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CDC: Tougher restrictions set in response to new COVID variant

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the United States is moving to require that all air travelers entering the country show a negative COVID-19 test performed within one day of departure in ...
State Rep. Greg Harris not seeking re-election

State Rep. Greg Harris not seeking re-election

Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris—the first openly gay and HIV-positive state leader in the General Assembly—announced that he won't seek re-election and will leave the House when his term expires in early 2023, The Chicago Tribune ...
Broadway titan Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Broadway titan Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Stephen Sondheim, one of the giants of Broadway songwriting, died Nov. 26 at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, according to media reports. He was 91. Among the works in the legend's oeuvre are Company (1970), Follies ...
Breaking News

New COVID variant discovered in South Africa

Global authorities reacted with alarm to a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, with the European Union and Britain among those tightening border controls as scientists tried to find out if the mutation was vaccine-resistant, ...

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News

Mayor Lightfoot issues statement about lawsuit against FOP

--From a press release

Today, at my direction, the City's Department of Law voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 without prejudice. This verified complaint for injunctive relief was initially filed in response to the ...
Lambda Legal to Justice Kavanaugh: Not in our name

Lambda Legal to Justice Kavanaugh: Not in our name

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case that has the potential to directly or effectively overturn landmark precedent protecting the right ...
POLITICS Foster, Schneider support Casten in primary battle against Newman

POLITICS Foster, Schneider support Casten in primary battle against Newman

Suburban congressional colleagues Bill Foster and Brad Schneider are backing two-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, of Downers Grove, in his primary bid for re-election against freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Marie Newman, of La Grange, The ...
COVID Two states and territory come off Chicago's travel advisory

COVID Two states and territory come off Chicago's travel advisory

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed two states and Guam from its weekly COVID-19 Travel Advisory on Nov. 30. No new states were added to the advisory, which now stands at 38 states. California, ...
News

FDA pushed to end discriminatory tissue donation policy

--From a press release

Chicago, IL. — U.S Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), Joe Neguse (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), and U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Elizabeth Warren ...
Recap: Mogul's holds first-ever International ERG Day

Recap: Mogul's holds first-ever International ERG Day

Employee resource groups (ERG), affinity groups, business networking and diversity councils have helped unite likeminded tribes of people throughout the workplace for more than 30 years. ERGs are aligned with one clear focus in mind: fostering ...
News

HRC encourages LGBTQ+ people to sign up for health insurance plans

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is encouraging LGBTQ+ people to sign up for health insurance as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's Services (CMS) kicks off its LGBTQ+ Theme Week (Nov. 28 - ...
Mike Simmons among LGBTQ Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

Mike Simmons among LGBTQ Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

Incumbent Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons was among the political candidates that the LGBTQ Victory Fund backed in its latest round of endorsements. LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ+ leaders to public ...
News

Jury selection in Smollett trial to start Nov. 29

Jury selection is set to begin Nov. 29 in the trial of embattled former Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who allegedly lied to Chicago police in January 2019 about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack. ...
PASSAGES Designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41

PASSAGES Designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41

Designer Virgil Abloh—the first Black artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection and the founder of the Off-White label—died at the age of 41 after privately battling "a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma," a ...
NATIONAL Asylum case, TDOR items, activist dies, trans hockey team

NATIONAL Asylum case, TDOR items, activist dies, trans hockey team

Mattie Tux Horton—a transgender woman from Zimbabwe who lives in Rockville, Maryland—won her asylum case in late October after living in the United States for the past five years, The Washington Blade reported. Although she has ...
WORLD Queer mountaineers, race-car driver, Australian bill, German reforms

WORLD Queer mountaineers, race-car driver, Australian bill, German reforms

At the end of this year's mountaineering season, a group of climbers raised LGBTQ+ symbols on top of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, as part of the Pink Summits campaign, a press release ...
News

Bulls lose to Miami 107-104

A day after crushing the Orlando Magic in Florida by more than 40 points, the Chicago Bulls (13-8) lost to the Miami Heat (13-7) at the United Center 107-104. The Bulls committed 23 turnovers, with Miami ...
Designer and entrepreneur Kiki Bryant discusses future of 'Lollipop Lola'

