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ISSUE 15.11


I’ve got 11 for you! Years, that is. It’s BOI Magazine’s anniversary. Over the past decade we’ve polished up our format and content, and continued with our dedication towards bringing you the latest news on nightlife and entertainment. Surviving this long in this difficult economy is not an easy feat for any business these days. But, we’ve paraded through another successful year thanks to the support of our loyal readers and advertisers. Please patronize our advertisers and let them know you heard about them through BOI Magazine. In this issue we look at the music scene and welcome a new columnist Vic Trollah. He has extensive experience in the industry as a DJ, event producer and reviewer. In his column, “Music Notes”, Vic gives us the lowdown on some albums to watch for, dish on artists and a peek at upcoming concerts and tours. If you’ve got music info that you want to share, e-mail him at Everybody has their own favorite dance songs. Our resident DJ, Freddie Bain, surveyed some of the area’s top spinners to see what they’ve put on their list of the best dance songs of all times. While there are some standards that appear on a number of lists, there are also some surprises. We also welcome Ace Magyar back after a brief hiatus. No, he was not in rehab, he was traversing Australia’s outback for a little break while we ran our guides for street fairs: MidsommerFest, Pridefest and Market Days). When he got back into town his basket was overflowing, and there was a lot of mail waiting for him too. So, it seems that I start the column talking about 11 and finish it talking about a big basket. I guess some things never change. Play nice kids,



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DJS all time favorites MUSIC NOTES DANCING FOR LIFE table hopping restaurant LISTINGS MUSIC FEATURE screen savor in the know, on the go! ASK ACE - ADVICE COLUMN bars and clubs directory

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Ask 200 people to name the best dance song of all time and you’ll likely get 200 different answers. We decided to test that hypothesis and polled a sample of local club DJ talent on their choices for the ten best dance songs and got quite a range. BTW: The DJs favorite dance songs are in no particular order.

DJ Ralphi Rosario

Resident DJ at: Hydrate • Loleatta Holloway – “Hit ‘n’ Run” • Donna Summer – “I Feel Love” • Seduction – “Seduction” • Michelle N’Dgeocello – “Who Is He?” (Tenaglia Mix) • First Choice – “Let No Man Put Asunder” • Cyndi Lauper – “C’mon Home” (Junior’s House Vox Mix) • Sandee – “Notice Me” • Ashford & Simpson – “Found a Cure” • Modern Romance – “Can You Move?” • Basscut – “I’m Not in Love” (Satoshi Tomiie Mix)

DJ Pete Augusta

Resident DJ at: Cocktail • Goldfrapp – “Ooh-La-La” • Golden Boy & Miss Kitten – “Rippin’ Kitten” • Underworld – “Born Slippy” • Pulp – “Common People” • Donna Summer – “I Feel Love” • Daft Punk – “Around The World” • New Order – “Blue Monday” • Blur – “Girls And Boys” • Benny Benassi – “Satisfaction” • Bob Sinclar – “World, Hold On”  boi

DJ Chris Eterno

DJ at: Jackhammer & Boom Boom Room • Divine – “Native Love” • Loleatta Holloway – “Love Sensation” •. Martin Circus – “Disco Circus” • My Mine – “Hypnotic Tango” • Phyllis Hyman – “You Know How To Love Me” • The Gifted – “Do I” • Black Ivory – “Mainline” • Earth People – “Dance” • CJ Bolland – “Sugar Is Sweeter” (Armand Van Helden Mix) • Ralphi Rosario ft. Donna Blakely – “Take Me Up”

DJ Greg Haus

Resident DJ at: Berlin Nightclub • Wubble-U – “Petal” • Bjork – “Hyperballad” • The Presets – “Talk Like That”

• The Chemical Brothers ft. Bernard Sumner – “Out of Control” • My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – “‘Cuz It’s Hot” • New Order – “Fine Time” • Underworld – “Cowgirl” • Goldfrapp – “Number 1” (Steve Angello Remix) • Fischerspooner – “Emerge” • Robyn – “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do”

DJ Riley York

Resident DJ at: Spin, Berlin & The Call • Madonna –“ Hung Up” • Kylie Minogue – “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” • Deep Dish ft. Sandy B – “Make The World Go Round”

DJ Riley York (continued)

• Whitney Houston – “It’s Not Right” (Thunderpuss Mix)

