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My tan is fading as faster than my memories of stumbling down Halsted during Market Days. It won’t be long until I’m back to my raw chicken colored skin and wishing for one last blast of warm weather. I was on the east coast just before Labor Day checking out the scenes in D.C and Philly. I’m calling it my “Death & Destruction Tour”. I managed to be in D.C. for the earthquake , then arrived in Philly just as Joey Vento, the creator of the Philly Cheesesteak, died. As I was heading back home, Hurricane Irene was just making landfall. I swear it wasn’t all my fault! Thankfully, my good buddy Ace Magyar was holding down the fort here at BOI. He used his powers of persuasion to get everyone on staff to get their articles in on time. In this issue, Gregg Shapiro gives a sneak peak on what movies are coming up this season, while Vic Trollah does the same for albums and concerts. As for myself, I did a little round up on what’s happening on the dining scene in Chicago and also spill the beans about the secret menu items available at your favorite fast food spots. I do love me some Popeye’s, especially after a few cocktails. We’ve also got the lowdown on some particularly interesting theater projects coming up in the next few months. Until next time, you all play nice now.
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Erasure’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’ tour arrives in Chicago September 16 and 17 at the Congress Theatre By Vic Trollah
One of the most successful and globally adored partnerships in pop, Erasure may have been synth-pop pioneers in the 1980s and 1990s, but they never rest on their laurels. Unlike many of their former chart peers, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have consistently avoided the creative death knell of nostalgia tours. Both are huge fans of contemporary electronic music and club sounds. They remain a vital, forwardthinking force in 21st century pop. After selling 25 million albums and scoring more than 40 hit singles, Clarke and Bell are back with their 14th studio album, ”Tomorrow’s World”. It is a masterpiece of warm-blooded electro-pop and emotionally charged electro-soul that sounds as glossy, contemporary and exciting as any of their younger charttoppers. With synthetic melodies and electronic beats as dominant as ever, Erasure’s timeless anthems of hedonism and heartache are set to strike a universal chord once more.
The combination of Erasure’s timeless song writing and Frank’s lush, heavily processed studio sound makes for a gloriously fertile musical mix. Andy and Vince explode with energy on danceable love missiles such as “Be With You” and “Fill Us With Fire”, euphoric declarations of state-of-the-art electro-pop. As with all Erasure albums, “Tomorrow’s World” contains bittersweet introspection and sophisticated melancholy too. The gorgeous break-up anthem “What Will I Say When You’re Gone?” and its staccato musical framework contrasts nicely with the sumptuous relationship post-mortem “When I Start To (Break It All Down)”, which already sounds like a future stadium-filling classic. Andy unleashes the full blast of his diva talents on “You’ve Got To Save Me Right Now”, a mighty electro-gospel hymn built around a whirling waltz-time rhythm.
But for all the heartbreak and uncertainty on “Tomorrow’s World”, sunny euphoria and romantic optimism are still the brightest colors in Erasure’s musical rainbow. Even when the hedonistic rush is tinged with desperation, as in the doomed-diva chronicle “A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot”, operatic vocals and soaring melodies are Returning from a four-year sabbatical, Andy still shooting for the stars above. Blasted and Vince sound refreshed, revitalized and skywards by Frank’s shiny, supercharged, rebooted on Tomorrow’s World. To produce ultra-glossy production, both tracks sound like massive Ibiza trance-pop anthems for the album, they enlisted the services of the long hot summer of 2012. rising British electro-pop star Vincent “Frankmusik” Frank, the one-man-band This solid-gold song writing chemistry whose glittering portfolio of remixes and is key to why Erasure have survived and collaborations includes Lady Gaga, Pet thrived for over 25 years. Andy and Vince Shop Boys and Ellie Goulding. Frank will still write the same way they always have, open for erasure for both of its Chicago together in the same room, face to face, shows at the Congress Theater on Sept. 16 waiting for inspiration to strike. and 17. boi
by Vic Trollah
Summer concerts such as Lollapalooza and Pitchfork are fine, but there’s something to be said for the solo concert experience. This fall we have a bumper-crop of great shows coming our way. In addition to the long anticipated Erasure concert (see my feature story). Plan for a lot of albums to drop in November, just in time for holiday giftgiving. Among the artists with album titles TBA with release dates TBA are Rhianna, Adam Lambert, Taio Cruz, Florence + The Machine and Nickleback. In the meantime, there are plenty of other concerts and album releases to entice you.
