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Thursday, Nov. 27 Club Reunion Loftwerk Productions hosts a Thanksgiving dance party. 7 p.m.-2 a.m., $10, 811 W. Lake, (312) 491-9600

D/E Entertainment and TabernacleChicago Evolution, featuring DJs Frankie Knuckles and Alan King, hosted by Frederick and Dennis and special guest Byron Dorsey. 10 p.m., $21, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, (312) 339-5938

Friday, Nov. 28

Gene Siskel Film Center Latina lesbian Reno introduces tonight's screening of Reno: Rebel Without a Pause, a documentary about her performance in response to the 9/11 attacks. Tonight's screening is at 7:30 p.m.; the film runs through Dec. 2. Also premiering today at 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. is Venus Boyz, a documentary about drag kings, which runs through Dec. 4th. $8, 164 N. State St. (312) 846-2800

Jackhammer Stella Productions presents Diva Las Vegas, starring Regina Upright, Julia Knight, and Tajma Hall, with special guests Tamera Lee and Sassy Trade. 11 p.m. showtime; Chicago Beef dancers follow at 1 a.m. 6406 N. Clark, (773) 743-5772

NEO Planet Earth Thanksgiving, a new wave feast with all the trimmings, with DJ Dave Roberts spinning new wave, punk and ska until 4 a.m. 2350 N. Clark, (773) 528-2622,

Pour House 30th anniversary celebration. 103-155th Pl., Calumet City, (708) 891-3980

TouchÈ Chicago Rodeo Riders. 6412 N. Clark, (773) 465-7400

Saturday, Nov. 29

Bobby Love's Roberta LoVella's 2003 Annual Christmas Show: A Very Mary Christmas. 10 p.m., 3729 N. Halsted, (773) 525-1200

Chicago Water Buddies Join your fellow water sports buddies for a bar social. 11 p.m., TouchÈ, 6412 N. Clark, (773) 275-6051

Club Reunion Darrell and Craig present Celebration of Life 2003, with music by DJ Gloria, Greg Gray and DJ Unknown, with a live midnight performance by the legendary Martha Wash. Proceeds go to support HIV/AIDS and MS charities. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $20, 811 W. Lake, (312) 491-9600 or (312) 922-3321,,

HotHouse Latina lesbian comedian Reno performs. HotHouse members attend the first show free. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. $20, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707,

Sunday, Nov. 30

Big Wig Blender, Wicker Park's queer night out, presents a Thanksgiving Leftovers Party. Retro dance music, and $3 cover if you bring a material donation for friends of the organizers who recently lost everything in a house fire (otherwise, $5 cover). 8 p.m.-2 a.m., 1551 W. Division, (773) 235-9100,

Monday, Dec. 1

Canticle Ministries Lighting the Way to a World Without AIDS, a special World AIDS Day service with a performance by the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir and soloist Harvey Wolf, 7 p.m. Also, panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the Wheaton Franciscan motherhouse from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., as well as immediately before and after the service. Wheaton Franciscan Chapel, 26W171 Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, (630) 588-9165

HotHouse Yoko Noge's Jazz Me Blues. 8 p.m. $7, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707

Howard Brown Free HIV testing, in honor of World AIDS Day. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 4025 N. Sheridan, (773) 388-1600

Women & Children First In honor of World AIDS Day, Connie Kiosse reads from her new memoir of AIDS and sisterhood entitled Two Sisters, One Journey. 7:30 p.m., 5233 N. Clark, (773) 769-9299

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Deratany for Judge Jan Schakowsky heads the host committee for this wine-tasting fundraiser for judicial candidate Jay Paul Deratany. 6-8 p.m., Cru, 888 N. Wabash, (312) 857-1328,

HotHouse Phat Tuesdayz, HotHouse's weekly showcase of progressive local hip-hop crews. 9:30 p.m. $5, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707

Thursday, Dec. 4

AIDS Foundation of Chicago Sample delicacies from Chicago restaurants at World of Chocolate, (312) 922-2322, ext. 302

HotHouse RUIDO: Post Latin American Music on the Edge, with Superaquello and the Aluminum Group. 9:30 p.m. $12, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707,

