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Dance for Life Chicago 2018

DANCE FOR LIFE 2018

AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
AUGUST 18
Performance | 7:30pm
Gala Celebration at The Hilton Chicago | 5pm

TICKETS NOW ON SALE
BUY TICKETS

Performance Tickets start at just $15
Gala Tickets: $300 & $650

 

JOIN US FOR CHICAGO’S BIGGEST DANCE NIGHT OF THE YEAR!

Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit performance that showcases the city’s unique diversity of talent, dance traditions, and styles. One night a year, the talented and renowned professional dancers of Chicago come together to share the same stage at the historic Auditorium Theatre—all for a good cause.

Welcoming those looking for either an elegant night downtown or just a relaxed and fun performance, Dance for Life Chicago has presented classic, world premiere, and even improvised dance works in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and tap over the last 27 years.

Since 1991, Dance for Life has united the Chicago dance community and its fans to support local dance community professionals affected by critical health issues. The money raised through the performance goes directly to the Dancer’s Fund. Created by Chicago Dancer’s United in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the dance community, the Dancer’s Fund fund has broadened to include other health and living needs.

We invite you to come celebrate and toast Chicago’s incredible range of dance and choreographic talent. Find up-to-date details on this year’s event by following us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter: #DanceForLifeChicago

“Pick up your ticket, grab a drink, and we’ll see you on August 18th!

Featured Dance for Life Chicago 2018 companies:

  • Giordano Dance Chicago
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • The Joffrey Ballet
  • Hanna Brictson and Dancers
  • Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
  • Chicago Dance Crash
  • Nomi Dance Company
  • Randy Duncan is reviving his 2007 Dance for Life finale, this year as the program opener.

Beneficiaries: The Dancers’ Fund and AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Honorees:
Lou Conte – Founder, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Nan Giordano – Artistic Director, Giordano Dance Chicago
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World Cup Final & Brunch!

World Cup Final Viewing Party!

Sunday July 15th, 2018 | Chicago

 

Two of our favorite restaurants  will host a  world cup final viewing party & a bottomless mimosa brunch done with a Mexican twist! Free-flowing mimosas, and an entree from our brunch menu are included.

 

Walk-ins are welcomed, reservations are reccomended!  We hope to see you soon Amigos!

Click on the links below to make your reservations!

> Click Here To Reserve for Revolucion Steakhouse

Click Here To Reservefor El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

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F*cking Men – Now Playing at Pride Arts Center

Two  great plays  currently  running  at the  Pride Arts  Center in Buena  Park;   Fucking Men   and The View Upstairs!

We are very lucky  to have such a vibrant  LGBTQ  theatre scene in Chicago – I urge you to go out and see some of the wonderful shows  that come to the Pride Arts  Center in Buena  Park  at  4139 N. Broadway.

Now playing – Fucking Men. In this present-day updating of Schnitzler’s LA RONDE by Joe DiPietro, ten men – a hustler, soldier, two college students, businessman and his husband, an adult film actor, a movie star, his agent and a playwright – all have physical and emotional desires to connect.

Gay men—just like all human beings—are capable of love, and in fact, spend much of their lives, as everyone does, looking for it. And it is this search for meaning, connection and kindness in a sea of sex that playwright Joe DiPietro attempts to illuminate in his cyclical play Fucking Men.

The treatment of hot topics — promiscuity, monogamy, sexual deception — yields such commonplace insights as: Macho men with forbidden desires lash out with their fists; married couples struggle to stick to their bargains about cheating; some people lie about their HIV status; movie stars screw over ordinary people; can’t we all just get along?; and prostitutes and porn stars really want love.

This play runs  through August 25. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm and Sundays at 8 pm.

Ticket prices are: Previews $15, Regular Run: Premium seats $30, General Admission $25, Seniors/Students/Military $23. Tickets are on sale now at www.pridefilmsandplays.comor by phone at 866-411-4111 or 773-857-0222.

