Category Archives: Movers and Shakers

I Heart Red party – A Pre Red Dress Party Feb 9th

Check this out!  $20

 Hosted Bar for 3 hours, plus small bites,
plus a raffle drawing, plus fun people!

PLUS, you’re helping a great cause!

Join Chicago Red Dress Party and our host Clive Christian Studios for I {HEART} Red. This design filled event will take place on Thursday February, 9, 2012 from 6:00p-9:00p at Clive Christian Studios, 222 Merchandise Mart, Suite 143.

Registration includes an open bar, small bites, and a “red” raffle.

Check out Facebook for more details. 

 $20 in advance   $25 at the door.

BestGayChicago.com  is a proud sponsor
of the 2012 Red Dress Party!  4-21-12

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UBER New Chicago Black Car Service Taxi

Going to a nice party and you’re all dressed up…and you have to crawl into a dirty smelly yellow cab? ICK!

What about fighting for a cab on a busy Saturday night? How fun is that? Especially if it is freezing cold outside?!

 Personal car service has arrived in Chicago!  UBER.  Everyone’s private driver. A black car service, on demand, from your phone!  What could be easier? While most black car or executive car services require a 24 hour advanced notice, this is on demand.

For years I have used black car services in New York City. But still, you usually need to give some kind of advance notice.

Now you can request a car from any mobile phone—text message, iPhone and Android apps. Uber will send the nearest driver to pick you up, and text message you an estimated arrival time. Cars usually arrive within 5-10 minutes. You can even track your driver right from  your phone.

Your licensed professional driver will park curbside in a sleek black car. Uber will text you again when the car arrives. Hop in the car, tell the driver your destination and you’ll be on your way.

The fee’s are automatically charged to your credit card on file, and  tip is included.  No fuss with money and change. It is the law in Chicago, a cab driver MUST take your credit card. But how many times do they grumble or say their machine is broken?!

We’re changing the way people are getting around by offering a convenient, cashless, and stylish on demand car request service from your mobile phone.”

Sign up with Uber.com and download the app. It’s that easy!

Sign up at UBER  or by downloading the app and inputting “BESTGAY”. These special promo codes for our readers will get your $10 off your first ride.

Sure it’s a few dollars more than a cab. But it’s worth it to arrive in style and comfort. For me, I found it most economical to ride from Boystown to downtown for events, via Lake Shore Drive.  If the cars have to cut  through the city,and zig zag in traffic, the bill can get a little higher. But it’s about convenience. And a luxury ride.

 Uber takes GPS data from your ride and charges for distance or time depending on your speed. When your Uber is traveling over 11mph, they charge a distance fee. When your Uber is traveling at or below 11mph, they charge a time fee. There is never  extra charges for late night rides, weekend rides, extra passengers, or luggage fees, it’s always the same rate.

“We carefully select which fleet partners we work with and ensure that they have all the proper licensing. We’ve also implemented a rating system for drivers. If his or her rating goes beneath a certain level, we will no longer do business with them. We’re careful to maintain a standard of only doing business with quality, licensed drivers.

When Uber was started it was a service used by us and our friends. We will never allow our friends to be put into an uncomfortable or dangerous situation because of our service.  One of the most important points about Uber service is to get away from those types of situations when looking for transportation around the city.

   
Currently “UBER – Your Private Driver” in 7 cities:
San Francisco, NYC, Seattle, Boston, Washington, DC, Paris   and now  Chicago!

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Hollywood to Dollywood and the Lane Twins Arrive in Chicago!

 IT ALL STARTED  WITH A DREAM….
AND AN RV NAMED  JOLENE.

Everybody has a dream. Most of us are only willing to go so far to see it materialize and often find ourselves waiting for the right opportunity to come to us. Not so for the Lane twins -they were not content to send their screenplay Full Circle to Dolly Parton’s manager or publicist. No, they were determined to get it into the hands of their idol and on the 25th Anniversary of Dollywood, no less.

“WE  grew up listening to Dolly’s music and always thought she was an amazing person. So why not write a screenplay about her, and go on a cross country roadtrip to try to put it in her hands! “       say the Lane Twins, Gary and Larry.

And that’s just what they did.

And the result is An amazing film and journey   about courage and acceptance.

Now in 51  Film Festivals Around the World  …They won 6 Awards so far!

Dolly Parton herself Is 100% behind Our Movie and Gave us 15 Of Her Songs Free For the Documentary  and Her Image for the Movie Poster!”


 Hollywood to Dollywood Plays in CHICAGO!!           
 Nov. 9th!        7pm      ONE NIGHT ONLY!  Landmark Theater. 

 
With a  Question and Answer   Directly  after the Screening   With  The TWINS   Gary  and  Larry  Lane!

TICKETS  ON SALE  NOW – SURE TO SELL OUT.

The twins are hosting an after-party at  SPIN, right after the movie.

ALSO  the guys  taped the Rosie show  NOV  8th   “she has just seen HOLLYWOOD TO DOLLYWOOD   and wants to Chat about it!!  WE ARE SO EXCITED!” say the Lane Twins! –  The show airs  NOV. 9th! Rosie   LOVED  the film!


DON’T MISS  IT!

Hollywood to Dollywood
Hollywood to Dollywood blog
The Lane Twins

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Rosie O’Donnell NOW PLAYING in Chicago on OWN Gives Interviews Today


 AS YOU MUST KNOW BY NOW,

Rosie O’Donnell is  bringing her wisdom, talent and brilliant sense of humor (and don’t forget NICE!) to THE ROSIE SHOW.  Airing begins October 10th on OWN.

At the heart of the show is Rosie’s genuine desire to entertain, inspire and connect with America.  As a down-to-earth mother, passionate advocate for children and all-around inquisitive individual, Rosie will relate to her audience in meaningful ways-touching their hearts, sparking their minds and making them laugh.

The out, proud mom of four is ever funny, packed with high-energy and AUTHENTIC – a talk show with a heart – no two days of THE ROSIE SHOW will be alike. Rosie will cover current events, spotlight hometown heroes and newsmakers, showcase the arts, celebrate kids and families, as well as feature well-known and upcoming talent. All done here in Chicago at Harpo Studios.

I caught up Rosie today in between press meetings. Shows will be taped and aired the same day to be relevant.

I am very excited to be here in Chicago. I really didn’t know much about Chicago. I had only been here a few times. BUT WOW!  Chicago is EPICALLY BEAUTIFUL!  I  got a  Segway tour last week and we covered about 10 miles.


The other day in Chicago, I went to Millennium Park, to a Broadway concert. I’m acting as if I’m allowed to live like this, and the people in the city are allowing me.  It feels good to be here.  I even had to wait for a table at Gino’s East. I walked in, and they said, “Name?” I said, “Rosie.” They said, “Hi, Rosie. Welcome to Chicago. Sit down, it’ll be 20 minutes.” It wasn’t like there was a line outside—and there were empty tables, too!  I thought, Well, this is going to take some getting used to, but it’s a good lesson!”


I was stuck in a hotel downtown for my first couple months here, but now have purchased a condo in Lakeview. One of the producers had owned the condo, it was totally redone and I told him I wanted it. Furnished. Leave me a couple night shirts and even some toilet paper. Everything!  So I bought it!”
  she  laughs!


 “It’s in a cool neighborhood, I can walk everywhere, walk to restaurants…I love it. Eveveryone keeps warning me about  the WINTER. The COLD. My new place has a heated garage and even the roof deck has this melting device – so I think I am ready! I am just very excited to be here. The outpouring of love and support has been truly wonderful!”


