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Mar ch 18 , 2 010Mar ch 1 Though rare, third party outing can be especially damaging to service members who wanted to keep their sexual orientation hidden, experts say. Even though 80 percent of “don’t ask, don’t tell” discharges come from gay and lesbian service members who out themselves, third-party outings are “some of the most heinous instances of ‘don’t, ask, don’t tell,’” said Nathaniel Frank, a research fellow with the Palm Center think tank at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a New York University professor. Newsome said she’d been looking forward to the time when the military would alter its policies regarding gays and lesbians. But that change didn’t come in time to save her career. “I felt like it was getting close,” she said. “I was really hopeful.”
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NEW YORK—Barbie and her signature hourglass figure are getting the `”Mad Men” treatment. Mattel, Lionsgate and the AMC cable network have announced a partnership to create four dolls in the likeness of characters from the influential, Emmywinning show set in a fashionable, 1960s ad agency. The Betty Draper doll will wear a floral dress—with pearls and pumps to match— just like the suburban housewives of the day, and office bombshell Joan Holloway has a purple skirt suit and a pen necklace. Don Draper and Roger Sterling both get trim suits, ties and pocket-squares. The collectable dolls will be available in July with a suggested retail price of $74.95. Sketches will be distributed inside Season 3 DVD sets on sale later this month. 6
Sean Hayes comes out LOS ANGELES—Actor Sean Hayes, 1 best known for playing the flamboyant character Jack McFarland on the show “Will & Grace,” has publicly announced that he’s gay. Although Hayes’ sexual orientation was long considered an open secret in Hollywood, this is the first time the 39 year-old Chicago native has gone on record about it. Despite his resistance to come out, Hayes said his role on “Will & Grace” made an impact. “I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it,” Hayes said in an interview with The Advocate. “You’re welcome.” Hayes, who won an Emmy Award for his work on “Will & Grace,” will appear with Kristen Chenoweth in “Promises, Promises,” which opens on Broadway this spring.
San Francisco LGBT center asking for $1M SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center is asking the city for some big financial help to stay afloat. Since opening in 2002, the $12.3 million, citysubsidized center has struggled to pay its mortgage and is now on the verge of foreclosure. Officials are now asking the city for a $1 million line of credit. The LGBT Center’s staff of 24 provides counseling, job training, HIV prevention and other programs. Center officials had expected to rely on income from community room rentals and donations, but both have dropped off in the recession. The bailout plan still needs approval from the Board of Supervisors and mayor. Supervisor Bevan Dufty says it’s a tough time for cash-strapped San Francisco but says keeping the center alive would be a “tremendous benefit” for the city. 2
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school district will not be hosting a high school prom this spring after a lesbian student sought to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. The Itawamba County school district’s board decided Wednesday to drop the prom because of what it called recent distractions but without specifically mentioning the girl’s request, which was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The student, 18-year-old high school senior Constance McMillen, said the cancellation was retaliation for her efforts to bring her girlfriend, also a student, to the April 2 dance. “A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it’s really retaliation,” McMillen told The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson. School policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. The ACLU of Mississippi had given the district until last Wednesday to change that policy, arguing that banning same-sex prom dates violated McMillen’s constitutional rights. Kristy Bennett, legal director for the ACLU of Mississippi, said the district was trying to avoid the issue. “But that doesn’t take away their legal obligations to treat all the students fairly,” Bennett said. “On Constance’s behalf, this is unfair to her. All she’s trying to do is assert her rights.” Itawamba County is a rural area of about 23,000 people in north Mississippi near the Alabama state line. It’s near Pontotoc County, Miss., where more than a decade ago school officials were sued in federal court over their practice of student-led intercom prayer and Bible classes.
WASHINGTON—Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Jerry Greenfield attended the wedding of a gay couple who got married at a Ben & Jerry’s store in Georgetown last week. Keith Spangler-Vellios and Andreas Vellios married last Thursday at the scoop shop. The couple previously married in San Francisco in 2004, but the marriage in California was invalidated. The couple has been together for 11 years and have twin 2 1/2-year-olds. Ben & Jerry’s symbolically changed the name its ice cream flavor “Chubby Hubby” to “Hubby Hubby” in 2009 after its home state of Vermont began recognizing samesex marriages. The district is the sixth place in the country to recognize same-sex marriages. 4
Lesbian Sgt. discharged after police tell military RAPID CITY—Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base. Newsome and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a complaint against the western South Dakota police department, claiming the officers violated her privacy when they informed the military about her sexual orientation. The case also highlights concerns over the ability of third parties to “out” service members, especially as the Pentagon has started reviewing the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law. 5
GLAAD calls for protest of Stars on Ice after it snubs Weir LOS ANGELES—The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has called for a protest of the show Stars on Ice, saying it snubbed figure skating champion Johnny Weir because he is openly gay. In a statement, the flamboyant skater, known for his over-the-top costumes, says he was left off the tour—despite numerous approaches from his agent—because he was “not family friendly enough.” “Johnny Weir is a two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. champion,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Other athletes of his caliber would be granted the opportunity to perform during national tours like Stars on Ice. By choosing not to bring the performances and talent of Johnny Weir to American audiences, Stars on Ice is reinforcing an unfortunate double standard that is too often applied to gay athletes and athletes perceived to be gay.” GLAAD has called for community members to speak out against this apparent double standard and call on Stars on Ice and corporate sponsor Smucker’s to demand equal opportunities for all athletes. The tour said it didn’t have room for Weir. 7
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Windy City Performing Arts has appointed Stephen C. Edwards as artistic director for Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria: Windy City Women’s Ensemble. Edwards, an accomplished musician and choral director, is currently the Director of Music and Worship at Community United Methodist Church, where he conducts three choirs. He has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and was a featured tenor soloist with the Chicago Symphony and Chorus in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. “There is no other place that I would rather be than working with these incredible people and leading them into the future of Windy City Performing Arts,” Edwards said of his new position. Edwards will make his debut performance at Windy City Performing Arts’ spring concert: “It Might As Well Be Spring!” March 20th at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted. Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA) was incorporated in 1983 as the independent
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Local Groundbreaking study on GLBT seniors released at aging in American conference By Matt Alderton STAFF WRITER
On any given day of the week, the Center on Halsted in Lakeview is teeming with activity. There are gay and lesbian teenagers from Chicago’s South and West sides socializing via instant message in the Cyber Center. There are trans-gendered men and women assembling for “T” talk, a peer-led trans discussion group. There are Boystown locals lining up for gay speed dating and a smattering of women convening to screen the latest documentary from their favorite lesbian filmmaker. The faces are familiar, because everyone you see inside at the Center on Halsted you’ve probably seen outside on Halsted Street. With one exception, that is: the LGBT seniors. “People don’t really think about their own aging and they don’t think that there are gay seniors, so the seniors themselves feel quite invisible,” says Serena Worthington, senior director of public programs at the Center on Halsted. “Invisibility is a huge issue.” It’s huge, but it’s just one of more than a dozen key issues facing LGBT seniors, according to a new report by Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP). Titled “Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults.” The study was released at the Aging In America conference March 17 in Chicago, and is the first ever collaboration between GLBT leaders and mainstream senior advocates. “I think this report is going to be quite impactful in terms of helping people understand the issues that are most pertinent to LGBT seniors,” Worthington says. “The unique needs and challenges that face LGBT seniors are very, very real, and this report does a really good job of describing not only what’s wrong, but also what we can do to fix it.”
According to the SAGE report, there are approximately 1.5 million LGBT adults age 65 and older in the United States—40,000 to 60,000 of them in Chicago, according to Worthington—a number that’s expected to double to nearly 3 million by 2030. Because of social stigma and legal prejudice, SAGE concludes, all of them face “unique barriers and inequalities that can stand in the way of a healthy and rewarding later life.” Specifically, SAGE identifies three major barriers—encompassing at least 17 concrete issues—to LGBT senior well being: First, LGBT seniors face financial barriers; because they can’t get legally married in most states, they typically are barred from receiving Social Security benefits, Medicaid protections, veterans’ benefits and estate tax exemptions, and generally are disadvantaged by laws governing retirement planning, health insurance and inheritance. “I’ve been with my partner for 18 years,” Worthington says. “If I die today, she won’t get my Social Security benefits. If we were married, that would be a done deal. It’s a small thing, but it can make a big difference; my pension could be the difference between her living below the poverty line or a little bit above it.” Second, LGBT seniors face health care barriers; because they’re minorities, their health disparities often are overlooked and ignored by governments and service providers, their partners and friends typically are not legally recognized as caregivers, and they often are discriminated against by professional caregivers and nursing homes, very few of which are trained to work with LGBT patients. “I just got a call from a nurse about a gentleman who’s ended up in a nursing home,” Worthington says. “Him and his partner of 30 years made the difficult choice to put him there, and they can’t afford it because nursing homes are very expensive—$150 to $180 a day, to start. To afford that, most married people [get an exemption] for Medicaid.
