by David Cohen
Frill Seekers a lingerie event at Nordstrom stores will take place on Friday, October 19th, and Saturday, October 20th. Lingerie stylists will be waiting for you, and they will help you find the best lingerie looks for your size, shape and style.
So, treat yourself to the hottest lingerie of the season, and get a FREE GIFT with a purchase of $50 for any bra or panty while supplies last. For every bra purchased from a participating brand at the event, Nordstrom will donate $2 to Susan G Komen for the Cure, the largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States.
Nordstrom stores guarantee a combined minimum contribution of $200,000 to the Komen for the Cure through these events.
, a 5k non-competitive walk, will be taking over the Westfield shopping center
beginning 9 a.m. Sunday, October 21,
for National Breast Cancer Awareness
month. Project Pink is one of more than 250 nationwide events that aim to show support for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. It's an energetic special occasion designed to express hope and celebrate Breast Cancer survivorship. Additionally, Project Pink will focus on raising awareness about steps women can take to help prevent the disease and raise money to find cures.
The walk will commence and end in the West parking lot across from Macy's and continue in and around the center.
8:00 AM Registration Opens • 8:30 AM Opening Ceremony begins • 9:00 AM Walk Begins
Participating Westfield retailers will feature special pink merchandise and donate proceeds from sales to breast cancer awareness. There is no registration or fundraising requirement for Making Strides, however participants are welcome to raise money online or collect donations to turn in on the day of the event. For more information and to sign up for Project Pink visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org
is launching a monthly Bar AIDS
fundraising events, featuring different Chicago bars throughout the year and giving you more opportunities to give!
On Thursday, October 4th, SoFo Tap
will kick-off the first Bar AIDS event of the year by generously donating a portion of their sales directly back to EdgeAlliance in support of the men, women & children living on the North Lawndale Campus
who have been affected by homelessness and HIV/AIDS. EdgeAlliance's President and CFO Basil Diab
will be your Volunteer Ambassador and the evening will feature several drink specials sure to wet your whistle. Any donation of $10 or more automatically enters you into our raffle which will feature some amazing prizes! Mark your calendars, invite your friends and join us for Bar AIDS at The SoFo Tap! For more Bar AIDS events coming your way, check out www.baraids.org
.Source: Press release from Edge Alliance
photos by Ed Negron
. For more info. visit www.thework-in.blogspot.comFrom The AIDS FOUNDATION of CHICAGO
More than 2,000 guests relished in an evening of inspirational and poignant choreography at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago
’s (AFC) annual Dance for Life
event on August 18th, at the Auditorium Theater, raising nearly $400,000. The performance boasted six of Chicago’s top dance companies who generously donated their time and talents for one spectacular night on stage to benefit the Dancer’s Fund, which assists dancers facing life-threatening illnesses, as well as the vital services of AFC and the Women’s AIDS Project.
“The night was bursting with creative energy and supportive spirit,” said Anthony Guerrero
, in his inaugural year as producer for the performance. “The overwhelming show of support from our guests is a testament to the moving, spectacular pieces given by our dance companies. We’re thrilled to share our success during our 21st year of Dance for Life with all of our staff, sponsors, partners and guests.”
Chaired by Kelly Brunick, Paula Friedman and Robert Neubert, Dance for Life began with gala reception hosted in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, where guests savored gourmet cuisine and sipped signature cocktails by ABSOLUT Vodka. Guests mingled as they browsed the silent auction tables and prizes were raffled off.
Guests later moved to the Auditorium Theatre where Giordano Dance Chicago opened this year’s Dance for Life with an exhilarating piece titled: “Pyrokinesis,” the Greek term for fire or lightening. Passionate and fast-paced, the up-beat and energetic choreography lived up to its name, as dancers spun feverishly across the stage with abject flare and inexhaustible pirouettes.
Following Giordano’s opening piece, Dance for Life co-founder Keith Elliott welcomed guests by personally sharing his gratitude for being a part of the battle to end HIV/AIDS. As a former dancer, Elliott reminisced about his own dancing days and introduced the rest of the Dance for Life show with a single pirouette.