06 The Rapture-“In the Grace of our Love” 13 Blondie-“Panic of Girls”, Kristin 13 Chenoweth-“Some Lessons Learned” 20 Tony Bennett-“Duets II” (with Any Winehouse and Lady Gaga!) 27 Bjork-“Biophillia”, 27 Wilco-“The Whole Love”
23 The F.A.M.E. Tour with Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, T-Pain and Tyga First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 30 The Avett Brothers with Truth & Salvage Co., Aragon Ballroom
04 Mary J. Blige-“My Life II”, Feist-“Metals” 11 Evanescence-“Evanescence” 25 Coldplay-“Mylo Xyloto”, 25 Kelly Clarkson-“Stronger”, 25 Cyndi Lauper “To Memphis with Love”
28 Army Navy, Subterranean
15 Common-“The Dreamer, The Believer” 15 Nicole Scherzinger-“Killer Love”
1 Kanye West and Jay-Z: ‘The Throne’, United Center 10 boi
It doesn’t matter whether or not a fast food chain advertises that you can “Have it your way” or not, you know the those places are set up to have it the same way all the time. That is unless you know the secret code for off-menu items. Many of your fast-food and restaurant chains have “secret” menu items. Since these specialty dishes are not widely known, not every server or order take may be aware of them. You can always ask them to check in the kitchen and, if all else fails describe the dish and see what happens. Arby’s “Wet Fries” is an order of fries smothered in cheese sauce. The “French Dip” has been removed from Arby’s menu, but can still be ordered. Burger King has a veggie burger, but what most folks don’t know is you can order a “Veggie Whopper” as well. “Frings” will get you a split order of fries and onion rings. For the big appetite, ask for the “Suicide Burger”, four meat patties, four slices of cheese, bacon and special sauce. The “Rodeo Burger” tops a patty with onion rings and bbq sauce. The “BK Club” is the chicken sandwich with bacon, tomato and cheese. Dairy Queen’s Blizzard is a favorite but if you ask for a “Chocolate Chip Blizzard” they add the chocolate shell usually used on the dipping cones. A “Banana Split Blizzard” combines all of the basic banana split flavors blended together. Dunkin’ Doughnuts “Turbo Hot Coffee” gets you an extra shot of espresso in your coffee order. KFC offers a Canadian favorite north of the border, but you can get it in the states, too. Ask for a “Poutine” and you’ll get a delicious hot mess of fries, fried cheese curds and gravy.
McDonald’s franchises in the South can often whip together “Biscuits and Gravy” but only when they’re serving breakfast. Another breakfast secret item is “Chicken and Waffles”, a McGriddle sandwich with chicken in the middle. A “McKinley Mac” is a Big Mac made with quarter pounder patties while the “Big McChicken” is a huge sandwich in which the bun is replaced by two chicken patties. Ask for a “Neopolitan Shake” layers of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Get an “Apple Pie McFlurry” by purchasing a pie and have it blended into your McFlurry. The “Land, Sea, & Air” is beef patty, chicken patty, and filet-o-fish all piled high onto a bun. Starbuck’s will make you a “Biscotti Frappuccino” if you purchase the biscotti. Asking for a “Short” is a cheaper, slightly smaller than tall beverage. Wendy’s “Barnyard” is a spicy chicken sandwich with ham, bacon and beef separated by cheese and if you order a “Value Crispy Chicken Club” you’ll get a reduced price Crispy Chicken sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo added. Hungry yet?? boi 13
by Rick Karlin The air is beginning to turn crisp and there’s a touch of auburn in the trees. It won’t be long before Fall will be here in full force. In Chicago that means a return to the heartier Midwestern fare for which we’re famous. As the street festivals begin to dwindle, there are still plenty of places for hungry folks to congregate. One of the last outdoor food events, Oktoberfest, actually comes near the end of September. One of the most renowned is “Oktoberfest Chicago” at St. Alphonsus. The event returns for its 11th year of seasonal revelry on Sept. 23-25. Whatever the weather this event goes on because it takes both inside and around the grounds of St. Alphonsus at 1429 W. Wellington. Add another local eatery to those sending out a food truck. Everything’s all set at Lillie’s Q in Bucktown. They’re just waiting