• ABBA – “Dancing Queen” • David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland – “When Love Takes Over” • Janet Jackson – “If” • Toni Braxton – “Un-Break My Heart” (Soul-Hex Mix) • Kristine W – “Land Of The Living” (Junior’s New Vocal Mix) • Jennifer Lopez – “Waiting For Tonight” (Hex’s Momentous Mix)

DJ John Murges (continued)

Donna Summer – “I Feel Love” (12” Version)

• Darude – “Feel The Beat” (Offer Nissim 2005 Remix) • Modern Talking – “You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul” (Long Version) • Lighthouse Family – “High, prts, 1&2” (Francois K Vocal 12’’) • Libra Presents Taylor – “Calling Your Name” (Ferry Corsten Remix) • Lime – “Angel Eyes”

DJ Teri Bristol

Resident DJ at: Parlour on Clark • Teri Bristol/Tod Miner – “Teenage Wasteland” • Nomad – “Devotion” • Xena - “On The Upside” • Dee-Lite - “Groove Is In The Heart” • Data – “Living Inside Me” •The Gifted - “Do I” • India – “Love and Happiness” • Robin S. – “Show Me Love” • ESG - “Moody” • Liquid Liquid – “Optimo”

DJ Michael Serafini

Resident DJ at: Boom Boom Room, Smart Bar • Ralphi Rosario – You Used To Hold Me • Deee-Lite - Good Beat • Soho – Hot Music • Gino Soccio – Try It Out • My Mine – Hypnotic Tango • Blue Six – Sweeter Love • Bohannon – Start The Dance • Ron Trent – Altered States • Kerri Chandler - Rain • Hard Drive - Deep Inside

DJ Stoney

Resident DJ at: Urbano & Betty’s Blue Star • David Storm Ruffin – “Orphelia’s Happiness”

• DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto - “Vem Rebola” (Oh Mix) • Marlon D – “Jesus Creates” • Mark Grant ft. Swaylo – “Shame” (Remix D Vocal Mix) • Miguel O’Syrah – “Rep Rep Rep” DJ Chris Spinazzola • Lego – “When I’m With You” DJ at: Jackhammer & Armani Exchange • French Fries – “Predator” • Mike Cruz Feat. Inaya Day & Chyna Ro – “Movin’ Up” • Crystal Waters – “Gypsy Woman” • Sonique - “It Feels So Good” (Conductor & The Cowboy Remix) • 808 State – “Pacific” • Motorcycle – “As The Rush Comes” (Sweeping Strings Remix) • Robbie Rivera – “The Shout” • Bingo Players vs. Chocolate Puma – “Disco Electrique” • Kathy Brown – “Turn Me Out” (Turn 2 Sugar) DJ John Murges • David Guetta – “Just A Little More Love” (Walley Lopez Remix) Resident DJ at: Mary’s Attic & Woof’s Madison • Rosabel – “That Sound” • Rose Laurens – “American Love” (long UltraTraxx Love Remix) • Jaydee – “Plastic Dreams” • Sylvester –“Don’t Stop” • Pussycat Dolls – “When I Grow Up” (Ralphi Rosario Remix) • Orbital – “Halcyon” (Tom Middleton Re-model) • Shapeshifters – “Lola’s Theme” • Jose Padilla – “Adios Aye”r (Farfa’s Barcelona Mix )


by Vic Trollaugh

Universal, the global company that owns Amy Winehouse’s label Island, has claimed the deceased star recorded a dozen tracks that could be released. Winehouse allowed label bosses such as Universal chief executive Lucian Grainge to hear them.

Flo-Rida, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Sia, Snoop Dogg, Taio Cruz, Timbaland, Usher and Will.…”House Of Beni”, the debut album from Sydney-based producer Beni, will be released digitally via Modular Records on Sept. 27.

My source at the label told me, “Amy had expressed an interest in getting back into the studio, and after some consultation everyone thought that would be a positive thing and a distraction from the other things she was dealing with. People were getting very excited, quite frankly they were really good. We heard rough cuts and they sounded like vintage Amy.”

Sound Bites

“Party Groove: Gay Days”” has just been released and is a non-stop dance party guaranteed to keep you on your feet and moving to the great remix of Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” and a dance remix of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.

