Here is this week’s dose from Chicago’s Tastemakers! Each week we check in with our 50+ Chicago movers and shakers to see what’s going on. Stay tuned each week to get each week’s wrap, and next week’s view!
Our weekly Tastemaker Spotlight is going to help you lovely people get to know our Tastemakers a little bit better, so they’re more than just a name online bringing you the hottest events the city has to offer!
This week you get to meet Jenae Williams. Jenae has been an out member of the GLBTQA fashion and event scene since 2002. Her company, The Chicago Dirty Girls, is known for holding down the longest running weekly lesbian party in Boystown, coordinating various events for The Gay Games and Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. Currently she co-hosts performances from the world’s best known acts while holding a Thursday residency at the famed Berlin Nightclub with Stardust, a burgeoning cast of Chicago’s top queer promoters and works as an emcee for numerous other events.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
I stole a U-Haul a few days ago. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet, but I’m thinking Stardust Boystown Barcrawl part deux.
Where would you never be caught dead in?
Any reeeal corporate mass marketed clothing store. I’m allergic to certain poly blends. Like all of them. Shop local, kids!
If you could go on a road trip with anyone (living or dead), who would you pick and why?
Lindsay Lohan. I wouldn’t want to take a road trip with anyone I admire because I wouldn’t want to be annoyed by any little thing they do. Lilo would probably hook that shit up. I’d have to pay for everything but she would score us great tables and lots of press.
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I heart camping. No, forreal. Shutup. I’m actually pretty good at it as well. I just went to Pearl Jam’s 20 anniversary concert in Alpine Valley and camped for the weekend amongst a field of mini mules.
What event are you really excited for this month?
I haven’t had a good Chicago night in a while, so All The Way Kay and DJ Trentino at Berlin this Thursday is gonna make me wanna wear appropriate juking attire. But all month The Pleasure Chest is hosting events for their 40th anniversary. I’m a part of the management team for The Chicago Store and we are doing everything from hosting a naughty knitting circle to having Cynthia Plaster Caster come and cast cocks or boobs with us! Lots of the events have complementary drinks and you can even win Erasure Tickets at our Raunchy Bingo Night Tuesday Sept. 13th!
Dynasty Podcasts has a big North Coast album from Dynasty Podcasts this week. The album features interviews with Midnight Conspiracy, The Hood Internet, Perfect Kiss, Gemini Club, California Wives, BBU, Loyal Divide, and Team Bayside High.
Chicago Mixtape has a new mix out titled Go Bears! to help celebrate the fact that the Bears are undefeated in the regular season. Bands featured this week’s mix are Gypsyblood, L’Orchestre Super Vitesse, Tyranny of Dave, Man/Miracle, and Red Plastic Buddha. Don’t forget to subscribe to Chicago Mixtape if you haven’t already to get this and future mixes in your inbox!
Stic-of-the-Week interviewed Montreal-based band Braids.
Stic-of-the-Week shares Peter Wolf Crier’s new music video, Settling It Off.
HEAVEmedia interviewed local band Loyal Divide (North Coast Music Festival 2011).
HEAVEmedia also interviewed locals Gemini Club (North Coast Music Festival 2011).
Time Out Chicago is conducting a sex survey of people 18+ in the Chicago area.
UR Chicago interviewed Retox.
UR Chicago reviews CSS’ newest album, La Liberacion.
UR Chicago also reviews Imperative Reaction’s new album, Imperative Reaction.
Lost in Concert recaps Gogol Bordello at North Coast Music Festival.
Lost in Concert also recaps Fatboy Slim at North Coast Music Festival.
Lost in Concert also recaps SBTRKT at North Coast Music Festival
Consequence of Sound reviews The Drums’ new album, Portamento.
Consequence of Sound reviews documentary Pearl Jam Twenty.
Consequence of Sound lists St. Vincent‘s best cover songs.
Man Up Chicago checks out men’s street style at the Shops at North Bridge.
Dani Deahl is featured in Chicago Now’s Girl Crush Gallery.
DJ Jean Shorts has a new mix for free. Download it here.
