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KURIOS from Cirque du Soleil August

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It’s back!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO CHICAGO THIS SUMMER
WITH KURIOS – CABINET OF CURIOSITIES!

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, the new touring production will premiere under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at United Center beginning August 6, 2015

TICKETS, STARTING AT $35, NOW ON SALE!

It’s been  too long!   Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™, performing under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at the United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison Street, August 6 – September 20, 2015.

Cabinet of Curiosities premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2014 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production. Since its debut, the critics have been raving: “KURIOS is Cirque du Soleil’s strongest act in years…one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on a stage” (Toronto Star) and “KURIOS is the best Cirque du Soleil show in a long time.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

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  • Picture credit : © Martin Girard shootstudio.ca
  • Costume credit : Philippe Guillotel

 

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must first learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams lie waiting. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.

Tickets are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or calling 1-877-9 CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets range from $35 – $145.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. The company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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Peter Allen is Boy from OZ

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Pride Films and Plays is very excited to be back at Stage 773 for the Chicago Premiere of The Boy From Oz, the Broadway musical that tells the boisterous yet heart-warming true story of a Australian song-writer Peter Allen who ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza.

Directed by multiple Jeff Award Winner David Zak, with musical direction by Jeff Award Winner Robert Ollis, and choreography by Cameron Turner, The Boy From Oz is sensational in every way! Chris Logan plays Peter Allen, with Nancy Hays as Judy, and Michelle Lauto as Liza. PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Michelle McKenzie-Voigt is Peter’s mother Marion, and 13-year-old Garret Hershey is Peter’s younger self.

Get a sneak peek at the first rehearsal of Boy From Oz here, and order tickets today!

The score features Allen’s most moving and exuberant songs including the Oscar winning ‘The Best That You Can Do,’ plus ‘Quiet Please,’ I’d Rather Leave When I’m In Love,’ ‘Love Don’t Need A Reason,’ and the international smash hit ‘I Honestly Love You.’

The Boy From Oz runs August 5 to 30, and is one part of an exciting series of works presented by Pride Films and Plays.   TICKETS  start  at  $20!
The Boy from Oz performances take place at
Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago IL 60657

Harrison Scott in Chicago July 9th

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Entertainment Weekly says “Harrison has a real knack for emulating the sounds of ’80’s synthpop” while Crossfadr states “His smooth vocals hark back to a time when the “pop” in synthpop and electro-pop mattered, while the production maintains timeless.” Fashionista said “Scott is a modern vision as he wears slick dark designs from Landeros New York and Nick Palmer.” He has also been featured on  VH1, MTV and LogoTV. 
Harrison  will be at Debonair Social Club this Thursday, July 9th.
1575 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-7990
There are no pre-sale tickets, it’s just $8 at the door.
Scott recently released his debut album, Spectral Evidence. Listen here .
His video  “Silence into Noise” can be seen here.

 

Cazwell at Chicago PrideFest

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HE’S BACK!   CAZWELL!

The seventh single from Cazwell’s Hard 2 B Fresh album is a head-to-toe ratchet trap club banger with hard twerk beats, raunchy, sex-fueled lyrics and a killer drop.

Produced by Richie Beretta, “Downtown” was originally composed for Major Lazer, the electronic music project comprising of record producing DJ Diplo and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Cazwell admits he begged Beretta for the opportunity to write lyrics to and record the single as he felt it was the one crucial sound missing from his album. “I needed this vibe for Hard 2 B Fresh,” he explains. “I can be pretty convincing when I want to be.” Cazwell’s “Downtown” is available on iTunes and at all major online music retailers now.

“To take it “downtown” means you’re gonna turn up and not give two fucks about the repercussions,” explains Cazwell from his Manhattan home. The term has become something of a mantra for the party-going rapper whose songs defy convention by mixing gay themes with sharp-edged east coast Hip Hop. He’s even adopted Hip Hop’s large-living lifestyle, something he raps about it in his song.

“I have the money now but there was a time I was ‘downtown’ bougie,” he admits. “That’s when you spend way more money than you can actually afford on dumb shit, not caring about what happens next. If you spend the last of your savings on a bottle of Goose at the club so you can impress your friends, you’re just dead wrong bougie.”

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He traces his attraction for lavish street flash to a youth spent listening to classic nineties rap. “I remember the legendary MC Lyte singing how she was ‘funky fresh, dressed to impress, ready to party’. That line always resonated with me.”