Designer and entrepreneur Kiki Bryant discusses future of 'Lollipop Lola'

On Jan. 21, 2021, Kiki Bryant set a $2,000 fundraising goal on Kiva.org to launch a children's doll based on her original book character, Lollipop Lola. The goal was met that same day. "That was a ...
World AIDS Day events on tap

World AIDS Day events on tap

World AIDS Day takes place every year on Dec. 1. During this year—which marks the 40th anniversary since HIV was officially discovered—here are some of the events taking place (locally, regionally and nationally) on, before and ...
BIPOC LGBTQ+-led orgs and spaces adapt to continued effects of COVID-19

BIPOC LGBTQ+-led orgs and spaces adapt to continued effects of COVID-19

s the world continues to grapple with the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some BIPOC LGBTQ+-led bars and community-building organizations have adapted by implementing increased safety protocols and strengthening ...

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Entertainment

DANCE Joffrey's Winning Works winners named

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announced the recipients of the twelfth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Audrey Ipapo Baran, Joffrey Company artist Edson Barbosa, Taylor Carrasco and Derick McKoy Jr.
...
Director Paris Barclay talks about virtual reading of 'The Normal Heart'

Director Paris Barclay talks about virtual reading of 'The Normal Heart'

The seminal Larry Kramer play The Normal Heart—which focuses on the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City in the early 1980s, through the perspective of the character Ned Weeks—is the subject of a ...
ART 'Frida: Immersive Dream' coming to Germania Place in 2022

ART 'Frida: Immersive Dream' coming to Germania Place in 2022

Lighthouse Immersive, North America's leading producer of ground-breaking experiential art exhibits, and Maestro Immersive Art announce their newest immersive art installation, "Frida: Immersive Dream." This exhibition will run at Lighthouse ...
THEATER 'It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!' through Dec. 31

THEATER 'It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!' through Dec. 31

American Blues Theater marks its return to live, in-person theater with its 20th annual production of It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, from Frank Capra's film. The production will run through Friday, Dec. 31, at ...
THEATER 'Wicked' returning to Chicago in 2022

THEATER 'Wicked' returning to Chicago in 2022

The blockbuster musical Wicked will return to Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., on Sept. 28-Dec. 4, 2022. Now the fifth longest-running show in Broadway history—and featuring songs such as "Popular" ...
THEATER 'Who's Holiday!' running through Dec. 26

THEATER 'Who's Holiday!' running through Dec. 26

Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont St., is running the Chicago premiere of Who's Holiday!—a production about a booze-guzzling, cigarette-smoking, adult Cindy Lou Who reminiscing about the night she first met The Grinch. The show is being ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"The obvious one would be A Little Night Music. I know I could do that role very well now that I've gotten to this stage in my life, and you know it's a beautiful song in there. It's perfection."—Sarah Brightman reveals ...
Trans-focused documentary part of South Side Film Festival

Trans-focused documentary part of South Side Film Festival

The documentary Mama Gloria—which features Chicago transgender icon Gloria Allen—was part of the South Side Film Festival line-up on Nov. 28. Born in 1945, Allen grew up amid the celebrated Black "sissy" balls on Chicago's South ...
SHOWBIZ Netflix, Kal Penn, Dennis Rodman, 'The Voice,' 'Euphoria'

SHOWBIZ Netflix, Kal Penn, Dennis Rodman, 'The Voice,' 'Euphoria'

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Terra Field—one of the Netflix employees who organized the walkout around Dave Chappelle's comedy special The Closer—has resigned from the streamer, Deadline reported. Field, along with B. Pagels-Minor, organized an ...
M3 Dance presenting 'The Nutcracker' in Elgin on Dec. 4-5

M3 Dance presenting 'The Nutcracker' in Elgin on Dec. 4-5

M3 Dance and Synergy Dance Academy will present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at Elgin's Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 ...
THEATER REVIEW Lighthouses in the Desert

