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Michigan Marvels For those looking for a convenient get-away, the neighboring towns of Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville Michigan are just a few hours from Chicago. Each offers its own unique attractions. This area has been a GLBT tourist destination for decades. Each offers its own attractions. Saugatuck, often called the Provincetown of the Midwest, truly does feel like a New England village, perched on the edge of a harbor and beach. Douglas is the middle sister of the three towns, and has a charming a collection of shops and restaurants. Both of these areas offer a variety of lodging options, from budget motels to upscale B&Bs and in the case of Douglas Dunes, a massive gay resort complex. Fennville is more rural and is home to Campit, a GLBT “outdoor resort” collection of rustic cabins, tenting areas and RV campgrounds. The area is also home to more than 120 gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses. Shopkeepers and staff are proud to be among the most welcoming of gay friendly travel destinations. With so many unique shops and galleries, restaurants, and lodging options from which to choose from, you can find just about anything your heart desires, and some things you can’t find anywhere else. Several world-class galleries, artist studios, and museums such as The Ox-Bow art school and summer stock theatre provide plenty for culture vultures.
It’s easy to see what first drew the GLBT community to the artists’ community, of Saugatuck. Nestled between the refreshing waters of Lake Michigan and a gorgeous sand dune forest, the pristine beach provides days of sun and sport, breathtaking sunsets, and evenings of delight and wonder. Oval Beach has a gay and lesbian section and, in the back dunes section, there’s even a nude beach. Water activities include boats and sail boats to charter, canoes and kayaks to rent and the stern wheeler riverboat, Star of Saugatuck, offers a pleasant tour of the river and along the shoreline. Seeking greater adventure? Consider a hike to the top of Mt. Baldhead sand dune or travel across the dunes on a dune schooner. Hundreds of galleries and shops provide a chance to giggle over campy ephemera or long for luxurious and expensive sculptures and paintings by world-renowned artists. Dozens of restaurants offer a chance to indulge in anything from guilty pleasures, such as fudge, ice cream and bbq to haute cuisine. Monroe’s Café and Grill offers modern diner fare, but I particularly love The Hickory Pit www.thehickorypit.com which has the best bbq brisket I’ve ever tasted. The broccoli salad is also divine. Afterwards walk that meal off with a stroll along the pier and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets, and evenings of delight and wonder. Douglas is a smaller community, and while it doesn’t boast the lush beach fronts of Saugatuck, does have its own distinct charms. The downtown area, while small offers some of the best shops and dining in the area. Check out Brackett & Company www.brackettandcompany.com or Thomas Greene on Center Street in Douglas for fine art, jewelry, home goods and clothing.
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Dining options abound, but two must visit places are Everyday People www.everydaypeoplecafe.com on center street in Downtown Douglas for the best food in town. The Kalico Kitchen www.kalicokitchenrestaurant.com, with its country fare, is conveniently located across the street from Douglas Dunes resort and is as well-known for its expansive buffet as it is for being featured on Kitchen Impossible on Food Network. The big daddy, in terms of GLBT travel destination is, the legendary Douglas Dunes, the largest gay resort and entertainment complex in the Midwest www.dunesresort.com. In its long history, it’s been through many owners, but none seem to have poured as much love (and money) into it as the current management. The large pool is the epicenter of activity during the day, while the bar, large outdoor deck and cabaret draw crowds at night. The cabaret features fabulous live entertainment (Amy Armstrong & Freddy Allen are favorites). The Dunes’ bar plays host to an impressive list of guest DJs. The large deck is also home to an afternoon tea dance to rival anything in Provincetown. Even if you choose to stay at a nearby hotel, the pool is open to all and has a large bar ready to provide you with those cool refreshing drinks that can prove so powerful.