It’s even echoed in “Downtown” when Cazwell raps how he is ‘pressed fresh and I don’t give a fuck’. “It essentially means the same thing,” he acknowledges. “I’m squeaky clean, I’m dressed fly as all hell, I’m moisturized, my clothes are wrinkle free and my kicks are crispy. I’m about to show off and nobody can tell me nothin’.”

It’s not the song’s only throwback to pre-millennium fabulousness. There’s also a nod to nineties supermodels Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell. “You know I had to give a little old school shout out to the ladies,” he laughs. “If you’re sitting pretty that’s one thing, but if you’re sitting pretty with the original supermodels than you must be fresh and pressed.”

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The larger than life downtown fantasy is carried into the song’s music video, directed by 19-year-old first-time music video directors, Bob Bottle and Ben Evans. It’s a style of video fans will likely view as atypical for Cazwell, harkening back to the homegrown (and initially banned) feel of his first hit, “All Over Your Face”.

“We were inspired by the films “Spring Breakers” and “Clockwork Orange”, and the new generation of gay teenagers on Tumblr who are curating sexy boy pics like they’re some kind of world renowned art collection,” explains Cazwell. “We bring their digital fantasy to life by submerging gay porn stars, models, and go-go boys in a surreal New York City house party overloaded with Tumblr-inspired imagery.”

When conceiving the video, they paid close attention to creating shots they thought would make great GIFS and still frames. Many contain pop culture references, including a cameo from New York nightlife icon, Amanda Lepore, who truly embodies the magic of Downtown. “Amanda is the extra something special with any video she has a cameo in, and since the song is very New York, it made a lot of sense to have her included,” says Cazwell.

“I thought it would be especially funny if she showed up when the party was over and was basically like ‘where is everybody?’”
A Massachusetts native, Cazwell has been described as what would have happened if Eminem had grown up on Madonna’s front lawn. He became a You Tube sensation after a million people viewed his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ music video in a single week. He has since earned hipster credibility with a steady flow of danceable hip hop tracks that impressively showcase his hypomanic take on pop culture.

Earlier this year, Cazwell released his first full-length album in four years, “Hard 2 B Fresh” on Brooklyn indie, Peace Bisquit. The new batch of Hip Hop comedy gems features seventeen tracks including his latest that is currently tearing up dance floors, “Dance Like You Got Good Credit,” “Spicy”, “The Biscuit” and “Don’t Get It Twisted.”

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO DOWNTOWN

Catch Cazwell in Chicago at PrideFest  Sunday  June 21st  at  5pm!

For more information, visit Cazwell.com and PeaceBisquit.com. The “Downtown” Tumblr page is at: http://downtowncazwell.tumblr.com/

Chicago pride Week new Events

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

6 new events this year!

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

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

Get Tickets and Info @ www.PrideSplashChicago.com

 

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Thursday, June 25th –

Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo

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

2 Events: Daytime and Evening:

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

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

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

Chicago pride Week Events

June 27th   2 parties by Neverland

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

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

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

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

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

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Ty Herndon at Chicago Pride Parade

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Country singer Ty Herndon hopes that the support he received after coming out last year is indicative of a progressive Nashville, one that’s becoming more tolerant toward the LGBT community than in years past.

“One of the biggest fears I had in coming out and being authentic was that I wouldn’t get to continue doing what I do for a living, and that’s country music,” he told The Huffington Post in an interview. “How great is it that I have the opportunity, for the first time in my life, to sing about truth? That makes me a very happy man.”

Herndon, 53, sees his latest project as a prime opportunity for him to pay that happiness forward. On June 12, he’ll take the stage at the first Concert For Love and Acceptance at Nashville’s City Winery, which he is co-hosting with Meghan McCain, the daughter of former Republican presidential hopeful John McCain and an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights.

PRIDEChicago, the organizers of Chicago’s annual gay pride parade, announced Monday that out country star Ty Herndon will be the Grand Marshal for the 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade.
“I have struggled with being gay my entire career and life,” Herndon told ChicagoPride.com just days after that interview. “Of course, I’ve had so much support from my friends and close family that supported me, that knew I was gay. But it’s been so freeing for the fans to know; the fans in country music, especially. They have really been supportive and awesome.”

MotorBall Returns to Detroit June 5th

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

Leann Rimes at Roscoes May 8th

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Roscoe’s Presents LeAnn Rimes LIVE
on the Dance Floor Stage, Friday May 8!

