Thursday, July 03, 2014

Freedom...With A Side of Tots: The Star-Spangled Burger(Chicago)

Freedom...With A Side of Tots:
The Star-Spangled Burger

Back by popular demand (and in honor of the 4th of July,) ROCKS’s Star-Spangled Burger is the perfect holiday weekend bite!

Available for a limited time, starts with a ½ lb. premium beef burger spread with a chipotle BBQ sauce to get your taste buds sparked. Next comes a ¼ juicy jumbo hot dog layered with savory smoked gouda and cheddar cheeses. The Star-Spangled burger is topped off with crispy onion strings and bacon bits.

While the celebratory sandwich pairs perfectly with any of the sides on ROCKS’ food menu, it goes particularly well with their famous tater tots.

The Star-Spangled Burger is priced at $12 and will be lighting off fireworks through the entire month of July at both the Lakeview and North Center locations.
About ROCKS Bar Group: Named for the way we serve our whiskey (in a classic glass over one oversized block of ice) the recently revamped ROCKS Lakeview offers over 100 different whiskies as well as signature cocktails and craft beers.  An extensive menu of casual American fare, which includes everything from burgers and salads to sandwiches and classic bar food, has something for everyone.  ROCKS Lakeview is located at 3463 N. Broadway in Chicago, IL.  ROCKS northcenter is located at 4138 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago, IL.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Alpha Comedy Presents Behind the Drawing Board!


A Creators Production 
in Association with Alpha Comedy


Behind the Drawing Board!

Last month, the Alpha Comedy team travelled to sunny San Diego to interview the cartoonists attending the Reuben Award Ceremony. Those interviews were so eye opening and inspiring that we had to share it with the rest of the Alpha Comedy family. We hope you enjoy the film!

The artists and humorists of Speed Bump, Ballard Street, Heathcliff, B.C., Dogs of C-Kennel and the Chuckle Bros, and the empowering political minds behind editorial cartoons share their passion and inspiration. Cartoonists Dave Coverly, Jerry Van Amerongen, Tom Stiglich, Peter Gallagher, Michael Ramirez, Patti Hart, Mason Mastroianni and Ron and Brian Boychuck reveal truths about the "work" and the play, the wit and the politics, that go into crafting a laugh and keeping America informed in this heart-warming short film. 

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THE DOG - New Trailer & Poster to Download!

Directed By Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren
Lover. Husband. Soldier.
Activist. Mama's Boy.
Bank Robber. 
The story behind the man that inspired Al Pacino's legendary role in 
the Oscar®-Nominated Dog Day Afternoon. 
Watch the trailer on YouTube!
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On behalf of Drafthouse Films, we are excited to share the NEW Trailer & Poster for THE DOG,
In Theaters August 8th and On-Demand August 15th!

“The best documentary about a human being ever made”
-- Next Projection
“Surprisingly sad portrait of a sexually liberated man held captive by his past, forever chasing and trying to rewrite his own legend ”
-- Variety

“Live every day as if it's your last and whoever doesn't like it can go fuck themselves and a rubber duck”

-- The Dog
Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz' libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as “Sonny,” and his crime immortalized in one of the most iconic New York movies of all time, Dog Day Afternoon. The film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz (who pronounced his name "Woto-wits"), and when he emerged from a six-year prison sentence, he was known by his self-imposed nickname: "The Dog."
Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, the film shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. Touching upon the sexual revolution of the 1970s, we gain a first-hand perspective on New York's historical gay liberation movement in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love and headstrong wit of his mother Terry. The hows and whys of the bank robbery are recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses, and don’t necessarily always align with one another.
Directors Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren began filming The Dog in 2002, and their long-term dedication pays off in this unforgettable portrait capturing all of the subject's complexity. John is, by turns, lovable, maniacal, heroic, and self-destructive. To call him larger than life feels like an understatement. Passionate and profane, The Dog makes no apologies for being who he is: "Live every day as if it's your last and whoever doesn't like it can go fuck themselves and a rubber duck." 
THE DOG - In Theaters August 8th and On Demand August 15th!
Directed By: Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren 
Running Time: 101 Minutes

