By: In Our Words Staff
Thursday, July 25th
- Crimson Glow with Sara Kerastas and Electrelane, 9pm, The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee
July’s CRIMSON GLOW will feature SARA K, a queer writer, performer, educator, and activist in Chicago. SK is a member of 2nd Story, GOLDMINE, Pride Youth Theatre Alliance, and is the Education Director and an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre, where they make fierce plays with queer youth based on true stories. This month, SK will present NO SHOUTS, NO CALLS by raucous dream-rockers ELECTRELANE. Sara, along with Kyle Casey and Megan Homewood, will also present a musical/storytelling performance inspired by the album. Arrive at 10pm sharp for this segment of the evening. Afterwards, we will play an array of women-made music from different genres and timespans, culminating in a dance-friendly environment.
Friday, July 26th
- Laughs for Lawrence, 8pm, The Lincoln Lodge, 4008 N Lincoln
Keith Henry Lawrence, the hardest working man you’ll ever know is still working hard fighting for his life. He was diagnosed with fourth stage small cell lung cancer one year ago. He was given six months to a year to live. He’s still alive and laughing. But, he’s constantly worried about money. He owes over $300,000 in medical bills. In short, I’m putting together this fundraiser so we can raise money to put his mind at ease so he can enjoy his life. Maybe buy him a lifetime supply of Dairy Queen. He loves ice cream.
Saturday, July 27th
- 8th Annual Latin@ PRIDE Picnic, 12-8pm, Humboldt Park, Free
Orgullo en Acción is set to host the Latina/o LGBT PRIDE Picnic on Saturday, July 27 in Humboldt Park near the corner of Humboldt Drive and Division from 12pm-8pm. The event is free and intended for all- allies family and children are welcomed. Attendees are encouraged to bring food and grills.
- T.G.I.F. Volunteer/Safety Marshal Training, 12-3:30pm
T.G.I.F. 2013: Transcending Pride, Evolving Movements is in need of volunteers to help with setting up, preparing food, breaking down, and cleaning up. And finally, we are in need of people interested in making sure everything remains copacetic as safety marshals.
- Northern Lights + The L Stop: TOGA TOGA, 11pm, Parlour on Clark, 6341 N Clark
The northside’s monthly queer dance party gets a little naked this summer, as The L Stop takes over for a toga dance party! Drape in style for a good cause, proceeds will go to Project Fierce Chicago – Helping LGBTQ homeless youth.
Sunday, July 28th
- T.G.I.F. 2013, 12pm, Union Park, free
KOKUMOMEDIA is a multimedia production company that creates art that illuminates the experiences of TGI people of color. And KOKUMOMEDIA is proud to present T.G.I.F. 2013 (Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex Freedom). T.G.I.F. is an annual gathering held to address the current state of affairs regarding the international TGI community. The theme for T.G.I.F. 2013 is, Transcending Pride, Evolving Movements. In the wake of Paige Clay, the blatant genocide of black transfeminine youth, and the intentional exclusion of the TGI agenda in the fight for “Marriage Equality”, T.G.I.F. 2013 poses this question. Now that we are proud of who we are, how can we make it so that forthcoming TGI generations don’t have to face what we do?
- THE DROP II: T.G.I.F. AFTERPARTY!!!, 6pm, Bottom Lounge, $10/$7 w flyer
Join us at T.G.I.F. 2013 first, then prance/swish/sashay/swagger/stroll on over to the Bottom Lounge for some QUEER & INCLUSIVE & ALL AGES & ADA ACCESSIBLE dance party HOTNESSSSSSSSSS.
- Making Out – Summer Lovin’, 8pm, The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia
We’re back at The Hideout, and this time to stay!
Monday, July 29th
- Salonathon: LEX·IC·A, 8pm, Beauty Bar, 1444 W Chicago
LEX·IC·A is a celebration of the ways in which we communicate with one another and the knowledge we share in this process. It seeks to explore the myriad of complex and beautiful ways we share, play, love, suffer and honor one another through performance work and strive to cultivate community. LEX·IC·A is an inclusive event for anyone interested in procuring dialogue and discourse through performance. Take risks, challenge norms, resist and thrive!
Tuesday, July 30th
- OFF CHANCES’ DOUBLE DATE, 10pm, Danny’s & The Charleston
Double your fun at our second-ever DOUBLE DATE, a dual-venue party-hop by your girls at CHANCES DANCES.
Take your Chance or Prance between two venues:
DANNY’S – 1951 W. Dickens
THE CHARLESTON – 2076 N. Hoyne
just down the street from one another!