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by TRACY BAIM
2004-01-07

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Chicago House has learned that Kyan Douglas, star of Bravo TV's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, will be attending their annual black-tie gala, The World Tour, Jan. 10. Douglas, the 'Grooming Guru,' will contribute a makeover consultation to the silent auction. He will be attending the event for the entire evening so whether a guest is there for the evening of cocktails, dinner and entertainment at $250 or just the special late-night dance party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. for $50, they can meet the star. Douglas will participate in the Second City live auction and bid on the makeover consultation as they dance the night away. Call (773) 248-5200 (ext. 303).

2004 Women's Capricorn Party is Saturday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.-'until.' Early to Bed demo @ 8 p.m., party starts @ 9, 5210 N. Wayne, between Broadway & Clark. BYOB. OK, now I am ready for 41—thanks to everyone for helping make my 40th year a great one, especially Jean, my family, my co-workers, and my indoor soccer teammates! And thank the goddess for new indoor fields in Pilsen!

Alexandra Billings and Amy Matheny perform their hit show Duo-licious for several upcoming shows at Speakeasy Supper Club, (773) 338-0600.

Duffy's hosts a FUN-raiser, with free beer, drink specials and a raffle, to benefit AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Southwest Women Working Together, Jan. 8. These two organizations have been selected as beneficiaries of V-DAY Chicago 2004, which will feature a benefit performance of the Vagina Monologues on Feb. 18 at the Park West. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 420 W. Diversey, (312) 922-2322.

Chicago's own lesbian comedy troupe Hysterical Women performs Jan. 10 at Club Reunion, a portion of the proceeds benefit LCCP, 811 W. Lake, (773) 592-3492,

Edith Edit and Mistress Minax host Sin City, a pleasure play party to benefit the film Dominatrix Waitrix, a sci-fi queer sex romp about power and labor, Jan. 11, Big Wig, DJ Quik E Mart spins. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $7 ($5 in Las Vegas-themed attire), 1551 W. Division.

Cabaret and Broadway star Steven Lutvak performs Jan. 14-18, Noble Fool Theater, 7 p.m., $33-$44, 16 W. Randolph, (312) 726-1156.

Chicago Anti-Bashing Network hosts What's at Stake in the Marriage Debate, a town hall meeting with LGBT leaders and straight allies to discuss what we can do to defend and expand our rights, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m., First Methodist Temple, 77 W. Washington, (888) 471-0874, www.cabn.org, www.dontamend.com .

Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Blair Hull's LGBT Campaign Kickoff Brunch is Sunday, Jan. 11, 1-3 p.m. at The Room, 5900 N. Broadway. Hosts are Ellen Meyers, Greg Simoncini, Vernita Gray, Tom Chaderjian, Carlos Mock, Bill Rattan, and Hadley Rue. RSVP to Charles at (312) 245-4802 or Charles@blairhull.com .

Join a meetup for presidential candidate Howard Dean, a chance to meet fellow volunteers and get involved in the campaign, Wed., Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, contella2003@yahoo.com .

Nine-time Grammy-nominated Meshell Ndegeocello is making a special trip to Chicago Feb. 7 to spin records at one of the Midwest's largest LGBT events. Ndegeocello will DJ, along with DJ Jahi Sundance, at the Lesbian Cancer Community Project's 13th Coming Out Against Cancer Ball. Nationally syndicated radio host Gretchen Helfrich (WBEZ's 'Odyssey') will serve as honorary chair of the event, which is expected to draw a record turnout of nearly 2,500 guests. COAC is at the South Shore Cultural Center, (773) 561-4662.


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