LeAnn is One of Pop/Country Music’s Biggest Superstars of the Past Century

with over 37 Million Albums Sold Worlwide and Countless Awards Including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1997!

Known for her Hits “How Do I Lie”, “Can’t Figth the Moonlight” & “Blue” – Join us for this Spring’s Biggest Night on Halsted as LeeAnn Performs Remixes of All Your Favorites!

Doors Open at 10PM
$40 Advance Ticket Sale*
$20 General Admission**

*Tickets guarantee admission & are extremely limited. They can be purchased by calling 773.281.3355 ext 2 or by emailing shawn@roscoes.com.

**Cannot be purchased in advance and is based on availability and cannot be guaranteed.

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

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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!

Black Ensemble Theater Limelight Series

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From the Center on Halsted:

“As we expand our cultural programming here at Center on Halsted, we are excited to continue our Limelight Series with the next arts icon: The Black Ensemble Theater.

 

We hope you’ll consider joining us at this FREE event , APRIL 28th, as we celebrate this theater’s amazing contribution to the vibrant arts scene that Chicago has to offer.  Just click the image to learn more and to register!

 

Feel free to share with friends – and please keep an eye out for future Limelight and cultural events here at the Center.

Book of Mormon Chicago Cabaret April 20th

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Next Monday, join the cast of Book of Mormon as they ditch the white shirts, the black ties and the nametags and belt out their favorite cabaret tunes! Be a part of the captivated audience for this special event featuring some of the biggest voices on Broadway! Proceeds benefit Chicago House and Broadway Cares. Bring your friends…what else do you have to do on a Monday night?? 

 

$30 Balcony Seating Ticket

$50 General Seating Ticket

$100 VIP Seating: includes exclusive after-party meet & greet with cast at Wilde Bar & Restaurant!

more information, please visit www.chicagohouse.org

Purchase your tickets now for this one-of-a-kind cabaret event!

LGBQ programs at CIMMfest 2015

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2015 CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES & MUSIC FESTIVAL

CIMMfest No. 7 TO ROLL OUT LGBQ PROGRAMMING

APRIL 16 – 19, 2015

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

 

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

 


 

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

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

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

A la carte tickets are $12


 

Friday, April 17th

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Saturday, April 18th

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

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

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

A la carte tickets are $12


 

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

 

Matinee Las Vegas Memorial Weekend

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

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

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

Lots of Chicago boys will be there!

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

Don’t Tell Mama February 24th

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“Don’t Tell Mama” Opens Tuesday Night, FEBRUARY 24th!!!

Reserved Tickets Almost Sold Out, Get Your Tickets Today!!

Join Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus this Tuesday night, February 24th, at Laugh Factory for the opening of “Don’t Tell Mama”. The show features 30 CGMC cast members bringing to you the hit music of Kander & Ebb—from Cabaret to Chicago, and more.

Tickets still available online. Door sales will be available, but prices go up $5 per section. So grab yours today. 

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Steve Grand CD Coming

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CHICAGO’s sexy and talented Steve Grand is gearing up for release his debut album All American Boy March 24 after a very successful Kickstarter last year, Out reports:

Grand is an openly gay singer who’s certainly country-inspired, but does not self-identify as a country artist. “Music is subjective,” Grand says, “The lines of life are blurring. We are seeing that in music as in sexuality and gender identity…There’s nothing different about my music just because I’m gay. I sing about things that I go through, but they are things that we all go through, regardless of sexual orientation.” […]

A full-length album has also allowed Grand to follow an arc or storyline. “Each song needed to function as a plot point on that arc. A lot of things in life follow that trajectory, where there’s a beginning, middle, and end. Relationship do that, growing up does that, life does that.” Every number, Grand adds, ”explores some kind of relationship, whether it be a relationship with a romantic partner, a relationship with a friend, a relationship with the past, a relationship with something destructive, a relationship with a community.”

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Book of Merman in Chicago

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I love the fact that Chicago is like a mini New York. So many choices for dining, shopping and entertainment.  There must be close to 100  theatre choices, on any given week.

NEW THIS WEEK, Pride Films and Plays launches The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Leo Schwartz. The show opens on January 17, 2015  (17th is SOLD OUT) at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark Street.

 When two Mormons ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door.

With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz’s original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn’t know you wanted to go.

Starring : Sam Button-Harrison, Dan Gold and  Libby Lane.

