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Tuesday 10 May 2011

Scarlet's Benefit for Ping Pong

This Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 PM, Scarlet will host a benefit for the staff of Ping Pong restaurant.

The victim of a fire on May 6th, Ping Pong suffered major fire damage causing it to close temporarily.

Proud to have the chance to help someone else impacted by a fire.” said Scarlet owner, Paul D Cannella on his Facebook page. “. . .funds will help the servers, bartenders, kitchen staff and others that woke up to being unemployed.

It was over two years ago that Scarlet itself suffered through a fire and the community came together to help.

There will be 3 ways to give money through purchases:

-$15 Wristbands at the Door for all you can drink well + domestic beers

-Jello Shots and House Shots served by your favorite pingpong staff

-50/50 Raffle for Cash and Prizes from other Lakeview businesses

If you have a gift basket or own a business that can donate a raffle prize, please let me know." You can reach Paul via email at paul.cannella@gmail.com

Cheers to making a difference here at home!
Bill Pritchard

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Center on Halsted’s Human First Gala
 
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Monday 9 May 2011

Vote for Nick Adams

When I was in the Big Apple with my Sainted Father the week before last, we planed ahead and got tickets to the Broadway hit, Priscilla Queen of the Desert at New York’s Palace Theater.

Where to begin!? Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! The music, sets, costumes, and performers were BEYOND amazing! For the first time in my life I can literally say that I laughed, cried; it became a part of me.

With splendid performances by Will Swenson and Tony Sheldon; the standout performance for me was none other than Nick Adams playing the role of Felicia! In all my years of seeing theater in London, Chicago, Seattle, and New York; I’ve never seen someone move like that on a stage! That and the 27 year-old Pennsylvania native is DAMN FINE!

Don’t let his bested-Mario-Lopez-in-getting-the-2(x)ist underwear-contract looks fool ya, Nick is an extremely gifted vocalist, actor, and dancer; earning his BFA in musical theatre with a minor in dance from famed Boston Conservatory of Music. Equally impressive is his difference making commitment to the community, both in New York and on the national stage!

Adding to his many accolades, Nick has been nominated for a number of Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. (Favorite Diva Performance, Favorite Funny Performance, and Favorite Breakthrough Performance) Priscilla has also been nominated! (Favorite Musical)

If you’ve seen Nick, Tony, and Will perform, you should vote today! Voting ends Thursday the 12th of May. If you haven’t; take my word for it! Going to New York? Get tickets for Priscilla!

You’ve got my vote Nick!
Bill Pritchard

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Center on Halsted’s Human First Gala
Thursday 5 May 2011

MOM

Now don’t you forget! This Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day! This happens to be one of my favorite holidays as my Mom is pretty incredible!

She’s never been Mother or Ma, just Mom. So loving and caring with an expert hand at teaching; my Mom exercises the perfect amount of grace and mentorship. She’s been THE perfect example and friend.

I get that a lot of you don’t have a great relationships with your moms and I’m genuinely sorry about that! Therefore, I’d like to share mine with you. As sweet and generous as she is, I think she deserves even more praise than I can give her. Smiles

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
Billy

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Center on Halsted’s Human First Gala
Tuesday 15 Mar 2011

Introducing spring!

Don’t look now, but it would seem that our old pal spring has sprung and is about to show its pretty face to the people of the Midwest!

Moments like these really encourage me to go outside more; albeit with an umbrella.

Happy 2222's Day!
Bill Pritchard

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Wednesday 9 Mar 2011

Rainy Hump Day

I don’t know about you, but I adore a misty day like today in Chicago! Perhaps it makes me feel like I’m back in my hometown of Seattle; seeing my Sainted Mom and Dad. Whatever the reason, I sure do love the many seasonal faces of Chicago.

Last weekend, Test Positive Aware Network’s Rhett Lindsay, Kyle Heath, and Dan Paterno truly out done themselves with Chicago Takes Off "Lido des Boys". It was an outstanding success; raising over $150,000 for the programs of TPAN

Produced by Keith Elliott and Todd Kiech Chicago Takes Off "Lido des Boys" was a burlesque revue-style show featuring talented male and female dancers who donated their time and talent to strut their stuff in support of this important cause. There was truly something for everyone as men, women, old, young, plump, thin and even k9 performed.

Hosting the show was none other then Murray Hill, the self-proclaimed "hardest-working middle-aged man in show business." Without a doubt, Murray is THE perfect host for such an event! Picture Don Rickles with a mustache and a hidden vagina. It was pure roast and everyone adored it. Yours truly was even the target of an ad-libbed one-liner; making the rest of the evening a lot of fun around the city. It was like being part of the show without taking my clothes off. (Chicago would have really taken off!)

You can see Photos from the evening on ChicagoPride.com. WARNING: The show is a bit risqué.

The weekend was also filled with libations at Scarlet; cocktails with the lovely Dalai Momma herself, Linda Little at Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café, and meeting of Austin Armacost of The A List: New York at SPIN. To be honest, I’ve never seen the show, but he was a nice kid! While there I ran into JADE of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. I’ll tell you what, JADE is the real deal in performers AND is a true friend of the community!

I also had a nice visit with the Perry Twins last weekend. They were headlining the DJ booth at Hydrate. They were super sweet and had a lot of nice things to say about Chicago.

I happen to know there are some fun events coming up in WeHo, Boystown, Miami, and Washington, DC! I know that money is pretty tight now for most of us, so pick one and/or volunteer at another. All-in-all, it’s a fun way to give back to your community, meet some new friends, and make a difference!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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