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ISSUE 13.11


Night time is the right time, especially when you’re young, single and full of energy. There are plenty of folks to testify to that along Halsted. However, there are also plenty of people in our community looking for something a little different from what the clubs on the strip have to offer. That’s what’s great about living in a city the size of Chicago. I like to compare Halsted to an upscale shopping mall. You’ve got your big anchor places, just like a mall. Instead of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks, you have Sidetrack and Roscoe’s and Spin. Then you’ve got your specialty shops, Hydrate, Buck’s, Cell Block, Circuit, Charlie’s, Cocktail, etc. all filling the needs of their niche market. There are the little boutique type bars, Minibar Scarlet, Bobby Love’s and then the places where you can get your everyday items, Little Jim’s, Lucky Horseshoe, North End. Each business offers something unique to draw in customers. And, just as stores in a mall offer incentives and special events, bars and clubs turn to party promoters and personalities to get a little buzz going. This issue we take a look at a few of the celebutants that keep the club scene so interesting, whether along the Halsted Strip or in other, less gay-centric, but still gay welcoming neighborhoods. Yes, there is life beyond Halsted, quite a bit in fact. And to mix my metaphors, the party promoters are the ringleaders of the big gay circus. We also introduce you toa few of the friendly faces that you’re apt to find “behind the bar” at some of the bars and clubs around Chicago. Meanwhile we also see what’s going on in the food court that is Chicago’s dining scene, Gregg Shapiro gives us the lowdown on summer movies, Harry Taint all the dish on what’s going on around town and Ace Magyar dishes out good advice-and the issues he tackles this week are pretty out there!




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Matthew Harvat started his career as a

producer and gave birth to his alter ego Circuit Mom as a birthday favor in 1998 for a friend. The past dozen or so years have been a journey of performing for various local and national events that focus on raising awareness and much needed funds for the GLBT community. Circuit Mom Productions(CMP) has adopted the motto of “Better Parties Through Positive Energy” That positive energy has paid off. Circuit Mom’s calendar reads like a “Who’s Who” of top level events nationwide. Among just a few of the events Harvat’s company has worked with are New York City’s Heritage of Pride celebration, Toronto’s “Fashion Cares” a MAC Cosmetics HIV/ AIDS event, Montreal’s Black and Blue Festival, Hotlanta, and the world famous “Wigstock”. Over the years Circuit Mom has shared the stage with countless international artists such as; Taylor Dayne, Reina, Suzanne Palmer, the cast of “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”, Missy Elliot, Jody Watley and Jennifer Holliday, among many others. His style has been described as a fusion of Broadway sensibility with dance floor energy. As he explains, “We try to take a particular song and make it our own by presenting it in a way that the audience would not expect. Hopefully, every time people hear that song from that point on, they think of us!”

for its gay pride special by following Matt from makeup chair to club hopping. Diversity in events keeps CMP’s evolution on point. International Mister Leather has utilized CMP for ten years running and Chicago’s Gay Pride parade features award-winning floats produced by CMP. He has surrounded himself with a talented group of men and women who share Matthew’s love of entertaining and desire to give back the best way they know how-through their talent. The Circuit Mom “family” consists of Todd Michael Kiech serves as artistic director/casting director and choreographer . Mark Baker, former producer of “Gay Days-Orlando” was a driving force behind Circuit MOM’s international success. Paolo Pincente of Crobar and Roger Evans (aka Circuit DAD) both help to keep Mom in the forefront of club and event culture. Harvat is the first to give credit where credit is due, “It has never been one person. It’s a family. Circuit Mom is the result of an endless number of extremely talented people who generously juggle jobs and schedules so they may perform. They are a special group who tirelessly give their time and talent to each cause.”

Bob Yeaworth is the man behind the uber s­ uccessful Clubhouse Productions, which has catered to the social wants and needs of the In Chicago, Circuit MOM has held concert/dance city’s gay and lesbian people of color. He’s been a mainstay on the Chicago nightclubbing scene events every August during “Market Days” that benefited various local GLBT organizations, plus for close to two decades and involved with historical venues such as Deeks, Clubhouse, and numerous other performances and personal Pangea. Currently, Bob and Clubhouse keep events, including “Who’s That Girl”, The Art Institute’s “Red, Hot and Blue Ball”, and Chicago’s busy with three recurring events: the monthly “Urbano” party at Circuit Night Club; the weekly very own Steppenwolf Theater. In its first year, “House of Tut with Mz. Ruff ‘N Stuff,” also at the Circuit MOM’s concert at Park West set an new weekly “Penthouse Sundays” at Club 720. attendance and sales record The Chicago Sun Times featured Circuit MOM on Ricky Sinz wears many professional hats. Along with promoting and dancing, he is a the cover of its Mother’s Day Sunday magazine legendary Chicago mixmaster and house supplement in 2002, Chicago’s “Metromix” producer, who is back on the scene after several entertainment show focused on Circuit MOM years of military service. He is notorious for  boi

rocking out afterhours parties around the world with slamming beats, filthy lyrics, wild stage performances, and high intensity. Avoiding the mainstream scene, Ricky has always produced and mixed songs that have a unique sound; whether soulful and jazzy or all out hardcore Chicago house. When Ricky’s not producing tracks he can be found banging the wheels of steel at Medusa’s nightclub and other venues, and promoting his new “Our House” night at Evil Olive, and several other major venues in Chicago and around the globe.