Because they’re an unmarried couple, however, these two have to put a lien on their house. Now the surviving partner is faced with financial ruin.” Finally, LGBT seniors face social barriers; because they’re typically shut out of the mainstream gay community and ignored by the mainstream senior community, they often lack access to the social programming that’s been proven to help seniors stave off depression, poverty and disease. Plus, they’re more likely to be single, childless and estranged from biological family—a significant point, according to SAGE, because 80 percent of long-term care in the United States is provided by family members. “You’re talking in many cases about folks who were activists their whole lives,” Worthington says. “They rose to the challenge of the AIDS crisis and helped care for their friends as they died. The people who are now seniors were on the front lines. They’re a very strong group of people, but with all these extra vulnerabilities.” To help LGBT seniors overcome their “extra vulnerabilities,” SAGE has made several recommendations in its report that it hopes policymakers will heed. First, it calls for providing immediate relief to LGBT elders by increasing funding for LGBT senior programs and increasing education for practitioners and caregivers. Second, it suggests building an advocacy infrastructure with which to raise awareness around LGBT senior issues. And third, it advocates for an increased understanding of LGBT senior issues through research and public education. The Center on Halsted—which last month received a $475,000 grant for its own SAGE program—already is doing all of the above, according to Worthington. It offers a biweekly senior lunch, for instance; hosts regular senior activities, such as BINGO, yoga classes and foreign language workshops; and provides sensitivity training for professionals in the senior care industry. “We’re all going to age,” Worthington
says. “When you go to a bar and everybody’s young, what does that say about us as a community? You’re going to be 40, you’re going to be 50 and you’re going to be 60; when you can’t go to a bar and you don’t have that identity as a young hot gay person, how do you negotiate the world? I think we all need to figure that out together.” For more information about SAGE, visit www.sageusa.org. Or, for more information about SAGE at Center on Halsted, visit www.centeronhalsted.org/cohsage.html.
How You Can Help If you’re interested in helping LGBT seniors, consider these tips from Serena Worthington, senior program director at the Center on Halsted: • Get to know your neighbors: If you have LGBT seniors in your building, in your community or at your office, taking the time to befriend them can make a big difference in their quality of their life. • Volunteer your time: The Center on Halsted is always looking for volunteers in its SAGE program and hosts a two-hour volunteer orientation twice monthly. • Write to your elected officials: Because LGBT senior issues tend to be just as invisible as LGBT seniors, the most powerful thing advocates can do is write to their elected officials to raise awareness on their behalf. For more information about volunteer opportunities with SAGE at Center on Halsted, visit www.centeronhalsted.org.
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In Mexico, gay couples celebrate historic weddings By Olga R. Rodriguez AP WRITER
Two glowing brides in matching white gowns and four other same-sex couples made history in Mexico City last Thursday as they wed under Latin America’s first law that explicitly approves gay marriage. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was a guest of honor at the weddings of Judith Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda and the other couples who tied the knot in a city building, despite harsh criticism from the Roman Catholic Church and a campaign against the measure by President Felipe Calderon’s conservative National Action Party. Vazquez, a 45-year-old small-business owner, and Castaneda, a 33-year-old psychologist, signed and put their thumbprint on the official documents. Then they sealed their union with a kiss amid cheers from family and friends gathered in the colonial-era building’s courtyard, decorated with calla lilies, banners with the colors of Mexico’s flag and a sign that read “Tolerance, Liberty, Equality, Solidarity.” “This is the mark of freedom,” said Vazquez, raising her thumb. Vazquez said she and Castaneda have considered themselves married ever since they moved in together six years ago. “The difference today is that the state will recognize it,” she said while getting her hair done at home before the wedding. “This is a victory for all. ... For us this is a day of celebration.” Mexico City’s legislature passed the first law explicitly giving gay marriages the same status as heterosexual ones in December. The legislation also allows same-sex couples to adopt children.
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For now the law applies only to residents of Mexico City, though a marriage performed in one state must be recognized in the rest of the country. “Today is a historic day in Mexico City,” said Judge Hegel Cortes, who officiated the weddings. “With the signing of these marriage certificates, we leave behind the traditional idea of a family and we allow for two people, regardless of sexual orientation, to get married.” The weddings are not the first of their kind in Latin America, although they are the first approved under legislative authority. In December, two Argentine men were wed in a civil ceremony by a sympathetic governor and with court approval. But interpretations vary on whether Argentine law allows same-sex unions, and the question is now before that country’s Supreme Court. Argentina’s constitution is silent on whether marriage must be between a man and a woman, effectively leaving the matter to provincial officials. A law specifically legalizing gay marriage has stalled in Congress since October. The new law in Mexico’s capital district, which is home to roughly 8 million people, has been closely watched in the United States, where same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire. In New York, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force spokesman Pedro Julio Serrano cheered the milestone. “People in the United States can look up to Mexico City and see a courageous legislature taking a stand,” he said. “It’s a model to follow.”
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In paying for sex changes, Cuba breaks from past Will Weissert AP WRITER
Looking in the mirror used to make Yiliam Gonzalez sick to her stomach. “I would see myself, and my body didn’t match who I was,” said the 28-year-old wedding pianist, who went by William before receiving a sex change under Cuba’s universal health care system. Gonzalez is living proof of a small but remarkable transformation for the rugged revolution of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and a band of ever-macho, bearded rebels, who long punished gays and transsexuals—but now are paying for sex changes. Standing six feet tall, with shoulder-length blond hair, heavy makeup and an ID card still bearing a man’s name, Gonzalez underwent the procedure in 2008. She was one of eight Cubans to do so through a program begun in 1988—then suspended for two decades,
after many complained the communist government had better ways to spend its scarce resources. The operations have begun anew under President Raul Castro’s daughter Mariela, Cuba’s top gay rights activist, and 22 more transsexuals are waiting to have it performed. Mariela Castro says the government is moving cautiously, doing only a few per year. “There has been a lot of resistance because homophobia remains strong in our culture,” she said at a recent conference on sexuality. Despite a global recession that has hit Cuba especially hard, prompting Raul Castro to announce unspecified cuts in healthcare spending, his daughter says the state can’t afford not to perform the surgeries. Gonzalez said opponents “don’t know what a person who is transsexual suffers. It’s a prison you can’t get out of.”
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Just a couple of weeks ago, Chicago Free Press published a valuable article about the funding problems of gay institutions and organizations. It was titled “Weathering the Storm,” although since it focused on the decline in donations from various sources, it might have been more accurately titled “Surviving the drought.” Many younger gays think of the gay community as a place to have fun. And, to be sure, the primary recreational spaces—bars and bathhouses—are self-supporting. But the youngest and newly out gays seem to have little sense that we are a community that needs our ongoing care and support. There are numerous institutions—social service and gay advocacy groups among them—that are far from self-supporting and depend on us gay adults for their survival. Consider the half-dozen AIDS service providers. While some of their funding comes from government grants, private foundations, and wealthy donors, those donations do not cover their total expenses. They need the rest of us to help fill the gap—particularly during the current economic downturn, when other sources are cutting back and less able to provide support. I know of no briefer or blunter way to express it than this: if you gain something from the gay community—and all of us do—then give something back. Don’t think of it as a donation; think of it as returning a favor. What do we get from the gay community? To begin with the most obvious, the very newspaper you are reading would not exist without a community of readers, supportive advertisers who want your business, and gay-friendly venues willing to distribute it. Another obvious benefit is the variety of gay bars and other establishments that facilitate relaxed socializing with other gay people. Despite the existence of the Internet, a surprising number of people have met good friends or even life partners at gay bars. And
our bars are no longer raided by the police— as they once were. If you have AIDS, there are medical facilities that specialize in treating the disease. In fact, the powerful drugs that fight HIV are largely the result of persistent lobbying by gays during the ‘80s and early ‘90s. To those early advocacy efforts, we owe a great deal. I, for one, owe my life. If you live in a city with a gay community center, generally they offer psychological counseling services to help you over the rough spots in your life. You get a birthright to a healthy self-esteem since gays are no longer—as they once were—labeled sick, criminal, or immoral. These are victories won by the gay community over prevailing views at the time. In more and more places, you gain the legal right to marry. To many of us older gays, this seems absolutely remarkable. It was an option that I could not even consider in the ‘50s and ‘60s. In many places, you have the right not to be discriminated against. That ought to be worth something right there. In the past, people often were fired when their homosexuality was discovered. That still happens, of course, but far less frequently than it used to. Soon you might be able to serve openly in the U.S. military. Imagine how the sight of openly gay men and women wearing a military uniform with a few medals and stripes will affect the public’s perception of gays. If these things are worth anything to you, and surely they are, then send at least a small contribution—say, $100—to a gay advocacy or social service agency. Most of us can afford that much. Think of it as payment for services rendered, or eventually to be rendered. I know that writing this column has persuaded me to do just that. Send comments to PVarnell@aol.com
Last week, I sat in a room in the presence of history. At least that’s what it felt like. Ted Olson and David Boies, the two lawyers who are arguing for equal marriage in the California Proposition 8 case, were in New York to talk about their experience. There’s no decision in the Prop 8 case yet – there haven’t even been closing arguments. But Olson and Boies expect a decision by June. And they expect it to be pro-gay marriage. To anyone who followed the testimony while it was happening, this is no surprise. Olson, Boies and their witnesses made eloquent arguments for why gays and lesbians have the right to marry. They recapped those arguments in a Q&A with warmth and power. First off, they said, the Supreme Court has already said that marriage is a fundamental right. Not just in Loving v Virginia, the famous case that struck down bans on interracial marriage, but also in cases like one in Wisconsin, which had a law against people like domestic abusers marrying. Wisconsin had decided that if you get marriage wrong once, you can’t have it again. The Supreme Court said no. Missouri had a law that if you’re in prison for life, you can’t marry. The Supreme Court said no. Marriage is so central that even if you’re in prison for life, even if you’ve married seven times, even if you’ve abused a previous spouse, you have the right to marry. That is how important it is. And therefore, discrimination against the right of gays and lesbians to marry, Olson said, is “wrong, destructive and serves no state purpose.” Second, there is just no evidence to show that gay marriage hurts straight marriage. But there is plenty to prove that not being able to marry hurts not only gay and lesbian people, but also our children. Even the pro-Prop 8 side admitted this. When Judge Vaugn Walker asked one of their lawyers if gay marriage would hurt straight marriage, he said, “I don’t know.” Sure, the other side keeps saying – over and over again – that it is in the state’s interest to “protect” marriage between a man and a woman because they are most likely to procreate and procreation is in the state’s interest. But what Olson and Boies say to that is simply this: no state has ever had a fertility test before granting a marriage license. No state has ever asked a couple about their intention to procreate. So how invested in procreation can the state be? And finally – the argument from tradition is specious. It’s true, Olson and Boies say:
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allowing gays and lesbians to marry will change the definition of marriage. But allowing interracial marriage changed the definition of marriage, too. As Boies said, quoting Justice Kennedy, “The fact that discrimination has gone on a long time doesn’t make it fine – it makes it worse.” Watching Olson and Boies speak gave me shivers because they laid out a clear pathway to winning. They said that just the fact that they made such a clear case, bringing all the evidence together for the first time, will move the country forward, because it tears down the other side’s position. But even better, their arguments are arguments we can all use when explaining equal marriage to family and colleagues. They are not defensive. They are not overreaching. They are right. We will win the current Prop 8 trial. And we may win the appellate trial. But Olson and Boies’ confidence and solid reasoning made me think for the first time that we will also win the Supreme Court. And if we win California, we will have gone a long way toward winning equal marriage everywhere. Marriage is coming. And those of us who were in that room last week were lucky enough to meet the men who may help make it happen. The full Olson/Boies Q&A is available at 365gay.com. Jennifer Vanasco is an award-winning, syndicated columnist. Email her at Jennifer.Vanasco@gmail.com; Follow her at Twitter.com/JenniferVanasco.