For those seeking budget-friendly accommodations, check out Campit www.saugatuckoutdoorresorts.com, an outdoor resort for the GLBT community and their friends, located just 10 minutes from Saugatuck/ Douglas in Fennville. On more than 20 private wooded acres there are four areas for both camping opportunities for tenters and the RV crowd. For those looking for something a little less, shall we say, “self-contained”, Campit also offers other lodging choices including 20 log cabins (some with showers, bathrooms and air-conditioning) and a five bedroom B&B. For those seeking to recreate the bygone days of travel, there are a limited number of vintage trailers are available to rent, as well.
With a delightful mix of old and young, men and women, this attitude-free zone abounds with events and activities. But those who are seeking privacy and seclusion can find that as well. There’s a large heated pool surrounded by lounge chairs, a shaded porch area, clubhouse, and a variety of other amenities providing a plenty of choices for outdoor recreation in a very social gay & lesbian environment. Event weekends are planned to bring like-minded vacationers together for food, fun, and relaxation. Among some of the upcoming theme events are Christmas in July 26-28.
Northern lights Heading north for summer vacation
by Rick Karlin
To paraphrase Horace Greeley, “Head north, young man.” As temperatures rise in the south, vacations in the northern climes look especially tempting. Many areas of Canada, Alaska and the Northern Atlantic states are kind of like those really hot men in the bar. The look formidable and cold, but once they warm up, can be fun and entertaining. Some are only a few hours away, either by plane or car. Check out the fun travel options open to you once you head north.
Magnificent Montreal! Montreal in the winter is like an ice sculpture, delightful to look at, but only enjoyable to those with a bit of polar bear in their DNA. In the summer, there’s something for absolutely everyone. The (gay) Village becomes a car-free pink promenade, FIMA offers art galore outdoors, Divers/Cité has everything from dance parties to drag shows, and Montréal Pride hits its stride with a huge parade and party! What’s pink, over a kilometer long, tastes great, has live music, no cars and lasts all summer long? “Aires Libres” Montreal’s Gay Village summer love-in! Through September 13, the Village takes back the street, turning it into a fabulous 15-block pedestrian walkway. Check out everything from public art to the sun-
soaked patios of excellent restaurants. There are festivals of all kinds, bazaars, outdoor films and performances under the pink-ball canopy of this amazingly creative, all-inclusive, international city. From dance to drag to DJs, Divers/ Cité dazzles from July 30 to Aug. 4. It’s big, bold and more fun than you ever imagined: Pull out your party frock because Divers/Cité has outdoor dances, world-class DJs, spectacular performances, film screenings and “Mascara’, the world’s biggest open-air drag show. Montréal’s Pride Parade, on Aug. 18, is more than the high-flying, festive march - it’s the culmination of seven days (starting August 12) of backto-back fun, including Family Day, Community Day, T-Dances for the masses and then some! For a bit of quiet respite from the celebrations, check out “Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon” as the McCord Museum premieres a behind-the-scenes peek at this fascinating woman. A star of the silver screen, Alfred Hitchcock’s muse and the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly was utterly captivating and this exhibit examines her many roles, through everything from photos to clothing to love letters.
Provincetown, MA Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown has a life uniquely its own, steeped in history dating back and beyond the Pilgrims’ First Landing in 1620 and the Mayflower Compact, but alive today with a cosmopolitan community renowned internationally for its diversity and cultural sophistication.
