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Wednesday 3 Mar 2010

Naked Time On The Cheap!

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Take It Off:
Leave it up to Test Positive Aware Network to host a fabulous event called Chicago Takes Off "TV Land: Outside the BOX!". The shows are a Broadway-style musical revue that elevates the “strip-tease” to an art form.

TPAN’s Rhett Lindsay let me know that due to their generous sponsors and supporters, TPAN is able to offer a special ticket price for the 2nd Floor Balcony. ONLY $25! Go to www.chicagotakesoff.org. Click on "Order Tickets". Choose your preference of time (either 7:30 PM or 10:00 PM), this will take you to the TPAN online processor; click on "Register". Enter code word "balcony”, and then click on apply code, and the $25 option will appear. The rest should be self-explanatory.

The 2nd floor balcony features its own cash bar; distant views of the stage and runway; open, limited seating; and a great time supporting Test Positive Aware Network. TPAN still has $50, $100, and $150 seats available for the 7:30 performance if your’re interested. Please purchase by Friday afternoon. Of course if you have any questions, contact Rhett Lindsay at (773) 989-9400 ext. 233

Last year’s show was AMAZING. New York’s Coco Peru (Many will recall Ms. Peru’s performance in the movie Trick) hosted. You can see a bit of it in this video:



Learn A Little:
I hope you will all join me next week at the Unite+Fight Midwest Conference (March 12-14) Featuring: Lt. Dan Choi, prominent activist against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; Staceyann Chin, Jamaican-born lesbian performance artist & poet; and Adam Bouska, photographer and creator of the NOH8? Campaign. Registration is just $15 and can be done here.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard
 
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Sunday 14 Feb 2010

Have A Heart

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My Mom:
Okay, I know this is going to seem corny to most of you, but it really must be said! The quasi holiday known as my cute friend Jonathan says “Singles Awareness Day” is here. For the single man this can be quite the depressing day. Not for me! I’m surrounded by dear friends and loved ones. One such person is my Mom. Always the best in care, support, and steadfast love; my Mom is really all the valentine I want.

It’s a pretty funny holiday if you ask me. Some folks get pretty bent out of shape if they don’t have a special someone to get a flower from or go to dinner with. There are even those who can’t pronounce the word valentine correctly; saying valen”times”. Bwah ha ha! I guess for me it’s a day where I think about all the people I love and how they’ve impacted my life. (I told you this would seem corny)

So, here I sit, enjoying some coffee and disco (Courtesy of Pandora) and thinking of my sweet Mom; truly a perfect valentines day!

xoxo
Bill Pritchard

Wednesday 3 Feb 2010

So long Bitch!

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Steak in the sky:
It’s with a sad heart that I share the passing of my faithful old bitch Buffy. (See Photo Above) Buff was a dear sweet pooch and had a long wonderful life!

She was THE best to come home to and did an amazing job keeping the floors clean. Among her many talents was the ability to smell salami from any room in the flat.

Her best claim to fame was getting along with Oprah Winfrey’s dogs in Lakeshore Park. When Buff and I moved to Chicago in 2001 I lived next door to the park and would walk her there in the early mornings. Wouldn’t you know it, Ms. Winfrey happened to be there on a number of occasions. Our dogs played together.

In the last few years Buff became well known to my readers and friends as the sweet bitch I ended my days with. Truly she was more than that. She went through good times and bad with me. She experienced heartbreak over break-ups and joy over dropped food. She would pooh at the site of a vacuum and lift her thigh like a lady to pee.

Wonderfully I was able to be with her when she passed. I am really going to miss my faithful old dog Buffy!

Rest in peace dog!
Bill Pritchard

Monday 1 Feb 2010

Chicken & Waffles

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God:
With the weekend over I always like looking back at tweets and texts that were done all weekend long. Like it or not, Twitter does keep a record of everything.

This weekend was particularly busy with a number of drop bys. Friday evening was one of those nights I didn’t have to do anything, but wanted to enjoy a libation or two. I took myself to the lord and Scarlet’s 2010 Resolution First Ward Ball: "We resolve to find Jesus" party. Among the honored guests was Chip-Jesus, Tranny Jesus, and Rocker Jesus.

Holy (Hee Hee) cow, it was a fun time! I even planned ahead and wore my “Saved” hat. (See Photo) Not really known for being a hat wearer; I was passed by a number of pals on the streets of Boystown. It was pretty funny.