Venue Menu Upcoming concerts of note Rosemont Theatre - Stevie Nicks, Aug. 23 Aragon Ballroom - Portishead, Oct. 12 Bottom Lounge - The Dwarves, Aug. 20 Chicago Theater – Tori Amos, Dec. 10 Civic Opera House - Bryan Ferry, Oct. 11 Congress Theater – Erasure, Sept. 16 & 17 The Vic – Foster the People, Oct. 5 UIC Pavilion – Gorillaz, Oct. 16

Kanye West and Jay-Z have hooked up! It’s not what you think, they’ve formed a new group called The Throne. They’ll have a new album out soon and will play the United Center Oct. 6 and 7… Fall Out Boy front man, Patrick Stump, will lead his first ever US solo tour this fall… Berlin will host a Hot Dog Records release party for According to the rumor mill, Jennifer Lopez “Leather Disco” featuring: Ross Kelly, Zebo, is attempting to rekindle her romance with Tim Zawada, Marco Morales and Kid Color Sean Combs. BET reported that anonymous on Aug. 18… DJ Kenny Jammin’ Jason and DJ Prieto mix it up every Friday at Club sources from both J.Lo and Comb’s camps Valentino’s, 7150 W. Grand. There’s no cover have shed some light on the reports. charge and cheapo drink specials… Kit Kat My source at combs’ company said that, “Jennifer is and always has been the love of celebrates Madonna’s 53rd birthday with a look-alike contest and half-priced food his life.” and drink on Monday, Aug.15… Erasure has announced that Frankmusik, the British As if we needed any more proof that Lady Gaga is in on the jokes about her, her recent remix master will open for the group on its world-wide tour, including here in Chicago appearance on Jimmy Kimmel live proved on Sept. 16 and 17. Frankmusik, a.k.a. to be the icing on the cake. Lady Gaga introduced a spoof showing her imaginary 25-year-old Vincent Frank, made his name kidswear line, which she dubbed “The Goo churning out killer remixes for Lady Gaga and the Pet Shop Boys and helping launch Goo” which included a baby swaddled in the career of Ellie Goulding. bubbles.

DJ/Producer David Guetta’s new album, “Nothing But The Beat” being released later this month features vocals by superstar artists including Akon, Chris Brown, Dev, 10 boi

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Chicago Dancers United During the first years of AIDS, the dance community was hit particularly hard. Most dancers didn’t have adequate insurance or a medical support system and often struggled to maintain a decent quality of life while battling the disease. Chicago dancer Keith Elliott decided that Chicago’s dance community needed to step forward and create a fundraising event, specifically geared toward the dance community. In 1991, Keith partnered with HIV/AIDS community activist and event fundraiser Danny Kopelson, as well as Chicago dance professionals Harriet Ross and Gail Kalver, to form Chicago Dancers United. Together they created the first Dance for Life, an event featuring a number of dance companies; Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater

and River North Company Dance. The first event, “Dance for Life”, premiered at the Organic Theatre in June, 1991. Every seat was sold out. During the past 20 years, “Dance for Life” has grown to become the largest dance performance-based HIV/AIDS fundraising events in the Midwest, raising in excess of $4 million dollars for the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s “Dance For Life” at The Auditorium Theatre, on Saturday, Aug. 20, benefits AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dance for Life Fund.

The companies scheduled to perform include: Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet and River North Chicago Dance Company. The show will also feature two world-premiere performances by choreographers Harrison McEldowney and Randy Duncan and will be hosted by WGN broadcast personality, Dean Richards. In celebration of the event’s anniversary, a documentary entitled “Dance for Life”, has been produced by Emmy Award winning HMS Media and will air on WTTW. The documentary chronicles the 30-year impact of HIV/AIDS on Chicago’s dance community and Dance for Life’s 20-year response supporting HIV/AIDS education, prevention and care through the power of dance. Poignant personal testimonials, passionate music and powerful dancers bodies in motion paint a rare, you-are-there portrait of the generosity and compassion of Chicago’s dance community.

For tickets or more information on the

documentary, go to

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by Rick Karlin

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club has

started an “I Love the ‘90s” party every Thursday evening. The Kit Kat Divas will perform the best music of the ‘90s, including hits by Salt-N-Peppa, C + C Music Factory, TLC, The Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Deee-Light, No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, Toni Braxton and Lauryn Hill among others. As if that weren’t enough of an incentive to get your butt into one of the hot spot’s leopard chairs, you can also take advantage of the “Make Your Own Martinis” menu for 50% off.