Provincetown has always been a safe haven for everyone. Along with the emergence of artists, actors, playwrights and poets in the early 1900’s, gays and lesbians (long before there was a GLBT community) found Provincetown to be a place where there was freedom to express sexual preferences and a sense of acceptance which the rest of the world had yet to learn. The town is proud of its long heritage of a fully open and integrated way of life GLBT visitors are a major component of Provincetown’s tourism economy and continue to make Provincetown one of top GLBT destinations in the world. There’s something for everyone, from sweaty dance floors to hikes in the wilderness. There are plenty of bars and clubs in PTown, but also theater and cabaret, art galleries and historical sites for culture vultures. Diners can enjoy anything from a clam sandwich to haute cuisine. There are numerous themed parties and festivals, but Carnival week in August is one of Provincetown’s biggest events, with a parade, parties and the infamous drag queen brunch. Provincetown is a three-hour drive from Boston, but is also easily accessible by public transportation; with fast ferry, bus and air service from Boston and frequent local shuttle service. Once in town, you won’t need a car, it is first and foremost a walking town, and if you’re too tired to walk, it’s always fun riding in a pedi-cab along Commercial Street. There are events almost every week. August kicks off Family Week from the 3-10, followed by Carnival (18-24). The summer winds up with Labor Day weekend parties, but the fun continues through the fall with the Lambda Car Club show and parade, “Afterglow” the alternative performance arts festival and the Tennessee Williams Theater
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Festival in September. In October Mates Leather Weekend, Provincetown’s Wine & Food Festival and Women’s Week lead up to Halloween festivities, including “BOO!” a very popular event.
Alaska, the Last Frontier Although not quite a weekend trip, Alaska fits in with these other destinations because it’s to the north and someplace you only want to visit during the summer. Our 49th state is the least densely populated state and a joy to visit during the summer, especially when exploring from a cruise ship. A cruise is the best way to see Alaska’s great sights. While traveling from one stop to another, you can enjoy the comfort of a cruise ship’s amenities. How else would you be able to soak up the sun pool side one day and explore a glacier the next?
If you’ve been putting off an Alaskan cruise, your wait is over. Celebrity Cruise Lines has repositioned its Aqua class ship, Solstice for cruises from Seattle to Vancouver and Alaska. The diamond class ship features veranda cabins and offer twin or queen sized bed outfitted with Egyptian cotton sheets. The sitting area is quite spacious with an adequate table for room service and a large sofa for lounging, watching the sea, or TV. One might be excused from never wanting to leave the ship, but the various excursions are worth the effort.
Explore the rich ocean waters off Ketchikan while watching bald eagles and seals. With huge granite cliffs rising straight up from the sea and the sheer beauty of the area, Misty Fjords National Monument offers a unique Alaskan experience as you ride in a float-plane and land on a pristine wilderness lake. Seeing a bear is at the top of many Alaskan travelers’ lists, and summer is the perfect time to do it. Snorkeling at Mountain Point above shallow tide pools, while an instructor describes the ecology and the various creatures you see, provides a chance to observe and handle a variety of multi-colored sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and the giant sunflower star. Explore a glacier on foot at the Juneau Ice field in a beautiful, surreal environment. There are different activity levels depending on how active you want to be. Whale watching is the highlight of any Alaskan cruise. The waters near Juneau are a popular feeding area for humpback whales, but you may also see orca whales, harbor seals, sea lions, and bald eagles. These are only a few of the excursion possibilities Cruises vary from 12 to 14 nights and visit such ports as Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Seward, Anchorage, Denali, and Fairbanks. Fares range from $1,909 to $4,249. R.S.V.P. Cruises to Alaska range in price from $2,049 to $7,500. Out Destinations has a Tracy Arm fjord cruise scheduled from Aug. 23-30, on Celebrity Solstice, departing from Seattle with fares ranging $699 to $1,549. Whether you opt for the Alaskan wilderness, Provincetown’s welcoming community, or say “Oui!” to Montreal, there are plenty of vacation options if you just look north.
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME!
10 Reasons to Visit California
10. The Accommodations
California has no shortage of gay and gay-friendly places to stay while on vacation. For something different, check out Horse N Around, a small dude ranch near Sonoma. The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort and Spa, and Hyatt Regency Indian Wells just minutes outside of Palm Springs are also great places that aren’t quite as well known.
9. The Art Scene
Hollywood is the legendary center of the film industry, but Los Angeles as a whole has so much to offer arts enthusiasts. There are art fairs, gallery openings, and underground concerts in this urban jungle. For a more alternative arts scene, San Francisco and Oakland have lots of progressive and off-thebeaten-path arts events.