Scott Cramer is one of Chicago’s best known club promoters, with Outdanced and Stardust at Berlin. His parties, largely catered to the “alternative” side of the queer community, have received press in Spin Magazine, Time Out and He has worked with MIA, Peaches and Sammy Jo (of Scissor Sisters fame).

survive! I was and am truly blessed. After 20+ years of working in clubs, I’ve managed to kick my way through all the clouds and madness. I’m semi-retired and proud to be clean and sober for three years.” Currently Byrd can be found working his magic at Boom Boom Room.

Cyon Flare, known to his family as Robert

Mitchell, evolved through his love of costumes and old movies. His look and attitude is equal parts Las Vegas showgirl and Josephine Baker with a bit of Liberace’s creative use of glitter and feathers thrown in for good measure. He claims that he was born in “cha-cha heels”. At the age of five, he would strut all over the house in his mom’s shoes, doing “runway” long before it was popular.

After he started going to the clubs, first in Ann Arbor, then Chicago, Robert wanted to see something more colorful, so he started making Scott started as an intern at the Abbey, working his own costumes by hand. Circuit owner Mike a couple hours a week putting up posters Macharello gave Robert a chance to showcase before being promoted to the Abbey’s publicist. his talent in Chicago. When he decided to take He soon branched out into nightclubs to do his performance to the next level, he realized independent events. Stardust came about as that he needed to create a marketable name Berlin approached him looking for something that would represent him as a performer, new. a name that could express energy while maintaining both masculinity and femininity. His philosophy on event planning is pretty straightforward, “I’m just trying to provide my DJ TimmyD, suggested that Cyon host one of friends a place to meet the kind of gays they the events at the Billboard Dance Conference. wanna kick it with. It’s hard to find them in the Georgie Peorgie performed the final song of other bars in Boystown.” the evening, and while doing so, he passed the mic to Cyon and said, “Sing my chorus.” Byrd Bardot, one of the original “club kids”, Impressed with Cyon’s voice, he collaborated started going to clubs when he was underage on Cyon’s first dance single “Everybody, (in the days before picture ID.) He was, as he Everybody”, released March 2008 at the Winter describes it, “The ultimate door-whore diva. All Music Conference in Miami. It became Cyon’s I had was my name, a pair of sunglasses and a first Billboard hit charting at #31. His goal as an pair of boots encasing killer legs.” entertainer is to use his gifts to reach all people young and old all over the world, and to remind He was also one of the editors of the magazine them that music is a healing balm that can Project X and over the years worked with some lift the spirit. Currently Cyon can be found at of the top names in fashion, photography and Hydrate. graphic design. Suddenly in the late ‘80s, his life began to unravel. Like many of his generation Of course there are many more Kings of the he lost many friends to AIDS and drugs and Clubs that we didn’t get a chance to mention battled adictions himself. here due to space constraints. Chicago is a big town, and the few we mentioned only scratches Once again Byrd re-created himself. As he puts the surface. Stay tuned for more featured it, “I had to learn how to evolve in order to articles on the subject. boi 

Name: Michael Boles

Bar/Club where employed: @mosphere Position: Bartender Stats: Happily in a committed relationship. Favorite Drink: Anything that is free Favorite Activity/Event at the Bar: Hot Mess Thursday Interests/Hobbies: Taking care of my dog, going to the beach, tending to my plants... I’m a very simple guy.

Name: Kyle Hadley

Bar/Club where employed: Tapas Gitana Position: Bartender/Server Stats: 25, Single, Virgo Favorite Drink: Summer Fling Martini made with Effen Cucumber and honeydew melon puree Favorite Activity Event at the Bar: Toss up between Thursday nights on the patio with Hector, our live flamenco guitarist, and $5 Martini Wednesdays. Interests/Hobbies: Running, tennis, volunteer work, live music and all the madness that comes with living and working in the Gayborhood.

