Wednesday 12 Dec 2012

Johnny Weir Loves Ke$ha

Fun, Fast, Five:
Chicago’s LGBT nightlife is so much fun. There is something for everyone and each has its niche. Sidetrack, has space and show tunes; Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café has its hot staff, including the Dalai Momma, Linda Little, and CREW Bar & Grill features jocks! These are but a few of the many fun choices.

When one of these fun night spots celebrates an anniversary, we’ve got another reason to see friends and have some fun. When it is a spot that once was destroyed in a fire, we stop and really appreciate the journey. This can be said of Scarlet!

My friend Paul Cannella and his team at Scarlet really celebrated last week. Known for his generosity in the community, Paul opened Scarlet for a five-night hosted bar. Additionally he brought in well-known friends in the LGBT world to ramp up the fun factor. One such special guest was Two-time Olympic Figure Skater, Three-time US National Champion, and Star of his own reality TV series, “Be Good Johnny Weir”, Johnny Weir!

I enjoyed the opportunity to host Johnny, Paul, and my friends from GayChicagoTV for Champagne over at my flat. We set up a nice space for interviews (You’ll see those soon) and got ready for an action packed final day of celebration. While Paul was being interviewed in the other room, Mr. Weir and I had a chance to visit. I have to say, with all the hype about him being a diva; I found him to be very sweet, thoughtful, and ambitious. He was over the top professional and indeed, a lot of fun!

It was now Johnny’s turn to step into the other room and be interviewed. Paul and I enjoyed my favorite Champagne, Veuve Clicquot and caught up on the week’s revelry. I have to say, I really appreciate my friend Paul. He’s always been very real with me and such a joy to hangout with! I was very fortunate to celebrate this milestone with him.

From my flat, it was off to brunch at Taverna 750 with a few of Paul’s friends and then off to Scarlet for the Liquid Brunch Party. It was such a blast. Everyone from around Chicago showed up! Sure, we had to obey Johnny's "yes" and "no" music list a bit, but fun was had by all!

Happy to see success in community!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 19 Nov 2012

A Million Thank-You’s

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I find myself in an attitude of gratitude more than usual. My friends will tell you, I’m a touch corny when it comes to always thanking people and appreciating their impact. I get that from my Sainted Parents; who always take the time to appreciate.

Being thankful is easy when you interact with quality people of community. And, at the risk of tooting my own horn, I have to thank my business partners at Steve Long and Matthew Inawat. On a daily basis, they pour time and treasure into and its community outreach. I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with them and for their support in friendship. Thankful! has provided so many with the opportunity to voice their opinions and mission. I’ve always been amazed at how often our weblogs are read and still wonder why on earth anyone would care what I had to say. But as of today, my dorky blog has been viewed more than one million times. I am blown away at that kind of number, but share in my fellow bloggers enthusiasm to keep community alive in our posts. If you’re not blogging yet, I’d encourage you to try it!

Enough can’t be said for the marvelous friends I have! I have been so lucky to meet and know great people. My work in the community affords me countless chances to meet interesting folks. In the midst of that work, I am loved and cared for, by people of great quality. My friends are each so different and their involvement in my life provides unique blessing.

Hang around me for more than five minutes and there is a chance you’ll hear me talk about my Bosom Friend David, or my best friend Isaiah. These two are both so different, but have an amazing impact on my life, every day. There is simply not enough time or chance to thank them for their amazing investment in my life. Thankful!

Who are you thankful for? What comes to mind when you hear the word gratitude? Is there someone you should call and thank? If there is one benefit, other than delicious food, on Thanksgiving, it would be the reminder to be thankful.

Lastly, I am forever in a place of thanks and appreciation of my Sainted Mom and my Sainted Father! I count their involvement and steadfast love over my life as THE greatest thing I’m thankful about. (I’m also pretty grateful Mom showing me how to cook a turkey!)

Bill Pritchard

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Wednesday 14 Nov 2012

Over The Rainbow

A Benefit of Hope:
The 2nd Annual Over The Rainbow - A Benefit of Hope fundraiser takes place November 14th at 7:00 pm. at, Sidetrack in Boystown.

A benefit to raise money and awareness for those who struggle with cancer within the LGBT community, this popular event features the community talent of Amy Armstrong, Stephen Leonard, Cyon Flare, Molly Callinan, Sasha Colby, Circuit Mom, and Sharriese Hamilton.

The night will also include a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Gilda’s Club Chicago, a support community for people living with cancer along with their families and friends.

Over The Rainbow was organized to raise awareness after founder and Executive Director, Jimmy Kays, watched a dear friend, battle, suffer, struggle, fight, and be taken due to colon cancer at the young age of 26. This event strives to raise cancer awareness and highlight the resources available to help those in the LGBT community.

You can purchase tickets online in advance for $15, or tickets will be sold at the door for $20. Each ticket will include one drink and your chance to win 2 round-trip tickets compliments of Southwest Airlines.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, you can choose donate instead of purchase tickets. Every dollar helps!

Community Difference!
Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 8 Nov 2012

I love Jake Gyllenhaal!

I Won't Quit You!:
With all of the talk about whether or not I should be allowed to love who I want, I am putting it out there. . . I love my hopeful future husband Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal.

Those of you who know me, know how much I appreciate a handsome and talented chap like thirty-one year old Jacob, or Jake as I like to call him. The obvious point I’m making here is, laws or not, I can choose whom I love any time I wish. I may not have all the rights with that love, but someday, I will.

In the meantime, I’m going to love, date, and meet who I want. Agree or not. Judge me or not. I am a happy man in this life that God has given me! And God loves me just fine!

It gets better!

Cheers Dammit!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 22 Oct 2012

The White Room Challange

Chicago Lost and Found President and founder, Mitch Pennell is at it again! The creative chap is being featured on HGTV’s The White Room Challenge this Friday.

Known for his uncanny ability to turn junk into jewel, Mitch is sure to wow audiences with his transformation. This is also a great opportunity to highlight Chicago Lost and Found, a not-for-profit organization committed to art education and inspiring creativity throughout the city of Chicago. They re-purpose materials with no value or which would otherwise become landfill and transforms it into unusual art and functional furnishings.

Sales from the creations assist in generating funds to provide hands-on art education anywhere there is a need. Simply put, they take trash and turn it into treasure; all the while teaching folks the importance of art, creativity, and making a difference in their community.

Some of you might recall back in August, I told you about Mitch’s great help to me with the placement of my art collection. With everything I’ve acquired over the years, he’s this art collector’s dream.

Cheers to creativitiy!
Bill Pritchard

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