Luna Negra Dance Theater then took the stage with “Bate (Excerpt),” a witty performance wherein the dancers inflated and deflated their bodies with fluid movements to the sounds of a pulsing heartbeat and the airy breaths of a person inhaling and exhaling deeply. Donning black dress suits, the dancers rounded out the sinuous performance to the classic tune of “What a Difference a Day Makes.”
The Joffrey Ballet followed with a piece titled “Knowest Not,” inspired by the biblical verse Revelations 3:17. The classic and graceful movements of the dancers paired seamlessly with the somber sounds of dueling violins. The resulting performance evoked a sense of tension and raw emotion with touch of risqué woven in.
Closing out the first half of the program, award-winning choreographer Harrison McEldowney presented his energy-inducing world premiere of “Red, White & Black.” Flying through the air with ease, the all-male ensemble of dancers twirled, spun and jumped across the stage in an aerial masterpiece. Draped in graphic tees depicting words like equality, gender and race, the resounding message was clear: “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything.”
To open Act Two of the evening, the incredible Ron De Jesus Dance presented “And in the endless pause they came…” Angelic voices reminiscent of a church choir filled the air as the dancers used one another as extensions of their body in an ethereal performance. Ending the piece was a sleek and sexy duet, which was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd.
Next to the stage was River North Dance Chicago performing “The Good Goodbyes.” Serene and delicate, the emotional performance had the audience holding their breath. Representing relationships in the dancing community, “The Good Goodbyes” was comprised of intricate pairings of dancers whose intertwining arms and legs exuded pure passion, emotion and undeniable chemistry.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s mysterious performance “Thrice” followed, with dancers maneuvering through a smoky abyss. Wrapped in white and flowing garments, the dancers appeared to float across the stage through poignant and somber choreography.
To capture the spirit of the entire evening in the final act, renowned choreographer Randy Duncan shared the world premiere of “From One to Many.” A celebration of unity, life and triumph over adversity, the dancers leapt to the rhythmic African drumbeat of original music by Andy Mitran, an Emmy Award-winning musician and composer.
Founded by Keith Elliott, Gail Kalver, Todd Kiech, Danny Kopelson and Harriet Ross, Dance for Life has evolved from a small, grassroots event into the Midwest’s largest performing arts fundraiser for HIV/AIDS. Over the past 21 years, Dance for Life has raised more than $4 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS; showcased Chicago’s top professional dance companies; financially established a fund that provides assistance to dancers living with HIV/AIDS; helped to support and produce five spin-off pre-event; and helped raise money for many of Chicago’s leading AIDS organizations.
For over a decade professional dance companies donated their time, effort, talent and participated in one of the most important fund raising events in Chicago. Dance for Life is set to raise awareness, funds for HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education while promoting the art of dance in Chicago.
For Lizzie MacKenzie a long time friend and dedicated dancer volunteer, Dance for life is a mission with a cause. After graduating from the Interlochen Art Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, Lizzie moved to Chicago to pursue her dreams as a proffesional dancer.
It didn’t take long before the talented Lizzie found herself dancing for the biggest dance companies in Chicago, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and River North Chicago Dance Company, a long time dedicated supporters and participants of Dance For Life.
With hard work and dedication Lizzie became a rewarded dancer and choreographer. Lizzie found herself working with the biggest names in Choreography including Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Ron de Jesus, Davis Robertson, Tony Powell, and the renowned choreographers Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney who are going to introduce two world-premiere performances this year.
"I have seen many changes through the years. For me Dance for Life is a great way in helping the community. Dancing is my whole life and I'm happy to use my talent and help people at need" said Lizzie who contributed her talent and time for over fifteen years.
Today Lizzie is taken her love to another level. At her dance company Extensions, Lizzie teaches a new generation of young dancers how to think free, and stand tall. She passes her passion of helping others through the one thing she loves most––dancing.
For Anthony Guerrero the producer of Dance for Life, making the event accessible to every person is a goal. “This year we are in a bigger space, and we reduced the ticket prices, so everyone would be able to come, see and enjoy the show.”
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University will host Dance for Life for the second year in a row. Last year a partnership was formed for the 20th anniversary performances of Dance for Life. This year the performances will include the Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dane Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, and Ron de Jesus Dance.
For over 21 years, Dance for Life has grown to become the largest HIV/AIDS fundraising dance event in the Midwest. “It is important for us not to forget that a cure for AIDS is still not found. We count on the support we get every day from many individuals, and from our sponsors. Anyone can make a difference by way of donating funds, time, or both, especially today in these difficult economic times” said Guerrero.
