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  • Sketch-Comedy Theater Ensemble

    AGENCY: GAYCO
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 451-9630
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Varies

    GayCo Productions is a not-for-profit theatre ensemble that specializes in creating sketch-comedy revues based on gay/lesbian themes. Since starting as a lesbigay focused workshop at the Second City Training Center in 1996, we’ve performed for massive, enthusiastic, sexy gay audiences in Chicago and across the country.

    Associated Tags: arts , Gayco , performance , sketch-comedy , social , theater

  • Open Mic Performance

    AGENCY: QUARE SQUARE COLLECTIVE INC.
    ADDRESS: 7041 S. Jeffery Blvd., Chicago, IL 60649
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    7:30p.m. Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month

    A monthly open mic for queer women of color and allies on the heels of its predecessor, POWWOW, Inc’s departure from hosting a weekly open mic for black lesbians. Held on Chicago’s predominately black southside at one of the city’s oldest gay bars, it has quickly become a support network for queer artists of color who often feel isolated from the larger queer community and events on the city’s north side.

    Quare Square Collective, Inc. is an artists collective that seeks to support LGBTQ artists of color in the Midwest by facilitating collaborative works; marketing and advertising; and publication and performances.

    Quare Square Collective envisions artists that are able to produce their works free of race, class, gender and sexual identity-based impediments that often limit LGBTQ artists of color.

    Open Mic: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, doors open at 7:30

    Associated Tags: African American , arts , black , communities , lesbian , open mic , performance , poc , poetry , Quare Square , Quare Square Collective Inc. , queer , social , south side , women

  • Gay-Friendly & Gay-Themed Theater

    AGENCY: ECHELON THEATER
    ADDRESS: 2101 E. 83rd St., Chicago, IL 60617
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 373-3390
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Echelon Theater is a theater production space located in the Woodlawn neighborhood. It produces only gay-friendly and gay-themed productions.

    Associated Tags: arts , ECHELON THEATER , entertainment , social , theater , theatre , trans

  • Art Studio/Movie Group

    AGENCY: YOUTH PRIDE CENTER
    ADDRESS: 1218 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 610-5320
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    6:00 pm to 8: 00 pm

    Thursdays 6pm-8pm art studio/movie night for lgbt youth 23 and under can express themselves through art and new movie releases.

    Associated Tags: art , expression , general interest , movie , pride , social , studio nights , youth , youth pride center

  • Live Soap Opera

    AGENCY: BARE BONED THEATER
    ADDRESS: 6161 N. Winthrop Ave., Ste. 406, Chicago, IL 60660
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 764-7645
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Bare Boned Theatre will present dynamic work as seen through our own eyes; the way we see people everyday rather than preconceived notions of type. Through non-traditional casting and the development of physical and dynamic staging, we strive to revive the classics, re-interpret contemporary drama and develop. We produce Chicago’s only GLBT-themed live soap opera, THE VILLE, Mondays at Mary’s Attic (5400 N. Clark). Check www.barebonedtheatre.org for exact dates.

    Associated Tags: arts , bare boned , bare boned theater , general interest , live soap opera , performance arts , social , theater

  • Youth Writing and Performance Program

    AGENCY: AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS
    ADDRESS: 6 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 742-4182
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    A writing and performance program for LGBTQ youth of all backgrounds. Youth draw “raw material” from their real lives and stories, find their voice, strengthen their imaginative capabilities, and develop chararacters who speak their truths.

    Associated Tags: after school , After School Matters , arts , performance , social , writing , youth

  • Advocacy Arts League

    AGENCY: VIDEO ACTION LEAGUE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    Video Action League, settling for nothing less than full worldwide equality regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, aims to transform, inspire and educate through the use of new media.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , arts , media , social , video action league , volunteering

  • Music and Spoken Word Series

    AGENCY: HOMOLATTE
    ADDRESS: 5024 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: Scott Free
    PHONE: (773) 728-5511
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    7:30 pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month

    HOMOLATTE is a twice-a-month, all-ages, queer music and spoken word series in Chicago. It happens on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at BIG CHICKS. Free parking in back (through alley). Free admission / pass the hat for the artists.

    Associated Tags: art , Homolatte , music , performing , social , spoken word

  • Create LGBTQ-Themed Plays and Films!

    AGENCY: PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS
    ADDRESS: 2215 W. Giddings St., #1, Chicago, IL 60625
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 250-3112
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Varies by location
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Utilizing stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, Pride Films and Plays develops powerful theatrics that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.

    Pride Films and Plays fosters excellence in writing for the stage and screen by connecting our Writers Network with our Artistic Ensemble and accelerating the process of moving important scripts from development to full production. When ready, these excellent works are then offered to theaters across the country.

    Our season consists of three full productions – a world premiere, a Chicago premiere, and a reinvigorated classic – along with three weekend festivals of new ‘enhanced staged readings.’

    Writers are invited to join our Writers Network when they are named a finalist in our contests – the Great Gay Play Contest, Women’s Work (for plays and screenplays with lesbian characters or themes, written by women), and the Great Gay Screenplay Contest. The finalists earn cash prizes, and their plays performed as “enhanced staged readings” which include movement, blocking, and technical elements in the 150 Hoover-Leppen Theater in Center on Halsted.

    Associated Tags: arts , films , Great Gay Screenplay , Hoover- Leppen Theater , plays , pride films and plays , social , Writers Network

  • Yearly International Film Festival

    AGENCY: REELING 31 - CHICAGO FILMMAKERS
    ADDRESS: 5243 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 293-1447
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    Reeling, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, returns with another slate of movies that showcase not only diversity within the queer community but also diversity in the range of possibilities within film itself. From the sweet and sassy opening night comedy G.B.F. to the historical sweep of the biographical epic LUDWIG II, the 31st edition of Reeling has something to satisfy every cinephile.