 

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, a musical by Max Vernon, which won Best Musical honors in off-Broadway’s Lortel Awards and  was also nominated for seven Drama Desk awards. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS,  opened off-Broadway in February 2017.

Circle Theatre Chicago is proud to present the Chicago premiere of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, at Pride Arts Center.
It is inspired by real life events of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant gay bar in New Orleans. Now accepted as a targeted anti-gay attack, the arson resulted in the deaths of 32 people and was, until the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest assault on a gay club in U.S. history. The show is inspired by and pays tributes to many of the patrons that frequented the venue.

In THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans and finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge in 1973. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.

TIMEOUT NEW YORK said, “It takes your breath away!” and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY called it “a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present.” THE NEW YORKER praised it for its “beautiful love songs.”

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS will be running through Sunday, July 22. Shows will be Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm, with industry performances every Monday at 8:00pm at The Broadway at Pride Arts Center (4139 N. Broadway).

Tickets: $30.00. Monday Industry nights $20. Tickets on sale now atwww.circletheatrechicago.org

 

 

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Chicago Market Days Entertainment

Northalsted Serves Up Summer’s Best Fest

Market Days Returns August 11-12

The Northalsted Business Alliance delivers a diverse and dance heavy line-up for this year’s Market Days set for August 11 and 12. The must-do Midwest fest returns to the heart of Boystown with non-stop entertainment from four stages, shopping, food and more.

Multi-faceted entertainer Todrick Hall graces the stage as part of his Forbidden tour on Saturday, while Betty Who brings the beat on Sunday with her power pop. MAX, of gold single “Lights Down Low” fame closes out the festival on Sunday night. Additional national and local acts round out the line-up.

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Chad Honeycutt explains the popularity of Market Days. “For more than 30 years Northalsted Market Days has set the bar for Chicago festivals and this year is no exception. We can’t wait to welcome our neighbors and visitors alike to celebrate summer in Boystown.”

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)

Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 100 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade and Frost Fest. For information about NBA visitwww.northalsted.com.

Northalsted Market Days

North Halsted (From Belmont to Addison)

August 11-12       11 am – 10 pm        $10 Suggestion Donation

 

Northalsted Market Days 2018/Saturday, Aug 11th

Addison North Stage

1:30P-3:30PM             Drag Show

2:30PM-3:30PM         Todrick Hall

3:30PM-4:15PM         Trenyce

5:00PM-6:30PM         Cat Fight

7:00PM-7:45PM         Kimberly Locke

7:50PM-8:35PM         Ultra Nate

8:40PM-9:25PM         Martha Wash

Roscoe Stage

1:15PM-2:30PM         Hello Weekend

3:15PM-4:30PM         Girl Power Night

5:00PM-5:45PM         DJ

5:45P-6:25PM             Crystal Waters

6:25PM-7:00PM         DJ

7:00PM-7:45PM         Ty Herndon

8:20-9:45PM               Hank & Cupcake

Aldine Jazz Stage

130PM-3:00PM          Sam Fazio Quartet

5:30PM-7:30PM         Feathered Beaus

NORTHALSTED MARKETDAYS 2018/Sunday, Aug 12th

Addison North Stage

1:00PM-2:00PM         DJ

2:00PM-2:45PM         Betty Who

3:30PM-4:30PM         Sushi Roll

4:45PM-6:15PM         DJ

6:15PM-7:00PM         Expose

7:00PM-9:00PM         DJ

9:00PM-9:55PM         MAX

Roscoe Stage

1:00PM-1:45PM         Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

2:15PM-3:45PM         Boy Band

4:15PM-5:00PM         Kristine W

5:15PM-7:15PM         Rod Tuffcurls

7:45PM-9:45PM         16 Candles

Aldine Jazz Stage

1:30PM-3:00PM         BMR4

3:30PM-5:00PM         Joe Policastro Trio

5:30PM-7:30PM         The Flat Cats

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Saturday Night Live Exhibit in Chicago


No matter what age you are, you’ve no doubt watched SNL for years!