"The First Wives Club" Pre-Broadway to Premiere in Chicago Spring 2015


“T H E   F I R S T   W I V E S   C L U B”

  Broadway In Chicago and producers Jonas Neilson, Paul Lambert and Executive Producer Elizabeth Williams are thrilled to announce that an all-new production of The First Wives Club will be presented at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 West Randolph) in Spring 2015, aiming for Broadway in the 2015-2016 Season.  Five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will direct the musical.  The First Wives Club will feature songs – both new original music and classics – by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),"  and “My World Is Empty Without You.”
"The blend of Holland-Dozier-Holland's magic with Simon Phillips and Linda Bloodworth Thomason's imaginations is a made-in-heaven marriage - that just so happens to be about divorce!” said originating producers Jonas Neilson and Paul Lambert. "The First Wives Club remains one of the iconic commentaries on female empowerment," added producer Elizabeth Williams. "I'm so excited that such strong female characters will be presented on Broadway."
Bloodworth Thomason's new book is adapted from the New York Times Best-selling novel by Olivia Goldsmith, the hit 1996 Paramount Pictures film, and the earlier musical version by Rupert Holmes. Casting and additional news from The First Wives Club will be announced at a later date.
The First Wives Club is part of the Broadway In Chicago 2015 Season.  Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Individual tickets for The First Wives Club will go on sale at a later date.   For more information, visit

Save the Date! Fourth Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in Turks and Caicos Set for November 6-8, 2014

Grace Bay Resorts, in partnership with the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board Association, is excited to announce the dates for the Fourth Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival.  The highly anticipated, weekend-long celebration of Caribbean culture and cuisine will take place November 6-8, 2014 in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, bringing together expert guest and local chefs and outstanding food and wine for an unparalleled culinary experience in the Caribbean.
Each year, the festival welcomes an impressive group of internationally and locally renowned chefs.  The 2014 chef line-up will be announced later this summer, but past guests have included New York City’s famed Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, Iron Chef-Super Chef Beau MacMillan, Tiffany Derry, fan favorite from Season 7 of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef,’ and Xoliswa Ndoyiya, Nelson Mandela’s personal chef for more than 20 years, as well as esteemed winemakers, including Tuck Beckstoffer and the “first lady of wine,” Heidi Barrett.  

A not-for-profit event, the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival benefits the Department for Youth Affairs and the island’s “Little Chefs” mentor program, which encourages young local chefs to pursue careers in hospitality.  The 2013 festival raised an estimated $50,000 for the program. 
Guests at this year’s festival will spend the weekend experiencing the unique Caribbean culture and cuisine influenced by the islands and created by internationally-acclaimed chefs. Events to look forward to include the always popular “Gourmet Safari” progressive dining experience throughout Providenciales, Food & Wine Pairing events hosted by guest chefs, and a locally-inspired Street Food Fair.  
Additional information on the 2014 festival, including the schedule of events and chef line-up, is coming soon!
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Don't Miss "the strongest talent lineup in Taste of Chicago history! (Chicago,IL)

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2014 Petrillo concert and Pure Leaf Celebrity Chef du Jour Tickets on Sale Now at
Not able to make it to Taste for Fear No Art's The Dinner Party featuring actor George Wendt (Cheers!), Ji Suk-Yi from Windy City Live and actress and singer Felicia Fields at the Pure Leaf Celebrity Chef du Jour? Don't worry, it will be streamed LIVE on on Thursday, July 10 from 6:30 to 8pm.
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Jojo Moyes, Lauren Streicher, and more! July Events at W&CF Books in Chicago


July Events
at Women & Children First
Wednesday, July 9th - Jojo Moyes
7:30 p.m.