Lucky for Chicago, Oprah grabbed Rosie when she did. Rosie had an offer on the table from NBC for a show. “Something kept me from signing on the dotted line. I had the contract on my desk for over week.  But network TV didn’t feel right. And then,  Oprah and I had a 4 hour meeting, and that was it.”

The Rosie Show is destined for greatness. This is just what OWN  needed. The network has gotten off to slow start but the Rosie Show is just the shot in the arm, the network needs.   O’Donnell isn’t worried about her new home on OWN. “I have tremendous faith in Oprah’s  ability to do almost anything,” she says. “When she puts her mind to anything, it gets down. People ask if I feel pressure. I feel nothing but privilege, really.” She lated added, “If you look at the launch of any cable channel, it takes three years. The people are just waiting for us to fill up the programming. Its going to be a huge hit like everything else Oprah touches.”

OPRAH  SAID, “In 25 years of doing my show, only one competitor ever seriously challenged me in the ratings: Rosie O’Donnell. From the day Rosie took her place among the crowded field of talk show hosts, I knew she had that “It” thing: She was as sharp as she was authentic, as forthright as she was funny. During six seasons of NBC’s The Rosie O’Donnell Show, she not only won 11 Emmys—she knew how to use her screen time to truly connect.”


One thing that sounds really great about the new show, is its not about quantity, but quality of guests. Rather than trying to cram in 3 guests a day for 5 minute spots,  the show will feature one guest on for several segments. 

Since I’ve been off the air, television has become saturated with celebrities. In America we’re addicted in a way that’s embarrassing. So it’s not going to be all about celebrity. It’ll be a celebration of humanity, of connection, of authenticity and love.

Because it’s on at 7, we’re going to do a hybrid between a late-night show and a daytime show. We’ll incorporate the audience. We’ll use Twitter. We’ll use Facebook. We’ve come up with a new kind of talk show that mixes the old single-topic format with fun and social media. So it will have a reality feel. We’ll have to get the kinks out, but the same way I knew the first one would work, I know this will work
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Watch for a star studded opening week including a who’s who list of stars! Appearances by Salma Hyek, Lisa Kudrow, Gloria Estefan, Roseanne Barr, Sharon and Kelly Osborne, Ricky Lake, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher , but she still has a wish list of other stars. “Adele has throat issues but as soon as she’s up and healthy she’ll be on,” she says. “I want to have Melissa McCarthy on. Never seen anyone as funny their first time as host of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Emma Stone… Ryan Gosling I think is an amazing actor. I have a huge wish list.”

I’m going to come out and do stand-up with a mic. I don’t really tell jokes and my stand-up was always more about stories, so I need a mic and a stand. I felt like Henny Youngman [without it]. I’ll do about ten minutes of stand up, then take questions from the audience like Carol Burnett did. So we’re gonna have a real lengthy sit down interview, not always a celebrity with something to promote. Then we have a human interest segment and we play a game at the end of every show…. This will be more fun than anyone imagined. I cheat, but it’s still fun.”


Whether it’s hilarious comedy and game segments, (Rosie LOVES The Price is Right) a live performance by a major recording artist, a celebrity visit, or a discussion of an issue important to Americans, THE ROSIE SHOW’s candid exploration of a wide variety of subjects will encourage all of us to laugh, love and live our best lives.

JERRY NUNN, freelance writer in Chicago, asked Rosie if we would see her at Sidetrack for  Sunday ShowTunes anytime soon. “OH MY GOSH, WHEN?   I didn’t know about it!! Will they play THE RINK with Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli?? Very few people know the words to that. I could have a solo.  I know all of the words!  I could perform it!”  –  so keep an eye out for Rosie at Sidetracks!


* I have RCN and OWN is part of a news and information package I had to buy, for an additional $5.95 a month. But hey, it’ll be worth it!


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Whoopi Goldberg to Speak at Chicago House Luncheon



  There was a time I played on
both sides of the street.

Now I just go straight down
the middle of the street.”

That surprising remark was made by Whoopi Goldberg to the audience at the Absolutely Fabulous 2002 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Awards in  2002. Given Whoopi’s history of public support for gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues, and the multiple lesbian and bisexual characters she has played on film, the announcement that Whoopi is bisexual probably shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

Whoopi Goldberg, award-winning actor, producer and television host, is an outspoken human rights activist who is also well known for co-founding and hosting Comic Relief in the United States to raise funds for the homeless. She is a vigorous advocate for children, human rights, education, substance abuse, and in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Goldberg will be in Chicago Friday, November 4, 2011
for The 3rd Annual Speaker Series Luncheon
to benefit  Chicago House.



Time: 11:30am-2:00pm
Where: Palmer House Hilton, Grand Ballroom
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL

GET TICKETS ONLINE


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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Arrives in Chicago



In 1989 when the economy was unstable, Mitchell Gold and his partner, Bob Williams, naively created The Mitchell Gold Co. Since then, despite tough economic times and upheaval in the furniture industry, sales have reached in excess of $100 million. The combination of Gold’s years of marketing experience with Williams’ talents as art director set the course for Mitchell Gold and changed the furniture industry.

One of their earliest ideas, “Relaxed Design,” was based on trends they saw in the apparel industry. Designing furniture Bob Williams would want in his own home – comfortable, classic, affordable – he dressed his pieces in relaxed slipcovers of pre-washed fabrics like denim, khaki and velvet. He also addressed the need for a less-intimidating shopping experience by limiting choices to avoid confusing consumers. Along the way, Williams has received numerous awards, including Design 100 awards from Metropolitan Home magazine.


The company is now a leading home-furnishings brand, carried in such national chains as Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams Sonoma Home, and Bloomingdale’s, as well as in more than 60 independent retailers nationwide. In addition, there is a growing chain of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Stores  –  and they have arrived now in Chicago at  1555 N. Halsted, Lincoln Park, across from the new Apple store.

The grand opening happened last week  was filed with hundreds of Chicago’s designers,  movers and shakers. And DJ Lady Bunny. Bunny is a longtime freind of Gold and Williams and spins at every store opening.

Also there was  very special guest: expert photog Tipper Gore, was there.  Since moving on with her spirited journey through life, she’s had the chance to document some of the most photogenic people and places. Mitchell and Bob have decided they just love her so much, they needed to share her talent with the world, and they now carry a signed collection of her work  in their stores.  To celebrate Tipper’s skilled camera work and introduce her to Chicago’s interiors crowd, they’re having a 20% promotion on all of Tipper’s work.


In the mid 90’s, Gold and Wiliams lead the way in gay media advertising. They were one of the very first companies, to stand up and place major ads in LGBT media. Here was a  nationally recognized furniture brand, portraying gay couples in ads!  Recently,   Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams  received the Public Visibility Award from GLAAD for including LGBT stories in the advertising for their company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and for their personal efforts to advocate for LGBT equality. “As with other forms of media, advertising has the power to change hearts and minds,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Companies that promote fair, accurate and inclusive images of the LGBT community in advertising send an important message to their customers, to corporations and to any consumer who sees their ads. We will be recognizing those companies that do just that, and in so doing, set a standard to which other companies may aspire.”


Also in attendance was 2011 HGTV Design Star winner  Meg Caswell.  Her show GREAT ROOMS  airs on HGTV weekly  5pm (C)  on Saturdays.  

