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Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

Dining Out for Life

Eat This!:
This Thursday, EdgeAlliance hosts the 20th Annual Dining Out for Life, an evening of good food, great friends, and the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in North America!

In fact, Dining Out for Life happens in 60 cities throughout the country. Last year, EdgeAlliance raised over $110,000 to continue its mission of providing housing with life services to men, women & children living with HIV/AIDS. This year they hope to raise even more!

You can help Make A Difference in the lives of those in need, just by dining out on Thursday, April 25th at these participating restaurants in Chicago-land; or these in San Francisco, Seattle, Palm Springs, Indianapolis, or Washington DC.

Everyone loves to go out and eat. There are restaurants for everyone’s budget. Grab a group of friends; make some reservations, and dine for a difference!

This year, I’ll be enjoying a sumptuous dinner at one of my favorite spots in Chicago, Taverna 750; followed by a drive-by-dessert and drinks with Phillip and Carson at Angelina’s.

By the time the evening is over, we are sure to be full, and fulfilled, all whilst making an impact! I hope you’ll take part!

Cheers Dammit!
Bill Pritchard

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Glee: Darren Criss sings 'So Long DOMA, and Goodbye Prop 8' at GLAAD Media Awards


 
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Thursday 4 Apr 2013

Spring is in the air

The unveiling of spring:
My friend Paul Cannella and the marvelous, hard-working team at Taverna 750 (750 West Cornelia Ave., 773-904-7466) hosted their spring Menu launch last night; a great seasonal dinner menu prepared by Chef Christopher Coker

Christopher truly outdid himself, with delicious selections of spring vegetables and savory chicken and seafood. Being a fan of asparagus and poultry myself, I was in pure heaven at the combinations. Chef admitted to me, that he would have liked every person to receive their own plated presentation, but that just wasn’t possible. Seventy plus attendees joined in the fun. Among them, were VIP’s patrons who frequent Taverna 750 via Open Table. This was Paul’s way of saying thank you. Now that’s classy!

Among the evening’s festivities were tasty libations by mixologist Benjamin Newby. As crazy fun as he is, his cocktail inventions are beyond delicious! Something must also be said about the outrageous floral arrangements of my friend Howard Silver. He is so creative and gifted in that arena. Those of you Lakeview loungers know Howard’s work all too well, if you’ve enjoyed Taverna 750’s outdoor patio. That boy has a green hand!

While there, I ran into Birthday Boy Andy Ambrosius, Editor of Lakeview Patch and his sweet boyfriend Vince. It was good to catch up and bit and to finally meet Vince! Also enjoying the eats was the Guru of Gays himself, Kirk Williamson, Editor of Nightspots. Kirk is a real gem; always sweet and snarky. Additionally, it was nice to run into pals Michael Snell and Derrick Sorles of Best Gay Cities. Those boys are outrageous!

Afterwards, folks were treated to an after party at Scarlet; where all were spoiled rotten with mid-week libations and tunes.

Thanks to Paul and all at Taverna 750 for your marvelous hospitality! The new menu is available as of today, so make your reservations.

A happy patron,
Bill Pritchard
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Tuesday 2 Apr 2013

Proud Friend

Twenty-One again:
You ever have those days when you feel blue for no reason? For me, those days usually happen immediately after an event or something I’ve been working on for a while concludes. One such event was the twenty-first birthday party of my pal Trevor.

Trev is a longtime friend form hometown Seattle. He was born old, so naturally catching up to the big twenty-one was a happy day for all of us. I wanted it to be special for him.

All of his friends came and joined us at Scarlet; where they spoiled us rotten! To say it was a good time; is an understatement! Needless to say, I don’t recall how I got home. #MissionAccomplished Sunday Funday was a splendid follow up to that festive night. It was almost as if I were twenty-one again. Thankfully I was able to call in gay to work on Monday and enjoy a relaxing day of gym and recovery.

Spring Picks: Readers of this blog will tell you, I’m a big fan of my Best Friend Isaiah. He lives a fast paced life in NYC, working for Modern Luxury. I am quite partial, of course, but reading his work is always a joy.

I was delighted to see that Mr. Porter invited Isaiah to submit his picks from their spring collection. Mr. Porter has amazing products, of course, however, the selections that Isaiah chose were spot on perfect. I’m especially a fan of the cashmere blanket and the Bergamot Candle. (MrPorter.com)

A proud friend,
Bill Pritchard

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HRC has a A Red Letter Day
Thursday 14 Mar 2013

Pick Up The Damn Phone!

Take Action:
Calling all Illinois allies, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender peoples! It’s time we ALL step up to the plate and fight for equality! As you may have heard, we are short of votes. That only changes with YOU calling or writing.

It quite simple, you call/write your legislator and ask them to vote "yes" on SB 10, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

To do that, go to: http://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35010/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1090, and enter your zip code. From there it will tell you who your representative is; give you their contact information, and populate an email to them from you.

Easy Peasy!

Give three minutes out of your day and Take action for equality.

Join me!
Bill Pritchard

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IL Rep. Jeanne Ives: "Gays have 'disordered relationships'"

Thursday 7 Mar 2013

Single Party of One

Dating:
Let’s face it, for better or worse, the internet is a large medium for relationships. In the olden days (Ten years ago), if you wanted to meet people, you’d go out and about. Not the case today.

With the invention of the application (I refuse to call it an App) we are just a few taps away from tapping a new ‘friend’. Jack’d and Grindr seem to be pretty popular. Simply sign on and start the search.

I certainly don’t mean to sound judgmental here, but in my opinion, these tools are super limited. They work, if you’re looking for Mr. Right-Now, but they are superficial at best for more quality connections. The personals here on the GoPride Network and sites like OkCupid and Match.com are a bit more thorough, but still don’t take the place of human interaction. I will say, they are a good way to start interface, but nothing does that better than face to face communication. Texts, emails, photo swapping, and profiles, simply pale in comparison.

Have you noticed that a number of folks these days have difficulty talking with other people? I’m not talking about being shy; I’m talking about the lack of skill to hold a conversation or develop new friendships. I think online communication, and its abbreviated forms, has messed with our ability to talk with and listen to people. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying these applications are bad. I simply hope they don’t take away from the social beings we are meant to be.

How about a return to getting out and about; making new friends? Even if you’re shy, there are always a ton of events to get you involved. Don’t know somebody? Go up and introduce yourself. Need help in meeting people? Get involved with community groups (Look under volunteer.) Got a crush on someone? Step up and ask them to coffee or a cocktail. Don’t rely on a few well-taken photos and some cheesy text to convince people you are worthy of meeting. Let your life and interaction show that.

Single and enjoying the mingle!
Bill Pritchard

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