The Coming Out Against Cancer Ball benefiting the Lesbian Community Cancer Project features Grammy Award-nominated artist
Meshell Ndegeocello as celebrity DJ and nationally syndicated radio host
Gretchen Helfrich as honorary chair. Silent auction includes a set visit to watch filming of Showtime's The L Word. The event is Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8-midnight at the South Shore
Cultural Center. See www.lccp.org or call (773) 561-4662.
Homolatte, Scott Free's weekly showcase of queer words and music, this week features Duriel E. Harris and Edie Carey, Thursday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m., 6970 N. Glenwood, (773) 743-3355, www.scottfree.net .
Stella Productions is at Jackhammer Jan 30, with Regina Upright, Lulu D'Luv, Tiffany Hart and Julia Knight. 11 p.m., 6406 N. Clark, (773) 743-5772.
Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian-feminist chorus, performs Women and Words, an evening of women's poetry and prose set to music, Sat., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation, Women's Center for the Creative Arts, 5514 W. Lawrence, (773) 412-9257.
Strike Out Hunger, Vital Bridges' 7th annual bowling event, a later-night affair by the Nine to Twelve Bowling League, is Jan. 31, raffle, snacks and a DJ. 9 p.m.-midnight, River Rand Bowl, 191 S. River Rd., Des Plaines, (312) 948-2786.
Sarah's Inn and OPALGA cosponsor a free community forum on domestic violence in the LGBT community, Tuesday, Feb. 3, Oak Park Public Library, 6:30-8:45 p.m., 834 Lake St., Oak Park, (708) 386-3305.
Thousand Waves Spa hosts Let's Talk About Sex Sunday, Feb. 1, with presentations on women's health, bodies, and sexuality, 4:30-7 p.m., 1212 W. Belmont, (312) 922-2322.