for the paperwork to clear before they send out their 24-foot-long truck. The “Lillie’s Q Meat Mobile” will sell pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches on brioche. The cost will be $10 per sandwich (that includes the side and sauce). I’m already droolin’ in anticipation of Lux Bar’s (18 E Bellevue) five new prime burgers to their menu. New burgers joining the lineup include the Surf & Turf Burger; a lobster patty, arugula, heirloom tomato, chive-lemon mayo, on a sesame bun and the Blue Cheese Burger; stuffed with cheese, heirloom tomato, on a pretzel roll. Rosh Hashana is the new year for the Jewish calendar and one of the highest of the holy days in the religion. And, as with most holidays it invokes a lot of traditional fare. It seems as if every restaurant offers meals for Christian holidays, so it’s nice to see Lawry’s Prime Rib taking care of my chosen people with a prix fixe traditional Rosh Hashana dinner. Lawry’s The Prime Rib invites guests to celebrate the Jewish New Year with their Prix Fixe Traditional Rosh Hashanah Menu on Sept. 28 and 29. 14 boi
Lawry’s will be serving such favorites as challah bread, apples with honey, Bubbe’s chopped liver, matzoh ball soup along with such entrée choices as prime rib (of course, nu?) and a nice piece of grilled salmon. After the meal it is traditional to enjoy some desserts to “sweeten” the upcoming year. They’re offering apple pie, and a bunch of dairy desserts that my grandmother would kvetch about, crème brulee or a choice of ice cream sundaes. I can hear grandma now, “What dairy after eating meat? What are they meshugga? I’ll just have a bissel.” At the fourth annual “Chefs on the Grill” benefit for the Special Olympics on Wednesday, Sept. 14 local chefs participate in a cooking competition and you get to eat the results. The Plaza at Park Grill in Millennium Park hosts as each chef creates a dish of their choice. Attendees taste samples of each dish and vote for their favorite. Participating restaurants and chefs include: Park Grill/ Alex Shalev and Josh Taylor,
The Gage & Henri/Dirk Flanigan, III Forks/Tommy Nevill, Rhapsody/Dean Zanella, The Chicago Firehouse/Kendal Duque, Lockwood/Val Benner, China Grill/Brian Witak, Custom House/Perry Hendrix , IPO/Trevor Hoyte, Aria/Beverly Kim Clark, McCormick & Schmick’s/Po Wang, Atwood Café/Derek Simcik, Rosebud/Steve Coppolillo and Tavern at the Park/Mike Clark. Ticket
prices include unlimited food samples from 6-9 p.m., are $55 in advance and $60 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance go to their site at www.ParkGrillChicago.com/events
Guinness Oyster Fest, the popular Roscoe Village food and music fest is being expanded to two days: Friday evening, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17. Fresh oysters, Guinness brew and a music lineup heavy on popular ‘80s and ‘90s acts will be on the menu for the annual fest at Roscoe and Damen. Sometimes a weak economy works to your benefit. Consider this; Sept. and Oct. are notoriously slow in the restaurant biz. To help drum up business, Mity Nice in Water Tower Place is offering a $19.95 three-course dinner (appetizer, entrée and dessert) on weeknights after 4 p.m. (dine-in only). Continued on next page>>
DINING SPECIALS CONTINUED.... Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand, will kick-off Fall with its annual “Rocktoberfest” celebration on Thursday, Sept. 15 beginning at 5 p.m., complete with German brews, menu specials and, of course, oom-pah-pah music. Call 312.755.9339 or check out their website at www.rockbottom.com for more info. Gemini Bistro in Lincoln Park now offers a threecourse prix-fixe dining option, perfect for those attending plays in the area. Nearby theaters include the Royal George Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens, Biograph and The Apollo, all within a few block’s walk of the restaurant. The $32 per person meal includes a choice of starter and entrée with dessert. Wine pairings for each course are available for an additional $23 per person. Check out the menu at geminibistrochicago.com. Watch for Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine, to open in River North at the corner of State and Illinois, to open any day now. It will serve classic Mexican dishes and drinks.
