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Windy City Times 2020-03-18
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wct 2020-03-18

Milwaukee PrideFest postponed

Organizers of PrideFest, Wisconsin's largest LGBTQ+ event, announced that it will postpone its 2020 edition, originally scheduled for June 4-7 at the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds, OnMilwaukee.com noted. Wes Shaver, president ...
ELECTIONS 2020 Biden takes Illinois; trans candidate makes history

ELECTIONS 2020 Biden takes Illinois; trans candidate makes history

Former Vice President Joe Biden, building on the momentum he's acquired in the past two weeks, easily defeated U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (and, technically, Tulsi Gabbard) in the Illinois Democratic primary on March 17. Biden also ...
wct 2020-03-18

LGBT nightclubs prepare for weeks-long closings

Chicago-area nightclubs and restaurants, along with all food-and-beverage hospitality businesses in Illinois, received the order from state authorities the afternoon of March 15 to cease operations at the close of business the following day. The mandate ...
Chicago Symphony events canceled

Chicago Symphony events canceled

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces that all CSOA-presented concerts at Symphony Center scheduled through at least the next 30 days (starting March 12) are canceled in an effort ...
Chicago businesses, groups undertake COVID-19 preparations

Chicago businesses, groups undertake COVID-19 preparations

As Windy City Times neared its deadline, organizations and businesses within Chicago's LGBT community were readying to cope with measures undertaken by state and local authorities to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. Gov. JB Pritzker ...
wct 2020-03-18

Howard Brown Health implementing social distancing practices

In order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interest of patient and staff safety, Howard Brown Health is implementing service changes and new procedures. NOTE: If you are experiencing flu-like ...
wct 2020-03-18

COVID-19 guidelines regarding people experiencing homelessness

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless released recommendations for state and local governmental response to COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness. The coalition urges the City of Chicago to immediately identify ...
wct 2020-03-18

Gerber/Hart will be closed to the public until March 31

In support of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Gerber/Hart will be closed to the public until March 31. Upcoming programs will be postponed or canceled: The March 25 Disappeared: Chicago's Lost Lesbian Bars film ...
wct 2020-03-18

Windy City Times printable election guide charts

For printable Election Guide charts, please follow the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_2020_webcharts_full_20200309.pdf . Also see many candidate interviews and profiles throughout recent weeks. ...
wct 2020-03-18

Chicago and state issue new coronavirus guidelines

Following CDC guidance and recommendations by local public health experts, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago issued new guidance to residents to prevent further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as of March 15. Specifically, ...
Chicago area theaters respond to health crisis

Chicago area theaters respond to health crisis

NOTE: The following information was accurate as of March 14. In a fluid and rapidly changing environment, new information is arriving daily, so check the websites of individual theater companies and venues. All of Chicago's larger ...
wct 2020-03-18

Chicago theater community's Jeff Awards will suspend judging until May 1

In response to state and city government recommendations to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Chicago theater community's Jeff Awards will suspend judging productions until Friday, May 1. Jeff Awards Chair John Glover said ...
wct 2020-03-18

ELECTIONS 2020 Chicago moving 25 polling locations

Because of coronavirus concerns, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said it will move 25 precinct polling locations (spread over 14 wards), The Chicago Sun-Times reported. "We're trying to explore every avenue to relocate them," said ...
wct 2020-03-18

Chicago theatres suspend productions due to Coronavirus, guidance of Governor and Mayor

The following statement comes from Deb Clapp, Executive Director, League of Chicago Theatres: Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzker held a press conference today asking and strongly recommending that public gatherings of more than 250 people be ...
wct 2020-03-18

State of Illinois, City of Chicago issue guidance to minimize COVID-19 spread

CHICAGO — Following CDC guidance and recommendations by local public health experts, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are issuing new guidance to residents to prevent further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These new ...

  News

PRIMARY ELECTION Rep. Pizer concedes to winner Croke

PRIMARY ELECTION Rep. Pizer concedes to winner Croke

Newly installed state Rep. Yoni Pizer—the first openly gay representative of Illinois' 12th District, which includes Gold Coast, Near North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View and Buena Park—conceded to Margaret Croke in the race for ...
wct 2020-03-18

Sister Sheila Lyne dies at 83

Sister Sheila Lyne—a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy for 67 years who led Chicago's Mercy Hospital as president and CEO for decades, and also served as commissioner of public health for Chicago from 1991 ...
PASSAGES Ann Morris

PASSAGES Ann Morris

Ann Morris passed away March 7. She was 67. Ann was born in Chicago on April 5, 1952, and grew up in Texas. She returned to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago where she earned her BA in general studies ...
wct 2020-03-18

THE AMAZON TRAIL Mick's potato fertilizer

When I asked for advice about growing potatoes, our friend Mary wrote, "Here is what Mick does: blood meal, green sand, or wood ash, bone meal, a handful of each above item for each potato you ...
wct 2020-03-18

Stop comparing coronavirus to early HIV/AIDS. Just stop.