    Associated Tags: arts , cinema , film , film festival , movies , queer community , Reeling , social , volunteering

  • Lesbian Feminist Chorus Group

    AGENCY: ARTEMIS SINGERS
    ADDRESS: PO Box 578296, Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT: Nicky Joice
    PHONE: (773) 764-4465
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Rehearsal every Thursday night.

    Artemis Singers is a lesbian feminist chorus comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women. The chorus works to effect positive change in cultural attitudes toward women and women artists, as well as to increase the visibility of lesbian feminists.

    Membership is open to all women singers, regardless of musical background. No audition is required.

    Associated Tags: Artemis , Artemis Singers , chorus , feminist , lesbian , music , sing , singers

  • Theater Productions

    AGENCY: ABOUT FACE THEATRE
    ADDRESS: 1222 W. Wilson Ave., 2nd Flr. West, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT: Ali Hoefnagel
    PHONE: (773) 784-8565
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Varies

    About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.

    Our vision is to be Chicago’s celebrated center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally (LGBTQA) arts and amplify the nation’s leading voices to spark social change. Enabled by broad community support, the organization thrives as an inclusive home where diverse artists, youth, audiences and community partners come together for artistic exchange and cultural dialogue.

    Associated Tags: About Face Theatre , art , gender , sexual identity , social , theater

  • Youth (16-24 y/o) Poetry and Writing

    AGENCY: BROADWAY YOUTH CENTER @ HOWARD BROWN HEALTH CENTER
    ADDRESS: 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 388-1600
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Mondays - Time Unspecified

    Amazing space for sharing and developing poetry and writing skills.

     

    Associated Tags: arts , BROADWAY YOUTH CENTER @ HOWARD BROWN HEALTH CENTER , BYC , BYC@HBHC , creative , HBHC , Howard Brown , Howard Brown Health Center , poetry , writing , youth

  • Spirit Performances

    AGENCY: CHICAGO SPIRIT BRIGADE
    ADDRESS: 3712 N. Broadway Ave., Ste. 257, Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: No Phone Number Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    Unknown

    We believe life is to be celebrated whenever possible and that everyone has a duty to support one another and lend a helping hand to those who need it. We have chosen to take our athletic abilities and love of performing to raise funds for the direct care services of men, women and children living with life-threatening challenges. It is our way of giving back to the community at large.

    Associated Tags: arts , charity , CHICAGO SPIRIT BRIGADE , community , giving back , music , perform , social , sports and recreation

  • Musical Ensembles

    AGENCY: LAKESIDE PRIDE MUSIC ENSEMBLE
    ADDRESS: 1333 W. Devon Ave., Ste. 105, Chicago, IL 60660
    PHONE: (773) 381-6693
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    Unknown

    Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is Chicago’s premier family of performance groups for members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Home to four major Lakeside Pride ensembles – Freedom Marching Band, Shhh…OUT Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra – the organization offers a diverse musical experience for both its audience and its members.

    Through an annual series of performances and special events, Lakeside Pride provides a forum for adult musicians, inclusive of any background, ethnicity, gender identification or sexual orientation, to represent the LGBT community and express themselves through music.

    Associated Tags: arts , band , Freedom Marching Band , jazz , jazz ensemble , Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles , marching band , music , orchestra , Shhh…OUT Jazz Ensemble , social , symphonic band , symphony orchestra

  • Chorus – Gay Men

    AGENCY: CHICAGO GAY MAN'S CHORUS
    ADDRESS: 2936 N. Southport Ave., Ste. 210, Chicago, IL 60657
    CONTACT:
    EMAIL:
    PHONE: (773) 296-0541
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:

    Choral, Cabaret and Musical Theater all Rolled into One

    With more than 150 singing members backed by a small army of volunteers, the CGMC family covers a diverse cross-section of the Chicago metropolitan area. Under the visionary guidance and inspired direction of Artistic Director, Patrick Sinozich, CGMC delivers a distinctive brand of entertainment that keeps our audience coming back again and again. Our members log thousands of hours annually to accomplish an ambitious schedule of performances, fund-raisers and charitable appearances.

    Associated Tags: arts , cabaret , choir , choral , chorus , entertainment , men , music , musical theater , perform , social

  • Choruses

    AGENCY: WINDY CITY PERFORMING ARTS
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT:
    PHONE: 773.661.0928
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    Unknown

    WCPA is the umbrella organization for the Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria (the women’s chorus).  Events and information on joining either chorus is listed on the website.

    Associated Tags: arts , choir , chorus , men , music , social , WCPA , Windy City Aria , Windy City Gay Chorus , Windy City Performing Arts , women

  • Youth Arts and Culture

    AGENCY: CENTER ON HALSTED
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 472-6469 ext. 120
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Mondays - Thursdays 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Hip-Hop Lyricism
    “Wordplay with a purpose…” This workshop connects social justice themes like racism, classism, poverty, gender and discrimination to the distinctly American form of creative expressionism known as Hip-Hop.

    About-Face Theatre Presents: Theatre-Activism Workshops
    “Undocumented in the Queer Community.” In these workshops we develop and share stories, build community, create characters, interview members of our communities and meet with queer activists, directors, choreographers, drag performers and musicians.

    Drama Mamas
    To be or not to be? That is the question. Through a variety of games, exercises and discussions, we immerse ourselves in the world of theatre.

    Associated Tags: arts , Center on Halsted , COH , culture , drama , hip hop , social , theater , youth