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Windy City Times 2018-01-17
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MONDAY SPECIALS
The CallThe Call
$2.50 Well Drinks $3 Miller Lite Bottles

Club KraveClub Krave
College Night first drink 50% off w/college ID, $2 well, $1 draft beer, $4 dom. pitchers

InnexileInnexile
BLUE MOON PINTS WITH A SLICE OF ORANGE - $3.00

Scot'sScot's
$3.50 all domestic bottle beer

Phoenix Bar   (Hunter's) Phoenix Bar (Hunter's)
$5 Vodka Redbull $4 Apple Puckershot

Center on HalstedCenter on Halsted
Charm School - Trans* style and etiquette 7PM - 9PM

Big ChicksBig Chicks
Buck Burger Night: Burger (or veggie dog) and fries for $1, 5pm-midnight $4 Absolut Mandarin & cranberry $2 off beer pitchers

Progress BarProgress Bar
Resident VJ Riley York

CellblockCellblock
GAME NIGHT featuring $2 PBR and all vodka for $4.25

Broadway Youth CenterBroadway Youth Center
7PM-9PM: Q, a social group for young LGBT adults, ages 18 to 24.

Lucky Horseshoe LoungeLucky Horseshoe Lounge
6 Male Dancers starting at 8PM

The ClosetThe Closet
$3 Well $3.50 Pints of Miller Lite $3.50 Shock Tops

DS Tequila CompanyDS Tequila Company
Monday Madness: 1/2 off all food after 5pm

Shakers On Clark (Formerly 3160)Shakers On Clark (Formerly 3160)
$11 Mix and Match Buckets

Elixir LoungeElixir Lounge
1/2 price martinis

Spyners PubSpyners Pub
$11 Miller Lite Bucket Free Pool

Bobby Love'sBobby Love's
$12 Sweet Tea Lemonade Pitchers

ManeuversManeuvers
DJ Billy $1 Drafts

Estelle'sEstelle's
$1/2 Price Burgers $3.50 Stella Drafts

Charlie'sCharlie's
DRAG BINGO w/ Darla Dae 10pm - Free Dance Lessons 7:30pm, country dancing 8-10pm, Dance Party w/Lulu until 4am $2 well drinks, $2 draft pints, $4 Bacardi bombs, $13 Deep Eddy pitchers

Davenport's Piano Bar CabaretDavenport's Piano Bar Cabaret
$3.50 Well Drinks Open Mic Night from 8pm-12am

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper ClubKit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Half priced drinks 1/3 off food menu

The SoFo TapThe SoFo Tap
$5 Jameson Shots

Granville AnvilGranville Anvil
$1.50 drinks all day

Scarlet BarScarlet Bar
3rd Monday of the Month Party Trannika's Most Wanted Drag Show 8pm - 2am Presented by Fireball $4 Fireball

Farraguts on ClarkFarraguts on Clark
$6 Pitchers of Miller Lite, PBR, and Leinenkugels

Hamburger Mary'sHamburger Mary's
HamBINGO Mary's every Monday night at 8pm DOWNSTAIRS in the dining room

HydrateHydrate
$2 premium drinks w/Mz. Ruff N Stuff, show 11pm-1am Followed by DJ Laura B $5 cover after 8pm

The GlenwoodThe Glenwood
$6 Double Pints $5 Glass of Wine

Dick's R U CrazeeDick's R U Crazee
Free Pool

Roscoe'sRoscoe's
$12 Smirnoff Tidal Wave Pitchers $12 Absolut Long Island Pitchers $5 Smirnoff Bombs $2.50 Miller Lite Drafts

SidetrackSidetrack
Musical Monday Show Tunes 8pm-2am Grab some napkins and sing along

Crew Bar and GrllCrew Bar and Grll
1/2 Price Flatbread Pizza Absolut Cocktails - All Flavors $5.00 Bud Light Drafts - $3.25