8. GLBT Events
California is home to some of the most off-the-charts GLBT events. The White Party in Palm Springs and Dinah Shore Weekend are two of our favorites, with Rainbow Days at Six Flags and Gay Days at Disneyland not far behind.
7. The Active Lifestyle
Sports enthusiasts will find a wide range of activities. The Sierra Nevada Mountains, Big Bear and Mammoth have terrific ski slopes and incredible hiking and camping options for the warmer months. California has some of the best surfing beaches in the world!
6. The Weather
California best known for its gorgeous weather year round, weather is enjoyable and pleasant, especially if you crave a more sunny and mild climate. There are many mountainous and desert regions should you desire something different. 18 boiMAG
5. The Theme Parks
The Golden state is home to some of the country’s most famous amusement parks; Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry farm near L.A. San Diego is home to Legoland and SeaWorld.
4. The Beaches
It is hard to imagine a visit to California without picturing the beautiful beaches this state offers. Whether you like to see and be seen or have more of an intimate and local beach experience, the California coast is the place to get your Pacific Ocean fix.
3. The Cocktails
If a stiff one is more your style, California is home to an extensive list of gay bar and clubs including the world famous Abbey in WEHO. If its beer you fancy, the first GLBT owned, operated brewery, the Hillcrest Brewing Company is in San Diego. Throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma, you’ll find GLBT-owned wineries. The best way to get your grape on is to attend an Out In The Vineyard event,
2. The ‘Hoods
California has some of the most vibrant gay communities in the world. San Francisco’s Castro is a GLBT center of politics and culture. West Hollywood is one of the first gay cities. San Diego’s Hillcrest, right next to the historic Gaslamp district is the happening ‘hood. You are sure to find gay and gay-friendly neighborhoods to party, dine, and shop no matter where you visit!
From beach babes to urban cowboys, city dwellers and rugged sports enthusiasts, California residents are some of the best people around!
BOI’S BEST RESTAURANTS AMERICAN___________
The Bagel 3107 N. Broadway 773.477.0300
Anna Maria Pasteria 4400 N. Clark
The quintessential Jewish style deli is the perfect spot for a corned beef or pastrami sandwich, some chicken soup, lox and bagels or a full dinner.
Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted 773.935.6696
This world famous vegetarian restaurant offers vegan and organic offerings. Organic beers, wine, and spirits are also available.
Byron’s Hot Dogs 1017 W. Irving Park Rd.
773.281-7474 1701 W. Lawrence 773.271-0900. The place for classic Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and the best French fries this side of paradise
Golden Nugget Family Restaurants
2720 N. Clark 773.929.0724. 2406 W. Diversey 773.252.8903. 1765 W. Lawrence 773.769.6700. A great option for after bar dining as they are all open 24-7, and have free parking. Everything is housemade, known for fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
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.
Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark
773.784.6969. “Eat, Drink and be... MARY” at this fun and popular Andersonville restaurant which features a array of burgers and sandwiches, along with an interesting selection of tasty appetizers.
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 at affordable prices. Breakfast served all day long.
Kit Kat Lounge 3700 N. Halsted 773.525.1111. Providing the best of diva entertainment along with a full dinner menu,
Philly’s Best 907 W. Belmont 773.525.7900.
Authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich. Their meat is brought directly from Philadelphia. Also, medium crust pizza, oven baked grinders & fresh 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 spice curry.
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.
Mia Francesca 3311 N. Clark 773.281.3310.
Hosting the coolest and hippest Sunday brunch crowd in Lakeview. 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.
Piehole Pizza 3477 N. Broadway 773.525.8888
and their new location at 5001 N. Clark. From their hole to yours. Traditional pizza served in untraditional ways. 773.525.8888. Their “hole” is open Sunday-Thursday from 11am-midnight and Friday & Saturday until 3am. Grab it and go or have it delivered.. Delivering until late at night. MEDITERRANEAN____
Gyro-Mena 905 W. Belmont 773.935.2600.
