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Thursday, June 30

Estrojam Presents a Tribute Concert to the Legendary Ladies of Early Jazz & Blues. Swing lessons before the show. Performers: Lexie Bloor, Ingrid Graudins, Rachel Cain, Jennifer Schaffer, Rebecca Toon, and many more. 7:30 p.m. lessons, 8:30 p.m. show, tickets $12 in advance/$15 on the day, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln,,

She Jams Music Festival Opening night features drum master class and mini sneak performance by Ubaka Hill. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., $8 before 9 p.m./$10 after, Rhythms, 1108 W. Randolph, ( 773 ) 347-1363,

TPAN Presents Extreme Health Makeover for HIV+ People.Guest Speaker: Nelson Vergel, author of 'Built to Survive' and founder of the Body Positive Wellness Clinic in Houston. Refreshments provided. 6-9 p.m., free, 929 W. Belmont, RSVP ( 773 ) 989-9400, for more information, see

Women & Children First Melissa King: She's Got Next: A Story of Getting In, Staying Open, and Taking a Shot. 7:30 p.m., 5233 N. Clark, ( 773 ) 769-9299

Friday, July 1

She Jams Music Festival Features Disco Legend Crystal Waters, Drum Princess Ubaka Hill, Jazz Divas Straight Ahead, and more. Presented by POW-WOW Inc and The Literary Exchange. Portions of the proceeds benefit Gay Games Chicago. 8-11 p.m., tickets $25/$50/$100, Museum of Science and Industry Auditorium, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, ( 773 ) 347-1363,

Touche Red Hanky Party. 6412 N. Clark, ( 773 ) 465-7400

Windy City Pride Opening Reception & Art Exhibit. 6-8 p.m., Hyatt Hotel, for more information, see

Saturday, July 2

Michelle Shocked Performs live with the Mighty Sound. 9 p.m., $22 in advance/$25 day of show, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, ( 312 ) 362-9707

She Jams Music Festival Master drumming class with Ubaka Hill, as part of the Windy City Pride workshop series. 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker,

She Jams Music Festival National Black Pride Poetry Slam hosted by POW-WOW, Inc. 35 participants, over 600 audience members, record breaking 1st prize of $1,250. To participate, contact C.C. Carter at ( 773 ) 347-1363. 6-9 p.m., $5 donation, Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker,

Windy City Pride White Party for Women. DJ Phantom, dress attire: white. Doors open 9:30 p.m., Park West, 322 W. Armitage, for more information, see

Sunday, July 3

Chicago Legend Presents Sweet Repeat Sunday with DJs Ron Carroll & Wilma. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 2109 S. Wabash, ( 773 ) 203-1664

Frankie Knuckles Appears in Live, a celebration of pride, independence, and life. Presented by Boi Magazine and Windy City Media Group. Doors open at 10 p.m., $22, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, ( 312 ) 339-5938,

Windy City Pride Park Festival. Noon-7 p.m., 63rd & Stony Island, for more information,

Friday, July 8

Hydrate Presents Vox Out Awards Month: Honoring Emerging Voices of Style & Design. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 3458 N. Halsted, ( 773 ) 975-9244

Saturday, July 9

HRC Illinois Holds its annual black-tie dinner gala. New Executive Director Joe Solmonese to be one of the featured speakers. Honorees are: Lakeview Action Coalition, Accenture, IL State Senate Leader Emil Jones, Jr., IL State Sen. Carol Ronen, and IL State Rep. Larry McKeon. Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker, for more information, see

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse Presents Karen Williams. 7:30 p.m., suggested donation, 1700 W. Farragut, ( 312 ) 409-0276

Windy City Gay Naturists Hold a BBQ at Jackhammer. Bring a towel & gym bag. 6-9 p.m., 6406 N. Clark, for an invite, call ( 312 ) 494-2654

Thursday, July 14

Team Chicago Holds Vive la Difference, a fundraising event for the Federation of Gay Games Scholarship Program. Silent auction, raffle, entertainment by Roxanne Saylor and Jeremy Trager of The Jacques Brel Review. $40 in advance/$50 at the door, Edgewater Beach building, 5555 N. Sheridan,

Transitions Bookstore Presents author Jessica Nagler discussing and signing her book Jun Q'Anil: One Who Walks the Way. 7 p.m., 1000 W. North, ( 312 ) 951-7323

Saturday, July 16

Amigas Latinas Holds its 10th Diamond Anniversary Dance Celebration. Guest DJs include DJ Wanda, DJ Sandy, and DJ Casper. Raffle for a diamond pendant. 7 p.m.-Midnight, $20, Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington

Sunday, July 17

Schuba's Tavern Presents poet C.C. Carter, Anne-Marie Akin & Hot Potato, and West African drumming by Diamana Diya. 4 p.m., $5, 3159 N. Southport, ( 773 ) 525-2508,

Tuesday, July 19

Touche Hardcore Night featuring our Wheel of Pain & Pleasure. 6412 N. Clark, ( 773 ) 465-7400

Wednesday, July 20

Rasaka Theatre Company Presents Raise Your Awareness, a fundraiser and panel discussion on the state of South Asian Arts in Chicago. Panelists include Malik Gillani, co-founder of Silk Road Theatre Project, Anish Jethmalani, Indira Johnson, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Hema Rajagopalan, and Maninderpal Sings. 5:30-7:30 p.m., $20 in advance/$25 at the door, Vermillion, 10 W. Hubbard,

Women and Children First Author Beatriz Badikian: Old Gloves: A 20th Century Saga, 7:30 p.m., 5233 N. Clark, ( 773 ) 769-9299

Thursday, July 21

Erik R. Sosa Presents Groove Is In the Heart, a collection of new original artwork. Opening night reception with the self-taught Mexican-American artist. 7-10 p.m., Big City Swings, 1012 W. Randolph,

Saturday, July 23

Kindred Hearts Holds a Benefit Scavenger Hunt in Andersonville. Race through Girls Town, solve riddles, gather treasures in this girls extravaganza. Meet at 1 p.m. to pick up your survival kit, $15, 6554 N. Rockwell, RSVP ( 847 ) 604-0913,

Saturday, July 30

Affinity Celebrates 10 years of community services with Jazz 'n July. Featuring singing sensation Terisa Griffin and comic Karen Williams. 8 p.m., $55 in advance/$70 at the door/$100 VIP, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, ( 773 ) 324-0377,

Thursday, July 28

Adodi Chicago Presents the 19th Annual Adodi International Summer Retreat for men of color who love men. Montgomery Bell State Park, TN, for more information, see

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