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  UPCOMING GAY & LESBIAN EVENTS
Monday, Jan 22
Steppenwolf Theatre Co. to honor Sarah Paulson at Women in the Arts Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress Paulson is 2018 honoree at the annual fundraising luncheon and will join Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro for a conversation about her career and her impact as a leader in her industry. $250, VIP $500.   12:00pm   Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel  221 N. Columbus Dr Chicago  312-654-5632  http://specialevents@steppenwolf.org
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/
Smart Recovery Self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Gay men with addictive behaviors (alcohol, drugs, eating, shopping, gambling, sex, or codependency) or who wonder if they have a problem are welcome. Self-management and recovery training (SMART) uses cognitive-behavioral methods. Room 205. Each Monday.  7:00pm - 8:15pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.smartrecovery.org
Stories in the Spotlight: Writing Workshop Transgender participants will transform an important moment into a story that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright Susan Lieberman teaches techniques for writing effective autobiographical anecdotes in this six-week, free-of-charge workshop at Center on Halsted. Workshop sessions Monday evenings January 8 through February 12. Performance Monday February 19. For more information, contact Susan at susanlieberman17@gmail.com. Free.  7:00pm - 8:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14661
Bi Movie Night: England Is Mine Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago   7:00pm - 9:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org
Tret Fure Performs Folk Concert Long known from the women's music circuit and her popular song "Tomboy Girl." Free and open to the public.  7:00pm   Oak Park Public Library, , 834 Lake St.  http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Tret-Fure-to-perform-folk-concert-Jan-22-at-Oak-Park-Public-Library/61603.html
Call Me By Your Name at the Century Sensual and transcendent tale of first love: In the summer of 1983 in beautiful northern Italy, a precocious 17-year-old Italian-American boy spends his days in his family's 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the idyllic setting, Elio and a visitor discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer. 1:25, 4:15, 7:10   10:00pm   Landmark Century Centre Cinema  2828 N Clark Chicago  Tickets: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/chicago/century-centre-cinema/film-info/call-me-by-your-name

Tuesday, Jan 23
Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Chicago's LGBT running and walking club. Meet at the totem pole  6:30pm   Addison and Lakeshore Dr.  http://www.frfwchicago.org
Author Reading: Patrisse Khan-Cullors in conversation with Charlene Carruthers The conversation will center on Cullors' and bandele's forthcoming book, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.   7:00pm - 9:00pm   Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago.  Tickets: https://patrissekhancullors.brownpapertickets.com/
Call Me By Your Name at the Century Sensual and transcendent tale of first love: In the summer of 1983 in beautiful northern Italy, a precocious 17-year-old Italian-American boy spends his days in his family's 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the idyllic setting, Elio and a visitor discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer. 1:25, 4:15, 7:10   10:00pm   Landmark Century Centre Cinema  2828 N Clark Chicago  Tickets: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/chicago/century-centre-cinema/film-info/call-me-by-your-name

Wednesday, Jan 24
StartOut Networking Event Out & Equal Chicagoland partners to network with LGBTQ professionals and friends at StartOut's New Year Networking Event. $10  6:30pm - 9:30pm   Fig & Olive; 104 E. Oak St; Chicago  Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startout-chicago-presents-new-year-networking-tickets-42021622805?aff=es2
40+ Monthly Peer-Led Support Group and Potluck Peer-led support group that highlights the experiences of Black, LGBTQ women. This support group is open to women who are 40 years old and older, and the discussion centers the experiences of LGBTQ women of color. Fourth Wednesday of the month. Bring a dish to share.   7:00pm - 9:00pm   Affinity Community Services  2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108 Chicago  http://www.affinity95.org
Pamela Bannos in conversation with Donna Seaman The two will discuss Bannos' book A Photographer's Life and Afterlife.  7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/pamela-bannos-conversation-donna-seaman

Thursday, Jan 25
Living Dangerously: the Sequel, a Drag King Workshop Ever wanted to try on drag king performance, but are afraid of looking silly? Want to up your game as a performer? Feel like sharpening your tie game with some knots that will make you stand out? Catch this workshop by Gavin Danger. This event is family friendly and kids are invited to attend with their parents. $20 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, email Tamale Sepp at tsepp@centeronhalsted.org.  6:00pm - 8:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14636
"The Queens" Chicago Premiere Party and Screening Dinner, drinks, film screening, Q&A with director and performers in film, live performances by performers in film Sunny Dee-Lite and Alexis Gabrielle "Gabby" Sherrington. $100  6:30pm   Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club  3700 N Halsted Chicago  612-333-3180  http://www.thereporters.org/project/the-queens/
the kates at Chicago Improv Chicago comedian Kelsie Huff hosts the all-female comedy showcase. $17  7:30pm   5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall Store K120B, Schaumburg  http://improv.com/
Night out with a Sex Geek: Everything You Wanted to Know Ever wondered what it would be like to get your Masters in Sex? Lifelong sex geek, Em House, did too. The internationally-acclaimed sexuality coach, former Planned Parenthood clinical staffer and current Sexuality Masters candidate has led sex & body workshops for audiences from Shanghai to Denver to her home in Philly. $20 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  8:00pm - 10:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://community.centeronhalsted.org/SexGeek
My Friend Dahmer Details the high school years of Jeffrey Dahmer as he deals with bullies, battling parents, and emerging homosexuality, and pursues his hobby of dissolving small dead animals in acid.   8:00pm   Gene Siskel Film Center  164 N State Chicago  http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/dahmer

