TransWorks Poetry Reading in Chicago on Jan. 11

CHICAGO — Women and Children First Bookstore will host a night of poetry by transgender authors on Friday, Jan. 11. From the Facebook event:
Please join us for a poetry reading with Chicago House’s TransWorks Mentorship Program, whose mission is to empower transgender and non-binary individuals to overcome barriers to employment by fostering professional and supportive relationships with trans/non-binary working individuals. In partnership with Literature for All of Us, the mentorship group meets monthly to read work by trans/non-binary authors and create their own written pieces. This free evening of poetry is hosted by Mara Williamson & Niki featuring readings by Cassie, Keegan, Casper Hanney, Angel Nordstrom, and Mara Williamson.

Cast, production team announced for U.S. Premiere of ‘I Know My Own Heart’

CHICAGO — “I Know My Own Heart” by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, was inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister. It details Lister’s affairs with various women in the early 19th Century. Donoghue is best known for her novel and subsequent screenplay and stage play of “Room.” The film version of “Room” was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and Brie Larson’s award-winning performance. This will be the US premiere of “I Know My Own Heart” and it will be directed by Elizabeth Swanson. Swanson says, “Heart is a colorful chamber drama about a woman who works toward that most elusive end – to know herself.

Out Front: Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, Nov. 18

CHICAGO — About Face Theater will be holding a reading at Theater Wit in Chicago. From the Facebook event:
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT series has presented workshops and readings of new work exploring LGBTQIA themes. Join us for a FREE reading of:

by Paul Lucas
directed by Delia Kropp
Presented by About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, Chicago
Sunday, November 18, 5 p.m.
Following the 3 p.m. matinee of AFT’s The Bitter Earth

This is a free event. Please RSVP via e-mail at to reserve your seat as seating is limited. PLEASE NOTE: A Facebook RSVP will not guarantee a spot.

Rise Up – A Celebration of Resilience, Nov. 14

CHICAGO — The Youth Empowerment Performance Project will be holding an evening of performances at Chicago Theater Works on Wednesday, Nov. 14. From their Facebook event:
Join the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) for an evening in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience and Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. Through performance and communion we will honor those who’s lives were taken, rejoice in the resilience of Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth, build community, and raise funds to support us in continuing our work. What to expect from this gathering:
1) Performances by members that have been a part of YEPP since we opened for the first time 8 years ago until now.

Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show on Oct. 30

CHICAGO — The next Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show will be at the Center on Halsted in Chicago and hosted by author and storyteller Renegade Ada Cheng. From the Facebook event:
Our next Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show will be taking place on Tuesday October 30 at 7pm. And I will be bringing this show to Center on Halsted. I want to thank the center for hosting the show, particularly the Anti-Violence Project. Blending personal narrative with social critique, Am I Man Enough?

Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago on Oct. 20

CHICAGO — Visual Aids and QUEER, ILL + OKAY are presenting video documentation of HIV and AIDS in Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 20. From the Facebook event:
Ranging from video diaries to documentary footage and oral histories, Documents: Art, AIDS & Activism in Chicago surveys thirty years of media production by activists, artists, and educators working against HIV and AIDS in Chicago. The screening program highlights specific histories ranging from early education and prevention efforts by and for black gay men to the influence of queer zines and comics, as well as presents footage from three ACT UP/Chicago campaigns and reflections from women involved in the world’s longest running clinical research study on women living with HIV. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between filmmakers, activists, and curators Jennifer Brier, Alex Fialho, John Neff, Mary Patten, and Maxsonn Smith.

Pride Film Festival – January 2018

CHICAGO — Pride Arts Center has announced a new, monthly LGBTQ film festival in Chicago. Called the Pride Film Festival, it will feature new and independent features, documentaries and shorts the second Tuesday of each month. It kicks off on January 9. This month’s theme will be Issues, Anxieties and Obsessions. Another Day (Rozana) – Directed by Raj Rishi More, India, 11 min.

Hog’sBelly: A Fable Noir to have premiere at Gorilla Tango

CHICAGO — A Dead Whale Productions continues their inaugural season with the world premiere production of Artistic Associate Tyler Garamella’s Hog’sBelly: A Fable Noir, directed by Founding Artistic Director Dane Eissler. A Dead Whale is proud to continue their commitment to challenge theatrical convention by creating edgy and original theatrical events by all means necessary. Hog’sBelly opens Thursday, July 20th; and closes on Saturday, July 29th at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Bucktown, Chicago. A playfully dark mix of film noir and fable, Hog’sBelly dissects the destructive power of fear and hate through the eyes of the disgruntled rats and roaches of a dingy sewer underneath the recently closed chain restaurant, Hog’sBelly. Garamella’s play follows a naive but determined rat-detective, Danny, as they scour the shadowy sewers to solve the death of their mentor, the fatherly Ezzy.

26 at Pride Art Center, May 26

CHICAGO — Late-Night at the Pride Arts Center announces “26” Friday nights at 11pm, May 26th through July 14th at The Buena Theater inside the Pride Arts Center, located at 4147 N Broadway Ave. “26” features sketches written by the Chicago theater, sketch and improv community including: Sean Graney, David Cerda, Susan Messing, Rachael Mason, Lindsay Bartlett, Derek Van Barham, Becca Brown, Robert Bouwman, Tim Skau, Brittany Vogel, as well as the performing cast. “26” is the debut show as part of Pride Arts Center’s new late-night programming. The cast includes Savannah Cannistraro, Donovan Mullings, Edward Fraim, Amanda Forman, Alyssa Ratkovich, Matthew Lunt, Kallie Rolison and Ross Christian. It is directed by Brian Gore and assistant directed by Allison Heinz.