Living in the COLD:
Last night I joined my Los Angeles pal Marcus Reynaga (See Photo Above) at Scarlet for drinks. Marcus is in town from for meetings and had to have at least one libation in Boystown before heading back to sunny LA. It was funny, he was so cold and all the locals at last nights Frat House Thursday were saying that it had warmed up. Marcus was the star of the show and drank through his chilly pain.
Some will recall when Marcus and his team from Instinct Magazine had me host their Model Star Search in 2008. Not only was I surrounded by hot guys; like Boystown Crush, Kirk McNamara, but I also gained a good pal in Marcus and all the gang at Instinct Magazine!
Spotted in Boystown last night were socialites Hunter B. Lyon, and ChicagoPride.com’s own Paul Blackburn, his boyfriend Michael; Advisor Edward; Bill Healy; Fred Bachhuber; Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café’s Robin Cook and Stu; along side Boystown Icon, Linda Little and Hydrate hottie, Sean Kotwa
Not a day goes by where I don’t think about the many courageous folks impacted by HIV/AIDS in our community. So often I think about my friend Jay (Not his real name) and his public walk through his diagnosis with HIV. I also think about our very own Frank Elliott who has put his status on center stage for all to see. Jay and Frank are real stars in what can be a dim world.
Groups like Test Positive Aware Network, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, BEHIV, Edge Alliance (AIDSCare), and Chicago House star in the community show of difference makers.
Tonight, from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. SPIN shines brightly as they host Positive Spin Dace Party, a fun place for HIV positive men to meet. Hosted by Saya, with DJ Luis M. working the sounds. Proceeds from the $5 cover charge will go to the life impacting work of Test Positive Aware Network.
Hurry girls and boys, there are still tickets available for this Saturday’s Equality Illinois Gala. If you would like to attend, tickets are on sale by going to www.eqil.org
A very happy birthday this Saturday to my dear friend Kristy Falkanger Riedel
Have a great weekend!
Last night Equality Illinois, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and Join The Impact Chicago hosted an evening at Sidetrack with the openly LGBT candidates running for public office in Illinois in the primary election. It was the perfect time to meet, greet, and hear from the candidates in an informal setting. (Side note: It was SO nice to run into Bud Boy, Zach, who promises me that he will return to blogging shortly!)
From Sidetrack I headed a bit north to the new and improved Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. They were hosting their grand “Revealed” soiree.
Joining me were ChicagoPride.com’s new socialite blogger, Paul Blackburn, his boyfriend Michael; GoPride.com’s (ChicagoPride.com’s parent company) Vice President of Brand Management, Mike Livingston and the lovely Kinley Preston. ChicagoPride.com photographer Anthony Meade was also on hand! (See photos of the evening)
Kit Kat’s new black-and-white color scheme, was really nice. I especially liked the damask fabric covering the ceiling! I couldn’t stop looking at it. Well, the disco balls hanging overhead, did take some of my attention. (Wink) It must be mentioned that performer Aurora Sexton (See Photo Above) did an AMAZING job of entertaining the crowd! She went from Gaga; to Dolly; to Cher. Damn impressive, really!
It was so nice to see Boystown Icon, Linda Little, (See Photo) with cute Cocktail bartender David Sikora and Tom Segal; half the genius behind Kaufman Segal Design, who made the “Revealed” look of Kit Kat happen. It was also a pleasure to run into the newly crowned manager of Sidetrack, Jimmy Kays!
As of this morning, there are still tickets available for this weekend’s Equality Illinois Gala, taking place Saturday night. This is an easy opportunity to impact folk’s right here in Chicago and really make it count for something big! If you would like to attend, tickets are on sale here or by going to the www.eqil.org
Happy Hump Day!
Martin Luther King:
Today marks the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance. It is a time to remember, reflect and respond to the call of that make a difference pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.!
King's wife, the late Coretta Scott King challenged us saying, "On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit." The King Center continues that challenge by admonishing us to look at Monday the 19th as a "Day On. . . Not A Day Off"
I can't think of a better way to look at it! Sure some of us may not have to go in to work, but perhaps you can take a few moments that day and study the life of Dr. King or volunteer your time at a community event or center. Truthfully, the parallels between the fight that Martin Luther King Jr. fought and those of the LGBT community are very much the same; equal rights, civil treatment, and safety, to name a few.