Saturday Night Alive:
Making her new debut at Circuit Nightclub’s Rehab, the lovely Miss Foozie hosted her new weekly show, Wiggin Out!. It was a splendid time of fellowship. In attendance was the Red Eye’s Jason Steele; socialite blogger, Paul Blackburn; his boyfriend Michael; Time Out Chicago’s Jason A. Heidemann and Michal Kosko. (See Photo)

Afterwards we ventured a bit south to join my Besti, Isaiah at our friend Bill’s party. Performing at the party was none other than Amy Armstrong and (Piano instructor,) Freddy Allen. They make any evening SO much better!

Stopping in for a libation or two at Minibar I ran into owners Stu Zrin and John Dalton. As always it was a real treat to run into the WONDERFUL Linda Little. (See Photo) She was being her iconic self and bartended with the sweet Byron Green. He takes such great care of people!

Heading home I ran into Facebook pal, Matt Gallagher. His pictures don’t do him justice! He’s really KA-ute! We popped into Hydrate to say hello to DJ’s Phil DaBeatz and dJR. Of course the lovely hostess Cyon Flare was on hand being her wonderful self! (Toast, bread, waffle, peace) The staff at Hydrate always takes good care!

Pal’n in Pilsen:
Sunday was all about fellowship. My dear friend Michal Kosko treated me to brunch at Nightwood (2119 S. Halsted) I’ll tell you what, they have some damn tasty treats; including yummy chicken and waffles. (See Photo Above) Of course the company was wonderful!

A bit later, I was the lucky guy to have tea with Erik Thornton. It was THE perfect way to close out the weekend. A nice evening in with a VERY old dog and some Little House on the Prarie dvds from Netflix completed it all.

On the level:
As some of you know, I’ve been hit with a number of calls, asking me if there is any truth to the rumors that my pal Ronnie Kroell will be featured in Playgirl magazine. If there is any truth to this, he has not told me. If he were going to participate with Playgirl, I’m sure he couldn’t talk with anyone about it, until they do. Either way, I love and support Ronnie 110% with all of his choices. He is a stellar man with a heart of gold. It’s my pleasure to wish him a very happy Birthday today!

Enjoy your Monday!
Bill Pritchard

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Friday 22 Jan 2010

And the Star of the show is. . .

 

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Living in the COLD:

Last night I joined my Los Angeles pal Marcus Reynaga (See Photo Above) at Scarlet for drinks. Marcus is in town from for meetings and had to have at least one libation in Boystown before heading back to sunny LA. It was funny, he was so cold and all the locals at last nights Frat House Thursday were saying that it had warmed up. Marcus was the star of the show and drank through his chilly pain.

Some will recall when Marcus and his team from Instinct Magazine had me host their Model Star Search in 2008. Not only was I surrounded by hot guys; like Boystown Crush, but I also gained a good pal in Marcus and all the gang at Instinct Magazine!

Spotted in Boystown last night were socialites Hunter B. Lyon, and ChicagoPride.com’s own Paul Blackburn, his boyfriend Michael; Advisor Edward; Bill Healy; Fred Bachhuber; Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café’sRobin Cook and Stu; along side Boystown Icon, Linda Little and Hydrate hottie, Sean Kotwa

HIV Life!:

Not a day goes by where I don’t think about the many courageous folks impacted by HIV/AIDS in our community. So often I think about my friend Jay (Not his real name) and his public walk through his diagnosis with HIV. I also think about our very own Frank Elliott who has put his status on center stage for all to see. Jay and Frank are real stars in what can be a dim world.

Groups like Test Positive Aware Network, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, BEHIV, Edge Alliance (AIDSCare), and Chicago House star in the community show of difference makers.

Tonight, from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. SPIN shines brightly as they host Positive Spin Dace Party, a fun place for HIV positive men to meet. Hosted by Saya, with DJ Luis M. working the sounds. Proceeds from the $5 cover charge will go to the life impacting work of Test Positive Aware Network.

EQUALITY:

Hurry girls and boys, there are still tickets available for this Saturday’s Equality Illinois Gala. If you would like to attend, tickets are on sale by going to www.eqil.org

Shout Out:

A very happy birthday this Saturday to my dear friend Kristy Falkanger Riedel

Have a great weekend!

Bill Pritchard


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