I could totally relate to Rudolph and his pain” says Cerda. “There were no anti bullying- campaigns when I was growing up. In my day, if you were picked on in your parents usually told you to stop whining and fight. I’m glad things are finally changing for kids.”

 

This year brings Handbag a new Rudolph, Grant Drager along with puppets by Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh plus additional new cast members, Caitlin Jackson, Kirk Jackson, Shiv Mann, Lizzie Schwarzrock as Clarice, Rudolph’s love interest and Jamie Smith as Sam the Snowman.

 

Also returning to the show are Barbara Figgins, Terry McCarthy, David Cerda,and of course Ed Jones as the Dragbeast.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year… you definitely want to catch the show that Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) dubbed “an ideal holiday escape for anyone who detests the commercialism of traditional Christmas shows”. And remember… “Being Normal Isn’t Normal At All!”

 

 

Where: Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St.

Previews: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29, 30 Dec. 4

Runs: Thurs. – Sun. until Jan. 2

Showtimes: 3:30pm (Dec. 13, 20, 21) &7:30

Add’l shows: Dec. 22, 23    No Show: Dec. 7, 25

Admission: $16- $25 VIP Tickets- $35-$110 Group Rates- $16 w/10 or more tickets

Reservations: (800) 838-3006 or go to Brown Paper tickets online http://rudolphtheredhosed.bpt.me

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Halloween Chicago 2014

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HALLOWEEN  in Chicago’s  Boystown is officially celebrated  Friday  October 31st.

THE FREAKSHOW 

Live Acts, Curiosities, Costume Contest, Parade, and More! 

 

Location
Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison

Registration
Halsted Street just north of Belmont near The Playground Theater from 5pm to 7pm

Costume Contest
Enter one of five categories:
Pet, Scariest, Drag, Group and Original
The top winners in each category will be featured in the parade and win an assortment of cash and prizes

Parade
Kicks off at 8PM on Halsted Street starting at Belmont traveling north to Addison

Afterwards all the bars will also be hosting events.

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SATURDAY  November 1st   Get an extra hour to celebrate!


Saturday, November 1st will be our official HALLOWEEN event so get ready for the biggest costume dance party Chicago has seen a very long time. ( “FALL BACK TIME CHANGE” AND STAY OPEN THAT EXTRA HOUR!!!)

“Hollywood” should BLAST the costume department wide open for everyone, so lets see whatcha got!. There will be a red carpet and photographers, so come dressed for the paparazzi.

We are creating an amazing night with all new lasers, our signature massive set designs, spectacular shows featuring the incomparable Aurora Sexton, internationally spectacular Jett Adore and an all new show from Circuit MOM. Grammy nominated producer, DJ Tony Moran is at the helm bringing his legendary sound sure to fill all 5 stories of House Of Blues with the best beats.

$40 Early Bird tickets are available now at Cram Fashion! We will post an online link here in the coming days.

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THE BIRDS by Hell In a Handbag

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Looking for some good inexpensive fun this Fall?    Back by POPULAR demand! Hell in a Handbag Productions is proud to present a re-imagined remount of one of their most popular shows, their adaptation of The Birds.

 

A  wonderfully entertaining cast! Comedy, drag, excitement and more!

The Birds is both a ridiculous parody of the classic Hitchcock film and a look inside the mind of lead actress, Tippi Hedren.  Camille Paglia, author and American social critic, serves as your guide in this odyssey and there’s a touch of David Lynch thrown in for good measure.

The space, The Coach House at Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. (Sheridan and Granville), is so charming and perfect! From the moment you walk in, the fun begins. Mr. Hitchcocks assistants meet you in the main house and walk you back to the coach house,  which is the set of The Birds. You get to witness  the “filming”  of the Birds movie, but also get a sneak peak into what being on set, might have been like.

Meet newcomer, Tippi Hedren. Famed director, Alfred Hitchcock, has hand-picked her to star in the much anticipated follow-up to his smash hit film, Psycho.  This film was to be called The Birds and it seemed like it would be a dream come true for any up and coming actress.  And for a while it was…until it wasn’t.

Catherine McCafferty returns as fledgling actress, Tippi Hedren, whose journey begins her first day playing blonde socialite, Melanie Daniels.  Melanie pursues the very dashing bachelor/lawyer, Mitchell Brenner, after a chance meeting in a pet shop.  She secretly follows Mitch to Bodega Bay, a sleepy Oceanside town in Northern California. Melanie’s arrival marks the beginning of a series of bird attacks on the town. Movie history is about to be made.

Off camera, Alfred Hitchcock’s seemingly innocent interest in Ms. Hedren grew daily and he began teaching her film making. Unfortunately, what started as a brilliant director taking a novice under his wing suddenly turned into a harrowing experience for the naïve actress. Ms. Hedren experienced a terror far greater than any bird attack.  We learn Alfred Hitchcock had a  ravenous appetite for blondes and really sort of sexually harassed  Hedren! In fact in 2012,  HBO made THE GIRL  which focused on Hitchcocks obsession  with Hedrin!

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While The Birds receives the full parody/homage treatment audiences have come to expect from Hell in a Handbag, the story takes a dark turn going inside the mind of Tippi Hedren who, as filming progresses, has trouble distinguishing the movie’s reality from her own.

 

Handbag ensemble members Ed Jones, Alex Grelle, Michael Hampton, Michael S. Miller, Lori Lee, Steve Love, Lolly Extract, Amber Marsh, and David Cerda are part of the large cast of characters. Also returning to the cast from 2013 are Steve Kimbrough (POSEIDON!) and Jamie Smith (Christmas Dearest).  All the guys  who perform as  ladies, are just a riot of laughs!

Newcomers include Chazie Bly taking on the role of Mitchell Brenner/Rod Taylor, Lauren Miller as Peggy Robertson, the steely assistant to Mr. Hitchcock, Caitlin Coleman, and Christea Parent (Caged Dames) as Camille Paglia.

Handbag ensemble member, Cheryl Snodgrass (HAYWIRE!, Die! Mommie, Die!, The Rip Nelson Halloween Spooktacular, SCARRIE -The Musical, Límitation of Life) directs this year. “The Birds was my favorite film growing up so it feels like kismet to direct The Birds, my favorite Handbag script” says Snodgrass. “There are some big surprises in this year’s production, too While we’re still using Lake Michigan as Bodega Bay and Berger Park for the bird attacks, the newly renovated Coach House has inspired brilliant new concepts from the design team.  More birds.  More fun. Even if you’ve seen Handbag’s The Birds before – you have never seen anything like this one.”

 

Endorsed by none other than Ms. Tippi Hedren herself, The Birds stands out as one of Handbag’s most critically acclaimed and memorable shows. The environmental staging at the Coach House in Berger Park on Lake Michigan makes it a unique experience you won’t soon forget.

All Show times: 7:30 Admission: $17-$37

Matinee performances Oct. 18 and 25, 3pm

Reservations: (800) 838-3006 or go to Brown Paper tickets online
http://thebirds2014.bpt.me

Hell in a Handbag Mission Statement

HIAH is dedicated to the preservation, exploration, and celebration of works ingrained in the realm of popular culture via theatrical productions through parody, music, and homage.

Handbag is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Corporation.

All photos by Rick Aguilar Studios.

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