Her Design Studio is  at  1242 N. Wells, is  in an old firehouse with some antiques and accessories! You can see it, on some of her shows. Currently by appointment only. 773-883-6004












       



Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
1555 N Halsted Street
Lincoln Park Centre
Chicago, Illinois  60642


312-397-3135


 

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Ronnie Kroell and Mom Charlene Sonenberg Talk with Feast of Fun

SuperModel 
RONNIE  KROELL
was in Chicago this week and we had the opportunity to hang out with him over dinner and drinks. Ronnie is humble, sweet, and wise beyond his years!

He also did a podcast with Feast of Fun, with his mom,  Charlene Sonenberg. They talk about coming out and acceptance.

Ronnie was discovered by his mom snuggling in a sleeping bag with his high school boyfriend in his back yard, at the age of 16.

His mother  was shocked and didn’t react well, splashing cold water on the boys, sending Ronnie crying to his dad’s house.


Since then, they have patched things up and become best of friends and his mom is now his biggest advocate and fan.

They offer some good advice for young people and parents everywhere about coming out and supporting your gay teen.


LISTEN TO Ronnie and Mom  on FEAST OF FUN

Watch for Ronnie in the upcoming EATING OUT 4. Rumor has it there may be just a dash of nudity!  Gasp! –  Ronnie really enjoys acting and he and his boyfried Taylor Proffitt are considering moving to Los Angeles to pursure more acting. Ronnie has his  eye on a role as a super hero! 

We’ll be doing a feature on Ronnie and Taylor next month for gay pride!



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DOT429 LGBT Gay Networking Event in Chicago April 29th

If you are Web 2.0 savvy and playing in the Social Media sandbox, you better be on dot429!

Often referred to as an LGBT LinkedIn,  dot429 is a multi-platform network connecting LGBT professionals and allies online and in person.

Founded by 500 of the most successful and influential LGBT entrepreneurs, business people, designers, and entertainers, dot429 serves as a go-to destination for the LGBT professional set. dot429 provides an opportunity for this community to connect and expand their business networks, further their careers, stay current on the latest happenings in the LGBT professional community, and more.


Online members communicate through profile pages, updates, messages and online introductions. 429Magazine provides exclusive articles written by industry insiders, politicians, and key LGBTA leaders, covering everything from finance and business to leisure and entertainment. dot429 provides members with a fresh take on current issues: the queer professional perspective.


Adding to the success of the online network, dot429 hosts sophisticated monthly social events across the country for members to connect in person.

They will be hosting their next Chicago Event – April 29th at the James HotelCheck it out on Facebook
Over 100 people have already RSVP’d! 

The Scoop –


Chicago Networking Event


JBar in The James Hotel


610 North Rush Street     Chicago, IL 60611       ( 6:00PM – 8:00PM)


dot429 returns to the windy city on April 29, launching a networking cocktail series at a new venue, JBAR at The James Hotel. This event will feature a hosted vodka and Hum spirits. dot429’s Chicago members are active and vibrant enthusiasts of networking and the dot429 mission. $25.00 in advance / $30 at the Door


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Johnny Weir April 30th Discount Tickets for BestGayChicago.com Readers

The 2nd Annual
ICE DREAMS TOUR
 with
Johnny Weir
comes back to Chicago April 30th!

Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville
735 East Jefferson
Bensenville, IL  60106

an exclusive offer for Best Gay Chicago readers, if you type in promo code “johnnyweir” you can receive half off the ticket price!

There is also VIP seating available which will provide on-ice seating and access to Johnny’s intimate after party where they can meet him!

ICE  DREAMS  TOUR

$1 from every ticket sale goes to American Red Cross: Japanese Disaster Relief fund.

Johnny has even 
created a special t-shirt to help raise needed monies for Japan.


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Rosie O’Donnell Returns to Daytime Talk At Harpo Studios in Chicago

The Chicago studio where Oprah Winfrey tapes her soon-to-end talk show soon will be home to Rosie O’Donnell’s latest daytime television effort, which is set to debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network this fall, Harpo Studios announced.


“I’m delighted to welcome Rosie to the studio I’ve called home for so many years,” Winfrey said in a statement.


The network announced last summer that O’Donnell would return to television with a one-hour talk show to air on OWN. Originally they had said at the time that the show would be based in New York. But O’Donnell was convinced to move to Chicago for taping.


“I can’t wait to do my show from Chicago,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true … beyond the beyond.”


The final original episode of Winfrey’s show, which has been on the air for 25 years, is scheduled to air May 25.

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Isaiah Grass….Model and Singer in Chicago

You know the saying…
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover..

You may look at this young man and would never guess he has a powerful voice, but in fact he does!

Meet ISAIAH GRASS from Chicago.

Isaiah was recognized at a young age where he raised attention to a voice that carries with potential, soul, and purity in its sound. Since middle school he has performed at many different venues such as special events, celebrations,weddings to name a few… When Isaiah writes and composes his music, he is inspired and influenced by an array of genres which carries a deep respect for hip-pop, soul, R&B, rock and others.

Isaiah’s Single  “I’M A FREAK” was released in January with an immediate success with more than 100,000 hits in 3 weeks on his website and over 3,000 “likes” in the well-know Facebook website. The song is a mix of pop and dance.

 

The agents for Isaiah  released “Starting Over”  in February. This  song  is totally different  from his first single “I’m a Freak”. Think Levi Kreiss / Jay Brannan.

 

 

Over the years, Isaiah had explored into what most guys his age only dream of. He has captivated those from many facets of entertainment and revealed incredible potential to make his mark in not only music and modeling, but also as a positive influence and inspiration to those who follow.

 

“I was enrolled in a Performing Arts school where I could just sing and go crazy instead of sitting in a room reading about formulas, politics and the universe. I met several gifted students who opened my eyes to a higher level of training and competition, which made me realize that I wasn’t the only one with that type of dream. Luckily I was privileged to have teachers who believed in my talent and helped me with my goals of becoming a professional singer.

 

 

 

While I was trying to figure out the direction to take about my singing career, I was contacted by a modeling agency to attend one of their castings, which after some serious talking with my parents, I went.

Out of over 300 people at this casting I got selected.  For the first time, I learned what a contract was but it wasn’t for music instead for modeling. I had mixed feelings because I knew music was my main goal and passion so I juggled the thought in my head of which I really wanted to do…”

So here he is DOING BOTH!

ISAIAH GRASS….One to Watch in 2011!

 

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Chicago Red Dress Party is Just Weeks Away!



WHAT  WILL YOU  WEAR????


Chicago’s First Annual Red Dress party!  a national event that draws over 800 attendees per city to create awareness and visibility for raising funds dedicated to the research and care of HIV/AIDS patients.


Sure to be one of the most dynamic events of the year, this acclaimed event will feature international entertainment – including recording artist Kristine W. and Chicago’s very own Miss Foozie.  Hosted by Marcus Riley (NBC) and Candace Jordan (Candid Candace) the event will be taking place at 525 W. Monroe St., compliments of Tishman Speyer Properties.


The Chicago Red Dress Party is honored to have named AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Equality Project as the official beneficiaries. 

As a strict requirement:  all attendees must wear red. In honor of the “Red Dress” – everyone is encouraged to attend wearing a red dress – even men are invited to join in on the fun!
 




Date:    April 16, 2011
 
Time:     8:30p.m. – 2:00a.m.
(VIP Admission: 8:30p.m. | General Admission: 9:00p.m.)
 
Venue:        525 W. Monroe St.
 