Cocktail is taking advantage of the warm

weather and is kicking it up a notch in The Gardens, with expanded hours for outdoor dining. Monday through Thursday you can dine from 4-10 p.m. and an hour later on Fridays. Saturday and Sunday you can spend the entire day noshing and tossing back cocktails as al fresco dining is available from 11 in the morning (for the club’s fantastic brunch menu) until 11 at night.

Quay restaurant at River East Plaza adjacent

to the Chicago River serves contemporary American cuisine and upscale comfort food along with an assortment of local microbrews. Quay will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Giordano’s flagship location on Rush Street

has just opened its new patio. Situated on Superior Street, the patio seats about two dozen amidst umbrellas, flower boxes and heaters for chilly nights. The full menu will be served on the patio.

Riva Crab House at Navy Pier offers up a

dollar oyster special all this month with a six oyster minimum and a beverage purchase. Other special deals include two glasses of house wine and an appetizer for $20 on Tuesdays. Pssst, Riva’s valet parking is actually cheaper than the regular parking fee at the Pier…

Fleming’s locations in Chicago and

Lincolnshire are cashing in on the “skinny cocktail” trend, with two new cocktails; the Skinny Sexy Sailor, which includes Sailor Jerry Rum, black iced tea and fresh lemon juice and The Russian Prom Queen.

El’s Kitchen & Bar, 1450 W. Webster, offers

up what it calls “The 3-4-5 Special’. Every Tuesday it’s $3 for Shiner Bock, $4 for the chef’s choice appetizer and $5 glasses of wine.

2Sparrows, a new spot in town at 553

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Finally, I’m very excited to announce the “Sixth Annual Pretty Princess Weekend”

at Indian Lakes Resort on Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14. I’m not certain why they thought BOI magazine was the appropriate venue to send this press release but I’m happy to forward the information for all my princess readers. This year’s activities will include a full schedule of princess crafts, princess makeovers, princess tea party, grand ball (complete with pageant titleholders, fashion show and Disney characters) plus “dive-in” princess movies at the indoor pool. Every Pretty Princess Package ($149) includes overnight accommodations for up to four guests, a goodie bag filled with crafts and treats, entrance to all princess events, complimentary snacks and drinks at princess activities. It doesn’t list an age limit, so if you want to feel like a princess for the weekend, call 630.529.0200 or visit and click “packages.”

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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A few music greats are known by just one name, Cher, Bono, Bjork. Now you can add Kerli Kõiv to that list. Kerli signed to Island Def Jam Music Group in 2006 by LA Reid and in 2008, she released her debut album, “Love Is Dead” which contained the singles “Love Is Dead”, “Walking on Air” and “Creepshow”. In 2010, she appeared on the Almost Alice album, music inspired by the film Alice in Wonderland, with the song “Tea Party” and the song “Strange” with Tokio Hotel”. Her second album, “Army of Love”, went to number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Kerli frequently cites Björk are Anouk, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin as major influences. She frequently wears three dots called “moon marks” that represent integrity, love and unity. These tenets have been adapted by the Moon Children, her fan base.

Q&A With Kerli Q: What started you writing songs? How did

that begin? A: Let me think about it. The first song I wrote when I was like 13 years old, and it really sucked.. I don’t know. It just came naturally I guess.

Q: And you played the piano? A: Yes, yes I did. When I really started. I first got

signed when I was 15 years old, and back then I had no idea that I could really write music. I wasn’t even thinking about it, because I wanted to be more of a pop star than like a storyteller or a messenger. But over the years I’ve grown much as a person, and now I feel like I do have a mission rather than it being about me. So music is just my way to communicate, and it’s easy to communicate in music, because the whole world understands music. It’s kind of like a sacred, universal language. Everybody understands. Also, you can be bold writing music. You can say things that you wouldn’t say. So it’s kind of like a freeing experience writing music.