Augments the Athenian Gyros by satisfying the American desire to pick our own toppings! True Athenian Gyros is a choice of all natural non-ground meat (pork or chicken) stacked and cooked on a rotisserie.
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__________
El Mariachi 3906 N. Broadway 773.549-2932
and at 3420 N. Broadway 773.549-7020. Quickly becoming 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. Full bar featuring over 100 brands of tequila.
Las Mananitas 3523 N. Halsted St. 773.528.2109. Traditional & regional Mexican dishes along with freshly squeezed limes for margaritas. Nice place to eat, drink and window watch people on Halsted St. Has a full bar & plenty of hardy dishes to satisfy any appetite. Serving the community for over 28 years.
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“Warm and fun-loving with a generous spirit,” Paula Sinclaire has been performing for over 25 years. As an actor, singer, and host she can be seen all over town. She’s known for her quick tongue and sarcastic wit and her iconic impersonations of Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Bette Davis, Madonna, and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few. She received a BFA in theater, and always considers her performances to be of a theatrical nature and is also an award winning artist. Sinclaire goes out of her way to make sure you have a good time at her shows “with a smile on her lips and a song in her heart.” Catch Paula the last Thursday of every month hosting bingo at F.O’Mahoney’s, Mondays at Hydrate for the Mz. Ruff and Stuff Revue, and performing at Circuit or 3160. Find her upcoming events and shows on her Facebook page. She also wants you to know she’s single. When did you come out and what was the experience like for you? I always knew I was gay growing up, but it wasn’t something you talked about. Being gay was still very taboo. There really weren’t any role models to turn to. When I finally came out at 23, my friends were very supportive. My sister was always there for me, and always someone I could talk to. My parents, especially my mother, had a difficult time accepting who I was. My father never treated me any differently, but it was like living in the world of “don’t ask, don’t tell”. 24 boiMAG
CHICAGO SPOTLIGHTby Gregg Shapiro
Please name five of your GLBT heroes What do you consider to be your most significant contribution to the GLBT and say a few words about why you chose them. community in Chicago and at large? As an entertainer, I try to bring joy and Harvey Fierstein - When Torch Song laughter to the world. Everyone has Trilogy came out, it really hit home for me. problems and issues. I want people to It was like it was written with me in mind. check their issues at the door when they Being a mainstream play and movie come to a show of mine. If I can make you (it) really brought gays to the forefront. laugh, entertain you, put a smile on your It finally depicted gays as real human face, and forget about your problems for beings, and not stereotypes. We have a while, then I have achieved my goal. wants and needs just like anyone else, Laughter is the best medicine in the world. that we love and hurt. It was a groundI do many fund raisers for charities. I may breaking film. not have the finances to give, but I give of Rupert Everett - He was the first actor I myself. That’s all anyone can ask. can remember who came out publicly, and it didn’t hurt his career. As professionals, What are your future goals and sexual orientation should never come into aspirations? play with our ability to do our jobs. To be a size 5/6. No seriously, I want what most people want ...to be happy, Ellen DeGeneres - She came out on healthy, and successful. I’d like to have national television in her groundmy own Legendary Icon show, where you breaking show. She was the first gay can see past, present and future stars character on TV that you knew was perform. You would see the likes of Judy actually gay. A great role model and a great energy. Garland, Mae West, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Lady Gaga, JLo, Patti LaBelle, Elizabeth Taylor - When Rock Hudson Madonna, Dolly