If Snowball 2001 at Annex 3 is anything to go by, we can certainly look forward to some more fabulous events coming up from the Royal Imperial Sovereign Barony of the Windy City. This show was a much-needed fundraiser for the Gerber/Hart Library, and the volunteers from G/H turned out in force to sell raffle tickets.
Rene, Rhodesia, Gina and all the other boyz grlz ev'ry1 worked their butts off on stage ... and let's face it, for a bar that's owned by Jim Flint at the Baton, you're not going to get anything but the best; witness Monica's recent show at Lithium.
What can you say about Miss Tiger that hasn't already been said? She never ceases to amaze me. She's succeeded in pushing the boundaries of performance art, not to mention good, or is that bad, taste, right over the edge of the cliff with her new show Olivia the Retard at the Bijou.
If you don't go and see the show, it's your loss, not mine. It's only $10.
The last Windy City Radio Bud Light party was at Buddies'. I went along with Jason and Esmerelda Morning-Glory, my half poet/half Cherokee cleaning lady, to take pictures of Amy Matheny working her magic on behalf of Bud Light.
There were some good prizes in the raffle too. I think we need more Bud Light parties. That little blond bartender is pretty; I don't know her name.
It was also good to talk to the guy I often see at the CTA station near my house. Honey, I knew you were a fag the first time I saw you.
Hot Tip: It's coming!! The fabulous Equality Illinois 10th anniversary 2002 Gala Benefit Dinner is on Jan. 26, 2002, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. For more information call 773-477-7173. And get this!! Rick Garcia tells me there's four hours of open bar ... better take the next day off.
It's great to see the community all pulling together for the Gerber/Hart Library. The next benefit is coming up on Friday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Hothouse ( 31 E. Balbo ) .
Shack-O-Love, Chicago's up-and-coming entertainment provider, brings you Ornaments of Love: An Evening of Alternative Entertainment followed by Chicago underground house music. Miss Tiger, Chicago's foremost singer/ songwriter/ actor and "Peaches in the Night" Nightspots columnist invites you to join her and a host of fabulous entertainers for an evening of live singing, comedy and original productions.
After Tiger's show, stick around for DJ Moist, Alvarez, David Chavez and Caswell James spinning deep underground Chicago house with a heavy emphasis on instrumentation and rhythm, and a strong influence of jazz, funk, soul, disco and latin music aesthetics. Further information is available at www.misstiger.com and www.gerberhart.org .
It's only $3 to get in.
A while back Bob Mander ( Ryan & Co. Inc ) phoned and asked me to write a 500-word history on the GAYification of Halsted St. for a project he was working on. How Halsted St. went gay. That's like trying to write the Bible on a Viagra tab, but I gave it my best shot. The other day I received a press release, in which Bob said many kind things about me, but modesty stops me from printing it here.
Fooled you!! Modesty my ass!!
"Looking for that last-minute, inexpensive, unique, and appealing Holiday gift? Give the spirit of Chicago's official LGBT community. 'N. Halsted St.' replicates the classic Chicago street signs that mark the Rainbow Strip, serves as a conversation piece, decorative display, and most complete, entertaining guide to all the street's lively attractions.
"Available exclusively at shops on and near the Halsted St. strip and at Gerber/Hart Library, the sign opens to a sparkling rainbow-colored map that pinpoints all bars, shops, restaurants, civic organizations, and more, that line the street. NOT just advertisers. The most inclusive guide available.
"A colorful account by noted 'Street Walkin' with Sukie' columnist Sukie de la Croix traces the 'GAYification' of the street. Sukie at his entertaining and literate best! A memorable keepsake to be shared with others.
"Exact locations on the street include telephone numbers for all, parking, public transit, traffic directions...everything the visitor, newcomer, and regular needs to use and enjoy The Street. Perfect for New Year's revelers! No clumsy folds.
"They are available at Ragin' RaeJean's, 3450 N. Halsted; Buddies' Restaurant & Bar at Aldine and Clark St.; and Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville; and other N. Halsted St. area shops.
"Ten percent of all proceeds from N. Halsted St. will be donated to Chicago's Gerber/Hart Library. For more information on where to find this unique memento and gift item, contact Ryan & Co. at 312.707.9583, or e-mail email@example.com ."
Hey! It's Gerber/Hart Library week at Street Walkin' With Sukie. Tell me what's going on. E-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 773-871-7610 Ext. 29 and leave me a message. You should ALSO fax events to calendar editor 773-871-7609.