People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream. There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early years of the pandemic. The ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"You're full of shit. I support the Second Amendment. I'm not taking your gun away. I did not say that."—Joe Biden responds to a worker at an automobile plant in Detroit who accused him of "actively ...
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame postpones upcoming events

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame postpones upcoming events

Due to COVID-19-related concerns, the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announced that it has postponed three planned events—the meeting of its Selection Committee, slated for Saturday, March 21; its Bowlathon Fundraiser at Waveland Bowl on Saturday, ...
NATIONAL Curriculum law, N.Y. trans rule, Andrew Gillum, LGBT Health Week, COVID-19

NATIONAL Curriculum law, N.Y. trans rule, Andrew Gillum, LGBT Health Week, COVID-19

The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered a consent decree that declares South Carolina's 1988 discriminatory anti-LGBTQ curriculum law unconstitutional and bars its enforcement, according to a joint ...
WORLD Non-binary ruling, Qantas grounded, trans actor, conversion therapy

WORLD Non-binary ruling, Qantas grounded, trans actor, conversion therapy

A British court ruled out adding a third option on passports for people who define themselves as neither male nor female, following a lengthy legal battle, Openly News reported. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour ...
Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art postpones March public events

Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art postpones March public events

With the National Museum of Mexican Art monitoring the status of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and implementing museum best practices and safety measures, the site has decided to postpone all public events through the end of March. This ...
wct 2020-03-18

NQAPIA denounces racist attacks stemming from COVID-19 fears

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) issued a statement denouncing "racist attacks, discrimination, and blatant xenophobia that has occurred in light of COVID-19 CoronaVirus." NQAPIA said, "While the ...
wct 2020-03-18

Drivers' facilities closed through March 31

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices, including Driver Services facilities statewide, will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 virus, and the health and safety recommendations by experts endorsing social ...
ELECTIONS 2020 IL SUPREME COURT (FREEMAN VACANCY) Margaret Stanton McBride on diversity, LGBT

ELECTIONS 2020 IL SUPREME COURT (FREEMAN VACANCY) Margaret Stanton McBride on diversity, LGBT

Margaret Stanton McBride is a lifelong Illinoisan (born in Evanston) who's running for a seat on the state's highest court. Her credentials include a judicial career of more than three decades, as a Cook County judge, ...
ELECTIONS 2020 U.S. CONGRESS (7TH DIST.) Kina Collins on championing women's, LGBT issues

ELECTIONS 2020 U.S. CONGRESS (7TH DIST.) Kina Collins on championing women's, LGBT issues

On her website, Kina Collins calls herself "a fighter"—and she now finds herself in a classic David-versus-Goliath battle against longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Danny Davis in the March 17 primary. The gun-violence prevention and healthcare ...
wct 2020-03-18

Brave Space Alliance announces online programming, Crisis Pantry in response to COVID-19

CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance today announced a new slate of online and mutual aid programming in response to the threat of COVID-19, and the accompanying lack of critical supplies for the community. The South Side ...
ELECTIONS 2020:
COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY Bob Fioretti talks crime labs, LGBTQ issues

ELECTIONS 2020: COOK COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY Bob Fioretti talks crime labs, LGBTQ issues

Bob Fioretti is certainly no stranger to politics. He's a former Chicago alderman who has also run for mayor, Illinois state senator and Cook County board commissioner president. Now he's one of the candidates vying to ...
wct 2020-03-18

Test Positive Aware Network on HIV and coronavirus

A statement from TPAN: I want to tell you how much your support and advocacy mean to us at TPAN. Your faith and support are especially critical at this time. As news surrounding COVID-19 continues to ...
ELECTIONS 2020 U.S. REP. (5TH DISTRICT) Brian Burns talks LGBTQ issues, controversial tweet

ELECTIONS 2020 U.S. REP. (5TH DISTRICT) Brian Burns talks LGBTQ issues, controversial tweet

Brian Burns faces an uphill battle in his fight for a congressional seat, going up against longtime Democratic incumbent Mike Quigley in the March 17 primary. Burns is a lifelong Chicagoan who works as an attorney. ...
wct 2020-03-18

Shedd closed through March 29

In response to public policy regarding COVID-19, Shedd Aquarium will be closed to the public through Sunday, March 29. As of March 13, there has been no known incidence of the coronavirus within the Shedd community. ...
Hull-House events suspended through April 15; museum still open

