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Off the Cuffs
by TRACY BAIM
2003-07-02

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Nightspots had an early deadline due to the July 4 holiday. See Windy City Times for lots of Pride Parade pics, Dyke March, and more.

The first march of last week was actually a celebration of the Supreme Court's wake-up on privacy rights. Strange how those most concerned about federal government intervention into our lives are usually the first to say it's OK to intervene if we're queer.

Didn't have enough pride last week? Well, don't worry, it's Windy City Black LGBT Pride Weekend. See www.windycitypride.org or our calendar for details on dozens of special events. Including C.C. Carter's jamin' poetry slam (8 p.m.-midnight, Friday), Pat & Vera's next great party, awards, the celebration at Rainbow Beach Sunday, and much more.

Tabernacle Chicago hosts X—A Decade of Excellence with Grammy-winning DJ Frankie Knuckles, VO5 DJ Elbert Phillips and singer Michelle Weeks, Friday, July 4, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, (312) 339-5938.

Steamworks presents Steam, Sat., July 5, a special event cosponsored by Windy City Black Pride, Steamworks and M4M4Sex.com, with special guest DJ Willy Vela of Ft. Lauderdale. 10 p.m.-4 a.m., 3246 N. Halsted, (773) 929-6080.

Chix Mix Productions' Fantasy Friday is July 4, with DJ Kid Xsite, Sexy women dancers, CD giveaways, light show, fantasy booth and more. From 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $10, Circuit, 3641 N. Halsted, chixmixprod@aol.com .

Tracy Chapman performs Sunday, July 6 at Chicago Theatre.

Dave Awl hosts The Partly Dave Show: Patriotically Incorrect, Wed., July 9, No Exit Cafe: an evening of patriotic dissent in celebration of the Independence Day. Performers include Schadenfreude, Karen Christopher, Ken Hunt, Lynne Shotola, Christopher Piatt, Kitko and Chris Schoen. Starts 8 p.m., $5, 6970 N. Glenwood, (773) 743-3355.

Mountain Moving Coffee hosts feminist slam poet Alix Olson and head lesbian singer/songwriter Alix Dobkin, Sat., July 12, 7:30 p.m., 1700 W. Farragut, (312) 409-0276.

Scott Free held his own protest Saturday at the 'Pride Fest' on Halsted. The queer Chicago musician is upset with how 'straight' the fest's performers were. The event is put on by the Halsted business group. Have we assimilated that much that 'gay' and 'Pride' equals 'straight'? Scott doesn't think so—if there are a few specific gay fests a year, queer artists should be a priority, Scott says. Scott also does the Queer is Folk fest—which certainly is quite queer. Plus his weekly Homolatte show.


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