Name: Cody Domino

Bar/Club where employed: @tmosphere Position: Bartender Stats: 28, 5’10” 170lbs, brown hair and eyes  Favorite Drink: Stoli raspberry and 7-Up Favorite Activity/Event at the Bar: Wednesday’s Ultimate guys night out.  Interests/Hobbies: DJing. 10 boi

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Gay Chicago, City’s Longest Running GLBT Publication Celebrates 35 Years by Chuck Colbert

To mark the milestone, Gay Chicago made some changes. Now printed in a tabloid format, the publication has also dropped the word “magazine” from its title. Formerly known primarily for its focus on entertainment and nightlife, it now has a local hard news and editorial emphasis. A number of news writers from Chicago Free Press were brought on board in the wake of the that paper’s demise last year. They are Matt Simonette, Amy Wooten, and Gary Barlow, who serves as editor in chief. Focusing on pop culture, Gregg Shapiro is the entertainment editor. Publisher Craig Gernhardt said those additions required a format change. “It was a disservice to the recently brought-aboard news writers to have the publication wrapped up in a magazine format,” he explains. “When we covered a story before, it would never get picked up by the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Huffington Post, or TV and radio stations, now these mainstream outlets are using our reports for sources. It showed me that we’re doing something the public is not getting; hyper local LGBT news in our community.” Craig’s late father, Ralph Paul Gernhardt, founded Gay Chicago Magazine in 1976. Over the years, Gay Chicago developed along with the community, altering its format and style. In 1991, Gay Chicago Magazine was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame as its first

inductee. Ralph Paul Gernhardt was inducted in 2004. Two years later, he died of lung cancer, leaving the publication to his son. “I promised my father that I would continue his legacy, one way or another,” Craig said. Craig changed the corporation from a “for-profit to a not-for-profit, under the advice of our accountant with the news format change, thus forming the Gay Chicago Foundation,” he said. The publication’s website also provides up-to-the-minute updates through its Now in Gay Chicago web page at Despite the strength of the publication’s web presence, Gernhardt remains a hard-copy believer. “I do believe print is still viable,” he said. “There are still people out there who want to read newspapers. I see them picking up Gay Chicago no sooner than we put copies in the [distribution] boxes.” boi 13

One of my favorite parts of the summer returned as “Dining On The Rooftop” kicked off at the Center on Halsted. You’ve missed the first week, which was all about an abodanza feast led by celebrity chef Dan Smith of The Hearty Boys and sixteen burgeoning chefs enrolled in the Center’s Silver Fork Culinary Arts Program. Prepared a fantastic four-course al fresco dining experience.

19 featuring samplings from microbrewer Bell’s Brewery. Cost $25 per person and reservations are required, call 773.465.9801.

Gene & Georgetti has been a Chicago

legend for 70 years, and now marks its anniversary with three nights of throwback dinners on July 14-16. The 1940’s-themed celebration will feature special 4-course prix-fix menus, cocktails, entertainment, décor, glamour and prices straight out of You might be able to get a spot in the next its opening year. That’s right, 1940’s prices in 2011, as the menu (which includes two dining experience focusing on French cocktails) costs $15.25 per person (tax and Bistro fare on July 20. The kids try make gratuity not included). The prix-fix menu Julie and Julia blush as they master the art of French cooking. Traditional and modern is available each day from 11am to 11pm, techniques will be employed to achieve the entertainment begins nightly at 6pm refined flavors of several regions of France. Reservations are required 312.527.3718. Consider bringing a glass of Chardonnay Frontier, in West Town, unveils its new or Sauvignon Blanc to balance the French summer drink menu available on the flavors, or sneak across the French border newly opened 2,500 square-foot outdoor by pairing with a tasty Belgian beer. beer garden which includes seating for 100 guests, a fireplace, and a new menu of The Silver Fork Program at Center creative cocktails and libations to share are on Halsted is a twelve-week vocational training program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, perfect for cooling down this summer. transgender, and allied young adults and adults (ages 18+), especially those who are Mercadito has added new late night specials available after 9 p.m. Taco Tuesdays unemployed or underemployed. feature 11 different varieties (pescado, veracruzana, hongos, rajas, chorizo, pastor, The Center on Halsted also provides case camarón, carne, estilo baja, carnitas, management services to participants to link them to needed resources, and support and pollo) for $2.75 per taco (minimum them through the training, job search, and order of 2; in restaurant only). Agave is celebrated on Wednesdays with a guided employment process. Tickets are $25, and complimentary tasting of some of the 100+ reservations can be made online at www. varietals of tequilas on the menu. Experts The rooftop will be say that tequila offers more than 600 open for seating at 6pm, and dinner will different flavors and aromas, the tequila begin promptly at 6:30pm. varieties being sampled will change every week so guests can come back again and Uncommon Ground in Edgewater will again for late night noshes and a ‘spirited’ host a three-course sausage and beer education. small plate tasting dinner Tuesday, July 14 boi

