Springfield PRIDE and the Phoenix Centerthe Springfield, Ill., source for HIV programs and servicesare seeking sponsors, vendors and volunteers for the city's first annual Gay Pride Festival on Harvey Milk Day, Sunday, May 22.
The free festival will begin at noon with a Pooch Parade on Capital Avenue between 5th and 6th streets and will continue until 6 p.m. with a variety of entertainment, dancing, vendors, food and drink for all ages, including a children's area. Scandals Nightclub will host the Pre-PRIDE Party Saturday, May 21, and Club Station House will host the After-PRIDE Party at 6 p.m. May 22.
Contact the Phoenix Center at 217-528-5253 or visit www.springfieldpride.org for sponsorship options, vendor information and volunteer opportunities.
concert May 1
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles' Symphonic Band will present its spring 2011 concert "Jubilations!" Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. at Merit School of Music's Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall, 38 S. Peoria, Chicago.
The band, under the direction of Kyle Rhoades, will perform a program of classics, including Sousa's King Cotton, Bernstein's Slava! and Irish Tune from County Derry as arranged by Grainger, as well as a popular repertoire by Elgar, Ticheli and more.
The concert is open to the public for a suggested donation of $10; tickets are available in advance at www.LakesidePride.org or at the door.
HBHC art benefit at
South Side center May 12
The Artists of EastBank will host a Reclaim Art benefit Thursday, May 12, 6-10 p.m., at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th, where 30 artists will showcase work crafted from reclaimed goods purchased at one of the Howard Brown Health Center's ( HBHC's ) three Brown Elephant resale shops.
Each artist will transform merchandise such as fabric, jewelry boxes and fishing net into a work of art or will creatively incorporate items into an existing painting, sculpture or photograph. Entertainer and LGBT activist Cyon Flare will sell the items in a live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit HBHC. The exhibit will be available for viewing by appointment at 773-247-3000 through the month of May. Email email@example.com for more info.