Friday, Jan 26
Chicago's Restaurant Week Through Feb. 8  12:00pm   Various locations  https://www.choosechicago.com/restaurants/chicago-restaurant-week/
The Myth of Education Opening reception with artist Mike Cloud  6:00pm   Local Center Gallery, 915 S. 60th St., Chicago  http://arts.uchicago.edu/logan-center/next-mike-cloud-myth-education
Yank! A WWII Love Story Midwestern boy joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier and is introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. Through Feb. 18. $40 reserved seats, $30 general  7:30pm   The Buena, Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago  http://www.pridefilmsandplays.com
Cal in Camo: "a 21st century Midwest American gothic tale" Marooned in a sinking starter home in rural Illinois, Cal struggles to bond with her newborn daughter as her beer salesman husband struggles  8:00pm   Rivendell Theatre  5779 North Ridge Chicago  http://rivendelltheatre.secure.force.com/ticket

Saturday, Jan 27
Asians & Friends Chicago Winter Ski-Jump Event Watch ski jumpers in the spirit of the Winter Olympics. Meet at Metra French Market, Downtown Ogilvie Transportation Center at 10am to ride out or meet at Norge Ski Club.   12:00am   Norge Ski Club, Fox River Grove  http://www.afchicago.org
Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Chicago's LGBT running and walking club. Meet at the totem pole   9:00am   Addison and Lakeshore Dr.  http://www.frfwchicago.org
Book Release and Reading Featuring readers from Volume 21 of NewTown Writers anthology of creative writing OFF THE ROCKS. Coffee and pastry treats provided. Books available for ten dollars.  1:00pm - 3:00pm   Charmer's Cafe, 1500 W. Jarvis, Chicago.
Kids Story time: LOST AND FOUND CAT with author Amy Shrodes An all-ages story time with the author in celebration of this timely picture book.  3:00pm - 4:00pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/kids-story-time-lost-and-found-cat-author-amy-shrodes
Creativity Curing Cancer Community and Creative Expression To help Chicago theater personality Bev Spangler fight breast cancer. Eats and drinks plus Chicago talent with songs, stories, poetry, and comedy. Silent auction. Space limited.   6:00pm - 10:00pm   St. Michael in Old Town, 1711 N Cleveland Ave., Chicago  http://helpbevbeatcancer.com
Upswing Advocates Winter Gala Performances, dancing, food, drinks, and community. Benefitting Upswing Advocates, an LGBTQIA focused research and training organization that provides sliding scale, accessible services. $35 - $100  7:00pm - 10:00pm   Preston Bradley Center Mason Hall, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/upswing-advocates-winter-gala-tickets-41311011347
The Gershwins in Love, 9th annual concert benefit Benefiting Legal Council for Health Justice AIDS Legal Council program  8:00pm   Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret  1383 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago  Tickets: http://davenportspianobar.com/make-reservations/?utm_source=Legal+Council+email+list&utm_campaign=caba187a98-July+7+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c0979d28b6-caba187a98-190734917&mc_cid=caba187a98&mc_eid=9393fe9224
OPALGA attends Harbur Gate Thought provoking play about three women in a combat zone. Please join OPALGA for pre-performance wine and snacks at 7:30pm. $22  8:00pm   16th Street Theatre, 6420 16th St. in Berwyn  http://opalga.org/programs-events/16th-street/

Sunday, Jan 28
Sober Horizons Group of Alcoholics Anonymous All persons with a desire to stop drinking are welcome.  9:30am   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.chicagoaa.org/about-caso
Jackie Anderson memorial The ong-time Chicago civil-rights activist and lesbian pioneer died after a short illness on Jan. 7, surrounded by family and friends. She was 75. Born in Chicago, Anderson graduated from Roosevelt University and retired from a long career as assistant professor of humanities and philosophy at Olive-Harvey College, where she started work in 1975. She twice served as department chairperson. Limited seating. Post-event at Jeffrey Pub until 8pm.   2:30pm - 4:30pm   DuSable Museum  40 E 56th Pl Chicago  http://tinyurl.com/y7nxbojj
PAC the House Pride Arts Center's monthly variety showcase with standup comedy, burlesque and drag, hosted by drag artists Coco Iman and Ryan Royale. Monthly on the last Sunday of the month. $12 online. $15 at the door   8:00pm   Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway  800-737-0984  http://www.pridefilmsandplays.com