Tickets:     General Admission: $80  |  VIP: $150  |  VIP Exclusive: $1000
More info here:  www.chicagoreddressparty.org/tickets

The History….While it’s hard to trace the roots of a long-standing tradition, we’ll do our best to bring you the history of this grand standing event.  In the early 1990’s, two gentlemen were dating when they both contracted HIV/AIDS.  To show their love and dedication they vowed that when one of them passed away, the other would attend their funeral adorned in a red dress.  From this promise the concept of the Red Dress Party began.  Currently there are Red Dress Parties all over the United States from Seattle, Washington to Chicago, IL.  Oh and yes… You must wear your best red attire to attend!

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William Greaves Birthday Party January 24 to Benefit About Face Youth Theatre

In 1995, Bill Greaves was invited to join what is now the Chicago Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.
 
In 2000 he was asked to be the Council’s Director, and he has served in that capacity since.

Bill is well known and respected throughout the city of Chicago!  On Monday, January 24th, join Bill and Friends as he celebrates his 60th BIRTHDAY! with a benefit at Mini Bar and Lounge.
3341 N. Halsted. from 6 – 8pm.

DJ Lori Branch, DAAN, and DoubleDJ will rock the night! Check them out on Facebook!

A $10 cover charge will benefit About Face Youth Theatre. With your admission, enjoy an open bar, hosted by Ultimat Vodka, and appetizers. A lovely gift basket of Ultimat goodies will be raffled off as well.


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Chet Haze – Chicago Northwestern Hottie and Rapper


So I am walking down the street the other, down near Michigan Avenue. And there are always hotties everywhere! And we are always on the lookout for potential new male models .

I run into this young guy with a great face!  I stop him and I give him a card, and said he should call us for a  “test shoot” sometime. He blushed, and explained he had never done any modeling, but had done a bit of acting and right now is in school and trying to become known as  white rapper. He said his name was Chet Haze and we should friend each other on Facebook.

So I ran home and did!

Chet has had roles in the Bratz movie and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls,  AND he is the son of TOM HANKS!


TOM HANKS is not someone
I would necessarily call  a HOTTIE!  But Chet….could stop traffic.

Some people find him sexy, I guess. And you may know Colin Hanks? He’s Tom’s  other son, and you’ve probably seen him in Orange County, King Kong, or Mad Men. He’s very cute and charming, just like his old man.

CHET HAZE, the OTHER  son, has the internet is going mildly berserk over the fact his song ‘White and Purple (Northwestern Remix )’ is inspired by the prestigious college he attends. – Yes, he goes to Northwestern in Chicago

I am not a fan of rap…but he is such a hottie, you just have to check it out.


Come on….You know you want to follow him on Facebook  and Twitter !


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Reverend Stan J.Sloan Receives Two Top Honors

On Thursday, September 16th, Stan Sloan, CEO of Chicago House, was honored at the “Who IS Chicago ” event hosted by Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions .  The “Who IS Chicago” event recognized influential Chicagoans active in the philanthropic community. 

On  Wednesday, November 10th, Stan will be inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame . The induction will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph.  The reception begins at 5:30pm, is free, and open to the public.
 
BestGayChicago.com, The Chicago House staff, Associate Board, and Board of Trustees, feel these awards are well deserved for the the outstanding leadership that Stan continues to provide for Chicago House and the HIV and homeless communities.  Way to go, Stan!


THIS WEEK –  is  Macy’s Men’s Designer Event !

Macy’s and OUT invite you to celebrate the latest designer collections.

When: Thursday, September 30th
Where: Macy’s on State Street, 111 North State Street, 2nd Floor     Time: 5:30-7:30PM

Enjoy amazing fashion from Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans, Elie Tahari, and more!

Featuring informal modeling, music by DJ Chris Spinazzola, cocktails by Appleton Estate Rum, and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, meet special guest Micah Cohen, designer and creater for Shades of Grey.  Spend $250 on Men’s Designer Deptartment and take $50* off your purchase. Plus receive a special gift bag** RSVP to (800) 329-8667. Door donations to benefit Chicago House.

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Gay Boystown Neighborhood Walking Tours

WANT THE  411 on BOYSTOWN?

Whether you live here and think you know it all or maybe newly relocated and want to learn more,  or  just visiting –  This  90-minute walking tour highlights  the  Boystown gayborhood, presented by improviser Margaret Hicks of Chicago Elevated, and  lends a deeper, historical perspective to the area known for its overwhelming gayness and well-endowed rainbow pylons.

DID YOU KNOW?

-that when the rainbow rocket-shaped pylons were installed in 1998, Boystown became the first officially recognized gay neighborhood in the country?

-that Little Jims was the first gay bar in Boystown?

-that Roscoes was the first bar to open their windows to the public?

Come join me in a trip through one of Chicago’s most distinctive neighborhoods. Boystown was the first officially recognized gay village in the country and believe me, it has a lot to show for it. We’ll start at one of Boystown’s oldest bars – Roscoe’s.

We’ll taste some wine at Kafka and learn about “queer space.” We’ll talk about the pansy craze of the 1920’s and end at a bar that survived one of it’s own Chicago Fires, Scarlet. The price for the tour includes a wine-tasting and other gifts, drinks at bars will not be included in the price!”

 Margaret loves Chicago and its many unique neighborhoods, and if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to take one of her walking tours, you no doubt agree.

Hicks’s excitement for and understanding of Boystown, gay rights, and Chicago history creates a contagious enthusiasm as you travel through the neighborhood. Yet, it’s not just a history excursion, but an interactive, sometimes hilarious, evening of engagement with local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Boystown Tour runs until October 31st!

Reservations are required and the tour is cash only.
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 5:00PM – 6:30PM – $20.00

Call 773.593.4873 or email     margaret @ chicagoelevated.com   for reservations.

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Gay Chicago Performance Artist Zander Mander 30th Anniversary Party and Tour

July 2010
marks the 30th anniversary of Chicago’s iconic club kid Zander Mander.  Dubbed the iconic club kid due to his longevity of being a part of the Chicago and national nightlife scene in one “form” or another for 30 years.
 
As a performer and host, he has entertained thousands over the years at clubs. Some clubs are now gone, but he is still here today at clubs that are thriving along with him. He has recently returned to the stages in preperation for his upcoming anniversary tour “GUITARS, GLAMOUR & GLITTER”. A tour that will take him across the country celebrating his tenure as a nightlife personality.
 
As an activist, Zander Mander has contributed most of his time supporting the Anti-Violence projects in hopes of unity between all.
 
Zander Mander will be appearing all over Chicago and surrounding cities during the month of July for different shows and parties. However the main event is being hosted by SPIN Nightclub (800 W. Belmont-Chicago)on July 16th. SPIN will be throwing the official 30th anniversary celebration.
 
Join in and celebrate one of Chicago’s true originals and  make sure to bring your cameras!

 

 ZANDER MANDER 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MAIN EVENT
 
Friday July 16, 2010   SPIN NIGHTCLUB
 
Doors open: 9:30pm /  Hosted bar: 10:00pm – 11:00pm /  Rock Show: 11:30pm
 
The rock show will feature excerpts from the upcoming GUITARS, GLAMOUR & GLITTER tour.

ZANDER  MANDER  on  FaceBook

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Richard Cordova and Richards Riders Break Fund Raising Records for the Chicago Ride For AIDS

Ride for AIDS Chicago  is a two-day, 190-mile, bicycling event created by volunteers and designed to raise needed monies for TPAN  and Community Partners.
 This year the event is happening July 10-11.

Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 and crew $500 in pledges to participate.