Parton, and Adele just died of AIDS, it was Elizabeth Taylor who to name a few. Of course, these wouldn’t became a tireless advocate of raising be the actual stars, but an incredible funds for AIDS. Rock Hudson may have facsimile. Oh, and I’d entertain the put a face on AIDS, but it was Ms. Taylor prospect of getting married... again! who really brought it to the public’s attention. Knowledge is power! Protect Words of wisdom to the next GLBT yourself, and know your status. generation. Know your history! So many young gays Alexandra Billings - I’ve known Alex since before her transition, and I’ve have no clue about Stonewall, or the path always admired her. She paved the way previous players paved. If it weren’t for for future trans (people) to be taken these people, you wouldn’t have some seriously and work in film and TV, playing of the freedoms you have now. There’s their chosen genders. She also paved the still a long way to go, but we’ve come a way for entertainers like me to work in the long way. Don’t be afraid to stand up for cabaret circuit. She’s an extremely gifted yourself and your rights, but be respectful. entertainer with a lot to say. And above all, love yourself! boiMAG 25
SWEET TEA DANCE
by Gregg Shapiro
After laying the groundwork for modern day EDM, thereby paving the way for the future of the genre, Daft Punk looks to the past for inspiration on Random Access Memory. Putting its MIDI where its mouth is on album opener “Give Life Back to Music,” Daft Punk revives vintage `70s disco (look kids, it’s a musical history lesson you can dance to!) for the 21st century with help from none other than Chic’s Nile Rogers. The hip-shaking history lesson continues on the fascinating “Giorgio By Moroder” featuring the legendary Eurodisco musician/producer Giorgio Moroder. If the names of the previously mentioned guest artists didn’t give you a clue, Random Access Memory is an allstar affair, featuring Julian Casablancas on the dance-rock oriented “Instant Crush,” Pharrell Williams (and Rogers, again) on the slinky funk of “Lose Yourself To Dance” and tres chic “Get Lucky,” and Panda Bear on the stripped down “Doin’ It Right.” However, it’s the album’s centerpiece, “Touch,” featuring award-winning singer/ songwriter Paul Williams, with its multiple stylistic shifts, helps to make this record so memorable. Empire of the Sun took its time (five years) rising with a new album, Ice On The Dune, but it was worth the wait. Like Atlas Genius, Empire of the Sun is an Australian duo. The campiest (sorry Daft Punk) and most theatrical dance act since the Village People, Empire of the Sun nevertheless has an affinity for making some of the most irresistible
dance music to ever spill forth from a speaker. “DNA” gets into your system and becomes a part of you, the lively strut of “Alive” encourages fist thrusting and the slick title track is unexpectedly warm. “Old Flavours” is delish and “Celebrate” is cause for a dance-floor celebration. Little Boots (aka Victoria Hesketh) kicks the sophomore slump square in the ass (and the teeth for good measure) on Nocturnes. She borrows a page from the Saint Etienne handbook on “Motorway” and “Beat Beat,” then sets the record straight without getting stuck on repeat on “Broken Record.” Dancers should have no trouble finding something to shake to “Shake.” “Every Night I Say A Prayer” gives you something to do with your hands and your feet and “Satellite” soars. It’s probably safe to say that the worst thing that can be written about a dance artist is that they’re boring, right? Somewhere Else by Swedish disco diva Sally Shapiro (not her real name!) narrowly avoids that label. Kind of a one trick pony, Sally Shapiro’s combo of breathy sweet vocals and bouncy synth beats was refreshing in 2007 at the time of the My Disco Romance disc release. “If It Doesn’t Rain,” the lively “All My Life,” the otherworldly “Starman” (with Electric Youth) and the alternate version of Anoraak’s “Don’t Be Afraid,” hit the mark. But, offbeat missteps such as “Sundown” and “This City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush On Me,” for example, might make the listener wish they were listening to something else.