Hull-House events suspended through April 15; museum still open

In line with the policies for visitors to all University of Illinois campuses in response to developments related to COVID-19, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St., will suspend all public activities through Wed., April ...
wct 2020-03-18

Lambda Legal's Bon Foster event postponed

Because of concerns regarding COVID-19, Lambda Legal will postpone its annual Bon Foster event, scheduled for April, until the fall. The Bon Foster Celebration is named in honor of the man whose legacy was the founding ...
wct 2020-03-18

Judge releases Chelsea Manning from jail

On March 12, U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the release of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning—ending about a year of incarceration that she had served for refusing to testify to a grand jury, a ...
wct 2020-03-18

Pizer proposes extra charge on ammunition

New state Rep. Jonathan "Yoni" Pizer, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation that would fund comprehensive programming to support students who have experienced gun-violence trauma through a tax on ammunition sales. Pizer's House Bill 5651 would add a ...
wct 2020-03-18

National Museum of Mexican Art postpones March public events

With the National Museum of Mexican Art monitoring the status of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and implementing museum best practices and safety measures, the site has decided to postpone all public events through the end of March. This ...
wct 2020-03-18

Center on Halsted issues statement on Coronavirus concerns UPDATE

The following statement was issued by the Center on Halsted today. Steps we are taking to address Coronavirus concerns Dear Community, Central to Center on Halsted's mission is advancing the health and wellness of the LGBTQA ...
ELECTIONS 2020 U.S. REP. (5TH DISTRICT) Mike Quigley, incumbent and longtime ally

ELECTIONS 2020 U.S. REP. (5TH DISTRICT) Mike Quigley, incumbent and longtime ally

Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley has been a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community, and is vice chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force. In a ...
wct 2020-03-18

Illinois Cannabis Convention April 3 - 4

CHICAGO, IL (March 10, 2020) — This April 3 — 4th at the Chicago Hilton marks the start of conventions in Illinois focused on the cannabis industry, and one of the first of its kind will ...
wct 2020-03-18

Pride in the Park Chicago to expand to two days, June 27-28) UPDATE: CANCELED

CHICAGO—March 2020—Pride in the Park Chicago today announced the return to Grant Park in downtown Chicago, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, Pride in the Park ...
wct 2020-03-18

Williams Institute: Florida's HIV criminal laws undermine public health efforts

Florida's HIV criminal laws may undermine the state's public health efforts by deterring people from seeking HIV testing and treatment, stigmatizing those with HIV, and disproportionately affecting the communities most impacted by ...
wct 2020-03-18

Black Ensemble Theater cancels performances

A statement from Black Ensemble Theater: Based upon the recent guidance from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago, Black Ensemble Theatre will suspend performances of THE HEALING (formerly titled Legends: A Civil Rights ...

  Entertainment

wct 2020-03-18

Pride Films and Plays to suspend performances of two productions

Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays announces that performances of both its current productions - DEX & ABBY and FIVE ENCOUNTERS ON A SITE CALLED CRAIGSLIST — are suspended until further notice. Both productions may
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'Chicago Is A Drag Festival' on June 26

'Chicago Is A Drag Festival' on June 26

A Queer Pride's Chicago Is A Drag Festival (CIADF)—being promoted as the first-ever outdoor festival in Chicago that showcases an intersectional look into its drag culture and scene—is slated to take place Friday, June 26, at ...
BOOK REVIEW Ian McKellen: A Biography

BOOK REVIEW Ian McKellen: A Biography

Author: Garry O'Connor. $29.99; St. Martin's Press; 356 pages Any old stick would do. When you were a child, that's what it took to become a wizard: a stick became a makeshift wand, an old towel ...
Melissa Villasenor at The Den in July

Melissa Villasenor at The Den in July

Saturday Night Live's Melissa Villasenor will bring her stand-up tour to The Den Theatre for five performances on July 9-11 on The Den's Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Villasenor broke barriers by becoming the first-ever ...

NUNN ON ONE THEATER Sandy Duncan is part of 'Middletown'

NUNN ON ONE THEATER Sandy Duncan is part of 'Middletown'

From the producers of Menopause The Musical and Fiddler on the Roof, Dan Clancy's Middletown is a play about human connection. For the Chicago run of the show, the two couples are played onstage at The ...
wct 2020-03-18

Siskel closed until April 10

To support efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health and safety of guests and staff, the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., will be closed until ...
THEATER REVIEW The Two Character Play

THEATER REVIEW The Two Character Play

Playwright: Tennessee Williams At: Theatre L'acadie at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $25; AthenaeumTheatre.org and 773-935-6875. Runs through: March 29 [NOTE: Audiences for performances will be limited due ...
THEATER REVIEW Her Honor Jane Byrne

