A Night With Oscar at the Center on Halsted

CHICAGO – Center on Halsted is preparing to unroll that red carpet once more, bringing the fun back to Center on Halsted at 3656 N Halsted St. On Sunday, February 26, 2017, Center on Halsted will host A Night with Oscar, an Academy Awards viewing party. For over 10 years, this event has been a staple of Center on Halsted, bringing together community members to enjoy the Academy Awards while raising vital funds for the organization. What began as a party held at the home of a donor, A Night with Oscar has grown to become one of the most memorable Center on Halsted events, and one of the largest viewing parties in Chicagoland. This year Center on Halsted welcomes donors, patrons and supporters to the annual benefit to enjoy the 2017 89th Academy Awards telecast in a fun, festive, and fabulous atmosphere.

Second annual Mr. Leather64TEN Contest to be held March 4

CHICAGO – The second Mr. Leather64TEN Contest will be at Chicago’s Jackhammer bar on March 4. The Mr. Leather64Ten contest and events were created to help the Chicagoland leather community explore, celebrate and showcase their leather pride. “We are thrilled to bring our 2nd annual Mr. Leather64Ten contest back to the leather community and look forward to meeting all of you during this exciting weekend,” said Eric Kugelman, owner of Leather64Ten. “My hope in having the Mr. Leather64Ten contest is the opportunity to award another person the experience of a lifetime to enjoy and participate in International Mr. Leather 2017. We have added some new events to our 2017 line-up as our Mr.Leather64Ten weekend now includes a special brunch and T-Dance to support our contest.

CPP Gaming Day at Dice Dojo, Feb. 18

CHICAGO — Join Chicago Puppy Patrol for an afternoon of board gaming at the Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo! The Dojo has a large demo library, but feel free to bring your own games if you want to play something specific! Food and drink is BYO, and bringing along a snack to share is encouraged (there’s also a good Mexican place opposite the Dojo if you want more substantial food). We’ll be meeting in front of the Dojo at 2:45pm and going inside at 3pm (or once 4-5 people have arrived). If you don’t see us outside, come in and look for the dog shirts and collars!

Center on Halsted events for February

CHICAGO — The Center on Halsted, Chicago’s gay community center, has announced their events for February. Valentine Bowl – Feb. 11

DATE Saturday, February 11, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION Timber Lanes – 1851 W. Irving Park Rd. Center on Halsted presents Valentine Bowl to benefit the Department of HIV/AIDS & STD Services

Timber Lanes
1851 W. Irving Park Rd. $45 includes Shoes Rental, Bowling, Buffet, and entry in Mystery Pot!

Daddy G wins Mr. Chicago Leather 2017

CHICAGO — Gerald Cernak, aka Daddy G, won the Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 title on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Leather Archives & Museum. Daddy G was one of two contestants in this year’s contest, well down from past years. IML 2003 John Pendal came back for his 14th run as contest emcee. The contest weekend, which also included brunches and classes by Kink U, started as the immigration ban by the Trump administration took effect.

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

LA&M Exhibit Opening: Part of the Party, Jan. 27

CHICAGO — Join the LA&M for the opening of our new GAG Gallery show. Part of the Party: The Visual Story of the Onyx Brotherhood and Walter Houston III. About the artist, Beatrix Erica Brooks : As an artist and arts educator I love to delve into the connections we all share as humans. I also love to dissect the differences between us that cannot be overlooked. I do this exploration through arts based storytelling.

Artists Against Hate: Inauguration Protest Show, Jan. 20

CHICAGO — Over two dozen of Chicago’s finest circus performers, musicians, dancers, magicians, visual artists, firespinners, and more join forces to fight Trump with art! Rhetoric vilifying POC, immigrants, LGBTQ+, Muslims, people with disabilities, and women hurts us all. We refuse to allow hate to win. ** Proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. **

Dawn Xiana Moon, director of Raks Geek
Thom Britton, emcee and fire-eater
Kamrah, bellydancer
Keri Kazz, magician
Greta and Skye, aerialists
Michi Trota, firespinner
Keith Burman, rock/pop musician
Christina King, bellydancer
Michele Thomas, jazz vocalist

Art auction items from:
Raks Geek
Terry Gant of Third Coast Comics
Carlye Frank
Ladies’ Night at GCC
Elise Matthesen
Geek Calligraphy
Cards Against Humanity
Acrobatica Infiniti Circus
Uncanny Magazine

** Sign language interpretation available.

Get on Chicago Buses to Protest Trump’s Jan. 20 Inauguration

CHICAGO — Be a part of this historically crucial next step in the movement against Trump. On Jan 20, we’ll be protesting right next to the White House as the establishment swears in an adminstration of open white supremacists, war criminals and aggressively greedy billionaires. Get on the Buses from Chicago to DC for the Jan 20 protest at Trump’s inauguration. Stand Against Trump, War, Racism and Inequality. Bus seats are first come first serve, so do not delay.

International Mr. Leather

Judges announced for International Mr. Leather 2017

CHICAGO – The Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather is pleased to announce the Judges and Tally Masters for International Mr. Leather 2017 and International Mr. Bootblack 2017:

The Judges for the International Mr. Leather competition are as follows:

David “Tigger” Bailey, Howell, NJ – International Mr. Leather 2016
Aaron Michael Laxton, St. Louis, MO – HIV and Activist for Social Change
Tina MacKay, Cleveland, OH – Founding and Lifetime Board Member – CLAW
Matt Wolf, Largo, FL – Past Vice President – Florida Leather Pride Mr. Gulf Coast Florida Leather 2009
Lance Holman, San Francisco, CA – AIDS Emergency Fund, First Runner-up-IML 2010
Esa Yykooän, Helsinki, Finland – President-MSC Finland
Patty Patty, Toronto, Canada – Founding Member-Heart of the Flag Federation, IMsL 2014
Nick Elliot, Portland, OR – International Mr. Bootblack 2012
Phillip “BoyMeat” Wolf, New York, NY – BDSM Educator, Co-Founder of TNG

The Judges for the International Mr. Bootblack 2017 competition are as follows:

Erick Joseph, Anchorage, AK – International Mr. Bootblack 2016
David Hawks, Charlottesville, VA – International Mr. Bootblack 2000
Winner TBD, International Ms. Leather Bootblack 2017 Competition

The Tally Masters for International Mr. Leather 2017 and International Mr. Bootblack 2017 are as follows:

Don Leach, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Associate Member-Chicago Hellfire Club, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2002
Luck Markstone, Des Moines, IA – Ms Iowa Leather 2014

International Mr. Leather 2017 will be held Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago, USA. The Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL will be the host hotel for IML 2017. IML is excited to announce our move to a new Saturday and Sunday evening theater venue, the historic Auditorium Theater, 50 East Congress Parkway, located directly across the street from our Host Hotel. For weekend information, ticketing, hotel reservations and frequent updates, please visit our website: www.imrl.com.