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Monday 4 Apr 2016

Chews Life. Dining Out For Life!

 

Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, and restaurants. 

In 1991, Dining Out For Life was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. Dining Out For Life is now produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada.

 

More than 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. More than $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of 60 outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $1,150, all money raised in these cities stays locally.

 

The 2016 Dining Out For Life International Date – April 28, 2016 – is fast approaching, so be sure to save the date! You can even make your reservations now. I've enjoyed planning a fun evening with friends in cities across the nation and do Skype/FaceTime simultaneous dinners.  Find your nearest dinner

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (YouTube Channel!)



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Monday 22 Feb 2016

Entertaining Difference

I've recently noticed that some pretty entertaining people are gearing up for a few shows that aim to impact community and conscienceness. In a day where the Trump's of this world like to act a fool, for silly nonscence, I'm happy to tell you about silly people wanting to change the world. 

THE RONNIE AND EDDIE SHOW

My friend Ronnie Kroell (Friend Movement) has developed “The Ronnie and Eddie Show,” a comedic reality show that follows the lives of Ronnie and “Laughing Eddie” Lobo on a roller coaster journey of dreams, drama, and helping others. Each thirty minute episode brings the viewer an intimate look behind the "smoke and mirrors" of Hollywood, the challenges of operating a business, and the joy of making the dreams of others come true. The show promises to bring the humor of Laverne and Shirley, the drama of Vanderpump Rules, and the heart of Extreme Home Makeover.

There will even be celebrity cameos from Bruce Vilanch, Karamo Brown, Aylin Bayramoglu, Frenchie Davis, and more. 

You can support the The Ronnie and Eddie Show,” reality show on Indiegogo! Supporters have a part in creating a new Hollywood – a more inclusive, supportive, and talent driven place to dream. Knowing Ronnie as long as I have, I know this fun show will be used to continue critical conversations on life. 

CONVERSATIONS WITH COCO

Miss Coco Peru (Trick, Will & Grace, Arested Development, How I Met Your Mother) has launched a kickstarter campaign for "Conversations with Coco". This for-profit media project is inspired by a show created at the Los Angeles LGBT CenterFor ten years, Coco has conducted intimate interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment. These live staged fundraising events benefited the Center. Guests have included Bea Arthur, Liza Minelli, Allison Janney, Lainie Kazan, Jane Fonda, Charles Busch, Lesley Ann Warren, and Karen Black. Audiences for each show have been limited to the 200 attendees, but Coco wants to bring these remarkable conversations to a much larger audience!

Funds raised on Kickstarter will go toward producing the "Conversations with Coco" pilot featuring Lily Tomlin! (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 9 to 5, Grace and Frankie) Lily will reminisce on her legendary career of remarkable artistry.  You can support "Conversations with Coco" on Kickstarter.

It's fun to see the creative ideas that are being generated; whilst still having an impact on the world around us. Being a fan of both, I am supporting both. I encourage you to do the same!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (YouTube Channel!)




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Friday 19 Feb 2016

New From Artist Andrew Sa

To celebrate the final episode of the X-Files series, My friend and singer-songwriter Andrew Sa (Andrew Sa & His Organic Sound) has released a new music video for the new X-Files inspired song “It Can’t Be Samantha.

Following the search for the real Samantha Mulder, the song features memorable characters from the show such as John Lee Roche, Jeremiah Smith, and the Smoking Man, in addition to Fox Mulder’s wisdom, “A dream is an answer to a question we haven’t learned how to ask.”



The track is also available for free for streaming on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew is a folk pop singer-songwriter who tells the stories of humanity. I've known Andrew for years and adore his art and talent. He has a unique sound, and a dandy presence! I catch him as often as possible at Wang's in Chicago's Boystown. 

Celebrating artistry! 
Bill Pritchard (YouTube Channel!)



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Tuesday 16 Feb 2016

Chicago Community Activity

Greetings! Here are some terrific community activities coming up at the Center on Halsted.

Limelight Series: Endurance Tests – An Evening with Anna Martine Whitehead, Kai M. Green, and Chris Walker – February 29th, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Each month, Center on Halsted's Limelight Series gives you a closer look at Chicagoland's diverse artistic community.  

This month, poet and filmmaker Kai M. Green will join movement artist Anna Martine Whitehead and musician Chris Walker for an informal night of improvisations. Endurance Tests will interrogate endurance as it relates to Blackness and its attendant affects, illegalities, contagions, and privileges - the two artists will open to audiences their individual and collaborative practices. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the audience on the legacies and relevance of black endurance in 2016. There is a $10 suggested donation (Reserve your spot!)

Center on Halsted Chats: Black, Queer and Invisible? - Chat with Kim Hunt and Zach Stafford February 18th, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

In a time when LGBTQ and Black movements seem to be in the public eye more than ever, the perspective of a journey that is both Black and Queer seems to be overshadowed.  What does it mean to fight for equality as a dual minority?  How do race, sexuality, and gender intersect? In what ways does having both Black and Queer identities impact one’s experiences?

Join them as they explore these questions and more with special guests Kim Hunt (Executive Director of the Pride Action Tank) and Zach Stafford (Contributing Writer for The Guardian).  Afterwards, stick around to network with some of Chicagoland’s organizations advancing Black and LGBTQ equality. 

Solid State: Building a Foundation for Homeless Youth – Friday, February 26th, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. A one night only art how and auction to support the Youth Housing Initiative!

A native Chicagoan, Artist Michelle Weiner was first exposed to the "needle arts" as a young girl when family members taught her to crochet, make lace and embroider. Those skills were expanded and formalized when she earned a BFA in textile design from Northern Illinois University in 1980.

After retiring from a robust career of more than three decades in commercial interiors, Michelle resurrected her embroidery practice. The convergence of computer generated images with traditional embroidery materials resulted in jewel-like abstractions that allow the artist to express herself and celebrate the way she views the world: one stitch at a time.  (RSVP by February 23rd to events@centeronhalsted.org

Join Center on Halsted staff, friends, and artists for another LGBTQ Artists Gallery Opening. Friday, February 26th, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Occurring every 6-7 weeks throughout the year, Center on Halsted opens its doors to community artists to display their work. 

This time featuring Lydia Pfeffer on the 2nd Floor Gallery and Otto Kuhlmann on the 3rd Floor Gallery. $5 suggested donation. 

On the Red Carpet: A Night with Oscar Thursday, February 28th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Center on Halsted

On The Red Carpet: The Center on Halsted’s A Night with Oscar party welcomes donors, patrons, and supporters to enjoy the Academy Awards presentation in a fun and festive atmosphere that includes cocktail service, reserved seating, buffet dinner, silent auction, and a raffle drawing. In 2015, this event was attended by over 375 participants and raised more than $65,000 to support the many programs and services of Center on Halsted. This year’s A Night with Oscar party is sure to be the best Academy Awards viewing party in the city!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (YouTube Channel!)



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Tuesday 26 Jan 2016

Ninety-Fourth and Going!

Today marks the 94th Birthday of my dear Aunt Peggy Golberg! She is a hero in my life; always looking for the good and living beyond the challenges life has thrown her way.

As a little child she was the first adult that told me to call her by her first name, treating me with an equal respect. She is always a joy to be around!

In a day and time where people tend to look at life negativly, Peggy remains positive. When I asked her the other day what the key to her long life has been, she answered, laughter. 

You can bet that I will raise a glass or four of red to Peggy tonight. My life is WAY better because of her love and friendship!

Happy Birthday Peggy!
Bill Pritchard (YouTube Channel!)



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