AMERICAN___________ Ann Sather 929 W. Belmont | 773.348.2378; 3416 N Southport | 773.404.4475; 5207 N Clark | 773.271.6627; 3411 N Broadway | 773.305.0024 These bustling hot spots, serving traditional Swedish pancake house fare, are best known for hearty daytime offerings and their delish cinnamon rolls. Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted | 773.935.6696 This world famous vegetarian restaurant offers vegan and organic offerings using the protein-based meat substitute seitan. Organic beers, wine, and spirits are also available. Cocktail 3359 N. Halsted | 773.477.1420 The kitchen at this popular bar serves up better and fancier food than it needs to. The menu ranges from gourmet salads and sandwiches to comfort food and fabulous brunch dishes. During the summer the outdoor dining space is lush and verdant. Crew 4804 N. Broadway | 773.784.2739 More than just a sports bar, the menu includes a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and comfort food. Deluxe Diner 6349 N. Clark | 773.743.8244 Conveniently located near Rogers Park’s gay triangle, the diner’s “open 24 hours on weekends” status is perfect after a night of dancing and partying. Featured menu items include breakfast skillets that are served anytime. F. O’Mahony’s, 3701 N. Broadway | 773.549-0097 An Irish-named pub and grill, but mostly it’s a neighborhood hangout where you can order food to go along with your beer (or cosmo). While not prticularly exotic, the menu features such faves as hot wings, sliders and pizza served till the wee hours. Sundays $20 mimosa brunch is popular, get there early, this place fills up fast. Golden Nugget Family Restaurants 2720 N. Clark | 773.929.0724, 2406 W. Diversey | 773.252.8903, 1765 W. Lawrence | 773.769.6700. These places are a great place for after bar dining as they are all open 24-7, and all have free parking. The large menu is sure to please. Everything is housemade, known for fluffy buttermilk pancakes, but dinners are hearty as well. Halsted’s Bar & Grill 3441 N. Halsted | 773.348.9696 This Boystown eatery serves up a wide array of tasty appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and popular comfort food items at very reasonable prices in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Beers on tap are aplenty and the weekend brunch draws an attractive crowd.

Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark | 773.784.6969 “Eat, Drink and be... MARY” at this fun and popular Andersonville restaurant which features a wide array of burgers and sandwiches, along with an interesting selection of tasty appetizers. Wash it all down with one of Mary’s home-brewed ales. Horizon Café 3805 N. Broadway | 773.883.1565 This long-time popular Lakeview family restaurant serves up big portions of creative homestyle dishes as well as healthy fare (broth-based soups and whole wheat tortilla wraps) and at affordable prices. Breakfast served all day long. Delivery available. IHOP 3760 N. Halsted | 773.296.0048 More than a pancake house, this 24-hour Boystown institution serves up affordably priced appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees that are sure to satisfy varying after-bar wants and needs. Kit Kat Lounge 3700 N. Halsted | 773.525.1111 Providing the best of diva entertainment along with a full dinner menu, they offer ½-price cocktails and Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree on Wednesdays.. On Monday nights get 50% off your entire bill. M. Henry 5707 N. Clark | 773.561.1600 This popular Andersonville outpost serves breakfast and lunch daily and features creative fare such as pancakes with warm blackberries and vanilla mascarpone cream. Additionally there are many vegetarian dishes. Minibar Café 3341 N. Halsted Serves gourmet bruschetta, cheeses, panini, and entrees as well as a wide selection of wines (and cocktails) by the glass. Nookies Tree 3334 N. Halsted | 773.248.9888 A regular haunt for the locals of Boystown and popular with hangover recoverers, the diner serves made-toorder omelets, pancakes, waffles and other brunch fare all day. And it’s open 24 hours on weekends. Melrose Restaurant 3233 N Broadway | 773.327.2060 This Lakeview institution has been catering to the after-bar crowds for decades, serving breakfast anytime along with typical diner fare. Open 24 hours Stella’s Diner 3042 N. Broadway | 773.472,9040 Friendly staff serve up delicious diner fare, such as; fresh salads, a large selection of wraps, sandwiches, hearty entrees, pastas, and homemade deserts Tweet 5020 N. Sheridan | 773.728.5576 An Uptown fave, serving breakfast and lunch only, uses organic ingredients when possible to create brunch items such as buckwheat pancakes, Danish beignets, Belgian waffles, and an impressive assortment of breakfast burritos and egg Benedict dishes. boi 17

Wilde Bar & Restaurant 3130 N. Broadway | 773.244.0404 This cozy upscale Irish pub offers a laid back and warm atmosphere and a wide ranging menu that is sure to please. Expect updated versions of pub favorites such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf, fish & chips, burgers and salads. ASIAN__________________ Jitlada Thai House 3715 N. Halsted | 773.388.9988 This quaint family-owned eatery features Asian favorites such as pad Thai, pineapple fried rice, crab rangoon, pot stickers, tempura and nine spice curry items. Delivery available. Pingpong 3322 N. Broadway | 773.281.7575 This popular Lakeview restaurant features high-quality Pan-Asian cuisine in a hip and modern atmosphere as well as top-notch people-watching both those in and walking by the restaurant. Delivery available. Young’s Chinese Restaurant 3949 N. Ashland | 773.248.7998 This well-regarded outpost has earned a stellar reputation for great tasting food and delivery so quick you’ll swear there must be a wok in the car. ITALIAN_________________ Anna Maria Pasteria 4400 N. Clark | 773.506.2662 Owned by sisters who hail from the Basilicata region of southern Italy, this neighborhood gem creates homemade modern and traditional Italian dishes that are authentic, delicious & inexpensive. Angelina Ristorante 3561 N. Broadway | 773.935.5933 Hosting the coolest and hippest Sunday brunch crowd in Lakeview, the menu includes Eggs Benedict, fritattas, Croque Monsieur and mufaletta sandwiches, almond-crusted stuffed French toast, and the free flow of Champagne mimosas. Brunch here is loud, raucous and FUN! Great for dinner, as well. Panino’s Pizzeria 3702 N. Broadway | 773.472.6200 Panino’s has established itself as a Boystown favorite with its varied menu selections, including gyros and burgers, pasta entrees, and of course pizza. Delivery available. MEDITERRANEAN____ Andies 1467 W. Montrose | 773.348.0654; 5253 N Clark | 773.784.8616 Specializing in Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine, specialties of the house 18 boi

