Right off the bat, let's all raise
our glasses ( and wallets, hopefully )
to everyone who participated
in this year's Ride For AIDS
Chicago. Their combined efforts
brought in the impressive sum of
$110,000 for TPAN and BEHIV.
I was chatting with local porn
puppy Erik West at Club Krave.
Erik ( although I call him by his
real name ) was quite proud...
and a tad exhausted... that he
was the very first rider to cross
the finish line at this year's Ride
For AIDS. I'm not surprised.
Trust me, I've taken his spin
class. And that's no euphemism.
Happy birthday to Socialite Saúl,
Krave's Thursday night DJ!
If we're all a tad crispy this
week, it's most likely due to the
sunshine at Andersonville's
Midsommarfest this past weekend.
Were you one of throngs?
Well, one of the thongs, at least?
Anyhow, due to a mild attack
of social anxiety, I didn't stick
around for too long, but I did
manage to squeak in that cool
shot of myself taking Ripley
Caine's picture as seen in the
reflection of her sunglasses. The
Eyes Of Ripley Caine... coming
to a theater near you.
Or maybe not. BUT, coming to a
pub near you ( namely Red Line
Tap on Morse and Glenwood )
see little ol' me read some new
poems and such at Ripley's Cake
Chicago Pride show. The gay
literary proudness hits Friday,
June 27. It's music, poetry, gays,
liquor... what more do you need?
Ripley's been doing an amazing
job with Cake Chicago and I'm...
get this... PROUD to be a part of
A few weeks ago I blathered
on about Johnathinn Florida
and his olives at Avenue M's
Thurst Thursdays. Well, 'olive'
Johnathinn even more this week!
He made a special trip just to get
me those blue cheese babies
I love so well. Stop in every
Thursday for a taste of his dirty
martini. Or any other liquid that
may be on hand...
Throw open your loving
arms and welcome our new
Windy City Gay Idol 2008 Cori
Calderon! The competition was
fierce this year as Cori beat out
12 other worthy contestants at
Circuit. This year's batch of singers
were gracious, grateful and
gorgeous. Special points go to
rocker boy Jeff. I've always had
a soft spot for hard rock...
I hate it when I begin to end
sentences with ellipses, so I
suppose I'd better bail out now.
Tune back in next week for
Nightspots' biggest Pride issue
Pictured: FROM TOP: From Ride For
Ripley Caine at
Johnathinn's olive mastery at
Avenue M's Thurst,
With fellow judge Sofia Saffire
at the Gay Idol Finals at
photo by Kat Fitzgerald,