Q: How did your first trip to America happen? A: This all goes back to when I was 15 years

old I won kind of like an Estonian Idol, and I got signed to Universal Sweden. The guy who signed me got fired, so I got dropped, and then he created his own company that went bankrupt. By that time 2 years had passed and I began seriously writing music. Somebody in Stockholm, a publisher, heard my music and they were like, “Let her come by and write with our writers.” Then from 16 to 18 I spent time just going back and forth Estonia to Sweden and just writing writing writing music. When I was 18 somebody from Def Jam heard my demos and they were like, “I’d like to come check her out” So he came to Stockholm, heard me, and he invited me to New York. That’s how it happened.

Q: You have a large gay following, what are your views on same sex marriage? A: I wish the world would already be in a place where everyone is equally able to marry, adopt and live their life without having to explain themselves. All humans need to have equal rights, straight or gay.”

Kerli was recently at Borderline Music earlier this month for an in-store performance and Meet ‘n Greet. Stay tuned for release and giveaway parties.

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“Little Fockers”, the third (and with any luck, final) installment in the Fockers franchise, has arrived on Bluray. The three-quel finds nurse-turnedadministrator Greg (Ben Stiller) still going toe-to-toe with his obsessive father-in-law Jack (Robert DeNiro). Ego massage appears in the form of Andi (Jessica Alba), a pillpopping pharma rep (is there any other kind?) who wants Greg to speak to docs at a conference on behalf of the erectile dysfunction med Sustengo. On the home-front, wife Pam (Teri Polo) is feeling neglected, but does what she can to keep the household running and their twins happy and out of trouble. Work on the renovation of the new Focker residence is going slowly and threatens the plans for the twins’ birthday bash. Never fear, because Pam’s investment banker ex Kevin (Owen Wilson) is there to save the day. In fact, he also has a hand in getting the big and little Fockers an interview with Prudence (Laura Dern), director of an exclusive school. One of the movie’s few genuinely funny moments occurs during the interview segment, when Prudence mistakes Greg and Jack for gay dads. As in previous films in the series, “Little Fockers” relies heavily on sight gags, including those featuring, enema tube insertion, vomit, blood, lizards on the loose, sand, children falling from rockclimbing walls, erections and EpiPens, and a “Jaws” homage. Not even a permedBarbra Steisand, reprising her role as Greg’s sex-talk-show host mother Roz, can do much to alter the movie’s sour mood. Blu-ray exclusives include the “Bob and Ben” and “Bob and Owen” featurettes, an alternate opening and ending not seen in theaters, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

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“Falco: The Rise and Fall of an `80s Pop Icon”, is closer in spirit to the lesser “The Runaways” than to the superior “Control” (about Joy Division) as rock biopics go. The story of two-hit-wonder (stateside, at least) Austrian musician Falco (of “Der Kommissar” and “Rock Me Amadeus” fame) begins when young Hans, the future Falco, is giving a piano recital. Hans, who wants to be a pop star, skips school with best friend Billy. Hans’ mother Maria goes easy on him because he is the only one of three triplets to survive birth.

By 1978, Hans (actor Manuel Rubey, who does look and sound like Falco) is performing in a band. He also changes his name to Falco (taken from the name of a skier named Falko) and revises his style of dress, favoring suits and a fedora. A few years later he’s performing in Vienna and recording the album from which his breakthrough single “Der Kommissar” is taken. Already a difficult person, fame makes him even more intolerable and by the time of his greatest success with “Rock Me Amadeus” he’s alienated almost everyone but his mother, his manager and Billy. He drinks and does drugs to excess and goes through women like toilet tissue. That is until he meets married Jacqueline. They begin a long and tempestuous relationship that includes the birth of daughter and a 309 day marriage. But Falco is on a path of self-destruction and the only person the least bit surprised by his death in a car accident is the witness Kellnerin (Grace Jones). Tedious and unenlightening, only watch “Falco” if you feel like can’t live without knowing the Austrian singer’s life story. Otherwise, just put “Rock me Amadeus” on repeat.

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by Harry Taint Yes, the summer is beginning to wind down. Market Days is always the signal for back to school shopping. Time to fill my basket with a Little Mermaid pencil box, a nice art gum eraser with all the corners still sharp, the BIG box of crayons with the sharpener, a bottle of lube, a handful of condoms and a carton of Marlboro Lights. What? I don’t know about you, but that’s what I took to school back in the day.

