Sunday 22 Apr 2012

Boystown Now, Saturday, April 22

Today is Sunday, April 22, the 113th day of 2012. 

Last night was the 2012 Red Dress Party at the Joffrey Ballet Studios.'s Stephen Young and Bill Pritchard attended. Check back today for photos from the event by Anthony Meade

Now to what’s happening in and around Boystown today.

Whether looking for a hangover brunch or tasty Sunday breakfast, check out our picks for a fabulous brunch destination - including Taverna 750's First Call Brunch.

The Chicago Cubs host the Reds at 1:15 p.m., so the gayborhood will be crowded, watch neighborhood parking restrictions. Did you see Alderman Tom Tunney's office now offers a free TktTxt service to remind residents of street cleaning, Cubs games and other neighborhood parking restrictions. What an innovative program from the Alderman. 

Tonight in Boystown, Minibar presents Retox Sunday and it's Confessional Sunday's at Hydrate

As always, check's CalendarQ for all of the hot happenings in and out of Boystown.


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Saturday 21 Apr 2012

Boystown Now, Saturday, April 21

Today is Saturday, April 21, the 112th day of 2012. Here is what’s happening in Boystown today.

The 2012 Chicago Red Dress Party takes place tonight at 8 p.m., Joffrey Ballet Studios, 10 East Randolph. The Voice's Beverly McClellan will perform at the 2nd annual event to end the fight against AIDS. Be sure to dress in red!

(View photos from last year's Red Dress Party: Gallery One | Gallery Two)

Alex In Wonderland continues MidTangent's dedication to bringing original works with a familiar twist to the Chicago LGBT community, providing once again the chance to relive your childhood with stories that are close to your heart, told the way you've always wanted. Showtime is 9 p.m. at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted.

(View photos from Alex in Wonderland)

The sexy staff at Spin, 800 W. Belmont present a Spring Break Dance Party with a swimsuit contest at Midnight. Grab your trunks and join the party.

And finally... Do you think you've got what it takes to be the next BudBoyz Model and win an all-inclusive trip for two to Puerto Vallarta? If so, better enter TODAY as entries for the 2012 BudBoyz contest ends tonight at

As always, check's CalendarQ for all of the hot happenings in and out of Boystown.

Thursday 5 Jan 2012

No Marriage Equality in The Game of Life iPad App

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I were feeling extra lazy. To help pass the time sitting on the couch, we decided to download a bunch of games for my iPad. For some particular reason, I was really in the mood for a board game, and, as a result, one of our downloads ended up being The Game of Life app. I had never played it before, on the iPad or on a regular board (I know, what's wrong with me), but my boyfriend had played it and thought we should give it a try.

It's actually a relatively entertaining game, especially for a lazy weekend where moving from the couch is not an option. You spin a wheel to determine how many spaces you move (which is fun to do on the touch screen), you make bets, choose a career, get married, buy a home, have kids, lose your job, retire, etc.  It's the game of life.

At some point, through no choice of my own, the game told me I had gotten married. Such is life I suppose.  I wouldn't have minded so much, except for the fact that the concept of "marriage" was prominently displayed as an image of a man and a woman (see screen shot above).

I know The Game of Life is a kids games, and the game was first created around 1860 when LGBT rights and issues weren't as topical as they are today. However, the iPad was not around in 1860, and someone had to create this app sometime in the last year or two and choose to prominently display "marriage" as between a man and a woman.

I'm not asking for a picture of two men to represent "marriage" in the app, nor do I even want an option to choose what type of picture is displayed. I just think it would have been more appropriate, in this day and age, for Hasbro (trademark/copyright owner) and Electronic Arts (licensee/developer) to have depicted "marriage" as wedding bells, a heart, doves, etc., in other words, anything else besides a man and a woman.

I thought it'd be interesting to see if there was a correlation between the companies that produced The Game of Life app and their LGBT track records. Who knows, maybe there is some sinister plan in place to piss off all the LGBT bloggers who happen to play board games on their iPads and have nothing better to do than blog about their experiences with said board games.