Monday, Jan 29
Law at the Library series, Changes in the Tax System Chicago Public Library and Chicago Bar Association present  12:15pm - 1:15pm   Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State St.  http://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59a0398c3338a63400de7e7f
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/
Smart Recovery Self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Gay men with addictive behaviors (alcohol, drugs, eating, shopping, gambling, sex, or codependency) or who wonder if they have a problem are welcome. Self-management and recovery training (SMART) uses cognitive-behavioral methods. Room 205. Each Monday.  7:00pm - 8:15pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.smartrecovery.org
Stories in the Spotlight: Writing Workshop Transgender participants will transform an important moment into a story that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright Susan Lieberman teaches techniques for writing effective autobiographical anecdotes in this six-week, free-of-charge workshop at Center on Halsted. Workshop sessions Monday evenings January 8 through February 12. Performance Monday February 19. For more information, contact Susan at susanlieberman17@gmail.com. Free.  7:00pm - 8:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14661

Tuesday, Jan 30
Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Chicago's LGBT running and walking club. Meet at the totem pole  6:30pm   Addison and Lakeshore Dr.  http://www.frfwchicago.org

Thursday, Feb 1
Quiet Storm: the Art and Times of Black LGBTQ Life Opening event for our Black History Month series. This event is an art showcase, featuring a traveling exhibition from Gerber Hart Library, a musical performance from Dr. Johari Jabir, and photography from artist Darryl Terrell. Free.  6:00pm - 8:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14660
American Veterans for Equal Rights Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, the national organization of LGBT veterans formerly known as Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).   7:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.averchicago.org/
Book Launch Party: YOU CAN'T FIRE THE BAD ONES by Bill Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers By Bill Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers  7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/book-launch-party-you-cant-fire-bad-ones-bill-ayers-crystal-laura-and-rick-ayers

Friday, Feb 2
Woman Spirit 2018: Holly Near "I Am Willing" For 40 years, Near has combined music and activism. She will present a workshop on Saturday morning and sing a concert "Singing for Our Lives" at 4pm. Concert tickets will be made available first to conference participants. Workshop continues through February 4.   4:00pm   Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston  http://www.womenandreligion.org/?platform=hootsuite  Tickets: http://www.womenandreligion.org/event-registration.html
Baryshnikov Cherry​​​​​ Orchard ​​​​​Festival​ will present ​​​​​the ​​​​​Chicago ​​​​​premiere ​​​​​of​​​​​ the one-man​​​​ ​​​​​play Brodsky/Baryshnikov through Feb.​​​ 4. ​​​$45-$150. More information, including curtain time, to come.   7:30pm   Harris Theater for Music and Dance  205 E Randolph Dr Chicago  312-334-7777  Tickets: http://HarristheaterChicago.org​​​
Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling Show & Podcast Eight storytellers will share their personal story to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. A panel discussion moderated by Ada Cheng will follow the performances. The featured storytellers will include: Nikki Patin, Kai Love, Carly Oishi, Eileen Tull, Nick Heap, Clarence Hogan and Casi de Pena.  7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/am-i-man-enough-storytelling-show-podcast
Yank! A WWII Love Story Midwestern boy joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier and is introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. Through Feb. 18. $40 reserved seats, $30 general  7:30pm   The Buena, Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago  http://www.pridefilmsandplays.com
Cal in Camo: "a 21st century Midwest American gothic tale" Marooned in a sinking starter home in rural Illinois, Cal struggles to bond with her newborn daughter as her beer salesman husband struggles  8:00pm   Rivendell Theatre  5779 North Ridge Chicago  http://rivendelltheatre.secure.force.com/ticket

Saturday, Feb 3
Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Chicago's LGBT running and walking club. Meet at the totem pole   9:00am   Addison and Lakeshore Dr.  http://www.frfwchicago.org
Brunch Remixed 100% of the proceeds from the sexxxy singles auction goes to Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies.  1:00pm - 4:00pm   City Winery Chicago  1200 W Randolph St Chicago  Tickets: http://brunchremixedcw.splashthat.com/
Holly Near in Concert, Singing for Our Lives Hosted by WomanSpirit 2018. $26.50  7:30pm   Unitarian Church of Evanston 1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston  http://  Tickets: http://www.ucevanston.org
Equality Illinois 2018 Gala Honoring longtime LGBTQ activist Jim Bennett, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, and transgender youth activist Jazz Jennings. Cocktail reception, seated dinner, speakers on the work of Equality Illinois, luxury silent auction, a round-the-world travel raffle, and dancing till midnight. $300 or $500 VIP  8:00pm   Chicago Hilton and Towers  720 S Michigan Ave Chicago  http://www.equalityillinois.us/2018gala/
Brodsky / Baryshnikov One-man​​​​​ show ​​​​​based​​​​​ on ​​​​​the ​​​​​poems ​​​​​of ​​​​​Nobel ​​​​​laureate ​​​​​Joseph​ ​Brodsky,​​​ performed​​​​​ by ​​​​​legendary ​​​​​dancer/actor​​​​​​ Mikhail​​​​​ Baryshnikov.​​​​​  10:00pm   Harris Theater for Music and Dance  205 E Randolph Dr Chicago  312-334-7777  Tickets: http://harristheaterchicago.org​​​