Now relive 40 years of the show in a way you never imagined. At Saturday Night Live: The Experience at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, you can become immersed in the show’s fast-paced creative processes and see how ideas become reality in just days. Interact with sets, original props and costumes. Take selfies on the Jeopardy set, rock out on the Wayne’s World couch, and deliver the “news” from behind the Weekend Update desk.

 

Now in its 43rd season, most folks can’t remember an adulthood without Saturday Night Live. What’s more, the majority of Americans grew up on (or are growing up on) the late-night sketch show; it’s played, to varying degrees, a role in most viewers’ understanding of our political and cultural surroundings. SNL: The Experience” was crafted for those fans, for the people who revere the comedy goliath’s space in American culture and in their personal lives, too.

 

Get a sneak peak HERE

Get a look behind the scenes!

People are calling it “amazing!” and “A must-see!”

SNL – The Experience!

 

 

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Free Hiv Test June 27th

Greater Than AIDS has partnered with Walgreens and the Howard Brown Health Clinic to provide free, confidential HIV testing at the Boystown Walgreens (Broadway & Waveland)  Wednesday, June 27th, from 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Members from the clinic will be on site at Walgreens in private rooms administering tests, providing results, answering questions, and providing counseling on prevention, early treatment, and PrEP – no appointment needed.

National HIV Testing Day will provide free HIV tests in 180 cities this year, including 22 Walgreens locations in Chicago.

 

Greater Than AIDS is a leading public information response to the U.S. domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic with a focus on areas and people most affected.

Emphasizing hope, unity and personal empowerment, Greater Than AIDS is about what is possible when we come together. Whether HIV negative or positive, we all have a role to play in ending HIV/AIDS.

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PRIDE DAY at El Mariachi and Revolucion!

EL MARIACHI has been a supporter  of  the LGBTQ  community  since  forever!

“Established in 1996, a father and his 2 sons opened a small 10-table restaurant in the East Lakeview community and gradually grew over the years by following a strict policy of only serving top quality, authentic dishes and the best margaritas in town.”

Celebrate all weekend  at one of their 2  great restaurants!

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
Phone: 773.549.2932   /   3906 N. Broadway
Website: http://www.elmariachitequilabar.com

 

 

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

Phone: 661.9893   /   3443 N. Broadway

Website: http://www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

 

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Lakeside Pride Jazzin at the Shedd June 27th

Take a sip of summer at Jazzin’ at the Shedd. Every Wednesday evening, move to the rhythms of Chicago’s top jazz musicians—and be moved by the pulsing rhythms of spotted jellies, the shimmering slow dance of false herrings and more in Shedd’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. Combine a cocktail with great music, the city skyline, fireworks and beauty worth saving—only at Shedd.

June 27 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Enjoy a rainbow of reef fishes and a night of Pride when Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensembles perform at Jazzin’ at the Shedd! Grab your Shedd Aquarium tickets now: https://www.sheddaquarium.org/jazzin/

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Andersonville Midsommarfest June 8-9-10

JUNE 8 FROM 5-10PM | JUNE 9 & 10 FROM 11AM-10PM

Midsommarfest is the annual street festival along Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell their wares to passersby, local shops and restaurants welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, DJs, and longtime favorite bands keep the party going.

We ask a $10 donation at the gates (kids under 12 and seniors are free) that supports all of the innovative programming, events, and services that keep our community vibrant. Learn more about why gate donations are important.

This year, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to offer advance VIP tickets to the event. The VIP platform viewing will take place at North Stage near Catalpa. VIP wristbands are available in a few different formats: $50 all-access weekend pass for all three days, or single day wristbands for $25 each. The VIP area runs along the Walgreens side of Clark near North Stage and will have elevated viewing, barstools, highboys, a private bar, a private bathroom and discounted beer. The gate donation is in included in the ticket price and VIP ticket buyers will also receive a free beer koozie, which will come in handy because Midsommarfest is going all cans this year. Early wristband pickup will be available at Andersonville Brewing, Jerry’s, Hamburger Mary’s and Replay starting on Friday, June 1. Wristbands will also be available for purchase as forthcoming retail locations.   GET TICKETS!