At SushiSamba Rio, summer is over and classes are back in session. First up is “Sushi & Sake 101”, signature sushi and sake classes led by sake sommelier Hayes Swope. Sample 60+ sake offerings paired with delectable bites while learning the art of sushi and how to make it at home, led by Sushi Chef Shigeru Kitano. The classes are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and are $75 per person. Classes will be held on the following Tuesdays, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. Go to sushisamba.com or call 312.595.2300. Chef Laurent Tourondel, Bon Appetit’s Restaurateur of the Year 2007 is opening his first Chicago restaurant, BLT American Brasserie, 500 W. Superior. In a swing away from the over-done trend of mid-century modern the décor, designed by Jean Denoyer, pays homage to the great Art Deco designer, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann through nickel plated fixtures, octagonal mirrors and faux makasar ebony detailing.
Ann Sather 929 W. Belmont 773.348.2378.
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.
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.
just a sports bar, the menu includes a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and comfort food.
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.
Deluxe Diner 6349 N. Clark 773.743.8244.
M. Henry 5707 N. Clark 773.561.1600. This popular
Crew 4804 N. Broadway 773.784.2739. More than
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.
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.
DS Tequila 3352 N. Halsted 773.697.9127. An
Americanized sporty joint that features tequila & tacos.
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 3233 N Broadway 773.327.2060. This
Lakeview institution has been catering to the afterbar 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
Halsted’s Bar & Grill 3441 N. Halsted 773.348.9696 Tweet 5020 N. Sheridan 773.728.5576. An Uptown 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.
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.
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 highquality 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 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.
Taverna 750 750 W. Cornelia Ave 773.248.8333.
This restaurant, formerly known as Cornelia’s is the latest trendy Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. New owners, new looks and a new menu is sure to make this a new hot spot. 18 boi
Andies 1467 W. Montrose 773.348.0654. 5253 N
Clark 773.784.8616. Specializing in Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine, specialties of the house 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!
Estrella Negra 2346 W. Fullerton 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 773.348.4144 (2nd Location) 4806 N. Broadway 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 boiADS@aol.com
Hi, my name is Jim. I live in Los Angeles, but I received a scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute... that’s how I ended up here. The Art Institute is an incredible school and Chicago is an incredible city, minus the sub below temperatures. However, between school and studies, I’ve been indoors most of the time I’ve lived here. This summer was the first chance I’ve had to explore the city. I have to say that some of the beaches here rival those in California. I’m really happy to be chosen for the cover of BOI Magazine, it’s quite an honor. I usually read BOI online since I don’t get out to the bars much, it’s my favorite source to keep in touch of what’s going on (or what I’m missing, LOL). A few of my friends laughed when I told them that I was going to apply to be a cover model. They say I’m too skinny because I don’t work out. Skinny jokes about anorexia hurt the same as fat jokes. Like others, I learned to deal with it. I tried to gain a little weight so that at least people think I looked healthy, but then I gave up trying to please others. Now I just try to be the best at who I am for myself, regardless of what others say or do. Since then, I’ve been a much happier person and I encourage anyone with weight issues to be themselves. I may be too skinny for some, but plenty of other folks like guys that are on the lean side. My whole family tends to be on the thin side, so it was never much of an issue until I got older. My parents taught me to be the best person I could and not to worry about what anyone else says.
What are my hobbies? I would say porn, but that would get me in trouble! My favorite thing to do is draw and sketch, basically anything having to do with drawing people, except painting. I can’t even paint a wall! I find the diversity of people fascinating. The fact that there is an endless supply of faces, features, expressions and character, makes it a really good hobby. I guess you could say the same about stamp collecting, LOL. My favorite movie this summer was Transformers. The fact that it was filmed in Chicago is really cool and I had a chance to see some of the action filming downtown when I first arrived in Chicago... So seeing it on the big screen was a real treat. I’m looking forward to the movies coming out around this time of the year, especially the ones slated for Halloween. Scary movies are my favorites! boi 21
Fall into a movie By Gregg Shapiro
As usual many of the best films open in the last few months of the year. Quite a few of these much anticipated films promise to be Oscar contenders.