Sunday, Feb 4
Sober Horizons Group of Alcoholics Anonymous All persons with a desire to stop drinking are welcome.  9:30am   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.chicagoaa.org/about-caso
Brodsky / Baryshnikov One-man​​​​​ show ​​​​​based​​​​​ on ​​​​​the ​​​​​poems ​​​​​of ​​​​​Nobel ​​​​​laureate ​​​​​Joseph​ ​Brodsky,​​​ performed​​​​​ by ​​​​​legendary ​​​​​dancer/actor​​​​​​ Mikhail​​​​​ Baryshnikov.​​​​​  2:00pm   Harris Theater for Music and Dance  205 E Randolph Dr Chicago  312-334-7777  Tickets: http://harristheaterchicago.org​​​
Judy Collins Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism.   8:00pm   City Winery Chicago  1200 W Randolph St Chicago  http://www.citywinery.com

Monday, Feb 5
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/
Stories in the Spotlight: Writing Workshop Transgender participants will transform an important moment into a story that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright Susan Lieberman teaches techniques for writing effective autobiographical anecdotes in this six-week, free-of-charge workshop at Center on Halsted. Workshop sessions Monday evenings January 8 through February 12. Performance Monday February 19. For more information, contact Susan at susanlieberman17@gmail.com. Free.  7:00pm - 8:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14661

Tuesday, Feb 6
Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Chicago's LGBT running and walking club. Meet at the totem pole  6:30pm   Addison and Lakeshore Dr.  http://www.frfwchicago.org
Chicago Musicl Theatre Festival Full productions of seven new musicals plus two staged readings showcased to support the growing field of musical theatre creators. Through February 16.  8:00pm   Greenhouse Theater Center  2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago  http://www.cmtf.org

Wednesday, Feb 7
Author Presentation: Mary Wisniewski on Nelson Algren: The Accidental Feminist Mary Wisniewski's new biography of novelist Nelson Algren.  7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/author-presentation-mary-wisniewski-nelson-algren-accidental-feminist

Thursday, Feb 8
Jonathan Zeng presents Songs that Speak With Michael R. Oldham and Daniel Eastwood  7:00pm   Chopin Theatre  1543 W Division St Chicago  http://www.JonathanZeng.co,
Joint Book Launch Party: Dale Boyer & Scot O'Hara A joint author reading for partners Dale Boyer, who will launch his new short-story collection, Thornton Stories, and novelist Scot T. O'Hara, who will read from his recently released novel, Tarantella.   7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/joint-book-launch-party-dale-boyer-scot-ohara

Friday, Feb 9
Reading and Book-Signing The Mathematics of Change by Amanda Kabak.  7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/author-reading-amanda-kabak-mathematics-change
Yank! A WWII Love Story Midwestern boy joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier and is introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. Through Feb. 18. $40 reserved seats, $30 general  7:30pm   The Buena, Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago  http://www.pridefilmsandplays.com

Saturday, Feb 10
Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Frontrunners, Frontwalkers Chicago Chicago's LGBT running and walking club. Meet at the totem pole   9:00am   Addison and Lakeshore Dr.  http://www.frfwchicago.org
Story Time with Drag Queens: Valentine's Day Edition Muffy Fishbasket and Ashley Morgan return for the wildly popular Story time with Drag Queens! This time, the queens will be reading books all about love. Please note: we ask for a $1 donation per child for Story time.  11:30am   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/story-time-drag-queens-valentines-day-edition-0
Spinning For Choice Help Personal PAC protect House Bill 40, ensure right-wing candidates are defeated and pro-choice officials elected to the Illinois General Assembly. Cycling gear or costume of choice. Bring a sense of humor.   11:30am - 1:00pm   Cheetah Gym Andersonville  5248 N Clark St Chicago  http://spinningforchoice.causevox.com
Old School Dance 2018 Affinity Trailblazers are presenting. Dance like noone's watching. More information to come   Time:TBA   TBD  http://www.affinity95.org
Femme Fatales Burlesque Show The troupe of plus sized performers promote the idea that fat and feminine people should not have to apologize for neither their size nor sexuality. Price $20.  7:00pm - 9:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14665
Asians & Friends Chicago Doggie Style Chinese New Year's Dinner. Advance tickets available.   7:00pm   Jade Court Restaurant, 626 S. Racine  Tickets: http://www.afchicago.org