No Exit Cafe Homolatte, Scott Free's weekly showcase of queer words and music, this week features Carlos T. Mock and Anne-Marie Akin. 8 p.m., 6970 N. Glenwood

Friday, Dec. 5

HotHouse Mexican singer-songwriter Ely Guerra is joined by Argentinian comedian and chanteuse Juana Molina in her Chicago debut. 9:30 p.m., $15, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707,

Literary Exchange A benefit for prison and shelter programs, featuring a discussion and book signing with Beth Richie, author of Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women. 6-8 p.m., $20, Inaís Restaurant, 1235 W. Randolph, (773) 768-2688,

Windy City Performing Arts Don We Now XXV Silver Bells, with performances by Windy City Gay Chorus, Unison and Windy City Slickers, tonight and tomorrow. 8 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, (773) 404-9242

Saturday, Dec. 6

Chicago Cultural Center A Merry Little Christmas: A Tribute to Judy Garland, presented in collaboration with Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Th cast includes Nan Mason, Beckie Menzie, Daryl Nitz, Ty Perry, Audrey Morris and more. 3 p.m., 77 E. Randolph, (312) 744-6630

Club Reunion Pow-Wow Inc. and Loftwerk Productions present the S/He Series, with comedian Rene Hicks. 7-10 p.m., $10, 811 W. Lake, (773) 592-3492,,

HotHouse Sephardic singer Sarah Aroeste performs. 9 p.m., $10 advance/$12 door, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707,

Howard Brown Health Center Grief and the Holidays: Addressing LGBTS Issues, an opportunity for bereaved persons to explore positive alternatives for coping with the holidays. A bereavement professional will speak, and a panel will share insights. Cosponsored by Rainbow Hospice. 1:30-3 p.m., free, 4025 N. Sheridan, (847) 692-8884

Kindred Hearts Comedian Vicki Shaw performs. 8 p.m., $15, 2214 Ridge Ave., Evanston, (847) 604-0913,

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum Death, Renewal and Remembrance: Paying Homage to Our Departed, a joint event with the Cambodian Association of Illinois, about different celebrations that honor ancestors. Traditional Mexican and Cambodian food will be served. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. or 3:30-6 p.m., $17, 1852 W. 19th St., (312) 665-7474

Oriental Theatre Vocalist Linda Eder performs in a special holiday concert. (312) 902-1400

Sissy Butch Brothers The Sissy Butch Brothers present A Gurlesque Burlesque Extravaganza featuring performances by Chicago favorites as well as special guests Kitty Diggins from LA, Miss Indigo Blue from Seattle, and the Naughty Librarian from New York. 9 p.m., $15, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace,

Sunday, Dec. 7

Women of All Colors/Cultures Together Brunch at a member's home in Logan Square. (773) 268-4438,

Thursday, Dec. 11

Affinity Lez Chat topic for this month is What's Going on for the Holidays? Come share your holiday plans and find out whatís available for singles and couples. 7-9 p.m., 5650 S. Woodlawn, (773) 324-0377,

HotHouse Omayra Amaya Flamenco Dance Company presents Raza--The New Breed. 8 p.m., $20, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707

No Exit Cafe Homolatte, Scott Free's weekly showcase of queer words and music, this week features Kurt Heintz and Ripley Caine. 8 p.m., 6970 N. Glenwood, (773) 743-3355

Friday, Dec. 12

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus A Sassy, Brassy Christmas features the chorus joined by a 10-piece Snowmen of Swing orchestra, tonight and tomorrow. Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport, (773) 296-0541

Saturday, Dec. 13

Club Reunion Pow-Wow Inc. and Loftwerk Productions present the S/He Series, with Girls Rock the Mic on Hip Hop Night. 7-10 p.m., $10, 811 W. Lake, (773) 592-3492,

HotHouse Ecstatic Dissent: Explorations of Aramaic song and chant forms by Michael Zerang and friends from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by Angel Melendez y Su Orquesta ANGELLE at 10:30 p.m. 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707,

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children Funky folk-rock diva Ellen Rosner performs. 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