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Getting “Blasted”: an interview with Bitch By gregg Shapiro MUSIC, TV & FILM EDITOR
Even without her trademark dreadlocks, it’s easy to spot Bitch in a crowd. You know you know her. She was one half of the Righteous Babe Records duo Bitch and Animal. She was in the lesbian “rap session” scene in John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus.” She’s also had a solo career as a musician, whether on the June Millington-produced “Make This Break This” or backed up by The Exciting Conclusion on the followup. And don’t forget about her recent work with women’s music legend Ferron. On her aptly titled new disc “Blasted!” (Short Story), Bitch rocks harder than ever on songs such as “Open Up,” “Afghanistan” and “Bugs.” I spoke with Bitch shortly before the release of “Blasted!” Gregg Shapiro: “Blasted!” is a fitting name for the new album, because it sounds like your hardest rocking disc (“Open Up,” “Bugs”). Were you listening to different music during the writing of the songs for the disc? Bitch: I was. My work with (my band) The Exciting Conclusion definitely turned me on to that rock side of myself. I’m not sure if I was necessarily listening to different music, but definitely appreciating that rock part of myself (laughs). GS: You’ve embraced it. B: Yes, exactly! GS: I really love the sound effects on “Kitchen” which make it a kind of kitchen sink of a song. What can you tell me about the process of selecting the effects? B: Sort of like walking through a dark room and trusting my instincts as far as what works. A friend of mine gave me a whole hard drive filled with samples because I knew I wanted to have all sorts of crazy sound effects in it. I feel like I just half-closed my eyes and let the sounds speak to me; if they felt like the song and if they had an emotional place in it. GS: Well, it’s delightful to listen to that song. One of the sounds (in the song) is bowling. Do you bowl? B: I’m actually a really good bowler. GS: Really? B: (Laughs) Which I probably shouldn’t brag about (laughs). GS: What’s your highest score? B: Oh, I’m not that nerdy, I don’t really know. I do remember having a shut out a couple of years ago in Buffalo. What do they call it? The ‘turkey’ or something? GS: Where you get a whole bunch of strikes in a row? B: Yeah, and you end the game on a strike or something like that. Nobody could believe my studliness (laughs). CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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Interview CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 GS: I also love what I describe as the punk hoedown of “Cat’s Kills”… B: Yay! Good! GS: It’s an unabashed celebration of the Catskills, from the Borscht Belt to Bitch in a couple of generations… B: (laughs) GS: So, do you spend time in the Catskills? B: I have, yes. And, of course, I was playing on the words there, meaning “look what the cat dragged in.” Yes, I have spent time in the Catskills. GS: Did you find a nice artists community there? B: Yes. I’ve played some festivals up there and often entertained the idea of having some roots under me up there, which sounds so heavenly and quiet. But of course, the city always draws me back in. But, I find amazing communities in that pocket of the U.S. GS: The album closes with this incredible re-inventing of “Staying Alive.” And you’re known as a song writer, so when a song writer picks a song to cover it’s always interesting to know why that song was chosen. B: I was assigned to learn that song for a disco revue at a music festival and I kind of rolled my eyes. Even with the whole disco thing, I just never felt it, I never for some reason got into disco music. I was like, “fine I’ll do it” and I started looking into the song and read the lyrics and I couldn’t believe how intense they were. I did do a disco version of it for that festival, but while I was at the festival I was often times down in the woods at night with my ukulele and the lyrics stuck with me and I started finding it as a ballad/ emo-rock song on my ukulele. GS: What a great place to discover that. B: You should have seen me with my case and my newly chopped hair (laughs). GS: You have chopped hair? B: Yeah, I chopped all my dreads off. GS: Really? What color is your hair now? B: It’s just the color that my mom gave me, right now. My friend is trying to get me to put a few streaks in it (laughs). But the dreadlocks do make an appearance on the artwork of the album. GS: There’s some word play again in the song “Punk-Chew-Ation,” but it also has some name checking in it; two women from very opposite ends of the spectrum. Valerie Solanas and Ferron both appear in the same song. How did that happen? B: When I write poetry, I very rarely edit it. So those kind of just pushed out of me. I didn’t sit around and think, “I want to include Valerie Solanas and Ferron,” but I do cite those two women as huge influences as far as people who bent my mind a little in understanding their work. I think a lot about
Travel and I write a lot about why I write and what compels me to write. I do see myself as part of a legacy in some ways. GS: Absolutely, I definitely see how you’re in that bloodline. B: Yes, and Valerie Solanas, ostensibly enough, I didn’t even know about her until that “I Shot Andy Warhol” movie came out. That’s when I learned about the “S.C.U.M. Manifesto” and I looked into it. Talk about someone who was (laughs) radical and out there and that did inspire the “Pussy Manifesto” when I was that age. GS: From Bitch and Animal, right? B: Yeah. GS: It seems like every time I talk to you we end up talking about Ferron – are the two of you still in touch and are there future collaborations down the road? B: Oh gosh, I hope so. I really want to. I have got to force her yet again to record with me. I would love to. My dream, this time, is to set up a live recording. Just mic the whole room and just do a show with her. She is sick of touring, and she doesn’t want to leave her house (laugh). That’s my next proposition, but don’t tell her because she’ll start resisting now (laughs). GS: She’ll dig in those heels. B: Exactly, so if I just surprise her one day and we’re in the moment having fun and all of a sudden I just start setting up mics, I think that’s the way it’s going to happen. GS: A guerilla technique, yes. B: Yeah, and I will be spending time with her this summer because we started a bit of a tradition of doing a music festival at her house in August. So, I will be there again and I am planning on spending time with her and the chickens (laughs). GS: I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but there’s this whole letter-writing campaign to get Betty White to host SNL and I was thinking that with Lilith Fair being revived this year, with a number of GLBT artists on the roster, do you think now would be a good time to start a letter writing campaign to get Ferron on the bill at Lilith Fair? B: Aww, wouldn’t that be awesome? Why not? I would love that, I am still shocked about people in my generation who don’t know her work and haven’t been turned on to it yet. I love her so much. GS: What about you, if you were invited would you ever play Lilith Fair? B: Yeah, I don’t see why not at this point. What would be my hesitation to play it? Because of the corporate sponsorship and all of that? GS: But, yet it is sort of balanced out by all the money they give to good causes. B: I know, I know, that is how I’m seeing it too (laughs).