Nerd City is working on “B-Sides and Rarities,” a web anthology from a wide array of cutting edge comic creators. Check out their Kickstarter campaign (they have until October 2nd to reach $3,000).
A/S/L_Media snagged photos of Fashion Night Out at Sofia.
A/S/L_Media also snagged photos of Pyramids of Pluto at Berlin.
The Youth Chronicles snagged photos of Porn & Chicken Bang in the Dark at Evil Olive.
GlitterGuts snagged photos of Reggie’s Anniversary.
GlitterGuts also snagged photos of Stay Smooth.
GlitterGuts also snagged photos of North Coast Afterparty with Midnight Conspiracy and The Hood Internet.
JBTV has St. Louis fun rockers Ludo visit JBTV for a one of a kind sound stage performance and chat with Ryan Manno. Jerry Bryant talks with Chicago/Oklahoma rockabilly trio JD McPherson and they perform live at JBTV. Ryan Manno takes us to JBTV lounge in the Vitamin Water Uncapped event and talks to DO312.com’s Jeremy Scheuch and Team Bayside High. Jenna Martinelli visits with singer-songwriter Mat Kearney. And we bring you back to the archives with a classic JBTV interview with Pete Yorn.
Industry Insight with JMA
It’s incredible that Adele’s record keeps setting records, and is by far the top music story of the year. It’s unfortunate that she wasn’t at any of the festivals in 2011- hopefully in 2012! We are all very excited for Austin City Limits this coming weekend, where we get to have another great summer weekend in a Texas festival setting with our associates at C3. Generally, our staff has a variety of picks of bands to see- including Cults, James Blake, Yellow Ostrich, The Antlers, and it goes without saying Delta Spirit, J. Roddy, and Little Hurricane. We’re currently looking for a few more fall interns in artist management services, viral marketing, and radio promotion- if anyone is interested email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jenae Williams has Raunchy Bingo Night at Pleasure Chest on Tuesday, September 13th.
FRONT312 has Left of Center Tuesdays (80s/90s indie post punk alternative) at Three Aces on Tuesday, September 13th.
Gapers Block previews Hunx & His Punx at Double Door on Wednesday, September 14th.
FRONT312 has runAway Wednesdays (LGBTQ Alternative dance party) at Junior’s Sports Lounge on Wednesday, September 14th.
Jenae Williams and A/S/L_Media have Danielles Bday w/DJ Trentino (Live DJ/Drum set) & All the way Kay at Berlin Nightclub on Thursday, September 15th. RSVP for no cover until 11PM and free beer and champagne from 10PM-12AM (while it lasts)!
Stic-of-the-Week has Indie-Pendent Thursday’s – LIVE SET Color Radio at Debonair Social Club on Thursday, September 15th. RSVP for no cover!
Debbie Pressman has Red Bull Music Academy pres. ON THE FLOOR with, MACHINEDRUM, CHRISSY MURDERBOT, JEEKOOS, BRC at Smart Bar on Thursday, September 15th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets!
KDM has ////Wasted Bass Thursdays Guest Dj MaddJazz (ghetto division)//// at Evil Olive on Thursday, September 15th.
Jenae Williams has Sirens & Studs at Pleasure Chest on Friday, September 16th.
FRONT312 has Dead 2 Me Records presents: More Death and Horror at The Burlington on Saturday, September 17th.
FRONT312 has Venus @ Exit with Frankie Vega & Le Fonz at Exit on Saturday, September 17th.
Jenae Williams has The Pleasure Chest Gallery Presents: The Art Of Sex at Pleasure Chest on Friday, September 23rd.
Stic-of-the-Week has its Two Year Birthday Bash at Beauty Bar on Saturday, September 23rd.
The Congress has BEIRUT at The Congress Theatre on Monday, September 26th. Click “I Like It” for a chance to win tickets.
Julia Shell and XRT have Ha Ha Tonka at Cubby Bear Wrigleyville on Monday, September 26th. Free with VIP registration.
Check out the list of Riot Fest-related events (there’s chances to win tickets for each day of the fest)!
FRONT312 has Front 312 – It’s a Dead Man’s Party! at Neo Nightclub on Friday, October 28th.
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