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Today: Ellen and Oprah at Water Tower

Beginning at 10 a.m., Ellen DeGeneres will join Oprah to hand out new issues of O Magazine in which they grace the cover. Hit up the Water Tower for your own copy and a chance to meet one of America's most famous lesbians.

Ky Dickens takes over Chicago's gay media

Local lesbian filmmaker Ky Dickens is hardcore pimping her film, Fish Out of Water, which is the documentary centerpiece of the Reeling Film Festival this Sunday at the Music Box Theatre. Check her out on the cover of this week's Windy City Times and on the Feast of Fun Podcast.


You can still get a ticket to Sunday night's show or entrance into the after party at In Fine Spirits (5418 N. Clark St.) The screening is at 5 p.m. for $10 and the party is right after for an additional $10.

Funny gay ladies at the Center on Halsted

Former Chicagoan Jessica Halem will be coming back to the Midwest from her new home in New Orleans to perform at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted) next week on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Performing alongside her at laughOUTloud is hometown gal Cameron Esposito, and for $20, you can VIP seats and a drink ticket.

Check out this interview she did with Feast of Fun last time she was in town:

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The Center is advising that interested parties get their tickets fast, as Jessica's show last spring sold out.

Bridget McManus brings her lesbian stand-up to Chicago

If you haven't caught Brunch With Bridget on Logo or, you have a lot to catch up on before you go see McManusland next month. But even if you aren't familiar with Bridget McManus and her brand of sassy lesbian comedy, you'll definitely dig her live. Check out some clips:

The LA-based comedian will be performing five nights at Stage 33 (3655 N. Kedzie Ave.), hosting an improv-based show, Nov. 11 - Nov. 15. For $30, audience members are part of fun, participating in the games with a chance to win prizes.

Gay women, get ready for Halloween

You know it's coming up, all October long. You him and haw over how to dress, and where you're going to wear a costume to. Now that it's only one week away, planning for Halloween is imperative.

So where will you be going? Well, if you don't know anyone throwing a party, here are some great options for the entire next weekend.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Leslie and Lys at Berlin (954 W. Belmont Ave.) 10 p.m. $10

Friday, Oct. 30

Varietease Burlesque and Stewed Tomatoes at the Lakeshore Theater (3175 N. Broadway Ave.) 10:30 p.m. $15


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One Lesbian Reason... to go see "The Stepfather"

While I really didn't think the new thriller starring Gossip Girl's Dan Humphrey would be an ideal pick for lesbians this Halloween season (I mean, really, there are so many other films available on DVD with lesbian killers and vampires and the like), there is one big lesbian reason to go see The Stepfather: Paige Turco.


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See Chicago's gay and lesbian history on film tonight

At 7:30 p.m. this evening, catch a special showing of Queerborn & Perversion at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave). The documentary is all about the history of Chicago's LGBT community, from 1934 - 1974.


If you've ever wanted to know about the first lesbian bars in the city, and hear from some of the women who are still around to tell the tales, here's your chance. Watch the preview on the official site and then grab a ticket for just $11.

Drink fine wine with fine women this weekend

Chicago Curve is hosting a wine tasting this Saturday at Broadway Cellars (5900 N. Broadway) that it also going to be a chance to mix and mingle while listening to some great jazz from performer Jeannie Tanner. For $40, you get to taste variety of fine wines, indulge in some hors d'oeuvres and be surrounded by other 150 gay winos, like yourself.


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Drink a beer and hear Sarah Schulman read for Bookslut tonight

If you're a fan of great writing, especially that which happens to be penned by an out lesbian, then you should be familiar with Sarah Schulman. The prolific writer, activist and professor has been involved with covering her community since the 1980s, when she reported on the AIDS crisis in her home of New York City for The Village Voice. Since then, she's also written several books, including novels like Girls, Visions and Everything and Rat Bohemia which feature likable lesbian protagonists.