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Dublin’s Docklands showcase a new, hip quarter By Mairead Flynn AP WRITER
There is arguably no place more central to Ireland’s capital than the River Liffey, which snakes its way through the city and divides Dublin into north and south sides before emptying into the Irish Sea at the city’s edge. It is along the banks of the Liffey that many of Dublin’s most iconic sites can be found: the majestic Custom House, the quaintly preserved pedestrian Ha’penny Bridge, the Guinness Brewery. In paintings, postcards and memories, the riverbanks form the perfect microcosm of Dublin and its lifeblood, thriving with traffic, pedestrians and the buzz of the capital. Many visitors to Dublin use the Liffey as a landmark to point them in the direction of major tourist sites. But that limits their riverbank wandering to the city center, from famed O’Connell Street down to the cobblestone warren of the Temple Bar tourist quarter and nearby museums. Those who venture farther, however, following the river to Dublin Port, will find a new, modern Dublin along the shore, replete with dining and entertainment options in a sleek, trendy setting. Mixed in among these neighborhoods on the north and south sides, they can also find elements of the old Dublin tucked away, along with memorials and reminders of the city and country’s rich history. Following the Liffey on the north side, away from the city center, visitors will come upon the International Financial Services Centre with tenants like KPMG and JP Morgan Chase. Next to these financial powerhouses, however, is a beautifully restored building called chq—the latest incarnation of a former tobacco store with vaults underneath. Bright and airy, with a glass exterior, the building now houses a handful of eateries, high-end shops and the occasional art installation. The area next to the building, known as the Docklands, hosts annual events including a Fringe Festival in late summer, an Oktoberfest celebration in autumn and a Christmas market in December. Each of these events brings droves of people into the Docklands, and most feature food, artisan kiosks and various performances with an electric, festive ambiance. Just across from this space, however, is a somber sight on the north banks of the Liffey: A famine memorial with life-size sculptures of starving men and women, and even a skeletal dog, making their way toward Dublin Port to leave Ireland’s shores during the Great Famine of the 1840s. Just a few steps away, closer to the port, a replica of the ship Jeanie Johnston is anchored in tribute to the 2 million who emigrated. A stroll farther along the Liffey leads to
another anchored ship, the MV Cill Airne, which is the Irish spelling of Kerry town Killarney. Turned into a bar and restaurant, it is a beautiful place to have a drink on a sunny summer’s day, surveying the Liffey’s long riverbanks while enjoying a pint of Guinness on the deck. During more usual rainy weather, diners also can enjoy a gourmet meal with river views on the enclosed main deck in Quay 16 restaurant. The rest of the north side of the Docklands features swanky new apartments and a soon-to-open conference center with a tilted glass-enclosed front. Some taxi drivers already jokingly refer to the building as “The Pint”—a play on the former name of a nearby concert venue once known as The Point. This entertainment hall, at the edge of the quays before the port, was redeveloped and renamed the O2. It opened in December 2008 and is the largest indoor concert hall in Ireland, with 9,500 seats. Crossing to the other side of the river— possibly using either the pedestrian Sean O’Casey Bridge or the just-opened Samuel Beckett Bridge, both named for Dublin-born writers—leads to an even trendier part of the city. Grand Canal Dock is a chic collection of bright lights, fashionable apartments and stylish restaurants. U2’s former recording studio, Windmill Lane, is here, covered in graffiti left by hard-core fans on pilgrimages to the band’s home city and haunts. A few blocks away, Facebook just opened its international headquarters in a Grand Canal Dock building, and Google’s European headquarters stands a 10-minute walk away from the river, all signaling the area’s arrival as a 21st-century center of commerce and technology. Most importantly, the neighborhood is home to the Daniel Libeskind-designed Grand Canal Theatre, an asymmetric architectural masterpiece. It is scheduled to be open by St. Patrick’s Day this year and will host concerts, musical theater performances and other shows. Just a block from this cutting-edge theater, however, is an old-school pub that is a throwback to the Dockland’s former identity as, well, docklands. Both sides of the river were known as rough areas until the 1980s—the haunts of hardened sailors and dockhands. The Ferryman pub, formerly a watering hole for the local workingmen, is now more often packed with suited lawyers and other corporate types who stop in for pints after work. It is painted red on the outside and jam-packed with typical Irish pub decorations (framed photos, dusty bottles on shelves, everything that could be expected in an old-time Dublin “local.” But like so many other places in this recently gentrified area, it is a great mix of old and new.
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By Gregg Shapiro MUSIC, TV AND FILM EDITOR
March 18, Thurs.
Outdanced’s Stardust @ Berlin, 954 W. Belmont presents The Glass live with Kid Color at 10 p.m. Call (773) 525-2460. Bi singer/songwriter Edie Carey performs at 9 p.m. at Uncommon Ground Devon, 1401 W. Devon. Call (773) 465-9801. Company of Thieves, of “Oscar Wilde” fame, play Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, at 9 p.m. Call (773) 525-2508.
“Nighthawks at the Diner” at 8:30 p.m. at Simon’s Tavern, 5208 N. Clark. Call (773)-8780894.
Sink? at 7 p.m. in the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. Call (312) 744-6630.
Petterino’s Monday Night Live, an open mic cabaret showcase hosted by Denise McGowan and Beckie Menzie, begins at 7:30 p.m. at Petterino’s, 151 N. Dearborn. Call (312) 4220150.
March 23, Tues.
March 22, Mon.
The Chicago Cultural Center’s New Millennium/New Music series showcases avant garde and improvised music by touring artists and local musicians in Who Cares How Long You
Stephen Leonard hosts Unpugged: An Acoustic Concert Series at 9 p.m. at The Wild Pug, 4810 N. Broadway. Call (773) 784-4811. At 8 p.m. Benton Records presents “Japan Nite” U.S. Tour 2010 featuring Red Bacteria Vacuum, Omodaka, JinnyOops! and Okamoto’s at Empty Bottle, 1045 N. Western. Call (773) 276-3600.
Dana Hall Quartet performs at 12:15 p.m. in the Randolph Café at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. Call (312) 7446630.
March 24, Wed.
eighth blackbird performs Steve Mackey’s “Slide” at 7:30 p.m. in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago’s Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Call (312) 3347777. Five For Fighting and Matt Wertz play The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, at 7 p.m. Call (773) 472-0449.
“Celia the Musical: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz” runs tonight through Sunday in the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Call (773) 935-6860.
March 19, Fri.
Empty Bottle, 1045 N. Western, welcomes Gil Mantera’s Party Dream at 10 p.m. Call (773) 276-3600. The Right Now play a record release concert with VertiKal and Weber Band at 9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln. Call (773) 5252508.
March 20, Sat.
Outdanced’s Stardust @ Berlin, 954 W. Belmont presents The Drag Matinee, featuring The House of Santana with the Sounds of Jobot, hosted by Mini Shaina at 9 p.m. Call (773) 525-2460.
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March 21, Sun.
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TV & Film
The latest queen rocks away on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
STEEL TRAIN HOLLY MIRANDA
A rock and roll-themed competition sends another contestant home By Bebe Zahara Benet COURTESY OF LOGO
FRIDAY, MARCH 26 • ARAGON BALLROOM 8:00pm • All Ages
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Being able to lip-sync is a crucial skill for any drag queen, but so is the ability to deliver a song in your own voice. This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race the queens found that out with a musical competition that featured rock-and-roll as the chosen form of expression. I recently chatted with Sahara Davenport, who was eliminated after a strong and uncompromising run that culminated in the rocked-out singing exercise. Although she went home, Sahara told me she is no stranger to singing musical theater and gospel. “I knew that had to be coming, (that) we are going to have to sing live, do something vocally,” Sahara said about the competition. “Then I was like, it’s rock-androll!” During the challenge, Sahara tried not to focus on the vocals and instead went out on stage to have fun. I told Sahara, with that high note of hers, she knows how to make an entrance! “I felt good about it,” Sahara said. “I thought, oh my God, I’m living. I French kissed a girl in the audience!” One element of Sahara’s drag artistry that has always struck me is her use of movement, which makes sense considering Sahara is trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance. I asked her if she considers that her trademark – and got back a hilarious answer. “My trademark, Bebe, is my beauty!” she said, which had me in hysterics. “After the beauty, people come see the kicks and tricks and comedic timing. Dance is the basis of my show. It’s how I express myself when I’m not at the microphone.” Sahara is comfortable around a microphone. With a full resume as a male dancer and model, she uses drag as a way to support herself. “I’m not one to wait tables or cater events,” she explained. “Drag was my side gig.” A side gig that grew into a career! As a drag performer who sings and just released a single (check my song out on YouTube!), I spoke to Sahara about the balance between lip-syncing and live-singing performances, and how both are equal forms of expression. “It’s about my message in that moment,” Sahara said in agreement. “I don’t think there should be a lip-sync versus live singers de-
bate.” One characteristic I think makes Sahara so successful is her vulnerability. I respected how open she was on the show about her struggles with identity and family acceptance. “I made a decision to go out there and just be me,” she said. “So many kids are now hitting me up, saying you understand me. What the show has done is given me a voice. I tell everyone going through a dark time, ‘You are never the only one.’” Now that’s a message to live by! Catch “RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) every Monday night on LOGO and visit LOGOonline.com to find out about viewing parties in your area. Until next week, kisses and self-acceptance!