Jeff Award-winner David Zak* directs, with Jeff Award-winner Robert Ollis* music directing. Costumes are by Raquel Adorno*. Understudies are Parker Guidry and Edward Fraim*.

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We got a sneak peak last night, and the play is funny, the talent and singing is top notch, and the story is extremely entertaining!

 

  • Regular performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 5:00 through February 15th.

  • Tickets $25 . Students and Seniors can save $5 per ticket. Ten Premium tickets with prime reserved seating for each performance are $30.

  • Performances are at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago.

  • Purchase below or online at brownpapertickets.com or call 1800 838 3006.

  • Pride Films and Plays offers subscriptions and memberships for 2014-15 for even greater savings.

 

Well Strung in Chicago March 7th

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One Direction step aside, there’s a new kind of boy band on the circuit. The all-male, ALL GAY string quartet Well-Strung features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more! Aside from all being incredibly gorgeous, the men of the all male singing string quartet Well-Strung are talented masters of turning pop hits into instrumental wonders.

Their debut show sold-out Joe’s Pub on May 1st, 2012 in New York after being workshopped at Ars Nova NYC in February.  Since then they have played venues across the world such as The Art House in Provincetown, the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans and Feinstein’s in San Francisco.

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Well-Strung stars first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh. Well-Strung’s show is directed and co-written by Donna Drake with arrangements by David Levinson. The quartet was formed by producer/co-writer/manager Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant.  Additional arrangements are by Daniel Shevlin, Yair Evnine and Christopher Marchant.

THE SHOW IS, according to Bagnell, “not quite a concert and a little bit more than a cabaret performance.”

“Plus, we’re not just giving you idle chatter in between songs, we actually want to say something about ourselves,” he says.

Christopher Marchant is probably  best known to many in the gay community, from his many modeling gigs. Besides touring with Well Strung, he has done some scorching hot photo shoots! Who knew playing that instrument would result in such huge biceps.  See  one of his Sexy photo shoots with Marco Ovando. – Corn fed Ohio boy Chris lives in NYC  now and when not making music moonlights as  a bartender.

Get a SNEAK PEAK  HERE of Well Strung!

Well Strung will be in Chicagoland  March 7th! 

GET TICKETS  before they are gone!

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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.

 

AUBREY O’DAY @ Scarlet January 18th

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LAKEVIEW/ BOYSTOWN  HOTSPOT

HOSTS  7th Anniversary PARTY

In conjunction with Ketel One Vodka, Scarlet Bar Chicago hosts celebrity attendees for a party celebrating the anniversary of their opening.

 

WHAT: Ketel One Vodka Presents Scarlet Bar Chicago’s Seventh Anniversary Party Featuring Heatherette (Traver Rains and Richie Rich) and Aubrey O’Day (Danity Kane, All About Aubrey and Celebrity Apprentice)

 

WHERE: Scarlet Bar Chicago,   3320 N. Halsted St.,  Chicago, IL 60657

WHEN: Sunday, January 18th at 1pm

 

WHO: co-host Aubrey O’Day, member of Danity Kane and reality personality by way of her show All About Aubrey, Celebrity Apprentice and a frequent guest judge on Rupaul’s Drag Race. She also is the founder of F*A*N (Fighting AIDS Now) that works to bring therapy and art to children in hospitals.

 

co-host Heatherette (Traver Rains and Richie Rich), famed fashion designers known for showing 16 incredible times at New York Fashion Week They have dressed stars such as Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, and Aerosmith. They have also been guest judges on America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway.

 

WHY: Every year the owners and management of the immensely popular Scarlet, 2010 winner of Chicago Magazine’s Best Gay Bar, celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the bar by throwing a star studded event in their ongoing mission to bring the best entertainment and music to Lakeview.

New Years Eve in Chicago

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Our top picks for New Years Eve  include:

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4th Annual Mustaches and Bowlers Party!   $5 Cover Charge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No cover before 11 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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City Suites        Willows         Majestic

HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!~

The BOOK OF MERMAN

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Sam Button-Harrison and Dan Gold join Libby Lane in

THE BOOK OF MERMAN

A World Premiere opening January 17, 2015 at Mary’s Attic

 

Pride Films and Plays announces that Sam Button-Harrison* and Dan Gold join Libby Lane* as the cast of The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Leo Schwartz. The show opens on January 17, 2015 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark Street.

