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Party People in the House, Say ダンスダンス!

It’s time once again for ALCC’s annual shindig/gala/fete/ blowout/rip-roaring good time summer party.  This year we’re zipping off to Planet J-Pop, a supergroovy celebration of Japanese popular culture.  Food, music, drinks, games, prizes, a silent auction — can you think of anything more fun? OK, so write this down:  it’s going to be on Wednesday, August 15 starting at 6pm at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted Street.  Wait, we’ll make it easier for you.  Just click here and you can order a ticket!  It couldn’t be easier to have fun with us. And to tempt you further, here’s one of our favorite J-Pop classics, by the megafabulous Pizzicato 5.  One of our staff members, who refuses to divulge his true identity for fear of dating himself, saw this band at Cabaret Metro some years ago and hasn’t stopped dancing since...

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Ann Fisher, Media Darling

Dig the new, in-depth interview with our director, Ann Hilton Fisher, in the current Chicago Pride magazine.  A favorite quote from the interview: “I’ve always felt some sort of obligation to give back, to recognize the privilege I’ve had of being white, of being well educated, healthy, and middle-class, and all those things. I will say this. A life in public service is the key to personal happiness.” You go. So what are you waiting for?  Click here and read the whole...

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We’re Putting On a Show!

If you were foolish unfortunate enough to miss it the first time around, it’s coming back for one night only.  What are we talking about?  Why, only the most entertaining, thoughtful, poignant and joyous cabaret show since the beginning of recorded history.  And it’s a benefit for AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. Chicago crooner Justin Hayford (that’s him in black-and-white in the background … are those eyelashes fake or what?) is presenting an encore performance of Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Wit and Wisdom from Children’s Public Television.  The show celebrates the charming, inventive and disarmingly insightful songs from Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.   What’s not to love? And here’s the really good part:  you set your own admission price.  And every dollar goes directly to AIDS Legal Council.  The big show is on Sunday, May 20 at 7pm at Davenport’s Piano Bar...

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Poetry for the Council

If you missed ALCC’s Advocates of the Year awards ceremony last week, you not only missed a swanky evening honoring unsung heroes in the fight against HIV. You also missed a sterling performance by spoken word artist and former national poetry slam champion Lisa Buscani. She wrote a piece especially for our event. And it goes a little something like this: Night DoctorsDeath in the South is subtle and mundane.Kudzu, better living through botany gone bad,Consumes the soup that passes for Louisiana air,Sinks its insolent roots down deep beyond reach andCreeps its unrelenting way up into the trees,choking the life out of weaker things. It is not the only predator.Poor people knew that all too well, back in the day.They told stories of the Night Doctors,Men with money on their mindsriding in ghostly clothes a top fearful thunder,Whipping broken...

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2011 Advocates of the Year Awards

OK, kids, it’s time for the season’s swankiest event, the 2011 Advocates of the Year Awards. It’ll be on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 pm at the Joffrey Tower, 10 East Randolph Street, smack in the heart of the Loop. And we’ll make it easy for you: order tickets right here. Here are this year’s honorees: Arick BucklesWhen Arick came to grips with his HIV diagnosis, he found himself embarking on a path of discovery that would allow him to overcome many personal challenges while becoming a fierce advocate for people with HIV. As a peer counselor, educator and advocate, Arick feels equally at home talking to policy makers about the needs of people with HIV as he does talking to clients about his own life, inspiring them to get the care they need. Arick Buckles personifies the spirit,...

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Second Annual Disney Concert for ALCC!

Last year Chicago crooner Justin Hayford presented his first evening-length benefit cabaret for AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, The Disney Songbook: Children’s Songs for Grown-Ups. The show sold out, and reportedly everyone had a grand time while raising over $6500 for the Council. So Justin’s decided to turn that show into an annual event. And this month he’s back with The Disney Songbook, Vol. 2: More Children’s Songs for Grown-Ups. Here’s the skinny: When: Saturday, January 22 and Saturday, January 29 Where: Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Showtimes: 8pm Reservations: http://www.davenportspianobar.com/ or 773-278-1830 This year’s show features tunes from classic Disney films like Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. You’ll also hear ingenious, unheralded songs from the new generation of classics-to-be like The Princess and the Frog, Home on the Range and Toy...

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