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Theater “Mimesophobia” Written by: Carlos Murillo Showing: Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., thru Apr. 4 Tickets: $12-$24 Contact: (773) 853-3158 or www.theatreseven.org reviewed by Web Behrens CONTRIBUTING WRITER
You can easily be forgiven if you misins Sahara terpret the title of Theater Seven’s “Mimesorespect- phobia,” which certainly suggests an irratiow about nal fear of silent performers in whiteface. mily ac- But that notion has nothing to do with this out there play. Nope, playwright Carlos Murillo has kids are found other ways to frustrate an audience. derstand For the record, mimesophobia apparently ven me a means “the morbid fear of slavish imitah a dark tion.” (Murillo knew he’d have to explain the oddball title, so one character defines y! Catch the word for another.) In this meta play, two (ET/PT) hopeful Hollywood authors struggle with visit LO- writer’s block as they attempt to polish a wing par- skeevy screenplay about a Hyde Park mursses and der. When one of them realizes he’s sleeping with a woman who knows the victim’s family, he pumps her for information to get his ideas flowing again. The show wants to provide a compelling examination of what passes for entertainment in our twisted culture, but it’s buried underneath a tedious script. All plays naturally rely on dialogue, this one talks itself to death. Murillo breaks the fourth wall repeatedly, first with twin narrators (played by Brian Golden and Jessica Thigpen in humorous Hollywood-gossip-show TV-anchor style), then also with the sister of the murdered woman, who reads from her reconstruction of the deceased’s diary. Director Margot Bordelon corrals a lot of talent both behind the stage and on it. Brian Stojak and Michael Salinas’ callow screenwriters provide a few good laughs; John Wilson’s flexible set manages to suggest a variety of locations while using the rear wall as a cinema screen; and Miles Polaski’s excellent sound design really helps set the mood. Unfortunately, Theater Seven expends its efforts on a lackluster show that doesn’t earn them.
“The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity, and Utter Confusion” Book and Lyrics by: Seven Playwrights Showing: Silk Road Theatre Project at Chicago Temple, Lower Level, 77 W. Washington, thru Apr. 4 Tickets: $34 Contact: (773) 857-1234 ext 202 or www.srtp.org
“Trust” Written by: David Schwimmer and Andy Belin Showing: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan, thru Apr. 25 Tickets: $28-$62 Contact: (312) 337-0665 or www.lookingglasstheatre.org
reviewed by Lawrence Bommer
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“Who am I?” That question was posed by this enterprising Asian-American theater company to seven writers. Their responses to issues of identity were inspired by genealogical DNA tests they took—with varying and maddening results. Playful and philosophical, personal and educational, the short works, warmly staged by Steve Scott, richly explore the mystery of ancestry, specifically how much we owe to the gene pool we swam in and how free we are to forge a future different from the cumulative contributions of centuries of chromosomes. Elizabeth Wong’s “Finding Your Inner Zulu” imagines herself and her sister hurtling through her double helix to find a way to trigger a gene for a higher height in basketball. (It won’t work that way…) Velina Hasu Houston searches for a very different sister: Separated at birth, they discover common ground in the prospect of breast cancer and the death of a baby. In Shishir Kurup’s “Bolt from the Blue” the connection is between brothers, separated as much as connected by the Internet. Here the trigger for a renewed bond is the younger brother’s depression, a classic case of nature worsened by nurture. Funny and fierce, David Henry Hwang’s “A Very DNA Reunion” spoofs a teenage boy’s desperate need to prove that Genghis Khan and Cleopatra are his REAL family, his actual, seemingly arbitrary, loved ones. Artistic director Jamil Khoury’s ‘WASP: White Arab Slovak Pole” exuberantly illustrates the plight of a gay man who’s assumed to be stereotypes that he’s not and overlooked for who he is. Lina Patel’s “That Could Be You” celebrates the flexibility of anatomy as destiny. Finally, Philip Kan Gotanda’s “Child Is Father to the Man” memorializes a dad whose death defines the son as much as his birth ever could.
reviewed by Lawrence Bommer It’s no surprise that “Trust,” now in a highly engaging Lookingglass world premiere, originated as a screenplay discovered by company directors David Schwimmer (returning to his roots) and Heidi Stillman. With its jump cuts, parallel scenes, dovetailing action and real-life 3-D, it feels like a very watchable movie (which in fact it also is). Add to that Dan Ostling’s scene design, a supple video wall that delivers textured backdrops along with the crucial “instant messages” that fuel an unstoppable plot. “Trust” takes a harsh look at the latest way in which Yeats’ “ceremony of innocence is drowned” circa 2010. Tragically topical, the plot’s as scary as it is familiar: A 14-year-old girl from suburban Wilmette feels trapped by the contradictions of adolescent angst, at the (lack of) mercy of the popular girls and not sure her parents believe in her either. At a website called TeenChat.net, Annie meets and exchanges pictures with a guy named Charlie who “gets me.” Suddenly Annie has a friend who offers unconditional “trust,” thinks she’s pretty, and gives her sports tips that help her score. Relentlessly and believably, this secret friendship with a boy whose age keeps increasing each time he writes tests that “trust” and exposes the fractures in Annie’s torn-up family. Philip R. Smith powerfully plays the anguished, helpless father to Allison Torem’s teenage girl who falls through all the cracks, while, as “Charlie,” Raymond Fox embodies the kind of clever chameleon who flourishes in the Internet’s darkest depths. Nothing new here but, given the authenticity and accuracy of the look, sound and feel of “Trust,” that’s no drawback whatsoever.
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“The Informer” Written by: Charles Pike Showing: Prop Theatr, 3502 N. Elston, thru Apr. 18 Tickets: $15-$20 Contact: (773) 539-7838 or www.propthtr.org reviewed by Brian Kirst CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Sometimes the success of a show can hinge on one element—and with Prop Thtr’s current adaptation of John Ford’s 1935 film “The Informer,” that single force is lead actor Turk Muller. In fact, despite its occasionally awkward set-ups and casual (to the point of non-existent) direction, Miller’s soft bravado ultimately makes “The Informer” a truly winning night of theatre. Former IRA enforcer turned village joke, Gippo Nolan, betrays his best friend and former colleague, Frankie McPhillip to the British, in hopes that his reward money will buy a new life for his street walking girlfriend, Katie. But the drunken Gippo immediately blows his money on the frivolous streets of Dublin and neighborhood suspicion soon finds him stumbling beneath the blazing eyes of his former leader, Gallagher. While Charles Pike’s script brilliantly explores Gippo’s mindset and his deep almost anguished love for Katie in a series of biting monologues, none of the scenes between the two establish this passion. Director Scott Vehill also stages many of the group encounters with a nonchalance that leaves the majority of the supporting cast standing around like high school cheerleaders on stage for the first time. Still, Pike and Vehill’s energy and passion shine through even the most aimless moments, leaving the impression that they simply desired to gather a great group of friends together to produce a fun show. Muller meanwhile beguiles with a humor and honesty that wins the admiration and hearts of everyone present. He is given admirable back-up by Roger Welp’s smoky and determined Gallagher, Robert Gonzalez’s hilarious party drunk and Shannon Evan’s gaunt and haunted Mrs. McPhillip, whom is able to establish emotional volumes with facial expressions alone.
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Calendar THURSDAY, MARCH 18 6:30 PM SAGE Game Night Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 395-0066 www.centeronhalsted.org Come and play a familiar game or learn a new one. If you have a favorite game, you are encouraged to bring it along and teach it to the group. We’ll have a few classic games on hand as well as some newer ones. Light refreshments.
7:15 PM Speed Dating for Women Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 395-0066 www.centeronhalsted.org Meet someone new in a ﬂash during speed dating night. Cash bar opens at 6:45 p.m. and the ﬁrst round starts at 7:15. Rounds continue until everyone has met or until 8:45 p.m., whichever comes ﬁrst.
5 and 8 PM
Windy City Performing Arts Concert Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469 www.windycitysings.org Windy City Performing Arts will perform its ﬁrst concert under the leadership of new artistic director, Stephen Edwards, “It Might as Well Be Spring.” For tickets, visit www.windycitysings.org.
7 PM Red Hot Club BEHIV & Cabaret Union League Club 65 W. Jackson Blvd. (773) 293-4740 www.behiv.org With a new venue this year, Cabaret night—with entertainment from longtime favorites Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen—promises to be a magical evening of great food and high style. Tickets: $150 ($250 for Benefactor Level).
FRIDAY, MARCH 19
SUNDAY, MARCH 21
The Cowboy Junkies Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 728-6000 www.oldtownschool.org With special guest Grant-Lee Phillips.
SATURDAY, MARCH 20 4 PM “Welcome Spring” Wine Tasting For Gerber/Hart Library KAFKA Wine Co., 3325 N. Halsted St. (773) 381-8030 www.gerberhart.org Celebrate the coming of spring with a “Welcome Spring” Wine Tasting. New spring wines, including those appropriate for upcoming holidays and special occasions, will be available for sampling. Tickets are $20, and are available through PayPal on the Gerber/Hart web site.
Body Heat: The 4th National Femme Porn Tour Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 395-0066 www.centeronhalsted.org Turn the temperature up a notch with “Body Heat an Erotic Exploration,” presented by Femmes Write Porn, a national touring collective of Queer Femmes who perform erotic spoken word, dance, and song. Turn the temperature up a notch and feel the body heat! Tickets are $12 and available in advance at www.centeronhalsted.org.
ABSOLUTE “MUST SEE, MUST DO” EVENTS
MONDAY, MARCH 22
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24
The Pretty Things Peepshow
Intuitive Process Art Making
Elbo Room 2871 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 549-5549 www.elboroomchicago.com Touring Vaudeville show featuring vintage vaudeville and circus sideshow entertainment. Twenty big acts in one crazy night. Beautiful babe, sword swallowing sensation Miss Heather Holliday, Burlesque Beauties Bettina May, go-go Amy, “The Dapper Dan of Danger” Donny Vomit, plus Chicago’s burlesque sensation Angela Eve. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets $8 advance, $10 at door. available online.
Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 395-0066 www.centeronhalsted.org Come and explore process art making in a safe and nurturing environment! Using simple art materials and personal journaling, reconnect to your innate creative abilities. Attendees will learn to identify creative blocks, develop a different relationship to their inner critic and relax and enjoy color and motion. No art making or writing experience is needed, just an openness to discovery. As a “closed” group class, participants make a commitment to the six-week class and drop-in participation is not offered. This program is made possible through the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program.
TUESDAY, MARCH 23 7 PM WAC (Women’s Action Committee) Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469 www.windycitysings.org “WAC” is comprised of women dedicated to providing quality programming and community to LBTQ women and their allies in the Chicago-land area. If you identify as a woman, then be the change you want to see in LBTQ programming at Center on Halsted! Free. firstname.lastname@example.org
Drag Race with Frida Lay Roscoe’s Tavern 3356 N. Halsted Ave. (773) 281-3355 www.roscoes.com Frida Lay hosts Chicago’s only amateur drag contest every Tuesday at 11pm in Roscoe’s front bar. Drag Race has been a hit since its premier in 2000.
3:30 PM Fags, Queers, Dykes, and Butches: The State’s Use of Sexism and Homophobia Dominican University Social Hall 7900 W. Division St. (River Forest) www.dom.edu Lecture by Joey Mogul, an attorney with the People’s Law Ofﬁce. Mogul will examine how the sexual orientation of defendants has been used against them in capital murder trials. Statistics show that as many as 40 percent of all women on death row are lesbians. Free.
THURSDAY, MARCH 25 6:30 PM Art For Life University Club 76 E. Monroe (312) 726-2840 www.ucco.com This art auction highlights local artists and beneﬁts Bonaventure House, which serves people impacted by AIDS. The event features champagne, wine and hors d’ oeuvres. Business attire requested (no jeans).
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By St. Sukie de la Croix FREETIME EDITOR
I don’t know where in the Bible it says it’s acceptable to molest children, but the Catholic Church is now trying to gloss over yet another man-boy sex scandal. Did I miss something? Did Moses lose one of the tablets he brought down from the mountain? Were there 11 commandments? Was the 11th “Thou shalt rape children as long as thou doesn’t get caught”? This latest scandal involves the brother of Pope Benedict XVI, the retired Rev. Georg Ratzinger who denies playing host to a culture of abusing boys when he was leader of Regensburger Domspatzen choir in Germany—though he admits to slapping boys in the face. It seems a former choirboy has come forward with stories of sexual abuse. The German newsweekly Der Spiegel reported that therapists in the region are treating several alleged victims from the choir. Let’s face facts, Catholic priests are fuckedup perverts who have gender and sexual problems that rot the soul and ultimately send the priest down into the depths of hell, where he is half eaten by Satan’s rabid wolves, and then forced to burn for all eternity while watching a video loop tape of weight-loss guru Richard Simmons fucking Carol Channing up against a Dumpster. Q: Can a Catholic priest satisfy his perverted sexual urges and still be celibate? A: Yes. And this is how. The priest needs to go shopping at St. Sukie de la Croix’s Sex-Toy Emporium for
Horny Celibate Priests Who Rape Children where our inflatable cherubs are just flying off the shelves. Aside from cherubs, the biggest seller in our inflatable man-boy erotica section is the Macauley Culkin “Home Alone” doll—a perfect sex fantasy for Catholic priests: “Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left at home after his family leave for a vacation in France. Scared and ‘Home Alone’ Kevin seeks the help of a Catholic priest who proceeds to gain his confidence and then rape him.” Our other big seller to the Vatican chapter of NAMBLA is the Michael Jackson Musical Sucker-Base Dildo. This is modeled on the young Michael Jackson before he transitioned into the middle-aged dead white woman he is today. You just slap the sucker against the walls of the rectory, give it a twang, then back your ass onto the lubed-up Michael Jackson Musical Sucker dildo and ride it like it’s the last cock on the planet. When it’s all the way in the rubber testicles on the dildo spin and light up as disco balls and play “Rockin’ Robin.” And here’s the big feature. There’s a microphone attached, so Catholic priests can have Michael Jackson in one end while they’re singing karaoke “Rockin’ Robin” out the other: “He rocks in the tree tops all day long, hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song. All the little birdies on Jaybird Street, love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet … oh fuck me Michael Jackson, fuck yo daddy priest … Rockin’ robin, rock rock. Rockin’ robin. Blow rockin’ robin ‘cause we’re really gonna rock tonight … fuck yo daddy hard. Slip me some candy boy love … Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee … The Michael Jackson Musical SuckerBase dildo comes with a sapphire blue silky polyester long sleeve ankle length 1970’s cocktail Disco dress with button shirred cuffs, V-neck in back and back zip closure. A little lipstick, a touch of eyeliner and you’re all set for your mug shot on the National Sex Offender Registry. Contact St. Sukie de la Croix at stcroix@ chicagowhispers.com or you can find him on facebook.
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By St. Sukie de la Croix
$6 Effen Cocktails $12 Miller Lite Pitchers
PLUS win rounds of Dekuyper Shots!
This week in … 1978 Groups meeting this week include the Libertarians for Gay Rights rap session at 736 W. Briar; the monthly meeting of the gay Methodist group Affirmation/Chicago, takes place at 561 Stratford #2F; and the Aurora Gay People’s Alliance celebrates its 2nd anniversary with a party at the Oak Creek Apartments Clubhouse.
... “Chicago,” the Kander, Ebb and Fosse musical vaudeville is at the Blackstone Theatre starring Jerry Orbach with Penny Worth and Carolyn Kirsch as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, taking the place of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera who played them in New York.
1987 Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” is playing at the Next Theatre, 927 Noyes, Evanston, and Charles Ludlam’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a Remains Theatre production is at the Organic, 3319 N. Clark St. Lawrence Bommer calls “Vep” “a hilarious, exuberant tour de force.”
... Lesbian events this week include Redwood recording artists Deuce at Paris Dance, 1122 W. Montrose; Women & Children First host “Women’s History Night; Early Women Settlers,” 1967 N. Halsted; and Sue Fink along with Jacqueline Stander perform at the Mountain Moving Coffee House, 1655 W. School.
Park; Chicago Smelts swim team holds coached workouts at Gill Park five nights a week; and Frontrunners/Frontwalkers meet on Tuesday and Saturday at the totem pole at Addison and Lake Shore Drive.
... In an interview with WMAQ-TV Mike Quigley accuses Helen Schiller of telling Uptown residents from the Appalachian region that he was gay. Schiller says: “I’m enraged. He made this up, and he knows it’s not true. It’s typical of his campaign. It’s a total, complete lie aimed at dividing people, and it’s very dangerous. He just says what he wants.”
$3 Miller Lite Pints $4 Wild Turkey American Shots $9 Vodka Lemonade & Vodka Cranberry Pitchers
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2002 In the bars this week “Sheer Elegance” with Yazmina Couture, Countess I of the Gold Coast, is at the Annex 3, 3160 N. Clark St.; the original Underwear Party is at Manhole, 3458 N. Halsted; and come celebrate 33 years of fabulous girls at the Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., with special guest Candis Cayne.
... DJ Ceven’s Top Five at the North End, 3733 N. Halsted, are: 1) “NBD Greets BF (Paul Van Dyk Mix)” by Binary Finary; 2) “Maximizing the Audience” by Elastica presents Jesus Elices; 3) “The Tamperer” by the Tamperer; 4) “Porno Star” by Klubbheads; and 5) “Star Guitar (Pete Heller Expanded)” by the Chemical Brothers.
773.477.1420 SUNDAYS 1PM-6PM
BECAUSE BRUNCH WAS NEVER REALLY ABOUT THE FOOD Music: DJ Nick Phoenix Attire: PJs, robes or whatever YOU are walking home in Specials: $12 bottles of champagne, $4 screwdriver, $4 bloody MARY, COMP Juice mixingSUNDAYS bar
1PM-6PM For your pleasure: Cartoons and complimentary cereal Music: DJ Nick Phoenix Attire: PJs, robes or whatever YOU are walking home in Specials: $12 bottles of champagne, $4 screwdriver, $4 bloody MARY, COMP Juice mixing bar For your pleasure: Cartoons and complimentary cereal
Thanks to the Gerber/Hart Library at 1127 W. Granville for the use of their collection and archives.
In the bars this week Bulldog Road, 2914 N. Broadway, celebrates their 5th anniversary with a special appearance by the band ACME Vocals, and “Turn the Beat Around” a benefit dance for Chicago House, takes place at Neo, 2350 N. Clark St.
1991 Ongoing gay sports meets this week include the Midwest Men’s Center’s swimming group on Mondays and Wednesdays at Welles
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Stardust Thursdays with performances and special DJs, brought to you by Outdanced
Cosmix : DJ Greg Haus, electro, progressive, and alternative, $5 after 11pm
Twisted w/ DJ’s Chester & Larissa, $5 after 11pm / $7 after 1am
MODifyd. DJ Chester mixes alternative and pop. $2 Lites, $3.25 Heinekens.
