Reeling 2003: The 22nd Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Nov. 6, with screenings thru Nov. 13. Call (312) 458-9117, see www.chicagofilmmakers.org, or see Windy City Times for reviews and details on special events.
Kinsey Sicks hits the town Nov. 5-8 for shows at the Eagle, each night at 8 p.m. Look for them on WGN's morning show Thursday, Nov. 6. Call (773) 871-7610. $25 advance/$30 door, 5015 N. Clark.
Windy City Suburban Gay Idol is at Hunters in Elk Grove Village Tuesday, Nov. 4 (Nightspots is now available in many places Tuesday nights), 1932 E. Higgins. We're at Inn Exile in Chicago, 5758 W. 65th St, Thursday, Nov. 6. Call (773) 871-7610. The finals are Sat., Nov. 22 at Temptations.
Homolatte: Queer Words and Music is hosted by Scott Free and this week features Elizabeth Whitney and Nomy Lamm, Nov. 6, No Exit Cafe, 8 p.m., 6970 N. Glenwood, (773) 743-3355.
Chicago lesbian cop Elizabeth Ward reads from her fast-paced and clever new novel City Boots, Nov. 6, Women & Children First, 7:30 p.m., 5233 N. Clark.
Chicago House's Casino Night, to benefit CH and many other LGBT groups, is Nov. 7, Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, open
bar, hors d'oeuvres, music, dancing, dinner and dessert; transportation also included, $75, (773) 248-5200, ext. 303.
Red Letter Day performs. Nov. 7 at Temptations, 10235 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park, (847) 455-0088.
Neo's Planet Earth new wave night is Thursdays, with DJ Dave Roberts and $250 for the best new wave costume, 2350 N. Clark.
Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show, an evening of music, comedy and real-life observations starring comedian Vicki Lawrence and her famous alter ego, is at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts this weekend, 9501 Skokie Blvd., (847) 673-6300.
S/He Laughs OUTloud with Comedy Central's Dana Austin, co-hosted by Jessica Halem, is Sat., Nov. 8, 7-10 p.m. $10, 5 w/POW-WOW membership, Club Reunion, 811 W. Lake St., (773) 592-3492.
Personal PAC's Tenth Annual Awards Luncheon is Friday, Nov. 7, and features speaker Kerry Kennedy Cuomo and awards to Sara Paretsky and Irving and Joan Harris, (312) 422-0005.
Awaken Performances presents the Chicago premiere of the Obie-winning comedy Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show, starring Bev Spangler and Lisa Samra, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 20, Viaduct Theater, 3100 N. Western, (773) 275-2036.
American Veterans for Equal Rights' Veterans Day Dinner is Tuesday, Nov. 11: With Liberty and Justice for All, featuring special guest speaker LTC Steve Loomis, who was discharged 8 days before his 20-year retirement date when the military found out he is gay. 6:30-10 p.m., $25, Ann Sather, 929 W. Belmont, (773) 752-0058.
Heartland Alliance honors Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler Nov. 8 at the 63rd Annual Women's Board Celebration Ball, $200, Hyatt Regency Chicago, (312) 660-1313.