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WeFest (formerly SheFest, formerly LezFest) is becoming one of the most anticipated evenings of the theatre season, and in Chicago’s queer community.

WeFest (hosted by Molly Brennan and Malic White) is Pride Arts Center’s’ semi-annual celebration of Chicago’s queer female, non-binary, and trans+ artists. This winter, the Pride Arts Center is excited to partner with the Center on Halsted for the event.

Seven fests ago, WeFest began as LezFest, and was created to give lesbian women visibility, especially given a cultural climate where most queer popular culture was aimed at gay men, not women. Four fests later, “LezFest” became “SheFest” after a need was identified to open the festival up to all queer women- bisexual, transgender, pasexual women, and others who identified with the queer female community. Two SheFests later, company members at Pride noticed that LezFests and SheFests had featured non-binary performers, and made the move to officially remove the pronoun from the name, thus changing it to WeFest. WeFest, as it exists at the moment, serves as a place of celebration, representation, and empowerment for anyone who identifies as a gender minority (including all queer women (both cis and trans), non-binary individuals, and all trans + individuals) within the LGBTQ+ community.

The format of WeFest is also changing slightly to incorporate a full evening of programming. The evening will begin with a 6:30pm “music salon,” where four queer vocalists will perform onstage and in the lobby. The main variety show will begin at 7:30pm, followed by a dance party on stage, with music by queer musician SuperKnova, who specializes in Queer Pop, a guitar-based sound that incorporates electronic drums, driving synths, and virtuosic solos. This is the type of event where patrons can come early, stay late, just see the 90-minute show, and/or party afterwards with the performers.

Additionally, this WeFest will include American Sign Language Interpretation (for the main show at 7:30) for patrons who are Deaf. Starting with last summer’s SheFest, producer Iris Sowlat has worked to actively integrate accessibility services into the festival.

WeFest artist Niki Gee, Chicago’s “Peace and Love Poet,”’ has performed at the fest for four years, and says she enjoys, “…performing in Wefest because I get to bring my Southside Style to the north side venues and introduce myself to an audience I may not have met if it wasn’t for performing in Wefest.”

WeFest artist Terri Lynne Hudson says, “I’m excited to get to perform with other diverse and underrepresented artists in an environment that is giving me the flexibility and freedom to challenge myself artistically and do work outside the boxes I normally find myself in. I think WeFest gives us a unique opportunity to meet artists we can feel good about supporting and that it’s great for networking and community building, which are crucial to our survival as an arts community. I also love that accommodation is key here, and that an event like this centers accommodating diverse abilities as well.”

This winter, WeFest will be hosted by Award-Winning Chicago actors and physical theatre artists Molly Brennan (last seen in ATC’s Picnic and frequent performer at Lookingglass) and Malic White (most known for their work with Neo-Futurists). Performers will include Tamale Sepp & Mack Dihle (performing a fire act), Delia Kropp (performing, “Tales from the Liminal Time”, a candid look at two critical December evenings, and how they re-shaped not only her gender transition but her entire outlook on the holidays and what it means to be a middle-aged queer person), Nikki Gee, Terri Lynne Hudson, Ada Cheng (a professor turned storyteller, who will debut her second solo show at Fillet of Solo in January), Lihy Epstein, Khloe Janel, SuperKnova, The Chanels (a queer dance troupe), Cruel Valentine, Emma Grace Fondell, North Rory Homeward, Rebecca Buechel (performing a piece of opera using the text of Anne Sexton’s lesbian poetry), and Cassidy Hill. WeFest will be produced by Iris Sowlat, James Anthony, Julia Rufo, and Nemo Serges, and stage-managed by Daiva Paulis.

The performance will be: Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm at the Pride Arts Center’s Broadway Theatre, located at 4139 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago.

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2yiCnsr

Pricing: General Admission tickets cost $10 and can be purchased either online or at the door. VIP tickets cost $15. Pride Films & Plays is also offering an “Adopt A Performer” sponsorship option, as well as other levels of sponsorship.

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“SheFest is one of my favorite times of the theatre season,” says SheFest producer Iris Sowlat, “There’s something very special about a talented, diverse group of queer women celebrating their life experiences through art.”

SheFest (formerly LezFest) is Pride Arts Center’s’ semi-annual celebration of Chicago’s queer female and non-binary artists. SheFest showcases the diverse range of queer female and non-binary artists in Chicago as well as the diverse stories and experiences of queer femininity. The sixth installment of the festival, this year’s SheFest will be hosted by stand-up comedian Shannon Noll, and will feature spoken word poetry, Moth-style stories, comedy, clowning, a fire act, and dance.