Market Days Dash

Yes, this issue comes out on the eve of Market Days, where the men are pretty and the women are strong. After a hot day in the sun, head over to the cooling darkness of Steamworks and enjoy the physical talents of Alessio Romero and Hunter Marx on Saturday and then Trent Deisel and Roman Heart on Sunday. How come porn stars always have such cool names? How’s about something for the nerds, such as Filbert Fudgepacker or Wally Cox?... Lady Bunny is bringing her big hair to Spin on Friday night.... Hydrate’s got Chicago Spirit Brigade and a special Hydrag Revue featuring Tajma Hall, Dida Ritz, Aurora Sexton, Naysha Lopez & Kelly Lauren on tap for your enjoyment… DJ Eddie Furrier (oops, that’s Ferrier) spins for the Big House Bear dance party Saturday at The Bottom Lounge (how aptly named!) The event is sponsored by Growlr and Woof Tease. This may be the last time you’ll see bears in their natural habitat before they hibernate… Kit Kat & Effen Vodka go back in time with “I Love The 90’s” (You Mix It). Yep, the Kit Kat Diva’s perform some of our favs from the 90’s, every Thursday. If you’re looking for some progressive beats, check out DJ Paulo this Sunday for Box Boy Rich’s the fifith annual Superstar Sundays “Space Disco” at 1543 N. Kingbury.

Ride ‘em Cowboy

Also this weekend is “Revolution: Wild West” is on Saturday at the House of Blues. If you haven’t bought your tickets you may be too late, when I last checked, tickets were selling faster than a queen skipping out on a check (no offense to the to all the well mannered girls). You still may be able to get a last minute ticket in advance at the House of Blues website, otherwise there will be tickets at the door, but it’ll cost you $10 more. Joe Gauthreaux and Roland Belmares face off in a “High Noon” spinning showdown, y’all. Costumes are strongly suggested, but if your chaps are at the cleaners, a bandana around your neck and a bare chest are always appropriate according to our in-house fashion guru, Anita Taylor.

Dish It Out

All it takes is a little “For Rent” sign and people go into a tizzy. Contrary to rumors the queen bees are buzzing around Halsted, Circuit is open and is secretly planning to roll out an all new program right after Labor Day . The sign in the window was for unused space in another part of the building. In fact, there’s an extra special Urbano party slated for Market Days with the DJ talents of Anton, Corona and Khiko and los hombres calientes que tira… Dolly Parton has apologized for the controversy that happened at Dollywood last month when a lesbian patron was asked to turn her shirt inside out because one of the park’s employees was offended that it said, “Marriage is so gay”. Dolly was on it faster the white on rice,

“I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian t-shirt incident at Dollywood’s Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome,” Parton wrote in a statement to ABC News… Miley Cyrus tweeted a photo of her new tattoo, an equal sign on her right ringer finger with the caption “All LOVE is equal.” I’m still not a fan of her “music”, but admire her politics.

Song & Dance

Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is debuting the world premiere of “For the Boys” a stage musical based upon the 1991 film starring Bette Midler. Dixie Leonard and Eddie Sparks (James Caan in the film, when he still had a little sex appeal) work and fight together for more than 30 years, three wars, and hundreds of shows. There’ll be music from the movie and original tunes. Opening night is Aug. 26. Call 847.634.0200 for tickets… The Cultural Center has a terrific photo exhibit chronicling “Soul Train” one of the most popular dance shows ever on television. Sunday afternoon at two, Aug. 14, there’ll also be a documentary on the show screening at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Cultural Center. Best of all, it’s all free!... If you get a chance to meet “Glee” star Darren Criss when he performs during Market Days, ask him if it’s true that he’s going to take over Daniel Radcliff’s role in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” on Broadway after the first of the year. What a great holiday gift that would make. Hint, hint!

Up on the Roof

Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), Chicago’s oldest, peerled, HIV/AIDS service organization will be the beneficiary of “Up on the Roof” atop the 24-story MDA Apartment building on Aug. 25. In addition to breathtaking views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan guests will be treated to gourmet barbeque creations by some of Chicago’s greatest chefs. Admission to the event is $125 per person which includes the entire evening’s experience, can be purchased by calling them at 773. 989.9400 ext. 235. or online at at