$1 off domestic & draft beer & $1 shots of Pucker, all flavors.
$10 pitchers of Miller Lite & Michelob Ultra $14 pitchers of Svedka bloody mary’s.
$10 pitchers of Miller Lite & Michelob Ultra $14 pitchers of Svedka bloody mary’s.
Absolut Thursday $4 Absolut Cocktails $7 Absolut Martinis/Cosmos Video hits from disco to today 9pm
Shake It Up Fridays $4 Bacardi Cocktails and Bombs DJ Oskar spins dance music 9pm - 2am
Saturday Video Dance Party $5 Absolut Cocktails $5 Jameson Shots Video dance hits from disco to today 9pm
$3 U-Call-It Bottles to Top Shelf - After Hours w/ DJ Mixmaster F @ 1am
9:30-1:30: 2-Stepping & Line dancing with resident DJ Michael B - 1:30-4am after hours dance party
Open 4pm; “Get The Weekend Started” with Video hits from Disco to Today @ 8:30pm.
Hamburger Mary’s / Mary’s Attic
954 W. Belmont (773) 348-4975 berlinchicago.com
3729 N. Halsted (773) 525-1200 bobbyloves.com
1547 West Bryn Mawr Ave. (773) 334-2525 cattlecallchicago.com
3726 N. Broadway (773) 871-8887 charlieschicago.com
3359 N. Halsted (773) 477-1420
4808 N.Broadway (773) 784 Crew worldsgreatestbar.com
5400 N Clark St 773-784-6969 hamburger maryschicago.com
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Wed. 24 th
Cheap Trix, hosted by Jay jay, with DJ Chester, $1 well and PBR
“Just Let Go...” DJ Larissa, hosted by Shayna X, $3.25 Coronas, Disco Obsession last Wed. of month with DJ Pervy
$1 off Domestic & Draft Beer - $1 off well drinks.
$2 Tuesdays - $2 for domestic/ draft beer & well drinks.
$3 shots of Jagermiester All Svedka martini’s only $5
Sunday Funday $3 Sauza Margaritas $3 Millers and $4 Imports/ MicroBrews Video hits from disco to today 9pm
Cheap Drink Mondays $2.50 well cocktails $3 Millers, $4 Imports & Micro Brews Video hits from 60’s to today 9pm
Tortilla Tuesdays Chips, Salsa and Fun $4 Beam and SoCo Cocktails Two-Step Lessons 8pm Video Mix Up 11pm
Curtains Up Wednesday Andersonvile’s Showtunes Night $3 off call martinis/cosmos Showtunes videos 9pm
9:30-2:30: 2-Stepping & Line dancing with resident DJ Michael B - 2:30-4am after hours dance party
$10 Long Isle Pitchers Karaoke w/ Dirty Laundry @ 9pm - After hours with DJ Lulu @ 1am
$10 Stoli Pitchers - $2 Well $3 Bacardi - Line Dance Lessons @ 7pm - It’s just Bingo Bitch w/ Lauren & Friday @ 11pm - After hours with DJ Duance @ 1am
$10 Absolut Pitchers - $2 Bud Light - $4 Jager & Bombs Karaoke w/ Dirty Laundry @ 8pm - After hours with DJ Lulu @ 1am
$3 Absolut Drinks, all flavors! - $2.50 Corona $2 Miller Lite - Line Dance Lessons @ 7pm - After hours w/ DJ Mixmaster F @ 1am
$12 Long Island Ice Tea Pitchers / $5 Jagerbomb Shots - DJ Freddie Bain – Hostess: Cher (first & last Friday of the month) & Sexy Go-Go Boys! – 10pm
Diva Deejays - Rotating the delicious deep house sounds of: DJ Dhanna, Miss Micheala, Tracy Tobey & Carla Starla
Super Saver Sundays with $1 well-drinks - Park your pup with Pate! 2-8pm - DJ’s Dealer, Pete Augusta & Chris Eterno Plus Sexy Go-Go Boys starting at 8pm
Boystown Bailout! Monday Madness with ½ off all drinks. Your daytime bartenders Kenny & reX. - 4-9pm DJ Andrew with your bartender Jodi – 9pm
$9 Vodka Cranberry & Vodka Lemonade Pitchers DJ Timmy Loop - Hostess: Miss Foozie & Sexy Go-Go Boys! – 10pm
$6 martinis / $4 Svedka Vodka Cocktails / $5 Jagerbomb Shots / $9 Miller Lite Pitchers Jazz & Cocktail Music with your bartender Robert – 4-9pm
Daily Lunch Specials 11:30am - 3:00pm - Happy Hour 1/2 priced appetizers 4 -6 pm Miller Lite pints $3.00 Chang bottles $3.00 (Thailand’s #1 Beer!)
Daily Lunch Specials 11:30am - 3:00pm - Happy Hour 1/2 priced appetizers 4 -6 pm Goose Island Seasonal pints $3.50 PBR cans $2.00
Shiner Bock pints $3.50 Bud Select bottles $2.75 Double Bloody Mary $6.00 Mimosa pitchers $12.00
Miller Lite pitchers $9.00 Double Bloody Mary $6.00 Beergarita, Mimosa or Monsoon pitchers $12.00
Daily Lunch Specials 11:30am - 3:00pm - Half Price Chicken Wings Dine-in only Six $3.00 / Twelve $4.50 Happy Hour 1/2 priced appetizers 4 -6 pm Stella Artois pints $3.75
Daily Lunch Specials 11:30am - 3:00pm - Happy Hour 1/2 priced appetizers 4 -6 pm Bud Light pints $2.75 Bud Light Lime bottles $3.00
Daily Lunch Specials 11:30am - 3:00pm - Happy Hour 1/2 priced appetizers 4 -6 pm Blue Moon pints $3.50 Rolling Rock bottles $2.75
MARY’S & REC ROOM: $3.50 Home-Brew Pints!
MARY’S & REC ROOM: $5 “Mary’s Punch” pints and $4 Shock Top pints.
MARY’S & REC ROOM: Mimosa Brunch served till 3 pm. First mimosa free, then just $2! $4 Leinie bottles.
MARY’S & REC ROOM: Mimosa Brunch served till 3 pm. First mimosa free, then just $2!
MARY’S: Charity HamBINGO with Velicity Metropolis at 8pm. $5 Sauza Margaritas & frozen slushies.
MARY’S: Tini-Tuesday with $3 off all Mary’s specialty martinis.
MARY’S & REC ROOM: $2 off all Mary’s “SpecialTease” cocktail pints.
ATTIC: $2 Jello Shots & $3 Miller Lite draft. No cover
ATTIC: Feel Good Fridays with Rogue DJ at 9pm. $3 Bama-Slamma Shots, $5 Mary’s Punch pints. No Cover
ATTIC: Dance Party with DJ Oskar & John Murges at 9pm. $2 Jello Shots & $5 Frozen Slushies. No Cover
Mon. 22 nd
ATTIC: Cabaret Show at 7:30 (cover varies). Gong Show MaryOke with Velicity Metropolis 9pm. $3 well cocktails and domestic bottles
REC ROOM: “Pop Quiz” trivia night. $3 off all Marytinis and $2 PBR cans ATTIC: Closed
ATTIC: MaryOke with DJ Matador at 9pm. $3 well cocktails and domestic bottles
“Bittersweet”: The Strawberry Girl spins bittersweet music and video. $4 Kir Royale Champagne cocktails. Open pm-4am
“FICTION”: Dark pop, electropop, dance rarities and post-contemporary visuals with DJs Gene Avenir, Wesley Groves, Adam Killing and Rolan Vega. Open 9pm – 4am
“Planet Earth”: DJ Dave Roberts spins new wave club classics: Chicago’s favorite new wave night since 1994. Open 9 P.M. – 5 A.M.
“Wolf Calls With the Warlock”: vintage rock n’ roll and video oddities. $4 margaritas, $2 PBR bottles, $3 Jameson shots. Open 9pm – 4am
Mix-Tape Meltdown”: a rotating cast of DJs, playing everything from mod & soul to glam & goth. Sponsored by Laurie’s Planet of Sound. $4 flavored Stoli drinks, $2 PBR bottles. Open 9pm – 4am
Busch Lit. Cons, Old Style Bottles, $2.25
$6 Pitchers of MGD & Miller Lite
Open until 5am
Open until 4am
Domestic Bottles, Well Drinks $2.25
MGD Draft, Miller Lite Draft $2
Premium Beer $3.50
TPAN Pulse Party 6pm with Billy! $8.75 Miller Pitchers!
$4.75 Miller Lite Drafts
College Football - don’t miss your favorite teams & games all day long!