4 – Busy Banderas voices the booted but pants-less feline in “Puss in Boots.” 4 – Michelle Williams plays Marilyn Monroe opposite Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier in “My Week With Marilyn.” SEPTEMBER 9 – Remember how Clint Eastwood 9 – Artsy director Steven Soderbergh promises screwed up “Midnight In the Garden to thrill us the scary “Contagion” starring Kate of Good and Evil”? Then it should be Winslet and Matt Damon. interesting to see how he handles the gay 16 – SJP is back in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” subject matter in the Hoover biopic “J. something that has probably been said about Edgar,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. actress/designer/mom/wife and gay icon Parker. 18 – Openly gay filmmaker Bill Condon 16 – You’ll have to see “Drive” to find out if Ryan seeks his teeth into “The Twilight Saga: Gosling, playing a stunt driver/getaway driver Breaking Dawn, Part 1.” takes off his shirt. 23 – “Hugo,” Martin Scorcese’s film 16 – The remake of the violent Dustin Hoffman adaptation of the beloved kids’ novel “The classic “Straw Dogs” stars James Marsden and Invention of Hugo Cabret” has special Kate Bosworth. effects AND Sacha Baron Cohen. 23 – Before he morphs into porny wolf-boy Jacob again, Taylor Lautner roars into action in DECEMBER John Singleton’s “Abduction.” 9 – “W.E.” is Madonna’s second film as a 23 – The British “Weekend,” from Andrew director. Could there be a Razzie Award in Haigh, is September’s gay movie entry. her future? 30 – Joseph Gordon Leavitt “Mysterious Skin” 16 – Robbed of an Oscar for her portrayal goes for Oscar gold, alongside Seth Rogen and of Julia Child, Meryl Streep reunites with Anjelica Huston in the cancer flick “50/50.” her “Mamma Mia!” director Phyllida Lloyd to portray detested British prime minister OCTOBER Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” 7 – Based on gay writer Nigel Slater’s foodie 21 – Rooney Mara steps into the role of memoir, “Toast” stars Freddie Highmore and the bisexual titular character in the David Helena Bonham Carter. Fincher/Hollywood remake of “The Girl 7- Ryan Gosling is back (and hopefully front), With The Dragon Tattoo.” alongside George Clooney in “The Ides of March.” 25 – Stephen Daldry “The Hours,” “Billy 14 – Feel free to ask why and think twice before Elliott” directs the movie adaptation of buying tix to the unnecessary remake of the Jonathan Safran Foer’s post-9/11 novel `80s classic “Footloose.” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” 14 – Antonio Banderas and gay filmmaker Pedro starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Almodovar are reunited in the director’s latest, N/A – December’s other queer movie “The Skin I Live In.” is Dee Rees’ Sundance Film Fest winner 28 – Ubiquitous singer-turned-actor Justin “Pariah,” starring Adepero Oduye as a teen Timberlake goes sci-fi in “In Time.” lesbian. 28 – Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence returns N/A – Roman Polanski directs the film in “Like Crazy.” version of the Tony Award-winning play 28 – Johnny Depp revisits the late Hunter S. “God of Carnage,” with a cast including Thompson in “The Rum Diary.” out actress Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet. 22 boi
by Harry Taint t’s All About the Butt Tale all you want about a man’s meat, for me the view leaving is just as important as the one coming. Lucky for me there’s plenty of butt action coming our way. The Ram’s got another one of its salacious after party contest planned for Friday, Sept. 23. The “Bare Butt” contest awards $300 in cold hard cash to whoever shows the best naked tush. Just make certain that you don’t have any extra baggage like the bears in the Charmin commercials… Speaking of butts, and I do like to, Hydrate’s got another Manhole party planned on Saturday, Sept. 10. For our younger readers, Manhole was a bar located in the same space as Hydrate. It was a pretty outrageous place and Manhole was a euphemism for.... oh go ask an old-timer. The party, “What Are You Into?” refers to how gay men used to wear hankies to indicate their sexual preferences, ask an old timer about that too. Except For When It’s All About Erasure Chicago’s getting all excited about the upcoming Erasure concerts at the Congress Theater. Since it’s a two-night concert, you can bet the boys in the band will be celebrating after the show at some of the bars. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, stop in at Downtown on Thursday night, Sept. 15 when they’ll be having a ticket giveaway promotion for the concert… Make certain to get to Spin on Friday, Sept. 16 for the official Erasure after-party with very special guest DJ Andy Bell! There’s not even a cover if you flash your concert ticket stub. Take It (Half) Off I hear that things are getting pretty wild at Kit Kat on Tuesday nights. It seems that all martinis are half off on that night and that some of the customers are half off their stools after a couple of the kiddie pool-sized cocktails and half out of their clothes after a couple more, sounds like fun!… On the other hand, sometimes it’s better when things are 100% off. Like on Fridays and Saturdays at Man’s Country when the dancers get totally naked... News update: Geno is only half out the door of Cocktail. He’s sold the biz, but retains a partial ownership and made sure all of his employees kept their jobs.