From the bestselling author of Me Before You comes this quirky love story centering on Jess, a single mother with two kids, two jobs, and
--ever since her husband vanished two years ago--zero help. When Jess can't afford to give her math whiz daughter the opportunity of a lifetime, things take a tragicomic turn for this lovable, dysfunctional family. Then Ed, the tech millionaire whose house Jess cleana, comes to the rescue, driving Jess' family to the Math Olympiad in Scotland--Ed's first unselfish act ever. Jojo Moyes is the author of The Girl You Left Behind and The Last Letter from Your Lover, among others. Her fiction is feminist and funny, featuring working-class heroines with big hearts and keen class awareness. She lives with her husband and their three children on a farm in England.

Thursday, July 10th - Mike Nowak
7:30 p.m.
Attack of the Killer Asparagus
Book launch party

Called the "Dave Barry of Gardening" and the "Mark Twain of Garden Writers," Mike Nowak's new book Attack of the Killer Asparagus is a complete compilation of his award-winning columns from Chicagoland Gardening magazine. In it, he trains his absurdist humor on the seduction of gardening and the paranoid fantasies of gardeners. Mike is an Illinois Master Gardener, co-founder of the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance, and the current president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition. He also hosts The Mike Nowak Show on WCPT Chicago's Progressive Talk radio and has made numerous television appearances. As a bonus, Mike has invited his friends Kathleen Thompson (Examining the Evidence: Seven Strategies for Teaching with Primary Sources) and Andra Medea (Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crisis) to sign their new books for teachers the same evening. Supporters of the book's Kickstarter campaign can pick up their premium and get it signed at this event. Refreshments will be served. 

Friday, July 11th - Tera Patrick and Shawna Kenney
7:30 p.m.
Lust & Letters: A Reading with Tera Patrick (Sinner Takes All) and
Shawna Kenney (Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers)
Cosponsored by Early to Bed, 5044 N. Clark St.

As memoirists and professionals within the adult film industry, Tera Patrick and Shawna Kenney are experts at baring all. Join both authors for a reading of their books as well as a discussion of the pleasures and perils of writing about intimate matters. Tera Patrick's first memoir, Sinner Takes All, recounts her early life and later travels to more than eighty countries modeling, dancing, filming, and touring. Tera has appeared on Chelsea Lately, MSNBC, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and she was the first host of the AVN Awards. She is currently writing her second book, performing burlesque, and raising her daughter, Sophia. Shawna Kenney is the author of the award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix and co-author of the anthology Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers. Her work has appeared in Ms., Bust, Creative Nonfiction, and Juxtapoz, as well as many anthologies, including Hos, Hookers, Callgirls and Rentboys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money and Sex and Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. She also teaches creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Saturday, July 12th - Chicago Indie Bookstore Day
Including an appearance by Tribune columnist
Mary Schmich at 1:00 p.m.

Nine independent bookstores in Chicago are teaming up to create the first Chicago Independent Bookstore Day! To encourage Chicago readers to visit their own neighborhood store, as well as the other unique stores in different neighborhoods--from Hyde Park to Logan Square to Andersonville--indie bookstores are offering special deals, free books, and refreshments. The first 20 customers at each store will also receive a handful of puzzle pieces that will fit together to create an exclusively designed frameable print by Chicago-based artist Lille CarrĂ©. And as a special treat for customers at W&CF, Tribune columnist Mary Schmich will be signing books and meeting customers at 1 p.m.! 

For more details about Chicago Indie Bookstore Day, see

Wednesday, July 16th - Heather Gudenkauf
7:30 p.m.

As a veteran social worker for fifteen years, Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity, but remains a gifted child advocate as well as a devoted mother and wife. But everything changes one blistering summer day when Ellen races to rescue two children from their mother's dangerous boyfriend and, in a moment of distraction, leaves her own infant daughter in a sweltering car. While Ellen is swarmed by legal authorities and the media, ten-year-old Jenny, who's just been abandoned by her father, is set to cross Ellen's path and change both of their lives for good. Born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment, Heather Gudenkauf found refuge in books from an early age. She has since become the bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. She also works in education with students of all ages in Iowa, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer.