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Turn it up at Decibelle this week

Starting this Thursday, Chicago is going to get even gayer than it already is. The annual feminist music and arts festival, Decibelle, is going on all weekend, and tons of queer women are involved in the festivities. Here are some of my picks:

Friday, Oct. 16

Me'Shell Ndegeocello at Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N Lincoln Ave.) Two shows, 7 and 10 p.m.

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Get "Precious" at the Chicago International Film Festival

This week marks the start of the Chicago International Film Fest, and one of the most exciting entries this year is a heartbreaking story about an overweight young black lesbian called Precious: Based on the Novel "Push."

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The movie is showing twice next week, but the first showing on the 14th will have director Lee Daniels and lead actress Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe there to answer questions after the screening. Of course, those tickets are pricier ($50 - $100), but the 16th showing is $9 - $12. Considering it's a huge film in which both Mariah Carey and Mo'Nique are supposed to give stellar performances, and boasts Oprah Winfrey as a producer, you might want to get your tickets ahead of time.

Get geeked on "Keenerville"

Remember when I told you Dawn Denbo Elizabeth Keener is coming to town? Well, if you haven't gotten your ticket to see the actress do improv in her show Keenerville yet, you should jump on it now. And if you haven't been convinced by her bit part on The L Word, listen to her interview with The Windy City Queercast this week and you'll hear how hilarious she is.


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Chicago lesbians join the circus

Local circus, El Circo Cheapo, is currently on tour with their brand of all-female performance acts, including lesbian ringmaster Cameron Esposito and clown/acrobat Amanda Crockett, whose wife is also on the tour.

El Circo is wrapping up the west coast leg of their tour, and recently made a stop on's Brunch with Bridget, where they talked about their favorite pairs of underwear and when they had their first girl kiss.

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Celebrate Women and Children First's 30th birthday

This weekend, Andersonville's Women and Children First Bookstore is celebrating their 30th anniversary in a big way. On Saturday, lesbian writers Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina, Trash) and Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home) will be on hand to party in the name of women's lit.


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Lesbian in local indie band gets injured in car crash

I have some good news, and I have some bad news. I'll start with the good.

Local indie band The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir have played with the likes of the Arcade Fire and Violent Femmes, and are signed to the alternative country/folk/punk label, Bloodshot Records. They just released their new album, And On The Horse You Rode in On, on Sept. 15. Among the band is lesbian member, Mary Ralph. She's pretty adorable, right?


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"Hannah Free" is home in Chicago

This weekend, the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State St.) will play host to screenings of Chicago's new lesbian film, Hannah Free. Starting tomorrow night, you can see Sharon Gless (Cagney and Lacey, Queer as Folk) as the star of the film, a working class gay woman and her lover over 60 years.


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Bisexuals, today is your day

Every Sept. 23 since 1999 has officially been a holiday for bisexuals. Bisexuality Day is celebrated worldwide, but in Chicago, there are a few things you can do to sing out about your sexual fluidity, loud and proud.

Out bisexual musician Ani Difranco will fittingly perform at The Vic (3145 N. Sheffield Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. You can still get tickets for $40.


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Elizabeth Keener comes to Chicago

One of the best L Word characters to ever shack with Shane was the unforgettable club owner/promoter, Dawn Denbo. Played brilliantly by Elizabeth Keener, who always had "her lover Cindy" on her arm, the SheBar/Planet rivalry was one of the best storylines in season 5.


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All hail Holly Miranda at Subterranean

For only $10 tonight, you can get up close and personal with out singer Holly Miranda at Subterranean (2011 North Ave.). Not only is it a great venue to see an indie rock show, Holly is close to blowing up, as even Kanye West has taken to his blog about her.


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Reeling is ready to go with lesbian films

Every fall, the Reeling Gay and Lesbian Film Festival brings the best queer movies of the year to Chicago. Today, they announced their line-up for November, and with tickets going on sale in October, it's time to start planning which ones you'll want to make sure to see. Here's a run-down of some of the lesbian-directed films will be showing this year:

And Then Came Lola

Lesbian actresses Jill Bennett and Cathy deBuono star in this film based on the indie hit, Run Lola Run.