I Like Big Balls

At Angelina Ristorante every Tuesday is “Spaghetti & Meatballs Night”. It’s only $12 for a big ol’ plate and a house salad. While you’re there, sample their great wine selection or have a lovely libation… Speaking of big, juicy balls, the 35th annual gay softball world series opens on Monday, Aug. 29 with a big ceremony at Navy Pier. The event includes all those delightful jocks and Leslie Jordan (you may remember him as the nemesis of Karen on “Will & Grace” or Delta Burke on “Designing Women”), Pandora Boxx, Amy Armstrong and DJ and event producer, Matthew Harvat. The guys will be playing with their balls at a variety of suburban parks, checking out the night life around town and then gather for the finale on Saturday, Sept. 3 on Waveland between Halsted and Broadway, where they’ll take over the street for the closing awards ceremony and street fair. Oil up those mitts boys and girls. Don’t forget to “size it up” at The Ram on Friday, August 19th for their Big Dick contest with $300 in cash & prizes.

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Sleepless in Seattle

I recently moved from Chicago to Seattle to be with a guy I met on-line a few months ago. I miss your column and hope you can help me with a problem that has developed since I’ve moved in with my boyfriend. He is a very restless sleeper and his constant thrashing keeps me awake most of the night. I’d like to sleep in the guest room, but he says that since we’ve just gotten together that it will make him feel as if we aren’t really a couple and that I’m not serious about our relationship. What can I do?

SIS Flattery will get you everywhere. I’m glad you enjoy my column, and you can still read it at Now that the commercial is out of the way, restless sleeping seems to be the least of your problems. You moved halfway across the country for someone you met on-line just a few months ago? You’re lucky that he wasn’t a serial killer. That being said, if both of you are serious about the relationship, there are a number of options to consider. First, rule out any medical reasons for his restless sleep. He may have sleep apnea, meaning that he stops breathing during the night and his body reacts by waking his suddenly, or he may have RLS (restless leg syndrome). There are medical solutions for both of these causes. If it turns out not to have a medical cause, you may need to take a sleeping pill to help you stay asleep. In any case I think couple’s counseling is also a good idea. Flexible in Bucktown

I’ve been practicing yoga since I was 15 years old (I’m 23 now). I’m quite slim and limber and have a fairly large penis. I have recently discovered that I can suck myself off quite easily and now I do it two or three times a day. Currently I don’t have a boyfriend and I don’t like going to the bars or clubs, so it’s kind of hard for me to meet people. I’m worried that I’m becoming addicted to having sex with myself. Frankly, I suck my own dick better than anyone else ever has, and I find it quite fulfilling. Am I putting myself in a dangerous situation? 26 boi


It would appear to me that there are only two dangers in what you’re doing; accidentally choking on your own semen and engendering jealousy from hundreds of other men. As long as you can physically perform the act, I so no reason why you should refrain out of a sense of decorum or shame. I don’t think that being able to pleasure yourself would keep you from finding a relationship. What we get out of relationships is more than sex, it’s companionship, and when you feel the need for that, you will find someone. As long as what you’re doing doesn’t interfere with your work, health or friendship it’s not an issue. After all, it is just masturbation (a unique form, I’ll admit), which is healthy in moderation, and the other upside is you don’t have to have the “safe sex” talk.

Sober and Social

I have been sober for 10 years now. I still enjoy going out with my group of friends, many of whom do like to have cocktail and wine when we go to dinner. I have no problem with that. I’m not tempted in the least, and none of them appear to have a drinking problem. My issue comes when it’s time to pay the bill. Invariably someone will suggest that we just split the bill equally. Sometimes the liquor portion of the bill is more than the food portion. How can I handle this without appearing cheap?


There are a couple of ways you can deal with this. One is to speak to your server beforehand and ask if you could be presented with a separate bill. If you feel the need to explain, you can tell the server the truth or simply explain that you may have to leave earlier that the others. Another option is to be up front with your friends and say, “Since I don’t drink, do you mind if we chip in for the meal equally and then those who had drinks can take care of the bar tab?” Many times people don’t even think about the inequity of the situation and are fine with making accommodations when it is pointed out to them. Congratulations on remaining sober. 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

Chicago Northside CONTINUED

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 Call 1547 W Bryn Mawr G&L, D, DS, V, LM 773.334.2525 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

773.973.0006 773.784.1100 773.728.5511

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773.667.6454 773.229.0886 773.582.3510 773.363.8555

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

708.771.4459 708.597.8379 847.439.8840 847.488.0320 219.962.4640 708.358.8840

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BOI Magazine, Issue 15.11