 Friday, July 18th - Lauren Streicher
7:30 p.m.
(Rescheduled from June)

More than 100 million women in America have problems in the bedroom but don't have the courage to ask their doctors for help. Instead, they quietly give up on pleasure. Love Sex Again is an all-encompassing guide to women's sexual health. Through practical advice, Dr. Streicher shows women how to identify their issues and regain their libido, setting them on a path to discover (or rediscover) deeply pleasurable, satisfying sex. Dr. Lauren Streicher teaches obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show and has also appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and ABC News, where she serves as a medical correspondent. Dr. Streicher's interviews and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and WebMD.

Thursday, July 24th - James Magruder
7:30 p.m.

James Magruder's collection of linked stories follows two gay cousins, Tom and Elliott, from adolescence in the 1970s to adulthood in the early '90s. With a rueful blend of comedy and tenderness, Magruder depicts their attempts to navigate the closet and the office and the lessons they learn about libidinous coworkers, Italian suffixes, and frozen condoms. As Tom and Elliot search for trusting relationships while the AIDS crisis deepens, their paths diverge, leading Tom to a new sense of what matters most. James Magruder is a fiction writer, playwright, and award-winning translator. He teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College and fiction at the University of Baltimore. He is also the author of Sugarless, which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize.

Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Our annual used book sale (part of Andersonville's Sidewalk Sale weekend) will be taking place July 26th and 27th! Book lovers and bargain hunters won't want to miss this Women & Children First tradition and opportunity to treasure hunt through the stacks for great deals on fiction, nonfiction, children's books, LGBTQ titles, CDs, DVDs, and collectibles; all priced to sell. Proceeds benefit the Women's Voices Fund, our nonprofit arm. 

Third Annual Where's Waldo? 
Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt
and Party
Scavenger Hunt = All month!
Party = Tuesday, July 29 from 6 to 7 p.m.
To celebrate Where's Waldo?'s 27th anniversary, Women & Children First will be hosting a community-wide scavenger hunt involving a number of other local businesses. Beginning July 1, children can stop by W&CF for a list of participating businesses. Each participating business will have a 6" Waldo figurine hidden somewhere on the premises. When the child finds him, a staff member there will give the child a card that says "I found Waldo at _____." Bring all the cards back to W&CF for chances to win fabulous prizes (donated by Andersonville indie businesses and Candlewick Press).

And on July 29th, we'll be hosting the Where's Waldo? Bash from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., complete with games, snacks, and the prize drawings!

Inventory Day
On Monday, August 4th, Women & Children First will be closed for inventory. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m.

Donations Needed!
We are now accepting donations of used books for the Used Book Sale. No magazines, textbooks, foreign language, or damaged books, please. Just drop off donations at the store during our regular business hours. 

Volunteers Needed!
We need strong women and men who can help with set up and tear down, and carrying tables and boxes of books, for our Used Book Sale on July 26 and 27. Volunteers are needed for approximately 3-hour shifts. All volunteers will earn used book credits and the industrious companionship (and gratitude) of some diligent and hardworking feminists! Email if you are interested in helping with the Used Book Sale or if you'd like more information.

Book Groups

We are about to begin a Trans*-Focused Book Group. Email if you'd like to receive email updates.

Classics of Women's Literature
Tuesday, July 1 at 7:15 p.m.
Regeneration by Pat Barker

Family of Women Book Group
Sunday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.
However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy

Kids' Book Group
Sunday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m.
Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Feminist Book Group
Sunday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus

Women's Book Group
Tursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Save the Dates!

Weds., August 6 at 6:30
Gay Women's Gatherings: An Evening about Lesbian Pregnancy
Co-sponsored by the American Fertility Association

Weds., August 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Kate Fagan
The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team
Led by Born-Again Christians

Wednesday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist
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