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Chicago Pride Fest 2018 Line Up!

Chicago Pride Fest brings big summer fun to the heart of Boystown on June 16-17. The annual festival, hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance, celebrates pride, diversity and community in Chicago’s famed LGBTQ neighborhood.

Three stages deliver non-stop entertainment options with drag queens, DJs and iconic divas. Featuring Belinda Carlisle, Mya and more, Pride Fest is packed with both national and local acts. More festival fun is found among the 100 plus food, drink and shopping vendors lining the street, offering an eclectic array of options.

No Pride Fest is complete without the annual VIP Pet Care Pet Pride Parade, which brings pets and their people together for a Sunday strut down Halsted.

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Chad Honeycutt explains what makes Pride Fest stand out in a crowded summer festival season. “No neighborhood puts on a better party than Boystown. But more importantly, Pride Fest fosters an atmosphere of celebration, appreciation and hope that is special to this event.”

For more information on Chicago Pride Fest, please visit www.pridefestchicago.com

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)

Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 100 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade and Frost Fest. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

Chicago Pride Fest (June 16-17)

11 am – 10 pm

North Halsted from Addison to Grace

$10 Suggested Donation

Saturday, June 16

North Stage

1:00PM Drag Show
2:30PM La Bouche
3:15PM Carlito Olivero
4:00PM Drag Show
6:00PM Frenchie Davis
7:00PM Drag Show
8:15PM Kim English
9:00PM Jessica Sanchez
South Stage

12:00PM

Gay Men’s Chorus
1:15PM Hello Weekend
3:00PM Don’t Speak
4:45PM Cat Fight
6:45PM TL Williams & Band
8:30PM The Four C’s

 

 

    Sunday, June 17

North Stage

12:30PM VIP Pet Care Pet Pride Parade Kick-Off
2:30PM Belinda Carlisle
3:15PM Blake Lewis
4:00PM Drag Show
6:00PM Thea Austin
6:45PM Drag Show
8:00PM Brian Justin Crumb
9:00PM Mya
South Stage  
12:30PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
1:00PM VIP Pet Care Pet Pride Parade Finish
1:30PM One Night Band
3:30PM Abba Salute
5:15PM Boy Band Review

7:45PM            16 Candles

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Best Cinco De Mayo in Chicago

Cinco de Mayo is a cultural phenomenon in the United States. It’s a time to celebrate Mexican culture and, for some, an opportunity to drink a lot of margaritas and cerveza.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day.Mexican independence is celebrated Sept.16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates theMexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

The 2  BEST places  to celebrate  are in Lakeview!

Revolucion  Steak House  &  El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Restaurant!

SATURDAY  AND  SUNDAY!  2 days, 2 ways to celebrate! Brunch and Dinner!

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Undocumented and QUEER April 24th

Join us as we showcase the struggles and activism of undocumented queer people in this age of uncertainty. Delve into the history of the fight for immigrant rights in Chicago’s LGBTQ community. Take a closer look at the gripping stories, legal avenues, and layered past of undocumented queer persons in this lively panel discussion with immigration and queer activist Egle Malinauskaite, organizer and scholar Tania Unzueta Carrasco ofMijente, Antonio Gutierrez of Community Activism Law Alliance – CALA and LGBTQ immigration attorney Michael Jarecki.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Museum’s popular and provocative series delves into the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities. This season, join us as we explore the connections between activism of the past and today and how calls to action propel cultural disruption.