THEATER REVIEW Her Honor Jane Byrne

Playwright: J. Nicole Brooks At: Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan. Tickets: LookingglassTheatre.org Price: Tickets no longer available. Runs through: Canceled due to coronavirus [NOTE: Performances have been suspended due to ...
SHOWBIZ Janelle Monae, Harry Hains' death, Sam Smith, COVID-19 cancellations

SHOWBIZ Janelle Monae, Harry Hains' death, Sam Smith, COVID-19 cancellations

Janelle Monae will headline the 2020 Pride Festival in New York on Saturday, June 27, BET.com noted. The annual event has been headlined in the past by Grace Jones, Madonna and Patti Labelle, among others. This ...
'Allure,' 'Warhol' closed until further notice

'Allure,' 'Warhol' closed until further notice

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the following visual arts institutions and exhibitions (and related programming) are temporarily closed until further notice: —"The Allure of Matter." at both Smart Museum ...
wct 2020-03-18

'OUTspoken' at BAC on April 10

The Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., will present an evening with LGBTQIA storytelling collective OUTspoken on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez will host the event, which will feature ...
THEATER REVIEW Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist UPDATE

THEATER REVIEW Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist UPDATE

Update: The company has announced that they are temporarily shuttering due to safety precautions around the COVID-19 outbreak. By: Sam Ward At: Pride Film and Plays at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway St. Tickets: 773-857-0222 ...
Amrit Kapai keeps up with the Family Karma

Amrit Kapai keeps up with the Family Karma

There's a new eight part docuseries called Family Karma that follows the lives of seven Indian-American friends living in Miami. The Bravo show has already made TV history by being the first United States docuseries to ...
wct 2020-03-18

Chicago theater community's Jeff Awards will suspend judging until May 1

In response to state and city government recommendations to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Chicago theater community's Jeff Awards will suspend judging productions until Friday, May 1. Jeff Awards Chair John Glover said ...
THEATER REVIEW Day of Absence

THEATER REVIEW Day of Absence

Playwright: Douglas Turner Ward At: Congo Square Theatre at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; CongoSquareTheatre.org; $40 (includes service fee) Runs through: March 22 [suspended because of COVID-19 ...
THEATER REVIEW Mrs. Warren's Profession

THEATER REVIEW Mrs. Warren's Profession

Playwright: George Bernard Shaw At: Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: $30; PrometheanTheatre.org. Runs through: March 29 [suspended because of COVID-19 outbreak] [NOTE: Performances have ...
Cirque du Soleil cancels 'Alegria,' which was set for June

Cirque du Soleil cancels 'Alegria,' which was set for June

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the World Health Organization as well as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation of social distancing, Cirque du Soleil will not be performing its show Alegria, ...
Broadway In Chicago suspends shows

Broadway In Chicago suspends shows

In response to the rapidly evolving news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), Broadway In Chicago is cancelling or rescheduling the following performances: —The Bachelor: Live on Stage (Cadillac Palace Theatre) has been ...
wct 2020-03-18

Women & Children First delaying, cancelling events

Because of coronavirus-related concerns, most of the March events at Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark St., have been rescheduled for late spring and summer dates. In addition, events with Eli Clare, Nadina LaSpina, ...
'Skates' debut pushed to April 23

'Skates' debut pushed to April 23

Hit Her with the Skates—a musical starring American Idol couple Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young—has pushed its world premiere of the Chicago production at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., from Wed., March 18, ...
wct 2020-03-18

Onion City Film Festival postponed, Chicago Filmmakers issues statement

Chicago Filmmakers today issued the following statement regarding the Onion City Film Festival: Dear Onion City Film Festival goers, In light of the growing concern over the Coronavirus outbreak as well as the recent recommendations for ...
wct 2020-03-18

Northlight Theatre announces its 46th Season

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 46th season, opening with The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, ...
Ravinia Music Festival announces 2020 season

Ravinia Music Festival announces 2020 season

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Welz Kauffman today announced his 20th and final season as President and CEO of the country's oldest and most programmatically diverse music festival. The 2020 season boasts more than 120 events from ...

  Outlines

SAVOR Labriola; COVID-19 hotline

SAVOR Labriola; COVID-19 hotline

DISH Dining Guide

[Note: With the COVID-19 outbreak, Illinois restaurants and bars have been ordered closed through Monday, March 30. However, this article is being run to acknowledge the work of the staff involved, and in the hope that ...
TRAVEL San Antonio, a spot that defies and embraces Texas

TRAVEL San Antonio, a spot that defies and embraces Texas

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

San Antonio is one city that encompasses what one may think of Texas—but also extends beyond one's perceptions of the state. Yes, there are the seemingly requisite cowboy hats and (emblematic of the notion that "everything ...





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