Sunday, Feb 11
Sober Horizons Group of Alcoholics Anonymous All persons with a desire to stop drinking are welcome.  9:30am   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.chicagoaa.org/about-caso
Valentine's Brunch Featuring Amailia Black/ Lila Star. Keri Traid, Kamil Leontyne, Ivanna Frantz, Jaye Valentino and special guest performances. $10. Cash bar  2:00pm - 4:00pm   Baton Show Lounge  436 N Clark St Chicago  312-973-7213  http://www.thebatonshowlounge.com

Monday, Feb 12
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/
Stories in the Spotlight: Writing Workshop Transgender participants will transform an important moment into a story that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright Susan Lieberman teaches techniques for writing effective autobiographical anecdotes in this six-week, free-of-charge workshop at Center on Halsted. Workshop sessions Monday evenings January 8 through February 12. Performance Monday February 19. For more information, contact Susan at susanlieberman17@gmail.com. Free.  7:00pm - 8:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14661
Sappho's Salon: Valentine's Day Open Mic Sappho's Salon will once again be hosting a Valentine's Day open mic! The open mic sign-up list will be available at the front door starting at 7, first come, first serve. Spots are 5 minutes apiece so we can accommodate everyone.  7:00pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/sapphos-salon-valentines-day-open-mic-0

Wednesday, Feb 14
Gilda's Club open house Includes Saturday Night Live: The Best of Gilda Radner (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.), an evening of all things Gilda packed with her best SNL skits. Light refreshments will be provided. For 20 years, GCC has been there to support anyone living with cancer. Other activities during the day  6:00pm - 7:30pm   Gilda’s Club Chicago Wells Street Clubhouse, 537 N.Wells St., Chicago  http://www.gildasclubchicago.org
I'm a Good Little Devil Celebrate Valentine's Day 2018 with a one-night only acreening of French hit, set in 1910 Paris at the Moulin Rouge, La Cigalle, Alhambra, London and New York, at the venue's Kiss Kiss Cabaret. $25 - $30. reservations@uptownunderground.net  8:00pm   Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St., Chicago  773-867-1946  http://uptownunderground.net

Thursday, Feb 15
Author Reading This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins  7:00pm   The Swedish American Museum Center  5211 N. Clark St. Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/author-reading-morgan-jerkins-ths-will-be-my-undoing

Friday, Feb 16
Spectrum Monthly Peer-Led Support Group For those who identify as masculine of center on the gender spectrum. Centers the experiences of LGBTQ masculine people of color and discusses issues related to this community. Meets the third Friday of the month. Questions to Gee at spectrum@affinity95.org or Imani at imani@affinity95.org   7:00pm - 9:00pm   Affinity Community Services  2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108 Chicago  http://www.affinity95.org
Joint Author Reading: Gloria Chao & Samira Ahmed Love, Hate and Other Filters. American Panda.  7:00pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/joint-author-reading-gloria-chao-samira-ahmed
Yank! A WWII Love Story Midwestern boy joins the Army during World War II, falls in love with another soldier and is introduced to the gay underground of the Armed Services through a journalist for the Army magazine YANK. Through Feb. 18. $40 reserved seats, $30 general  7:30pm   The Buena, Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago  http://www.pridefilmsandplays.com
Crystal Bowersox Alive and on tour Well known since ninth season of American Idol. Meet & Greet 7pm. $50. General admission: 8pm tickets $35  8:00pm   The Acorn Theater  107 Generations Dr. Three Oaks, MI 49107  http://www.acorntheater.com

Saturday, Feb 17
Femme Fatales Burlesque Show The troupe of plus sized performers promote the idea that fat and feminine people should not have to apologize for neither their size nor sexuality. Price $20.  7:00pm - 9:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14666
BREACH A manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate In this "love letter to black women," Margaret uproots her life, including her dead-end job and fizzling relationship, after finding out that she is unexpectedly expecting. Through March 11, 2018.  7:30pm   Victory Gardens Theater  2433 N Lincoln Ave Chicago
The Burn The Burn addresses the bullying and social media issues that many teens experience in school. Through March 10, 2018  7:30pm   Steppenwolf  1650 N Halsted Chicago  http://steppenwolf.org

Monday, Feb 19
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/
LGBT Meet and Greet Event with SAFE Saving Another Female Enlistee (SAFE) welcomes LGBT veterans, business owners, service providers and friends.   6:00pm   Jeffery Pub  7041 S Jeffery Blvd Chicago  http://safeenlistee.org
Professionally Acted Transgender Stories The culmination of the Center's six-week writing workshop.  7:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14661

