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Friday 28 Jun 2013

Brotha Fred’s GAYberhood

KISS This!:
One of the highlights of my Pride every year is when my friend Brotha Fred, my girl Angi Taylor and my boy MJ at Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM invite me to come on-air the Friday before the Pride Parade.

We had such a blast talking about Pride and all the events taking place this weekend. It’s especially encouraging to see such great support for LGBT equality and community from our straight Allies! They are so damn sweet to reach out to our community and shed light on the LGBT cause!

Of course ChicagoPride.com and Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM have been partners for years, through I heart Radio and PRIDE Raido; streaming on ChicagoPride.com and all the GoPride Network sites.

Make your pride plans with ChicagoPride.com’s 2013 Pride Guide. You can also see the parade live on ChicagoPride.com via our partnership with Gay Chicago TV; providing a front row seat to the 2013 Chicago Pride Parade

As much fun as Pride can be, we ought not to forget why we celebrate it! Many individuals have fought for our rights to equality. As corny as it sounds, it is those make a difference people we should be proud of. It is equality we should be celebrating. We may have more to achieve, but we can all agree; we’ve come a long way in our community!

Proud!
Bill Pritchard

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Friday 14 Jun 2013

MJ Does Boystown

Straight Date:

In case you missed it, I paid a special visit to Brotha Fred's Neighborhood, on Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM. Hosts Brotha Fred, and the lovely Angi Taylor set up a tryst with Executive Producer MJ.





The straight date started, at famed Boytstown eatery, Taverna 750; followed by Minibar Ultra Lounge & Café and ending at Scarlet.

Brotha Fred surprised us by joining in the fun. MJ had an absolute blast.

With Allies like these, who cares about enemies!

It was a gay ol' time!

Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 23 May 2013

The Games We Play

Replay:
Remember when your parents said, playing video games was just a waste of time? Well, they weren’t entirely correct. Boystown’s newest night life arcade, Replay Beer and Bourbon, boasts some of the best old school video games around, and one bitchin Spider Man wall!

Owner Mark Lieberson held a special party at the former Bucks Saloon, previewing the new space before their grand opening this weekend. Replay boasts designs of an arcade with over 20 retro arcade games ranging from Ms. Pac-Man to Galaga, Space Invaders to Donkey Kong.

Replay also features more than 24 craft beers on tap and a cocktail menu designed by mixologist, Danny Quinn. Speaking of cocktails, last night I sampled the Ecto Cooler, made with Hangar One orange vodka, orange liquor, lemon juice, Yellow Chartreuse, and a touch of San Pellegrino Orange. OH MY WORD! It was so delicious!

Be sure to check out the photos from last night’s viewing, by Anthony Meade.

Don’t forget, this weekend features International Mr. Leather, Combustion, and the Grabby’s.

Get out and enjoy the city of Chicago!
Bill Pritchard

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Interview with Brent Corrigan

Monday 20 May 2013

Sunday Funday Fellowship

Gay Church:
As many of you know, I’m a big fan of the Sunday experience! So much, that oft times I’ll stay in on a Saturday night if I’m able to. Heavens, I could stay in all weekend, if given the chance, and make Sunday my day out and about.

Last Sunday was no exception

Getting a text from Philip at Angelina’s, I joined he and bartender straight Graham for a spot of revelry. Lots of laughs with them, and the entire staff! They are all so kind and SO cute! Have you seeeeeen Bryan Brochu!?

I was joined at the stroke of 12 Noon, by my longtime friend, Kathleen Scovel. She’s always a joy to be around and a lot of laughs!

ChicagoPride.com Appreciation:
ChicagoPride.com has been many things in my life; labor, joy, effort, meaningful and challenging. Like all rewarding things, it takes the good and bad to make it such a blessing.

We could not be who we are at ChicagoPride.com without the marvelous contributors! Day in and day out, they give their time and investment to this online community. I’m pretty grateful! We could not be who we are at ChicagoPride.com without the marvelous contributors! Day in and day out, they give their time and investment to this online community. I’m pretty grateful!

To show our appreciation, we threw a party at Cesar's on Broadway. It was such fun time of fellowship and amazing drinks. Folks from all over Chicago stopped by to say hello and celebrate our great collaboration.

I can’t begin to say how thankful I am to all of you who help make ChicagoPride.com, the community site it is. Authors, photographers, bloggers, and viewers! Thank you!

Have a great week!
Bill Pritchard

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Good golly, Miss Molly : an interview with Molly Ringwald

Friday 26 Apr 2013

Gettin Around

Dining Out for Life Tour:
The last few years, I’ve enjoyed a fun tradition during EdgeAlliance’s Annual Dining Out for Life. I see how many participating restaurants I can patronize in the evening; thereby giving more funds to the cause of men, women & children living with HIV/AIDS. This year was no exception.

The fun started at Taverna 750 where I ran into artist Becky Chmielewski and her charming girlfriend Jodie Gardner. I swear, we always run into each other at just the right time! It was nice to catch up and sip well-made libations. They are going to help me explore this new found fascination I have for beer and make me an honorary Lesbian.

Now, I know I’ve said it a million times before, but the staff at Taverna really goes out of its way and does such a great job. Last night was no exception. Joining me was gal-pal and Taverna 750 owner, Paul Cannella. True to form, Paulie was there to support the DOFL night like everyone else. However, my night was made when he said he’d join me on my tour! We enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, including spaghetti squash; something I’ve never had before. It was so delicious and way better than any noodle I’ve had.

Also dining at Taverna 750 was my dear friend and ChicagoPride.com blogger, Paul Blackburn. He was joined by his cute boyfriend Edward and pals Michael Peppershaker and Scott. Nothing makes my day more than a bunch of cute guys doing the right thing for a good cause. And as much as those fella’s like to drink, I’m sure EdgeAlliance out did this years fundraising goals!

Paulie and I shuffled off to enjoy a drive-by-dessert and drinks with Philip and Carson at Angelina’s. The Dining Out for Life buzz was alive and well there too. In addition to seeing Hot Jason, I was pleased to run into my Sunday-Funday-Gay-Church bartender, Straight Graham. I could chit-chat with him all day. Yes, he’s incredibly cute himself, but seriously, the guy is very intelligent and damn funny. We’re going to start a talk show called “Talkin About Gina’s”.

From there we schlepped off to D.S. Tequila Co where we met up with Mamma for some beers and boys. I’ll tell you what, Teri is a force of nature. Honest, real and damn fun! Keeping on schedule, we headed over to Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café, where Dalai Mamma Linda Little was holding court. SO MANY friendly faces greeted us upon entry, including the white devil himself, Jay Pantzis, (Like Kansas) Robin Cook and co-owner Stu Zirin.

A beer later, and we were out the door and off to Wood. There we ran into GRAB Magazine’s Mark Nagle. Always the life of the party, Mark makes the night wherever he goes. After a tasty Sazerac (A variation of an old-fashioned, named for the Sazerac de Forge et Fils brand of cognac that was its original prime ingredient.) we were off to close the night at Scarlet. As always, we were greeting as if we owned the place (Wink-Wink!) and proceeded to consume our last adult beverage.

You know you’ve succeeded well in a Dining Out for Life tour, when Paul’s ready to go home at midnight. With that I ended my night.

Thanks to all of you who dined/drank in your community. Friends from all over the United States participated and really showed up! It’s marvelous to see a difference like that.

Blessed!
Bill Pritchard

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