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by TRACY BAIM
2003-06-18

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Wow! Thanks to the more than 500 people who turned out for the Windy City Gay Idol finals at Circuit. All 16 contestants were so professional, well-prepared and deserving of being in the finals. Whether it was talent or marketing power, they all took is seriously. Since I hate to upset anyone, I would have chosen most of the finalists to represent our first Gay Idol. Certainly top-two finishers Luis and Amazon both deserved to win! We expect to present these singers around town soon. Photos in this Nightspots and in Windy City Times, online www.WindyCityMediaGroup.com . Thanks to Bud Light, W Hotel, American Airlines, Materville Studios and Creaoke Creagh. And to all the staff, volunteers, host bars, judges, MCs and so many more!

New Town Writers presents Working Stiffs 2: Stories About Queers on the Job, Wed., June 18, Bailiwick Studio Theater, with works by Ms. Cookie Crumbles, Robert Klein Engler, Mike Rogers, Timothy Rey, Gloria Klein and Diane Williams; 7:30 p.m., $5, 1229 W. Belmont, (773) 883-1090, www.newtownwriters.org .

Chix Mix Productions' Coyote Ugly Style with DJ Kid XSite, bar dancing girls, live performance by Kelley Addis and a best bare midriff contest is Friday, June 20, 9 p.m.-4 a.m., $10, Circuit, 3641 N. Halsted.

DJ Wanda, Andres De Los Santos & His Flavored Entourage plus a special guest are at Legacy 21 Friday, June 20, 8 p.m. doors, 11 p.m. showtime, $5, 3042 W. Irving Park.

Comedian Vicki Shaw kicks off Temptations' Pride week celebration Friday, June 20, 10235 W. Grand, Franklin Park, (847) 455-0008.

Windy City Performing Arts hosts We Are Family!—A Birthday Celebration with Windy City Gay Chorus, Unison, and Windy City Slickers, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Washington Library, 400 S. State, (773) 404-9242.

Illinois Gender Advocates 2003 Transgender Pride, an informal gathering with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, is Sat., June 21, 6-10 p.m., Gentry on State, 440 N. State, (312) 409-5489.

Maneuvers' Miss Gay Joliet drag show and pageant is Sat., June 21, 11 p.m., $3, 118 E. Jefferson, Joliet, (815) 727-7069.

N'DIGO Foundation features Jennifer Holliday June 21 in a celebration of African-American Broadway musicals, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, (312) 822-0202.

Buddies' Twelfth Annual Pride & Joy reception, to benefit the Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame, is Monday, June 23, 6-10 p.m., $10, 3301 N. Clark, (773) 281-5095.

See calendar for MANY more pride events!

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