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One Lesbian Reason... to see "Jennifer's Body"

This might fall under the category of blatantly obvious, but I want to stress the importance of going to see a movie written by a woman, directed by a woman, and starring women. It's how movies by women keep getting funded and made. Juno writer Diablo Cody's new teen horror film, Jennifer's Body, opens tonight at midnight, and besides the fact that women are behind it all, is the fact that stars Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried share a Sapphic scene together.

Here's a glimpse:

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CellStories goes gay

If you ever find yourself having finished your book, forgetting your Red Eye or just plain bored on the trip home from work, there is now the perfect antidote available to you, as long as you have a cell phone and the ability to connect to the internet. is a Chicago-run website from former Punk Planet publisher Dan Sinker that is updated with a new short story to read every day.


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Single gay ladies geek out tonight

The Chicago social group Nerds at Heart presents a lesbian singles game night, Dating for Lesbian Nerds, this evening at Joie De Vine (1744 W. Balmoral Ave.) Attendees can hope to meet like-minded women who are interested in trivia, board games and all kinds of geekery.


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Gay women take over Pops for Champagne

Sick of the same old lesbian haunts? Tonight's your chance to engage with some other gay women in an otherwise "straight" atmosphere. Lesbian social crew Sapphic Adventures is staging a Guerilla Girl Bar Take-Over this evening at the downtown live music spot, Pops For Champagne (601 N. State St.)


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Sculpt your ideal woman at the Center on Halsted tonight

Tonight, the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Ave.) presents the beginning of a three-part class session on how to use polymer clay. This might not sound incredibly interesting to you at first, but just think of what you could create by taking this class with expert Dan Crowley.

For $50, you can create your own finger puppet or complete, full-body sculpture, like Crowley's Bette Davis.

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Lesbians with shear talent

Sometimes you need to go to a lesbian to get something done right, and that includes getting an amazing gay haircut. If you're constantly in search of a stylist who can understand what you're looking for (post-break-up new 'do, a butcher cut to show off your masculine side, or, perhaps, a chic style for a new season), there are definitely a few queer women in the city who are a cut above the rest.

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Why lesbians should care about Oprah

Gay women, I bet you're wondering why you should care about all of the Oprah hysteria. While your straight female counterparts that work in the cubicle next to you downtown might be straining for a sighting today on Michigan Ave., you probably roll your eyes and think "What has she done for me lately?"

Well, I am going to let you in on a little secret. No, Oprah is not a secret lesbian with Gayle (at least not that she's confirmed). But Oprah is a huge fan of the 'bos. A few months back, she dedicated not only an episode of her show to the topic of women who leave men for other women, but also a feature article in O Magazine.


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"The Color Purple" closes this weekend

You only have today, tomorrow and Sunday to catch a performance of The Color Purple at the Arie Crown Theater (McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.) If you've never read Alice Waters' famous novel, or seen the film version starring Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg, then let me break it down for you: A poor black woman named Celie gets together with a woman named Shug, despite being married to a man.


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Chi-Celesbian Questionnaire: Jo Collura

For a new regular feature on The L-Blog, I'm going to be giving the same questionnaire to different Chicago lesbians who you will know from their businesses, parties, events, organizations or involvement in the community. If you have any suggestions for someone who you'd like to hear from, let me know!

Today: Jo Collura, MC and model


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"The Real L Word: Chicago" could be in our future

Late last night, news broke that The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken would be bringing a lesbian reality TV show to Showtime later this year. Though it'll initially be The Real L Word: Los Angeles, Ilene told Variety that she hopes it will have "franchise" potential, similar to shows like The Real Housewives which take place in several different cities every season.


Of course, this leaves Chicago open to the possibility of our own lesbian reality show if the initial one really takes off.

Based on the character prototypes of The L Word, here are my suggestions should casting directors head to the Midwest:

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