For Your Eyes Only: Fine Art Erotica

CHICAGO — Sidetracked Studio is proud to present our second annual fine art exhibition of erotica called “For Your Eyes Only.” Last year Lauren Levato Coyne and Rory Coyne were the only artists to make erotic work. “This year we wanted to broaden the show by inviting many other artists from around the country, some who make erotic work on a regular basis and some who are interpreting the theme specifically for this exhibition,” said Coyne. “For Your Eyes Only developed from our celebration of ‘sugar week’,” said Levato Coyne. “In different years but somehow all during the same week in July we met, had our first date, rescued both our dogs, married, Rory moved to the United States, and it’s his birthday. So of course we have dubbed this ‘sugar week’ and by extension we wanted to make a big exhibition celebration of it as well.”

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the word erotic derives from Greek erōtikos — sexual love: it arouses and excites sexual desire or excitement.


Gorilla Tango Burlesque presents GhostBustier: The Story of the Real Ghostbusty

CHICAGO — The Ghostbusty babes are back! The all-female reboot of the Ghostbusters film is quickly approaching, so join Gorilla Tango Theatre to celebrate the ladies that did it first, did it better, and did it BUSTIER! It’s the story we all know and love of paranormal-fighting scientists with a sexy spin, bringing the classic comedy to the stage in the sensual style that Gorilla Tango Burlesque is known for. Watch as your four favorite fear-fighters shimmy their way to saving New York from a sexy Slimer, a curvaceous Stay Puft Marshmallow Woman, and a bevy of gorgeous ghosts. When there’s trouble in your neighborhood, boob ya gonna call?

Equality Illinois

Chicago City Council passes bathroom access ordinance

CHICAGO – The Chicago City Council stood up for the rights of transgender people today when it passed the Equal Access Ordinance, a measure supported by Equality Illinois that will ensure equal access consistent with a person’s gender identity in places of public accommodations in Chicago. The ordinance passed the 50-person council on a vote of 45-5, and it has the support of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “As other states try to erase transgender people from public life, let’s recognize that this ordinance is about more than public accommodations. In the wake of the violence against LGBT people in Orlando, it is about standing up for the dignity of all Chicagoans and ensuring our city remains a welcoming and affirming place,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois. Equality Illinois, now in its 25th year advocating for the civil rights of LGBT Illinoisans, was a leading advocate for the Equal Access Ordinance.

Chicago leather community raises more than $3K for Pulse

CHICAGO — The Chicago leather community came together on Saturday, June 18, to raise $3,625 at Touche for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando the week before. Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis Tipantasig organized the fundraiser the day after the massacre and recruited titleholders and organizations in Chicago and across the region to donate time and prizes for a raffle auction to raise money for the Support Victims of Pulse Shooting fund set up by Equality Florida Action. Titleholders and organizations involved include:

Eric Masters, Mr. 501 Eagle 2016
James Tyrcha, Mr. Leather 64TEN 2016
Sarah Sloane, Ms. Illinois Leather Pride 2016
Shadi Beidas, Illinois Leather SIR 2016
Adam Henderson, Mr. Midwest Leather 2015 and 2nd Runner Up IML 2016
Miguel Torres, Mr Chicago Leather 2014
Justin Herron, Mr. Jackhammer Fetish 2015
Krystoff, Illinois Trainer 2016
Dady John, Great Lakes Trainer 2016
Jeffrey Basille, Mr. International Rubber 2016
The Illinois Eagle
American Brotherhood Weekend
Mr. International Rubber
International Mr. Leather
Bulldog Leathers
Buck Angel
Father & Son Barbershop
DJ Bryan Konrad
Windy City Abbey of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

As of Monday night, Equality Florida Action has raised more than $5 million and is starting to disburse money to victims and their families. The organization has also announce their transparency standards to ensure that the money donate will reach those most affected by the massacre. If you were unable to attend the fundraiser, you can donate here.