Highlights include the clown act “All of My Enemies” by Chicago actress and clown Molly Brennan, a fire act by interdisciplinary performance artist Tamale Sepp, original spoken word by Quare Square founder Niki Gee, dance by Jade, and more!

Additionally, this SheFest will include American Sign Language Interpretation for patrons who are Deaf and Audio Description for patrons who are blind- a first for the Pride Arts Center! Sowlat says, “I’m really looking forward to having these accessibility services implemented at SheFest. It’s great that the Pride Arts Center- and the Chicago theatre community overall- is taking amazing steps towards being even more inclusive to all. As a queer, legally blind theatremaker, this is something I value.”

Proceeds from SheFest will be put towards Pride Films & Plays’ LezPlay writing contest and workshop program. The contest is set to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for stage and screen. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way. For more information on how you can enter the contest, please check out www.filmfreeway.com/festival/lezplay. Further proceeds raised from SheFest go directly to help queer female playwrights, directors, and actors produce work during the 2017-18 season!

The performance will be: June 12 at 7:30pm at the Pride Arts Center’s Broadway Theatre, located at 4139 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago.

Performers will include Molly Brennan, Tamale Sepp, Ada Cheng, Khloe Janel, Anna Wolfe, Alex Seligsohn, Jade, June Thiele, Shannon Leigh Webber, Niki Gee, Michelle Zacarias, and Terri Hudson, and Jessica Martin. SheFest is produced by Iris Sowlat and Julia Rufo, and stage-managed by Daiva Paulis.

SheFest will also feature delicious treats from the new Klein’s Bakery and Cafe (located at 4155 North Broadway) and chances to win amazing door prizes from American Theater Company, Women and Children First and Dinner Detective, to name a few.

Pricing: General Admission tickets cost $10 and can be purchased either online or at the door. VIP tickets cost $15. Pride Films & Plays is also offering an “Adopt A Performer” sponsorship option, as well as other levels of sponsorship.

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How has Garden of Eve supported programs at HB?

Because women and transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals continue to be marginalized in the larger LGBTQ community, Garden of Eve supports the work and services that these teams provide due to lack of funding.

Garden of Eve helps supports sexual and reproductive health services at our monthly Sexual and Repro Health Drop-In Night, where we provide HIV/STI testing and treatment, birth control counseling, IUD placement, mental health intake, insurance enrollment, pap/pelvic exams and breast or chest exams for FREE to uninsured or underinsured patients. While pap, pelvic and breast/chest exams are covered by our Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program, the remainder of services are provided by HB. We serve new and continuing patients from the larger community, including the BYC.

Garden of Eve also supports community programs and health education workshops that we otherwise wouldn’t have.


So how about some data breakdown on how someone’s ticket purchase affects Howard Brown?
  • $5 pays for a patient’s round trip transit on CTA to attend an appointment at Howard Brown
  • $10 pays for one safe-sex kit to be distributed at outreach events and includes lube, condoms, dental dams, etc.
  • $15 pays for the materials needed for one young person to attend an IN.Power Sexual Harm Survivor Workshop
  • $20 pays for a food voucher for patients living with HIV to access healthy and nutritious foods
  • $25 pays for one hygiene kit for patients, including toothbrush/toothpaste/deodorant/comb/body wash/shampoo/feminine product
  • $100 provides access to a primary care visit to discuss chronic health conditions including diabetes and hypertension
  • $150 covers the cost of a sexual health visit including a full sexual health/STI screening panel
How many people attend GOE since inception?

2,790 unique individuals attended Garden of Eve at least once between 2009-2015 (there have been six events).

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What are you doing on March 12, 2017?? How about joining me for the 6th Annual Team Sean Kelly St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event?? I can think of no better way to spend my Sunday afternoon. You will find the cool kids at Bar63 in Edgewater from 12:00 until 6:00.

Here are the details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/620009148205823/

Since the first time I met Amy Kelly – I knew her light was strong – her laugh true and her heart bigger than most. She was old school cool and had a way of looking at life through the eyes of someone who had experienced some things. She was honest and passionate about politics and life and this diverse world we live in. And she had a mission to dedicate her energy and her heart to remembering and honoring her big brother Sean.
I have written many times (5 to be exact – the links are below) about this event and the influence Amy’s family and upbringing and relationship with Sean have had on her desire to work hard every year to raise money and awareness for St. Baldrick’s. It is her personal way of honoring Sean – by continuing the work that he started not so long ago. It is never easy to invite people into your heart and soul and ask them to stand with you for a cause that may not be their own. It takes the strength of pure vulnerability to raise your hand and ask for help. Amy has that ability – the ability to pull us all together – to fight the good fight and do what we can to kick childhood cancer in the ASS.