To do that, I turned to the HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI scale spans from 0-100 based on a number of criteria, with 100 being the best. A score below about 45 is the worst category to be in and means that the company has "more work to do in furthering equality." Hasbro's CEI ended up being a 25, whereas Electronic Arts was in the best category and had a CEI of 90. Although the CEI criteria are entirely unrelated to pictures that turn up in an iPad app (as far as I know), I still thought it was interesting to see if there was some sort of correlation, and, at least for Hasbro, perhaps there is.

Anyways, this issue's not eating away at me...I probably won't lose any sleep over it. Perhaps one day, though, The Game of Life iPad app will get a new "marriage" picture and the LGBT bloggers will once again be at peace with the world.

Posted by Travis Brandon

Sunday 18 Dec 2011

New Year's Eve Events in Boystown

Just like last year, I've decided to put together a list of all the NYE events (that I'm aware of) happening in Boystown this year (Saturday, December 31, 2011). If a bar is not listed here, it's typically because there was no info listed on their website regarding NYE. Also, be aware that these venues may offer general admission for a lower cover charge than is listed below, but you just won't get the extras included with the higher ticket price. Please contact the venues directly with any specific questions regarding these events.

Berlin Nightclub
964 W Belmont Ave

"House of Santana ICE Queens" (Drag IceCapades - 10pm-midnight)
$10 Cover
- DJ Chester until 5 AM
Big Chick's
5024 N Sheridan Rd

No Cover
- Champagne Toast at Midnight
- DJs and Dancing
Circuit Nightclub

3641 N Halsted St

- $15 Advance Tickets (members)
- $20 Advance Tickets (non-members)
- (Day of event prices jump to $25 and $30)
- $50 VIP Adavance Tickets for special access/privileges (more info can be found here)
- Advance tickets can be bought online, or at the Circuit ticket booth.
4804 N Broadway St

-$4.25 beergarita and sangria pints
- Champagne toast at midnight
Hamburger Mary's (Mary's Attic)
5400 N Clark St

"SpeakEasy" (Prohibition Era Theme)
$10 Advance Tickets
- Lower level (rec room) will be converted to a speakeasy lounge, whereas the upper level (attic) will have a DJ and dancing
- Midnight Champagne Toast and Appetizer Buffet included
3458 N Halsted St

"2012: Dance Until the World Ends"
$75 Tickets
- Includes open (premium) bar, coat check, food, desert, souvenir, and live entertainment
- Tickets must be purchased from one of the hosts (Sean Kotwa, Ben Kramer, AK Miller and Jack Parton) or online.
Kit Kat Lounge
3700 N Halsted St

"Glitz & Glam"
4-Course Dinner Offered at 2 Different Seatings (w/champagne toast):
- 7pm $75/person
- 10pm $95/person
Performances by Kit Kat Divas Impersonating
- Tina Turner
- Diana Ross
- Rihanna
- Beyonce
- and more
3339 N Halsted St

- No Table Fee (first come first served)
$99 Food & Drink Package (plus taxes and fees)
Parlour on Clark
6341 N Clark St

"NYE 2012"
- No Cover
- Champagne Toast at Midnight
Roscoe's Tavern
3356 N Halsted St

Doors Open at 8pm
$25 cover
- Balloon Drop and Champagne Toast at Midnight
- Hors D'oeuvres
3349 N Halsted St

"Where Will 2012 Take You?"
Doors Open at 7pm
$25 Tickets *Proceeds Benefit Equality Illinois
- Trip Give-Aways
- New Year's Babies (not sure what this is)
- Champagne Toast at Midnight
Spin Nightclub
800 W Belmont Ave

Manila Luzon & Sahara Davenport from RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 3) will host the NYE 2012 Party at Spin
$10 Tickets in Advance
$20 At the Door
$200 VIP Package
- Grey Goose bottle
- 2 Admission Tickets
- Reserved Jewel Box Table
All Ticket Levels Include:
- $1000 Balloon Drop
- Champagne Toast

Posted by Travis Brandon

Wednesday 30 Nov 2011

Buy $50 Gift Certificate Get $20 Bonus at Kit Kat

Kit Kat is offering a gift certificate special this holiday season:  for every $50 gift certificate purchased you receive a $20 bonus gift certificate!  The $50 gift certificate expires one year from the issue date, and the $20 bonus gift certificate is only valid in January and February of 2012. It is unclear when this $20 bonus gift certificate promotion ends, so get them soon if you're interested.

Posted by Travis Brandon

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