FREE Concert at Millennium Park, this coming Monday, August 6, 2012 at 6:15pm.
The concert will focus on musical hits from the current shows on Broadway. The host for the evening Janet Davis from ABC7, is going to introduce a special guess appearance by the legendary Cindy Lauper, composer of KINKY BOOTS. The musical is schedule to open this fall on Broadway in Chicago.
Join Edge Alliance at Sidetruck on August 1st, 2012, from 8-10 p.m.
Chicago’s Leading Dance Troupes Unite to Raise Funds for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services on August 18, 2012.
Experience the best dance Chicago has to offer as six of the city’s top dance companies join together for one spectacular night on stage in this year’s Dance for Life.
With electrifying and poignant choreography, Dance for Life
is the Midwest’s largest performing arts fundraiser for HIV/AIDS, having raised more than $4 million to support care, education, and prevention in the Chicagoland area.
This year, Dance for Life
hosts two exciting, world-premiere performances by renowned choreographers Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney.
A silent auction and raffle will also be held. Funds raised through Dance for Life
benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago
, the Dancers’ Fund
and the Chicago Women's AIDS Project
This year the
participating Companies Include The Joffrey Ballet
, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
, River North Chicago Dance Company
, Luna Negra Dance Theater
and Ron de Jesus Dance. 5:00 p.m. – Gala Reception –
Hilton Chicago Grand Ball Room @ 720 S. Michigan Ave. 8:00 p.m. – Dance for Life Performance –
Auditorium Theatre @ 50 E. Congress Pkwy.Complimentary shuttle bus service provided between the two venues
$50-$75 (performance only), $175-$500 (includes admission to 5:00 p.m. gala reception and premiere seating at the performance.
To purchase tickets, please call 312-431-2357
or visit www.danceforlifechicago.com.
Photo (from left to right): Dr. Magda Houlberg, senior vice president and chief operations officer, health center operations, HBHC; Jamal M. Edwards, Esq., HBHC’s president and CEO; Queer Feminist Comic and LGBT Health Advocate Jessica Halem; Dr. Choucair; Karma Israelsen, board chair, HBHC and; Matt Nielson, board member, HBHC.
From: Alonzo Brown at Howard Brown Health Center
Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is proud to announce that Dr. Bechara Choucair, commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health is the latest recipient of its prestigious Friend for Life Award. Choucair received the honor during a special reception held at the Mile North hotel in downtown Chicago.
The Friend for Life Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated continuous commitment, persistent advocacy and dedication of time and resources to promote the health and wellness of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
“We are proud to honor Dr. Choucair for his unwavering support of Howard Brown Health Center and promoting health and wellness for all Chicagoans, particularly in the LGBT and HIV communities,” says HBHC President and CEO Jamal M. Edwards, Esq.
Dr. Choucair was appointed Commissioner by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on November 25, 2009 and retained by current Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. He is on a continual quest to reshape the department to meet the public health challenges of the 21st century. Under Choucair’s leadership, the city developed its first ever comprehensive public health agenda designed to significantly improve the healthiness of all citizens called “Healthy Chicago.”
Notable to all of Chicago, a major focus of the agenda is on the reduction of HIV infection amongst all citizens, and the linkage into care for those who test positive.
As a supplement to the overall “Healthy Chicago” priorities, the commissioner, with his community partners, developed the LGBT Community Action Plan which establishes a key set of objectives for improving the health and wellness of the LGBT community. This roadmap serves not only as a national model, but highlights the city’s health care priorities for one of Chicago’s key constituencies.
Through Dr. Choucair’s work as commissioner of the city of Chicago’s Department of Public Health, he is responsible for ensuring the health and wellness all Chicagoans each day.
“Our work with the city is vital in educating and meeting the needs of those in the LGBT community and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. And we look forward to our continued partnership,” added Edwards.
International Mr. Leather 2012
returns to Chicago to celebrate its 35th anniversary
. This event takes place over Memorial Day weekend, May 25 – 29
. Three different levels of weekend packages will be available, each offering its own unique features. For more information, event schedules and applications, go to www.IMRL.com