Unlike other rides of this kind, Ride for AIDS Chicago is committed to returning 100% of your pledges to the beneficiaries.

One determined crew leader happens to be a dear friend of ours, Richard Cordova .  Earlier this year, Richard  set  quite an ambitious goal for the 2010 Ride For AIDS. He really hoped and wanted his 21-person team to raise $30,000 for the event’s sponsor/promoter—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) —which would set the record for most money ever raised by a team.
As of last week,   THEY  DID  IT! 

 

I knew that  $30,000 was a lofty goal, but with so many people on the team I was really hoping we could rally enough support for such a great cause and make our goal,” said Cordova, 32, a gay Lakeview resident who will be participating in his third ride. He has also run five marathons ( 26.2 miles each ) and three half-marathons ( 13.1 miles ) .

Cordova, who has a boyfriend, is a health educator at the Center on Halsted; he also is a spinning instructor at the Lakeview Athletic Club.

 

Cordova’s team, appropriately dubbed Richard’s Riders, has members in their 20s, 30s and 40s. There are grad students, flight attendants and business owners. There also are professionals in education management, finance, advertising, insurance, non-profits and more.

Richard’s Riders is one of the bigger teams ever in the history of the ride and each member has their own reason for participating in the grueling gig, Cordova said.

 

 
With the race just 9 days away, Richard is still knocking on doors!  

JUST IN THE LAST WEEK,  4  MORE  RIDERS  HAVE JOINED RICHARD’S 
TEAM  AND THEIR NEW GOAL IS  $40,000, WITH THE CLOCK TICKING!

Cordova says, “My team would love it if the kind and benevolent LGBTQ community could find it in their hearts and their wallets by helping us support Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) through a donation. No matter how big or small; every bit counts. Whether it be information dissemination, outreach, testing and prevention, and positive living support groups and more, TPAN is on the front lines every day helping those, myself included, who are living their best life possible with HIV/AIDS. We ride to do our part and when you make a decision to support our ride you are doing yours. Thank You!”

Help Richard reach a new goal and shatter all records!

DONATE   NOW!

Just  add a couple  bucks  to the pile and make this
2010 THE BEST RIDE  EVER  for  Richard and TPAN!

We applaud you and your team, Richard!

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Richard Cordova and Richards Riders Break Fund Raising Records for the Chicago Ride For AIDS

Ride for AIDS Chicago  is a two-day, 190-mile, bicycling event created by volunteers and designed to raise needed monies for TPAN  and Community Partners.
 This year the event is happening July 10-11.

Each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 and crew $500 in pledges to participate.

Unlike other rides of this kind, Ride for AIDS Chicago is committed to returning 100% of your pledges to the beneficiaries.

One determined crew leader happens to be a dear friend of ours, Richard Cordova .  Earlier this year, Richard  set  quite an ambitious goal for the 2010 Ride For AIDS. He really hoped and wanted his 21-person team to raise $30,000 for the event’s sponsor/promoter—Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) —which would set the record for most money ever raised by a team.
As of last week,   THEY  DID  IT! 

 

I knew that  $30,000 was a lofty goal, but with so many people on the team I was really hoping we could rally enough support for such a great cause and make our goal,” said Cordova, 32, a gay Lakeview resident who will be participating in his third ride. He has also run five marathons ( 26.2 miles each ) and three half-marathons ( 13.1 miles ) .

Cordova, who has a boyfriend, is a health educator at the Center on Halsted; he also is a spinning instructor at the Lakeview Athletic Club.

 

Cordova’s team, appropriately dubbed Richard’s Riders, has members in their 20s, 30s and 40s. There are grad students, flight attendants and business owners. There also are professionals in education management, finance, advertising, insurance, non-profits and more.

Richard’s Riders is one of the bigger teams ever in the history of the ride and each member has their own reason for participating in the grueling gig, Cordova said.

 

 
With the race just 9 days away, Richard is still knocking on doors!  

JUST IN THE LAST WEEK,  4  MORE  RIDERS  HAVE JOINED RICHARD’S 
TEAM  AND THEIR NEW GOAL IS  $40,000, WITH THE CLOCK TICKING!

Cordova says, “My team would love it if the kind and benevolent LGBTQ community could find it in their hearts and their wallets by helping us support Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) through a donation. No matter how big or small; every bit counts. Whether it be information dissemination, outreach, testing and prevention, and positive living support groups and more, TPAN is on the front lines every day helping those, myself included, who are living their best life possible with HIV/AIDS. We ride to do our part and when you make a decision to support our ride you are doing yours. Thank You!”

Help Richard reach a new goal and shatter all records!

DONATE   NOW!

Just  add a couple  bucks  to the pile and make this
2010 THE BEST RIDE  EVER  for  Richard and TPAN!

We applaud you and your team, Richard!

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Gay Chicago Couple Heads to Toronto This Weekend to Get Married on a Float at Toronto Gay Pride!

Fireworks will be in the air
this July 4th weekend,

as over 1.3 million supporters gather to celebrate five years
of legalized same-sex marriages at the Toronto Gay Pride  Festival.

To commemorate this milestone, six couples — including three from states in the U.S. where same-sex marriage is illegal — are being flown to Toronto to exchange their vows on a moving float as it makes its way through the Pride Parade – a first in Pride history.

Kevin Tindell & William Hall were selected from Chicago!

William tells  their romantic story, “14 years and 4 months ago, I, Bill, decided to be happy being single and enjoy my life.  I would concentrate on expanding my horizons and really take pleasure in what I already had.  However, I promised myself that if I ever did see the man of my dreams, I would be proactive, brave and ask him out.
 
So, I really had a lot of fun, trying new things.  For two months.  Then, one night, I was in a Chicago bar, and saw Kevin.  For a split second I tried to ignore him, because I knew he was it—he was the one.  But I was having so much fun!  I decided that I had to keep my promise and I went over and talked to him.  He was a funny, handsome, caring 6’1” lug of a man with a huge heart.  I couldn’t believe it.  The love of my life was right in front of me.
 
I asked him out and we went on a date. Kevin says we were dating exclusively as of then.  I like to think that I didn’t decide to date him exclusively for awhile, but that’s a lie.  I haven’t dated anyone else since I met him.  Two years later we moved in together and had a commitment ceremony.  I was so happy that day that I don’t remember a lot of it.  People come up to me to this day and talk about being at the ceremony and I don’t remember them.
 
Now, we have 3 sons, Carter, Christian and Camran, 4 dogs, Czar, Sarabi, Moses and Kimba, and a turtle, Sam.  I love him as much as I ever did, if not more.  My heart still beats faster whenever I see him.  We are living out a life that I fantasized about when I was young, but never thought I could have because I was gay.  Getting legally married would be another dream that I never thought I would be able to realize.  We travel regularly (though not as much as we did pre-children) and would love to be married and recommit our vows in the fabulous city of Toronto during pride. Our story is simple but one deep with faith and family pride.”

Each couple was selected by the event sponsor, online relationship service ManCrunch.com , based on their story as to why they wanted to celebrate their love in front of the millions of supporters.

Congratulations  guys!  and best  wishes for many more years of happiness! Have fun in Toronto this weekend!

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Benjamin Bradshaw – Queer Chicago’s Eclectic Fashionista

Originally from Florida, Benjamin Bradshaw, 22, always had eye for  eclectic fashion. 

“I was trendy for Florida, but, dude, I worked at Hollister when I was 17.
I moved to Chicago for school in Fashion Merchandising but I’m definitely moving in the direction of entrepreneurship.  About a year ago I was randomly approached in public by a local stylist to do some random modeling and I got to wear the clothes of an amazing wacky local 80’s & 90’s vintage store named KokoRokoko. 