South Shore Cultural Center The Old Town School sponsors AfroFolk Live, a series of music and culture from the African Diaspora. Tonight, The Art of Stepping from 6-7 p.m., Music of the Soul with Taniq from 7-9 p.m., followed by DJ Shock at 9 p.m. Free, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., (773) 728-6000,

Windy City Athletic Assc. (WCAA) Open gym for men's basketball, with recreational-level play from noon-1:30 p.m. and competitive-level play 2:30-4 p.m. The time in between is open to all levels. League play begins in mid/late December. $5 suggested donation, Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4931 N. Marine, (773) 327-WCAA

Sunday, Dec. 14

Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays Join CBLG for a screening of Kevin's Room. Kevinís Room 1 screens on video at 7 p.m.; Kevin's Room 2 will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on WCIU Channel 26. Food and refreshments will be served. Taskforce, 1130 S. Wabash, Suite 404, (312) 409-4917

Thursday, Dec. 18

Chicago House Taste bubbly and enjoy views from atop Hotel 71 at Champagne Wrap-Ture. Holiday packages and decorated champagne bottles will be available. 5:30-9 p.m., $50 advance/$60 door, (773) 248-5200 x303

No Exit Cafe Homolatte, Scott Free's weekly showcase of queer words and music, this week features Queer Country Christmas Pageant with Sven Soderberg, Shelley Miller and Anthony Whitaker. 8 p.m., 6970 N. Glenwood, (773) 743-3355

Test Positive Aware Network Benefit performance of the Tony-winning musical Hairspray includes a private reception before the show with hostess Miss Foozie. Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre, $175, (773) 989-9400

Saturday, Dec. 20

Club Reunion Pow-Wow Inc. and Loftwerk Productions present the S/He Series, with singer Alexis P. Suter. 7-10 p.m., $15 advance/$20 door, 811 W. Lake, (773) 592-3492,

GLSEN Chicago Fabulous Holiday Bash, North End, 3733 N. Halsted

Inn Exile Stella Productions presents Holiday Frenzy, starring Regina Upright and Julia Knight, with special guests Evan Ashley Davenport and Stella By Straight. 11:30 p.m., 5758 W. 65th, (773) 582-3510

Saturday, Dec. 27

HotHouse Las Guitarras de Espana. 9:30 p.m., $15, 31 E. Balbo, (312) 362-9707,



Saturday, Jan. 17

Chicago Theatre A solo acoustic performance by Ani DiFranco. 175 N. State, (312) 559-1212

Monday, Jan. 19

Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays The 9th Annual Free Breakfast Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has a new location this year; this year's breakfast will also be a champagne brunch to celebrate CBLG's 10th anniversary. 10 a.m., Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, (312) 409-4917

Saturday, Jan. 24

Equality Illinois Justice for All, Equality Illinois' 2004 gala. Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan, (773) 477-7173

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children Acoustic duo CommonbonD performs. 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

Saturday, Feb. 18

Allstate Arena Sarah Brightman in concert. (312) 559-1212

Park West V-Day presentation of the Vagina Monologues features an all star cast of Chicago women, with proceeds to benefit AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Southwest Women Working Together. 7 p.m., $65-$250, 322 W. Armitage, (312) 922-2322

Saturday, Feb. 21

University of Chicago A screening of the documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, followed by a reception, panel discussion and break-out groups. 1-5 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th, (773) 549-4151,

Saturday, Feb. 28

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children C.C. Carter and friends celebrate Black History Month. 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

Saturday, Mar. 20

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children Ubaka Hill returns for a concert with the DrumSong Orchestra, as well as a weekend of workshops. (For workshop info contact or (773) 769-9009.) 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

Saturday, Apr. 24

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children The Dublin duo Zrazy returns. 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

Saturday, May 1

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children Tret Fure and Judy Small perform. 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

Saturday, June 12

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children Singer/songwriter Jamie Anderson performs, with acoustic duo Wishing Chair. 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

Saturday, July 10

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children Itís the Alix show, with singer/songwriter Alix Dobkin and slam poet Alix Olson. 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276,

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