Schedule:
5:30 p.m. Reception with refreshments and appetizers
6:30 p.m. Program begins
-Introduction by Nancy Villafranca, CHM Elizabeth F. Cheney
Director of Education
-Two audio recordings from the Immigrant Youth Justice League
(IYJL)
-Panel discussion, Q&A to follow
8:00 p.m. Program concludes

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Chicago Apartment Hunting Season

Don’t waste hours hunting online for an apartment, booking appointments, finding old ads where the apartment has already been rented 🙁

Use ME, a “renter’s agent” who will work for YOU!
And there is NO COST to YOU!

At SPACES Real Estate we work with over 100 landlords and property management companies. We have over 2000 apartments listed PLUS another 2000+ high rise listings. We have access to the biggest database of apartments in the city!

Let’s find YOU a Space you LOVE!

Call Michael “LOVE” Snell
773-206-8359
Apartment Leasing Specialist / Renter’s Agent

Spaces Real Estate
3223 N Sheffield, Suite C, Chicago 60657

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Easter Food Idea’s March 31st!

If you want to prepare a special meal for Easter, Chef Chris of My Private Chef is your man. One of Bloomingdale’s favorite chefs returns to show you how to prepare a gourmet style treat.

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef will give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at theBloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue,Chicago. Culinary Kitchen on 1.

Facebook  Event  page  HERE

Follow  Chef  Tong  HERE   for  lots of news and other upcoming events!

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

My Private Chef, Inc
312.914.5225
www.myprivatechef.net

Become a Facebook Fan:  www.facebook.com/ChefChrisTong

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Chicago Magazine, “63 Ways to Pamper Yourself” – Luxury Private Chef Service
North Shore Magazine “Cooking Your Heart Out” – Luxury Private Chef for Romantic Dining

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Mentalist Joshua Kane April 7th

Can he read your mind?

Discover your inner superhero in Mentalist Joshua Kane’s amazing interactive performance. Entire audiences experience simultaneous
telepathy, and witness dazzling feats of lie detection and what must be psychic phenomena.

 

Borders of the Mind is for everyone who wishes that they had gotten a letter from Hogwarts, that what was odd and strange about themselves as teenagers would turn out to be a latent superpower, or that someone would point a  finger at them and say “You are the one!” People of all ages leap to participate in the strange happenings at the Borders of the Mind.

joshuakane.com/onstage/borders-mind-psychic-show-whole-family

“A voice that mesmerizes…”
– NY Daily News

 

Raised in an illegal boarding house and obsessed from an early age with books, magic, spoken word, fire-eating and the theatre, Joshua Kane was destined for a career on the stage, or as an international spy.

Kane is classically trained actor who has studied with Stella Adler, Bobby Lewis, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and Marcel Marceau. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Kane has toured internationally. His work as a voiceover actor can be heard every day on radio and television in spots for clients ranging from Pillsbury to the Central Intelligence Agency.

“Borders of the Mind blew me away!”

Thomas Weidemann
Clemens Center, Elmira, NY

“You had everyone in the palm of your hand from beginning to end.”

Lillian Harder
Clemson University, SC

“Borders of the Mind exceeded even my high expectations, selling out all three performances on Super Bowl weekend …; garnering enthusiastic audience response…; and attracting great press.”

Deborah Sommers
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT

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Winter Cooking Class Feb 27

SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLUES WITH CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF

AT THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET-LINCOLN PARK COOKING SCHOOL, CHICAGO

 

Are you ready for some interesting combinations of ingredients?  Are you ready for some marvelous flavors?  Then you are going to want to attend Chef Christopher Tong’s demonstration on making hearty winter soups. It’s a great way to beat the February chill.

Chef Christopher Tong, of the popular Chicago-based private dining service, My Private Chef, elevates your cooking skills by giving you step-by-step directions and shopping tips, while answering all of your questions. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

 
Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite bowls of comfort:

Roasted Cauliflower soup with Cumin

Tunisian Tomato with Chickpeas and Lentils topped with Yogurt and Fresh Mint

Tangy Greek Avgolemono Chicken soup (Egg-Lemon)

 
The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site cooking classroom 
at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, 1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago. 
It will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The cost is $15.00 per person.