include steak kabobs, gyros, and poultry dishes such as Greek Chicken and Lebanese Style Chicken Kefta Kabob. And as befits the cuisine, desserts include a very tasty baklava. The Sunday buffet brunch is extravagant and reasonably priced. Sayat Nova 157 E. Ohio | 312.644.9159. Classic Mediterranean-American fare served in comfortable surroundings Every Thursday night things get extra gay for the “Boystown in Downtown” party. MEXICAN/LATIN__________ Cesar’s 2924 N. Broadway | 773.296.9097; 3166 N Clark | 773.248.2835 This family-owned operation offers an enticing menu full of delicious Mexican recipes, popular house specialties, irresistible desserts, and their signature “Killer Margaritas.” El Nuevo Mexicano 2914 N. Clark | 773.528.2131 Cozy dining room along with authentic Mexican cuisine makes this a great place for delicious dining. Open for lunch & dinner, great patio for summer outdoor dining. Delivery available too! El Tepache 3616 W. 26th Street | 773.521.4444 This South side Mexican restaurant is worth the trip! Delicious Mexican food with their own flair of family recipes. Dine in, carry out and even parking in the rear. Estrella Negra 3352 N. Halsted | 773.227.5993 If Ed Hardy had a taco joint, this might be it for flair. A skull-licious themed dining experience. Sure, you can get tacos, empanadas and burritos, but they are all of the gormet caliber. Owner Oto is the Chef and puts his own creative twist on everything. It’s BYOB. Fiesta Mexicana 2423 N. Lincoln Ave & 4806 N. Broadway | 773.348.4144 & 773.769.4244 Traditional favorites along with great ambiance. Nice place to bring your family, friends or bring a date to. The Lincoln location has daily specials & live music. Mayan Palace 2703 N. Halsted | 773.935.4200 Known to be one of the very best Mexican restaurants in the city, the focus is on using fresh, high-quality ingredients for its “south of the border” cuisine. Portions are generous and the cool Margaritas dubbed “The World’s Best!” Is your target market is in our distribution area?? ADVERTISE YOUR RESTAURANT IN BOI MAGAZINE Call 773.975.0264 or email us at

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My name is Elan (in Native American the name Elan means friendly), I’m 22 and was born and raised on an Indian reservation in northern Wisconsin (parts of the Johnny Depp movie “Public Enemy” was filmed nearby). I went to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on an athletic scholarship to study urban planning, and to compete in inter-collegiate track, cross-country and gymnastics. From there I packed my bags for Chicago. At a very young age I was put in classes and training for gymnastics, diving, piano, and voice. I ended up competing at a state level in gymnastics and became involved in many musical and theatrical productions. I enjoy anything athletic that challenges my physical ability, and I’malways pushing myself to get good at as many activities as I could. The fact that my interests are all phyical is no accident. My college studies, and now my job in an architectural firm, are pretty sedentary, so Iike to work up a sweat in my off hours. If I had to pick a dream job, it would be as a successful actor/singer. I’m a fairly decent actor, but my singing needs work. That’s why I take voice lessons twice a week. When I feel I am good enough, I plan to try out for Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, just for fun. Maybe I’ll even meet someone.... with a good voice of course. It wasn’t until I moved to Chicago that I started getting into modeling. I had a small part (by that I mean I had a minor role-don’t go spreading around that I said I have a small part. LOL) as a guy

from the audience asked if he could do some hedshots for me for free, as he was just starting out. When I asked if he would do a couple shot so that I could apply to be a Cover BOI, he not only took the shots, but sent them to the BOI office for me! I’m happy to be a Cover BOI. Chicago is a great town and I’ve made a lot of friends since I’ve moved here. When I was asked what advice would I give the BOI readers, I would say that I find that a lot of people staying home spending most of their time with their face in the computer on Facebook or Twitter. Social networking is nice, but don’t be a slave to it! When you do meet someone face to face, put your smartphone away,. It’s a real turn off when someone is more interested in checking their text messages than in getting to know you. boi 21

