As Vocalo.org continues to reimagine what Chicago’s South-side and NW Indiana want from their speakerbox, they’ve added bigger names and fresher faces. Hit It Or Quit It is a new podcast hosted by local feminist and Chicago Reader columnist Jessica Hopper, along with JR Nelson. The podcast is produced by Michael Catano, and you can follow them on twitter @hititpodcast, via email at hititpodcast((@))gmail.com, or at vocalo.org/hitit . So far, there are three downloadable pods, each with their own special guests. I was called to be the “queer on the street” or “gay in the club” or “light in the loafer” and we chatted about Chicago’s best queer dance parties, banging records for this summer and what I like about community. HIOQI #3 also features call-ins from Cody Critcheloe of SSION and Rock critic Nick Sylvester, but I come in at about the 20 minute mark. Cool! Can’t wait for more pods from Hopper and Nelson, they were a nice pair of hosts really attuned to Chicago’s landscape. No wonder they called me! Click here to go to the pod.
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I’m flagging black on the left and dark pink on the right. You?
FKA is my favorite monthly queer dance party in Chicago, for many reasons. Mostly because the vibe is simultaneously hype and unpretentious. The people are fashionable, the level of attractive attendees reaches critical proportions, and yet friendliness prevails. I’ve met countless new people at FKA, and it always feels like a reunion of like minded proactive individuals. Kate Sosin wrote a thorough piece of journalism aboug FKA’s history and place in Chicago’s queer culture over at Chicago Now. Come by this Thursday, no cover and cheap drinks!
Head over to Art School Girl to check out Nako Okubo’s latest letterpress print. nakodesign.com has a digital catalog of some of her past work, but the one over art ASG is part of “new talent” series, and is purchasable right now. Her print features a lot of text, and while I can’t read all the words (the image is small) it seems to be an inner dialogue about side effect panic. You know, the kind that you think about, privately, when you take prescription (or not) pills? This is a limited edition of 125, signed and numbered.
If her work looks familiar, it’s because she does all of the graphic design for FKA, Chicago Best Queer Dance Party, and that is not just my opinion anymore.
Because queer communities can often be segmented and even unwelcoming for groups who don’t fit into strict categories based on gender or sexuality, Formerly Known As-a dance party on Chicago’s north side-has grown in popularity among those who see a benefit to uniting rather than dividing. While most dance parties may be aimed at one particular segment of the LGBT community, FKA aims to make one safe space for them all.
“FKA provides visibility to the otherwise invisible. Its amazing as a trans person to actually go out and be seen as a queer person (which is insanely important to me) versus just some gay/straight dude.” says
FKA regular, Alex Fullerton.
Inspired by Chances Dances and Think Pink’s very own Fruit dance parties, organizers Nako Okubo and Ali McDonald recognized the need for a similarly inclusive party in the Uptown neighborhood’s
ever-popular bar Big Chicks.
Held every first Thursday of the month, the party features DJ Reaganomix with a list of alternating guest DJs, tongue-in-cheek dress codes (Summer Camp, Jocks Vs. Nerds, Holiday Sweaters) and is attended
by a large, energetic crowd of young and old, male, female and everyone in-between. Regulars check FKA’s myspace page to find out the next month’s dress code and to look at pictures from last month’s
party. FKA recently earned Newcity Chicago’s and TimeOut Chicago’s title of “Best Queer Dance Party”.
This week’s party, will celebrate the wonderfully perverted world of John Waters. Along with DJ Reaganomix, special guest Sparkbop will make you shake your tailfeather Hairspray style.
5024 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640