Open at 11am with George - $3.75 mimosas all day - build your own bloody mary with all the fixins NFL Sunday Ticket
$1.75 Miller Lite mugs all day
Gotcha Dart Tourney 8pm Free entry dart tourney with $50 cash prize
Karaoke Wednesday 10pm with Mistress Melissa
Original Frat House Party hosted by Kevin, Jared and William with DJ Katy R. $5 40oz Miller Light, $5 40oz King Cobra, $5 26oz Corona, $5 Mini-Pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea, $5 Stoli-Flavored Throttle Bombs
Scarlet presents The First Ward Ball - Our weekly themed party. $4 Well Drinks, $4 Bud Light, $5 Stoli-Flavored Throttle Bombs
Psycho Saturday hosted by DJ Psycho Bitch. $95 Classic Stoli Bottle Service, $5 StoliFlavored Throttle Bombs
Scarlet gets a little dirty and presents The Brothel. $12 Champaign Bottle, $4 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary’s, $3 Miller Lite, $5 Stoli-Flavored Throttle Bombs
Art Haus, hosted by Adam Guerino A weekly rotation of comedy, local artists, independent films and live music. Followed by DJ Greg Haus. $3 Tall Boy PBR, $5 Well Cosmos, $5 Stoli-flavored Throttle Bombs
The Hangout, hosted by Miss Omicah House, Jennings Wynn and Kevin Neal. $6 Mini Pitchers of Vodka-Lemonade, $3 Miller Lite, $5 Stoli-Flavored Throttle Bombs
Downtown Wednesdays - Scarlet brings top name downtown dj’s and flair without the downtown prices. $95 Classic Stoli Bottle Service, 5 Martinis @ $5/ea, $4 Amstel or Heineken, $5 Stoli-Flavored Throttle Bombs
Open at 3pm Comedy Night 8pm-2am
Open at 3pm Early Show tunes 5-9pm High Energy 9pm-2am
Open 3pm Classic Sidetrack Mix til 9pm High Energy Mix 9pm-3am
Open 3pm Show tunes 3pm-9pm Retro 9pm-2am
Open 3pm Show tunes 3pm-9pm
Open at 3pm U*Video U Request Tuesday 8pm-2am
Open at 3pm Best of Sidetrack 8pm-2am
Cosmo’s (9 ounces of pleasure) $6
Sapporo pints $3
GEAR NIGHT Free Buzz Cuts Dress Code in Club Room Foot Friends 6pm
BEER BUST 50¢ DRAFTS BUD/BUD LIGHT Pool Tourney @ 8 pm Movie Night @ 10 pm Trucker Daddy Night
Domestic pints $2 9pm Free Pizza while it lasts
Shock Top pints $2.75
Fullers London Pride pints $3
3534 W. Belmont Ave. (773) 267-LATE latebarchicago.com
3501 N. Halsted (773) 871-6116 littlejimschicago.com
3733 N. Halsted (773) 477-7999 northendchicago.com
3320 N. Halsted (773) 348-105 scarletbarchicago.com
3349 N. Halsted (773) 477-9189 sidetrackchicago.com
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2 Berlin 954 W. Belmont (773) 348-4975 3 Bobby Love's 3729 N. Halsted (773) 525-1200 4 Bucks Saloon 3439 N. Halsted (773) 525-1125 5 Cell Block 3702 N. Halsted (773) 665-8064 6 Charlie's 3726 N. Broadway (773) 871-8887 7 Circuit Night Club 3641 N. Halsted (773) 325-2233 8 The Closet Bar 3325 N. Broadway (773) 477-8533
28 Scot’s 1829 W. Montrose (773) 528-3253
12 Little Jim's 3501 N. Halsted (773) 871-6116
29 Sofo 4923 N. Clark (773) 784-7636
15 North End 3733 N. Halsted (773) 477-7999 16 Roscoe's Tavern 3356 N. Halsted (773) 281-3355 17 Scarlet Chicago 3320 N. Halsted (773) 348-1053
23 The Call 1547 West Bryn Mawr Ave. (773) 334-2525 24 Crew 4804 N. Broadway (773) 784-2739 25 Hamburger Mary's
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Magnolia Ave Magnolia Ave
30 T’s 5025 N. Clark (773) 784-6000 31 Wild Pug 4810 N. Broadway (773) 784-4811
33 Jackhammer 6406 N. Clark (773) 743-5772 34 Touche 6412 N. Clark (773) 465-7400
Outside Map Area Baton Show Lounge Downtown 436 N. Clark (312) 644-5269 Bijou Theatre Downtown 1349 N. Wells (312) 943-5397 Davenport's Wicker Park 1383 N. Milwaukee (773) 278-1830 Forest View Lounge Berwyn, IL 4519 S. Harlem (708) 484-9778
32 Granville Anvil 1137 W. Granville (773) 973-0006
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Montrose Ave The Glenwood Rogers Park 6962 N. Glenwood (773) 764-7363 Montrose Ave Hunter's Nightclub Elk Grove Village, IL 1932 E. Higgins Rd. (847) 439-8840
InnExile Southwest Side 5758 W. 65th St. (773) 582-3510 Jeffery Pub South Side 7041 S. Jeffery Blvd. (773) 363-8555 Maneuvers Joliet, IL 118 E Jefferson St. (815) 727-7069 Moda Franklin Park, IL 2409 N. Manheim Rd. Second Story Bar Downtown 157 E Ohio, Second Floor (312) 923-9536 Velvet Rope Oak Park, IL 728 Lake St. (708) 358-8840
Sheridan Rd Sheridan Rd
20 Steamworks 3246 N. Halsted (773) 929-6080
3341 N. Halsted (773) 871-6227
11 Hydrate Chicago 3458 N. Halsted (773) 975-9244
22 Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan (773) 728-5511
Ashland Ave Ashland Ave
26 Man's Country 5017 N. Clark (773) 878-2069 27 Marty's 1511 W. Balmoral (773) 561-6425
14 Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café
19 Spin Nightclub Belmont @ Halsted (773) 327-7711
21 @mosphere 5355 N. Clark (773) 784-1100
10 Halsted's Bar & Grill 3441 N. Halsted (773) 348-9696
13 Lucky Horseshoe 3169 N. Halsted (773) 404-3169
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Ravenswood Ravenswood Ave Ave
Wilson Ave Leland Ave
18 Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted (773) 477-9189
9 Cocktail Chicago 3359 N. Halsted (773) 477-1420
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Marketplace Decorative paint a wallpaper alternative By Carole Feldman AP WRITER
Elaine Griffin is crazy about stripes—in small rooms and kids’ rooms, powder rooms and halls. She also likes glazes and metallics. Stencils, too. Decorative and faux painting is back, although in a subtler style than the “Dallas’” and `”Dynasty” days of the 1970s. “We overdid it then,” said Griffin, a New York decorator, designer and contributor to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Bonnie Roberts-Burke, a real estate agent, had 80 feet of stripes painted in her 100-yearold Washington town house. They start in the living room, go up the stairs and all the way down the hallway on the second floor. “It pulls it all together,”she said. The stripes—each 5 inches wide—are of the same creamy blush beige color, but alternate between satin and flat finishes. “It just makes the most interesting patterns,”she said. “It changes as the light in the house changes.”
Roberts-Burke said it gives the house an elegant feel. Her husband, David Burke, finds it warm and calming. The couple hired a professional to paint their stripes. Griffin said many homeowners try decorative and faux painting themselves; “civilian painters,” she calls them. Paint and glazes can be used to create a marbled look, textured effect or a wood finish. With them, you can produce patterns that rival—or even surpass—what is available in wallpaper. Faux painting simulates nature and makes a surface look like something else—“making a plain door look like cherry or a plain plaster column look like marble,” says Tracy McGranaghan, a decorative painter with studios in Annapolis, Md. “Decorative painting,” she said, “is creating patterns and color dimensionally on walls and surfaces.” It’s not just walls that are being painted
creatively. Furniture and cabinetry, even floors and ceilings, also are fair game. Meghan Carter, who runs the Web site AsktheDecorator.com, said painting the ceiling a color other than white can produce a more intimate feeling, especially in rooms with “abnormally tall ceilings.” “Paint is a wonderful thing because it’s instant gratification,” McGranaghan said. “In a very short time, you can completely transform a space.” Faux finishes can add depth and dimension to a surface. “It’s all about subtlety, not so much knock-you-in-the-head drama,” she said. It also makes the walls more durable, said Gary Lord, a decorative painter and teacher in Cincinnati. “It hides a multitude of sins and you can get it customized just for your own particular taste and color.” That customization is key for people who choose faux and decorative painting.
Often the color in wallpaper is just not right. Or the pattern is too big or too small. Or it repeats too often. Or maybe they’re looking for a less expensive alternative to wallpaper. For faux and decorative painting, the first step is putting on a base coat. Glazes, washes or patterns go on top of that. There’s a positive technique for applying glazes or washes: Apply the color with a sponge, rag or other tool and leave it there. In the negative technique, you put the glaze or wash on the wall and then extract it, using a sponge or other tool. Griffin said professionals tend to choose the negative technique because it looks better; amateurs go for the positive technique because it’s easier, she said. Among the many types of faux finishes, according to Better Homes and Gardens: • Sponging: Dip a wet sea sponge into glaze
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and press it on the wall. The glaze also can be applied to the wall and then lifted in patterns using the sponge. It creates almost a marbleized effect. • Ragging: Press a rag against a wall in which a glaze already has been applied, removing some of the paint. This will create a textured appearance. • Strie: Move a brush vertically over a wall to created a striped effect, either applying the glaze with the brush or removing some of it as you work. • Stippling: Use a brush to create the appearance of little dots. ``That’s when you put on the base coat and put on a glaze and pounce with it,’’ Griffin said. Wood graining also is popular, McGranaghan said, as is the use of Venetian plaster, which results in a marbled look. She also paints patterns—“things that almost look like wallpaper”—on walls, cabinets and furni-
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