Wednesday 18 Aug 2010

I enjoy Fu_king Men!

I’ve seen Bailiwick’s production of “Fu_king Men” twice. Written by Tony-nominated writer Joe DiPietro, It covers, or should I say uncovers, every type of gay male out there. Observing the sex lives of the modern urban gay American male; “Fu_king Men” takes you on a personal journey of life as a gay man.

In seeing it twice, I’ve learned something new each time. The actors do an amazing job of conveying their characters! Each one has their own niche in the gay community; leaving audience members learning something new about themselves and others. Although the brief nudity can be a bit distracting, I found myself really surprised that my lust didn’t get in the way of the story.

I had the chance to hang (As it were) with the fella’s last week after the show. It was fun to see how much these actors were like and not like their characters! Four of the cast members were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedules to answer some questions for me.

Ryan Lanning’s character seemed like every gay mans friend. He was just so nice! (Read my interview with Ryan)

I think I related the most to Norm Woodel’s (Thanks for the cocktail Norm!) character the most. I may only be 40, but his sensibility and understanding of time appealed to me! (Read my interview with Norm)

For obvious reasons I was also impressed with character of “Brandon” played by Beau Forbes. Yes, Beau is damn fine! Aside from that, his character was so well played I found myself forgetting his looks and seeing right to his message of acceptance. (Read my interview with Beau)

Christian Kain Blackburn (Yes, he’s related to’s own Socialite, Paul Blackburn) did an outstanding job! Clearly this boy knows how to act! He had us all believing he was a modern day gay porn star; with a sensitive side. (Read my interview with Christian)

If you haven't seen “Fu_king Men” yet; get out and see it! Remaining performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $25. Special Reserved seating is available for $30. Student and Industry rush tickets will be available at the door for $15 at every Sunday performance. Group (6+) tickets are $20.00. To purchase tickets, call the Stage 773 box office at 773-327-5252, or go to

Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 10 Aug 2010

ABA and Same Sex Marriage

Today the American Bar Association, (ABA) the nation’s leading legal organization; and my day job, passed the following resolution:

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry.

So many in the ABA worked hard to make this resolution happen! I am very proud of my company for it's stance. This in conjunction with the resent Prop 8 desicion helps our community move closer to equality!

Read last week's Prop 8 Opinion 

See the National LGBT Bar Association

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Wednesday 4 Aug 2010

29th Annual Northalsted Market Days®

I hope you will all join me this weekend at the 29th Annual Northalsted Market Days® festival; beginning this Saturday between Belmont and Addison streets.

Market Days is the Midwest's largest two-day outdoor street festival. With more than 150,000 visitors it's also one of the largest LGBT-centric outdoor events in the country. Spanning four city blocks; it has 17 entrance gates and includes four music stages. Also: food and arts & craft vendors--some 400 in total.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. Admission: A $7 donation benefiting the Northalsted Business Alliance Among acts scheduled to perform: Joan Jett, Jon Secada, Cathy Richardson, Adam Barta and American Idol finalist Blake Lewis

You can get up to the minute information and photos right here on

Belmont Stage Entertainment
12:30pm - Bird Talk
2:15pm - Everelle
3:15pm - Chicago Spirit Brigade (performing in front of stage)
4:00pm - International Academy of Design & Technology Fashion Show
4:40pm - Girl Next Door
6:15pm - Kimi Hayes
8:15pm - Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots

12:30pm - Pulsation
2:00pm - Black Betty
3:00pm - Windy City Cowboys (performing in front of stage)
3:30pm - Hag
4:45pm - Chicago Spirit Brigade (performing in front of stage)
5:30pm - The Joans
6:30pm - ROTC (performing in front of stage)
7:15pm - Dot Dot Dot

Addison Stage Entertainment
1:00pm - The Moves
2:45pm - The Handcuffs
4:30pm - Abba Salute
6:15pm - Eric & the Adams
8:15pm - Rock Candy

1:00pm - BambiRaptor
2:45pm - The Insecurities
4:10pm - Adam Barta
5:15pm - Blake Lewis
6:45pm - Gina Glocksen
8:15pm - Gabriel Sanchez & the Prince Experience

Roscoe Stage Entertainment
12:15pm - Shanghai Circus
1:35pm - Brit Beat
4:00pm - 7th Heaven
6:00pm - Jennifer Holliday
7:15pm - September
8:30pm - Jon Secada

12:15pm - 90's 210
1:45pm - House of Winehouse
4:00pm - White Tie Affair
6:00pm - Sixteen Candles
8:30pm - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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Tuesday 3 Aug 2010

From One Man to soft cheese

Last week was full of adventure and a lot of busy work. The day job and the gay job (Yep, our work here at is a volunteer thing; a labor of love by a lot of us!) have been keeping me very busy these days. I can’t complain too much, but would love to be on vacation back in Italy at the moment.