I went to the shop after the show ended, fell in love, and and forced them to take me as an intern.  I started doing windows for them, then we became best friends, then I just randomly began buying for them without asking because I understood their wacky style… they liked everything I brought in & they’d pay me the exact money or it. 

I slowly started keeping the most amazing garments I found and at some point I realized I could make money off of my closet full of ridiculous sheer dresses and jumpsuits.  It’s been a month of selling but I’m confident that my specialized goods have enough customers… & everyone who visits falls in love whether or not they’re ballsy enough to wear the clothes out.”

Benjamin calls his clothes…
Vintage Party Gear For Ladies Of All Genders.  

“I go to a lot of gay dance parties, like Chances Dances , so I’m stocking dance wear, mainly, for gay guys and girls. It’s a bit eccentric;  leaning towards the feminine side.

Wacky shit: body suits, sequins, sheer stuff. Right now, I have about  80-90 solid pieces, plus accessories.  And still shopping –  still adding  on.  I try to pick stuff that my grandma would’ve worn in the ’90s—lots of really horrible floral prints and crazy stuff. It’s very sill. It’s meant to be fun!”

SisterMan is officially an Etsy-based business  online , which just launched this month. So new things are being added all the time.  

Check out the Sisterman blog for lots of updates and see what’s happening and where he’ll be showing his collections next. 

 

“I  set up at The Bonanza  this past month –  a monthly vintage sale  that is held at Berlin nightclub.   It was set up for local brick-and-mortar shops & Etsy vendors a few months ago & it works because it’s fairly constant.  There are a few other vintage sales like it, but it’s nice for me because it’s at a gay club. I am doing something at Heaven Gallery  in Wicker Park and lots of other stuff in the coming months. And people can always contact me through the blog and Facebook. “

 
WHAT’S  NEXT?!

I just quit my job & I’m trying to up the ante with Etsy & build clientele in the local gay community.  This summer I’ll be at lots of gallery, club, and outdoor sales and I’ve extended an invite to the DJ’s and promoters of a few gay parties to use my goods in exchange for publicity. 

Yesterday I helped a friend with a little movie project here locally and got to wear some of my clothes for that.  And of course, I’ll be out dancing and partying in the name of networking.”

Find  Benjamin and SisterMan  on FaceBook  
or  the SisterMan blog .

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Richard Cordova and Richards Riders Host Benefit at Wild Pug Wednesday April 21st

 

3 HOUR  OPEN BAR
and BENEFIT!

Such a deal! 

This Wednesday April 21st from 6:30 to 9:30 at Wild Pug (4810 N Broadway) 
Richards Riders /  Ride for AIDS Team  will be having a fundraising party. 

 
For $30 you get 3 hours open bar (well beer and well mixed cocktails) $20 goes towards their fundraising efforts.
 
There will be raffle prizes, silent auction items, and light snacks
 
Bring your friends and help  raise some $$$ for Test Positive Aware Network.   With your support we can help fund HIV Prevention efforts, HIV + Support Groups, and Education Programs which help HIV + individuals live healthier more positive lives.

This is Richard’s  third year in the Ride for AIDS and this year he plans to set new records!  He is returning with  a 21 person team this year and a goal of $30,000, which would be the highest amount ever raised by a team. 

“Raising  $30,000 is a lofty goal, but with so many people on the team I’m hoping we can rally enough support for such a great cause and make our goal,” said Cordova. He has also run five marathons  and three half-marathons. Richard is a health educator at the Center on Halsted and he also is a spinning instructor at the Lakeview Athletic Club.

“The 2009 Ride was great because two of my closest friends, Zak and Andrea, did the ride with me, which really made it a lot of fun,” Cordova said. “I decided to start my own team  this year  because I knew I was going to do the Ride again and it just seemed like the logical thing to do.”   The Ride for AIDS is July 10-11, but fundraising is underway now and the Wild Pug event will be the first in a series.

The Ride For AIDS is a  190-mile bicycle trek from Northwestern University’s Evanston campus to Lake Geneva and back. “The ride is tough. It’s fun, but tough,” Cordova said. “The winds can be brutal while the hills and long flat stretches in Wisconsin are mentally and physically draining. The camaraderie among the riders and the crew helps of course.”

“As someone living with HIV for over eight years now, I’ve come to look at physical challenges as my way of sticking it to the man, as they say, and ‘the man’ being HIV. It’s important that I prove to myself that even though I live with this virus every day that I must continue to stay positive and that having HIV doesn’t stop me from living my best life. Honestly, having this virus in some ways has helped me live an even better one because I’ve come to realize how destructive behaviors in my life were leading me to an early grave.”

Cordova added, “My team would love it if the kind and benevolent LGBTQ community could find it in their hearts and their wallets by helping us support Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) through a donation. No matter how big or small; every bit counts. Whether it be information dissemination, outreach, testing and prevention, and positive living support groups and more, TPAN is on the front lines every day helping those, myself included, who are living their best life possible with HIV/AIDS. We ride to do our part and when you make a decision to support our ride you are doing yours. Thank You!”

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Chicago Colori Paint Store and HGTV Color Splash with David Bromstad

“Didn’t every little girl grow up playing with backhoes, excavators and gradalls?” asks Michelle Quaranta, owner of the Bucktown paint and design boutique, COLORI. As a child Quaranta, a Chicago native, joined her father on 5 a.m. excursions to the family’s road construction sites, and soon found herself clocking in. After starting her own construction business in 1999, Michelle realized that as much as she loved building from the ground up, her passion for bringing color into these spaces was undeniable, and she soon found herself living a modern day Cinderella story filled with premium eco-friendly paints, creativity and a chic Bucktown address. 2243 W. North Ave. Chicago. 773-252-4923

Michelle’s dream of bringing C2 paint into the fashion lover’s repertoire became a reality in May of 2006 when she launched Colori Eco Paint Boutique. Since its opening, the feisty “Queen of Color” has single handedly redefined the way people experience color when shopping for paint. In addition to owning and operating her store, Quaranta stays busy serving as a self-proclaimed Color Therapist providing color consulting for interior designers, architects and homeowners alike. In 2009 Michelle was accepted as a member into the prestigious Color Marketing Group.

This past weekend, Michelle and Colori Paint hosted an in-store appearance with David Bromstad, host of HGTV’s Color Splash, More than 500 people entered the  Colori contest to get one of 120 seats available at the Chicago event! David talked about paint and took questions from audience. He is even more charming in person than you can imagine and has this infectious happy energy!




Handsome hottie Bromstad, winner of HGTV’s first “Design Star” reality show four years ago, announced he  has brought the show  to Miami for the new season, which is filming now and will air in July.   The new season will have bigger budgets and draw off  many of Miami’s local artisans and design resources. And he said we’ll be seeing more of him  him sculpting and designing pieces.  He is very happy and very excited to be filming in his city where he lives with his partner of 6 years and their French Bulldog!

“I think Miami is a city that  is absolutely inspiring; from the old and new architecture, to the mass amount of artisans and craftsmen, and of course the undeniable weather and overwhelming sexiness.  Miami is unique with its international influences, especially from South America.  This makes it the only city of its kind in America.  I call it the American Riviera.”