So what is different about this year? Everything. The world is suddenly a very different place. And in the shadows of political rhetoric and fundamentally challenged pundits of hate – we dare to rise up – again. We dare to ask our friends and our family to join us in this fight. We dare to continue good work in shitty times. We dare not to be defeated by all we should be defeated by. We pledge to light the candles in the dampest, dirtiest corners of the room so that we can all find our way to a place of hope. A place of light and possibility. A place where friends and family, neighbors and strangers gather under one sturdy roof and for one afternoon funnel all the positive vibes we can muster – together – and make a difference in this world.

We keep on keeping on. We ride the wave that Sean set in motion. We organize and put out the word and pull each other out of the funk we might find ourselves in – and we do what we know we can do. We work as one and we put good energy out into the world and through our actions we come together and make positive change for the children who need us most. We will find time to laugh – we may even drink a wee bit and I know we will listen to those glorious pipers as they march through the room. You can be sure we will raise our glasses to Sean and to ourselves as we all gather to raise awareness and money to find that cure for childhood cancer.
http://thelstop.org/2012/02/fight-the-good-fight/
http://thelstop.org/2013/02/st-baldricks-amy-kelly-and-a-lot-of-hope/
http://thelstop.org/2014/02/riding-the-wave-for-st-baldricks-on-march-1st/
http://thelstop.org/2015/03/17125/

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Where did it go – my fight – my vision – my radical enthusiasm to push the envelope and take what my heart desired?  When did I lay down?  How did I become a bystander in world come undone?

These are dark times for so many marginalized groups.  But if we look to truth – the days are lit loud and fierce by the actions, intentions and grace of some very powerful and focused women.  (The men are there as well – yes – I am certain – but right now – this is about women – all of us).

Once upon a time things were not as they have become and the ease with which my tired eyes could focus on the possibilities was great.  There was nothing out there that I would not have – if I desired.  Sure – the fight for wage equality and the incessant drawl of the right wing religious zealots would always be a fly in my fruit basket of dreams – but they would not take me down and in my heart of hearts I believed we would overcome the oppression.   There was nothing yet created that would take my voice, my heart, my drive, my sanity.  This is MY life – my country – my place – and I stand proud and firm in the belief that everything should be fair and just and that my chances and opportunities would be equal to those of every other human being sharing this trembling planet.  There was never a debate I would not endure or a righteous cause I would not embrace.

But in my recent days I have been tired.  I have been quiet.  I have been unmoved by reason and calls for protest.  My heart screams for peace and justice and integral equalities – but my feet have not moved me in the direction of action.  My dance is real – but it has become a quiet sway of solitude in the corner of a safe and familiar room.

Is it the ceaseless reverberating sound of the right that has taken the will from my heart?  The hatred and name calling and demeaning articulation of all I have fought against my entire life?  Has it worn me out and taken me down?  Why, when all my sisters and like-minded citizens march and stand hand in hand across this globe – why am I baking banana bread and crying my eyes out?   The answer is impossible and the reflection unbearable as my truth envelopes me and mutes the rage I so earnestly want to convey.  

This is the time for all of us.  Children of the seventies who have created children of the new century to break the familiar patterns and habits of avoidance and dare to jump into all the discomfort of a revolution.  This is the time to find the dignity that lies strong and deep within and spread it far and wide for now and all our tomorrows by sharing our stories – telling our truth and peacefully marching towards the future we have all lived and breathed, worked and prayed for.

There is no evil that will ever imprison good, no hate that will devour love and no election that will propel me into the void of discontent.  I must rise.  I must write.  I must march.  I must speak.  I must be heard.  For you, for me, for her, for them and for all the reasons that make MY AMERICA strong, and great and hopeful.  Let us create the history that will shine through these dark and ugly times and in the pages of the books yet written – let the words be brilliant with hope and truth, possibility and peaceful protests.  Let the pages turn with tales of our hard work, intent-full battles and sisterhoods that brought a planet spinning out of control back to the balanced world we all so innately deserve.

I am awake.   Time to change the world.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.
It was days before I could eat again. My heart rate still irregular throughout the week. There is a pause in my thought process that has not yet been named and an unexplained darkness that shadows my waking moments.