THEATER REVIEW Lighthouses in the Desert

Title: Lighthouses in the Desert. Playwright: Richard James Zieman At: Schwartz Stage at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: $25; GlassAppleTheatre.com. Runs through: Dec. 19 Nowadays, the term "one-act play" can be applied to nearly ...
Broadway titan Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Broadway titan Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Stephen Sondheim, one of the giants of Broadway songwriting, died Nov. 26 at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, according to media reports. He was 91. Among the works in the legend's oeuvre are Company (1970), Follies ...
Virtual reading, Q&A of 'The Normal Heart' with mostly LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC cast on Dec. 4

Virtual reading, Q&A of 'The Normal Heart' with mostly LGBTQ+ and/or BIPOC cast on Dec. 4

ONE Archives Foundation, in collaboration with Invisible Histories Project, announced today that a brand-new Q&A will follow an encore and final presentation of the historic virtual reading of Larry Kramer's Tony-winning play The Normal Heart. The ...
Goodman Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol' running through Dec. 31

Goodman Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol' running through Dec. 31

Now in its 44th year, Goodman Theatre's classic production of A Christmas Carol is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's discovery of kindness, compassion and redemption. Director Jessica Thebus co-adapted and helmed the 2020 audio streaming version, ...

  Outlines

RESTAURANTS Epic Kitchens Lakeview

RESTAURANTS Epic Kitchens Lakeview

By Andrew Pirrotta

In our modern world of instant, online food ordering and delivery, there is really only one problem we encounter: Is there anything we can all agree on? Let's face it: No one wants to place several ...
SPORTS Bulls improve to 14-8 with latest win

SPORTS Bulls improve to 14-8 with latest win

The Chicago Bulls took the latest battle of the Ball brothers (Chicago's Lonzo versus Charlotte's LaMelo), riding a stellar performance by Nikola Vucevic to a 133-119 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at the United Center, ESPN.com ...
SPORTS Red Stars defender loaned to Australian team

SPORTS Red Stars defender loaned to Australian team

The Chicago Red Stars announced the loan of defender Kayla Sharples to Adelaide United Football Club of the Australian A-League Women. The Naperville native will be with the Australian club until March 28, 2022, after which ...
SAVOR Mango Pickle offering 21 Days of Thali supper Dec. 3-20

SAVOR Mango Pickle offering 21 Days of Thali supper Dec. 3-20

The Indian bistro Mango Pickle (5842 N. Broadway; https://www.mangopicklechicago.com/) will hold its next 21 Days of Thali event Dec. 3-20. Marisa Paolillo and Gregory Bazire—the founders and chef-partners of Mango ...
froSkate creates safe space for BIPOC queer skaters to 'fall, laugh, shake it off'

froSkate creates safe space for BIPOC queer skaters to 'fall, laugh, shake it off'

The organization froSkate—which hosts skate park meet-ups for the "non-traditional skate community"—launched in spring 2019 after a group chat of BIPOC queer skateboarders "got too big," according to founder Karlie ...
Outlines

SPORTS Bulls, 'Hawks win; former Bear arrested

—The Chicago Bulls (13-7) got back on the winning track—and remained in first place in the NBA's Central Division—with a 123-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Nov. 27 in Florida. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points ...
Five Worth Finding: World AIDS Day, 'Benedetta,' books, wine in a can

Five Worth Finding: World AIDS Day, 'Benedetta,' books, wine in a can

—World AIDS Day event at Belmont Harbor: —The Chicago Parks Foundation will hold a World AIDS Day event on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m., at the Belmont Harbor Yacht Club. Antonio King, LGBTQ health and outreach liaison ...
Blackhawks to host 'Hockey Fights Cancer' game Nov. 28

Blackhawks to host 'Hockey Fights Cancer' game Nov. 28

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will host "Hockey Fights Cancer" night at the United Center on Sunday, Nov. 28, as the team takes on the San Jose Sharks. This special evening is supported ...
Chicago Bears score Thanksgiving win over winless Detroit

Chicago Bears score Thanksgiving win over winless Detroit

In his first start in 10 weeks, quarterback Andy Dalton looked sharp with no signs of rust in helping the Bears edge the Lions 16-14 on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. Replacing the injured Justin Fields, the ...





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