When two young missionaries ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz’s original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn’t know you wanted to go.

Jeff Award-winner David Zak* directs, with Jeff Award-winner Robert Ollis* music directing. Costumes are by Raquel Adorno*.  Understudies are Parker Guidry and Edward Fraim*.

 

Details: The Book of Merman by Leo Schwartz, directed by David Zak, musical direction by Robert Ollis, and featuring Libby Lane as Ethel Merman.

  • Previews January 15 and 16, 2015 at 7:30
  • Regular performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 5:00 through February 15th.
  • Tickets $15 for previews and $25 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances. Students and Seniors can save $5 per ticket. Ten Premium tickets with prime reserved seating for each performance are $30.
  • Performances are at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago.
  • Purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/867656 or call 1800 838 3006.
  • Pride Films and Plays offers subscriptions and memberships for 2014-15 for even greater savings.

Chicago Gay Mens Chorus Holiday Events

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CGMC Exclusive…Suzy Snowflake is Coming to Town for “YuleTUBE”

Join Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, the Christmas Queen, and Suzy Snowflake for “YuleTUBE”, a laugh-out-loud variety show celebrating your favorite holiday
songs from TV and the Movies! It’s the land of misfit boys in a rollicking
Rankin and Bass world gone mad!

Come say farewell to CGMC’s retiring Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich as he goes out with a bang and gives us a little old-school CGMC holiday fun – cowritten by Bill Larkin!

3 Shows! 3 Great Venues!

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 – 8:00PM at Harris Theater
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 – 8:00PM at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 – 7:30PM at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

For ticket information please visit www.cgmc.org or call 773-296-0541.

Halsted’s to Showcase Live Bands

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You don’t have to wait for street fairs to hear bands on Halsted anymore- HALSTED’S LIVE!

Previews this coming Saturday.

WHAT: Every Friday and Saturday night, Halsted’s will feature the sounds of a live band starting at 10.30 pm!

OPENING FIRST BAND – Crush On Radio: Samuel Cerniglia’s expansive vocal range and impressive swing era timbre are unmistakably unique. During Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice, Grammy-winners Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton both picked Sam for their teams with Blake finally closing the deal. Since stunning the coaches and viewers of The Voice, Sam Cerniglia has begun singing with former members of “A THOUSAND JULYS” and is hitting the scene with momentum. We are excited to welcome this phenomenal band that plays a great set list including current hits, R&B classics, and more to kick off Live Music on Halsted at Halsted’s Bar Grill!

 

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HEATWAVE Chicago Austin Armacost Party Oct 16th

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 16th – Come party with Austin Armacost   and his husband Jake Lees at SCARLET  BAR   (3320 N. Halsted)  as we kick off the countdown  to

HEATWAVE!

We are about 70%  sold out  for Heatwave packages!  $200  gets  2 people  a room for 24 hours, waterpark fun indoors and dance party  12 hours of music and partying!

Don’t want a room  or  can not stay the night?   Buy a wristband  for just the  9 hour  water park  party  for  $85.

RESERVATIONS     for  room  packages  or  tickets   1-877-360-0403 MUST SAY “HEATWAVE” to have access to the ROOM and event. You are booking a room which comes with tickets and access to the entire complex!  or  Buy just the wristband for the waterpark party  6pm – 3am.  

If you don’t say  HEATWAVE  EVENT they will tell you November 15th  is sold out.  Must say  HEATWAVE!

 

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Chicago Gay Mens Chorus Oct. 25th

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Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC)

starts off their 2014/2015 season with Lipstick & Lyrics, “Into the Hood: A Mary-Tale”, on October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm at the fabulous Park West. Join CGMC for the 12th edition of this live-singing drag performance, with increased production values, presented by Michael Leppen under the direction of Tony Lewis, of Mid Tangent Productions (Snow White and The Seven Drag Queens), and musical direction of Patrick Sinozich.

Hear your favorite fierce drag princesses sing live while on a quest to be the fairest at the ball, all while evading the scheming, evil villainesses. Talented fair maidens in fun costumes, sexy dancers in skimpy costumes, and amazing music highlight this see-and-be-seen event benefitting CGMC.

The evening will feature the opportunity for all to bid on the Princess-For-A-Night Drag Auction, where the winner will join the performers on stage at the end of the show. Come with a few friends or host a table at the front of the stage, there’s a price-point and fun experience for everyone this year!