Love For Sale… And lots of other things as well at the Celebrity Auction, Tuesday, Sept. 20, to benefit the 2011 Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The event’s host is the lovely and vivacious Wayne Johnson from Channel 5, aided by the ever so lovely Velocity Metropolis. For more info, check out www.glhalloffame.org… Stop in at Scarlet on Wednesday Sept.11 and be the first to catch new episodes of the new talk show “Only at Brunch!” From sex, dating, and relationships to news, politics, and bedroom etiquette, no topic is off limits… Cornhole at the 3rd Annual Jackhammer County Fair on Sunday, Sept. 11; from noon-10 p.m. Straight people call the bag toss game cornhole. If only they knew! There will also be a dunk tank, other fair games, free food, a pie eating contest and tons of surprises. Half of all money raised will go directly to TPAN… Ladies like the Funky Buddha on “Sexy Sundays”. The gals take over and a $10 cover gets you $5 Patron shots and bottle service specials all night. There Goes the Gaybarhood Nope, that’s not a typo, but the title of a new musical revue by The Alliance Sketch Group about the gay bar, the gaybarhood, and everything in between. It premiere’s this weekend and continues on for as long folks keep coming to listen to new songs about all types of relationships: lovers, friends, and strangers. It’s a The Second City De Maat Studio Theatre, call 312.337.3992 or check out www. secondcity.com… It will be bumper to bumper on Broadway Sunday, Sept. 11 as the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts takes place along the great wide way from 10-5. I assume traffic will be bad, too… Catch “Oscar Nominated Songs That Didn’t Win” on Monday, Sept. 19, at Sidetrack. The also-rans (which are often better then the winning songs) will be performed by musical theater and cabaret stars. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. performances are from 7-8 followed by a drawing for door prizes. The $20 ticket price benefits Pride Films and Plays 2011. Celebration of the Life of Christina Santiago The community activist and Howard Brown employee was killed in the Indianapolis State Fair stage collapse on August 14. She is survived by her wife, Alisha Marie Brennon, who was injured in the collapse. On Saturday, Sept. 10 a celebration of her life will be held at the Chicago History Museum at 1 p.m & is open to all. boi 25
Another Opening, Another Show With so many fabulous shows of artistic merit (and more that are just all out fun) opening in the weeks between Labor Day and New Year’s Eve you’d better grab your date book and circle the dates for your favorites.
SEPTEMBER “For The Boys”, through Oct. 16. Marriot Lincolnshire presents the world premiere of a new musical based on the Oscar nominated movie starring Bette Midler and James Caan. “The Kid Thing” by Sarah Gubbins, through Oct. 16 at Chicago Dramatists. Chicago Dramatists and About Face Theatre joining forces to present a fascinating play about two lesbian couples getting together for a dinner party. Before the hummus hits the table, the unexpected news of an impending pregnancy manages to rock both relationships, especially when Jacob, an old college friend and potential sperm donor enters the picture.
“Cloris! A One-Woman Show” Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Dorothy Menker Theater in Palos Hills. Whether you know her as the crazy grandma on “Raising Hope” or as Phyllis Lindstrom from “Mary Tyler Moore” or as Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein”, or the impressible imp on “Dancing with The Stars”, there are few actresses that have fully embraced such crazy characters as Cloris Leachman.