Tuesday, Feb 20
New Town Writers Read from Off the Rocks Refreshments will be provided. Free event.  12:30pm - 1:30pm   Center on Addison  806 W. Addison Chicago
Andre Aciman, author Call Me By Your Name, reading The author of the book that inspired the film sensation discusses the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. $5 suggested donation  6:30pm - 7:30pm   American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor  Tickets: http://72817.blackbaudhosting.com/72817/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=4cc8e4ad-4cad-4f84-9024-fa8680499cf0

Wednesday, Feb 21
Courageous Conversations: Activism, Then and Now An intergenerational panel discussion about the history of Black LGBTQ activism. FREE - RSVP page coming soon.  6:00pm - 8:00pm   DuSable Museum  40 E 56th Pl Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14659

Thursday, Feb 22
The Conversation: the Body Panelists including Sarah Manguso, Gina Frangello, and Kiki Petrosino will be discussing The Body. Each Conversation ends with a takeaway (kind of like optional homework--an article to read, an organization to engage with, a movie to watch, a protest to attend).   7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/conversation-body

Saturday, Feb 24
BREACH A manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate In this "love letter to black women," Margaret uproots her life, including her dead-end job and fizzling relationship, after finding out that she is unexpectedly expecting. Through March 11, 2018.  7:30pm   Victory Gardens Theater  2433 N Lincoln Ave Chicago
The Burn The Burn addresses the bullying and social media issues that many teens experience in school. Through March 10, 2018  7:30pm   Steppenwolf  1650 N Halsted Chicago  http://steppenwolf.org

Monday, Feb 26
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/
Brittney Cooper in conversation with Page May & Monica Trinidad Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. Tickets will go on sale on January 8, 2018.   7:00pm - 9:00pm   Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago.  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/brittney-cooper-conversation-page-may-monica-trinidad
LadyBoy Turnabout Contest DTP Productions announces their first contest where the Boys will be Girls & the Girls will be Boys. Hosted by Victoria Le Paige. First place $200, second $100, third $75. Signup starts 7pm. $10 cover. Cash bar. See Facebook, LGBTQ Events In Chicago   8:00pm   Baton Show Lounge  436 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.thebatonshowlounge.com

Wednesday, Feb 28
40+ Monthly Peer-Led Support Group and Potluck Peer-led support group that highlights the experiences of Black, LGBTQ women. This support group is open to women who are 40 years old and older, and the discussion centers the experiences of LGBTQ women of color. Fourth Wednesday of the month. Bring a dish to share.   7:00pm - 9:00pm   Affinity Community Services  2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108 Chicago  http://www.affinity95.org
Book Launch Party: Barrie Jean Borich Apocalypse, Darling.  7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/book-launch-party-barrie-jean-borich-apocalypse-darling

Thursday, Mar 1
American Veterans for Equal Rights Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, the national organization of LGBT veterans formerly known as Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).   7:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.averchicago.org/
Author Reading: Molly Caro Body Full of Stars  7:30pm   Women & Children First Bookstore  5233 N Clark St Chicago  http://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/event/author-reading-molly-caro-body-full-stars

Friday, Mar 2
Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show Fifty vendors of all things vintage fashion, clothing, vintage textiles and fabrics, vintage jewelry, accessories, shoes, handbags, designer vintage, designer vintage and all kinds of vintage fashion. $8 admission good for the whole weekend.  3:00pm - 8:00pm   St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd.  http://VintageClothingandJewelry.com
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents Formosa The evening-length work takes as inspiration 16th century Portuguese sailors gazing out from ships off the coast of China at a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. Supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Accessible to people with disabilities.  7:30pm   Harris Theater for Music and Dance  205 E Randolph Dr Chicago  312-369-8330  http://colum.edu/dancecenterpresents
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents Formosa The evening-length work takes as inspiration 16th century Portuguese sailors gazing out from ships off the coast of China at a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. Supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Accessible to people with disabilities.  7:30pm   Harris Theater for Music and Dance  205 E Randolph Dr Chicago  312-369-8330  http://colum.edu/dancecenterpresents