By Gregg Shapiro

“Beginners”, the official “gay” movie of summer 2011, written and directed by Mike Mills has a way of staying with you long after it has faded from the screen. “Beginners” takes a non-traditional approach to telling a non-traditional story and succeeds on every level. Oliver (Ewan McGregor), an artist with his own relationship issues, has come to terms with his father Hal’s coming out in his 70s when he learns that Hal is dying of cancer. Around the same time Oliver meets actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent), who could either be the best possible thing for him or the worst. It’s well worth watching Oliver, Hal and Anna make their way through the challenging landscape. “Midnight In Paris”, while not as nearperfect as Woody Allen’s previous work, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” still finds a way to meld many of the elements for a completely delightful, humorous, picturesque and entertaining movie experience. “Hollywood hack” Gil (Owen Wilson) and his chilly fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) are in Paris with her stuffy, Republican parents. Things take an unexpected turn when Gil finds himself lost at the stroke of midnight as the modern cars on the street are replaced by vintage models. Gil climbs into a classic Peugeot and is transported to a party at Jean Cocteau’s where he meets Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and later finds himself talking to Ernest Hemingway, who offers to show Gil’s manuscript to Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates). The next night, Gil recreates his experience, whisked off to Gertrude and Alice’s where he meets Picasso and so “Midnight In Paris” goes, back and forth in time, from the present to the 1920s, making for a neat and sweet little package. 22 boi

“Super 8” Combines influences ranging from Stephen King’s “Stand By Me” to Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to Abrams own “Cloverfield” . Beginning on a somber note, at the funeral of young Joe’s mother, who was killed in a factory mishap, “Super 8” doesn’t linger long on the down side. Joe’s best buddy Charles is a budding filmmaker and with his Super 8 camera in hand, goes forward with his plans to make a zombie movie in the kids’ Ohio hometown in the late 1970s. They meet up with his friends to begin filming Charles’ movie, well past his bedtime. But just as they are in the middle of a shot they witness their science teacher drive his pick-up truck onto the train tracks and intentionally derail a freight train. Pretty soon the military has arrived at the crash site and then strange things begin to happen as the military tries to keep the crash a secret. That is until this bunch of kids uncovers the truth. Fun, fast-paced, loud and surprisingly touching, “Super 8” is just that, super. “The Green Lantern” The most science fictiony of the recent spate of comic book movie adaptations, “The Green Lantern” tells the tale of how hotshot pilot Hal (Ryan Reynolds) came to become one of the harnessers of emerald energy, a member of the Green Lantern corps and a wearer of the ring. Chosen by the ring itself, following the death of a corps member at the ruthless and soul sucking hands of escaped villain Parallax (voiced by Clancy Brown), Hal at first resists then takes his rightful place. But Parallax isn’t Hal/GL’s only problem. He has to deal with competitive romantic interest Carol (Blake Lively), not to mention nebbishy scientific genius Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) who undergoes his own horrifying transformation when infected with a Parallax space virus. Short on substance (and shirtless Reynolds) and long on less than special effects, the only thing green here is the money that will be raked in (or maybe lost) at the box office.

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by Harry Taint

The British Are coming!

Or maybe they’re just breathing hard. In either case check out “Revolution - British Invasion!” on Saturday, July 23 at House of Blues as CircuitMOM Productions and Live Nation present the Chicago debut of U.K. superstar DJ/Remixer Lee Dagger Of Bimbo Jones. DJ Matthew Harvat will be opening up the room starting at 10pm! Later that evening Circuit MOM takes to the stage with her dancers in a full production with go-go boys, light show, special effects and more. You can check out to see if there are any early bird tickets left at Cram on Broadway (specially priced at $20), if not you can get tix at, or House of Blues Box Office.

Shut your pie hole!

Or keep it open and gobble it up at the Equality Illinois Celebrity Pie Toss at Sidetrack on Saturday, July 23. Some of your favorite community figures and politicos will be on hand beginning at two in the afternoon to take one in the face for charity… Or grab an appetizer at the “An Evening With About Face Youth Theatre” cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception on July 28 at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater. Tickets are $100 and are available at aboutfacetheatre. com. Members of the AFT Youth Theatre will present a showcase of scenes developed during their summer workshop…Speaking of the theatah dahling, retired openly gay judge Tom Chiola has been starring in “Icarus” and if you’ve been meaning to go see the cutie=patootie in stage, you’d better hurry. It closes Sunday, July 24… If you’ve picked up this issue early enough you still have time to get your kink on at Steamworks with fetish night on Friday, July 15, featuring the music of DJ Phil DaBeatz (whose a bit of a kinky bastard himself).