 

Chef Tong’s classes are popular at Whole Foods Market so we suggest you sign up early to guarantee your place in the class. To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648 or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card or cash payment will hold your place in the class.

 

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

 

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities.

Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

 

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

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Nye Years Eve Dinner and NYD Brunch Spots

2017 NEW YEARS   EVE   3 course DINNER?

Or   2018 NEW YEARS  DAY Hangover Brunch! (10am-2pm)

The guys  at  Revolucion  and  El Mariachi, have you covered!

MAKE YOUR RESERVATION  NOW!~

Two of our favorite places we always recommend!

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IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO

IT’S MY PENIS

             AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO
Written and performed by Jamie Black

COMING  JANUARY  2018!
The Buena, Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway

 

As a trans male, Jamie Black has had experience living as both a male and a female, making him uniquely qualified to explore the issue of gender norms. His one-man show, IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO has been performed in festivals around North America, including the New Orleans Fringe Festival, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Sideshow Fringe Festival in Nashville, TN, St. Lou Fringe Festival, and in summer 2017, the Toronto Fringe Festival. Locally, IT’S MY PENIS…. Has been performed at the Filet of Solo Festival, the Rhinoceros Festival and the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Festival. His first solo show, Living Inside Myself, was produced by Bailiwick Repertory and played to audiences across the country.

In this 45-minute show, to be performed in The Buena, Pride Arts Center, from January 5 through February 11, 2018; Black plays both the male and female members of three different couples: two college students after a date, a husband and wife in serious trouble, and an elderly man facing death and, after that, his widow. It explores a moment in each couple’s life and how each one perceives that moment based upon their acceptance or rejection of gender norms.

Are gender norms necessary in a society where the lines between male and female are increasingly blurred? Some would say “Absolutely!”

IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO takes a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but always thought-provoking look at gender roles. From birth we are indoctrinated with ideas about what it means to be a man or woman and before you know it, we’ve bought into it.

Reviewing the show at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Lisa McKeown of MY ENTERTAINMENT WORLD said, “Black’s natural charm and talent shine through and he so easily connects with the audience that I found myself in tears by the end of the show.” Ilana Lucas of MOONEY ON THEATRE said, “it’s a sweet, earnest show about gender roles, far more Lesley Gore than Lady Gaga in tone… Black’s is a good voice to hear, with a strong message to listen to.”

Jamie Black has been an actor in Chicago for over 19 years. He has performed with many theatre companies including Factory Theatre, Noble Fool Theatre and National Theatre for Children. His first solo show was produced by Bailiwick Repertory and played to audiences across the country. Jamie premiered his current solo show IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO at MPAACT’s Solo Jams Spring series. He won National Artist of the Year at the 2016 St. Lou Fringe Festival. He made his International debut at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival and received an Independent Artist Grant from the city of City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Jamie is a founding member of Soul Fools, an African American sketch comedy group. His television credits include The Chelsea Handler Show, Conspiracy: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Boss.

IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO will be performed

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 5 pm in The Buena, Pride Arts Center at 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets are priced at $25 ($15 preview Friday, January 5) and will be available soon at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or 1 800 737 0984.

Are gender norms necessary in a society where the lines between male and female are increasingly blurred? Some would say “Absolutely!” IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO takes a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but always thought-provoking look at gender roles. From birth we are indoctrinated with ideas about what it means to be a man or woman and before you know it, we’ve bought into it. This show explores a moment in three couples’ lives and how each one perceives that moment based upon their acceptance or rejection of gender norms.

 

 

ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS

Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.” The company acquired its two performance spaces at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in July 2016, renaming the spaces the Pride Arts Center.

Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation and Alphawood Foundation.

PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and The League of Chicago Theatres.

ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER

Pride Arts Center (PAC), operated by Pride Films and Plays, opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, Underscore Music Theater, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course Pride Films and Plays.

For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit www.prideartscenter.com, or www.pridefilmsandplays.com.

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Artist Garek Chicago Show December 1st

GAREK is a New York based singer-songwriter-artist. Born and raised in Wisconsin, he made the transition to New York in 2010. Fusing Industrial Rock (a la Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and Garbage) with haunting melodies and explosive choruses, GAREK creates a distinct sonic landscape. This Electro-Industrial hybrid, coupled with his artfully degenerate style, make him a force to be watched.

GAREK’s first single “Save The Queen” had tastemakers around the globe buzzing. London’s EQ Music has hailed him as “a deity of Industrial-Electro mastery” while Australia’s DNA Magazine says, “He’s ready to rule the world!” MTV’s LOGO (NewNowNext) says, “for all [his] influences, there’s something distinctive about what Garek is doing.”

In  2014, GAREK proved his influence extends beyond music as he made his UK runway debut for the Champagne-inspired jeweler ‘Wearing Memories’ at London Fashion Week. Guests of the sold-out show were treated to a spectacle blending GAREK’s Industrial stylings with ‘Wearing Memories’ classic appeal. Models strutted down the catwalk in black morph suits to GAREK’s “Save The Queen” before GAREK himself closed the show.

Now NYC-based artist, GAREK, brings his own brand of unique darkness to Chicago in his first public opening.

The exhibit opens Friday December 1st at 5 p.m. at Gallery Victor Armendariz. The show will feature artists from The Studio, a section of the gallery dedicated to accessibly priced art of exceptional beauty.

GAREK is a self-taught artist, who got his first break at Tazza Gallery NYC, in the Chelsea Gallery District. After showing the owner of Tazza examples of his work, he was signed on the spot to representation.

GAREK is known for his distinct charcoal works, focusing primarily on figurative subjects. His works hang in private collections in L.A., NYC, and London. Chris Gehringer, Madonna’s primary mix engineer, has 2 of his pieces hanging in his studio.

“Garek’s art cannot be ignored. 

His subjects are presented in a way that seems completely natural, not the product of design, as if their presence were something familiar, known and buried down deep in our subconscious. 

His skill is undoubted. This very young and multitalented artist is obviously going places; and it is great to see part of this journey through his art.”

                   -Denis Arguedas (Tazza Gallery

For more of GAREK’s art visit www.garek.tv/art or visit his Instagram @garek_art

Gallery Victor Armendariz

300 West Superior

Chicago, IL 60654

5-8 p.m. Friday, December 1st, 2017

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Snow is Coming! Getaway to Palm Springs!

Why shovel snow when you can escape the winter chill to our hot tub & 87 degree salt water pool.
 
$99     WINTER SPECIAL
December 1, 2017– January 31, 2017
excluding holiday weekends

Superior rooms (non-pool view) start at $99 during the week (Sunday – Thursday) and weekends discounted

(Friday and Saturday).  All other room types discounted accordingly.

Palm Springs is welcoming visitors to its new dynamic downtown with  new fashionable restaurants, new chick shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues as well as welcoming public spaces for gathering, celebrating and relaxing. With  warm days and balmy nights, this complements the ambiance that is positively seductive. With 360 days of sun-kissed weather and drop-dead gorgeous scenery, it’s no wonder Palm Springs is like no place else and a comeback as Hollywood’s playground with a growing nightlife, burgeoning art scene and edgy vibe.

Palm Springs, California lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Located approximately 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, it’s an easy two hour drive. The permanent year-round population is about 45,000, and doubles during the winter season.

Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain. Winter temperatures average in the 70’s with nights in the mid-40’s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100’s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers from around the globe.

Doesn’t this look better  than piles  of  snow…..

 
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We offer a 12 man jacuzzi and heated/chilled saltwater pool, both open 24 hours a day.

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