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

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!

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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Monday 7 Dec 2015

All Good Things. . .

Hard to believe that my time in Chicago, as a resident is about to end! Fifteen years goes by fast. I've never been one for goodbye's, but have chosen to live my life as if there were no tomorrow's. To that end, this is a time of celebration for my friends and me.

My best friend Mark Grotto, and my partners at are hosting a Bon Voyage Party for me, with the gang at Sidetrack, Saturday, December 12th at 9:00pm. Stop by and say hi!

Off to see the Wizard!
Bill Pritchard (Now also on YouTube!)

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2015

World of Chocolate

Get ready, get hotsy-totsy and party like Gatsby for an evening of chocolate galore at the World of Chocolate 2015! Hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, this yearr is inspired by the glitz and glamour of the 1920s. The World of Chocolate is Chicago's commemorative World AIDS Day event held at the beautiful Chicago Union Station. 

Revel in chocolate delights from more than 25 of the city's top chefs, imbibe to your heart's content at the open bars and win fabulous prizes, including vacations to New York City, Las Vegas and more. 

Since its inception, World of Chocolate has raised over $1.7 million to fund vital HIV services and programs at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Purchase your tickets today and savor the sweet satisfaction of making a difference! 

Get your tickets today!
Bill Pritchard (Now also on YouTube!)

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