And, They’re Off

Asians and Friends will be having “A Day at the Races” on Saturday, July 16. Don’t worry they’re not riding the horses, they’re just hanging at Arlington Racetrack, drinking and betting on the ponies…. What do hockey players do in the off-season. The guys of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association hang up their skates and have a beer bust at Crew on

Friday, July 15… If that’s a little too butch for you, check out the Miss Club Krave benefit show on Saturday, July 16. Join Angelique Munro as she brings you the talents of Lindsey Devereaux, Sassy Trade, Tina Roberts, Serina DeZVine, Jazzelle Boyette, Theresa Dawn, Sativa Haze, Jazmalyn Avalon, and Danielle Avalon, to raise money for the Miss Club Krave Pageant 2012. Romey and Markie will be behind the bar with $5 Long Island and Blue Island Iced teas…Chicago presents its ninth annual Salute to LGBT veterans on Tuesday, July 26 at Daley Plaza. Stop by during your lunch hour and offer ‘em a snappy salute.

Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

On Sunday, July 17, 2011, the producers of “only@brunch”, a gay talk show, are hosting an open casting call at Scarlet from 2-6 pm. The producers are seeking gay and bisexual guys of varying age, occupation, levels of education, and residential location within Chicago. DowntownCupid Productions is planning a weekly interactive talk show. Each episode navigates the adventures of gay dating, relationships, sex, and culture: exposing the experiences and answering the questions every guy wants answered. Just like all the things you discuss at brunch on Sunday with the guys Jared Hall, the creator of “only@brunch” explains, “My purpose is to establish a platform where various voices could be heard concerning gay dating, relationships, sex, and culture. I feel the only way to have true authenticity is to hold an open casting call to create the diverse panel of co-hosts.” For more information check out

Tunney, Honey

Alderman Tom Tunney caught some heat about the attack on Halsted. at a recent CAPS meeting. Hundred’s turned out to voice their concern. “I am extremely concerned about the recent attacks that have taken place in our neighborhood. Please know that safety in the 44th Ward is my top concern and Halsted is one of the priority streets for late night attention. We also rely on our constituents to help us be vigilant: make sure to call 911 each and every time you see suspicious or illegal activity, said the alderman.

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by Ace Magyar

Anxious in Andersonville I have a good friend that has had another relationship crash and burn and, as usual, she’s devastated. She always seems to pick women who are somehow unable to commit to a relationship with her. She was in a long-term (12+ years) relationship with a delightful woman who couldn’t stay monogamous. Her next relationship was with a woman who was completely closeted to her family and then was offered a job 2,000 miles away. My friend continued in this relationship for far too long before finally admitting it wasn’t working. Now she’s involved with a married woman who keeps promising to leave her husband (for three years now), which everyone except my friend realizes isn’t going to happen. What can I do to help my friend? I’ve pointed this pattern out to her and she agrees that it is a problem. She’s a terrific woman and would make someone a great spouse. Dear AA Join the club. We all have a friend that keeps repeating the same behaviors over and over expecting different results. Until she’s ready to address why she keeps picking partners that are unavailable, she’ll never move on. If she’s not seeing a therapist, she should be. If she’s been seeing a therapist for a while and hasn’t been able to confront this issue, she may need to try another form of counseling. On the Down Low I’m a married man and came to realize that I was gay after I was married and had had children. I still love my wife, but I’m not attracted to her sexually. Until recently it’s been fine having an occasional fling on the side or hitting a bathhouse every now and then (I always practice safe sex.) A few weeks ago, I went to a bathhouse and this guy and I just connected. When we left the pitch black orgy room and came out into the light, I discovered that I’d been having hot sex with my brother-in-law. 26 boi

Even though my wife and I have been together for nearly 10 years I never met her brother until recently, as he just came back from serving in Iraq.I am totally in love with him and can’t think about anything else. He feels the same way, but obviously feels awful about hurting his sister. Our family get-together on the 4th of July was torture. I don’t know what to do. Dear OTDL You are in some deep shit! The best thing would be for both of you to walk away from this and never have sex again. I doubt that’s going to happen. My advice would be to sort out your feelings with the help of a counselor. You need to be honest with your wife about your feelings for other men. After she’s had time to deal with that, then you can possibly broach the subject of your relationship with her brother. Don’t delay; this is a time bomb just waiting to go off. Guilt-Ridden on Ridge The other morning I woke up and, after a few groggy seconds, I realized that my dog was licking my ass and balls. (I’d had a long day and stripped and collapsed on the bed on top of the covers.) By the time I came out of my daze I had a raging erection and within seconds shot a load all over my sheets. It was great, but I feel like real perv. Dear GRR Yes, you should have stopped your dog from doing that. The real issue here is twofold. Knowingly having sex with a pet is just wrong. How long of a time-frame are we talking about? If it was literally a matter of a minute or two before you fully woke and had your orgasm, we’re in the strange, but (borderline) acceptable category. If it was more than a very brief time, things are a little cloudier. My feeling is, as long as it doesn’t happen again you have nothing to feel guilty about. Ace Magyar has a BA in communications, a MA in sex therapy and a PHD in zoology. He is a registered couple’s counselor specializing in the GLBT community. Send your questions to