She deserved to win. We deserved for her to win. If truth and justice and the American Way actually meant something to the ignorant reality TV zombies who elected the other guy, if they could actually collectively understand the concept – she would have won. They would have known truth from fiction and love from hate. They would have understood the global picture and worked towards progressive change fairly and honestly. The dumbing down of America is no longer simply a hashtag – it is what defines who we have become. America has become everything that America was never supposed to be. And I hang my head to quiet the voices that moan and scream tormented by all that we have allowed to happen to us.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.

I hear the voices taunting us. The bullies lined up at their keyboards safely behind the barriers of anonymity. A place where truth is anything we say it is regardless of whether it is or not. Time and life and experiences and facts mean nothing in this new world. We have no debates, no discussions no meeting of the minds. The minds who have elected this shell of a man to the highest office in the land are tainted, diseased and simple. There is no outpouring of empathy for the sick, hope for the underserved or equality for the disenfranchised. There is nothing but a vast whiteness of male privilege and entitlement empowered by lies, propaganda and Republican rhetoric.

My words are meaningless as they fall on the page. They only help me to release my fears and disgust out into the world. My fear of who we are as a nation and what we might do to the world. My disgust with our fellow Americans who can see no further than their own front porch and feel empowered to punish anyone who does not look, live and love the same as they do.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King Jr.

It was as if we were having this amazing party. Everyone was dancing and laughing and sharing stories and sipping wine from the same glass. It was such a good party. The band was playing and we all knew all the words to every song – and if we didn’t know the words we tried to learn them – or we faked it with a smile. We were all planning all of our tomorrows with hope and love and kindness. We had come so far, so many labels had been lifted, and so many opportunities afforded, so much real possibility for a better and fairer world. The room was just so beautiful. We were all so hopeful. So certain that love would indeed trump hate.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Then the bomb went off. The music stopped. Shock. Disbelief. Anger. Fear. A truth I am not yet prepared to call my own. This cannot be our destiny. Can it? My mind will not wrap itself around this twisted reality. Never a sore loser – I am not the loser here – but an innocent bystander who knows better and can’t swallow this bitter pill of ignorance and the outcome it has left me with. I stagger directionless towards nothingness as all the ugliness in our world crawls towards me and I don’t know what to do. My heart is broken and I don’t know what to do.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Days will pass. Super moons will rise and glow magically above our pitiful country reminding me of possibility – no matter how much I so do not want to be reminded. Being reminded means I have to live again, breath again and therefore fight again. Being reminded means I have to hope again, wish again and learn to forgive again. We awake and walk slowly past this crazy reality and we prepare – again – to have our voices matter. We regroup. We stand strong. And even though we are weary – weary is what we are – so fucking weary of the ignorance. We stumble forward – ever forward to plant more seeds of justice and tend to the gardens of opportunity for all of us. We are many – and we are good and we are united in hope. That fucking thing called hope – let it carry us into tomorrow so that we can begin again.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Center on Halsted will be hosting Elizabeth Schwartz on Wednesday the 16th of November at 7pm.  Trump is our president, LGBTQ rights are in jeopardy, and many will be planning for their happily ever after with their true love.  This is where Elizabeth comes into the picture….

Elizabeth Schwartz has been practicing law since 1997 and is a nationally recognized advocate for the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. She is the author of the forthcoming book Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise While her firm equally works with straight and gay clients in matters of family law, estate planning and probate, she has been at the forefront of providing crucial legal protections for LGBT families.

We asked Elizabeth to share some thoughts on 3 topics covered in her new book and she graciously responded.

Elizabeth: Most of us think that marriage provides nothing but protections for couples and families, but it might also jeopardize protections already in place.  If you are receiving any benefits which are determined by your assets and/or income, look into what impact getting married will have on the receipt of those benefits. Also, many have gone to pains to draft up wills and trusts and to designate beneficiaries on their accounts. If you have charitable organizations, other family members or loved ones that you want to be sure benefit from your lifetime of effort, those plans become compromised when you get married as your spouse has certain automatic rights. 

Elizabeth: Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are important for anyone who wants to modify the default in the law. And the default is that you pretty much have to split what you’ve accumulated during a marriage at the end of it.

  • Other red flags for a prenup:
    • Folks with children from a prior relationship they want to protect and those with family wealth or a business that they don’t want to divvy up.
    • If you’ve got a retirement account you’re trying to keep intact, you might want a spouse to waive her rights to it.
    • If you’ve been through a bad breakup, whether your own or someone close to you, you are especially aware of the benefit of minimizing the potential fall-out from a divorce and memorializing whatever you can agree to in advance.