The following bands will be performing at Lollapalooza, see notes at the end of each section for the date of the band’s performance. Having built a following in Europe, French electro band Phoenix rose to the top with its 2009 domestic breakthrough disc Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Four years later, Phoenix rises again with the rewarding Bankrupt!. Of course, the ironically titled Bankrupt! is the opposite. This is a disc that pays off with each spin. If you came to dance, you can definitely do so to “Drakkar Noir,”“Entertainment,” “S.O.S. in Bel Air,”“Don’t” and “Oblique City.” An exception to the rule, the title track, with its dizzying Philip Glasslike mid-section, whirls like a dervish before mellowing. (@ Lollapalooza, Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.) Perhaps the most exciting dance record of the year, Disclosure’s Settle, sizzles right from the start, beginning with “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” built on the unlikeliest of samples. On “Latch,” Disclosure “shackles” a Soft Cell echo to a soulful dance cut featuring Sam Smith. “F For You” is the kind of infection you might not mind, while “Stimulation” is a stimulating, if break-neck, workout. “Defeated No More” draws on some of the same retro inspiration as Daft Punk. Speaking of Daft Punk, like its Random Access Memory, Disclosure’s Settle is also an all-star affair, featuring appearances by Eliza Doolittle on “You & Me”, Jamie Woon on “January” and Jessie Ware on “Confess To Me.” (@ Lollapalooza, Aug. 2, 6 p.m.) They’re dancing down under if the new album by Australia’s Atlas Genius is any indication. Atlas Genius wastes no time showing us that it knows its way around a dance beat on the fittingly named “Electric,” the electrifying opening cut on When It Was Now. Wisely keeping the beats coming on the bouncy “Back Seat,” the anthemic “On A Day” and its trademark track “Trojans,” to name a few. Even when things slow down, as they do on the Cure-like “Centred On You,” it’s a temporary situation. If these 11 songs are any indication, the crowd won’t be seated for long during an Atlas Genius set. (@ Lollapalooza, Aug. 2, 3:30 p.m.) Those with coolly modern (read: hipster) musical tastes will probably find satisfaction with the flash of Lightning (Fader Label), the fourth full-length disc by the duo known as Matt & Kim. Matt (Johnson) and Kim (Schifino) regularly come across as a dance-obsessed version of another male/female twosome Mates of State (that’s meant as a compliment). With Lightning they’ve struck something. “Let’s Go” has crossover (read: hit) potential, although the beat shifts in “Now” might be a little off-putting. Hand-clapper “Tonight” is the most complete dance-experience on the disc and “Not That Bad” lives up to its name. (@ Lollapalooza, Aug. 3, 3:45 p.m.) boiMAG 27
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Market Days Fun
We know, we know, you’re already gearing up for Market Days. Dieting so that you look good walking around in your underwear (oh, if only some of the folks out there took a good hard look at themselves in a mirror before the made that decision!) Spending some time getting a tan, saving up money to pay for those yummy drinks, going to the ye doctor so that you can see all those hotties. But don’t forget about the other fun that weekend. CircuitMom and company are going deep into the abyss and we don’t mean Miss Jean Poole! “Abyss” is the title of the latest revolution-ary party CircuitMom productions is putting on at the House of Blues and it’s all gonna be a underwater-themed blow-out on Saturday, Aug. 10 with DJ Aron Abikzer. Jumping ahead to the next night, Ric Sena presents “Alegria” on Sunday, Aug. 11 with DJ Abel at Castle. Now let’s go back to Friday and talk about the special Market Days edition of “Urbano” Friday on Aug 9 with $8 Long Islands and sexy ”Urbano” dancers, that will be at Circuit. Hold on to your nuts, there’s a party to benefit the Sidetrack Squirrels softball team in the glass bar on Wednesday July 31. Your $20 donation at the door gets you two drinks and a chance at tix to Lollpalooza. Speaking of Sidetrack, don’t forget about Laugh Track comedy night hosted by Adam Guerino and Bradley Thomas, Thursdays from 8-9 p.m…. Friday, July 26 at Jeffrey Pub it’s “Guys All Night Out” dance partay, $3 …At Crew it’s Frat Boy Friday, w/Hot Jock Contest at 11:30 p.m… If the town seems a little quiet this weekend, it’s because