TICKET & VENUE INFORMATION
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
Park West – 322 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets range from $35 to $100 for VIP seating. For ticket information and general information about Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, please visit www.cgmc.org or call 773-296-0541.

Lakeside Pride WOMEN IN MUSIC

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Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents Women in Music, a festive celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers, at Preston Bradley Center (941 W. Lawrence, Chicago) on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago’s own Artemis Singers, the first lesbian feminist chorus in the U.S. The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kyle Rhoades, will perform the masterworks planned for this special event.

“Butch Queen of Hollywood,” Broadway diva, stand-up comic, actor, writer and jazz musician Lea DeLaria is currently starring in the hit series Orange is the New Black, as prison inmate Carrie “Big Boo” Black. DeLaria broke new ground more than two decades ago as the first “openly gay” comic to appear on national television, with appearances on The Arsenio Hall Show and as host of Comedy Central’s all-gay special, Out There. This stocky, cocky, loud-mouthed Italian-American lesbian hails from Belleville, Illinois. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she sang in jazz clubs as a teenager, before extending her talents to stand-up comedy. Lea has recorded both comedy (Box Lunch and Bulldyke in a China Shop) and jazz albums (Double Standards, The Live Smoke Sessions, Play it Cool, and Be a Santa) to great acclaim. Her film credits include Edge of Seventeen (1998) and The First Wives Club (1996).

Artemis Singers will join the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band for an unforgettable finale to perform the powerful and uplifting song Light the Fire Within, which was written for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Artemis will also perform two choral works during this concert. As the first lesbian feminist chorus in the U.S., Artemis is comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women. The chorus works to effect positive change in cultural attitudes toward women and women artists, as well as to increase the visibility of lesbian feminists. Artemis Singers and Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles are both members of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

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Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased online at LakesidePride.org or at the Preston Bradley Center Box Office starting one hour before the concert. Discounted senior and student tickets can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call (773) 381-6693.

Limited tickets are available for a special VIP experience with DeLaria, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., before the concert. Tickets are $75 and include a meet-and-greet, admission to the concert, a signed CD, and a wine reception with hors d’oeuvres.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items throughout the event. All proceeds will help Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles continue its mission to help the LGBT community connect with diverse audiences through music.

The concert is conveniently located near the CTA Red Line as well as several bus routes. Street parking is available near Preston Bradley Center. Validated parking is available at Weiss Memorial Hospital’s main parking facility at 4650 N. Clarendon, Chicago, which is located less than a half mile from Preston Bradley Center. Parking is $5 with validation purchased from the box office on the day of the show.
ABOUT LAKESIDE PRIDE MUSIC ENSEMBLES
The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band is part of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. Inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and shhh…OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble together reach more than one million people annually. Membership is open to anyone who can play a musical instrument. For additional information, visit www.lakesidepride.org.

 

 

 

David Bowie Exhibit in Chicago

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GET READY CHICAGO!

David Bowie Is   opens tomorrow at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the exhibit has traveled from London to Toronto, Brazil, and Berlin, making its only US stop in Chicago. David Bowie Is will stay through January 4th, before continuing onto Paris.

The exhibition follows his evolution as an artist and performer, starting with his teenage years in the 1950s to the early 2000s when he retired from touring and highlights his influence on fashion, sound, graphics, theater, and film. Visiting this exhibit will be a must! Tickets are available online.

For Bowie fans visiting from out of town or residents looking for the a Bowie-filled staycation, Thompson Chicago is running a special offer in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The package includes two VIP tickets to the David Bowie Is exhibit and private Meet & Greet by a MCA Museum Concierge.

 

HYDRATE Chicago – THE place to be this Weekend!

HYDRATE   –   A WEEKEND OF FUN!

 

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FRIDAY   NIGHT!  Drag Carnage   and  Neverland    GLOW

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SATURDAY  NIGHT –

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SUNDAY  FUNDAY

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Heatwave is less than 8 Weeks Away

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In about 8 weeks, HEATWAVE will be here! Summer fun in NOVEMBER!

From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS comes this new and unique event.

24 Hours of LGBT Paradise at Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort!

Be a part of the country’s first-ever 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration Benefiting a Chicago Non-Profit Organization each year. Year  one will be Chicago Gay Mens Chorus.

You get a room  AND  the party for $100 per person (based on double occupancy).

get all the details  at  HeatwaveChicago.com

You must call the hotel to book your room and you must say HEATWAVE EVENT.