The other thing to remember is that prenups are not one-size–fits-all. So yes, while many nuptial agreements are of the “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours/no alimony to no one” variety, for some couples that’s not fair. For example, if you and your spouse agreed she would quit her job and manage the home, she would likely need and deserve some sort of financial settlement upon divorce and that might not be awarded to her in a divorce if the marriage is technically a short-term one. An agreement can provide for greater benefits than the law would otherwise confer. 

Elizabeth: The effect of marriage on parental rights to a non-biological child is important to cover.  The marital presumption refers to the rule that a child born into a marriage is the legal child of the married couple. There have been a few cases saying that didn’t apply to a lesbian couple, even when both were listed on their child’s birth certificate. A birth certificate is evidence of parental rights but it is not conclusive proof.  It’s possible those parental rights can then be challenged at divorce or death of the biological parent or by an entity like social security. So we strongly recommend that even married couples obtain a court order such as a confirmatory adoption, which is usually a stepparent adoption, to firm up parental rights.  And no, marrying someone who has a child doesn’t magically grant you parental rights. You need an adoption to give you legal parental rights in that circumstance as well. 

Check out the link to this very timely event – the first 30 to RSVP will get a FREE copy of Elizabeth’s new book.  Hope to see many of you at COH on November 16, 2016. You May Also Like:



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I won’t be silent. I won’t sit still. I won’t cross my legs and tuck my hem and sit up straight. I won’t go quietly into the good night. I will be heard. I will be seen. I will be respected. I will speak for the muted and walk for the wounded. I will pave the road for my daughter and my son – the road of decency, integrity, individuality, and kindness. I will not throw stones. I will not shut my pretty little mouth. I will not hide my love for another woman.

I will not tolerate intolerance. I will not make excuses for the inexcusable. I will not barter with the bully and I will not enable the inappropriate behaviors of others – friends and strangers alike.

This is not about red and blue. This is not about him and her. This is not about electing a president. This is about standing up. This is about being heard. This is about being seen. This is about equality and fairness and freedoms that cannot be compromised. This is about the dumbing down of our great country though reality TV and make believe courage that shamelessly dismantles individuals through barriers of social media. This is about a culture of rape and racism that runs so deep we fail to identify it when it destroys the innocent and then blames the victims. This is about the rest of our lives and the kind of world we want to live in.

I will not refuse to tell my truth. I will sing my song from the corner of every street – beat me black and blue and bloody red – take me by the hair and toss me around with your verbal assaults and towering innuendo. Roll over me with your volume and demean me with your intentions. I will not falter. I will not surrender. I will not be silenced. I have been fighting this fight my entire life. I will stand in front of the storm and I will weather the twisted words of those who would hurt me and take away the freedoms I have fought so hard for. I will not be forced from this road I travel by the tireless rally of delusional hate.

Here is where I have always stood. As a girl who wanted to play baseball in a time when girls were not allowed to play baseball. As a child who preferred jeans to dresses and was verbally assaulted and belittled at every turn for not conforming. As a young woman who rode a motorcycle and was subjected to cat calls and lewd comments, aggressive maneuvers and misogyny with every mile I rode. As the mother of a daughter whose intellect and creativity are often ignored in favor of her incredible beauty. As a woman who carried too much weight and suffered the unsolicited judgments and demeaning remarks of others. As a woman who loves another woman. As the wife of a woman who was victimized and forever changed by a monster of a man who raped and abused her as a child. This is my world. This is our reality. And I will not retreat into the corner. I will not be quiet.

My heart hurts. My mind is full and overflowing with the inability to decipher the depth of all this bigotry and hate. When lies become truth and truth becomes an illusion we are in real trouble. When the world is turned upside down with misogyny and screams of all the victims unheard we must make it right again. When an emotionally stunted, ignorant, foul mouthed TV personality is standing front and center dismantling our democracy with his skewed interpretation of reality it is time to dig deep and stand tall in the face of his dysfunction.

To those who would take my liberties and try to extinguish the light from my life I am unable to embrace your beliefs. You may be louder, you may be bigger, you may have endless resources at the tip of your tiny little hands – but I have a heart as big as this world – and I will not be moved. Love will trump hate and we will begin to rebuild what ignorance has worked so hard to disable. I have been fighting this fight my whole life and I am only getting started.