the Lincoln Park Lagooners are all up in Wisconsin for their annual camping/ white-water rafting trip… If you’ve got some green head over Monday night to Dolphin for Boom Boom Room, Chicago’s longest running and most famous dance night… “Out at Wrigley”, an annual GLBT sporting event at Wrigley Field takes place on Saturday, Aug 3... If you haven’t gotten your tix to HBHC’s “Garden of Eve” event at the River East Art Center, you can still get the early bird discount through July 31... Mark your calendars, Kat Deluna will be performing at Circuit on Thurs. Aug. 29
It’s Just a Stage
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus heats up the summer with a special cabaret showcase, “Some Like It Hot,” at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway on July 29, at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP seating (7:15 show only) - both with a two drink minimum. VIP ticket holder’s reception will be hosted from 6 p.m.7:15 p.m. with drinks and hors d’oeuvres from LM Restaurant Group. For tickets and information, visit www.laughfactory. com/clubs/chicago/date/2013-07-29... “Nickel & Dimed” runs through Aug. 11 at Greenhouse Theater w/long-time fave actor Joette Waters…. Bailiwick’s world premiere of the family drama “Mahal” by Chicago Pride’s Danny Bernardo, runs through Aug. 2 at Stage 773… If you’ve put off seeing About face Theater’s terrific “The Pride” you’ve got one last chance to see the Olivier Award winner through Sunday, July 28 at Victory Gardens Theater. Tickets are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling the Victory Gardens at 773.871.3000. boiMAG 29
... SEX & RELATIONSHIP ADVICE
Anxious in Albany Park My boyfriend and I have had my parents over to our house a number of times and they get along fabulously. They’ve invited us to visit for a weekend (they live about 5 hours away). I always avoid answering. My boyfriend has been bugging me to take him with me when I go home for a visit. I never do and he’s beginning to get upset about it. I don’t want him to see how my parents live because I am embarrassed. Both of my parents are hoarders and being in their house is like a walking through a maze. There are stacks of newspapers, magazine and books from floor to ceiling. Not only that, the house smells. What can I do? Dear AAP, The best way to deal with this is to tell your boyfriend exactly why you don’t want him to visit. I’m certain that whatever reason he’s imaging can’t be worse than the reality. Tell him exactly what you’ve written to me, “I know you like my parents, but here’s the thing, they’re hoarders and their house embarrasses me.” He’ll either accept your response or, if he pushes you that he still wants to go, he’s been warned. You have no responsibility for your parents’ behavior, or the condition of their home. Just to be safe, if you plan on staying over, book a hotel room. Doggie Downer I love my dog. I’ve had her since she was a puppy and she’s brought me lots of joy over the years. In the past year or so she’s developed this fear of thunder. When there’s a storm (or fireworks) she whines and walks in circles with her tail down. She tries to climb up me and
scratched my face with her claws. This all came out of nowhere. I don’t want to get rid of her, but I don’t know what to do. Dear DD, It may have come out of nowhere for you, but I’m certain there’s a reason behind it. Perhaps your dog was alone once and the thunder was especially loud and it scared her. Whatever the cause, you’ve got to deal with the results. First, take your dog to the vet to be checked out. I doubt that there’s a medical reason for this change of behavior, but it’s always better to rule that our fist. Your vet may prescribe dog tranquilizers to help calm her. They can be quite expensive, so you may want to try a generic version of Benadryl, which basically makes your dog too tired to get worked up. Check with your vet about this and to ask about dosage depending on your dog’s size. Also, trying to soothe your dog during a thunder storm may exacerbate the behavior. Instead, try distracting her by playing a game of fetch and making her equate the thunder with fun times. Cubical Quandary I have a co-worker who asks me a hundred questions a day about work related issues. I’m not her supervisor, or even work in the same department as she does, but that doesn’t seem to matter to her. Any time she has to make a decision, she runs it by me. I am always polite and give her my opinion or advice, but it does get tiresome. How can I get her to leave me alone? Dear CQ, Stop giving her the answers! Next time she asks your advice, respond with “Gee, I don’t know, what do you think?” No doubt she will still try to get you to give your advice, keep giving her variations on the same response. You might also try, “I’m sorry, I’m right in the middle of something and can’t talk now.” After a while, she’ll move on to someone else and then it’s not your problem anymore.