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Monday 21 Oct 2013

Life is such drag!

Night of a Hundred Drag Queens:
The 21st annual Night of 100 Drag Queens returns, benefiting Equality Illinois Wednesday, October 23, and Thursday the 24th.

The theme of this year’s nights is "100 Shades of Drag," playing off the sexiness of "50 Shades of Grey," while throwing a different angle on it by adding colors. Expect a two-night extravaganza of color, glitter and music.

Night of 100 Drag Queens began over twenty years ago. Over the years it has grown from a single night, single stage event to its current format of two simultaneous stages over the course of two nights, featuring both amateur and professional drag performers.

Night of 100 Drag Queens begins at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 23 and Thursday October 24 with two tiers of tickets available for both nights. General Admission tickets for $15 gain show-goers access when the doors open at 8 p.m. VIP tickets get you in at 7 p.m. for an hour reception including some champagne, a teaser performance or two and a chance to get preferred seating. VIP tickets are available for $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door.

More information, including a list of the performers and links to buy tickets, is available online

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Wednesday 18 Sep 2013

The ABC’s of Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton:
The Reverend Stan Sloan and Jeremy Hilborn have done it once again! The Annual Chicago House Speakers Series was a great success, featuring former Secretary of State (And hopeful presidential candidate) Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Speaking extemporaneously from notes, she was quick to joke about the size of the audience being bigger for her than it was for her husband, President Bill Clinton, five years earlier. What seemed more like a fire side chat, she spoke clearly from the heart.

"Legal discrimination and homophobia have no place in the modern world," Clinton told the crowd of 1,800 people gathered. She went on to admonish the audience saying, "We all have our own obligation to find ways to serve”. So popular was the speaker; tickets for this event sold out long ago.

Clinton, was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, serving under President Barack Obama. She was previously a U.S. Senator for New York and a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Chicago House provides permanent, community-based housing, support services, and prevention outreach to individuals and families struggling with HIV and AIDS. In the past, the Annual Speaker Series has featured former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, award-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg, and designer Kenneth Cole.

The event was hosted by community friend, David Viggiano. At the end of the luncheon, Viggiano wanted to “address the elephant in the room”, asking Mrs. Clinton a question submitted by a six year old. “Will you run for president?” After a minute of thunderous applause, Mrs. Clinton indicated she was enjoying her time as a citizen and didn’t feel a rush to think about the future. (She didn’t say no!)

I’m pretty sure Hillary Clinton could get up and recite the alphabet, and still motivate and inspire a room. According to the Rev. Stan Sloan, Chicago House's CEO, the Speakers Series Luncheon has raised nearly two million dollars to date.

An inspiring time!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 16 Sep 2013

Chicago House Speaker Series: Hillary Clinton

Hail to the Chief:
The Fifth Annual Chicago House Speakers Series will feature former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

1800 fast acting people purchased tickets to this sold out luncheon, anticipating an awesome opportunity to hear from this incredible lady.

Clinton, sixty-five, was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, serving under President Barack Obama.

My work with the ABA and her friendship with my Sainted Father has given me the pleasure of interacting with Mrs. Clinton a number of times.

On our last visit together in August, I shared with her my support in a possible bid for the White House. She smiled and thanked me. (I'll take that as a yes!) There are many who feel she’s posturing herself for such a run.

One can only hope!

Breaking the glass ceiling!
Bill Pritchard

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Flashmob ends with gay marriage proposal

Wednesday 11 Sep 2013

OUT at Six Flags

Gay Games:
So summer’s over, so what! Why should we give up on the fun, just because the calendar says the season is over! Thankfully there’s Out in the Park at Six Flags Great America!

This festive night promises twelve roller coasters, two DJ’s, three singers, six bars, two drag queens, and 8000+ people! Beginning at 8:00 p.m. Six Flags has given an extra hour to ride, dance and party until 1:00 a.m. Proceeds even go to supporting the life changing work of Chicago House

Now, I'm not a rides person, (It's in my contract, that I don't have to ride them.) but there are SO MANY OTHER THINGS to enjoy at Out in the Park on the 14th. Performers, Fabulous Fellowship, DJ's, Cute boys, karaoke, Pretty girls, Bear beer bust, singles meet & great AND a lesbian cocktail hour!

Because this is a "private event", there are no tickets at the door; only online, with your PC and printer. Tickets, are just $38 and available through Saturday afternoon. (Use Promo Code OUT at the top right of the page, to get your ticket) There’s even free parking! Plus, the beauty of the private night is short lines.

DJ Scotty T. and a number of the cuties from Scarlet will kick off the evening, followed by friend and international DJ icon, Matthew Harvat! There will also be mini live music performances by Jess Godwin, Eli Lieb and Isaiah Grass and hosted by Teri Yaki and Debbie Fox!

Lets play!
Bill Pritchard

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Home Depot flashmob ends with gay marriage proposal

Wednesday 21 Aug 2013

Happy Birthiversary

Helen’s Home:
A few years ago, I was chatting over cocktails with my buddy, and Scarlet owner, Paul Cannella. He was telling me about a new place he was opening at the former Cornelia’s location. In true Paul form, he invited me to walk down and show me his vision for the space.

Although it was in messy construction mode, he showed me where the bar would be; how the front of the restaurant would be elevated and his future plan to place new windows, where none had been before. Little did I know, the final visualization of Taverna 750 was well on its way to being a dream come true for Paul.

It was also on this site visit that Paul generously gave me some of the bar stools, chairs, and a table from the former Cornelia’s, before they were removed. To those of you who don’t know Paul; this is a typical act of kindness from him. It’s that kind Karma that has made him so successful. To that end, Taverna 750 celebrates its second anniversary this week.

A charming private celebration was held Wednesday evening, outside amongst Helen the well-known neighborhood garden patio, by florist Howard Silver; with delicious grilled treats and a few of Taverna’s tasty Cellos. It was a perfect party, with many in the community attending. Congratulations Paulie and Taverna 750!

Diva’s Day:
Every once in a while you stumble into a friendship that changes your life from day one. A person who makes you smile, laugh and experience joy. Such an occasion happened in my life twelve years ago; when I met Amy Armstrong. August 21st marks Amy’s Birthday. I am forever in her debt and truly grateful for her presence in my life!

Happy!
Bill Pritchard

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