One Man Chicago
I attended the first of many cocktail meet & greets in honor of the One Man Chicago contest taking place.

It was a well attended event and I met so many interesting people. It was great to see Vital Nights guru James Goeke and his sweet boyfriend Steve. Also on site was’s Editor-at-Large, Terrence Chappell with his SWEET Mom and Sister; and columnist and vacation expert Bryan Herb.

Best Gay Bar
Chicago Magazine just crowned Scarlet the “Best Gay Bar” in Chicago. In honor of that auspicious occasion, I stopped by to give my regards and raise a glass (Or three) to Paul and Rob. Lord knows they’ve been through a lot over the years to get Scarlet what it is in Boystown. I’m sure happy for them.

Spotted where the educated bartender himself, Michal Kosko; uber-cute Adam; (See Photo) Vice President of Branding, Michael Livingston; Paul Blackburn, our friend Dan and the damn cute Reese. Check out the photos by Anthony Meade

Happy Birthday Jim Flint
With a “Lit” Anthony Meade in tow, I stopped by Club 3160 to wish Chicago icon Jim Flint a happy birthday.

Entertaining for the evening was none other than Mark Farris, Paul Marinaro, Jeremy Kahn, Joe Policastro, Amy G. Cole , Rose Colella, Dan Effland, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Audrey Morris, and Andy Pratt. Talk about a walk down memory lane! It was a wonderful tribute to a kind man.

It was nice to meet Dan Neniskis, the social media guru for the Continental Pageantry System, 3160 and the Baton. I also ran into Zander Mander who is on cloud nine with his tour around the globe. Thirty years is a lot to celebrate. As always it’s a real pleasure to run into Advisor Edward. Talk about holding court, he seemed to know everyone there! Check out the photos by Anthony Meade

Fu_king Men
Paul Blackburn, invited me to be his plus one at the production of “Fu_king Men. Written by Tony-nominated writer Joe DiPietro; it observes the sex lives of the modern urban gay American male. I have to say, I think it covered every type of gay male out there. I was really impressed with the acting AND the set design. They really made that space work.

Paul’s cousin, Christian Blackburn did an outstanding job. Clearly this straight boy knows how to act. He had us all believing he was a modern day gay porn star. For obvious reasons I was also impressed with character of “Brandon” played by Beau Forbes. Yes, Beau is damn fine! Aside from that, his character was so well played I found myself forgetting his looks and seeing right to his message of acceptance. It seems that everyone thinks the grass is greener on the other side of the street. Beau's Zac Efron-like character gave us a glimpse into what it must be like for someone to be locked in the closet. (NOT saying that Zac Efron is in the closet.) I’m almost ashamed to admit that I thought he was cute.

Fu_king Menplays at the Theater Building through August 8th and may possibly be extended.

Soft Launch
I closed the week with my first wine & cheese party at the flat. Willy Lopez, Kris Gibbons, Isaiah Freeman-Schub attended. I served assorted cheeses, salmon/leaks, crackers/breads, cucumbers and salami. Consumed was a spot of Veuve Clicquot, a promiscuous wine and a Italian white. Billie Holiday joined in the fun as well.

It was a perfect evening. We seemed to talk about every subject under the sun. I really enjoy being around well educated people. (Whether by school or experience) I was reminded how much I love to host in my home. Many more of those times to come!


Bill Pritchard

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Monday 26 Jul 2010

Piano Man

Like the coming of the messiah promised in the book of Revelations; so has the return of piano man Mark Farris has brought fourth joy and happiness!

This summer Club 3160 hosts Mark every Saturday in their piano lounge. I enjoyed this last Saturday evening with the likes of Adventrek guru’s Clint and Trey (Trey was celebrating his 31st birthday) and Socialite, Paul Blackburn, Mike P. and Mr. Kill. The room was also blessed with the presence of the “Realtor to the stars”, Mike Liska. That man always makes me smile!

Without a doubt, Mark Farris delivers wonderful entertainment and joy. Singing standards, show tunes, and medley’s from yesterday; he has even tapped into the Gaga craze!

Many will remember Mark’s influence in the Chicago cabaret scene over the last ten years. He was quite instrumental in my introduction to Chicago all those years ago. I not only love the evenings he creates, but I am grateful to call him my friend!

On a side note, everyone’s favorite cocktail waitress, Will, has returned to 3130 with his trademark smile and sweetness. I swear, he gets better looking every day!

Mark will be appearing through August every Saturday at Club 3160. Try something different and go see him.


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