Saturday, Mar 3
Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show Fifty vendors of all things vintage fashion, clothing, vintage textiles and fabrics, vintage jewelry, accessories, shoes, handbags, designer vintage, designer vintage and all kinds of vintage fashion. $8 admission good for the whole weekend.  10:00am - 5:00pm   St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd.  http://VintageClothingandJewelry.com
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents Formosa The evening-length work takes as inspiration 16th century Portuguese sailors gazing out from ships off the coast of China at a great green mass, thick with mountains and trees, rising from the sea. Supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Accessible to people with disabilities.  7:30pm   Harris Theater for Music and Dance  205 E Randolph Dr Chicago  312-369-8330  http://colum.edu/dancecenterpresents
BREACH A manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate In this "love letter to black women," Margaret uproots her life, including her dead-end job and fizzling relationship, after finding out that she is unexpectedly expecting. Through March 11, 2018.  7:30pm   Victory Gardens Theater  2433 N Lincoln Ave Chicago
The Burn The Burn addresses the bullying and social media issues that many teens experience in school. Through March 10, 2018  7:30pm   Steppenwolf  1650 N Halsted Chicago  http://steppenwolf.org

Sunday, Mar 4
A Night with the Oscar Awards To benefit the Center on Halsted. 6:00 pm: Live red carpet arrival and auction. 7:30 pm: Academy Awards telecast. 9:00 pm: Silent auction ends and event drawing. Hors d'oeuvres and buffet dinner. Raffle.  6:00pm   Park West Chicago  322 W Armitage Ave Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/anwo/  Tickets: http://community.centeronhalsted.org/ANWO
90th Academy Awards, Hollywood on State: Where You're the Star Vintage Hollywood with food, film, and libations at Chicago's longest-running Oscars party. $100.   6:00pm   Gene Siskel Film Center  164 N State Chicago  312-846-2600  Tickets: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/hollywoodonstate2018

Monday, Mar 5
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/

Saturday, Mar 10
BREACH A manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate In this "love letter to black women," Margaret uproots her life, including her dead-end job and fizzling relationship, after finding out that she is unexpectedly expecting. Through March 11, 2018.  7:30pm   Victory Gardens Theater  2433 N Lincoln Ave Chicago
The Burn The Burn addresses the bullying and social media issues that many teens experience in school. Through March 10, 2018  7:30pm   Steppenwolf  1650 N Halsted Chicago  http://steppenwolf.org

Monday, Mar 12
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/

Friday, Mar 16
The Gentry Reunion Concert Celebrate the Gentry Piano Bars. Share the evening with cabaret aficionados while reuniting with your favorite singers and performers from the Gentry era. Price $25 - ticket link coming soon.  7:00pm - 9:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.centeronhalsted.org/newevents-details.cfm?ID=14667

Monday, Mar 19
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/

Monday, Mar 26
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/

Wednesday, Mar 28
40+ Monthly Peer-Led Support Group and Potluck Peer-led support group that highlights the experiences of Black, LGBTQ women. This support group is open to women who are 40 years old and older, and the discussion centers the experiences of LGBTQ women of color. Fourth Wednesday of the month. Bring a dish to share.   7:00pm - 9:00pm   Affinity Community Services  2850 S. Wabash Ave. #108 Chicago  http://www.affinity95.org

Monday, Apr 2
TransSafe: Weekly Transgender Care Services TransSafe is a once weekly service for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals age 18 and up, providing a safe and trans affirming space where trans and GNC individuals can access referral and linkage to housing, medical, legal, employment, and HIV services.  2:00pm - 5:30pm   Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd, 5th floor, Chicago  773-248-5200 x 412  http://www.chicagohouse.org/transsafe-4/

Thursday, Apr 5
American Veterans for Equal Rights Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, the national organization of LGBT veterans formerly known as Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).   7:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.averchicago.org/

Friday, Apr 6
Seeds of Change 2018 annual benefit Join Crossroads Fund grantees, board members, and friends of the Crossroads Fund  5:30pm   Chicago Cultural Center  78 E. Washington St. Chicago  http://crossroadsfund.org/seedsofchange2018

Saturday, Apr 7
Love is Loce, LGBTQ Faith Community Event Worship, food and fellowship. Suggested $10.  9:30am - 11:30am   Morgan Park UMC, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago  773-238-2600  http://morganparkumc.org

Thursday, May 3
American Veterans for Equal Rights Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, the national organization of LGBT veterans formerly known as Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).   7:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.averchicago.org/

Thursday, Jun 7
American Veterans for Equal Rights Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, the national organization of LGBT veterans formerly known as Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).   7:00pm   Center on Halsted  3656 N Halsted Chicago  http://www.averchicago.org/

Saturday, Jun 9
Joan Armatrading 46 The Tour. Three Grammy nominations, has performed for Nelson Mandela, is one of the first female artists to be honored by Queen Elizabeth II, first female U.K. artist to have debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Blues chart. June 9,10,12,13 &14  Time:TBA   City Winery Chicago  1200 W Randolph St Chicago  http://www.citywinery.com






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