Buck Angel

Activist Buck Angel tours Chicago

CHICAGO — Transgender activist and adult performer Buck Angel will be returning to Chicago with three different events across the city. His appearances start on Monday, June 20, at Early to Bed in Andersonville. From the event page:

Buck Angel is an award winning filmmaker and groundbreaking pornographer. He pioneered as the first transsexual man to break into the mainstream adult entertainment industry and has been fearlessly smashing the boundaries there and elsewhere ever since. EVOLUTION is a video accumulation of Buck’s career, from pornography to motivational speaker to LGBTQ activist to Human Rights activist.

BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

CHICAGO — Pride Films and Plays will complete its fun summer in Mary’s Attic with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham’s immersive, pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As Puck and the other fairies at Mary’s prepare for a celebration, their world is rocked by news of a break-up between their King and Queen. When four mortals wander up the stairs, they get caught in a web of drinking and deception, as they become pawns in a magical game of love, 400 years in the making. Mary’s Attic will be filled with music, dance, and fairies of all kinds, as BITE retells one of the Bard’s beloved love stories through a queer lens. The cast features (in alphabetical order): Caitlin Aase (Stupid F*cking Bird, Fusion Theatre Company), Jeff Bouthiette (Coraline the Musical, Black Button Eyes), Raymond K. Cleveland (Man of La Mancha, Theo Ubique), Nathan Cooper (Saturday Night Fever, Royal Caribbean International) , Jacob McKenzie Gilchrist (Rent, Metropolis Performing Arts), Kathleen Hoil (The American Revolution, Theatre Unspeakable/Lincoln Center), Will Kazda (Swimming in the Shallows, Piven Theatre Workshop), Jennifer Ledesma (American Idiot, Up And Coming Theatre), Carmen Molina* (Design for Living, Pride Films & Plays), David Mor (Sons of the Prophet, Celebration Company at Station Theatre), Jordan Shomer (All-Girl Poe Project, The Mammals), Melanie Vitaterna (Secret Garden, Lake Forest Theatre), and Kevin Webb* (Design for Living, Pride Films & Plays).

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

LA&M celebrates 25 years of leather history

CHICAGO — Nestled amid a residential/business corridor of Rogers Park in Chicago, the Leather Archives & Museum–an arguably unique, off-the-beaten-path museum–is preparing to celebrate its work of preserving leather/fetish/BDSM/kink history this fall, when the museum will host its 25th Anniversary Weekend, September 16th to 18th. Plans for the museum’s 25th Anniversary Weekend include numerous receptions, educational programming, a walking tour, a banquet dinner, after parties and, of course, tours of the museum itself. Early bird weekend registrations are $160 (through June 7th); $200 thereafter, with VIP packages available for $300. Special discounted packages for $100 are available for those 21-to-29 years of age at the time of the anniversary weekend. Started in 1991 by Chuck Renslow, the Leather Archives & Museum was originally located at 5007 N. Clark Street.

Illinois wins big at IML

CHICAGO — History was made this past Sunday when two Chicagoans reached the International Mr. Leather podium. It is the first time in IML’s 38-year history that any resident of the contest’s home city has reached the podium. Mr. Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris was named first runner-up and Mr. Midwest Leather 2016 Adam “Vino” Henderson was named second runner-up. It’s the first time that any Chicago resident has been in the top three and one of the very few times that two contestants from a single city have been in the top three. “It felt amazing,” Todd said the day after the contest.

Blue Ribbon Glee Club presents 3 Songs: 3 Writers Reading About Those Songs

CHICAGO — This is the June installment of Blue Mondays: The Blue Ribbon Glee Club Monthly Residency. The Blue Ribbon Glee Club will perform and three of our favorite writers read about those songs. Featuring:
Jessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie)
reading about
Words & Guitar by Sleater-Kinney

Blake Edwards
reading about
Where Eagles Dare by The Misfits

Kevin McComb
reading about
Suffragette City by David Bowie

All songs performed by The Blue Ribbon Glee ClubAbout the authors:

Jessie Lynn McMains (aka Rust Belt Jessie) is a writer and zine-maker, and the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Racine, Wisconsin. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction. Her words have recently appeared in The Chapess, New Pop Lit, Rising Phoenix Review, Voicemail Poems, and Paper & Ink.