“Design in South Florida will absolutely be different than what viewers say in San Francisco.  Because Miami has a very specific look of being clean, sleek and sexy my homeowners will definitely want that brought into their homes.  Homeowners in San Francisco have a different aesthetic, more of a comfortable, contemporary and traditional feel.  The designs in Miami will push the boundaries of design, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to do so!




David is really an artist and not really an interior designer. He has an exuberance, passion and decorating savvy when transforming tired rooms into vibrant spaces! “Color is the root of great design,”  says David. “I like to blend styles that incorporate realism and fantasy. Walt Disney really inspired and motivated me. And I love Philippe Starck – he has such an innovative way of creating.”

David  recently partnered with Mythic Paints. “This paint is amazing!  Amazing coverage, low oder, very natural and non-toxic. My color line encompasses both timeless and innovative colors. Many people suffer from what I call  COLORPHOBIA and are afraid to step out of their comfort zone. With my line, you can mix and match across the palette and discover combinations that speak to YOU. Cure your colorphobia and embrace your color-fabulous you! Don’t be afraid of color!”


So what is David’s home like?




“My place is a little quirky. It’s very happy. Lot’s a greys and whites with an eclectic mix. I like big, bold pieces. I love color, but I prefer white or grey walls and pops of color in the furniture, artwork, and accessories.  Right now my home has white and gray walls with pops of acid yellow, lime green and red. But I keep changing it up and it’s  always  evolving. It’s like that old saying, the cobbler is so busy making shoes for his customers that he has no time to make some for his own children! My place is never finished!”

“I think it’s important to create an environment not just a room. I like to use murals and custom-built furniture to create a 3-d world that will transport you into another reality.”

David is so nice and so personable and so down to earth,  you can’t help but love him! “To me I’m just a regular guy who has a really cool job.  I never intended on being in the public eye, therefore I never craved the attention.  Now that I’m getting it, I can’t complain.  I think I am the luckiest guy in the world to be blessed with what God has given me.  I owe my parents and family everything.  They taught me honest values that transcend fame.

I really like to help out any charities that help out the gay community and HIV/AIDS.  Going to the GLAAD awards in San Francisco and presenting was one of the best memories ever.”

Before he jetted off back to Miami to resume filming he said, “I am so excited for Color Splash in Miami. It is going to be a very different show; a whole new cast.  New city.  New and exciting experiences.  I really want to feature local artisans and craftsmen here in the Miami area.  The talent here is so beyond anywhere else I have ever been, and I want to show America how fabulous Miami is.  I am also going to show everyone that I’m not just a designer and painter, but I also build sculptures and create art and architectural installations myself.  It should be a fabulous adventure!”

David also said more of his art will become available for purchase this on his site!

VISIT  DAVID BROMSTAD ONLINE

and Colori Paint Chicago where you can buy David’s MYTHIC paints.



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ADAM BOUSKA in Chicago to Discuss NOH8 with the LGBT Community

Photographer ADAM BOUSKA

 became a LGBT activist quite by accident. He calls it “accidental activism“. Gosh, he has come a long way in the 6 years we have known him!

Derrick and I met Adam in 2003.  He was living here in the suburbs of Chicago and had just graduated college where he studied Computer Science. Being a photographer myself, I was always on the lookout for fresh new young talent.

I met Adam and asked him to pose for me. During our photo shoot, he confided that Computer Science was not really his passion. And though he was dabbling with modeling, it was the art of photography and expression potential that really intrigued him.

Shortly afterwards, Adam moved to Southern California. We stayed in touch now and then through  MySpace and watched as Adam’s young budding career began to blossom exponentially through social media communities and popular blogs!

It didn’t take long and his name was sprouting up everywhere on the Internet!

In November 2008, Proposition 8 in California happened. California wanted to put a stop to the idea of gay marriage. The defeat of Prop 8 provoked a groundswell of activism within the LGBTQ community and many new political and protest organizations were formed in response to the defeat. It was like Stonewall was happening again!

Adam was in Chicago this weekend speaking at LGBT CHANGE UNITE + FIGHT,  EAA Midwest Conference at Columbia College. The conference ran 3 days and was a series of workshops and speakers geared towards  activism in the hopes to fire up the Midwest LGBTQ communities.  


Adam, his partner Jeff Parshley  and some friends attended the Prop 8 rallies in Los Angeles. Afterwords, they got so emotionally stirred they knew they wanted to do something,  to make some kind of statement. He and a dozen friends went to the store and bought some paints and duct tape, went back to his apartment and shot photos. Using photography as his voice, Adam placed tape over their mouths and painted the now famous NOH8 on their cheeks, and the next day posted their images to MySpace and Facebook, to demonstrate their silent protest.

Before he knew it, a dozen more friends wanted to do the same thing . Adam shot more photos and those friends also posted them online. The next month 30 of their friends wanted the same photos! It started to grow exponentially. In the 6 months that followed it exploded and nearly 500 people had been photographed and pictures were flooding the Internet.

Soon celebrities want to join in and show their support. To date, 3,000+ faces have been shot by Adam and his team for the NOH8 Campaign. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more. 

Cindy McCain, wife of former Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, was even photographed by Adam, speaking out on behalf of gay marriage rights as part of a popular ongoing photo campaign. “Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn’t matter – marriage equality isn’t a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue. It’s about human rights, and everybody being treated equally in the eyes of the law that runs and protects this country.”
 
The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, appearing on various local and national news programs and publications. The images are currently being used on various social networking sites to spread the message of equality, predominantly Facebook and Twitter. Eventually the images are expected to be compiled for a large-scale media campaign. The group just shot their 3rd PSA. There has been talks of a billboard, possible calendar, coffee table books and even a documentary.





Just last month the team shot 500 people in 5 hours in New York City. Adam hopes to tour major cities soon, doing more open shoots and spreading the message across the country. “This is much bigger than just  about Prop 8.  And when we win this, when Prop 8 is overturned, and it will be,  we’re not stopping.  It’s about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell….it’s about gay civil rights….it’s about the big picture now!”  Groups as far away as Germany and  Australia have even started similar campaigns. 

Remember when Gay Pride and National Coming Out  day was just once a year? Thanks to the power of Social Media and the interconnectedness of the Internet these days, we can make a statement about who we are and show the world our messages. “Activism needs to be a part of your DAILY LIFE and your lifestyle. Not just once a year.”


THE NOH8 store online  has t-shirts, bumper stickers, tattoos and my favorite, THE BRACELET!  Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.

Adam will hopefully get back to Chicago later this year for an Open Call NOH8 shoot here. We’ll keep you posted!


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Adam Bouska FaceBook
http://twitter.com/bouska
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ADAM BOUSKA in Chicago to Discuss NOH8 with the LGBT Community

Photographer ADAM BOUSKA

 became a LGBT activist quite by accident. He calls it “accidental activism“. Gosh, he has come a long way in the 6 years we have known him!

Derrick and I met Adam in 2003.  He was living here in the suburbs of Chicago and had just graduated college where he studied Computer Science. Being a photographer myself, I was always on the lookout for fresh new young talent.

I met Adam and asked him to pose for me. During our photo shoot, he confided that Computer Science was not really his passion. And though he was dabbling with modeling, it was the art of photography and expression potential that really intrigued him.

Shortly afterwards, Adam moved to Southern California. We stayed in touch now and then through  MySpace and watched as Adam’s young budding career began to blossom exponentially through social media communities and popular blogs!

It didn’t take long and his name was sprouting up everywhere on the Internet!

In November 2008, Proposition 8 in California happened. California wanted to put a stop to the idea of gay marriage. The defeat of Prop 8 provoked a groundswell of activism within the LGBTQ community and many new political and protest organizations were formed in response to the defeat. It was like Stonewall was happening again!