This week seems to be packed with some great activities and events! There are still tickets available for next weekend’s Equality Illinois Gala, taking place Saturday, January 23, 2010. This is a terrific opportunity to Make A Difference right here in Chicago! The Equality Illinois Gala is a blast! Everyone dresses up for a great meal, inspiring speeches, fabulous libations and a great dance floor. If you would like to attend, tickets are on sale here or by going directly to the Equality Illinois website
As always, you can see all the great events listed here on ChicagoPride.com in CalendarQ.
As busy as the holidays were, I was hoping for a bit of a slow down in the schedule. Alas, this is not my luck. I can’t complain though as there are some damn fun things going on.
Can you believe that American Idol hottie, Adam Lambert came to Boystown on Tuesday!? Leave it up to ChicagoPride.com’s Anthony Meade to be on the scene and capture it all. I don’t know who’s prettier, drag sensation Frida Lay or the guy-liner wearing Idol.
Frat Night Thursday:
Once again, ChicagoPride.com and Scarlet are hosting Frat House Thursday tonight. (See photo above of former Scarlet heartthrob and my pal, Tom Dziarma)
Not only is it your opportunity to start the weekend off right, but you have the chance to meet ChicagoPride.com’s new socialite blogger, Paul Blackburn! He’s super sweet and a welcome addition to the ChicagoPride.com team!
Not too long ago I was hosted in Los Angeles by my pal Nick Thorsen. Nickie took my friend and “ultimate meanwhile” Dylan (See my resent blog photo of him. Oh my!) and I to West Hollywood. It was there that we were hosted by none other than generous socialite extraordinaire Jonathan Chang. For God sake, this man knew everyone and they all adored him!
One such adoring friend was his Besti, Hollywood sensation Bobby Trendy. Gosh did I like Bobby! Not only is he cute, but a lot of damn fun. Many of you will remember Bobby from his time spent with the late Anna Nicole Smith. Now he is more well known for his business Designs by Bobby, that specializes in custom furniture and interior design; serving famous clients including Dennis Rodman, Janet Jackson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and even Snoop Dogg.
This Friday you can meet Bobby as he hosts Gretchen Bonaduce’s (Yep, that’s the Partridge Family’s Danny Bonaduce’s ex.) 80’s Night at Circuit Nightclub. Knowing Bobby, it will be off the hook!
A Day On, NOT A Day Off:
Monday the 19th marks the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance. What a tremendous time in history to reflect on civil rights and the challenges ahead of us. It’s time for us all to get involved in our community and country. I hope you will think about how you can get involved in your neighborhood!
What are you doing this weekend? Check out all the great events listed in CalendarQ.
The Best 3 ½ Inches in Boystown:
I’ve long (Hee Hee) said that I have a good personality for a reason. It makes up for the many areas in my life that I fall short. (Giggles) Now Gayberhood favorite Pie Hole Pizza does it again with the introduction of their new tiny gift card. (See Photo Above) Talk about the perfect gift; plus it makes those late night pizza purchases even easier!
Part of me doesn’t want to tell you about my evening on Saturday night. The hidden secret of Wang’s is one that I don’t really want to get out. Attached to popular Sushibar, Wakamono; Wang’s is a charming little martini bar with a marvelous Oriental flare! Introduced to me a few months ago by Advisor Edward and Dr. Drew, it’s THE perfect place to spend an evening with friends!
Joining me for the evening was socialite blogger, Paul Blackburn; his boyfriend Michael; massage/physical therapist, Travis Ahlquist; his lovely girlfriend Tiffany; their roommate David and the sweet Erik Mitchell Thornton. The service was great as always and we were ministered to in music by the uber-cute Saturday night resident DJ, Jacob Meehan.
Heading home for the evening (or is that the morning?) I stopped by Hydrate to say hello to Michal Kosko who was fresh in from GaGa’s concert and sportin the KA-utest hat and guy-liner. A-dor-able! With Michal was the sweet Andrea Wolfe. The sounds of ChicagoPride.com’s own DJ Phil DaBeatz (See Photo by Anthony Mead) were being pulsed throughout the room. Celebrity Dragster, Cyon Flare was on hand offering her usual superb commentary, chant, and cheer! Make no mistake about it, Cyon IS the real deal and has a heart of gold! (Thanks for the dance, Cy!)
If you’re ever looking for something fun to do over the weekend or any day; check out all the great events listed in CalendarQ.
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