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Boystown / Lakeview

3160 3160 N.Clark G&L, LM,DS Berlin 954 W. Belmont G&L, D, 4 Bobby Love’s 3729 N. Halsted G&L Buck’s Saloon 3439 N. Halsted G Cell Block 3702 N. Halsted G, LF Charlie’s 3726 N. Broadway G, D, W Circuit 2.02 3641 N. Halsted G&L, D, 4 Cocktail 3359 N. Halsted G, GB Elixir Lounge 3452 N. Halsted G, 4 F. O’Mahony’s 3701 N. Broadway G&L, R Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted G, D, DS, 4 Kit Kat 3700 N. Halsted G&L, DS, R Little Jim’s 3501 N. Halsted G, V, 4 Lucky Horseshoe 3169 N. Halsted G, GB Manhandler 1948 N. Halsted G, W, 4 Minibar 3341 N. Halsted G, R North End 3733 N. Halsted G Roscoe’s 3356 N. Halsted G, D, V, DS Scarlet 3320 N. Halsted G Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted G, V Smart Bar / Metro 3730 N. Clark MS, D, 4 Spin 800 W. Belmont G, D, V, DS The Closet 3325 N. Broadway G&L, V, 4

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Chicago Downtown

Baton Show Lounge 436 N. Clark DS 312.644.5269 Club 720 720 N. Wells MS, D, 4 312.787.8720 Crimson Lounge 333 N. Dearborn MS, D, R 312.923.2473 Downtown Bar & Lounge 440 N State G 312.464.1400 Excalibur/Vision 632 N. Dearborn MS, D, 4 312.266.1944 Funky Buddha 728 W. Grand Ave. MS, D 312.666.1695 House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn MS, LM, 4 312.923.2000 Krush/Prop House 1657 N. Elston G&L, D, 4 773.486.2390 Juicy Fridays 2354 N. Clybourn Ave 773.383.5518 Second Story Bar 157 E. Ohio G, V 312.923.9536 Sound Bar 226 W. Ontario MS, D, 4 312.787-4480 Spy Bar 646 N. Franklin MS, D, 4 312.587.8779 Underground 56 W. Illinois MS, D, 4 312.644.7600 Vibe 1543 N. Kingsbury MS, D, 4 312.266.1900

The Call 1547 W Bryn Mawr G&L, D, DS, V, LM 773.334.2525 Crew 4804 N. Broadway G&L, V, R 773.784.2739 Davenport’s 1383 N. Milwaukee G&L, LM 773.278.1830 Debonair Social Club 1575 N. MilwaukeeAve. MS, D 773.227.7990 Fat Cat 4849 N. Broadway MS, R 773.506.3100 Green Dolphin St. 2200 N. Ashland G&L, D, LM, 4 773.395.0066 Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway MS, LM, 4 773.878.5552 In Fine Spirits 5420 N Clark MS, R 773.334.9463 Jackhammer 6406 N. Clark G, D, V, GB, LM, 4 773.743.5772 Joi de Vine 1744 W. Balmoral L, R 773.989.6846 Kinetic Playground 1113 W. LawrenceMS, D, LM, 4 773.769.5483 Marty’s 1511 W. Balmoral G&L 773.561.6425 Mary’s Attic 5400 N Clark G&L, D, V, R 773.784.6969 Parlour On Clark 6341 N. Clark 773.564.9274 Mary’s RecRoom 5402 N Clark G&L, D, V, R 773.784.6969 Scot’s 1829 W. Montrose G&L 773.528.3253 SoFo Bar 4923 N. Clark G 773.784.7636 T’s 5025 N. Clark G&L, R 773.784.6000 The Glenwood 6962 N Glenwood G 773.764.7363 Touché 6412 N. Clark G, V, LF, 4 773.465.7400

Chicago Southside

Club Escape 1530 E. 75th G&L, D Escapades 6301 S. Harlem G&L, D, V, 4 Inn Exile 5758 W. 65th G&L, D, V Jeffrey Pub 7041 S. Jeffrey G&L, D, V, 4

Chicago Suburbs

Hideaway 7301 W. Roosevelt Forest Park G, D, V, DS, GB Club Krave 13126 S. Western Blue Island G&L, D, V, DS, GB, 4 Hunters 1932 E. Higgins Elk Grove Village G, D, V, GB, 4 Mission 209 E. Chicago Downtown Elgin G&L, D, V Encompass 24215 Rush St. Lake Station, IN G&L, D, R, DS Velvet Rope 728 Lake St Oak Park G&L, D, V, R

Adult Entertainment

Chicago Northside

The Anvil 1137 W. Granville G, V @mosphere 5355 N. Clark G&L, V, GB Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan G&L, D, R

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Banana Video 4923 N. Clark G, BK Bijou Theater 1349 N. Wells G, GB, BK Man’s Country 5017 N. Clark G, GB, BH Steamworks 3246 N. Halsted G, BH, FC The Ram 35111/2 N. Halsted G, BK, D

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