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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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:
Terry Gant of Third Coast Comics
Ladies’ Night at GCC
Cards Against Humanity
Acrobatica Infiniti Circus
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.
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.