WBEZ | scorpions http://www.wbez.org/tags/scorpions Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Weekender: Air guitar and Old School Comedy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-air-guitar-and-old-school-comedy-100513 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/nimatradji.jpg" title="(Flickr/NIMATRADJI)" /></div><p>For lots of folks inside and outside of Chicago&rsquo;s gay community, last Sunday&rsquo;s Pride Parade is the focal point of what&rsquo;s become a month-long celebration of gay pride.</p><p>Not so for many in the black LGBT community. In fact <a href="http://cwcbp.com/">Chicago Windy City Black Pride</a> didn&rsquo;t enter a float, didn&rsquo;t even march in the parade &ndash; though they did participate in the annual Rocks LGBT Pride celebration at Melrose Harbor.</p><p>When I ask why, Chicago Black Pride&rsquo;s president Jesse Hinton says, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a good question. Historically there&rsquo;s been a division among white and black gay people, a sense among past presidents that the mainstream [and largely white] gay community is not very embracing.&rdquo;</p><p>It isn&rsquo;t news that racism runs through both gay and straight life &ndash; Hinton says, &ldquo;You can see it in the way <a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Queer-activists-talk-racism-transphobia-at-Center-event/37928.html">young African-Americans are treated, the way the police and the gay community handles them</a>.&rdquo; And segregation is as visible in Boystown as it is in other Chicago neighborhoods. Hinton points to the population breakdown in the bars along Halsted Street, saying, &ldquo;These places are not an inviting environment for blacks.&rdquo; Instead people in the black LGBT community go to promoter events aimed specifically at them, like the Urbano party happening Saturday night at the Metro.</p><p>Of course the gulf between black and white gays has complicated and various reasons, including what Hinton argues is a &ldquo;whole other culture in the black household,&rdquo; one that still has &ldquo;couples in 10, 15-year relationships saying &lsquo;This is my roommate&rsquo; when they come around family.&rdquo; And sometimes people do just want to be with their own. Hinton stresses that &quot;although we&rsquo;re open to diversity, sometimes you want familiar surroundings.&rdquo;</p><p>Things may change under his leadership. Hinton became the president of Chicago Black Pride about a year and a half ago, after a long-term relationship ended and he was in search of new leadership opportunities. He says Steamworks, a gay bathhouse in Boystown, recently reached out to do some cross-marketing and promoting for an event. Hinton laughs, saying, &quot;It hadn&rsquo;t even crossed my mind&rdquo; as a possibility, though he welcomes the invitation, and says, &quot;We&rsquo;re definitely open to it, to someone bringing up the conversations.&rdquo;</p><p>Black Pride Week kicked off Thursday and runs through July 4th, but Hinton thinks upcoming events will provide other opportunities for collaboration. His organization will host a cotillion in October to recognize the transgender community, an event he says will be &ldquo;a North Side and a South Side event, involving black party promoters and people in Boystown.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile Hinton has an invitation of his own to issue to Black Pride&#39;s July 1st party at Rainbow Beach: &ldquo;Come out and party with us, gay, straight, whatever. Just come out and have a good time!&rdquo;</p><p>That&#39;s one respite from this hot, hot weather we&rsquo;re having. The rest of Weekender&#39;s picks are below. So go on now, and enjoy yourself!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/NT.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://usairguitar.com/">1. US Air Guitar Championships</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 9 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The regional competition plus a half-time show from reigning U.S. champ Nordic Thunder!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://metrochicago.com/">Metro</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 3730 N. Clark Street</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Scorpions.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxdmw4tJJ1Y"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>2. Scorpions: Final Sting Tour 2012</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 7:30 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Scorpions rock Northerly Island like a hurricane!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/Charter-One-Pavilion-at-Northerly-Island-tickets-Chicago/venue/33036">Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1300 S. Lynn White Drive</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/brokeology.jpg" style="height: 154px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/theater-on-the-lake-broke-ology/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>3. Broke-ology</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><span style="font-size:16px;">Friday - Sunday</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The little theater-slash-field house slates its 60th season of plays by the lake!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/theater-on-the-lake-announces-its-60th-season-of-revived-productions-from-local-companies/"><span style="font-size:16px;">Theater on the Lake</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive</span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Photo_Old%20School%20Jam%20Web%20SQ_20120521145602.JPG" style="width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.geneseetheatre.com/index.php?file=c-eventdesc&amp;iEventId=479"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. Best of the Midwest Old School Comedy Jam</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 8 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The director of CeaseFire Illinois hosts a stellar line-up of old-time comedy kings.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.geneseetheatre.com/">Genesee Theatre</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">203 N. Genesee Street&nbsp;&nbsp; Waukegan, IL</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Pee-Wees-Big-Adventure.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p><a href="http://www.portagetheater.org/Events/91/pee-wee039-s-big-adventure-free/"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. Pee-wee&#39;s Big Adventure</strong></span></a></p><p>Sunday 4 p.m.</p><p>&quot;I know you are but what am I?&quot; What more do you want?</p><p><a href="http://www.portagetheater.org/Home/">Portage Theater</a></p><p>4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/120504-adam-yauch-press.png" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="" /></div><p><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/Page/Shows?Month=July&amp;Year=2012"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>6. Time for Livin&#39;: A Tribute to MCA &amp; The Beastie Boys</strong></span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;">Monday 8 p.m.</span></p><p>The late Adam Yauch is remembered by local bands and entertainers.</p><p><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/Home+Page/Home"><span style="font-size:16px;">Lincoln Hall</span></a><span style="font-size:16px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; "><strong style="font-weight: bold; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Click&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;to subscribe to the&nbsp;<em style="font-style: italic; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Weekender</em>&nbsp;podcast.</strong></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; "><strong style="font-weight: bold; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 14px; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">What&#39;re you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or email weekender@wbez.org</strong></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/weekender-air-guitar-and-old-school-comedy-100513