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Sweet Virginia’s Kitchen is all about homey eclectic food cooked from locally sourced ingredients. As a toddler, Angie Wines remembers sneaking eggs out from her grandmother’s fridge and cracking them on the sizzling pavement to fry them. Wines is now taking those mischievous roots and many years of culinary experience to open Sweet Virginia’s Kitchen in the Ravenswood/Lincoln Square neighborhood with her partner Anneliese Moy.

“The restaurant is named after my grandma, who is the reason why I cook,” Wines said. “I grew up standing next to her on a stool in the kitchen. She taught me all of our family recipes, both savory and sweet.”

Slated to open in November, Sweet Virginia’s Kitchen, located at 5131 N. Damen Ave., will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant will offer a menu derived from years of cooking for friends and families, including her signature meats and smoked pulled pork.

Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles
Winnemac Veggie Bagel
Winnemac Veggie Bagel
Rack of Lamb
Rack of Lamb
Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapeno Poppers
Housemade Donuts
Housemade Donuts
Fall Donuts
Fall Donuts
Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
Shrimp Sautee in action
Shrimp Sautee in action

“I rub whole pork shoulders with a secret recipe that’s sweet and spicy. Using apple wood, I smoke it low and slow for 12 hours. This gives it a nice bark so it’s crunchy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. But the real magic happens just inside the bark, where the pink smoke ring occurs,” Wines said. Other items on the menu include chilaquiles, which features chips fried daily in house, sweet chipotle red salsa, eggs (which she promises not to fry on the pavement) and is topped off with crema, fresh avocado, cilantro, tomato, chives and limes. Spicy Asian meatballs and shrimp tacos with citrus slaw are also featured on the menu. Wines says she doesn’t want the restaurant to be pigeonholed into serving just one type of food.

Neighborhood joint, global comfort

“It’s an eclectic menu featuring comfort food from all corners of the world. At the core, it’s about making meals from scratch daily using ingredients from sources I trust,” Wines said. “Knowing where our food comes from is really important for me because I come from a family of farmers.” Many of the menu items are time-tested hits from Wines’ catering experience and annual tailgate party during Chicago’s Pride Parade. “We’ve been hosting these tailgate parties for six years. We started it for friends and family who were tired of battling the crowds and waiting in lines for food or a drink, and now it’s grown into a community of 150 people, ranging from teenagers to boomers, who don’t have to get up early to stake a space to see the parade,” Wines said.

This year, Wines used the tailgate party to pay tribute to the people killed in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. She created a memorial featuring photos and stories of the 49 people killed during the June 12 incident. “The project was to honor the victims and raise awareness about the fear and hatred toward the LGBTQ community,” Wines said. “For me, building a sense of community for others is really important.”

Feast for the eyes

Apart from creating a hub for comfort food, Wines will also be showcasing and selling her partner Anneliese’s pottery within the restaurant. “Having artwork inside the restaurant is also a nice reflection of my grandma, who created a lot of artwork herself, including drawings on her recipe cards, which will be displayed at the restaurant,” Wines said. “We’ll also be using Anneliese’s beautiful hand-made pottery to serve some of the food.” The restaurant will be a family affair with Wines creating all the dishes while Moy will manage the front of the house.

“We are really looking forward to creating a community gathering place through comfort food and art” Moy said. “We hope diners will feel the soul and effort Angie puts into each and every dish.”

Want to help us grow a family restaurant? Check out our Kickstarter campaign.

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Once upon a time there was this amazingly talented couple. Sam and Jenny made things – did art – created messages and provoked thought and conversation. One day they decided to deliver creative cards and prints to fill a gap in the greeting card industry. The cards would showcase interracial and queer characters from a wide array of backgrounds. This was a very good idea indeed.

Imagine a world where diversity was represented to the masses through cards celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and non-traditional holidays. Imagine multicultural messages and images to bring all of our lives a little closer together. Imagine.

Through art and words and our intentions we can push this world towards positive change. We can share our stories, our celebrations and our culture by sending greeting cards that truly represent our neighborhoods and our lifestyle. The louder we speak, the more colorful and vibrant our message, the less we hide our truth – the more certain we are to be seen, thereby creating the change we strive for.

This line is full of witty, quirky, fun characters brought to life through Jenny Cunningham’s and Sam Kirk’s wonderful talents. Together they have started a line of greeting cards and accessible artworks that hope to fill that void for the Multi-Cultural Queer Community.

If you need a greeting card for an interracial couple, queer teen, or are curious to know more about Jen’s creation of queer holidays, visit provokeculture.com and click on “art” or “greetings”.

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