OCTOBER “Follies”, Oct. 4 through Nov. 6. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical gets a rare fully staged production at Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater. “Alien Queen: The Concert”, Oct. 28 and Dec. 10. Scooty and Jojo bring back their campy musical parody tribute to the 1979 “Alien” and 1986 “Aliens” films featuring songs Queen.
“Jesus Camp-The Musical” runs through Sept. 24 at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. A musical parody of the 2006 documentary about a charismatic church camp for kids.
“Beauty of the Father”, through Nov. 20. Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz’s play in which a love triangle develops when an American woman travels to Spain. At Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.
“Clybourne Park” through Nov. 8. Steppenwolf kicks off its season with Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play which takes on two separate afternoons, 50 years apart (1959 and 2009). In a nod to “A Raisin in the Sun”, Norris takes a hilarious look at what happens when home becomes a battleground.
“Wishful Drinking”, Oct. 4 and 5. Carrie Fisher, the actress best known as Princess Leia from “Star Wars” shares her experiences with addiction, a rocky marriage to singersongwriter Paul Simon and life with her mother, Debbie Reynolds at the Bank of America Theater.
“Classic TV Re-Runs! The Season of Sin” Third Tuesday of the month, through May 15 at Mary’s Attic. Actors perform hilarious staged readings of classic TV shows in this series which kicks off on Sept. 20 focusing on the sin of infidelity with Oprah’s “Men Who Live On the Downlow,” segment. Other shows skewered that night include the CBS special, ‘When Women Cheat”, “Beloved Infidel” episode of “Frasier” and a fiveminute version of “Inside Edition: Cheaters”
“Areola Jones and the Temple of Boobs”, starting October 27. Gorilla Tango Theatre presents an all female cast in a burlesque parody of the “Indiana Jones” adventure flicks.
“True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical”, through Nov. 17. Gorilla Tango Theatre also presents this campy musical parody of popular tales including “True Blood,” “Twilight,” “High School Musical” and “Glee”.
“Rock of Ages”, Nov. 8 through 13 at the Bank of America Theater. Tony Award nominee and “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis stars in the rock ‘n’ roll romance set to hits from Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon and other hair bands.
“The Christmas Schooner”, through Dec 31. Mercury Theatre hosts the beloved Chicago story. The ‘Rouse Simmons’, a Great Lakes schooner, was known as “The Christmas Tree Ship.” Its captain risked life and limb to transport fir trees from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Chicago’s German immigrants during the late 19th century
“Fiddler on the Roof”, Nov. 22 through 27 at the Auditorium Theatre. Too late for the high holidays, too early for Hanukkah. “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play” through Dec. 23. American Theater Company’s 10th annual production, based on Frank Capra’s holiday film of the same title, is performed as a radio show. “The Nutcracker”, Nov. 3 through Dec. 30. Chopin presents a decidedly dark adaptation of the classic holiday tale by E.T.A. Hoffman featuring large-scale spectacle, songs, puppets and more.
“The Addams Family”, Dec. 13 through Jan. Spend the holidays with the family in the first national tour at the Cadillac Palace. “La Cage aux Folles”, Dec 20-Jan 1. George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber are perfectly cast as co-stars in the revival of Jerry Hermann’s camp-fest at the Bank of America Theatre.
“The Santaland Diaries”, Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. Local actor Mitchell Fain recreates his role as Crumpet in this adaptation of David Sedaris’ humorous and irreverent essay at Theater Wit. “Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards”, Nov. 13 through Dec. 4. Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor stars in this onewoman show celebrating the feisty, liberal Texas politician with big hair at the Bank of America. “First Look 2011”, November 3 and 4. Free one-time readings of new plays by local playwrights Sarah Gubbins, Philip Dawkins and Marisa Wegrzyn at Steppenwolf Theatre. “A Christmas Carol”, Nov. 18 through Dec. 31. Goodman Theatre presents its annual holiday offering with Larry Yando recreating his role as Scrooge in Tom Creamer’s stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
“Donny & Marie: Christmas in Chicago”, Dec. 6 through Dec. 24. The Oriental Theatre will never seem so wholesome again Osmond brother-sister team celebrates the holidays with a live version of their classic “Osmond Family Christmas” TV specials. boi 29
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