Adam was in Chicago this weekend speaking at LGBT CHANGE UNITE + FIGHT,  EAA Midwest Conference at Columbia College. The conference ran 3 days and was a series of workshops and speakers geared towards  activism in the hopes to fire up the Midwest LGBTQ communities.  


Adam, his partner Jeff Parshley  and some friends attended the Prop 8 rallies in Los Angeles. Afterwords, they got so emotionally stirred they knew they wanted to do something,  to make some kind of statement. He and a dozen friends went to the store and bought some paints and duct tape, went back to his apartment and shot photos. Using photography as his voice, Adam placed tape over their mouths and painted the now famous NOH8 on their cheeks, and the next day posted their images to MySpace and Facebook, to demonstrate their silent protest.

Before he knew it, a dozen more friends wanted to do the same thing . Adam shot more photos and those friends also posted them online. The next month 30 of their friends wanted the same photos! It started to grow exponentially. In the 6 months that followed it exploded and nearly 500 people had been photographed and pictures were flooding the Internet.

Soon celebrities want to join in and show their support. To date, 3,000+ faces have been shot by Adam and his team for the NOH8 Campaign. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more. 

Cindy McCain, wife of former Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, was even photographed by Adam, speaking out on behalf of gay marriage rights as part of a popular ongoing photo campaign. “Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn’t matter – marriage equality isn’t a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue. It’s about human rights, and everybody being treated equally in the eyes of the law that runs and protects this country.”
 
The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, appearing on various local and national news programs and publications. The images are currently being used on various social networking sites to spread the message of equality, predominantly Facebook and Twitter. Eventually the images are expected to be compiled for a large-scale media campaign. The group just shot their 3rd PSA. There has been talks of a billboard, possible calendar, coffee table books and even a documentary.





Just last month the team shot 500 people in 5 hours in New York City. Adam hopes to tour major cities soon, doing more open shoots and spreading the message across the country. “This is much bigger than just  about Prop 8.  And when we win this, when Prop 8 is overturned, and it will be,  we’re not stopping.  It’s about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell….it’s about gay civil rights….it’s about the big picture now!”  Groups as far away as Germany and  Australia have even started similar campaigns. 

Remember when Gay Pride and National Coming Out  day was just once a year? Thanks to the power of Social Media and the interconnectedness of the Internet these days, we can make a statement about who we are and show the world our messages. “Activism needs to be a part of your DAILY LIFE and your lifestyle. Not just once a year.”


THE NOH8 store online  has t-shirts, bumper stickers, tattoos and my favorite, THE BRACELET!  Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.

Adam will hopefully get back to Chicago later this year for an Open Call NOH8 shoot here. We’ll keep you posted!


Adam Bouska
Adam Bouska MySpace
Adam Bouska FaceBook
http://twitter.com/bouska
NOH8 CAMPAIGN


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Chicago Fitness Male Model Robert Gonzalez









ROBERT GONZALEZ is one of Chicago’s Finest Male Models with an amazing body!
We have actually known Robert for about 8 years and have watched him develop and grow!
He has been  photographed  by some of the world’s top photographers. 

He was born in Venezuela and has always had an interest in bodybuilding.
And his hard work has payed off!

And get this – he is also a top florist in Chicago providing
flowers for many top celebrities and fashion photo shoots!

“Clients are always shocked when they meet me,” he laughs.
“There is a misperception about how male florists
 should look, and I guess I don’t fit the mold.”


His  photo shoot  for  RUFSKIN with  Frank Louis was featured
this week on the world famous BEAUTIFUL MAG site.

Join him on  FaceBook       and  Visit  the Robert Gonzalez website





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Chicago DJ Jimmy B REmiXed on Live365 – Hi Energy Dance Music

This Dance station became popular among thousands of International listeners from over 100 countries, in just the first 2 months. Started in December 2006, it  has developed a great follwing.  Broadcaster, ‘DJ Jimmy B’  (based in Chicago) also has a great site of his own with ‘The Hit List’, which shows listeners favorites. 

REmiXed!  has a lot of Energy Megamixes, Progressive remixed tracks and EuroNRG hits by Suzanne Palmer, Axel F, Milk Inc, Lady Gaga  and many others.  If you have a party, just turn this station on your MAC or PC and any crowd would start dancing hearing the music coming out from your speakers.<Listen>

For readers who don’t know what Live365 is – it is a community of more than 10,000 broadcasters and millions of listeners. Anybody can become a broadcaster and share their music tastes with millions. Just as Last.fm and Pandora, we have popular tracks, but we also have many custom DJ Mixes, Talk Shows, International Music from all over the world.

REmiXed on Live 365

Jimmy B on FaceBook

REmiXed Group on FaceBook


WARNING: Excessive exposure to REmiXed! may make you think that you can sing, dance & party all day long. EuroNRG, Dance, Trance & more. Tracks are all complete with club versions played whenever possible… including previously unavailable mixes!


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Miss Foozie – Fun and Foozie-licious




If you’re coming to Chicago for a visit, no visit would be complete without meeting Miss Foozie! The unofficial First Lady of Boystown! She can be seen all over town making personal appearances each week at various night spots.  Currently, the best  way to catch her are Saturday nights at CIRCUIT and Sunday afternoons at ROSCOES.  –  If you live in Chicago, chances are you have already been kissed the glittery, friendly, effervescent Foozie.

It’s impossible to imagine the Windy City without Miss Foozie brightening up the social scene with a glitter-festooned face, big smile, warm hugs, adored clarion call—”Hello Pineapple!”—and a loving heart bigger than her hair. 


 

“It started as a joke,” Miss Foozie says of her first appearance during her 1997 birthday party at Chicago’s Circuit Nightclub. – What started as a joke catapulted Foozie into the spotlight within a few years.  Miss Foozie became  a gay household name as the number one Chicago entertainer, nightlife hostess and general purveyor of feeling good featured in every regional establishment and during every special event. 

Her local popularity parlayed into national appeal, with Miss Foozie making waves in Hawaii, Florida, New York, D.C., California, Las Vegas and Wisconsin. Her one-of-a-kind charm caught the attention of RuPaul, Kelly Osbourne, Bruce Vilanch, Lady Bunny, as well as film and television producers .


 



Miss Foozie is not a “drag queen”; Miss Foozie is a “personality.” She is funny! She’ll make you laugh. She will make you feel good. She will also love you because Miss Foozie loves people. She always does.

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Feast of Fools – The Number One Best Gay Podcast

Live, from Chicago, it’s  Feast of Fools!

 

The Feast of Fools podcast features cocktails, gossip, news and interviews with some of the worlds most eclectic celebrities, newsmakers, and musicians.
 
Hosted by the flaming blue Fausto Fernós with his boyfriend Marc Felion, the Feast of Fools has been in the top 50 downloaded comedy podcasts in the world and currently ranks as iTunes’ #1 gay podcast.*

With over a million downloads to this date, the Feast of Fools has the distinction of having one of the largest audiences for a comedy show produced from Chicago, and the largest audience for a GLBT-themed podcast in the world. It remains as one of the most popular daily audio programs of its kind for any audience.

When the iTunes Music store celebrated it’s one year anniversary of podcasting, Feast of Fools was chosen as one out of 48 “pioneering shows… helping to bring podcasting from an underground movement to a mainstream phenomenon, [Feast of Fools] helped to pave the way.” -iTunes Music Store, June 28, 2006.
 

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