Monday 8 Sep 2014

Lakeside Pride shhh...OUT!

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles has announced the appointment of Scott Malinowski as Director of shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble. Scott brings a wealth of experience, dedication, and vision to the ensemble. In his previous position as Assistant Director he conducted performances, arranged music for the group, and brought creativity and energy to the role of lead. 

Scott studied trumpet at the University of Illinois and Millikin University, where he received a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Commercial Music. His teachers in trumpet and jazz performance include Randall Reyman, Ronald Romm, Mark Hammelev, and Chip McNeil; he has also studied composition and recording production with David Burdick and Mark Rubel.

In addition to conducting and performing with shhh...OUT!, Scott has served the music community as a professional audio engineer and music producer for nearly ten years, recording and mixing full-length albums, live-concert recordings and demos with bands throughout the Midwest. A sought-after producer in the world of contemporary a cappella, his 37th vocal album was released this April.

shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble is part of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, a marvelous musical community, in the heart of Chicago's LGBT community. Inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble together reach more than one million people annually. is a proud sponsor of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles and the influience they bring to our city. Keep an eye out for thier upcoming concerts and performances!

Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 2 Sep 2014

Fork It!

Looking for a way to give back to the community and have fun at the same time?! Join the IFH Junior Board as they “Put A Fork in Homelessness September 5th at Pitchfork Chicago. (2922 West Irving Park Road)

InterACT is partnering with BBQ saloon Pitchfork to host its fall kick-off event, “Put A Fork in Homelessness” Featuring whiskey distributer Jim Beam, Shiner beer and select items from Pitchfork’s award-winning BBQ menu. The event will include a six course pairing. Tickets are just $50 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The fundraiser will feature interactive donation displays, a certified beer cicerone from Shiner and a whiskey expert from Jim Beam. Pitchfork will also feature specials of the beverages sampled that evening.

Interfaith House (IFH) is located on Chicago’s West Side and provides residential care for homeless men and women in medical recovery. The center offers interim housing and support to ill and injured homeless adults who would otherwise lack a stable and safe place to heal, and is the only agency of its kind in Illinois.

Pitchfork Chicago is best known for their extensive whiskey selection of over 120 choices, seasonal cocktail and beer menus and some the best BBQ in the city.

Get your tickets today and “Put A Fork in Homelessness” September 5th from 7-9pm!

Fork It!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 1 Jul 2014

Summer of Fun!

With Pride month over, most would agree that summer is in full swing. This year we walked along with the Mayor in Chicago's Pride Parade until we got to the corner of Belmont and Halsted.  There a number of photographers and I viewed the parade and activity.

Many have been asking me my thoughts on moving the parade to downtown Chicago. I have no opinion on that one way or another. Location to me is not the meaning of the pride parade. I just don't want us to lose the overall meaning of our celebration. To that end, be sure to check out all the photos of the day!

Now that Pride's behind us, there are still so many fun summer events to look forward to. The 14th Annual OUT at Wrigley, is July 12 featuring the Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves at 3:05pm. This is always a fun time, and a great way to meet people! Tickets are available at

Market Days, August 9 and August 10, are just around the corner. Stay with for updates on all the acts and groups set to perform. It's always a fun festival.

Until then, cheers queers!
Bill Pritchard

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Wednesday 18 Jun 2014

Pride Fest and all the rest

Can you feel the excitement!? It's time for Pride festivities to begin., Bud Light, and Grab Magazine start it all off Thursday, June 19, at Hydrate Nightclub, with our Pride Kick Off Party. Thanks to 35,000+ votes, we will also feature the winners of the 2014 Bud Boyz Contest!

Plus it's a free cocktail of your choice with $5 donation to Jennifer Hudson's Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was established to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds to help enable them to grow to be productive, confident and happy adults.

Friday, you don't want to miss Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen as they kick off summer's Divine Decadence Cabaret Series. You can Receive $15 off tickets. Simply use promo code 15OFF.

Saturday starts Chicago Pride Fest, organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance. It runs June 21-22 on Halsted Street between Addison and Grace. A $10 donation is recommended. Scope out the Pride Fest Schedules here: Saturday, June 21 | Sunday, June 22.

Headliners include: Alex Newell | Amber | Betty Who | Carlito Olivero | Catfight | Crush on the Radio | Girlband | Jennifer Hudson | Kaci Battaglia | Mya | Thelma Houston.

Read the interviews with  Alex Newell, Carlito Olivero, and Jennifer Hudson.

Be sure to check ot the Pride Guide, and enjoy all things LGBTQA in Chicago!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 16 Jun 2014

Ready!? Set? Pride!

Pride festivities start this Thursday, June 19th with's Pride Kick Off & Bud Boyz Winner Party at Hydrate.

Friday features Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen in The Divine Decadence Cabaret Series. Saturday begins Chicago Pride Fest, going through Sunday.

Be in the know with the Pride Guide!
Bill Pritchard

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